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Take the Library Home Over Winter Break

Mon, 11/16/2020 - 23:13

Image showing interfaces to different databases

Trying to figure out what you’re going to do over your extra long Winter Break this year? You might already know you can access many of our library resources from home and that you can use Library Takeout to check out print books, but you may not know about some of the libraries’ more fun-focused online resources. Keep reading for popular streaming video, streaming music, and eBook resources! Duke’s personal librarians also share books, films, and other resources that they’ve been enjoying. 

Streaming Video

Duke has access to dozens of streaming video databases. Here are three I recommend checking out if you’re looking for something entertaining to watch. 

Kanopy – This database has a vibrant collection of independent films, international films, and documentaries on a broad range of subjects. Think of it as an artsy version of Netflix. 

Swank Digital Campus – If you’re looking for Hollywood movies, this is your spot. Swank has both recent films and older classics in a wide range of genres. 

Academic Video Online (AVON) – This database has a huge collection of videos. Although the platform is most notable for its excellent documentaries (PBS, CNN, and BBC are all featured), it also has a number of independent feature films in its Sony Pictures Classics collection. 

Popular eBooks

Overdrive – This platform has thousands of popular eBooks and audiobooks. Overdrive titles can be enjoyed on a computer, tablet, e-reader, or phone. 

Streaming Music 

Naxos Music Library – This database has a massive collection of classical music with over 2 million tracks streaming. Great for throwing on while you relax at home!

Music Online: Jazz Music Library – This is your go-to spot if you want to stream jazz.  The library includes thousands of artists and albums across a wide range of sub-genres from hard-bop to Latin jazz to swing. 

Metropolitan Opera On Demand – Enjoy more than 700 full-length opera performances in this database.

Personal Librarian Recommendations

Curious what books and films Duke librarians have been enjoying recently? Check out the following recommendations. Unmarriageable Book Cover

Arianne Hartsell-Gundy – I’ve recently read two books. Unmarriageable: A Novel by Soniah Kamal, is a charming and fun retelling of Pride and Prejudice set in Pakistan. It’s available on Overdrive and in print at Lilly and Perkins. I also enjoyed The Voting Booth by Brandy Colbert, available on Overdrive. Two first-time teen voters meet at their polling place and fall in love over the course of one crazy day in this YA novel. Bonus: there’s an adorable cat named Selma.

Book Cover for Our History is the Future

Carson Holloway – I’ve read two non-fiction books that were great. The first, Our History is the Future: Standing Rock Versus the Dakota Access Pipeline by Nick Estes, is about Standing Rock, but also about the long arc of resistance to the erosion of the rights of native people.  The book is well written as a work of history, and it puts the development of indigenous rights in perspective, but it is also a pointed argument about the necessity of persistence. The second is Mirrors: Stories of Almost Everyone by Eduardo Galeano, and translated by Mark Fried. Mirrors is a sort of world history illustrated with factoids that remind us that not only the great men are interesting when big events happen. Galeano was from Uruguay and his perspective on the rise of colonial South America, women’s suffrage, and the role of illiterate people in history is fascinating. 

Lee Sorensen – I’ve been playing around with the David Rumsey online map collection. I started out looking for historical maps of some of the places I was reading about, but soon discovered that the definition of “map” can be fun and entertaining.  For example, I searched for the word “mythical” or “fantastic” and got quite a lot of representational results of imaginary places. I loved the 1938 Shell Oil company visualization of how the airport world would be!  Hoop Dreams

Ira King – I recently re-watched one of my favorite films, Hoop Dreams, which we have streaming on Kanopy. On the surface this 1994 documentary is about basketball, but it encompasses race, class, the American education system, and more as the filmmakers follow two Chicago-area high school basketball players over a five year span. Hoop Dreams is frequently cited as one of the greatest documentaries of all-time, and I’m inclined to agree. I’ve also been enjoying Cixin Liu’s Remembrance of Earth’s Past science fiction trilogy that begins with The Three Body Problem. This trilogy is available in audiobook format on Duke’s Overdrive page.

Doll House of Petronella OortmanRijksmuseum, Copyrighted free use, via Wikimedia Commons

Greta Boers – I’d like to highlight three books I’ve really enjoyed— all long ago stories about women: 

The Weight of Ink by Rachel Kadish –  a novel that focuses on a Sephardic community in 17th century London and modern day;

The Clockmaker’s Daughter by Kate Morton – a novel about pre-Raphaelite artists in the late 19th century through the 20th;

The Miniaturist by Jessie Burton – a novel centered around a traditional burgher household in 17th century Amsterdam.

I liked these books because they are all about women in various historical periods, who are reimagined with more control and more power to shape their own destinies. All three of these novels have interesting connections to historical events. The main character of The Miniaturist is Petronella Oortman whose dollhouse (pictured above) is in the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam. The Jewish Museum London has a blog post about the 17th century Sephardic Jewish community written about in The Weight of Ink. The Metropolitan Museum of Art has a fascinating essay with photos of the 17th and 18th century European clocks featured in The Clockmaker’s Daughter

 

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Long Night Against Procrastination at Home

Mon, 11/02/2020 - 13:58

What: Writing, subject tutoring, a virtual study room, and stress relief!
Where: On Zoom
When: November 10th and 17th in the morning and the evening (hours below)

Like most things, the Long Night Against Procrastination is going virtual this year! We’re still here to provide writing support, tutoring, research support, and fun stress-relieving activities, all virtual and adjusted to fit your busy schedule and multiple time zones, whether you’re studying on campus or remotely.

Newly added for those who miss studying in the Libraries: A Virtual Study Room! This quiet Zoom room will provide shots of your favorite library spaces and the chance to study alongside your peers as you prepare for final tests and papers.

Read on for what will be available on each date. Log in with your netID to this Duke Box folder for more details and Zoom links for the activities you are interested in attending! Feel free to come and go as you like!

November 10th 8:00am-10am EST
  • Morning Meditation with DuWell
  • Virtual Study Room
  • Writing Studio Consultants
  • Research Help with Duke Librarians
  • ECON 101 Tutors
  • Support from ARC Learning Consultants
November 10th 8:00pm-10:00pm EST
  • Yoga with DuWell
  • Virtual Study Room
  • Sleigh of Hand with DuWell
  • Research Help with Duke Librarians
  • PHY 152 Tutors
  • MATH 111L Tutors
November 17th 8:00am-10:00am EST
  • Morning Meditation with DuWell
  • Virtual Study Room
  • Research Help with Duke Librarians
  • CHEM 201 Tutors
  • Support from ARC Learning Consultants
November 17th 8:00pm-10:00pm EST
  • Self-Care Zine Workshop
  • Virtual Study Room
  • Research Help with Duke Libraries
  • Writing Studio Consultants
  • CHEM 201 Tutors
  • CHEM 101 Tutors

We know not everyone will be able to join us for the Long Night(s) Against Procrastination, but we want to remind everyone to take care of themselves during this time.  Here are additional resources to help you study safely and smartly (and a reminder to take time for a little fun along the way):

Resources to Help You Study Take a Break
Take Care of Yourself

If you have any questions, feel free to email Brittany Wofford (bfw7@duke.edu) or Arianne Hartsell-Gundy (aah39@duke.edu).

Sponsored by Duke University Libraries, the TWP Writing Studio, the Academic Resource Center and the Duke Student Wellness Center.

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Virtual Halloween Thrills & Chills

Tue, 10/27/2020 - 20:21

 

ghostieBoo!

 

 

When’s the last time you saw
An American Werewolf in London? Or Hocus Pocus?

DVD cover Hocus Pocus

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Lilly Library has hundreds of horror films for your seasonal dis-pleasure. Don’t be timid. Check one out…if you DARE!!!

A sampling of our Halloween movies is available as a virtual handout. Request DVDs of vintage vampire flicks, modern monster tales and Asian psychological scarers alongside musicals, comedies and silent era classics. Check them out the old-fashioned way, using Library Takeout for an extra- spooky experience.

And for those of you thirsting for streaming screaming, we have ghoulish titles available online. From Carnival of Souls to The Blob to Bucket of Blood  and more classic creepies like Bride of Frankenstein, The Birds, Night of the Living Dead and Rosemary’s Baby to newer frights like Us. Are you getting goosebumps just thinking about them!?

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skeletonHere’s a chilling challenge: watch all the titles listed  on the handout by 11/30 and receive a FREE devilDVD!

As an added bonus, Duke faculty, Neal Bell’s recently published book, How to Write a Horror Movie, is coming online soon  … stay in a state of suspended animation or, better yet, R.I.P.!

 

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Find Your Seat at the Libraries

Mon, 10/05/2020 - 13:49
Two students sitting at separate tables with masks

Post written by Brittany Wofford and Angela Zoss

Seat yourself! This semester, Duke University Libraries has made over 200 individual study spots available for reservation in Lilly, Perkins, Bostock and Rubenstein Libraries so you can still have the library experience you’ve come to know and love.

Want to (virtually) explore? Check out some of the different spaces below. We know you’ll find something you love!

For more information on the reservations, check out this handy guide.

West Campus The Perk (Perkins Library, Floor 1)

Get your brightest ideas in the brightest spot in the library! Enjoy single tables and plenty of power in The Perk. With all of the library’s office plants keeping you company, it will be like your very own greenhouse. (PERK 001-014)

Map showing The Perk in relation to the rest of Perkins Floor 1 Overview photo of The Perk with desks spaced out. Close-up photo of a small table and single chair in The Perk. The Edge (Bostock Library, Floor 1)

Are you a wild child at heart? Live it up in the evening and nights with a seat in first floor of Bostock with bright lights and colors and plenty of seating options.

The Edge Booths and Meet-ups

The booths and meet-ups give you a little privacy–not to mention comfy padded seats–as you power through your work.  (Booths 101-107, Meet-ups 22 & 123)

Map showing the position of the booths and meet-ups in relation to the rest of The Edge. Photo showing a few of the booths by the windows in The Edge. Photo showing a table placed in front of a wide bench in one of the Meet-Ups. The Edge Open Seating

To see and be seen, pick some of the some of the open seating options throughout the floor (Seats 108-121, 131-32, 145-54)

Map showing the position of the open seating areas in relation to the rest of The Edge. Photo of a row of tables with single chairs in the Jones Open Lab. Tables and chairs in a hallway A series of single tables and one long table in The Edge Lounge. The Edge Rooms

Want the classroom or study room experience with (bonus!) windows as you work? Find your study spot in the Murthy Digital Studio (Murthy/Bostock 121 Seats 125-130), Project Room 6, 7 or 8 (Seats 133-139) or Bostock 127 (Seats 155-172)

Map showing the position of the rooms in relation to the rest of The Edge. A series of tables with single chairs spaced around the Murthy Digital Studio. Two tables with chairs along the window wall of a project room. Two rows of tables in classroom style in Bostock 127. The Edge Counter Stools

For the coffee shop experience, check out the counter stools. We provide everything but the latte! (Counter Stool 140-144)

Map showing the position of the counter stools in relation to the rest of The Edge. A stool in front of a bar-height counter placed along a white wall. Rubenstein Floor 2

Looking for classic and quiet? The second floor of Rubenstein blends plentiful seating with gorgeous spaces and lots of natural light.

Gothic Reading Room

The Gothic Reading Room offers old-school elegance and modern conveniences – most seats have access to power! (Gothic Reading Room Seats 214-243)

Map showing the position of the Gothic Reading Room in relation to the rest of Rubenstein Floor 2. Tables and chairs in Gothic Reading Room Rubenstein 249

Rubenstein 249 is the Carpenter Meeting Room, giving each seat plenty of table space and a quiet room to concentrate ( Rubenstein 249 Seats 244-248)

Map showing the position of Rubenstein 249 in relation to the rest of Rubenstein Floor 2. Large conference table in front of windows in Rubenstein 249 Open Seating

The second floor of Rubenstein also has 13 seats in open spaces, if you like good lighting and a little activity while you work (Seats 201-213)

Map showing the position of the open seating areas in relation to the rest of Rubenstein Floor 2. Tables and chairs in front of wood paneling Rubenstein Floor 3

The third floor of Rubenstein Library is great for anyone looking for a sort of garret/co-working vibe – glass-walled rooms tucked along hallways with soft colors and minimal traffic.

Project Rooms

Three project rooms line a windowed wall, giving the perfect balance of privacy and openness. (Rooms 353-357, Seats 301-306)

Map showing the position of the project rooms in relation to the rest of Rubenstein Floor 3. Table and chairs facing a monitor and next to a window Conference Rooms

For a distraction-free zone, check out a seat in one of the conference rooms along the hallway. (Rooms 350-351, Seats 307-317)

Map showing the position of the conference rooms in relation to the rest of Rubenstein Floor 3. Tables and chairs lining white walls Rubenstein 349

With tall windows and individual tables, the Breedlove Meeting Room (Rubenstein 349) has an open feel with plenty of privacy. (Seats 318-326)

Map showing the position of Rubenstein 349 in relation to the rest of Rubenstein Floor 3. Tables and chairs with a hint of windows East Campus Lilly Library

Live it up at Lilly! Get the East Campus experience at these lovely literary locales.

Few Reading Room (1st floor)

Natural light and plenty of power; what else do you need? How about private study carrels (F01-F07) and long tables for safely studying with your peers. (F08-F19)

Map showing the position of the Few Reading Room in relation to the rest of Lilly Floor 1. View from above, looking down on long wooden tables and spaced out seats View from the back fo the room, looking at rows of tables and high windows Carpenter Reference Room (1st floor)

Want that old-school library experience? Surround yourself with books in the reference study area with socially-distanced seating at long tables. (C20-C41)

Map showing the position of the Carpenter Reference Room in relation to the rest of Lilly Floor 1. A photo from the front, showing wooden tables, chairs, and lamps. A zoomed out view from the front of the room, showing wooden tables, chairs, lamps, and high windows. North Mezzanine (2nd floor)

Talk about a room with a view! Grab a soft seat or table and enjoy one of the most beautiful overlooks on campus. (M42-45)

Map showing the position of the North Mezzanine in relation to the rest of Lilly Floor 2. View of a table and two soft chairs positioned at the top of a staircase, looking out over the rooms below A close up of a table and lamp, with a railing behind Music Library

With plenty of natural light, these seats are music to our ears! Enjoy your choice of carrels (Carrels 1, 3, 5) or personal tables (Study Table Seat 6-7). Whatever you choose sounds great!

The outside of the Music Building, with arches all along the facade. Two individual carrels with privacy walls next to a series of windows A table and chair for studying, another table with cleaning supplies, spread out in the space in front of bookcases

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