After a rigorous development and review process, the PALS Islandora team, consisting of Rod Bruce, Dani Kroon, and Simon Mai, is pleased to announce that the department’s first Islandora 2 site has gone live. Click here to view
The team has worked diligently over the last few months to accommodate unexpected delays in community-led development due to the pandemic, changes to responsibilities, and other major PALS-related initiatives to successfully bring the Minnesota Department of Transportation’s (MnDOT) project to fruition.
Dani, our Support and Training Librarian for Islandora, has this to say about the process:
“The initial word that springs to mind is chaotic, but once I take a breath and think about the process, I am amazed at what we accomplished. Go-live times are always a bit messy. Invariable unforeseen issues arise that require troubleshooting on the fly. Another look at the system brings up additional questions. It is the nature of go-live.
I appreciated working with the MnDOT team, who had a vision for their Islandora site and its functionality. They asked the questions that, as a result, helped make their Islandora 2 instance a better site.
In the PALS office, I appreciate working with the Islandora Team: Rod Bruce, and Simon Mai, who made MnDOT’s site happen, implementing changes, updating the software, and calmly troubleshooting last-minute problems.
It takes a village to get a new software product off the ground.”
Sheila Hatchell, MnDOT Library Director, says:
“I love how the site looks, how responsive it is, how easy it is to make changes/corrections, and that everything is immediate. I am particularly excited about the photos to see where that collection goes, as well as our historical newsletter collection which has fantastic information in it.”