Author: Hannah C Frost

Digital library services news – fall 2020

Digital Library Services News - Fall 2020

November 24, 2020

by Hannah Frost

We are buzzing with activity ~ Read on for the details

Contributors to this issue are: Cathy Aster, Peter Chan, Nicole Coleman, Hannah Frost, Dinah Handel, and Annie Schweikert.  Thanks to our many collaborators!

Dime novels digitization collaboration launches

"Always On Duty; or, The Life of a New York Fireman" - Cover of Brave and Bold Weekly

November 16, 2020

by Hannah Frost

This month Stanford Libraries is launching a collaborative project to expand access to our extensive holdings of American dime novels from the late 19th and early 20th centuries.  Dime novels, which flourished in the United States in the second half of the 19th century and the early 20th century, featured an ever-evolving array of popular fiction genres: frontier stories modeled on the work of James Fenimore Cooper, detective stories, westerns, romances, sports stories. Widely read in their day, dime novels provided cheap fiction for an expanding reading public. Today, many dime novels are in particularly fragile condition due to the cheap nature of the paper used in their production, and collections are spread across the country with few institutions holding complete runs of major dime novel series. 

Digital library services news – summer 2020

Digital Library Services News - summer 2020

September 10, 2020

by Hannah Frost

Welcome!  As summer draws to a close, it’s time to highlight hot news in digital library services.

Featuring contributions from: Cathy Aster, Hannah Frost, Dinah Handel, Amy Hodge, Michael Olson, and Sarah Seestone. 

Celebrating the accomplishments of 2020 students via the SDR

Anqi Xu, Stanford Class of 2020

September 5, 2020

by Hannah Frost

Anqi Xu, pictured above, is one of 240 students who deposited their work to the Stanford Digital Repository (SDR) as part of completing their programs of study at Stanford in 2020. Xu received her MA in East Asian Studies. Her thesis, available at PURL and SearchWorks, is a case study using a combination of business and design thinking analysis methods to explore the intersection of engineering, art making, and art viewing. She is one of five Stanford students selected for a fellowship to pursue a master’s degree in global affairs at Schwarzman College at Tsinghua University in Beijing. 

Major progress on AV media accessioning

Chart of accessioned media measured in TB deposited over time

March 29, 2020

by Hannah Frost

TL;DR: The Stanford Media Preservation Lab (SMPL) and the Stanford Digital Repository (SDR) have together reached a major milestone with over half a petabyte of preserved AV media content accessioned in the repository. This summer, SMPL expects to complete working through the backlog of digital audio and video files accumulated over the past decade. 

SDR Deposit of the Month: Player piano rolls jump to the 21st century

Roll mechanism of a Welte-Mignon reproducing piano.

November 3, 2019

by Hannah Frost

Who could have guessed it? Player pianos rolls, those curious scrolls of punched, now brittle and yellowed paper you might come across at the thrift store, are at the center of new research underway at – where else? — the Center for Computer Research in Music and Acoustics (CCRMA).

SDR Deposit of the Month: Undergraduate theses shine bright

Sunlight through the giant Sequoia Trees

September 23, 2019

by Hannah Frost

It’s back to school time! As students return to campus for the new academic year, we look back at the stream of undergraduate theses and other capstone works published in the Stanford Digital Repository (SDR) by graduating students last year. As usual, it was a healthy crop! The 2019 year is particularly noteworthy due to the high number of deposited works distinguished with prizes and medals.