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J.A. Bazin reed organ patent

Collection of piano, player piano, organ, and player organ patents now available

February 16, 2018
by Gurudarshan Khalsa

The Archive of Recorded Sound is happy to announce that the Strong Museum Collection (ARS-0190) of bound volumes of patents from the Aeolian Company, the Amphion Piano Player Company, and the Mason & Hamlin Piano Company is processed and is now open for research. The volumes cover piano, player piano, organ, and player organ patents filed with the United States Patent Office and the British Patent Office from 1825 to 1926. The volumes provide an extensive technical and historical overview of the inventions, innovations, and improvements in the musical instrument industry during this time period.

South Omo Editing Application on ArcGIS.com

The ArcGIS Online mapping platform is now available to all Stanford affiliates

February 9, 2018
by Mr. Stace D Maples
ArcGIS Online is an online, collaborative GIS that allows you to use, create, and share maps, scenes, apps, layers, analytics, and data. You get access to Living Atlas of the World, Business and Community Analyst apps, and Esri's secure cloud, where you can add items and publish web layers.

An excellent example of what can be done with ArcGIS Online is the Stanford Geospatial Center's Gaihōzu: Japanese Imperial Maps portal, which provides access to the most popular objects in the Stanford Digital Repository.

 

Over the last few months, we’ve been testing Single Sign-On (SSO) for providing access to ArcGIS.com, which we have licensed for the use of all Stanford affiliates.  This means that you no longer need to go through the Stanford Geospatial Center to get an account!

Cambridge Structural Database - 2018 version available

February 8, 2018
by Grace Baysinger

CSD Refcode TUWMOP - the 800,000th entry added to the CSD

Established in 1965 by the Cambridge Crystallographic Data Centre (CCDC), the Cambridge Structural Database (CSD) is the world’s repository for small-molecule organic and metal-organic crystal structures. Containing over 900,000 entries from x-ray and neutron diffraction analyses, this unique database of accurate 3D structures has become an essential resource to scientists around the world.  The June 2015 issue of CCDC's Crystalline Newsletter covers 50 Years of Sharing Crystal Structures (PDF).  In addition to coverage of the published literature, CSD searches also contains data published directly through the CSD as CSD Communications that are not available anywhere else. 

MLA President Mark McKnight presents the Hill award to Kevin Kishimoto and Tracey Snyder

Kevin Kishimoto wins publication award

February 7, 2018
by Ray Heigemeir

Kevin Kishimoto, Music Metadata Librarian, Stanford University Libraries, and Tracey Snyder, Music Catalog and Instruction Librarian, Cornell University Libraries, were presented with the Richard S. Hill Award for the best article on music librarianship or article of a music-bibliographic nature, at the 2018 annual meeting of the Music Library Association in Portland, Oregon.  Their article, “Popular Music in FRBR and RDA: Toward User-Friendly and Cataloger-Friendly Identification of Works,” Cataloging & Classification Quarterly  54, no. 1 (2016): 60-86 is available online to the Stanford community.

CrystalMaker software package

February 6, 2018
by Grace Baysinger

A campus-wide site license for CrystalMaker is now available to current students, faculty and staff at Stanford.  Used for research and teaching in chemistry, solid-state physics, materials science, mineralogy and crystallography, this package includes three software programs: CrystalMaker, CrystalDiffract, and SingleCrystal.  Both Mac and PC versions are available (but not Linux).   After installing the software on your personal computer, you do not need to be connected to the Internet in order to use it.  

Concierge Keys

Concierge 44: Creating Special Collections Exhibits by Becky Fischbach

February 6, 2018
by Ellie Buckley

This session will offer an overview of the “whys and hows” of planning, designing, and producing exhibitions for the Library’s Special Collections. For context, Becky will begin with a brief wayback (post-horse and carriage, pre-information superhighway) photo tour of exhibits in Stanford’s Main Library. She’ll describe the current exhibit program’s primary goals and address the question of where ideas for exhibits come from: who proposes them and how and why they are chosen, illustrated with examples.

New discovery tool to search for funding opportunities, grant awards, and philanthropy news

February 5, 2018
by Grace Baysinger

Looking for funding opportunities?  Want to see what grants have been awarded? Or, are you interested in scanning philanthropy news and documents to see if they provide insight into a funding proposal you are working on?  If the answer is yes to any of these questions, then you should check out the new Funding Resources Search tool that lets you search multiple resources at one time.   Access is limited to current students, faculty, and staff at Stanford.

Ashley Jester

Ashley Jester named as new Assistant Director in SERG

January 29, 2018
by Robert Schwarzwalder

Ashley Jester will assume the position of Assistant Director in the Science and Engineering Resource Group (SERG) on February 1st. In this position she will manage the Terman Engineering Library and the Li and Ma Science Library. The establishment of this position is part of a reorganization of SERG that was conducted in a response to the consolidation of STEM libraries at Stanford. The new Assistant Director position parallels the position held by Julie Sweetkind-Singer in her role as Assistant Director, Geospatial, Cartographic & Science Data Services.

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