Concierge 45: What’s the Media & Microtext Center? How did it get here? Who uses it?

March 7, 2018
Ellie Buckley
Concierge Keys

If you’ve ever wondered what treasures lie in the basement of Green Library - this is the session for you! Media & Microtext is a hidden gem of Stanford Libraries' collections. Our materials are heavily used by a variety of patrons for film viewing & study, videogame play & research, and significant scholarly work.

Our vast film and television collection holds over 50,000 titles, in DVD, Blu-ray, VHS and other formats, including rare materials not found elsewhere. Our videogame & software collection is quite fantastic, with over 6000 titles from the 1980s to present day. The new retro game area even allows players to enjoy such classic consoles as the Atari 2600, Vectrex, and SuperNES. Finally, we have other media encompassing a gamut of subjects, including sound recordings and digital archives.

Alongside our audio-visual media, the Center boasts an in-depth research collection of over 170,000 microforms. Over several years this collection has grown to encompass materials from many other campus libraries. Students, scholars, and visitors peruse our materials regularly looking for the crucial information to complete their research.

In addition, Henry Lowood has spear-headed Stanford Libraries' foray into streaming services, including the popular Kanopy service.

Please join Laszlo Jakusovszky, Operations Manager for the Media & Microtext Center, and Henry Lowood, Curator for Film & Media Collections, for an overview of the Center’s wonderful collections and how you and our patrons may use it to best effect.

The presentation will be offered twice on Wednesday, March 21st, in the IC Classroom:

  • Wednesday, 3/21, 10:00-11:00 am
  • Wednesday, 3/21, 3:00-4:00 pm (This session will be video recorded.)

Please sign up for one of the sessions on Canvas. First, enroll in the Concierge Project's Canvas “course” if you haven’t done so yet. Then sign up for one of the sessions under the People > Groups tab.