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[Update #1: I added links to the OnlineBooks site at UPenn for historic materials from the "United States Senate Select Committee to Study Governmental Operations With Respect to Intelligence Activities" and "United States. National Security Agency -- History." OnlineBooks site pulls together digital material from HathiTrust and Internet Archive with items in your library's catalog. Very nice indeed! Thanks John Mark Ockerbloom at UPenn for the suggestion!]

There has been an ongoing series of bombshell reports this past week about the recently leaked news that the National Security Agency (NSA) has been collecting wholesale Americans' phone communications, email- and internet traffic in several top-secret programs -- most notably the program called PRISM, which seems to be an outgrowth of the Total Information Awareness (TIA) program defunded by Congress in 2003 after a huge public outcry. The best coverage so far has been by the Guardian's Glenn Greenwald and the Washington Post. But there's also been a document dump by the Web group Anonymous ( as well as analysis and reports by the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) and Democracy Now.

We thought it'd be helpful to point to some library and information resources in an effort to help the Stanford community and the public wrap their heads around the complex issues surrounding the NSA revelations.

Laws and government acronyms:

Ongoing news coverage about the NSA and its secret program:

Library materials and resources to gather news and historical context:


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Abraham Tewolde

It is my pleasure to introduce Abraham Tewolde, a new intern at the Archive of Recorded Sound who is taking part in Stanford University Libraries 1st-generation summer intern program this summer.  During his time here Abraham will be learning how a sound archive functions and operates, including work on finding aids, digitization, inventory control, accessioning, and research skills.

Abraham will also be a guest blogger during his time here. Please enjoy below the first of a series of posts Abraham will be offering over the summer. 

SUL Library Systems will upgrade Symphony to the latest SirsiDynix release, Symphony 3.4.1 SP3, during the period June 21-22.

During the upgrade, WorkFlows, Socrates and My Account functionality will be unavailable. SearchWorks will still be available throughout the upgrade, however request links and availability status will not be functioning.

The upgrade will start on Friday, June 21 at 9pm, and should be complete by 9am Saturday, June 22 (before any libraries open.) All staff who use WorkFlows should check their e-mail before logging on to the system after this time. An announcement of upgrade completion will be sent, including instructions for updating the WorkFlows client.

Seal from published honors theses from past

This year's Education honors students have successfully published their theses in the Stanford Digital Repository.  Earlier honors theses (dating back to 1996) are available in a paper format in the Cubberley Education Library.

The New York Times program offering 24 hour daily online passes is not available this summer.

This program will resume in the fall.

The best online source for the current issues (latest two weeks) is Factiva - a database which also has the latest issues of Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, The Times (London), and more. The New York Times: archive offers articles from 1851-2009 from ProQuest.

We have these newspapers and many more in the Information Center of Green Library.



Map of Northern England

Many Stanford folk will be away from campus this summer, but that doesn’t mean giving up the chance to listen to great music or watch streaming music videos.

Stanford's 2013 Commencement speaker is Michael Bloomberg, who since 2002 has served as Mayor of New York City. You can read about Mayor Bloomberg and about Commencement Weekend in this article from the Stanford Report and on the 2013 Commencement website.

Take a look at SearchWorks for titles by and about Mayor Bloomberg available in the libraries. You can also view biographical information about him in the Biography in Context database.

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