If you have ever used a database, e-book, or e-journal from off campus, chances are that one of Stanford Libraries' proxy servers unlocked the door. A proxy server identifies you as a licensed Stanford user when you are off campus (or not using the Stanford network for other reasons). We currently use two proxy servers: APC, or Automatic Proxy Configuration, which requires users to set up their browser, and EZproxy, which works by adding a special prefix in front of the resource URL. For many years, we relied on APC as our main method of providing remote access.
Among the rare materials held in the East Asia Library's special collections, the Tao Pai-chuan papers are a unique resource for studying Taiwanese history and politics. Tao Pai-chuan 陶百川 (1901 - 2002) was a scholar and politician who served as an advisor to several prominent figures in the Republic of China government, including the presidents Chiang Ching-kuo and Lee Teng-hui. In 2010, his family donated a number of his personal documents and a set of his collected writings to the Stanford East Asia Library.
It is with a tinge of sadness that I announce the retirement of Josie Flores. After 47 years of service to Stanford Libraries, Josie will be leaving the tedious world of books, serials, and government documents to spend more time with her extended family in Cuba, Miami, and Las Vegas. When she is not out dancing, she will likely be found cooking family favorites and possibly (probably!) keeping her floors extra clean.
On May 30, 2017, the East Asia Library hosted a public discussion entitled "Reflections on American Sinology and Sinologists," featuring author Susan Chan Egan and Dr. Ronald Egan, Chair and Professor in the Department of East Asian Languages and Cultures.
Ginsberg comes up fairly often in this blog (e.g. Rebecca Wingfield's recent post about "Howl" going up online), but the release of over 2000+ audio cassette recordings to SearchWorks is truly another cause for celebration. These recordings represent a staggering amount of primary source material associated with the Beat Generation, the bulk of which date from the 1970s to 1990s.
I am excited to announce that the library has recently acquired access to all 16 modules of EPWRF's (Economic and Political Weekly Research Foundation) India Time Series, which provides data on India's economic indicators. The website is user-friendly and while there is some overlap with Indiastat there is also significant data that is unique to EPWRF. You can access more than 30,000 variables through the library record found here: https://searchworks.stanford.edu/view/12087106