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SSRI~ Workshop: Introduction to Qualtrics Survey Software

Library News - Tue, 10/21/2014 - 18:00
This workshop offers an introduction to Qualtrics survey software, a package available (at no cost to researchers) for use across Duke's campus and medical center. This powerful, easy-to-use system is a great way to collect information online, whether as part of a research protocol or for administrative purposes such as program evaluation. This workshop will introduce participants to the Qualtrics system, demonstrate how to set up an account, create a questionnaire and access its results. It wi

DVS Workshop: Data Visualization on the Web

Library News - Tue, 10/21/2014 - 17:00
Until recently, most data visualizations were created by installing statistics or visualization software onto our computers. In recent years, however, a number of web-based data visualization tools have been developed. These tools offer many advantages over downloaded software applications - visualizations can be created on PCs or Macs, groups can often collaborate in their creation, and the results can often be shared more easily. This workshop will give a quick overview of several web-based

Data Visualization on the Web

Library News - Tue, 10/21/2014 - 17:00
Tue, Oct 21, 2014: 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM Bostock Library Room 023 (Library Classroom) Until recently, most data visualizations were created by installing statistics or visualization software onto our computers. In recent years, however, a number of web-based data visualization tools have been developed. These tools offer many advantages over downloaded software applications - visualizations can be created on PCs

Photo Conservation Workshop: Wrap Up

Preservation Underground - Tue, 10/21/2014 - 15:38
Surface cleaning station. Don't worry, we do actually have real chairs.Emily, Whitney and Melissa  at the surface cleaning station. Don’t worry, we do have real chairs in the lab.

We are all still talking about the shear amount of information we learned last week at “Photo Conservation for Book and Paper Conservators,” taught by Gawain Weaver and Jennifer Olsen of Gawain Weaver Art Conservation.

Colleagues from across the country came to the Verne and Tanya Roberts Conservation lab for this event. We had people from California, Colorado, Iowa, Kansas, New York, Minnesota, and of course several from the Raleigh-Durham-Chapel Hill area (Duke, UNC Chapel Hill and the NC State Archives). Some work in university libraries and archives, others in private practice, and some in other types of organizations. It was a great mix of experiences and perspectives.

This workshop was geared toward mid-career conservators who already have a fundamental understanding of materials and solvents, experience in evaluating the condition of materials, and experience in making treatment decisions. The goal was to give paper and book conservators hands-on experience working with various historic and modern photographic processes and to get us more comfortable in doing so.

Jennifer Olsen (R) and Gawain Weaver (L).Jennifer Olsen (R) and Gawain Weaver (L).

Gawain and Jennifer are very generous teachers. They use a good mix of demonstration, hands-on practicums and lectures to get the information across. We were also able to work with samples of actual photographs, which helped move theory into practice. We learned about removing silver mirroring, removing photos stuck to glass, attaching and removing heat set tissue, and various methods of mechanical and chemical surface cleaning.  We also discussed disaster recovery, mold removal, humidifying and flattening, housing options, and general mending.

Clara and Whitney discussing dry cleaning options.Clara and Whitney discussing treatment options.

We participated because so much of our photographic collections are valued primarily for their informational content, not their artistic value (although that isn’t always the case). Therefore, they do not rise to the level that would trigger sending them out for treatment. Yet, some of our photos need more treatment than simply housing. I think we all came away with a better understanding of what we can do even though photographs are not are area of expertise.

What I value most about last week is the camaraderie of professionals learning from each other; meeting new colleagues and working with long-time friends; being treated professionally by people outside your specialty; learning skills that would otherwise be difficult to learn; and walking away knowing more about when you should and shouldn’t undertake treatment. I also enjoyed the parts that began with the caveat, “You would never do this with real objects, but watch what happens when you do!”

We have posted images from the workshop on Flickr, and you can see composites and a brief description of Day 1, Day 2, Day 3, and Day 4 on Preservation Underground.

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It Came from the Archives!

Bogs Featured (for Marine) - Tue, 10/21/2014 - 13:26
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Celebrate Halloween with spooky highlights from the Medical Center Archives

It Came from the Archives!

Blogs Featured Posts - Tue, 10/21/2014 - 13:26
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Celebrate Halloween with spooky highlights from the Medical Center Archives

Seconds

Endeca Lilly Current Lit 3 Months - Tue, 10/21/2014 - 00:00

Author: O'Malley, Bryan Lee, author, illustrator.
Published: New York : Ballantine Books, [2014]

Currently held at: DUKE

Susannah Heschel: Moral Grandeur and Spiritual Audacity: The Prophetic Life of Abraham Joshua Heschel

Library News - Mon, 10/20/2014 - 21:30
Susannah Heschel (Dartmouth College) discusses her father's (Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel) legacy as a human rights activist and his archives, which have recently opened here at Duke in the Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library. Susannah Heschel is the Eli Black Professor of Jewish Studies at Dartmouth College. Her scholarship focuses on Jewish-Christian relations in Germany during the 19th and 20th centuries, the history of biblical scholarship, and the history of anti-Semitism. Her numero

DVS Workshop: Splunk for Research Data

Library News - Mon, 10/20/2014 - 14:00
Splunk is a data collection and analysis tool specializing in machine-generated data. Unlike traditional databases, Splunk does not require a "schema" or any kind of up-front description of the data; you simply point it at a text stream, or text file, and it ingests and indexes it automatically. It is particularly effective if your data-type may change in the future; if you need to merge several streams of data with different formats; or if the streams are coming in at different frequencies.

Splunk for Research Data

Library News - Mon, 10/20/2014 - 14:00
Mon, Oct 20, 2014: 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM Bostock Library Room 023 (Library Classroom)

Photo Conservation Workshop: Day 4

Preservation Underground - Mon, 10/20/2014 - 11:24
Working with a variety of historic and modern heat set tissues.Working with a variety of historic and modern heat set tissues.

Last day of class and we are knee deep in attaching and removing various heat set tissues. We removed them mechanically with a variety of implements, and attempted to remove them chemically with varying success. I have a feeling some of these were successful only because they haven’t been sitting in an attic or outbuilding for 50 years. Maybe some artificial aging of the samples is in order.

Thanks to the Nasher Museum for lending us their heat set press. We wouldn’t have been able to do any of the last day without it.

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Consumed : a novel

Endeca Noteworthy Last Month - Mon, 10/20/2014 - 00:00

Author: Cronenberg, David, 1943-
Published: New York : Scribner, 2014.

Currently held at: DUKE

The fame lunches : on wounded icons, money, sex, the Brontes, and the importance of handbags

Endeca Noteworthy Last Month - Mon, 10/20/2014 - 00:00

Author: Merkin, Daphne.
Published: New York : Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2014.

Currently held at: DUKE

Land and wine : the French terroir

Endeca Noteworthy Last Month - Mon, 10/20/2014 - 00:00

Author: Frankel, Charles, author.
Published: Chicago ; London : The University of Chicago Press, 2014.

Currently held at: DUKE

The meaning of human existence

Endeca Noteworthy Last Month - Mon, 10/20/2014 - 00:00

Author: Wilson, Edward O., author.
Published: New York : Liveright Publishing Corporation, a division of W.W. Norton & Company, [2014]

Currently held at: DUKE

My two Italies

Endeca Noteworthy Last Month - Mon, 10/20/2014 - 00:00

Author: Luzzi, Joseph.
Published: New York : Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2014.

Currently held at: DUKE

Why football matters : my education in the game

Endeca Noteworthy Last Month - Mon, 10/20/2014 - 00:00

Author: Edmundson, Mark, 1952-
Published: New York : The Penguin Press, 2014.

Currently held at: DUKE

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