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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.

Special Collections Reading Room

Farewell to Larry Scott

July 17, 2018
by Tim Edward Noakes

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

Anna Levia

New roles for Anna Levia

July 16, 2018
by Sarah B Sussman

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.

Mural from South Interior Room

National Geospatial Advisory Committee holds June meeting

July 13, 2018
by Julie Sweetkind-Singer

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.

Crossword puzzle detail

It is puzzling

July 12, 2018
by Felicia Smith

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.

Eitan Kensky, Stanford Judaica curator

New Judaica Curator, Eitan Kensky

July 11, 2018
by Sarah B Sussman

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.

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