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Wednesday, April 30, 2014

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Join SUL Web Archiving Service Manager Nicholas Taylor, along with Daniel Hartwig, Kris Kasianovitz, Henry Lowood, John Eilts, and other members of the Web Archiving Service Team, in this conversation about Stanford's efforts to "boil the ocean" that is the World Wide Web.

Who: SUL and Coordinate Library Staff
When: Monday, May 12, 2014, 2:30-4 pm
Where: Green Library, IC Classroom

by Helen B. Josephine

The Stanford University Libraries and the School of Engineering hosted the 2014 STELLA (Science, Technology and Engineering Library Leaders in Action) Unconference on April 25-26 in the Mackenzie Room of the Huang Engineering Center.  Sixty-five librarians from the US and Canada participated in this third STELLA Unconference.  

Tuesday, April 29, 2014

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.

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.

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