Page from Irene and Bill Irby scrapbook

Agency in the Historical Record: Reflections on the Irene and Bill Irby scrapbook of the Philippines

January 30, 2018
by Michelle Paquette

                Earlier this month I visited a friend in Washington, D.C. for a brief vacation. We spent much of one afternoon at the National Museum of African American History & Culture. One placard in particular from the “Slavery and Freedom 1400-1877” exhibit struck me in a way that sparked a connection with a scrapbook that I cataloged for Stanford this past summer.

Becky Fischbach

Elizabeth (Becky) Fischbach Announces Retirement

January 29, 2018
by Robert G Trujillo

Stanford Libraries Special Collections staff received a "Dear Colleagues and Friends" email from one of our highly valued and respected staff members this past Thursday, January 25.  Elizabeth Fischbach, Exhibitions Designer, has announced, "With complicated feelings, I’m writing to let you know that I’ve set my official retirement date for June 1, 2018. Engagement with a job has a life cycle, and after nearly 30 years designing and producing exhibits for Special Collections I feel it’s time to move into the next phase of life—rejuvenation and repurposing of my time, focus, and energy." 

Ashley Jester

Ashley Jester named as new Assistant Director in SERG

January 29, 2018
by Robert Schwarzwalder

Ashley Jester will assume the position of Assistant Director in the Science and Engineering Resource Group (SERG) on February 1st. In this position she will manage the Terman Engineering Library and the Li and Ma Science Library. The establishment of this position is part of a reorganization of SERG that was conducted in a response to the consolidation of STEM libraries at Stanford. The new Assistant Director position parallels the position held by Julie Sweetkind-Singer in her role as Assistant Director, Geospatial, Cartographic & Science Data Services.

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Bilingual children's books in Cubberley Library

January 26, 2018
by Kathryn M Kerns

A few weeks ago one of the students in our Stanford Teacher Education Program wrote asking if Cubberley Library had bilingual children's books.  She wrote "I am hoping to gather a collection of books to read aloud to expose young children to different languages as a start to learning to respect and appreciate different cultures." We have many in Spanish/English that are listed in our Spanish and Spanish/English children's books guide, but we needed to scramble to

Detail, CD cover of Korean People's Army Band

North Korean music, peace, propaganda

January 23, 2018
by Ray Heigemeir

The approaching XXIII Olympic Winter Games shine a spotlight on the Korean Peninsula, and the very tentative steps toward cooperation between the two Koreas in the current highly-charged political climate. Music is playing a role in that arena.