dmBridge

Cory Lampert (University Libraries, University of Nevada, Las Vegas, Nevada, USA)
Alex Dolski (University Libraries, University of Nevada, Las Vegas, Nevada, USA)
Brian Egan (University Libraries, University of Nevada, Las Vegas, Nevada, USA)

OCLC Systems & Services: International digital library perspectives

ISSN: 1065-075X

Publication date: 1 June 2010

Abstract

Purpose

Development of library digital initiatives increasingly requires integration of new technologies and collaboration between staff to accomplish specialized responsibilities. Yet, as responsibilities have evolved, the software tools used to fulfill them have largely failed to keep pace. This paper aims to show how UNLV Libraries overcame these challenges by developing a collaborative workflow model in a team with mixed technical skills.

Design/methodology/approach

The paper offers a case study of one library's effort to transform inefficient web development processes in the digital library unit into an agile, collaborative team workflow through the development of a tool (dmBridge) that helps to reduce redundancies and encourage cooperation in the digital library design process.

Findings

dmBridge came about in response to the growing necessity to create a sustainable digital library workflow within a framework capable of accommodating advanced customizability and relatively simple web development for CONTENTdm digital collections.

Practical implications

As libraries seek to extend technology and digitization partnerships and cultivate successful grant funding, the authors demonstrate how development of tools like dmBridge can deliver an improved user experience, boost project efficiency, and support the strategic goals of the institution.

Originality/value

dmBridge fills a need for a more modern, feature‐rich, customizable digital collections framework. In doing so, it has brought about a considerable transformation in digitization projects workflow and resource provisioning.

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Citation

Lampert, C., Dolski, A. and Egan, B. (2010), "dmBridge", OCLC Systems & Services: International digital library perspectives, Vol. 26 No. 2, pp. 103-113. https://doi.org/10.1108/10650751011048470

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Emerald Group Publishing Limited

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