Blog topic: Digital library

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Call for participation: Lighting the Way working meeting

February 8, 2021
by Mark A. Matienzo

The deadline for submissions has been extended to March 15, 2021.

The Lighting the Way project team requests proposals from groups of around 3 to 6 participants to participate in a series of online meetings and collaborative activities over the course of six weeks, starting the week of April 19, 2021. Each working group will develop a written contribution of 5 to 10 pages, exploring topics related to improving archival discovery and delivery, intended for inclusion in a larger handbook compiled and published by the Lighting the Way project team.

To apply, please complete an application form, including a 250-word abstract of your proposed topic and potential group participants, no later than March 15, 2021. A PDF version of the application form is available for your reference. Participants will be notified by March 29, 2021 if selected to participate.

These contributions are intended to build on the work of Lighting the Way: A National Forum on Archival Discovery and Delivery, held at Stanford University in February 2020, which focused on information sharing and collaborative problem solving to improve discovery and delivery for archives and special collections. The Forum provided rich opportunities for discovering points of convergence, which can be explored in the Preliminary Report on the Forum. Topics generated by Forum participants may provide a starting point for proposals, but applicants are welcome to propose topics that are not represented in the Preliminary Report appendices.

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Preliminary report on Lighting the Way Forum released

December 10, 2020
by Mark A. Matienzo

The Lighting the Way project team is pleased to announce the publication of Lighting the Way: A Preliminary Report on the National Forum on Archival Discovery and Delivery, which summarizes and synthesizes the activities and outcome from the event hosted by Stanford Libraries in February 2020. The Forum focused on information sharing and collaborative problem solving around improving discovery and delivery for archives and special collections, with 71 participants drawn from multiple disciplines and job functions in the archives, library, and technology sectors. Using both plenary presentations and activities drawn from human-centered design principles to highlight opportunities and challenges, as well as potential areas for further work.

The project will host a series of online working meetings and asynchronous activities in Spring 2021 focused on collaborative writing and in-depth exploration of topics and themes raised in the Forum. Further information on the working meeting, including a call for participation, will be made available in January 2021 from the project website.

Providing large scale text corpora for research

The Stanford RegLab and the Stanford Literary Lab have both been processing and analyzing large text corpora for many years now and both recently received a chunk of OCR content from Stanford Libraries thanks to work that DLSS has undertaken to retrieve the digital files of more than 3 million items from the Stanford Libraries catalog that were scanned by Google.

"Always On Duty; or, The Life of a New York Fireman" - Cover of Brave and Bold Weekly

Dime novels digitization collaboration launches

November 16, 2020
by Hannah Frost

This month Stanford Libraries is launching a collaborative project to expand access to our extensive holdings of American dime novels from the late 19th and early 20th centuries.  Dime novels, which flourished in the United States in the second half of the 19th century and the early 20th century, featured an ever-evolving array of popular fiction genres: frontier stories modeled on the work of James Fenimore Cooper, detective stories, westerns, romances, sports stories. Widely read in their day, dime novels provided cheap fiction for an expanding reading public. Today, many dime novels are in particularly fragile condition due to the cheap nature of the paper used in their production, and collections are spread across the country with few institutions holding complete runs of major dime novel series. 

Mirador viewer in use

Mirador v3.0.0 is released

The Mirador development team at Stanford is happy to announce the release of Mirador v3.0.0. This release represents the first major release of the Mirador software since January 2019. Mirador 3 offers a fresh new redesigned interface and API while keeping many of the well-loved comparison features that Mirador has been known for.

Notable new features in Mirador 3 includes:

Anqi Xu, Stanford Class of 2020

Celebrating the accomplishments of 2020 students via the SDR

September 5, 2020
by Hannah Frost
Anqi Xu, pictured above, is one of 240 students who deposited their work to the Stanford Digital Repository (SDR) as part of completing their programs of study at Stanford in 2020. Xu received her MA in East Asian Studies. Her thesis, available at PURL and SearchWorks, is a case study using a combination of business and design thinking analysis methods to explore the intersection of engineering, art making, and art viewing. She is one of five Stanford students selected for a fellowship to pursue a master’s degree in global affairs at Schwarzman College at Tsinghua University in Beijing. 

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