Spring 2014 eNewsletter
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Spring 2014 Branner Earth Sciences Library & Map Collection
 
Julie Sweetkind-Singer appointed to U.S. Department of the Interior’s National Geospatial Advisory CommitteeBranner Librarian appointed to U.S. Department of the Interior’s National Geospatial Advisory Committee

Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell announced the appointment of 17 new and continuing members to the National Geospatial Advisory Committee.  Among the 17 is Julie Sweetkind-Singer, Stanford University Libraries’ head librarian at the Branner Earth Sciences Library & Map Collections. Sweetkind-Singer is the first librarian to sit on committee. NGAC, a federal advisory committee, provides recommendations on geospatial policy and management issues to the Federal Geographic Data Committee, the interagency executive group responsible for providing leadership and direction in federal geospatial programs. Congratulations Julie!

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Carleton Watkins (U.S.A., 1829–1916), The Lower Yosemite Fall, Yosemite, 1865–1866, from the album Photographs of the Yosemite Valley. Albumen print. Lent by Department of Special Collections, Stanford University Libraries.

The Cantor Arts Center at Stanford University will be displaying materials from the Branner Earth Sciences Library as part of their upcoming exhibit in celebration of the 150th Anniversary of the Yosemite Grant. Carleton Watkins: The Stanford Albums, is an exhibition featuring nearly 70 original mammoth prints from three unique albums of Watkins’s work: Photographs of the Yosemite Valley (1861 and 1865-66), hotographs of the Pacific Coast (1862–76), and Photographs of the Columbia River and Oregon (1867 and 1870). Together with Stanford’s Center for Spatial and Textual Analysis, the Bill Lane Center for the American West, and Stanford Geospatial Center, the Cantor worked to create an innovative cartographic digital visualizations accompaniment for each album. 

Included in the items on display:

The exhibition will be on view April 23 - August 17, 2014. In concert with the Cantor opening, Branner Library will feature a small exhibit to supplement the larger Cantor Exhibit.

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In 1815, William Smith presented the Stratified Map of England, Scotland and Wales -- the first modern geologic map. Only four hundred copies of the original were printed, numbered, and signed; only about forty are known to be extant including a print copy held at the Stanford University Libraries. Stanford imaged this map as a part of an ongoing project to digitize our 'large map' holdings.

Although the main section of the map is split into 15 pieces, when assembled, it measures approximately 8' x 6'. This image of our Cartographic Technology Specialist, Deardra Fuzzell, provides a sense of scale. Deardra is 5'9" tall.

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 SAL3 is a storage-only location in Livermore, CA
Some Branner Resources Moving to Off-site Storage

This summer, Branner Earth Sciences Library and Map Collections will be expanding its Teaching Corner to accommodate the growing need for more research and instruction space. In order to do so we must downsize the collection and eliminate four rows of shelving. Those items pulled from the shelves will be transferred to the Stanford Auxiliary Library in Livermore (SAL3), where they can be paged and delivered on-campus. None of these items will be thrown away. This work will take place from April-June 2014 and do not expect this downsizing to affect your research. Our priorities for materials to be sent offsite: full or partial print journal runs that are currently available online; full or partial print journal runs that are not available online, but may be transferred due to low or no usage; and print monographs for which there is low or no usage.

 
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NACIS Student Mapping Competitions announced
The North American Cartographic Information Society (NACIS) recently announced two student mapping competitions with top prizes of $500. Winners will be announced at the NACIS annual meeting, this year in Pittsburgh, PA from October 8-11. In addition to the mapping competition, NACIS is also offering travel grants and memberships.

  • Student Dynamic Map Competition: The North American Cartographic Information Society (NACIS) recognizes the importance of dynamic mapping in cartography. We are sponsoring the 15th Annual Student Dynamic Map Competition to promote cartographic excellence and innovation in this versatile medium. A first prize of $500 will be awarded in each category. Deadline for submissions is September 12th. To view the rules and prizes, please visit
  • Student Map and Poster Competition: We encourage all students to submit their maps and technical/research posters for a chance at a prize of $500! There is no entry fee. All entrants will be displayed in the Map Gallery, and the winner will be selected by a ballot of all meeting attendees. The deadline to register is September 12th, 2014.
  • Travel Grants and Memberships:  Each year, NACIS offers up to 10 free memberships to undergraduate students, as well as offering a number of travel grants to students wishing to attend the annual conference.


New Power eTRack Available Online
We now have access to eTrack GlobalData Power database dealing in business information now incorporates multiple sections. The database covers detailed information on all power and alternative energies technologies such as thermal, wind, solar, hydro, nuclear and other renewable technologies. This new resource complements the Oil & gas eTrack and Mining eTrack.

AGU ebooks Now in SearchWorks
Online ebooks from the American Geophysical Union are now available in SearchWorks. This collection added 609 records and URLs to the catalog. You can search AGU Obooks and select Access=Online in Searchworks to retrieve the records. This access includes online access to the complete backfile of books published by the American Geophysical Union, over 600 titles.
 


    Branner Upcoming Events

Mendeley Basics for GeoScientists 
Tuesday, April 22 | 12 - 1 pm |  Branner Library Teaching Corner, Mitchell Earth Sciences Building 2nd floor
Organize your research with Mendeley! The open source Mendeley software allows you to create a database of "full text" papers with citation information that is easy to retrieve and use in new documents. Topics will include an introduction to Mendeley, and how to organize, tag, annotate, and share your PDFs.

Finding Energy Information 
Tuesday, May 13 | 12 - 1 pm |  Stanford Graduate School of Business, Bass Center, 3rd floor computer lab
Do you need articles on a topic related to energy? We will look at industry and market research for the energy field using S&P NetAdvantage, Business Monitor, Lux Research, and Alternative Energy and Oil &Gas eTrack databases. We will also evaluate and search several interdisciplinary energy-related government databases and explore how to use geographic information system (GIS) data to visualize energy research.​

Free Coffee from Branner June 2-6


Branner Coffee Break
June 2-6 |  9am - 12 pm |  Branner Library Lobby, Mitchell Earth Sciences Building 2nd floor
Dead Week, Exams, Quals on your mind? We have free coffee and snacks for you. 





Rare Maps Workshops
various |  Barchus Room, Green Library
Monthly Rare Maps Workshops on various topics. No pre-registration required. Topics will be announced as we get closer to the workshop date. Email Digital and Rare Maps Librarian G. Salim Mohammed at gsalim@stanford.edu for more information. 
May 8, 2014: 2.30-3.30 pm
June 5, 2014: 10 am-12 pm (with John Mustain)
July 3, 2014: 10.30 am-11.30 am
August 7, 2014: 10.30 am-11.30 am
​September 4, 2014: 10.30 am-11.30 am

*Ongoing Geospatial Training Workshops 
Ongoing Geospatial Training Workshops occur throughout the quarter.  To view schedules and sign up for Geospatial Training, visit http://bit.ly/geotraining. For more information, visit the Branner GIS website at gis.stanford.edu or email David at davidmed@stanford.edu.

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