Desktop Video Conferencing

Last year, a pilot project was conducted to evaluate desktop video conferencing solutions for YUL.  The pilot has been completed and based on the selection criteria and the experiences of pilot participants, Zoom Video Conferencing is the clear choice.  For those of you who participated in the pilot project, thank you.  Thanks also to Beatrice Richardson for leading the pilot and Library IT staff for providing support.

A project to implement Zoom for desktop video conferencing on YUL staff computers has been initiated. Library IT will soon acquire licenses and configure Zoom Video Conferencing services.  In the coming months equipment will be provided as needed (camera & headsets) for staff computers.  The project is expected to be completed by mid-fall, with some services available sooner for staff who already have equipment in place.

While the Zoom license may also be used in some conference rooms and streaming scenarios, there are other Library IT initiatives underway to identify solutions for lecture-capture and connected conference rooms.  Equipment for conference rooms and lecture halls will be outside the scope of this project focused on the deployment Zoom for desktop video conferencing.

From the entire Library IT team, we wholeheartedly thank everyone who participated in the pilot.  A summary report from the pilot is here:

If you have any further questions about the pilot, please don’t hesitate to reach out to Beatrice or Dale.

Yale University participating in Digital Preservation Network (DPN) Member Content Pilot

The Digital Preservation Network (DPN) is a federation of more than 50 academic institutional members who are collaboratively developing the means to preserve the complete scholarly record for future generations. DPN has launched a Member Content Pilot program as a step toward establishing an operational, long-term preservation system shared across the academy.

The pilot is testing real-world interactions between DPN members through DPN “nodes” that ingest data from members of the Digital Preservation Network and package it for preservation storage. Three DPN nodes (Chronopolis/Duracloud, The Texas Preservation Node, and the Stanford Digital Repository) will be functioning as First Nodes. All five DPN nodes (the three named above along with APTrust and HathiTrust) will be providing replication services for the pilot data.

The higher education community has created many digital repositories to provide long-term preservation and access. DPN replicates multiple dark copies of these collections in diverse nodes to protect against the risk of catastrophic loss due to technology, organizational or natural disasters.

Participants in the DPN Member Content Pilot include Chronopolis, University of California San Diego, Dartmouth University, the DuraSpace organization, Stanford University, Texas Preservation Node and Yale University.

The pilot provides:

• A functioning preservation network capable of Services sufficient to allow First Nodes to accepting and replicating Member Pilot content and replicate it to Replicating Nodes using the developing DPN network.

• Opportunity for all participating Members and First Nodes to play out a realistic content deposit scenario and to discuss and capture the requirements and questions raised.

• A preliminary report to the DPN membership regarding results.

via Digital Preservation Network (DPN) Launches Member Content Pilot | DuraSpace.

Libguides into ClassesV2

ITS, Library IT and Melanie Maksin have worked together on a  pilot project to embed Libguides directly into ClassesV2. We’ve successfully embedded links from about 50 classes to 22 guides (always with the approval of the faculty owner of the ClassesV2 site). So far all feedback has been positive. We’ll report back to the library on use stats during the semester.