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Kantō Daishinsai no sōzōryoku : saigai to fukkō no shikaku bunkaron = Imaging disaster : Tokyo and the visual culture of Japan's Great Earthquake of 1923

Endeca Duke Authors 3 Months - Thu, 12/11/2014 - 00:00

Author: Weisenfeld, Gennifer S. (Gennifer Stacy), 1966-
Published: Tōkyō : Seidosha, 2014.

Currently held at: DUKE

The great New Orleans kidnapping case : race, law, and justice in the Reconstruction era

Endeca Noteworthy Last Month - Thu, 12/11/2014 - 00:00

Author: Ross, Michael A. (Michael Anthony)
Published: New York, NY : Oxford University Press, [2015]

Currently held at: DUKE

Job Opening: Conservator for Special Collections, Duke University Libraries

Preservation Underground - Wed, 12/10/2014 - 20:25

For the complete job announcement and how to apply, visit http://library.duke.edu/about/jobs/conservator

Conservator for Special Collections

The Conservator for Special Collections plans and carries out the physical treatment of special collections material from the Duke University Libraries including those from the Rubenstein Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Duke University Archives, and branch libraries. This position reports to the Head, Conservation Services Department (CSD).

Responsibilities Conservation (80%)
  • Works with the department head and appropriate conservation and library staff to develop treatment strategies for special collections materials. Coordinates treatments and priorities with the Head of CSD.
  • Verne and Tanya Roberts Conservation Lab, Duke University Libraries.Verne and Tanya Roberts Conservation Lab, Duke University Libraries.

  • Performs appropriate conservation treatments on library materials held in the Libraries’ rare and special collections in support of various workflows including those for Rubenstein Library User Services and Technical Services, the Digital Production Center, and the Exhibits Program. Scope of work includes treating primarily bound and unbound books, manuscripts and other documents on paper and vellum. Depending on the conservator’s expertise the scope may also include treating photographs, papyri, and other formats and substrates found in the collections. Documents treatments with photographs and written reports following CSD and American Institute for Conservation (AIC) guidelines and best practices.
  • Identifies items for which protective enclosures will be the most effective preservation option; constructs appropriate protective enclosures or delegates the construction of enclosures to other staff, students or volunteers.
  • Other related duties as assigned.
Departmental Support and Programming Initiatives (10%)
  • Participates in planning and setting goals, managing projects and developing workflows in support of CSD priorities.
  • Assists in providing disaster recovery services for library materials.
  • Other related duties as assigned.
Professional Development (10%)
  • Actively participates on appropriate Library committees, task forces or groups to meet the strategic goals of the Department and the Duke University Libraries.
  • Displays continuing growth in professional and subject knowledge and takes an active interest in the profession. Growth and interest should be demonstrated through continuing development of professional knowledge and abilities, membership and participation in professional organizations, and service to the library, University, or community in a professional capacity.
Supervisory Responsibilities
  • Provides training, supervision and quality control for students, staff and volunteers in coordination with the department head and/or senior conservator.
  • May serve as interim supervisor in the absence of the department head and senior conservator.

It is the expectation that all Duke University Libraries staff members will demonstrate exceptional workplace behaviors in the execution of their specific position responsibilities. These behaviors are customer focus, collaboration, creative problem solving, continuous learning and a commitment to diversity.


Required: ALA-accredited MLS or Master’s degree in conservation of library and archival materials, or demonstration of a similar level of education and training required for the conservation of rare materials.

Preferred: Demonstrated record of continued education in areas relevant to this position.



  • Minimum of three years of demonstrated experience in conservation of special collections and knowledge of current conservation principles, practices, and procedures.
  • Exceptional manual skills and a full understanding of current conservation theory, principles, practices and procedures.
  • Knowledge of physical and chemical mechanisms of deterioration of library materials.
  • Knowledge of conservation ethics and practices relevant to research library materials; commitment to AIC standards of practice and Code of Ethics.
  • Demonstrated ability to work independently and productively in a changing environment.
  • Strong organizational, interpersonal, and oral and written communication skills.


  • Prior experience working in an academic research library or archives.
  • Prior experience supervising conservation technicians and students.
  • Expertise in the treatment of photographic materials; works on art on paper, vellum and parchment; or similar cultural heritage materials generally found in academic libraries and university archives.
  • Experience evaluating and treating materials to prepare them for digital imaging and/or exhibitions.
  • Experience in exhibitions including preparation, installation, materials testing and environmental monitoring.
  • Teaching experience.



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Puppies in Perkins Study Break

Library News - Wed, 12/10/2014 - 18:00
Final exams are just around the corner at Duke University. Fortunately, so are some wet noses and wagging tails. The Duke University Libraries and Duke PAWS will bring therapy dogs to Perkins Library to spend quality time with stressed-out students who need a break from pulling all-nighters and cramming for exams. "Puppies in Perkins" takes place from 1-4 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 10, in Perkins Library Room 217. Duke PAWS is a student service organization that promotes animal welfare through service

CIT Office Hours

Library News - Wed, 12/10/2014 - 15:00
Wed, Dec 10, 2014: 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM Bostock Library Room 024 (CIT Instructional Technology Lab) CIT consultants will be avai

Friends of the Duke Libraries Study Break

Library News - Wed, 12/10/2014 - 01:00
Finals are beginning to loom on the horizon. But don't despair! Along with finals comes the Library Study Break! The Friends of Duke University Libraries and members of the Campus Club will be baking up a storm of homemade treats to sustain Duke's student population through yet another round of studying. Take a break from the books on Tuesday, December 9, at 8 p.m. and come by Perkins 217 to enjoy homemade baked goods of all kinds! Your textbooks will still be there when you come back. The Frien

Advanced nanomaterials : synthesis, properties, and applications

Endeca eBooks Last Week - Wed, 12/10/2014 - 00:00

Published: Oakville, ON, Canada : Apple Academic Press, Inc., [2014]

Currently held at: DUKE

Preparation for the next life

Endeca Lilly Current Lit 3 Months - Wed, 12/10/2014 - 00:00

Author: Lish, Atticus.
Published: New York : Tyrant Books, 2014.

Currently held at: DUKE

Working While Lab-less

Preservation Underground - Tue, 12/09/2014 - 10:29

While we are out of the lab we have been staying busy with projects that do not require access to water, large equipment, and other tools and supplies that we normally use. At first it felt that we had to stretch to find projects to work on. As it turns out, we have more than enough to keep us, our students and volunteer busy, including some large-scale projects.

Beth surveying Music Library materials.Beth surveying Music Library materials.

We are working on surveying the locked stacks in the Music Library. Rachel and Beth have created and tested the survey tool, and they are now in the midst of collecting item-level condition data. At the end of this project we will write the report and use the data to address some issues in this collection. We already know there is a lot of boxing needs, and there are a fair amount of brittle pamphlets that we need to discuss with the Music Librarian.

We started a re-encapsulation project in the Rubenstein Library map collection. In the past, these maps were encapsulated using the double-stick-tape method. The margins are much bigger than they need to be because they wanted to be sure the maps didn’t get accidentally taped into the polyester.  While the impulse was a good one, many of the maps have shifted in their packets and are stuck to the tape. In addition, the library needs to make room in the flat files for items that can’t fit in standard manuscript boxes. Since we are moving into the new space in the fall of 2015, now is the time to address these issues.

Lauren works on re-encapsulating maps.Lauren works on re-encapsulating maps in Rubenstein Library.

We moved the polyester ultrasonic welder to a consultation room in Rubenstein Library to be closer to the maps. We are welding inside the tape, trimming the tape off, and putting the maps into large, flat manuscript boxes. Our students and volunteers have been doing most of this work with support from Rachel and Beth. There are an estimated 1,200 maps in these cabinets. This project will continue through the spring of 2015.

Erin prepares Duke Chronicles for digitization.Erin prepares Duke Chronicles for digitization.

Erin has been working on preparing the next set of Duke Chronicles for digitization. The next set are from the 1940′s-50′s and have been bound together. The paper is fairly brittle, but remains flexible. Erin is going through each volume to stabilize any large tears. It’s also a time to find any missing volumes or pages and alert the digitization team.

Before the move, Tedd prepared several text blocks to the point of casing-in. He’s been working through these as well as making four-flap boxes for the Rubenstein Library.

It’s been a challenge to work in this space, but we are finding ways to be productive. I am finding that being more visible is a good thing for Conservation. We are seeing and talking to colleagues we normally wouldn’t see in the basement. That said, we are all looking forward to getting back to the lab. We will return next week if the construction is on schedule.







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The strange library

Endeca Lilly Current Lit 3 Months - Tue, 12/09/2014 - 00:00

Author: Murakami, Haruki, 1949- author.
Published: New York : Alfred A. Knopf, 2014.

Currently held at: DUKE

The three-body problem

Endeca Noteworthy Last Month - Tue, 12/09/2014 - 00:00

Author: Liu, Cixin.
Published: New York : Tor Books, 2014.

Currently held at: DUKE

Public participation and legitimacy in the WTO

Endeca eBooks Last Week - Tue, 12/09/2014 - 00:00

Author: Bonzon, Yves, 1980- author.
Published: Cambridge, United Kingdom : Cambridge University Press, 2014.

Currently held at: DUKE


Endeca eBooks Last Week - Tue, 12/09/2014 - 00:00

Published: LONDON ROUTLEDGE 2015

Currently held at: DUKE


Endeca eBooks Last Week - Tue, 12/09/2014 - 00:00

Published: HOBOKEN JOHN WILEY 2015

Currently held at: DUKE


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