Stew of the month: February 2017

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

The HMNP will be launching multiple social media channels this month.  Rebecca Wack and student assistant Alex Carolan are rounding out strategies for Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram accounts, highlighting interesting articles and advertisements from the over 200,000 pages of historic Maryland newspapers published on Chronicling America. The launch date is set for Monday, March 6. Be on the lookout for announcements once the pages are live and, of course, please like and share.
The sample batch has been received from the digitization vendor and quality review will be completed in short order. Student assistants have continued collation work for future digitization and, assuming the sample batch passes muster, the first official batch for NDNP Grant Cycle 3 will be shipped out for digitization.

Synergies Among African American History and Culture (AADHum)

The AADHUM project is focusing on the first of two larger shipments for digitization. Scott Pennington will prepare approximately 19,000 pages in early April, split evenly between materials from SCUA and the Driskell Center. Pennington is collaborating with Jen Eidson and Ben Blake (both SCUA), Justin Hosbey (Postdoctoral Associate at MITH) and Will Thomas (Graduate Assistant, MITH), to select materials useful for the project from the George Meany Memorial Archives. They have identified a rich group of materials from the Civil Rights era, and final selections will be made at the end of February and beginning of March.
Stephanie Smith (Driskell Center) and Jovonne Bickerstaff (Postdoctoral Associate at MITH) have nearly completed the selection of materials from the Driskell Center. Metadata work is proceeding rapidly on those materials.

Other Digitization Activities

The Hornbake Digitization Center is home to a new oversize scanner, another Zeutschel OS12000. The scanning area is 23.4″x33.1″, an upgrade from the previous machine’s scanning area of 18″x24″, and the updated software has enhanced features that will automate processes and increase efficiency.

Robin Pike continued to work with the other members of the Digitization Initiatives Committee to solidify the FY18 project list and budget. The budget will be presented to RG on March 13.

Pike continued to work on the Council on Library and Information Resources (CLIR) Recordings at Risk grant with Vin Novara (SCPA).

Eric Cartier met with Jen Eidson and Ben Blake (both SCUA) on two occasions to prepare the digitization workflow for the forthcoming labor exhibit in Hornbake Library. Assistants are currently at work on the first of six modules.

In her role as “Lead Project Advisor,” Pike continued to meet with staff from The Phillips Collection to discuss next steps in preparing for their IMLS grant project, if the application is successful, including processing and describing content, and selecting metadata standards and thesauri. The project team also discussed contingency plans if the application is not successful to create a smaller project for their upcoming 100th anniversary in 2021.

Digital  Programs and Initiatives

Digital Collections

With the impending release of version 1.0 of the Archelon administrative application, February saw DPI fully engaged with loading to our Fedora repository the nearly 1 terabyte of Diamondback newspapers data (represented by more than 200,000 digital objects). Any undertaking of this size and complexity is bound to encounter new problems when operating at scale, and this project was no exception. While the system had performed well under light loads, with the attempt to load full production data, new problems were uncovered with the indexing service. Fortunately, SSDR and DPI staff collaborated to identify the source of the problems and tuned the configuration of our application to make it more efficient under heavier loads.  The ingest of all 3,503 issues of this first batch of Diamondback newspapers will be completed in early March.

New Additions to DRUM

Fifteen oral histories have recently been added to the Archive of Immigrant Voices in DRUM. Produced by students from the Center for Global Migration, the oral history project collects the stories of the experience of migration.

Save the Date!

In collaboration with Collection Strategies & Services, the spring 2017 speaker for the Future of the Research Library Speaker Series has been confirmed. Matt Barnes, Director of Sustainable Collection Services at OCLC is scheduled for Wednesday, 26 April from 3:00 pm to 4:30 pm in the Special Events Room.

GA Update

GA David Durden continued working on a library contracts inventory project, and conducted testing for the Archelon user interface.

Software Development

Archelon – Version 1.0 was released to staff, see our Archelon 1.0 Release post for more details.

Annual Staffing Request – Version 1.1 was released with the complete administrative functionality necessary for Resources Group and Business & Budget Services office to review all personnel requests submitted for FY18. We have also begun work on version 1.2 which features fiscal year rollover, allowing for all current requests to be archived for later viewing and reporting (read-only), and clearing out the tables of new requests for the next fiscal year.

Hippo – Continued development of the new Libi / Box / Solr integration; began changes to Database Finder for maintaining databases directly in Hippo and for Subject reconciliation with Guides and the Subject Specialist directory; begin design and planning for new Textbook Availability searchable database of textbooks available through the top textbooks reserves program.

User and System Support

February saw a jump in 3D print requests for campus departments. We printed a few dozen mini Testudo statues for a cultural exchange program, 2 large Testudo statues and a Jim Henson/Kermit statue for marketing gifts, and also an extra large Testudo statue for the Giving Day challenge trophy.
Andrew  Horbal and Preston Tobery gave a presentation on the J&SG MakerSpace at the February 14 Research & Learning Services Forum where they solicited feedback from librarians about their plans to develop training and documentation to help R&LS librarians incorporate J&SG Makerspace technologies into their instruction. Preston Tobery and Andrew Horbal received notification that the project that they submitted definitely will appear in the book 60 Makerspace Projects for Libraries as “3D Print a Bust of Yourself”. The book will be published by ALA Editions in the fall.
Windows 10 upgrade – In a few weeks, some library staff will have the opportunity to test drive Windows 10 to see if it works with their various applications.
Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI) Testing  — Continued configuration on the VDI solutions, we have tested some aspects of VMware Horizon and we will continue to test.

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

Support to USMAI

The CLAS team responded to 133 Aleph Rx submissions and 36 e-resource requests from across the consortium’s libraries in February.

EBSCO Discovery Service URLs Modifications

During the LNDL Migration, an issue was uncovered with the display of URLs originating from 856 and 956 fields in the Aleph data extract. For many USMAI EDS campuses, these URLs were not filtered to display only those associated with the particular campus. For instance, a URL for access at Towson would show up in Eastern Shore’s EDS instance. Additionally, these URLs did not have the off-campus proxy string appended, meaning they would only work for users on campus. Ingrid Alie worked with EBSCO to devise a solution that would filter these URLs to only display those URLs relevant to the specific campus and also add the proxy string dynamically. EBSCO is currently rolling out this solution.

ProQuest Ebook Central

In alignment with ProQuest’s migration from EBL to their Ebook Central platform, Linda Seguin set up MARC record delivery for Ebook Central collections in WorldShare Collection Manager in order to add the new Ebook Central URLs to records in Aleph. The old EBL URLs (eblib.com) were removed from these records. During the process of loading the updated records, she was also able to overlay LC subject headings on approximately 8300 records that did not previously have any subject headings. This will improve discoverability of these resources in the OPAC and USMAI discovery layers. LNDL holdings were also added for DDA ebooks during this process.

MD-SOAR

In February, the USMAI Council of Library Directors voted to extend MD-SOAR beyond the end of its two-year pilot. The repository service has been extended for an additional three years with an option for renewal at that point in time. DSS looks forward to continuing this service for USMAI and its extended partners!

Repository Analytics and Metrics Portal (RAMP) Initiative

MD-SOAR, along with DRUM, is now a participant in the grant funded Repository Analytics and Metrics Portal initiative, spearheaded by Montana State University, ARL, University of New Mexico, and OCLC. The initiative seeks to identify methods for collecting more accurate use of institutional repositories, such as MD-SOAR. Thanks go to Joseph Koivisto for identifying this opportunity and working with the grant team on the initial configuration.

Staffing

Marisa Gilman and Brahm Persaud began work as Student Digitization Assistants in February for DCMR. Marisa is a junior in the new College of Information Studies undergraduate program, and Brahm is a graduate student in the iSchool with a focus of human-computer interaction.

Alex Carolan (undergraduate College of Journalism) and Pranati Sumedha (graduate School of Engineering) began working for the Historic Maryland Newspapers project.

Conferences, workshops and professional development

Along with Sharon Epps, Rebecca Kemp Goldfinger, and Kate Dohe of the Faculty Mentoring Committee, Eric Cartier organized a special Writing Group meeting on February 15, inviting librarian and poet Oliver Bendorf to lead a workshop titled “Agile Writing for Archivists and Librarians.”

Robin Pike, Doug McElrath (SCUA), and Anna Kephart (archivist at the Southern Maryland Studies Center at the College of Southern Maryland) proposed a chapter for Librarianship and Genealogy: Trends, Issues, Case Studies about the use of Chronicling America and other digital newspaper resources in genealogical research in the State of Maryland. The chapter proposal was accepted.

Kate Dohe was accepted as a participant in the 2017 cohort of the Leading Change Institute. The Institute, sponsored by CLIR and EDUCAUSE, will be held June 11–16, in Washington, DC.

Stew of the month: December 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

Robin Pike received the sample (four duplicated reels) from the microfilm duplication vendor. The reel of vinegar film did not meet 100% standards despite the additional manual work of the vendor. Pike worked with Maria Day of the Maryland State Archives (MSA) on selecting additional microfilm for the first half the project, making substitutions for the microfilm with vinegar syndrome. MSA staff are looking into alternative film throughout January; if other film cannot be located, the project will probably not digitize The Evening Capital during grant three.

Pike and Doug McElrath (SCUA) met with subject liaison librarians to inform them about Chronicling America http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/ and the titles available from the State of Marylandhttp://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/awardees/mdu/. They also discussed the popular new API http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/about/api/ which allows partial or full data harvest for analysis: Pike prepared an information sheet for the liaisons which includes general information and subject-specific information.

Pike also began updating the project website http://www.lib.umd.edu/digital/newspapers/home to reflect some of the changes and additions of grant three.

Pike continued to work on the proposal for the digitization vendor contract.

Synergies Among African American History and Culture (AADHum)

The pilot project digitized files for AADHum were received from the vendor. Students will soon begin to perform quality assurance on the files.

Other Digitization Activities

Digitization assistants Becca Mena and Suzy Wilson inspected 50 general athletics videos and 41 Gymkana digitized video files from a vendor. The original media ranged between VHS, U-matic, Betacam, BetacamSP, and DVD-R. The Athletics project was funded through the DIC project proposal process and the Gymkana digitization was funded by a UMD Launch fundraiser through the School of Public Health.

Working with Preservation and Conservation, Pike received the drive of files for the earliest iterations of The Diamondback, which were produced by the conservation vendor while they were stabilizing the damaged originals. After inspection, these files will be sent to the digitization vendor for post-processing to the metadata specifications as the rest of the project.

Digital  Programs and Initiatives

Save the Date: “Terps Publish” Student Publishing Fair

In collaboration with University Archives and Library Communications, DPI is pleased to announce the first Terps Publish: Student Publishing Fair will be held on April 11, 2017. Terps Publish is designed to showcase student publishing activity at UMD, and foster discussion about the challenges and opportunities student publishers encounter. The event will provide student publishers with a hosted roundtable to connect with peers and library resources for publishing and will also feature a fair to promote and celebrate student publishing activities. The program is modeled on similar initiatives at Georgetown University, Ohio University, and Dartmouth College. Stay tuned for more details, including participating student publications.

Software Development

Fedora 4 Content Repository – Completed the upgrade to version 4.7 which represents a significant change to Fedora’s underlying persistence implementation.

Annual Staffing RequestVersion 1.0 was released into production and Libraries’ mangers have begun entering their staffing requests for FY18.  Work continues on version 1.1 containing administrative functionality to be released in January.

Student Applications – The final changes for version 1.0 containing the application submission interface were decided on based on user testing and implementation is nearing completion for a January release.

Hippo – Initial development on the version 10 upgrade and promotion process was completed and version 10 was promoted to the staging site for user testing.

User and System Support

User and System Support (USS) is testing out Microsoft Windows 10 and planning to deploy Windows 10 to a few staff for testing in a few weeks.  Windows 10 is little different when it comes to the look and feel of the Graphical User interface so we hope to learn more from library staff that have agreed to help with testing.

USS is currently investigating the use of VMWare Horizon/ Mirage desktop virtualization application, as a tool for managing our windows machines in the libraries public and staff environment. Compared to Citrix, VMWare Horizon/Mirage Desktop virtualization is less expensive while also more rewarding than other desktop virtualization solutions.

The virtual desktop environment limits the number of hardware related issues end users face and the response time for our end users is considerably improved. Library support staff would be able to get end users up and running in a matter of minutes instead of the hours it takes to re-image a machine. Software deployment would also be quicker and be possible without a re-image of the end machine. Also the Virtual environment decreases the cost of machine upgrades. Ends users can pull up fully functional workstations from bare minimum mini PCs, which are less expensive and more easily maintained than a computer.

Staffing

Dwonne Knight and Kayode Bamidele joined DSS as IT Support Assistants working in User and System Support.

Conferences, workshops and professional development

Kate Dohe and Ben Wallberg attended the Coalition for Networked Information fall meeting in Washington, DC on December 12-13.

Stew of the month: November 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

Rebecca Wack will be joining the project as the new Digital Projects Librarian, the project manager for this project, starting on January 9.

Robin Pike and Doug McElrath (SCUA) hosted members of the Historic Maryland Newspapers Project Advisory Board, and affiliated members, on November 17. The team discussed the progress of the first two grants, the plans for title digitization in the third grant, ideas for educational outreach and other programming, and collaborative ideas or statewide events to promote the digitized newspapers in Chronicling America.

Coming out of this conversation, Pike worked with GA David Durden on a short-term project to identify educational opportunities for integration in K-12 and higher education curriculums in the state, genealogical tutorials, and other opportunities. This work will be used by the new Digital Projects Librarian as she begins to structure the outreach initiatives for the project.

Pike received half of the microfilm from the Maryland State Archives, but some of the microfilm was slightly deteriorated. Pike is working with the microfilm duplication vendor to see if the film is too deteriorated to be reproduced and digitized, in which case, the project will select a backup title. The microfilm duplication vendor is working on the sample before they proceed with the first batch of film duplication.

Students Kerry Huller and Sara Horn continued to collate metadata for the titles selected.

McElrath (SCUA), Judi Kidd, and Amy Wickner (SCUA) completed their research of title copyright and found that none of the titles selected were ever registered for copyright, meaning that we can include them in this project.

Synergies Among Digital Humanities and African American History and Culture

Scott Pennington worked with Jen Eidson (SCUA) and Catherine Knight Steele (MITH) to begin selection of materials for the full project, beginning with processed parts of the collection. The project’s primary difficulty is knowing where to search in the unprocessed parts of the collection for materials relevant to this project, and that much of these unprocessed materials are stored in an off-site location.

Other Digitization Activities

Pike met with Mary Dulaney, the Libraries’ new Director of Development, to discuss digitization project and initiative fundraising priorities for the next few years.

Pike consulted with several staff members from The Phillips Collection on a grant they submitted to the Institute of Museum and Library Services to digitize the archival collections relating to their art collections and ingest these records into a new repository. If the grant is successful, Pike will also serve as Lead Project Advisor, providing her expertise on mass-digitization projects.

Liz Caringola (SCUA) finalized the FY16 Diamondback project; the files were sent to DPI and SSDR for ingest into Fedora 4.

Pike worked with Laura Schnitker (SCUA) and Joanne Archer (SCUA) to deliver over 150 tapes from the Maryland Public Television archives collection to a vendor for digitization. Pike worked with Kelley O’Neal (HSSL), Amy Wasserstrom, Kirsten Gaffke (SCUA), Carla Montori, Bryan Draper, and Meg Garnett, and GA Jenna Zimmerman (Preservation) to prepare and coordinate a courier shipment of general collection maps and Prange posters to a vendor. Pike worked with Linda Sarigol (LMS), Bria Parker (MSD), and Joanne Archer (SCUA) to send a large shipment of films from LMS and SCUA to the digitization vendor. All of these projects were funded through the DIC FY17 digitization project proposal process.

Student digitization assistants scanned 85 historical French pamphlets, totaling 718 pages, which Eric Cartier uploaded to the Internet Archive.
Cartier uploaded nine born-digital UMD Graduate Catalogs, totaling 7,218 pages, to the Internet Archive. This completes the 2001-2016 run.
Cartier and DCMR student assistants received and inspected 199 audio recordings from the Contemporary Music Project, 59 videos from the Jackson R. Bryer Interview Collection, and 15 videos from the United Brotherhood of Carpenters and Joiners America archives. These projects were funded by the DIC FY17 project proposal process.

Digital  Programs and Initiatives

Kate Dohe and GA David Durden presented an overview of Research Data Services to the University Library Council at their November meeting.

Software Development

Fedora 4 Content Repository – Began upgrade to version 4.7.  This release represents a significant change to Fedora’s underlying persistence implementation.  The initial Diamondback Newspaper Collection load will take place into production on 4.7 once it has been promoted.

Annual Staffing Request – Release 1.0 re-rescheduled for December 5 for managers to begin entering their staffing requests for FY18.  We will then work on completing the administrative functionality for release in January.

Student Applications – Development of the application submission interface is nearing completion and will be moving into user testing in December.

Hippo – Initial development on the version 10 upgrade is nearing completion and we have started work on the promotion processing.  Hippo 10 is expected to be promoted to the staging site for user testing in December.

Hippo implementation of new Libi – Development continues on the backend Box/Hippo/Solr integration component.  The Libi Advisory Team has requested a hold on interface development while they review the proposed new information architecture with Libraries’ stakeholders; resumption is excepted to take place in February.

Reciprocal Borrowing – See our blog post for information on this new project.

Administrative Tracking Tools – As part of our software services program DSS is continuing its partnership with the National Socio-Environmental Synthesis Center (SESYNC) with a collaboration to cleanup the codebase and enhance the functionality of SESYNC’s Administrative Tracking Tool.
 

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

Support to USMAI

The CLAS team responded to 82 Aleph Rx submissions and 29 e-resource requests from across the consortium’s libraries in November.

Loyola Notre Dame Library

Work continued on the project to migrate LNDL from Voyager to Aleph. The majority of work focused on completing analysis, mapping, and clean-up of LNDL’s bibliographic data and beginning to load that data into USMAI’s Aleph development environment. A full load of bibliographic data is anticipated for completion in early December.

Additionally, initial testing of circulation rules and related scheduled jobs was performed. Their OPAC presence has also been set up in the development environment.

The migration is scheduled for completion in the first half of January.

MDsoarLOGO

MD-SOAR

MD-SOAR was upgraded to version 5.6 of DSpace in November.

Additionally, several interface changes are in development based on recommendations from usability testing by USMAI’s User Experience subgroup. Once development is completed, these will be released to MD-SOAR partners for review before moving the changes to MD-SOAR.

Joseph Koivisto implemented a new Google Tag Manager script to capture the institution name for bitstream downloads that originate within MD-SOAR, which will help with instituion-specific reporting.

Conferences, workshops and professional development

Kate Dohe, Joseph Koivisto, Trevor Munoz, and Robin Pike attended the Digital Library Federation Forum and Digital Preservation 2016 in Milwaukee, WI from November 7-10, 2016. Dohe, Munoz, and Pike also gave presentations, which can be found in the Open Science Framework repository.

Kate Dohe attended and presented at the Charleston Conference in Charleston, SC from November 2-4.

Heidi Hanson attended the 2016 LITA Forum in Fort Worth, TX from November 17-20, 2016.

Visits

Eric Cartier met with Shannon Willis, the Digital Projects Lab Manager at the University of North Texas, to give her a tour of the Hornbake Digitization Center and to share documentation.