Associate Director, Digital Library Systems and Services
Blacklight is an open source, “next generation” discovery application that works equally well for library catalogs as for digital repositories. Originally developed at the University of Virginia, it has since been adopted by a growing number of institutions, including Stanford University. Within the Stanford Libraries’ digital ecosystem, Blacklight is being leveraged as a central component in a broad range of applications, from a library “discovery layer” to a repository front-end, from a digital manuscript viewer to a catalogers’ tool. This project briefing will provide an overview of Blacklight, its capabilities and its advantages as a highly-reusable discovery application. It will also outline Stanford’s rationale for choosing Blacklight, provide examples of the system in operation in a variety of contexts, and cover the state and direction of both the code and the community for this open source project.