What to Read this Month: March 2017

Humanities - Mon, 2017-03-20 19:33

Check out our New and Noteworthy and Current Literature collections for some good reads this month!

A profound and dazzlingly entertaining novel from the writer Louis Menand calls “Jane Austen with a Russian soul.”  In her warm, absorbing and keenly observed new novel, Still Here, Lara Vapnyar follows the intertwined lives of four immigrants in New York City as they grapple with love and tumult, the challenges of a new home, and the absurdities of the digital age.  It was featured in The Millions’ The Great Second-Half 2016 Book Preview.

 

My Life, My Love, My Legacy is the life story of Coretta Scott King–wife of Martin Luther King Jr., founder of the Martin Luther King Jr. Center for Nonviolent Social Change (The King Center), and singular twentieth-century American civil and human rights activist–as told fully for the first time, toward the end of her life, to Rev. Dr. Barbara Reynolds.  Coretta’s is a love story, a family saga, and the memoir of an extraordinary black woman in twentieth-century America, a brave leader who, in the face of terrorism and violent hatred, stood committed, proud, forgiving, nonviolent, and hopeful every day of her life.

The Signal Flame by Andrew Krivak is the second novel from National Book Award finalist Andrew Krivak–a heartbreaking, captivating story about a family awaiting the return of their youngest son from the Vietnam War.  Beginning shortly after Easter in 1972 and ending on Christmas Eve this ambitious novel beautifully evokes ordinary time, a period of living and working while waiting and watching and expecting.   You can read reviews here and here.

 

A Life in Parts is a memoir by Bryan Cranston, star of Breaking Bad and Malcolm in the Middle.  He maps his zigzag journey from abandoned son to beloved star by recalling the many odd parts he’s played in real life–paperboy, farmhand, security guard, dating consultant, murder suspect, dock loader, lover, husband, father. Cranston also chronicles his evolution on camera, from soap opera player trying to master the rules of show business to legendary character actor turning in classic performances as Seinfeld dentist Tim Whatley, “a sadist with newer magazines,” and Malcolm in the Middle dad Hal Wilkerson, a lovable bumbler in tighty-whities.  He has much to say about creativity, devotion, and craft, as well as innate talent and its challenges and benefits and proper maintenance.

Storm in a Teacup: The Physics of Everyday Life is by Helen Czerski, a a physicist and oceanographer at University College London. She provides the tools to alter the way we see everything around us by linking ordinary objects and occurrences, like popcorn popping, coffee stains, and fridge magnets, to big ideas like climate change, the energy crisis, or innovative medical testing. She guides us through the principles of gases, gravity, size, and time.  You can read reviews here and here.

 

Marathon Reading of Toni Morrison’s BELOVED

Humanities - Mon, 2017-03-20 17:26

On Thursday, March 30, the Department of English is hosting BELOVED, a marathon reading of Toni Morrison’s Pulitzer Prize winning novel.   BELOVED will run 8 hours (9AM-5PM) in the Carpenter Conference Room (Rubenstein Library 249), where there will be a podium, microphone, audience seating, and T-shirts for all participants.  Sign up to read via THIS LINK by March 23rd.

The library of course has several copies of this novel available.  If this marathon inspires you to read more by this amazing author, we can help you there too!

 

Munch & Mull: Unconventional Curriculum -- Encouraging students scholarly use of images

Bostock 121 (Murthy Digital Studio)
West Campus

Ahead of an RCR session to be co-taught with Scholarly Communication Officer David Hansen, Lee Sorensen (Librarian for Visual Studies and Dance) walks us through his approach to teaching scholarly use of images. Lee's past efforts to combine visual and digital literacy instruction have included a partnership with the Nasher Museum of Art ("How Do You Look," http://nasher.duke.edu/hdyl/), LibGuides (on visual literacy, http://guides.library.duke.edu/c.php?g=289544&p=1930263, and finding and using images, http://guides.library.duke.edu/images), and one-on-one consultations, including participation in the Wired! Lab (http://www.dukewired.org/). As part of Monday's M&M discussion we'll consider ways librarians can encourage thoughtful and legal use of images found online, including how to create instruction that makes effective use of RCR, as well as how librarians can repurpose instructional materials that Lee and others develop to use in their own digital literacy instruction. 

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Munch & Mull digital scholarship discussion group

Bostock 121 (Murthy Digital Studio)
West Campus
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Munch & Mull: Unconventional Curriculum -- Encouraging students scholarly use of images

All Libcal Events (Huginn Feed) - Mon, 2017-03-20 16:00
Bostock 121 (Murthy Digital Studio)
West Campus

Ahead of an RCR session to be co-taught with Scholarly Communication Officer David Hansen, Lee Sorensen (Librarian for Visual Studies and Dance) walks us through his approach to teaching scholarly use of images. Lee's past efforts to combine visual and digital literacy instruction have included a partnership with the Nasher Museum of Art ("How Do You Look," http://nasher.duke.edu/hdyl/), LibGuides (on visual literacy, http://guides.library.duke.edu/c.php?g=289544&p=1930263, and finding and using images, http://guides.library.duke.edu/images), and one-on-one consultations, including participation in the Wired! Lab (http://www.dukewired.org/). As part of Monday's M&M discussion we'll consider ways librarians can encourage thoughtful and legal use of images found online, including how to create instruction that makes effective use of RCR, as well as how librarians can repurpose instructional materials that Lee and others develop to use in their own digital literacy instruction. 

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Munch & Mull digital scholarship discussion group

All Libcal Events (Huginn Feed) - Mon, 2017-03-20 16:00
Bostock 121 (Murthy Digital Studio)
West Campus
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Nuts, Bolts, and Bits: Further Down the Preservation Path

Bitstreams - Mon, 2017-03-20 14:23

It’s been awhile since we last wrote about the preservation architecture underlying the repository in Preservation Architecture: Phase 2 – Moving Forward with Duke Digital Repository.   We’ve made some terrific progress in the interim, but most of that is invisible to our users not unlike our chilly friends, icebergs. Let’s take a brief tour to … Continue reading Nuts, Bolts, and Bits: Further Down the Preservation Path

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The biology of parasites

Endeca eBooks Last Week - Mon, 2017-03-20 00:00

Author: Lucius, Richard, author.
Published: Weinheim : Wiley-VCH, 2017.

Currently held at: DUKE

Humans and animals : a geography of coexistence

Endeca eBooks Last Week - Mon, 2017-03-20 00:00

Published: Santa Barbara, California : ABC-CLIO, an Imprint of ABC-CLIO, LLC, [2017]

Currently held at: DUKE

Theory and applications of the empirical valence bond approach : from physical chemistry to chemical biology

Endeca eBooks Last Week - Mon, 2017-03-20 00:00

Published: Chichester, West Sussex : John Wiley & Sons, Ltd, 2017.

Currently held at: DUKE

Comparative bone identification : human subadult to nonhuman

Endeca eBooks Last Week - Mon, 2017-03-20 00:00

Author: France, Diane L., compiler.
Published: Boca Raton, FL : CRC Press, Taylor & Francis Group ; London : Taylor & Francis [distributor], [2016]

Currently held at: DUKE

Computational methods for next generation sequencing data analysis

Endeca eBooks Last Week - Mon, 2017-03-20 00:00

Published: Hoboken, New Jersey : John Wiley & Sons, Inc., [2016]

Currently held at: DUKE

Book Macabre

Preservation Underground - Fri, 2017-03-17 21:12

The other day a pretty somber, but intriguing little book came into the lab.

Just from the decoration, the subject is pretty apparent.

It turns out this is the first authorized edition in Italian of the Dance of Death, printed in 1549 (the binding is from a later period). The book is just one example of a long-standing artistic genre which seeks to remind the reader or viewer that no matter one’s station in life, death comes to us all. The wonderfully detailed woodcuts, designed by Hans Holbein the Younger, depict a personified Death interacting with kings, the clergy, and commoners alike.

This particular volume is interesting because it has been extra-illustrated. Probably at the time it was put in it’s current binding, leaves of thicker wove paper were added to the textblock and engraved copies of the woodcuts were tipped to them. While the designs are sometimes mirrored, it is interesting how faithful the engravings are to Holbein’s original composition.

If you would like to see more of the images, you can view a digitized copy of this book online here. This item will get a few straightforward stabilizing repairs so that it is safe to handle in the reading room. This seems like a good candidate for Rubenstein’s annual Screamfest event in the Fall.

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Let’s Get Small: a tribute to the mighty microcassette

Bitstreams - Fri, 2017-03-17 20:08

In past posts, I’ve paid homage to the audio ancestors with riffs on such endangered–some might say extinct–formats as DAT and Minidisc.  This week we turn our attention to the smallest (and perhaps the cutest) tape format of them all:  the Microcassette. Introduced by the Olympus Corporation in 1969, the Microcassette used the same width … Continue reading Let’s Get Small: a tribute to the mighty microcassette

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New Conservation Exhibit: How a Book Is Made

Blogs Featured Posts (non-pipes) - Fri, 2017-03-17 11:00

Examples of the bookbinder’s trade now on display near our conservation lab

New Conservation Exhibit: How a Book Is Made

Bogs Featured (for Marine) - Fri, 2017-03-17 11:00

Examples of the bookbinder’s trade now on display near our conservation lab

Advanced analytical dynamics : theory and applications

Endeca eBooks Last Week - Fri, 2017-03-17 04:00

Author: De Sapio, Vincent, 1968- author.
Published: Cambridge, United Kingdom ; New York, NY : Cambridge University Press, 2017.

Currently held at: DUKE

African American lives in St. Louis, 1763-1865 : slavery, freedom and the West

Endeca eBooks Last Week - Fri, 2017-03-17 04:00

Author: Smith, Dale Edwyna, author.
Published: Jefferson, North Carolina : McFarland & Company, Inc., Publishers, [2017]

Currently held at: DUKE

Aorists and perfects : synchronic and diachronic perspectives

Endeca eBooks Last Week - Fri, 2017-03-17 04:00

Published: Leiden ; Boston : Brill-Rodopi, [2017]

Currently held at: DUKE

Arabic humanities, Islamic thought : essays in honor of Everett K. Rowson

Endeca eBooks Last Week - Fri, 2017-03-17 04:00

Published: Leiden ; Boston : Brill, c2017.

Currently held at: DUKE