Princeton, NJ, October 26, 2007–When the librarians at Princeton Theological Seminary were seeking to develop and expand their digital collections, they decided to look beyond traditional library vendors to innovative companies in the world of content publishing.
"We were looking to move forward with our digital collections as we approach the Seminary's bicentennial in 2012" said Clifford Anderson, curator of special collections at Princeton Seminary. "We had developed a system in-house to deploy our XML-based digital content, which helped us to get going with our digital projects. However, we were running up against its limits—relatively slow response times, no good solution for searching our XML content, and a fairly complicated programming model. We needed a far more robust system to take our digital collections to the next level."
Anderson and his colleagues spent more than a year looking at options before deciding on the MarkLogic Server, an XML content server from Mark Logic Corporation. "What set the MarkLogic Server apart for us was the combination of its powerful ability to store, query, search, and render XML-based content with its wonderfully simple systems administration. Our team is small and we need to stay agile. Mark Logic made it possible for us to build and deploy applications directly in XQuery, without any additional overhead," said Anderson.
Contemporary libraries face the challenge of competing with major digitization projects outside the world of traditional librarianship. "We recognize that the best way to compete under these constantly changing conditions is to leverage our specialized knowledge of the content," said Stephen Crocco, the Seminary's James Lennox Librarian. "The MarkLogic Server will help us to unlock our XML content in ways we know will be most useful to our users." Nicole Engard, the Seminary's newly hired metadata librarian, is looking forward to developing new features on a regular basis. "I am very excited to see what other publishers, such as O'Reilly, have achieved with this tool and can't wait to provide patrons with new ways of researching within our collection," she said.
"Princeton Theological Seminary is at the forefront of technical innovation in libraries," said Andy Feit, vice president of marketing at Mark Logic Corporation. "For libraries to compete with Internet search and other sources of information they must find new ways to enable members to access and interact with valuable and unique content. Using emerging technology such as XML and XQuery to manage content is a breakthrough and we are pleased to partner with the Seminary Library to provide a highly scalable, high performing platform for its prized digital collections."
Digitizing library materials and thus making them accessible to scholars and church leaders around the world is a key part of the Seminary's strategic plan.
The Seminary Library unveiled its new digital collections at a joint meeting of the New York Theological Library Association and the Southeast Pennsylvania Theological Library Association on Friday, October 26 on the Princeton Seminary Campus. The collections will contain a wealth of material related to the history of Princeton Seminary, including the full run of the Princeton Theological Review and the Princeton Seminary Bulletin. The system will be available after that date at http://digital.library.ptsem.edu.
About Princeton Theological Seminary
Princeton Theological Seminary was founded in 1812, the first seminary established by the General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church. It is the largest Presbyterian Seminary in the country, with more than 700 students in seven graduate degree programs.
About Mark Logic Corporation
Mark Logic Corporation is the provider of the industry's leading XML content server. Mark Logic works with providers of information products to accelerate new product creation, deliver products through multiple channels, integrate content from different sources, repurpose content into multiple products, build custom publishing systems, and mine content to find previously undiscovered information. The company holds two patents on the innovative technology in MarkLogic Server, which enables companies to load, query, manipulate, and render XML content using the W3C standard XQuery language. For more information about Mark Logic, or to download a free trial copy of the MarkLogic Server, go to www.marklogic.comor visit the Mark Logic CEO blog at marklogic.blogspot.com.
For more information about the Seminary and its digital collections, contact the curator of special collections Clifford Anderson at firstname.lastname@example.org.