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Tuesday, April 29, 2014

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by Thib Guicherd-Callin

Victoria Reich and David S. H. Rosenthal have been named the winners of the 2014 LITA/Library Hi Tech Award for Outstanding Communication in Library and Information Technology. The award recognizes outstanding individuals or institutions for their long-term contributions in the area of Library and Information Science technology and its application.

Sameer Ali

Sameer Ali (Stanford University), “Ethics and Philosophy in the Nuzhat-nama-i ‘Ala’i of Shahmardan b. Abi al-Khayr al-Razi”

Abstract: This presentation seeks to examine the ethical precepts and practical philosophy in the Nuzhat-nama, which was written in the late 11th century in Iran under the patronage of the Kaykuyid prince Abu Kalijar Garshasp. The author, Shahmardan b. Abi al-Khayr al-Razi, borrows the title from Ibn Sina’s work, the Danish Nama Alayi and circulates the latter’s explanation of cosmology and philosophy. Al-Razi also includes a tract from Ibn Miskaywah on ethical behavior and domestics. In addition, this presentation seeks to investigate the descriptive aspects of the manuscript and articulate methodologies for studying and comparing manuscripts.

Books in Green Library

SFGate published a slideshow and review of Robert Dawson’s The Public Library: A Photographic Essay (Princeton Architectural Press, 2014). Dawson, an instructor of photography at San Jose State and Stanford, wrote, “In a culture that is increasingly privatized, libraries are among the last free spaces we have left. Public libraries are worth fighting for, and this book is my way of fighting.”

See the slideshow and read the review, ‘The Public Library’: a photo gallery.

Monday, April 28, 2014

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The Archive of Recorded Sound has recently processed the following collections: 

Charles Daniels Sheet Music Collection
The Charles Daniels Sheet Music Collection principally contains sheet music of works either composed by Daniels, published under his given name or one of his pseudonyms, notably Neil Moret, or works published by one of the many publishers Daniels was affiliated with during his career. Also included are piano rolls of works by Daniels, various periodicals from the late 19th and early 20th centuries, ephemera, and compositions and publications by the creator of the Charles Daniels Sheet Music Collection, Nan Bostick.

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