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March 20, 2009, Vol. 14

Last of its Kind?
This week, the Stanford Libraries mailed more than a thousand copies of its 2007-2008 Report to donors, officials, peer institutions, and others. This pocket-sized document focuses on how we foster discovery and access to the myriad resources of the Libraries, and it includes a variety of voices and perspectives on bringing readers and materials together. What is remarkable is that it may be the last printed piece of its kind for the foreseeable future. Departments and programs all over campus have been abandoning the printing of annual reports – a trend that began well before the budget crisis emerged – but we believed the Libraries would probably be among the last to follow that trend. Some research libraries have trended toward fewer and fewer words, splashy graphics and no text blocks at all, a trend we have so far resisted. However, with or without content, these things are notoriously expensive, and the budget for printing a SULAIR report has been cut for next year. Thus, the current edition – which I think a particularly coherent one – may become something of a collector's item, if only for want of a successor.

Presumably, SULAIR's supporters and observers will miss some aspects of that publication more than others. We certainly will continue recogizing donors and volunteers in various ways, but other customary elements of our reports – notable acquisitions; student and faculty research vignettes; a retrospective record of the "state of the library" and its programs, exhibits, and technical innovation – are of less certain interest. We must now determine which more timely, affordable, and "green" publication alternatives – including, but not limited to, ReMix – will best serve readers' needs and interests. I would very much welcome any comments or suggestions from ReMix readers about what we publish and in what form, by letter to Meanwhile, the current report is on the Libraries' website. We will gladly mail printed copies to ReMix readers or their friends, by request to

In the midst of changes, large and small,

Andrew Herkovic

President of Bibliothèque nationale de France to Speak

Bruno RacineThe Stanford University Libraries is pleased to offer to our supporters, on Wednesday, April 8 at 4:30 pm in the Bender Room of Green Library, a lecture by Bruno Racine, President of the Bibliothèque nationale de France, who will discuss the future of books and libraries, the role of national libraries in shaping that future, the relationship between national libraries and education, and global strategies for literacy. Reservations to attend Books, Libraries and the Bibliothèque nationale de France: A Look Forward may be requested by contacting Sonia Lee at or 650-736-9538.

Racine was appointed President of the BnF in April, 2007. Over the years he has held many senior positions within the French government, including Director General of Cultural Affairs for the City of Paris (1988-1993), Director of the Policy Planning Staff, Ministry of Foreign Affairs (1993-1995), Director of the French Academy in Rome (1997-2002), and President of the Centre Pompidou (2002-2007). He is also the author of both novels and best-selling non-fiction books, including Art of Living in Rome and Art of Living in Tuscany, and has been awarded several major French literary prizes for his works. We anticipate a thoughtful and lively discussion, and hope you will join us in welcoming Bruno Racine to Stanford.

Student-Collectors at Stanford
Twenty-one students, with nearly equal representation by undergraduates and graduates, submitted essays and annotated bibliographies to apply for The Byra J. and William P. Wreden The RamblerPrize for Collecting Books and Related Materials, made possible by an endowed fund in memory of those two great and steadfast friends of the Stanford Libraries. The number of entries far exceeds that of prior Wreden prizes, similar university prizes elsewhere, and even our most optimistic expectations; perhaps resurgence in student interest in collecting is underway (one might draw the same inference from the number of Stanford students sighted at the recent antiquarian book fair). Within the next few weeks, our panel of judges, consisting of alumni (and collectors) Mary Crawford, Bruce Crawford and Paul Saffo; San Francisco bookseller John Crichton; and Stanford Rare Book Librarian John Mustain will recommend first and second prizes to University Librarian Mike Keller.

Harold and the Purple Crayon.jpgTo provide a sense of what today's students collect, we offer the following sampling: children's books; philosophy; world literature (Germanic, Arabic, Middle Eastern, Indian); social and political issues; John Steinbeck; epics and the classics; California railroad travel and tourism; poetry and poetic chapbooks; South Carolina; food and cooking; transgender authors and issues; amusement parks; Dorothy Strachey; Hogarth's prints; and postcards and travel illustration. Readers will see the announcement of Wreden Prize winners in an upcoming issue of ReMix, and we hope to see the winning essays published as well.

Bibliographical Scholar Discusses 5000 Years of Poetry
In cooperation with the English department, Green Library hosted a series of Nicolas Barkertalks in February by Nicolas Barker, the first head of conservation at the British Library and author of many distinguished works on the history of the book. Nowadays, Barker is editor of The Book Collector, a leading journal written for scholars, librarians, booksellers, and private collectors; a faculty member at the Rare Book School at the University of Virginia; and editor of John Carter's classic ABC for Book Collectors (in recent editions its author). Collectors among ReMix readers will, we imagine, have a well-thumbed and annotated copy of ABC on their reference shelves.

While at Stanford, Barker presented a series of three lectures (and, we hope, a preview of a future publication) entitled Ideas or Form? The Transmission of Poetry, 3000 BC-AD 2008. Despite ABC for Book Collectorsits origins as a spoken art, the history of poetry's transmission as a written form throughout antiquity, the Middle Ages, and up to the birth of printing, has much to say about both poetic intention and audience reception. From authors' first drafts and fair copies to modern kinetic concrete forms, poetry continued to evolve as a visual, printed art, to what we know and recognize as poetry today. Barker's erudition in typography (e.g., Baskerville's letter styles and how they affected poetry), book history, the book trade and publishing, libraries, and even literary and printing forgeries, provided insights into studying and teaching poetry, especially in the manuscripts, early printed books, and finely printed modern books of special collections.

New Digital Partnerships
CLOCKSS LogoHardly a month passes without announcement of a new partner in digital library endeavors at Stanford, but this month brings two noteworthy additions. Firstly, CLOCKSS (Controlled Lots of Copies Keep Stuff Safe) welcomed the University of Alberta as its newest governing library member. CLOCKSS, which is based at Stanford and is an outgrowth of our LOCKSS technology, was created to address the concern that digital content purchased by libraries may "go dark" due to vagaries of the publishing business or catastrophe. The CLOCKSS solution, jointly governed by a group of publishers and librarians, is based on a secure, multi-site archive of web-published content that can be tapped into as necessary to provide ongoing subscription-free access to researchers worldwide. The University of Alberta Libraries has the second largest academic and research collection in Canada.

Royal Society Logo.gifSecondly, The Royal Society of London announced the launch of its new online journal delivery platform hosted by Stanford Libraries' HighWire Press and a new domain. HighWire now delivers online editions of The Royal Society's internationally-renowned science journals, including The Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society, which was begun in 1665 (the oldest scientific journal in the English-speaking world) and has brought the world many important scientific discoveries and contributing authors, such as Isaac Newton, Michael Faraday and Charles Darwin.











ReMix: News from the Stanford Libraries provides highlights, news clippings, and notices 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 approximately monthly by the Library Development Office, only in electronic form.

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The Bing Wing of Cecil H. Green Library


Currently on Exhibit        


"All of this I have seen": Leigh Ortenburger, Mountaineer & Photographer, through March 29 in Green Library’s Peterson Gallery. Reviewed here.

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Notable Campus Canines (with a nod to cats): Stories from the Stanford University Archives, through March 29 in Green Library's Munger Rotunda.

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Now on display near the south portal of Green Library:  


-Templeton Peck Memorial Fund (in Journalism)

-Recent Publications from Stanford University Press

Upcoming Events             

Lorenz Eitner Lecture: Encountering Antiquity in Renaissance Europe: Greeks, Jews, and Humanists, Anthony Grafton (featured in last month's ReMix), Professor of History, Princeton University. Thursday, April 2, 6 pm, Building 320, Room 105.

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17th Annual Bliss Carnochan Lecture: The Invention of Celebrity, Felicity Nussbaum, Professor of English, UCLA. Friday, April 3, 3:30 pm, Stanford Humanities Center. Free and open to the public.

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Lecture by Bruno Racine, President of the Bibliothèque nationale de France, Wednesday, April 8, 4:30-6:00, Bender Room, Green Library. Click here for more information.

Annual Donor Recognition event, Tuesday, April 14 (by invitation only).

Upcoming Stanford Historical Society Events

Stanford University Founders' Celebration, Monday, April 13. This event commemorates the founding of the University and the legacy of the Stanford family. The program will begin at 5:00 p.m. at Memorial Church. Speeches will be given by President John Hennessy and the two winners of the Student Speaker Contest. The Mausoleum will be open from noon until 5:00 p.m. to allow visitors inside for this special occasion.

Stanford Historic House & Garden Tour: Reimagining the Clark Legacy, April 26. The annual tour will offer a rare glimpse into four pre-1930 campus houses designed or influenced by architects A. B. Clark and his son Birge Clark. Click here for more information.

Recently Published by Stanford University Press

Knowledge in the Blood: Confronting Race and the Apartheid Past by Jonathan D. Jansen.

Knowledge in the Blood

SULAIR in the News

University Librarian Mike Keller speaks on "The Future of University Presses and Other Institutional Publishers" at Texas A&M symposium on scholarly communication in the digital age

UM librarian joins Chinese Academy of Sciences editorial board (Mike Keller also joins board)

Writer Kiyo Sato to speak at Smithsonian (winner, 2008 William Saroyan International Prize for non-fiction awarded at Stanford Libraries)

Timeline of Google Book Search

Digitizing life’s clutter (quotes Rondel Society member Paul Saffo)

Second Life: Engaging virtual campuses (see page 2 for Stanford Libraries)

Time to Change Our Thinking: Dismantling the Silo Model of Digital Scholarship (with reference to Parker on the Web)

Other News                  

Provost announces salary freeze, additional cuts for FY 10

Paul Brown’s anatomy slides (Lane Medical Library)

Researchers mine millions of metaphors through computer-based techniques

Preserving the magic (collecting games and gaming hardware)

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