Conference site: http://www.ioste2013.org/
The International Organization for Science and Technology Education (IOSTE) Eurasian Regional conference was recently held in Antalya, Turkey. The organization’s goal is to advance science and technology education as well as to provide scholarly exchange and discussion on this subject. Participants were interested in learning from experiences gained from using Tablets and Mobiles in teaching and learning here at Stanford. The recent "iPads For Learning Pilot" provided most of the content that was presented in the workshop on Tablets in Science and Technology education. This workshop also resulted in invitations to visit and speak with educators in other schools and colleges, leading to a trip to Ankara where an event with over 70 teachers was organized at Maya Schools - a private school and college.
A month ago on October 24th (computer geeks know this number 1024 as 2^10), staff and friends of the Internet Archive (IA) converged at archive.org's 300 Funston Avenue offices for an annual celebration of their mission to provide access to a free, safe and open internet. IA's founder, Brewster Kahle, spoke of recent milestones such as the growth of the data set to 15 Petabytes up from just a few last year, and the launch of the TV News archive. Other highlights included the new (and largest collection) of vintage software; eliminating the 404 Error from browsers; improvements on the WayBack Machine; an expanded emulator - MESS; and the growing size of their hard copy collection arising from individual donations. Let us explore a few of these.
This service enables users to search TV news for phrases found in past broadcasts. One can quote, save, and even share search results. IA will be receiving a donation of 140,000 tapes containing 35 years of TV history, and dating back to the 1970s. This is the Marion Stokes collection of TV news.
In October, approximately 44,500, files representing nearly 850 items were accessioned into the Stanford Digital Repository (SDR). These materials include -- but are not limited to -- items from the Walters Art Museum, R. Stuart Hummel Collection and the Jarndyce Collection.
Noteworthy online reference works of potential interest include:
- Comprehensive enantioselective organocatalysis: Catalysts, reactions, and applications
- Encyclopedia of membrane science and technology
- Stereoselective synthesis of drugs and natural products
- UV/Vis+ Spectra data base
The entry turnstiles and other building-access card readers in Cecil H. Green Library will be upgraded during Thanksgiving Recess, starting Monday, November 25, 2013.
The new cards will have the required proximity chip that will unlock the turnstiles. You will be able to hover your card over a sensor to unlock the turnstile or open a door. The reader is sensitive enough that you will likely be able to keep your card in your wallet or bag but still have it read by the sensor.
The Tom Law San Francisco Bay Area Punk and Rock Handbill and Poster Collection was recently acquired and is housed in Special Collections, Green Library. It contains approximately 1400 original posters of Punk Rock Band performances in the San Francisco Bay area. You can find a description and information about use of the collection in the collection's catalog citation.
During the week of November 4th, Julie Sweetkind-Singer hosted the California Rare Book School (http://www.calrbs.org/) with several sessions held at Stanford University Libraries. The CalRBS is an ongoing program founded by UCLA that educates students interested in the field of rare books. This specific course was designed to provide a general overview of the history of maps in the western world, as well as their use in modern-day teaching and research.