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Invitation to "VuFind® Leipzig 2024: Future Discoveries" Conference

For over a decade, discovery systems have been the cornerstone of library technology, fulfilling users' information needs by searching through their collections. These systems have undergone continuous enhancement to meet new challenges, transforming into exceptionally effective tools for researchers, students, and the broader community. E.g. with the recent emergence of generative artificial intelligence (AI), questions have arisen regarding the relationship between discovery systems and AI, and how these systems can adapt to address these questions effectively.

At Leipzig University Library, we have a rich history of both utilizing and advancing VuFind®. As we celebrate the ten-year anniversary of the finc community, we are excited to revive the German VuFind®-Anwendertreffen, which we initially launched in 2012. We are delighted to partner with the international VuFind® Summit for an event that will explore the current state of discovery systems and their vast future potentials.

Therefore, we extend a warm invitation to you to attend our conference "VuFind® Leipzig 2024: Future Discoveries", scheduled to take place from September 30th to October 1st in Leipzig, Germany. This event aims to provide a platform for sharing the latest developments and future visions for improving library tools for information retrieval. Whether you are utilizing VuFind®, Primo, Lukida, Blacklight, EDS, or any other discovery system, we welcome your insights and contributions.

We are thrilled to announce that Demian Katz, the maintainer and lead developer of VuFind®, will be present to moderate the talks at the VuFind® Summit. The Call for Papers will be released by the end of April 2024, featuring tracks for VuFind® (VuFind®: Summit, VuFind®: Anwendertreffen) and presentations focusing on future discoveries within the realm of library discovery systems. This will be a hybrid event, offering both in-person attendance and virtual participation.
We look forward to your participation and contribution to this exciting event. Save the date and stay tuned for further updates!