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Developing an institutional repository using DigiTool

Shu Liu (Digital Repositories Services, Colorado State University Libraries, Fort Collins, Colorado, USA)
Yongli Zhou (Digital Repositories Services, Colorado State University Libraries, Fort Collins, Colorado, USA)

The Electronic Library

ISSN: 0264-0473

Article publication date: 4 October 2011

Abstract

Purpose

This paper aims to inform library professionals on technical issues relating to implementing and using DigiTool, proprietary software by Ex Libris, to develop an institutional repository (IR).

Design/methodology/approach

This paper describes Colorado State University Libraries' experience to date in developing an IR using DigiTool. Topics discussed are based on the processes and workflows, and include local customization; metadata and object ingest; implementation of handles; incorporation with web discovery; and management of statistical data.

Findings

The DigiTool, a powerful, complex, and relatively mature out‐of‐box IR platform that fulfils one's needs to establish and maintain an IR, is considered.

Originality/value

The experiential information and technical details on implementing and using DigiTool will be valuable to institutions that are interested in adopting this product for a similar purpose.

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Citation

Liu, S. and Zhou, Y. (2011), "Developing an institutional repository using DigiTool", The Electronic Library, Vol. 29 No. 5, pp. 589-608. https://doi.org/10.1108/02640471111177044

Publisher

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Emerald Group Publishing Limited

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