I am pleased to announce Hannah Frost’s promotion to Assistant Director for Digital Services in DLSS.
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Digitization services blogs
Guest blogger Adria Castellucci, librarian for Rare Books and Library Collections at the Australian Museum, describes the impact of her request to digitize the earliest guide for visitors published by the Australian Museum, which outlined not only the contents but the physical arrangement of the specimens. The 1873 Guide to the contents of the Australian museum is an important work in their institution's history, and including Stanford's digital object makes their collection complete.
Who could have guessed it? Player pianos rolls, those curious scrolls of punched, now brittle and yellowed paper you might come across at the thrift store, are at the center of new research underway at – where else? -- the Center for Computer Research in Music and Acoustics (CCRMA).
Digital Library How-to Guides
Stanford Libraries staff: Have questions about how to get your content digitized? Need help with Argo, JIRA, or metadata for your digitized content in the Stanford Digital Repository? Looking for a glossary of digital library acronyms?
Please check out the newly revised Digital Library How-to Guides, and remember to update your bookmarks!
The completion of the transcontinental railroad on May 10, 1869 marked an important milestone in the history of the United States with the joining of the populated east with the growing cities and towns of the west. Stanford University, with its connection to Leland Stanford and Timothy Hopkins, holds in its libraries an impressive array of materials related to this monumental achievement including the often overlooked contributions of the Chinese railroad workers.
Sanborn maps are a favorite of any map librarian. What's not to like about them? They give us a view into the history of our country in a way that few other maps do. They show the growth and decline of towns and cities. They track the changing use of buildings over time. At times they tell us who lived and worked in specific areas. We peek into the past to understand what kept people entertained, be it an amusement park, a skating rink, a movie theater, or a bar. The Sanborn Fire Insurance Company began producing these maps in the late 19th century for towns and cities throughout the United States in order to provide information to insurers about the composition and use of buildings to allow for the correct underwriting of policies. The maps include: building footprints; building material shown by color, height and number of stories; uses such as dwellings, hotels, churches, and chicken coops; street widths, water pipes, hydrants, and cisterns. This provides historians, genealogists, urban planners, and ethnologist with a wealth of information about the nation's past.
The Stanford Media Preservation Lab now supports cylinder transfers! With support from the Archive of Recorded Sound, SUL Tech Support, and Digital Library Systems and Services, SMPL was able to purchase an Endpoint Audio cylinder player.