Duke University Libraries has successfully used multispectral imaging to make ancient manuscripts more readable, but the same technology can also be employed on modern collection materials. Over the summer, our multispectral imaging working group teamed up with Rubenstein Library staff to investigate whether advanced imaging techniques could be used to make certain faded photocopies more … Continue reading Multispectral Imaging and Thermofaxes
A while back, I wrote a blog post about my enjoyment in digitizing the William Gedney Photograph collection and how it was inspiring me to build a darkroom in my garage. I wish I could say that the darkroom is up and running but so far all I’ve installed is the sink. However, as Molly … Continue reading William Gedney: Connect to the photographs
In the past 3 months, we have launched a number of exciting digital collections! Our brand new offerings are either available now or will be very soon. They are: Duke Property Plats: https://repository.duke.edu/dc/uapropplat Early Arabic Manuscripts (included in the recently migrated Early Greek Manuscripts): https://repository.duke.edu/dc/earlymss International Broadsides (added to migrated Broadsides and Ephemera collection): https://repository.duke.edu/dc/broadsides Orange County Tax … Continue reading New and Recently Migrated Digital Collections
The Duke Digital Repository is a pretty nice place if you’re a file in need of preservation and perhaps some access. Provided you’re well-described and your organizational relationship to other files and collections is well understood, you could hardly hope for a better home. But what if you’re not? What if you’re an important digitized … Continue reading And Then There’s The Other Stuff… Meet FileTracker
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It’s September, and Duke students aren’t the only folks on campus in back-to-school mode. On the contrary, we here at the Duke Digital Repository are gearing up to begin promoting our research data curation services in real earnest. Over the last eight months, our four new research data staff have been busy getting to know … Continue reading September scale-up: promoting the DDR and associated services to faculty and students
In the spirit of Friday fun (and to keep with my running theme of obsolete, obscure, and endangered audio equipment,) I present this gallery of anthropomorphic electronics from Rubenstein Library’s Ad*Access digital collection. Enjoy!
One thing I’ve learned on my life’s journey is the importance of knowing your spirit guide. That’s why, by far the most important point that I made in a talk at the TRLN Annual Meeting in July is that the spirit animal of the digital repository movement is the squirlicorn. The squirlicorn perfectly captures … Continue reading Squirlicorn, spirit guide of the digital repository: Four things you should know
This past year the SNCC Digital Gateway has brought a number of activists to Duke’s campus to discuss lesser known aspects of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC)’s history and how their approach to organizing shifted over time. These sessions ranged the development of the symbol of the Black Panther for the Lowndes County Freedom … Continue reading Voices from the Movement
In June of this year I was fortunate to have participated in the inaugural TRLN Institute. Modeled as a sort of Scholarly Communication Institute for TRLN (Triangle Research Libraries Network, a consortium located in the Triangle region of North Carolina), the Institute provided space (the magnificent Hunt Library on North Carolina State University’s campus), time … Continue reading The Inaugural TRLN Institute – an Experiment in Consortial Collaboration
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During the last 8 months that I’ve worked at Duke, I’ve noticed a lot of squirrels. They seem to be everywhere on this campus, and, not only that, they come closer than any squirrels that I’ve ever seen. In fact, while working outside yesterday, and squirrel hopped onto our table and tried to take an … Continue reading Pink Squirrel: It really is the nuts
Born digital archival material present unique challenges to representation, access, and discovery in the DDR. A hard drive arrives at the archives and we want to preserve and provide access to the files. In addition to the content of the files, it’s often important to preserve to some degree the organization of the material on … Continue reading Nested Folders of Files in the Duke Digital Repository
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As a Digital Production Specialist at Duke Libraries, I work with a variety of obsolete videotape formats, digitizing them for long-term preservation and access. Videotape is a form of magnetic tape, consisting of a magnetized coating on one side of a strip of plastic film. The film is there to support the magnetized coating, which … Continue reading A History of Videotape, Part 1
For conservators, one of the aspects of having the MSI system that excites us most is being able to visualize and document the effects of the treatments that we perform. Although we are still learning the ropes with our new system, we had a recent opportunity to image some iron gall ink documents. Iron gall … Continue reading More MSI Fun: Experimenting with iron gall ink
Information Technology Services Duke University Libraries Meet our staff Software Development & Integration Services The SDIS team handles software development for the Duke University Libraries. We support a variety of technology initiatives including the library website, the Digital Collections, the Duke Digital Repository, and much more. ____________________________________________________ Name: Ginny Boyer Position: Head of Software Development & Integration … Continue reading Meet Information Technology Services: Software Development & Integration Services
Information Technology Services Duke University Libraries Meet our staff Core Services Core Services manages much of the day-to-day operations for staff, student, and patron computing within Duke University Libraries. We’re responsible for workstation support and management, AV and public scanning, system and application administration, project management, and management of our Integrated Library System. Our staff also act as liaisons … Continue reading Meet Information Technology Services: Core Services
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Information Technology Services Duke University Libraries Meet our staff Data and Visualization Services Analyze, discover, manage, map, and visualize your data with Duke Libraries Data and Visualization Services. Our team of six consultants and three interns provides a broad range of support in areas ranging from data analysis, data visualization, geographic information systems, financial … Continue reading Meet Information Technology Services: Data and Visualization Services
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Information Technology Services Duke University Libraries Meet our staff Digital Curation Services DCS provides program management for the Duke Digital Repository, along with metadata support, content curation, and R&D. We also perform web and content development for a variety of library programs, including exhibits. ____________________________________________________ Name: Will Sexton Position: Head of Digital Curation Services, and … Continue reading Meet Information Technology Services: Digital Curation Services
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Name: Tim McGeary Position: AUL for IT Services Years at Duke: 3 years What I do at Duke: I lead the ITS organization and participate in the Executive Group for the Libraries. In any given day, I spend my time keeping up with the business of ITS to manage priorities and resources, take time to … Continue reading Meet Information Technology Services: Tim McGeary
Information Technology Services Duke University Libraries Meet our staff Digital Collections DC provides digitization services as well as manage the Duke Digital Collections Program. This program brings together expertise from across the libraries to build, preserve and sustain digital surrogates of library collections. ____________________________________________________ Name: Molly Bragg Position: Digital Collections Program Manager Years … Continue reading Meet Information Technology Services: Digital Collections
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Earlier this summer I worked with the SNCC Digital Gateway team to launch a revised version of their homepage. The SNCC Digital Gateway site originally was launched in the Fall of 2016. Since then much more content has been incorporated into the site. The team and their advisory board wanted to highlight some of this … Continue reading SNCC Digital Gateway Homepage Updates