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Caltech Sets Tech Strategy Based on Invenio

Smart Libraries Newsletter [August 2015]

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Abstract: The library of the California Institute of Technology (Caltech) has recently selected the Invenio platform supported by TIND Technologies as the basis of its library management environment. Caltech ranks as a leading research and education institution dedicated to advancing science and engineering. In addition to its research activities, Caltech serves a relatively small student body, with 201415 enrollment reported of 977 undergraduates and 1,204 graduate students. According to University Librarian Kristin Antelman, the Caltech library intends to implement Invenio with hosting and support through TIND Technologies and integrated with EBSCO Discovery Service for article-level discovery. The Caltech library currently uses the Millennium ILS from Innovative, initially implemented in 1989.


The library of the California Institute of Technology (Caltech) has recently selected the Invenio platform supported by TIND Technologies as the basis of its library management environment. Caltech ranks as a leading research and education institution dedicated to advancing science and engineering. In addition to its research activities, Caltech serves a relatively small student body, with 201415 enrollment reported of 977 undergraduates and 1,204 graduate students. According to University Librarian Kristin Antelman, the Caltech library intends to implement Invenio with hosting and support through TIND Technologies and integrated with EBSCO Discovery Service for article-level discovery. The Caltech library currently uses the Millennium ILS from Innovative, initially implemented in 1989.

Caltech will work with TIND Technologies to expand the capabilities of Invenio for the management and access of electronic resources. Antelman came to Caltech from North Carolina State University, which is a partner in the Kuali OLE project and the lead institution for the Global Open Knowledgebase (GOKb). Antelman anticipates leveraging the design features of Kuali OLE to extend the capabilities of Invenio to meet academic libraries' needs for managing large collections of electronic resources. GOKb will provide the knowledgebase to support electronic resource management in Invenio. GOKb, though closely allied with Kuali OLE, has from its inception been intended for use with any other project that can benefit from an open access knowledgebase populated through the efforts of librarians.

Caltech shares some characteristics of CERN and other institutions that have implemented Invenio. They share an orientation to research in science and engineering with the need to provide repository services and to mange research data in addition the management of library materials. But as a university library serving a modest-sized student body, Caltech brings some requirements that differ from others that have implemented Invenio. Antelman, however, sees Invenio as a stronger foundation for supporting the libraries repository and digital asset management needs, extending beyond the traditional ILS model. Caltech will be the first library in North America to implement Invenio.

The Caltech library anticipates an implementation schedule with concerted work over the summer of 2015, with migration from its current Millennium ILS by October 2015.

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Publication Year:2015
Type of Material:Article
Language English
Published in: Smart Libraries Newsletter
Publication Info:Volume 35 Number 08
Issue:August 2015
Page(s):5-6
Publisher:ALA TechSource
Place of Publication:Chicago, IL
Products: Invenio
Libraries: California Institute of Technology
ISSN:1541-8820
Record Number:21463
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