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Zhang Jihong
The Music Library is fortunate to host Zhang Jihong, Associate Professor and Reference Librarian at the Shanghai Conservatory, as a visiting scholar for the 2014 calendar year. Jihong, who is here with her husband and young son, will focus her study on library management practices, collection development and organization, user services and instruction, digital resource development, care and handling of rare materials, and uses of technology in the music library setting. The Shanghai Conservatory, the oldest in China, is undergoing a major upgrade of their facilities, including the library.
Clayman Institute for Gender Research

The University Archives and Media Preservation Lab are pleased to announce that more than 800 audiorecordings from the Michelle R. Clayman Institute have been digitized and are now streaming online. The recordings document seminars, talks, conferences, and lectures held at the Institue from 1973-2004.

The Manuscripts Division is excited to announce that David Krah has been hired as the Road & Track Project Archivist.

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. 

Martin Luther King, Jr.

Monday, January 20, is Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. Green Library will be open for its usual hours: 8:00 am to 1:00 am. Come in and see us!

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.

A stack of newspapers

Using a feed reader is a highly efficient and effective way of staying current on topics of interest, and easily sharing items with colleagues and friends.

RSS (Rich Site Summary, or Real Simple Syndication) is a mechanism by which a digital information source sends out links to newly added content. A feed reader lets me gather, organize, and edit these various streams of new content links in a single, user-friendly interface (I use Feedly).  When I subscribe to a feed, new content is automatically sent to my feed reader as soon as it is made available, 24/7.  Oh, and it’s free!

Army Chaplain Walter Marvine papers, 1874-1936 (M1927; Box 2, Folder 1)

Processing is now complete for the following manuscript collections. Guides are available at the Online Archive of California. 

Army Chaplain Walter Marvine papers, 1874-1936 (M1927)

Army Chaplain Walter Marvine, 1857-1945, served in the Philippines during the "Philippine Insurrection" (1899-1900), with the 9th Infantry in China at Tientsin during the "Boxer Rebellion" (1900-1901) and with the Expeditionary Brigade during World War One while serving with Coast Artillery Corps. The collection consists of nearly 3,000 letters, a diary, accounts, and sermons. Also included are lengthier accounts of his experiences, such as: "Sentinel Duty at Fort Shaw, MT, 1875," "A Story of the East TN Mountains,” "Some Incidents of My Experiences During the Campaign in China, 1900-01," and "Tome written from Ft. Huachuka from Grace to Walter in China, 2 Aug 1900."

Smedley Darlington Butler family correspondence, 1894-1957(M1975) 

Smedley Butler’s Marine Corps career lasted from 1898-1932. He then became the author of a classic antiwar tract, "War is a Racket" (1935), and leader of a veteran’s peace movement. The collection includes over 1,000 letters, photographs, and ephemera. Of particular interest in this collection are Butler's letters written to his wife from Haiti which detail his adventures in that country. In 1915, rebel Haitians known as Cacos killed the Haitian dictator Vilbrun Guillaume Sam. In response, the United States ordered the USS Connecticut to Haiti with Major Butler and a group of Marines on board. Butler put down the rebellion and subsequently organized the Haitian Gendamerie. Social order was restored and several public works projects were completed. Many of the incoming correspondent's letters are from old Philadelphia Quaker family names, Such as Biddle, Butler, Darlington, Peters, Sharpless, Willig, etc. 

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