Library IT, Reimagined

Library Information Technology (Library IT) has undergone significant changes over the past two years. Now under the leadership of Director of IT, Dale Hendrickson, the department looks forward to a time of opportunity and growth. The department has embarked on a reorganization this summer, with current staff assuming new roles and new staff being hired to support the new structure of the department. View the new organizational chart.  an external link

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November 17th: LIT Tech Talk, SearchFest!

Library IT is pleased to host two events for library staff on November 17th, 2015. Read on for more information!

November LIT Tech Talk:

The Tech Talk for November will be held at 11am on Tuesday November 17th in Bass L01.

Continuing to follow up on a request for more information on who does what in LIT, this month we will turn the spotlight on the Digital Library & Programming Group.

The tentative agenda is:

  • Spotlight on LIT staff: Digital Library & Programming
  • Digital Collections Search and Discovery at Yale Library


The last SearchFest! session before Quicksearch’s public debut on the Library front door in January will be held on November 17th at 12:30pm in Bass L06.

The goals of SearchFest!:

  • test out existing Orbis or Morris search strategies in our new unified discovery interface, Quicksearch.
  • demonstrate the features and functionality that are unique to Quicksearch
  • review the timeline for Quicksearch’s transition to production in January 2016
  • answer any questions from staff about how to use Quicksearch in either instruction or daily work

As with the first SearchFest!, there will also be pizza served at the beginning of each session.

To register for the November 17th session, click here – 8 spots left!

Library IT Tech Talk, May 28, 11-12 in CSSSI Classroom

Yale Library IT invites you to our May Tech Talk Lightning Round hosted by CSSSI. We will give a brief five-minute update on the topics below, followed by a ten-minute question and answer period. These talks are meant to be an informal way for IT staff to share information about initiatives and projects, while giving library staff the majority of the time for their questions and feedback. You are free to ask about any aspect of the initiative or project and not just what we elect to highlight.


The details:

Tech Talk Lightning Round

When: May 28, 11:00am to 12:00pm

Where: CSSSI Classroom



CrashPlan, George Ouellette

To provide a more cost effective and stable workstation backup service, Yale is migrating from TSM (Tivoli Storage Manager) to Code42’s CrashPlan. We will discuss where we are in the conversion process and our next steps to ensure that everyone’s data is protected.


Quicksearch Performance Tuning Techniques and Insights, Robert Rice

A brief overview of the tools and techniques used to optimize performance of the Quicksearch, the Library discovery service, which is based on Blacklight and Apache Solr.


Auditing Fedora 4, Eric James

An essential component of a repository is an audit service to log the events related to repository activity. There is ongoing work now to develop this feature. This involves setting up a model for capturing external events and tracking internal events by triggering the creation of audit objects based on reusable linked data namespaces, and leveraging the ability to take these object’s metadata and persist them in an external triplestore.


CSSSI StatLab Overview, Themba Flowers

An introduction to the StatLab and associated services provided to the research and teaching community at Yale.


Thanks very much to the staff at CSSSI for hosting this upcoming Tech Talk. We look forward to seeing you next week!

New lunch discussion series sponsored by Library IT kicks off Tuesday Nov. 11 2014

Library IT is pleased to sponsor a new monthly discussion group open to Yale University Library staff. The inaugural Emerging Tech + Libraries lunchtime discussion group takes place Tuesday November 11th from 1-2pm in the Bass Library instruction room L01 (both sides).

For our first meeting, Alex Reinking ’16 and Casey Watts, Manager of the Student Developer Program at Yale ITS, will talk about the newly developed Orbis/Amazon browser extension. We will then open the discussion up for brainstorming ideas for repurposing and opening up library data and services.

This lunchtime discussion will be held monthly going forward. Look for announcements via the LIT news blog!

For questions, please email