Projects

ITS delivers a wide variety of projects to the University of Toronto Libraries and the larger University community. Browse the selection below for a sample of projects from our portfolio. For more information, explore the individual online resource, view our web development project schedule, or contact us.

Library Projects | Humanities Projects | Network Projects

British Armorial Bindings

British Armorial Binding is a comprehensive catalogue of all the coats of arms, crests, and other heraldic devices that have been stamped by British owners on the outer covers of their books, together with the bibliographical sources of the stamps. The database reproduces over 3,300 stamps used between the sixteenth and twentieth centuries, associated with nearly two thousand individual owners. 

Canadian Poetry Online

Canadian Poetry is a collection of poetry from published contemporary and 19th century Canadian poets. Contemporary poets have selected their poetry and provided biographies.

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Data Backup and Disaster Recovery

The Library and Scholars Portal store well over one petabyte (PB) of data for backup and disaster recovery purposes. One PB = 1000 TB = 1,000,000 GB = 1,000,000,000 MB.

This data includes:

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Data Storage

To meet the Library and Scholars Portal's continually growing data storage requirements, the Library manages a large-scale operation, which involves running a variety of hardware to support services such as:

DEEDS

The University of Toronto DEEDS (Documents of Early England Data Set) Research Project was founded in 1975 by Michael Gervers, professor of History of the University of Toronto, to create a database of information culled from medieval property exchange documents which would be of interest to social and economic historians.

Digital Signage

ITS develops flexible customized digital signs for many UTL libraries (Robarts, Gerstein, Fisher, OISE, Engineering, Media Commons) that can manage content directly from library websites. Contact us for more information.

FADIS

FADIS (Fedearted Academic Digital Imaging System) is a fine art and architecture repository and teaching tool of nearly 200,000 digital images, videos and audio files with accompanying meta data for private study and research. Courseware tools include the creation of lecture carousels with image notes, multiple image display options for in class teaching, syllabus information, file sharing and online quizzes. Students can also create study and presentation "virtual" carousels, download lecture carousels as PDF, search and browse from the growing collection of art history. 

Focus on Research

Focus on Research is a gateway to the researchers, publications, and research communities at the University of Toronto. Focus on Research makes it easier for researchers to find collaborators, and for students to find mentors.

Get It Links

A new interface is available for links to online journal articles from Summon searches, aka "Get It!" links. The updated interface is responsive and accessible, allowing access from anywhere, with any device.

The updated interface provides easier access to article information at a glance:

Heritage U of T

The Heritage U of T site is a digital collection of archival records, photographs, books, maps, drawings, and sound and moving image files chronicling the University of Toronto’s rich history from its founding, through both world wars, to the present.

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Infrastructure Automation

The Library runs a modern, dynamic web presence, consisting of more than 40 sites, serving thousands of users on a daily basis. To support such a web presence, significant agility and responsiveness is required from the operations team that manages web, application, and database servers, and the associated server hardware and networks.

ITER Gateway

Iter, meaning a journey or a path in Latin, is a not-for-profit partnership dedicated to the advancement of learning in the study and teaching of the Middle Ages and Renaissance (400-1700) through the development and distribution of online resources.

Lexicons of Early Modern English

LEME searches and displays word-entries from monolingual English dictionaries, bilingual lexicons, technical vocabularies, and other encyclopedic-lexical works, 1480-1702. Texts of word-entries whose headword (source) or explanation (target) language is English tell us what speakers of English thought about their tongue in the period. Edited by Prof. Ian Lancashire, this publication contains over half a million word entries in 150 searchable lexicons, supported by extensive primary and secondary bibliographies.

Library Catalogue

Responsive web design (RWD) is an approach to web design in which a site is crafted to provide an optimal viewing experience - easy reading and navigation with a minimum of resizing, panning, and scrolling - across a wide range of devices (from desktop computer monitors to mobile phones). The library catalogue is moving to a responsive design. For more information, or to provide feedback via on this project, please contact us.

Library Touchscreens

ITS developed inhouse web-based software to power touchscreens located in the new pavilion areas on the second floor and in front of the elevators on several floors.

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Library Website Redesign

The University of Toronto Libraries (UTL) recently launched a redesign of the central website.  The redesigned website features improved search options, easier researching processes, clearer and more up to date content, and an improved user experience. This design will act as a template for future subsites within UTL. 

MyMedia

MyMedia provides an archival storage and streaming solution for University academic content. We provide an interface for uploading a wide array of video and audio file formats and for managing your media. We re-encode all media into standardized and open formats.

Online Accessibility

UTL is committed to providing all users with equitable access to University of Toronto Libraries’ digital spaces, such as the library catalogue, central libraries’ websites, and digital collections. New web spaces are planned and built with accessibility in mind, with the goal of reaching Level AA standards, as outlined by the AODA (Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act).

Personal Librarian

The Personal Librarian project is a pilot program that pairs incoming Arts & Sciences and Engineering students with a University of Toronto librarian during their first year at the university. Students participating in the pilot will receive advice and feedback on building good research skills from their personal librarian throughout their first year, and are encouraged to make contact with them whenever they have questions.

Representative Poetry Online

Representative Poetry Online includes 4,079 English poems by 618 poets from Caedmon, in the Old English period, to the work of living poets today. It is based on Representative Poetry, established by Professor W. J. Alexander of University College, University of Toronto, in 1912 and used in the English Department at the University until the late 1960s. Its electronic founder and editor since 1994 is Ian Lancashire, who is a member of the Department of English, University of Toronto.

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Server Virtualization

Infrastructure automation has greatly increased our ability to build servers and applications very quickly. Over the past several years, server virtualization (running multiple independent servers in separate virtual containers on a single physical server) has substantially increased efficiencies in managing server operations.

Server virtualization:

SIRSI

SIRSI Symphony is the integrated library system (ILS) used to catalogue, process, circulate, maintain, and remove records for all library items. 

Library staff: see the SIRSI documentation and information for help installing or updating SIRSI on your computer.

Soviet Samizdat Periodicals

Soviet Samizdat Periodicals is a database of information about editions of classic Soviet samizdat, 1956-1986. The Database includes approximately 300 titles, representing all known types of samizdat periodical editions from this late Soviet era, including human rights bulletins, poetry anthologies, rock zines, religious and national editions. The Database is fully searchable. Researchers will find detailed bibliographic and archival information. The site also includes information about samizdat and dissidence for the general public.

TSpace

TSpace is a groundbreaking digital system to capture, store, index, preserve and distribute the intellectual digital products of U of T faculty. In essence the Library provides free long term managed storage and a web based search interface for digital materials submitted by faculty.