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Academic fake news: “Information Wars” Part 4 of 4

July 26, 2018
by Felicia Smith

Solutions

Congratulations you have made it to the conclusion of my academic fake news four-part series. So far, I have covered three aspects: predatory journals, fraudulent conferences and faulty textbooks. To wrap up the series I will offer potential solutions to help the noble soldiers fighting on the right side of the Information Wars.

Visiting the Methuselah Tree on Skyline

July 25, 2018
by Glynn Edwards

Every few years, when Special Collections-Redwood City is hosting a number of summer students and interns, we make a trip to Alice’s Restaurant for lunch to celebrate their accomplishments and contributions. It’s also a way to say thank you to our Redwood City staff for a very productive year. Sadly several staff members were unable to make it at the last minute as jury duty and emergency training took precedence.

Photograph of Steve Jobs at NeXT, 1986 or 1987, taken by Doug Menuez

New Douglas Menuez Exhibit

July 25, 2018
This is a guest post from Special Collections Processing Assistant Brian Bethel.
 
Stanford Special Collections is pleased to announce the release of a new online exhibit featuring the Silicon Valley photographs of American photographer Douglas Menuez, whose complete archive of over 250,000 collected photographs is housed permanently at Stanford. The new online exhibit highlights 8,500 photographs focusing on the computer and semiconductor industries, venture capital deals, startups, and Internet companies. There are also specific collections of photographs related to major Silicon Valley companies photographed by Menuez in the 1980s and 1990s, such as Apple Computer,Adobe SystemsSun Microsystems, and NetObjects.
Academic fake news: “Information Wars”

Academic fake news: “Information Wars”

July 23, 2018
by Felicia Smith

Part 1 of 4

Introduction

Fake news is a hot topic that is primarily focused on either fabricated or unfavorable media accounts, usually reported on digital outlets, newspapers, cable news or social media. I would be remiss if I failed to state that dismissing unfavorable or unflattering information is a human impulse. For example, it can be extremely cathartic to weigh yourself on a scale then yell, “fake news!” The problem lies with seeking confirmation bias about important events that impact the greater society writ large.

Special Collections Reading Room

Farewell to Larry Scott

July 17, 2018
by Tim Edward Noakes

With great dismay I am announcing the departure of Larry Scott, who will be retiring from the Department of Special Collections on July 19th.  We are clearly losing one of the best representatives of our Department.  Larry was the face of Special Collections, welcoming a vast array of researchers: undergraduates, graduate students, outside researchers, and faculty members.  Regardless of status, each person was greeted by Larry with courtesy and respect, his professionalism and kindness setting the tone for a rewarding and often extremely fruitful research experience.  Contributi

Anna Levia

New roles for Anna Levia

July 16, 2018
by Sarah B Sussman

After serving as Assistant Curator for Judaica & Hebraica since 2010, Anna Levia will now divide her time between several different areas of Stanford Libraries. Her new home department will be Green’s Information Center, where in addition to providing reference assistance at the IC desk she will teach PWR classes. Anna will also continue working one day per week with Special Collections, where for the past several years she has been processing Hebraica manuscript materials.

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