Clare Spitzer and her llama friend

Five questions with our new Sound Archives Metadata Librarian: Clare Spitzer

October 14, 2019
by Kevin Kishimoto

Please join the Archive of Recorded Sound and Music Library in congratulating Clare Spitzer on her new appointment as Sound Archives Metadata Librarian. She began this new post on October 1, having spent the previous seven months in Stanford Libraries as Special Project Music Metadata Librarian. Clare came to Stanford in March 2019 from The New School in New York where she worked in the Library Technical Services Department for five years. Since arriving on the Farm, Clare has done tremendous work in cataloging and processing sound recording collections.

Maker Cart

Maker Cart at Engineering Library

October 11, 2019
by Joseph Maloba Makokha

Are you working on a project that applies a variety of digital, electronic and hand tools such as 3D printing, Arduino microprocessors, soldering, assembling and others? We built a mobile cart with maker equipment and tools for you! This is now available for checkout at the engineering library. The cart comprises the following items (with additions in the coming weeks, based on need/requests):

Aisha Wahab conserving a scroll

Conservation Services welcomes paper conservator Aisha Wahab

October 7, 2019
by Kristen St.John

Conservation Services welcomed Aisha Wahab on September 9, 2019 to serve as Stanford Libraries first full-time paper conservator. She will be working on collection materials including maps, broadsides, deeds, posters, and other items made of paper or parchment. She’s already begun consulting with Special Collections staff on housing flat paper materials in archival collections. She’ll be part of our “conservation office hour” visits.

Detail of MSS CODEX M0413 FF BB, Nicholas of Lyra, Postilla super librum Psalmorum, in the Stanford Libraries Manuscript Collection. Photo by Aude Gabory.

Linking the Past, Forging the Future: A Symposium on Chained Bindings in Forms Old and New

October 7, 2019
by Kathleen M Smith

On October 29th, 2019, from 1:00-5:00PM, the David Rumsey Map Center will host a half-day symposium on chained bindings. This symposium will explore the materials and techniques used in chained bindings for medieval books, as well as the work of conserving and of reconstructing them in the modern era.

A new way to use

October 4, 2019
by Ashley Jester is a great resource for pre-prints in Physics, Mathematics, Computer Science, Quantitative Biology, Quantitative Finance, Statistics, Electrical Engineering and Systems Science, and Economics.  While the PDF format of the pre-prints hosted there is great for offline reading or printing, it's not the best choice for online viewing, and now there is a great alternative in arXiv Vanity (