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Avalon at Stanford University Libraries

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Bess Sadler and Hannah Frost presented "Avalon at Stanford University Libraries" as part of the "Avalon Media System: Implementation and Community" session at the 2014 Digital Library Federation (DLF) Forum on October 28, 2014.

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Avalon at Stanford University Libraries

  1. 1. Avalon at Stanford University Libraries Bess Sadler – Manager for Application Development Hannah Frost - Services Manager Stanford Digital Repository Stanford Media Preservation Lab DLF Atlanta October 28, 2014
  2. 2. Objectives of SUL’s Media Preservation Program • Maintain long-term access to at-risk materials through high-quality reformatting – In-house whenever possible • Support collection development • Promote use of media in teaching and research • Integrate with digital library – Services – Technology • Develop expertise, best practices, community
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  4. 4. Objectives of SUL’s Media Preservation Program Maintain long-term access to at-risk materials through high-quality reformatting Support collection development Promote use of media in teaching and research Integrate with digital library ✔ Services ☐ Technology: discovery and delivery Develop expertise, best practices, community ✔ ✔ ☐ ☐ ✔
  5. 5. Patron Digitization Requests: Rising 800 700 600 500 400 300 200 100 0 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 69 Items requested in Sept 2014 alone!
  6. 6. Top Collection Websites: Media
  7. 7. Media Access Working Group Recommendations • Augment systems and tools that – Reduce ingest backlog – Promote discovery and use • Wrangle the rights • Gather more metrics to inform future decision making
  8. 8. Keys to a Solution at Stanford Libraries • Technology – Open source – Open minded and flexible • Community – Vibrant – Digital library-centric
  9. 9. Avalon at Stanford • Meets all our basic needs – Functional, technical, philosophical – Tested by Media Access Working Group – Supported by Management • Hiring a Media Infrastructure Engineer – Funded through a 2-year collection project – Work starts ASAP!
  10. 10. What are your main use cases for Avalon? • Deposit of media produced by (with examples) – Students: documentary film program, engineering and product design course projects, – Faculty: Observational research, fine arts performances, – Online learning initiatives: lectures, course reserves – Administration: Office of Development, Oral history program, campus events • Delivery of reformatted media produced in digital preservation workflows – Systematic reformatting of rare/unique archival and commercial items at SMPL (13,000 and counting) – Satisfying requests by researchers (remote and on-site) for online access to collection material
  11. 11. What other media solutions do you have in place that Avalon replaces or complements? • Will replace existing streaming infrastructure (wowza) that is outdated and not integrated with SUL’s digital library discovery environment • Will complement outsourced CDN services used for boutique collection web sites • Will complement current Drupal infrastructure and future Spotlight exhibits, where curators and other librarians promote media collections and services through web sites • May play into course management system currently in transition (from Sakai to Canvas)
  12. 12. Where are you on your implementation or evaluation? • Evaluation is complete, including a test installation of Avalon Release 2 in Fall 2013 • Currently interviewing for Media Infrastructure Engineer to lead the design, installation, and integration (2 year project starting approx. January 2015)
  13. 13. What staff resources have been necessary to implement Avalon at your institution? • Parts of – Product owner – Service manager – Software developer – Infrastructure engineer – System / Storage Administrator – DevOps Systems configuration
  14. 14. What features do you most need that are not currently in Avalon? • Support for Wowza streaming server • Support for Open Annotations • Support for transcripts/captions: synchronization and full-text search • Support for PBCore metadata (v2) • Integration with Fedora 4 • IP-based access control • Hooks for capturing special license terms • Re-architecting Avalon as components that can be built into a digital library ecosystem, instead of a tightly integrated out of the box solution
  15. 15. What would you like the Avalon community to look like in the future? • A healthy cadre of core developers/maintainers; the media space is always evolving and Avalon will need to keep up • A vibrant, connected user community that reflects the requirements of scholars who use media in research and teaching • Vendors who can help small installations with local implementation or offer hosted services
  16. 16. Thank you! Bess Sadler bess@stanford.edu Hannah Frost hfrost@stanford.edu

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