The East Asia Library at Stanford recently acquired from Zojoji Temple in Japan a copy of the twelfth-century printing of the tenth-century Chinese work called the Song Dynasty Biographies of Eminent Monks 宋高僧傳. With over five hundred biographies, it is an invaluable source of historical information on monks from about 700 to 900. Stanford now holds the only copy of this text in North America, and perhaps the only complete copy of the text outside of a single extant version in this temple in Japan.
If you see folks in the libraries wearing these green Ask Us wristbands, they're there to help! Please feel free to talk to them if you have any questions about how to make your way around the libraries.
You can have access for 24 hours, using your Stanford email - see Nytimes.com/passes. (This includes five free articles from 1923-1986.) There is a limit of 488 simultaneous users. For more online access, and location of print copies, see this record on Searchworks. For more information, here's the FAQ.
Green Library's reference librarians have expanded their natural habitat! You can find a reference librarian near the red fountain outside Green's East Wing Monday through Friday from 1:00 to 3:00 pm. Stop by with questions!
September 22nd marks the beginning of banned books week. Cubberley has a display of just a few of the many banned/challenged children’s and young adult books. Topping the YA list this year is The Absolutely True Diary of a Part Time Indian by Sherman Alexie. His book was challenged by two school districts this past year for “…explicit sexual references, encouraging pornography, racism, religious irreverence, and strong language.” He is used to it however, as his books frequently make the most frequently challenged list.
The Science and Engineering Libraries are offering over 30 workshops during Fall Term including multiple sessions of the "Citation Tools Overview" workshop as well as sessions on specific citation management tools such as EndNote, Mendeley, RefWorks and Zotero. Other workshops include information on resources for medical device design, data management best practices, grant and funding resources, sessions on Web of Science, xSearch, SciFinder, Reaxys and GeoRef and resources for energy and environmental studies research. Geospatial workshops on ArcGIS, Fusion Tables and Google Earth are also offered throughout the term.
All students, faculty and staff are welcome.
Terman Engineering Library
In addition to its extensive audiovisual and print collections, the Stanford Archive of Recorded Sound also maintains a collection of audio equipment that highlights the development of playback and recording since the turn of the 20th century. At the center of this collection is a magnificent set of historic phonographs, ranging from a 1901 Edison Home A cylinder phonograph to a 1926 Victrola Credenza. These machines practically demonstrate the rapid changes in audio playback formats and machinery that occurred during the first quarter of the 20th century.
Thanks to the tireless efforts of Abraham Tewolde, our Stanford University Libraries 1st-generation intern this summer, details and images of notable examples from this collection, along with demonstration videos, can now be found on the Archive's website.
We are pleased to announce the September 2013 digital issue of the Terman Engineering Library News.
In the news this month:
- Welcome New Students - Got a question or need help? Ask US!
- Fall Workshops - Register Now
- Three New Gadgets and Six Kindle Paperwhites
- Chromebooks for Checkout!
- Join the Stanford Mendeley Group--organize, collaborate