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Sara Timby retires from Special Collections

March 26, 2014
by Glynn Edwards

After more than 37 years of service to Stanford, Sara Timby will retire from Special Collections at the end of this month. Trained in anthropology and ethnobotany at UC-Berkeley, Sara joined the Stanford Libraries staff in 1976 as a Special Collections assistant, where her duties were various, including public service, technical processing, acquisition management, and paging. In 1979, she took a position in the Department of Manuscripts and Archives working initially for Maggie Kimball, former University Archivist. In those days, the department typically acquired less than 100 feet of manuscript materials. One of the first collections she processed was the Yvor Winters and Janet Lewis papers, 1920–1970.

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SUL and ITS team up to form Community of Practice for media

March 15, 2014
by Hannah Frost

Digital media is a hot topic on campus these days.  With the available tools and technology, it has never been easier to express ideas and broadly communicate information through media formats, and many departments at Stanford are actively producing and posting media online. The emergence of MOOCs and other forms of online learning that incorporate video and audio are heightening awareness of the many challenges in managing all this media content.

To address these challenges, Stanford Libraries and IT Services have teamed up to form a new Community of Practice, the Stanford Media Group. The group offers a unique opportunity for folks across Stanford with a stake in media to share information, foster best practices, identify common needs, and implement centralized solutions to support the work of the University. 

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Trial access to Safari Books Online Videos

March 14, 2014

The Engineering Library is currently running a trial of Safari's online video collection. Safari Books Online has over 2,100 videos featuring technology, digital media and professional development topics. This collection also includes video from the O'Reilly Media tech converences. Please note that videos are subject to the same seat limit as books. Trial access runs through April 15.

Please send your feedback and comments on this resource to Sarah Lester.

Trial database access: VoxGov public domain + social media search engine

March 14, 2014
by Mr. James R. (Librarian) Jacobs

We've set up trial access for a new database called VoxGov (http://voxgov.com). Please take a moment to put the database through its paces and send any feedback you have to me at jrjacobs AT stanford DOT edu by April 8, 2014.

VoxGov has a powerful search and pulls together a large swath of US federal public domain government information with social media data and displays it in a visually understandable way. VoxGov also allows for bulk data access to faculty and graduate students who may need to do deeper data analysis. Bulk data access is via separate individual license and has some restrictions on use and reproduction.

Voxgov collects, organizes and archives primary sourced U.S. Federal Government information from government sites like fdsys.gov, federalregister.gov, congress.gov, and some executive agencies as well as major NGO sites like openCRS and FAS Project on Government Secrecy and combines that public domain information with 4,000 official federal government social media accounts from twitter and facebook, as well as speeches, press releases and content from over 10,000 Federal government web locations.

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Green Library open late tonight and tomorrow night!

March 14, 2014
by Christopher Matson

To meet your end-of-quarter late-night writing and studying needs, Green Library will be open until 12:00 midnight both Friday, March 15, and Saturday, March 16.

Good luck with all of your final papers and projects!

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Happy Pi Day!

March 14, 2014
by Christopher Matson

Today is March 14: Pi Day.  Celebrate the ratio of a circle's circumference to its diameter by taking a look at SearchWorks for titles on pi, number theory, and

Engraving by Jan Sadeler of King David and Choristers

March 11, 2014

Recently acquired, an engraving by Jan Sadeler (1550-1600) from 1590, based on the painting of Joos van Winghe (1544-1603) depicting King David playing the harp. A group of choristers is gathered around an open choir book which contains the 5-part setting of Psalm 116 by Andreas Pevernage (1542 or 3-1591).

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