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Now Available: MALDEF and CRLA Records

March 15, 2013

The Department of Special Collections and University Archives at Stanford University Libraries is pleased to announce that it has successfully completed a CLIR Hidden Collections grant project—Documenting Mexican American and Latino Civil Rights: Records of the Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund (MALDEF) and California Rural Legal Assistance, Inc. (CRLA). This project has been one of the largest and most ambitious processing efforts ever undertaken by Special Collections. In the course of the two-year grant, the project team processed 2045 linear feet of MALDEF records and 406 linear feet of CRLA records. Access to these rich collections will give scholars from a wide range of disciplines a major resource for analyzing the civil rights struggles faced by Mexican Americans in the mid-to-late-20th century and will further establish Stanford’s Department of Special Collections as one of the most significant repositories containing collections that document all aspects of the Mexican American and Latino experience.

Stanford librarians on the "alt-ac" path

Alternative Academic Career Paths for PhDs: logo
March 13, 2013

On April 10, three Stanford librarians will talk to Stanford graduate students about their experiences moving from PhD programs into library work.  This event, titled “Alt Ac @ Libraries,” will feature Chris Bourg, AUL for Public Services (PhD in Sociology); Matt Marostica, Subject Specialist for Economics and Political Science (PhD in Political Scicence); and Regan Murphy Kao, Japanese Studies Librarian (PhD in Japanese).

Professor Barton Bernstein talk on A-bomb Friday night

February 28, 2013

Emeritus Professor Barton J. Bernstein will present a lecture on the U.S.'s decision to use the A-bomb on Japan this Friday night, March 1st, at 6:00 p.m., Building 200 (second floor), Room 205. The hour-long lecture will be followed by a Q&A segment. It is free and open to the public. Prof.

Jeffrey Eugenides reads this evening at CEMEX Auditorium

American writer Jeffrey Eugenides at the Miami Book Fair International 2011
February 25, 2013

Writer Jeffrey Eugenides will be reading this evening at the Knight Management Center's Cemex Auditorium.

Leonar3do: Immersive 3D Design

Screen capture of Leonar3do
February 13, 2013
by Michael P Nack

A new software and hardware product by Leonar3do allows users to design, manipulate and analyze 3D objects from within a virtual 3D environment.  The system utilizes a software application, 3D monitor and glasses and a spatial input tool called a bird.  The bird is used to move, rotate, sculpt and mold objects that appear to float in front of the monitor, and the 3D glasses assist with head-tracking for viewing objects from different visual angles.  A brief explanation of various design tools found in the menu is all it takes t

Mendeley Software Upgrade, Monday February 18, 2013

Mendeley Logo
February 13, 2013

Mendeley is scheduling a database software upgrade on Monday, February 18, 2013 between 1 AM and 10 AM Pacific Time (9 AM and 6 PM GMT). The software upgrade will improve the performance and the stability of the Mendeley platform. However, during the upgrade, a large part of the Mendeley platform will be unavailable, including:

Pope Benedict XVI announces his resignation

Pope? Nope.
February 11, 2013

Pope Benedict XVI announced today that as of 28 February 2013, he would be resigning from his position as leader of the Roman Catholic Church.

Announcing a new music database: Academic Charts Online

Sample display of information
January 23, 2013

Academic Charts Online: International Popular Music (ACO:IPM)

[March 2015 update: site renamed Music Industry Data]

ACO is a new subscription database which includes over 60 years of popular music charts from the Americas, Europe and some Asian territories. Data is provided by Billboard, The Official Charts Company, Aria Charts and other similar sources.