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Consulting an instructor, image by Amy Hodge CC BY 2.0

Virtual R support this quarter

April 2, 2020
by Claudia A. Engel

Below are some ways for you to stay connected and get help with R this quarter.

Virtual R Lab

Starting next week (April 8) the weekly R Lab will be online. This is a collaborative space to get started with R, to troubleshoot and connect.
Time: Wednesdays 2-4pm from April 8 to May 27
Location: Zoom link

Cover of The pigeon has to go to school!

Children's books online

April 1, 2020
by Kathryn M Kerns

Kelly Roll has been gathering resources for those who cannot use our Curriculum Collection--which these days is everyone.  Here are some of the gems she's found:

An artwork by James Bridle that shows a car surrounde by a solid white line an a broken white line.

Is learning about AI in libraries preparation for a future without librarians?

April 1, 2020
by Catherine Nicole Coleman

The image associated with this post is from "Autonomous Trap" by James Bridle.

If you attended or watched the talks at Fantastic Futures December 2019, you know that the answer to that question is emphatically, No. Both of the keynote speakers spoke to the essential role of libraries, whether in providing curated data to improve AI, or in preserving the data, models, and records for oversight of how the technology is implemented. We saw a number of examples of practitioners operating within libraries, archives, and museums who are applying the techniques of AI to their own work. We also learned about Elements of AI, a free online course that can be taken while sheltering in place during the dangerous spread of Covid-19.

Special Collections Redwood City welcomes Gurudarshan Khalsa (for real)

April 1, 2020
by Glynn Edwards

The Department of Special Collections & University Archives is pleased to welcome Gurudarshan into a continuing position in our Redwood City branch, taking over from Malgorzata Schaefer who is retiring as of March 31st. I am doubly pleased with this outcome, as Gurudarshan has been working on a series of term and grant-funded positions at Stanford Libraries since 2014 – in both Special Collections and the Archives of Recorded Sound.

Chart of accessioned media measured in TB deposited over time

Major progress on AV media accessioning

March 29, 2020
by Hannah Frost

TL;DR: The Stanford Media Preservation Lab (SMPL) and the Stanford Digital Repository (SDR) have together reached a major milestone with over half a petabyte of preserved AV media content accessioned in the repository. This summer, SMPL expects to complete working through the backlog of digital audio and video files accumulated over the past decade. 

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