As we shelter in place, and think about the current political and economic consequences of the COVID-19 crisis, it is a good time to think about how past societies have responded to times of upheaval. Rachel Waxman, a doctoral candidate in History at Johns Hopkins University, recently spent 3 weeks in Stanford Libraries' Special Collections doing research in the Gustave Gimon Collection of French Political Economy on the sugar crisis during the French Revolution.
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Special Collections is excited to welcome Annie Schweikert as our new Digital Archivist! Annie has been working with us at our Redwood City facility as our Born Digital Forensics Lab Assistant since last September, and we are thrilled to have her here full time. Annie has a strong background in audio-visual preservation with a MA in Moving Image Archiving and Preservation.
The Lighting the Way project has elected to postpone its forthcoming working meeting indefinitely as Stanford Libraries and Stanford University continues to monitor the local and global developments of COVID-19. At this point, no further arrangements have been made, and no specific dates have been set to reschedule the working meeting, although we are looking potentially rescheduling the meeting for later this summer or early this fall.
Starting Monday, 16 March 2020 -- and until further notice -- reference services will be available online only; the Information Center desk in Green Library will be staffed remotely. You can contact us through the Ask a Librarian chat option on the library's Ask Us page, or send us questions by email at email@example.com. We'll be keeping on eye on the chat between 10:00 am and 5:00 pm Mondays through Fridays.
Norfolk, Virginia, welcomed Music Library Association members traveling by planes, trains, automobiles (and perhaps a boat or two?) to the MLA Annual Conference February 26-March 1. Norfolk, on the Chesapeake Bay, is home to Naval Station Norfolk, the largest naval base in the world.
At the VALA2020 conference on Libraries and Technology last month I stated, as I have in numerous other presentations, reports, and recommendations, that implementations of technology (and I am usually speaking about AI) in libraries should reflect the ethos of the library. I say this not because the ethos of the library is correct, just, or even well-defined; but it is something to which we who work in libraries can be held accountable.