Category Archives: Presentations

Fall Conference Roundup

The Library Staff Council presented a wonderful Fall Conference Roundup today and several of our colleagues discussed conferences they attended in 2014. For my part, I focused on two of the more unusual conferences I attended last year. Here’s some selected information about these two conferences:

Attendees of the 2014 Zine Librarians (un)Conference at Duke University in July.
Attendees of the 2014 Zine Librarians (un)Conference at Duke University in July.

Zine Librarians (un)Conference

Digital Frontiers

What are digital humanities and digital scholarship?

sticky notes with questions from the brown-bag
At the beginning of the brown-bag, participants were encouraged to write on a sticky note a) what are you expecting &/or hoping for today, b) what you think of when someone says “digital humanities” or “digital scholarship”, and then post it on the whiteboard at the front of the room.


Today, we had a lively & well-attended lunchtime discussion exploring digital humanities and digital scholarship. We looked at some examples of DH/DS projects and then discussed some of the questions folks had like

  • What’s the difference between digital humanities and digital scholarship?
  • What about open access and copyright?
  • Can you talk about DH/DS without using jargon?
  • What is and isn’t digital scholarship?

Here are some links to some of the projects and resources we looked at, along with some additional information to help you continue exploring the topic:

project examples

text analyis


GeoHumanities (maps)

network graphs


examples of academic “centers” of varying scope

toolboxes, training, participation

more information

Drupal Classes!

University of Texas Libraries Staff: TIS is pleased to announce the first session of a proposed class on Drupal, specifically its role in University of Texas Libraries system and editing Libraries content.

The first one of these classes (scheduled for Monday October 20th, from 2pm-3pm) will be more of a demo and a presentation than actual hands-on editing. The reasons for this are numerous, as many of you have very different kinds of content in the Libraries system, and a basic understanding of certain Drupal terms and examples would likely be a very good first introduction for many of you, as well. It will be geared as an interactive presentation (interruptions and questions very welcome) – We’ll discuss Drupal’s role here at the Libraries and then discuss individual pieces of content, explaining how things are edited.

Here’s the plan for the hour:

1) Introduce Drupal – What is Drupal?
An overview of what Drupal can do, what it is not good at doing, what it is great at doing, and examples of Drupal installs elsewhere on campus

2) A description of how Drupal is implemented here at UT Libraries
We have two separate Drupal systems here at the Libraries, what’s that about? Also, we have non-Drupal content, and blogs content, and many other kinds of content, what’s all THAT ABOUT, too?

3) Hey, let’s edit something!
In a matter of great excitement, we will edit a piece of UT Libraries content LIVE AND BEFORE YOUR EYES! Sounds exciting! There will be an opportunity here to make requests, too, and we can then discuss what goes into editing different sorts of content, and what decisions occur.

4) Questions. Specifics. And LINKS
Much of Drupal is best learned in one-on-one, or small group scenarios. Here we’ll conclude the hour with questions about your specific content. Further steps about individual tutorials or meeting one-on-one with members of TIS will be determined. Class will conclude with a list of suggested list of links and tutorials to further enhance your skills and understanding of Drupal.

Does this sound good for you? Can you make the time? Let me know and I’ll look forward to seeing you on Monday October 20th, 2-3pm

Limited space availability, please contact me if you’d like to attend.

Thanks much, Ethan

Library Fair 2013

This past Wednesday, April 17th, was the most recent UT Libraries Library Fair on the Perry-Castañeda Library pavilion.  TIS, giving a bit of a test run to some potential public rebranding, joined in the fun by exhibiting a multi-player experience we “creatively” dubbed Fruit Tetris.  This involved a large screen TV in portrait mode displaying a custom website in a full screen browser window, a MaKey MaKey computer interface device, and a handful of fruit.

Fruit Tetris at the Library Fair
Banana, banana, banana!

We had a few dozen brave students try their hand at the game, using the banana to move pieces left, the orange to move right and the apple to rotate the bricks.  A tap on the binder clip ring would drop the piece to the bottom very (very) quickly, much to many players chagrin.  We hope to bring this system back in a version 2.0 later in the semester, so keep your eyes (pardon the pun) peeled!

TIS & Library Systems Presented at Drupal Developers Group

Steve Williams and Jon Gibson presented on development of the AHPN web site at the UT Campus Drupal Developers group.  Steve discussed using the Zen theme kit to build a template layer with regions and styling of the site. Steve also demonstrated how to set up a dual language site in Drupal, including installation of modules, language detection methods, configuration of site variables, and how to create multilingual content like nodes, menus and blocks. Jon discussed the custom AHPN Search module, the separate layers of storage, and the Solr search index integration. Jon also demonstrated how Solr returns data and how each return is parsed.

With a full room of developers no one in attendance had built a multilingual site before and many showed interest in the process. The room was also impressed with the amount of data being indexed (10 million images and associated metadata) and how quickly the site served each request. Audrey Templeton, who also worked on the custom AHPN Search Module, attended and helped with questions.