About lucyayre

I blog to voice my musings and connect with people who share my interests. My posts will contain information about open access publishing, institutional repositories, digital scholarship, research and learning support. I may creep in some ideas and experiences relating to two of my big loves - food and live music! I bounced from Nottingham - Norwich - London and back to Nottingham, working at the University of Derby and often seeking opportunities to escape to the country or a festival for a day or a weekend.

Live streaming events using Panopto

Lucy Ayre, Repository and Open Access Librarian, University of Derby

The Library celebrated Academic Book Week in January of this year through a series of author talks and books displays. The week was rounded off with a panel discussion on the future of academic books, which had quite a bit of interest from people not based at Kedleston Road where the event was taking place.

We had a problem; how were we going to make sure the event could be attended by people virtually? Also, we didn’t just want to show the discussion as it unfolded, we wanted viewers to have an involvement online, contributing in the same way as the audience in the room.

Live streaming sounded out of our reach. After all, we had nothing to spend and not much technical expertise. When TEL suggested using Panopto I was relieved, I knew from using Panopto before that it captured from a webcam as well as whatever is on the computer screen (part of the event was a live online demonstration), and it’s so easy to use!

We created a new Webcast about a week prior to the event, giving it a name and setting permissions to enable anyone on the web to view it.


The default settings for the Webcast include a chat functionality, allowing viewers to type their questions or comments as they are watching the live stream. We uploaded a preview image with information about when the event was taking place. Finally, we took the embed code from the Share settings to embed the live stream neatly onto our promotional webpage.


We had a couple of comments come through on the feed during the live session, and the recording is still up on the event webpage for people to watch back. One down side to the stream was that non-Derby viewers accessing the webcast were prompted to login to UDo in order to leave comments. When using this technology for a similar purpose next time we’ll see if this can be amended in the settings.


The live stream brought a really innovative element to our event. Colleagues at Buxton could book out a room to show the live stream there, which meant we didn’t have to repeat the event across sites, and everyone could feel involved in real-time.

My top tips for using Panopto Webcast to live stream an event:

  1. Make sure the room you are using has a PC, projector, webcam and microphones (Speak to TEL about which rooms would be most suitable for your event, and speak to IT Field Support if you need extra equipment like we did).
  2. Setup the Webcast early and embed it onto the webpage you want viewers to see it from.
  3. Don’t forget to mic up your speakers and audience! Our viewers could hear the panel members but we didn’t have a roaming mic to capture what the audience in the room were saying.
  4. Have someone monitoring the comments. The comments will pop-up in the corner of the screen, but if like me you have your back to the screen you won’t be able to see who is contributing online!
  5. Build in some time to edit down the live steam after your event, making a shorter version of highlights.

Now that we know how easy it is to achieve a live stream using Panopto, we in the Library are looking to live stream other events and training sessions.


Digi Know: How to Be a Digital Scholar

The world of research is growing bigger, faster, thanks largely to innovations in technology. At Derby our academics are using learning technologies in the classroom to teach in more dynamic ways, from in-class polling and quizzes to producing video case studies and creating virtual reality work environments. Resources such as Online Reading Lists and Box of Broadcasts are making it possible to compile content in a way that is responsive to our ever-changing and fast developing news cycles. We can use Open Access repositories to find research more readily publications and data that may have previously been unavailable to us or outside of our library subscriptions. Social Media is being used inside and outside the classroom to communicate and inform debates, and ever-evolving literature databases are making it easier for the online student or academic to find and manage their academic references.

The Digital Derby project is shining a spotlight on all of this good practice at Derby, and revealing ways in which staff can develop their  own digital capabilities across six identified elements


Credit: JISC Digital Capabilities Framework https://digitalcapability.jiscinvolve.org/wp/

Where does this leave the researcher? A couple of months ago I blogged about ORCiD, a tool to aid the academic researcher who publishes and wants to be identifiable and discoverable online. Since then I have been reading up more on the broader term of Digital Scholarship (one of the six elements pictured above) and produced a short presentation on what it is and how some of the professional services at Derby can support the academic researcher who wants to become more equipped, digitally. See the video below –


Don’t take it from me, I’m a humble Learning Technology Advisor / Librarian! If you’re interested in finding out more about being a Digital Academic, read this blog post from academic Jenny Delaselle.


Digi Know: ORCID as a tool for Digital Scholarship

An academic or author in the internet-age can access a worldwide network of researchers writing and publishing on similar interests. But how do you distinguish your work from others? Have you come across a researcher with the same name as you, but publishes in an entirely different discipline? Have you changed your name, suddenly making it difficult to collate all your research activities into one coherent place? Have you noticed an article that references your work but incorrectly spells your name?
An ORCID (Open Researcher and Contributor Identifier) is a tool that connects you, consistently and authoritatively, with your online research activities. It gives you a unique digital identity which can be kept throughout your career.
Ultimately, the goal of ORCID is to improve discoverability, reduce repetitive data entry, allowing researchers and organizations more time to focus on research and scholarly pursuits. Users enhance their ORCID with professional information and link to any other research identifiers (such as Scopus or ResearcherID or LinkedIn). ORCID can then be used to automatically update grant or publication submission systems and in any research workflow (including UDORA) to ensure accurate and updated information from one source, which is controlled by the researcher.

What is ORCID? from ORCID on Vimeo.

Further reading from the academic’s perspective:
Anstey, A (2014), ‘How can we be certain who authors really are? Why ORCID is important to the British Journal of Dermatology’, The British Journal Of Dermatology, 171, 4, pp. 679-680

Further reading from the  librarian’s perspective:
Meadows, A (2016), ‘Everything you ever wanted to know about ORCID … but were afraid to ask’, College & Research Libraries News, 77, 1, pp. 23-30.

Further reading from the  publisher’s perspective:
Haak, L, Fenner, M, Paglione, L, Pentz, E, & Ratner, H (2012), ‘ORCID: a system to uniquely identify researchers’Learned Publishing, 25, 4, pp. 259-264.