Later this summer, the team will practice dismantling and re-assembling the house in preparation for the Solar Decathalon competition, which will be held in October in Irvine, Calif.
Each year, students from art, art history, photography, and design classes visit the Art & Architecture Library to view a selection of the artists’ books held in the library’s Locked Stacks collection. This winter, students from Ala Ebtekar’s Artist’s Book class made two visits to see twenty different titles, with highlights such as Stéphane Mallarmé’s typographic masterpiece ...Un coup de dés jamais n'abolira le hasard; poème, Gordon Matta-Clark’s Conceptual work Walls Paper, and Anna Hellsgård and Christian Gfeller’s silkscreen-printed Relax (Zeitgeist). The students used the books as inspiration for their final projects, which will themselves be on view in the Art & Architecture Library’s reading room in April.
The artists’ book collection, with holdings ranging from the historical to the contemporary, is available to the entire Stanford community for study and enjoyment. Those who are new to the field or are interested in expanding their familiarity can consult the Artists’ Books topic guide or peruse the representative sample included in the SearchWorks Stanford Artists’ Books Collection.
Tomorrow at 4:00 p.m. Peter Henry Blair, Dean of New York University's Stern School of Business, will speak about his new book, "Turnaround: Third World Lessons for First World Growth." He is a well-known expert on the global economy. The talk will be held in the Lane/Lyons/Lodato Room of the Fisher Conference Center of Arrillaga Alumni Building, and is sponsored by the Hoover Institution Media Fellow Program.
On January 14, 2013, Academic Computing Services and the CourseWork UX team sponsored a Visual Design Contest to redesign the CourseWork logo. After receiving dozens of “strong entries,” the two student winners were announced on March 15th.
The winning entries of the CourseWork Visual Design Contest came from sophomore, Roger Chen and freshman, Ashley Ngu. Both entries were noted for their overall “excellent graphic design and attractive color scheme.”
Roger took 1st place in the contest and was awarded a MacBook Air Pro, while Ashley took second, and was awarded an iPad mini.
In addition to the prizes received, Roger and Ashley will have elements of their designs incorporated into the redesigned user interface and reskinning of CourseWork. The redesign is scheduled for rollout during the 2013-2014 Academic year.
Congratulations, Roger and Ashley!
As part of Sunshine Week -- and in conjunction with the White House's new policy on Open Access to federally funded scientific information -- a small group of government information librarians has started a petition on petitions.whitehouse.gov asking the Obama Administration to assure that there is free permanent public access to ALL authentic government information.
We hope you'll sign the petition and forward on to all your friends and social networks to help us reach our goal of 100,000 signatures by April 11, 2013! Thanks in advance!!
WE PETITION THE OBAMA ADMINISTRATION TO:
Require free online permanent public access to ALL federal government information and publications.
1. Assure that GPO has the funds to continue to maintain and develop the Federal Digital System (FDsys).
2. Raise ALL Congressional, Executive & Judicial branch information, publications & data to the level of federally funded scientific information & publish ALL government information as "Open Access."
3. Mandate the free permanent public access to other Federal information currently maintained in fee-based databases - including the Public Access to Court Electronic Records (PACER), the National Technical Reports Library (NTRL), & USA Trade Online.
4. Establish an interagency, govt-wide strategy to manage the entire lifecycle of digital government information w/ FDLP Libraries - publication, access, usability, bulk download, long-term preservation, standards & metadata.
The Department of Special Collections and University Archives at Stanford University Libraries is pleased to announce that it has successfully completed a CLIR Hidden Collections grant project—Documenting Mexican American and Latino Civil Rights: Records of the Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund (MALDEF) and California Rural Legal Assistance, Inc. (CRLA). This project has been one of the largest and most ambitious processing efforts ever undertaken by Special Collections. In the course of the two-year grant, the project team processed 2045 linear feet of MALDEF records and 406 linear feet of CRLA records. Access to these rich collections will give scholars from a wide range of disciplines a major resource for analyzing the civil rights struggles faced by Mexican Americans in the mid-to-late-20th century and will further establish Stanford’s Department of Special Collections as one of the most significant repositories containing collections that document all aspects of the Mexican American and Latino experience.
On April 10, three Stanford librarians will talk to Stanford graduate students about their experiences moving from PhD programs into library work. This event, titled “Alt Ac @ Libraries,” will feature Chris Bourg, AUL for Public Services (PhD in Sociology); Matt Marostica, Subject Specialist for Economics and Political Science (PhD in Political Scicence); and Regan Murphy Kao, Japanese Studies Librarian (PhD in Japanese).
Matt, Regan, and Chris will engage with soon-to-be Stanford PhDs on what it means to support research through curation, collection, and other library work, instead of taking more traditional PhD paths into tenure-track faculty positions — positions that are both increasingly scarce and not necessarily the right fit for all academically-minded people. They will likely address both the challenges and the rewards of their careers in an academic library such as Stanford's.
The perhaps odd-sounding "alt-ac" moniker gained prominence a few years ago as a Twitter hashtag marking conversations among and about "alternate" career paths for people with academic dreams (and credentials). In 2011, an unusual (and fascinating) collection of essays called #alt-academy, edited by University of Virginia digital humanist (and fellow library worker) Bethany Nowviskie, was published by MediaCommons. This path-breaking collection describes itself as being
by and for people with deep training and experience in the humanities [and other fields], who are working or are seeking employment — generally off the tenure track, but within the academic orbit — in universities and colleges, or allied knowledge and cultural heritage institutions such as museums, libraries, academic presses, historical societies, and governmental humanities organizations.
Like all institutions of graduate education, Stanford has large communities of both PhD-bound students nervous about future employment, and PhD-educated, untenured, academic staff who love their careers. Surprisingly — shockingly, really — these two communities rarely gather to discuss what will inevitably unite many of their members: an "alternate academic" professional career. The Alt Ac Speaker Series, of which this Stanford Libraries panel is part, is sponsored by the Vice Provost for Graduate Education, the Career Development Center, the School of Humanities and Sciences, and the Humanities Center. The series is designed to give Stanford graduate students the opportunity to explore "a range of rewarding alternative academic (alt ac) career options within colleges and universities."
The Stanford Libraries, meanwhile, are a haven for people who have chosen precisely such careers. Our colleagues Chris, Regan, and Matt will be proudly representing the dozens of us who have chosen this path, which they'll generously share with our graduate student colleagues on campus.
International Women's Day is a worldwide celebration of "the economic, political and social achievements of women past, present and future. In some places like China, Russia, Vietnam and Bulgaria, International Women's Day is a national holiday." The official United Nations theme for International Women's Day 2013 is "A promise is a promise: Time for action to end violence against women." Please check out our guide to Feminist Studies in Stanford University Libraries, with links to databases, journals, and more. The Program in Feminist Studies sponsors all sorts of events on campus. See also the Events page on Stanford's website.