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: https://collaborate.library.yale.edu/librarian/Shared%20Documents/Library%20IT/2017_05_26_VCFinalReport.pdf