> I was just wondering if any VuFind sites are doing things with VuFind
> and new book lists? We're mulling over ways of presenting information
> about our new resources to our academic staff, and before we reinvent
> the wheel wanted to see if anyone was exploiting functionality already
> in VuFind, or had managed to integrate it with other plugins or
I've done some work recently to fix some problems with the new item module in VuFind, but it still has two key weaknesses:
1.) A lot of ILS drivers don't yet have the methods needed to make it work, and this may be difficult to implement if their internal models vary greatly from Voyager's (for which the feature was originally developed).
2.) It relies on frequent updates to your VuFind index -- if you only update your index once a day or even less frequently, patrons won't get the full benefit of "last 24 hour" searching.
At Villanova, we don't currently use the built-in new items module. Instead, we take advantage of the fact that our MARC records include special fund codes that show the date and department of new items and offer new item browsing by searching for appropriate fund codes. I don't claim that this is a great solution, but it's one other way to give visibility to new items if you have the data to support it.