Research Library Application Landscape

A visualization of relationships between applications within the Library and potential integrations to Collection and Web Content Management Systems. A visualization of relationships between applications within the Library and potential integrations to AMNH-wide Collection and Web Content Management Systems.
© AMNH/I. Lee
To facilitate discovery and research of its collections and resources, the AMNH Research Library manages a suite of cooperating digital systems. Through these systems, Library staff can perform a variety of functions, including collection management, description, access to digital resources and asset discovery. This digital ecosystem is actively updated and evolves to best meet the needs of researchers. Currently, there are five systems working in tandem to provide these services: the Library Catalog (WMS), the AMNH Digital Repository (DSpace), the Archives Catalog (Archives Space), the AMNH Authorities (xEAC), and Digital Collections (DAMS).

AMNH Library Catalog (WMS)

The Library Catalog is used to search for books, journals, articles, and archives, such as manuscripts, films, art, and other materials. Records in the catalog provide information such as subject terms, title, author, dates, location, publisher, and description. Much of the content found in the catalog consists of published books and journals. The Library Catalog acts as a launchpad for other systems, with links to digitized resources and other collections catalogs.  

AMNH Digital Repository (DSpace)

The AMNH Library Digital Repository is an archive maintained by the Research Library for AMNH Scientific Publications, AMNH scholarly output and other original and published materials digitized by the Library. All information in the repository is freely accessible to scholars around the world to support their research. Material is searchable through the public interface and discoverable through the AMNH Library catalog. Records hold descriptive information such as title, author, date, and subjects.  

Archives Catalog (Archives Space)

The AMNH Research Library manages the Archives Catalog to enable users to search across archival material relating to the history of the Museum, its scientists and staff, scientific expeditions and research, Museum exhibitions, education, and general administration. These archives include departmental records and manuscript collections of individuals closely associated with the Museum or with the history of natural science. This is the primary catalog for all Special Collections and Archival material and the records supply collection and item descriptions at varied levels of detail. The Archives Catalog links to other AMNH Library systems to enhance the user experience, including the AMNH Authorities and the AMNH Digital Collections.  

AMNH Authorities (xEAC)

The American Museum of Natural History Library develops and maintains standardized vocabularies – authorities – to describe, and codify the names of Museum-related people, events, collections, and exhibits. These are grouped into categories such as people, expeditions, departments, and exhibitions. The Authorities contain verified identifying descriptive data such as names, dates of existence, historical notes, and chronologies, as well as related authorities and terms. These Museum-specific descriptions provide the background and structure for documenting the Museum’s history. Records are linked when applicable to the Archives Catalog to enhance the learning process.  

Digital Collections (DAMS)

Digital Collections is maintained by the Research Library to serve the American Museum of Natural History on an institutional level by supplying secure digital content storage and archiving, controlled description, discovery, and delivery. It manages content both from the Library’s archival digital collections as well as partnering to manage assets on behalf of other departments. Digital Collections is the main repository and asset level description resource for all digital Library collections material, including born-digital archival collections and digitized surrogates of analog material such as images, films, and audio content. When applicable, records in Digital Collections link to their parallel catalog records in the Library or Archives Catalog. Links to relevant authorities are also provided.