The Stanford University Department of Special Collections and University Archives has been awarded a grant from the Center for History of Physics, American Institute of Physics (AIP), to process the papers of physicists Karl P. Cohen and Martin Packard, along with sizeable portion of the papers of William Shockley.
Each year, students from art, art history, photography, and design classes visit the Art & Architecture Library to view a selection of the artists’ books held in the library’s Locked Stacks collection. This winter, students from Ala Ebtekar’s Artist’s Book class made two visits to see twenty different titles, with highlights such as Stéphane Mallarmé’s typographic masterpiece ...Un coup de dés jamais n'abolira le hasard; poème, Gordon Matta-Clark’s Conceptual work Walls Paper, and Anna Hellsgård and Christian Gfeller’s silkscreen-printed Relax (Zeitgeist). The students used the books as inspiration for their final projects, which will themselves be on view in the Art & Architecture Library’s reading room in April.
The artists’ book collection, with holdings ranging from the historical to the contemporary, is available to the entire Stanford community for study and enjoyment. Those who are new to the field or are interested in expanding their familiarity can consult the Artists’ Books topic guide or peruse the representative sample included in the SearchWorks Stanford Artists’ Books Collection.
The Department of Special Collections is pleased to have acquired recently Pierre Antoine de la Place’s Theatre Anglois, an eight-volume set published over the years 1746 to 1749.
Processing is underway on the Stephen Henry Schneider papers in the Stanford University Archives, thanks to the generous support of the Council on Library and Information Resources (CLIR). As you’ll read, this year our focus is on science!
The University Archives and DLSS are pleased to announce that 30 collections and publications have been added to the Stanford Digital Repository (SDR).
On January 14, 2013, Academic Computing Services and the CourseWork UX team sponsored a Visual Design Contest to redesign the CourseWork logo. After receiving dozens of “strong entries,” the two student winners were announced on March 15th.
The winning entries of the CourseWork Visual Design Contest came from sophomore, Roger Chen and freshman, Ashley Ngu. Both entries were noted for their overall “excellent graphic design and attractive color scheme.”
Roger took 1st place in the contest and was awarded a MacBook Air Pro, while Ashley took second, and was awarded an iPad mini.
In addition to the prizes received, Roger and Ashley will have elements of their designs incorporated into the redesigned user interface and reskinning of CourseWork. The redesign is scheduled for rollout during the 2013-2014 Academic year.
Congratulations, Roger and Ashley!
As part of Sunshine Week -- and in conjunction with the White House's new policy on Open Access to federally funded scientific information -- a small group of government information librarians has started a petition on petitions.whitehouse.gov asking the Obama Administration to assure that there is free permanent public access to ALL authentic government information.
We hope you'll sign the petition and forward on to all your friends and social networks to help us reach our goal of 100,000 signatures by April 11, 2013! Thanks in advance!!
WE PETITION THE OBAMA ADMINISTRATION TO:
Require free online permanent public access to ALL federal government information and publications.
1. Assure that GPO has the funds to continue to maintain and develop the Federal Digital System (FDsys).
2. Raise ALL Congressional, Executive & Judicial branch information, publications & data to the level of federally funded scientific information & publish ALL government information as "Open Access."
3. Mandate the free permanent public access to other Federal information currently maintained in fee-based databases - including the Public Access to Court Electronic Records (PACER), the National Technical Reports Library (NTRL), & USA Trade Online.
4. Establish an interagency, govt-wide strategy to manage the entire lifecycle of digital government information w/ FDLP Libraries - publication, access, usability, bulk download, long-term preservation, standards & metadata.
The Department of Special Collections and University Archives at Stanford University Libraries is pleased to announce that it has successfully completed a CLIR Hidden Collections grant project—Documenting Mexican American and Latino Civil Rights: Records of the Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund (MALDEF) and California Rural Legal Assistance, Inc. (CRLA). This project has been one of the largest and most ambitious processing efforts ever undertaken by Special Collections. In the course of the two-year grant, the project team processed 2045 linear feet of MALDEF records and 406 linear feet of CRLA records. Access to these rich collections will give scholars from a wide range of disciplines a major resource for analyzing the civil rights struggles faced by Mexican Americans in the mid-to-late-20th century and will further establish Stanford’s Department of Special Collections as one of the most significant repositories containing collections that document all aspects of the Mexican American and Latino experience.