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Stanford University Press will hold an overstock book sale, today, Tuesday, June 4 from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. There will be lots of books to browse and buy. Paperbacks will sell for $5; cloth bound for $10. The sale takes place at Koret Park, between Green and Meyer libraries.

Edward A. Feigenbaum, circa 1970s

With the University Archives making more and more collections available online, I'd like to take the opportunity to highlight some of the novel ways in which these materials are being used by researchers. What follows is a recent report from Ed Feigenbaum, Kumagai Professor of Computer Science Emeritus, about how his papers in particular are yielding interesting connections: 

On last Friday's show, Rachel Maddow admitted to being a "total dork" about the Oxford English Dictionary. She closed the show with a piece -- titled "Refer Madness" which made me chuckle :-) -- about a bibliographic mystery currently stumping OED staff. In checking their citations, they've come across 51 definitions -- including "Fringy," "Chapelled," "Scavage," and "Whinge" -- in which the first cited reference for those words is in a book entitled "Meanderings of Memory" by Nightlark. The problem is that nobody at OED can actually find the book. I looked quickly in our Searchworks catalog, and in Worldcat to no avail.

So they're appealing for help from the public in hunting down this book. Check out the comments to the OED story to see how far the public has gotten. There's much more to the story in this New Yorker article "Have you seen this book? an OED mystery" by Sasha Weiss. Can you help?

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On April 17th the Stanford University Libraries held a special talk by architect, designer, and sustainable growth pioneer, William McDonough, co-author, with Michael Braungart, of the exciting new book: The Upcycle: Beyond Sustainability—Designing for Abundance. We are pleased to be able to share the video of the event.

In 2012, the Stanford University Archives acquired 312 digital images and 36 prints of the 2006 Stanford Powwow taken by noted photographer Ira Nowinski. The entire set of images is currently available for viewing via the iStanford app, on Pinterest, and through the Stanford Digital Repository. Stanford Powwow 2013 will be held this Mother’s Day Weekend, May 10-12, in the Eucalyptus Grove on campus. It is open to the public.

Leland and Jane Stanford, 1850

The University Archives is pleased to announce that large portions of both the Leland Stanford Papers and Jane Stanford Papers are now available online via the Stanford Digital Repository (SDR). Totalling more than 4,000 pages of material, the online content includes correspondence, business and legal papers, death and estate papers, and university records.

This month marks the start of Stanford Media Preservation Lab's effort to reformat the audiovisual materials from the Benoit Mandelbrot collection. Over the course of the next month, SMPL will complete the project, making the materials available to researchers and patrons through SUL's Department of Special Collections.

Those of us at the Stanford University Libraries send our thoughts and prayers to those affected by the tragic events in Boston, Massachusetts and in West, Texas. As these events unfolded, many of us struggled to make sense of the rapid, conflicting, and often false news coming from a wide array of sources. With the increasing difficulty of finding credible news online, we want to remind you that we have 111 news databases including Access World News. For natural disasters and local emergencies, we suggest you go to the most direct sources of information-- the various local government agency and police department websites and/or the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

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