Stanford Libraries Blog

A more secure way to connect from off-campus

August 15, 2017
by Irina Trapido

If you have ever used a database, e-book, or e-journal from off campus, chances are that one of Stanford Libraries' proxy servers unlocked the door. A proxy server identifies you as a licensed Stanford user when you are off campus (or not using the Stanford network for other reasons). We currently use two proxy servers: APC, or Automatic Proxy Configuration, which requires users to set up their browser, and EZproxy, which works by adding a special prefix in front of the resource URL. For many years, we relied on APC as our main method of providing remote access.

Tao Pai-chuan

East Asia Library Special Collections: Tao Pai-chuan Papers

August 15, 2017
by Joshua Capitanio

Among the rare materials held in the East Asia Library's special collections, the Tao Pai-chuan papers are a unique resource for studying Taiwanese history and politics.  Tao Pai-chuan 陶百川 (1901 - 2002) was a scholar and politician who served as an advisor to several prominent figures in the Republic of China government, including the presidents Chiang Ching-kuo and Lee Teng-hui.  In 2010, his family donated a number of his personal documents and a set of his collected writings to the Stanford East Asia Library.

Farewell to Josie Flores

August 14, 2017
by Sarah Forzetting

It is with a tinge of sadness that I announce the retirement of Josie Flores. After 47 years of service to Stanford Libraries, Josie will be leaving the tedious world of books, serials, and government documents to spend more time with her extended family in Cuba, Miami, and Las Vegas. When she is not out dancing, she will likely be found cooking family favorites and possibly (probably!) keeping her floors extra clean.

Preserving the ephemeral: reflections on archiving Japanese websites

August 1, 2017
by Dr Regan Murphy Kao

In 2015 when I applied for a grant from the Freeman Spogli Institute (FSI) to initiate a web archiving program, I viewed our project from a theoretical perspective.  While in the past we might collect ephemera, such as letters, small-run newsprints, or underground comics, these type of critical sources of information are now produced in the format of online websites, which are created, updated, deleted with a previously unknown speed.  In order for future scholars to have access to this kind of primary resource, I thought that it was academically important to preserve online conversations t

New E-Resource (India's Economic Indicators)

July 13, 2017
by C. Ryan Perkins

I am excited to announce that the library has recently acquired access to all 16 modules of EPWRF's (Economic and Political Weekly Research Foundation) India Time Series, which provides data on India's economic indicators.  The website is user-friendly and while there is some overlap with Indiastat there is also significant data that is unique to EPWRF.  You can access more than 30,000 variables through the library record found here: https://searchworks.stanford.edu/view/12087106

 

Rare music materials on display

Summer students encounter rare music

June 28, 2017
by Ray Heigemeir

It was my distinct pleasure to offer a window into Stanford Libraries’ rare music collections to students in the “Why Music Matters” course from the Stanford Pre-Collegiate Summer Institute, and performers in the St. Lawrence String Quartet’s Chamber Music Course.  We gathered in Special Collections for an up-close examination of manuscripts and early print materials, dating from 1942 (Irving Berlin’s White Christmas) all the way back to the 12th century (a sacred chant fragment).

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