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Today Christina, JP, Erik, Carol C., Heather and Elise gathered to test the new Vufind RC2 on Amazon EC2 (go cloud!). The system performed admirably & included some nice new features that were not in RC1. For example, in RC2 you have the ability to let your facet limits persist across multiple searches. Searching was better (although not perfect :)) and the alphabetic sorting of facets make repeated use of the system a bit easier.

We did find that the Voyager connection did not always return the data we were expecting and that sometimes the search algorithm found things we did not expect but the overall consensus was that this Vufind was better than our current implementation.

The system is still out there for testing & based on the results we have seen so far we are going to forge ahead with our plan to cut over during spring break. If you have questions/comments keep ’em coming.