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As of Fall 2018, information on this wiki is no longer maintained. Current Florida Islandora and Islandora SubGroup (ISG) information is maintained at



This is a public wiki with information about the project to implement Islandora as a common digital library platform for the publicly funded universities and colleges in the state of Florida.

This wiki is for the Islandora SubGroup (ISG) of the Digital Initiatives Standing Committee (DISC) for meetings and planning. Meetings are open to all.


About FLVC's Islandora


  • Spring 2018:
    • May 25, 2018: OAI-PMH configured on all sites. The changes exclude certain content models (ie. individual picture of book pages won't each go out as a separate record), and ensure that harvests will work similarly across all sites.
    • Islandora batch update software is now installed on Islandora sites. This software lets someone from FLVC download a set of MODS XML records, then replace that set of MODS XML records. In order to use it for batch updates, the MODS XML records have to be batch edited on the person's computer desktop. Because records are not validated when imported to Islandora, this can't be opened up to Islandora sites at this time. However, the tools are now in place to explore batch updates.

Current Islandora sites

Broward College in production and open to the public
Florida A&M University in production and open to the public
Florida Atlantic University in production and open to the public
Florida Gulf Coast University in production and open to the public
Florida State University in production and open to the public
Gulf Coast State College in production and open to the public
Hillsborough Community College in production and open to the public
Indian River State College in production and open to the public
Lake-Sumter State College in production and open to the public
PALMM in production and open to the public
State College of Florida in production and open to the public
St. Petersburg College in production and open to the public
University of Central Florida in production and open to the public
University of West Florida in production and open to the public
Valencia College in production and open to the public

How to Get an Islandora Site

All public universities and colleges in Florida are eligible for Islandora hosting through FLVC and to attend ISG meetings. One Islandora site is available per institution and is free-of-chare.

To get an Islandora site, have your library dean or director request the site. The request can be emailed to with the subject line: [your institution] requesting FL-Islandora site.

As part of the site setup, FLVC will meet with you online for a short overview of the software. In depth training material is available through the [Florida Islandora Guides (FIG) wiki] and the Islandora Training page. FLVC is also available to work with you through specific projects, such as yearbooks, student papers, postcards, etc. Meeting along the way about a specific project can help to keep a sharper focus on just what you need to know to get to your goal. Islandora is full featured, and so has a steep learning curve. Working with FLVC on an introductory project can be a quick way to introduce to the software.

FLVC Islandora Development Team

Name/work email Role
Randy FischerDeveloper, FLVC
Gail LewisDeveloper, FLVC
Lydia MotykaLibrarian, FLVC
Bryan BrownDeveloper, FSU
Wilhelmina RandtkeLibrarian, Project Manager, FLVC
Amanda YesilbasLibrarian, FLVC
Gary PhillipsSystems Administrator, FLVC

FLVC's Islandora Subgroup (ISG)

The Islandora Sub-group (ISG) of the Digital Initiatives Standing Committee of the Members Council on Library Services is a working group that is tasked with the responsibility of working closely with the Islandora Development Team on the implementation of the FLVC Islandora Common Digital Library Platform. All FLVC hosted Islandora sites have the same basic configuration. When a new feature rolls out, for example newspapers, that feature becomes available to all sites on the same day and the basic look and feel is the same across all sites. The ISG is a way for sites to request FLVC work in a specific direction regarding Islandora, and is the place FLVC will go to ask for feedback on settings which have an impact on the look and feel of the site.

ISG is open to anyone working with an FLVC hosted Islandora site. If you work with an Islandora site, or are planning one for your institution, you are welcome to connect.

There are two ways to connect to ISG:

  • ISG meetings
  • ISG listserv

ISG Meetings

Meeting link

  • ISG meets monthly, on the fourth Tuesday of every month.
  • As of Summer 2018 the link to the call is ISG UWF Collaborate Link (Chrome is the recommended browser for Blackboard Collaborate.)

Meeting Notes

Monthly Islandora DISC status reports

ISG Listserv

The ISG has a listserv at FLVC-FL-ISLANDORA@LISTSERV.FLVC.ORG . Anyone working with or interested in an FLVC hosted Islandora site is welcome to sign up. This list is used for posting announcements, reporting problems that might affect other users, asking questions, and connecting with other institutions using Islandora. The listserv is low traffic and averaged 7 emails per month in 2017.

You can subscribe by sending an email to, and in the body you type subscribe with the list name.


Or you can go to the listserv archive page and click the link there to subscribe.

Project Background and History

Project Background and History

In Progress/Recent Software Development

Florida Islandora Institutional Repository Transformation (FLIIRT) project

Islanddev: Site tracking requested development in FLVC's Islandora sites

Batch MODS update

Background: As of August 2016, this is planned development at FLVC. Several institutions were interested, so in Sept. 2016, FLVC is collecting user stories. Please send user stories to to or to the ISG mailing list.

User stories:

  • I’m a librarian, and I’d like to be able to zip up a bunch of MODS xml with PIDS included the MODS and it use those PIDS to find and replace the MODS, so I can clean up MODS on my computer and then upload it all at once. (This one’s big. If off-line batch can be modified to accept and replace MODS records by PID, my life would be much better.)
  • I’m a librarian and I would like to see the all the values for a specific MODS element or group of elements for any collection level (including root) and be able to collect the PIDs for any of those records I might like to change, so that I can easily compare and reconcile differing values that come from typos. (Easy way to compare and reconcile differing (i.e. mistyped) values. I can do this on the command line, but not natively in FL-Islandora.)
  • I’m a librarian, and I’d like to be able to make changes to MODS records that have already been uploaded, like replacing the values of some elements and sub elements, so I can batch replace the element/subelement with one click, instead of having to edit each record individually in Islandora.

Example Interfaces:

"Questions for ISG" working document


ETDs and Islandora-to-Mango

ETDs are different from all other digital content in that the MARC record for the ETD usually resides in the institution’s own Aleph catalog. In this case, PURLs for ETDs get into Mango when the library’s Aleph catalog file is exported to Mango.

With Islandora there are two options. 1) The library can continue to catalog the ETD in its own Aleph and the Aleph record will go to Mango as a matter of course. If the library choses this option, they need to let FLVC staff know to not send their ETD collection(s) in Islandora to Mango, or there will be duplicates. For Islandora collections, there is an exclusion list that says, don’t send these collections to Mango, and the ETD collections need to be on it. 2) Instead of using an Aleph MARC record as the source record for Mango, the Islandora MODS record can be used as the source. This is the option the library should chose if it prefers to catalog the ETD directly in Islandora. The MODS record will be exported from Islandora as MARCXML with a PURL in the 856 field.

Either way works – it is just a matter of what workflow the library staff prefers. For example, if they actually do the cataloging in OCLC and export the MARCXML from Connexion, then they can import that MARC record to their Aleph file or to Islandora. If they import the MARC record into Aleph, then they have to export it from Aleph and import it with the ETD into Islandora, so there’s an extra step. On the other hand, if they import it to Islandora, then that will be the master record and they will have to do any future edits to it using the MODS forms.

Islandora Open Source Community

Digital Library Community in Florida

A 2012 map of Islandora sites (not necessarily up-to-date; maintained by Mark Leggott):

Selected Implementations:

FLVC Islandora Training

Personal tools