About Us

The Tufts Digital Library is a collaboration between the Tufts libraries and Educational Technology Services (ETS). The Tufts Digital Library supports teaching and research at Tufts University and includes digital resources of enduring value created by or for members of the Tufts community.

Overview

The Tufts Digital Library is a centrally-managed preservation and access system for digital content of enduring value created at Tufts and/or by members of the Tufts community, its affiliates, and allied organizations. The Tufts Digital Library provides core services including:

  • Discovery and Retrival
  • Metadata creation and management
  • Secure long-term storage and management of digital assets
  • Preservation services (in conjunction with our tools and systems).

History and Management

Since 2003, Digital Collections and Archives (DCA) and Educational Technology Services (a division of Tufts Technology Services) have collaborated on the implementation of the Tufts Digital Library. Beginning in 2012, Tisch Library began making contributions to the Tufts Digital Library including funding for the development of MIRA, a staff administrative interface allowing for metadata creation and management and ingest of content.

Collection policies and criteria for deposit are set by the Fedora Repository Oversight Group (FROG), Digital Collections and Archives, and the Tufts libraries. Management of the system’s software, hardware, and applications is performed by ETS with financial and staff contributions from DCA and Tisch Library.

Technology

The TDL is built entirely on FLOSS (Free, Libre, and Open Source Software). The underlying data storage is managed with the Fedora Commons Repository. Our user interface is developed using Blacklight and Hydra, with indexing powered by Solr.