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How Duke Picks Summer Reading from 400 Books

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Committee of students, employees spend hours debating nominations

How Duke Picks Summer Reading from 400 Books

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Committee of students, employees spend hours debating nominations

CIT Office Hours

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Thu, May 5, 2016
1:00 PM - 3:00 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

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Wed, May 4, 2016
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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.

CIT Office Hours

Events - All Combined (Huginn Feed) - Wed, 2016-05-04 14:00
Wed, May 4, 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.

Early Movable Books in the Rubenstein Library

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Fascinating illustrations come alive in an 18th-century book for children

Early Movable Books in the Rubenstein Library

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Fascinating illustrations come alive in an 18th-century book for children

From ABC-11: Bull City Time Capsule on Display at Duke

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After 90 years, a Durham time capsule finally sees the light of day

From ABC-11: Bull City Time Capsule on Display at Duke

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After 90 years, a Durham time capsule finally sees the light of day

Cherokee Phoenix rises to the top of cataloger’s consciousness

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One of the things they don’t tell you in library school is that your personal and professional readings will occasionally overlap—something I’ve found to be especially true as I’ve worked to complete a long gestating newspaper project at the Rubenstein. When I serendipitously encounter primary sources in my readings, I’m forced to ask myself (and occasionally regret asking myself): Does the Rubenstein hold this? In the case of The Cherokee Phoenix, a newspaper written by the Cherokee Nation, the answer turns out to be a resounding yes, and one that I’m glad I pursued.

“We, the representatives of the people of the Cherokee Nation in Convention assembled, in order to establish justice, ensure tranquility, promote our common welfare, and secure to ourselves and our posterity the blessings of liberty”—The Constitution of the Cherokee Nation, created in 1827 and published in the first issue of the Cherokee Phoenix.

In the 19th Century, the Cherokee were under attack. Voluntary removals were increasingly involuntary, forcing the Cherokee farther and farther from their homes in the southeast United States. Treaties ostensibly designed to protect the Nation’s lands went unenforced by the state and federal governments (Zinn, 2015, p.143-148) (Brannon, 2005, p.14). And in 1830, Andrew Jackson signed the Indian Removal Act into law, thereby granting the federal government power to forcibly migrate Native Americans into lands beyond Mississippi (Primary documents in American history). The Cherokee were subsequently “rounded up and crowded into stockades” in October 1838 and made to march (Zinn, 2015, p.148). Today we recognize this as the start of the Trail of Tears, a cataclysmic event resulting in the deaths of some 4,000 Cherokees (Primary documents in American history).

phoenix1The Rubenstein’s copy of the front page of Vol. I: No. 1 of Cherokee Phoenix.

The  Cherokee Phoenix, a newspaper first published by Isaac H. Harris on February 21, 1828, navigates this sliver of time in the history of the Cherokee Nation, a time in which it fought to maintain its lands, protect its people, and keep its ways of life. In the first issue, the editor, Elias Boudinot, juxtaposes the opening salvos of the recently written (1827!) Constitution of the Cherokee Nation with a letter written by Thomas L. McKinney to the Secretary of War about the Cherokee people. A public notice underlining the difficulties in creating the paper and a column critical of the Federal government can also be found. The Cherokee Phoenix thus proves to be a remarkable historical document, made all the more remarkable by the fact it’s written in both English and Cherokee—a language that did not have a written component until 1821 (Brannon, 2005, p. x).

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The Cherokee syllabary was created by Sequoyah, a silversmith and trader by profession, who felt that written language could be harnessed and used to the Cherokee’s advantage. In his initial attempts, Sequoyah tried to create a “symbol for each word in the language,” but that soon proved insufficient, and he turned his attention to the sounds of the language, paying particular attention to the syllables (Sequoyah and the Cherokee Syllabary). Eventually, he was able to isolate 85 syllables and devise associated symbols that could be combined to create a written component of the Cherokee language. The first to learn how to read and write using this syllabary was Sequoyah’s daughter, A-Yo-Ka. Incredibly, in eleven years, Sequoyah’s efforts proved successful: he developed an entirely new means of communication for his Nation. By 1825, there were Cherokee translations of hymns and the Bible, and thousands of Cherokee were literate (Sequoyah’s syllabary) (Sequoyah and the Cherokee Syllabary).

Three years later, the Cherokee nation purchased its own press and began publishing the Cherokee Phoenix in New Echota Georgia, the capital of the Cherokee Nation. The type was cast by Reverend Samuel Worcester, a missionary, postmaster, and now printer (Samuel Worcester). Forty-seven issues were published under its original name. And now, almost 200 years later, the Cherokee Phoenix name is still in use: The Cherokee Nation publishes both online and print editions of the newspaper, with a subscription base of 40,000 readers (Cherokee Phoenix celebrates 184 years).

phoenix3The Cherokee Phoenix has been digitized and is available through The Georgia Historic Newspapers project.

Sources:

Brannon, F. (2005). Cherokee phoenix, advent of a newspaper: The print shop of the Cherokee Nation 1828-1834, with a chronology. Tuscaloosa, Ala.: SpeakEasy Press.

Cherokee Phoenix celebrates 184 years. (2012, February 21). Cherokee Phoenix. Retrieved May 3, 2016, from http://www.cherokeephoenix.org/

Primary Documents in American History. (n.d.). Retrieved May 03, 2016, from https://www.loc.gov/rr/program/bib/ourdocs/Indian.html

Samuel Worcester. (n.d.). Retrieved May 03, 2016, from http://www.cherokee.org/AboutTheNation/History/Biographies/SamuelWorcester.aspx

Sequoyah and the Cherokee Syllabary. (n.d.). Retrieved May 03, 2016, from http://www.cherokee.org/AboutTheNation/History/Facts/SequoyahandtheCherokeeSyllabary.aspx

Sequoyah Museum: Sequoyah’s Syllabary. (n.d.). Retrieved May 03, 2016, from http://www.sequoyahmuseum.org/index.cfm/m/6

Zinn, H. (2015). A People’s History of the United States (Reissue ed.). New York, NY: Harper Perennial Modern Classics.

Post contributed by Liz Adams, Special Collections Cataloger.

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“Daisy, Daisy…”

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1900 Columbia bicycle from Baden

Spring, and a woman’s thoughts turn to…bicycles? Apart from sudden showers and the onslaught of inchworms and allergens, spring is perhaps the finest season to ride. Trees are filling out, flowers are a’bloom and the birds are a’tweet: in short the whole planet has its hormones on fine display. What’s a girl not to like—especially on a bicycle built for her, equal in every way to a man’s?

1900 Columbia bicycle from BadenAd from the Gary and Sandra Baden Collection of Print Advertisements

This 1900 ad for Columbia’s chainless bicycle makes the progressive argument that women are entitled to the same quality bike as a man. The copy goes on to show how the bike’s frame accommodates the latest in women’s biking fashions, and how the chainless design facilitates mounting and dismounting while eliminating the possibility of one’s skirt getting caught in a chain—or soiled by it, a concern that persists among our current-day urbanites rolling along with the right pant-leg rolled-up out of harm’s way. Actually, this basic frame design is still with us, in unisex “Dutch” and townie bike styles like the Breezers that Zagster provides for rent. Not only that, but the “bevel gear” drive system was the precursor to today’s eclectic shaft-driven bicycles (still trumpeted as “innovative.” Hah!). All in all, the Columbia was a triumph of engineering in its day, especially with the available option of a coaster brake, which is also still in use in kids’ bikes and beach cruisers.

Columbia additionally had the marketing vision to realize that the bike and rider formed a single ensemble, where the lines of the frame “Contribute to the Graceful Appearance of the Rider…”  That came at a price, though. $75 in 1900 roughly equates to around $2000 today, which would put a modern woman in the market for a top-of-the-line bike from today’s major manufacturers. On the other hand, grace is priceless, and the freedom and autonomy provided by the bicycle was likely well worth the investment. In fact, the bicycle has occasionally been praised as an instrument of liberation, and early feminists such as Susan B. Anthony were also advocates for cycling, as much for gender-political as for its health benefits. Liberate the body and the mind will follow!

Post contributed by Rick Collier, Hartman Center

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Exploring 360 Degree Video at Duke: A New Frontier for Research and Teaching

Events - All Combined (Huginn Feed) - Mon, 2016-05-02 18:00
Mon, May 2, 2016
2:00 PM - 3:30 PM
Edge: Workshop Room
What if you could view a video as though you were in the middle of it instead of looking straight ahead at one view? Would that full perspective (up, down, behind you, to both sides) enable you to identify important elements or connections you might otherwise miss? Even if you are part of the activity being recorded, you can only look at one perspective at a time, and might easily miss an important cue that isn't in your current field of view. 360 video allows you to see all around you and can be replayed as many times as needed to understand and absorb what might otherwise be missed.

360 video can be viewed on a computer or mobile device or it can be viewed using a virtual reality device such as Google Cardboard or the Oculus Rift.

The Duke Digital Initiative (a collaboration between OIT and CIT) is exploring 360 video and invites you to hear what we've discovered so far and to share your ideas for how 360 video might benefit your research and/or teaching.

Registration required here: https://training.oit.duke.edu/enroll/index.php/public_training/show/1564

Exploring 360 Degree Video at Duke: A New Frontier for Research and Teaching

Edge + Digital Scholarship Events - Mon, 2016-05-02 18:00
Mon, May 2, 2016
2:00 PM - 3:30 PM
Edge: Workshop Room
What if you could view a video as though you were in the middle of it instead of looking straight ahead at one view? Would that full perspective (up, down, behind you, to both sides) enable you to identify important elements or connections you might otherwise miss? Even if you are part of the activity being recorded, you can only look at one perspective at a time, and might easily miss an important cue that isn't in your current field of view. 360 video allows you to see all around you and can be replayed as many times as needed to understand and absorb what might otherwise be missed.

360 video can be viewed on a computer or mobile device or it can be viewed using a virtual reality device such as Google Cardboard or the Oculus Rift.

The Duke Digital Initiative (a collaboration between OIT and CIT) is exploring 360 video and invites you to hear what we've discovered so far and to share your ideas for how 360 video might benefit your research and/or teaching.

Registration required here: https://training.oit.duke.edu/enroll/index.php/public_training/show/1564

Finals Week Study Break at Lilly Library, May 2

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Our librarians are here to help you get through the home-stretch of final exams!

Finals Week Study Break at Lilly Library, May 2

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Adding to our collection of Movable Books

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With constant access to moving images via your cell phone, laptop, or tablet, I expect it is difficult to imagine when even simple movement in a book was revolutionary. But just image the impact of being able to manipulate part of a page in a book in the 18th century!

winspear1It is difficult to know less about an author!

The Rubenstein’s History of Medicine Collection features many early movable books, which were usually intended for scholars. These were generally the “turn-up” style, often used by students of anatomy, where separate leaves, each featuring a different section of the body, were hinged together and attached to a page. One of the best examples, De humani corporis fabrica librorum epitome was printed by Andreas Vesalius in 1543.

It wasn’t until the late 1700s that movable books intended for entertainment were produced, usually for children. In 1765, Robert Sayer created a movable book that involved lifting a flap. Ann Montanaro explains the construction of these books in her “A Concise History of Pop-up and Movable Books:”

[the] books were composed of single, printed sheets folded perpendicularly into four. Hinged at the top and bottom of each fold, the picture was cut through horizontally across the center to make two flaps that could be opened up or down. When raised, the pages disclosed another hidden picture underneath, each having a few lines of verse.

These books quickly became popular and had different names based on their content or composition of illustrations, including “metamorphoses,” “harlequinades,” as well as the unfortunately-named “toilet books.”

winspear2My favorite page features a lion that transforms into a griffin, that transforms into an eagle.

As part of the Lisa Unger Baskin Collection, we recently received one of these metamorphoses books, handmade by Elizabeth Winspear in 1799. Unfortunately, that is the limit of all we know about her. The book features just four pages in full color with accompanying verse, each page with two flaps that reveal a new drawing underneath, in stages. The verses include instructions for how to move the flaps. One reads: The Lion Roaring from his Den / with porpose [sic] for to rainge [sic] / He’s turn’d into another shape / Turn down & see the sight so strange

winspear1The Lion Roaring from his Den / with porpose [sic] for to rainge [sic] / He’s turn’d into another shape / Turn down & see the sight so strange winspear3Each fold of the page must be carefully calculated.

I don’t want to give everything away! There is immense entertainment value to this little item. Initially we are introduced to Adam, whose Eve is not what one has come to expect. However, it is clear that Winspear also intended some instruction or moral training to occur by reading this book, for all does not end well, despite a character’s obtaining gold and silver. The piece ends as a cautionary tale.

winspear4The eagle holds its prey, an unfortunate infant, in its grasp.

Stop by and see this new gem in our collection!

Contributed by Alice Poffinberger, Original cataloger and archivist.

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Toms, coons, mulattoes, mammies, and bucks : an interpretive history of blacks in American films

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Author: Bogle, Donald, author.
Published: New York : Bloomsbury Academic, 2016.

Currently held at: DUKE

Preservation Architecture: Phase 2 – Moving Forward with Duke Digital Repository

Bitstreams - Fri, 2016-04-29 19:05

582679main_Irene-GOES-LARGE-20110828    In 2013, the average price for a gallon of gas was $3.80, President Obama was inaugurated for a second term, and Duke University Libraries offered DukeSpace as an institutional repository.  Some things haven’t changed much, but the preservation architecture protecting the digital materials curated by the Libraries has changed a lot! We still … Continue reading Preservation Architecture: Phase 2 – Moving Forward with Duke Digital Repository

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Caring capitalism : the meaning and measure of social value

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Author: Barman, Emily, author.
Published: New York : Cambridge University Press, 2016.

Currently held at: DUKE

German cosmopolitan social thought and the idea of the West : voices from Weimar

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Author: Harrington, Austin, 1970- author.
Published: Cambridge : Cambridge University Press 2016.

Currently held at: DUKE

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