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Digital library services news – fall 2019

Welcome to the Fall 2019 Digital Library Services Newsletter, prepared by the Product and Service Management team! This newsletter includes contributions from: Cathy Aster, Hannah Frost, Dinah Handel, Andrew Berger, and Michael Olson. 

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A Farewell and a Welcome: Spotlight at Stanford Service Team Changes

The Spotlight at Stanford Service Team would like to thank long-standing member Josh Schneider for his outstanding service, and wish him well as he departs the team for new responsibilities in Stanford Libraries. Josh has been instrumental to numerous team successes, including being a great advocate and power user of Spotlight for University Archives exhibits, as well as a key contributor to Exhibits Documentation. This change brings a new face to the service team, as Andria Olson, Assistant Map Librarian from the Earth Sciences Library joins us. We’re looking forward to Andria’s enthusiasm and expertise in Spotlight exhibit building, especially her creation of ESRI story maps in two recent map exhibits, Transcontinental Railroad and Mining Maps and Views.

SDR User Experience Research

As part of the SDR development planning process, we are gathering feedback from active SDR users from across SUL, with a particular focus on how they use SDR’s management tools (primarily Argo and the Pre-assembly application) to accession new data and make updates to existing deposits. Led by Andrew Berger, Repository Manager, and Astrid Usong, User Experience Designer, this process involves observational interviews where we learn both about how SDR fits into the larger context of users’ work and about how they carry out that work using our current applications. The goal of this initiative is to gather data that will enable us to improve SDR’s functional capabilities and its overall user experience together.

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Opening our doors in Redwood City

All are invited to the SUL @ Redwood City Open House! Celebrate the new facilities for the Stanford Media Preservation Lab, Conservation Services, and Special Collections — three units intimately involved in digital services at Stanford — on the impressive Stanford Redwood City (SRWC) campus.

Date: Thursday, November 14, 2019
Time: 2:00-5:00 PM
Location: Academy Hall, 415 Broadway St., Redwood City

Tours of our spaces will be offered 2:30-4:00 PM. Refreshments will be served from 2:00-5:00 PM. Please RSVP using this form so we can prepare accordingly. Read SRWC parking and transit information to make your trip easier.

This event is co-hosted by SUL Facilities, Technical Services, Department of Special Collections, and Digital Library Systems & Services.

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Digital Collections Collaborations 

Over the summer, Geoff Willard and Michael Angeletti from the Stanford Media Preservation Lab, Jessica Cebra from Metadata, and Joshua Capitanio from the East Asia Library, worked together to accession and make available online a collection of video oral histories from Tibetan refugees. The interviews come from a local organization called the Tibet Oral History Project. Each interview has in-video translation via a translator, and also comes with a downloadable PDF transcript. Check out the collection in SearchWorks!

Spotlight at Stanford Nears 100th Published Exhibit and A Celebration
Spotlight at Stanford, as many of you know, is an application for showcasing digital collections for teaching and research. Since the first exhibit launched in 2014, we have collaborated with faculty, curators, and researchers at Stanford, alongside their significant partners at other institutions, to support the creation and publication of close to 100 exhibits. Plans are underway to celebrate the 100-exhibit milestone in early 2020, during an event in the Bender Room where key faculty will present, and faculty and staff will be invited to discuss the myriad creative ways they have used Spotlight to support their users in the classroom and around the world. Please stay tuned for an event announcement, including a date, time and additional information of how you can help support the celebration!
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Welcome Annie! New lab assistant for BDFL and SMPL labs

Please join us in welcoming Annie Schweikert as our new part-time lab assistant for the Born-Digital Forensics Lab and the Stanford Media Preservation Lab. Annie comes to us with a Masters in the Moving Image Archiving and Preservation Masters program from New York University (NYU) and has experience as a lab assistant for NYU Libraries. Annie has hit the ground running and has already started disk imaging a new accession to the Ted Nelson papers that consists of over 1,200 floppy disks and over 100 Zip disks. Annie has also been working with BDFL and SMPL staff on derivative video creation scripts for the Amos Gitai collection and has also started disk imaging of CD-ROMs from the International Monetary Fund Government Finance Statistics series. Welcome Annie, we’re thrilled have you on the Digitization Services team!

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