Blog topic: News

Archive shelving

New shelving in ARS

April 5, 2017
by Frank Ferko

At long last, the Archive of Recorded Sound will receive some much-needed new shelving, and the installation work will begin this summer with preparatory shifting of archival materials beginning on May 1st.  During the summer and fall much of the old shelving will be removed and new shelving will be installed.  The project is scheduled for completion in December.

Personal Digital Archiving Hackathon scheduled for March 31 - April 1, 2017

How can we best make sense of the digital strands and data that comprise a 21st century life? Explore innovative solutions to this challenge and others facing both individuals in the digital age, and scholars in the cultural heritage and digital humanities sectors, at the Personal Digital Archiving (PDA) 2017 Hackathon. The Hackathon is sponsored by Stanford University Libraries and will be held from March 31 - April 1, 2017 at the Jen-Hsun Huang Engineering Center on the Stanford University campus.

ePADD v3.0 release, upcoming hackathon, and spring presentations

We are thrilled to announce the final release of ePADD v3.0, which introduces an entity merge interface, unique IDs, greater customization options, UI changes, and other fixes. Grab the new version and view the complete release notes here: https://github.com/ePADD/epadd/releases. Additional updates (including news about an upcoming hackathon and spring presentations) after the jump...

Helen & Newton Harrison "Becoming Artists" exhibit case

Mediating curatorial and conservation priorities in physical library displays

February 24, 2017
by Elizabeth A Fischbach

As the person who serves as the liaison between exhibit “curators” (exhibit content selectors—variously students, donors, faculty, and fellow library staff) and the conservation team, I often find myself navigating the terrain between a curator’s vision for a show and the realities of protecting materials from damage. My job is to midwife the ideas presented by content creators and bring them into the world of the gallery in as creative and revealing a way possible. Often it involves negotiating between competing priorities and points of view: curatorial ambitions and desires on the one hand and protecting library resources on the other. A couple of somewhat fictionalized conversations from planning the current Terraforming exhibit in Green Library, which draws on the Helen and Newton Harrison Papers, illustrate the process.

2016 NGAC

NGAC releases transition documents

January 13, 2017
by Julie Sweetkind-Singer

The National Geospatial Advisory Committee (NGAC) has released three documents of interest to the geospatial community.  Two of the documents were written to aid in the transition to a new administration in Washington, DC.  The third document is an overview of emerging technologies that will impact the geospatial landscape in the near- and mid-term future.  Taken together, these works provide a broad overview of the thinking of the NGAC members as they look forward to the next few years in the geospatial sector.

Personal Digital Archiving (PDA) submission deadline is November 25

November 22, 2016
by Josh Schneider

How do we choose to document and share information about ourselves, our activities, and our communities? What happens to all of the data people create over their lifetimes? How can an information professional or researcher make sense of the various digital strands, remnants, and data that comprise a 21st century life?

Stanford University Libraries is thrilled to be hosting Personal Digital Archiving (PDA) from March 29-31, 2017. PDA 2017 will focus on current and emerging trends and scholarship in personal information management and personal digital archiving. The deadline to submit a proposal is Friday, November 25.

former Ampex building

Manuscripts in the Ampex Orbit

November 3, 2016
by Franz Kunst

Big changes here in Redwood City’s Mid-Point Technology Park: As you may have read, the library's Manuscripts and Rare Books Cataloging division (along with Conservation, SMPL & SU Press) has just moved from one building to another across the street while a brand new campus is built. What may not be generally known, however, is that both buildings once housed the electronics corporation Ampex, whose records we happen to have. In 1944 Ampex was founded a few miles north in San Carlos, and operated there for several years before moving to larger facilities in Redwood City after the success of their pioneering audio and video tape machines. The office park's fountains were designed by architect John Carl Warnecke (’41) who also designed Stanford's post office & student store, as well as Meyer and the Cummings art building (both of which no longer exist - perhaps a comment on Modernism's unfashionability?).

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