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Critical Terms in Caribbean and Latin American Thought [electronic resource] : Historical and Institutional Trajectories

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Published: New York : Palgrave Macmillan US : Imprint: Palgrave Macmillan, 2016.

Currently held at: DUKE

Cultures of Wellbeing [electronic resource] : Method, Place, Policy

Endeca eBooks Last Week - Thu, 2016-04-07 00:00

Published: London : Palgrave Macmillan UK : Imprint: Palgrave Macmillan, 2016.

Currently held at: DUKE

Big data over networks

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Published: Cambridge, United Kingdom : Cambridge University Press, 2016.

Currently held at: DUKE

Interactions with search systems

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Author: White, Ryen W., author.
Published: Cambridge ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 2016.

Currently held at: DUKE

Long-vowel shifts in English, c. 1050-1700 : evidence from spelling

Endeca eBooks Last Week - Thu, 2016-04-07 00:00

Author: Stenbrenden, Gjertrud Flermoen, author.
Published: Cambridge ; New York : Cambridge University Press, [2016]

Currently held at: DUKE

Principles of digital communication : a top-down approach

Endeca eBooks Last Week - Thu, 2016-04-07 00:00

Author: Rimoldi, Bixio, author.
Published: Cambridge, United Kingdom : Cambridge University Press, 2016.

Currently held at: DUKE

Stochastic analysis of scaling time series : from turbulence theory to applications

Endeca eBooks Last Week - Thu, 2016-04-07 00:00

Author: Schmitt, François G., author.
Published: Cambridge : Cambridge University Press, 2016.

Currently held at: DUKE

An Investigation into Rubenstein LOLcats

Rubenstein Technical Services - Wed, 2016-04-06 17:15
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I was delighted to find that one of our newest collections, the Terence Mitchell Collection of Tobacco Advertising, includes a run of Real Photographs, a series for the De Reszke cigarettes produced by J. Millhoff & Co. in England. These tiny cards feature animals posed in funny ways, doing adorable things, with cute captions. These are basically the tobacco card version of today’s Internet cat memes.

kitties1 kitties212719587_10104455346032688_1393435410260392224_oThese tobacco cards gave me an excuse to look into the history of cat photography, particularly pictures of funny cats with captions. It turns out that posing cats in outfits is not a new trend, despite the persistent popularity of Internet memes like LOLcats and I Can Haz Cheezburger. Matthew Hussey’s 2012 article on A History of LOLcats explains that early photographers quickly discovered the marketability of cats, and began selling cat postcards and cartes de visite as early as 1870. Harry Pointer, the first known photographer of cats posed in silly ways, marketed his photos as The Brighton Cats – so named for his Brighton, England, photography studio. A later photographer who was even more commercially successful was American Harry Whittier Frees (1879-1953), whose postcards and children’s books featured animals, especially cats, doing funny things. Frees was so talented in posing and photographing his animals that some questioned their authenticity. In his preface to The Little Folks of Animal Land (1915), he explained his techniques, saying, “The difficulties encountered in posing kittens and puppies for pictures of this kind have been overcome only by the exercise of great patience and invariable kindness.” After their photoshoot, Frees writes, “my little models … enjoy nothing better than a frolic about the studio.” The Library of Congress now holds a collection of Frees’ photographs. You can view them here.

I think that the tobacco card industry jumped on the funny animal pose trend, which explains why the run featured here is the fourth of five runs of Real Photographs produced by J. Millhoff & Co. between 1931 and 1935. The fourth run that I found in the Mitchell Collection dates to 1932. (It could be that the other runs are also present! We are continuing to process these tobacco cards – there are several thousand of them.) It makes sense that tobacco companies would have realized the marketability of cute animals. They were also smart enough to recognize the popularity of baseball players and pretty actresses. (Check out the newly digitized W. Duke and Sons collection of tobacco cards.)

Looking at all of Harry Whittier Frees’ photographs online led to me wonder what sort of cute cat pictures we hold in Rubenstein. You’ll be pleased to know we have several in our vast Postcard Collection. Here are some of my favorites, all from the early 20th century.

cats2Caption reads: Why So Cross Dear? Photograph by E.D. Putnam & Son, Anich, N.H. cats1Photomechanical print. No known photographer. Salt print postcard. No known photographer. Salt print postcard. No known photographer. cats4Caption: Little Miss White. Copyright by C.E. Bullard. Published by M.T. Sheahan, Boston, Mass.

This last one is by Charles E. Bullard, another early twentieth century photographer who wisely copyrighted his cat pictures, and then worked with publishers to distribute them widely. This 1915 profile of Bullard in The American Magazine is truly hilarious and details his methods for capturing the perfect LOLcat. Here’s an excerpt:

“It is no easy job to photograph a cat. He is very unreasonable as to staying where he is put, and the only system is to use infinite patience. I have worked half a day trying to photograph a cat in a particular pose, and then had to give up in despair.”

I am on the lookout for other photographs of historical cats, especially those held in Rubenstein collections. If you find some, let me know!

Post contributed by Meghan Lyon, Section Head Manuscript Processing.

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OIT's Learn IT @ Lunch: Technology While Traveling

Edge Events - Wed, 2016-04-06 16:00
Wed, Apr 6, 2016: 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
Edge: Workshop Room

Presenter: Kevin Davis, program director- Global Technology Services (OIT)

Whether you’re traveling across the country or internationally, it’s important to prepare your electronic devices like computers, phones and tablets to make sure you can stay connected, secure and productive while on the road. This session will help you learn more about connecting to the Internet, making use of cell networks abroad, and keeping your devices and data backed-up, accessible, and safe.


OIT's Learn IT @ Lunch: Technology While Traveling

Edge + Digital Scholarship Events - Wed, 2016-04-06 16:00
Wed, Apr 6, 2016
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
Edge: Workshop Room

OIT's Learn IT @ Lunch: Technology While Traveling

Events - All Combined (Huginn Feed) - Wed, 2016-04-06 16:00
Wed, Apr 6, 2016
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
Edge: Workshop Room

Focus Group Participants Needed (Free Food!)

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Help us improve our library services, collections, and spaces. Your opinion counts!

CIT Office Hours

Events - All Combined (Huginn Feed) - Wed, 2016-04-06 14:00
Wed, Apr 6, 2016
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Bostock Library Room 024 (CIT Instructional Technology Lab)
Want to change your syllabus? Need help creating an online discussion board? CIT consultants are available to discuss course design and instructional technology.  Come by to ask questions about active learning in class or how to think about teaching a new course. We can also answer questions about using Sakai, WordPress, and other Duke supported instructional technologies for teaching and learning.

New Features in Sakai 11

Events - All Combined (Huginn Feed) - Tue, 2016-04-05 18:00
Tue, Apr 5, 2016
2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
To be announced
This demonstration workshop will cover all new features in Sakai 11 including the new responsive user interface, the redesigned Sites area, and an overview of the new features in the Gradebook, Lessons, and Tests & Quizzes tools.

Adobe Event: Turning Your Research into Digital Stories

Edge Events - Tue, 2016-04-05 17:00
Tue, Apr 5, 2016: 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Edge: Workshop Room

Digital Storytelling is an emerging instructional & marketing strategy. Join Steve Adler, Senior Solutions Consultant (Adobe) to learn how to tell very compelling stories in a rich and visually appealing format using 3 intuitive Adobe mobile/web applications (Premiere Clip, Slate & Voice). Bring a laptop, iPhone or iPad with you and you may walk out of the session with a great story to tell!

NOTE: Android is not currently supported. The tools being used in this seminar must be accessed with an Adobe ID created with a non-Duke email address. Go here to create an account in advance of the seminar: accounts.adobe.com

Registration is required here: https://training.oit.duke.edu/enroll/index.php/public_training/


Adobe Event: Turning Your Research into Digital Stories

Edge + Digital Scholarship Events - Tue, 2016-04-05 17:00
Tue, Apr 5, 2016
1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Edge: Workshop Room
Digital Storytelling is an emerging instructional & marketing strategy. Join Steve Adler, Senior Solutions Consultant (Adobe) to learn how to tell very compelling stories in a rich and visually appealing format using 3 intuitive Adobe mobile/web applications (Premiere Clip, Slate & Voice). Bring a laptop, iPhone or iPad with you and you may walk out of the session with a great story to tell!

NOTE: Android is not currently supported. The tools being used in this seminar must be accessed with an Adobe ID created with a non-Duke email address. Go here to create an account in advance of the seminar: accounts.adobe.com

Adobe Event: Turning Your Research into Digital Stories

Events - All Combined (Huginn Feed) - Tue, 2016-04-05 17:00
Tue, Apr 5, 2016
1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Edge: Workshop Room
Digital Storytelling is an emerging instructional & marketing strategy. Join Steve Adler, Senior Solutions Consultant (Adobe) to learn how to tell very compelling stories in a rich and visually appealing format using 3 intuitive Adobe mobile/web applications (Premiere Clip, Slate & Voice). Bring a laptop, iPhone or iPad with you and you may walk out of the session with a great story to tell!

NOTE: Android is not currently supported. The tools being used in this seminar must be accessed with an Adobe ID created with a non-Duke email address. Go here to create an account in advance of the seminar: accounts.adobe.com

SSRI~ Workshop: Analysis with NVivo Qualitative Software

Events - All Combined (Huginn Feed) - Tue, 2016-04-05 16:00
Tue, Apr 05, 2016
12:00 PM - 2:00 PM
SSRI-Gross Hall 230E
This workshop will allow students to transform interview transcripts into analyzable data, and to learn foundational skills in qualitative data analysis using NVivo software, which is available at no cost to Duke researchers. Participants will be introduced to the most common coding strategies deployed in social science to analyze data collected through in-depth interviews, focus groups, participant observation, and/or archival analyses of text. Additionally, participants will be guided through a tutorial on how to upload and analyze documents in NVivo in order to conduct a rigorous deductive and/or inductive analysis. Registration required; please click "more information" to access the registration form.

Marathon Shakespeare Reading: Sign Up Now!

Bogs Featured (for Marine) - Tue, 2016-04-05 14:31
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Celebrate the 400th anniversary of the Bard’s death by reading his sonnets aloud

Adobe Event: Turning Your Research into Digital Stories

Edge Events - Tue, 2016-04-05 13:30
Tue, Apr 5, 2016: 9:30 AM - 11:30 AM
Edge: Workshop Room

Digital Storytelling is an emerging instructional & marketing strategy. Join Steve Adler, Senior Solutions Consultant (Adobe) to learn how to tell very compelling stories in a rich and visually appealing format using 3 intuitive Adobe mobile/web applications (Premiere Clip, Slate & Voice). Bring a laptop, iPhone or iPad with you and you may walk out of the session with a great story to tell!

NOTE: Android is not currently supported. The tools being used in this seminar must be accessed with an Adobe ID created with a non-Duke email address. Go here to create an account in advance of the seminar: accounts.adobe.com

Registration is required here: https://training.oit.duke.edu/enroll/index.php/public_training/


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