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Introducing the newly redesigned CONTENTdm


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Presentation given by Suzanne Butte, OCLC at ACRL on March 31, 2011

Presentation given by Suzanne Butte, OCLC at ACRL on March 31, 2011

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  • The Southeastern ContentDM User Group meeting will take place May 11-13 at the College of CharlestonDates: Monday - Wednesday, August 1 - 3, 2011,Host: Towson University, Towson, MDThe Eastern CONTENTdm Users Group Planning Committee is accepting proposals to present a pre-conference workshop, conference talks, and/or panel discussions at its 2011 Annual Meeting being held this August at Towson University in Towson, MD. Please consider participating as a speaker or part of a panel discussion. Proposals are due by Monday, April 18, 2011.More information about the conference is available on its website,
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    • 1. Introducing the newly redesigned CONTENTdm
      March 31, 2011
      Suzanne Butte, OCLC
      Digital Services Consultant
    • 2. Today’s agenda
      Overview of CONTENTdm
      Suzanne ButteOCLC Digital Services Consultant
      Experience with CONTENTdm
      Kristen YarmeyDigital Services LibrarianThe University of Scranton
    • 3. CONTENTdm
      Digital Collection Management Software
      A complete software solution
      Stores, manages and provides access for all your digital collections
      Your digital collections reside on a CONTENTdm Server, either installed locally or on an OCLC-hosted server
      For organizations of all types and sizes
      Academic libraries, public libraries, historical societies, museums, state libraries, special and others
      Offers open architecture; standards-based for staff efficiencies and cost effectiveness
      Dublin Core, JPEG2000, OAI Harvesting, PHP API and more
      Showcases a wide range of media types
      Photos and documents to audio and video files
    • 4. CONTENTdm manages all types of materials
      Images -photographs, posters, postcards, paintings, etc.
      Historical documents –journals, diaries, letters, etc.
      Printed materials – newspapers, yearbooks, reports, PDFs, etc.
      EAD Finding Aids
      Audio/video – oral histories, historic films, lectures, etc.
    • 5. CONTENTdm user community
      More than 2,000 libraries, archives, museums and other cultural heritage institutions worldwide use CONTENTdm
      Engaged user community
      Regional Users Group Meetings
      Forums and blogs
      CONTENTdm Metadata Working Group
      Beta programs
    • 6. CONTENTdm 6: newly redesigned
      The result of extensive usability testing
      An end-user interface that consistently has passed usability tests with 97% of users able to accomplish their tasks
      It now offers even simpler access to digital items, easier navigation paths and more avenues for discovery
    • 7. New CONTENTdm end-user interface
      Enhanced image viewer for zooming, panning and improved viewing of many file types: compound objects, images, PDFs, video/audio
      Featuresthat support discoverability: QuickView, suggested topics, sharing, RSS feeds, image carousels
      The ability to sharedigital items via e-mail, Twitter, Facebook, Flickr and many more
    • 8. New CONTENTdm Website Configuration Tools
      Provides simpler ways to configure and customize
      • Easier to apply a branded look and feel: Configuration tools make it easy to add a name, headers, colors, logos, customer headers, descriptions and more
      • 9. Additional customization is possible: Ability to add custom HTML or PHP pages
      • 10. Easier to maintain customizations: Customizations will persist through future software updates
    • CONTENTdm 6: optimized for customization
      Configurations are stored in layout and configuration files (global and by collection).
      Quick Configuration Tool = 3 steps to get started
      Quickly creates a simple functional site
      Use it once and probably not again
      Website Configuration Tool = for ongoing fine tuning
      Can do what Quick Config does and more
      Configurations grouped into categories
      Configurations control appearance and behavior
      Configurations will continue to evolve
    • 11. Configuration Toolset
    • 12. Current CONTENTdm user
      “CONTENTdm 6 is a great step forward.
      Using the new website configuration tools made it really simple and quick to customize our digital archive Web site—I probably only needed a couple of hours work.
      And avoiding coding is really handy for sites like us with no in-house technical support. The long-term sustainability of our CONTENTdm instance is much more assured knowing that minimal technical input is required from our end.”
      Edward KirklandProject Manager, My Leicestershire Digital ArchiveUniversity of Leicester
    • 13. See the new CONTENTdm…
      CONTENTdm 6 Sandbox:
    • 14. Kristen YarmeyDigital Services LibrarianThe University of Scranton
    • 15. What’s next with CONTENTdm?
      • Additional viewers and end-user experience improvement
      • 16. Social features like commenting, tagging and rating
      • 17. Extended website configuration and customization toolset
      • 18. And more…
    • In summary
      With CONTENTdm 6, you save both time and money, plus you have full control of your digital collection’s public interface.
    • 19. Catalog
    • 20. Configure
    • 21. Publish
    • 22. Evaluate CONTENTdm 6
      A hosted evaluation that enables you to try the fullCONTENTdm right away
      We set everything up for you
      No charge 60-day evaluation
      Just complete the evaluation form at
    • 23. Thank you!
      Suzanne Butte, OCLC Digital Services Consultant
      1-800-848-5878, ext. 5130
      Ron Gardner, OCLCDigital Services Consultant
      1-800-848-5878, ext. 6165