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And Then There’s The Other Stuff… Meet FileTracker

The Duke Digital Repository is a pretty nice place if you’re a file in need of preservation and perhaps some access.  Provided you’re well-described and your organizational relationship to other files and collections is well understood, you could hardly hope for a better home.  But what if you’re not?  What if you’re an important digitized file with only collection-level description?  Or what if you’re digital reproduction of an 18th century encyclopedia created by a conservator to supplement traditional conservation methods?  It takes time to prepare materials for the repository.  We try our best to preserve the materials in the repository, but we also have to think about the other stuff.

We may apply different levels of preservation to materials depending on their source, uniqueness, cost to reproduce or reacquire, and other factors, but the baseline is knowing the objects we’re maintaining are the same objects we were given.  For that, we rely on fixity and checksums.  Unfortunately, it’s not easy to keep track of a couple of hundred terabytes of files from different collections, with different organizational schemes, different owners, and sometimes active intentional change.  The hard part isn’t only knowing what has changed, but providing that information to the owners and curators of the data so they can determine if those changes are intentional and desirable.  Seems like a lot, right?

We’re used some great tools from our colleagues, notably ACE Audit Control Environment, for scheduled fixity reporting.  We really wanted, though, to provide reporting to data owners that was tailored to they way they thought of their data to help reduce noise (with hundreds of terabytes there can be a lot of it!) and make it easier for them to identify unintentional changes.  So, we got work.

That work is named FileTracker.  FileTracker is a Rails application for tracking files and their fixity information.  It’s got a nice dashboard, too.

 

 

What we really needed, though, was a way to disentangle the work of the monitoring application from the work of stakeholder reporting.  The database that FileTracker generates makes it much easier to generate reports that contain the information that stakeholders want.  For instance, one stakeholder may want to know the number of files in each directory and the difference between the present number of files and the number of files at last audit.  We can also determine when files have been moved or renamed and not report those as missing files.

If you’d like to know more, see https://github.com/duke-libraries/file-tracker.

Squirlicorn, spirit guide of the digital repository: Four things you should know

One thing I’ve learned on my life’s journey is the importance of knowing your spirit guide.

That’s why, by far the most important point that I made in a talk at the TRLN Annual Meeting in July is that the spirit animal of the digital repository movement is the squirlicorn.

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The Inaugural TRLN Institute – an Experiment in Consortial Collaboration

In June of this year I was fortunate to have participated in the inaugural TRLN Institute. Modeled as a sort of Scholarly Communication Institute for TRLN (Triangle Research Libraries Network, a consortium located in the Triangle region of North Carolina), the Institute provided space (the magnificent Hunt Library on North Carolina State University’s campus), time (three full days), and food (Breakfast! Lunch! Coffee!) for groups of 4-6 people from member libraries to get together to exclusively focus on developing innovative solutions to shared problems. Not only was it productive, it was truly delightful to spend time with colleagues from member institutions who, although we are geographically close, don’t get together often enough.

Six projects were chosen from a pool of applicants who proposed topics around this year’s theme of Scholarly Communication:

  • Supporting Scholarly Communications in Libraries through Project Management Best Practices
  • Locating Research Data in an Age of Open Access
  • Clarifying Rights and Maximizing Reuse with RightsStatements.org
  • Building a Research Data Community of Practice in NC
  • Building the 21st Century Researcher Brand
  • Scholarship in the Sandbox: Showcasing Student Works

You can read descriptions of the projects as well as group membership here.

The 2017 TRLN Institute participants and organizers, a happy bunch.

Having this much dedicated and unencumbered time to thoughtfully and intentionally address a problem area with colleagues was invaluable. And the open schedule allowed groups to be flexible as their ideas and expectations changed throughout the course of the three-day program. My own group – Clarifying Rights and Maximizing Reuse with RightsStatements.org – was originally focused on developing practices for the application and representation of RightsStatements.org statements for TRLN libraries’ online digitized collections. Through talking as a group, however, we realized early on that some of the stickiest issues regarding the implementation of a new rights management strategy involves the work an institution has to do to identify appropriate staff to do the work, allocate resources, plan, and document the process.

So, we pivoted! Instead of developing a decision matrix for applying the RS.org statements in digital collections (which is what we originally thought our output would be), we instead spent our time drafting a report – a roadmap of sorts – that describes the following important components when implementing RightsStatements.org:

  • roles and responsibilities (including questions that a person in a role would need to ask)
  • necessary planning and documentation
  • technical decisions
  • example implementations (including steps taken and staff involved – perhaps the most useful section of the report)

This week, we put the finishing touches on our report: TRLN Rights Statements Report – A Roadmap for Implementing RightsStatements.org Statements (yep, yet another google doc).  We’re excited to get feedback from the community, as well as hear about how other institutions are handling rights management metadata, especially as it relates to upstream archival information management. This is an area rife for future exploration!

I’d say that the first TRLN Institute was a success. I can’t imagine my group having self-organized and produced a document in just over a month without having first had three days to work together in the same space and unencumbered by other responsibilities. I think other groups have found valuable traction via the Institute as well, which will result in more collaborative efforts. I look forward to seeing what future TRLN Institute produce – this is definitely a model to continue!

Pink Squirrel: It really is the nuts

During the last 8 months that I’ve worked at Duke, I’ve noticed a lot of squirrels. They seem to be everywhere on this campus, and, not only that, they come closer than any squirrels that I’ve ever seen. In fact, while working outside yesterday, and squirrel hopped onto our table and tried to take an apple from us. It’s become a bit of a joke in my department, actually. We take every opportunity we can to make a squirrel reference.

Anyhow, since we talk about squirrels so often, I decided I’d run a search in our digital collections to see what I’d get. The only image returned was the billboard above, but I was pretty happy with it. In fact, I was so happy with it that I used this very image in my last blog post. At the time, though, I was writing about what my colleagues and I had been doing in regards to the new research data initiative since the beginning of 2017, so I simply used it as a visual to make my coworkers laugh. However, I reminded myself to revisit and investigate. Plus, although I bartended for many years during grad school, I’d never made (much less heard of) a Pink Squirrel cocktail. Drawing inspiration from our friends in Rubenstein Library that write for “The Devil’s Tales” in the “Rubenstein Library Test Kitchen” category, I thought I’d not only write about what I learned, but also try to recreate it.

This item comes from the “Outdoor Advertising Association of America (OAAA) Archives, 1885-1990s” digital collection, which includes over 16,000 images of outdoor advertisements and other scenes. It is one of a few digital outdoor advertising collections that we have, as were previously written about here.

This digital collection houses 6 Glenmore Distilleries Company billboard images in total. 2 are for liquors (a bourbon and a gin), and 4 are for “ready-to-pour” Glenmore cocktails.

These signs indicate that Glenmore Distilleries Company created a total of 14 ready-to-pour cocktails. I found a New York Times article from August 19, 1965 in our catalog stating that Glenmore Distilleries Co. had expanded its line to 18 drinks, which means that the billboards in our collection have to pre-date 1965. Its president, Frank Thompson Jr., was quoted as saying that he expected “exotic drinks” to account for any future surge in sales of bottled cocktails.

OK, so I learned that Glenmore Distilleries had bottled a drink called a Pink Squirrel sometime before 1965. Next, I needed to research to figure out about the Pink Squirrel. Had Glenmore created it? What was in it? Why was it PINK?

It appears the Pink Squirrel was quite popular in its day and has risen and fallen in the decades since. I couldn’t find a definitive academic source, but if one trusts Wikipedia, the Pink Squirrel was first created at Bryant’s Cocktail Lounge in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. The establishment still exists, and its website states the original bartender, Bryant Sharp, is credited with inventing the Pink Squirrel (also the Blue Tail Fly and the Banshee, if you’re interested in cocktails). Wikipedia lists 15 popular culture references for the drink, many from 90s sitcoms (I’m a child of the 80s but don’t remember this) and other more current references. I also found an online source saying it was popular on the New York cocktail scene in the late 70s and early 80s (maybe?). Our Duke catalog returns some results, as well, including articles from Saveur (2014), New York Times Magazine (2006), Restaurant Hospitality (1990), and Cosmopolitan (1981). These are mostly variations on the recipe, including cocktails made with cream, a cocktail made with ice cream (Saveur says “blender drinks” are a cherished tradition in Wisconsin), a pie(!), and a cheesecake(!!).

Armed with recipes for the cream-based and the ice cream-based cocktails, I figured I was all set to shop for ingredients and make the drinks. However, I quickly discovered that one of the three ingredients, crème de noyaux, is a liqueur that is not made in large quantities by many companies anymore, and proved impossible to find around the Triangle. However, it’s an important ingredient in this drink, not only for its nutty flavor, but also because it’s what gives it its pink hue (and obviously its name!). Determined to make this work, I decided to search to see if I could come up with a good enough alternative. I started with the Duke catalog, as all good library folk do, but with very little luck, I turned back to Google. This led me to another Wikipedia article for crème de noyaux, which suggested substituting Amaretto and some red food coloring. It also directed me to an interesting blog about none other than crème de noyaux, the Pink Squirrel, Bryant’s Cocktail Lounge, and a recipe from 1910 on how to make crème de noyaux. However, with time against me, I chose to sub Amaretto and red food coloring instead of making the 1910 homemade version.

First up was the cream based cocktail. The drink contains 1.5 ounces of heavy cream, .75 ounces of white crème de cacao, and .75 ounces of crème de noyaux (or Amaretto with a drop of red food coloring), and is served up in a martini glass.

The result was a creamy, chocolatey flavor with a slight nuttiness, and just enough sweetness without being overbearing. The ice cream version substitutes the heavy cream for a half a cup of vanilla ice cream and is blended rather than shaken. It had a thicker consistency and was much sweeter. My fellow taster and I definitely preferred the cream version. In fact, don’t be surprised if you see me around with a pink martini in hand sometime in the near future.

Meet Information Technology Services: Software Development & Integration Services

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.

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ginny-boyer

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.

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Jim T

 

 

 

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.

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corylown

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

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Sean

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.

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David

 

 

 

 

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!

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Jim C

 

 

 

 

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.

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Ayse

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.

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Angela B

 

 

 

 

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.

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Meet Information Technology Services: Core Services

Information Technology Services

Duke University Libraries

Meet our staff

Core Services

Core Services manages much of the day-to-day operations for staff, student, and patron computing within Duke University Libraries. We’re responsible for workstation support and management, AV and public scanning, system and application administration, project management, and management of our Integrated Library System. Our staff also act as liaisons to OIT, TTS, and external partners to ensure that DUL systems are well-integrated and supported.

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John Pormann

 

 

 

 

 

Name:   John Pormann
Position:   Head, Core Services
Years at Duke:   24-ish

What I do at Duke:   I manage the Desktop Support, Specialized Computing Support, Server Support, and Discover Services teams.  A lot of what I do is interfacing with other DUL units to make sure we’re providing the right technology to get the work of the Library done.

If I had $5 million, I would:  travel around the world

My first ever job: Pizza Hut, in the kitchen cooking pizzas

My dream job: definitely not Pizza Hut!

If someone wanted to start a conversation with me they should ask me about: my daughters, Libby (5) and Kate (20 mo); I’m slowly becoming an expert on the color pink, all things princess, and My Little Ponies

What I love about Duke:  The people.  It’s a great atmosphere, there’s always something new going on, the research that goes on here is amazing, I love being a part of that!

When I’m not at work, I like to:  relax with my family

A Movie I like:  any of the Iron Man movies (he was my favorite comic book character growing up, I even have a beat-up copy of issue #19)

A unique thing in my office:  small Eeyore stuffed animal; he was my favorite Pooh character growing up, though I’m not so sure what that says about me

An interesting/memorable day at work for me:  We were getting ready to install one of the first dedicated cluster computing environments at Duke – this was somewhat exciting back in 1999 – and when the equipment arrived, it had clearly been dropped off the back of the truck, the front glass panel was shatterred, the 3” thick steel frame was actually bent, and they had then picked it up with a forklift which gouged the sidepanel. This was over $100,000 worth of equipment and we had to figure out how to get it fixed!

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Dorothy

 

 

 

Name: Dorothy Coletta
Position: Section Head, Desktop Support
Years at Duke: 15

What I do at Duke: translate technology into English.

If I had $5 million, I would: buy everyone in the library all the technology they want.

My first ever job: counter clerk at McDonald’s.

My dream job: I’m in it!

If someone wanted to start a conversation with me they should ask me about: yoga

The best advice I ever received: rub screws on a bar of soap before screwing them into the wall.

What I love about Duke: Cameron.

When I’m not at work, I like to: be outside.

If I could have one superpower, it would be: being able to focus despite the commotion around me.

A Movie I like: Brainstorm and Beasts of the Southern Wild.

Something most people don’t know about me:I’ve met both Mother Teresa and Jane Goodall, two of my top role models.

A unique thing in my office: Library party posters that make my cube as beautiful as a museum.

An interesting/memorable day at work for me:all days are interesting because technology is always changing and the people in the library are fascinating to talk to.

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Name:  Terence Bailey
Position: IT Analyst
Years at Duke: 1

What I do at Duke: I support the end users software and hardware needs.

My first ever job: I provided roadside environmental cleanup in Rock Creek Park as part of the DC Summer Youth Employment Program.

My dream job: basketball coach.

If someone wanted to start a conversation with me they should ask me about: the Washington Redskins and it would be a depressing conversation regarding the futility of my favorite football team.

The best advice I ever received: work smart, not hard.

What I love about Duke: being part the diverse workforce that supports a world-renowned University.

If I had $5 million, I would: pay off debts, invest wisely, set aside college tuition for my children, start a basketball program with heavy emphasis on skill-development and have my Wife run the education component of the program.

When I’m not at work, I like to: spend quality time with my family, watch Redskins games and study/coach basketball.

If I could have one superpower, it would be: the power to provide health to those that are ailing.

A Movie I like: Forrest Gump.

Something most people don’t know about me: I caught a pass from Joe Montana while mimicking ‘The Catch’ to Dwight Clark in the end zone.

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Name: Chris
Position: IT Analyst
Years at Duke: 1

What I do at Duke: Drink lots of coffee! While I support the end user’s software and hardware needs, enhance automation and explore the uses of VDI for the Library.

My first ever job: McDonald’s

The best advice I ever received: just because its right doesn’t make it easy.

What I love about Duke: I love the campus, the Duke Gardens and the awesome work environment.

A Movie I like: Office Space

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Karen

Name: Karen Newbery
Position: Section Head, Discovery Services
Years at Duke: 21

What I do at Duke: I support the integrated library system for Duke – the system that allows library material to be bought, described and circulated for Duke’s patrons.

If I had $5 million, I would: I would have a craft store and a staff at home so I could spend time doing what I want and not keeping up with the chores at home.

My first ever job: I got my first job at a Walgreens at a mall in Omaha with some friends from high school. We had a great time working together! I’ll still help “face” a shelf or put something back where it belongs in a retail store today.

My dream job: Being a full-time crafter.

If someone wanted to start a conversation with me they should ask me about: My son or my cats. I could regale you for hours on either subject!

The best advice I ever received: “It doesn’t matter what your degree is in, as long as you have a degree.” My Father

What I love about Duke: I love all the people I’ve worked with. They both challenge me and keep me sane.

When I’m not at work, I like to: Family is really important to me, so you’ll find me spending time with mine. I also run and do lots of crafts.

If I could have one superpower, it would be: To cure cancer. Stupid cancer.

A Movie I like: One of my favorite movies is Top Secret. I also really like Shawshank Redemption and Oh Brother, Where art thou?

Something most people don’t know about me: I’m really an introvert. Really!

A unique thing in my office: My counted cross stitch puzzle. Put together by Glenda Lacoste and her crew in the copy center years ago. I love it because I love cross stitch and it’s so colorful.

An interesting/memorable day at work for me: When I manage to make it through the entire day without blowing anything or anyone up.

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Jeff

Name: Jeff Fleming
Position: Analyst, IT, Sr – Discovery Services
Years at Duke: 7

 What I do at Duke: ILS and whatever else needs to get done.

If someone wanted to start a conversation with me they should ask me about:  Talk to me about my twin girls.

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Name: Matthew Harrington
Position: Analyst IT,  Discovery Services
Years at Duke: < year

What I do at Duke:  Help manage ILS-related configuration tables and custom reports

If I had $5 million, I would:  Pay off debt, help out family, and invest in my neighborhood/community

My first ever job:  Cutting grass (age 11-13)

My dream job:  Film reviewer/columnist (preferably pre-internet)

If someone wanted to start a conversation with me they should ask me about:  Film history, electric cars, Hokie football, or best places to eat in (or out of) the Triangle

The best advice I ever received:   “You should apply for a job in the library.”  –mom, freshman year at Virginia Tech

What I love about Duke:  Campus is beautiful and staff are friendly

When I’m not at work, I like to:  Travel, play pool, try new restaurants, and watch film

If I could have one superpower, it would be:  Global cooling

A Movie I like:  Ingmar Bergman’s Wild Strawberries

Something most people don’t know about me:  I spent a few months in law school before entering a doctoral program.

A unique thing in my office:  Serials Specialist award given to me at the 2015 NASIG Conference

An interesting/memorable day at work for me:  First day teaching a college composition course

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Name: Paul Wilshire

Position: IT Analyst

Years at Duke: 10

What I do at Duke: I work with Library Desktop Support to provide internal computer support to the Duke Library staff.

If I had $5 million, I would: Buy a nice Cabin in the Mountains, retire early

My first ever job: Library Page in Public Library System

My dream job: Working with Dolphins

If someone wanted to start a conversation with me they should ask me about:Anything?

The best advice I ever received: Do what you love and the money will come.

What I love about Duke: Work environment

When I’m not at work, I like to: Interact with My Kids, read, watch movies, travel, and hike

If I could have one superpower, it would be: Teleportation

A Movie I like: Gattica

Something most people don’t know about me: I like to scuba dive

A unique thing in my office: Butterfly picture of my daughter

An interesting/memorable day at work for me:My first day at work when I saw all the computer junk that no one had surplussed.

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Name: Derrek Croney
Position: IT Analyst
Years at Duke: 5

What I Do At Duke: Drink lots of coffee!

And I manage the Libraries’ application servers, manage the Libraries’ public and intranet websites, serve as the Libraries’ liason with the central Office of IT, and occasionally write PHP, Ruby and Java code.

That, and drink lots of coffee!

If I had $5 million, I would… Have a wife who now had $5 million, and I would enjoy coming to work at Duke each day.

A Unique Thing My Office: A photograph of me posing next to the “Nature Boy” Ric Flair.

The Best Advice I Ever Received: The first ‘IT Director’ I worked under once told me (in the deepest “southern drawl” known to man), “If you don’t like how something is going, wait six(6) months and things will change.”

What I love about Duke: Getting away to the Duke Gardens to decompress and unwind.

A Movie I Like: Tombstone

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Name: Jack Hill
Position: IT Analyst
Years at Duke: 2

What I do at Duke: I do systems administration for the ILS and Repository projects. I try to configure the computers so that other people can do their work easier. Both of those projects are collaborations with people from around the world trying to solve the same problems.

My first ever job: I was a lab technician in a genotyping lab at UNC.

If someone wanted to start a conversation with me they should ask me about: Free Software and the Haskell programming language.

When I’m not at work, I like to: Do even more things with computers. I’m a board member of the Internet Hosting Cooperative (hcoop.net).  I do other things as well, like make and consume food, amateur radio, and ultimate (Frisbee™).

Something most people don’t know about me: I am a Durham native.

A unique thing in my office: A real chalk board and a model-m keyboard.  Just because I’m a technologist doesn’t mean that I don’t see the value in older ways of doing things. I also have a “Notable Women in Computing” poster that was authored in part by Duke’s own Dr. Susan Rodger.

My favorite charities: Software Freedom Conservancy and Catholic Relief Services. Both empower people in different ways.

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Meet Information Technology Services: Data and Visualization Services

Information Technology Services

Duke University Libraries

Meet our staff

Data and Visualization Services

 

Analyze, discover, manage, map, and visualize your data with Duke Libraries Data and Visualization Services.  Our team of six consultants and three interns provides a broad range of support in areas ranging from data analysis, data visualization, geographic information systems, financial data, statistical software and data storage and management.  Our lab provides 12 workstations with the latest data software and three Bloomberg Professional workstations nearly 24/7 for the Duke community.

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Name: Joel Herndon
Position:  Head, Data and Visualization Services
Years at Duke:  12

I joined Duke University Libraries in 2003. Before coming to Duke, I was the head of the Electronic Data Center at Emory University Libraries. As the head of DVS, I lead the department, coordinate programs and services and act as a liaison with other data groups both at Duke and beyond. As part of the department’s consulting services, I work with researchers on a range of questions about data management (both planning and implementation), data visualization and digital mapping projects.

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Name: John Little
Position: Data Analysis and Management Analyst
Years at Duke: 1 Score

What I do at Duke:  I consult with patrons through the Data & Visualization Services Department.  My goal is to help people identify, create and leverage Duke University services which involve data.  Typically this includes data analysis, data storage, data sharing, and data cleaning.

If I had $5 million, I would:  have $5 million dollars and try to figure out how to lose it without losing my sanity.

My first ever job: My very first money job was when I was about 10.  I used to cut grass for Mrs. Hangen.  She’d bring me Cokes and we’d sit on her back deck overlooking the Fox River.  I don’t remember what we talked about.  I wonder if I ever told her about my girlfriend Tracy Holland?  Mrs. Hangen paid me $10 and it took about 40 minutes to cut the grass — not including Coke breaks.  She was a real nice lady.  Back then I used to wish grass would grow faster and that I could spend more time with Tracy.

My dream job:  idk.  Maybe cutting grass for Tracy Holland?  lol.

If someone wanted to start a conversation with me they should ask me about:  Do you recall Aimiee Mann, formerly of Til Tuesday?  She used to sing, “Hush Hush, keep it down now, voices carry?’  We could talk about that.  I think it would be a short conversation, potentially a very unpleasant conversation as well.

The best advice I ever received:  “You don’t have to catch fish to go fishin’.” –Alfred O’Brien

What I love about Duke:  The standard issue, dark blue jumpsuits and the bookmobile.

When I’m not at work, I like to:  Imagine myself sitting in a mystical office, working.

If I could have one superpower, it would be:  The Power of Perception.

A Movie I like[d]:  Have you ever seen the Bee Gees in Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band?  Peter Frampton was in it.  So was Earth, Wind & Fire.  Frampton played Billy Shears.  The Fire playedthemselves; they were dope.  Anyway, when I was a child, I watched it on HBO and I thought it was pretty catchy.  Do you think Mrs. Hangen may have slipped a mickey into my Coke?  Because, I mean, I really don’t know what came over me.

Something most people don’t know about me:  I have $5 Million.

A unique thing in my office:  My imaginary pet Iguana, Remus.

An interesting/memorable day at work for me:  There was this one day when I truthfully answered all these questions about myself….

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eric-monson

Name: Eric Monson
Position: Data Visualization Analyst
Years at Duke: 15

What I do at Duke: I help people visualize, organize and think about their data, for their own exploration or to effectively communicate their findings to others.

If I had $5 million, I would: Stash a bunch of it away for retirement and my kids’ education. Then, I would put a new, less stinky engine in my ’88 Dodge Ram 100 pickup and get the driver’s side window fixed so it could roll down in the summer. Some of those covered gutters for my house would be nice, too.

My first ever job: My mom would pay my sister and me five cents for each mosquito we killed inside the house.

My dream job: Getting to work with smart, passionate people every day and use my strangely broad background to help them accomplish their goals – exactly what I’ve been doing for the past few years!

If someone wanted to start a conversation with me they should ask me about: Kerning

The best advice I ever received: Be yourself and don’t worry about the fact that not everyone will like you. (I have trouble following that advice.)

What I love about Duke: It’s a beautiful place to work that feels like home.

When I’m not at work, I like to: Practice photography, baking and woodworking, and watch My Little Pony with my two girls.

A Movie I like: I like many movies, but one I feel doesn’t get enough attention is Steve Martin’s 1991 film, L.A. Story. It’s a bit dated, but I love how the story mixes satirical, romantic and surreal elements.

Something most people don’t know about me: I like to practice target shooting with my friend who used to be a Marine Sniper/Scout Team Leader in Iraq.

A unique thing in my office: A folded-card polyhedron constructed during a workshop led by the mathematician/artist George W Hart during his visit to Duke a few years ago.

An interesting/memorable day at work for me: One of my most memorable was the day of my on-campus interview for this position. I was nervous about the timing of my talk, but other than that I was surprised and encouraged by the fact that I thoroughly enjoyed every event and interaction that whole day!

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Name: Mark Thomas
Position: GIS and Map Librarian
Years at Duke: 21

What I do at Duke: Librarian for GIS, Economics, Geography, Maps, and Federal Government Documents; work in the Library’s Data and Visualization Services Department

If I had $5 million, I would: Relax a little

My first ever job: Bread baker at a Schlotzky’s sandwich shop

My dream job: Something related to vernacular music sound recordings

If someone wanted to start a conversation with me they should ask me about: Really old country and roots music; railroads; Volkswagens with air-cooled engines

The best advice I ever received: Don’t spend your capital.

What I love about Duke: Work around smart people

When I’m not at work, I like to: Ice skating with family.

If I could have one superpower, it would be: Make everyone happy

A Movie I like: The Searchers.

Something most people don’t know about me: Used to do a radio show on WXDU featuring “vintage” country music (fiddles and steel guitars from the 1920s to early 1970s), called “A Broken Heart and a Glass of Beer,” after the theme song

A unique thing in my office: A canister from the pneumatic tube system that was in the 1948 stacks.

An interesting/memorable day at work for me: Anytime a patron says this is just what they needed.

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Name:  Angela Zoss
Position:  Data Visualization Coordinator
Years at Duke: 5

What I do at Duke: I help students, faculty, and staff learn about or produce data visualizations, incuding charts, graphs, and maps. I teach workshops, give presentations to classes or at conferences, develop online instructional materials, and provide one-on-one advice and technical support. I am also a member of the Visualization and Interactive Systems group (http://vis.duke.edu/) and co-organize the Visualization Friday Forum (http://vis.duke.edu/FridayForum/).

My first ever job:As a junior in high school, I started working as a math tutor at a local state university branch campus. The tutors had open office hours, and while most of the questions came from later-life returning education adults needing refreshers on basic algebra, we would occasionally get to struggle through harder problems with students from pre-Calculus and Calculus courses. Around that time I also got a job as a research assistant to a local mystery writer who was a family friend. I would often head to the library and comb through microfilm and microfiche to help her contextualize a historical novel.

The best advice I ever received: “You must learn to love to learn.” My French teacher in high school, too soon lost to cancer, was an extremely passionate woman who wanted to share her energy with her students. She understood all too well that learning was not a means to an end but a lifelong journey that should be cultivated and cherished.

What I love about Duke: I love how ready people at Duke seem to be to get their hands dirty learning a new skill or technique. Both inside and outside the library, I’ve been very impressed by the mentality that it’s okay to learn by doing, even if it’s a small project at first.

When I’m not at work, I like to: play music. I’m a member of the Duke Medicine Orchestra, for which I also serve as the Communications Chair. I play French Horn in the orchestra, but I’ve played many instruments in many different kinds of ensembles. I also enjoy singing.

 

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Name: Mara Sedlins
Position: CLIR/DLF Postdoctoral Fellow in Data Curation for the Social Sciences
Years at Duke: 1

What I do at Duke: I am working with Duke Libraries and the Social Science Research Institute to develop and promote best practices for managing a variety of research data in the social sciences.

My first ever job: As a summer job I worked as a teller at a small local bank in Minnesota (where the air conditioning made it feel almost as cold as Minnesota winters!)

My dream job: I think this is it!

If someone wanted to start a conversation with me they should ask me about: traveling in San Miguel de Allende and Oaxaca, Mexico

What I love about Duke: the friendly and talented people, the beautiful wooded trails

When I’m not at work, I like to: run, do yoga, explore Durham’s restaurants and breweries, go to the Old Time Learning Jam at High Strung Violins & Guitars and play fiddle tunes

A Movie I like: Tarkovsky’s Stalker

Something most people don’t know about me: For a while I had a second career as a rock violist.

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Name:  Sophia Lafferty-Hess
Position: Research Data Management Consultant
Years at Duke: 1

What I do at Duke: I work in Data and Visualization Services where I provide consultations and instruction in research data management strategies to help researchers organize, describe, share, and preserve their data.

My first ever job: I worked at my neighbor’s blueberry farm where I did “odd jobs” during the summer.

If someone wanted to start a conversation with me they should ask me about: Science fiction movies and/or books

The best advice I ever received: After I graduated college, my favorite professor told me “to go out and fail.” At the time, this seemed like odd advice to me, but as I have grown, I found this to be great advice that taught me that life will never go exactly the way you plan and resilience is an important life skill.

When I’m not at work, I like to: Watch movies, read books, and eat good food (I am lucky to have a husband who likes to cook!)

If I could have one superpower, it would be: Telekinesis

A Movie I like: So many to choose from….Fifth Element, Serenity, Running Man (to name a few)

Something most people don’t know about me: In undergrad I majored in Classical Studies and focused my studies on Latin and Roman culture

A unique thing in my office: I have a “stress cow” from the 90th Anniversary of the UNC Odum Institute, where I previously worked. The cow was inspired by the fact that Howard Odum raised prize-winning jersey cattle.

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Name:  Jen Darragh
Position:  Senior Research Data Management Consultant
Years at Duke: 1

What I do at Duke: I’m a member of Data and Visualization Services. With my counterpart Sophia, I provide guidance and assistance to Duke researchers from all disciplines in managing their research data, whatever that “data” might be. Right now we’re working on developing workshops on data management topics and workflows for data deposit in the Duke Digital Repository.

If I had $5 million, I would: Pay off my debt, buy a house here in Durham and then a house over on the OBX. Save what’s left for retirement, as I know I’d still be working.

My first ever job: Dog walker (my own business at all of 12), actual “real” job was busgirl at my friend’s parents’ Chinese restaurant.

My dream job: Anything that involves travel, good food and drink. So probably a food/wine/beer critic. Although the Craft Beer Historian position at the Smithsonian probably would have been really sweet (I’m very proud to see that a woman holds that position).

If someone wanted to start a conversation with me they should ask me about: Pittsburgh. It’s my home town. I have a lot of love for it, the food, the people and the Steelers.

The best advice I ever received: Don’t borrow trouble (from my Mom) – as in, don’t worry about things that haven’t happened yet. Waste of time and effort.

When I’m not at work, I like to: Go to the gym and wail on the heavy bag, do anything outdoors with my husband (especially now that we’re south), cuddle with my dog, explore new microbreweries, discover new restaurants as well as cook. As I’m new to Durham there is a lot to explore.

A Movie I like: Constantine. I don’t know why but I can watch that movie over and over again.

Something most people don’t know about me:I’m an extroverted introvert.

A unique thing in my office: A caricature of me that my high school boyfriend drew. It’s over 20 years old but hasn’t fallen apart yet.

An interesting/memorable day at work for me: Well I imagine there will be many more to come, but perhaps trying to walk to the shuttle (that never came as the lot was closed) after the big ice storm in January. I didn’t fall, but it was probably a good show for anyone that saw me.

Meet Information Technology Services: Digital Curation Services

Information Technology Services

Duke University Libraries

Meet our staff

Digital Curation Services

DCS provides program management for the Duke Digital Repository, along with metadata support, content curation, and R&D. We also perform web and content development for a variety of library programs, including exhibits.

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Name: Will Sexton
Position:  Head of Digital Curation Services, and Program Manager for the Duke Digital Repository
Years at Duke:  15

What I do at Duke: I lead the effort to build a digital repository initiative that supports both our campus community and the collecting efforts of the Libraries. I also lead a small team that focuses on some of the architectural and technical aspects of digital content curation, as well as web development

My first ever job: Lot boy at a used car & mobile home dealer on Bragg Boulevard in Fayetteville, NC.

If someone wanted to start a conversation with me they should ask me about: Cooking usually works.

What I love about Duke: Nothing’s easy but most of it’s fun.

When I’m not at work, I like to: Cook, go mountain biking, play video games, get silly with my family.

Something most people don’t know about me: I lived in Tokyo, 1990-1993.

An interesting/memorable day at work for me: The day we moved into Bostock.

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Name: Maggie Dickson
Position: Metadata Architect
Years at Duke: 1

What I do at Duke: I manage the creation and maintenance of metadata for materials deposited into the Duke Digital Repository. I wrangle spreadsheets and love normalizing data.

If I had $5 million, I would: What do you mean, ‘if’? (Just kidding! I would pay off my debts, set up college funds for my kids, and give the rest to Doctors Without Borders.)

My first ever job: My first job out of college was working at the animal shelter. I made everyone I know adopt a cat or dog (or a couple of both), and learned a lot about humanity.

A Movie I like: Overboard

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Michael

Name: Michael Daul
Position: Digital Projects Developer
Years at Duke: 4

 What I do at Duke: In general I don’t do well working on the same thing day after day, so I’m fortunate in that I’m able work on a wide variety of projects in the library. As a member of Digital Projects and Production Services, most of my time involves working on interfaces that enable access to resources at the library. Primarily I work on building, enhancing, and maintaining the web properties that the Library owns. Most recently I’ve been working on developing a drupal module to display ‘bento’ search results across several different search silos. I also get to work on digital exhibits, both online and physical kiosks. I particularly enjoy working on exhibits.

A quarter of my time is dedicated to working with Duke CIT (center for instructional technology). I mostly do similar things there, working on their web properties and the like. CIT also tends to do the occasional print or multimedia project, so I get to exercise my design and multimedia production muscles from time to time.

If I had $5 million, I would:  Pay off debt, invest/save a good chunk, help out family and friends, start some sort of foundation that could help people.

If someone wanted to start a conversation with me they should ask me about: I love music – I play a bunch of different instruments and have a well-stocked home studio. I love art (I was a fine art / philosophy double major in undergrad). I love animals – I have four cats at home. I also enjoy cars, comic books, basketball, movies, and all sorts of other things J

 A Movie I like:  I used to dedicate much more time to watching movies, especially in the theater, but for the past few years I’ve mostly reduced my consumption to what I can get for ‘free’ on netflix or amazon prime. That being said, I love movies. It’s hard to pick a single favorite, and this list would most likely be different next week, bu I’ll throw out five off the top of my head:

  • Old Boy (the Chan Wook Park version, not the terrible 2013 remake)
  • Godfather Part II
  • Akira
  • Rushmore
  • The station agent

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Name: Susan Ivey
Position: Digital Repository Content Analyst
Years at Duke: 1

What I do at Duke: My position (and a second identical position) were created this year to support services around the Duke community’s research data needs. The Content Analysts oversee the ingest, description, access, and maintenance of materials in the Duke Digital Repository (DDR).

If I had $5 million, I would: Pay off my debts, buy a home, help family, invest, travel, and donate time and funds (particularly for St. Jude and the American Heart Association, but definitely others, as well). And never, ever, ever clean my house myself again.

My first ever job: A camp counselor for an after school program at an elementary school.

My dream job: Two things that I love are photography and traveling, so I think it would be amazing to be a travel photographer for a magazine.

If someone wanted to start a conversation with me they should ask me about: Food. Or wine.

When I’m not at work, I like to: Exercise (gym, yoga, and hiking are my go tos), cook, learn about (and drink!) wine, spend time with my friends and family, and visit new places.

If I could have one superpower, it would be: I used to say I’d like to be able to be invisible, but I think that could get me into too much trouble, so these days, I lean towards being able to fly.

A Movie I like: Back to the Future (part 1, of course).

A unique thing in my office: I have a framed sketch that I had at my previous job (at the University of Mississippi) that’s an advertisement for a song. It has a drawing of a man and says, “Oh! What a Mug!” It was in my office there when I started, and no one in the archive knew where it came from. It moved to several different office spaces during my time at UM, and we decided when I left that it should come with me to my office at Duke.

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Name: Moira Downey
Position: Digital Repository Content Analyst
Years at Duke: 1

What I do at Duke: Digital repository content analysts were hired to support services around the Duke community’s research data needs. The Content Analysts oversee the ingest, description, access, and maintenance of materials in the Duke Digital Repository (DDR).

If I had $5 million, I would: Donate liberally and travel widely.

My first ever job: Harris Teeter cashier.

My dream job: Probably something graphic arts related.

If someone wanted to start a conversation with me they should ask me about: UNC basketball, modern art, or Soviet Russia.

The best advice I ever received: Foul shots win ball games.

What I love about Duke: I’m a Tarheel, so this question is hard. I’ll just say: Everyone I’ve met is amazing!

When I’m not at work, I like to: Mostly read.

A Movie I like: I don’t watch many movies, but one I saw recently that stuck with me was A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night.

Something most people don’t know about me: I occasionally make [really] simple furniture?

A unique thing in my office: There’s not yet much in my office, but I was made an honorary member of the digital repository’s Metadata Task Force at my last job, and was given a MTF badge as a parting gift. It lives on the wall behind my desk.

Meet Information Technology Services: Tim McGeary

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Name:  Tim McGeary

Position: AUL for IT Services

Years at Duke: 3 years

 

What I do at Duke: I lead the ITS organization and participate in the Executive Group for the Libraries. In any given day, I spend my time keeping up with the business of ITS to manage priorities and resources, take time to learn about, research, and analyze trends in IT that can benefit or impact the Libraries and ITS. I also plan build partnerships around campus and beyond that will strategically benefit the Libraries.

If I had $5 million, I would: payoff any debts and use the rest of the money to travel with my family so we could travel regularly and to wherever we wanted.

My first ever job: I cleaned automated bowling pin setting machines by hand with machine cleaner or crawling under the machines to vacuum.

My dream job: Being a professional golfer.

If someone wanted to start a conversation with me they should ask me about: My kids or anything Pittsburgh.

The best advice I ever received: No one is perfect, so don’t try to be and You learn best by learning from failure, so make little bets, fail fast (if it fails) and adapt.

What I love about Duke: Everyone has been so welcoming and I love the campus architecture and grounds.

When I’m not at work, I like to: Be the best dad I can be and occasionally run, bike, or on rare occasions play golf.

If I could have one superpower, it would be: To heal people – my grandfather was a pediatrician. I got to see and hear firsthand the positive outcomes of the thousands of people he helped get well.

A Movie I like: Stranger than Fiction

Something most people don’t know about me: I’ve written a half dozen or so musical compositions that have been publicly performed by others.

A unique thing in my office: a panoramic composite of the City of Pittsburgh from the top of Mt. Washington taken by my wife Andrea. It’s about 3 ½ feet long.

Meet Information Technology Services: Digital Collections

Information Technology Services

Duke University Libraries

Meet our staff

Digital Collections

   

DC provides digitization services and manages Duke’s Digital Collections Program (http://library.duke.edu/digitalcollections/).   The department partners with experts across the libraries to digitize, preserve and publish library collections.

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Molly

Name:  Molly Bragg
Position:  Head of Digital Collections
Years at Duke:  5+ (includes an internship in University Archives and my time as move coordinator for the Rubenstein Library)

What I do at Duke: Spin Plates! I manage the Digital Collections department which includes the Digital Production Center and all the digital collections projects that come through our door from idea to implementation. 

 My first ever job:  Part time:  in high school I worked at The Imaginarium, a fancy toystore at the local mall.

Full time:  I worked at a Hostelling International Youth Hostel in downtown San Francisco while “taking a break” from college.

If someone wanted to start a conversation with me they should ask me about: Big Poodle

 What I love about Duke:   The people and the projects – I feel so lucky to work with such an exciting range of people and projects throughout the library.  The variety is never boring!

When I’m not at work, I like to:   I enjoy live music, running, cycling, visiting with friends and yoga.  I wish I had more time for reading, cycling and gardening (I have no idea what I’m doing when it comes to gardening).

Something most people don’t know about me:    I was almost in a Kip Winger video in the  mid/late 90s when I was in college in New Mexico.  He was still going strong even in the 90s!

A unique thing in my office:   My ceramic lucky cat is an admittedly cheap trinket. Soon after I started working at Internet Archive (2003) a new colleague (who later became a good friend) gave it to me for my birthday.  Lucky cat has been on my work desk (whereever that may be) ever since.

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Name: Mike Adamo
PositionDigitization Specialist  -Still Image
Years at Duke: 13

What I do at Duke: Assess Library collections for digitization. Create high-end digital content for the preservation and access using specialized capture equipment.

My first ever job: My Dad owned a construction company so I was shoveling gravel and cleaning up job sites by the time I was 7. After that I moved up to being a cook at Long John Silvers and the rest, they say, is history.

My dream job: Helicopter pilot. Theoretical Physicist.

Favorite quote from my Grandfather: My grandfather was always cold. Sometimes he would even start a fire in the summertime. I always thought it was funny that he would walk into the living room with the fire blazing in the middle of the summer and ask “is it hot in here?.   Everyone would say it feels fine… then slowly migrate to the backyard where it was much cooler.

Something most people don’t know about me: I have 2 brothers and 3 sisters who were all born in a 7 year span. My older sister and I were born in the same year. I also have 2 foster brothers and a foster sister. I grew up living on the same street as my Grandparents and an Aunt and Uncle who had 5 kids of their own. Needless to say there was always lots of family around.

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Name: Alex Marsh
Position: Digitization Specialist  – Video
Years at Duke: 7

What I do at Duke: I digitize obsolete audio & video formats, and do high-resolution photography of still image materials for long-term preservation and online access.

My first ever job: Delivering Ad-Pak newspapers door-to-door when I was 14-yrs-old.

The best advice I ever received: “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it”

What I love about Duke: It’s such a beautiful campus: the gothic architecture, giant oak trees, expansive gardens and the big chapel. It sure beats working in a corporate office park.

Something most people don’t know about me: My grandfather played basketball for Duke in 1921, back when it was called Trinity College. No one camped out for tickets.

A unique thing in my office: Two giant racks housing obsolete videotape playback decks, such as U-matic, Betacam, Hi-8 and VHS. These are worthless relics to most people, but crucial to the library’s goals for moving image preservation and access.

An interesting/memorable day at work for me: One morning, I was asked to digitize a box of materials from our Rubenstein Library. I opened a plain white box to find original printings of some of the most sought-after comic books in the history of the genre: Batman #1 (1940), Amazing Fantasy #15 (Spider-Man’s debut),  Avengers #4 (Captain America’s return), X-Men #1, and many more. These historic titles are part of Duke’s Edwin and Terry Murray Comic Book Collection.

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Name: Zeke Graves
Position: Digitization Specialist  – Audio
Years at Duke: 7

What I do at Duke: Create high-quality digital versions of analog media for preservation and access

If I had $5 million, I would: Build and maintain an arts commune/retreat, support organizations that help North Carolinians in need, travel the globe and beyond

My first ever job: breakdancing for tips at a kiln opening

My dream job: banjo builder / basketball coach

If someone wanted to start a conversation with me they should ask me about: what I’m reading, what I’m listening to

Something most people don’t know about me: I grew up in a wood-heated geodesic dome

A unique thing in my office: Otari MX-5050 Reel-to-Reel

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