(Thanks to Assessment and User Experience Intern Brenda Yang for this post and for her amazing work on Oasis Perkins!) What if it was possible to unwind – color, do a jigsaw puzzle, meditate – without leaving the Libraries? It is at Oasis Perkins! This high-ceilinged refuge is tucked into the fourth floor of Perkins … Continue reading Find your haven at Oasis Perkins
About four and a half years ago I wrote a blog post here on Bitstreams titled: “Digitization Details: Before We Push the “Scan” Button” in which I wrote about how we use color calibration, device profiling and modified viewing environments to produce “consistent results of a measurable quality” in our digital images. About two and … Continue reading Digitization Details: The Process of Digitizing a Collection
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2018 has featured several monumental changes in the library’s technology platforms. One of the most impactful shifts this year was revitalizing DukeSpace, our DSpace-based institutional repository (IR) software, home to over 16,000 open-access articles, theses, and dissertations from Duke scholars. Back in March, we celebrated a successful multi-version upgrade for DSpace, and along with it, a major … Continue reading Highlighting Duke Scholars Alongside Their Research
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In anticipation of next Tuesday’s midterm elections, here is a photo gallery of voting-related images from Duke Digital Collections. Click on a photo to view more images from our collections dealing with political movements, voting rights, propaganda, activism, and more! If you haven’t already taken advantage of early voting, we at Bitstreams encourage you to … Continue reading Vote!
One of the pleasures of working in an academic library is the opportunity it presents for engagement with communities in our field of work. One such community that Duke University Libraries has been a member for some time now is Samvera, which is an open-source community for software development that supports digital repositories. I, along … Continue reading Community and Collaboration at Samvera Connect 2018
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In my first six weeks at DUL (Duke University Libraries), I’m deciphering acronyms, even beyond those I absorbed at IBM, Toshiba, and LexisNexis, which is to say, a whole new lexicon. Within the DST (Digital Strategies and Technology) organization, my ITS (Information Technology Services) team consists of three departments, located in the PBR complex (Perkins … Continue reading SMTL @ DUL
“To Greenland in 105 Days, or, Why Did I Ever Leave Home”: Henry J. Oosting’s Misadventure in the Arctic (1937)
When Duke professor and botanist Henry J. Oosting agreed to take part in an expedition to Greenland in the summer of 1937 his mission was to collect botanical samples and document the region’s native flora. The expedition, organized and led by noted polar explorer Louise Arner Boyd, included several other accomplished scientists of the day and … Continue reading “To Greenland in 105 Days, or, Why Did I Ever Leave Home”: Henry J. Oosting’s Misadventure in the Arctic (1937)
How can the Duke Libraries support the needs of first-generation (1G) college students at Duke? A team of library staff became interested in this question after noticing that 1G students’ responses to a survey question about the Libraries were different from those of continuing-generation students. While many 1G students are successful in and out of … Continue reading Understanding the experiences and needs of 1G students at Duke
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In 2016, after we launched the first iteration of the Duke Chapel Recordings Digital Collection in the Duke Digital Repository (DDR), we began a collaborative project between Digital Collections and Curation Services, University Archives, and the Duke Divinity School to enhance the metadata. The original metadata was fairly basic and allowed users to identify individual … Continue reading Metadata for Homiletics: Enhancing the Duke Chapel Recordings Digital Collection
Over the past year, you’ve probably noticed a change in the public computing environments in Duke University Libraries. Besides new patron-facing hardware, we’ve made even larger changes behind the scenes — the majority of our public computing “computers” have been converted to a Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI). The physical hardware that you sit down at … Continue reading A New(-ish) Look for Public Computing
Last week, I presented our New Project Request Process at First Wednesday. This request process is to help the Digital Strategies & Technology (DST) Leadership Team more effectively evaluate and prioritize projects that require ITS resources. Over the summer, we developed and tested a two-stage workflow aimed to lower the barrier for library staff to … Continue reading New Project Request Process
When Duke students tour the Digital Production Center, I always show them our videotape digitization system, and point out that Duke Libraries’ collection of U-matic, VHS and Betacam analog videotapes are ancient relics from the last century. In fact, this fall’s first-year students were born in the new millennium. They have little use for physical … Continue reading Enter the Vortex
I recently worked on an interactive kiosk for a new exhibit in the library — Views of the Great War: Highlights from the Duke University Libraries. Elizabeth Dunn, the exhibit curator, wanted to highlight a series of letters that shared the experiences of two individuals during the war. She was able to recruit the talents … Continue reading Bringing ‘Views of the Great War’ to life
At the beginning of the school year in elementary school, we were usually given the assignment to write about our summer. I dreaded the assignment. Summers were spent running around from dawn to dusk, maybe a road trip packed into the family car to see relatives, nothing worth writing about. I now understand that it … Continue reading What I Did on My Summer Vacation
Duke University Libraries is recruiting a Digital Production Services Manager to direct the operations of our Digital Production Center, its staff (3 FTE plus student assistants), and associated digitization services. We are seeking someone experienced in leading digitization projects who is excited to partner with colleagues around the library to reformat and preserve unique library … Continue reading We are Hiring!
Post contributed by: Emily Daly, Thomas Crichlow, and Cory Lown If you’re a frequent or even casual user of the Duke Libraries catalog, you’ve probably noticed that it’s remained remarkably consistent over the last decade. Consistency can be a good thing, but there is certainly room for improvement in the Duke Libraries catalog, and staff … Continue reading A collaborative approach to developing a new Duke Libraries catalog
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While we sometimes talk about “the repository” as if it were a monolith at Duke University Libraries, we have in fact developed and maintained two core platforms that function as repository applications. I’ll describe them briefly, then preview a third that is in development, as well as the rationale behind expanding in this way. DukeSpace … Continue reading DDR-RD: Previewing DUL’s new platform for research data
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If you are a regular Bitstreams reader, you know we just love talking about Multispectral Imaging. Seriously, we can go on and on about it, and we are not the only ones. This week however we are keeping it short and sweet and sharing a couple before and after images from one of our most … Continue reading Multispectral Imaging Summer Snapshots
Beginning Launch in…. Exciting news from Digital Collections! The 1990’s decade of The Duke Chronicle is being prepped for completion. It has been nine months since I started scanning The Chronicle, and I have come across some interesting stories and images. Despite the fact that I can’t digest the 1990’s being twenty years ago, flipping … Continue reading Open, Flip, Scan, Close: Observations from The Duke Chronicle Collection Project
This spring, Duke University Libraries conducted the 2018 biennial user satisfaction survey, a large survey of students and faculty at Duke. The goal of the survey is to gauge overall user satisfaction and to gather specific ideas for improvements to DUL materials, services, and spaces. In this post, we’ll share some of the trends within … Continue reading Textbooks and Bean Bags: The 2018 Student Library Satisfaction Survey
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