The purpose of this paper is to describe the process of selecting and customizing XTF open source digital library software for a unique application. The paper describes how Rutgers University Libraries, in collaboration with the University of Liberia, and with grants from the Engineering Information Foundation (EIF), the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), and with contributions from the International Society of Electrical Engineers (IEEE), have created The EAKO System – Engineering Access to Knowledge Offline, a prototype “Library in a Box” for engineering information at the University of Liberia. The product runs on the open source platform XTF, created by California Digital Library, and is based on TEEAL, The Essential Electronic Agricultural Library, developed by Cornell University. Because internet access is extremely limited in Liberia, The EAKO System, like TEEAL, will work entirely offline.
Over 20 open source software programs were considered during the development of the prototype. XTF was selected based on its ease of use and adaptability.
XTF is an easily customizable and powerful open source digital library solution, which met the needs of The EAKO System.
The amount of time required to enter data into the product was an issue. Solutions to streamline the process are being investigated.
Future development includes more automation of data entry, as well as creating mobile access.
The EAKO System could be easily adapted to other areas of information need, in developing countries and elsewhere.
Using the open source software XTF for an offline information resource is a novel application, which may be of value in other developing countries where internet access is limited.
Bolton Palumbo, L. (2012), "Building a “Library in a Box” with an out of the box solution: creating a prototype engineering library using XTF", Library Hi Tech News, Vol. 29 No. 6, pp. 8-10. https://doi.org/10.1108/07419051211277931Download as .RIS
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