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Saki Ryūzō and Kuroda Seitarō, Shōwa nijūnen hassai no nikki (Fukuoka-shi : Sekifūsha, 2011), 21.

New exhibit at the East Asia Library - In/Visible: Nuclear Representation in Japan from Hiroshima to Fukushima

May 25, 2017
by Joshua Capitanio

The East Asia Library is pleased to announce the installation of a new exhibit in its entrance hall display cases entitled "In/Visible: Nuclear Representation in Japan from Hiroshima to Fukushima."  The exhibit was curated by Dr. Kyoko Sato, Associate Director of Stanford's Program in Science, Technology, and Society (STS), with the help of Joshua Capitanio, Public Services Librarian, and Regan Murphy Kao, Japanese Studies Librarian.  

Chris DeBoever and Mary-Ellen Petrich at Carpentries Instructor Training

Software and Data Carpentries: Building Campus Capacity

May 23, 2017
by Amy E. Hodge
One thing Stanford Libraries knows about running Software Carpentry and Data Carpentry workshops on Stanford’s campus is that workshop demand is high. Case in point: when we invited post-docs for a Data Carpentry workshop on an upcoming weekend this June, we had 120 people interested in the 40 available seats. 
 
That’s some serious demand. 
 
Software and Data Carpentry are sister organizations focused on teaching computing best practices to scientists. The idea is to make research faster, more efficient, and more reproducible by teaching scientists the basics of version control (usually Git), task automation (using the shell), and modular programming (typically in Python, but sometimes R). The two-day, hands-on workshops are taught by volunteer instructors, but workshop hosts are responsible for other costs, like instructor travel and food.
Henry Cowell, The Harp of Life (detail showing tone clusters)

Henry Cowell's tone clusters and The Harp of Life

May 23, 2017
by Ray Heigemeir

The maverick composer Henry Cowell wrote the solo piano work, The Harp of Life, in Menlo Park in 1925; it was later incorporated into the suite, Four Irish Tales, for piano and orchestra (1940). The original holograph score is held in the Memorial Library of Music in Stanford’s Department of Special Collections (MLM 232C). Accompanying correspondence from Cowell’s widow, Sydney, notes that only a few of Cowell’s 25 or so manuscripts employing tone clusters have survived, this being one. The Harp of Life refers to a great cosmic harp, upon which a plucked string announces the birth of a new being. Cowell’s tone clusters create an aural celestial environment within which the harp is played.

Transitioning workflows for EEMs

May 12, 2017
by Alexis C Manheim

The Stanford Libraries Mellon funded grant project, Everyday Electronic Materials (EEMs), created policy and practices as well as software and tools for selectors to add electronic items of scholarly interest to Stanford’s collections. Since its introduction in 2008, the EEMs system has been the gateway for adding thousands of digital items to Stanford's library collections, with full catalog records, workflows to support IP rights and payment needs, and persistent access via the Stanford Digital Repository.

Logo for Children's Book Week May 1-7, 2017

Celebrate Children's Book Week

April 28, 2017
by Kelly L Roll

The first week in May marks the annual celebration of Children’s Book Week. I don’t know about you but I love to revisit old favorites or introduce a new reader to the joys that await within the pages.  Why not celebrate Children’s Book Week too?  Come to Cubberley Library and pick out a book to celebrate.

You can also go to http://everychildareader.net/cbw/ for additional information. There are downloadable bookmarks and activities at the site as well as a downloadable comic book.

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