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Fake news is a hot topic that is primarily focused on either fabricated or unfavorable media accounts, usually reported on digital outlets, newspapers, cable news or social media. I would be remiss if I failed to state that dismissing unfavorable or unflattering information is a human impulse. For example, it can be extremely cathartic to weigh yourself on a scale then yell, “fake news!” The problem lies with seeking confirmation bias about important events that impact the greater society writ large.
With great dismay I am announcing the departure of Larry Scott, who will be retiring from the Department of Special Collections on July 19th. We are clearly losing one of the best representatives of our Department. Larry was the face of Special Collections, welcoming a vast array of researchers: undergraduates, graduate students, outside researchers, and faculty members. Regardless of status, each person was greeted by Larry with courtesy and respect, his professionalism and kindness setting the tone for a rewarding and often extremely fruitful research experience. Contributi
After serving as Assistant Curator for Judaica & Hebraica since 2010, Anna Levia will now divide her time between several different areas of Stanford Libraries. Her new home department will be Green’s Information Center, where in addition to providing reference assistance at the IC desk she will teach PWR classes. Anna will also continue working one day per week with Special Collections, where for the past several years she has been processing Hebraica manuscript materials.
The National Geospatial Advisory Committee (NGAC) held their summer meeting June 26-27, 2018 at the Department of the Interior, Washington, DC. The NGAC is a Federal Advisory Committee (FACA) to the Federal Geographic Data Committee (FGDC). The role of the NGAC is to provide advice and recommendations related to the national geospatial program and the development of the National Spatial Data Infrastructure. Full minutes of the meeting, PowerPoints, and lightning talks are available on the NGAC website.
I published an article titled, “Linguistic Diversity in Libraries” in the July 10, 2018 edition of Library Journal. That article dealt with the narrowly focused issue of diversity in libraries that basically deals with disparities in wages and leadership positions. I explain methods to easily include diverse language in my library workday.
I am excited to announce that Eitan Kensky, Stanford Library’s new Judaica and Hebraica Curator, started work on July 9. Eitan is responsible for developing, managing, and providing outreach for Stanford’s rich Jewish Studies collections. He joins the Humanities and Area Studies Resource Group, and will also work closely with Stanford’s Taube Center for Jewish Studies. You can find him in his office, Green 321B, in the McDermott Suite.