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
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.
We are pleased to announce a new look and website for the LOCKSS Program! We invite you to learn more about why many of the world's leading libraries choose LOCKSS, the digital preservation principles that set us apart, and the diverse digital preservation use cases that LOCKSS serves.
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!
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Guest blogger: Tyler Mitchell
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.