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"Peddlers of Preservation": Geoff Willard, Michael Angeletti, Beth Ryan, Michelle Paquette and Kristen St.John (Nathan Coy and Hannah Frost not pictured)

For the second year in a row Stanford Libraries staff based in Redwood City won Parking and Transportation Services Bike-to-Work Day raffle. Employees on team “Peddlers of Preservation” participating this year were Michelle Paquette from Special Collections Technical Services; Michael Angeletti, Nathan Coy, Hannah Frost, and Geoff Willard of the Stanford Media Preservation Lab; and Beth Ryan and Kristen St.John of Conservation Services. All employees logged bike miles on Thursday May 12 either for all or part of their commutes.

Bangladesh map

Bangladesh's present and pasts

Late Friday, July 1st gunmen stormed an upscale cafe in Dhaka, Bangladesh killing 21 hostages and two police officers over the following ten hours. One student from UC Berkeley (Tarishi Jain) and two students from Emory University (Abinta Kabir and Faraaz Hossain) were among the dead. This attack followed on the heels of other attacks in Bangladesh targeting religious minorities and progressives. Apart from such atrocities becoming "news" around the world, Bangladesh is not on most people's radars. 

For those of you who want to gain an understanding of Bangladesh, its history, and the struggle of its people the following is meant to serve, not as a comprehensive resource guide, but as a brief introduction. 

Roman Imperial aureus 23 A.D.-33 A.D.

The Frank L. Kovacs Numismatic Library, undoubtedly one of the largest and most complete reference collections on ancient numismatics situated on the West coast of the U.S., is now housed at the Stanford Libraries and was immediately put to use by students and a visiting professor throughout spring-quarter seminars.

Antigone.

This year, Stanford Classics turns 125, and to celebrate, we have put together an exhibit examining its early history. While small and undistinguished early on, the department quickly produced scholars of distinction. Today it is a major center of American classics, and a world leader in the study of ancient Greece and Rome. Still, the century and a quarter that intervenes between us and its foundation is often a sort of ever-advancing black box—that is, we seldom have an institutional memory that extends any further back than the recollection of the faculty's most senior member. Earlier outlines of the department's history are therefore simply lost. This exhibit hopes to shed some light on that earlier place and time.

Freya Channing

We are pleased to announce that Freya Channing has joined our Department as the Rare Books Copy Cataloger! Please join us in welcoming her to the fold. She will begin her new position on May 1.

Freya is already familiar to many of us as she has been working in Special Collections as the Processing Assistant on the Helen & Newton Harrison Papers for the past year and a half. Prior to that her work experience has included other archival processing projects, processing and describing printed ephemera, cataloging art books, and a wide variety of digital projects including metadata creation and cleanup. Freya has a B.A. from Mills College and an MLIS from the University of Pittsburgh.

Kevin Kishimoto

The Stanford Music Library is pleased to announce the appointment of Kevin Kishimoto to the position of Head Librarian of Music Metadata Services. Kevin comes from the University of Chicago where he served as the Music Cataloger for five years where he was responsible for cataloging of music resources, including audio recordings, scores, video recordings, electronic resources, microforms, books in all European languages, and rare music resources in the Special Collections Research Center.

After many productive years in the Department of Special Collections & University Archives, Janet Sakai is moving to a new position in Acquisitions. Janet joined us fourteen years ago as an administrative assistant to Roberto Trujillo, the Field Curator of Special Collections, but quickly demonstrated her talents as a cataloger.

ePADD Phase 2, an IMLS-funded grant project, begins on November 2nd and will run through fall of 2018. In early November we launch the grant with two meetings – one with our Partnering Institutions and another with our Advisory Board.  

Testing ePADD is the first step for the SUL team and our partners over the next few months as we kick-off the project. This will help the five institutions to develop and prioritize development over the course of the project.

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