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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.

The Archive of Recorded Sound recently collaborated with the Bing Stanford in Washington program to provide digitized images from the Archive's Grover Sales Collection (ARS.0016) for an evening event at the program in late January which served to launch both a new arts track at Bing Stanford in Washington, and provide students from both Stanford and nearby Duke Ellington School of the Arts with an insight into the role jazz played in African American history and civil rights through the early to middle part of the 20th century.  The event  featured a display of enlarged wall mounted images of Duke Ellington, Billy Strayhorn, and Ethel Waters, sourced from the Grover Sales Collection, digitized from 35mm negative slides. Grover Sales (1920-2004), a Bay Area author, jazz critic, and teacher, who regularly taught jazz history here at Stanford, amassed the image portion of his collection from various sources for use during his classes.  
PowerPoint slide from SDR online deposit on Anthopleura Sea Anemone Distribution in the Rocky Intertidal at Hopkins Marine Station

Four new digital collections were added to SearchWorks via Stanford Digital Repository (SDR) online deposit during the month of March. These collections take advantage of recently released functionality that provides researchers with new rich discovery and access capabilities for finding and working with digital collection content.

Student gets expert consultation at Software Carpentry Boot Camp, image by Amy Hodge

It seems there is a boot camp for just about everything these days. But have you heard of a boot camp for scientists that teaches best practices for writing and managing code? That's just what the organization Software Carpentry (SWC) is about. 

Global Game Jam poster, 2014

Global Game Jam

Members of the Stanford community are invited to help create a video game from scratch during the Global Game Jam (GGJ) January 24-26, 2014. The GGJ is a yearly 48-hour game design challenge in which teams from around the world share their passion for games, programming, and graphic design. The goal is for each team around the world to design, test, and develop a new game inspired by the Game Jam’s theme. This year’s theme will be announced during the opening video keynote at 5PM on January 24th. All members of the Stanford community are encouraged to participate regardless of their technical skills and prior game design experience.

For more information, and to register, please visit the Stanford University Global Game Jam website.

Event Details:
When: 5 PM January 24th to 5 PM January 26th.
Where: Meyer Library Room 184

Free Registration:
1) Visit the Stanford University GGJ Registration Website.
2) Click the "Join This Jam Site" button.
3) Create a GGJ Profile.
4) Register.

Stanford’s Global Game Jam team is sponsored by Stanford University Libraries (SUL) and Academic Computing Services (ACS). Please contact the event’s co-organizers, Academic Technology Specialist Carlos Seligo (moth@stanford.edu), and Academic Technology Lab manager Paul Zenke (zenke@stanford.edu), if you have any questions.

What’s Cooking at the UN? United Nations Day 2013

Join us to mark United Nations Day 2013!

What’s Cooking at the UN? Cookbooks, Food Programs and Policies of the United Nations
 
Thursday, October 24, 2013, 1:00 to 2:00 pm
Green Library, SSRC Seminar Room (Bing Wing, Room 121A)
 
Program:

• Welcome and Introduction of UN Day and the Food Theme

• Brief History of UN Food Programs (1906 to the present) through the library collections

• "Can I have your recipe?" -- UN cookbooks on display
 
• Let’s Eat! (time to enjoy the food from our library staff!)
 
For more information, contact Kris Kasianovitz (krisk11@stanford.edu).

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?

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