Emory Libraries poised to begin major digital signage initiative

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LITS staff in brainstorming session: (L to R) Mary McAliley, Tara McCurley, Michael Buchmann, and Jack Scott.

This week, various Library employees met with representatives from Four Winds Interactive (FWI) to begin designing a modern digital signage offering for Emory Libraries. FWI, which won a competitive bidding process to secure the Libraries’ contract, spent three days on campus to begin the development of a comprehensive visual communication strategy.

Hosted by members of the Digital Signage Task Force, FWI toured the buildings selected for the initial offering, conducted communications, wayfinding, and marketing strategy sessions, interviewed students, staff, and visitors, and presented a preliminary strategy overview to Yolanda Cooper and the task force.

“We are excited to begin this phase of the project,” said task force spokesman Norman Hulme, who played an important role in bringing FWI on campus. “After many months of research and planning, it is good to start the development work.”

Scheduled to be installed by the beginning of the Fall 2017 semester, this digital signage solution will focus on ease of use and content that can be tailored to each individual sign location.

Some of the major elements that are expected in the rollout are resource availability, how-to questions and answers, event calendaring and marketing, community profiling, facilities updates, emergency notifications, and wayfinding, which will allow users to interactively get directions within the libraries and around campus.

Four Winds Interactive logoThe FWI team, which included a communications consultant, a user experience designer, and a digital signage developer, established a foundation of goal awareness, setting benchmarks for success, and answering the question: how will this signage trigger a response?

Hulme presented the signage update to the Libraries All-Staff meeting on February 24. According to Norman, “To help FWI get started, we created a MoSCoW matrix which established our must haves, should haves, could haves, and a wish list.”

Although the initial rollout is strictly for the Woodruff Library, the Computing Center at Cox Hall, and the Woodruff Health Sciences Library, the team expects this pilot to have a campus-wide impact.

“We are hoping that FWI will become the vendor choice for Emory,” said task force chair Alex Kyrychenko. “This would lead to signage consistency across our enterprise.”

For years, various Emory departments have chosen their own digital signage options out of necessity. A centralized system would lead to overall savings as larger numbers of licenses are discounted by FWI.

Already, FWI is in negotiation to bring their unified solution to the Winship Cancer Institute and the new Emory hospital tower. A major vendor in higher education, FWI has an account with Georgia Tech, which would make digital signage for the jointly-controlled Library Service Center much easier, and is meeting with Georgia State University to talk about their needs as well.

Special kudos go to the Digital Signage Task Force, which includes Christeene Alcosiba, Amy Boucher, Norman HulmeSusan Klopper, Alex Kyrychenko, Hannah RogersJack Scott, Michael Williamson, and Leslie Wingate.

For more information, contact Norman Hulme at nhulme [at] emory [dot] edu.

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Collin Brittle, Digital Library Architect, Digital Library Program

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“Seeing some of the things Emory already has in place regarding Hydra makes me really excited.” – Collin Brittle

Collin Brittle joins the Core Library Systems Team as a digital library architect. He previously spent seven years as a software engineer at the Virginia Tech University library where he participated in a Hydra implementation similar to one being planned at Emory.

Collin was raised in Warrenton, VA (outside of Manassas), and earned his bachelor’s degree in business information technology from Virginia Tech.

An avid backpacker, Collin tries to do a major trip every year with his brother and other friends. He has recently hiked at Banff National Park in Canada, as well as in Zion National Park, Bryce Canyon, and the Arches. Collin also enjoys video games, especially enjoying the Double Fine suite of titles (“Psychonauts is an amazing game,” he said).

“Starting up a new Hydra repository from scratch at Tech taught me a lot about that process,” said Collin. “Seeing some of the things Emory already has in place regarding Hydra makes me really excited.”

You can reach him at collin [dot] brittle [at] emory [dot] edu.

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Simon Buckner, Senior Applications Developer/Analyst, Middleware and Web

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“Everyone is friendly, the work is challenging and meaningful.” – Simon Buckner

Simon Buckner joined the middleware team as a senior applications developer/analyst after spending over a year as a software engineer for AT&T.

A native of Kansas City, KS (the Kansas side, not the Missouri side!), Simon earned his bachelor of science degree in computer science from Georgia Tech.

In his free time, Simon likes to program, problem solve, read/discuss things like AI and philosophy, make music, and explore places outside.

“The Middleware Team got me up to speed very quickly,” said Simon. “Everyone is friendly, the work is challenging and meaningful.”

You can reach Simon at simon [dot] buckner [at] emory [dot] edu.

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Beth Shoemaker, Rare Book Cataloger, Rose Library

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“The staff in the Rose Library are very passionate and dedicated to what they do.” – Beth Shoemaker

Beth Shoemaker joined the Rose staff late last year as a rare book cataloger. Before her work at Emory, Beth spent over two years as the catalog and resource access librarian at St. Ambrose University in Davenport, IA, where she performed original and complex cataloging for the library collections.

Beth holds an MLIS degree from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign as well as a DMA from the University of Oregon. She earned a bachelor’s degree in music performance from Oberlin College and a master’s degree in music from Arizona State University.

She was born and raised in Lincoln, NE. Commenting about coming to Atlanta, “people have been really welcoming,” said Beth. “Even though there’s a lot of traffic, people are still very polite! I used to live in Philadelphia, which was crazy.”

When she’s not working, Beth chases after her five-year-old son around the outdoors, zoos, aquariums, and botanical gardens.

“The staff in the Rose Library are very passionate and dedicated to what they do,” added Beth. “We get to work with fantastic materials.”

You can reach Beth at elizabeth [dot] shoemaker [at] emory [dot] edu.

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Call for speakers and save the date – Librarians Assembly Prof Dev Forum

Friday, March 17th, 10:00-11:30 am in the Jones Room.

Have you attended or presented at a conference recently? Share your experience with your colleagues at the Librarians Assembly Professional Development Forum – Spring Edition!

Friday, March 17th, 10:00-11:30 am in the Jones Room.

In keeping with our last Forum we have two format choices for you:

Speakers:

We are seeking speakers to share five-minute Lightening Talks on recent professional development activities & conference reports at the Librarians Assembly Professional Development Forum – Spring Edition.

Featured Highlights:

Have you recently published an article? Been accepted to a professional seminar? Share one or two citations or brief highlights for us to feature via PPT at the start of the session.

To volunteer to speak or to share your highlight, please reply (just to me!) by Friday, March 3.

Jen Doty, on behalf of the Librarians Assembly Council

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LITS: Recent headlines and upcoming events

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Recent LITS headlines:

Upcoming LITS events:

  • Thursday, March 9, 2017, 2 pm – Infoforum: Genealogy in Academic Libraries – Chris Pollette – E-Classroom 314, Woodruff Library
  • Thursday, March 16, 2017, 10:15 am – IT BriefingWade Moricle – 4th Floor Auditorium, NDB
  • Friday, March 17, 2017, 10 am – Librarians Assembly Professional Development ForumJen Doty – Jones Room, Woodruff Library
  • Thursday, March 23, 2017, 2 pm – Infoforum: Digital Library Program – Trisha Wilson – E-Classroom 314, Woodruff Library
  • Thursday, April 27, 2017, 2 pm – Infoforum: Rose Library’s Modern Political & Historical Collection Randy Gue – E-Classroom 214, Woodruff Library
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