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    Vireo User Group Annual Meeting 2023
    (2023-10-09) Courtney C. Mumma
    These are the slides presented at the 2023 Vireo User Group Annual meeting.
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    Vireo 4: Connecting Diverse Parts of Organizations to Customizable ETD Submissions
    (2022) Wuchner, Emily
    In 2010, the Texas Digital Library (TDL) released the first version of Vireo—open source software developed to ease the electronic thesis submission and review process, as well as to deposit the final document in the institutional repository. Now, a decade and a few versions later, TDL and the broader community of open source developers have released Vireo 4, which introduces a number of new features. These updates continue to ease the submission and review process for students and thesis reviewers as well as continue to archive student works in repositories. For instance, Vireo 4 users can create independent workflows (based on submission type, college, degree, etc.) that enable institutions to collect different information based on submission type. So, for example, an institution can collect different information from doctoral students than master’s students at the time of document submission. While in Vireo 3 students typed information such as committee member names, email addresses, and department names, in Vireo 4, institutions can upload lists of controlled vocabulary that display as drop-down menus for student use, thus providing consistent spelling and terminology and reducing metadata editing. This poster, presented at USETDA 2022, offers a side-by-side comparison of Vireo 3 (released in 2015) to Vireo 4 (released in 2020). Using visuals from the interface and descriptions, we highlight these updates to help users better understand the changes and how they might be applied and customized. We also share tips and best practices for implementing Vireo 4 at different institutions. Building connections between students, thesis reviewers, the repository, and the public is one of the core goals of Vireo. Now with the new features available in Vireo 4, institutions can create even stronger connections to further this goal.
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    Interrogating the Lack of Pay Transparency in Library Faculty Job Postings
    (Texas A&M University System Virtual Library Conference, 2022-06-15) Hight, Alexa; Hernandez, Patricia Lynn; DeForest, Lea
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    Audiovisual Accessibility Builds a Bridge to Diverse User Communities
    (2022-06-07) Morrow, Melissa; Mumma, Courtney; Park, Kristi
    A cross-institutional team from the Texas Digital Library consortium has developed a webinar series to address the need for awareness of accessibility for audio/video digital collections and to offer solutions for repository managers. The series presents the basics of improving the accessibility of digital audio and video (AV) collection materials hosted in the digital repositories of libraries and archives within the TDL membership. Supplemented by a birds-of-a-feather session at the Texas Conference on Digital Libraries (TCDL) 2022, the webinars provide a deeper understanding of the many benefits—aside from simply satisfying legal requirements—of providing alternative media such as captions/transcripts and other accessibility remediations. Additionally, they aim to demystify key concepts and share common approaches and practical first steps to adapting the accessibility of digital (digitized and born-digital) AV holdings, as well as discussing strategies for making the business case for accessibility. This poster is intended to report on our model for collaborative learning around accessibility issues for A/V collections and share outcomes of the series.
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    Building Trust Together: A Consortium Approach to Open Repositories via DSpace and the Texas Digital Library
    (2022-06-08) Park, Kristi; Woodward, Nicholas; Lyon, Colleen; Hight, Alexa; Johnson, Emily
    The Texas Digital Library (TDL) is a collaborative consortium of Texas universities that builds capacity among its membership for ensuring equitable access to and preservation of digital content of value to research, instruction, cultural heritage, and institutional memory. TDL hosts DSpace digital repositories for its member institutions, allowing them to provide reliable online access to their scholarly and pedagogic output. TDL supports its members through the TDL Dspace Users Group, an open group for anyone in Texas currently using or interested in DSpace repository software. The User Group benefits members by providing: a forum for discussion and mutual support on issues of concern to DSpace users, a means for the TDL to update members on upgrades, training opportunities, and other DSpace-related work of the TDL staff, and a channel for rebroadcasting any DuraSpace news related to the DSpace software to the Texas DSpace community. The user group benefits by reduced costs through shared IT resources and distributed expertise to better support the creation and management of dspace repositories. In this panel we will discuss the function of the user group, as well as the costs and outcomes associated with a consortium approach to repository management using DSpace.
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    TDL Vireo User Group 2020
    (Texas Digital Library, 2020-06-16) Park, Kristi; Mumma, Courtney; Smutniak, Frank
    The annual TDL Vireo User Group Meeting
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    Bepress to DSpace Migration: A Case Study
    (Texas Digital Library, 2019-09-24) Woodward, Nicholas
    The University of North Texas Health Science Center (UNTHSC) approached the Texas Digital Library (TDL) in 2018 about migrating their scholarly repository from Bepress Digital Commons to a new DSpace 6.x instance hosted by TDL. In the course of this project TDL developed a workflow for the repository migration that included: using Amazon Web Services for digital object storage; developing code for preprocessing, metadata mapping, and generating DSpace item packages; and incorporating existing DSpace import tooling for repository data. In collaboration with UNTHSC, TDL staff created a process for converting a community/collection hierarchy built in a spreadsheet to an XML-formatted structure suitable for import into DSpace. Additionally, TDL developed code to create Simple Archive Format packages for digital objects in the repository that incorporated 1) a metadata crosswalk (also built in collaboration with UNTHSC staff), 2) data about the repository harvested from its OAI-PMH feed, and 3) the metadata and digital objects themselves located in S3. Finally, TDL worked with UNTHSC staff to customize the configuration and look-and-feel of the new DSpace instance to meet their needs. This presentation will discuss in detail our Bepress to DSpace migration from initial design, to the project execution, including successes and challenges, to the conclusion and assessment of the project deliverables. TDL will lay out our experiences from throughout the collaborative process, what we learned along the way, and offer suggestions for others considering similar migration projects.
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    Digital Preservation Tools
    (Texas Digital Library, 2018-10-16) Mumma, Courtney
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    TDL DSpace Education Working Group
    (Texas Digital Library, 1018-09-25) McElfresh, Laura; Pruett, Joseph
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    Texas Data Repository: A Collaboration Case Study
    (Texas Digital Library, 2018-09-20) Park, Kristi; Mumma, Courtney; DeForest, Lea
    The Texas Data Repository is a platform for publishing and archiving datasets (and other data products) created by faculty, staff, and students at Texas higher education institutions. The repository ( is built in an open-source application called Dataverse, developed and used by Harvard University. The repository is hosted by the Texas Digital Library, a consortium of academic libraries in Texas with a proven history of providing shared technology services that support secure, reliable access to digital collections of research and scholarship. Texas Digital Library hosts the Texas Data Repository centrally as a single instance Dataverse, an open source platform and community run out of Harvard University’s Institute for Quantitative Social Science. The repository is managed collectively and collaboratively by a steering committee made up of library liaisons appointed by each participating institution. The Texas Data Repository Steering Committee members, and the institutions they represent, work together to develop priorities for the repository. Each of the individuals involved and their institutions have benefited from having a resource available to them built within the library and research data management community, by professionals aligned with their values, at a fraction of the cost that would be necessary for separate institutional solutions. Ten academic institutions across Texas currently subscribe to the service, providing a place for their faculty and researchers on campus a place to deposit and share or publish their datasets. Depending on local policy, researchers can create their own collections or dataverses, deposit their data and supplementary information about their data, and either share it with trusted colleagues or publish it, getting themselves a DOI for the dataset so that others can use and cite it reliably. Currently the repository has more than 200 dataverse and approximately 650 datasets, comprising more than 10,000 individual files. Looking to deepen collaboration both within and outside of Texas, Texas Digital Library has joined the Global Dataverse Community Consortium. Formed in 2018, the Global Dataverse Community Consortium organizes existing community efforts such as Texas Digital Library’s Texas Data Repository at an international level. In our role as charter members, Texas Digital Library will assist in governance, planning, and creation of the Consortium’s mission and vision statements. The global consortium will also act as a collaborative hub for institutions like TDL to leverage economies of scale in support of Dataverse repositories around the world. That means members of the Texas Data Repository will play a key role in driving a global approach to support data repositories around the world.
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    Expanding the realm of the possible through collaboration
    (Texas Digital Library, 2018-08-10) Park, Kristi
    Equitable access to information and a commitment to the public good are core values of librarianship. But in an era of resource scarcity for public institutions, how are libraries succeeding in maintaining these essential commitments? Drawing on more than a decade of experience in collaborative library work, this talk will explore and celebrate the power of collective community-based efforts to transform libraries in the digital age. Successful community collaborations -- including the Texas Digital Library’s consortial research data repository and the implementation of multi-institutional networks for preservation of digital collections -- continue to expand the realm of the possible beyond individual institutional efforts and amplify those efforts to make invaluable digital collections more accessible, usable, and secure.
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    An Update from the Hyku Service Provider Group
    (Texas Digital Library, 2018-07-11) Woodward, Nicholas
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    The Texas Data Repository
    (Texas Digital Library, 2018-06-07) Mumma, Courtney
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    Inside-Out Impact of the Texas Data Repository
    (Texas Digital Library, 2018-06-14) Dabrowski, Anna J.; Mumma, Courtney; Trelogan, Jessica
    With eleven institutional members, the Texas Data Repository (TDR) has more than doubled in size in its first year. Last year, Courtney Mumma, the TDR Service Manager, spoke to the Dataverse Community Meeting about the creation of the TDR Steering Committee (TDR SC) and their roadmap going forward. In her role as Services Manager, Courtney functions as a member of the TDR SC as well as a liaison with the greater Dataverse developer and implementer communities. She will address how information gathered from the TDR SC meetings as well as support requests from TDR users and librarian liaisons inside Texas has resulted in external enhancements and changes in the Dataverse application as well as links to multiple data repository registries. The TDR SC has also formed two working groups so far, the Training and Outreach WG and the Assessment WG, to improve the TDR for its administrators and users. This presentation will describe efforts by those working groups to make an impact in Texas, and beyond, by sharing resources amongst TDR institutions, improving outreach, gathering metrics about use and institutional requirements, and creating new open source reporting tools that could serve the broader Dataverse Community.
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    Choose Your Own Adventure: Digital Preservation Storage Stories
    (Texas Digital Library, 2018-06-05) Mumma, Courtney; Woodward, Nicholas; Park, Kristi
    Since 2015, the Texas Digital Library has enhanced its shared digital preservation infrastructure and services to help its 22 member libraries understand their options in choosing hosted preservation storage repositories. TDL’s digital preservation storage is accessed through the only DuraCloud instance outside of DuraSpace, through which members can store content in any of four options: Chronopolis, Digital Preservation Network (DPN), or Amazon’s S3 or Glacier. TDL encourages choosing cultural-heritage community-based Chronopolis and DPN over Amazon offerings. Ours is the only consortial DPN partnership. We work closely with members to help them understand their digital preservation needs and pair our technology offerings with their local systems and workflows. We use tools like the NDSA Levels of Preservation, internal auditing and inventorying, and an open grid to help better differentiate the storage options from each other. We share our results widely and have committed to the Digital Preservation Declaration of Shared Values. TDL will share our approach to sustainable digital preservation storage services with the OR community, as it makes connections between storage repositories and various other OSS repository systems.
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    TCAL Open Educational Resources Survey
    (2017-09-20) Park, Kristi
    This presentation, delivered at the Texas Council of Academic Libraries Annual Meeting, reported on results of a survey of TCAL members intended to gather information about the status of Open Educational Resources (OER) activities within academic libraries in Texas. The survey asked about programs, activities or policies related to OER within member libraries and in other units on campus.
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    Texas Levels of Presentation
    (Texas Digital Library, 2017-10-24) Mumma, Courtney
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    Power in Numbers: Digital Preservation Networks
    (Texas Digital Library, 2017-10-24) Mumma, Courtney; Steans, Ryan
    Presented at Digital Preservation Forum, #r2e DigiPres session, Pittsburgh, PA, October 2017: Texas Digital Library has capacity as a collective to increase preservation of, management of, and access to digital content.
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    Texas Digital Library Collaboration: Pooling Resources to Avoid Drowning
    (Texas Digital Library, 2017-10-23) Mumma, Courtney
    Presented at Digital Library Federation Forum, October 2017: TDL has tried to mitigate some of the problems caused by excess technological needs and diminishing resources.
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    Aggregating Texas Digital Collections for the Digital Public Library of America
    (2017-04-19) Park, Kristi; Halbert, Martin; Hiott, Judith
    In this program, the Texas Digital Library, University of North Texas, and Houston Public Library discuss their work to develop an expanded statewide aggregation “hub” for the Digital Public Library of America, making unique digital collections from across Texas discoverable through the DPLA’s portal. (