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Announcing The Lighting the Way Handbook

November 1, 2021
by María A. Matienzo

The Lighting the Way project team is pleased to announce the publication of The Lighting the Way Handbook: Case Studies, Guidelines, and Emergent Futures for Archival Discovery and Delivery, edited by M.A. Matienzo and Dinah Handel. It represents the synthesis of the work of participants in the Lighting the Way Working Meeting, a practitioner-focused strategic thinking opportunity intended to explore topics related to archival discovery and delivery. The Lighting the Way Handbook includes case studies on work at specific institutions, chapters exploring the impact of standards and best practices on archival discovery and delivery, and descriptions of emergent opportunities that advocate for new programmatic work, as well as an introduction that contextualizes the chapters, draws thematic connections between them, and provides concrete recommendations about how to advance work on archival discovery and delivery.

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Remembering "Day of the Dead" Along the U.S.-Mexico Border

October 31, 2021
by Adan Griego

We lived in a farming community in the outskirts of Ciudad Juárez, not far from the Rio Grande, as it appeared in U.S. maps. In first grade, at the Escuela Rural Federal Primero de Mayo, we would learn it as Río Bravo del Norte. The towns of Ysleta, Socorro, and San Elizario, on the other side of the River, were familiar names from the many relatives who would visit us on weekends. One year they donated electric blankets, never mind that we had no electricity!

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Building pandemic-era community with "Animal Crossing: New Digital Humanities"

October 25, 2021
by Quinn Dombrowski

When campuses across the world shut down their physical spaces in March 2020, lecture series were canceled or moved to Zoom, where many of them remain to this day. Speakers and attendees learned how to manage the gaze of the webcam with carefully curated spaces in their homes, virtual backgrounds, special lighting, or reducing their presence to a simple black square.

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Brianna Schofield joins the Libraries as the Director of the new Office of Scholarly Communication

October 20, 2021

I am thrilled to announce that Brianna Schofield has joined the Stanford Libraries as director of the new Office of Scholarly Communication. Brianna will support faculty, researchers, students, and staff with their scholarly communications concerns, including providing information on their intellectual property rights and responsibilities, implementing Stanford’s new Open Access Policy, and strategizing to improve access to Stanford’s scholarship and research outputs. Brianna looks forward to working with Stanford Libraries colleagues to advance new scholarly publishing models.

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Stanford Digital Repository supports campus Open Access needs

October 19, 2021
by Amy E. Hodge

Stanford’s Open Access (OA) Policy, approved by the Faculty Senate in November 2020, established the Stanford Digital Repository (SDR) as the home for open access articles at Stanford. Over the past year, Stanford Libraries has created and released an improved web application for depositing content into the SDR. With this new application, it's now easier for any Stanford depositor  -- faculty, post-docs, and students alike -- to take advantage of open access features such as ORCID iDs and DOIs, and to make your OA articles available under an open license.

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Scribe C: Rewriting the Beowulf Manuscript - a Seminar with Cheryl Jacobsen

October 18, 2021
by Benjamin L Albritton

For the latest event in an ongoing series co-sponsored with Stanford Text Technologies, the Libraries were delighted to host Cheryl jacobsen (University of Iowa, Center for the Book) on Oct. 14, 2021 for an online seminar where she presented her work copying the Old English poem, Beowulf, in a hand and layout matched to that of the original scribe, to produce a commission for a private collector.

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