Information Technology Services
Duke University Libraries
Meet our staff
Software Development & Integration Services
The SDIS team handles software development for the Duke University Libraries. We support a variety of technology initiatives including the library website, the Digital Collections, the Duke Digital Repository, and much more.
Name: Ginny Boyer
Position: Head of Software Development & Integration Services
Years at Duke: 1 year
What I do at Duke: I am a project manager and oversee software development activities for the Duke University Libraries.
If I had $5 million, I would: Buy up a ton of land to start an animal sanctuary and organic farm and then turn it into an outdoor learning opportunity for kids.
My first ever job: I worked in a retail store called Tassels.
My dream job: To be a stay at home mom, and to spend my time volunteering or serving the community. I would also like to have a business of my own. Something that would allow me to make things with my hands and not ever touch a computer or device again.
If someone wanted to start a conversation with me they should ask me about: My kid, Ollie. He’s the center of my universe.
The best advice I ever received: It’s not really advice but a motto that I kind of live by: “She turned her cant’s into cans, and her dreams into plans.”
What I love about Duke: The campus is beautiful and the people here are so very smart and dedicated.
When I’m not at work, I like to: Play outside with my son, listen to bluegrass, and eat good food.
If I could have one superpower, it would be: I think I would like to be able to fly.
Name: Jim Tuttle
Position: Repository Architect
Years at Duke: 7
What I do at Duke: I work on providing the tools others need to preserve, manage, and allow access to our digital assets. That means I spend a lot of time staring at Outlook, which isn’t so bad. I mean, have you ever used Groupwise?!
If I had $5 million, I would: Feel extremely guilty, which would make my mother proud.
My first ever job: I grew up in rural West Central Illinois where opportunities are, um, limited. So, I picked strawberries, detasseled corn, and other agriculture duties as assigned. This is one of the reasons I paid so much attention in college.
My dream job: I’m not sure I dream about work.
If someone wanted to start a conversation with me they should ask me about:Well, you could ask me how awesome my kid is. (Pretty awesome, as it happens.) Or, privacy in the digital age, Middle East politics, Magnum PI, digital preservation of personal stuff (you do backup offsite, right?), Hawai’i (where I lived for several years), Central America, Illinois, single malt whisky, Karate, or work, if necessary.
The best advice I ever received: Don’t worry, be happy. Or anything from that sunscreen song.
What I love about Duke: I love that a fox runs by our suite windows now and again. I love that Duke is family friendly. I love the campus in spring when everything is just green and exploding with life. I love that I work with smart, funny, dedicated people. Honestly, I love everything but my parking lot. Anyone want to sell an Allen Lot permit?
When I’m not at work, I like to: I adore spending time with my 5 year old son. I do like to make time, however, to make silly and sometimes completely fabricated status updates on social media in hopes that the noise will disrupt the signal and, perhaps, someone might get a laugh. Laughing seems pretty important.
If I could have one superpower, it would be: Time travel. I’d love to save every day like a treasure with my son just to enjoy them again. Also, I’d prevent the abomination that was the Star Wars Prequel (Arggh!) Trilogy and forever erase Jar Jar Binks, shameless ploy at marketing toys to children. I mean, I played with rocks and sticks and snakes and I turned out alright. Mostly.
Something most people don’t know about me: I can’t prevent myself from joking. Well, most people probably already know that but others may just think I’m a little off. I guess both could be true.
A unique thing in my office: I am known locally as The Enforcer. When one enters the ITS suite in the morning I’m likely to be found standing outside my cube directly down the hall from the door looking (I’m told) imposing. At 5’6”, imposing is pretty hard to pull off so I usually have to take a short break after.
An interesting/memorable day at work for me: My days are usually interesting. I like problem solving and am fortuitously awash with problems.
Name: Cory Lown
Position: Digital Projects Developer
Years at Duke: ~ 2 years
What I do at Duke: Work on technology projects. These days that means working on the public interface to the digital repository as well as the TRLN shared catalog redevelopment project.
If I had $5 million, I would: build a workshop/barn for all my projects, adopt more rescue dogs, invest, then do something charitable
My first ever job: lawn mowing, wood chopping, weed wacking, whatnot
What I love about Duke: many things, but Duke Gardens and an awesome work environment top the list
When I’m not at work, I like to: walk my dog, jog, read, cook, fuss with my 1972 Volkswagen Beetle.
A unique thing in my office: a working Macintosh PowerBook 160 from 1993
Name: Sean Aery
Position: Digital Projects Developer
Years at Duke: 13 or so.
What I do at Duke: I create web interfaces to library resources. I’m part designer, part programmer, part consultant. I work a lot with digitized special collections, and many other library web projects. I think a lot about how people interact with information and technology.
If I had $5 million, I would: Probably still not retire.
My first ever job: I washed dishes at a restaurant in rural upstate NY. I am still good at it.
My dream job: I’m not positive, but I believe I already have it.
If someone wanted to start a conversation with me they should ask me about: Music or sports.
The best advice I ever received: Always place family first.
What I love about Duke: It’s a dynamic place with a diverse range of bright, energetic people everywhere you look. It’s impossible to be bored here and I learn something interesting every single day. It’s also a gorgeous campus.
When I’m not at work, I like to: Spend time with my family. Work on art projects, play games, do puzzles, make music, and laugh until it hurts.
If I could have one superpower, it would be: To jump really, really high. Because full flight would just be too easy.
A Movie I like: Word Wars (a Scrabble documentary).
Something most people don’t know about me: I occasionally play competitive Scrabble, in tournaments.
A unique thing in my office: A sliver of a window.
An interesting/memorable day at work for me: Early in my career, I played some music with a group of staff at the library holiday party. The experience was fun: it helped me connect with folks I otherwise wouldn’t have, and helped me appreciate the hidden talents people have beyond what they typically do at the office.
Name: David Chandek-Stark
Position: Digital Repository Developer
Years at Duke: 25
What I do at Duke: Develop and support digital repository services for the Library.
If someone wanted to start a conversation with me they should ask me about: My kids
My wife and I had twins (girl and boy) a year ago, so life is very different now. J Being a parent is joyous, rewarding, educational – and exhausting! When I’m not busy with Grace and Patrick, I like listening to and playing music, gardening, photography, sleeping … zzz!
Name: Jim Coble
Position: Digital Repository Developer
Years at Duke: 31
What I do at Duke: I develop applications that enable access to and management of the items in the library’s digital preservation repository. I also provide technical support for the library’s DukeSpace application.
My first ever job: Bagging groceries at my home town supermarket.
If someone wanted to start a conversation with me they should ask me about: Flying
What I love about Duke: I’ve been working in library IT here at Duke for 30 years and have been able periodically re-invent my role so that I’ve always had new and interesting things to work on, as well as smart and supportive colleagues to work with.
When I’m not at work, I like to: Fly. I’m a private pilot and enjoy boring holes in the sky around central North Carolina as well as taking trips with my wife to visit her family in Florida.
If I could have one superpower, it would be: Flying (without the need of an airplane), what else?
A Movie I like: A Million Ways to Die in the West (I’m embarrassed to admit)
Something most people don’t know about me: While in high school, I served as an in-studio announcer and roving reporter for a local educational TV program titled “Mathematics in the News.” I remember doing a story at a local Mazda dealership about Wankel rotary engines.
A unique thing in my office: A copy of Volume 1, Number 1, of Duke University Libraries magazine from Fall 1987 featuring a photograph of the entire staff of Library Systems (all three of us) on its cover.
An interesting/memorable day at work for me: Winning the first Florence Blakely Award in 1995. At the time, the names of the nominees were not released in advance and I remember being stunned speechless when I was announced as the winner.
Name: Ayse Durmaz
Position: IT Analyst in Enterprise Services group
Years at Duke: 2 years in the library, six years formerly at Fuqua as Web Developer
What I do at Duke: Support and develop Duke library’s ILS systems.
If I had $5 million, I would: Travel around the world.
What I love about Duke: The beautiful campus and the people that work here.
When I’m not at work, I like to: Play flute, do origami, right now I’m learning calligraphy and guitar; volunteer at an animal shelter.
Name: Angela Carter Bryant
Position: ITS Project and Contract Coordinator
Years at Duke: 33
What I do at Duke: I coordinate and facilitate a range of technology-oriented projects and contracts for Duke University Libraries.
If I had $5 million, I would: give to my family and travel. I would retire and volunteer at an orphanage or work with foster children.
My first ever job: I started working at the ripe age of 14, Library Page for Orange County Public Library in Hillsborough NC.
My dream job: would be to run my own organizational business where I would organize people’s homes and businesses. Nothing like having everything in its place!
If someone wanted to start a conversation with me they should ask me about: My grandchildren, Alivia, Addison and Finley. My children, Aaron, Bryson and Emily.
The best advice I ever received: My Dad told me never to be afraid, that everyone puts their pants on the same way…I still get nervous in a crowd of people – lol.
What I love about Duke: The place is beautiful to look at and that never gets old. Being able to work from home is a plus and having good friends to talk to.
When I’m not at work, I like to: spend time with my family and travel, bake, shopping and doing crafts.
If I could have one superpower, it would be: to feed all the hungry children in the world.
A Movie(s) I like: Willie Wonka and the Chocolate Factory – 1971 version with Gene Wilder, Wizard of Oz.
Something most people don’t know about me: I’ve made a quilt for every grandbaby before they were born.
A unique thing in my office: Always chocolate in my office.