Type of Program

Speech/Presentation/Lecture

Start Date

April 2010

Program Topic Category

Customization

Description

CARLI Digital Collections (CDC) is a repository of digital content created and shared by member libraries of the Consortium of Academic and Research Libraries in Illinois (CARLI). CARLI currently hosts and manages over to sixty-five primary-source research collections in CONTENTdm digital collection management software. The CDC collections are hosted on a central CARLI server with the vast majority of collection items and metadata created and uploaded by member libraries. Collections are made up predominantly of image files. Most collection objects have been cataloged using Dublin Core metadata elements, and contributing institutions are asked to adhere to guidelines adopted by CARLI, including technical guidelines for digitization and metadata.

Up until recently, the interface for the CDC included minimal customizations and relied on out-of-the-box navigation. CARLI and the CARLI Digital Collections Users’ Group determined in 2009 that the CDC interface should be more fully customized to showcase and improve access to and discovery of the collections’ unique content. To that end, a consultant was hired to work with CARLI staff to apply sustainable customizations to the CONTENTdm web templates. The redesign focused on applying the consortium’s local style guidelines while incorporating unique design elements that would meet the functional needs of member libraries and collection users.

Customization project team members will present on the collaborative interface redesign process, with specific focus on how the consortium succeeded in incorporating consistent layout and navigation across individually branded collections without overburdening CARLI staff with custom elements that would require excessive, on-going maintenance to support.

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Copyright © 2010 Kerri Willette, Jessica Gibson

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Apr 8th, 12:00 AM

Creating a Customized and Sustainable Interface for CARLI Digital Collections

CARLI Digital Collections (CDC) is a repository of digital content created and shared by member libraries of the Consortium of Academic and Research Libraries in Illinois (CARLI). CARLI currently hosts and manages over to sixty-five primary-source research collections in CONTENTdm digital collection management software. The CDC collections are hosted on a central CARLI server with the vast majority of collection items and metadata created and uploaded by member libraries. Collections are made up predominantly of image files. Most collection objects have been cataloged using Dublin Core metadata elements, and contributing institutions are asked to adhere to guidelines adopted by CARLI, including technical guidelines for digitization and metadata.

Up until recently, the interface for the CDC included minimal customizations and relied on out-of-the-box navigation. CARLI and the CARLI Digital Collections Users’ Group determined in 2009 that the CDC interface should be more fully customized to showcase and improve access to and discovery of the collections’ unique content. To that end, a consultant was hired to work with CARLI staff to apply sustainable customizations to the CONTENTdm web templates. The redesign focused on applying the consortium’s local style guidelines while incorporating unique design elements that would meet the functional needs of member libraries and collection users.

Customization project team members will present on the collaborative interface redesign process, with specific focus on how the consortium succeeded in incorporating consistent layout and navigation across individually branded collections without overburdening CARLI staff with custom elements that would require excessive, on-going maintenance to support.