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Library News - Thu, 11/13/2014 - 18:00
Thu, Nov 13, 2014: 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM Bostock Library Room 024 (CIT Instructional Technology Lab) CIT consultants will be availa

Welcome, Tracy Jackson!

Rubenstein Technical Services - Thu, 11/13/2014 - 14:10

Tracy JacksonWe recently welcomed a new staff member Tracy Jackson to the Rubenstein Library! We asked her a few questions to help us—and you—get to know her a little better!

Tell us a little bit about your new job at the Rubenstein Library!

My job here at the Rubenstein is Technical Services Archivist for University Archives. I’ll be overseeing the processing of University related collections, including the arrangement, description, and preservation of current and new materials, and I’ll also be a part of the Technical Services Management Team. Since I’m new to Duke, I’m really excited to be working with such great collections and knowledgeable colleagues.

How did you become an archivist?

I knew I was interested in archives when I went to library school, but couldn’t have said why until I started working in the North Carolina Collection Photographic Archives at UNC. I just loved getting to know the materials, seeing the faces and personalities of people from the past, and since I also worked the reference desk in the graduate library, getting to tell people about all the cool stuff I’d found and why they should go see it, too. Getting to work in-depth with collections is what makes this job so great.

What’s your favorite thing you’ve discovered in an archival collection and why?

With a small collection of family photographs, I discovered a gold-plated, decorative set of make-up cases from the 1940s. There was a powder compact with mirror and a lipstick case, and they were beautiful. In collection of family letter from the 18th and 19th century there was a young woman’s dance card from a ball, with a tiny pencil still attached. I love finding the unexpected in collections, especially the things that remind me how much the people who created them were really not very different from us.

What aspect of your new job are you most excited about?

I’m so excited to get to know the collections here. Duke has such rich collections, and the University Archives document the incredibly diverse activities of the University. I’m very excited about diving in and getting to know, then getting to share, what we have.

Tell us something unique about yourself.

I tried a couple of careers before becoming an archivist, and for a short time I lived in Los Angeles and tried out special effects make-up artistry. I worked on a few student films and ultra-low-budget movies, and even though I didn’t do it for long, it was a lot of fun. These days I only use those skills at Halloween, though!

Thanks, Tracy! We’re so glad you’re here!

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Moving The Lab: “At Least We Have Windows”

Preservation Underground - Thu, 11/13/2014 - 12:06

This week we moved out of the lab so that the construction crew could proceed with the Rubenstein Renovation Project. They need to remove our ceiling, take out old HVAC ducts and water pipes, and install new ducts and pipes. We have known for about a year that we would have to move out. The serious “down to brass tacks” planning started about five or six months ago.

Packing up the lab.

Our temporary space is a conference room and not designed to be a conservation lab. The challenge for our planning was to stay productive while working in a space about a third the size of the lab that has no water, sink, fume hood or the other equipment we have come to rely on. We also needed to figure out where and how to store our large equipment; negotiate storage space for library materials that are awaiting treatment; collaborate with our colleagues to adjust workflows; and physically move important files and materials that we wanted to move ourselves.

The plan involved moving some materials to locked stacks, move as much large equipment and supplies as could fit into our dirty room and computer nook, moving  supplies and equipment to our new room, and moving the remaining furniture to off site storage. It’s a good thing we specialize in organized workflows.

Moving Day

Moving Day came this past Monday, and continued through lunchtime on Tuesday. Most of the day went off without a hitch, and the small glitches that did occur were quickly remedied. It was an all-hands-on-deck situation with both planned and on-the-spot move assignments being made. Everyone worked together to ensure the safe move of all of our stuff, and what a lot of stuff it was.

Moving the large board shear.Moving the large board shear.

There are so many people to thank that helped us in our move. Staff from the library helped by making space for us to store materials, by moving meetings to other rooms, by coordinating movers, etc. We had three people from Rubenstein Library come and help us pack when we needed extra hands. The Lock Shop even came over to take the door off the hinges so we could get the board shear through the door.  Everyone we asked seemed more than happy and willing to help us in our time of need. I am so thankful that we work with such amazing and helpful colleagues.

Our Temporary Lab Our temporary lab is cozy, but at least it has windows!Our temporary lab is cozy, but at least it has windows!

Our new space is small, but our planning has paid off. We have five benches for all the staff, students and our volunteer to share. We moved the large board shear, a couple of shelving units,  secure storage units, and several book trucks into the space. We also made sure to have room to move around and maneuver trucks to benches. The best part of the new space is that we have windows! Not since our original lab space have we been able to see the outside world during work hours. We will enjoy every minute of those, especially if this beautiful weather continues.

What We Are Learning

While it is difficult and stressful to move, we are learning there are other benefits besides the windows. First, moving gave us an opportunity to clean out stuff we no longer use or want. Everyone needs a good clearing-out now and then to create space and reduce clutter.

Now that we are in our temporary space, more people are becoming aware of Conservation because we are in a much more public space. We are interacting with library staff that we would normally not have a chance to talk to since we are more visible. Additionally, several people have stopped by to see our space. We are thinking of hosting a pop-up open house next week just for fun since so many people are curious about who just moved into Room 118.

You can see more images of our move  on Flickr.

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Deep down dark : the untold stories of 33 men buried in a Chilean mine, and the miracle that set them free

Endeca Noteworthy Last Month - Thu, 11/13/2014 - 05:00

Author: Tobar, Héctor, 1963-
Published: New York : Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2014.

Currently held at: DUKE

How we got to now : six innovations that made the modern world

Endeca Noteworthy Last Month - Thu, 11/13/2014 - 05:00

Author: Johnson, Steven, 1968- author.
Published: New York : Riverhead Books, a member of Penguin Group (USA), 2014.

Currently held at: DUKE

Know the night : a memoir of survival in the small hours

Endeca Noteworthy Last Month - Thu, 11/13/2014 - 05:00

Author: Mutch, Maria.
Published: New York : Simon & Schuster, 2014.

Currently held at: DUKE

Leaving tomorrow

Endeca Noteworthy Last Month - Thu, 11/13/2014 - 05:00

Author: Bergen, David, 1957- author.
Published: Toronto, Ontario : HarperCollins Canada, 2014.

Currently held at: DUKE

The malaria project : the U.S. government's secret mission to find a miracle cure

Endeca Noteworthy Last Month - Thu, 11/13/2014 - 05:00

Author: Masterson, Karen, 1964- author.
Published: New York, New York : New American Library, [2014]

Currently held at: DUKE

Mars up close : inside the Curiosity mission

Endeca Noteworthy Last Month - Thu, 11/13/2014 - 05:00

Author: Kaufman, Marc, author.
Published: Washington, D.C. : National Geographic, [2014]

Currently held at: DUKE

My grandfather's gallery : a family memoir of art and war

Endeca Noteworthy Last Month - Thu, 11/13/2014 - 05:00

Author: Sinclair, Anne, author.
Published: New York : Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2014.

Currently held at: DUKE

Mãn

Endeca Noteworthy Last Month - Thu, 11/13/2014 - 05:00

Author: Thúy, Kim.
Published: Toronto : Random House Canada, 2014.

Currently held at: DUKE

On his own terms : a life of Nelson Rockefeller

Endeca Noteworthy Last Month - Thu, 11/13/2014 - 05:00

Author: Smith, Richard Norton, 1953-
Published: New York : Random House, [2014]

Currently held at: DUKE

The race for paradise : an Islamic history of the crusades

Endeca Noteworthy Last Month - Thu, 11/13/2014 - 05:00

Author: Cobb, Paul M., 1967-
Published: New York : Oxford University Press, [2014]

Currently held at: DUKE

Tell : a novel

Endeca Noteworthy Last Month - Thu, 11/13/2014 - 05:00

Author: Itani, Frances, 1942- author.
Published: Toronto, Ontario : HarperCollins Publishers Ltd, [2014]

Currently held at: DUKE

The Oxford handbook of Islam and politics

Endeca Noteworthy Last Month - Thu, 11/13/2014 - 05:00

Published: Oxford, UK ; New York, NY : Oxford University Press, [2013]

Currently held at: DUKE

Prince Lestat

Endeca Lilly Current Lit 3 Months - Thu, 11/13/2014 - 00:00

Author: Rice, Anne, 1941-
Published: New York : Alfred A. Knopf, 2014.

Currently held at: DUKE

Security leader insights for business continuity : lessons and strategies from leading security professionals

Endeca eBooks Last Week - Thu, 11/13/2014 - 00:00

Published: Amsterdam, Netherlands : Elsevier, 2015.

Currently held at: DUKE

New Angles & Avenues for Bitstreams

Bitstreams - Wed, 11/12/2014 - 20:33

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This week, we added a display of our most recent Bitstreams blog posts to our Digital Collections homepage (example), and likewise, a view of posts relevant to a given collection on the respective collection’s homepage (example).

Background

Our Digital Projects & Production team has been writing in Bitstreams at least weekly [...]

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CIT Office Hours

Library News - Wed, 11/12/2014 - 15:00
Wed, Nov 12, 2014: 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM Bostock Library Room 024 (CIT Instructional Technology Lab) CIT consultants will be avai

International Education Week at Duke

Library News - Wed, 11/12/2014 - 14:30
Wed, Nov 12, 2014: 9:30 AM - 11:00 AM Perkins Library Room 217 Duke International House & Professional Affairs Committee (PAC), Librarian’s Assembly Present: Duke's Global Mobility: How are we fostering Intercultural Competencies?: a Panel Discussion WHERE: Perkins Library 217 (second floor) WHEN: Wednesday, Novemb

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