A trip to Leeds Metropolitan University to meet up with Nick Sheppard was the order of the day recently. Nick is Repository Developer at the Headingley Library and was on hand to share his views and experiences of implementing intraLibrary as their open access research repository.
Repository projects at Leeds Met were originally funded by JISC as part of the UKOER programme and, after looking at various options, intraLibrary was identified as the most suitable platform. The fact that it is designed more for learning objects, rather than the research output that Leeds intended to use it for, led to a fair amount of further development work and customisation.
After a blisteringly fast-paced, and tangent-shifting yet insightful morning running through the highs and lows of this process, we moved on to look at the practical side of dealing with CLA requests using intraLibrary.
This is similar to the process we use here for our own CLA book chapter and journal article requests. To see the same steps followed via intraLibrary was beneficial and highlighted similar advantages and similar issues to those often experienced here using UCEEL / Formtek.
We looked at adding collections, metadata templates, coversheets, uploading items, tutor notification, and renewals. The interface may well look a little different, but the principles and workflows remain much the same.
All in all, it proved to be a very useful visit, even if the final pulse-pounding dash for the train could have been filmed for an eLibrary version of The Bourne Identity. Look out for the exciting trailer coming to a blog near you soon.
So, a big thanks to Nick and co at Leeds Met.