CRL recently upgraded its Digital Delivery System (DDS) website, making it more navigable and efficient. Since its initial release in 2006, new content as well as system features have been added to DDS continuously. The site now hosts 22,000 plus titles, with 5.5 million pages total, digitized from CRL collections to support advanced research and teaching. Documents, newspapers, books, and journals are among the items CRL scans in response to requests from scholars at CRL member institutions. The digital delivery service prevents many materials that are fragile, rare, or unique from being lost, damaged, or destroyed through handling and transport.
All titles hosted on the DDS server can be accessed through the CRL catalog and WorldCat. To view a DDS title, simply find the title in the catalog, then click on the “Available Online” link. DDS offers open access on materials in the public domain. Other resources are made available only to members of the CRL community.
The recent upgrade introduced new and enhanced features to DDS, include:
- Enhanced user authentication allows off-campus users access CRL member-only materials through the Shibboleth or Proxy login.
- Integrated PDF viewer for consistent display across various browsers and browser revisions.
- On-the-fly file construction for download allows the user to browse pages first and then download selected sections of the work..
The new DDS contains other enhancements as well. CRL will continue to add new features and content to this service in the future.