Archive for the ‘Alliance Digital Repository’ Category

We’re “Staying on TRAC” with an NEH-sponsored workshop in July!

Tuesday, June 7th, 2011

So much going on around the Alliance these days, ADR-wise!…

The Colorado Alliance of Research Libraries, Penrose Library, and the Library and Information Science Program at the University of Denver are joining with Lyrasis and the National Endowment for the Humanities to bring Staying on TRAC: Digital Preservation Implications and Solutions for Cultural Heritage Institutions” to Denver this July!

Registration is now open!

Registration for this two-day workshop includes materials and snack breaks. Space is limited, so please register today!

  • $0 (Free!) Alliance Member and Prospector Institutions/per person
  • $30 General Registration/per person

About the Workshop

Deepen your digital preservation knowledge with a two-day workshop targeted toward representatives from organizations who have acquired or created digital content and are now ready to address the issue of long term access to digital collections by partnering with other organizations. These partnerships can be existing or newly forming intra- or inter-institutional collaborative efforts for digital preservation.

The workshop sessions will cover key digital preservation planning topics including:

* assessing your local situation;
* determining your organizational, functional, and technical needs;
* matching needs to current digital preservation solutions.

The workshop helps participants develop their own digital preservation planning document, and allows time for group exercises and feedback.

Workshop Faculty

Faculty for the Colorado workshop includes digital preservation experts Robin L. Dale, Director of Digital Services for Lyrasis, and Priscilla Caplan, Assistant Director for Digital Library Services at the Florida Center for Library Automation.

Workshop Location

This two-day workshop is being held at University of Denver’s Katherine A. Ruffatto Hall, 1999 E. Evans Ave. Denver, CO, 80208. Lodging is available at the University of Denver rate at nearby locations, see the registration page.

To register, or for more information visit:

This workshop is sponsored in part by the National Endowment for the Humanities.

ADR Services Director Position Available!

Tuesday, June 7th, 2011

In case you hadn’t heard, we are looking for a new ADR Services Director! I’m moving on to a new position back East at the end of June, and the Alliance is wanting to fill the position ASAP! Position description and more information available here. Application review begins Monday, June 13, 2011…

Open Repositories 2011: ADR Services goes to Austin, TX!

Tuesday, June 7th, 2011

The Alliance has had two proposals accepted for Open Repositories – a 24×7 presentation about ADR Basic, and about , as well as more in-depth look at the technical, metadata, and social mechanics of migrating from one Fedora repository to another.  We’ve also been invited by UPEI to participate on a third panel of Islandora users. Good times!

Ed Fugikawa, ADR Services’ Technical Lead, and Robin B. Dean, ADR Services’ Member Support Coordinator, are both representing the Alliance at OR 2011, along with Jeremy Nelson, the Metadata/Systems Librarian at Colorado College. Robin plans to tweet for the ADR from the conference, so you can follow along!!/AllianceADR

Working Together Out West

Tuesday, March 8th, 2011

Recently (ok, VERY recently, as in less tha 24 hours ago), we here at the Alliance submitted three different program proposals for the upcoming Open Repositories 2011 conference in Austin later this summer. The proposals, ranging from a consortial  panel to a seven-minute/twenty-four-slide overview of our soon-to-be-launched ADR Basic repository software platform built on Islandora and supported by DiscoveryGarden, capture much of the good that has emerged from the not-so-good ADR drama of 2010  - and yes, apparently we can have drama in repository services. Even if the sessions are not accepted, the process of preparing them has been beneficial to our activities here, it has codified our understanding of  day-to-day work we do, and helps us think about how we approach that work.

I’ll share the proposals’ working  titles here and note that we are also listed on proposals from UPEI and DuraCloud –  you can “read between the lines” if you’d like. if you want the full story, buy us the proverbial “drink” at Open Repositories…or an LTO4 tape or two, or some RAM for the VM boxes…come to think of it, a couple of cloud-based terabytes would be much appreciated, too!

OR2011 Program Proposal Titles:

Working Together Out West: Conosrtial Repository Services and Local Implementations
The Occasional (Un)Realities of Managing, Manipulating, and Migrating a Conosrtial Digital Repository Service
ADR Basic Digital Repository Platform: One to One…to Many

…Worth a Thousand Words…

Tuesday, October 5th, 2010
ADR Office Whiteboard Wall

ADR Office Whiteboard Wall

Since mid-July, we’ve been running like crazy here at the Alliance trying to complete the roll-out of ADR Fez 2.0 instances, continuing to support ADR Fez 1.0 instances, batch-loading thousands of objects into members’ current repository portals, establishing a new member support services unit, offering administrative support to a study group comprised of representatives of Alliance libraries investigating alternatives to Fez for the software component of the repository service, hosting vendor demos, and struggling through a challenging financial situation and compressed decision-making time-line.

All and all it’s been a little busy…so, in lieu of a half dozen blog entries, I am sharing a snapshot of our wall – before erasing ahead of an on-site vendor demo tomorrow. It’s erased and re-used on an almost weekly basis by the ADR staff . Oh, and the red?  That was a Shibboleth 2 integration/deployment project we threw in for fun…The Collectors are making a cameo!