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Over the last 6 weeks, I've been extremely lucky to work with Mia Kirkendoll. As her intern supervisor, I've been proud to watch Mia come into her own as a mature and professional young lady. Mia is part of the Stanford Libraries internship program for local First Generation college students.

BrowZine is a tablet application that lets you browse, read and monitor thousands of scholarly journals available from the Stanford University Libraries.


•    Browse titles by subject to easily find journals of interest
•    Create a personal bookshelf of favorite journals
•    Be alerted when a new issue of a journal is published
•    Save articles in your personal library.  BrowZine can easily be synced up with Box.com, Mendeley, Zotero, and other services to help keep all of your information together in one place. 

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The Open Web Camp V was held last weekend, July the 13th at the PayPal Town Hall in San Jose, CA. It featured diverse speakers on a wide range of topics spanning different aspects of the Open Web Platform and beyond. These included  HTML5, CSS3, Web Accessibility, Responsive Web Design and Mobile Technology topics, but also provide opportunities for networking with peers. Participants were equally drawn from diverse backgrounds including education institutions (Stanford, and SUL staff attended), e-commerce, non-profits, business, open source activists and hobbyists among others. Two of the sessions - one on mobile web performance presented by web developer Estelle Weyl, and another on stifling patterns among teams by Bill Scott, SVP of UI Engineering at PayPal will be reviewed, with an emphasis on aspects relevant to SUL.

Arpa players

Have you ever wanted to explore new music but perhaps needed some inspiration? Some site that wasn’t Top 40 radio?  Let me recommend Smithsonian Global Sound (access for Stanford students, faculty and staff). I recently looked for some traditional mariachi music--perfect for those warm summer days. A search for “mariachi” led me to over 20 albums of mariachi music and related genres.  I chose to play music of the conjunto de arpa grande (big harp ensemble), a “country cousin” of the mariachi ensemble.  These big harp ensembles consist of violins, guitars, and harp, without the trumpets so common to mariachi groups. The sones (sentimental songs) and valonas (poetic narratives) were sung with a wonderful directness and vocal flair.  The playing was rhythmic, tuneful, and celebratory.  Perfect!

Tomorrow, July 17th, at 7:30 PM, Professor James Cavallaro, Director, International Human Rights and Conflict Resolution Clinic, at Stanford, will speak on "Drone Warfare? Civilian Harms and the Legal, Strategic, and Ethical Challenges," at CEMEX Auditorium, Knight Management Center. He has done fieldwork on drone warfare in Pakistan, and has worked with Central American refugees and activists in Mexico, Chile, and Brazil. This lecture is part of a series sponsored by the Stanford Summer Human Rights Program. For more on drones in Stanford Libraries, search Drone aircraft in Searchworks.

Victoria Stodden, Assistant Professor of Statistics, Columbia University, speaks at the afternoon panel discussion.

With the explosive growth in scientific publishing, access to scientific research papers and data has become an increasingly complex affair. Stanford's Forum on the Future of Scientific Publishing on June 27 brought together a diverse group of stakeholders to exchange information about open access to manuscripts and big data.

The Forum was held in response to the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) memorandum directing expanded public access to the results of government-funded research.  The February 2013 memo requires federal agencies sponsoring more than $100 million in annual research expenditures "to develop plans to make the published results of federally funded research freely available to the public within one year of publication... Such results include peer-reviewed publications and digital data." Furthermore, the memo states that data repositories could be maintained either by the federal government or “scholarly and professional associations, publishers and libraries.” The memo directed federal agencies to provide the OSTP with their draft policies by August 22.

Bill Morgan, biographer and personal archivist to Allen Ginsberg, will be speaking this Friday at the Stanford Humanities Center. Morgan, who coordinated the transfer of Ginberg’s archives to Stanford, will be in conversation with Stanford literary scholar Hilton Obenzinger. Morgan and Obenzinger will discuss the legacy of Ginsberg’s cultural contributions and the scope of the Ginsberg archives.

Several items of Ginsberg memorabilia will be on display, giving the public a rare opportunity to view items held in Stanford Libraries' Special Collections.

This event is part of The Allen Ginsberg Festival, and is being presented in conjunction with the Contemporary Jewish Museum exhibition Beat Memories: The Photographs of Allen Ginsberg.

When: Friday, July 12, 2013, at 1:30 pm

Where: The Stanford Humanities Center, 424 Santa Teresa Street, Stanford, CA

Co-sponsored by the Contemporary Jewish Museum, Lehrhaus Judaica, Stanford Continuing Studies and the Taube Center for Jewish Studies at Stanford.

Free and open to the public.

Abraham Tewolde

Following on from his first post a few weeks ago, our Stanford University Libraries 1st-generation intern Abraham Tewolde updates us on the work he has been doing recently at the Archive of Recorded Sound.  Be sure to watch out for further updates between now and the end of Abraham's internship in mid-August.

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