Libraries

Arts & Culture
5:00 am
Sat May 4, 2013

Duke's Hartman Center Uses 'Mad Men' To Explore Ad History

An ad for Sheraton Hotels in Hawaii
courtesy of Hartman Center, Rubenstein Library, Duke University.

AMC’s new Mad Men season debuted in April and has a lot of people talking. Locally, it’s creating a buzz at the Hartman Center, part of Duke's Rubenstein Library which specializes in advertising and marketing history. The center is an international resource for all things ad-related, and their archives are full of the sort of ads seen on Mad Men.

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Education
2:49 pm
Mon April 29, 2013

Duke Acquires Extremist Literature Collection From Southern Poverty Law Center

The extremist literature collection is being prepared for scholarly use by the Rubenstein Library staff.
Credit Duke University

The Southern Poverty Law Center’s Intelligence Project has donated its collection of extremist literature – pamphlets and flyers issued by the KKK, neo-nazis, racist skinheads, border vigilantes, and neo-Confederates – to Duke’s David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library. The nearly 90-box collection will be housed there to allow scholarly research on the histories of extremist groups in the U.S.

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The State of Things
3:11 pm
Tue March 5, 2013

What Is A Library In Today’s High Tech Age?

James B. Hunt Library
NCSU.edu

A conversation about libraries in today’s high tech age

The James B. Hunt Library at North Carolina State University is a revolution in information storage.


At the Hunt, robots fetch the books. Two million volumes are folded into one ninth of the space they would have taken up in a conventional library because room for humans to walk through the aisles is unnecessary.

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Education
4:07 pm
Wed August 17, 2011

Duke's Rare Books Library Receives Large Donation

An architect's rendition of the entrance plaza to the renovated Rare Book, Manuscript, and Special Collections Library.
Credit duke.edu

A large gift will make possible a the renovation of Duke University's rare books library. Duke Trustee David Rubenstein, a 1970 graduate of the university and co-founder of the Carlyle Group, is giving Duke $13.6 million. That's the largest ever donation to the libraries. Deborah Jakubs is a University Librarian and Vice Provost for Library Affairs. She says rare books document the development of scholarship and human creativity.

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Education
4:25 am
Thu December 2, 2010

Chapel Hill Library Could Move To Mall

Chapel Hill town officials are considering permanently moving the public library to University Mall. They voted to put on hold an expansion project at the library’s current site on North Estes Drive. This after the owner of the mall offered to sell the space currently housing Dillard’s department store. Officials estimate the move would save taxpayers close to 4 million dollars.  They say the new location would be more accessible.

Assistant director Mark Bayles has been with the library for 27 years. He speaks fondly of the current location:

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