Paper 48

2018 Washington conference submission

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Academic Library and Academic Technology Interoperability with IIIF

Randy Stern - Harvard University (United States), Brandon Bentley - Harvard University (United States)

Abstract: Interoperability of image resources at a technical level does not guarantee seamless access for faculty, students and staff -- it needs planning and local champions to make it happen. Harvard has embraced IIIF and Mirador in the library, where over 200,000 IIIF manifests and over 6,000,000 still images are exposed through IIIF APIs. Harvard’s Canvas course platform has also implemented IIIF, as the foundation for an Image Media Management Platform that enables faculty and course creators to upload images to course sites, and for students to view them as collections in Mirador. This presentation will present examples of existing Harvard tools and discuss the next set of challenges and plans for enabling discovery of local IIIF resources and enabling painless reuse and embedding of digital content for teaching and learning.

Presentation type: 7 minute lightning talk to be given in a plenary session


  • IIIF enabled collaboration,
  • Discovery of IIIF resources


  • interoperability,
  • library,
  • academic technology,
  • mirador,
  • canvas,
  • discovery