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Beautiful Books in the Stanford Digital Repository

Originally posted in ReMix: The Stanford University Libraries Newsletter

Sixteen volumes selected from among the Libraries’ “beautiful books” were recently added – approximately 1,400 images in all – to the Stanford Digital Repository, where anyone can
now view Renaissance artistic visions of the fall of Troy, see the universe as Galileo showed it to hiscontemporaries, hear Dr. Johnson pitching his idea for the first serious English dictionary, and admire one of the last magnificent examples of the golden age of English fine printing just before WWII. As with all of Stanford’s rare and antiquarian books, the printed originals of these digitized volumes are cataloged inSearchWorks and can be requested for viewing in the Special Collections reading room. Now, via each item’s PURL (persistent uniform resource locator, which ensures that these materials are available from a single URL over the long term), researchers can work with digital as well as original printed editions. Scholars have discovered, though, that each has its own advantages and disadvantages, and often find it useful to consult both in their work.

High-volume book scanning lab

New Collections Added to Stanford Digital Repository in July, 2012

August 12, 2012

In July, approximately 300,000 images representing nearly 800 items were accessioned into the Stanford Digital Repository (SDR).  These materials include ~700 books from the Stephen J Gould Rare Books collection, roughly 150 Japanese maps, and the Montana Gothic publication.

Stephen J Gould Rare books

Stephen Jay Gould was a renowned evolutionary biologist, paleontologist, historian of science, educator, popular science author, polymath, and an enthusiastic collector. This project, focused on digitizing Gould's extensive holdings of rare books, is part of the Stephen Jay Gould Papers project that enables research and educational communities to discover and access this unique collection of materials. Books digitized under this project are also being sent to Google and will be visible in the Google Book Search.  

Example image: http://purl.stanford.edu/vh879sb9999
Added to SDR: 693 volumes, consisting of over 288,000 scanned pages
Content Contact: John Mustain

Pontificale secundum ritum Sacrosancte Romane Ecclesie
Lugduni : Per probum virum Hector Penet., 1542

Pontificale secundum ritum Sacrosancte Romane Ecclesie

August 9, 2012
by Ray Heigemeir

Pontificale secundum ritum Sacrosancte Romane Ecclesie : cum multis additionibus opportunis ex apostolica bibliotheca sumptis: et alias non impressis: quarum breuis index post epistola[m]. S. Domino Domino nostro pape dicata[m] statim sese offert. Aptissimis figuris gestus & motus personarum ex officiorum decoro exprimentibus excultum. Quottationibus etiam marginalibus auctoritatum sacre pagine in eo existentium: quo libro: quoto quoq[ue] capite habeantur signatum. Opus sane laudabile atq[ue] diuinum.

Artemisia title page

Domenico Cimarosa. Artemisia : Dramma Tragico. Venezia, [1801].

August 9, 2012
by Ray Heigemeir

Artemesia is the last of Cimarosa’s almost sixty operas, with libretto by Count Giovanni Battista Colloredo who wrote under the pen name of Cratisto Jamejo. Cimarosa completed only two of the acts; the third was completed by an unknown person. The opera premiered at La Fenice in Venice in January 1801, was performed in Florence in 1806, and was likely performed in England, Germany and Russia. Arias from the opera were published in the early nineteenth century and the overture in 1957. However the full opera has never been published.

Expanded guidelines for People Pages

August 7, 2012

All Stanford Libraries' staff should read these guidelines and follow them when creating and editing their People Pages.

What are People pages? 

People pages are library staff profile pages on the new library website. These pages provide contact information, photos (optional), and additional information about library staff.

Where will People pages show up?

All People pages will be searchable from the library home page, and can also be linked to other types of pages (e.g., Project or Department pages, or as authors of blog posts or news articles). Subject Librarians' People pages and People pages of the directors who report directly to the University Librarian will appear under "About  >  People" on the Library home page. 

Who will have People pages?

Frequently asked questions about the new library website

August 3, 2012
by Sarah E Lester

Our thanks to everyone who has been submitting feedback about the new library website.  Your feedback is really helpful, especially as we try to wrap up content for the official site launch. We've taken a moment to post some answers to the most frequently asked questions we've received.

Where is the staff directory? 

There is not a comprehensive staff directory page on the new website. Because the new website has been designed first and foremost to streamline patron's access to information they most need, we did not include a listing of all staff in all departments. Patrons can search for staff by name in the website as well as in StanfordWho. 

We know that many library staff find the comprehensive staff directory quite useful, and are exploring ways to provide that in the future.

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