Moves in Redwood City complete

November 8, 2016
Hannah Frost
500 Broadway lobby

It's time to follow up to our original September blog post announcing our upcoming move from 425 Broadway to 500 Broadway, because now those moves are behind us. Read on for details, including to what extent we are "open for business".

The Stanford University Press was the first group to move across the street in late September. The transition was a smooth one, posing remarkably little disruption to our regular operations and normal business hours. Now, with the exception of a few minor odds and ends, we are settled into our new offices and enjoying the larger space and cardinal red accent walls. In the few short weeks we’ve been at 500 we’ve had author visits and staff gatherings and the new HQ has quickly begun to feel like home. 

Conservation Services moved in the last week of September and first week of October. Staff were back at work on October 10th. (We're enjoying working altogether in one large room and having additional computer resources to assist with documentation and project management. While we are still awaiting safety testing, we are eager to use our new mobile ventilation trunk that will offer us more protection and flexibility when working on oversize objects that need solvent treatment.) We are currently accepting both circulating repair as well as special collections/locked stacks treatments. We haveresumed our campus office hours visits. Generally on the third Tuesday of the month, Conservation staff visit Green and branches are available to answer questions about potential conservation treatments and enclosure requests. Our next session is November 15, from 9:00-noon. The full list for 2016/17 is posted on our consul page.

The Stanford Media Preservation Lab (SMPL) moved in mid-October. Our new facility is delightfully spacious and we are particularly happy about the acoustical treatments in our audio spaces, a major improvement over our former studios across the street. We have resumed normal operations for audio work. Video services are ramping up slowly; it will be a few more weeks before the video lab is fully installed and open for business.

SMPL Audio Lab at 500 Broadway

Interesting piece of trivia: during the three years we spent at 425 Broadway, SMPL processed and preserved a total of 8,999 audiovisual items in SUL collections, generating 25,883 master files, representing a total runtime of 10,440 hours!

The Technical Services branch of Special Collections (SPEC) was the last group to move into 500 Broadway - in fact, we are still waiting for some furniture deliveries and repairs! Currently staff are in the process of unpacking and organizing our spaces which for a change are all adjacent. This will make for a very nice change from our previous digs at 425. 

SPEC will begin opening for business on November 14th but will receive incoming rare books and manuscript collections on a rolling basis starting with new acquisitions from the Lathrop ACQ team. We anticipate accepting regular shipments again from curators right after Thanksgiving break. And as always, if you are acquiring a large collection, please contact our unit first before arranging delivery. 

Looking forward to 2017, SPEC will be starting some large processing projects and cataloging projects, namely: the Bob Fitch photography archive, Gerd Stern papers, additional materials from Lynn Hershman-Leeson received in 2016, and the Gary D. and Myrna R. Lowe collection relating to the Big Tree of California collection.