Architecture & Engineering

Architecture and Engineering brings together the Core Services and LTIG (Learning Technologies Incubation Group) units and provides infrastructure and integrations that underlie Library public services, manages the large preservation repositories that hold the library's digital collections, automates the complex workflows required to build those collections, provides integrations between library systems and workflow tools, and manages the access control and security systems to keep them safe. Coupled with infrastructure, we integrate new capabilities with existing systems, develop new systems, help bring similar developments from different units into a common architecture that can scale university wide. Team member skills cover infrastructure through application development and integration - we work closely together to insure appropriately scaled and secure systems are available for timely deployment in support of our integrated applications.

What we do:

  • Application, Server and Storage Infrastructure Maintenance and Support. Includes software installation and maintenance, database management, backup, security management, equipment installation and replacement, and on-call support for three distinct hosting environments and several individual application instances, over fifty servers, and over 1.2 petabytes of storage in three different locations.

  • Preservation repository management. Includes rigorous validation and ingest processes for a wide variety of content types (digitized print, audio, email, and video), content synchronization between multiple sites, data integrity management and auditing, large-scale content and metadata transformation, and development of preservation policy and content specifications.

  • Access Control. Includes the ongoing operation of the access control system underlying web-based library services, maintenance of access control rules, and integration with authentication systems such as CoSign or Shibboleth.

  • Security management. Includes security planning and reporting, development of standards and best practices, risk assessment, and incident response.

  • Instruction session request coordinationWe built an instruction request/coordination system to simplify the process of assigning instructors, rooms, evaluations for instruction/workshop sessions conducted by Librarians and staff. The system includes integrations with google calendars, a WordPress reservation system, Qualtrics, and the University’s Registrar data.

  • BadgingWe created Mblem, a customized badging application/award system for use by various University of Michigan programs interested in exploring microcredentials.

  • Course ReservesWe have implemented a new Course Reserves system that provides a simpler request process and improved staff workflow via integrations with Mirlyn and other Library systems to reduce multiple entries and multiple system access.

  • Problem RouletteWe support and maintain the Problem Roulette online problem review tool created by the Physics department and now used by several others on campus. We have added many improvements and analytics features including a trial integration with the IMS Caliper analytics framework.

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Last modified: 04/12/2016