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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.  

Data Management Services Newsletter for December 2018

December 3, 2018
by Amy E. Hodge

Stanford Libraries' Data Management Services (nearly) monthly newsletter is chock full of news and tips to help you manage, describe, share, and preserve your research data. Regular features include:

  • Feature Story
  • Tip of the Month
  • Dataset(s) of the Month
  • Tool Spotlight
  • Learn More
  • Further Reading

You can read the latest issue online and subscribe to the newsletter on our website

Concierge Keys

Concierge 49: SearchWorks: Updates and more!

November 28, 2018
by Ellie Buckley

Join us for the next Concierge session to discover the magic, and unravel the mysteries, of SearchWorks. The SearchWorks team recently finished a five-month long project during which they implemented several new features and enhancements. You will learn about some of these new and exciting features, as well as the processes by which improvements to SearchWorks are conceived, designed, and implemented. You will also hear what happens when you submit feedback, how that feedback is processed and considered, and when that feedback is turned into action.

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