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Long hidden behind journal articles and under thousands of lines of processing code, data have finally been getting their day in the sun.  Long recognized as an important resource to centralize in the social sciences (Happy 50th Birthday ICPSR!), discussions about the new roles and possibilities for data in modern research have been going on at high levels for years.  However, it has been only recently that data issues have been recognized by individual researchers and even the broader public.

The holders of the research funding purse strings have been showing more and more interest in the bits and bytes of data as well.  Since the NSF announced the requirement of a Data Management Plan submission with every proposal to the agency on January 18, 2011,  funders have been quickly re-writing policies and upping the ante on researchers.  Soon after the NSF policy was implemented, the directorates themselves added more specific requirements on to the general guidelines.  For instance the Ocean Sciences division of GEO states that, data must be submitted to an approved repository “no later than 2 years after the data are collected.”    Rumors are swirling that NOAA will soon be trumping even this tight timeline by requiring “all environmental data created using NOAA grant funding must be shared no later than 90 days after the end date of the project (at the same time the final project report is due).”

The trend at this point seems clear - labs will be under more and more pressure to share and preserve their data, and standardize their documentation.   The Stanford University Libraries are in the early stages of growing a Data Services program on campus….How can we help you?

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

Engineering Library Workshop on Scopus and xSearch:
Do More Searching in Less Time

Learn about Scopus and the New xSearch tool for enhanced searching. Bring your lunch and join us for our continuing series of workshops. All faculty, students and staff are welcome to attend!

Searching of multiple databases in related disciplines uncovers articles, books and reports critical to your research. Demos will include a comparison of ISI Web of Knowledge, Scopus and the new Stanford Libraries’ xSearch tool. E-mail alerts for subject, titles, and authors will also be covered.

Date: Tuesday, November 2, Noon-1pm
Where: Huang 203, outside the Terman Engineering Library

Date: Thursday, November 4, Noon-1pm
Where: Y2E2 Conference Room 105 (near the Coupa Café)

Date: Monday, November 8, Noon-1pm
Where: Y2E2 Conference Room 105 (near the Coupa Café)

To sign-up, click on this Google docs link and select the workshop you will attend :

Cookies will be provided.

Introduction to GIS Workshops

October 15th, 2010

Patricia Carbajales, Branner’s Geospatial Manager, is offering two workshops next week on Introduction to ArcGIS. Both will be held at classroom A-65 located on the sub-basement of Mitchell Earth Sciences Building (

You must register with Patricia by emailing her at

The first one will be next Monday, October 18th, from 8:00am to 11:00am.
The second one will be next Friday, October 22nd, from 2:30pm to 5:00pm.

This is a three hour workshop that will get you started with GIS. It will be interactive with minimal lecture and lots of hand-on exercises. During the third hour you will be building your own map.

Come join us and learn some GIS!

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.

Fall 2009 Newsletter

September 29th, 2009

Welcome to the 2009-2010 school year.  Information about new materials, changes in access and interfaces, and budget cuts appears in the

Fall 2009 Newsletter

Welcome back!

September 22nd, 2008

Welcome to the 2008/2009 school year! We’ve been busy at the library over the summer working on access to new digital content, loading digital book content into Socrates, and expanding the map and GIS collections. You can find out more about these changes by reading the fall newsletter.

Just in time for your next field trip, come see our new display about Yosemite National Park.

Yosemite National Park, California. Cathedral Peak, viewed from Cathedral Pass, showing cut terrace. 1908.

Yosemite National Park, California. Cathedral Peak, viewed from Cathedral Pass, showing cut terrace. 1908. G.K. Gilbert. [via] USGS.

Visit us in person, or go to Branner’s Library Thing for a full list of books and maps on display.

We have additional copies of many of the display items available for you to take with you on your next Yosemite excursion.