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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We are halfway through 2018, and so it seems like a fitting time to share new and newly migrated digital collections. Digital Collections Launched or Migrated since January 1 2018: Asa and Elna Spaulding papers Barnard and Gardner Civil War Photographs Duke Basketball Video Elizabeth Hatcher Connor negatives Emma Goldman papers — read more about … Continue reading New and Migrated Digital Collections Round up
On learning that this year’s conference on Open Repositories would be held in Bozeman, Montana, I was initially perplexed. What an odd, out-of-the-way corner of the world in which to hold an international conference on the work of institutional digital repositories. After touching down in Montana, however, it quickly became apparent how appropriate the setting … Continue reading Sustaining Open
An amazing collection of lantern slides depicting women from nations around the world. At first glance, the women in these portraits seem like other portraits of the time, generally nondescript portraits of people at some random moment in time. But upon closer inspection, and with the use of an accompanying lecture booklet, a much deeper … Continue reading Women: The World Over
Near the tail end of 2017, the Duke Libraries committed to a major multi-version upgrade for DukeSpace (powered by the open-source repository platform DSpace), and assembled an Avengers-like team to combine its members’ complementary powers to conquer it together. The team persisted through several setbacks and ultimately prevailed in its mission. The new site launched … Continue reading Revitalizing DSpace at Duke
Last week I had the opportunity to attend the 52nd Association for Recorded Sound Collections Annual Conference in Baltimore, MD. From the ARSC website: Founded in 1966, the Association for Recorded Sound Collections, Inc. is a nonprofit organization dedicated to the preservation and study of sound recordings—in all genres of music and speech, in all … Continue reading Charm City Sounds
It is graduation week here at Duke and everyone is scattering about like pollen in the air. There are large tents popping up, students taking pictures in gowns, and people taking long walks across campus. These students, like the groups before them, are embarking on new territory. They are setting out into the world as … Continue reading To Four Years and Beyond
In 2008, Google released their free web browser, Chrome. It’s improved speed and features led to quick adoption by users, and by the middle of 2012, Chrome had become the world’s most popular browser. Recent data puts it at over 55% market share [StatCounter]. As smartphones and tablets took off, Google decided to build an … Continue reading Shiny New Chrome!
We are an ambitious organization, and that is a wonderful trait which directs our motivations and intentions towards good service to our users and community. But what happens when we realize that we have so much to accomplish in a short period of time? It can either cripple us or make us excited and frantic, … Continue reading “We have so much time and so little to do. Strike that; reverse it.”
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As a recent first-time parent, I’m constantly soliciting advice from other more experienced people I meet about how best to take care of my baby. I thought it might be fun to peruse the Duke Digital Collections to see what words of wisdom could be gleaned from years past. This 1930 ad, part of the … Continue reading Baby Advice (from Duke Digital Collections)