The National Geospatial Advisory Committee (NGAC) held its fall meeting at the National Conservation Training Center near Shepherdstown, West Virginia on September 27-28, 2016. The NGAC is a Federal Advisory Committee (FACA) to the Federal Geographic Data Committee (FGDC). The role of the NGAC is to provide advice and recommendations related to the national geospatial program and the development of the National Spatial Data Infrastructure. Full minutes of the meeting, PowerPoints, and lightning talks will be available on the NGAC website shortly.
Stanford's libraries house an extensive collection on various aspects of Chilean culture. The personal library of Fernando Alegría, leading exile figure and Stanford professor for over 30 years, gives it in-depth humanities coverage with over 2900 unique titles of chapbooks, first editions and other literary publications. Items are located in the circulating collection with the more rare/unique placed in Special Collections. In addition, the 100 boxes containing Alegria's literary archive document many of the country's socio-political and cultural events before the 1973 coup as well as the exile years. The Hoover Archives also hold several collections from these years.
At a small ceremony held in the East Asia Library on Thursday, September 8, 2016, Dr. Moses Li, Stanford alumnus, CEO and President of the CUA (Holding) USA LLC, CUA (Holding) HKG Ltd., the Sino-America Medical Foundation, and Moses Li Medical Education Foundation, donated the first 13 volumes of the forthcoming series of Transcripts of the Collection of President Chiang Kai-shek: Chronological Events.
In recent years, there has been an increase in research interest on Chiang Kai-shek and modern Chinese history. East Asia library’s extensive collection pertinent to Chiang Kai-shek and archival materials such as Chiang Kai-shek diaries held in the Hoover Library & Archives have attracted many scholars from around the world. However, previously published Chiang Kai-shek’s Chronological Event Transcripts is a scanned edition. Many scholars have found them difficult to use since Chiang’s handwriting was often illegible and without punctuation, with marks or notes on original documents. The Moses Li Medical Education Foundation sponsored and supported its re-editing and publishing project. Dr. Moses Li also serves as the chief editor of the new series. When the project is completed, anticipated in 2 years, the series will consist of more than 250 volumes.
Dr. Jidong Yang, the head of East Asia Library, received the donation and acknowledge Dr. Li’s generosity and contribution to scholarship.
Bangladesh's present and pasts
Late Friday, July 1, 2016 gunmen stormed an upscale cafe in Dhaka, Bangladesh killing 21 hostages and two police officers over the following ten hours. One student from UC Berkeley (Tarishi Jain) and two students from Emory University (Abinta Kabir and Faraaz Hossain) were among the dead. This attack followed on the heels of other attacks in Bangladesh targeting religious minorities and progressives. Apart from such atrocities becoming "news" around the world, Bangladesh is not on most people's radars.
For those of you who want to gain an understanding of Bangladesh, its history, and the struggle of its people the following is meant to serve, not as a comprehensive resource guide, but as a brief introduction.
The Stanford Archive of Recorded Sound is pleased to announce the appointment of Frank Ferko to the position of Sound Archives Librarian. Recently, Frank served as the Metadata Creation Professional in Music and Media at UC Berkeley.
The Stanford Archive of Recorded Sound is pleased to announce the appointment of Erin Hurley as Project Archivist for the San Francisco Traditional Jazz Foundation Collection project. Erin will be processing this collection, creating the finding aid, and selecting materials for digitization to make this jazz collection accessible.
For the second year in a row Stanford Libraries staff based in Redwood City won Parking and Transportation Services Bike-to-Work Day raffle. Employees on team “Peddlers of Preservation” participating this year were Michelle Paquette from Special Collections Technical Services; Michael Angeletti, Nathan Coy, Hannah Frost, and Geoff Willard of the Stanford Media Preservation Lab; and Beth Ryan and Kristen St.John of Conservation Services. All employees logged bike miles on Thursday May 12 either for all or part of their commutes.
The Frank L. Kovacs Numismatic Library, undoubtedly one of the largest and most complete reference collections on ancient numismatics situated on the West coast of the U.S., is now housed at the Stanford Libraries and was immediately put to use by students and a visiting professor throughout spring-quarter seminars.