UCDLFx 2019 has ended
Please join us for the second University of California Digital Library Forum (UC DLFx) conference, taking place May 20-22nd at UC San Diego.

When:May 20-22, 2019 (Pre-conference on May 20, sessions May 21-22)
Where: UC San Diego campus, Atkinson Hall at the Qualcomm Institute

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Campus Projects and Collaborations [clear filter]
Tuesday, May 21

11:30am PDT

Implementing IIIF by the Numbers
There are a lot of choices to make when implementing a IIIF server. Does one use TIFF or JP2 images as the source image format? If JP2s, should Kakadu or OpenJPEG be used? What about where the server should run? What are the advantages of running a server locally vs. in the cloud on EC2, or as a Docker container on AWS' infrastructure? There are also lots of caching options that one might want to explore, not to mention the possibility of using newer services like AWS Lambda to scale the work. How does an institution make these decisions?

At UCLA we decided to experiment with the many options available and to come up with a series of metrics that we could use to inform our decisions. For instance, what sort of impact does the caching layer have on the time that it takes to serve a newly requested (not cached) image on our IIIF server? Does the upload time for source images outweigh the value of running things at scale on Lambda? We propose to talk about our experiments, the metrics we've gathered, and the conclusions we've come to as a result of our process.

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Kevin S. Clarke

Digital Library Software Developer, UCLA

Anthony Vuong

Development Support Engineer, UC Los Angeles

Tuesday May 21, 2019 11:30am - 11:45am PDT

11:45am PDT

UC Davis Library Research Support - Case Study
The UC Davis Library is committed to help facilitate campus research. Since October 2018, the library has added a research support engineer position to provide more technical assistance on an array of data management topics, including; database design, architecting infrastructure, scripting (R, Python, NodeJS) and data collection methodologies. Among other considerations, potential projects are chosen to investigate common requirements among researchers across campus. This presentation will use a case study of historic agricultural experiments to highlight some of the issues and pitfalls for campus data projects and guide what short to medium term services the library can offer to provide the most value and help get researchers on the right data management course.

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Justin Merz

Research Support Engineer, UC Davis

Tuesday May 21, 2019 11:45am - 12:00pm PDT

3:45pm PDT

Laying down the Tracks: Project Surfliner
In November 2018, UC San Diego, UC Santa Barbara, and UC Los Angeles kicked off Project Surfliner, an experimental project to collaboratively define, create, and maintain digital library products. Project Surfliner is more than shared code, or even shared objectives. The project is the collaboration effort. It is building and leveraging the strengths, experiences, and resources of each campus partner to focus on shared concepts and products. Join us to learn about what we have accomplished and how the first six months of the journey have been.

Presentation (via Google Drive)

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Chrissy Rissmeyer

Director, Digital Library Development, UC Santa Barbara

Jessica Hilt

Manager of Applications Development, UC San Diego
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John Ajao

Chief Technology Strategist & Associate CIO, UC Santa Barbara
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Tim Marconi

Director, Information Technology Services, UC San Diego Library

Tuesday May 21, 2019 3:45pm - 4:45pm PDT
Wednesday, May 22

9:45am PDT

From Personas to User-Testing: UC Santa Cruz's User-Centered Primo Implementation
This session will explore user-centered tools and methodologies used by UC Santa Cruz during our recent Primo implementation. I will discuss the creation of user personas using focus group findings, review of relevant literature, and the experiences of subject matter experts. I will explain how these personas were used when making early implementation decisions. After implementation of our Primo instance, UCSC executed a robust user testing program in which we tested 6 faculty members, 5 undergraduate students, and 1 graduate student. I will discuss the creation of our usability research questions and how these questions were formulated into actionable user tasks for testing or post-test interview questions. I will also discuss our process for analyzing our test data and making recommendations for improvements within our Primo system. Our plans for future testing, including student mediated “guerrilla testing” will also be presented.
Slides with notes: bit.ly/JWUCDLFx2019

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Jess Waggoner

User Experience & Web Services Librarian, University of California, Santa Cruz

Wednesday May 22, 2019 9:45am - 10:00am PDT

10:00am PDT

The good and the bad of growing digitization
In 2016, after a year of already increasing our local digitization efforts, we produced over 230,000 images. In 2018, with increased digitization as part of the Library’s strategic plan, we produced over 1.2 million images.  The impact of this, not just on Imaging Services, the department that does the imaging, but on the rest off Library IT, and the libraries at large. Moving that many files around takes time, attention, systems that can handle the throughput, and management from creation to preservation.  We will talk about how we increased imaging, what we did to manage it, and what we plan to do to continue to increase and expand.


Lynn Grigsby

Head, Library IT, UC Berkeley
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Christine Huhn

Head, Imaging Services, UC Berkeley

Wednesday May 22, 2019 10:00am - 10:30am PDT

10:30am PDT

The UC Davis Digital Asset Management System (DAMS)
UC Davis is developing a digital asset management system (DAMS) based on the Fedora API specification and associated micro-services.  For the standard user interface, we concentrate on support for collections described by schema.org.  In this presentation we will review the DAMS architecture and it's associated services. We will describe some of the types of items that are included in the collections, and how their data are organized within the DAMS using definitions from schema.org.  We will also discuss our efforts to standardize item level metadata and share our collections.

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Quinn Hart

Digital Applications Manager, University of California, Davis

Wednesday May 22, 2019 10:30am - 11:00am PDT

11:30am PDT

Using the Semantic Web LibGuide
The Semantic Web is based on a "Layer Cake" of Linked Data technologies. Learning about the technologies and tools that make this work can be daunting. When I was asked to teach the UCLA Continuing Resources Study Group about Linked Data, I was still in the early stages of learning about the technology myself. As I worked through the learning curves, I developed a Semantic Web LibGuide which lists best practices, learning resources, ontologies & vocabularies, tools, and use cases. My presentation will highlight the ways in which the LibGuide can be used to access useful Semantic Web resources.
Areas I would like to cover are: The Linked Open Data Cloud & Best Practices; Semantic Web Tools, Vocabularies, and examples of Use Cases.

The web address for the LibGuide is: https://guides.library.ucla.edu/semantic-web

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Rhonda Super

Library Print Acquisitions, UCLA
Interested in applying linked data to library services.

Wednesday May 22, 2019 11:30am - 11:45am PDT

11:45am PDT

Data Lake: Promoting a Home Grown Mega-Tool for the Assessment Lifecycle
A recently created Library Strategic Plan at the University of California Los Angeles (UCLA) identified the need to integrate a culture of assessment throughout the organization in order to encourage more data informed decision-making processes. Our Assessment for Change Team (ACT) was formed and charged with spearheading this cultural evolution. This case study will discuss the development of a home-grown tool that assists with assessment brainstorming, and acts as a central repository for assessment products – the Data Lake.

Data Lake is an enterprise wide collaboration platform used for managing change and an assessment culture within the Library. First, a guided questionnaire assists with brainstorming and planning of assessment ideas while invoking dynamic reports and notification of resource managers at critical points within the assessment lifecycle. Next, the platform enables abstracting, indexing and storage of raw data and assessment tools while supporting dynamic visualizations, reports and dashboards. Finally, connections with service tickets and project plans are promoted as assessment plans morph into reports and data informed decisions to launch or change projects.


Sharon Shafer

Head of Search and Assessment, UCLA

Dana Peterman

Digital Initiatives & Information Technology, UC Los Angeles

Wednesday May 22, 2019 11:45am - 12:00pm PDT

1:15pm PDT

One DAMS Thing After Another
As UCSC moves our digital collections from CONTENTdm to our new Samvera-based DAMS, we’re migrating metadata and republishing 40,000 objects from over 40 collections.  We’ll cover the process for remediating the metadata and moving large numbers of files. We’ll also outline our workflow for publishing the new collections in Calisphere and our new Primo discovery layer.  Finally, we’ll discuss how we plan to close out the access to the old objects in CONTENTdm and update links to those items.
Slides link.

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Sue Perry

Head of Digital Initiatives, UC Santa Cruz
UC Santa Cruz, United States of America
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Rachel Jaffe

Digital Content & Metadata Librarian, University of California, Santa Cruz
Rachel Jaffe is the Digital Content & Metadata Librarianat the University of California, Santa Cruz, where she serves as the productowner of the library’s DAMS development project, and as the primary resourcefor non-MARC metadata design, structure and standards. She is currentlypresident... Read More →

Wednesday May 22, 2019 1:15pm - 1:45pm PDT

1:45pm PDT

A Tale of Two (Possible) Virtual Reading Rooms
Virtual Reading Rooms (VRRs) hold a promise to enable remote, mediated access to born-digital and digitized collections. In this panel colleagues representing Special Collections & Archives, Digital Library Development, and Information Technology will lift the lid off two distinct approaches to Virtual Reading Room development currently underway at UC Irvine and UC San Diego including their motivations for providing this form of access, the technologies and technological approaches involved in the products’ ongoing development, and the partnerships and collaborations that underpin each project. Panelists will address past successes and challenges, provide updates on their work-to-date, share the vision each campus holds for future progress, and seek feedback from participants regarding their institutional limitations and considerations for implementing a VRR


Heather Smedberg

Reference and Instruction Coordinator, Special Collections and Archives, UC San Diego
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Rob Kaufman

Founding Partner, Senior Developer, Notch8
Rob started programming around age 2 and hasn’t stopped since. He’s dedicated to helping businesses make the products they dream of into a reality, and to learning and sharing as much about business as possible.

Jessica Hilt

Manager of Applications Development, UC San Diego

Matt Peters

Electronic Services Coordinator, Special Collections and Archives, UC San Diego
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Elvia Arroyo-Ramírez

Assistant University Archivist, UC Irvine

Derek Christian Quezada

Outreach & Public Services Librarian, Special Collections & Archives, University of California, Irvine

Wednesday May 22, 2019 1:45pm - 2:45pm PDT