Director, Digital Library Program
New York Public Library
As digital enterprises mature the contest for resources – technical, financial and human – is increasing. This is most clear in the demand for the development of new user interfaces for institutional repositories to meet a whole variety of service requests. Traditionally these needs have been addressed by the creation of interpretive and interpolative layers as evidenced on every library home page; or by the development of specialized syntax to shuttle materials across isolated quadrants – enterprises that are expensive and most likely unsustainable.
The New York Public Library, faced with these issues, has taken a different approach and has now begun a six month long re-engineering project to address the issues of how best to meet the needs of wildly different constituencies without the use of iterative architectures. This presentation will discuss the current architecture, the drivers that forced the need for re-engineering, and the framework for the new architecture 3rd way as conceived by the Digital Library Program and developers from Stanford and Columbia.