“Once upon a time, words began to vanish from the language of children. They disappeared so quietly that at first no one noticed – fading away like water on stone.” Thus begins The lost words: a spell book by Robert MacFarlane. In 2007 a sharp-eyed reader noticed that approximately 40 words concerning nature had been dropped from the Oxford Junior Dictionary. Evidently they were no longer being used enough by children to merit a place in the dictionary.
This week (April 21 - April 27, 2019) is Preservation Week, a week devoted to, “…highlight[ing] what we can do, individually and together, to preserve our personal and shared collections” (American Library Association).
April 23, 2019 is World Book Day, which according to UNESCO is "a celebration to promote the enjoyment of books and reading." In that spirit, Daniel Hartwig (University Archivist) and Astrid Johannah Smith (Rare Book and Special Collections Digitization Specialist) asked some of our local book aficionados, "What are you reading right now?" and perhaps more important, "Why?" Their answers range: academic, self-improvement, romantic, and sometimes just for fun!
The completion of the transcontinental railroad on May 10, 1869 marked an important milestone in the history of the United States with the joining of the populated east with the growing cities and towns of the west. Stanford University, with its connection to Leland Stanford and Timothy Hopkins, holds in its libraries an impressive array of materials related to this monumental achievement including the often overlooked contributions of the Chinese railroad workers.
Curator of Rare Books and Classics John Mustain’s work at Stanford Libraries spans the years 1978-2019. To put into perspective his lasting influence on the collections and his beneficial impact on generations of scholars, simply consider the fact that his tenure coincides with fully forty percent of the Green Library Centennial period that we are celebrating this year. In this interview, John looks back on his career and ahead to his retirement. Like many of us who are fortunate to work at Stanford Libraries, his retirement plans include reading extensively an
The Metadata Department welcomes Asuman Tezcan as its new Metadata Librarian/Coordinator for Bulk Processing & Outsourcing. A newly created position, it is designed to provide some much needed attention to the cataloging of large collections acquired by SUL selectors. In this capacity Asuman will be working with selectors and staff throughout SUL, as well as external vendors of cataloging service, to organize, coordinate, and manage the processing of collections so that they can become available for use in a timely manner.