CUNY IT Conference Presentation 2015

Photo by Robin Davis
Photo by Robin Davis


  I presented at the CUNY IT Conference this past Thursday, December 3rd. My presentation examined the history of the Ursula C. Schwerin’s library’s website. I discussed our migration from our shared server to City Tech’s own CIS (Computer Information Services) based server to our final migration to the cloud. I also discussed the use of responsive design and usability test to enhance the website.


I was only able to attend one other presentation, which was the session immediately following my own. Stephen Klein of the Graduate Center gave a presentation on archiving digital web-based works. Many master’s and doctoral students create web sites for class projects. However, if one reviews these sites using WebArchive (also known as the Way Back Machine), many features are incorporated into the backup. For instance, embedded media, such as SoundCloud audio, YouTube videos, and the like, are not supported in the WebArchive backup. The content the surrounding the media object are present, but the object itself is not. Additionally, server-sided scripting and indexing is not supported.If a user conducts a search through a field in an archived site or fills out a form, or some other type of user-based interactivity, the web archive won’t respond as expected.

    As a solution, Klein discovered, an open-source solution, where users can “record” their websites and save them as a file. Webrecorder can record and save user interactions and embedded media. This is a useful tool especially as more content is being created digitally. Even more so, Academic Works can be used to store and preserve these creations.

Thanks to Robin Davis for taking a photo of the presentation! Follow her blog on emerging technology in libraries here.

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