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July 22, 2008

Universities' Greater Accountability

In the wake of recent public attacks by pundits and politicians (e.g., Sen. Chuck Grassley of Iowa), I had intended to write a defense of universities' endowment policies. My main concern is that, by focusing exclusively on undergraduate tuition, these critics ignore the special mission of research universities and falsely equate it with generic educational goals. Rather than rant on this theme, I recommend you read the Commencement address delivered by Harvard President Drew Faust on 5 June 2008. She spoke eloquently to the issues of accountability, responsibility and mission for the likes of Harvard and Stanford. Once she got past an homage to Harry Potter (the guest speaker being J.K. Rowling), Faust set the context for the role of endowments thus: “The essence of a university is that it is uniquely accountable to the past and to the future – not simply or even primarily to the present.”  In contrast to glib assertions that university endowments are not productive or responsive to short-term need, Faust reminded us that “The model of “voluntary accountability” – by which succeeding generations of alumni and friends embrace the obligation of universities to take the long view, the non-instrumental view – is in large measure responsible for the success of the American system of higher education.” She mentioned libraries only in passing, but much of her text bears on libraries as part of the vital dialogue between past and future that defines civilization. Her address is posted at:

Andrew Herkovic

The Future of Digital Preservation

Mike KellerUniversity Librarian Mike Keller was featured in a live webcast with Innovation Insider on June 16 discussing “the future of digital archiving and information preservation.” The underlying theme throughout the conversation focused on the challenge and necessity of facing the “ever growing [and] never ending task” of the co-evolution of technology with the methodology and process of data archiving and preservation. The discussion also encompassed a gamut of related issues, from the complications of the selection process to the development of storage systems and widespread accessibility. There was much talk of what the future held for digital preservation, of how the roadblocks of data and system incompatibility and management issues could be overcome. As Keller optimistically predicated in the conclusion of the segment, the hope would be to one day “digitize all nine million books” in the Stanford Libraries.

To hear the full interview online, go to:



Library Discovery, A Process of Continuous Reinvention


Google Book SearchThe Stanford Libraries has added links to Google Book Search in our online catalog, Socrates. In the detailed records for most books, patrons will now find a link to the Google Book Search version. Depending on the copyright status of the book, the Google Book Search link will take patrons to the full text, a preview, or a page with expanded information about the book.  Even in cases where neither the full text nor a preview is available, patrons will often find book summaries, reviews, links to other editions of the book, popular passages, and much more. When available, the detailed record in Socrates will also show book jacket images.

As researchers look beyond Socrates to a broader discovery environment enriched with such “metadata” as tables of contents and reviews, images, and tagging, our Cataloging Departments vision has expanded as well. In the context of discovery at Stanford, catalog information is a subset of metadata. And so to more accurately reflect its true scope, the Departments name has been updated to Metadata Department.

For a balanced and thoughtful perspective on how such changes will and won’t affect the core missions, collection building, and physical spaces of research libraries, we recommend to ReMix readers “The Library in the New Age” by Robert Darnton, in the 12 June 2008 edition of The New York Review of Books: 


New Publications Highlight Library Donor Societies

Jewel Society Brochure The Library Development Office has recently published two new brochures about our honorary donor societies, which share as common principles fostering of community predicated on  support of the Libraries and encouragement of donor-directed purposes for donations. Neither involves membership fees or obligations. Rondel Society membership is open to those who provide recurring library support of one thousand dollars or more per year, while the JewelRondel Society Brochure Society is open to donors and family representatives who have created and sustained endowed book funds. Literature about a third, university-wide society, The Founding Grant Society for those who support Stanford by bequest and planned giving, is also available from the Library Development Office. To request either of the new brochures in printed or electronic version, please contact David Jordan at 650-723-3866 or A copy of the Jewel Society brochure was recently mailed to each current  sponsor of a book fund.


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Michael A. Keller, University Librarian

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The Bing Wing of Cecil H. Green Library

 Currently on Exhibit 

Experiments in Navigation: The Art of Charles Hobson April 30-August 17 in Green Library’s Munger Rotunda and Peterson Gallery Click here for details.

Endowed book funds now on display near the south entrance of Green Library:

-Grace and Wallace E. Connolly Book Fund for Celtic Studies

-New and Recent Publications from Stanford University Press

-Branner’s Yosemite, an exhibit of books and maps in the Branner Earth Sciences Library

Upcoming Events & Exhibitions

Saroyan Celebration September 5, details to follow


Asian American Art: A History, 1850-1970, forthcoming from Stanford University Press

SULAIR in the News
(click on underlined text to see article)

Stanford Fortunate to Own Copy of Curtis's The North American Indian

2008 Saroyan Prize Finalists Announced

Miller Library Participates in Aquatic Commons Digital Repository

CLOCKSS, A Trusted Community-Run Archive, Debuts at ALA 


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