Notes – Spring 2010

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Human Rights Archive Acquires Papers of Carter Administration Official

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Courtesy of Yale University

The John Hope Franklin Research Center for African and African American History and Culture at the Special Collections Library recently acquired the papers of John Wesley Blassingame, a nationally renowned scholar of American history and the author of such influential works as Continue Reading

by Diane Harvey

Stereotypes of librarians are so prevalent that American Libraries, the professional journal of the American Library Association, collects them in a monthly column called “How the World Sees Us.” The column is a reminder of the enduring influence characters like Marian the Librarian in The Music Man and Katharine Hepburn’s Bunny Watson [...]

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Cara Bonnett

This story, in a slightly different form, was published originally on Wednesday, January 20, 2010, in DukeToday.

Laurent Dubois had never blogged or even built a web page before last summer.

But when he found out that more than 50 students [...]

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By Lynne O’Brien

Imagine this—

Students competing to design selected library spaces. Library departments combined to form units that reflect user needs rather than library tradition. Catalog search tools that send researchers to the information they want with just one click. Library kiosks that direct students to open study spaces. Details [...]

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Internet Sites Selected for the Readers of Duke University Libraries Museum of Yo-Yo History

Despite its long and colorful history, no toy may be as maligned as the yo-yo. The roots of the yo-yo can be traced back to antiquity: a Grecian urn in the collection of the [...]

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On April 6, 2010 By

Works artist Dianna Cohen has fashioned from plastic shopping bags will hang at Perkins Library April 16-30 in conjunction with the Duke LEAF Award weekend, sponsored by the Nicholas School of the Environment at Duke University. Cohen, writing on her website, says of her art, “Having worked with the plastic bag as my primary material [...]

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15th Anniversary

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Cover photo from Mirror to America by John Hope Franklin, published by Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2005

The John Hope Franklin Research Center for African and African American History and Culture at Duke’s Special Collections Library [...]

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Thavolia Glymph, associate professor of African and African American studies and history at Duke, has been praised for her book, Out of the House of Bondage: The Transformation of the Plantation Household, which Cambridge University Press published in [...]

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The American Library Association has featured the Duke Libraries’ Preservation Department on its Preservation Awareness Week webpage, citing the Department for its innovative use of social networking technologies to promote [...]

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