“Blessed be the Lord, the God of our fathers,
who let me finish the writing of the Zemmâre and the Mawâs’et
in peace and well-being,
for ever and ever. May it be!”

(Colophon of ms. Duke Eth. 83)

Courtesy Lucas Van Rompay

Magic scrolls, Psalters, prayers, and hymns are among the treasures in a [...]

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Jill Katte

Instructors in many academic disciplines have enriched their teaching by using digitized primary sources in the classroom. Recently, Duke librarians Lynn Eaton and Emily Daly worked with faculty member Keith Wilhite to provide instruction for his Writing 20 class entitled “ReWriting the 1950s.” Students explored the Libraries’ Ad*Access digital collection for an assignment [...]

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Michael Adamo, Noah Huffman and Richard Murray

A visitor exploring one of the Duke Libraries’ digital collections is probably too engrossed in the content to think very much about how the collection got there. In fact, each digital collection is the product of a collaboration of eight to ten staff from several library [...]

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Sean Aery

OK, let’s face it. Library website interfaces that provide access to digital library resources generally aren’t as easy to use as they should be—especially when compared to commercial sites. Have you ever had trouble finding something on Amazon.com, Google, or YouTube? Probably not. You don’t have to [...]

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What Gets Digitized?

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Giving Local Collections Global Reach Jill Katte

Photos of Fidel Castro in his kitchen, World War II-era ration coupons and Nazi propaganda comic books, rare string quartets and song sheets, images of Duke Chapel under construction, portraits from a 1920s African American photography studio, and a video interview of choreographer Merce Cunningham. These diverse materials [...]

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Steve Hensen

With twenty-five digital collections on the Web, the Duke University Libraries are recognized for their leadership in the digitization of library materials. But the Duke Libraries’ leadership extends beyond merely making its collections more accessible via the Internet. The Libraries are also establishing digitization procedures and standards and contributing to a national conversation [...]

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The Story of Two Books

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The Story of Two Books

Jacob Dagger The Writing of 444 Days: The Hostages Remember and Guests of the Ayatollah

In the spring of 2003, as many of journalist Mark Bowden’s reporter friends journeyed to Afghanistan to write about the progress of post-9/11 U.S. military initiatives or to Iraq to cover what would prove [...]

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Knowledge Bytes: Health

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Internet Sites Selected for the Readers of Duke University Libraries Your Disease Risk

www.yourdiseaserisk.wustl.edu

This useful site, created by the Harvard Center for Cancer Prevention and now hosted by the Washington University School of Medicine, allows users to determine their potential risks for various cancers, diabetes, osteoporosis, heart disease, and strokes by answering [...]

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