Tip One: Access Office 365 at Home for Free Did you know you can install Microsoft Office at home for free? As a Duke permanent employee, you have access to a limited number of downloads of the Office package at no charge. The license works for both PC and Mac. You may also use any … Continue reading Two Office 365 Tips to Aid Productivity
Last week, it was brought to our attention that Duke Digital Collections recently passed 100,000 individual items found in the Duke Digital Repository! To celebrate, I want to highlight some of the most recent materials digitized and uploaded from our Section A project. In the past, Bitstreams has blogged about what Section A is … Continue reading Celebrating a New Duke Digital Collections Milestone with Section A
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For the past year, developers in the Library’s Software Services department have been working to rebuild Duke’s MorphoSource repository for 3D research data. The current repository, available at www.morphosource.org, provides a place for researchers and curators to make scans of biological specimens available to other researchers and to the general public. MorphoSource, first launched in … Continue reading Looking Ahead to MorphoSource 2.0
Duke Libraries has a large collection of analog videotapes, in several different formats. One of the most common in our archives is 3/4″ videotape, also called “U-matic” (shown above). Invented by Sony in 1969, U-matic was the first videotape to be housed inside a plastic cassette for portability. Before U-matic, videotape was recorded on very … Continue reading U-matic for the People
This week, Digitization Specialist Mike Adamo will move on from Duke Libraries after 14 years to assume a new position as Digital Imaging Coordinator at the Libraries of Virginia Tech University. Mike has contributed so much to our Digital Collections program during his tenure, providing years of uncompromising still imaging services, stewardship in times of change for the Digital Production Center, as well as leadership … Continue reading Congratulations and farewell to Mike Adamo
The ongoing tensions between academic institutions and publishers have been escalating the last few months, but those tensions have existed for many years. The term “Big Deal” has been coined to describe a long-standing, industry-wide practice of journal bundling that forces libraries to subscribe to unwanted and unneeded publications rather than paying more for a … Continue reading Data Sciencing our Journal Subscriptions
Looking for something to keep you company on your Summer vacation? Why not direct your devices to a Duke Digital collections! Seriously! Here are a few of the compelling collections we debuted earlier this Spring, and we have have more coming in late June. Hayti-Elizabeth Street renewal area These maps and 2 volume report document … Continue reading Just in time for Summer – New Digital Collections!
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Since my last post about our integrated library system (ILS), there’s been a few changes. First, my team is now the Library Systems and Integration Support Department. We’ve also added three business analysts to our team and we have a developer coming on board this summer. We continue to work on FOLIO as a replacement for … Continue reading Features and Gaps and Bees, Oh My!
It takes a lot to build and publish digital collections as you can see from the variety and scope of the blog posts here on Bitstreams. We all have our internal workflows and tools we use to make our jobs easier and more efficient. The number and scale of activities going on behind the scenes … Continue reading A simple tool with a lot of power: Project Estimates
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The Duke Libraries are committed to providing outstanding service based on respect and empathy for the diverse backgrounds and needs in our community. Our guiding principles make clear how critically important diversity and inclusion are to the library, and the extent to which we strive to break down barriers to scholarship. One of the biggest … Continue reading Web Accessibility: Values and Vigilance
Gear. Kit. Hardware. Rig. Equipment. In the audio world, we take our tools seriously, sometimes to an unhealthy and obsessive degree. We give them pet names, endow them with human qualities, and imbue them with magical powers. In this context, it’s not really strange that a manufacturer of professional audio interfaces would call themselves “Mark … Continue reading Mythical Beasts of Audio
A little over a week ago, I watched the searing and provocative TED talk by British journalist Carole Cadwalladr, “Facebook’s role in Brexit – and the threat to democracy.” It got me thinking about a few library things, which I thought might make for an interesting blog post. Then thinking about these library things took … Continue reading News Feeds, Microfilm, and the Stories We Tell Ourselves
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Contributed by Assessment & User Experience Department Practicum Students Amelia Midgett-Nicholson and Allison Cruse Duke University Libraries (DUL) is always searching for new ways to increase access and make discovery easier for users. One area users frequently have trouble with is accessing online articles. Too often we hear from students that they cannot find an article PDF … Continue reading Is there an app for that? The seemingly endless quest to make discovery easier for users
It’s that time of year at the university when we’re working on our PEPs (Performance Evaluation and Planning forms) and I’m thinking about how grateful I am to have such smart staff who really care about their work, their colleagues, and the people they serve, as we advance technology across the libraries. In contrast to … Continue reading Smart People Who Care
Earlier this month, I was invited to give some remarks on “The Commons Approach” at the LYRASIS Leaders Forum, which was held at the Duke Gardens. We have a great privilege and opportunity as part of the Duke University Libraries to participate in many different communities and projects, and it is one of the many … Continue reading The Commons Approach
Hello! This is my first blog as the new Digital Production Service Manager, and I’d like to take this opportunity to take you, the reader, through my journey of discovering the treasures that the Duke Digital Collections program offers. To personalize this task, I explored the materials related to my family’s journey to the United … Continue reading My Family Story through the Duke Digital Collections Program
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The Assessment & User Experience department at Duke University Libraries keeps the libraries’ physical and virtual spaces responsive to user needs by constantly gathering feedback. In additional to our biennial user satisfaction survey, we run usability tests, hold focus groups, and host meetings of our student advisory boards, all in an effort to keep a … Continue reading Wrangling Messy Data with Airtable
Back in 2015, Lisa Unger Baskin placed her extensive collection of more than 11,000 books, manuscripts, photographs, and artifacts in the Sallie Bingham Center for Women’s History & Culture in the David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library. In late February of 2019, the Libraries opened the exhibit “Five Hundred Years of Women’s Work: … Continue reading Bringing 500 Years of Women’s Work Online
In early 2017, Duke University Libraries launched a research data curation program designed to help researchers on campus ensure that their data are adequately prepared for both sharing and publication, and long term preservation and re-use. Why the focus on research data? Data generated by scholars in the course of their investigation are increasingly being … Continue reading It Takes a Village to Curate Your Data: Duke Partners with the Data Curation Network
In March of last year I wrote about efforts of the Resource Discovery Systems and Strategies team (RDSS, previously called the Discovery Strategy Team) to map Duke University Libraries’ discovery system environment in a visual way. As part of this project we created supporting documentation for each system that appeared in a visualization, including identifying … Continue reading Sustainability Planning for a Better Tomorrow