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Archangel Michael Hurls the Rebellious Angels into the Abyss, by Luca Giordano (ca. 1666)

“There was war in heaven: and Satan was cast out into the earth, and his angels were cast out with him. Rejoice, ye heavens, and ye that dwell in them: woe to the inhabiters of the earth.” – Revelation 12:7-12

So opens The Fallen Angel, an oratorio by Sir Henry Rowley Bishop. The manuscript score, in Bishop’s hand, has recently been reunited with a full set of manuscript orchestral and choral parts, as item MLM 87 in Stanford’s Memorial Library of Music.

headshot of Niels Brügger

Dovetailing our recent announcement of documentation of resources for research using web archives, we will be visited next month by an individual who has done much to advance web archives as materials of scholarly interest and exploration. Niels Brügger is Professor of Internet Studies and Digital Humanities at Aarhus University in Denmark, where he also heads the Centre for Internet Studies and NetLab. On Thursday, April 7th he will present, Digital Humanities, Web History, Web Archives, and Web Research Infrastructure &emdash; between close and distant reading, followed by discussion. Additional event details may be found on the Stanford Event Calendar page. We hope you'll join us!

Hatef Monajemi

Many scientists are making the reproducibility of their research a much higher priority these days than they used to. But it's a time consuming task, which means that many are searching for tools and workflows to help facilitate their efforts.

Hatef Monajemi, a PhD student in Civil and Environmental Engineering, and his PhD advisor Professor David L. Donoho, have developed a new piece of software that can make reproducibility an easier goal to achieve. His new software is called Clusterjob (CJ). This software can be used to develop reproducible computational packages and make the generation of data for a research study fully reproducible. CJ is an open-source software available on GitHub.

Johann Sebastian Bach’s face from Elias Gottlob Haussmann’s 1748 portrait.

On March 21, 2016, we celebrate Johann Sebastian Bach's 331st birthday. Here are links to freely available resources, including some courtesy of Stanford University.

 

Scores

Stanford University Libraries holds one original Bach manuscript, the basso part from the cantata "Ich liebe den Höchsten von ganzem Gemüte Greifet zu, fasst das Heil", BWV 174. A high-quality digital image is available for viewing and download.

The Neue Ausgabe sämtlicher Werke (new edition of the complete works) is shelved in the Music Library stacks.

The 19th-century Bach Gesellschaft edition of the complete works is available for download via the Petrucci Music Library (IMSLP)

The Bach Digital database provides links to most of the known manuscripts in existence and tracks Bach scholarship worldwide.

 

Cover image of Peter's chair

Celebrate the 100th anniversary of Ezra Jack Keats' birth by checking out one of the books in the Stanford University Libraries collections that feature his writing and/or art.  The son of Polish-Jewish immgrants, Keats sought to bring diversity to the portrayal of children in his books and to be supportive of all children.

Lacuna logo

Lacuna, a digital reading, writing, and annotation platform I developed, is now in use as part of a MOOC being run at Dartmouth University. An author for their EdTech blog recently wrote up the experience. Here's my favorite part of the post:

The AmRenX team is using YellowDig and Lacuna Stories to encourage engagement in Dartmouth’s first literature MOOC. YellowDig has been a different platform for some seasoned edX learners, but they have really taken to Lacuna. To date 542 learners have made 6,930 annotations in AmRenX. There is more activity in the annotation platform than any other part of the course.

For more, including animated GIFs of the platform in action, read the full post.

Cover image of Lives of extraordinary women

In honor of International Women's Day today and Women's History Month we've put together a display of children's books and young adult literature about women throughout history.  For a list of recent works, check out our guide to Children's books about women.

Cover image of Your favorite Seuss

Celebrate Dr. Seuss' birthday today by checking out one of the many books, films, musical works in the Stanford University Libraries by or about the good doctor.

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