dmBridge: Building a collaborative solution for streamlined digital library design and development

Cory Lampert, Alex Dolski, Brian Egan

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Purpose: Development of library digital initiatives increasingly requires integration of new technologies and collaboration between staff to accomplish specialized responsibilities. Yet, as responsibilities have evolved, the software tools used to fulfill them have largely failed to keep pace. This paper aims to show how UNLV Libraries overcame these challenges by developing a collaborative workflow model in a team with mixed technical skills. Design/methodology/approach: The paper offers a case study of one library's effort to transform inefficient web development processes in the digital library unit into an agile, collaborative team workflow through the development of a tool (dmBridge) that helps to reduce redundancies and encourage cooperation in the digital library design process. Findings: dmBridge came about in response to the growing necessity to create a sustainable digital library workflow within a framework capable of accommodating advanced customizability and relatively simple web development for CONTENTdm digital collections. Practical implications: As libraries seek to extend technology and digitization partnerships and cultivate successful grant funding, the authors demonstrate how development of tools like dmBridge can deliver an improved user experience, boost project efficiency, and support the strategic goals of the institution. Originality/value: dmBridge fills a need for a more modern, feature-rich, customizable digital collections framework. In doing so, it has brought about a considerable transformation in digitization projects workflow and resource provisioning.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)103-113
Number of pages11
JournalOCLC Systems and Services
Issue number2
StatePublished - 2010
Externally publishedYes


  • Computer applications
  • Digital libraries
  • Product development
  • United States of America
  • Worldwide web

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Information Systems
  • Education
  • Library and Information Sciences


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