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The ABCs of Digitizing Section A

3 hours 36 min ago

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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Multispectral Imaging: What’s it good for?

Mon, 2017-04-24 13:09

descriptive imageAt the beginning of March, the multispectral imaging working group presented details about the imaging system and the group’s progress so far to other library staff at a First Wednesday event. Representatives from Conservation Services, Data and Visualization Services, the Digital Production Center, the Duke Collaboratory for Classics Computing (DC3) and the Rubenstein Library each … Continue reading Multispectral Imaging: What’s it good for?

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Going with the Flow: building a research data curation workflow

Fri, 2017-04-14 15:17

descriptive imageWhy research data? Data generated by scholars in the course of investigation are increasingly being recognized as outputs nearly equal in importance to the scholarly publications they support. Among other benefits, the open sharing of research data reinforces unfettered intellectual inquiry, fosters reproducibility and broader analysis, and permits the creation of new data sets when … Continue reading Going with the Flow: building a research data curation workflow

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Rethinking Repositories at CNI Spring ’17

Fri, 2017-04-07 13:47

descriptive imageOne of the main areas of emphasis for the CNI Spring 2017 meeting was “new strategies and approaches for institutional repositories (IR).” A few of us at UNC and Duke decided to plug into the zeitgeist by proposing a panel to reflect on some of the ways that we have been rethinking – or even just … Continue reading Rethinking Repositories at CNI Spring ’17

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Photographing the Movement

Fri, 2017-03-24 19:16

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 live on December 13, 2016. One of the 20th century’s most … Continue reading Photographing the Movement

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Nuts, Bolts, and Bits: Further Down the Preservation Path

Mon, 2017-03-20 14:23

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 not unlike our chilly friends, icebergs. Let’s take a brief tour to … Continue reading Nuts, Bolts, and Bits: Further Down the Preservation Path

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Let’s Get Small: a tribute to the mighty microcassette

Fri, 2017-03-17 20:08

In past posts, I’ve paid homage to the audio ancestors with riffs on such endangered–some might say extinct–formats as DAT and Minidisc.  This week we turn our attention to the smallest (and perhaps the cutest) tape format of them all:  the Microcassette. Introduced by the Olympus Corporation in 1969, the Microcassette used the same width … Continue reading Let’s Get Small: a tribute to the mighty microcassette

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Rights Management and the Duke Digital Repository

Fri, 2017-03-10 16:31

Last spring, we were awfully excited to see the DPLA/Europeana release of RightStatements.org, a suite of standardized rights statements for describing the copyright and re-use status of digital resources. We have never had a comprehensive approach towards rights management for the Duke Digital Repository, but with the release of RightsStatements.org, we now feel we are … Continue reading Rights Management and the Duke Digital Repository

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An Update on TRLN Discovery: A New Catalog for the Triangle Research Libraries Network.

Sun, 2017-02-26 20:28

We are still many months (well, OK — a year or more) away from unplugging the servers that keep the Endeca powered Search TRLN catalog and our local catalogs alive. But in the meantime work is well underway on its replacement. For those who don’t know, the libraries of Duke, UNC Chapel Hill, NC State, … Continue reading An Update on TRLN Discovery: A New Catalog for the Triangle Research Libraries Network.

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The Outer Limits of Aspect Ratios

Fri, 2017-02-17 02:31

“There is nothing wrong with your television set. Do not attempt to adjust the picture. We are controlling transmission. We will control the horizontal. We will control the vertical. We repeat: there is nothing wrong with your television set.” That was part of the cold open of one of the best science fiction shows of … Continue reading The Outer Limits of Aspect Ratios

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508 Update, Update

Fri, 2017-02-10 20:39

A little more than a year ago, I wrote about the proposed update to the 508 accessibility standards. And about three weeks ago, the US Access Board published the final rule that contains updates to the 508 accessibility requirements for Information and Communication Technology (ICT). The rules had not previously been updated since 2001 and … Continue reading 508 Update, Update

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A Refreshing New Look for Our Library Website

Fri, 2017-02-03 21:47

If you’ve visited the Duke University Libraries website in the past month, you may have noticed that it looks a bit more polished than it used to. Over the course of the fall 2016 semester, my talented colleague Michael Daul and I co-led a project to develop and implement a new theme for the site. We flipped the switch to … Continue reading A Refreshing New Look for Our Library Website

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