Celebrating Preservation Week 2019

April 22, 2019
by Annie Matthys

Library scene with patrons studying at tables and checking out books. The Agents of Deterioration are introduced, one of which is a giant silverfish representing insects. Preservation Librarians are shown waving, ready to take action against the insect.

This week (April 21 - April 27, 2019) is Preservation Week, a week devoted to, “…highlight[ing] what we can do, individually and together, to preserve our personal and shared collections” (American Library Association).

Preservation awareness is extremely important, as there are, according to the American Library Association, “[s]ome 630 million items in collecting institutions [that] require immediate attention and care.” Unfortunately for many, there is no dedicated staff charged with collections care. Here at Stanford, the Preservation Department implements many programs whose main goals are to provide the best possible conditions for collections to live a long, useful life for researchers.

What are you reading right now?

World Book Day - What are you reading right now?

April 19, 2019
by Kimberly R. Kay

April 23, 2019 is World Book Day, which according to UNESCO is "a celebration to promote the enjoyment of books and reading." In that spirit, Daniel Hartwig (University Archivist) and Astrid Johannah Smith (Rare Book and Special Collections Digitization Specialist) asked some of our local book aficionados, "What are you reading right now?" and perhaps more important, "Why?" Their answers range: academic, self-improvement, romantic, and sometimes just for fun!

John Mustain

On Retirement: An Interview with John Mustain

April 17, 2019
by David A Jordan

Curator of Rare Books and Classics John Mustain’s work at Stanford Libraries spans the years 1978-2019.  To put into perspective his lasting influence on the collections and his beneficial impact on generations of scholars, simply consider the fact that his tenure coincides with fully forty percent of the Green Library Centennial period that we are celebrating this year.  In this interview, John looks back on his career and ahead to his retirement.  Like many of us who are fortunate to work at Stanford Libraries, his retirement plans include reading extensively an