This department ensures that library materials can be used by patrons both now and in the future. The staff of the Verne and Tanya Roberts Conservation Lab focus on the physical protection and treatment of materials from the circulating and special collections across the Duke University Libraries. This work includes condition surveys, rehousing projects, basic stabilization, full treatments, conservation research, and participation in the management of collections storage, collection emergencies, exhibitions, loans, and digitization.
Continuing Resource Acquisitions
This department is responsible for the acquisition, evaluation, and management of print and electronic continuing resources for the Duke University Libraries, including the acquisition, licensing, description, access maintenance, and renewal of electronic databases, ejournals, and ebooks, along with oversight of print serial ordering, receiving, and binding. This department also enables day-to-day budget management and engages with the TRLN Electronic Resources Management Working Group and other consortial collections activities. It also participates in collections assessment which allow for data-informed collection development and management.
Metadata and Discovery Strategy
This department’s work focuses on ways for Technical Services to “conceptualize and implement resource description in ways that assure its continued usefulness in and interoperability with national and international discovery systems; strive to maintain data consistency and accuracy across a variety of library systems; explore new technologies in the greater library community, and prepare (TS) for transition to new technologies; such as linked data.” Some of the current work includes: Discovery systems administration (e.g. 360 Link, Serials Solutions, Summon, First Search, TS FOLIO functions); liaising with ITS units and WebX as the authoritative source for TS metadata standards and practices; acting as a source for functional input for systems such as Aleph, GFA, etc.
This department manages the firm orders and receipts for monographs and participates in day-to-day budget management. This group also manages 30+ approval plans which includes a major English-language plan with GOBI Solutions as well as a variety of plans focusing on vernacular language International and Area Studies materials. In addition, this group copy catalogs English and foreign language monographic materials.
This department creates, maintains, and stewards metadata that enables users to discover and access library resources. We do this by providing inclusive description of library materials across a variety of formats and languages and oversight of related cataloging policies, practices, and training. This includes entity management that enables standardized and authoritative discovery of people, places, works, and subjects in the library catalog. In addition, this department stewards bindery processes to ensure long-term preservation of and access to library resources.