Library Tech Talk

Technology innovations and project updates from U-M Library Information Technology.
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Screen capture of the home page of the new Finding Aids site with call to action text Find Archival Materials above a search box and next to a featured image of a Jell-O dessert advertisement from the Culinary Ephemera collection.
December 8, 2022
  • Robyn Ness
U-M Library is launching a new version of our Finding Aids site in early 2023, replacing a homegrown system that’s been in use for over 20 years with ArcLight, an open-source system widely used by academic libraries and archives. The site is currently available as a public beta for preview and will be available at the same URL going forward.
Gallery View of new interface for image digital collections.
April 22, 2022
  • Kat Hagedorn
  • Roger Roberto Espinosa
  • Bridget Burke
It’s been nearly a decade since we last refreshed our image digital collections. At that time, we created a standard web template, constructed consistent help pages, cleaned up our collection home pages, and built what was at the time an easier way to view and interact with the images in the interface. This time, we’re doing more! We have a brand-new interface and a number of additional and improved features.
Woman Seen at Market
July 8, 2021
  • Lauren Havens
Digital Content & Collections (DCC) relies on content and subject experts to bring us new digital collections.From July 2018 to Jun 2019, our digital collections received 67.9 million views. During the pandemic, when there was an increased need for digital resources, usage of the digital collections jumped to 86.5 million views (July 2019-Jun 2020) and 89 million views (July 2020-June 2021). Thank you to the many people, too numerous to reasonably list here, who are involved not just in the creation of these digital collections but in the continued maintenance of these and hundreds of other digital collections that reach users around the world to advance research and provide access to materials.
TRACC: A tool developed by Michigan to help with portfolio management
October 7, 2020
  • Nabeela Jaffer
Academic library service portfolios are mostly a mix of big to small strategic initiatives and tactical projects. Systems developed in the past can become a durable bedrock of workflows and services around the library, remaining relevant and needed for five, ten, and sometimes as long as twenty years. There is, of course, never enough time and resources to do everything. The challenge faced by Library IT divisions is to balance the tension of sustaining these legacy systems while continuing to innovate and develop new services. The University of Michigan’s Library IT portfolio has legacy systems in need of ongoing maintenance and support, in addition to new projects and services that add to and expand the portfolio. We, at Michigan, worked on a process to balance the portfolio of services and projects for our Library IT division. We started working on the idea of developing a custom tool for our needs since all the other available tools are oriented towards corporate organizations and we needed a light-weight tool to support our process. We went through a complete planning process first on whiteboards and paper, then developed an open source tool called TRACC for helping us with portfolio management.
Top portion of the U-M Library website homepage showing the site navigation, a large banner image of anti-racist pinback buttons, and a large "What can we help you find?" search box.
September 8, 2020
  • Heidi Steiner Burkhardt
The U-M Library launched a completely new primary website in July after 2 years of work. The redesign project team focused on building a strong team, internal communication, content strategy, and practicing needs informed design and development to make the project a success.
Photo of a woman at a market in Guatemala
August 6, 2020
  • Lauren Havens
Digital Content & Collections (DCC) relies on content and subject experts to bring us new digital collections. This year, 16 digital collections were created or significantly enhanced. Here you will find links to videos and articles by the subject experts speaking in their own words about the digital collections they were involved in and why they found it so important to engage in this work with us. Thank you to all of the people involved in each of these digital collections!
July 20, 2020
  • Fritz Freiheit
How to add ordered metadata fields in Samvera Hyrax. Includes example code and links to actual code.
Advertisement for porcelain teeth by S.S. White Dental Manufacturing company
June 30, 2020
  • Jackson Huang
Like many attempts at revisiting older materials, working with a couple dozen volumes of dental pamphlets started very simply but ended up being an interesting opportunity to explore the challenges of making the diverse range of materials held in libraries accessible to patrons in a digital environment. And while improving metadata may not sound glamorous, having sufficient metadata for users to be able to find what they are looking for is essential for the utility of digital libraries.
Image of The American Jewess periodical heading from the issue provided by Princeton
June 15, 2020
  • Lauren Havens
What started with a bit of wondering and conversation within our unit of the Library led to my reaching out to Princeton University with a request but no expectations of having that request fulfilled. Individuals at Princeton, however, considered the request and agreed to provide us with the single issue of The American Jewess that we needed to complete the full run of the periodical within our digital collection. Especially in these stressful times, we are delighted to bring you a positive story, one of collaboration and generosity across institutions, while also sharing the now-complete digital collection itself.
Image of man in uniform carrying a gramophone on his shoulder
April 27, 2020
  • Larry Wentzel
This article reviews how 9,000+ frames of photographic negatives from the Harry A. Franck collection are being digitally preserved.