UNLV Libraries uses CONTENTdm digital media management software to build our digital collections. It is a very useful software that allows you to store and search digital images (scanned pictures, documents, digitized multimedia files, etc.) and build collections in a collaborative environment. One regional project that UNLV Libraries have contributed to is the Mountain West Digital Library
that gathers collections from 12 institutions in the Mountain West geographic region together in one searchable database. More information about CONTENTdm can be found at the DiMeMa website.
Last week, I attended the CONTENTdm Advanced Topics training offered through OCLC. This course has been requested by CONTENTdm users to help those of us that are primarily project managers to learn the nitty gritty components of CONTENTdm reporting functions, batch importing of records, and customization of the web templates. The training was informative and helped me to gain more insight into the programming needed to work with the web templates, which was my number one goal in attending. Unfortunately, OCLC's staff has a difficult job trying to teach this type of course. Typically many people work together on digital collections and they often have a variety fo technical skills. Some of the attendees (including Kee Choi from UNLV) were probably bored by the slower pace of this course.
We will be utilizing some of the skills reviewed in the training when we import art slide metadata and scanned images into CONTENTdm from the system Vireocat in use at the Visual Resources Collection in the art department. This is one of the key steps in the pilot project that the Campus Images Group is leading to explore the use of CONTENTdm for storage, retrieval and repurposing of art images for teaching.