DUBLIN, Ohio, October 10, 2007-OCLC, the world's largest library cooperative, has added new features and functionality to CONTENTdm, the leading digital collection management software for libraries and other cultural heritage institutions, to make it easy for libraries to manage and access documents in Portable Document Format (PDF) and integrate digital collection growth into their current cataloging workflows.
With CONTENTdm 4.3, libraries can more easily manage PDF files. Multiple-page PDF files can be automatically converted to compound objects with searchable full text which allows users to retrieve page-level search results within a PDF. Full-text extraction and generation of thumbnail images from the PDF happen automatically. End users can also select any subset of pages from the PDF to print or save, making it easy to get just the information they need.
"These enhancements promise very important functionality that we have been eagerly anticipating," said Scott Eldredge, Digital Initiatives Department Head, Harold B. Lee Library, Brigham Young University. "The new features should let our users search more efficiently and provide them with tools to better focus in on and use content of particular interest. We see this as another result of the CONTENTdm team's continuing efforts to respond to user requirements."
The new CONTENTdm release also supports the OCLC Connexion digital import feature which allows catalogers using the Connexion client to add digital items to CONTENTdm collections during the Connexion cataloging process. This new feature streamlines digital collection creation by integrating it with standard cataloging workflows.
"The integration of CONTENTdm and Connexion through the Connexion digital import helps our staff manage digital content in a way that is fully integrated with our existing cataloging workflow," said Jennie Stapp, Content Specialist Librarian, Montana State Library. "And, more importantly, our users have unprecedented access to our digital collection through our local Montana Shared Catalog and through WorldCat."
OCLC's CONTENTdm software offers a complete set of tools to store, manage and deliver digital collections such as historical documents, photos, newspapers, audio and video on the Web.
CONTENTdm is used by hundreds of institutions worldwide to manage thousands of digital collections. To see how some of these institutions are using CONTENTdm, visit www.contentdm.com/customers/.
More information about CONTENTdm can be found at www.oclc.org/contentdm.
Founded in 1967 and headquartered in Dublin, Ohio, OCLC Online Computer Library Center is a nonprofit library service and research organization that has provided computer-based cataloging, reference, resource sharing, eContent and preservation services to 60,000 libraries in 112 countries and territories. OCLC and its member libraries worldwide have created and maintain WorldCat, the world's richest online resource for finding library materials. For more information, visit www.oclc.org.