Although much of our time at SMPL is spent digitizing and working with library collections, part of our work involves seeking out legacy equipment that can be refurbished and installed in our labs for use in our reformatting work. In 2011, we were fortunate to find a working ½” EIAJ reel-to-reel videotape machine for sale. Knowing that it would need some work before it could be used, it lay tucked away until we received funding late last year to overhaul the machine and get it working in our lab. This is the first in a series of blog posts documenting our progress as we complete work on the restoration of our Sony AV-3650.
Digital Library Blog
Did you read the news a few months ago about the Riverwalk Jazz archive coming to Stanford? Now the collection of radio shows is available online, featuring two channels of continuous audio streams: http://riverwalkjazz.stanford.edu/.
As fans of the long-running public radio program know, Riverwalk Jazz tells the story of early jazz and blues as it evolved in the first half of the 20th century. Using rich narrative, oral histories and interviews, clips of historic musical recordings, and live musical performances by the Jim Cullum Jazz Band, each radio show entertains and educates its listeners, promoting classic jazz music and an appreciation for its place in history. With this new web site, the series of programs is presented by the Stanford Archive of Recorded Sound as an incomparable research collection for use by jazz scholars and fans alike.
The new library website has been in place for over two months now, and the team has been busy receiving feedback, fixing bugs, adding new features, and planning ahead. We have established a support contract with Chapter Three, the same firm that engineered the site initially, to provide us with a fixed number of support hours each month. Within that allocation of support hours we first tackle critical bug fixes and then attempt to add new features to enable better service and to support content creators in their work.
In October, approximately 22,000, images representing nearly 20,000 items were accessioned into the Stanford Digital Repository (SDR). These materials include ~ 17,000 automobile-related images from the Revs collection, 130 additional books from the Stephen J Gould collection, Beethoven scores from the Memorial Library of Music and early twentieth century photographs of YWCA in China from the East Asia Library.
From the humble beginnings of a single flatbed scanner in 1996 when Stanford Library first began producing digital files, the digitization program 16 years later now is home to 8 different labs. These labs support the digitization of books, photos, manuscripts, video, audio, and born digital materials.
We have an ambitious set of goals for continuing to improve and enrich the library website in October. These priorities are based on our original project goals and on feedback and suggestions gathered from patrons and staff. Please continue to send us your feedback and encourage others to do so as well.
Our goals for October 2012 are to: