Welcome to the Summer 2019 Digital Library Services Newsletter, prepared by the Product and Service Management team! This newsletter includes contributions from: Cathy Aster, Hannah Frost, Dinah Handel, Michael Olson, and Josh Schneider.
We are pleased to announce that Stanford Libraries has released a redesigned My Library Account. Library borrowers can now:
- view their checkouts
- renew books
- view and make changes to their SearchWorks requests
- pay fines
using a mobile-friendly and completely updated application. Designed and developed by Digital Library Systems & Services staff, the new My Library Account shares the look and feel of other Stanford Libraries applications.
How do students develop as writers? How do we study the process of writing development? How can we apply such learnings to improve writing instruction? These are the primary questions driving the Stanford Study of Writing, a research project led by Andrea Lunsford, the Louise Hewlett Nixon Professor of English Emerita, in 2001-2006.
Over this past summer, I have had the privilege and opportunity to work in Special Collections. During this time, I processed a couple of fascinating collections: African Posters and Ephemera and the Charles Hobson Collection. In the following article I will talk a little about my experience processing materials, as well as give an overview of the newly available collections and their potential to be used in various research projects.
We are happy to report on a study conducted during the past academic year on stakeholder expectations and needs for text search capabilities in SUL’s digital library ecosystem, to inform future software development priorities and possible service expansion.
The study was conducted through interviews with six SUL bibliographers, one Hoover curator, one academic technology specialist, and two representatives from Special Collections.
On Thursday, July 18, students in the popular culture course at the Stanford Pre-Collegiate Summer Institute visited the Department of Special Collections to view materials from the Fielder Collection of American Sheet Music.
From micro-published contemporary poetry to advanced reader’s copies to illustrated fairy tales, Stanford Libraries celebrates the creativity of student book collecting through its administration of the biennial Wreden Prize for Collecting Books and Related Materials. This year was no exception as students submitted collections on topics ranging from California’s religious history to editions of Charles and Mary Lamb’s Tales from Shakespeare. Each student enters the prize competition by submitting an essay about his or her collection and an annotated bibliography of its contents.