East Hampton, NY and Oslo, Norway – January 21, 2022. The East Hampton Library has successfully migrated its Digital Long Island Collection from CONTENTdm to TIND DA, highlighting improved user experience and getting material online faster among key improvements.
The Digital Long Island Collection is proud to be the first public library to be using the TIND Digital Archive. Dennis Fabiszak, the library's executive director, says:
“I think this is one of the most important projects this library has been involved with. It is equal to building a new wing on the building. It’s not only that we’ve taken everything that we’ve already digitized and put it into this new system. We’ve set it up in a way that we can continue to add to it. We can have other local institutions add their own materials at some point, with our catalogers being able to review it and enhance the information.”
The site, at digitallongisland.org, has been close to two years in the making, between selecting a new system and migrating digitized content to it. Mr. Fabiszak explains why TIND was selected:
“TIND DA is really put together in a way that is focused on the user and having the best experience. It was also very time consuming for library staff to add material to its previous system. The new one will enable us to put a lot more material online a lot quicker. And minutes after we put it online, it’s indexed and available for the public.”
Andrea Meyer, who heads the library’s Long Island Collection, adds:
"TIND DA is dynamic, adaptive, and much more user-friendly than anything I’ve seen. You can really narrow down exactly what you want, instead of having to go through hundreds of pages of things. As the first public library to employ the system, some of our time has been spent adapting what has been used by the U.N. and universities, really large-scale organizations, where there’s a lot of unpublished work.”
Mr. Fabiszak highlights several key abilities of the new system:
“We can put individual rights on individual documents, maintaining specific rights for an image’s photographer, for example, something we were never able to do in previous systems, which we hope will also enable us to get more materials from people who have been hesitant in the past.”
Another benefit of TIND DA is that it is indexed by Google, ensuring a global reach:
“The reach that the collection will have will be amazing,” Mr. Fabiszak said. “We will eventually index the entire thing, so anybody in the world, even doing a Google search, if they’ve never heard of East Hampton, will still find their way into this collection and this material. It’s wonderful that we’re able to do this.”
TIND is an official CERN spin-off providing library management systems, digital preservation- and research data management solutions based on CERN open source software. More info at www.tind.io
About the East Hampton Library
The East Hampton Library, a free community resource center, provides a welcoming space to all who enter its doors, in which to read, learn, communicate, create, play and participate. Through its collections, services, innovative programs, historic preservation, virtual access and technology, the library advances literacy, knowledge, cultural engagement and entertainment for all ages, elevating our understanding of the world.
About the Digital Long Island Collection
The Digital Long Island Collection is proud to be the first public library in the world to be using the TIND Digital Archive system. Included in the Digital Long Island Collection are searchable scans of deeds, drawings, etchings, inventories, letters, maps, paintings, pardons, patents, photographs, plans, postcards, prints, sculptures, sketches, textiles, tiles, yearbooks and more to come. Items in the collection come from original works held by the East Hampton Library, local residents and many other local institutions and organizations including the Village of East Hampton and East Hampton Town.