April 10, 2003 – Boston – Ex Libris joined with staff from New York University and SUN Microsystems, Inc., at NYU's Center for Advanced Technology on Thursday, April 10, 2003, to celebrate the formal inauguration of the NYU-Ex Libris partnership in Sun's newest SUN Center for Excellence program. SUN Microsystems has 35 Centers of Excellence around the world, and this reception marked the debut of one of the newest and most exciting of all.
NYU selected Ex Libris and its DigiTool application for their ability to create, organize, and deliver a complete digital library solution. Ex Libris' DigiTool is a digital-asset management system that provides all the tools required for building and managing digital collections as components of an overall digital strategy. It is capable of handling massive collections as well as targeted pick-and-choose offerings and creation of metadata/object combinations one at a time.
Carol Mandel, Dean of Libraries at NYU, was joined in her remarks at the gala celebration by Kim Jones, Vice President for Higher Education and Research of SUN, Robert Berne, NYU Senior Vice President for Health, and Michael Kaplan, Director of Product Management at Ex Libris. Jerome McDonough is the Digital Library Group Team Leader.
As the premier collection under the DigiTool umbrella, NYU selected manuscripts from the Alfred C. Berol Collection of Lewis Carroll, the largest Lewis Carroll collection in the United States. According to NYU, “The Alfred C. Berol Collection was donated to NYU by Mrs. Madelin Rossin Berol and her son Kenneth Berol in 1975, soon after Mr. Alfred C. Berol's death. It is one of the pre-eminent collections of Lewis Carroll materials in the United States. Not only does the collection contain numerous letters, manuscripts, drawings, and photographs by Charles Luttwidge Dodgson, but also contains firsts, autographed copies, presentation copies, and proofs...” — (www.nyu.edu/library/bobst/research/fales/coll_mss/berol/berolweb.html)
The Berol Collection of Carrolliana comprises many extremely interesting finds, among them letters in which Dodgson discusses use of proceeds from “Alice Under Ground” and a letter in which he refers in the third-person to “Mr. Lewis Carroll…a great friend of mine”. There are also illustrated letters and a discussion of the mathematical nature of croquet—Dodgson, after all, was a mathematician.
The NYU DigiTool site may be accessed at msdlib.home.nyu.edu:8881/F.
NYU's DigiTool implementation represents the first site live with DigiTool version 2.0. DigiTool first went live in May 2002 at Brandeis University, where DigiTool manages the Daumier lithograph collection (dembitz.mainlib.brandeis.edu:8993/F). With the NYU debut, DigiTool is now installed or under contract at a steadily growing number of sites, including, recently, the British Library, which has chosen DigiTool to serve as a key part of its overall digital strategy.