Princeton Theological Seminary Library Moves into the Digital Future with Mark Logic

Princeton Theological Seminary has released a new version of its digital collections based on the Mark Logic Corporation’s industry-leading XML content server.

“We were looking to move forward with our digital collections” said Clifford Anderson, curator of special collections at Princeton Seminary. “We had developed a system in-house to deploy our XML-based digital content, which helped us to get going with our digital projects. However, we were running up against its limits—relatively slow response times, no good solution for searching our XML content, and a fairly complicated programming model. We needed a far more robust system to take our digital collections to the next level.” Anderson and his colleagues spent more than a year looking at options before deciding on the MarkLogic Server, an XML content server from Mark Logic Corporation. “What set the MarkLogic Server apart for us was the combination of its powerful ability to store, query, search, and render XML-based content with its wonderfully simple systems administration. Our team is small and we need to stay agile. Mark Logic made it possible for us to build and deploy applications directly in XQuery, without any additional overhead,” said Anderson.

Contemporary libraries face the challenge of competing with major digitization projects outside the world of traditional librarianship. “We recognize that the best way to compete under these constantly changing conditions is to leverage our specialized knowledge of the content,” said Stephen Crocco, the Seminary’s James Lennox Librarian. “The MarkLogic Server will help us to unlock our XML content in ways we know will be most useful to our users.” Nicole Engard, the Seminary’s newly hired metadata librarian, is looking forward to developing new features on a regular basis. “I am very excited to see what other publishers, such as O’Reilly, have achieved with this tool and can't wait to provide patrons with new ways of researching within our collection,” she said.

The new digital collections went live on October 26. The new system may be accessed at http://digital.library.ptsem.edu
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