AuthorsPiorun, Mary E
Palmer, Lisa A.
UMass Chan AffiliationsLamar Soutter Library
University of Massachusetts Medical School
Lamar Soutter Library
Library and Information Science
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AbstractThis presentation highlights our experiences with our first digitization project: digitizing 300 doctoral dissertations in-house for an institutional repository. We start at the beginning: selecting team members and identifying their roles, choosing the right repository system, and identifying a manageable first project. After this background information, we detail our current project. We include administrative information such as how we have partnered with our Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences and contacted alumni for permission to digitize their dissertations. We also discuss technical information and decisions such as software and equipment used to scan and create searchable text, using OCR technology to convert abstracts, deciding what metadata to collect, and how to re-use data from our OPAC. And finally we describe workflow and skill level of staff members and the coordination required between the Library’s Systems and Technical Services departments. Presented November 6, 2006, at Scanning Forum 2006 meeting, Charlottesville, VA.
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Challenges and Lessons Learned: Moving From Image Database to Institutional RepositoryPiorun, Mary E; Palmer, Lisa A.; Comes, James F. (2007-07-01)Purpose– The purpose of this paper is to chronicle the Lamar Soutter Library's effort to build an educational image database, and how the project developed into an institutional repository. Design/methodology/approach– The paper is divided into three phases and highlights the organizational, political, technological and resource issues that are unique to a specialized library with a medium-sized staff, lacking the resources of a traditional university campus. The case concludes with a list of barriers and facilitators to success and a summary of lessons learned. Findings– The paper finds that a library with limited staff, funding, and systems development resources can initiate and support an institutional repository. Facilitators of success include clear lines of authority, a strong champion, and the appropriate technology for the project. Originality/value – This paper serves as an example to libraries that are in the beginning phases of developing an institutional repository by discussing the barriers to and facilitators of success.
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