You might or might not have noticed a TRLN Discovery feature announcement in the February TRLN News Roundup. It mentioned that we are now indexing variant names from the Library of Congress Name Authority File in TRLN Discovery. I thought in this post I would expand on what this change means for Duke’s Books & … Continue reading Indexing variant names from the Library of Congress Name Authority File (LCNAF) in TRLN Discovery
In the Assessment & User Experience department, one of our ongoing tasks is to gather and review patron feedback in order to identify problems and suggest improvements. While the libraries offer a wide variety of services to our patrons, one of the biggest and trickiest areas to get right is the design of our physical … Continue reading Library study space design: Intentional, inclusive, flexible
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This post is part of the Research Data Curation Team’s ‘Researcher Highlight’ series. Equity in Collaboration The landscape of research and data is enterprising, expansive and diverse. This dynamic is notably visible in the work done at Duke Global Health Institute (DGHI). Collaboration with international partners inherently comes with many challenges. In a conversation with … Continue reading Data Sharing and Equity: Sabrina McCutchan, Data Architect
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The library has been committed to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion for the past year extended, specifically through the work of DivE-In and the Anti-Racist Roadmap. And to that end, the Digital Strategies and Technology department, where I work, has also been focusing on these issues. So lately I’ve been thinking a lot about how, as … Continue reading What does it mean to be an actively antiracist developer?
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This post was written by Laurier Cress. Laurier Cress is a graduate student at the University of Denver studying Library Science with an emphasis on digital collections, rare books and manuscripts, and social justice in librarianship and archives. In addition to LIS topics, she is also interested in Medieval and Early Modern European History. Laurier … Continue reading An Intern’s Investigation on Decolonizing Archival Descriptions and Legacy Metadata
One of the greatest challenges to digitizing analog moving-image sources such as videotape and film reels isn’t the actual digitization. It’s the enormous file sizes that result, and the high costs associated with storing and maintaining those files for long-term preservation. For many years, Duke Libraries has generated 10-bit uncompressed preservation master files when digitizing … Continue reading FFV1: The Gains of Lossless
The Digital Production Center (DPC) is looking to hire a Digitization Specialist to join our team! The DPC team is on the forefront of enabling students, teachers, and researchers to continue their research by digitizing materials from our library collections. We get to work with a variety of unique and rare materials (in a multitude … Continue reading We’re hiring!
In fall 2020, the Libraries quickly developed several new COVID-safe services as we reopened our facilities to students and faculty in the midst of the pandemic. Two such services were Library Takeout, which allows Duke affiliates to pick up reserved books with minimal contact, and an online reservation system for seats and equipment in library … Continue reading Seats in the time of COVID: Improving new services with user feedback
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It’s an exciting time for the MorphoSource team, as we work to launch the MorphoSource 2 Beta application next Wednesday! The new application improves and expands upon the original MorphoSource, a repository for 3D research data, and is being built using Hyrax, an open-source digital repository application widely implemented by libraries to manage digital repositories … Continue reading A Preview of MorphoSource 2 Beta
Welcome to the 2020 digital collections round up! In spite of the dumpster fire of 2020, Duke Digital Collections had a productive and action packed year (maybe too action packed at times). Per usual we launched new and added content to existing digital collections (full list below). We are also wrapping up our mega-migration from … Continue reading 2020 Highlights from Digital Collections
Around this time last year, I wrote about our ambitious plans to implement ArcLight software for archival discovery and access at Duke in 2020. While this year has certainly laid waste to so many good intentions, our team persisted through the cacophony undeterred, and—I’m proud to report—still hit our mark of going live on July … Continue reading Implementing ArcLight: A Reflection
Earlier this year and prior to the pandemic, Digital Production Center (DPC) staff piloted an alternative approach to digitize patron requests with the Rubenstein Library’s Research Services (RLRS) team. The previous approach was focused on digitizing specific items that instruction librarians and patrons requested, and these items were delivered directly to that person. The alternative … Continue reading Access for One, Access for All: DPC’s Approach towards Folder Level Digitization
Featured image – Wayback Machine capture of the Tripod2 beta site in February, 2011. We all design and create platforms that work beautifully for us, that fill us with pride as they expand and grow to meet our programmatic needs, and all the while the world changes around us, the programs scale beyond what we … Continue reading Sunsetting Tripod2
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 Libraries Research Services department, there are now 4 short, … Continue reading How to Videos for Using Digital Collections
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 the experiences and needs of … Continue reading Understanding the experiences and needs of Black students at Duke
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On March 20, 2020, the Duke University Libraries were closed related to the COVID-19 pandemic. Surrounded by a great deal of uncertainty as to when the Libraries would reopen, most library staff were sent home to work for the next months from home. During this time, the Digital Production Center’s employees followed suit and, as … Continue reading Here’s What Happened Next: The Duke Digital Production Center in the Era of the COVID-19 Pandemic
[Header image from Fischer, E., Fischer, M., Grass, D., Henrion, I., Warren, W., Westman, E. (2020, August 07). Low-cost measurement of facemask efficacy for filtering expelled droplets during speech. Science Advances. https://advances.sciencemag.org/content/early/2020/08/07/sciadv.abd3083] Back in March, just as things were rapidly shutting down across the United States, I wrote a post reflecting on how integral the practice … Continue reading Sharing data and research in a time of global pandemic, Part 2
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About four years ago we released a small Ruby gem (EDTF-Humanize) to generate human readable dates out of Extended Date Time Format dates. For some background on our use of the EDTF standard, please see our previous blog posts on the topic: EDTF-Humanize, Enjoy your Metadata: Fun with Date Encoding, and It’s Date Night Here … Continue reading EDTF-Humanize 2.0 with Improved Internationalization Support
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This began as a quest for images of people engaging in recreational activities. Facing copious time indoors with limited places to go, many are looking for respite. I thought it would be uplifting to find pictures of people having fun. While combing through Duke University Libraries’ numerous digital collections in search of such images, several … Continue reading Hope Harvested
Last week the Duke University Libraries (DUL) development team released a new version of the Duke Digital Repository (DDR), which is the preservation and access platform for digitized, born digital, and purchased library collections. DDR is developed and maintained by DUL staff and it is built using Samvera, Valkyrie and Blacklight components (read all about … Continue reading Announcing New Features in the Duke Digital Repository
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