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Pink Squirrel: It really is the nuts

Fri, 2017-08-11 17:48

descriptive imageDuring the last 8 months that I’ve worked at Duke, I’ve noticed a lot of squirrels. They seem to be everywhere on this campus, and, not only that, they come closer than any squirrels that I’ve ever seen. In fact, while working outside yesterday, and squirrel hopped onto our table and tried to take an … Continue reading Pink Squirrel: It really is the nuts

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Nested Folders of Files in the Duke Digital Repository

Fri, 2017-08-04 17:44

descriptive imageBorn digital archival material present unique challenges to representation, access, and discovery in the DDR. A hard drive arrives at the archives and we want to preserve and provide access to the files. In addition to the content of the files, it’s often important to preserve to some degree the organization of the material on … Continue reading Nested Folders of Files in the Duke Digital Repository

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A History of Videotape, Part 1

Fri, 2017-07-28 02:17

descriptive imageAs a Digital Production Specialist at Duke Libraries, I work with a variety of obsolete videotape formats, digitizing them for long-term preservation and access. Videotape is a form of magnetic tape, consisting of a magnetized coating on one side of a strip of plastic film. The film is there to support the magnetized coating, which … Continue reading A History of Videotape, Part 1

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More MSI Fun: Experimenting with iron gall ink

Fri, 2017-07-21 20:47

descriptive imageFor conservators, one of the aspects of having the MSI system that excites us most is being able to visualize and document the effects of the treatments that we perform. Although we are still learning the ropes with our new system, we had a recent opportunity to image some iron gall ink documents. Iron gall … Continue reading More MSI Fun: Experimenting with iron gall ink

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Meet Information Technology Services: Software Development & Integration Services

Tue, 2017-07-18 11:00

Information Technology Services Duke University Libraries Meet our staff Software Development & Integration Services The SDIS  team handles software development for the Duke University Libraries.  We support a variety of technology initiatives including the library website, the Digital Collections, the Duke Digital Repository, and much more. ____________________________________________________ Name:  Ginny Boyer Position: Head of Software Development & Integration … Continue reading Meet Information Technology Services: Software Development & Integration Services

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Meet Information Technology Services: Core Services

Tue, 2017-07-18 11:00

Information Technology Services Duke University Libraries Meet our staff Core Services Core Services manages much of the day-to-day operations for staff, student, and patron computing within Duke University Libraries. We’re responsible for workstation support and management, AV and public scanning, system and application administration, project management, and management of our Integrated Library System. Our staff also act as liaisons … Continue reading Meet Information Technology Services: Core Services

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Meet Information Technology Services: Data and Visualization Services

Tue, 2017-07-18 11:00

Information Technology Services Duke University Libraries Meet our staff Data and Visualization Services   Analyze, discover, manage, map, and visualize your data with Duke Libraries Data and Visualization Services.  Our team of six consultants and three interns provides a broad range of support in areas ranging from data analysis, data visualization, geographic information systems, financial … Continue reading Meet Information Technology Services: Data and Visualization Services

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Meet Information Technology Services: Digital Curation Services

Tue, 2017-07-18 11:00

Information Technology Services Duke University Libraries Meet our staff Digital Curation Services DCS provides program management for the Duke Digital Repository, along with metadata support, content curation, and R&D. We also perform web and content development for a variety of library programs, including exhibits. ____________________________________________________ Name: Will Sexton Position:  Head of Digital Curation Services, and … Continue reading Meet Information Technology Services: Digital Curation Services

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Meet Information Technology Services: Tim McGeary

Tue, 2017-07-18 10:30

Name:  Tim McGeary Position: AUL for IT Services Years at Duke: 3 years   What I do at Duke: I lead the ITS organization and participate in the Executive Group for the Libraries. In any given day, I spend my time keeping up with the business of ITS to manage priorities and resources, take time to … Continue reading Meet Information Technology Services: Tim McGeary

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Meet Information Technology Services: Digital Collections

Mon, 2017-07-17 17:04

Information Technology Services Duke University Libraries Meet our staff Digital Collections     DC provides digitization services as well as manage the Duke Digital Collections Program.   This program brings together expertise from across the libraries to build, preserve and sustain digital surrogates of library collections. ____________________________________________________ Name:  Molly Bragg Position:  Digital Collections Program Manager Years … Continue reading Meet Information Technology Services: Digital Collections

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SNCC Digital Gateway Homepage Updates

Fri, 2017-07-14 20:12

descriptive imageEarlier this summer I worked with the SNCC Digital Gateway team to launch a revised version of their homepage. The SNCC Digital Gateway site originally was launched in the Fall of 2016. Since then much more content has been incorporated into the site. The team and their advisory board wanted to highlight some of this … Continue reading SNCC Digital Gateway Homepage Updates

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Turning on the Rights in the Duke Digital Repository

Fri, 2017-06-30 16:43

descriptive imageAs 2017 reaches its halfway point, we have concluded another busy quarter of development on the Duke Digital Repository (DDR). We have several new features to share, and one we’re particularly delighted to introduce is Rights display. Back in March, my colleague Maggie Dickson shared our plans for rights management in the DDR, a strategy … Continue reading Turning on the Rights in the Duke Digital Repository

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Infrastructure and Multispectral Imaging in the Library

Fri, 2017-06-23 20:27

descriptive imageAs we continue to work on our “standard” full color digitization projects such as Section A and the William Gedney Photograph Collection, both of which are multiyear projects, we are still hard at work with a variety of things related to Multispectral Imaging (MSI).  We have been writing documentation and posting it to our Knowledgebase, … Continue reading Infrastructure and Multispectral Imaging in the Library

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A Summer Day in the Life of Digital Collections

Fri, 2017-06-16 19:16

descriptive imageA recent tweet from my colleague in the Rubenstein Library (pictured above) pretty much sums up the last few weeks at work.  Although I rarely work directly with students and classes, I am still impacted by the hustle and bustle in the library when classes are in session.  Throughout the busy Spring I found myself … Continue reading A Summer Day in the Life of Digital Collections

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On TRAC: Assessment Tools and Trustworthiness

Fri, 2017-06-09 19:44

Duke Digital Repository is, among other things, a digital preservation platform and the locus of much of our work in that area.  As such, we often ponder the big questions: What is the repository? What is digital preservation? How are we doing?       What is the repository? Fortunately, Ginny gave us a good … Continue reading On TRAC: Assessment Tools and Trustworthiness

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The New and Improved SNCC Digital Gateway

Wed, 2017-05-31 16:25

descriptive imageIt may only be 6 months old, but as of May 31, the SNCC Digital Gateway is sporting a new look. Since going live in December 2016, we’ve been doing assessment, talking to contemporary activists and movement veterans and conducting user testing and student surveys. The feedback’s been overwhelmingly positive, but a few suggestions kept … Continue reading The New and Improved SNCC Digital Gateway

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The ABCs of Digitizing Section A

Mon, 2017-05-22 15:39

descriptive imageI’m not sure anyone who currently works in the library has any idea when the phrase “Section A” was first coined as a call number for small manuscript collections. Before the library’s renovation, before we barcoded all our books and boxes — back when the Rubenstein was still RBMSCL, and our reading room carpet was … Continue reading The ABCs of Digitizing Section A

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The Research Data Team: Hitting the Ground Running

Fri, 2017-05-05 22:22

descriptive imageThere has been a lot of blogging over the last year about the Duke Digital Repository’s development and implementation, about its growth as a platform and a program, and about the creation of new positions to support research data management and curation. My fellow digital content analyst also recently posted about how we four new … Continue reading The Research Data Team: Hitting the Ground Running

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A Tough Nut to Crack: Developing Digital Repositories

Tue, 2017-05-02 03:10

descriptive imageFolks, developing digital repositories is hard.  There are so many different layers of complexity built into the stack, compounded by the unique variety of end-users, or stakeholders, that we serve. Consider the breadth of this work: Starting at the bottom of the stack, you have our Preservation layer.  This is where we capture your bits, … Continue reading A Tough Nut to Crack: Developing Digital Repositories

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