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ORBIS featured in the "Journal of Digital Humanities"

One of Stanford's latest (and greatest) digital humanities efforts is ORBIS: The Stanford Geospatial Network Model of the Roman World, a collaboration between the Stanford University Libraries and Professor Walter Scheidel of the Stanford Classics Department. ORBIS was released in early May, 2012, to great acclaim and accompanied by masses of web traffic and multiple write-ups in the popular Internet press. But now it's receiving more attention of a different and more substantial nature: professional reviews and attention in the scholarly press.

The latest issue of the Journal of Digital Humanities (a peer-reviewed, open access journal published by the Center for History and New Media at George Mason University) includes three different articles dedicated to ORBIS:

Library Open House Today - October 9!

green_lib_drawing_sml2012_0.jpgLet your colleagues and our patrons know that the Library Open House is today from 1 p.m. - 4 p.m.!

This year's Library Open House will take place both outside and inside the Green Library East portal/lobby area, highlighting SUL services and resources.

Participants will include most of the campus libraries, Special Collections, Digital Humanities, SUL in Second Life, and many more.

This year, Stanford’s own radio station, KZSU (90.1 FM), will be broadcasting live, featuring some music from our Music Library collections, as well as engaging in live chat sessions. There will be a curated tour of the new exhibit: Scripting the Sacred: Medieval Latin Manuscripts; the newest information/tips on SearchWorks, xSearch, RefWorks, Mendeley, and Zotero will be presented; and the very popular Robotic Book Scanner tours are back. Fun giveaways and a drawing for prizes will round out the event.

We look forward to seeing you there!

New BookScanner in Green!

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Green Library has a host of scanners available to both public and Stanford-community patrons and has just added another scanner option to the mix. The BookScanner 7145 is a welcome addition to our line of scanners because of its wonderful features.

Maps of Africa Workshop - Tuesday, October 9

Maps of Africa Workshop
Tuesday, October 9, 2012, noon - 1 pm

This workshop will focus on both the physical and digital collections of Maps of Africa at Stanford. We will explore ways to find Maps of Africa online; we will also have on display several of Stanford's Maps of Africa from its rare map collections.

Location: Barchas Room, 2nd Floor of Green Library; Access is through the Lane Reading Room, seen here at

Early American tune books on display in the Music Library

“To please the taste of the public”

Early American Tune Books
(1761 – 1808)

Five early American tune books and one facsimile edition are on display in the Music Library through December 2012. Items include William Billings' The Singing Master's Assistant (Boston, 1781); Andrew Law's The Art of Singing (Cheshire, Conn., 1794); and, Jeremiah Ingalls' The Christian Harmony (Exeter, 1805).

New Exhibition at the Art & Architecture Library

Cabinet of WondersThe Art & Architecture Library is delighted to announce the opening of its new exhibition, "Cabinet of Wonders: A Contemporary Kunstkammer."

In the middle of the sixteenth century, in the heart of a European Renaissance, royalty and nobility from Italy to Russia to the Netherlands began assembling collections of rarities in specially appointed rooms and cabinets. These collections, variously called Kunstkammern, Wunderkammern, and Kunstschränke were, essentially, nascent art and natural history museums, attempts at encyclopedic assemblages of historically, culturally, geographically, zoologically, and artistically significant specimens.

Stanford's Digital Language Lab: A Key Resource for Stanford's Foreign Language Program

Stanford University has been named one of the 10 Most Innovative Colleges for Foreign Language Study by Of particular interest, the article highlights Stanford's Digital Language Lab (DLL), which we all know falls under the auspices of SUL. The article states that the DLL is the go to resource for assessing students’ oral performance, providing resources for online oral assessments and Simulated Oral Proficiency Interviews (SOPIs). Joseph Kautz, Head of the Digital Language Lab, says, "We believe we are number one," but he is just pleased that Stanford is "ranked among some legendary language institutions nonetheless."

Click here to read the article in its entirety.

Fall 2012 Science and Engineering Workshops--3,000 Questions Answered

Well maybe not that many questions, but the Science and Engineering Libraries are offering over 30 workshops in October during the Fall 2012 Term. Workshops include multiple sessions on Citation Management Tools, Finding Standards, Resources for Medical Devices, Data Management Plans, Web of Science, xSearch, SciFinder, Reaxsys, GeoRef, and Finding Energy Resources. Plus detailed Geospatial training sessions on ArcGIS, Fusion Tables and Google Earth are offered throughout the term.

For Geospatial Training courses go to:

New Data Services Web Site Online!

Data Services Web SiteData Management Services is excited to announce the launch of our new web site!

The primary goal of Data Services is to assist Stanford's researchers with the organization, management, and curation of research data. We want to help ensure that Stanford research data is preserved and accessible now and into the future. Our new site will help campus researchers create and carry out a data management strategy that will preserve their valuable research data for future sharing and reuse.

A Fresh Look at Google: What’s New and What’s Changing

Wednesday, September 26, 8:00 am-9:30 am in the SSRC
Featured Expert: John Blossom, President, Shore Communications

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