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BrowZine is a tablet application that lets you browse, read and monitor thousands of scholarly journals available from the Stanford University Libraries.


•    Browse titles by subject to easily find journals of interest
•    Create a personal bookshelf of favorite journals
•    Be alerted when a new issue of a journal is published
•    Save articles in your personal library.  BrowZine can easily be synced up with Box.com, Mendeley, Zotero, and other services to help keep all of your information together in one place. 

Nexus 10

Two new gadgets for everyone to try-- Google Nexus 10 Tablet and Microsoft Surface Pro are now available on the Gadget Bar in the Terman Engineering Library.

Nexus 10 is the newest tablet from Google. With the world’s highest resolution tablet display, dual-core ARM Cortex A15 processor and Google apps.

A laptop in tablet form, Surface Pro runs the full Microsoft 8 OS. It features touch-enhanced applications that run like your favorite desktop software, with or without using the detachable keyboard.

The iPad 3 and Galaxy Tab 2 will still be part of the Gadget Bar, for those who have not yet had opportunity to try them out.

The Undergraduate Theses collections for Physics and Engineering Physics are now open for deposit. This year’s crop of top undergraduates in the Department of Physics and in the Engineering Physics program have the distinction of being the first undergrads to deposit their theses in the SDR. These two are the first of several honors theses collections opening this quarter. (The School of Education is assembling their collection together now, and two other departments may follow suit.)

Librarian Stella Ota manages the collections, working with faculty, staff, and the selected students to use the Self Deposit application. She has been collecting digital honors theses offline since 2010. When the ETD system launched in fall 2009, Stella had a vision for using a similar process to collect the Physics undergraduate theses for access and preservation in the SDR. Yet without a deposit interface, it proved to be challenging to track down each student, to have them sign a hard-copy deposit agreement, to collect the PDF files by thumbdrive or email, and to create the metadata. The Self Deposit workflow promises to make the whole process of collecting and archiving these works more systematic, more secure, and more efficient.

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Chromebooks are low-cost, ultra-portable, secure, fast, "web-based" computing devices running ChromeOS, a complete operating system based on the Google Chrome web browser. They are optimized for Google Apps and off-line saving and editing of your Google Docs.

Samsung Chromebooks are now available for 7-day loan at the Terman Engineering Library!

The Big Idea Festival was a big deal to the students enrolled in "Computers and Interfaces: Psychological and Societal Perspectives", an undergraduate course (Communications 169) taught by Cliff Nass in Winter 2013. The event, which took place at Stanford on March 11, was a showcase of projects produced by teams of students with the assignment to imagine and design innovative interactions between automobiles and the people who drive them.

There is the Intuition rental car, a semi-autonomous vehicle marketed to vacationers, and there is the car that never forgets. With Xpress, you can more easily share your emotions with drivers around you and rate better with insurance companies for the number of “thumbs-up” messages you receive from fellow drivers. Looking for a personalized driving experience? Try FollowMe: “Sync your phone with any new car and automatically have all of your personal preferences (ranging from auto-tinted to glass settings to your favorite radio stations) follow you!”

Clearly this is new and fertile ground for the automotive and technology industries, and you can better believe carmakers in attendance at the Festival were interested in the fresh ideas coming from the minds of today’s Stanford students. Wired magazine was there to report on it.

The Big Idea Festival is also the newest collection in the Stanford Digital Repository. Professor Nass gathered the students’ final project files and provided them, along with the event program containing some basic descriptive metadata, to SUL as a real use case for a pilot with the new SDR Self-Deposit application. A small team of DLSSers threw a “deposit party” with Regina Roberts, subject specialist for Communications, where we shared some lunch while uploading the narratives and storyboards as submitted by the students. It was a fun and quick way to get the collection’s 75 items into the repository. As a bonus, now more SUL staff have some hands-on experience with the SDR Self-Deposit software.

We will see more collections of student works coming to the SDR. This spring, students enrolled in ME310 will deposit their team projects directly in the SDR for long-term preservation and access, adding to the existing collection of digitized reports like this one in the ME310 archival collection.

Leonar3do

Interested in 3D computer-aided design?  Come learn how to use Leonar3do to design 3D objects in a virtual 3D space.  


Friday, May 10th at 4:30pm
Terman Engineering Library
Huang Engineering Center, Room 201

New Space journal cover

We are pleased to announce the May 2013 digital issue of the Terman Engineering Library News.   In the news this month:

  • Online Journal Added – New Space offers leading-edge research in all engineering and technology disciplines supporting private/public space endeavors
  • Leonar3do Desktop 3D Design Training – May 10 at 4:30 PM
  • The New 2013 IEEE-Wiley eBooks are becoming available
  • Three New IEEE Journals are available and more are coming - including Cloud Computing!

Download and read the full issue in digital format.

Building 4 Amphitheater

The artificial hill platform has been in place for some time, but last week we saw boxed trees arriving on the site.  Heavy equipment also began shaping what appears to be a twin to the quad's informal oak shaded amphitheater in front of the Spilker building. 

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