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The University of Toronto Libraries' Information Technology Services (ITS) department is pleased to announce the release of French Renaissance Paleography, a website that provides scholars...
Our Project Application Programmer, Andy Wagner, and Digital Initiatives Librarian, Kelli Babcock, are currently attending the Islandora Conference in Charlottetown, PEI. Andy and Kelli...
On Monday, May 25, the new central library website officially launched!The project, which took over a year to complete, employed a user-centered design approach. This methodology puts all users at...
Marlene van Ballegooie and Juliya Borie recently published a new paper about e-serials management inThe Serials Librarian: "Facing Our E-Demons: The Challenges of E-Serial Management in a...
In April, the web team here in ITS conducted usability testing on the beta version of the new main library website. We talked to undergraduate and graduate students, as well as librarians and library...
We've all visited sites that were definitely not designed with our smartphones and tablets in mind. The tiny text, the excessive scrolling, and the awkward-looking menus made for a less than...
Since our last round of usability testing, the ITS team has been busy incorporating your feedback into the redesign of the University of Toronto Libraries' central website. We are excited to...
What Did We Learn from our Users?In February, we conducted usability testing of the alpha version of the redesigned main library website. Students and library staff members volunteered their time to...
From February 9-12, in London, England, ITS Digital Initiatives Librarian Kelli Babcock attended the International Digital Curation Conference. Kelli presented a poster entitled, “Using...
ITS is pleased to announce that Lisa Gayhart has moved into the new role of User Experience Librarian, effective February 1, 2015. Since joining the University of Toronto Libraries in 2013, Lisa...
The ITS team has been busy redesigning the University of Toronto Libraries’ central website in order to provide users with an improved research experience. We are excited to announce that the...
Steve joins ITS from just around the corner at Scholars Portal, where he served as Digital Preservation Librarian from 2010 - 2014. His interests include digital preservation at scale, digital...
Recently, Judith Logan, a Reference Librarian who is collaborating with ITS on the Library Website Redesign project, attended a presentation entitled, “How to Be Good at Twitter.” Here...
Over the last couple of years, the ITS team has been building and refining the user-centered design process. We know how important it is for users’ voices to be heard, and for our products and...
 On November 21, ITS department members Kelli Babcock, Leslie Barnes and Rachelann Pisani participated in the Ontario Council of University Libraries’ Digital Curation Summit here at the...
Thanks to everyone who has offered feedback on our two homepage designs for the new library website. So far, your comments have been very positive, especially about Design A. Please keep the feedback...
The library website is going responsive! The library's technology department continue to work on the redesign ofwww.library.utoronto.ca to make it easier to use and optimized for all screen...
The 2015 OLA Super Conference program has just been released, and three members of our team will be speaking about their work on departmental projects.Lisa Gayhart and Gordon Belray will deliver a...
ADE Reader is the most commonly used desktop application for accessing ebooks that contain Adobe’s DRM (digital rights management) software.  Many booksellers and online library lending...
ITS is pleased to announced that two TALINT program interns, Rachelann Pisani and Kathleen Sinnott, have joined our team for the 2014-2015 academic year. Rachelann will be working in Digital...
ITS is in the process of upgrading and redesigning TSpace. Before launching in mid-October, we’re offering everyone an opportunity to test and provide feedback. To help the transition to the...
ITS is excited to announce that Chris Crebolder has joined our team as a Network Services Specialist. Chris joins ITS from Victoria University Library, where he worked in both the Reader Services and...
Further work has been completed by ITS on the library catalogue, including backend upgrades, improved mobile display, changes to the interface, and various small bug fixes These changes to the...
The library website redesign process continues, and a new collaborator has joined the project team.  Judith Logan, a Reference Librarian from Robarts, has been working with us on the content of...
Over the summer we gathered a lot of information on how people use our website and where gaps exist.  Many people told us what they like and dislike about the current site, what could be removed...
 As part of the user research process for the library website redesign, we are holding feedback and information sessions with various user groups to gather feedback on our current site,...
 Leslie Barnes and others recently attended the workshop "Tools to Tackle Big Data" at UofT. Below is Leslie's recap of the day.Members of the ITS team recently attended the...
Are you are a Library staff member with a self-managed computer, e.g. a PERA-funded or Apple computer? If so, new antivirus software recommendations are available from the ITS Help Desk.Keep...
Leslie Barnes has joined Information Technology Services in the new role of Digital Scholarship Librarian. Leslie holds a BA and MA in English from the University of Toronto, a PhD in English...
Last Friday, library staff from nine OCUL institutions gathered at Ryerson University for the first ODLRC Hackfest.One goal of the Hackfest was to build familiarity with Swift, a module of the...
Marc recently attended DrupalCon in Austin, Texas. Below is a recap of a session Marc found interesting in light of the library's upcoming website redesign.Tips from Nica Lorber's...
When students return to classes in January 2015, they will be greeted with new library website. But before the figurative pen goes to paper, ITS is researching what users want and need in a revamped...
The Richard Charles Lee Canada-Hong Kong Library is proud to announce the launch of its new website:http://hongkong.library.utoronto.ca! The site provides easier access to the library’s...
ITS is delighted to announce that Andy Wagner has joined ITS as a Project Application Programmer Analyst.  Andy will join a number of ITS projects, applications and services, providing a range...
Collections UofT preserves and provides access to UofT digital special collections, as well as scholarly digital projects, using the Islandora platform. The site was developed in early 2014...
ITS is proud to annouce the publication of "From Record Bound to Boundless: FRBR, Linked Data, and New Possibilities for Serials Cataloguing" in The Serials Librarian: From the Printed Page...
What’s newNew interface for links to online journal articles from your Summon searchesNew interface for the article finder toolBoth interfaces are responsive and accessible – get access...
You may have heard that a vulnerability in the OpenSSL cryptographic library called Heartbleed, formally called CVE-2014-0160, has been discovered. This vulnerability represents a...
We are pleased to annouce that Sian Meikle has been appointed Director of Information Technology Services for University of Toronto Libraries. Sian has been a vital member of the library and ITS team...
The bookshelf-style app BrowZine allows you to browse, read, monitor, share, and save ejournals directly to your iOS or Android tablet. Available free from the App Store, Google Play, ...
Zhao, a Project Application Programmer Analyst, recently participated in a code sprint in Vancouver. Below is a recap of his experience.What is a 'code sprint'?The Public Knowledge...
Our Project Programmer Analyst, Chul Hee Yoon, recently attended the Fluent 2014 conference. Below is a recap of his experience and key takeaways. For more information, get in touch with Chul via...
Everyone loves a surprise: a birthday gathering, an unexpected gift, or even a kind word from a stranger can make your day. When it comes to technology, surprises don’t gather quite as much...
The Road to Responsive: University of Toronto Libraries' Journey to a New Library Catalogue Interface. With the recent surge in the mobile device market and an ever expanding patron base...
The Accessible Content E-Portal (ACE) pilot project is now transitioning to a Scholars Portal core service. ACE is a growing repository currently containing over 1,200 texts in five different...
DEEDS (Documents of Early England Data Set) is now live. The University of Toronto DEEDS Research Project was founded in 1975 by Michael Gervers, professor of History of the University of...
ITS is delighted to announce that Kelli Babcock is our new Digital Initiatives Librarian. Kelli holds an MLIS degree from McGill University, specializing in Archival Studies, and a Bachelor of Fine...
The redesigned catalogue is now live. The new look and feel makes the library catalogue easy to use on all devices from smartphones to desktops. Try it now!  New FeaturesResponsive design -...
Out From Behind the Firewall: Towards Better Library IT Communications. ITS works collaboratively with internal and external clients to bring a wide range of exciting digital projects and...