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Eastside High student finishes work on World War II collection

October 15, 2014

This summer, Public Services was delighted to have Lucia Ibarra, one of the Library's Eastside High School interns, work with us.  Lucia's project was to rehouse a previously unprocessed collection of World War II letters and note any interesting observations or information along the way.  The incredibly detailed notes she took will be used to create a finding guide (to be completed by December), but we wanted to share her description of her summer experience working with this archival collection:

"Another Look" at Italo Calvino

October 14, 2014

We invite you to join Stanford's "Another Look" book club (of which the Stanford Libraries are a proud sponsor) in a few weeks to discuss Italo Calvino's mind-expanding collection of science-inspired fantasies, Cosmicomics.

The discussion—free and open to the public—begins at 7:30 p.m. on Monday, October 27, 2014, in the Stanford Humanities Center. Acclaimed author Robert Pogue Harrison, the Rosina Pierotti Professor of Italian Literature, will moderate the panel, with award-winning novelist Tobias Wolff, the Ward W. and Priscilla B. Woods Professor, and literary journalist and visiting scholar Cynthia Haven, who blogs at The Book Haven

The "Another Look" club has a richly-outfitted website at anotherlook.stanford.edu.  Here's a summary of recent posts related to Cosmicomics:

Title page of the Bonaparte Edition (detail)

Haydn, Pleyel, and the complete string quartets

October 14, 2014
by Ray Heigemeir

Collection complette des quatuorsd'Haydn ; dédiée au Premier Consul Bonaparte
A Paris : Chez Pleyel, auteur et editeur de musique, [1802]

Stanford University Libraries, Memorial Library of Music, MLM 496

Link to downloadable images of this work:
violin I | violin II | viola | basso

Goethe described the classical string quartet form as “four rational people conversing,” a type of discourse embodied in the quartets of Haydn, Mozart, Beethoven, and Schubert. Haydn, perhaps more than any of his contemporaries, shaped the string quartet into the form we know today, moving away from the typical divertimenti solo with accompaniment, to four equal voices working out thematic material in (often lively) conversation. The complete set of parts featured here is a variant of the first edition of Haydn’s complete string quartets, dedicated to Napoleon Bonaparte, and known as the “Bonaparte Edition,” published by Maison Pleyel in Paris in 1803. 

Remotely-piloted Altair unmanned aerial vehicle

Space travel, reusable rockets and unmanned aircraft

October 13, 2014

Are you interested in working for or developing products in the aerospace industry?  Want to research the latest information on small satellites or reusable rockets? Want to know about Europe’s Clean Sky research program? Have you booked your trip to the moon? 

'The Dish (HDR)' by Flickr user whsieh78 under CC BY-NC-SA 2.0

Web Observatory briefing and workshop

October 9, 2014

A couple of weeks ago, Stanford University Libraries hosted Dame Wendy Hall, Jim Hendler, and other web scientists affiliated with the Web Science Trust for a briefing on the Web Observatory initiative and a follow-on workshop organized by Lisa Green from Common Crawl. The notion of a Web Observatory implies a center proferring scientific instruments, but for the analysis of web data rather than natural phenomena. Indeed, the group's vision is that Web Observatories provide access to web datasets, projects, and tools. Eventually, a network of Web Observatories might offer both an interoperable architecture and distributed infrastructures for sharing and analysis of web datasets. The initiative touches on several areas of interest and investment by Stanford University Libraries, including data curation, web archiving, and supporting social science research.

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Masterclass Media Foundation Videos

October 6, 2014

Masterclass Media Foundation of England films and records world-class musicians teaching students or discussing their own approaches to the works with which they are associated.  The medici.tv database makes available 40 of the masterclasses.

Videos on keyboard music include classes with Stephen Kovacevich on Beethoven Piano Concerto no. 2,  Beethoven Piano Sonatas no. 21 and 31, Chopin Fantasy in F minor, op. 49, and Schubert Impromptus nos. 1 and 3, op. 90; András Schiff on Bach Partita no.2, Beethoven late Piano Sonatas, and Schubert Moments Musicaux nos. 1, 3, and 4. There are also masterclasses with Emanuel Ax, Boris Berman, Stephen Hough and Joanna MacGregor.

Stanford Solar Decathalon House, 2014

Resources on green buildings and the environment

October 2, 2014

Is your passion sustainability and green buildings? Need information on new materials and green products for buildings and landscaping?  The Stanford Libraries subscribe to the BuildingGreen Suite which includes access to current articles, product specifications, case studies and LEED resources. Also included in this resource is the full-text current issue and archive of Environmental Building News (EBN).  You can also download articles from EBN to your tablet or smartphone.

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