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World Book Day - What are you reading right now?

April 19, 2019
by Kimberly R. Kay

April 23, 2019 is World Book Day, which according to UNESCO is "a celebration to promote the enjoyment of books and reading." In that spirit, Daniel Hartwig (University Archivist) and Astrid Johannah Smith (Rare Book and Special Collections Digitization Specialist) asked some of our local book aficionados, "What are you reading right now?" and perhaps more important, "Why?" Their answers range: academic, self-improvement, romantic, and sometimes just for fun!

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Spotlight on the transcontinental railroad

The completion of the transcontinental railroad on May 10, 1869 marked an important milestone in the history of the United States with the joining of the populated east with the growing cities and towns of the west. Stanford University, with its connection to Leland Stanford and Timothy Hopkins, holds in its libraries an impressive array of materials related to this monumental achievement including the often overlooked contributions of the Chinese railroad workers.

John Mustain

On Retirement: An Interview with John Mustain

April 17, 2019
by David A Jordan

Curator of Rare Books and Classics John Mustain’s work at Stanford Libraries spans the years 1978-2019.  To put into perspective his lasting influence on the collections and his beneficial impact on generations of scholars, simply consider the fact that his tenure coincides with fully forty percent of the Green Library Centennial period that we are celebrating this year.  In this interview, John looks back on his career and ahead to his retirement.  Like many of us who are fortunate to work at Stanford Libraries, his retirement plans include reading extensively an

Asuman Tezcan assumes new role in Metadata Department

April 16, 2019
by Vitus Tang

 The Metadata Department welcomes Asuman Tezcan as its new Metadata Librarian/Coordinator for Bulk Processing & Outsourcing. A newly created position, it is designed to provide some much needed attention to the cataloging of large collections acquired by SUL selectors. In this capacity Asuman will be working with selectors and staff throughout SUL, as well as external vendors of cataloging service, to organize, coordinate, and manage the processing of collections so that they can become available for use in a timely manner.

A wet library book sits on a shelf, swollen from the moisture retained in its pages. Fuzzy, green mold is growing on the book.

Collections emergency response drop-in workshops

April 9, 2019
by Annie Matthys

A flood in the library caused by a burst pipe.

An accidental fire sprinkler discharge resulting in a voluminous mist spraying down on bookshelves.

Heavy rains lead to an unexpected roof leak in the early hours of the morning.

These scenarios strike fear in the heart of any person working in libraries and archives as they think of precious collections potentially being damaged beyond repair. Unfortunately, these scenarios aren't just the stuff of bad dreams: a water disaster - big or small - can happen at the most unsuspecting of times. 

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