The discovery of a particular scanning defect called Bayer moiré, occured while creating image files at Stanford University Library's Map Scanning Lab and prompted a more focused study. The Bayer moiré defect affects the ability of software to lift features from maps digitally.
The East Asia Library at Stanford recently acquired from Zojoji Temple in Japan a copy of the twelfth-century printing of the tenth-century Chinese work called the Song Dynasty Biographies of Eminent Monks 宋高僧傳. With over five hundred biographies, it is an invaluable source of historical information on monks from about 700 to 900. Stanford now holds the only copy of this text in North America, and perhaps the only complete copy of the text outside of a single extant version in this temple in Japan.
Green Library's reference librarians have expanded their natural habitat! You can find a reference librarian near the red fountain outside Green's East Wing Monday through Friday from 1:00 to 3:00 pm. Stop by with questions!
September 22nd marks the beginning of banned books week. Cubberley has a display of just a few of the many banned/challenged children’s and young adult books. Topping the YA list this year is The Absolutely True Diary of a Part Time Indian by Sherman Alexie. His book was challenged by two school districts this past year for “…explicit sexual references, encouraging pornography, racism, religious irreverence, and strong language.” He is used to it however, as his books frequently make the most frequently challenged list.
The Science and Engineering Libraries are offering over 30 workshops during Fall Term including multiple sessions of the "Citation Tools Overview" workshop as well as sessions on specific citation management tools such as EndNote, Mendeley, RefWorks and Zotero. Other workshops include information on resources for medical device design, data management best practices, grant and funding resources, sessions on Web of Science, xSearch, SciFinder, Reaxys and GeoRef and resources for energy and environmental studies research.
In addition to its extensive audiovisual and print collections, the Stanford Archive of Recorded Sound also maintains a collection of audio equipment that highlights the development of playback and recording since the turn of the 20th century. At the center of this collection is a magnificent set of historic phonographs, ranging from a 1901 Edison Home A cylinder phonograph to a 1926 Victrola Credenza. These machines practically demonstrate the rapid changes in audio playback formats and machinery that occurred during the first quarter of the 20th century.
Thanks to the tireless efforts of Abraham Tewolde, our Stanford University Libraries 1st-generation intern this summer, details and images of notable examples from this collection, along with demonstration videos, can now be found on the Archive's website.
In 1886, a sixteen-year-old named Fred Buenzle did what many boys had dreamed of: joining the Navy and sailing the high seas. Recognizing that the Navy was changing rapidly, he took note of the stories and lore of old salts and devoted himself to chronicling his own adventures; training in the Caribbean, briefly leaving the service in China, and in Cuba during the Spanish-American War. A stenographer who rose in rank to Chief Yeoman, Buenzle was the court reporter for the investigation of the sinking of the U.S.S.