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Logo of the International Image Interoperability Framework

The Stanford University Libraries (SUL) has introduced new features in its online catalog, SearchWorks, and the Stanford Digital Repository to make it easier for users worldwide to get access to a treasure trove of high resolution digital images.  The basis of these new features is the International Image Interoperability Framework, a global initiative co-founded by SUL to support the creation of a global network of broadly accessible images curated and produced by libraries, museums, archives and galleries to support research, teaching and broad public use.  

IIIF is a new set of technology standards intended to make it easier for researchers, students and the public to view, manipulate, compare and annotate digital images on the web. It has been adopted, or is in the process of being adopted, by many of the world's cultural institutions who have been systematically digitizing their collections for years.  You can see a partial list of institutions adopting IIIF here.

Now when you go to any record for a digitized image in SearchWorks you will see the IIIF logo . This means that the image can be used in any IIIF-compatible viewer, making it possible to easily compare it to similar images at other institutions or to deeply analyse, manipulate or annotate them.  An example of a IIIF-compatible viewer is Mirador, which was initially developed at Stanford and is now being extended in collaboration with Harvard, the National Gallery of Art and several other institutions from around the world. Mirador is unique in that it allows a user to open multiple images in the same workspace to compare side-by-side and even draw annotations to highlight and describe regions of an image.  You can try Mirador at with any image that has the IIIF logo.  Below is a video of how to open a Stanford IIIF image and compare to a similar image in Oxford’s Digital Bodleian image database, which is also IIIF-compatible.  


IIIF is a relatively new initiative, but is rapidly being adopted by the great cultural institutions around the world, opening up interoperable access to tens of millions of high quality images (maps, photographs, books, medieval manuscripts, newspapers, art work) digitized directly from original historical artifacts specifically to support scholarship. Many of these images are not easily found in more popular image resources likely Google Images and Flickr. Tools like Mirador make it easier for scholars and students alike to assemble images from disparate online collections and engage in creative and novel forms of research and teaching.  

The Stanford Libraries has a systematic program of digitizing images, audio and video materials from our general collections, special collections and archives.  You can access these resources in the Digital Collections section of SearchWorks and at our online exhibits gallery.

Spotlights in the Centre Ceramique, Maastricht

On August 9-10, the Yale University Libraries and Yale Center for British Art hosted an event to showcase the open source software platform called Spotlight (  

Frank Ferko

The Stanford Archive of Recorded Sound is pleased to announce the appointment of Frank Ferko to the position of Sound Archives Librarian. Recently, Frank served as the Metadata Creation Professional in Music and Media at UC Berkeley.

Erin Hurley

The Stanford Archive of Recorded Sound is pleased to announce the appointment of Erin Hurley as Project Archivist for the San Francisco Traditional Jazz Foundation Collection project. Erin will be processing this collection, creating the finding aid, and selecting materials for digitization to make this jazz collection accessible.


Mimi Tashiro and Ray Heigemeir travelled to Seattle on August 5-6, 2016, to join colleagues at the Music Library Association West Coast Joint Chapter Meeting. Over 50 music librarians and library school students, from Anchorage to San Diego and everywhere in between, gathered at the University of Washington for Day 1 of the conference. 

Screenshot of Claudia's Data Visualization

The 2016 Summer Olympics are drawing lots of attention to Rio de Janeiro. But while most people are focused on the current games -- as well as current events, politics, and health issues that might impact the games -- others have been spending their time delving into the history of this more than 450 year-old city. And Stanford Libraries' own Claudia Engel couldn't resist dipping her hand in either.

Pierre Avoi (Verbier), available to Stanford community members, is the place to watch live-streamed music including the Verbier and Salzburg festivals, and the Cleveland International Piano Competition.

Among the highlights of the Verbier Festival (July 22 – August 7) are the opening concert with Kyung Wha Chung alongside Charles Dutoit; two opera nights with Kate Aldrich in Bizet’s Carmen and Bryn Terfel in Verdi’s Falstaff; pianists Daniil Trifonov, Yuja Wang, András Schiff, Behzod Abduraimov and the revelations from the last Tchaikovsky Competition George Li and Lukas Geniušas; and legendary conductors, Michael Tilson Thomas, Paavo Järvi, Emmanuel Krivine or Iván Fischer. Behind-the-scenes video will include rehearsals and artist interviews.

"Peddlers of Preservation": Geoff Willard, Michael Angeletti, Beth Ryan, Michelle Paquette and Kristen St.John (Nathan Coy and Hannah Frost not pictured)

For the second year in a row Stanford Libraries staff based in Redwood City won Parking and Transportation Services Bike-to-Work Day raffle. Employees on team “Peddlers of Preservation” participating this year were Michelle Paquette from Special Collections Technical Services; Michael Angeletti, Nathan Coy, Hannah Frost, and Geoff Willard of the Stanford Media Preservation Lab; and Beth Ryan and Kristen St.John of Conservation Services. All employees logged bike miles on Thursday May 12 either for all or part of their commutes.