Stanford Libraries Blog

Cataloging piano rolls

February 3, 2016

Over the past year this blog has covered a wide variety of piano roll topics: conjoined rolls, archival storage issues, publication dates, illustrations on rolls, piano roll lending libraries, Welte-Mignon at the Panama-Pacific International Exposition, and Hupfeld piano rolls. Many thoughtful comments from members of the player piano and mechanical music communities came to us through email, blog comments, or in-person visits during our listening parties.

Govdocs are hard, mkay?

February 2, 2016
by Mr. James R. (Librarian) Jacobs

[This was originally posted on the blog "Free Government Information"] I thought I'd recount an interesting little research question I had yesterday that took me down a rabbit hole trying to answer. This student was looking for an edition of a 1913 publication called the "Immigration Laws and Rules" (WorldCat helpfully notes the uniform titles of "Laws, etc." and "Immigration Laws"!) but couldn’t find the right one in google books (go figure!).

Duke Ellington

A small remembrance of Duke Ellington

January 26, 2016
by Ray Heigemeir

I came across this miniature book, Duke Ellington Remembered: New York Notes, by Whitney Balliett, and thought it perfect for a miniature blog post. It is by far the tiniest book in the Music Library. Balliett (1926-2007) was a journalist and jazz critic who wrote for a number of publications, including for the New Yorker under famed editor William Shawn.  His essays on jazz and jazz musicians have been collected into a number of monographs, many of which are available in the Stanford Libraries.

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Gear Up for Research Day, Thursday, January 28

January 21, 2016

Feeling overwhelmed? Need to get all your research articles organized and referenced?

Interested in writing for publication but need tips on how to present your findings?  Thinking about applying for funding, but don't know where to start?

Get tips for how to find grants, publish articles and organize your research at Gear Up for Research Day on Thursday, January 28 from 1 to 5 pm in the Mackenzie room on the third floor of the Huang Engineering Center.

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