LTDS September 29nd – October 5th 2019

Over the past week, your LTDS staff have been putting in a lot of time towards out-facing services. For instance, our first LTDS Office Hours was hosted on Friday, with 5 attendees with a variety of questions. Thank you for all who came and participated. This will be a weekly pilot so come and join us this Friday at 10am! Other out-facing services include website work, a lot of Informs, and committee work. Internally, we continue load user records into Alma, and support staff with various desktop issues. LTDS Staff continue to increase their skills by participating in various trainings, webinars, courses, and preparing to assist and/or teach.

Web work:
* WordPress updates
* Islandora updates
* Clickable study room map
* New titles page interface improvements
* Public web typography refresh
* TVNews forgot password project

Staff supporting:
* LTDS Office Hours
* OCLC publishing project
* Library GitHub support/documentation
* Office 365 installation

* Python
* Laravel
* Unix
* Library Juice Academy courses

* Alma Systems Committee
* Wayfinding Task Force
* eBUG
* Leganto Working Group

* Archivematica

LTDS August 18th – August 24th 2019

LTDS continued to work on various project and resolve INFORMS.


  • Alma/Primo
    • Large influx of new student works and the need to Alma accounts
    • Reviewing requests and work order priorities in Alma
  • Desktop/Application support
    • Deploying new desktops
    • Continued renaming project
  • Digital Collections
    • Posted new library maps for the Central and Divinity libraries to Fourwinds (wayfinding)
  • Web/Web applications
    • Deployed Survicate (pop-up survey tool) for the public web
    • New homepage for DiSC
  • Other
    • committee and online course work
    • Hiring/re-hiring student workers
    • Gargoyle scanning project

LTDS July 7th – July 13th 2019

Another busy week for LTDS.  A couple of team members took well deserved vacations during the week but the rest of the team continued to work through summer projects and INFORMs.  A few of the items the team worked on are listed below.

  • Alma/Primo
    • Prepared for Sandbox refreshed scheduled for August
    • Worked with OCLC to get the Alma/OCLC sync to work as needed.
    • Deployed meeScan stations in Central and Divinity
  • Desktop/Application support
    • Worked on renaming systems and confirming SCCM availability
    • Continued to test AirWatch
    • Prepared for first hardware order in FY20
    • LTDS orientation meeting with LTDS for new staff
  • Digital Collections
    • Added “Forgot Password” feature to TVNews
    • Updated missing thumbnails for several Helguerra documents
  • Web/Web applications
    • Completed wordpress migration to google tag manager
    • Continued work on the staff directory/org chart audit program
  • Other
    • Continued working to convert servers to public key authentication instead of username/password.
    • Updated ArchivesSpace
    • Listserv Lists cleanup

LTDS June 30th – July 6th 2019

The LTDS was closed Thursday and Friday of this week resulting in a short week for the team.    LTDS utilized the first of the week to continue work on summer projects and resolve various INForm requests.  We hope everyone had a great 4th of July.


“Libraries are about Freedom. Freedom to read, freedom of ideas, freedom of communication. They are about education (which is not a process that finishes the day we leave school or university), about entertainment, about making safe spaces, and about access to information.”

― Neil Gaiman, The View from the Cheap Seats: Selected Nonfiction

My Account to EResources

One of the benefits of using the same authentication system for both Alma and EZProxy is that we can offer true Single-Sign-On services. This is why we strongly encourage users to log into “My Account” first (“Sign In” on

This does assume the users have accounts in Alma – accounts that are using VUNet ID as their Primary Identifier and are set as External. By doing this, when users log into “My Account”, their information will automatically pass them through to other resources that they are authorized for.

How to add your signature in Web Outlook

If you have even used the web Outlook client, you might have noticed that it does not maintain the signature you might have set in your Outlook client on your desktop. This brief tutorial will help alleviate this.

First, log into using your VUNet ID and password.

Look in the right-hand corner for “See all options” and click it.

This results in the following screen:

Now, click on “Settings”

The first box you see is the E-Mail Signature box. Put in here whatever you would like. What this does is that anytime you use the web client and you send out an email, it will add your signature to the bottom. It allows you to present yourself in a consistent manner.

LTDS May 19th – 25th

LTDS began working on summer projects this week as well working on additional issues as the occurred.


  • Alma/Primo (Jamen, Tao)
    • Refining fulfillment rules
    • User access issues
  • Desktop/Application support (Judy, Matt, Scott, Jamen)
    • AD Inventory
    • Preparation for Airwatch and SCCM full roll-out
  • Digital Collections (Nathan, Judy, Scott)
    • Krupp Trial website
    • Digitized the House Organ
  • Web/Web applications (Jodie, Scott, Matt)
    • Resolving TVNews issues
    • Updated  ArchivesSpace development instance
  • Other (all):
    • ETD discussions
    • Inform upgrade testing
    • Prepared for creating 3-D brains




April 28th – May 4, 2019

Many in LTDS attended training and sessions at the ELUNA conference during the week.  In addition,  several from Vanderbilt took time to share our experience with colleagues from other libraries.  Many thanks to the other team members that held down the fort.

  • Desktop/Application support
    • wrapping up projects with current students
    • AirWatch configuration
  • Digital Collections
    • ArchivesSpace/Islandora module work
    • Capturing Helguera documents
  • Web/Web applications
    • Fine Arts website
    • Converted TVNews from Bitmovin to HLS.js
  • Other
    • Interviewing students

April 14th – April 20th 2019

LTDS started prioritizing summer projects that have been received and obtaining additional information as needed.  In addition to planning,  LTDS continued to work on various informs and other projects.

  • Alma/Primo
    • NERS voting
    • NCIP testing
    • Continued to work to resolve on-going user access issues
  • Desktop/Application support
    • Deploying new workstations
    • Testing AirWatch and SCCM
    • Cleaning
  • Digital Collections
    • Cropping Owen Journal for ingest
    • Scanning Taro cards
    • Updating Islandora
  • Web/Web applications
    • SharePoint site design
    • Menu changes for the documentation site
    • A few additional changes to the Organization chart process
  • Other
    • DAR training
    • Review of submitted projects
    • Committee work and preparation for several presentations at ELUNA



LTDS March 3 – March 9, 2019

This week was an eventful one for LTDS.  Jamen accepted the new role of Associate Director and Jodie took on the role of LTDS Web Development Lead.  Please join the team in congratulating Jamen and Jodie.  Several team members attended the Partners in Progress session on Friday as well as the Laracon conference virtually on Wednesday.    Even with these events occurring, the team was able to move forward on several projects.

  • Alma/Primo (Jamen, Tao)
    • Various support questions from Access Services
    • Reviewing NERS requests for voting
  • Desktop/Application support (Judy, Matt, Scott, Jamen)
    • deploying laptops
    • continued to work with Fine Arts Gallery to backup and migrate data.
  • Digital Collections (Nathan, Judy, Scott,Tao)
    • Processing ETDs
    • Added Owen Manager as a featured
  • Web/Web applications (Jodie, Scott, Matt)
    • Implementing Google tag manager
    • Deployed new theme for the documentation site
  • Other (all):
    • Reviewing eDocs database structure
    • LTDS Update session