Last update: December 4, 2014


Fall 2014

Library Website Redesign

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Ongoing work in the new Library Homepage. Prototyping students are working on server side APIs that include Hours and Locations of Unit Libraries, and Room Reserve API. Staff are actively contributing to the rapid interface studies and graphic design elements needed to move project to completion. Gateway is slated to go live October 2014.

Hoot Pilot

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A pilot rollout of the Hoot course reserves wait list notification service is underway. The system allows desk staff to place a watch on an item so that the student can be notified by email or text message when the item is returned. Staff from the Undergrad Library and Main Stacks are using the software from October 16 until the end of the semester, providing bug reports and participating in focus groups on the service.

Web Based Wayfinder + Topic Space recommendations

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Student developers are completing work on the Web Based Wayfinder, incorporating location-based suggestions from Topic Spaces. Technologies used include Backbone.js, and a new Topic Spaces API.

Internal Grants: Innovation Fund

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There are two internal technology grants in development this academic year. One group of students is investigating using the Freebase API for International Student Search Query Support. Another team is investigating BIBFRAME transformation for enhanced discovery, with partners in the Main Library. The new BIBFRAME work will end up as a bento view in the Megasearch prototype.

Spring + Summer 2014

Wayfinding Modules: Main Stacks

Over 5 million volumes added to the Library GPS service. In 2014 we completed maps for the Main Stacks wayfinding database with support from ILL/DD and the Bookstacks office.

I-Wonder Chat Service

In conjunction with work coming out of the Student/Library Collaborative grant, launched and stabilized the virtual library chat service.

Rooms API

Extending the Minrva Web Services we created prototype middleware, and a revised API of D!BS room reservation data. With this API we are able to power dynamic room reservation applications that are either Native Mobile apps or browser based Backbone.js apps.

Completed iOS Modules

Minrva 2.0 for iOS was launched in conjunction with work coming out of the Student/Library Collaborative grant

Topic Spaces for Android Launched

The Topic Spaces module is an optical character recognition (OCR) app that allows a student to take a picture of a call number in the stacks. The app suggests book stack collection locations in the Library that are related but not shelved nearby. The service can also show the student books that are normally shelved here but that are currently checked out.

Backbone.js Wayfinder

Student developers began coding a web based version of the Library GPS service so that the maps would be available from a web browser.

Academic Year 2013

Wayfinding Modules

Additional units added to the Library GPS service. In 2013 we developed maps for Music and Performing Arts Library and began work on a Main Stacks wayfinding database.

I-Wonder Chat Service

In conjunction with work coming out of the Student/Library Collaborative grant, the prototyping service helped develop additional front end chat functionality after gathering user feedback in June 2013. Prototype is being transitioned to production IT early Fall 2013.

Data Visualization

Relying on aggregate circulation data from the CARLI reports server and JQuery visualization libraries we were able to prototype a Trending at the Library page that shows users circulation trends like monthly and yearly circulations, popular titles, and collection distribution by item.

Mobile Room Reservation

Extending the Minrva Web Services we created prototype middleware, an API, and mobile presentation of room reservation in the Undergrad Library.

iOS Location Modules

Student programmers are learning iOS while also helping transition prototypes to the iOS environment. This will allow the wayfinding module to work on iPads and iPhones.

Near Semantic Search

Near Semantic Search allows deeper subject exploration beyond traditional catalog search. Developed and tested in conjuntion with Data Mining researchers in the CS department. Near-semantic search interface is in public beta implementation.

Snapshot Module

The snapshot module is an optical character recognition app that allows a student to take a picture (a snapshot) of an assignment sheet and suggests keywords and book titles that may be useful in completing assignments that use library resources.

Baxter

In collaboration with partners in CSL we are helping to teach Baxter to read and sort call numbers. This reuses the mobile OCR technology from Snapshot, and call number parsing from the wayfinder module.

Future Projects

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