Encore Harvesting

Requirements: Harvesting requires a remote database to harvest.  To be eligible for harvesting, the digital resource must be OAI/PMH compliant and we must have legitimate access to the resources.

Background:  Encore Harvesting uses an overnight process to import records from a digital repository in an overnight process.  The records and their metadata are loaded and indexed in Encore.  They are searchable and include direct links out to the actual source within the repository.

*Our Sierra Success Bundle includes 5 separate instances of harvesting.  We have already installed harvesting and a sample of it is in place to review, so the implementation is very easy.  It will be up to the membership to determine the content resources for harvesting.

Resources:  We are currently harvesting two digital collections.


New York Heritage is a research portal for students, educators, historians, genealogists, and anyone else who is interested in learning more about the people, places and institutions of New York State. The collections in New York Heritage represent a broad range of historical, scholarly, and cultural materials held in libraries, museums, and archives throughout the state. Collection items include photographs, letters, diaries, directories, maps, books, and more.

New York Heritage is a collaborative project of eight Empire State Library Network members: Capital District Library Council, Central New York Library Resources Council, Long Island Library Resources Council, Northern New York Library Network,  Rochester Regional Library Council, Southeastern New York Library Resources Council, South Central Regional Library Council, and Western New York Library Resources Council.

In Encore you can search for “trains”, or more specifically “first engine Connecticut” to review the records.  Click the Media File button to access the image in the external digital repository.