Pope Benedict XVI announced today that as of 28 February 2013, he would be resigning from his position as leader of the Roman Catholic Church. This is the first papal resignation since 1415, when Gregory XII stepped down to bring about an end to the Western Schism.
Are you counting the days until the 2013 Cardinal football season starts? If so, why not bask in the glow of past victories a little longer -- stop by the Bender Room (on the fifth floor of the Bing Wing) to see a selection of historic Rose Bowl memorabilia from the collections of the Stanford University Archives. The exhibit will be on view through the end of February.
Come take a look at the beautiful new Istanbul poster exhibition in the lobby of Green Library's East Wing. The posters feature photographs and text by students who went to Istanbul last August for a three-week Bing Overseas Seminar with Professor Ali Yaycioğlu of the History Department. There's a corresponding book display highlighting materials about Istanbul from our collection.
The Istanbul poster exhibition will be on display in the lobby of Green East until March 15, 2013.
Today's the birthday of Bay Area resident and writer Michael Pollan, born on this date in 1955. Pollan is the author of four New York Times bestsellers: The Botany of Desire: A Plant’s-Eye View of the World (2001); The Omnivore’s Dilemma: A Natural History of Four Meals (2006); In Defense of Food: An Eater’s Manifesto (2008); and Food Rules: An Eater’s Manual (2010). In his In Defense of Food, Pollan sums up his approach to nutrition with the following seven words: “Eat food. Not too much. Mostly plants.”
Take a look at SearchWorks for further titles by Michael Pollan available in the libraries.
On Thursday night at 6:30 in Annenberg auditorium there will be a screening of "American Meat" , a documentary about sustainable meat filmed from a farmer's perspective, preceded by food at 6:00. This will be followed at 8:00 by a panel discussion, featuring Maisie Greenawalt (Bon Appétit), Rosamond Naylor (Stanford's Center on Food Security and the Environment, Vasile Stanescu (Stanford, and Journal of Critical Animal Studies, and David Evans (Marin Sun Farms), moderated by Professor Debra Dunn (d.school).
ACO is a new subscription database which includes over 60 years of popular music charts from the Americas, Europe and some Asian territories. Data is provided by Billboard, The Official Charts Company, Aria Charts and other similar sources.
Searching is possible by artist, single or album title, date, label, and chart position. Sophisticated tools then allow you to interpret, graph, analyze, compare and contrast musical trends and interactions. For instance you can chart the performance of Adele’s album 21 in the US, UK, and Australia. You are also able to superimpose graphs from different artists, countries and formats and display them in absolute or relative time. The instructional videos on the web site may be useful in learning how to use the graph function.
Most tracks and albums have audio samples.
In late December, we surveyed Stanford faculty in the Schools of Humanities & Sciences, Engineering, Education, and Earth Sciences about the “many kinds of resources that might be important to your research”. We are still working on a full analysis of all the data generated by the survey, but wanted to go ahead and start sharing some initial results.
The first set of questions asked faculty “How important are the following types of scholarly materials for your research?”, following by a list of various types of resources. Response choices were: Very Important, Important, Somewhat Important, Not Important. Below are some general results from those questions, broken down by Humanities & Arts faculty, Social Sciences faculty (including Graduate School of Education), and Science & Engineering faculty (including School of Earth Sciences).
- 90% of faculty say Print Books are Important or Very Important to their research. Faculty in the Humanities and Arts are most enamored of Print Books, with 96% rating them as Important or Very Important. Large majorities of Social Scientists (90%) and Science & Engineering (79%) faculty also rate Print Books as Important or Very Important.
- E-Books are also Important or Very Important to a majority of faculty in all disciplines: 75% in Humanities & Arts, 65% in Social Sciences, 68% in Science & Engineering.
- Nearly all faculty (over 94% across all disciplines) say E-Journals are Important or Very Important; but Print Journals are Important or Very Important primarly to those in Humanities and the Arts (76%). Only 36% of Science and Engineering faculty, and only 28% of Social Sciences faculty rate Print Journals as Important or Very Important.
- Textual Data are important to many Humanities (44%) and Social Science (38%) faculty, but much less so to Science & Engineering faculty (9%). Maps and Geospatial data are important to 25% of faculty overall, with slightly more interest from Social Scientists than from Humanists or Science & Engineering faculty.
- For all the other kinds of resources we asked about, the differences between disciplines are large and not particularly surprising. Numeric data is important to more Social Science (62%) and Science & Engineering faculty (55%) than Humanities faculty (19%). Archival materials, non-English language materials, reference works, images, film, video and audio are all important to much larger percentages of Humanists than to Social Scientists and Science & Engineering faculty.
- Response rates: Our overall response rate was 17%, with Humanities & Arts faculty twice as likely (N=68, 29%) as Social Sciences (N=32, 15%) or Science & Engineering faculty (N=57, 13%) to respond. A total of 157 faculty members took the time to respond, and we are very grateful to them.
We also asked several open-ended questions about how faculty accessed resources and what might improve their access to resources that are important to them. We asked similar questions about a variety of tools (e.g. the library website, SearchWorks, bibliographic management software), and expertise (e.g. subject librarians, data specialists). We will post results from those questions soon, as we continue to work on a full analysis of the data.
"The Beethoven Project is a large-scale celebration acknowledging Bing Concert Hall as the new home of the Stanford Symphony Orchestra and Stanford Philharmonia Orchestra. These ensembles, under the baton of Jindong Cai, will devote the season to the performance of all nine Beethoven symphonies, as well as all five of the composer’s piano concerti featuring Van Cliburn Gold Medal–winning pianist and Stanford alumnus Jon Nakamatsu.