Blogs

Experimenting with ePADD: finding strategies for screening and processing email

August 2, 2018
by Sally DeBauche

I’m excited to make my debut post in my new role as the Digital Archivist for Special Collections!  Since I’m the newest member of team ePADD I thought it would be only fitting to write my inaugural post on the subject of email.  I recently worked with the email contained in the Robert Creeley papers and it gave me the opportunity to experiment with the ePADD software and find some effective strategies for processing email.  Working on this project also gave me a chance to think a little more deeply about how we process email and how we document the decisions that we make

Sarah Lester standing with her farewell cake

Bon Voyage, Sarah!

July 31, 2018
by Ashley Jester

After more than 10 years with the Stanford Libraries, on July 20, 2018, Sarah Lester said goodbye to friends and colleagues and prepared for her new role as the Librarian for the College of Engineering at Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo.  During her time at Stanford, Sarah made incredible contributions to the Terman Engineering Library and the wider Stanford community.  At various points, Sarah served as the liaison to several departments in the School of Engineering, including Mechanical Engineering, Electrical Engineering, and Computer Science.  Sarah spearheaded an effort to digitize and

Solutions

Academic fake news: “Information Wars” Part 4 of 4

July 26, 2018
by Felicia Smith

Solutions

Congratulations you have made it to the conclusion of my academic fake news four-part series. So far, I have covered three aspects: predatory journals, fraudulent conferences and faulty textbooks. To wrap up the series I will offer potential solutions to help the noble soldiers fighting on the right side of the Information Wars.

Visiting the Methuselah Tree on Skyline

July 25, 2018
by Glynn Edwards

Every few years, when Special Collections-Redwood City is hosting a number of summer students and interns, we make a trip to Alice’s Restaurant for lunch to celebrate their accomplishments and contributions. It’s also a way to say thank you to our Redwood City staff for a very productive year. Sadly several staff members were unable to make it at the last minute as jury duty and emergency training took precedence.

Photograph of Steve Jobs at NeXT, 1986 or 1987, taken by Doug Menuez

New Douglas Menuez Exhibit

July 25, 2018
by Michelle Paquette
This is a guest post from Special Collections Processing Assistant Brian Bethel.
 
Stanford Special Collections is pleased to announce the release of a new online exhibit featuring the Silicon Valley photographs of American photographer Douglas Menuez, whose complete archive of over 250,000 collected photographs is housed permanently at Stanford. The new online exhibit highlights 8,500 photographs focusing on the computer and semiconductor industries, venture capital deals, startups, and Internet companies. There are also specific collections of photographs related to major Silicon Valley companies photographed by Menuez in the 1980s and 1990s, such as Apple Computer,Adobe SystemsSun Microsystems, and NetObjects.
Academic fake news: “Information Wars”

Academic fake news: “Information Wars”

July 23, 2018
by Felicia Smith

Part 1 of 4

Introduction

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.

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