The Digital Curation and Production Services Department (DCAPS) develops, builds, and maintains digital library collections for Duke University Libraries and the Duke campus community. DCAPS brings together a staff skilled in the curation of digital objects, digitization of library collections, metadata creation, project management, and software development. Our responsibilities include:

  • Reformatting library collections to promote their discovery, access, and use in research
  • Preserving digital assets of value to the Duke community
  • Leading initiatives related to digitization and digital preservation
  • Consulting and support in our areas of expertise: digital capture, metadata architecture, digital asset curation, and web design

Our department includes a team of Digital Repository Content Analysts, a Metadata Architect, a Digital Project Developer, and the Digital Production Center, which performs high-quality digital captures of physical collections. 

Our projects include:


From Our Blog:

  • descriptive imageEarlier this year and prior to the pandemic, Digital Production Center

    October 16, 2020
  • descriptive imageFeatured image – Wayback Machine capture of the

    October 2, 2020
  • With so much remote instruction and research happening due to the current global pandemic, more and more folks are dependent on Duke Libraries Digital Collections.  How can all these potentially new digital researchers learn how to use our interfaces?  Thanks to my colleagues in the Rubenstein

    September 14, 2020
  • How can the Duke Libraries better support the needs of Black students at Duke? A team of library staff conducted qualitative research with Black students over the past two years in order to answer this question. This research was part of a multi-year effort at the Libraries to better understand

    September 3, 2020
  • descriptive imageOn March 20, 2020, the Duke University Libraries were closed related to the COVID-19 pandemic

    August 24, 2020