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We're delighted to announce that Stanford Libraries is now a member of the Center for Research Libraries - Global Forum Network. This greatly expands the gamut of research materials that are available to the entire Stanford community.

CRL is a partnership of more than 275 university, college, and independent research libraries. For 60-plus years CRL has acquired and preserved newspapers, journals, documents, archives, and other traditional and digital resources from a global network of sources, and made them available to member institutions through interlibrary loan and electronic delivery.

The Center for Research Libraries provide approximately five million publications, archives, and collections and one million digital resources to its member libraries to supplement their own humanities, science, and social science holdings. CRL has in-depth holdings that support research in history of science, economics, law and government, immigration and population studies, international diplomacy, cultural studies, and more. In addition, a partnership with the Linda Hall Library of Science, Engineering and Technology offers access to tens of thousands of scarce journal titles (many of them in foreign languages) to CRL members.

CRL materials can be obtained for extended loan periods and at no cost by users affiliated with member libraries. CRL resources include:

  • 6,500 international newspapers, many dating to the 1700s—the largest collection of circulating newspapers in North America.
  • 4,500 U.S. newspapers, many dating to the colonial era, including 2,000 ethnic titles. Foreign journals rarely held in U.S. libraries.
  • More than 800,000 foreign dissertations.
  • Area Studies: major microform and paper collections from Africa, Latin America, Middle East, Europe, Asia, Southeast Asia, and many other areas.
  • Access to the Linda Hall Library’s science, technology, and engineering serials.
  • Access to the Law Library Microform Consortium's (LLMC) digital resources.

 

For background on the Center for Research Libraries visit its website and to see what exactly is in their collection, go to the CRL online catalog.

The NYTimes.com academic passes work with ANY computer or device. The app, however, works at Stanford only with Windows Phone, iPhone, BlackBerry 10, and Android-power phones, not iPads. Please try it out at: nytimes.com/passes for 24 hour passes. Here's the FAQ.

Daniel Handler, aka Lemony Snicket, will be appearing at Stanford University's Cemex Auditorium Wednesday October 9, at 7:30 pm. His visit is brought to us by the Stanford Storytelling Project, which will be choosing 2-3 students to come on stage and interview him about his writing and creative life.

Handler is the author of Adverbs, The Basic Eight, and most recently, Why We Broke Up. Under the name Lemony Snicket, he has also written two best selling series: "A Series of Unfortunate Events", and "All the Wrong Questions." He is also a screenwriter, composer, and the adjunct accordionist for the band The Magnetic Fields. His latest book, "When did you See Her Last", will be released on October 15.

Our library has some of Handler's books. You can find them in our Searchworks catalog. We also have a video game based on A Series of Unfortunate Events, and the movie. We also have one book that is credited to Lemony Snicket, and not to Daniel Handler.  How do you feel about that?

A new study found that reading literary fiction leads to better performance on tests of empathy, social perception and emotional intelligence as reported in the The New York Times yesterday.

Green Library to the rescue. You will find many books by Anton Pavlovich Chekhov and other fiction authors to check out or read online.

We also have The New York Times in print and online. Though Stanford does not have an institutional membership for nytimes.com, we have many 24 hour passes available every day for those with Stanford IDs: see nytimes.com/passes. 

Green Library Seminar Room (Room 301)

Green Library's Seminar Room (Room 301) is located on the third floor of the Bing Wing.

To get there you can take the elevator that's on the right just after you enter the Bing Wing (the same elevator that goes to the Bender Room on the fifth floor); Room 301 is the first room on the left once you reach the third floor. If you're feeling especially energetic and want to take the stairs, you can turn left upon entering the Bing Wing and then take stairwell 14 up to the third floor. When you arrive, turn right and you'll see Room 301.

A bunch of federal websites will shut down with the government, By Andrea Peterson, Washington Post, Published: September 30 at 5:28 pm. Also: The Government Printing Office (GPO) reports:

"GPO will not be updating gpo.gov, FDLP.gov, the Catalog of Government Publications, Ben’s Guide, or be responding to askGPO questions until funding is restored. The Laurel warehouse will be closed so there will be no shipments to depository libraries. Congressional materials will continue to be processed and posted to FDsys. Federal Register services on FDsys will be limited to documents that protect life and property. The remaining collections on FDsys will not be updated and will resume after funding is restored."

Sites that are down include NASA, Library of Congress, Department of Education's ERIC database, Census and USDA. Arstechnica checked 56 .gov sites and found 10 that went dark. See "Shutdown of US government websites appears bafflingly arbitrary." (Originally posted on Free Government Information blog.)

Green Library: New Student Orientation Tour

More than 1,000 students attended tours of the Stanford libraries during New Student Orientation and the first week of the quarter to learn about our amazing resources, study spaces, and librarians who are here to help with research.

Welcome to Stanford and welcome to the libraries!

Wagner display in the Music Library

Wagner in his century

2013 marks the 200th birthday of musical giant Richard Wagner. In commemoration, the Music Library offers on display a selection of 19th century items related to Wagner, including an 1860 edition of the overture to Rienzi, his first successful opera; the sheet music for “Les deux grenadiers” (1843), an early song Wagner published in the hope of making a name for himself in Paris (he failed); the dedication page for the score of the Ring cycle (1875), which salutes Wagner’s champion King Ludwig II of Bavaria; and Richard Wagner's Lohengrin und Tannhäuser (1852), by Franz Liszt, commentaries on Wagner’s “système dramatique”, his approach to composition in which the interplay of words and music supports a deeper quality of expression in service to the drama. Through December .

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