Digital Content Store

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Library software provider SirsiDynix has collaborated with the Copyright Licensing Agency in the development of its Digital Content Store (DCS).

The DCS is a rights, technology and content platform for higher education institutions (HEIs) being developed by CLA together with HEIs, publishers and technology partners.

At the core of the DCS is a searchable repository of PDF extracts and a workflow management tool.  When extracts are digitised by HEIs under the CLA Licence, they will be uploaded directly to the DCS. Once an extract is uploaded and assigned to a course, students will be able to access the extract via a secure link to the content held in the DCS.

SirsiDynix and CLA have collaborated to connect the SirsiDynix Symphony Integrated Library System into the DCS, which means that those HEIs already using Symphony will be able to link their library catalogue with the DCS to enable an automatic check to see if they own a given book or journal. This check is important as any digitisation done under the CLA licence requires that the institution owns an original copy of the book or journal.

Once fully operational later this year the DCS will provide benefits to HEIs by saving them time and effort during the process of checking, digitising and reporting on content to be used in course packs, including removing the requirement for annual reporting under the CLA licence.

Eric Keith, VP of strategic partnerships at SirsiDynix, said: 'Our ongoing commitment to SirsiDynix customers is to create the best library user experience. The integration with CLA is another evidence of that commitment and will improve the user experience for our shared customers. We appreciate our partnership with CLA to help make this a reality.'

Eela Devani, digital strategy director at CLA, added: 'We recognise the difference that time-saving technology can make for library managers in higher education and so as part of CLA’s mission to simplify copyright we are developing the Digital Content Store. The integration of the SirsiDynix Symphony Library system will help to further streamline processes for our customers.'