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Cover image of Goodbye autumn, hello winter

Winter is coming

December 5, 2017
by Kelly L Roll

As we say goodbye to autumn and hello to winter we thought it appropriate to show off some of the books at Cubberley Library with a wintry theme. Once you take them home, requirements for reading these books are 

  1. A cup of hot cocoa
  2. A comfy warm spot to read and
  3. Someone needing a tale of whirling snowflakes or winters chill.

Please stop by before winter break.  Snow is falling (somewhere) and books are calling.

Concierge Keys

Concierge tours: Hoover Institute's new space and Law Library

December 4, 2017
by Ellie Buckley

Please join us for two Concierge Tours in December 2017!

The Hoover Institution will be hosting tours to show us their recently-finished space. Please sign up for one of the two times below. Tours are limited to 15 participants and will begin in the Hoover Courtyard.

Triumph of Flora, 1980

John Fitz Gibbon and Art in California

November 30, 2017
by Franz Kunst

This post comes to you from SPEC’s current intern, Brian Adams.

For the past several weeks, I’ve been interning at Special Collections’ Redwood City facility, where the fabulous Manuscript Processing team does their work in regal silence. I’m currently enrolled in Simmons College’s Masters in Library and Information Science graduate program, and for my internship experience I have been processing my very first collection, the papers of art critic/collector/CSU Sacramento professor John Fitz Gibbon.

New exhibit on display in Lane Library

November 29, 2017
by Kelly Fields

A new exhibit about the role of the Stanford University School of Medicine in WWI is now on view in Lane Library, marking the 100th anniversary of the US entry into the war. The exhibit examines the split that occurred within the university and the country over the proper role of the US when war broke out in 1914, as well as the varied ways that the School of Medicine faculty, students, and facilities eventually became involved. The exhibit features historical photographs and documents from the Stanford Medical History Center, located in Lane Library.

Building a Solid Scholarly Workbench

November 22, 2017
by Mimi Calter

The Stanford Libraries, like the rest of Stanford, has engaged in a long-range planning process which has all of our staff focused on the role that the library plays in a growing, and changing, academic organization.  That process, which has involved both internal review and engagement with faculty, students, and donors, has lead us to develop a new metaphorical model for envisioning the library’s position in the academic sphere: The Scholarly Workbench.

Jenny Lind paper doll set and box, ca. 1846-48

The Jenny Lind paper doll set

November 22, 2017
by Ray Heigemeir

The Jenny Lind paper doll set is a somewhat unusual and most charming recent acquisition by the Stanford Libraries. The doll, measuring just 10 cm in height, comes with costumes from eight of Lind’s notable opera roles, a “concert-toilette” (recital) gown, and five hair pieces.  The chromolithographed opera costumes may reference actual outfits worn by Lind, or, more likely, originate from the designer’s imagination. We do know that the designer took liberties with the doll’s hair color—Lind was decidedly a brunette.

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