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Information Technology Services

Scholarly Technology Group


Voyager Integrated Library System, which is hosted at WRLC, has been George Washington University's ILS since 1997. This commercial product is used to manage cataloging, acquisitions, circulation, and online public access.

  • [Voyager 8; Oracle 10i; and related MARC; Z39.50; MarcEdit; OCLC Connexion, Illiad,]

Desktop Support and Network Support

The Library IT Department provides desktop support for library staff and patron workstations at the Gelman Library, Eckles Library at Mount Vernon Campus, the Virginia Science and Technology Campus Library, and the Brady Art Gallery.

  • [Windows XP, Pharos, GroupWise 7, Novell Zenworks 6.5, OSticket, Php, mySQL]

Custom Applications Development and Support

Social Feed Manager
The Libraries are developing SFM, A django application for managing multiple feeds of social media data.  It connects to Twitter's approved API to collect data in bulk and makes it possible for scholars, students, and librarians to identify, select, collect, and preserve Twitter data for research purposes.

  • [Django, Python, PostGres, Linux, Twitter API]

Room Reservation System
One of the most popular services offered through the Libraries web site is the Room Reservation System. It is a customized version of open source software.

  •  [PhpSchedule It, Php, Linux, MySQL]

Findit, Library Catalog
Findit is a custom application which displays items held in WRLC consortiium libraries and bibliographic details. In addition to consortium held items, the application adds links to freely available full text electronic resources (e.g., Open Library). 

  • [Django; Python,;SQL; z39.50; Apache; Linux; multiple API's (Summon, Open Library, Google, WorldCat, 360 Link, Voyager) ]

The Libraries are using an open source software package for collecting statistics about interactions with patrons.

  • [libstats; PHP; mySQL; Linux. MS Excel pivot tables]

Collection Reports
Although there are predefined reports available from the Voyager system, a large number of custom or ad hoc reports are required. Library Information Technology staff have created reports for quality control, collection analysis, and public information.

  •  [Northwestern University's VGER Select; Microsoft Access; Oracle SQLplus; Linux shell; Perl 5]

Library Web Site

The Libraries web site is primarily comprised of content contributed by subject matter experts built on the Drupal content management system.

  • [Drupal, PHP, MySQL, HTML, CSS, JavaScript/JQuery, Linux, Apache]

Sub-sites such as the GW and Foggy Bottom Historical Encyclopedia contain content which was developed outside of the main CMS using open source wiki tools. Library staff also manage a number of wikis for internal use.

  • [MediaWiki, Linux]


The Libraries utilize an open source exhibit design package for web-based online exhibits.

[Omeka, PHP, Linux, Apache]

Special Collections

The Special Collections department utilizes an open source product for creating EAD records. The information is exported as XML data and indexed in the Surveyor library catalog. 

  • [Archivists Toolkit, MySQL, XML, Dspace 4.0]

Digital Initiatives

Cultural Imaginings: the creation of the Arab World in the Western Mind is a collaboration between The George Washington University's Gelman Library and Georgetown University's Lauinger Library funded by the Institute for Museum and Library Services to evaluate automatic book scanning methodology by digitizing approximately 2,500 monographic volumes and a number of bound manuscripts from the Middle East and North Africa.

  • [Kirtas Kabis III; Kirtas SkyView; XML / XSLT; MARC; mySQL; Dspace 1.6; Python, Arks, NOID, Bagit, Abbyi Fine and Sakhr OCR, Django]

GW Libraries Self Deposit
The Scholarly Technology Group is developing a digital repository for scholars to self deposit their publications.

  • [Hydra / Sufia, Ruby on Rails, Solr, PostGres]

Media Server

The Libraries provide services to convert media to Adobe Flash format, and hosts media files for access from Blackboard.

  • [Adobe Flash Media Server, Linux]
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