Considering CONTENTdm

Thus far, today has been consumed with considering our various options for digital asset and metadata management. I created a list of pros and cons to using CONTENTdm, a digital collection management software produced by OCLC, as well as the benefits and drawbacks of our many possible points of access for digitized content (including Calisphere and WorldCat).

We have previously used CONTENTdm to push images and metadata to these access points, but for this project, we need to consider whether or not it is beneficial to use this system when we are already providing access to content via the California Digital Newspaper Collection (CDNC), which uses Veridian. I am hoping to get feedback from others who have used this system for digital newspapers to help us in our decision making.

Here is an image from Santa Monica Public Library’s Imagine Santa Monica, a series of digital collections managed and displayed in CONTENTdm.

Santa Monica Evening Outlook, July 27, 1921
Santa Monica Bay Printing Company. Santa Monica, Calif.: L.T. Fisher : D.G. Holt,1875-
Retrieved from the Santa Monica Public Library’s digital collections: Imagine Santa Monica