2018 Texas Conference on Digital Libraries

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    Introducing the Texas A&M University Libraries Digital Asset Management Ecosystem
    (2017-05) Creel, James; Bolton, Michael; Potvin, Sarah; Huff, Jeremy; Savell, Jason; Welling, William; Laddusaw, Ryan; Day, Kevin; Hahn, Douglas; Cooper, Micah; Stricklin, Robert
    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.
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    Texas Data Repository: A Year in Review
    (Texas Digital Library, 2018-05-16) Chan-Park, Christina; Dabrowski, Anna J.; Lindsey, Nerissa; Mceniry, Matthew; Mumma, Courtney; Trelogan, Jessica
    The Texas Data Repository (TDR) is a consortial data repository using the Dataverse platform. In this presentation we discuss ongoing efforts to develop the TDR as a shared service. The presenters include TDR liaisons from participating institutions. We reflect on the past year of using the TDR and speak from diverse perspectives: the experience of small and large institutions; institutions with varying capacity to provide data services; and institutions implementing different outreach strategies, policies and workflows. We discuss the progress of the TDR, the value of participating in a consortial repository service, successes and challenges, and future goals.
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    Library Workflow Exchange: Sharing is Caring
    (2018-05-16) Barba, Shelley
    The Library Workflow Exchange is a wiki designed to help librarians share best practices across institutions. Created in 2015 by Liz Woolcott and Anna Neatrour, this site is a valuable tool for libraries and universities in establishing new procedures as well as in evaluating current ones. This quick presentation raises awareness of this tool, demonstrates how to find workflows on the site, and more importantly how to submit workflows to the collection.
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    Accessing the Inaccessible: Capturing and re-purposing metadata prior to digitization to ensure adequate description and access
    (2018-05-16) Pierce, Gregory; Niño, Ana
    In October of 2017, UNT Special Collections embarked on a large-scale digitization project involving a portion of the highly requested A/V materials from the NBC-5/KXAS Television News collection, using a third-party vendor. Until 2017, portions of the collection were digitized through discrete patron requests, or smaller projects carried out during downtime. This new project involved digitizing the collection s entire UMatic tape holdings; roughly 2,000 tapes covering broadcast news stories aired between 1976 and 1986. The UMatic holdings were prioritized for digitization due to preservation concerns about their age, degradation, and the decreasing availability of UMatic tape players. Consisting of over 140 boxes, with an average of 14 tapes per box, each tape case contains one UMatic tape and one or more handwritten index cards with descriptions of the tape s content. We estimate this project will produce over 50,000 individual news clips for ingestion. How does an institution efficiently and adequately describe over 50,000 digital objects with enough access points to make them searchable to patrons, including film and television producers wishing to license footage on restrictive deadlines? The estimated time it would take to upload, describe, and publish these clips on the Portal to Texas History, is nearly 3 years. How can we ensure access and searchability in the meantime? The estimated time it would take to upload, describe, and publish these clips on the Portal to Texas History is nearly 3 years. This presentation provides a detailed look at how we used snapshots to help repurpose metadata, then harnessed linked data tools in Excel and WikiMedia to create access to tape content titles. We will talk about prioritizing content access during digitization and how those priorities evolved as we realized the full scope of the collection. We ll discuss how we created the initial database using linked data in Excel, transferring that data to our in-house wiki space using WikiMedia, as well as how the system is being used today. More importantly, we will discuss how capturing and making physical metadata accessible during digitization of the physical objects can increase efficiency in other digitization projects.
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    Birthing Coetzee s Digital Archive
    (2018-05-16) Adams, Abby
    J. M. Coetzee s global reputation rests on his literary output, for which he received a Nobel in 2003. Before he embarked on a career as a scholar and writer, the South African-born author was a computer programmer in the early years of the industry s development, working on one of the most advanced programming projects in Britain in the mid 1960s. While readers of Coetzee may be familiar with these experiences from their description in his second fictional autobiography Youth (2002), Coetzee s role on the Atlas 2 project and his sustained interest in computing across his academic and literary career have been largely ignored by researchers to date. This is, we hope, about to change, thanks to Coetzee s digital archive being made available to scholars. Held at the Harry Ransom Center at the University of Texas at Austin, Coetzee s papers stretch to 58 linear feet of printed material and are regularly consulted by researchers. In the fall of 2017, his born digital materials, including over 100 floppy disks and various email correspondence, have also been opened for research. In this talk, the speaker discusses the process and decisions entailed in making Coetzee s born digital materials available from the perspective of a digital archivist. The speaker will outline her process for data recovery, preservation and description, and the discovery and access methods she employed. Offering an example of current practice around the preservation of and access to born digital materials, Coetzee s archive also represents an important use case, stretching as it does across 60 years of digital innovation, for how a large hybrid collection can provide researchers with a more complete picture of a creator's life and career than the born digital or analog materials alone can provide.
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    Post-Custodial Praxis at LLILAS Benson: Lessons in Digitization, Access, and Community Partnerships
    (2018-05-16) Bliss, David; Carbajal, Itza; Field, Jane; Butler, Matthew; Shore, Edward
    LLILAS Benson Latin American Studies & Collections works in partnership with archival organizations and community partners in Latin America to digitally preserve underrepresented histories and human rights documentation. By adopting a post-custodial archival model, we can support goals of digital preservation and access without physically removing collection materials from communities that use and identify with them. This panel will bring together archivists, partners, students, and scholars to share best practices, workflows, and lessons learned from a diverse array of post-custodial projects. The goal of the partnership between LLILAS Benson and community organizations is to empower communities that have been historically underrepresented in cultural heritages institutions.Through active involvement in designing and implementing these projects, partners gain greater control over how their materials are preserved, represented, and described. Furthermore, the integration of archivists, scholars, and technical staff expands opportunities for mutual learning and collaborative work, resulting in more nuanced collection development and scholarly outputs that will make a larger impact in a variety of disciplines, as well as supporting the missions of partner institutions. Finally, bringing these materials together in a shared repository space allows the collections, histories, and experiences to speak to each other across geographic and linguistic barriers, and highlight shared experiences. All this is accomplished without removing the physical materials from their place of origin. Panelists each represent different experiences and roles related to the endeavor of post-custodial archival development. Digital Processing Archivist David Bliss will open the panel by providing background on LLILAS Benson s model of post-custodial archiving, and discussing the development of our digitization workflows. Itza Carbajal, LLILAS Benson s Latin American Metadata Librarian, will elaborate on the significance of partnerships within LLILAS Benson s post-custodial framework, and discuss our metadata processes and challenges. Jane Field from the Texas After Violence Project will share their work to document the effects of interpersonal and state violence on individuals, families, and communities, and their experiences as an early partner of LLILAS Benson. Matthew Butler, faculty member in UT s Department of History, will share how the digitization of a collection documenting the privatization of indigenous lands in 19th century Mexico will enrich scholarship and local understanding of a pivotal era in Mexican history. Finally, PhD candidate Eddie Shore will discuss a new community partnership in Brazil to preserve the history of a Quilombola community as they face increasing external threats.
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    Making History (Y)Our Own: Augmentation of the Smithsonian Exhibition Hometown Teams through Digital Means
    (2018-05-16) Weischedel, Kristen
    The Smithsonian exhibition Hometown Teams is about to complete its six-year tour at the end of 2018. A part of the Museum on Main Street traveling exhibitions program, this presentation is designed to share the Smithsonian s resources with rural America. The exhibitions in this series are designed to be a locus for additional programming relevant to the host community. The exhibition in question, Hometown Teams explores the role of sports in the United States, and how they have shaped the lives of Americans and American culture as a whole. The exhibition features equipment, playing grounds, and rules from sports played all across the United States. This information is presented primarily via text, with complementary videos, audio components, and interactive games. However, these materials tell the story of sports in America as a whole, rather than that of our particular community, a community which has been consistently underrepresented by the national narrative. In the case of the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley (UTRGV), we chose to augment our exhibition with digital components. Through these digital initiatives, we were able to engage with the campus community and beyond, exploring perspectives and histories present in the Rio Grande Valley. Ultimately, we aimed to address gaps in the exhibition with our own community stories, strengthening our patrons interactions with this history by making it their own. For our community, this included exploring as many voices as possible and capturing them through visual, audio, and interactive formats. Another important consideration for our community is the presentation of this information in Spanish, the primary language of many of our patrons. The importance of making these exhibitions one s own cannot be emphasized enough. In an age in which individuals are drowned out by the cacophony of globalization; underrepresentation of small communities, like that in the Rio Grande Valley, persists. Thus, as the keepers of these histories and liaisons to the communities we serve, it is more important than ever that we express the identities of our communities. Our unique populace can reaffirm their identity through these digital initiatives, which serve as an instrument to their voices and distinct culture. The purpose of this presentation will be to offer UTRGV s digital accessories to this national exhibition as a case study for different ways in which a community transform a national topic or opportunity to reflect their own community. I will speak about the different processes, considerations, and how we ultimately chose our own digital supplementary materials, as well as our assessment of these digital initiatives vis-�-vis the exhibition. Furthermore, I will briefly discuss our plans to assess these digital impacts, as to better serve the community in the future.
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    Foster the Light: Orphan works and Underrepresented Communities
    (2018-05-16) Hammons, Kiowa
    Historically disadvantaged groups such as women, the LGBT community, and minority groups have often been underrepresented and overlooked as creative communities. For this reason there has also been a lack of intellectual property protections for works created by individuals categorized within these groups. This is due to a number of factors: the need for authors to register works to receive US copyright protections; the adherence to strict formalities for works created before the 1976 revisions in copyright law; and the limited options for these individuals for the fixation of their work through publication. The effect of this underrepresentation is an abundance of orphan works : works in which the author and/or rights holder cannot be readily identified. In a society that has only begun to acknowledge the cultural narratives of these disenfranchised groups, it has become paramount for institutions such as libraries and museums to collect, exhibit, and make accessible these important works to the public. But how can cultural institutions make orphan works available without causing inadvertent harm to the rights holders? This presentation will explore in detail the reasons why these works have become orphans, methodologies for seeking out rights holders, and ways to balance intellectual property protections for creatives while also allowing institutions the ability to make accessible these vital works to its patrons.
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    From Meow to ROAR: University of Houston s Expansion of Open Access Repository Services
    (2018-05-16) Wu, Annie; Thompson, Santi; Davis-Van Atta, Taylor; Washington, Anne; Scott, Bethany; Townes, Adam; Brett, Kelsey; Liu, Xiping
    As part of the University of Houston (UH) Libraries 2017-2021 Strategic Plan, a cross-departmental implementation team was formed to expand our open access research repository services beyond electronic theses and dissertations (ETDs) to include a broad range of faculty, staff, and student works. The result of this effort is Cougar Research Open Access Repositories (ROAR): a portal to the UH Institutional Repository (UHIR) and the UH Data Repository (UHDR) which host scholarly works and data generated by the UH community. This presentation details the team s phased activities including internal preparation, pilot program, and finding and recommendations. Sub-teams were formed to carry out specific tasks, such as building the Cougar ROAR platform, developing ROAR policies and guidelines, enhancing institutional repository functions, scheduling campus promotional activities, and launching the open access pilot program. The presentation will also include strategies for gaining administrative and faculty buy-in, findings from faculty focus groups, insights into the metadata and technical considerations for the two systems, modes of deposit, training and promotion strategies, and a discussion of lessons learned. Many universities and research organizations are seeking to expand their open access repository services or migrate systems. This presentation will offer both general strategies and specific solutions that will be helpful to those and other institutions promoting new modes of scholarly communication.
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    Beyond the Pages: Early Printed Books in Digital Collections
    (2018-05-16) Laufersweiler, Barbara
    For early printed books, somewhere in the middle ground between simple image display and multispectral imaging, between metadata searches and virtual reality experiences, there are practical, low-cost, high-impact practices available for digitization and in digital collections. They create new possibilities for digital library users to engage with those early printed books more fully, opening the books to new scholarship and new engagement. The standard approach to digital presentation of early printed books for scholarly and other users continues to duplicate online the experience of paging through a book (a page turner interface) and reading through its descriptive record (a metadata presentation). Expanded scope brings access to higher resolution images, full text files, linked and harvestable metadata, multi image widgets, and citable permanent links. Yet none of this work enables scholars or other users to easily engage with sufficient information about books and their history - and certainly not consistently from one digital collection to the next. The challenge is primarily one of metadata, and secondarily of digitization and presentation - for both textual and visual data about a book. In addition to the information in a high resolution image and a well researched catalog record, researchers interested in the history of books want access to diverse descriptive metadata not routinely presented, and sometimes not recorded. That metadata ranges from ownership history, multiple works bound together, and binding style to the presence of annotations, printer's devices, tipped in plates, volvelles, watermarks, and so on. Recording, presentation, and exposure of most such metadata would be a relatively straightforward extension of current practices and current technologies. For example, much of the image-level metadata could be recorded by trained undergraduate employees during digitization. In addition to metadata, some visual information is not commonly gathered at all. Two examples are text-block edges and watermarks, neither of which is digitized routinely, and both of which are invaluable to the interested researcher. When and how do we digitize them? Where do we present them - within the set of standard images? Appended to that set? Separately? Such digitization is not technically difficult and in fact is quite cost-effective to add to routine digitization. Once digitized and noted in the descriptive metadata, such information in digital collections becomes accessible to researchers working with early printed books. Another kind of information in digital collections is images of the same object (or page) taken at different times, perhaps years apart, or with different equipment or different lighting. This begins to look like a dataset, which can be of very high interest to researchers as well as conservators and preservation staff. In digital collections, the practice and policy could become to include multiple images of the same object along with appropriate technical and descriptive metadata. I will present specific examples and recommendations for low-cost, high-impact practices for digitization and digital collections. To the extent such practices are adopted, digital collections can provide a great deal more information about early printed books, opening them more fully to the world in practical, straightforward ways.
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    The renewed interest in the Ethnology Teaching Collection
    (2018-05-16) Prud'homme, Patrice-Andre
    The focus of a collection can change over the course of time. The University Museum at Illinois State University closed its doors in 1991. While artifacts of an ethnographic nature were sent to the Anthropology department one year later, many other artifacts were relocated elsewhere. The remaining artifacts would become part of a hands-on teaching collection, which is now known as the Ethnology Teaching Collection. The Ethnology Teaching Collection holds a rich cultural value that supports research and teaching at the university, despite the fact that the art pieces may lose their value over time by physical degradation due to handling by students, for example. Through the collaborative partnership between the Sociology and Anthropology department and the library, the digitization of curated objects from the Ethnology Teaching Collection has helped promote the significant historical and educational value of the teaching collection, as well as its public online access. This presentation aims to promote the curated art objects of the Ethnology Teaching Collection and the enduring value that it still exhibits as a teaching tool in contrast to similar objects held in museums.
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    Digging into Linked Data: Perspectives from the Long Tail
    (2018-05-16) Biswas, Paromita; Leonard, Andrea
    The success of the semantic web depends on widespread participation by cultural heritage institutions and other organizations in making connections between open, structured datasets. Large university libraries are beginning to make such connections it s time for mid-size and smaller libraries to take the leap and establish themselves as playing a part in this web of data. In particular, digital collections of many of these libraries represent significant regional or local history collections; metadata of these collections exposed as linked data can bring visibility for these unique resources. But do these libraries have the resources to create semantic data? What kinds of resources and technical support do these libraries need? How much and what kind of training do their staff need for linked data projects? This presentation focuses on a collaborative linked data project between two mid-sized academic libraries--Western Carolina University and Appalachian State University. The libraries are members of the Western North Carolina Library Network and share a common catalog. Both libraries have significant special collections on Appalachian culture and history. Their project aims to expose a slice of their digital collections on Appalachia as linked data and build connections to related datasets on the web thereby exploring the possibilities of the semantic web. The project also serves as the testing bed for future such collaborative work, possibly on a larger scale. The presentation will highlight the successes and challenges faced by the presenters as they delved into this project. For example, what resources and training did they need? How successful were they in in manipulating digital collections metadata in OpenRefine; navigating the intricacies of various data models such as those from Europeana and DPLA; sorting through the multitude of controlled vocabularies that are available as linked data on the web and selecting the best possible options? How difficult or easy was it to figure out linked data jargon, such as dereferenceable URIs and RDF skeletons? What kind of technical support was needed for setting up triples stores and querying linked data via SPARQL endpoints? The presenters hope this presentation will be a useful learning experience for those who are thinking of venturing into creating access for their special collections using linked data tools particularly for those from mid-size to small libraries.
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    A Platform for Exploration: Bringing together African American History at umbrasearch.org
    (2018-05-16) Carlson, Sarah
    Umbra Search African American History (umbrasearch.org) makes African American history more broadly accessible through a freely available widget and search tool, umbrasearch.org; digitization of African American materials across collections; and support of students, educators, artists, and the public through residencies, workshops, and events locally and around the country. To date, Umbra Search aggregates more than 724,000 materials from more than 1,000 US libraries, archives, and cultural heritage institutions. With over 50 national partners Library of Congress, NYPL, Yale, Amistad Research Center, and many more Umbra Search provides a platform for the discovery and use of a diverse range of archival materials and other secondary sources that allow students, scholars, and the public to consider the many dimensions of American and African American history from multiple perspectives, from redacted FBI reports on the surveillance of civil rights activists to newspaper clippings espousing racist ideologies to the thousands of letters written to and from WEB Du Bois about subjects ranging from the founding of the NAACP to the play he saw the night before. Building upon over a decade of investment in digital collections, Umbra Search is openly developed, leveraging open technologies such as Blacklight, a discovery interface, and the Open Archives Initiative Protocol for Metadata Harvest. Awarded the 2017 Center for Research Libraries Award for Access, Umbra Search provides access to collection materials and promotes teaching and research in K12 and higher education, scholarship, art, and cultural production. This presentation will discuss the development of Umbra Search, including the technology and design, the role of collaborative partnerships, and the importance of outreach to enhance access and encourage use with these rich materials. We will also address the unique challenges of thematic aggregations for culturally specific materials and long term sustainability for digital platforms, as well as opportunities for shifting perspectives of collection building, access, and use.
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    Exploring our Collections: The Many Colors of the UNT Digital Library
    (2018-05-16) Andrews, Pamela; McIntosh, Marcia; Willis, Shannon
    This 24x7 presentation discusses a combination of outreach initiatives to promote use of digital collection items: #ColorOurCollections and Twitter. #ColorOurCollections is an initiative to promote the use of digital collections to a general audience by encouraging institutions to convert images within their collections into black and white drawings that can be used as coloring pages. These images are then promoted through Twitter via #ColorOurCollections. As many of these collections are viewed primarily as resources for scholarship, advertising images as coloring pages invites more potential digital collection users to increase engagement with held items. Using the #ColorOurCollections initiative, selected items were converted into black and white coloring pages. To further increase their visibility, a twitter bot was created to periodically tweet the images. After the #ColorOurCollections initiative has ended, this bot can be repurposed to advertise other items from the UNT Digital Library, including the institutional repository. This presentation describes the image conversion and twitter bot creation processes.
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    Box of Chocolates: Surfacing Unique Collections in Small-Bite Form
    (2018-05-16) Flaxbart, Jenifer
    The University of Texas Libraries (UTL) is undertaking an approach to small-scale digital exhibition projects with the goal of surfacing a broad range of unique collections while minimizing workflow impacts on the Libraries IT and digitization infrastructure. The Box of Chocolates approach serves the purpose of introducing a tempting variety of content bonbons to scholars, seeking to both inform their awareness of lesser known content and inspire and enrich related research. Examples may include out-of-copyright Ottoman Turkish texts, Artists Books, South Asian collection content, rare Israeli Cinema periodical content and other image-rich collections, making content from underrepresented and under acknowledged communities, voices, and perspectives available via a web site or Google search for the first time. UTL s Digital Projects Cross Functional Team, comprised of colleagues from across the Libraries, is creating two tools to aid this effort. The tools are a digital project deconstructed overview and a template for small-scale Omeka digital exhibition construction outlining the steps required to create a morsel-like exhibition, the essence of a collection in 10 to 15 images or related files with intellectual framing, akin to DPLA Primary Source Sets. These will be called Collection Highlights. This approach provides a practical solution to collections-focused digital project engagement and discovery progress. It introduces a low-stakes way for liaisons to build their confidence in digital scholarship, while simultaneously doing foundational work to promote collections. Multiple subject liaison librarians will be able to learn and to promote distinctive UTL collections without maxing-out individual liaison or UTL IT resource capacity. This foundational work will then create a pathway for scaffolding up to doing more involved projects.
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    Buildings of Texas: Supporting Visual Browsing of Geospatial Archival Holdings through Web Mapping
    (2018-05-16) Hansen, Grace
    Providing access to geospatial archival and library holdings through visual browsing has profound implications for academic fields such as digital humanities as well as non-academic audiences. LIS institutions must navigate numerous challenges to create a set of geospatial data that is useful and accessible as they work to open their geospatial holdings. As part of the University of Texas at Austin Libraries' effort to build an infrastructure to support its geospatial data, the presenter is standardizing, geocoding, and creating a web map to display a spreadsheet inventory of the Alexander Architectural Archives' collection of research material for Gerald Moorhead's Buildings of Texas collection. This Lightning Round Presentation will discuss both conceptual and technical considerations that went into this project. First, I will discuss our decision to conceptualize the web map as an archival finding aid, and the ways in which spatial browsing better supports discovery for collections of this nature. I will also describe the diverse user needs that must be supported by the Alexander Architectural Archives and the implications of these needs on the standardization and design decisions. Finally, I will cover the technical challenges of cleaning, standardizing, and transforming a detail-rich dataset generated by the archival records' creator into a usable product, as well as the creation of a replicable workflow for treating other geospatial collections.
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    Piloting Photogrammetry in the UNT Digital Library
    (2018-05-16) McIntosh, Marcia; Willis, Shannon
    Building on the 3D scanning and model hosting already developed at the University of North Texas Libraries (UNT), members of the Digital Projects Unit (DPU) piloted a technique new to its digitization lab: photogrammetry. Previous methods of 3D scanning used in the DPU focused primarily on capturing the geometry of an item. While these are useful technologies for many types of objects, they fail to capture many external features of an item such as its color and texture. DPU members recognized that certain holdings of three-dimensional items at UNT would benefit from a 3D scanning method that would also capture such external characteristics. Photogrammetry uses photography to build photo-realistic three-dimensional models complete with the color and texture of the item. There are currently several methods and software available for generating these 3D models. DPU members used special collection holdings at UNT, largely from the Texas Fashion Collection, to test several of these methods. This presentation will focus on these methods for model creation as well as metadata description, uploading, and viewing of the models in the UNT Digital Library.
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    Community Webs: Creating Community History Web Archives
    (2018-05-16) Praetzellis, Maria; Whitsett, Kyrie; Ward, Emily
    Many public libraries have active local history collections and have traditionally collected print materials that document their communities. The ascension of the web as the primary publishing platform, however, has led to this material now being published exclusively on the web. Due to the technical challenges of archiving the web, the lack of training and educational opportunities, and the lack of an active community of public library-based practitioners, very few public libraries are building web archives. This session will review the Internet Archive's new program to provide education, training, professional networking, and technical services to enable public libraries to fulfill this vital role.
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    Open access: necessary but insufficient for societal impact and serving specific communities?
    (2018-05-16) Herbert, Bruce
    The internet has brought great change to human society, but even after 20 years, the impact of the internet has been uneven. As attributed to William Gibson, The future is already here it's just not very evenly distributed . It is reasonable to predict that the societal impact of open access will be similar. In 2015, we were approached by a rural, secondary school in the midst of a major transformation of their science education seeking help with their lack of access of library resources. The school district was in the midst of major reform initiative seeking to enhance the college readiness of their students through a transformation of student learning via problem-based learning. This west Texas school district is dominated by at-risk students who have not traditional experienced success in the American K12 education system. The Texas A&M University Libraries designed a portal that bypassed the need for authentication and allows a user to search through a collection of open access materials. Working with EBSCO, the vendor from which we licensed our discovery layer, we created a portal that aggregated open access materials and making them accessible to the public. This dedicated portal draw materials identified as open access from the EBSCO Index, a meta-aggregation of scholarly resources of global and regional importance, including journal articles, e-books, reviews, legal documents and more. We tracked the use of our Open Access portal by the K12 students. This flash talk will discuss the impact of the project, and show how the portal supports a Texas A&M University K12 School District reforming their science, technological, engineering and mathematics (STEM) education. While open access directly supported K12 student success, the portal design had to accommodate the specific needs of this community in order to support this outcome.
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    Make it Count: Using Google Analytics to Email Author Stats for a DSpace IR
    (2018-05-16) Winkler, Heidi
    Institutional repository administrators know that reaching out to authors and proving to them the impact of submitting to and keeping their work with the university s IR is a fantastic selling point for the service. Feedback via email should be simple, right? Possibly not. DSpace users often talk among themselves about the open source institutional repository app s inability to both make available and email out individual work statistics to authors. Not even purchasable statistics packages can solve the problem DSpace contributors experience in not receiving updates about their work. While public statistics do exist, they re only displayed in aggregate and are not designed for analysis by individual contributors. As the authors considered this communication conundrum, they ran across a free Google feature that can make up for DSpace s failing in this area. Our 24x7 will walk attendees through how to utilize Google Analytics for setting up automatic emails to authors with statistics from DSpace.