Stew of the month: September 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

Rebecca Wack submitted batch cumberland to the Library of Congress and through batch j to the digitization vendor; two more batches will be submitted to the vendor in October.

Wack and Robin Pike submitted the second interim report to the National Endowment for the Humanities and the Library of Congress detailing the grant progress and outreach accomplishments over the past six months.

Wack formed a Twitter group of NDNP state awardees for monthly campaigns to occur the second Tuesday of the month under the hashtag #ChronAmParty. The first campaign will be #CreepyNews and will highlight Halloween historic news.

Synergies Among African American History and Culture (AADHum)

Scott Pennington completed quality assurance on the deliverables from batch 1 and the 15 audiotapes from the David C. Driskell Center. He will share the enhanced metadata from all batches with SCUA and Driskell Center staff to enhance current collection guides.

Other Digitization Activities

Rebecca Wack worked with Vin Novara (SCPA) to write and submit a Letter of Inquiry for a Grammy Museum Foundation Preservation Implementation Grant to preserve and digitize a portion of “The Listening Room,” a radio program from the Robert Sherman Collection.

Robin Pike and other Digitization Initiatives Committee members revised the procedures and proposal form for FY19 digitization project proposals to account for an increased emphasis on the staff and financial resources required of preservation activities before digitization. These revisions will be presented at the October 19 Library Assembly meeting when the call for proposals opens.

Pike shipped the following digitization projects to vendors, beginning the FY18 digitization cycle: Spiro Agnew audio recordings, Athletics videotapes, The Black Explosion student newspaper, Arthur Godfrey films, and serials from the Mass Media and Culture collection area.

Eric Cartier began meeting with SCPA and SCUA collection managers to begin planning the 2018 calendar year in-house digitization projects. He also worked with experienced student assistants to train new and returning student assistants to begin in-house audio digitization, enabling the completion of more requests and projects in-house.

Cartier and Digitization Assistants also completed digitizing materials for the physical and virtual Labor Exhibit, which opened October 6.

Digital  Programs and Initiatives

Digital Collections

Now that the Diamondback Student Newspapers project is well underway (with the FY 2016 data having been loaded and released), Joshua Westgard has begun work on the data handler for the Katherine Anne Porter Correspondence. Because of the modular design of the batchload client developed by DPI and SSDR, the only section of the code that needs modification is the piece that interprets the original data and assembles it into repository objects. Work on the FY2017 Diamondback data continues in parallel to the work on the KAP project.

New Additions to DRUM

Almost 300 theses and dissertations from UMD summer 2017 graduates have recently been deposited in DRUM bringing the total to more than 13,000. Here’s the breakdown of new entries by college:

82 – A. James Clark School of Engineering
21 – College of Agriculture & Natural Resources
41 – College of Arts & Humanities
46 – College of Behavioral & Social Sciences
67 – College of Computer, Mathematical & Natural Sciences
18 – College of Education
3 – College of Information Studies
4 – Philip Merrill School of Journalism
6 – Robert H. Smith School of Business
2 – School of Architecture, Planning, & Preservation
6 – School of Public Health
2 – School of Public Policy

Check out the latest research from UMD grads at the UMD Theses and Dissertations Collection in DRUM.

Reports from the Partnership for Action Learning in Sustainability (PALS) have recently been deposited in DRUM (http://hdl.handle.net/1903/19607). Administered by the National Center for Smart Growth Research & Learning, PALS is designed to provide low-cost assistance to local governments while creating real-world problem-solving experiences for UMD students. Faculty incorporate the jurisdiction’s specific issues as part of their course and students use the classroom concepts to complete these sustainability-focused projects. Students gain experience while working with a real client and produce a useful product for the partner city or county. Currently all reports in DRUM are restricted to campus-use only but, as permissions are obtained, the access restrictions will be lifted.

Open Journal Systems Upgrade Planning

DPI Graduate Assistant Carlos Alvarado is investigating updating our electronic journal publishing platform to the latest software version, in close collaboration with Terry Owen, Josh Westgard, and Kate Dohe.  Open Journal Systems (OJS) 3.0 represents a significant upgrade effort, with substantial changes to the user interface for editors and authors, as well as modernized, responsive journal templates for readers.

Software Development

Fedora Content Repository

The UMD Student Newspapers public interface is now available, with digitized versions of The Diamondback student newspaper from 1910-1971.  This interface is built using Fedora Content Repository, IIIF, Mirador, Solr, and Hippo CMS technologies.

ArchivesSpace

We have deployed ArchivesSpace 2.1 which contains the overhauled Public User Interface.  Planning is now underway for the changes necessary to release this as the preferred public access to Archival Collections beginning in January.

Hippo

Work continued on the Libi staff intranet replacement and the upgrade to Hippo version 11. Hippo 11 is planned for release at the end of October.

Reciprocal Borrowing

We added new features in Reciprocal Borrowing 1.1.1 and 1.1.2 which are currently in the user testing pipeline.  These support a change from using Shibboleth affiliation attributes to a reciprocal borrowing specific entitlement attribute for checking member eligibility to participate in the program.

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

The CLAS team responded to 122 Aleph Rx submissions and 35 e-resource requests from across the consortium’s libraries in September.

Aleph Session Fixation Issue Resolved

One of the oldest, unresolved Aleph Rx tickets, #11311, was resolved in September. This fixed a longstanding security issue in the Aleph OPAC.

Aleph Inventory Functionality

At the request of several USMAI libraries, CLAS has been investigating Aleph’s inventory functionality in order to determine the feasibility of implementing this functionality and assessing its usefulness USMAI libraries that wish to conduct inventories of their collections. Following CLAS’ initial investigation, a short term working group will be formed to review the available functionality, document recommended workflows, and assess any gaps in functionality.

Problem Reporting Forms Migration

CLAS hosts several HTML forms for use by USMAI, mostly for submission of requests and issues by staff at USMAI libraries but also some end-user forms. Work is currently underway to migrate these forms to our form system Wufoo. This will give the forms a new look, allow us to take advantage of some more modern form functionality, and simplify the process of modifying the forms. As we migrate these, we’ll also review the forms to make sure they collect necessary information effectively. And, we’ll get feedback from form users to make sure they meet the needs of USMAI.

MD-SOAR

The development of autosuggest functionality for subjects and formats on the MD-SOAR submission form has been completed and released in production. The autosuggest feature will allow users submitting records to choose from already submitted metadata values, which will minimize variations in metadata values, resulting in better discovery.

More batch loads were completed for Salisbury in September. The remainder will be completed in early October. The process was slowed by the discovery of a bug in the DSpace process for creating thumbnails. This bug is expected to be fixed in the upgrade to DSpace v6, currently scheduled to start in mid-October. These new collections and other recently submitted items can be viewed in MD-SOAR’s list of recent submissions.

Staffing

DCMR welcomed two new student assistants. Maggie McCready works for Eric Cartier in the Hornbake Digitization Center and Maya Reid began working on the Office of Research, Planning and Assessment office records digitization project; both are first semester students in the College of Information Studies specialized in archives.

Conferences, workshops and professional development

David Dahl attended the Maryland Research and Education Network’s annual symposium on September 29th.

Rebecca Wack, Robin Pike, and Doug McElrath (SCUA) attended the National Digital Newspaper Program Awardees Conference September 11-13 in Washington, DC. Pike presented on performing copyright research on newspapers published between 1923-1963 and McElrath presented on performing outreach to genealogical communities.

Kate Dohe’s article with Erin Pappas (University of Virginia Libraries) “The many flavors of ‘yes’: Libraries, collaboration, and improv” was published in the September issue of College & Research Libraries News. During the month of September it was among the most-viewed articles in the online issue.

On Oct. 3-4, several DSS staff members participated in the semi-annual DC Area Fedora User Group meeting held at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, MD. Ben Wallberg introduced the recently released Diamondback Student Newspapers interface, and Peter Eichman gave a presentation on his work developing RDF content models for OCR text using the W3C Web Annotation Standard.  In addition to being the primary organizer of the meeting, Joshua Westgard presented on three topics: (1) the newly formalized Fedora API, and the API alignment sprints recently undertaken by the Fedora community, (2) a Python-based batchload client developed by UMD, and (3) the import/export feature and tooling developed by the Fedora community.  The meeting highlighted both the recent progress in the Fedora community toward meeting the challenges of building reliable, flexible, and scalable repository services, and also the significant contributions made by the UMD Libraries toward achieving those goals.

David Durden and Kate Dohe attended the Research Data Management Implementations Workshop in Arlington, VA on September 14-15.

David Durden presented on the topic of Data Librarianship to new UMD iSchool students in Beth St. Jean’s course, “Serving Information Needs” (LBSC 602), on October 3, 2017. He introduced concepts and skills typical to data librarian positions, and highlighted iSchool courses that would prepare students for work in data curation and management.

Visits

Stew of the month: May 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 Library of Congress has accepted the sample batch for the Historic Maryland Newspaper Project, and the project is marching forward with digitization for the first two full batches–over 20,000 pages of newsprint in progress with the digitization vendor.

Title research for future HMNP representation is underway, with an eye towards representing underserved, minority, and immigrant communities across the state. So far, evidence of papers representing African-American, Polish, German, and Jewish interests have been located, though whether the physical newspapers or microfilm remains intact and accessible for digitization remains has yet to be examined

Synergies Among African American History and Culture (AADHum)

While waiting on the first large shipment to return from the vendor, the AADHum team has been working on selections for the second shipment. Coordinating with SCUA and MITH’s team, we have begun selecting materials for the early July shipment for batch two. Materials proposed for digitization include Labor’s involvement with busing in the early 1970s and school desegregation from areas as diverse as Boston, Massachusetts to Montgomery, Alabama.

Other Digitization Activities

Manager, Robin Pike met with collection managers to begin the FY18 vendor digitization project funded by the Digitization Initiatives Committee (DIC). She presented the project progress and FY18 budget at the May 24 Library Assembly meeting.

Digitization Projects Assistant Cecilia Franck began quality review work of the first batch of the FY17 Diamondback Digitization Project, the second annual project phase. This project is funded by a UMD Launch campaign and the DIC project proposal process.

Digitization assistant Shiyun Chen finished scanning documents related to the writing of the Japanese Constitution, from the Charles L. Kades papers. The documents are now available in the Internet Archive to celebrate the 70th anniversary of the constitution’s enactment. More information about the 70th anniversary can be found on the Prange Collection blog.

For the upcoming Irmgard Bartenieff/Institute of Movement Studies exhibit in Special Collections in Performing Arts, digitization assistant Becca Mena digitized oversize charcoal sketches, which had been flattened and stabilized by Preservation and Conservation staff, and digitization assistants Jonathan Lin and Shiyun transferred 36 reel-to-reel audio tapes.
All digitization assistants continued to digitize high-resolution scanning of photographs and posters for the upcoming Labor in America exhibit for Special Collections and University Archives.

Digital  Programs and Initiatives

Josh Westgard participated in a Fedora sprint focusing on building import/export functionality for Fedora systems. The tools developed in this sprint provide a way to serialize content from a Fedora repository onto disk, to verify the accuracy and completeness of the serialization, and to import previously serialized content back into Fedora. A particular focus during this sprint was a feature to package exports in BagIt bags, including bags that conform to the profile of Academic Preservation Trust, of which the Libraries are a member. This feature will allow the Libraries to package assets in our Fedora repository in a self-contained way for transmission to off-site preservation storage, and to restore that content losslessly in the future.

Software Development

ArchivesSpace – Released several new features requested by Special Collections and University Archives, including Single-Sign-On using the campus directory, a new payments module, and improved search results display.

AutoNumber – This small web application is used by digitization staff to assign unique file names and numbers to digitized files.  We have migrated this app to Ruby on Rails in this 1.0 release of the new codebase.

Hippo – Released version 10.2.5-0, which contained security and bug fixes, and 10.2.5-1 which contained two major new features: 1) Database Finder has removed the Categories/Sub-Categories for browse/search and added Subjects which are aligned with the Subject Specialists. Also, databases are maintained directly in Hippo CMS and are no longer synchronized from Metalib. 2)  UMD Student Newspapers is available as a soft release (staff review only for now) and being prepared for public release by University Archives staff.  This interface provides access to digitized issues of the Diamondback (1910-1971).

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

The CLAS team responded to 123 Aleph Rx submissions and 30 e-resource requests from across the consortium’s libraries in May.

LNDL EZproxy/Shibboleth Transition

The switch to Shibboleth authentication and USMAI-hosted EZproxy for Loyola Notre Dame Library (LNDL) was completed on May 25th. The switch to Shibboleth authentication allows LNDL patrons to login in to e-resources and OPAC services with their campus credentials. The move to USMAI-hosted EZproxy enables LNDL staff to focus on other local priorities.

Sustainable Collection Services

USMAI has selected OCLC’s Sustainable Collection Services (SCS) to analyze and coordinate print collection management. The service uses a web-based application called GreenGlass to facilitate the analysis. This involves extracting data from Aleph to load into GreenGlass. CLAS has been working with OCLC and staff at USMAI libraries to create specifications for the data extract for each USMAI library. The extract process is now underway and scheduled for completion in mid-June.

Report on USMAI Communication and Collaboration Platforms

Following the collection of data through surveys, interviews, and focus groups in the fall of 2016, CLAS has submitted an analysis of USMAI’s communication and collaboration platforms. Proposed actions based on the analysis include (1) consolidating USMAI’s web platforms into a unified web portal, (2) revising the information architecture for public and staff web content, (3) creating new areas of content, including materials for orienting new staff at USMAI libraries, (4) establishing an informal communication channel for the consortium, and (5) identifying recommended tools to facilitate USMAI communication and collaboration. The report has been shared with USMAI library directors. In early FY18, CLAS will begin investigating technical solutions for a unified web portal.

Staffing

Cecilia Franck, DCMR Digitization Projects Assistant, won the “Outstanding Student Assistant” award, particularly for her phenomenal work on the Diamondback Digitization Project and other vendor digitization projects.

DCMR hired two new student assistants. Rayanne Weigel and Sydney Schneider will be assisting with metadata collation and batch quality review for the HMNP.

DPI graduate assistants David Durden and Caitlin Carter graduated with their Masters in Library Science from the College of Information Studies. We are grateful to both of them for their exceptional contributions to the department over the past two years. Caitlin has accepted a full-time librarian position with another university, and we wish her luck in her future endeavors.

We are pleased to announce that David Durden will (re)join DPI as the Data Services Librarian in June.

Conferences, workshops and professional development

Joseph Koivisto attended the Maryland & Delaware Library Associations Joint Annual Conference on May 11. He co-presented a poster on MD-SOAR with representatives from other MD-SOAR partners. Robin Pike also presented at the conference on May 12, in collaboration with Molly Olney-Zide, the project manager for the Delaware Digital Newspaper Project. They presented a one-hour workshop about the National Digital Newspaper Program, the two statewide projects, and how to use Chronicling America. Kate Dohe co-taught the workshop “Starting with ‘Yes, And…’: Improv Fundamentals for Collaboration in Libraries” with Erin Pappas, Arts and Humanities Librarian at the University of Virginia.

Linda Seguin attended the ELUNA 2017 Conference and Ex Libris Technical Seminar from May 8-12 in Chicago.

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.

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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.

Stew of the month: September 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 September the following Maryland newspapers were uploaded to Chronicling America:

Students Kerry Huller completed quality review of the final batches of the second grant, which Liz Caringola submitted to the Library of Congress. Kerry and Sara Horn continued metadata collation for titles selected for the third grant.

African American History and Culture & Digital Humanities

Scott Pennington coordinated with MITH personnel, Jen Eidson (SCUA), and Stephanie Smith (Driskell Center) on selecting content from the AFL-CIO collection and the David C. Driskell papers for the digitization pilot to occur in November/December, and the main digitization project to occur in 2017. He also refined the digitization project plan and timeline.

Other Digitization Activities

Robin Pike coordinated with Joanne Archer, Liz Novara, Vin Novara, Hilary Thompson, and several students to send out four vendor digitization projects during September including, videotape interviews from the Jackson R. Bryer collection (SCPA), Contemporary Music Project audio recordings (SCPA), videotapes from the Carpenters Union archive (SCUA), and microfiche of general collection books frequently requested by patrons. All of these projects were funded through the DIC project proposal process.

Cecilia Franck began collating metadata for the Diamondback newspaper to be digitized in FY18, taking over for SCUA student Jen Wachtel (who completed collation for the FY16, FY17, and some of FY18 project phases).

Kelsey Hughes, Jonathan Lin, and Cecilia Franck completed a 100% quality review of 114 Hebrew and Yiddish books totaling 33,258 pages for batch two of the FY16 Hebraica digitization project, funded through the DIC digitization project proposal process.

Digital  Programs and Initiatives

In collaboration, DPI and SSDR created a batch loading tool for extracting National Digital Newspaper Program data from its native XML serialization and loading it into a Fedora 4 repository according to a locally developed content model conforming to the community standard known as the Portland Common Data Model.

DPI loaded more than 500 new audio and video items supplied by DCMR into digital collections.

Software Development

The initial development work on the Wufoo Connector integration with SysAid is complete and the application is installed in the production server environment. The application is currently serving one form, receiving the DSS Contact Us form and mapping it into the SysAid ticketing system for handling by DSS.  Additional form handling will be added as requested.  The application is built around Apache Camel, a tool we use to handle system integrations and message routing in many of our services.

Hippo CMS

Implementation of the new Libi (Libraries’ Intranet) continues with development work on the Group and News pages.  After researching the options for indexing Hippo documents into Apache Solr we have begun implementation of an Apache Camel based solution, which is also the tool we’ll use to index Box documents into Solr.

Hippo based websites continued to be highly available and performant throughout September due to investments in code debugging, server improvements, and architecture improvements last Spring and Summer.  As both human and automated website traffic continues to increase we will be continually monitoring and reacting to issues as they arise.

 

Digital Collections

We have continued development of the Mirador based Newspaper Viewer and in conjunction with that effort are enhancing our backend services to support the viewer and website needs for full-text search of the scanned newspaper images as well as dynamically generated annotation lists supporting hit-highlighting and article level segmentation.  This work involves integration between the Newspaper Viewer, Fedora 4, the IIIF Image Server, and new support services.

Given that we don’t yet have a Hydra based full administrative interface to Fedora 4 we have been working on a lightweight Blacklight interface to Fedora 4 which will allow basic read-only review of our ingested Diamondback newspapers. This also provides us with Blacklight experience for later use in other applications and in determining whether we are going to implement the Diamondback discovery interface using Blacklight or Hippo CMS.

Administrative Applications

With the arrival of our new Ruby on Rails contract developer, work on the new new Annual Staffing Request application has resumed in collaboration with Budget and Business Services.  The web-based application will replace the current staff budgeting process performed using Excel spreadsheets, with the goal of having the new application in place by mid-November.

We have also met with Human Resources for the kickoff meeting of the project to migrate Online Student Applications out of the current Libi and Drupal based implementation to a standalone Ruby on Rails application.  This application is expected be available by mid-December for students to  begin submitting applications for work in the Spring semester.

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

Support to USMAI

The CLAS team responded to 102 Aleph Rx submissions and 21 e-resource requests from across the consortium’s libraries in September.

Loyola Notre Dame Library

Work continued on migrating Loyola Notre Dame Library (LNDL) from Voyager ILS to USMAI’s Aleph instance as part of their membership within USMAI. LNDL staff were give access to a development environment for early testing and training activities. CLAS and LNDL have been in communication about configuration decisions in Aleph. The first half of LNDL’s Voyager data was delivered by Ex Libris in late September and is currently being analyzed for mapping and loading to Aleph. The current window for migrating LNDL to Aleph is January 3rd to 17th.

Communication and Collaboration Platform Analysis

Four focus groups with staff at USMAI libraries were held in September to learn more about consortium members’ use of available systems for communication and collaboration. Heidi Hanson and Joseph Koivisto facilitated the sessions. The results of the focus groups along with information obtained from interviews and surveys will be analyzed to inform a list of system requirements that will guide the future direction of our collaboration tools. Thank you to all who participated in the focus groups!

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MD-SOAR

The group began plans to evaluate the two-year MD-SOAR pilot. DSS will review evaluation information from MD-SOAR partners in order to put together scenarios/proposals for continuing the service beyond the pilot.

MD-SOAR partners reviewed the results of user testing performed by the USMAI User Experience Subgroup. Joseph Koivisto created prototype mock-ups of proposed changes for the partners to consider.

Staffing

Shiyun Chen, Kelsey Hughes, Becca Mena, and Suzy Wilson, all first year graduate students in the iSchool, began working as Student Digitization Assistants in DCMR.

Conferences, workshops and professional development

Josh Westgard attended the DC Fedora Users Group meeting at the National Agricultural Library, where he presented on our latest Fedora 4 adoption efforts.  He also attended the Media Digitization and Preservation Initiative update meeting at Indiana University where he learned about IU’s efforts to preserve at risk audio and visual materials, and the infrastructure and collaborations they have developed to support mass digitization.

Robin Pike and Doug McElrath (SCUA) attended the NDNP Awardees Conference at the National Endowment for the Humanities and Library of Congress on September 14-16, 2016. Robin presented on a panel titled “NDNP Work in State Context” where she discussed how UMD is using the expertise gained during the NDNP project on the Diamondback newspaper digitization project and in building the Maryland Newspaper Repository.

Eric Cartier, Kate Dohe, Robin Pike, and several others from SCUA attended “Play/back” a symposium on preserving audiovisual heritage hosted by the National Endowment for the Humanities on September 30, 2016.

Stew of the month: March/April 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 March the following Maryland newspapers were uploaded to Chronicling America:

We’re also excited to announce that we’ll be co-hosting a Wikipedia edit-a-thon at the Maryland State Archives on May 2, 2016. For more details and registration information, please visit the event page: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:Meetup/MD/UMD_MSA_Newspapers

Other Digitization Activities

DCMR staff continued to review files for the William Kapell collection, Football films, Library Media Services films, and Djuna Barnes microfilm. They began the review of the Jackson Bryer videos.

The Digitization Initiatives Committee, chaired by Robin Pike, presented its FY17 budget to the Resources Group for approval on March 21. Pike contacted project managers whose projects were approved, modified, or rejected (due to the amount of proposals received), and will be presenting this information to the Libraries in the coming months. She will also be working with collection managers on project planning meetings.

Graduate Assistant David Durden completed his analysis of UMD Digital Collections usage statistics from 2013-2015 and has compiled annual reports of his findings. David has also begun an analysis of targeted LAN locations for SCUA and SCPA to begin to analyze what files are saved on the LAN that should be described and moved into UMD Digital Collections for access and preservation.

Digitization Assistant Brin digitally transferred a specially curated box set of compact discs. The University of Maryland Symphonic Wind Ensemble’s “Live Performance Project, Wakefield Years 1983-2005” was compiled by Professor John E. Wakefield with the assistance of University Archivist Anne Turkos and Curator of Special Collections in Performing Arts Vin Novara. Metadata Librarian Bria Parker described the music at track level. The streaming files will soon be available in Digital Collections.

Robin, Eric, Digitization Assistants David Durden, Caroline Hayden, Brin Winterbottom and iSchool students Amanda Brent, Monique Libby, and Maya Riser-Kositsky digitized Filipino family documents and photographs as part of the 2016 Maryland Day community archives digitization event for the “Preserving Your Family Treasures & D.C. Filipino Americans Before the Beltway” event. Digitized items will be added to UMD Digital Collections through the end of May and will be a part of the Filipino American Community Archives collection in SCUA.

Digital  Programs and Initiatives

UMD Libraries Supports Open Library of Humanities

We are pleased to announce that the UMD Libraries has recently joined the Open Library of Humanities (OLH) as a supporting institution.  OLH is dedicated to support and extend open access to humanities scholarship and provides an alternative for humanities researchers who are interested in making their research widely available.  UMD authors can submit an unlimited number of articles for publication each year without any article processing charges.  Submissions are accepted for a wide range of humanities subject areas and undergo a double-blind peer-review process. OLH’s editorial policies are available online if you are interested in learning more.  Also read the complete UMD press release.

DRUM Upgrade

DRUM was recently upgraded to DSpace version 5.4, bringing it in line with the same version running on MD-SOAR.  No major differences are visible to users but we were able to consolidate the DRUM statistics with this upgrade.  Prior to the upgrade we were gathering two sets of DRUM statistics and we decided it would be more efficient to use one system moving forward.  With the upgrade, which was just completed 28 March, we moved over to a newer statistics system that has been running on DRUM since June 2014.  What this means is that you might have noticed a drastic drop in the number of downloads currently displayed for records.  The number currently displayed only reflects downloads from June 2014 onward.  But no need to panic, we plan to add the number of downloads from the older system, so no numbers will be lost.  Thanks to SSDR, we hope to have this completed by the end of April. The upgrade also sets the stage to explore new features like ORCID integration, which is timely given the new University of Maryland ORCID premium membership brokered through the Committee on Institutional Cooperation.

Digital Collections

DPI’s work on a new digital collections repository based on Fedora 4 continues, with various components of the system slated to go into production service later in 2016.  Toward that end, at the 2016 Code4Lib conference in Philadelphia, Josh Westgard took part in two pre-conference Hydra training workshops, and also helped to organize a post-conference “birds of a feather” session on Fedora. He also represented the University of Maryland Libraries at the DuraSpace Summit in Washington, DC.  He is a regular participant in the community effort to develop an API extension architecture for Fedora 4 (API-X, see https://wiki.duraspace.org/display/FF/Design+-+API+Extension+Architecture).

OA Publishing Fund Update

The UMD Libraries Open Access Publishing Fund closed out the fiscal year 12 April.  With additional funds from the Office of the Provost and many of the deans, 32 applications were processed for a total of $48,000; an average of $1500 per article.  Here’s breakdown of the number of applications from each college/school:
3 – A. James Clark School of Engineering
3 – College of Agriculture & Natural Resources
1 – College of Arts & Humanities
7 – College of Behavioral & Social Sciences
10 – College of Computer, Mathematical & Natural Sciences
2 – College of Education
1 – College of Information Studies
5 – School of Public Health
We anticipate applications will open up again in early fall for the next fiscal year.  Contact Terry Owen (towen@umd.edu) if you have any questions.

e-Publishing

DPI staff have been working behind the scenes on several forthcoming e-Publishing projects. One such project is The Early Americas Digital Archive, a collection of open-access primary materials written in or about the Americas between 1492 and 1820, which has been relaunched as a project of the Libraries’ e-Publishing Initiative. Originally developed at MITH in the early 2000s, the EADA site has been entirely redesigned and updated by the application owners for this relaunch. One often-mentioned critique of open digital scholarly publications is that they lack the durability and longevity of traditional print publications.  One goal of our e-Publishing initiative is to combat technical obsolescence and neglect and to ensure the continued viability and availability of legacy digital projects as they mature.

Backfile Theses and Dissertations

April also saw the release of a backfile of electronic versions of some 600 dissertations from the early to mid-20th century through DRUM.  A custom metadata extraction and batch-loading workflow was created to handle the records supplied by the digitization vendor.

Software Development

We have selected Ruby on Rails as a new core tool for use in creating web applications. Ruby on Rails is gaining wide spread adoption in the Academic Libraries community and there are a number of existing applications and toolkits we are interested in supporting (eg, Hydra, ArchivesSpaceAvalon).  Ruby on Rails also will make it much easier to build certain types of web applications from scratch and rapidly prototype new applications.  Three of our developers have completed four weeks of training and are beginning work on migrating some of our existing applications.  We will also be hiring a Contingent-I Ruby on Rails developer to assist in this effort.

SSDR developers have been learning about the Apache Camel tool for implementation of enterprise integration patterns, which we first learned of from the Fedora Commons Repository development community, for use in message passing from the repository to various indexing tools. Implementation of the replacement for our Wufoo to SysAid connector is underway as well as investigation into integrations between our selected document store (Box.com or Google Drive) and Apache Solr for use in the new Hippo CMS based staff intranet.

The Web Advisory Committee has worked with SSDR to complete the wireframes and mockups for improvements to the Staff Directory and Subject Specialists pages on the Libraries’ Website.  The pages will receive visual improvements and more consistent presentation of contact information.  We will also add the capability for photographs and profiles for each staff member, to be initially populated for Subject Specialists.  Development work will begin in May.

User and System Support

Last year, the University of Maryland took notice of the 13 separate email and calendar systems in use across the campus. Maintaining all 13 systems is costing the university a lot of money. As a big cost savings, the university decided it was best for the university to consolidate to one email, calendar and collaboration platform across campus. Last fall, a committee composed of IT leaders from across campus was formed to evaluate and recommend a common email solution. The committee worked diligently for five months and recommended to the IT Council that the university should move forward with Google Apps for Education (GAFE). The GAFE suite of core services are Gmail, Calendar, Classroom, Contacts, Drive, Docs, Forms, Groups, Sheets, Sites, Slides, Talk/Hangouts and Vault. The IT Council reviewed this recommendation and decided to move forward. Those departments that were using the Division of IT supported Exchange email and calendar system would be the first to be moved to GAFE.

In preparation of the Libraries move to GAFE, the User and System Support (USS) team became early adopters in January of this year. As an early adopter, USS was able to experience the migration process and use GAFE so that they could provide local help to staff when the rest of the Libraries migrated. USS planned and provided two “Google Migration Show and Tell” sessions, as well as sent multiple emails to staff in order to provide as much information to make the migration as painless as possible.

Division of IT planned to migrate the Libraries between April 1, 2016 – April 4, 2016. On Monday, April 4, USS staff visited departments and library branches across campus to provide any assistance that may have been needed from staff. The migration proved mostly successful, with most staff being migrated without incident. Unfortunately, as with any large and complex technical change, small problems cropped up that needed to be addressed.

Library staff can use any of the 13 core services in GAFE. Although the Libraries currently uses Microsoft Lync for chat services, library staff can also use Google Talk/Hangouts. A determination will be made in the future regarding the decommissioning of Lync in favor of Google Talk/Hangouts.

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

Support to USMAI

The CLAS team responded to 120 Aleph Rx submissions and 16 e-resource requests from across the consortium’s libraries in March.

SFX Database Upgrade

Ex Libris ended SFX support for MySQL, requiring a migration to MariaDB. Hans Breitenlohner performed the migration on March 18th.

Aleph Upgrade

As noted in the February 2016 Digistew post, CLAS is upgrading Aleph from version 20 to version 22. Version 22 has been installed in a development environment and is currently being tested by team members. Once initial testing is complete, Aleph TEST will be upgraded and made available for testing by USMAI constituencies. The upgrade is planned for completion prior to the Fall semester.

Kuali OLE

David Dahl participated in weekly meetings of the OLE Technical Council. The group’s last meeting was March 24th and has been disbanded as the project transitions to a new governance model. A regularly-occurring “community forum” is currently being developed as a mechanism to gather input from project partners. David will continue to monitor the project for USMAI as it starts its new phase of development.

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MD-SOAR

Joseph Koivisto explored Google Tag Manager (GTM) as a mechanism to deploy Google Analytics to the Maryland Shared Open Access Repository (MD-SOAR) and collect more detailed usage data from the repository. GTM will be added to MD-SOAR in the May upgrade release. An option for users to add a Creative Commons license to their repository submissions will also be included in the upgrade.

Staffing

Kate Dohe started as the Digital Programs & Initiatives Manager on March 21st. She comes to UMD Libraries from Georgetown University, where she was the Digital Services Librarian in the main campus library for nearly three years. Prior to working at Georgetown, she was the digital librarian for an academic publishing company in California. She earned her MLISc. from the University of Hawai’i, and also holds a BSEd. in Speech and Theater from Missouri State University, and still considers herself a debate coach at heart.

Conferences, workshops and professional development

In late April, Josh Westgard attended the DC area Fedora Users Group meeting at the National Library of Medicine, where he, together with Ben Wallberg and Peter Eichman, presented on the Libraries’ progress in implementing a Fedora-4-based repository system.  http://umd-lib.github.io/dcfug2016/

Liz Caringola, Eric Cartier, and Robin Pike attended the Mid-Atlantic Regional Archives Conference from April 14-16. On April 15, Eric moderated a debate in a panel session with the topic “Should Archivists Be Required to Take Continuing Education Courses?” Also on April 15, Robin presented in the session “Archival Impact: Increasing Connections to Collections through Digitization,” discussing how UMD Libraries prioritizes digitization projects.

On April 28th, Kate Dohe presented with Laura Leichum, Georgetown University, to the Digital Initiatives Symposium in San Diego, CA on library support models for student publishing initiatives.

On May 6th, Kate Dohe co-presented a workshop on using improv techniques in library collaborations to LOEX in Pittsburgh, PA with Erin Pappas, Georgetown University.