From From Debra Hanken Kurtz, Director, Texas Digital Library

Austin, TX  In response to the popularity of the previously offered Advanced DSpace training opportunity, the Texas Digital Library is offering an expanded 4-day Advanced DSpace course on June 3-6 in Austin, Texas.

Registration will open for the course on Wednesday, April 11 and will be available to TDL members and non-members on that date. Registrants from TDL member organizations will have the opportunity to register at a discounted rate.

Details about the course are below. More information is available on the TDL website.

• Dates: June 3-6 (four full days)
• Location: Perry-Castaņeda Library, Room 1.202 (on the UT Austin campus)
• Registration Rates: $600 (non-members); $425 (TDL members)
• Instructor: James Creel, Texas A&M Libraries

James Creel is the Senior Lead Software Applications Developer at Texas A&M University Libraries, where he supervises the software development team.  James manages the development and maintenance of digital library and information management applications and provides TAMU Libraries faculty with training and tools for transmitting and curating content and metadata.  James has a BA in Economics and a BS in Computer Science from the University of Texas at Austin and an MS in Computer Science from Texas A&M University.  James has 7 years experience with customizing, administering, and importing and disseminating collections with DSpace.

Course Content:

The four-day course will be broken down into three modules, covering the topics listed below. DSpace 3.2 will be the version used in this offering of the course.


 Themes and Aspects
 Media Filters
 Curation Tasks
 Submission Workflows
 Controlled Vocabularies
 Discovery, Search, and Browse

Content transmission

 OAI protocols and crosswalks
 OAI harvesting
 SWORD servers and clients
 Batch Imports


 Creating a new theme
 Colors, Fonts, and Layouts with CSS
 Content presentation with XSL
 Using semantic web services with Javascript and AJAX

Course Prerequisites:

 Participants should at minimum have knowledge of the DSpace user interface and have taken the Intro to DSpace training course (or some equivalent). It is assumed that participants will be very familiar with the following aspects of DSpace: Community/Collection hierarchy; epersons, groups, and authorization management; and the metadata registry.
 Participants should be able to perform basic tasks at a system command line, such as
 listing files and directories
 changing the working directory
 executing programs
 Participants should be comfortable editing text files.  The course material will involve editing a variety of DSpace configuration files.
 Basic knowledge of programming languages and web development will enhance one's appreciation of the material.  Examples on customizing themes will involve XML, XSLT, CSS, and JavaScript.  Examples on writing new curation tasks and media filters will involve Java.

Please send any questions to:

Carol Minton Morris
Director of Marketing and Communications
Skype: carolmintonmorris
607 592-3135