Special Collections Asset Management System


The Special Collections Asset Management System manages the metadata for digital collections. The web-based interface allows authenticated users to edit descriptive metadata. Parts of digitization workflow and descriptive metadata are automated through semantic identifiers.


Technical Details

Special Collections Asset Management System is a Ruby on Rails application. It uses MySQL as a persistent data store and indexes resources to Solr database for use by internal and external search applications. The NCSU Libraries Digital Collections: Rare and Unique Materials application reuses these data stores for public search and discovery.

Reports and Presentations

Dietz B, Ronallo J (2011) Automating a digital special collections workflow through iterative development. ACRL 2011. In: Proceedings, Philadelphia.


  • Released October, 2011.

Last updated: January 27, 2012