Washington Research Library Consortium

Project
WRLC Consortial Repository

Duration
July 2014 - present

Objective
Migrate DSpace content to Islandora multi-site repository and develop shared tools to meet the needs of all consortial members, and develop separate themes to distinguish the look and feel of the five member sites.

Strategy
The project championed enhancements to Islandora including:

  • individual datastream embargoes
  • navigational breadcrumbs

  • display of usage stats on object pages

  • searching and sorting within individual collections

In addition to these functional enhancements, WRLC staff have been working on a number of fronts to add necessary services to the Islandora environment. They include:

  • Replacement of the DSpace handle server to allow existing handles from the Research Commons to continue to function

  • Implementation of the OAI-PMH functionality, allowing metadata from Islandora to be harvested by external discovery platforms (such as Summon) and providing additional access points to Islandora content

  • Authentication via EZproxy was another important service established in May. This was done with the assistance of Mark Jordan, Head of Library Systems at Simon Fraser University's W.A.C. Bennett Library. Being part of the Islandora community has its advantages!

Result
Lossless importation of data, functional enhancement, five coordinated but distinguishable sites. The repository and its member sites are nearing completion; slated to go live by mid-July.

WRLC is now ready to manage and maintain these new sites as they prepare for their official launch.