The Archive of Recorded Sound recently held its first ever listening party on October 17th. We were thrilled to welcome over 40 attendees to the event here at the Archive, who were invited to flick through multiple boxes of duplicate 78rpm records, dating from approximately 1900-1940, to select those they would like to hear played on our 1925 Victrola Credenza, just one example from our magnificent phonograph collection here at the Archive which dates from 1904-1930. More details about this collection, including images and demonstration videos, are now available on our website.
xSearch enables Stanford students and researchers to search multiple resources at one time. The 250+ resources in xSearch include abstracts and indexes, full-text ejournal and ebook sites, patents, technical reports, reference materials, plus more. In September 2013, a test version with an new interface and more content became available. Check it out and let us know what you think. Go to xSearch-test
Join us to mark United Nations Day 2013!
• "Can I have your recipe?" -- UN cookbooks on display
We're delighted to announce that Stanford Libraries is now a member of the Center for Research Libraries - Global Forum Network. This greatly expands the gamut of research materials that are available to the entire Stanford community.
CRL is a partnership of more than 275 university, college, and independent research libraries. For 60-plus years CRL has acquired and preserved newspapers, journals, documents, archives, and other traditional and digital resources from a global network of sources, and made them available to member institutions through interlibrary loan and electronic delivery.
The Center for Research Libraries provide approximately five million publications, archives, and collections and one million digital resources to its member libraries to supplement their own humanities, science, and social science holdings. CRL has in-depth holdings that support research in history of science, economics, law and government, immigration and population studies, international diplomacy, cultural studies, and more. In addition, a partnership with the Linda Hall Library of Science, Engineering and Technology offers access to tens of thousands of scarce journal titles (many of them in foreign languages) to CRL members.
CRL materials can be obtained for extended loan periods and at no cost by users affiliated with member libraries. CRL resources include:
- 6,500 international newspapers, many dating to the 1700s—the largest collection of circulating newspapers in North America.
- 4,500 U.S. newspapers, many dating to the colonial era, including 2,000 ethnic titles. Foreign journals rarely held in U.S. libraries.
- More than 800,000 foreign dissertations.
- Area Studies: major microform and paper collections from Africa, Latin America, Middle East, Europe, Asia, Southeast Asia, and many other areas.
- Access to the Linda Hall Library’s science, technology, and engineering serials.
- Access to the Law Library Microform Consortium's (LLMC) digital resources.
Daniel Handler, aka Lemony Snicket, will be appearing at Stanford University's Cemex Auditorium Wednesday October 9, at 7:30 pm. His visit is brought to us by the Stanford Storytelling Project, which will be choosing 2-3 students to come on stage and interview him about his writing and creative life.
Handler is the author of Adverbs, The Basic Eight, and most recently, Why We Broke Up. Under the name Lemony Snicket, he has also written two best selling series: "A Series of Unfortunate Events", and "All the Wrong Questions." He is also a screenwriter, composer, and the adjunct accordionist for the band The Magnetic Fields. His latest book, "When did you See Her Last", will be released on October 15.
Our library has some of Handler's books. You can find them in our Searchworks catalog. We also have a video game based on A Series of Unfortunate Events, and the movie. We also have one book that is credited to Lemony Snicket, and not to Daniel Handler. How do you feel about that?
A new study found that reading literary fiction leads to better performance on tests of empathy, social perception and emotional intelligence as reported in the The New York Times yesterday.
Green Library to the rescue. You will find many books by Anton Pavlovich Chekhov and other fiction authors to check out or read online.
We also have The New York Times in print and online. Though Stanford does not have an institutional membership for nytimes.com, we have many 24 hour passes available every day for those with Stanford IDs: see nytimes.com/passes.