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|June 19, 2009, Issue No. 17|
Senior Ruth McCann (pictured above) secured First Prize for "Finding and Keeping Olivia," on her collection of printed editions of Olivia, by Dorothy Strachey. Second Prize went to sophomore Joshua Aidan Dunn (pictured above, second from left), who in an untitled essay characterized his collection on transgender community dialogue. Special Mention was awarded to freshman Robbie Zimbroff (pictured above, second from right) for "Steinbeck's Scarf." Robbie not only collects works by and about John Steinbeck, but has already published an article in English Journal on using primary, archival sources in high school instruction. A celebratory reception took place in the Ida Green Room on 1 June.
Perhaps what set the winners apart were their realizations of insight. When Joshua Aidan Dunn learned that a plumbing problem flooded the archives of the GLBT Historical Society in San Francisco, possibly leaving some of his own copies of rare periodicals as the only ones left in the world, he realized: "The importance of private collections, even small ones like mine, hit me like it never had before." Studying Steinbeck's often neglected early works and correspondence, Robbie Zimbroff stated: "There were brief moments when I imagined myself inside the author's mind; my slowly growing collection provided a tangible closeness to Steinbeck that paralleled my mental explorations." We heartily congratulate the Wreden Prize winners, applaud all those who submitted essays, and thank the volunteer judges for undertaking the difficult task of selecting them from so many outstanding submissions.
University Archivist Announces Retirement
For two decades, University Archivist Maggie Kimball has recorded the complex fabric of campus life. The Stanford University Archives was established in 1965, housed in the Libraries' Department of Special Collections, so Maggie has shaped and nourished the Archives for half its existence. Official documents are held there in abundance, but Maggie also diligently collected artifacts of student life: T-shirts, posters, diaries and scrapbooks, if not (yet) tweets.
During her tenure, Maggie served as trusted consultant to university presidents and staff, alumni, visitors, historians, and the news media. She was integral to the success of the Stanford Historical Society, and engaged countless students in learning the ongoing history of their university. We congratulate Maggie, who has announced her retirement as University Archivist effective 2 July, on the conclusion of a splendid career. The headline article of the 10 June 2009 Stanford Report is a detailed and fitting tribute to Maggie's lasting accomplishments; if you have not yet seen it, we urge you to read it here. Our thanks and best wishes to her.
Students View Rare Children's Books
Jennifer Wolf, Lecturer in the School of Education, was the guest speaker on 8 May for an especially delightful Green Teas program. Seeing highlights of the Mary Schofield Collection of Children's Literature, supplemented by materials from Cubberley Education Library (and treasured copies from the home bookshelf of the speaker's daughter!), proved irresistible to the 27 students who gathered in the Barchas Room. Jennifer shared about 40 books, some universally known and others obscure, some antique and others ultra-modern, during her talk, which focused on representative examples of the familiar and favorite genres of children's literature: Naughty Children and Cautionary Tales; Alphabetaries; Teaching History; Illustration and Action; Orphans; Rhyming and Poetry; and Fantasy.
Green Teas, now in its fourth year and with its third student coordinator, sophomore Elizabeth Clair, is an extracurricular organization offering viewings and discussions of the Libraries' Special Collections to Stanford students. The featured collections and subjects are chosen by students, who themselves invite faculty, curators and collectors as speakers. Plans are underway to continue Green Teas programs during the 2009-2010 academic year.
Advisory Council Meeting Focuses on Technology, Budgets
Several members of the SULAIR Advisory Council were absent from its annual meeting in May due to international travel restrictions related to the H1N1 flu outbreak, but the 16 members attending – from national librarians to e-book entrepreneurs, from humanistic scholars to venture capitalists – comprised a powerhouse of intelligent focus on library and information services. The members of the Council were briefed on a wide range of developments and issues within the Libraries. Many of the presentations described digital projects and programs, but time was also provided for the Stanford University Press business forecast, SULAIR's 2010 budget, a tour of the new Engineering Library (still a hard-hat zone), the proposed Google Book Search Settlement, and the confidential report of a special panel that investigated targeted campus issues (such as the possible relocation of the East Asia Library). More of the Council proceedings were held in camera than usual, an index (if one were needed) of the difficult circumstances of the present. On a brighter note, the Council and guests heard a brilliant and unexpectedly poetic, autobiographical testament to the transformative value of books and libraries from Pulitzer-Prize winning author Richard Rhodes, a member of our Rondel Society. As always, this meeting brought forth provocative presentations and discussion of the issues confronting us.
Distinguished Editors to Lead Writers Workshop
The Stanford Publishing Courses, an auxiliary of the Libraries, has opened enrollment for a new Writers Workshop, to take place on 31 July and 1 August 2009. Alan Rinzler, who opened the first Rolling Stone office in New York City and is currently executive editor at Jossey-Bass, will be the workshop leader for adult fiction and nonfiction. Deborah Brodie, a freelance editor after 22 years at Viking and six years as cofounder of Roaring Book Press, will address authors of books for children and young adults. Michael Gold, co-founder of Hippocrates (now Time Inc.'s million-circulation Health magazine) and editor and consultant for several widely circulated periodicals, will provide insights on magazine journalism.
The workshop's conception is based on two mottos of encouragement: "There's never been a better time to be a writer. There have never been more ways to be published." Sessions will address writing craft and technique, magazine queries and book proposals, editors and agents, authors' blogs, writing for the Web, self-publishing, using Twitter, and other topics aimed at helping authors create a personal brand online which then serves as the foundation of their writing. One-on-one critiques for book-track participants who register early are available at no additional fee on a first-come, first-served basis. For a full curriculum and complete list of speakers and panelists, or to register for the workshop, please visit the Stanford Publishing Courses' site.
Currently on Exhibit
The First Hebrew City: Early Tel Aviv Through the
Eyes of the Eliasaf Robinson Collection, through August 31 in Green Library’s Peterson Gallery and Munger Rotunda.
Elements of Interpretation: Intersections Between Archaeological Fragments, Art, & Audience, Art & Architecture Library
Now on display near the south portal of Green Library:
-Erichsen Egyptian Collection in memory of Edna Kumpe Upton
-The Raubitschek Collection of Epigraphy and Papyrology
Recently Published by Stanford University Press
Resisting McCarthyism: To Sign or Not to Sign California's Loyalty Oath
by Bob Blauner
Check out the Stanford Book Salon's summer reading list, all suggested by Stanford alumni.
SULAIR in the News
Wreden Prize noted in San Francisco Chronicle
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