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West Library launches institutional repository and digital archive in Quartex

 

Marlborough, UK 

Eunice and James L. West Library is celebrating the launch of archives.txwes.edu, its new digital collections site in Quartex, marking the achievement of an ambition to unite the University’s institutional repository and digital archives into one public-access website.

Eleven collections have been published to the newly launched site, including works by the University’s faculty and students, alongside flagship collections such as the George Anson Collection and Mason Johnson Theater Collection, both of which celebrate the legacy of former professors at Texas Wesleyan University.

The new digital archive has been built in Quartex, the digital collections platform from primary source publisher Adam Matthew Digital, which was selected by the Library team for its powerful asset management capabilities and numerous options for organizing and displaying assets in ways that are intuitive and rewarding for users of the collections.

“I am excited to have consolidated our various institutional resources into one comprehensive digital archive in Quartex. Our faculty now has one place to go for everything they may be looking for, while uniting formerly disparate resources adds importance and relevance to our varied collections.” Elizabeth Howard, Director, Eunice and James L. West Library

The Library worked closely with Quartex’s Customer Experience team, which managed the design and build of the site, drawing from in-house expertise and existing digital collections in Quartex for inspiration.

“Working on the digital collections site for Eunice and James L. West Library has been a great project and shows what can be achieved when library and vendors work together to create an engaging site that improves discovery. The Library team has been rewarding to work with and I am delighted that the site has received such a great response at this early stage.” Martin Drewe, Head of Customer Experience, Quartex

Early promotion of the newly launched site has focused largely on internal liaison, such as orienting faculty and library staff with collections and pathways to discovery. Initial feedback has been incredibly positive, with the digital exhibits feature singled out for particular praise, exemplified by the Texas Wesleyan Theatre Playbills 1954-1984 exhibit.

“The united digital archive is everything we hoped it would be, and more. It is much more visually exciting than our old repository; it invites exploration, to the point that we even have members of our faculty reporting having seen historical images they didn’t even know we had in our collections.” Elizabeth Howard, Director, Eunice and James L. West Library

“The digital exhibits are really exciting and our faculty and library staff are really impressed with them. We are already talking about creating more exhibits and how we can use them to open up our collections to new avenues of study.” Caitlin Rookey, Digital Initiatives Librarian, Eunice and James L. West Library

“The ‘Not sure where to start’ search form on the home page is particularly helpful to students in navigating and narrowing their searches, for example, those searching for previous dissertations, by providing the ability to search by format, subject, relation, asset type, and more.” Marquel Anteola, Reference and Instruction Librarian, Eunice and James L. West Library

The Library team plans to further enhance the site with further work on the George Anson collection and by adding university publications and graduation robing and commencement programs, as well as building on the already popular Scholar Works collection, a resource for the intellectual output of the University’s faculty.

Find out more about Quartex at quartexcollections.com.

About Adam Matthew Digital and Quartex

Adam Matthew Digital is an award-winning publisher of primary source content with 30 years’ experience identifying and making accessible primary resource collections from leading archives and libraries around the world. The publisher is an independent company within the SAGE Group, based in the United Kingdom, and has offices around the world. As its guiding philosophy, AM Digital believes that at the heart of education is the freedom to think critically. Each year it publishes new, relevant primary source collections that span a wide variety of topics ranging from gender and sexuality, literature, art, politics, war, business, popular culture, and more. These curated collections are offered to academic institutions on a customized platform designed to maximize discoverability and drive usage of primary source content to enhance learning.

AM Digital’s experience of curating and showcasing archival collections has informed development of the technology underlying all the collections released, which ensures that customers can effectively discover, access, and explore the content published. This technology is made available, as Quartex, to libraries, archives, and other heritage institutions, to facilitate digital open access publishing. Quartex is a hosted solution developed by a dedicated and skilled team of engineers. It is designed to support a broad range of repositories’ needs, including academic libraries, public libraries, and historical societies. It benefits from a continual program of investment and development, as new functionality is added to support the requirements of both customers and the AM Digital publishing schedule.

 

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