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Japanese Imperial Maps article

November 22nd, 2011

The recent issue of ReMix contains an article summarizing the symposium on Japanese maps, in which Branner Library participated last October.

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Japanese Imperial Maps as Sources for East Asian History: A Symposium on the History and Future of the Gaihozu

Please join us for a talk by Professor Kobayashi Shigeru!

Stanford University owns a large but uncatalogued set of Japanese colonial surveys (gaihōzu), mostly from the 1930s and 40s, including detailed topographical maps of the entire empire as well as thematic maps for Manchuria. While similar materials also exist in other collections (the Library of Congress, as well as more than a dozen other institutions in the US, Taiwan, & Japan), these maps have mostly lain outside of the purview of colonial historians until now. This symposium will examine the utility of these colonial maps as tools for historical research. Our presenters represent a diverse, international group of scholars who are interested in reconstructing past landscapes—whether urban or rural—and analyzing colonial development priorities and practices by using cartographic documents as a resource.

When:
Friday, October 7, 2011. 05:00 PM.
Approximate duration of 1.5 hour(s).
Where:
Building 200 - Room 307, History Corner, Main Quad (Map)
Admission:
Free and open to the public. RSVP requested by October 5 to Sayoko Sakakibara at sakakibara@stanford.edu. Please include name, affiliation
and field of study.
For more information, visit: http://events.stanford.edu/events/290/29043

Hold on to your seats - the new Fall 2011 Library Workshop season has arrived! Over 20 classes in four libraries have been scheduled to help with data services, GIS training, citation management and database searching.

While the libraries sponsors many different workshops throughout the year, we are also willing to arrange for an on-demand group workshops on a topic of your choice. Please contact Branner Library (brannerlibrary@stanford.edu) for more information.

Workshop Descriptions & Schedule

The complete workshop schedule is also available online.

A Fascination with Feynman

September 16th, 2011

If you are interested in the life of Richard Feynman, join novelist Jim Ottaviani and illustrator Leland Myrick as they discuss their new book, “Feynman, A Graphic Novel Biography.” Together they tell the story of this Nobel-prize winning quantum physicist, adventurer, and musician beginning with grade school in Long Island to his work in quantum electrodynamics, the Manhattan Project, and as a member of the Commission that investigated the Space Shuttle Challenger disaster. They also talk about Professor Feynman’s passion for science and science education. Be prepared to be inspired by Richard Feynman’s exuberant life!

When: Monday, September 26, 2011, 5:30-7:00 pm
Where: Cecil H. Green Library, Information Center Classroom (Room 166)
Discussion and refreshments follow the talk. All are welcome to attend!

Sponsored by Dr. Robert Schwarzwalder, Associate University Librarian, Science& Engineering Libraries

Old weather

October 19th, 2010

Using volunteers to transcribe old ship logs, environmental groups hope to use the data to model past weather patterns.  BBC radio recently aired a segment describing the project.

Using RefWorks, Endnote and Zotero

Your University Libraries is offering two workshops on using RefWorks
citation manager. Faculty, students, and staff are welcome to attend.

Date: Tuesday October 12 OR Wednesday October 13
Time: Noon to 1 pm
Where: Huang Engineering Center, 475 Via Ortega
Room 203 - This room is just outside the Engineering Library.

Each session is limited to ***only 12 attendees*** due to room size. Additional sessions will be scheduled depending on demand. Please contact Stella Ota (skota@stanford.edu) to register.

Snacks will be provided.

All new sessions are also listed on the Terman Library blog at: http://lib.stanford.edu/englib

Library Open House

September 21st, 2010

Come to the Library Open House on September 28th at Green Library from noon to 5pm. There will be music, videos, raffle prizes (including an Ipad and a Kindle), and giveaways (many free books).

* Learn about and see demos of our vast collections (books, films, data, e-resources, and more).
* Meet staff from the over 20 libraries on campus; see highlights of their resources.
* See a demo of our book-scanning robot.
* Tour Green Library with University Librarian, Michael Keller.
* See demos of various resources including SearchWorks, xSearch, RefWorks and Zotero.
* Hear University Librarian, Michael Keller present Thoughts on the Future of Stanford’s Libraries.
* Attend a curated visit of the new exhibition, Celebrating Mexico, a demo of SULAIR in Second Life, and more.

We look forward to seeing you there!

Branner Library’s new exhibit features two vastly different atlases, one designed specifically for “the masses” and the other to be so exclusive that only “1 in 3.3 million people” on the planet will own it.

The Society for the Diffusion of Useful Knowledge in England was formed in 1826 specifically to create works about a variety of subject matter, written in a plain manner and published at a reasonable price allowing for mass readership. The atlas on display is one of the last printed by the group from 1844.

Millennium House published “Earth” in 2008 and issued two editions: two thousand copies of the Royal Blue and one thousand copies of the Imperial Gold. The atlas is truly spectacular with 355 maps and over 800 photographs many of them taken by National Geographic photographers. Designed to impress, it certainly fulfills its mission.

Come by and take a look for yourself!

Welcome back to those students and faculty who are returning to the School of Earth Sciences and a hearty hello to those of you are new. We’re gearing up for the new school year. We’ll be in touch soon to tell you about upcoming workshops for citation management software, using our new xSearch tool and an introduction to GIS. In the meantime, our Branner 2010 Fall Newsletter will bring you up to date on our new resources. Best of luck as the new year gets off the ground.

Earth sciences librarians have been chatting lately about good resources in geology for non-majors. There may be something here of interest to you earth scientists as well.

* The Roadside Geology series. This series is a good introduction on a state by state basis. Great to take along as you drive as the information is arranged by the roads throughout the state.

* The University of Texas at Austin has a great site highlighting virtual geologic field trip guides.

* If you’re interested in national parks, these two books will be of interest, both available at Branner: Parks and Plates: the Geology of our National Parks, Monuments and Seashores and Geology of U.S. Parklands.