A reality of dwindling resources in archives, as well as in higher education more broadly, is that the ability to purchase and maintain a specialized archives management and content management software is often out of reach. For Marshall University Special Collections, the solution to make finding aids and other digital archival materials accessible online required evaluating software already available at the university. Marshall Digital Scholar (MDS), an instance of the bepress institutional repository software, was chosen for its immediate availability, robust discovery services within the repository and through outside search engines, statistic tracking capability, metadata flexibility, support for multiple file types, and its availability to researchers on and off campus.
James, Elizabeth, Lindsey M. Harper, Lori Thompson, and Gretchen R. Beach. "Institutional Repository and Archives Partnerships and Futures." Mid-Atlantic Regional Archives Conference: MARAC, April 16-20, 2020. In Mid-Atlantic Archivist, edited by Jodi Boyle, Society of American Archivists 49, no. 3 (Summer 2020): 12-13, https://marac.memberclicks.net/assets/maa/maracsummer2020.pdf