LTDS January 12th – 18th 2020

LTDS spent significant time during the week of January 12th preparing for the ILLiad upgrade and revising websites — both public and staff focused.   LTDS continued to work on various log term projects with the anticipation of new projects moving forward soon.  Various other activities include:

  • Alma/Primo
    • course reserve work order process refinement and discussion
    • user issues in Alma -as well as the proxy server
    • worked on enumeration issue and methods to automate the corrections
  • Desktop/Application support
    • applying patched to library servers
    • Deploying new equipment for new staff
    • Revising deployment strategy for SCCM client
    • Resolved issue with EBL training room computers
  • Digital Collections/Digital Preservation
    • Reviewing issues with deposits from Vireo to VUIR.
    • Discussing process of adding materials to Fedora that will also need to be streamed
  • Web/Web applications
    • Preparing for typography refresh
    • Troubleshooting several permissions issues in SharePoint
    • Added several exhibit wordpress sites
  • Other
    • Committee work for local, state, national, and international groups
    • Analytics lab
    • Regular LTDS office hours

 

 

 

 

 

Public Web Typography Refresh

In September 2019, Digital Strategies implemented a typography refresh for all Vanderbilt websites, introducing improvements such as larger, simpler fonts and increased content area width in order to stay current with modern web trends.

On Tuesday, January 21 LTDS will apply these changes to the Libraries’ public website. In addition to the changes provided by this refresh, we’ve taken the opportunity to refine certain page elements, such as the right sidebar you see on the Heard and division homepages. Here are a couple of preview shots:

Screenshot of Heard Libraries homepage

Screenshot of Central Library homepage

As always, please let us know if you have any questions or comments.

LTDS January 5th – 11th 2020

Happy New Year!

The LTDS team were all back this week and eager to resume working on current projects as well as looking forward to new opportunities in 2020.   It was also great to have our students return from winter break!

LTDS worked on several projects and issues during the week including:

  • Alma/Primo
    • Created course reserve work order
    • Revising metadata normalization rules
    • Pulling vendor data from Alma
    • Working on enumeration cleanup project
  • Desktop/Application support
    • Ordered new equipment
    • Setup computers and videos for Fine Arts Gallery
    • Moved forward with the deepfreeze project (this will update the clients on all of the computers and provide a better management tool).
  • Digital Collections/Digital Preservation
    • Preparing for upgrade to VUIR
    • Added PBcore to the schema’s available for Fedora ingest
  • Web/Web applications
    • Updated VUIR footer for the new version
    • Launched new DiSC website in collaboration with ACE
    • Worked on new setup for all exhibit pages on the public web
  • Other
    • TLA conference work
    • ELUNA conference planning work
    • VR research

 

LTDS December 8th – 14th 2019

LTDS utilized the week to work on various projects that are projected to be for the spring semester.  The team also responded to several desktop issues due to illness and the students being out for the holiday. In addition,  the team spent time preparing systems for the holiday break and maximizing availability of resources to users.

 

  • Alma/Primo
    • OCLC holding discussions
    • Troubleshooting process jobs in the sandbox (very slow)
    • Configuring the Primo Sandbox to correctly utilize SSO
  • Desktop/Application support
    • Updated old MondoPad to Windows 10
    • Deploy new equipment
    • Updating deepfreeze on systems
  • Digital Collections/Digital Preservation
    • Working on new theme for VUIR with the upgrade
    • Testing features of vireo
    • Assisting student OJS submissions
    • testing sword vs file deposits into Dspace
  • Web/Web applications
    • typography refresh work
    • Continued Sharepoint cleanup
    • updates for wordpress and islandora (they never stop)
    • ILLiad work for SSO
  • Other
    • several committee meetings
    • Meetings with A21

 

 

LTDS December 2nd – 7th 2019

LTDS spent much of the week working on digital projects and preparing for the winter break including potential upgrades.  The team worked with VUIT to migrate an Oracle database to a new system.  This was the last item that needed to occur for us to completely delete the old Acorn server!

  • Alma/Primo
    • Work order discussions and documentation
    • Presenting Leganto Webinars
    • OCLC publishing issues
    • Working to configure SSO in Primo Sandbox
  • Desktop/Application support
    • AirWatch organization
    • Reviewing next refresh order
  • Digital Collections/Digital Preservation
    • Responding to ETD questions
    • Revising development DSpace templates
    • Archivematica discussions
    • Fedora/islandora updates
  • Web/Web applications
    • Typeography refresh
    • Continued cleanup of SharePoint permissions
  • Other
    • Google Analytics extraction using python
    • Committee work (both internal and external committees)
    • Updated drupal sites
    • Update wordpress sites
    • Configure new server for ILLiad development
    • Review of LIBRO

 

 

 

 

Happy Thanksgiving

Many in LTDS took time off this week to spend with family, friends, and stand in line for Friday.

LTDS wishes everyone a very  Happy Thanksgiving Day and abundance of joy )and projects) in the coming year!

 

LTDS November 17th 2019 – November 23rd 2019

The team was able to complete a few projects this week as well as prepare for an abbreviated work week due to the Thanksgiving holiday.

REMINDER:  LTDS will be on-call during the holiday for emergencies.

  • Alma/Primo
    • Analytics lab
    • Reviewing options for testing SSO in ILLiad
  • Desktop/Application support
    • Prepared proposal for next round of replacements
    • Cleaned up the workstation OU in preparation for the new AD
    • Migrated all security groups to the new AD
  • Digital Collections/Digital Preservation
    • Investigated how to best link into an Fedora audio object at a specific time.
    • Continued work on Archivematica
    • Made significant progress with needed ArchivesSpace changes after determining an issue with the online documentation.
  • Web/Web applications
    • Migrated Heard Alert to mailpoet 3
    • Worked on Researchguides design
    • Continued to work on the SharePoint cleanup project
    • Dev2 setup and troubleshooting
  • Other
    • Assist with LAC voting including setting up the computers
    • Various committees

 

LTDS November 10th 2019 – November 16th 2019

LTDS spend time during the week to migrate it’s internal communication from Slack to Microsoft Teams.  This included significant with with Flow to provide access to the RSS feeds and changing habits as far as communication.    In addition,  the team was able to continue work on various projects including the items below.

 

  • Alma/Primo
    • Alumni Access issues
    • Continue troubleshooting OCLC holding issues
  • Desktop/Application support
    • Moving applications from libvm11 to libvm15
    • Developed list of needed upgrades for the next round of replacements
  • Digital Collections/Digital Preservation
    • ArchivesSpace changes and corrections
  • Web/Web applications
    • WordPress updates
    • Reviewing issues with Mailpoet 3 and proposing upgrading
    • Setup new development environment for Omni
  • Other
    • 3D Brain update
    • Deep dive into Microsoft Flow
    • Migrated ArcGIS to new server

LTDS November 3rd 2019 – November 10th 2019

The team enjoyed another week of catching up on various issues and planning for retiring older VMs.  This week, among other items the team worked on setting up two new VMs as future hosts for migrated library applications.

 

  • Alma/Primo
    • Working with VUMC on potential issues with email accounts in December
    • User access issues  (Alma and EZProxy)
    • Issues with Japanese holding updates
  • Desktop/Application support
    • Prepare DVRs for TVNews
    • Setup MS Surface for evaluation
  • Digital Collections/Digital Preservation
    • Prepared and presented session to celebrate World Digital Preservation Day
    • Starting migrating changes in DSpace to new DSpace instance for testing
  • Web/Web applications
    • Mail Poet plugin issues
    • Staff Purchase request
    • Updated lectionary
  • Other
    • Evaluate proposal for LTDS to move conversations from Slack to Team
    • Migrating ArcGIS to new server and upgrading OS
    • Various training and committee sessions.

LTDS October 27th – November 2nd 2019

Several team members were out of the office during the week for meetings or PTO, but the group continued to review INFORM tickets and responded as quickly as possible.    The team also reviewed progress of projects related to systems with older operating systems and began discussing communication needs around the migrations.

 

  • Systems
    • Airwatch changes
    • Migrated several VMs to new cluster
    • Continued work on VUMC user issues
  • Digital Collections and Preservation
    • Worked to resolve a couple of proposed changes to OJS including setting up double blind review
    • Continued testing new version of DSpace
    • Attended final ALCTS Digital Preservation webinar
    • Prepared for World Digital Preservation day
  • Web Management
    • Added additional wordpress site
    • Setup survey box for public web
    • LAC Ballot
    • Reviewed and updated LTDS blog content
  • Other
    • 3D Brains project
    • Committee meetings
    • Training courses
    • Updated Alma related project list