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Meet staff from Assessment and User Experience

Thu, 09/18/2014 - 13:33

Digital projects at Duke University Libraries are created and maintained by staff from throughout the Libraries. One of the many departments supporting this work is Assessment and User Experience (AUX). We currently have a staff of five.

Emily Daly

Position: Head of Assessment & User Experience; Librarian for Education

Length of time at [...]

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Meet Information Technology Services: Digital Projects and Production Services

Mon, 09/15/2014 - 11:00

BACK TO SCHOOL SPECIAL!

This week find out what Will does at Duke and Mike’s favorite quote is plus lots more! We hope you enjoy reading our blog.

 

Information Technology Services

Duke University Libraries

Meet our staff

Digital Projects and Production Services

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Anatomy of an Exhibit Kiosk

Fri, 09/12/2014 - 19:40

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I’ve had the pleasure of working on several exhibit kiosks during my time at the library. Most of them have been simple in their functionality, but we’re hoping to push some boundaries and get more creative in the future. Most recently, I’ve been working on building a kiosk for the Queering Duke History: Understanding [...]

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Comparing Photographic Views of the Civil War in Duke’s Newest Digital Collection

Thu, 09/11/2014 - 01:16

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Duke Digital Collections is excited to announce our newest digital offering: The Barnard and Gardner Civil War Photographic Albums.  Rubenstein Library Archive of Documentary Arts Curator, Lisa McCarty contributed the post below to share some further information about these significant and influential volumes.

“In presenting the PHOTOGRAPHIC SKETCH BOOK OF THE WAR to the [...]

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Meet Information Technology Services: Data and Visualization Services

Mon, 09/08/2014 - 11:00

BACK TO SCHOOL SPECIAL!

This week find out what John loves about Duke and Mark’s first job was plus lots more! We hope you enjoy reading our blog.

 

Information Technology Services

Duke University Libraries

Meet our staff

Data and Visualization Services

 

Analyze, discover, manage, [...]

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Digital Tools for Civil Rights History

Fri, 09/05/2014 - 10:34

The One Person, One Vote Project is trying to do history a different way. Fifty years ago, young activists in the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee broke open the segregationist south with the help of local leaders. Despite rerouting the trajectories of history, historical actors rarely get to have a say in how [...]

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Meet Information Technology Services: Core Services

Mon, 09/01/2014 - 11:00

BACK TO SCHOOL SPECIAL!

For the month of September, ITS will be featuring one department every week. This is a way to get to know our staff a little better and highlight some of the things that we do and like.

This week you can find out what movies Antonio likes and what Brad’s dream [...]

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Be Kind, Rewind

Wed, 08/27/2014 - 16:43

Duke’s Lilly Library has over 12,000 VHS videotapes in its collection. Unfortunately, most first-year Duke students were born close to 1997, the year consumer-level DVD players hit the U.S. market, essentially marking the end of the VHS tape as the dominant format for video distribution. To a Duke freshman, a VHS [...]

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Bodies of Knowledge: Seeking Design Contractors for Innovative Anatomical Digital Collection

Wed, 08/27/2014 - 13:51

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The History of Medicine Collections, part of the Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library at Duke University, would like to create a digital collection of our ten anatomical fugitive sheets.

Anatomical fugitive sheets are single sheets, very similar to items such as broadsides [early printed advertisements] that date from the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries and [...]

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Analog to Digital to Analog: Impact of digital collections on permission-to-publish requests

Fri, 08/22/2014 - 20:25

Collections generating the most permission-to-publish requests, FY2013-2014

We’ve written many posts on this blog that describe (in detail) how we build our digital collections at Duke, how we describe them, and how we make them accessible to researchers.

At a Rubenstein Library staff meeting this morning one of my colleagues–Sarah Carrier–gave an interesting report on how some of [...]

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Tweets and Metadata Unite!: Meet the Twitter Card

Tue, 08/12/2014 - 19:57

A gallery tweet, linking to the homepage for the William Gedney Photographs collection.

Everyone knows that Twitter limits each post to 140 characters. Early criticism has since cooled and most people agree it’s a helpful constraint, circumvented through clever (some might say better) writing, hyperlinks, and URL-shorteners.  But as a reader of tweets, how do you know what lies at the other end of a shortened link? What [...]

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Large-Scale Digitization and Lessons from the CCC Project

Fri, 08/08/2014 - 20:48

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Back in February 2014, we wrapped up the CCC project, a collaborative three year IMLS-funded digitization initiative with our partners in the Triangle Research Libraries Network (TRLN). The full title of the project is a mouthful, but it captures its essence: “Content, Context, and Capacity: A Collaborative Large-Scale Digitization Project on the Long [...]

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Vacation, all We Ever Wanted

Fri, 08/01/2014 - 18:23
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We try to keep our posts pretty focussed on the important work at hand here at Bitstreams central, but sometimes even we get distracted (speaking of, did you know that you can listen to the Go-Gos for hours and hours on Spotify?).   With most of our colleagues in the library leaving for or returning from [...]

On the Reels: Challenges in Digitizing Open Reel Audio Tape

Sat, 07/26/2014 - 17:14
The Otari MX-5050 tape machine

The audio tapes in the recently acquired Radio Haiti collection posed a number of digitization challenges.  Some of these were discussed in this video produced by Duke’s Rubenstein Library:

In this post, I will use a short audio clip from the collection to illustrate some of the issues that [...]

Digital collections places I have and have not been

Fri, 07/18/2014 - 16:28

The era in which libraries have digitized their collections and published them on the Internet is less than two decades old. As an observer and participant during this time, I’ve seen some great projects come online. For me, one stands out for its impact and importance – the

Focus: it’s about vision and teamwork

Fri, 07/11/2014 - 18:54
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So much work to do, so little time. But what keeps us focused as we work to make a wealth of resources available via the web? It often comes down to a willingness to collaborate and a commitment to a common vision.

Staying focused through vision and values

When Duke University Libraries embarked on [...]

Bento is Coming!

Thu, 07/03/2014 - 16:51
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A unified search results page, commonly referred to as the “Bento Box” approach, has been an increasingly popular method to display search results on library websites. This method helps users gain quick access to a limited result set across a variety of information scopes while providing links to the various silos for the full results. [...]

Freedom Summer 50th Anniversary

Thu, 06/26/2014 - 16:24

Fifty years ago, hundreds of student volunteers headed south to join the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee’s (SNCC) field staff and local people in their fight against white supremacy in Mississippi. This week, veterans of Freedom Summer are gathering at Tougaloo College, just north of Jackson, Mississippi, to commemorate their efforts to remake American democracy.

The [...]

Duke Joins the Digital Public Library of America!

Wed, 06/25/2014 - 18:01
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We are excited to announce that Duke University Libraries has officially joined the Digital Public Library of America (DPLA)! Our first contribution is metadata from the Broadsides and Ephemera digital collection, which is now accessible through DPLA.

Many of us here at Duke have been excited about the Digital Public Library of America (DPLA) [...]

Digitization Details: Thunderbolts, Waveforms & Black Magic

Thu, 06/19/2014 - 20:59

The technology for digitizing analog videotape is continually evolving. Thanks to increases in data transfer-rates and hard drive write-speeds, as well as the availability of more powerful computer processors at cheaper price-points, the Digital Production Center recently decided to upgrade its video digitization system. Funding for the improved technology was procured by Winston Atkins, Duke [...]

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