Stew of the month: June 2016

Welcome to a new issue of Stew of the Month, a monthly blog from Digital Systems and Stewardship (DSS) at the University of Maryland Libraries. This blog provides news and updates from the DSS Division. We welcome comments, feedback and ideas for improving our products and services.

Digitization Activities

Historic Maryland Newspapers Project

In June the following Maryland newspapers were uploaded to Chronicling America:

Other Digitization Activities

Robin Pike presented at the June 21 Library Assembly to present the vendor digitization projects approved for FY17. She met with collection managers across the Libraries in preparing FY17 vendor digitization projects for the vendor contracts. She also worked with collection managers to refine rejected FY17 proposals for the FY18 proposal call.

Robin began working with Vin Novara to write a National Endowment for the Humanities, Humanities Collections and Reference Resources grant to describe and digitize the Liz Lerman Dance Exchange collection held by Special Collections in Performing Arts. The application is due July 19.

Digital  Programs and Initiatives

New Additions to DRUM

2016 Gemstone Projects Deposited in DRUM

Twelve projects from the Gemstone Honors Program were recently uploaded to DRUM, bringing the total to 96.  Along with the assistance from their faculty advisors and librarians, research from these students is always impressive.  Check out some of the titles from the 2016 teams:

You can browse DRUM for all of the Gemstone research from 2009 to the present at

Spring 2016 Theses & Dissertations

More than 350 theses and dissertations from the spring 2016 semester were added to DRUM in June bringing the total to 11,930.  Requests for embargoes are still hovering around 40% on average with a slight increase in requests over the past few semesters.  Subject librarians interested in receiving a list of embargoes from their departments can contact Terry Owen (

Digital Repository Initiatives

DPI is focusing efforts on supporting the forthcoming release of Fedora 4, the next-generation digital repository. This repository represents a major milestone in UMD Libraries digital initiatives, and will expand the Libraries’ capabilities for digital asset retrieval, delivery, and preservation. As part of this process, Josh Westgard has been coordinating with members of the Software Development and MITH teams to set up and test a new image server, which uses the International Image Interoperability Framework (known as IIIF). This open, community driven framework is designed to be easy to install, interoperable with many different platforms and image viewers, and deliver a fast, responsive user experience for visitors working with digital image content like books, manuscripts, photographs, and newspapers.


Plant Patents Image Database

The Plant Patents Image Database has been updated, adding 4000 images to the collection and bringing the total to 5000 images. This update also introduces new features, such as keeping search facets collapsed by default.

International Children’s Digital Library

Work is currently underway to migrate the International Children’s Digital Library (ICDL) to UMD Libraries servers.

VIVO Pilot Project

David Durden examined future compatibility between VIVO and DRUM (DSpace) concerning the harvest of bibliographic citations DRUM for ingest into VIVO. He also researched the citation coverage of UMD’s engineering faculty within Scopus and looked into API services from Elsevier for VIVO.

Software Development

The Staff Directory and Subject Specialists pages on the Libraries’ Website received visual improvements and more consistent presentation of contact information.  We also added support for photographs and profiles for each staff member, with work underway to populate that content for Subject Specialists as the initial target population.

User and System Support

3D Presentation and Demonstration

On June 1, 2016, the User and System support team (Preston Tobery and Victoria Quartey) working in the John & Stella Graves (J&SG) Makerspace hosted a 3D printing workshop for 20 Beijing University of Post and Telecommunications faculty. The Beijing University faculty are in the United States a 4-month long training program on teaching excellence.

The faculty asked the Libraries for hands-on learning and training. During the training, the faculty were interested in knowing how the Libraries makes the J&SG Makerspace accessible for all students, faculty and staff, no matter what discipline they seek.

The workshop was scheduled for 2+ hours. The first hour covered the history, processes and procedures, and equipment that are available in the J&SG Makerspace. The second hour consisted of a hands-on workshop with an introduction to 3D printing. The workshop showed the faculty how to create a 3D model of a rook chess piece using Autodesk’s 123D Design software.

The Beijing University faculty did not have experience with 3D models or 3D printing, and they found the workshop very informative and exciting. They were happy to be able to see the entire process from creating the 3D model to printing one.

Examining a 3D print to get a better understanding of the printing process.
Preston Tobery explaining how 3D printing works.
Preston demonstrating how the 3D software works.
Victoria Quartey shows a visitor how to use the 3D printing software
Preston giving a detailed look at the 3D printing
The group examines the Henson statue, which was scanned with a cell phone using 123Dcatch.


USMAI (University System of Maryland and Affiliated Institutions) Library Consortium

Support to USMAI

The CLAS team responded to 129 Aleph Rx submissions and 39 e-resource requests from across the consortium’s libraries in June.

Fiscal Year End Closeout

The fiscal year end rollover process was completed for all USMAI libraries. Congrats to Joseph Koivisto on fearlessly (and successfully) leading the consortium through this process in his first try!

Sustainable Collection Services Data Extract for Towson

Linda Seguin produced an extract of Aleph data for use by an OCLC collection assessment service called Sustainable Collection Services (SCS). The data was loaded into SCS’ GreenGlass application and will help Towson University make data-driven collection management decisions.

Aleph Upgrade

Work on the upgrade of Aleph to version 22 continued in June. Aleph TEST was upgraded the week of June 11th, and testing by select USMAI members began on June 18th. A new TEST client for version 22 is now available on the USMAI Staff Site for any individuals interested in trying it out. The version 22 TEST OPAC can be previewed at

A list of new features is available on the USMAI Staff Site. Timing of the upgrade of our production Aleph environment will be announced in mid-July.



Our exploration of utilizing Google Tag Manager to collect Google Analytics data in MD-SOAR continues, as we attempt to get expanded metadata for item downloads originating from outside of the repository (i.e. Google Scholar, etc.). The repository welcomed over 1200 visitors in June.


New Senior Software Developer Jeremy Gottwig joined SSDR on Monday, June 27. Jeremy received his dual Bachelor’s degree in German and English Literature from the University of Montana, Missoula and a dual Masters of Library and Information Science from Indiana University, Bloomington, where he focused on information management, systems design, and website programming.  He is coming to us from ReqEquity where he built websites first as a Senior Developer and then as Director of Backend Development.  Previously, Jeremy worked as a Librarian and Web Developer at NASA Goddard Library where his work included building the Goddard Library Repository using Drupal and Fedora Commons Repository.

Liz Caringola left DSS and started her new position in SCUA as the Archival Metadata Librarian on June 27. Liz worked as the Historic Maryland Newspapers Librarian, managing Maryland’s National Digital Newspaper Program grant project for three-and-a-half years. In this position, she was able to lead UMD Libraries in integrating national standards for newspaper digitization projects and apply these standards to the digitization of The Diamondback. She was also recently awarded the 2016 Outstanding Librarian Award. Congratulations on your new position, Liz!

Conferences, workshops and professional development

Robin Pike, Eric Cartier, Liz Caringola, and David Durden presented at the 2016 Libraries Research and Innovative Practice Forum. Robin and Eric gave separate presentations on their work on using data, namely Google Analytics statistics to prioritize work, and personal research on the Madrigals Singers, accordingly. Liz presented her poster on the Historic Maryland Newspapers Project progress, and David presented his methodology and findings using Google Analytics to analyze UMD Digital Collections.

Joseph Koivisto presented a poster at the 2016 Libraries Research and Innovative Practice Forum on the benefits of implementing Google Analytics using Google Tag Manager. The Maryland Shared Open Access Repository (MD-SOAR) was used as an example of this type of implementation.

Heidi Hanson attended the ALA Annual Conference in Orlando, FL from June 23rd to 28th.