Project Outline Utilizing the new technology to digitize the Digitized Library library resources. Converting rare Library Resources books, videos, magazines, books into digital format. Applying technology in classroom for teaching purposes. (Streaming server).
Number of Students/Staff/Faculty – Academic Year 2012- 2013
Bethlehem University Library Collection: 96,019 Titles
Available Digital Resources at Bethlehem University Library Originally in digital form. (CDs/DVDs films) Digitized and have a printed form. (Books accompanied with CDs/DVDs) Printed form and converted into digital form. (Scanned books/ images)
Evolution of the Project: In 1996 BUL started in-house card catalog. In 2005 a new Library Management System being purchased. (Libsys – Noursoft) Locally made in Palestine. In 2009, BUL initiated a pilot project to easy access: - VHS cassettes. - Palestinian Oral History. - DVD films.Followed by: Important historical documents from the university archives Rare books on and about Palestine/the Holy Land
Works started… Steering committee: - Two members from the Library (audio visual center head andsoftware/hardware assistant). - Two members from the computers center (network administrator andsoftware/hardware assistant)
Software & Hardware Used Software: - Windows 2003 R2 64bit - Open Source Media Server for the video streaming. (Red 5.0) Hardware: - Dell Server with RAID capability: Dell Power Edge R510 Server Xeon, Quad Core 2.4 GHz, 12 GB of memory 6*300 GB
Data Row Format:Archival Original format (Meta Data saved on DVD/CDs/NAS storage): Video: MPEG4/WMV/AVI/MOV Audio: WAVInternet format Access: Video: Flash video Audio: MP3
Software Used: Converting films/audio/videos: - Total video convertor. Editing films: - Nero, Adobe premier Editing sounds: - Sony Sound Forge. Archiving books: - XMAG software
Red5 Media Server Installation Installing the Java Red5 Configuration. Using the Jwplayer for displaying the digitized material.
Our Success Story: the first among West Bank Universities http://www.eifl.net/news/palico-projects-and-events-fall-2010
Backup System for the Stream Server - Nov. 2010 Dell PowerVault DL2200 6T Hard disk RAIDAfter three years, almost 40% of the stream server is being filled.
Library User Questionnaire Study• In November 2011, a user study was done for a follow up of the project, evaluating library services and the efficacy of the library resources:
NAS Storage: A new Network Attached Storage NAS of 3T size was purchased in April 2012 for manipulating the video/audio files. RAID technology.
System Mechanism Tape backupBackupsystem Stream Server Access + FTP server Search the Library streaming Catalog files Libsys Server
Project Results : Live DEMO• 538 DVD films Link• 20 Rare books Link• 1095 issues of Al-Quds newspaper. Link• 8 volumes of Bethlehem University Journal. Link• 165 BU Archive films Link• 53 BU Archive Audio sounds• 131 Audio cassettes Palestinian Oral History. (Dr. Adnan Musallam) Link
Selection Criteria – Arabic English Books According to date (before 1900 and up to 1947, old and rare, without copyright dates/places, nor authors); According to subject (on and about Palestine, written/contributed by Palestinians living here in Palestine or overseas). According to subject interest and significant contribution to the arts, culture and education in Palestine; work by artists, painters, authors, etc., regardless of publication date.
Selection Criteria – ArchivesBased on the recommendation of the UNESCOArchivist who visited the Archives in August of2009. 1. The idea of preserving the value of the original materials is the main objective of digitization. 2. Another criteria in selecting materials to be digitized is the educational use of the materials to the teaching-learning activity in the university. 3. A practical criterion is space-saving; keeping ephemeral files on electronic format saves space for other more important records.
Selection Criteria – Audio Visual Center Materials chosen for conversion to e-format include archival resources, books in Arabic/English on Palestinian topics, old newspapers in Arabic/English (including those on microfilms and microfiche) and oral history recorded tapes..
Stream Server Policy Usage of the steaming server materials falls under the Teach Act/Fair Use. Uploaded Materials are not allowed to be downloaded/ republished under any circumstances (not for sale, rent, and share). The Computer Center is the party to support the maintenance/backup and software updates for the Server. The AVC staff are the only authorized technical party to upload/remove materials into/from the Stream Server after consulting the Library Administrative Team. Accessing the streaming material is limited to be used through BU Intranet (Campus’ PCs). The Library can loan headsets to be used for viewing the streaming material from the Library PCs. Films, videos/other materials recorded for teachers/staff may be stored in the streaming server for the duration of its use or, at most, for the term it is needed for classroom use.
Equipment Used in scanning materials - Flatbed scanner (HP ScanJet 8270) Automatic feeder and negative scanner - Duplex scanner with a very high speed. (Canon DR3030c ) - Eye camera scanner . (Jetion DB24) Scanning rare books, maps, 3D shapes
Project Challenges Adopting E-Documents archiving system. Upgrading the Libsys/Streaming server. Authentication Server for accessing the online materials. Copyright/Intellectual Property issues Budget constraints
Sustainability Human resources available. Annual Library budget. Funding from granting agencies. The project team will follow digital preservation standards to ensure the technical continuity of the materials digitized. The life of the storage media and the accessibility to the contents of the digital collection.