Deborah Jakubs Named University Librarian
Deborah Jakubs, director of collections services for
Duke University's Perkins System Libraries, is the new Rita DiGiallonardo
Holloway University Librarian and vice provost for library affairs. Duke
President Richard H. Brodhead and Provost Peter Lange announced the
appointment, which took effect on 4 January 2005.
"Deborah Jakubs brings great experience and vision to
the leadership of our library system," Lange said. "Her knowledge of Duke and
her management experience will serve Duke well as the library builds facilities
and programs for a future in which scholars and students capitalize on new
technologies to seek information in new and innovative ways. She is also a
multi-lingual Latin American scholar who is well-suited to help ensure that the
library is central to the university's internationalization programs."
As university librarian, Jakubs is responsible for administering
eight libraries as well as the university archives and its records management
program. She also oversees the Center for Instructional Technology, which
promotes the effective application of information technology in teaching and
learning across the university.
In addition, Jakubs will preside over the completion
of the renovation and expansion of the William R. Perkins Library. The
centerpiece of the project is the five-story Bostock Library, which is under
construction adjacent to Perkins and is expected to be completed in the summer
of 2005. The Karl and Mary Ellen von der Heyden Pavilion, which is being built
between Perkins and the languages building, is also scheduled for completion
An extensive renovation of Perkins, to begin in the
fall of 2005, will include an information commons and a digital production
center. The information commons will integrate print and electronic resources
and digital capabilities in an environment in which library staff will provide
one-on-one assistance or work with students and faculty in groups to integrate
technology into their research. In the digital production center distinctive
library holdings and other campus resources will be converted into electronic
formats for greater usability and accessibility.
Lange said Jakubs' leadership in planning for the
Perkins' expansion and renovation and her experience with both print and
electronic information make her the "right person to lead the libraries'
efforts to address important challenges in integrating research, teaching and
learning in the digital age" as Duke moves toward a conversion to the Library
of Congress classification system.
Brodhead emphasized Jakubs' commitment to students and
the balance she brings to print and electronic media. "Deborah Jakubs is a
scholar and proven administrator who will champion the interests of students as
well as faculty," Brodhead said. "She has shown great enthusiasm for new
electronic resources even as she has worked to build on Duke's traditionally
strong collections of primary materials. As a historian, she has great respect
for the unique place of print resources, but she also is excited about the new
opportunities and breadth of access offered by electronic resources."
Jakubs said she was honored to be selected to succeed
David Ferriero and to lead Duke's libraries "at a time when academic libraries
face great challenges and even greater opportunities to advance scholarship.
Our libraries must become an even more attractive destination for students, a
place that facilitates learning, teaching and the production of scholarship
while creating intellectual community through public programming."
Jakubs earned a Ph.D. in Latin American history from Stanford
University in 1986, and also received a Master of Library and Information
Studies from the University of California, Berkeley.
In addition to holding positions of increasing
responsibility since joining Duke in 1983, she has served as associate director
and director of the Duke-UNC Program in Latin American Studies. Jakubs was the
director of the Global Resources Program of the Association of Research
Libraries from 1996 to 2002.
In the Perkins Library
Comic Book Cultures
Comic books from major collections at Duke and
UNC-Chapel Hill reflect America's changing popular culture from the 1930s to
West Campus at 75
September 2005 marks the 75th anniversary of the
opening of Duke's West Campus. Along with new classroom buildings, dormitories
for men, the library, and the union, there were also facilities for the law
school and two new professional schools, divinity and medicine. The exhibit
will feature the extensive collection of construction images from the
University Archives to illustrate the scope of this massive undertaking.
…And in the Rare Book, Manuscript, and Special Collections Library
Early Comic Strips
Photographic reproductions of rare, early 20th century
comic strips from newspapers in Duke's American Newspaper Repository. This
exhibit is being held in conjunction with the Comic Book Cultures exhibit in
the Perkins gallery and a comics symposium that will be held at Duke in April
James Karales Photographs: 1950s-1980s
A selection of photographs by Look magazine
staff photographer Karales that spans his career and encompasses six distinct
bodies of work: the life of Martin Luther King, Jr.; the Selma to Montgomery
Civil Right march; commercial logging in Oregon; the integrated coal mining
community of Rendville, Ohio; the Vietnam War; and the lower East Side of New
Opening August 8, 2005
Close to Home: An Exhibition of Photographs
by Margaret Sartor
For over fifteen years,
Sartor has been documenting her family and hometown in northern
Louisiana. In this exhibition Sartor's own photographs are displayed with
historic photographs from her family albums that depict the same area and in
some cases the same people. Photographer and writer Margaret Sartor teaches at
the Center for Documentary Studies. Many of her photographs, along with her
journals and diaries, are part of the Rare Book, Manuscript, and Special
Film in Duke Library Collection Named to National Film
A 1941 movie that shows a slice of daily life in Kannapolis,
NC, has been included in an elite national list of historically important
films. The Library of Congress announced on 29 December that the Kannapolis
film made by itinerant filmmaker H. Lee Waters was one of twenty-five to be
named to the National Film Registry for 2004. Each year twenty-five culturally,
historically, or aesthetically significant motion pictures are added to the
registry, which is intended to reflect America's film heritage.
"We've long believed H. Lee Waters' films to be
historic documents," says Karen Glynn, the visual materials archivist in the
Rare Book, Manuscript, and Special Collections Library. The library holds a
number of the more than one hundred films Waters made in the mid-1930s and
early 1940s in small towns in the Carolinas, Virginia and Georgia.
When Waters visited a town, he would set up a camera
in at least three places: in front of the town mill, in front of the school,
and at the town's main intersection. Glynn explains, "He would just film
people going by, with the idea of getting as many people as he could so that
they would pay to see themselves on the big screen when he came back to town
two weeks later to project the film in the local movie theater."
Glynn nominated the Kannapolis film for inclusion in
the registry because it is one of Waters' longest and best efforts. One
noteworthy aspect of Waters' Kannapolis film is the inclusion of more footage
of the black community than was typical of his projects. Waters shot the film
in August 1940 and a few weeks later showed it in the town's two segregated
theaters. And although the theaters were segregated, the film showed a complete
picture of the town.
Film historian and Duke employee Tom Whiteside has
studied Waters' films for two decades. He says the films show a side of
American cinema that deserves to be honored by the film registry. According to
Whiteside, Waters stands out among the so-called itinerant filmmakers who
worked in the early years of cinema by making movies of local communities
because his films have a distinctive style. Whiteside says, "…[Waters] would
be in the theater presenting his films. So he saw what the audience reacted
to, what worked and what wouldn't. That helped him develop a particular
More Waters films are being found every year. Karen Glynn
hopes that the registry honor will draw attention to their value. However,
many of the films are in a serious state of deterioration and require costly
preservation work. The library has received four preservation grants, but they
have covered the restoration of just a few films. Glynn says, "A lot of these
films won't survive if they have to wait in line to be restored."
John Hope Franklin Scholars Program Announced
Duke's weeklong celebration in January of John Hope
Franklin's 90th birthday culminated with an announcement by Mary Duke Biddle Semans
of the creation of the John Hope Franklin Scholars Program, a campus initiative
to help underachieving high school students prepare for college by improving
their research and writing skills through the study of history. Initial
funding for the program will come from Duke's African and African American
Studies Program and the Duke University Libraries.
Program participants will be selected each year from Durham
high schools, with students entering the John Hope Franklin Scholars Program as
sophomores and continuing through their senior year. Franklin Scholars will
engage in a variety of projects related to a year-long theme and will attend
monthly seminars that will include college planning activities. They will also
be assigned mentors within the program and from the Duke student body.
In addition, Franklin Scholars will attend workshops at
Perkins Library that will be hosted by Karen Jean Hunt, director of the Rare
Book, Manuscript, and Special Collections Library's John Hope Franklin
Collection for African and African American Documentation. In the workshops
the students will receive instruction in the use of primary source materials
and an overview of the library's Franklin Collection.
Two Duke Librarians Selected by the Association of Research
Libraries for Fellowship Program
The Association of Research Libraries (ARL) has named two Duke librarians
as fellows in its 2004-2006 Research Library Leadership Fellows Program.
Robert Byrd, director of the Rare Book, Manuscript, and Special Collections
Library, and Paul Conway, director of Information Technology Services, join
nineteen other library administrators to participate in the pilot executive
leadership program jointly designed and sponsored by five ARL member
libraries: the University of California, Los Angeles; Columbia University;
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign; University of Texas at Austin; and
the University of Washington. The libraries at Duke also hold membership in
the Association of Research Libraries.
The ARL program has been created and implemented to
address the increasing demands for succession planning at America's very large
research libraries. The program's two-year curriculum includes a series of
leadership institutes where fellows will be challenged to focus on themes such
as libraries and their role in society from a global perspective, the
significance of changes in information technology for research library
leadership, the influence diversity considerations have on staffing and public
services decisions, and the dynamics and politics of campus life. Fellows will
also complete individual assessments and construct learning plans, make a
one-week site visit at one of the ARL sponsoring institutions, develop and
sustain a mentoring relationship with a director from a large research library
and attend ARL membership meetings.
Monday, 21 March, 12:00 noon, Perkins Library Rare Book Room
Paul Ortiz will discuss his
new book, Emancipation Betrayed: The Hidden
History of Black Organizing and White Violence in Florida From Reconstruction
to the Bloody Election of 1920. The book explains how African
Americans in Florida organized the first statewide civil rights
movement in the US and why the events are missing from the nation's
historical record. Paul Ortiz received his Ph.D. in history from Duke in 2000
and is currently professor of Communication Studies at the
University of California, Santa Cruz. He is the co-editor of Remembering Jim Crow: African Americans Tell About Life in the Segregated South, winner of the 2002 Lillian Smith Book Award. The event is co-sponsored by the Duke University Libraries' John Hope Franklin Collection for African and African American Documentation, the African and African American Studies Program, the Department of History, and the Gothic Bookshop.
Tuesday, 22 March, 7:00 p.m., Perkins Library Rare Book Room
Reynolds Price, James B. Duke Professor of English, reads his translation of the Gospel of Mark, which is from his book entitled Three Gospels.
In a New York Times review of the
book, Robert Alter wrote, "Mark exerts a particular magnetism on Mr. Price
because, like the writers of the Hebrew Bible whom Mark kept in mind, he
conveys his urgency not through exhortation or theological argumentation but
through the terse telling of the tale." Sponsored by the Duke University
Libraries. Limited Seating
Tuesday, 29 March 4:00 p.m., Perkins Library Rare Rook Room
Engaging Faculty Series:
Curtis Richardson gives a
lecture entitled "Wetlands of Mass Destruction," a discussion of how Saddam
Hussein's regime destroyed the Mesopotamian marshes of southern
Iraq. Richardson is professor of resource ecology and chair of
the Environmental Sciences and Policy Division of Duke's
Nicholas School of the Environment. He is also director of the
Duke University Wetland Center. Sponsored by the Friends of the Duke University Libraries.
This event was
originally scheduled for 8 March.
Tuesday, 12 April, 7:00 p.m., Perkins Library Rare Book Room
"Leaving Home, Becoming Home: An Interactive Reading
on the Creative Process and the Archives." A program in celebration of three
noteworthy events: The 30th anniversary of feminist bookshop, Charis Books and
More; the publication by Charis of an anthology of writings, "Leaving Home,
Becoming Home: Girls and Women Write about the Search for Self," from members
of its High School Women Writers Group and writers such as Alice Walker and
bell hooks; and the recent acquisition by the Sallie Bingham Center of the
records of Charis. Special guest for the event is
Linda Bryant, founder of Charis and editor of the
anthology. Co-sponsored by the Duke University Libraries' Sallie Bingham Center
for Women's History and Culture as well as Charis Circle and Charis Books and
More, the Atlanta-based bookshop and feminist advocacy organization.
Thursday, 21 April, 6:30 p.m., Searle Conference Center. Tickets required.
Annual dinner and
business meeting of the Friends of the Duke University Libraries. The guest
speaker will be Edgar and Emmy-winning writer Michael Malone, whose topic will be "Novels and Networks: Fictions in/about/and on Behalf of Popular Culture." Malone's books include Time's Witness, Foolscap, Handling Sin,
and the recently published The Killing Club,
"co-authored" with Marcie Walsh, a character in the television daytime drama,
One Life to Live. Members of the Friends
will receive information in the mail about the event. Non-members who would
like to attend should call (919) 660-5816 to purchase tickets.
Friday, 22 April, 9-5 p.m., Mary Lou Williams Center
"Comic Book Cultures: A Colloquium," which is open to the public, will feature talks by Scott Bukatman (Art and Art History, Stanford University);
Susan Squier (English, Pennsylvania State University);
Phillip Thurtle (Sociology, Carleton University); and
Peter Coogan (Kinkel Center, Fontbonne University). The
colloquium is being funded by the Duke University Libraries; the Robertson
Scholars Program Collaboration Fund; the John Hope Franklin Humanities
Institute; the New Beginnings "Culture Study of Medicine" Working Group; and
Duke University's departments of Cultural Anthropology and
Literature. For more information send a message to email@example.com.
Monday, 25 April, 12:00 noon, Perkins Library Rare Book Room
Laura Flanders will read from her book,Bushwomen: How They Got Their Man in the White House. Flanders is host of The Laura Flanders Show, heard weekends, 7-10 p.m. on the Air America radio network, and compiler of The W Effect: Bush's War on Women, an essay collection published by the
Feminist Press. Bring your lunch—drinks and
dessert will be provided by the event co-sponsors: the Duke University
Libraries' Sallie Bingham Center for Women's History and Culture, the Women's
Studies Program, and the Baldwin Scholars Program.
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