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  1. Margaret W. Hughes

    I am responsible for creating discovery metadata for our Africana monographs and, more broadly, monographs in all Western European languages. I also provide CIP (cataloging-in-publication) data for titles published by Stanford University Press. Originally hired by the Hoover Institution in 1999, I joined Stanford Libraries in 2001. As of July, 2021, I am also a Team Lead (Middle East, South Asian, Africana & Hebrew resources) within the Metadata Creation Unit. 

  2. Andres Sutt, Minister of Entrepreneurship and IT of Estonia

    Join us for an engaging conversation between Andres Sutt, Minister of Entrepreneurship and Information Technology of the Republic of Estonia, Andrew Grotto, Director of the Program on Geopolitics, Technology, and Governance (FSI), and Herbert Lin, Senior Research Scholar at the Center for International Security and Cooperation (FSI): Cybersecurity and Global Conflict in the 21st Century Recent geopolitical developments reinforce the strategic importance of values-based investments into trusted connectivity, undergirded by cybersecurity. Russia’s war against Ukraine has significantly deteriorated the security architecture of Europe, casting a spotlight on events and incidents that are recurrent within cyberspace but which are seldom discussed. In a world growing ever more digital and ever more intertwined, cybersecurity will determine whether our digitalized future will be safe, free, resilient, and sustainable. This appears self-evident yet policymakers and entrepreneurs have generally been slow to react. While governments and companies may well acknowledge the importance of cybersecurity, it is rarely a priority and is often overshadowed by other pertinent considerations—of course, until one falls victim to a cyber incident. This is particularly evident in terms of resource allocation and budgetary planning as investments into IT and cybersecurity tend to be first to be put on the chopping block when costs need to be cut. However, treating these investments as expendable and non-essential is something we do at our own peril and it contributes to higher-level technological debt and to creating fundamental vulnerabilities at the heart of our IT architecture. How to overcome our present and future vulnerabilities by fostering a joint response on part of both the public and private sectors? How will cybersecurity—or the lack thereof—impact the fortunes of states, companies, and private individuals over the next decades? Estonia has long been at the forefront of digital innovation in government. In 2020, Estonia joined the UN Security Council for the first time. As an elected member, it has been at the center of crisis diplomacy, keeping the focus on violations of international law and supporting international justice. Estonia was the first one to bring the topic of cybersecurity to the Security Council and has kept the security issues of its region in the global focus. Artificial intelligence (AI), government e-solutions, and (cyber)security are immediate and pressing challenges a modern state has to tackle, especially during the current crisis. Our goal has been, and continues to be, to raise awareness on the international level of emerging threats, including in cyberspace.  Mr. Andres Sutt, Minister of Entrepreneurship and Information Technology of the Republic of Estonia since 26 January 2021, is a member of the liberal Reform Party. He has over 25 years of international experience in central banking, bank restructuring, and crisis management. Mr. Sutt was the Deputy Governor of the Bank of Estonia, worked for the European Financial Stability Facility, and represented Estonia at the Executive Board of the IMF. Mr.  Sutt has a Master’s Degree in Economics and Finance (cum laude) from Tartu University and has studied management at INSEAD, France. He serves as the Board Member of SOS Children’s Village Estonia, Estonian Maternity Hospitals Foundation, and the University of Tartu Foundation.

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  3. Book Conservator David Brock to retire

    After 20+ years of service to the Stanford Libraries, rare book conservator David Brock is retiring at the end of May. We are so happy to acknowledge the great contributions he has made to both the collections and the people of Stanford Libraries. David, a Texas native, got his BA in Liberal Studies from Columbia College in Chicago. He received his training in bookbinding and conservation through a six year apprenticeship with Bill Anthony, a fine binder and a book conservator, also in Chicago.  He then moved to the Library of Congress where he spent five and a half years in the Book Conservation Lab.  In 1989 he went into private practice in San Diego. Over the next nine years he did work for institutions, private collectors, and fine presses. He also held a long-running monthly bookbinding class in Los Angeles for printers, book artists, bookbinding enthusiasts, and conservators. In the early years of Stanford’s Conservation program, David was one of three conservators in the country that we could hire to outsource rare book conservation treatments. Department Head Eleanore Stewart began sending work to David in San Diego in 1990. In 1996, Eleanore arranged for David to come up to Stanford on contract to work on materials here. Over the course of six months, David came up to work a couple weeks at a time so as to maintain his private clients out of San Diego as well. Around this time, Eleanore left Conservation to run the Replacement and Reformatting section of Preservation just as they were starting to get into digitization.  Maria Grandinette (then Preservation Officer at Hoover) took over as Head of the Conservation Department. Maria was very keen to get David full-time into the Conservation Department to fill out the team she was building up. David, however, was reluctant. So Maria began a postcard campaign to recruit him. Based on time they had spent with David previously, Conservation staff (Maria, book conservator Beth Ryan and paper conservator Leslie Kruth) sent David a postcard every day exhorting him to join the Conservation Department at Stanford. Each postcard was sent in the “voice” of someone encouraging him to relocate and take the job. He received postcards from the likes of Pharaoh Sanders, Barry Bonds, the Oracle at Delphi, Governor of Texas Ann Richards, and the head of the Wallace Stevens Society. Eventually David was convinced to move up north and he came to Stanford in 1998. In the following years, David treated many important volumes in our collections including: Postilla super librum Psalmorum by Nicholas of Lyra (a late 15th century chain binding), the Grammar of Ornament by Owen Jones, Carleton Watkins’ Views of Thurlowe Lodge, and countless Camera Works issues. He has also done conservation work for the Cantor Arts Center and Legion of Honor of the San Francisco Fine Arts Museums. His conservation treatment is outstanding. David lets the book speak for itself, retaining as much of the original binding as is possible while returning damaged books to useful condition. Conservators strive for minimal intervention. Doing less when conserving a book often is much more technically demanding than rebinding or recovering a book. David has developed techniques honoring this that are exceptionally subtle and effective. David has also shared his skills through teaching. He’s worked with every staff member in the lab as well as interns from beyond our department. He’s led class sessions for courses in the Art, Chemistry, English, and Continuing Studies Programs demonstrating historical bookbinding techniques and discussing book structure. He’s also taught beyond Stanford. He taught classes twice at the Paper and Book Intensive, instructed a month long intensive course at the former Preservation and Conservation Studies Program at the University of Texas at Austin, and led various workshops including one in 1994 at the Getty attended by Richenda Brim, our current Head of Preservation. Along with his benchwork and teaching, David has been a wonderful colleague. He has maintained a tone of collegiality and respect in all of his dealings with people regardless of whether they were co-workers in the lab, library staff on campus, students on tour, or donors to the libraries. David approaches everyone with graciousness and interest. David’s side interests are many. He’s a long time student of Japanese calligraphy and his work has been exhibited at the San Francisco Public Library. He travels frequently to Japan and has studied Japanese for many years. He’s also a stone carver. One of his carved alphabets was exhibited in the 2014 show “After Hours: Creative Pursuits of Stanford University Libraries Staff” in the Green Library Rotunda. We wish David the best as he relocates to Virginia and thank him for his work, friendship, and kindness throughout the years.

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