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Book Conservator David Brock to retire

May 6, 2019
by Kristen St.John

After 20+ years of service to the Stanford Libraries, rare book conservator David Brock is retiring at the end of May. We are so happy to acknowledge the great contributions he has made to both the collections and the people of Stanford Libraries.

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SDR Deposit of the Month: All in the Family

May 3, 2019
by Hannah Frost

By many measures, Stanford is a big place. Two typical measures: the historic campus (6th largest in the US) stretches across 8,180 acres, and is home to over 31,000 students, faculty, and staff this academic year. A random measure: for the JSTOR database subscription provided by the Libraries, Stanford's institution classification level is “very large".

But some days, Stanford feels like a small, close-knit town where degrees of separation between community members rarely exceed two or three. 

Introducing Mirador 3: The next generation image comparison viewer

We are proud to announce the completion of the first phase of development of Mirador 3.  For fourteen weeks between January and April, a team consisting of contributors from four institutions across the US and Europe rebuilt Mirador anew.  Following a comprehensive year-long design process led by Jennifer Vine and Gary Geisler, a dedicated team of engineers from Stanford University, Universität Leipzig, Princeton University and Harvard University followed an agile software development process and produced a feature-rich alpha version that is ready for testing and ongoing development.  

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Say something!

May 2, 2019
by Kathryn M Kerns

"Your voice can inspire, heal, and transform.  Your voice can change the world."  Peter H. Reynold's latest children's book Say something urges everyone to use their voice, creativity, and courage to change the world for the better.

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Open House on Trains and Railroads on May 10th, 2019


Friday, May 10th, marks the sesquicentennial of the Golden Spike, the ceremonial completion of the first transcontinental railroad. In honor of the occasion, curators Eitan Kensky, Kathleen Smith, and Ben Stone are organizing an Open House in Green Library from 11:00am to 3:00pm. In addition to material documenting the American transcontinental railroad and railroads in the United States, this event highlights stories of other significant trains and transportation networks around the world.

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Inquisition documents and other new medieval and early modern acquisitions on display May 3rd

April 30, 2019
by Kathleen M Smith

On Friday, May 3rd, 2019, there will be an Open House in the Barchas Room of Green Library featuring recent acquisitions in medieval and early modern manuscripts, printed books, and other new materials. One of the new items on display will be a collection of rare handwritten documents from fifteenth-century Bologna, a main center of Inquisition activity in Italy, related to trials and investigations involving Jews--which is unusual since the Inquisition in Italy focused more on combating Christian heresy.

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