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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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Book cover image from The New Digital Age

The Stanford University Libraries, in partnership with Trident Capital, is pleased to make available to the Stanford community complimentary digital copies of the new book The New Digital Age: Reshaping the Future of People, Nations and Business by Eric Schmidt, Executive Chairman and former CEO of Google, and Jared Cohen, Stanford alumnus and Director of Google Ideas. This book touches upon many important issues arising in the new digital age and has received numerous favorable pre-release reviews. 
 
The offer is available to all members of the Stanford community (students, faculty and staff) who have a valid Stanford email address, but only to
the first 1,850 participants who properly complete an e-book request prior to May 7 at www.livrada.com/newdigitalage. The e-books will be delivered beginning the date of publication, April 23.

More information: http://p0.vresp.com/suQK1w

Page from journal created by Arthur H. Benade. Acoustical Theory - Woodwind BOIK (Book of Infinite Knowledge) misc. subjects., 1970-1986. (M1711_S3_B74_F1)

Many of the unpublished materials in the Musical Acoustics Research Library records have been digitized, except for personal correspondence and other miscellaneous documents. This includes materials from the four collections: the Catgut Acoustical Society, the John W. Coltman Collection, the Arthur H. Benade Collection, and the John Backus Collection. Researchers may access the digital copies through links from the description in the online finding aid.

The collection was processed in 2011 by Andrea Castillo. For more information please see Andrea's previous article.

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