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Thursday, May 17 • 9:00am - 10:15am
Session 4B | Systems and Stakeholders

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Transforming Library Culture, One Sprint At a Time: Lessons Learned from an Agile Scrum Approach
Dustin Slater, Melanie Cofield
In early 2017, the University of Texas Libraries embraced the Agile project management methodology and philosophy.  IT staff and key stakeholders were trained and certified before starting several projects, notably a web site redesign and a Digital Asset Management System (DAMS) implementation.  Both have achieved the stakeholders’ goals: a new library web site has launched and the DAMS is in production.  In this presentation, we’ll share our lessons learned, describing concrete benefits and growing pains. We’ll also provide a demonstration of our DAMS, and discuss our future plans with Islandora.

Introducing the Texas A&M University Libraries Digital Asset Management Ecosystem

James Creel, Jason Savell, Ryan Luddusaw, Jeremy Huff, William Welling
After several years of planning and technical development across Texas A&M University departments, the University Libraries are excited to announce the deployment of the first round of production-level services and applications comprising our Digital Asset Management Ecosystem. In this presentation, we will give a grand tour of the existing services and discuss our next steps. Our approach has emphasized a service-oriented architecture with separation of concerns between components and standard protocols for information transfer. This has enabled us to integrate legacy components into the same workflows as new ones. In particular, our legacy DSpace instance, OAKTrust, participates on a par with a new Fedora repository, and both repositories can receive content from our ingestion tools and use that content to drive user-facing discovery and exhibition layers. Conduits for curation and ingestion of content include legacy workflows with DSpace SAF (Simple Archive Format), SWORD (Simple Webservice Offering Repository Deposit) from Vireo, and various command-line scripts. New, more user-friendly workflows use RESTful APIs through the MAGPIE (Metadata Assignment GUI Providing Ingest and Export) application that has been presented previously at TCDL. The MAGPIE application can bring in metadata from our Voyager catalog, CSV spreadsheets, DSpace SAF exports, and automated suggestions from controlled vocabularies. The content (PDF or image) and metadata are then displayed in the system for a human to edit and amend. Publication over REST APIs is currently available for DSpace, Fedora, and Archivematica. MAGPIE can also operate in a “headless” mode if no human curation is required. In “headless” mode ingested content is published immediately to the destination. Content available in our DSpace and Fedora IRs is of course exposed via the out-of-the-box interfaces these systems provide. For DSpace, these interfaces include the XMLUI, Solr, and an RDF webapp. For Fedora, these include Solr, Fuseki, and a robust messaging service. In addition, Fedora now offers a facility called API-X for proxying and modifying HTTP requests to Fedora in interesting customizable ways. One important development in this framework is the PCDM extension from Amherst College, which provides RDF metadata for PCDM-structured objects in your Fedora repository. We use this extension to drive a new IIIF manifest generator that generates Collection or Presentation manifests compatible with a variety of services, including Spotlight, Mirador and the Bodleian Libraries IIIF Manifest editor. In the future, we plan to enhance our IIIF manifest generator to utilize RDF responses from the DSpace RDF webapp in the same way it does from the Amherst PCDM Fedora extension. We will also continue to deploy new user-interfaces for discovery and exhibition. In this regard, we are pleased to have the flexibility to use custom in-house solutions or existing open-source projects, so long as they adhere to standards such as well-defined REST APIs, PCDM-RDF, and IIIF.

Experiments with Metadata Quality Interfaces

Hannah Tarver, Mark Philips
This presentation will provide an overview of the design features and goals of newly-developed metadata quality interfaces in the UNT Libraries’ Digital Collections. It will present data gathered from observation, interviews, and focus groups conducted with metadata creators, editors, and their managers over the past year. Finally the presentation will offer examples of how these interfaces could be operationalized in other digital library platforms for users at other institutions.


Amanda Zerangue

Texas Woman's University

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Melanie Cofield

Head of Access Systems, University of Texas Libraries
As Head of Access Systems at UT Libraries, Melanie coordinates the administration and implementation of traditional and emerging systems and standards, and provides consultation on metadata best practices across the organization. For the past year, she has served as Product Owner... Read More →
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Hannah Tarver

Department Head, Digital Projects Unit, University of North Texas
Hannah Tarver is the department head of the UNT Libraries Digital Projects Lab, which digitizes and describes cultural heritage materials.  She received her MLS in information organization from the University of North Texas and oversees metadata creation and quality control for The... Read More →

Thursday May 17, 2018 9:00am - 10:15am CDT
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