The Rare Book School (RBS) at the University of Virginia announced that it has received a second grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation to expand the reach of an ambitious fellowship program that is reinvigorating bibliographical studies within the humanities. In the press release, Hannah Marcus, a Stanford doctoral candidate in history and an inaugural fellow in the program, states: “My RBS courses have given me a deep understanding of how books are and were made. This informs my daily research on censorship since I’m often considering how books were destroyed. Understanding format, binding and printing – bibliography in a word – helps me to systematically notice and understand when books have been altered by censors.” Marcus co-curated with John Mustain the recent “Writing in Books” exhibition in Green Library.
Wednesday, November 13, 2013
Wednesday, August 28, 2013
SUL Advisory Council member Dame Lynne Brindley stepped down from her role as head of The British Library last year. A festschrift has recently been publsihed in her honor, that includes a short piece from University Librarian Michael Keller. You'll find the entire publication online here:
Wednesday, May 29, 2013
Chris Bourg, Stanford's Assistant University Librarian for Public Services, has recently given an important keynote address titled "Beyond Measure: Valuing Libraries" at The Acquisitions Institute 2013. (Chris will also soon be traveling to Penn State University to deliver a lecture on the same topic.)
Chris understands the term "valuing" in multiple ways, not only as the enduring value of libraries to our culture — perhaps questioned by a few short-sighted people, but generally acknowledged. More important for Chris are two other distinct meanings of "valuing": the expression of the core values of librarianship as a profession, and the important task of evaluating — that is, assessing — the impact and cultural value of particular libraries.
Thursday, February 28, 2013
The first winners of the Stanford Prize for Innovation in Research Libraries are the Bibliotheque nationale de France and the Miguel de Cervantes Digital Library in Spain. The new annual award celebrates groundbreaking library programs anywhere. Read the Stanford Report story here. Read more about the winners and all of the entrants' projects here.