Turning Leaf Technologies, LLC was founded by Mark Noble to bring a superior, cost effective, discovery system to libraries.  Mark has been working on software for libraries since 2008 with a focus on discovery since 2010. 

Pika grew from Mark's work as an independent contract for Marmot Library Network in Colorado, Douglas County Libraries in Colorado, Wake County Libraries in North Carolina, and Anythink Libraries in Colorado.  During this period, notable features included:

  • An admin interface to make setup and customization easier within a consortium
  • Integration of OverDrive records and account information within the catalog
  • Implementation of the "Douglas County Model of eBooks" where libraries could own their own titles and have them stored on an Adobe Content Server instance.  (No longer supported)
  • List Widgets to highlight searches and lists on a library website
  • Support for Horizon and Millennium.
  • Integration of NoveList content
  • More Like This functionality to help patrons new titles of interest

After Mark went to work at Marmot Library Network he continued to enhance and modify VuFind until the code base had evolved enough to warrant a new name.  During this period, notable new features included:

  • A "Record Grouping" implementation which allows patrons to easily see all the various formats 
  • A new catalog home page that allows patrons to easily browse library collections
  • Implementation of OverDrive APIs
  • "Side loading" of MARC records to allow eContent records to be added to Pika without being added the ILS
  • Support for Symphony, Sierra, Koha, CARL.X, and Library.Solution
  • Integration of Accelerated Reader and Lexile Data
  • Integration of an Islandora based Digital Archive 

Since leaving Marmot and forming Turning Leaf Technologies, LLC.  Mark has added commercial support for Aspen Discovery, added numerous new features, and made Aspen easier to use and maintain.  Some highlights of new functionality include: 

  • The ability to index and display Open Archives content
  • Complete integration with additional eContent vendors
  • Integration with Community Koha
  • Theming functionality interface changes to be made directly within Aspen by library administrators
  • Anonymous logging so administrators can see how their collections are used by users and how Aspen is used.
  • Exceptional performance and reliable