PALS is excited to announce that we have another new partner in our Islandora community, Northwestern Health Sciences University!
From Susan J. Vossberg, MLIS, Technical Services Librarian at Northwestern Health Sciences University:
“We look forward to joining the PALS Islandora community so that we can create and preserve historical collections and make them available to our university community, and to be able to collaborate with other institutions who are also building and maintaining digital collections. Islandora provides the hosting and support we need to move our digital assets to a long term solution.”
PALS will start working with Northwestern Health Sciences University in January 2018 on their photographs. These images depict college life, events on campus, faculty, staff, students, marketing material, Athletic events, and more. This is just one example of a photograph from the earlier years of Northwestern Health Sciences University.
We look forward to working with Northwestern Health Sciences University to make these photographs available to everyone!
If you are interested in learning more about Islandora, please contact us at www.mnpals.org.
PALS staff members are planning to be at the Minnesota Library Association Conference in Rochester next week!
We will have a booth (# 17), and will be looking forward to talking with you about all the DAM work that comes with starting a digital asset management initiative. We’ll also be quite happy to just chat about anything else on your mind.
We will be located at Booth 17, near the silent auction.
See you there!
As classes begin again and summer comes to a close, we thought it would be a good time to review our summer and take a moment to look ahead. For the full newsletter, please follow this link.
The PALS Islandora community held a webinar on restricting access in Islandora on Monday July 10th. This was in some ways a continuation of discussion we held at the first Islandora workday in April, but it also really helped us gauge the needs of our partners when it comes to access restrictions.
It started with a brief overview of the different ways one can restrict access in Islandora:
The goal of the webinar was to talk with our partners and determine needs and priorities. There are four different embargo modules that we are aware of; only one is included in the Islandora release. Others are from Simon Fraser University, Discovery Garden, and Florida State University. We wanted to know which one might work best, or if we needed to take parts of different ones. The discussion in this webinar resulted in a spreadsheet that will be very useful for us to take a look at these modules and decide which one(s) to use.
We will hold our next webinar in a couple of months, after the Summer. Depending on the topic and goals we do hope to provide a recording.
Libraries: Beyond neutral and pushing to inclusiveness (by Alex Kent, Digital Initiatives Librarian, PALS)
Recently I attended the Lake Superior Libraries Symposium Conference at University of Minnesota-Duluth, to give a lightning talk announcing our Islandora project with Leech Lake Tribal College. The Beyond Neutral theme had me slightly uncomfortable from the start. I’ve always been one to lean more to the side of neutral and focused on providing access to materials – I have a degree in library science with an Archives Management focus. This is my comfort zone. I wasn’t quite sure what to expect with this conference. Except I knew that I really enjoyed last years – good sessions, and very well organized (with plenty of coffee everywhere!), and so I was ready to enjoy the day.
For me the conference actually started Thursday night first with a walk through Duluth to the lighthouse, where I got to watch a ship come in. There I found a sketch of a medicine wheel at the lighthouse that seemed apt for the conference theme: Push toward beyond neutral and libraries are for everyone. As I understand it, medicine wheels are about showing balance. The themes of the Symposium reflect that, finding balance between traditional neutrality and the need to be inclusive and perhaps more than neutral. Seeing it got me thinking at least.
After my walk – stretching legs felt great after a 4 hour or so drive to Duluth from Mankato – I headed to the Blacklist Brewery for an evening of trivia with conference attendees. For, what else do you get with a bunch of librarians at a brewery? It just kind of happens.
Our team ended up in tied for third, better than expected! But not good enough for one of the prizes.
It was cool near the lake Friday morning but when I got to the library at UMD-Duluth, it was bright and sunny. The library at UMD-Duluth is an impressive building and can’t be missed.
As always there is good signage at the Symposium. Thank you, organizers!
Friday started with an inspiring talk by Dr. Loreine Roy. She has amazing passion for this profession, and wonderful humor that got us started. It felt like it would certainly be hard to follow her presentation! I was starting to feel more energy again, however, passion for my own profession and goals that I may have lost over the years.
This was in the back of my head as I went to the next sessions. It started to grow as I attended more sessions, and I felt refreshed again that there was still such positive energy and goals to move forward in this profession. It’s a bit cliche, but true – I felt I found a little bit of what I’d lost, without really knowing I’d lost it.
Some of those refreshing sessions were:
Entering the Dialog: Responding to Current and Campus Events (Carrie Kruse and Raina Bloom, College Library, University of Wisconsin-Madison)
For the first session, I ended up in “Entering the Dialog: Responding to Current and Campus Events.” My original thought for attending was to perhaps learn about strategies for online responses or news stories regarding events, and perhaps applying that to my communications on the PALS Islandora community. The presenters discussed a Black Lives Matter protest/march and die-in that occurred in their library. The way they handled it was to just let it happen, and stay out of the way. I thought they did a wonderful job of that. While I perhaps did not learn much that could apply to my original thoughts, it was a great example of what a library can do to just let events happen, and be inclusive to everyone. It was interesting seeing how they handled the online interactions on Twitter, trying to get out a unified statement about the event as it happened.
A Librarian’s Place Is In the Resistance (Katherine Elchert, Rice Lake Public Library; Virginia Roberts, Rhinelander District Library; Dawn Wacek, La Crosse Public Library; and Hollis Helmeci, Rusk County Community Library)
This was a lively discussion on how libraries can navigate pursuing such radical ideas as going fine-free, setting up story times on diversity, and how you could talk about it in your library. There was also discussion on news and fake news, and we got a nice list of sites to check out for news:
All Sides has perspectives from the left, the center, and the right on various news stories. It is worth exploring.
Another site to possible explore is http://www.motherjones.com/. This does appear to be on the “left” more than not.
Adam Brisk introduces the lightning round talks, trying to wake us up after lunch:
As always lightning the talks were good, and one I enjoyed was a look at Library of Congress headings and the idea of “neutral headings”. As the presenter went through them, it became clearer that they were in fact, not at all neutral. She posed the question, can any labels ever be considered neutral? It is something to think about.
I survived the talk I gave announcing our project with Leech Lake Tribal College. To my surprise I finished on time and there was time for questions. There actually seemed to be excitement and interest about the project. I will keep everyone informed as I can with our progress.
Possibly the most valuable aspect of this conference was hearing Dr. Roy’s talk, and connecting with her after my own lightning round. She affirmed that our project is of importance and needed. This was great to hear.
Finding the balance
As I drove back from Duluth, I thought about the role libraries should play. Neutral, or beyond? I came to the conclusion – or at least initial conclusion – that libraries should work on finding the balance of pushing the neutral toward including everyone. It goes back to this, I think. Libraries really should be for everyone. If this means libraries have to move beyond neutral, then I personally think this is absolutely necessary.
Thank you to the Lake Superior Libraries Symposium organizers for being bold enough to put together a great event!
PALS staff member Alex Kent had a great time at the Islandora Conference in Hamilton, ON, Canada. It started with a Hack/Doc at McMaster University’s Mills Library. The conference itself was located at Liuna Station.
There were a number of informative sessions and in particular the workshops were quite valuable.
Islandora CLAW Hack/Doc and Workshop
Of particular importance was the chance to learn more about Islandora CLAW. CLAW is the name of the project for moving Islandora from Drupal 7 to 8 and from Fedora 3 to Fedora 4. At the start of the Islandora Conference the first MVP (minimum viable product) was released in time for the Hack/Doc. It was fun being among the first to see the CLAW MVP demonstrated at the Hack/Doc.
Here is the Google Doc that the group was able to finish https://docs.google.com/document/d/1CN7mBYdU-ACYoDwWFncUwLPD2bLpt2FKG9CuT63_Pps/edit
I was also able to attend another session on the CLAW, and have more of an idea of what the CLAW means for Islandora. Essentially, everything will be done through Drupal. In theory CLAW opens up a lot more to a non-technical user in that a lot more can be done through the Drupal interface.
One major impact of the CLAW for administrative users of Islandora is that the XML Form Builder will no longer be needed. This functionality will be handled using Drupal forms builder. One should be able to do a lot more as well, including handling styles and theming of metadata displays.
Another important feature is that in CLAW one can do an export before making an update. To my understanding, this export would be in the form of a CSV zip file. This could be very useful when making changes to a form and you want to create a backup before doing so.
Before these sessions I did not know much about CLAW, but I am now more comfortable with where it is headed and the plans for it.
Move to Islandora Kit
On Friday I attended a workshop on the MIK, or “Move to Islandora Kit.” This workshop was meant for developers, and I am not one. However I was still able to learn a lot about what the MIK can do. It seems like a very powerful tool, or group of tools. For details on the workshop, see GitHub here.
It is a framework that is designed to be extended, and depends highly on configuration. It is a command line application that essentially creates Islandora import packages which can then use standard import functionality within Islandora.
Developers behind the MIK are hoping to automate the process completely, so that it can be run, for example, overnight.
The MIK is definitely worth exploring if you need to migrate content into Islandora.
Conference sessions and workshops
There was some great content this year in the sessions. Digital Enchida had one on XACML and permissions that was really quite interesting. They are working on using the “Organic Groups” Drupal module to allow users to organize content and users into groups, which can then have their own permissions and roles. Users can request access to these groups as well. For more information on their project, click here.
One thing that was really interesting and encouraging to see was that Lyrasis is working on combining ArchivesSpace and Islandora. In fact, they already have a working prototype, and demonstrated this at the conference. It looks promising and we will be following their work. For more on their project, follow these links:
Islandora as an IR
Another good workshop was Bryan Brown’s on Islandora as an institutional repository. It really helped clarify the functionality Islandora has available. Collectively these functions are a group of modules known as “Islandora Scholar.” They consist of (and this is directly from Bryan’s presentation):
In his presentation Bryan also talked about the Institutional Repositories Interest Group’s plans to take a close look at the current IR functionality in Islandora, and how it will be impacted by Islandora CLAW. This is a process that will require a lot of effort and volunteers. If you are using Islandora’s institutional repository functionality, please seriously think about helping the institutional repository’s interest group’s efforts.
Infrastructure and Performance
One workshop that was quite valuable (even to a non-developer like me) was one by Gavin Morris and Luke Taylor. Here is a link to their slides. The workshop format (90 minutes) was perfect for this presentation, as it allowed them to give detailed information on their server setups. They are definitely worth contacting if you have questions about infrastructure, DevOps, and performance in Islandora. Gavin Morris leads the Islandora DevOps interest group if you want to get more involved.
Networking, and workflow management
As always the most valuable aspect of the conference is meeting new people, and reconnecting with friends. It’s always fun to hear about what people are doing and their plans.
We also had a great dinner on Thursday evening, discussing workflow and various challenges that come about. Mark Jordan had some very good thoughts, and is a great person to contact about workflow in general. None of us took notes (it wasn’t the right venue or time), but there was a strong interest in continuing the conversation beyond the conference.
If you are interested in talking more about workflows we should use the Google Group for now, and see where the discussion heads. Perhaps we need a place where everyone can share documentation on workflows. If you have any ideas on this, please don’t hesitate to post in the Google Group.
I really enjoyed the second annual Islandora conference. Getting a chance to meet people in person is invaluable. There were a number of sessions with great content, and the 90 minute workshops in particular were useful. I wish I could have contributed more during the Hack/Doc, but it was still a useful way to learn more about Islandora CLAW.
I’m looking forward to the next conference!
This meet up is for those attending the Islandora Conference who want to discuss workflows and enjoy happy hour at the The Works Burger Bistro (next to the Sheraton Hamilton). This is a change from the previous location.
Please sign up with this Google Doc, so we have an idea who might be coming We will meet at the Works at 5:30.
Project launch: Minnesota Water Research Digital Library
This week PALS staff met with staff of the Minnesota Water Research Digital Library (MNWRL), which is located in St. Paul, MN. PALS is particularly excited to begin this project. MNWRL’s digital objects are PDFs documents. MNWRL is unique in that they will provide PALS with a chance to use Islandora’s citation functionality, and show its value in a new area.
Minnesota Water Research Library “is a user-friendly, searchable inventory of water research relevant to Minnesota, with emphasis on publications from 2000 forward. The Library provides one-stop access to all types of water research, enabling water managers, researchers, engaged citizens and others to easily find, share, and coordinate research to support their efforts to protect, conserve, manage and restore water in Minnesota.”
For more about MNWRL, click here.
A goal of the Minnesota Water Research Library is to become a model for other state agencies looking for a digital asset management solution. If interested, please feel free to contact PALS here and we can put you in touch with staff at the Minnesota Water Research Library.
Steve Roos and Bob Patton stand in next to the current user interface for the Minnesota Water Research Digital Library:
Everyone is really excited to roll up sleeves and dig in to provide a new digital repository solution!
PALS staff will be attending and presenting at the 2017 Islandora Conference in Hamilton, ON next week. Through discussions with our partners these are some of the bigger issues PALS hopes to discuss more with the international community:
PALS staff are looking forward to gaining further knowledge into these issues and sharing any insights gained with the community.
See you at the conference!
First annual workday: Empowering our community
The PALS Islandora community held our first annual workday at Minnesota State University-Mankato on Thursday 4/27/2017. A few of our partners were not able to make it, but we had a great turnout.
Everyone had a lot of energy and eagerness to discuss a number of issues from workflow to records management and how to manage access to objects in Islandora. We also had a great tour of MSU-Mankato’s ARCHives.
Pictured left to right: Pam Gladis (Southwest Minnesota State University), Hayley Jackson (Luther College), Jolie Graybill (Minitex), Alyssa Inniger (Bethany-Lutheran College), Ryan Gerde (Luther College), Steve Roos (Minnesota Water Research Digital Library), Michael Collins (MSU-Mankato), Heidi Southworth (MSU-Mankato), Kendall Larson (Winona State University), Anne Stenzel (MSU-Mankato)
Anne Stenzel from MSU-Mankato led a great discussion on workflow. Her slides are available here.
MSU-Mankato probably has the most developed and tested workflow from our group. They lean heavily on student workers and we recommend taking a look at their slides if you are considering or able to use student help.
Training students/engaging students: Tips from MSU-Mankato
MSU leans on their student help a lot. Often they will have specialized cleanup projects for student workers.
MSU likes to start by showing their students what they are working on. On the first day they get to simply explore Arch and see what the end product is of the work they will be doing.
They also start small with training, and do “chunks” to get students started. They recommend that students start with just 10 objects (photographs, or negatives). A lot of 1-1 time is recommended. MSU-Mankato focuses a lot of training on teaching students the description of a photograph, answering the question “What is this photo?”
In their ingest forms MSU-Mankato has a lot of links out to further documentation and helpful resources.
A big bonus is that MSU-Mankato is able to tell by logins which students are entering which objects. This is especially useful in catching errors and keeping track of students’ progress.
MSU-Mankato also lets the student decide what to start with – something easy or hard? They also hold fun contests throughout to encourage, and make it fun. In this space it’s OK to chat and laugh. MSU-Mankato believes that the more engaged you are with the students, the more you will get back from them.
Luther College is developing workflow for ingesting their newspaper, the College Chips. Currently they are uploading the master to OwnCloud for a backup, converting original PDFs to TIFFs, and then saving the TIFFs at the optimal resolution and clarity for loading into Islandora. This is a bit tedious, but easy, and will give the best clarity in Islandora and also provides the best setting for OCR which is needed for the full text searching. See this document for our recommend settings. Luther College has not yet done in-house digitization.
Bethany Lutheran College does not have a workflow for born-digital objects. For physical material, they have an intern cut up yearbooks for scanning, which are then saved to that computer, and then exported to Dropbox as a backup to Islandora. They would like to have additional backup as well (perhaps just external hard drives).
One takeaway is that workflow is always changing, but there is a lot more focus on developing it now than before our partners started using Islandora. They have more support and do not have to focus as much on the day-to-day work freeing up their time for other work.
Scanning equipment examples
What scanning equipment you use can impact workflow in different ways. It will often depend on the software you use and what steps you need to take to save a format, what formats you can save, and how you can export them/store the digital files until you are ready to ingest them into Islandora.
MSU-Mankato has lots of equipment and formats.
Their scanners are:
A note: An equipment replacement schedule can be helpful, to ensure that computers get upgraded. This is essential because with older machines, the ports may no longer work.
Southwest Minnesota State University in Marshall, MN has the largest scanner in our community.
Bethany Lutheran College uses Fujitsu for their scanner, and 1 overhead scanner, which can do up to 600 dpi. PALS recommends using either 300 dpi or 600 dpi depending on the material. 600 dpi will end up with a clearer image online, but will take more storage space. 300 dpi is not as clear but takes up a little less space.
Important to backup
PALS supports and encourages a consensus reached during the discussion: That in addition to the strong preservation tools Islandora brings, it is important and good practice to have preservation copies elsewhere as well. One never knows what might happen and backing up is encouraged practice.
Another consensus reached is that server space is highly valuable, and that it would be a good idea to integrate records management into your digitization workflows. This can really help identify priorities for backup and help ensure that space is not wasted on unnecessary material.
Building support for records management
Building support and obtaining buy-in for records management policies can be difficult! One approach is to remind people that “We are here to help you…follow the rules…” What records management can really do is help people figure out how to organize and save their digital records. There are so many different ways to do so and so many different formats available it can easily get overwhelming. Records management can help alleviate the stress of worry about which records to save or how to store them.
Try to get embedded into IT practices. Early collaboration between IT and the Library can really help build support for records management.
Another way to build support is to talk with administration assistants (they often know a lot about the digital files and how they are stored and what should be kept) as well as Department Heads.
Our community also recommends starting with Departments already using records management. This will help you move forward, and continue conversations. Other Departments can become aware through these conversations. When people start to run out of physical or virtual storage space, they will hopefully be aware of the records management policy from these earlier conversations. Or they may contact you only when it becomes an immediate problem.
One way to raise awareness of records management is to have a space on campus and hold mini seminars/webinars on the topic. This can work really well to help educate faculty, staff, and others.
A good records management policy and digital asset management solution can really help ease problems with messy storage practices. These initiatives can lead to cleaning up a lot of data that doesn’t need to be saved, clearing up precious storage space.
Everyone was excited to get the chance to meet in person and talk. Webinars and online meetings do work, but there is something about being in the same space together that really allows conversation and ideas to spark.
As a group the community decided that they would like to hold an annual workday each year, at different locations throughout the state, to allow everyone the chance to attend.
PALS will hold topic-focused webinars about every two months. The next one may continue the topic of records management, or workflow.
The community also decided that PALS will continue to act as its representative to the larger international Islandora community, though some did express interest in perhaps attending an Islandora Camp or Conference.
PALS staff will also write a quarterly newsletter regarding the Islandora community and news from our own partners.
Our goal is to move everyone forward into becoming a true collaborative, innovative community that will help ensure that Islandora remains a strong viable solution.
PALS is happy to announce that we have formed a partnership with the Minnesota Water Research Digital Library to build their digital repository using Islandora.
The Minnesota Water Research Digital Library is “a user-friendly, searchable inventory of water research relevant to Minnesota, with emphasis on publications from 2000 forward. The Library provides one-stop access to all types of water research, enabling water managers, researchers, engaged citizens and others to easily find, share, and coordinate research to support their efforts to protect, conserve, manage and restore water in Minnesota.”
You can find out more about the Minnesota Water Research Digital Library at their site by clicking here. PALS is excited to begin working with them. Our goal with this project is to further increase access to their important material, and to provide them with a website and user interface that meets their needs.
PALS hopes that forming this partnership with the Minnesota Water Research Digital Library can serve as a model to other State Agencies in Minnesota, and help prove the value of a digital asset management solution.
With this partnership, PALS is now providing Islandora services for 9 sites in Minnesota and Iowa.
A community to empower access
Part of our goal in providing these services is to build and nurture a strong, innovative community that can share knowledge, resources, and ideas to ensure the continued viability of the Islandora digital asset management solution. We want to empower access to your unique digital assets and special collections. Please contact us by clicking here if you are interested in learning more about our services.
PALS is excited to announce that we have formed a new partnership with Leech Lake Tribal College to implement their Islandora digital repository. This is only possible because of the hard work put in by Leech Lake Tribal College staff that resulted in them getting selected as a grant recipient of the American Indian College Fund’s Traditional Native Arts and Energy/Water Infrastructure Program, with the proposed project Renovations for the Leech Lake Tribal College Archive Room.
As part of this project PALS will help Leech Lake set up their online digital repository to support their goal of digitally preserving Leech Lake cultural heritage material. This project will respect the need for and observe cultural protocols. To this end, PALS will be developing Cultural Protocol functionality for Islandora that will allow material to be restricted from public view as needed.
The grant funds will also be used to develop online exhibit functions to support the usability of Leech Lake Tribal College’s online repository.
Hannah Buckland, Director of Library Services at Leech Lake Tribal College, and PALS staff are very much looking forward to this project.
Please contact Hannah Buckland at email@example.com if you have any further questions on this project, or contact PALS here if you have any questions about Islandora.
Please feel free to download and share this document (a PDF).
I recently made this video on how to ingest newspapers in Islandora for one of our sites. I’m linking it here. Hopefully it is useful to others. Please use as you like!
New partner: Bethany Lutheran College
PALS is excited to now be working with Bethany Lutheran College (Mankato, MN) on their online digital repository. We provide hosting, support, and training for the Islandora digital asset management (DAM) system. Bethany Lutheran College looked at several DAM options, and “Islandora rose to the top with the most potential for versatility and ease of use.”
Embrace the DAM work
PALS provides the Islandora service so that institutions will have a viable, flexible DAM solution that can meet their unique needs. It allows them to preserve, manage, and share their unique assets. The ability to promote content effectively online is particularly important. Doing so allows institutions to showcase their material to the right people, which can result in advocates for the DAM solution, and eventual partnerships that can lead to funding. We have seen that embracing the DAM work and starting DAM initiatives are a way that libraries and archives can take a leadership role and show their value to Administrators, students, and others.
First collection: Panoramic photographs of student body and faculty
Bethany Lutheran College is keeping that in mind as they start their project. One of their first collections they are loading – “ingesting” – are a set of panoramic photographs from 1929 – 1962 that show the entire student body and faculty. This collection provides an invaluable resource and glimpse at Bethany’s past that will become available to the general public.
“One of the target audiences is alumni. The Bethany community has a strong connection with former students, faculty, and staff, and we think this digital resource will help bring back the “good ol’ days” in an inspiring way.” – Alyssa Inniger, Bethany Lutheran College
This collection also shows what a DAM solution can be used for, and it is Bethany’s hope that this will lead to further support for the DAM initiative.
The next project for Bethany Lutheran College will be their yearbook, the Fidelis. Alyssa Inniger, Bethany Lutheran College Archivist, thinks that this collection should also connect with their campus and show what the project is capable of. “A yearbook is a powerful piece of history. Islandora allows someone to search a name and find wherever it has been printed. There are several families who have students attend Bethany each generation since the school first opened. This will help them easily trace their recent histories.”
Their third main priority will be to work on digitizing choir recordings, originally on vinyl, and making them available as they are able to. This would be a unique collection among the PALS sites and will really help show Islandora’s viability as an option.
Further development of Islandora
In addition to looking at Islandora to meet their needs, Bethany Lutheran College is excited to help “see how we can, with the help of PALS, develop the open source software to its fullest potential.” Their help, along with contributions of our other six sites, should continue to help push Islandora forward. PALS plans on submitting anything that comes from their partnerships back to the Islandora international community.
Alyssa Inniger thinks that “Islandora will provide a comfortable yet powerful interface for us.” PALS looks forward to continuing to work on this project with Bethany Lutheran College.
Erling T. Teigen, College Archivist, is also excited for this project:
“For several years, I have been researching and writing the history of our school. This year marks the 90th year of our church’s ownership of the college, and we will celebrate those 90 years. This project allows us to make available for our alumni and friends to witness in word and picture some of the events of these years. To open up our archives in that way is exciting, and we look forward to discussion that may grow out of that.”
Please contact PALS here if you are interested in learning more about Islandora or these projects.
PALS Welcomes two new Islandora partners: Bethany Lutheran College and Luther College
PALS is excited to announce that Bethany Lutheran College in Mankato, MN and Luther College in Decorah, IA have joined our Islandora community!
Bethany Lutheran College looked into several options for a digital asset management (DAM) platform, and “Islandora rose to the top with the most potential for versatility and ease of use.” They plan to follow Minnesota Digital Library metadata guidelines, and sharing content between Islandora and the Minnesota Digital Library “should be pretty painless.” Bethany is also quite interested in seeing how, “with the help of PALS, [we can] develop the open source software to its fullest potential. We don’t have spare library staff here at Bethany, but with some extra effort on the front end, I feel confident Islandora will provide a comfortable yet powerful interface for us.”
Bethany plans to start with their yearbook collection, and possibly some early recordings of choirs done on vinyl, or photographs. Bethany has a method in place to convert the vinyl to digital format. PALS and Bethany are both excited to see how this turns out.
Luther College is looking at possibly starting with their Alumni newsletter, documents, or perhaps faculty meeting minutes and agendas.
“We (Luther College) have been experimenting with Islandora for a few years, attracted by the continued development of the product and the growth of the user community. The affordable package of support and hosting provided by PALS will allow us to implement a secure production system, while allowing us to focus on our strengths – curating and maintaining a repository of local materials.”
PALS looks forward to working with Bethany Lutheran College and Luther College, and providing them with a DAM solution that meets their needs.
This looks like a useful webinar series for anyone interested. Registration is free: https://www.clir.org/hiddencollections/sahc .
Melissa Anez on islandora.ca recently posted some highlights regarding developments from the Islandora community list servs. One we are likely going to take a look at is the Islandora Managed Access Module:
“In a nutshell, it allows for you to put certain objects behind a log-in wall without suppressing them from searching & browsing, and when a user tries to access one of these objects they get an explanation of why the object is restricted and a prompt to register an account with extra info that copyright holders/grant funders would need to know. All that data gets stored for later viewing on the backend. There are options for whitelisted IP ranges and automatic deletion of these users as well. Could be useful in a digital archive where copyright is an issue, or in an IR where there’s sensitive data around.”
See the YouTube demo here.
If we do test out Islandora Managed Access, we’ll be sure to let everyone know what we find out.
One of the hardest things about getting started in Digital Asset Management can be building support and buy-in to the right people. This will often include presentations that may or may not include live demonstrations. To help with these endeavors, PALS has created a “toolkit” of materials you can use as you see fit.
The toolkit includes a presentation (PowerPoint) and a Detailed Introduction to Islandora document. Please feel free to distribute/use as you see fit. We would be happy to answer any questions about these materials.
Please contact us if you have any more questions about Islandora.
PALS currently works with five Islandora partners across Minnesota. The following is a summary of the projects we are working on with our partners. Please contact us if you have any questions about these projects or would like to learn more about Islandora.
Minnesota State University-Mankato ARCHives Digital Repository Project Update
MSU-Mankato continues work on ingesting photographs, newspapers, and yearbooks into their digital repository, Arch. In addition we are helping MSU-Mankato to work with their Athletics Department to ingest thousands of photographs into Arch. The Athletics Department is very excited about this opportunity, as it means they will be able to access images remotely while on the road. MSU-Mankato also plans to work with the Theater Department to get their materials ingested.
Current projects include:
Southwest Minnesota State University Digital Archives Project Update
Southwest Minnesota State University (SMSU) in Marshall, MN, continues ingesting their alumni newsletter, student newspapers, and documents related to their college founding. College catalogs and campus news releases are the next targets for growing the digital collection.
Winona State University Digital Archives Project Update
WSU is particularly excited about making their yearbook collection available to everyone for discovery, as well as their collection of photographs depicting art across campus. They are also planning to have a growing collection of University photographs. PALS is close to completing finishing touches on WSU’s website before they go live.
The College of St. Scholastica continues work in two ways with their Quarry, which is what they are calling their repository. The first is ingesting the College’s publications. The second is PALS recently completed a batch load of 17,000 photographs into the Quarry, so they are now completing the metadata for those photographs. Heidi Johnson and Kevin McGrew partnered with PALS on a presentation the end of September at the Minnesota Library Association Conference in Duluth, MN on how you can get started with digital asset management and what we’ve learned. PALS greatly appreciates their help on the session. The College of St. Scholastica officially announced the Quarry to their College this fall at their faculty/staff academic technology institute, and it is now “live” and fully available to everyone.
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