The Ubiquitous Library
One guaranteed way to muddle up business prose is to have a wordy and confusing name for the business. A glance at the top of this page will remind the reader
we are prey to this muddle, particularly as “The Stanford University
Libraries & Academic Information Resources” is properly construed as a
singular noun phrase. We refer to it as “the Libraries” at our peril,
as that tempting shorthand ignores a very large part of who we are and what we
do. It is seemly, therefore, to remind ourselves occasionally of what goes into “& Academic Information Resources” and why we so often rely on the
euphonious acronym “SULAIR.”
Our Academic Computing group provides: Student Computing (with the Meyer
Library Tech Desk, the Multimedia Studio, and a horde of student consultants
deployed in Meyer and throughout the dorms); Faculty Services (including the Academic Technology Lab and a
Digital Humanities Specialist for faculty, Academic Technology Specialists in
various departments, and support for CourseWork, Stanford's predominant online
course management system); Learning
Spaces professionals (who manage a half-dozen state of the art
classrooms, the Digital Language Lab, and over a hundred technology-enabled
study spaces in the libraries, residences, and student union); and Technology Services (which provides
the software and hardware for hundreds of public and staff computers and
manages Stanford's only enterprise printing system). In addition, the org chart
manages to include Digital Library Systems and Services (with Digitization
Services, the Stanford Digital Repository, collaborations with several
universities to build better digital environments for resources and data, and
Stanford's brand new Electronic Theses and Dissertations system), the Social
Science Data Center (which dispenses data sets, software savvy, and statistical
wisdom in equal measure), Geographical Information Systems support, and
numerous quite technical projects.
SULAIR also provides a home for several “auxiliaries,” self-supporting
enterprises that are tangential to the operation of the university,
though still very much dedicated to its general mission: our electronic
journal publisher, HighWire Press; the Stanford University Press; and
the archival system LOCKSS.
It would be daunting to describe each of these services in detail. Instead, I
will say that few, if any, students or faculty get through an ordinary day on
campus without touching or being touched by some of these services – to say
nothing of their use of services and facilities they would understand as
library-related. While what we have today is a far cry from “ubiquitous
computing,” one might argue that Stanford is entering the era of the
ubiquitous library, thanks to a continuing process of convergence among our
groups and services, collectively yclept SULAIR.
E pluribus ...
The Macdermots of Ballycloran
While we naturally tend to highlight new acquisitions, sometimes it is
instructive to note new discoveries in materials acquired long ago. In 1928,
Special Collections received the Charlotte Ashley Felton Collection,
approximately 45,000 volumes of nineteenth- and early twentieth-century British
and American literature. In 1984, the bequest of the Kenyon Law Starling Collection added chiefly first editions of major British and American authors. Together,
these two collections hold three first-edition, first-issue copies, all of utmost
rarity, of Anthony Trollope's (pictured) first novel, The
Macdermots of Ballycloran (London: Thomas Cautley Newby, 1847).
Each of Stanford's copies has been rebound, as
issued, in three volumes. Nearly all extant copies were rebound because of the
poor quality of the original binding; after all, it was the first novel of a
then-unknown author. In fact, laid into the Felton copy is a catalogue card for
the book, noting its issue and giving the locations and provenance of the only
three recorded complete copies known to the cataloguer in original cloth. One
of the Starling copies, which contains the bookplate of well known collector
(and author about collecting) A. Edward Newton, also refers, in pencil notes on
a blank endpaper, to the very few surviving copies in original cloth.
The second Starling copy (pictured), with the bookplate of George Barr
McCutcheon, is inscribed by Trollope on the title page of volume one: “Frances
Trollope from her / affectionate son / the author.” Volumes two and three are
inscribed (in a single hand, but not Anthony Trollope's): “Frances Trollope /
from the author.” In addition, each volume bears below the last line of text a
pencil inscription (in a third hand): “Penrith / June 1847.” Frances Trollope,
Anthony Trollope's mother and a noted author of travel books and novels, had a
family home in the north of England
at Penrith. Anthony Trollope had given the completed manuscript of The Macdermots to his mother at Penrith,
and she subsequently got Newby (a relatively minor publishing house) to agree
to publish it. Laid in to volume one is a typewritten note (enclosed in its
mailing envelope) dated January 24th, 1930 from Michael Sadleir, the
noted Trollope scholar, to the book dealer James F. Drake. In the note, Sadleir
comments on a bibliographical point of the book, and on the importance of this
Much more could be learned from studying these three remarkable copies. Each
contains unique testimony to one of the greatest Victorian authors, and to the
later, keen interest of the book-collecting community in his first novel.
Thanks to Bruce Crawford for the
bibliographic research on which this article was based.
Visionary to Speak at Stanford
The world is my home
Humanity is my family
Non-violence is my creed
- Peace, justice, equality and dignity for all is my purpose
- Engagement, rationality, tolerance, dialogue, learning and understanding are my
hands we welcome all those who share these beliefs . . .
Dedicated to recapturing the spirit of openness
and scholarship of the original Library of Alexandria, the Bibliotheca
Alexandrina is truly a modern wonder and has partnered with Stanford in
digitization of Arabic-language books, professional development in emerging
nations, and other projects. University Librarian Mike Keller has invited its
Founder and Director, Dr. Ismail Serageldin, to address library supporters and
the Stanford community in two lectures at Dinkelspiel Auditorium (map)
on Wednesday, December 2. At 2:00 pm, he will discuss “The New Library of
Alexandria: A Beacon of Knowledge.” At 4:00 pm he will deliver a lecture,
co-sponsored with the Office of Religious Studies, “For a Better Dialog
Between the West and Muslims.” Both programs, and the reception to follow,
are open to the public.
A dazzling and engaging speaker, Dr. Seralgeldin
has published over 60 books and monographs and over 200 papers on a variety of
topics including biotechnology, rural development, sustainability, and the
value of science to society. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in
engineering from Cairo University and Master's degree and a PhD from Harvard University and has received 25 honorary
doctorates. His Web site
contains recent news, presentations and speeches, as well as his numerous
services and appointments to world organizations. We urge ReMix
readers to seize these opportunities to hear one of the world's foremost
librarians and humanitarians. Please contact Sonia Lee if you would like to attend.
Egypt's Bibliotheca Alexandrina, shown above, boasts
a spectacular campus on the shore of the Mediterranean, containing specialized
libraries; sophisticated digital research and development units; museums of
antiquities, manuscripts and the history of science; a planetarium and
exploratorium; a cultural panorama; art galleries; academic research centers;
conference facilities; resident institutions; and permanent exhibitions.
It is particularly important for
you to know when guilt is excessive, as well as inadequate, in your life. Its
excess will suck the joy out of your life, while its deficiency will ruin your
relationships and pit you against society. When you clash with the expectations
of your social group, you will ultimately lose. This book may help you to avoid
both pitfalls. It is also my hope that reading this book will provide you with
greater insight into religious and philosophical views on guilt, and by
extension, into your own moral sentiments and ethical convictions. From preface to
Guilt: The Bite of Conscience (Stanford University Press, 2009).
Professor Emeritus Herant Katchadourian, best known to generations of Stanford
alumni for his undergraduate course on human sexuality, for a decade also
taught a course on multidisciplinary approaches to guilt and shame. He has written
the first book to study guilt from a wide variety of perspectives including
those of psychology, psychiatry, psychoanalysis, evolutionary psychology,
anthropology, six major religions, four key moral philosophers, and the law. To
read an excerpt printed in Stanford Magazine, click here. Chosen outstanding
professor and Class Day speaker seven times by graduating seniors, and recipient
of numerous honors including the Dinkelspiel Award and the Lyman Award,
Professor Katchadourian will discuss his book with library supporters and the
Stanford community on Monday, December 7 from 4:30 to 6:30 pm in McCaw Hall, Arrillaga Alumni Center
(map). If you would like to attend, please contact Sonia Lee.
Pioneers in the Prevention of Mass Violence
We are very pleased to announce an important new
digital resource on our servers: “Preventing Genocide” is a
video documentary and archive of recent work of Dr. David A. Hamburg that
presents the perspectives of numerous world leaders – including Kofi Annan and
Desmond Tutu among many key figures – in over two dozen videotaped interviews,
also available as written transcripts. Dr. Hamburg, a former professor at Stanford,
donated the collection, which was produced as an extension of his 2008 book, Preventing Genocide: Practical Steps toward
Early Detection and Effective Action, to the Libraries.
Along with the archive of interviews, the new
Web site contains a final documentary produced by Dr. Hamburg and his son Eric. In the three
genocides – the Holocaust, the Armenian genocide, and the more recent Rwandan
genocide – explored in the documentary, there is inherent drama: flagrant
incitement, vivid brutality and heartbreaking missed opportunities. Yet as the
video evolves, there is an authentic basis for hope as methods of recognizing warning signs, intervening
effectively, and preventing future genocides are revealed. The case studies are
intended as an educational resource, one that reveals the growing opportunities
for the prevention of mass violence. In
making these materials globally accessible, we at Stanford hope to advance that
David A. Hamburg, M.D., is DeWitt Wallace
Distinguished Scholar at Weill
College and is currently
chairing two distinguished parallel committees at the United Nations and
European Union on the prevention of genocide. His many honors include the
National Academy of Sciences Public Welfare Medal (its highest award) and the
Presidential Medal of Freedom (the highest civilian award of the United States).
His books include Today's Children (1992),
No More Killing Fields (2002), and Learning to Live Together (2004).
Funding for Web site development was generously provided by the Flora Family
Foundation. A complete index of the Stanford University Libraries'
digital collections is found here.
This past summer, the School of Education
was closed for seismic retrofitting to the exterior of the building, in the
course of which its Cubberley Library was extensively renovated. Throughout the
project, library materials were routinely retrieved for students and faculty.
For historians and antiquarians among our readers, the Cubberley Web site has photos of construction in 1938. The School of Education
building was granted landmark preservation status, ensuring that renovations
honored its original era and design. Stanford's Project Management Web site posts descriptions and progress reports of current construction and
renovation across campus.
Some architectural elements – wooden casework and lovely, long tables –
were retained, but for structural reasons the
interior balconies were taken down.
The tables are now equipped with power outlets and data ports. Other new
features include soft seating, glass-enclosed areas for collaboration and
workshops, a combined reference and circulation desk, and nearby staff offices.
About 40% of the book collection continues to be shelved on the
premises for open browsing; pre-Civil War schoolbooks are displayed in locked cases.
Returning patrons will appreciate immediately that the renovation accomplished
a more open design with much improved lighting. ReMix readers are invited to an Open House on Thursday, December 3 from 3:00 to 5:00 pm.
ReMix: News from the Stanford Libraries provides highlights, news clippings, and program announcements about Stanford University Libraries and Academic Information Resources, which comprises Libraries, Academic Computing, Residential Computing, Stanford University Press, HighWire Press and Stanford Publishing Courses.ReMix is published monthly by the Library Development Office, only in electronic form.
Stanford University Libraries & Academic Information Resources
Michael A. Keller, University Librarian
Andrew Herkovic, Director of Communications & Development
David Jordan and Sonia Lee, ReMix editors
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The Bing Wing of Cecil H. Green Library
| In this issue
• The Ubiquitous Library
• Trollope's Macdermots
• Dr. Serageldin Lectures
• Katchadourian on Guilt
• Preventing Genocide
• Cubberley Renovation
Manuscripts & Archives,
through December 31
in Green Library’s Peterson Gallery and Munger Rotunda
On display near the south portal of Green Library
The Clifford N. Schireson
Book Fund (in Political Theory and Political Philosophy)
The Harold A. Miller Library,
Hopkins Marine Station,
and its Endowed Funds
| On view at the
Art & Architecture Library
| Stanford Historical Society
Gay at Stanford:
Past, Present and Future.
Thursday, December 3, 5:15 to 6:15 pm, Braun Corner, Main Quad (Building 320, Room 105). Gerard Koskovich, Gay Historian, Editor and Book Dealer; Heather Hadlock, Associate Professor of Music, Stanford University; Paul Robinson, Richard W. Lyman Professor in the Humanities, Emeritus,
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|Stanford Book Salon
This month's book is
by Emily Brontë, hosted by Barbara Gelpi,
Professor of English, Emeritus.
|SULAIR in the News
Dr. Oscar I. Norwich
collection of maps of
Africa and its islands,
1486 - ca. 1865.
Charles J. Tanenbaum
Grolier Club Member and Steadfast Supporter of the Stanford