Author Rebecca Solnit was co-sponsored by the Stanford University Libraries and the Bill Lane Center for the American West as a visiting researcher and spent time with us during the Winter and Spring of 2013. During this time, she explored the library's newly acquired collection of historic maps that curiously depict California as an island off the West coast of North America.
Blog topic: Digital library
During the week of November 4th, Julie Sweetkind-Singer hosted the California Rare Book School (http://www.calrbs.org/) with several sessions held at Stanford University Libraries. The CalRBS is an ongoing program founded by UCLA that educates students interested in the field of rare books. This specific course was designed to provide a general overview of the history of maps in the western world, as well as their use in modern-day teaching and research.
An update on Stanford's Cabrinety Software Preservation grant was recently presented to the Digital Library Federation conference in Austin, Texas. Highlights from the first year of this two year project include the successful forensic imaging and digital photography of almost 900 software titles representing over 116,000 unique files. The slides from the presentation are now available via slideshare at http://www.slideshare.net/molsontravel/dlf-snapshot2013draftcombined.
Forging collaborative partnerships with like-minded institutions can often yield unexpected and gratifying results. Stanford’s work with NIST (National Institute of Standards and Technology) on the Cabrinety Project is entering its second year, and recently one member of the NIST team discovered an important solution to a complex problem – how to extract forensically viable data from game cartridges.
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
Some of the items most recently deposited to the Stanford Digital Repository (SDR) include thousands of images that are nothing short of, well, ordinary. For instance, in the Names 100 Dataset, you can download a folder containing 80,000 small images depicting the faces of ordinary people. In another case, there are millions of snapshots of San Francisco street scenes and buildings. Each image is notable for its lack of distinction. It’s as if anyone could have captured these images using their smartphone. And that is precisely the point.
We were recently approached by Blair Hedges, a professor of Biology at Pennsylvania State University, who requested high resolution files for over 200 maps depicting the Caribbean that were part of the
The Stanford Media Preservation Lab (SMPL) is making good progress in setting up shop at our new location in Redwood City.
SMPL moved from Page Mill Road in Palo Alto -- along with HighWire Press, Stanford University Press, LOCKSS, and parts of both Preservation and Special Collections -- to 425 Broadway over Labor Day weekend. (Shortly thereafter Stanford announced plans to redevelop the Redwood City site and create a major auxiliary campus.) We're very excited about the new space! It provides us with several opportunities to streamline and improve our facilities, workflows and services. More about that in a future post. For now, here are some photos illustrating our progress.