Resource Creation & Acquisition

Support your institutional publishing needs with much greater ease.

Libraries are the recognized experts on resource management in an institution, placing them at the epicenter of their organization’s increasing publishing needs.

But are you ready to address this demand?  Are you able to support the full resource lifecycle, from conception through distribution? Equipped to facilitate content creation and editing?  Prepared to undertake production and packaging activities at scale?  Based on what we hear, again and again, from library staff thrust into this new role, the answer is a resounding “no.”

Despite perceived understanding of publishing processes and early attempts at software solutions to support them, many libraries continue to struggle with the cost, level of effort, and specialized skills necessary to successfully provide these services. Without significant investment in publishing software and the staff necessary to run it, your library many be unable to fulfill one of the most critical new expectations placed upon it.

Our transformation engine, PraXis by IMT™, provides a flexible, easy-to-use platform for publishing, built on the same backbone used to manage library metadata and commercial content.  In so doing, it bridges the gaps between resource management and content creation and distribution in a way that makes sense for your library.

First, PraXis provides library-defined templates within which to create and revise content and its associated metadata — templates that can easily be distributed to and used by your faculty, researchers, students, and other authorized content creators.  The platform also enables producers to aggregate information assets to which they have access, whether text, image, or table, making it easy to embed content into a new resource or to create a derivative work (e.g., a course pack).

PraXis then allows the manipulation and enrichment of this content, either automatically, based on rules established by your library, or manually, through commonly-used interfaces and applications like Microsoft Word®.  This step in the process facilitates translation and versioning by audience.

Finally, PraXis packages metadata and content in a wide variety of formats and contexts — whether for print reproduction or online distribution; in PDF, HTML, eBook, or other desired formats; or as a licensed, controlled package for use in new services and solutions.  This feature of PraXis enables your library to deliver reliable, high-quality — and most importantly, plug-and-play — information assets in a way that bridges library services from creation to consumption.  In short, your library is now free to create and use its resources and metadata when, where, and how it wants.