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Interview with Cory MacLauchlin, John Kennedy Toole researcher

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Special Collections Zulu Carnival items in Tulane's New Wave

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Zulu Social Aid and Pleasure Club carnival items from Special Collections accompany this morning's story in New Wave, Tulane University's daily online newspaper. If you're not subscribed to the New Wave email list, you can read the story here.

The article highlights Zulu's 100th anniversary, and the images are taken from our Carnival holdings. With Mardi Gras around the corner, we'd like to invite you to visit our collections. The Tulane Manuscripts Department preserves an extensive Carnival collection, with invitations, dance cards, programs, krewe records, and original float and costume designs.

For more information about our Carnival collection, please visit our Carnival collection page.

(Image of King Zulu, 1989. Carnival Collection, Manuscripts Department, Special Collections, Tulane University Libraries. Image may not be reproduced without permission.)

Posted by Eira Tansey.

Our day at the Lakefront

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Six of us in Special Collections attended a SOLINET-sponsored class on Feb. 5 at the University of New Orleans Library. The topic was Digital Imaging of Library and Archival Materials, and it included individual hands-on work in Photoshop and OmniPage Pro, as well as wide-ranging discussions about planning for digital preservation and access projects. While the workshop was technical in nature, the fundamental theme of the day was the necessity of providing strong, well-informed, collegial decision making prior to undertaking new digitization projects for special library materials. Putting procedures into place requires an analysis of the best options for software, file quality and size, storage medium, backup location for disaster planning, file naming conventions, and realistic budgeting for the equipment and ongoing staffing needs for the proposed projects. Some aspects of this developing field do not have firm industry and professional standards, but rather a choice between what a…