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End-of-the-Year Book Drive, Apr. 28

Tue, 04/22/2014 - 15:26

Donate your unwanted books, CDs, and DVDs to the Friends of the Durham Library

Mad Men Mondays, Episode 2: “A Day’s Work”

Mon, 04/21/2014 - 17:34

Follow the Hartman Center as they post historical ads that relate to each episode

Using Google Spreadsheets with Timelines

Mon, 04/21/2014 - 13:29

A look under the hood at how we create dynamic, interactive timelines on our website

In the Lab: Charleston Courier 1815-1851

Fri, 04/18/2014 - 15:59

Learn about the preservation of a new collection of historical newspapers.

From the Archives: Easter Services at Duke Chapel

Thu, 04/17/2014 - 13:45

Looking back at Duke Easter celebrations, from the 1930s to 1980s

End-of-the-Year Book Drive, Apr. 28

Wed, 04/16/2014 - 11:00

If your dorm room looks like this, be sure to drop off your extra books at the upcoming Friends of the Durham Library book drive! (Unless they are library books. We’ll be needing those back.)

It’s the ides of April, and that means LDOC (Last Day of Classes) is almost here. Pretty soon the whole Duke student body will be packing, shipping, and storing a year’s worth of stuff.

Among all those items are bound to be a number of books, purchased and read (or not read) for this year’s classes. Before you try to cram them all into the last pocket of your suitcase, consider donating them to the Friends of the Durham Library Book Drive.

Members of the Friends of the Durham Library will be stationed outside of Perkins Library (weather permitting) on Monday, April 28, 1:00-4:00 p.m. They will be collecting books, CDs, and DVDs to benefit their book sales, the funds of which support Durham County Library programming.  The Friends of the Durham Library hold book sales twice yearly and, to date, have raised over one million dollars to support public libraries around Durham.

Students, faculty, and staff can simply drop off their unwanted books, CDs, and DVDs and, in doing so, support a great cause. So mark your calendar for April 28, and bring us your books!

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!

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