The University Archives and DLSS are pleased to announce that eleven digital collections have been added to SearchWorks and can be accessed from the Selected Digital Collections link on the SearchWorks homepage. Representing a variety of formats ranging from manuscripts and photographs to audio and video, the collections include more than 10,000 files and span the history of the University.
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!
The Glen McLaughlin Map Collection of California as an Island is now available online.The 731 maps were collected by Glen McLaughlin over a period of 40 years and acquired by Stanford in 2012. It is the largest known private collection of maps showing California as an island. It is now available for anyone to search, find, view and download via the Stanford University Library's catalog. Please visit californiaisland.stanford.edu to read more about the collection. Viewing the paper maps will be on a per-request basis.
Some of the latest work underway in Digital Library Systems and Services involves adding digital collections to SearchWorks. Last week saw the addition of five new collections to SearchWorks, all created and deposited to the Stanford Digital Repository using the Self-Deposit web application.
Of the five, we’re highlighting Preserving Virtual Worlds, a collection produced by curator Henry Lowood and a team of collaborators in a multi-institution project funded by the Library of Congress. Original software, gameplay samples, technical documentation, web sites, and other contextual information for games like SimCity, DOOM, and Star Raiders are archived for the ages. Henry’s blog announcement sums up the project and collection nicely.
What exactly happened in Turkey last month and what is happening at this moment? What kind of historical events led up to it? You can find information on the history of the Turkish government and politics in SearchWorks.
On May 28, 2013 a peaceful sit-in at Gezi Park in Taksim, Istanbul was disrupted by police and resulted in a number of deaths and many injuries. The sit-in was a response to an announcement made by the government for plans to demolish the small park and replace it with a shopping mall. After the violent police reaction, many other protests about governmental personal liberty infringements in Turkey formed and grew into movements.
These movements emulate the Occupy movements from the western world and are rapidly spreading throughout the rest of Turkey (Ankara, Izmir, Bursa, Trabzon, Samsun Edirne, and many other cities). The popular Turkish band “Kardeş Türküler” has even produced a protest video on YouTube. Social media outlets, especially Twitter, are playing an important part in the quick distribution of public information. In response, Prime Minister Erdogan called Twitter a “menace.”
For current English-language news about the situation in Turkey we have links to daily online newspapers and their Facebook and Twitter accounts as well:
- Hurriyet Daily News website, Twitter: @HDNER, Hurriyet Daily News Facebook page
- Today’s Zaman website, Twitter: @todayszamancom, Today's Zaman Facebook page
- Twitter hashtags to follow: #OccupyGezi and #DirenGeziParki
- A timeline of the events as explained by the Hurriyet Daily News
- Photos of the Occupy movement collected on a tumblr site
SearchWorks has just crossed a threshold: when you check the catalog, you're now looking at records for more than seven million library resources!
Last week Stanford open sourced the code responsible for the Nearby on Shelf feature in SearchWorks as the Blacklight Browse Nearby gem. This feature has been highly sought after by various Blacklight institutions to be contributed back to the community. In keeping with the spirit of the vibrant open source community around Blacklight, Stanford has contributed the development effort to get this codebase available for use and contribution by other Blacklight implementers.
The release of this software was the culmination of a re-write of the SearchWorks code making it an installable package, more generalizable, and suitable in an open source context. Due to that fact, the end product is much more generic that SearchWorks' version (as you can see in the side-by-side screenshots below with SearchWorks being on the right) however it is infinitely more customizable.