New PALS Islandora Partners: Bethany Lutheran College and Luther College

PALS Welcomes two new Islandora partners: Bethany Lutheran College and Luther College

PALS is excited to announce that Bethany Lutheran College in Mankato, MN and Luther College in Decorah, IA have joined our Islandora community!

Bethany Lutheran College looked into several options for a digital asset management (DAM) platform, and “Islandora rose to the top with the most potential for versatility and ease of use.” They plan to follow Minnesota Digital Library metadata guidelines, and sharing content between Islandora and the Minnesota Digital Library “should be pretty painless.”  Bethany is also quite interested in seeing how, “with the help of PALS, [we can] develop the open source software to its fullest potential.  We don’t have spare library staff here at Bethany, but with some extra effort on the front end, I feel confident Islandora will provide a comfortable yet powerful interface for us.”

Bethany plans to start with their yearbook collection, and possibly some early recordings of choirs done on vinyl, or photographs.  Bethany has a method in place to convert the vinyl to digital format.  PALS and Bethany are both excited to see how this turns out.

Luther College is looking at possibly starting with their Alumni newsletter, documents, or perhaps faculty meeting minutes and agendas.

“We (Luther College) have been experimenting with Islandora for a few years, attracted by the continued development of the product and the growth of the user community. The affordable package of support and hosting provided by PALS will allow us to implement a secure production system, while allowing us to focus on our strengths – curating and maintaining a repository of local materials.”

PALS looks forward to working with Bethany Lutheran College and Luther College, and providing them with a DAM solution that meets their needs.

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