This month marks the start of Stanford Media Preservation Lab's effort to reformat the audiovisual materials from the Benoit Mandelbrot collection. Over the course of the next month, SMPL will complete the project, making the materials available to researchers and patrons through SUL's Department of Special Collections.
Those of us at the Stanford University Libraries send our thoughts and prayers to those affected by the tragic events in Boston, Massachusetts and in West, Texas. As these events unfolded, many of us struggled to make sense of the rapid, conflicting, and often false news coming from a wide array of sources. With the increasing difficulty of finding credible news online, we want to remind you that we have 111 news databases including Access World News. For natural disasters and local emergencies, we suggest you go to the most direct sources of information-- the various local government agency and police department websites and/or the Federal Bureau of Investigation.
For current news about the investigation in Boston, we recommend:
- Boston Globe an active alert system, with the option to register to receive alerts.
- Federal Bureau of Investigation Updates on the investigation of the multiple explosions in Boston.
- Boston's NPR News Station (WBUR)
- Covering the Coverage An infographic from CHARTGIRL explaining the news coverage last week.
For news about the fertilizer plant explosion in West, Texas, we recommend:
For natural disasters and other large scale emergencies we recommend:
The Stanford University Libraries, in partnership with Trident Capital, is pleased to make available to the Stanford community complimentary digital copies of the new book The New Digital Age: Reshaping the Future of People, Nations and Business by Eric Schmidt, Executive Chairman and former CEO of Google, and Jared Cohen, Stanford alumnus and Director of Google Ideas. This book touches upon many important issues arising in the new digital age and has received numerous favorable pre-release reviews.
The offer is available to all members of the Stanford community (students, faculty and staff) who have a valid Stanford email address, but only to the first 1,850 participants who properly complete an e-book request prior to May 7 at www.livrada.com/newdigitalage. The e-books will be delivered beginning the date of publication, April 23.
More information: http://p0.vresp.com/suQK1w
Many of the unpublished materials in the Musical Acoustics Research Library records have been digitized, except for personal correspondence and other miscellaneous documents. This includes materials from the four collections: the Catgut Acoustical Society, the John W. Coltman Collection, the Arthur H. Benade Collection, and the John Backus Collection. Researchers may access the digital copies through links from the description in the online finding aid.
The collection was processed in 2011 by Andrea Castillo. For more information please see Andrea's previous article.
The Codex Mexico: The Book as Art exhibition opened on Friday, March 22, at the Embassy of Mexico's Cultural Institute in Washington DC, in partnership with the Codex Foundation and Stanford University Libraries. As part of the exhibition, there will be a symposium this Friday, April 19, that will include two Stanford librarians: Roberto Trujillo, Head of Special Collections; and Adán Griego, Curator for Latin American, Mexican American & Iberian Collections. The exhibition features 14 books from Stanford's Special Collections.
You can see some of the California artists' books that appear in the exhibition here.
The Stanford University Department of Special Collections and University Archives has been awarded a grant from the Center for History of Physics, American Institute of Physics (AIP), to process the papers of physicists Karl P. Cohen and Martin Packard, along with sizeable portion of the papers of William Shockley.
The Department of Special Collections is pleased to have acquired recently Pierre Antoine de la Place’s Theatre Anglois, an eight-volume set published over the years 1746 to 1749.