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Why I use a feed reader (and why you should, too!)

January 16, 2014
by Ray Heigemeir

Using a feed reader is an efficient way of staying current on topics of interest.

RSS (Rich Site Summary, or Real Simple Syndication) is a mechanism by which a digital information source sends out links to newly added content. A feed reader lets me gather, organize, and edit these various streams of new content links in a single, user-friendly interface (I use Feedly).  When I subscribe to a feed, new content is automatically sent to my feed reader as soon as it is made available, 24/7.  Oh, and it’s free!

Digital signage in the libraries

January 15, 2014

The Stanford Libraries has utilized digital signage for many years. We have always looked to move from the monotonous static systems of the past to a communicative system that was more dynamic and interactive. There are many digital signage solutions available on the market – both open source and commercial – that have the features and functionality for building a robust digital signage system, but none that offers the features and personal touch like Oalla.

Open tape reel from Gerhard Samuel Collection, ARS.0049

How accessible are our media collections?

During the fall of 2013, Stanford University Libraries (SUL) convened a working group to investigate the current state of access to audio and moving image materials held within its various collections, notably rare materials within its different special collections departments, along with those held at the Hoover Institution Library and Archives. 

Following many weeks of investigation, the Media Access Working Group (MAWG) produced a report in December 2013 outlining its findings, along with various recommendations to help tackle the issues discovered. The group considered issues relating to use cases, copyright status, available technologies - including media streaming, and content usage. 

Science of Synthesis Online

Science of Synthesis - New interface, more content

January 10, 2014
by Grace Baysinger

Science of Synthesis (SoS) provides a critical review of synthetic methodology developed to-date in the fields of organic and organometallic chemistry. Features include:

  • Selection of molecular transformations by world-renowned experts with elaboration on scope and limitations
  • Full-text descriptions of synthetic methods with practical experimental procedures immediately applicable in the lab
  • Community of over 1,000 experts involved in the review and updating of methods
  • Logical organization of the synthetic methods for each functional group
  • Intuitive search functions to allow rapid lead generation and route optimization

Stockhausen's Helikopter Quartet (detail), showing parts for instrumentalists and helicopter operators.

String quartets exhibit in the Music Library

January 10, 2014
by Ray Heigemeir

The Winter Quarter exhibit in the Music Library features six string quartet scores. Two are fairly traditional examples (Boccherini and Mozart), and four are contemporary scores, notable for the imaginative treatments they provide (Crumb, Ferneyhough, Brown, and Stockhausen). QR codes link to audio files for each work.

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Citation tools overview workshops

January 8, 2014

Winter term workshops comparing multiple citation management tools will be held on January 16, 17 and 21 in Room 203 of the Huang Engineering Building.  The overview session will cover EndNote, Mendeley, RefWorks and Zotero.  To sign up, join the "Science and Engineering Libraries Training" site on Coursework (SUNET ID required) at: http://bit.ly/SciEngWorkshops

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