Research and Development
The Research and Development team is responsible for Pika, the Digital Archive, and other applications developed by Marmot, including Offline Circulation and data migration tools.
Pika Discovery Layer
Marmot has been working on their opwn source Pika Discovery Layer since 2009. Pika was created to address the needs of patrons by solving several common usability issues: all formats of a work are grouped together, patrons can serendipitously discover titles to read next, and all functionality works on any size device with responsive design. Pika is available to all Marmot members as well as Discovery Partners that work with Marmot.
In the middle of 2014, a critical mass of Marmot directors identified the need to start a digital repository for use by all Marmot members. The Digital Repository Task Force was formed in September of 2014 to evaluate digital repository needs and evaluate potential solutions. The DRTF spent a year learning from other institutions that already have digital repositories or that set them up in the past. At the end of this period, we hired full time staff to support our archive and have began development on the archive.
The archive uses Islandora for the back-end administration interface and Pika as a Discovery Layer. Archive content is presented alongside traditional catalog content to increase usabilty and better surface the unique content of our libraries.
Marmot Code Club is an opportunity to share technical expertise among library staff. Club members show projects they have done that others might find useful and/or informative. Code Club also builds projects jointly to practice programming and to solve common needs among club members.