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Attending Reunion Weekend this year? Bring your Stanford historical materials to the University Archives booth at the Ford Center to donate them or have them selectively scanned and returned!

We invite you to join Stanford's "Another Look" book club (of which the Stanford Libraries are a proud sponsor) in a few weeks to discuss Italo Calvino's mind-expanding collection of science-inspired fantasies, Cosmicomics.

The discussion—free and open to the public—begins at 7:30 p.m. on Monday, October 27, 2014, in the Stanford Humanities Center. Acclaimed author Robert Pogue Harrison, the Rosina Pierotti Professor of Italian Literature, will moderate the panel, with award-winning novelist Tobias Wolff, the Ward W. and Priscilla B. Woods Professor, and literary journalist and visiting scholar Cynthia Haven, who blogs at The Book Haven

The "Another Look" club has a richly-outfitted website at anotherlook.stanford.edu.  Here's a summary of recent posts related to Cosmicomics:

Join author Dave Eggers as he discusses topics related to his recent book, The Circle, in conversation with Tobias Wolff. Eggers' other works include A Hologram for the KingThe Wild ThingsZeitoun, and What Is the What. Tobias Wolff is the Ward W. and Priscilla B. Woods Professor in the Department of English at Stanford University. He is also the author of The Barracks ThiefThis Boy's LifeIn Pharaoh's ArmyOld School, and Our Story Begins.

This event is the Stanford Humanities Center's Martha Sutton Weeks Lecture. It is also sponsored by the Stanford Creative Writing Program and the McCoy Family Center for Ethics in Society. Books will be sold and signed at the event.

The East Asia Library, now in its new home at Lathrop Library, will have an opening celebration on Wednesday, October 1, 2014. With three floors of open stacks, an on-site special collection, siminar and teaching rooms and ample study spaces, the library has already been attracting much footprint since it opened on September 15.

The celebration will start at 4pm, to be kicked off by Stanford Taiko performance. There will also be performances by Stanford Wushu and Stanford Hwimori. If you are a tea lover, the tea ceremony will give you a great opportunity to enjoy teas from all around China. Library tours and light refreshments will be provided.

Please come join us for the celebration and the fun!

Festivities will take place at the base of the grand staircase on Lasuen Mall. It is located outside of the Lathrop Library, directly east of the Oval on Palm Drive, and adjacent to Memorial Hall.

For more information, please contact Qi Qiu at (650)384.9872.

 

The Stanford University Libaries is one of the founding partners of the International Image Interoperability Framework (http://iiif.io), which aims to enable broad access to cultural heritage images on the web. This exciting initiative is in its fifth year and is beginning to have an impact on the way digital images are used to support research and teaching.  The IIIF editors recently released version 2.0 the IIIF API's, which is a major step towards creating a stable and sustainable technology framework for image interoperability.   

To celebrate this progress, the IIIF community is hosting a one day information sharing event at the British Library about the use of images in and across cultural heritage institutions.  The day will focus on how museums, galleries, libraries and archives, or any online image service, can take advantage of a powerful technical framework for interoperability between image repositories.   This event will be valuable for organizational decision makers, repository and collection managers, software engineers, and anyone interested in exploring the wide range of use cases that are seamlessly enabled by the framework.  

Attendance is free, and widespread dissemination of the event is encouraged.

A detailed program is available at http://iiif.io/event/2014/london.html and those interested can register to attend at http://bit.ly/iiiflondon2014.

 

ACS on Campus

The Stanford Chemistry Department's Student Activity Committee, the Stanford Chemistry Department, and the Swain Chemistry and Chemical Engineering Library are co-hosting ACS on Campus at Stanford which will be held on Saturday, September 20th from 8:30am - 6:30pm in the Huang Engineering Center, Room 300 (Mackenzie Room). 

This event is free but registration is required in order to attend.  You are invited to come for as many of the sessions as your schedule allows.  Complimentary food will be provided for all registered participants.

Altmetric donut

Save the date!  Two workshops on Altmetric will be offered on Monday, August 4, 2014.  One aimed at library staff will be held from 1:30-3:00 PM and a second one for library users will be held from 3:15-4:15 PM.  The speakers for both sessions are Sara Rouhi, Altmetric, and Kortney Capretta, Digital Science (Altmetric's parent company).

Sameer Ali

Sameer Ali (Stanford University), “Ethics and Philosophy in the Nuzhat-nama-i ‘Ala’i of Shahmardan b. Abi al-Khayr al-Razi”

Abstract: This presentation seeks to examine the ethical precepts and practical philosophy in the Nuzhat-nama, which was written in the late 11th century in Iran under the patronage of the Kaykuyid prince Abu Kalijar Garshasp. The author, Shahmardan b. Abi al-Khayr al-Razi, borrows the title from Ibn Sina’s work, the Danish Nama Alayi and circulates the latter’s explanation of cosmology and philosophy. Al-Razi also includes a tract from Ibn Miskaywah on ethical behavior and domestics. In addition, this presentation seeks to investigate the descriptive aspects of the manuscript and articulate methodologies for studying and comparing manuscripts.

Sameer Ali is Ph.D. student in Religious Studies at Stanford University. He received his B.A. from Rutgers University. He spent six years as a seminarian in the Middle East. His research interests include manuscripts, codicology, bookmaking, Shiism in the context of Indo-Persian and South Asian societies and cultures during the early modern era.

Thursday, May 1, 12:15 pm – 1:30 pm, CISAC Conference Room, Encina Hall Central (616 Serra Street)

Contact: 736-8169, burcak@stanford.edu

Sponsored by the Abbasi Progam in Islamic Studies, Department of Religious Studies. Co-sponsored by the Department of Religious Studies and Stanford University Libraries.

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