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Changes to Library publications and outreach activities

Due to recent budget cuts, the following changes have been made in Stanford University Libraries’ publications and library outreach activities:

  • We have ceased publication of Imprint, a semi-annual publication originally published under the auspices of the Libraries’ Associates, and more recently published under the auspices of the Department of Special Collections and University Archives. The last issue of Imprint is the Spring 2009 issue, Volume 27 Number 1.
  • We have eliminated bulk printing of Library Hours, Libraries’ maps, and postcard announcements for Speaking of Computers. These publications are all available online and may be printed on demand:
  • We will greatly reduce the number and size of print ads placed in the Stanford Daily for events such as new student tours, Winter closure, and graduation.
  • We have canceled the 2009 Library Open House.

50 Books for our times

Newsweek recently ran an article on What to Read Now and Why, with a list of 50 books that "open a window on the times we live in, whether they deal directly with the issues of today or simply help us see ourselves in new and surprising ways."

The list begins with The Way We Live Now, an 1874 satire of financial (and moral) crisis in Victorian England written by Anthony Trollope, and ends with The New Biographical Dictionary of Film by David Thomson. In between are classic novels, books about physics, God, and cloud computing, detective novels, and more. There is clearly something for everyone in this list, and you are sure to find the one you want to read here at the Stanford Libraries.

New Features for Google Book Search

Google Books has unveiled some fun new features:

  1. Embeds and links: "This new toolbar option allows you to embed a preview of a full view or partner book in any of your websites or blogs--all with a simple html snippet." See this example of The Lucifer Effect by Philip G. Zimbardo:

  2. Better search within each book: "Now, for public domain and partner books, we've made it easier to see exactly where your search term appears within the book by showing you more context around the term, including an image from the part of the page on which it appears." See this example of a mention of former Stanford basketball star Jennifer Azzi in Natural-born Cyborgs:

  3. Thumbnail view: "Click on the thumbnail view button in the toolbar to see an overview of all the pages in a public domain book or in a magazine."
  4. Contents drop-down menu: "Above the book itself, you'll find a Contents drop-down that allows you to jump to chapters within the book--or articles within a magazine."

Law Library closed June 27 to July 5

The Robert Crown Law Library is closed from 6pm on June 26th to July 5th. Regular summer hours for the Law Library will resume on July 6th. For questions, contact

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