Moving from a Hosted to Local IR Platform: the Good, the Bad, and the Ugly

Bob Gerrity

part of Implementing an Institutional Repository: 2009 Midwinter Symposium

Abstract: This presentation will explore the rationale, issues, benefits, and drawbacks of Boston College's decision to migrate its eScholarship@BC repository from a hosted IR solution (Digital Commons) to a local platform (ExLibris's DigiTool). Among the topics explored will be the potential that local control offers for creating additional value-added services and the resources required to realize that potential.


Bob Gerrity is Director of Library Systems for the Boston College Libraries, where he is responsible for managing a variety of technologies in support of library operations and the delivery of information to library users. He has overseen the introduction of several new technologies to the BC Libraries over the past six years, including OpenURL-based reference linking, federated searching, and the Libraries’ eScholarship@BC digital repository. Gerrity received his undergraduate degree from Boston University. He holds a Master of Library and Information Science Degree from the SUNY/Albany.