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|February 20, 2009|
A Hybrid Gift for the "Hybrid Library"
Grolier numbers among its members many of the most
knowledgeable and accomplished book collectors in the United States. Rare Book Librarian John Mustain shared with
our guests a selection of extraordinary items rarely found in even the most
advanced collections, including a 1469 incunabulum of Pliny's Natural History; an Ortelius atlas
printed in 1595; a 1751 edition of Milton's Paradise
Lost, owned by Jefferson and signed by both Jefferson and Madison; St.
Jerome's Letters, printed about 1467
and generally considered the first book printed in Rome; a 13th-century
manuscript of Ovid's Metamorphoses; and a spectacularly rare 1931 Ashendene Press
edition of Daphnis and Chloe presented, with an accompanying autograph
letter, by press founder C. H. St. John Hornby to Sydney Cockerell,
secretary to William Morris at the Kelmscott Press and later Director of
the Fitzwilliam Museum in Cambridge.
ReMix readers may not be aquainted with the Libraries' other e-publication, Speaking of Computers: An e-newsletter for
the Stanford academic community. Openly accessible and issued three times a year, it highlights the latest news in
technology-related and computing activities, services and resources on the
Stanford campus, many of which are supported by Libraries' staff, facilities,
The January, 2009 issue (number 79 in the series) contains articles
on new and interesting e-resources from the Libraries: online reference works;
French and Italian e-resources; science, engineering and business databases;
music resources from Alexander Street Press; and the entire Bassett collection
of anatomical images. There are also
links to the various Stanford Libraries' blogs maintained by our curators and
Princeton University Professor of History Anthony Grafton, a leading scholar and author on the history of the book and libraries, has written a thought-provoking, if not alarming, essay on research libraries (referring throughout to the Stanford Libraries) in the Winter, 2009 issue of Daedalus. In "Apocalypse in the stacks? The research library in the age of Google," Professor Grafton suggests:
"Whether your library is marble or glass, overweeningly classical or preeningly contemporary, it's time to bring librarians and scholars, planners and users together; to provide data so that all parties understand what resources exist and what problems threaten them, as they try to strike the elusive balance between needs and possibilities. Only by doing this can we hope to fashion what we now need: libraries that can manage the tsunamis of new books and databases in ways that serve their readers; libraries that can continue to lead the world in range and depth; libraries that can regain their place as craft ateliers of scholarship and that can allure a larger number of students into discovering the seedy glamour of the printed book." (pp. 97-98)Online access to Daedalus is subscription-based; ReMix readers can always open the full online text at any campus library. Professor Grafton's ideas are likely to be developed more fully in his forthcoming book, Worlds Made by Words: Scholarship and Community in the Modern West. Grafton is only one among many commenters, albeit a particularly articulate one, about the related topics of Stanford's library intentions, changing patterns of scholarship, and the Google Book Search project.
"All of this I have seen": Leigh Ortenburger, Mountaineer & Photographer, through March 29 in Green Library’s Peterson Gallery.
Notable Campus Canines (with a nod to cats): Stories from the Stanford University Archives, through March 29 in Green Library's Munger Rotunda.
Images and Their Structures, Art & Architecture Library
-Templeton Peck Memorial Fund (in Journalism)
-Recent publications from Stanford University Press
Reception for Nicolette Hahn Niman and her new book Righteous Porkchop: Finding a Life and Good Food Beyond Factory Farms. Tuesday, March 3, 4:30-6:00, Bender Room, Green Library.
Stanford Pioneers in Science. Stanford Historical Society co-sponsors this lecture series with the Continuing Studies Program. Burton Richter, Paul Pigott Professor in the Physical Sciences, Emeritus; Senior Fellow in Stanford's Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies; Director, Emeritus, SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory. Wednesday, March 4, 7:30 pm, Cubberley Auditorium, School of Education. Free and open to the public.
Stanford in Turmoil: Campus Unrest 1966-1972. Talk and Book Launch, Richard W. Lyman, President Emeritus, Stanford University.
Paul Robinson, Richard W. Lyman Professor Emeritus. Thursday, March 12, 5:00-6:30 p.m. Pigott Hall,
Building 206, Room 113 (View Map, Language
Corner, Main Quad, near Clock Tower).
Smile Southern California, You're the Center of the Universe by James Flanigan
SULAIR in the News