“DSpaceDirect Details” is an ongoing series of blog posts relating key features of the only low-cost hosted repository solution for discovery, access, and archiving, to common institutional repository requirements.
Winchester, MA Valuable knowledge resources kept in museums, libraries and research institutions come in many physical and digital forms and include books, historic artifacts, records, photographs, audio recordings, films, videos and works of art and maps. Physical characteristics help tell the story of why the object came into being and how it was used. Providing a physical home for artifacts in a geographic location where people can visit them is important, but it is no longer enough. How many people will actually travel to the Library of Congress in Washington, DC, for example, to view the original Declaration of Independence document? While a trip to the Library of Congress should be on everyone’s bucket list, it is also useful for citizens everywhere to be able to view a facsimile of this important document at their convenience online, from wherever they happen to be. Making content permanently and easily accessible is a DSpaceDirect benefit that helps institutions provide anytime access to previously hidden institutional treasures.
Your DSpaceDirect repository is online and web accessible as soon as you sign up for an account. That way you can add content and provide immediate access to your users, wherever they happen to be located.
Oceana Wilson, Director of Library and Information Services Crossett Library, Bennington College suggests that DSpaceDirect is a good solution on several fronts. “We have a small staff and don't have an archivist. Keeping up with archival records is an ongoing challenge. There is an interest within the campus community to access the archive as as well as external audiences, such as scholars of modern dance history. By making our archive accessible we will boost archival access for researchers on and off campus.” 
Spreading the word about the digital resources that are web accessible from a DSpaceDirect open access repository ensures that your institutional resources will be discoverable by new scholars from all over the world.
DSpaceDirect is the only hosted repository solution for low-cost discovery, access, archiving, and preservation from DuraSpace (http://duraspace.org), an independent 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization. DSpaceDirect is available with convenient features that include fast start-up, you-pick customization, no-cost upgrades, content preservation options, anytime data access and all-the-time data control–all at a price that puts solutions for long-term access to digital scholarly assets within reach of institutions of any size.
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 Bennington College: Crossett Library Digital Repository, DSpaceDirect Customer Profile, http://dspacedirect.org/profile/24