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Stanford Libraries staff anniversary honorees 2018

December 13, 2018
by Kimberly R. Kay

A large and festive group of staff members gathered for the annual Stanford Libraries Holiday Party on December 12th at the Schwab Center.  Good food, drinks, and fun were in abundance! In addition to providing an opportunity to celebrate the past year, the holiday party is a time for University Librarian Michael Keller to recognize staff celebrating employment anniversaries. Congratulations to all!

40 years

Catalina Rodriguez
Human Resources Department

35 years

Mission Beach Amusement Park

Sanborn fire insurance map collection online

December 4, 2018
by Julie Sweetkind-Singer

Sanborn maps are a favorite of any map librarian.  What's not to like about them?  They give us a view into the history of our country in a way that few other maps do.  They show the growth and decline of towns and cities.  They track the changing use of buildings over time.  At times they tell us who lived and worked in specific areas.  We peek into the past to understand what kept people entertained, be it an amusement park, a skating rink, a movie theater, or a bar.  The Sanborn Fire Insurance Company began producing these maps in the late 19th century for towns and cities throughout the United States in order to provide information to insurers about the composition and use of buildings to allow for the correct underwriting of policies.  The maps include: building footprints; building material shown by color, height and number of stories; uses such as dwellings, hotels, churches, and chicken coops; street widths, water pipes, hydrants, and cisterns.  This provides historians, genealogists, urban planners, and ethnologist with a wealth of information about the nation's past.  

Data Management Services Newsletter for December 2018

December 3, 2018
by Amy E. Hodge

Stanford Libraries' Data Management Services (nearly) monthly newsletter is chock full of news and tips to help you manage, describe, share, and preserve your research data. Regular features include:

  • Feature Story
  • Tip of the Month
  • Dataset(s) of the Month
  • Tool Spotlight
  • Learn More
  • Further Reading

You can read the latest issue online and subscribe to the newsletter on our website

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