I’ve been working in academic libraries for fourteen years now, and I still haven’t been able to convince my grandmother that working for a university doesn’t mean you get the summers off.  We certainly haven’t been taking the summer off in the Digital Collections Program here at the Duke University Libraries, even though [...]

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I attended Open Repositories 2009 Conference this past week.  Overall it was a very informative conference on the open source repository platforms (Fedora, dSpace, ePrints, Zentity), current projects and developments using these platforms, and future directions of repositories.  Below are some relevant notes from the conference.

Repository Workflow

There were a few presentations that discussed [...]

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I gave a presentation yesterday to CNI on our Trident Project. The slides are below

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What happens when an entire collection goes through the Conservation Department to be processed so that it can be digitized?  What do these collections look like through the eyes of a conservator?  What level of conservation work should a collection get? How long does it take to process a collection?  These are some of the [...]

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I’m happy to report that work on the Broadsides and Ephemera Collection has begun! The source content for this project is an artificial collection in Duke’s Special Collections Library, dated 1790-1940. Truly an interdisciplinary collection, it includes materials related to political campaigns, politics, theater, dance, museum exhibitions, advertising, travel, expositions, and military [...]

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The library’s search for software to support metadata creation served as the topic of two posts of mine from late last year, A Metadata Tool that Scales, and Grand Metadata Tool Ideas. Those posts discussed our internal process and analysis, and engaged in some “guilt-free big thinking.”  This post will report on [...]

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Over the the next few months, we’ll be writing a series of posts that offer a behind-the-scenes look at all of the work and decision-making that goes into building one digital collection, from selection, conservation, and physical processing to scanning, metadata, and publication.  We’ve chosen to blog about our work on the Broadsides [...]

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Ten Minute Metadata

On December 17, 2008 By

My slides for the TRLN Metadata Tools Seminar tomorrow.

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Four-Minute Metadata Tool

On December 15, 2008 By

I’ve been asked to do a four/six presentation on our metadata tool project for the OLE Regional Workshop Tuesday.  Here are my slides and presentation notes.

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