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Vanessa Kam with students

Vanessa Kam to return to Canada

June 29, 2021
by Matt Marostica

After almost five years as Head of the Bowes Art & Architecture Library, our wonderful colleague Vanessa Kam is leaving Stanford for the role of Electronic Resources Librarian at Emily Carr University of Art and Design (ECUAD) in Vancouver, British Columbia, where she shares a home with her husband Tonel, an artist, curator and writer from Cuba. At ECUAD, Vanessa will liaise with the faculty of design and dynamic media.  Founded in 1925, ECUAD is one of British Columbia’s oldest post-secondary institutions and one of only four art institutions of its kind in Canada. 

Matthew Seutter's map, "The Attack of Love"

This is the best map

June 28, 2021
by Andrea Renner

Stanford Libraries has so many maps in its collection, but not enough Yelp reviews to help you figure out which ones you should look at. We are here to help.

Composite view of one section of the mural with full color, 3d photgrammetry, and a blend of the two.

Scientific Imaging of Diego Rivera's 'Pan American Unity' Mural

Stanford Libraries is proud to announce a new Spotlight exhibit: Diego Rivera's San Francisco Masterpiece - Virtual Preservation of "Pan American Unity". The exhibit is devoted to rich scientific imaging of Diego Rivera's 1940 mural Unión de la Expresión Artistica del Norte y Sur de este Continente (The Marriage of the Artistic Expression of the North and of the South on this Continent), also known as Pan American Unity. It highlights 3D photgrammetric documentation of the mural created by Cultural Heritage Imaging as part of an arrangement between City College of San Franscisco and SFMOMA to display the mural at SFMOMA from 2021 to 2023. This exhibit takes advantage of both the International Image Interoperability Framework (IIIF) and the Mirador viewer to allow users to explore the mural's colors and surface textures, the progress of the work as it was created, and work done by SFMOMA and Site & Studio Conservation to describe the condition of the mural.

Lydia Wei's fantastical campus map

Lydia Wei's "Stanford: Campus of the Unknown"

June 28, 2021
by Andrea Renner

What was it like to be a freshman this year, this strangest of years? Learning remotely from her home in Maryland, Stanford freshman Lydia Wei began to feel a bit like Medieval mapmakers, who had to imagine far-off lands that they never visited. In this spirit, she spent her winter break creating a map of the Stanford campus.

Two books, Littles Eyes and A Tale for the Time Being, in the grass next two a Stanford mug

2021 Summer Reading List (science and engineering staff picks)

June 23, 2021
by Alexandra Krogman

It's summertime again, and we are closing the final chapter of this pandemic. As you head off to visit family and friends, you might need a good book to travel with - something to take your mind off the anticipation. You're in luck! We have been social distancing for a year, and we like to read even when there are other things to do. These staff picks from the Science and Engineering Resource Group offer the perfect distraction.

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