Folks, We have been hard at work architecting a robust Repository program for our Duke University community. And while doing this, we’re in the midst of shoring things up architecturally on the back end. You may be asking yourself: Why all the fuss? What’s the big deal? Well, part of the fuss is that it’s … Continue reading Good Stuff on the Horizon: a Duke Digital Repository Teaser…
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I always appreciate the bird’s-eye view of the work I do gained by attending national conferences, and often come away with novel ideas on how to solve old problems and colleagues to reach out to when I encounter new ones. So I was anticipating as much when I left home for the airport last week to … Continue reading The Politics of Our Labor
Last week I traveled to lovely Princeton, NJ to attend Blacklight Summit. For the second year in a row a smallish group of developers who use or work on Project Blacklight met to talk about our work and learn from each other. Blacklight is an open source project written in Ruby on Rails that serves … Continue reading Blacklight Summit 2016
Looking through Duke Libraries’ AdViews collection of television commercials, I recently came across the following commercial for Beech-Nut chewing tobacco, circa 1970: Obviously this was before tobacco advertising was banned from the television airwaves, which took effect on January 2, 1971, as part of the Public Health Cigarette Smoking Act, signed by President Richard Nixon. At … Continue reading The Other Man in Black
The Duke University Libraries software development team just recently returned from a week in Boston, MA at a conference called Hydra Connect. We ate good seafood, admired beautiful cobblestones, strolled along the Charles River, and learned a ton about what’s going on in the Hydra-sphere. At this point you may be scratching your head, exclaiming- huh?! … Continue reading Open Source Software and Repository land
As the Digital Collections Program Manager at DUL, I spend most of my time managing projects. I really enjoy the work, and I’m always looking for ways to improve my methods, skills and overall approach. For this reason, I was excited to join forces with a few colleagues to think about how we could help graduate students … Continue reading Time Management Zines and Other Confessions of a Project Management Nerd
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A few weeks ago I attended my second HopScotch Design Fest in downtown Raleigh. Overall the conference was superb – almost every session I attended was interesting, inspiring, and valuable. Compared to last year, the format this time around was centered around themed groups of speakers and shorter presentations followed by a panel discussion. I … Continue reading Hopscotch Design Fest 2016
Back in March I wrote a blog post about the Library exploring Multispectral Imaging (MSI) to see if it was feasible to bring this capability to the Library. It seems that all the stars have aligned, all the ducks have been put in order, the t’s crossed and the i’s dotted because over the past … Continue reading Ducks, Stars, t’s and i’s: The path to MSI
We’re excited to have released nine digitized collections online this week in the Duke Digital Repository (see the list below ). Some are brand new, and the others have been migrated from older platforms. This brings our tally up to 27 digitized collections in the DDR, and 11,705 items. That’s still just a few drops in what’ll eventually be a triumphantly sloshing bucket, but … Continue reading Go Faster, Do More, Integrate Everything, and Make it Good
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My work involves a lot of problem-solving and problem solving often requires learning new skills. It’s one of the things I like most about my job. Over the past year, I’ve spent most of my time helping Duke’s Rubenstein Library implement ArchivesSpace, an open source web application for managing information about archival collections. As an archivist … Continue reading Getting Things Done in ArchivesSpace, or, Fun with APIs
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Information Technology Services Duke University Libraries Meet our staff Enterprise Services & Portfolio Management The Enterprise Services 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 Enterprise Services … Continue reading Meet Information Technology Services: Enterprise Services & Portfolio Management
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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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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Information Technology Services Duke University Libraries Meet our staff Digital Production Initiatives DPI works with partners in the library to develop and maintain web services. We also provide oversight, digitization services, and development for the library’s digital collections program. ____________________________________________________ Name: Will Sexton Position: Head of Digital Production Initiatives Years at Duke: 13 What I do … Continue reading Meet Information Technology Services: Digital Production Initiatives
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Name: Tim McGeary Position: AUL for IT Services Years at Duke: 2 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 … Continue reading Meet Information Technology Services: Tim McGeary
The Duke Digital Repository (DDR) is a growing service, and the Libraries are growing to support it. As I post this entry, our jobs page shows three new positions comprising five separate openings that will support the DDR. One is a DevOps position which we have re-envisioned from a salary line that opened with a … Continue reading Research at Duke and the future of the DDR
Let me tell you something people: Coordinating development of the Duke Digital Repository (DDR) is a crazy logistical affair that involves much ado about… well, everything! My last post, What is a Repository?, discussed at a high level, what exactly a digital repository is intended to be and the purpose it plays in the Libraries’ digital … Continue reading Developing the Duke Digital Repository is Messy Business
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The Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee worked on the cutting edge. In the fight for Black political and economic power, SNCC employed a wide array of technology and tactics to do the work. SNCC bought its own WATS (Wide Area Telephone Service) lines, allowing staff to make long-distance phone calls for a flat rate. It developed … Continue reading The Return of the Filmstrip