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Assembling the Game of Stones

Fri, 11/21/2014 - 14:43

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Back in October, Molly detailed DigEx’s work on creating an exhibit for the Link Media Wall. We’ve finally finalized our content and hope to have the new exhibit published to the large display in the next week or two. I’d like to detail how this thing is actually put together.

In our [...]

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New Angles & Avenues for Bitstreams

Wed, 11/12/2014 - 20:33

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This week, we added a display of our most recent Bitstreams blog posts to our Digital Collections homepage (example), and likewise, a view of posts relevant to a given collection on the respective collection’s homepage (example).

Background

Our Digital Projects & Production team has been writing in Bitstreams at least weekly [...]

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Profiling Movement Activists in 7 Steps

Thu, 11/06/2014 - 20:05

On the surface, writing a 500-word profile about a SNCC (Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee) field secretary or a Mississippi-beautician-turned-grassroots-organizer doesn’t seem like a formidable task. Five hundred words hardly takes ten minutes to type. But the One Person, One Vote project is aiming for more than short biographies; it’s trying to capture why each individual was [...]

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Dispatches from the Digital Library Federation Forum

Tue, 11/04/2014 - 21:13

http://www.diglib.org/

On October 27-29 librarians, archivists, developers, project managers, and others met for the Digital Library Federation (DLF) Forum in Atlanta, GA. The program was packed to the gills with outstanding projects and presenters, and several of us from Duke University Libraries were fortunate enough to attend.  Below is a round up of notes [...]

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Midnight in the Garden of Film and Video

Fri, 10/31/2014 - 14:26

The bad moon rises over Savannah City Hall.

A few weeks ago, archivists, engineers, students and vendors from across the globe arrived in the historic city of Savannah, GA for AMIA 2014. The annual conference for The Association of Moving Image Archivists is a gathering of professionals who deal with the challenge of [...]

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Preview of the W. Duke, Sons & Co. Digital Collection

Fri, 10/24/2014 - 20:29

T206 Harry Lumley

It was September 6, 2011 (thanks Exif metadata!) and I thought I had found one–a T206 Honus Wagner card, the “Holy Grail” of baseball cards.  I was in the bowels of the Rubenstein Library stacks one day skimming through several boxes of a [...]

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Hydra Connect #2: Cleveland Rocks

Tue, 10/21/2014 - 20:50

I recently traveled to Cleveland to attend the second-ever Hydra Connect meeting. For some quick background, Hydra is a repository solution that many libraries and other institutions are using to manage large and interesting collections of digital things. At DUL, our amazing Repository Services team has been [...]

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A Digital Exhibits Epic Saga: Game of Stones

Fri, 10/17/2014 - 18:41

Test stone wall created by University to select the stones for our Gothic campus.

Just under a year ago Duke University Libraries formed the Digital Exhibits Working Group (DigEx) to provide vision, consulting expertise, and hands-on support to the wide array of projects and initiatives related to gallery exhibits, web exhibits, data visualizations, digital collections, and digital signage.  Membership in the group is as cross-departmental as the projects they [...]

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What’s DAT Sound?

Fri, 10/10/2014 - 20:36

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My recent posts have touched on endangered analog audio formats (open reel tape and compact cassette) and the challenges involved in digitizing and preserving them.  For this installment, we’ll enter the dawn of the digital and Internet age and take a look at the first widely available consumer digital audio format:  the DAT (Digital Audio [...]

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Meet Information Technology Services: Tim McGeary

Wed, 10/08/2014 - 10:30

Name:  Tim McGeary

Position: AUL for IT Services

Years at Duke: 3 weeks

 

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 [...]

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Can we make an Age of Engagement?

Fri, 10/03/2014 - 18:45

A screen capture of the top portion of the American Memory splash page for the Emergence of American Memory collection, in August 2001.

An era ended with an email that I got a few weeks ago from the Library of Congress.

Maybe I’m being a bit dramatic, but the LoC informed us that its venerable American Memory site would no longer include records and links to

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Creating, Reading, Learning: Work and Life

Fri, 09/26/2014 - 17:51

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Does anyone else find it difficult to blog about work? For me, it’s not for lack of things to write about or lack of interest in what I am working on. It has more to do with the fact that the excitement I feel for the projects I’m working on, the people I work with [...]

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Meet Information Technology Services: Digital Repository Services

Mon, 09/22/2014 - 11:00

BACK TO SCHOOL SPECIAL!

This week find out what Jim’s superpower would be and David’s love of his life is plus lots more! We hope you enjoy reading our blog.

 

Information Technology Services

Duke University Libraries

Meet our staff

Digital Repository Services

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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

Screen shot of the 'attract' loop

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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