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Genre facet enhancement in updated SearchWorks index

August 17, 2017
by J Vine

A new SearchWorks catalog index was released on Thursday, August 17, 2017. To ensure accuracy of the data in SearchWorks, we do a quarterly "fresh" indexing of all bibliographic data from Symphony (Stanford Libraries' integrated library system).

This quarter's new index includes an enhancement to the Genre facet: there are more terms indexed into this facet than previously.

A more secure way to connect from off-campus

August 15, 2017
by Irina Trapido

If you have ever used a database, e-book, or e-journal from off campus, chances are that one of Stanford Libraries' proxy servers unlocked the door. A proxy server identifies you as a licensed Stanford user when you are off campus (or not using the Stanford network for other reasons). We currently use two proxy servers: APC, or Automatic Proxy Configuration, which requires users to set up their browser, and EZproxy, which works by adding a special prefix in front of the resource URL. For many years, we relied on APC as our main method of providing remote access.

Tao Pai-chuan

East Asia Library Special Collections: Tao Pai-chuan Papers

August 15, 2017
by Joshua Capitanio

Among the rare materials held in the East Asia Library's special collections, the Tao Pai-chuan papers are a unique resource for studying Taiwanese history and politics.  Tao Pai-chuan 陶百川 (1901 - 2002) was a scholar and politician who served as an advisor to several prominent figures in the Republic of China government, including the presidents Chiang Ching-kuo and Lee Teng-hui.  In 2010, his family donated a number of his personal documents and a set of his collected writings to the Stanford East Asia Library.

Farewell to Josie Flores

August 14, 2017
by Sarah Forzetting

It is with a tinge of sadness that I announce the retirement of Josie Flores. After 47 years of service to Stanford Libraries, Josie will be leaving the tedious world of books, serials, and government documents to spend more time with her extended family in Cuba, Miami, and Las Vegas. When she is not out dancing, she will likely be found cooking family favorites and possibly (probably!) keeping her floors extra clean.

Preserving the ephemeral: reflections on archiving Japanese websites

August 1, 2017
by Dr Regan Murphy Kao

In 2015 when I applied for a grant from the Freeman Spogli Institute (FSI) to initiate a web archiving program, I viewed our project from a theoretical perspective.  While in the past we might collect ephemera, such as letters, small-run newsprints, or underground comics, these type of critical sources of information are now produced in the format of online websites, which are created, updated, deleted with a previously unknown speed.  In order for future scholars to have access to this kind of primary resource, I thought that it was academically important to preserve online conversations t

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2000+ audio cassettes from Allen Ginsberg collection now streaming from SearchWorks

July 18, 2017
by Geoff Willard

Ginsberg comes up fairly often in this blog (e.g. Rebecca Wingfield's recent post about "Howl" going up online), but the release of over 2000+ audio cassette recordings to SearchWorks is truly another cause for celebration. These recordings represent a staggering amount of primary source material associated with the Beat Generation, the bulk of which date from the 1970s to 1990s.

New E-Resource (India's Economic Indicators)

July 13, 2017
by C. Ryan Perkins

I am excited to announce that the library has recently acquired access to all 16 modules of EPWRF's (Economic and Political Weekly Research Foundation) India Time Series, which provides data on India's economic indicators.  The website is user-friendly and while there is some overlap with Indiastat there is also significant data that is unique to EPWRF.  You can access more than 30,000 variables through the library record found here: https://searchworks.stanford.edu/view/12087106

 

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