LT - Digital Library Survival Took-kit

Peter Clarke - UCDAudrey Drohan - UCD

UCD Digital Library is a repository of digitised cultural heritage data (photographs, maps, printed documents, archival materials, artefacts, etc.) and research data arising from activity at UCD and elsewhere. It is also an organisation with expertise in digital content management and preservation, steadily developed over the past decade.

By cultivating strong working relationships with a broad cohort of content providers, adopting open source technologies where possible and harnessing the expertise and enthusiasm of a very diverse in-house team, UCD Digital Library has successfully met challenges head-on in a fast-paced technical environment. All of this has taken place in a landscape of diminishing library budgets and resources.

This lightning talk will serve as a use case for under-resourced academic digital libraries and data curation organisations, offering a “survival tool-kit” and providing accessible best practices to address and overcome common challenges.