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Design for AI in Libraries and Archives at the Fantastic Futures Conference

December 18, 2018
by Catherine Nicole Coleman
On December 4, 2018 in Oslo we held a day-long "Design for AI in Libraries and Archives” workshop in collaboration with the National Library of Norway the day before the Fantastic Futures Conference on AI in libraries. We set out to build a shared understanding of the possibilities and practical applications of library-inspired artificial intelligence. There were overarching concerns expressed about how copyright restrictions will limit what we can do with content and whether libraries will have the capability to carry out the wo

Improvements to SearchWorks in Summer and Fall 2018

December 18, 2018
by Stuart Snydman

During a four month span between August and November of 2018, an interdepartmental team from the Stanford Libraries worked diligently to make a series of improvements to SearchWorks, Stanford’s world-class online catalog and discovery system.  The improvements are wide-ranging and diverse, and touch nearly every aspect of SearchWorks, which is an essential tool for Stanford faculty and students in support of research and instruction.  The work described below is the result of over four months of hard work by a world-class team of experts drawn

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Stanford Syllabus Archive now available via Spotlight

The University Archives is pleased to announce the availability of the Stanford Syllabus Archive via Spotlight. Featuring more than 34,000 syllabi from 2007-2014, the site was created following the decision to sunset the old website at  at syllabusarchive.stanford.edu. All items have been preserved in the Stanford Digital Repository and will also be available via SearchWorks.

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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

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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.  

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