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Monique Murphy, Operations Manager, Preservation Department

This week, libraries around the country will share preservation tips and stories for the American Library Association’s annual Preservation Week. You can find preservation resources, quick tips, and free webinars on the Preservation Week site covering the spectrum of collection care from textiles to personal digital archives. We will spend this week meeting some of the people that support preservation and conservation activities across Stanford Libraries. Team members from Preservation, Digital Library Systems and Services, and Special Collections have answered five questions about themselves and their work on the long-term care of our books, archives, audio-visual resources, and born-digital files." title="<--break-->" class="mceItem">

We kick off Preservation Week with Monique Murphy, Operations Manager for the Preservation Department.

Tell us about your work:

As SUL Preservation department Operations Manager my work includes monitoring and reporting climate conditions in certain library collection areas.  These areas include SAL 1&2, the new Bowes Art and Architecture Library, West Stacks in Green Library, the Field and Barchas rooms and other areas, on and off campus.  I collect and download temperature and humidity data from electronic loggers and generate monthly reports.  These reports are shared with Facilities and other collection specific managers with recommendations for climate adjustments when necessary. 

I perform quarterly pest inspections in East Asia Library, SAL 1&2, Lathrop Library and other areas where special and other collections are held.  These quarterly pest inspections assist in ensuring SUL collections are clean, dry and free of rodents and insects like silverfish, psocids, and beetles.  The pest control aspect of the work also includes freezing books in which evidence of insect habitation is present.

Preservation work also includes assisting with emergency preparedness and response.  We provide supplies like absorbent pillows and plastic sheeting, flashlights, duct tape, fans and dehumidifiers.  We respond when water pipes leak, flooding occurs and when conditions threaten to, or are in the process of, damaging SUL collections.

When not monitoring or inspecting I support the Preservation department by managing a large number of orders for equipment, materials and supplies necessary for the preservation, conservation and binding and finishing of collection materials.

What parts of the library do you wish you knew more about?  I’d like to learn more about the processes for acquiring special collections.

Do you have a favorite tool or piece of equipment?  My favorite tool is a simple lighted magnifier which enables me to identify tiny insects found in pest traps and in books that come in for freezer treatment.

What is something about your job we would be surprised to learn?  You’d be surprised to know how many insects lived in the Harold A. Miller library (Hopkins) when I started working for SUL over five years ago!

Can you recommended a book/websites/article about your field?  For more information on collection preservation, see Preservation at the Library of Congress and Book Preservation at the Art Institue of Chicago


Chemists Celebrate Earth Day logo

The latest news from the Swain Library covers the following topics:

  • Catalysis Resources
  • Keep Current with journal literature
  • Green Pocketbook
  • Chemists Celebrate Earth Day - The Great Indoors: Your Homes Ecosystem
  • Household Products Database

Aimed at providing news as quick info bytes, each topic is covered in a PowerPoint slide.   This format enables us to easily re-use this content in a digital sign at the library.  Please see: Swain Library News - 22 April 2016

Happy Earth Day 2016!

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This month, Stanford Libraries posted two new videos on its YouTube channel. They are targeted for new undergraduate students, and have been introduced this term to the Program in Writing and Rhetoric (PWR) students, who come to the library for workshops on information literacy. These videos are part of the department of Learning and Outreach's effort to "flip the classroom".

For your browsing pleasure, here are the Spring 2016 highlights of newly acquired collections available at the Archive of Recorded Sound.

Breviary, with neumes. Detail from Stanford Digital Repository.

These titles have recently been added to the Music Library Reference Room.  In no particular order:


Historical dictionary of the Broadway musical / William A. Everett, Paul R. Laird.

Bibliothecae apostolicae vaticanae corpus manuscriptorum musicalium / curantibus Rita Andolina, Susanna Greco. Vol. 2::1-4. Catalogo ragionato delle composizioni di Lorenzo Perosi (1872-1956) : con esempi musicali originali / Arturo Sacchetti. 

International who's who in classical music. 31st ed. (2015)

International who's who in popular music. 17th ed. (2015)

moonlight over river Thames“And place is always and only place,” writes T.S. Eliot. Is that true? Or is place rather the sum of human experience at a location—“the meeting up of histories” as geographer Doreen Massey has suggested? Does place in literature matter? The truth, usually, is simply that we don’t know.  When we read a place name in a text, when we learn that a writer worked at a certain address, we read on—because how much do we know of all these places?

Beethoven string quartet (detail)

For your browsing pleasure, we present the following list of new scores added to composer complete editions, historical sets, and facsimiles:


Modern editions

Bach, CPE. Miscellaneous songs / Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach ; edited by Christoph Wolff. 

Bach, JS. Mass in B minor / Johann Sebastian Bach ; edited by Ulrich Leisinger. Accompanying DVD-ROM includes a reproductions of the holograph (including original parts for Kyrie and Gloria), the 1924 facsimile, and 2 copyist manuscripts (Hering and Kirnberger)); it also includes the full score (as found in printed version), detailed critical report, and PDF files ("Et in unum Dominum", Individual remarks in German (not found in printed work), Latin words printed as text, and Quick start guides in German and English)

Beethoven. Streichquartette III. Werke / Beethoven (v. 6/5)

Nicole Coleman
Nicole Coleman, of the Libraries' Center for Interdisciplinary Digital Research (CIDR), is foregrounded as a leader and pioneer in the field of digital history in a new book chapter called "Returning Women to the History of Digital History" by Sharon Leon, Director of Public Projects at the Roy Rosenzweig Center for History and New Media at George Mason University.