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New Interface for Using WorldCat

Thu, 06/25/2015 - 20:42

If you regularly use WorldCat through the Duke University Libraries website, you might notice a small change soon.

Starting Tuesday, June 30, the Libraries will link to WorldCat through a new platform called WorldCat Discovery, instead of FirstSearch, the platform we’ve been using for some time. WorldCat Discovery is available online now at http://duke.on.worldcat.org/advancedsearch, and we invite you to take it for a test-drive!

You can find out more about WorldCat Discovery Services at https://www.oclc.org/worldcat-discovery/features.en.html, and send feedback about the new interface to Emily Daly, emily.daly@duke.edu.

Summer Book Club

Wed, 06/24/2015 - 19:46

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Join the English Majors’ Union and Duke Libraries for a summer Book Club on Wednesday July 1st at noon in 328 Allen.

We will be reading The Moor’s Account by Laila Lalami.  This book was a Pulitzer Prize for Fiction finalist.

Duke faculty, staff,  and (especially) students are welcome!

E-mail Rebecca Gibson (rebecca.gibson@duke.edu) to RSVP.

Step into the Spotlight: Dance Films

Thu, 06/11/2015 - 15:49
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The 2015 season of the American Dance Festival has now kicked off with fabulous performances through July 25th.

To help you get your  groove on, check out dance-themed highlights from Lilly Library’s film/video collection in the Lilly Video Spotlight: Dance on Film.

If our spotlight whets your appetite, explore Lilly Library’s large selection of dance DVDs to keep you tripping the light fantastic all summer long.  Don’t feel like tripping the light fantastic with Lilly?  The ADF Archives serve as an excellent resource for dance historians, and  this summer the International Screendance Festival hosts screenings at the Nasher Museum of Art.

Updated from a June 2014 post authored by Danette Pachtner,  Librarian for Film, Video & Digital Media and Women’s Studies

Multiple Choice? Cloning in Film

Tue, 04/28/2015 - 16:00
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The concept of cloning raises ethical issues, especially as it grows more feasible than fictional.  The popularity of the current television series Orphan Black (yes, we have it!) helps to shine a spotlight on this issue. Cloning, as a theme in film, makes for compelling, thoughtful and entertaining viewing.  We invite you to check out some of these films in Lilly Library’s DVD collection which explore the implications of cloning .

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Moon (2009), a compelling and suspenseful film, follows an astronaut running a solo mining operation. When an accident triggers a series of inexplicable events he begins to doubt the real purpose of his mission. The film is a textbook example of how to make a thoughtful and good-looking sci-fi thriller on a low budget.

Never Let Me Go (2010) poses an alternate history in which clones are used for organ replacements for “originals.” This powerful and moving film follows three “donors” from childhood into their twenties.

When a person is cloned, what happens to his soul? The Clone Returns Home (2009) addresses life, death, love, and family. Those with patience will be rewarded with this deliberate, meditative film from director Kanji Nakajima.

And for those who prefer action, there’s always Blade Runner (1982).

Need more? Check here or ask our Lilly Film Guy!

Chargers now Available at Service Desks

Fri, 04/24/2015 - 16:37

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You’re in the zone, halfway through writing your final essay when the red battery of death pops up on your laptop screen–and you forgot your charger…again.

No worries! Perkins and Lilly Library service desks now have a variety of chargers that students can check out. Each charger can be checked out for three hours, plenty of time to recharge your battery and finish that paper.  Below is the list of chargers that are now available:

–       Dell 90W AC Adapter

-          OB46994 Lenovo 90W AC Adapter (Slim Tip) for T440 series and current Lenovo laptops

-          Apple 80W MagSafe for earlier model laptops

-          Apple 80W MagSafe2 for current model laptops

- Multiuse phone charger compatible with new and older model iPhones, along with a micro USB, compatible with most Android phones

So if you are need of a quick recharge, be sure to swing by a service desk, check out a charger, and carry on!

 

Cookies, Crafts and … Study Cats?

Wed, 04/22/2015 - 16:50
Students studying in the Lilly Reference RoomStudy Breaks, Relaxation Stations… and do you know about the Fo? Feed your body and recharge your brain at Lilly Library  during Finals Week.

Scientific studies prove that taking a break from relentless studying improves cognitive skills. When Duke students are on East Campus during Finals Week, they may enjoy (so to speak) expanded hours and even find some fun “stuff”  to do in Lilly Library.

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  • Thursday the 23rd – Saturday May 2nd: Open 24/7
    Beginning at 8am on Thursday, April 24th, Lilly remains open though the final exam period, closing on Saturday, May 2nd at 7pm.
  • Lilly Relaxation Station Study CatA thankful Study Cat first appeared in Lilly’s Relaxation Station during previous Finals (courtesy of an unknown student)

    Monday the 27th: Lilly Library Study Break at 8pm
    Cookies, homemade treats and a variety of goodies can help counter the stress of studying!

  • Tuesday – Thursday: Relaxation Station
    Crafts, card and board games, jigsaw puzzles are available 24/7 with the bonus of late night refreshments (provided by Devils After Dark )
  • Anytime: Know the Fo
    Want good luck on your exams? It’s a tradition to pet one of the two Fo Dogs guarding the south entry to the Thomas Room.

    CollageTake a break! Get Good Luck with the Fo or relax at Lilly.

 Good Luck on Finals and be sure to take advantage of Lilly Library’s student support system!

Borrow Direct Coming to Duke

Wed, 04/22/2015 - 05:09

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Users who request materials through interlibrary loan may notice some colorful changes to the service. Duke Document Delivery Services is now participating in the Ivy Plus BorrowDirect resource sharing partnership, a service that allows us to borrow and lend books through eleven other university library systems.

Our neighboring TRLN libraries will continue to be where we go first to borrow items since these requests can be filled in 1 to 3 work days. When we can’t get items quickly through TRLN libraries, we’ll attempt to borrow from our BorrowDirect partners at Brown, Columbia, Cornell, Dartmouth, Harvard, Johns Hopkins, MIT, Princeton, University of Chicago, University of Pennsylvania, and Yale; these requests have a turnaround time of 3 to 5 working days.

Each university has a unique color book band to brighten your bookshelf and to make it easier for us to sort items and return them to the correct institutions.