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.
Historic Maryland Newspapers Project
The Historic Maryland Newspapers Project has submitted its third batch of deliverables to Library of Congress, marking 30% completion of Grant Cycle 3. Outreach efforts are ongoing, and Project Manager Rebecca Wack travelled to Baltimore last month to promote ChronAm use to an audience of Baltimore City Public Schools teachers and librarians.
Synergies Among African American History and Culture (AADHum)
Project Manager Scott Pennington continued to review the files received from batch 1 and worked with MITH Graduate Assistant Will Thomas on drafting a summary of content selected for AADHum researchers and to feature as a future DigiStew blog post.
Other Digitization Activities
Digital Programs and Initiatives
Gemstone Projects Added to DRUM
Twelve new projects from the Gemstone Honors Program have recently been added to DRUM.
Now in it’s seventeenth year, Gemstone is a unique multidisciplinary four-year research program for selected undergraduate honors students of all majors. Guided by faculty mentors, along with the support of subject librarians, teams of students design, direct and conduct significant research. Check out the recent submissions in the collection.
OA Fund Now Accepting Applications
The UMD Libraries’ Open Access Publishing Fund is now accepting applications for 2017-2018. As in previous years, the Libraries only pays 50% of the article processing charges. If researchers have any questions regarding details of the program, or whether specific journals qualify for funding, they can contact Terry Owen.
Fedora Content Repository
During loading of the new OCR annotations for the Student Newspaper collection we discovered another bug which caused the repository to crash when we there were too many rolled back transactions. After modifying our load procedures we were successful in loading the 596,715 new annotations to support full text search and display for newspapers. We are now working with the fedora community to test and release a fix for this problem. Full annotation functionality is available in the newly released Archelon 1.1 and coming to the UMD Student Newspapers public interface in September. (Though not formally announced you, the faithful reader, can get a sneak peek of the new interface).
Deployed ArchivesSpace 2.0 in production and began work on the 2.1 release which contains the overhauled Public User Interface which will eventually replace the ArchivesUM interface to our finding aids. Version 2.1 is expected to be deployed in September.
Released version 10.2.5-4 in support of the switch over to use HTTPS for digital.lib.umd.edu, which encrypts traffic between the website server and the browser. This brings the websites into standard practice for providing patron privacy and improved security for the user and the server. ArchivesUM and The Jim Henson Works were successfully migrated, but unfortunately the Digital Collections and Treasury of World’s Fair Art & Architecture websites had to be rolled back due to problems delivering images via the old flash based viewer. This problem has bumped up our timeline to convert from the old flash viewer to a newer IIIF solution using Mirador, which will allow us to roll out HTTPS and also cleanup the infrastructure on our older Fedora backend server. We will begin this project at the beginning of October.
We have continued to investigate and plan for the upgrade to Hippo version 11, which we are now confident will present minimal end user disruption and can be rolled out in an October/November timeframe.
Broadcast Content Management
Stood up a version of the Avalon Media System for use in our pilot project to manage broadcast audio content. Avalon 5 is part of the Fedora Content Repository and Samvera ecosystem of open source, community developed applications.
Released Reciprocal Borrowing 1.1.0 for use by the Big Ten Academic Alliance reciprocal borrowing program between member institutions. This release includes 1) the ability to select and log the lending institution for statistical purposes; and 2) additional checks for user eligibility for borrowing.
USMAI (University System of Maryland and Affiliated Institutions) Library Consortium
The CLAS team responded to 138 Aleph Rx submissions and 38 e-resource requests from across the consortium’s libraries in June.
OCLC Control Number reaches 1 billion!
On August 8th, OCLC announced the one billionth OCLC control number (OCN). CLAS had been largely prepared for this momentous occasion for several years. At the risk of jinxing things, only one correction had to be made after the one billionth number. All seems well now. USMAI libraries should let CLAS know, though, if they encounter any problems.
WorldCat Discovery Availability Issues
In early August, CLAS became aware of increasing issues with the retrieval of availability information from Aleph in WorldCat Discovery/Local. Some expert log analysis by Hans Breitenlohner helped CLAS work with OCLC to identify the root cause of the issue. OCLC has planned several system updates that are expected to result in significant improvements to the retrieval of availability information in early to mid September.
Work continued on the development and implementation of autosuggest functionality in the MD-SOAR submission form. This is expected to be available for MD-SOAR partners to review in mid-September. The autosuggest functionality will help improve the consistency of metadata in MD-SOAR.
Joseph Koivisto has worked with Salisbury to prepare a number of batch loads for MD-SOAR. Several of these collections have been loaded, with the remainders expected to be completed in September. The new collections can be viewed in Salisbury’s repository.
Digital Programs & Initiatives is happy to welcome Fiona Jardine as the new ePublishing Graduate Assistant. Fiona is a PhD candidate at the University of Maryland’s iSchool, having graduated with a Master of Library Science with a specialization in Information and Diverse Populations in 2014. Her research focuses on the experiences and information behavior of those who exclusively pump breast milk. In addition to her position in DPI, she is the Graduate Assistant for Faculty Writing with the iSchool’s Research Support Team, and has been a Graduate Writing Fellow at the Graduate School Writing Center since 2014. As ePublishing GA, Fiona is responsible for supporting the Ada journal’s technical operations. Welcome, Fiona!
Conferences, workshops and professional development
Terry Owen attended ETD2017, the 20th international symposium on electronic theses and dissertations, in Washington, D.C. on August 7-9. Terry served on the Local Organizing Committee for this conference, with over 225 participants.
David Durden attended REDCapCon 2017 in New York City from August 13-16.
Kate Dohe, Joseph Koivisto, Dinesh Mendhe, Mohamed Mohideen Abdul Rasheed, Terry Owen, and Ben Wallberg attended the North American DSpace User Meeting at Georgetown University in Washington, D.C. on August 22-23. Kate Dohe and Ben Wallberg presented a lightning talk about Digital Data Services, and led a discussion about repository strategy and cost-benefit analysis of supporting multiple platforms or investing in a monolithic solution.