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Music manuscript facsimiles

On display in the Music Library are a variety of facsimiles of musical manuscripts. Items range from a meticulous reproduction of the 15th-century Chansonnier de Jean de Montchenu, a heart-shaped collection of courtly love songs worked with gilt and fine hand illustrations, to a very convincing replica of the notebook page upon which Kurt Cobain penned lyrics for the iconic song Smells Like Teen Spirit.

Lithograph image, Recolte du café by Rugendas Johann Moritz, 1802-1858

The Stanford Libraries hold one of the most comprehensive Braziliana collections in North America. Research interests in the region date back to the university’s early years with noted  geology professor John Casper Branner.  Before coming to campus in 1891 he had participated in two scientific expeditions to Brazil and would lead two other such important research field trips in 1899 and 1907. Cultural exchanges between Stanford and Brazil continue to this day. (1)

The collection is rich in pre-1900 travel accounts (200+ titles) and includes such rare treasures as Jean de Léry's Histoire d’un voyage fait en la terre du Brésil (1585) and Maurice Rugendas’ Voyage pittoresque dans le Brésil (1835). Lery's account of a year spent living among the Tupinamba Indians is considered a masterpiece of early modern ethnography and the rich visual imagery of Rugendas documented landscapes, fauna and flora in 1820s Brazil. 

The Stanford Libraries are poised to release a substantial upgrade to SearchWorks, the libraries' catalog. Several quarters in the making, SearchWorks 3.0 will be released this month (September 2014) and is a near-complete rewrite of the SearchWorks application. With it, our objectives are to...

  1. make it mobile friendly
  2. address known usability issues with the current SearchWorks
  3. provide more space for additional information in records, and new views over time
  4. give a more seamless flow between SearchWorks and the information and services on library.stanford.edu
  5. make the new user interface an intuitive and continuous progression for current users

The last major update to SearchWorks' look and feel was for version 1.9, in September of 2010; the new upgrade also provides a chance to refresh the application's user experience. 

You can preview the upcoming release at http://searchworks-new.stanford.edu; this site has slightly old data, and will be available until the release, scheduled for next week. If you have any comments, questions or bugs to report, please send them in via the Feedback link in the top right hand corner of the application.

ACS on Campus

The Stanford Chemistry Department's Student Activity Committee, the Stanford Chemistry Department, and the Swain Chemistry and Chemical Engineering Library are co-hosting ACS on Campus at Stanford which will be held on Saturday, September 20th from 8:30am - 6:30pm in the Huang Engineering Center, Room 300 (Mackenzie Room). 

This event is free but registration is required in order to attend.  You are invited to come for as many of the sessions as your schedule allows.  Complimentary food will be provided for all registered participants.

Ebola

The current outbreak of the Ebola virus in West Africa is the deadliest ever. To find out more about Ebola, see the pages issued by the Centers for Disease Control and the World Health Organization (including a response plan), as well as the MedlinePlus Web Topic on Hemorrhagic Fevers. For articles and more, try the "Special Reports and Hot Topics" link from the database Access World News for a special report on Ebola, and the Lane Medical Library.

Cover image of Radioactive

Radioactive: Marie & Pierre Curie, a tale of love & fallout by Lauren Redniss which is part of Stanford's 2014 Three Books Program is available in Cubberley Library's Curriculum Collection.  Check out other books on science for children and young adults that are also part of this collection.

Violin bridge

The Brompton’s Book of Violin and Bow Makers, by Jon Dilworth, is a biographical dictionary of violin (and viola, viola, ‘cello and bass) makers as well as bow makers in Europe and the United States.  Jon Dilworth, violin maker and connoisseur, spent many years collecting this information in part through his association with Amati Instruments Limited, in the form of note cards, photographs, and digital files. The work builds upon the corpus of knowledge of lutherie (the art and craft of making fine stringed instruments) established by earlier seminal works such as Henley’s Universal Dictionary of Violin and Bow Makers, Vannes’ Dictionnaire universel des luthiers, and Lütgendorff’s Die Geigen und Lautenmacher vom Mittelalter bis zur Gegenwart.

Gruesome Spectacles: Botched Executions and America's Death Penalty by Austin Sarat, published by Stanford University Press

Whatever your opinion on the death penalty is, there is no doubt that the three mishandled executions this past year (most recently this week in Arizona) were an unpleasant reminder of the complex nature of the law itself. Legal Scholar Austin Sarat, author of Gruesome Spectacles: Botched Executions and America's Death Penalty, published by Stanford University Press, discussed the subject on NPR's Morning Edition with Steve Inskeep. Sarat provided historical context and an unbiased explanation of the current state of the death penalty in America.

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