TDL Update newsletter - July 2012



Volume 4, Issue 6 | July 2012

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Vireo 1.8 development on track for fall

Development efforts for Vireo 1.8 are continuing this summer, with completion of the new code scheduled for fall and implementation thereafter.

The multi-institutional team of developers is aiming to create a “functional clone” of the current software, that will have a familiar look-and-feel, but will include several bug fixes and minor improvements.
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Program Coordinator Ryan Steans and Director of IT Ladd Hanson have been on the road representing the Texas Digital Library at a couple of national and international conferences this summer.

Find out more about their experiences at the US ETD Association Conference in Boston and the 7th International Conference on Open Repositories (OR2012) in Edinburgh, Scotland.
Focus on TDL Collections: Galveston Bay Bibliography

A key part of Texas A&M Galveston's Galveston Bay Information Center, the Galveston Bay Bibliography is a collection of resources relating to the Galveston Bay Complex and surrounding areas collected over several decades.

Housed in a TDL-hosted DSpace repository, the collection includes references to some 10,000 works of historical and current research and artifacts related to Galveston Bay, including maps, published and unpublished reports, books, videos, photographs, charts, computer files, and press releases.

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Take note of these important upcoming TDL events:

August 15 at 11:00 am |  TDL Forum – an open conference call to hear about TDL events and projects

September 10-11 | TDL Member Board meeting at the TCAL Annual Meeting

October 22-28 | Open Access Week – a global event promoting Open Access to scholarship and research.

And stay tuned for further announcements about events to be planned for Fall 2012:

  • Vireo Users Group Meeting
  • Copyright Seminar
TDL Staff Updates
We have had some changes around the TDL offices in Austin and will have open positions on our technical team soon.
  • TDL Director Mark McFarland is serving as Interim Director of IT at the College of Natural Sciences at UT Austin. He continues in his role as Director of the Texas Digital Library, with no changes to the TDL organizational structure.
  • Software developer Joseph Devries departed TDL in June to pursue other opportunities. Developer Dan Galewsky has taken on Joe's role as project lead for Vireo development.
  • TDL will be hiring two additional software developers and one system administrator in the near future. Job listings will be posted through the UT Austin job board.
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