The Digital Production Initiatives Department (DPI) brings together a staff skilled in various aspects of information technology to support the mission of Duke University Libraries. Our skills include curation of digital objects, digitization of library collections, metadata creation, project management, and the development of strategies for sustainable programs. We support and services for digital curation and production at DUL. Our responsibilities include:

  • Reformatting library collections to promote their discovery, access, and use in research
  • Preserving digital assets of value to the Duke community
  • Leading initiatives related to digitization and digital preservation
  • Consulting and support in our areas of expertise: include digital capture, metadata architecture, digital asset curation, and web design

Our department includes a team of Digital Repository Content Analysts, a Metadata Architect, a Digital Project Developer, and the Digital Production Center, which performs high-quality digital captures of physical collections. 

Our projects include:

  • digitization of collections held by the libraries and selected campus partners.
  • support for the libraries' efforts in digital preservation.
  • metadata architecture and consulting.


From Our Blog:

  • You never know what to expect with the SNCC Digital Gateway Project project. This three-and-a-half year collaboration with veterans of the Civil Rights Movement, scholars, and archivists has brought constant surprises, one of which came this past January. The SNCC Digital Gateway website went

    March 24, 2017
  • It’s been awhile since we last wrote about the preservation architecture underlying the repository in Preservation Architecture: Phase 2 – Moving Forward with Duke Digital Repository.   We’ve made some terrific progress in the interim, but most of that is invisible to our users

    March 20, 2017
  • In past posts, I’ve paid homage to the audio ancestors with riffs on such endangered

    March 17, 2017
  • Last spring, we were awfully excited to see the DPLA/Europeana release of, a suite of

    March 10, 2017
  • We are still many months (well, OK — a year or more) away from unplugging the

    February 26, 2017