Music Library blog posts

Mad Men Mondays with the Hartman Center Are Back!

Mon, 04/14/2014 - 20:05

Follow along as we post actual historical ads that relate to the previous night’s episode

Journalist Donates Copy of Tunisian Constitution to Duke

Thu, 04/10/2014 - 18:27

Join us for a public reception with Tunisian journalist and activist Olfa Riahi on April 11

Digitization Details: Sticky-Shed Syndrome and Baked Videotapes

Thu, 04/10/2014 - 11:00

A look at the challenges of digitizing outdated audio and video formats

Adopt-a-Book Program Breathes Life into Old Pages

Wed, 04/09/2014 - 17:22

New program helps conserve rare library materials in need of repair

Building Support for Digital Humanities, Apr. 14

Tue, 04/08/2014 - 17:00

Spring digital scholarship series concludes with a workshop and panel discussion

Faculty Bookwatch: How We Think, Apr. 15

Tue, 04/08/2014 - 11:00

Join the Libraries and FHI for a panel discussion on N. Katherine Hayles’s new book

Cookies + Puppies = Spring Study Break!

Mon, 04/07/2014 - 12:00

Mark your calendar for the Friends of the Libraries Study Break on Apr. 29

Composing Knowledge in the Digital Age, Apr. 16-17

Mon, 04/07/2014 - 11:30

Thompson Writing Program hosts conversations about writing, research, and digital scholarship

Cookies + Puppies = Spring Study Break!

Mon, 04/07/2014 - 11:00

As we head into the last few weeks of the spring semester, LDOC is on many a Duke student’s mind. Yet in between now and all that summer fun stands the dreaded slog of Finals Week. Though we can’t take your finals for you, the Duke Libraries will be doing our best to nurse you through the long days of studying with an aptly timed study break!

The Friends of the Duke University Libraries’ Study Break will be Tuesday, April 29, at 8:00 p.m. in Perkins Library. The event will be held in partnership with Duke Campus Club and the Duke Annual Fund and will be sponsored by Pepsi. After a long day of hitting the books, be sure to stop by Perkins Library and enjoy a smorgasbord of cookies, treats, and other home-baked goodies.

Is your finals week missing a puppy? Come to Puppies in Perkins on April 29!

NEW THIS YEAR! The Libraries will also be partnering with DukePAWS to bring you Puppies in Perkins! Several therapy dogs will be in Perkins Room 217 waiting to dispense and receive hugs, cuddles, and lots of puppy love. The event will take place the afternoon of April 29th (more details to come).

Trade in your calculator and textbooks for some furry snuggles! Your stressed-out brain will thank you for it.

Focus Group Participants Needed (Free Food!)

Thu, 04/03/2014 - 11:15

Your opinion counts! Share your thoughts on how we can improve the Libraries

The Tweetable Letters of “Mother Whitman”

Thu, 04/03/2014 - 11:00

Letters from Walt Whitman’s mother published online, along with the tweetable bits

Focus Group Participants Needed (Free Food!)

Wed, 04/02/2014 - 20:41

We’re looking for undergraduates, graduate students, and faculty to participate in one-hour focus groups.

Your opinion counts! Share your thoughts about ways to improve and enhance library services, collections, and spaces in a one-hour moderated focus group. In return, we’ll feed you!

Here in the Libraries, we’re always trying to up our game. To help us serve our Duke students and faculty better, we conduct periodic focus groups with undergraduates, graduate students, and faculty members.

Your opinion counts! Share your input and make a difference. Focus groups help us improve our existing services and develop new ones to meet emerging needs. Click on the links below to be part of a focus group session.

Focus Groups for Undergraduates

 

Focus Groups for Graduate Students

 

Focus Group for Faculty

Customizing Searching and Other Website Updates

Wed, 04/02/2014 - 19:13

We’ve implemented some new tools and tweaks to make our website easier to use

Customized Searching and Other Website Updates

Wed, 04/02/2014 - 14:28

Use the gear icon to change your default search to Articles, All, or Our Website.

We’ve received a lot of great feedback since we launched our redesigned library website earlier this year, but that doesn’t mean it couldn’t benefit from a few tweaks. Our website team has been working on some small but helpful changes, based on web metrics, usability testing, survey feedback, and suggestions from YOU!

The first change you might have noticed is the light green gear icon in the bottom left corner of the search box. Clicking on the gear allows you to set your personal default search preference. If you spend more time searching for journal articles rather than books, you can set “Articles” as your preferred search tab, and it will appear as the default every time you visit the library homepage. You can change the setting at any time. (The gear works with browser cookies, so if you clear your cache, you will have to reset it.)

Another addition, implemented at the request of many users, is the addition of a website search box in the upper right corner of the masthead. This makes it easier to search our website and find information about the Libraries.

The new Research Commons page explains what you can expect from the renovations in Bostock.

With the announcement about the upcoming construction of the Research Commons on the first floor of Bostock Library, we also added a page about that project, including a timeline, FAQs, sketches of the new layout, and more. You can find it by clicking on “Research Support” in the header of our website and following the “Research Commons” link in the drop-down menu.

We are continually refining and testing our redesigned website, and we greatly appreciate all the feedback our users have given us along the way. Your input (and patience) has helped us create a better, simpler, more intuitively organized library site for all Duke students, faculty, and researchers. If you have additional suggestions for improvement, or to report a problem with our website, let us know!

Smell-o-Bit Lets You Smell This Digitized Hamburger

Tue, 04/01/2014 - 13:41

We’re pleased to announce a new dimension to Duke’s digitized library collections

Good Questions: April Fools!

Tue, 04/01/2014 - 11:00

The questions we get in Perkins Research Services range from the fatuous to the far-fetched to the fascinating. This is one of a series on our most interesting research questions, and how we go about answering them. (Some details have been changed to protect our users’ privacy.) 

Anonymous IM makes it so easy to prank librarians that over the years we have finely tuned both our crap-detectors and our sense of humor. This month, for your entertainment, we bring you some of the silliest and least research-oriented questions we’ve gotten. We make no assertions about the users’ intentions.

The quick and frivolous

  • can I freeze rock buns?
  • my computer just got wiped
  • how old are you?
  • can u give me some help with my crush …. pllllllllllllllllllllzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz  :_(
  • PERKINS PERKINS COME IN PERKINS. STOP. THIS IS DUKE DIVINITY LIBRARY. STOP. WE ARE BUNKERED IN WITH MASSIVE SNOW. STOP.

Uh-oh
Sometimes our users do us a service by reporting problems in and around the libraries.

To whom it may concern: I wanted to inform you that on the second floor bridge, there is a HUGE ANT problem…I do not know why they are there, but I thought you may want to know!

[Did you know that our experts tell us the ants are seeking moisture, not your lunch? We are aware of the problem and doing our best to battle them on all fronts. To report a sighting, please fill out our building maintenance request form.]

FYI I think your current listing for: 20th century ghosts by Joe Hill is incorrect. It is currently: “There are many things that can go wrong with your car, but it’s knowing what to do that can make the difference between a small repair, a major bill, or worse.”

[We have reported this mismatched book summary to the vendor who provides them.]

Punked
We pride ourselves on providing answers or good referrals for all questions that come our way, however arcane. But we have not yet reached consensus on the answer to this ubiquitous question:

“What does the fox say?”

Post by Catherine Shreve, Librarian for Public Policy & Political Science

Rubenstein Library Acquires Radio Haiti Archives

Mon, 03/31/2014 - 15:13

Audio archives join other recent acquisitions documenting the history of Haiti

New Video: Preserving Radio Haiti

Fri, 03/28/2014 - 11:00

A look behind the scenes at how we digitize and preserve an important collection

Big Phone Interview? Use Our Interview Room!

Thu, 03/27/2014 - 15:32

Students can now reserve a room in Perkins for phone and virtual job interviews

Perkins Library Entrance Closing May 5

Thu, 03/27/2014 - 11:00

Main quad entrance and lobby closing for renovation until 2015

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