Director of Library Digital Technologies
Digital Repository Manager
Responding to the global pandemic, the Brown University library recognized early on that we would need a solution to the problem of secure document delivery to meet the demands of supporting teaching, learning, and research on campus. We searched around for a number of options in the commercial and open source marketplace before discovering one solution sitting just under our noses. While it met the needs for individual research requests, we determined that it was not the optimum solution to deliver a fully realized digital reserves solution, with automated, time-limited, queue-based access to restricted materials. Plus, the clock was ticking. We were inspired by the work of the Princeton Library’s IIIF solution, but decided for accessibility reasons to focus on a PDF solution instead. The challenge was developing and implementing a new solution in just over two weeks. This session will cover the paths pursued and destinations reached, with demonstrations of both of the solutions we’ve implemented, along with plans for next steps.