Is there a limit to the amount of CARLI server space our library can use?
There are currently no restrictions on the amount of CARLI disk space that may be used to store your library’s digital content, but institutions may be assessed a CARLI service fee in the future that will be partially based on the amount of disk space used for your institution’s collections. Note that the CARLI servers are used for access images only and CARLI will not store your digital master files for you. Storage of digital master files is the responsibility of each individual institution.
What level of administrative control will be granted to each institution?
Your institution will have working space on the CARLI server where your staff can work with your collections. A staff person from your institution must be designated as the local administrator of CONTENTdm and will be given full administrative control over your institution's collections. CARLI staff must create the infrastructure for each of your collections before you can add content.
Will a local administrator have full control over its institution’s collections?
For most aspects of the CONTENTdm software, you have full control over your collections. However, there are some aspects of the software that require direct manipulation of the operating system file structure and permissions. These features will be handled by CARLI staff.
Can users be created locally? Will the local administrator be able to grant different levels of access to different users?
The CONTENTdm software does have built-in access levels that allow administrators to grant different levels of access to different users. The software does not, however, have the ability to create accounts. New accounts can be created by sending a request to CARLI support.
Will the local administrator have access to the Unix file system for their collections?
No. Only CARLI system staff will have access to the CONTENTdm server’s Unix operating system.
Will each institution be able to design custom interfaces to their collections and where will these custom interfaces be hosted?
Yes. CARLI staff has a web-based interface that allows you to submit modifications to the design elements in a collection. An institution's CONTENTdm primary contact should use the CONTENTdm Customization Form to request changes to the banners, color schemes, and text in your collections. Collection home pages within the CONTENTdm system are hosted on the CARLI CONTENTdm server, but libraries can also create external web pages hosted on their own websites that link into CARLI Digital Collections.
What factors should we consider when deciding whether to use CARLI's CONTENTdm server or to run our own copy of CONTENTdm locally?
Using CARLI’s server allows you to focus your attention on identifying and creating your digital content, and leaves the infrastructure planning and maintenance to CARLI. There may be other local considerations (e.g., staffing, cost, server space, joint projects with non-CARLI member institutions etc.) that make one model preferable to the other for your library.
What would it cost for us to run our own copy of CONTENTdm?
An individual library may decide to maintain its own copy of CONTENTdm software on its own local server. In addition to the costs of the server infrastructure, the locally hosting library would be responsible for the costs of the CONTENTdm software license and maintenance. CARLI member libraries may license CONTENTdm software from OCLC on their own behalf under the pricing terms of the agreement between CARLI and OCLC.
For additional information or pricing information, contact Ron Gardner via email or 1-800-848-5878, ext. 6165.
If we run our own copy of CONTENTdm, will the license be covered under CARLI’s contract with OCLC?
The locally hosting library assumes responsibility for the terms and conditions of any separate license agreement.
Will our library pay any recurring software maintenance costs for a local installation?
CONTENTdm software beginning on the date OCLC delivers the software to the individual library. Maintenance and support services beyond the initial year are the responsibility of the individual library.
We have licensed access to third-party image databases that are hosted by other vendors. What can we do to integrate multiple collections from various sources into a single interface?
If you are using a federated search application, you can make all of these sources targets in your federated search interface.