Zachary Chandler Helps Students Produce "Academic" Music Video

Zachary Chandler, the Academic Technology Specialist for the Division of Literatures, Cultures, and Languages (DLCL), founded Experimedia, the DLCL's in-house design group to help humanities students merge technology and artistry with humanities research.

DLCL undergraduate students took advantage of Experimedia to create a music video requested by Robert Harrison, Rosina Pierroti Professor of Italian Literature and Chair of the Stanford University French and Italian department and lead guitarist in Glass Wave. Glass Wave is a rock band that performs songs inspired by classical texts; they wanted a video to promote "Annabel Lee", a track from the band's new album, which was inspired by Edgar Allan Poe's last complete poem of the same name.

Locating Herself in Cartographic Space: Morgan Elmore Joins SULAIR

A warm welcome to Morgan Elmore who has joined the SULAIR staff as a Cartographic Technology Specialist. Morgan will be instrumental in helping to build out the infrastructure for the map digitization lab, for creating Web pages for map content and will eventually work in the new historic map room when it is completed. Morgan's been here two weeks and is already helping to streamline workflows and develop web content.

Glynn Edwards' Article on Born-Digital Material at Stanford

Glynn Edwards of Special Collections recently published an article "Born-Digital Material at Stanford" in Archival Elements, the newsletter of the Society of American Archivists Science, Technology, and Health Care Roundtable. The article (on pages 7-9 of the newsletter) provides a good overview of how SULAIR is beginning to deal with its large volume of born-digital and hybrid collections. You'll find information on SULAIR's born-digital collections, the software and tools used to archive such material, and the SULAIR staff involved in the process. The article also includes links for more information on born-digital projects and software.

Swain Library Gets Mini-Renovation

photo of repainted Swain computer room Please come visit and see Swain’s mini-renovation that included a painting of the computer room for the first time in more than 25 years, removing two of the four ranges of journal display shelving (because most subscriptions are now digital), and rearranging things to make the back alcove more inviting. We plan to use journal display area for displaying posters. We are also thrilled to get Green's old cash-to-card machine as it accepts both old and "new" bills. See our Facebook page with more photos of the mini-renovation.

This renovation project was possible due to Bob Schwarzwalder's moral and financial support, Edgar Maxion and Ramoncito Chuenco (Chito) who oversaw and coordinated the project, Ed Caragan for coordinating the furniture move form Physics and Engineering Libraries, and Aparna Sharma for working closely with painters and movers to insure that things ended up in the right place.

"Speaking of Computers" Retired

After over 25 years of publishing computing and technology related news for the Stanford community, Speaking of Computers is retiring. New technologies such as blogs and RSS feeds allow us to provide the same information to the community in more timely and effective ways.

There are a variety of alternate venues that former contributors to Speaking of Computers can use for publishing computing and technology related news to the Stanford community.

*** Reference Question of the Week - August 2, 2010 ***

Question: I need to search a number of old city and municipality policy journals for the early 20th Century. Two examples are: Pacific Municipalities and National Municipal Review. Do I need to look through all the issues or is there an index to such titles?

Answer: There is a very good historical index for such titles, called the Bulletin of the Public Affairs Information Service, which, in its online version, is called the PAIS Archive. This covers both of the titles you mention, from 1915 to 1976. It has many other municipal policy publications as well.

Terman Engineering Library to Open Monday, August 2

Engineering LibraryThe Terman Engineering Library will open at 9:00 a.m. on Monday, August 2. The Jen-Hsun Huang Engineering Center will also open on Monday. Some services in the library and the Huang Center will not be operational on opening day.

Farewell to Xan Arch

Xan Arch will be leaving Stanford Libraries on August 19th to relocate to Portland, Oregon where she has accepted the position of Collection Development Librarian at Reed College. Xan began working in Stanford Libraries’ Acquisitions Department in 2002 as a Serials Receiving specialist. In 2007 she completed her MLIS degree and became the Ordering Librarian. In 2008 she moved into the newly created position of Acquisitions Electronic Resources and Technology Librarian where her skills and expertise have been invaluable in managing the many complexities of the ever-expanding universe of electronic resources. We will certainly miss Xan’s can-do attitude and her many talents and we thank her for her contributions to SULAIR.

You can stop by the Meyer 3 Staff Room on Tuesday August 17th anytime between 3 p.m. and 4 p.m. to say your last farewell and enjoy a piece of Xan’s favorite cake. You will have to come to find out what that is!

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