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)
Did you ever stop to think about how the materials you find in the Library’s catalog search get there? Did you know the Duke Libraries have three staff members dedicated to making sure Duke’s library catalog is working so faculty and students can do their research? The library catalog is the backbone of the library … Continue reading The Backbone of the Library, the Library Catalog
Russia has been back in the news of late for a variety of reasons, some, perhaps, more interesting than others. Last year marked the centennial of the 1917 Russian Revolution, arguably one of the foundational events of the 20th century. The 1917 Revolution was the beginning of enormous upheaval that touched all parts of … Continue reading The Art of Revolution
Last week, an indefatigable team at Duke University Libraries released an upgraded version of the DukeSpace platform, completing the first phase of the critical project that I wrote about in this space in January. One member of the team remarked that we now surely have “one of the best DSpaces in the world,” and I … Continue reading Living Our Best DSpace Lives
This Friday and Saturday, March 23 – 24, veterans of the Civil Rights Movement, contemporary activists from the Movement for Black Lives, scholars, librarians, educators, and students are gathering in Durham for the culminating events of the SNCC Digital Gateway Project. We hope you can be there too. The SNCC Legacy Project, the Center for … Continue reading Learn from the Past, Organize for the Future
Just over one year ago, Duke University Library’s Web Experience team charged a new subgroup – the Discovery Strategy Team – with “providing cohesion for the Libraries’ discovery environment and facilitate discussion and activity across the units responsible for the various systems and policies that support discovery for DUL users”. Jacquie Samples, head of the … Continue reading Mapping Duke University Libraries’ Discovery System Environment
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As regular Bitstreams readers know, a cross departmental team within Duke University Libraries has been exploring Multispectral Imaging and its potential to make Duke collections more accessible to researchers in the Duke scholarly community and beyond since 2015. [https://blogs.library.duke.edu/bitstreams/category/msi/]. After spending 2017 developing MSI workflows, building expertise, writing documentation, and responding to experimental imaging requests, … Continue reading Announcing Multispectral Imaging Service, version 1
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Apache Solr is behind many of our systems that provide a way to search and browse via a web application (such as the Duke Digital Repository, parts of our Bento search application, and the not yet public next generation TRLN Discovery catalog). It’s a tool for indexing data and provides a powerful query API. In … Continue reading Fun with Solr Queries
When it comes to moving image digitization, Duke Libraries’ Digital Production Center primarily deals with obsolete videotape formats like U-matic, Betacam, VHS and DV. We typically don’t work with high-definition (HD) or ultra high definition (UHD) video because that is usually “born digital,” and doesn’t need any kind of conversion from analog, or real-time migration from … Continue reading Adventures in 4K
Interactive Transcripts have Arrived! This week Duke Digital Collections added our first set of interactive transcripts to one of our newest digital collections: the Silent Vigil (1968) and Allen Building Takeover (1969) collection of audio recordings. This marks an exciting milestone in the accessibility efforts Duke University Libraries has been engaged in for the past … Continue reading Interactive Transcripts have Arrived!
We kicked off the spring 2018 semester by rolling out a brand-new design for the David M. Rubenstein Library website. The new site features updated imagery from the collections, better navigation, and more prominent presence for the exhibits currently on display. Much credit goes to Katie Henningsen and Kate Collins who championed the project. … Continue reading A New & Improved Rubenstein Library Website
What could me growing up in South West Virginia have to do with an itinerant photographer from Durham who was born in 1877? His name was Hugh Mangum and he had a knack for bringing out the personalities of his subjects when, at the time, most photographs depict stiff and stoic people similar to the … Continue reading Hugh Mangum, Family and 100 years