Purpose – This paper aims to inform library professionals on technical issues relating to implementing and using DigiTool, proprietary software by Ex Libris, to develop an institutional repository (IR). Design/methodology/approach – This paper describes Colorado State University Libraries' experience to date in developing an IR using DigiTool. Topics discussed are based on the processes and workflows, and include local customization; metadata and object ingest; implementation of handles; incorporation with web discovery; and management of statistical data. Findings – The DigiTool, a powerful, complex, and relatively mature out‐of‐box IR platform that fulfils one's needs to establish and maintain an IR, is considered. Originality/value – The experiential information and technical details on implementing and using DigiTool will be valuable to institutions that are interested in adopting this product for a similar purpose.
The Electronic Library – Emerald Publishing
Published: Oct 4, 2011
Keywords: Colorado State University Libraries; Digital repository; DigiTool; Institutional repository; Technical aspects; United States of America; Customization; Web sites