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Signal Chain: an unconference for media preservation professionals

August 11, 2018
by Hannah Frost

On July 17-18, the Stanford Media Preservation Lab team welcomed a small group of media preservation professionals from around the region and across the country to our home on the Stanford Redwood City campus for two days of “unconferencing". While Stanford has been a leader in media preservation among academic libraries for over a decade, this was our first time hosting a community-oriented event with the goal of advancing our collective work: to ensure ongoing, long-term access to audiovisual recordings of all kinds in the interest of scholarly research, artistic continuity, and the public good.

Shani Braier Marcovitz

New Ordering Specialist at Acquisitions Department

August 7, 2018
by Zeynep Buyukonal

The Acquisitions Department is pleased to welcome Shani Braier Marcovitz as the new Ordering Specialist.

Shani will initially be responsible for ordering resources in the subject areas of East Asian Studies, Religious Studies, Psychology, Sociology, and Education. She will be assigned additional ones in the future.

Photograph showing a man wearing a "KPCB VII World Tour '94" shirt

The Something Ventured Interviews & Stanford's Silicon Valley Archives

August 6, 2018
by Michelle Paquette

This is a guest post from Special Collections Processing Assistant Brian Bethel.


Last month, Stanford Special Collections digitized and made available the collected interview footage  of Something Ventured, a 2011 documentary on the history of venture capital in Silicon Valley. The product of directors Dayna Goldfine and Daniel Geller, Something Ventured features extensive interviews with Silicon Valley luminaries such as Gordon Moore, Don Valentine, Arthur Rock, Sandy Lerner, and Nolan Bushnell. Stanford's Something Ventured collection (M2289) contains over 50 hours of raw interview footage with the film’s 15 interviewees, all available to stream on the Special Collections website.
The Something Ventured collection is one of the latest projects of the Stanford Libraries' Silicon Valley Archives, the world’s most significant repository of materials related to the history and development of Silicon Valley. With hundreds of archival holdings, the Silicon Valley Archives contains historic firsthand material on topics such as personal computing, microprocessors, integrated circuits, recombinant DNA, and video game technology, all available to Stanford affiliates and the general public alike. For more information on the Silicon Valley Archives, contact Henry Lowood, Curator for History of Science & Technology Collections.
Anyone interested in learning more about the history of Silicon Valley would do well to check out Silicon Valley Archives Project Historian and Stanford alumna Leslie Berlin’s 2017 Troublemakers: Silicon Valley’s Coming of Age, a history of Silicon Valley’s technological and entrepreneurial innovations of the 1970s and 1980s. Additionally, the book features Something Ventured interviewees such as Mike Markkula, Nolan Bushnell, Don Valentine, and Arthur Rock.
For those interested in diving even deeper into the history of Silicon Valley innovation and venture capital, Stanford holds additional archival and bibliographic materials for a number of the venture capitalists and entrepreneurs interviewed in Something Ventured. Below are nine Something Ventured interviewees with additional materials held by the Silicon Valley Archives and Stanford University Libraries.
Continue reading for profiles of selected interviews.

Experimenting with ePADD: finding strategies for screening and processing email

August 2, 2018
by Sally DeBauche

I’m excited to make my debut post in my new role as the Digital Archivist for Special Collections!  Since I’m the newest member of team ePADD I thought it would be only fitting to write my inaugural post on the subject of email.  I recently worked with the email contained in the Robert Creeley papers and it gave me the opportunity to experiment with the ePADD software and find some effective strategies for processing email.  Working on this project also gave me a chance to think a little more deeply about how we process email and how we document the decisions that we make

Sarah Lester standing with her farewell cake

Bon Voyage, Sarah!

July 31, 2018
by Ashley Jester

After more than 10 years with the Stanford Libraries, on July 20, 2018, Sarah Lester said goodbye to friends and colleagues and prepared for her new role as the Librarian for the College of Engineering at Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo.  During her time at Stanford, Sarah made incredible contributions to the Terman Engineering Library and the wider Stanford community.  At various points, Sarah served as the liaison to several departments in the School of Engineering, including Mechanical Engineering, Electrical Engineering, and Computer Science.  Sarah spearheaded an effort to digitize and


Academic fake news: “Information Wars” Part 4 of 4

July 26, 2018
by Felicia Smith


Congratulations you have made it to the conclusion of my academic fake news four-part series. So far, I have covered three aspects: predatory journals, fraudulent conferences and faulty textbooks. To wrap up the series I will offer potential solutions to help the noble soldiers fighting on the right side of the Information Wars.

Visiting the Methuselah Tree on Skyline

July 25, 2018
by Glynn Edwards

Every few years, when Special Collections-Redwood City is hosting a number of summer students and interns, we make a trip to Alice’s Restaurant for lunch to celebrate their accomplishments and contributions. It’s also a way to say thank you to our Redwood City staff for a very productive year. Sadly several staff members were unable to make it at the last minute as jury duty and emergency training took precedence.