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Friday, December 20, 2013

by Gabrielle Karampelas

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Contacts: Gabrielle Karampelas: gkaram@stanford.edu | 650.492.9855

Collaborative Project to Improve Access to Scholarly Information Awarded $1M Mellon Grant

The sea of information available to scholars and researchers can seem impossibly vast. But, with the help of a new grant, Cornell University Library, in collaboration with the Harvard Library Innovation Lab and Stanford University Libraries, aims to make that sea easier to navigate.

The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation awarded a nearly $1 million, two-year grant to Cornell to support an investigation using Linked Data and the Semantic Web to improve discovery and access of scholarly information by the three libraries.

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

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.

http://news.virginia.edu/content/rare-book-school-receives-mellon-foundation-grant-expand-fellowship-program

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

by Mimi Calter

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:

http://manchester.metapress.com/content/l4j10l441235/

Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Chris Bourg

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.

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