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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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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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