Welcome to a new issue of Stew of the Month, a monthly blog from Digital Services and Technologies (DST) at the University of Maryland Libraries. This blog provides news and updates from the DST Division. We welcome comments, feedback and ideas for improving our products and services.
Digital Conversion and Media Reformatting
Historic Maryland Newspapers Project
The Historic Maryland Newspapers Project received the first batch back for quality review for this grant phase. It finishes up The Republican from Oakland, Maryland that was started in the previous phase. Metadata collation continues for additional titles for this phase as well.
The Library of Congress has created a new, dedicated Twitter account for Chronicling America (@ChronAmLOC). Follow along there to see more historic news content. They’ve featured titles Maryland digitized in previous grant phases including Der Deutsche Correspondent, a German language paper published in Baltimore in one of their posts, and Czas Baltimorski, a Polish language paper published in Baltimore in another.
The August #ChronAmParty theme was #GoestotheFair – take a look at what we found in the papers! Also, check out this post from Book Lover’s Day!
Digitization Assistant Alexis Woolford complete QC review of the historical agriculture publications for the Project Ceres grant. Robin Pike prepared and ingested the completed materials from the microfilm (2021) and print (2020) phases of the project and they are now available in the Internet Archive. Many thanks to Liz Caringola, Jen Doherty, Bobbie Mallett, Lisa Shiota, and others from cataloging and metadata to complete the metadata and MARC records needed to complete the grant deliverables. Pam McClanahan and Robin both worked with Nevenka Zdravkovska to close out the project with the funding agency.
Robin also worked with Liz Caringola and Josh Westgard to ingest the final programs from the Liz Lerman Dance Exchange grant to conclude that grant-funded project in August.
Digitization Assistants Brianna Nunez, Gabrielle Puglisi, and Marcella Stranieri completed digitizing the Baker’s Journal project from 2019 (delayed due to the pandemic), with assistance from Alexis Woolford. It will be ingested to the Internet Archive next month. They also worked to digitize and QC Works Progress Administration photos, university publications, and numerous patron requests.
Alex Trim and Robin Pike met with John Davis (SCPA) to plan and receive the final batch of the Ian MacKaye fanzine project, which will begin soon.
Alex Trim also received and prepared the Mayo Oral Histories conversion project for Prange, where students will be post-processing and preparing files for ingest from an already-digital oral history project.
MD-SOAR – Add new features to support ORCID identifiers and an updated submissions workflow.
Website Redesign Project – Continued development of the new Drupal site; all major features are now underway.
Avalon Improvements – Add ability for Editors to edit published objects, plus miscellaneous bug fixes.
Archelon Improvements – Improve stability and reliability of the application for metadata editing and import/export of binaries via the user interface; on hold pending completion of testing and feedback.
DRUM – Added new features to support DRUM for Data; custom submissions workflow and schema.org linked data; on hold pending completion of testing and feedback.
Kubernetes – Completed migration of Archelon to the Kubernetes cluster up to QA environment; on hold pending completion of testing and feedback.
USMAI (University System of Maryland and Affiliated Institutions) Library Consortium
The CLAS team responded to 87 Aleph Rx submissions and 21 e-resource requests from across the consortium’s libraries in August.
The following are a few highlights from our support activities this month:
- Troubleshot and resolved an issue with HS/HSL’s patron loader.
- Updated Aleph and EZproxy to reflect new College Park IP ranges.
- Tested new EZproxy configurations to prevent unauthorized intrusion attempts.
CLAS continues to be available to respond to your support requests. Please use our regular support channels if you need any assistance.
New Ticketing System
Work to implement the new USMAI Service Desk continued in June with additional setup in our QA environment. In preparation for a September launch of the new ticketing system. Our production USMAI Member Portal was migrated to the Libraries’ Kubernetes cluster and the production instance of the USMAI Service Desk was also created in Kubernetes. Additional work to migrate all Portal user accounts to the Service Desk will be done in early September. This work will allow USMAI library staff to login to both applications with the same account credentials.
ILS Migration Project
CLAS team members participated in meetings and activities of the Core Project Team. The team continues to participate in the review and revision of draft requirements for the RFP.
Changes to the submission form requested by MD-SOAR partners were moved into production. Additionally, a new field to record ORCIDs was added to the submission form.
DCMR welcomes Alex Trim, our new Digitization Services Coordinator, who will be managing in-house digitization in the Hornbake Digitization Center!
DCMR said goodbye to Marcella Stranieri who will discontinue her work in the Hornbake Digitization Center for other obligations.
Uche Enwesi’s title has changed to Director of Information Technology and Facilities Operations. As part of this, facilities management will be added to Uche’s portfolio, ensuring that space and technology infrastructural needs are considered in a holistic, integrated way.
DST also welcomes Catherine Roach, Library Facilities Manager, to the division as part of the incorporation of facilities management into the division’s operations.