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The Byra J. and William P. Wreden Prize celebrates student collections of books, manuscripts, and other printed works on paper; it rewards three students for presenting well-written, thoughtful, and competent essays on the importance of their personal collections, from the standpoint of the significance or appeal of their form or content.  The first-prize winner at Stanford will be eligible to compete for an additional $2500 national prize.

Applicants for the Wreden Prize must submit a short essay and a bibliography. To read winning essays from prior years and for detailed contest guidelines, please visit this page.

Inquiries and applications may be sent to David Jordan. Please express interest in advance to verify eligibility and receive any updates to this announcement.

  • First Prize: $2,000
  • Second Prize: $1,000
  • Third Prize: $500

Deadline: January 31, 2015

Open to full-time students enrolled in a Stanford undergraduate or graduate degree program.

 

 

In 2011 Stanford submitted its proposal to partner with New York City to build StanfordNYC, a world-class applied sciences and engineering campus that was expected to attract new talent to the University and to become a new hub of tech innovation and entrepreneurship.  StanfordNYC would occupy an iconic, state-of-the-art, environmentally sustainable campus on 10 acres on Roosevelt Island.

The colorful two-volume proposal now is available on reserve in Green Library and in the Terman Engineering Library in the Huang Engineering Center with call number LD3049.5 .N4 S73 2011. The document is also available in an electronic version.

After months of negotiations at end of 2011 Stanford “determined it would not be in the best interest of the university to continue to pursue the opportunity”; the proposal was withdrawn that December.  Nevertheless, the proposal presents a grand vision of Stanford’s values and position in relation to research collaboration with industry.

The October 27, 2011, announcement of the proposal submission can be found here; the December 16, 2011, announcement of the withdrawal of proposal is available here.

 

Thanks to the Stanford News Readership Program, we have 470 digital daily passes to NYTimes.com. Just log in with your SUNet ID to nytimes.com/passes for a 24 hour pass. For locations of print issues in our libraries and links to online sources, see this record in our catalog Searchworks.

 

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.

 

Dear all,

The East Asia Library of Stanford University will reopen to the public at its new location in Lathrop Library on Monday, September 15, 2014. In addition to three floors of stacks, the new East Asia Library possesses several conference, seminar, and group study rooms, numerous sofas, chairs, and desks under sunny windows, large exhibit spaces, state-of-the-art technology including dual-boot MAC/Windows computers and a latest-generation microfilm reader, and a newly established special collection. This beautiful facility will provide a new level of service to the faculty and students in East Asian studies both on Stanford campus and beyond. We look forward to welcoming you in our new library soon.

Best wishes,
Jidong Yang, Ph.D.
Head, East Asia Library
Stanford University
Stanford, CA 94305

Dr. Rob Sanderson

In a move that will have a profound and long-lasting impact on the library sector, the W3C officially chartered a new working group on Web Annotation on August 20, 2014. Stanford Libraries staff member, Rob Sanderson, will serve as the working group's inaugural co-chair. 

The W3C is the standards body that guides the development of the Web, and has had a longstanding Open Annotation Community Group focused on how to annotate digital resources on the Web. As a newly chartered working group, the output of these discussions can now be channeled into official W3C recommendations, and baked into fabric of the Web itself.  

As library content and services become increasingly digital, the ability to annotate it--provide commentary, analysis, reviews, transcription, description, links and more--is increasingly a concern. By helping define a standard approach to annotation (in the broadest sense) of web resources, libraries can help fulfill their traditional mission of supporting research, scholarly communication and the diffusion of knowledge in the 21st century. And by working deeply in standards efforts like those of the W3C, libraries can help ensure their technologies and services are integral to and leverage the latest information technologies, instead of competing with them or lagging behind. 

Dr. Sanderson, who joined Stanford Libraries in April of 2014, brings extensive experience in annotations to the W3C and Stanford. He was one of the principal investigators of the Open Annotation Collaboration, a precursor to the W3C community group, where he also served as co-chair and a driving force. In recognition of his ongoing contributions and position within the community, Dr. Sanderson is serving as one of the co-chairs of the Working Group, which is a boon for the W3C, for Stanford, and for the future of annotation on the Web. 

Lithograph image, Recolte du café by Rugendas Johann Moritz, 1802-1858

The Stanford Libraries hold one of the most comprehensive Braziliana collections in North America. Research interests in the region date back to the university’s early years with noted  geology professor John Casper Branner.  Before coming to campus in 1891 he had participated in two scientific expeditions to Brazil and would lead two other such important research field trips in 1899 and 1907. Cultural exchanges between Stanford and Brazil continue to this day. (1)

The collection is rich in pre-1900 travel accounts (200+ titles) and includes such rare treasures as Jean de Léry's Histoire d’un voyage fait en la terre du Brésil (1585) and Maurice Rugendas’ Voyage pittoresque dans le Brésil (1835). Lery's account of a year spent living among the Tupinamba Indians is considered a masterpiece of early modern ethnography and the rich visual imagery of Rugendas documented landscapes, fauna and flora in 1820s Brazil. 

Ebola

The current outbreak of the Ebola virus in West Africa is the deadliest ever. To find out more about Ebola, see the pages issued by the Centers for Disease Control and the World Health Organization (including a response plan), as well as the MedlinePlus Web Topic on Hemorrhagic Fevers. For articles and more, try the "Special Reports and Hot Topics" link from the database Access World News for a special report on Ebola, and the Lane Medical Library.

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