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CIT Office Hours

Events - All Combined (Huginn Feed) - Thu, 2015-12-03 18:00
Thu, Dec 3, 2015
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.

SSRI~ Workshop: Endnote

Events - All Combined (Huginn Feed) - Thu, 2015-12-03 17:00
Thu, Dec 03, 2015
12:00 PM - 1:30 PM
SSRI-Gross Hall 230E
This workshop focuses on the basics of working with EndNote and Microsoft Word. We will create a new EndNote library, create references, import references from databases and import references from the Duke Library Catalog. The second section of the workshop involves putting EndNote reference in Microsoft Word, preparing in-text citations, reference lists and standalone bibliographies. Registration required; please click "More Information" below to access the registration form.

Digital Studio Drop-Ins

Edge + Digital Scholarship Events - Thu, 2015-12-03 15:00
Thu, Dec 3, 2015
10:00 AM - 2:00 PM
Edge: Digital Studio
Digital Scholarship Services staff, with occasional special guests, will be on hand to answer questions about

- creating, collecting, organizing, analyzing, publishing, and curating qualitative digital data (e.g., texts, images, audio),
- tools and approaches to planning projects, and
- using tools in The Edge / Murthy Digital Studio.

Come visit us with your digital project questions - by yourself or with your project team! For longer project consultations, we recommend registering and/or sending us your questions beforehand. We'll also be glad to help you locate other resources and support on campus to help you with your project.

Digital Studio Drop-Ins

Events - All Combined (Huginn Feed) - Thu, 2015-12-03 15:00
Thu, Dec 3, 2015
10:00 AM - 2:00 PM
Edge: Digital Studio
Digital Scholarship Services staff, with occasional special guests, will be on hand to answer questions about

- creating, collecting, organizing, analyzing, publishing, and curating qualitative digital data (e.g., texts, images, audio),
- tools and approaches to planning projects, and
- using tools in The Edge / Murthy Digital Studio.

Come visit us with your digital project questions - by yourself or with your project team! For longer project consultations, we recommend registering and/or sending us your questions beforehand. We'll also be glad to help you locate other resources and support on campus to help you with your project.

Digital Studio Drop-Ins

Digital Scholarship Events - Thu, 2015-12-03 15:00
Thu, Dec 3, 2015: 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM
Edge: Digital Studio

Digital Scholarship Services staff, with occasional special guests, will be on hand to answer questions about

  • creating, collecting, organizing, analyzing, publishing, and curating qualitative digital data (e.g., texts, images, audio),
  • tools and approaches to planning projects, and
  • using tools in The Edge / Murthy Digital Studio.
Come visit us with your digital project questions - by yourself or with your project team! For longer project consultations, we recommend registering and/or sending us your questions beforehand. We'll also be glad to help you locate other resources and support on campus to help you with your project.

Digital Research Focus Groups

Edge + Digital Scholarship Events - Thu, 2015-12-03 14:00
Thu, Dec 3, 2015
9:00 AM - 10:00 AM
Perkins Library Room 218
Attendees of the Designing Digital Research: Working with Texts series are invited to join these small, focused conversations on improving and expanding training opportunities in digital research methods and digital project planning. Feedback from these focus groups will inform future iterations of the Designing Digital Research series, as well as other training and support opportunities offered around digital research. 

Digital Research Focus Groups

Events - All Combined (Huginn Feed) - Thu, 2015-12-03 14:00
Thu, Dec 3, 2015
9:00 AM - 10:00 AM
Perkins Library Room 218
Attendees of the Designing Digital Research: Working with Texts series are invited to join these small, focused conversations on improving and expanding training opportunities in digital research methods and digital project planning. Feedback from these focus groups will inform future iterations of the Designing Digital Research series, as well as other training and support opportunities offered around digital research. 

Digital Research Focus Groups

Digital Scholarship Events - Thu, 2015-12-03 14:00
Thu, Dec 3, 2015: 9:00 AM - 10:00 AM
Perkins Library Room 218

Attendees of the Designing Digital Research: Working with Texts series are invited to join these small, focused conversations on improving and expanding training opportunities in digital research methods and digital project planning. Feedback from these focus groups will inform future iterations of the Designing Digital Research series, as well as other training and support opportunities offered around digital research. 

Registration is required in order to participate. Light snacks (or lunch, for December 2 focus group) will be provided. For more information, please contact Liz Milewicz, liz.milewicz@duke.edu


The Archives of the Library Answer Person

Rubenstein Technical Services - Thu, 2015-12-03 13:46
 Exams are Hard

In September of 1982, a librarian at Duke set up a simple loose-leaf binder suggestion book in the lobby of Perkins Library. Each page in the book had a spaces for three suggestions/questions and three answers. In October of that year, the first group of pages with written suggestions and questions were removed, taken home by that librarian and answered in long-hand, then typed up by an administrative assistant directly onto the original pages and placed back in the book for anyone to read. This was the beginning of the Perkins Library Suggestion/Answer Book, a popular tradition that would live on, in more than one form, for more than twenty years.

At first, the binders were available in the Reference area after the pages filled up; then photocopied versions were bound into volumes and included in the Perkins and Lily Library stacks. In 1993, a “best of” selection was printed in a limited run in-house. But now, the original pages—with accumulated detritus of organic material, white-out, pen and pencil scribbling, and water damage—have at last come to the University Archives for preservation and long-term storage. Some pages are missing and the binders were exposed to water at some point; the lovely people in Conservation have already dealt with some inert mold and the pages are now being rehoused in acid-free folders.

The pages are fascinating. The suggestions and questions are signs of the times, demonstrate student engagement with the library and the University as a whole, and show students being students: curious, angst-y, angry, grateful, silly, and thoughtful. In return, the Answer Person is both serious and facetious, deflecting offensive questions with jokes, omitting names, giving in-depth answers from outside sources, taking constructive suggestions and compliments to heart, and generally being a librarian (often instructing suggest-ers and questioners where they can find their answers instead of simply providing easy answers for them).

Some concerns are clearly timeless: why is the library so cold, why aren’t the printers working, more bathrooms, more food, more lights, please restock the toilet paper:

 So. Cold.  Laser Printers  Bathrooms and Darkness  Clocks  Toilet Paper

Some other entries are very much of their time, like the suggestion about types of cigarettes for the vending machines (smoking in the library! This archivist is horrified):

 Smoking in the Library!?

While others are somehow a combination of both, as with this plaintive cry (the very first Library Answer Person question) for space to write and do work on one’s own machine (substitute typewriter with laptop), or this detailed discussion of a current television show (substitute Twin Peaks with Game of Thrones or Man in the High Castle – I mean, whaaaaaat?!):

 Typewriter

 Twin Peaks

Many discuss the library and how it could be improved or where it is doing nicely, showing a community engagement with the library that is as strong as it is critical.  Also, people really loved the red-haired Reference Librarian and Stuart the Government Documents Librarian:

 Library Hours  Browsing Fiction  GUM  Stuart is Smart  St. Reference Librarian

Then there are the ones I giggled over, the ones that are just people being people, weird and silly:

 Grits  Bare Feet  Shoulder Pads

The sports fans:

 Seton Hall Upset

The studious:

 Exams are Hard

The romantics:
 How to Woo

 Suzann

People developed a relationship with the Suggestion/Answer Book, and frequently referred back to earlier questions and answers, coming back to see if their own questions had been answered, and responding to the answers and other peoples’ comments. Frequently, there are multiple commenters on a given entry. This kind of discussion led to some deep discussions on controversial or difficult topics, such as the nature of modern art and race in the Duke community (the page with the question #1346A is responding to is unfortunately missing):

 Modern Art

 Race

And finally, there are the poignant departures:

 Good-Bye and Good Luck!

These pages are a tangible window into the Duke student body’s engagement with the Library, with the University, and with each other. Like a proto-Internet comments page, there is a smorgasbord of humanity here: anger, plentiful curse words, sexism, racism, homophobia, compliments, intelligence, optimism, gratitude, tolerance, joy, and well-wishes. Plus a bag of grits.

To give away a decades-old open secret, the Perkins Library Suggestion/Answer Book Person was John Lubans, Public Services Librarian and Assistant University Librarian, here at Duke from 1982-2001 and the donor of these pages to the University Archives.

Post contributed by Tracy Jackson, Technical Services Archivist for the Duke University Archives.

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Forced response sensitivity of a mistuned rotor from an embedded compressor stage

Scopus Query (for science portal) - Thu, 2015-12-03 06:09
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Summer Research: An Information Session about Programs and Funding Opportunities

Edge + Digital Scholarship Events - Wed, 2015-12-02 23:00
Wed, Dec 2, 2015
6:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Edge: Workshop Room
Representatives and info from Duke programs, including:

Summer Research: An Information Session about Programs and Funding Opportunities

Events - All Combined (Huginn Feed) - Wed, 2015-12-02 23:00
Wed, Dec 2, 2015
6:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Edge: Workshop Room
Representatives and info from Duke programs, including:

Tube Caps Part II: Adventures in Cutting!

Preservation Underground - Wed, 2015-12-02 19:59

By Rachel Penniman, Senior Conservation Technician

In my last blog post I showed the design process for creating caps for rolled storage tubes. After going through multiple versions of potential designs I had found a model that used a minimal amount of material and still created an effective cap. Unfortunately I had also discovered the woes of trying to cut perfect circles by hand.

1 Tube Cap v3 partsTube Cap Version 3.0 ready for assembly

Initially I looked into getting a circular mat cutter but even with that specialized tool, it still looked tricky to use and time consuming.

Fortunately I work with a group of creative individuals so while I was bemoaning the difficulty of cutting circles, Henry suggested I look into getting them laser or die cut. Huzzah! That reminded me of an article I’d read about a makerspace on campus called the Innovation Studio. Makerbots, Shopbots, and Printerbots, oh my! After communicating with Chip and Vinny, the nice folks who run the iStudio, they assured me their equipment that would have no problem cutting our corrugated board.

From the description on the iStudio webpage:

“The Epilog Zing is a desktop-style 30 watt CO2 laser cutter. It can operate in two different modes: raster and vector. Raster mode is for engraving into the surface of materials. You can take photographs/images/text/etc. and use the software to engrave into a variety of materials, including wood, some plastics, some metals, and acrylic. Vector mode is for cutting custom shapes through thin materials by using a slow moving, high powered laser.”

Lasers are exciting!Lasers are exciting!

The iStudio is conveniently located just across the street from the library. So Tedd and I brought some templates of the parts I needed over to the iStudio and they helped us draft up a vector drawing to my exact specifications in Solidworks.

My carefully measured templatesMy carefully measured templates

The vector drawings got inserted into a CorelDRAW page and then the file was sent as a print job to the Epilog Zing.

Vector drawing and print settingsVector drawing and print settings

Our first attempt very quickly yielded an expertly cut circle but the laser caused scorch marks on the board.

Nicely cut but it smelled like a campfire and left ash on my fingersNicely cut but it smelled like a campfire and left ash on my fingers

The cutting action of the laser can be altered by adjusting its speed and/or power so Tedd and I continued adjusting until we found a good setting that cleanly cut the board without being so overpowered to cause scorch marks.

Testing out the laser with different settingsTesting out the laser with different settings

In the end we found a setting of 50% speed and only 20% power made the perfect cut. The board still had a slightly burned scent to it even with the power so low, but leaving the parts in our fume hood overnight took care of that. Because the laser works by vaporizing the material, I’m not actually sure it’s possible to cut the board without having some smell.

The perfection of these laser cut parts is especially apparent when compared side by side with my hand cut parts, and the laser cut parts are completed in a fraction of the time.

Laser cut on the left, hand cut on the rightLaser cut on the left, hand cut on the right

One of the great advantages of the laser cutter is that it can take any size board 12×24” or smaller. So even small scraps can be laser cut into cap parts. I have put a new bin under our board shear to collect scraps that would otherwise be destined for the recycle bin. This makes me especially happy because we are able to make almost the entire cap out of material diverted from the recycle bin.

Scrap binScrap bin

After perfecting the method I plan to collect scraps until I’ve got a good pile, then cut out a number of cap parts all at once. Then we can have a supply of parts ready to assemble whenever a new rolled item needs storage. The prototype was an excellent success though and has already been put into use.

Welcoming Tube Cap Version 3.0 to its new home in the stacksWelcoming Tube Cap Version 3.0 to its new home in the stacks

My experience at the iStudio has sparked my interest in other potential uses for laser cutting or engraving. Could this be used for creating other enclosures? Or could we accommodate making more complex enclosures if they could be modeled and cut on this machine?

The folks at the iStudio had a wooden box on display that was cut and engraved on the Epilog Zing. A student using the machine on my first visit showed me a template available for free online that would calculate the cuts for a box of any size including calculating the size to make perfect finger joints.

Wooden box cut and engraved on the Epilog ZingWooden box cut and engraved on the Epilog Zing

To me was the lid of this box was even more inspiring. By cutting a series of parallel slits in the wood the flat board became bendable.

Lid cut from a flat piece of ¼” plywoodLid cut from a flat piece of ¼” plywood Bendy!!Bendy!!

The website for the Epilog Zing has a number of project templates that are free to download. One of the projects is a binding for a book cut from a single piece of wood that utilizes this kind of living hinge for the spine.

Could we cut an archival material with this living hinge method to fabricate a custom cradle for book display with a bendable spine that would accommodate multiple angled openings? Could we create supports for oddly shaped or rounded artifacts in our collection more easily? What other materials could we start using now that we have a tool to easily cut and modify them? Could complex acrylic supports be cheap and easy to make in house now? Or are there new materials that we could consider using now that we have a tool to manipulate them.

And these are all ideas for using just that one tool. How else could we make use of the Shopbot or Makerbots also available for use? A quick review of conservation literature doesn’t yield much being published on the subject yet. I did find one excellent blog post from Indiana University Bloomington Libraries preservation lab about taking a 3-D scan of an item and using their Kasemaker machine to cut out a three dimensional support for a warped panel painting. Surely with so many universities and libraries building maker spaces there must be many other preservation professionals with these tools at their disposal now too.

Has anyone else in the conservation or library world found a good use for this technology? I’d love to hear if anyone else has experimented with laser cutters or Makerbots. If anyone is interested in using my templates to create caps of your very own, I’m happy to share the vector files.

The post Tube Caps Part II: Adventures in Cutting! appeared first on Preservation Underground.

Digital Research Focus Groups

Edge + Digital Scholarship Events - Wed, 2015-12-02 17:00
Wed, Dec 2, 2015
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
Perkins Library Room 218
Attendees of the Designing Digital Research: Working with Texts series are invited to join these small, focused conversations on improving and expanding training opportunities in digital research methods and digital project planning. Feedback from these focus groups will inform future iterations of the Designing Digital Research series, as well as other training and support opportunities offered around digital research. 

Digital Research Focus Groups

Events - All Combined (Huginn Feed) - Wed, 2015-12-02 17:00
Wed, Dec 2, 2015
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
Perkins Library Room 218
Attendees of the Designing Digital Research: Working with Texts series are invited to join these small, focused conversations on improving and expanding training opportunities in digital research methods and digital project planning. Feedback from these focus groups will inform future iterations of the Designing Digital Research series, as well as other training and support opportunities offered around digital research. 

Digital Research Focus Groups

Digital Scholarship Events - Wed, 2015-12-02 17:00
Wed, Dec 2, 2015: 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
Perkins Library Room 218

Attendees of the Designing Digital Research: Working with Texts series are invited to join these small, focused conversations on improving and expanding training opportunities in digital research methods and digital project planning. Feedback from these focus groups will inform future iterations of the Designing Digital Research series, as well as other training and support opportunities offered around digital research. 

Registration is required in order to participate. Light snacks (or lunch, for December 2 focus group) will be provided. For more information, please contact Liz Milewicz, liz.milewicz@duke.edu


CIT Office Hours

Events - All Combined (Huginn Feed) - Wed, 2015-12-02 15:00
Wed, Dec 2, 2015
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.

Long Night Against Procrastination

Edge + Digital Scholarship Events - Wed, 2015-12-02 01:00
Tue, Dec 1, 2015
8:00 PM - 12:00 PM
Edge: Workshop Room

The Long Night Against Procrastination

Events - All Combined (Huginn Feed) - Wed, 2015-12-02 01:00
Tue, Dec 01, 2015
8:00 PM - 12:00 AM
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So you think you have lots of time before finals. That's weeks away right? Actually, there are less than nine days of classes before finals are upon us. Don't let all the final papers, presentations, and exams sneak up on you! Duke University's inaugural Long Night Against Procrastination is a night set apart for maximum productivity-an evening you can devote to staying on stop of everything on your to-do list. Staff from the Libraries, the TWP Writing Studio, and the Academic Resource Center will be on hand to provide research and writing assistance. You can track your study progress and pick up free study materials throughout the evening. There will also be stress-relieving activities including coloring, origami, and relaxation stations for when you need a short brain break. And, of course, there will be plenty of snacks and coffee to feed your productivity. Come out for a Long Night Against Procrastination and conquer your finals week!

Long Night Against Procrastination

Events - All Combined (Huginn Feed) - Wed, 2015-12-02 01:00
Tue, Dec 1, 2015
8:00 PM - 12:00 PM
Edge: Workshop Room

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