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Downsizing your operation: surviving the transition from project to sustainable funding
Dermot Frost1, Natalie Harrower2
1Trinity College Dublin, Ireland; 2Royal Irish Academy, Ireland
Following an initial grant funded period, the Digital Repository of Ireland faced a restructuring and substantial downsizing of its team before transitioning to a long-term sustainable source of funding. This presentation will discuss the approaches taken by the DRI in dealing with this severe shock, the actions taken to mitigate some of the impacts, and the lessons learning from the process.
Understanding Connections: Examining Digital Library and Institutional Repository Use Overlap
Pamela Andrews, Ana Krahmer, Mark Phillips
University of North Texas, United States of America
Digital libraries must balance competing priorities in efficiency, networking, preservation, usability, and discovery. Allowing users to search multiple collections simultaneously within the digital library preserves the experience of serendipitous discovery, shifting users from browsing physical stacks to browsing relevant results from their searches. Within University of North Texas’ Digital Library (UNT DL), collections are housed together, allowing users to retrieve search results from multiple collections. Because the UNT institutional repository (IR) is seated as a collection amongst other collections, users can access faculty research, not just out of an interest in research from specific faculty members, but rather as it ties into the user’s broader understanding of a given topic. With a flexible infrastructure and metadata schema that connect collections beneath the umbrella of the digital library, the UNT DL employs full-text searching and word-highlighting to strengthen and make visible the connections between objects in different collections.
We will examine how users navigate the overlap between the UNT IR, and other collections within the UNT DL. Through this examination, we can understand which collections may relate to one another, why some unique items are used more than others, and the average number of items used within a session.
No project is an Island: How Islandora developed a community while developing software
Mark Jordan1, Melissa Anez2, Danny Lamb2
1Simon Fraser University Library, Canada; 2Islandora Foundation
The Islandora Foundation was first announced at the Open Repositories conference in 2013. Since then, we have given a community update session at every Open Repositories conference. This year, to reflect on the themes of OR2018, we would like to focus on how the Islandora community has developed over the five years of the Foundation’s history, including our evolving governance structures, community develop methods, and how we have dealt with the opportunities and challenges of a rapidly growing user, developer, and vendor community.