Hitting the Road towards a Greater Digital Destination: Evaluating and Testing DAMS at the University of Houston Libraries

  • Annie Wu University of Houston Libraries http://orcid.org/0000-0003-1611-4574
  • Santi Thompson University of Houston Libraries
  • Rachel Vacek University of Houston Libraries
  • Sean Watkins University of Houston Libraries
  • Andy Weidner University of Houston Libraries


Since 2009, tens of thousands of rare and unique items have been made available online for research through the University of Houston Digital Library.  Six years later, the Libraries' new digital initiatives call for a more dynamic digital repository infrastructure that is extensible, scalable, and interoperable. The Libraries’ mission and the mandate of its strategic directions drives the pursuit of seamless access and expanded digital collections. To answer the calls for technological change, the Libraries Administration appointed a Digital Asset Management System (DAMS) Implementation Task Force to explore, evaluate, test, recommend, and implement a more robust digital asset management system. This article focuses on the task force’s DAMS selection activities: needs assessment, systems evaluation, and systems testing. The authors also describe the task force’s DAMS recommendation based on the evaluation and testing data analysis, a comparison of the advantages and disadvantages of each system, and system cost. Finally, the authors outline their DAMS implementation strategy comprised of a phased rollout with the following stages: system installation, data migration, and interface development.

Author Biographies

Annie Wu, University of Houston Libraries
Head of Metadata and Digitization Services
Santi Thompson, University of Houston Libraries
Head of Repository Services
Rachel Vacek, University of Houston Libraries
Head of Web Services
Sean Watkins, University of Houston Libraries
Web Projects Manager
Andy Weidner, University of Houston Libraries
Metadata Services Coordinator


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How to Cite
Wu, A., Thompson, S., Vacek, R., Watkins, S., & Weidner, A. (2016). Hitting the Road towards a Greater Digital Destination: Evaluating and Testing DAMS at the University of Houston Libraries. Information Technology and Libraries, 35(2), 5-18. https://doi.org/10.6017/ital.v35i2.9152