Winter 2013 eNewsletter
Winter 2013 Branner Earth Sciences Library & Map Collection
In the news
A map collection for time travelers
High Country News February 04, 2013
In 1952, rural Nebraskans encountered an extraordinary sight: an Army chaplain and his 11-year-old nephew zipping around the state in a silver Jaguar convertible ...
Despite 500 new bike racks, parking problems persist
The Stanford Daily February 03, 2013

The study was initiated by staff at the Branner Earth Science Library, as a part of their geospatial program...

Libraries help researchers manage data
Stanford University Libraries News January 16, 2013

It’s been the model of scientific research the world over: a researcher collects data, and then reports a summary of the findings in a paper or article, which is then published in a journal or book ...

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A collection that identifies California as a world apart
Los Angeles Times December 16, 2012

Something was unusual about the 1663 map of the Western Hemisphere...

Stanford Libraries celebrate GIS Day
The Dish November 13, 2012

In the last year, Stanford unveiled an interactive map of the Roman Empire called ...

One large feat for map scanning lab
        The Map Scanning Lab has recently imaged a 70 x 90 inch rolled Map of Santa Clara County from 1914. It was shot in 108 tiles and stitched together to create a 600 ppi, 55554 x 42686 or 2.371 gigapixel, 7.11 GB digital surrogate. This is the largest object we have imaged in the Map Scanning Lab thus far - it is an exciting milestone! There are approximately 40 more oversize rolled maps in the Branner Map Collections that are waiting to be digitized. These maps are challenging from an access standpoint due to their cumbersome size.  As the Assistant Map Librarian Jane Ingalls put it "these maps are so large that the patron can't see the center of the Map when it is laid out on a table for viewing and it is hard to get to the center with a magnifying glass." Digitization solves this problem!

New Stanford Geospatial Center
        Branner Library has been providing support for faculty and students interested in integrating geospatial analysis into their research and/or teaching for nearly 15 years.   The demand for our services continues to grow at a rapid pace.  We have worked hard to meet this increasing demand.  Given the breadth of support we provide for the entire campus, the decision was made to rename the Branner lab as the Stanford Geospatial Center.

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Branner Finished Remodel, January 2013
Upcoming workshops & events

Mendeley Basics: Citation Manager and Academic Social Network

Tuesday, Feb 26
12pm - 1pm
Branner Library Teaching Corner,
2nd floor of the Mitchell Building

Energy Info: Where to Go, What to Do

Tuesday, Feb 19
12pm - 1 pm
GSB Knight Management Center Bldg East Rm E102 

What's new with GeoRef 

Thursday, Feb 28
12pm - 1 pm
Branner Library Teaching Corner, 2nd floor of the Mitchell Building

Using Web of Science and Google to find Journal Citation Reports

Monday, March 4
12pm - 1 pm
Branner Library Teaching Corner, 2nd floor of the Mitchell Building

Ongoing Geospatial Training Workshops
occur throughout the quarter, including: Introduction & Advanced ArcGIS, and Basics of Google Earth. FMI visit: 

News briefs

Branner Library Renovations
New carpeting. Renovated circulation desk area. Flat screen digital monitors. Expanded GIS lab. Come by to see the new Branner. 

Chat Online with a librarian
Did you know that you can chat with a librarian for research assistance? Visit our library website for a list of librarians to contact for help.

DMP Tool
In 2011, the NSF started requiring grant proposals include a two-page a Data Management Plan (DMP). Now the library has a DMP Tool in place with localized and contextual Stanford-based help to get researchers up and running with a DMP.

2012 GIS Statistics
The Stanford Geospatial Center continues to grow:
** We teach at least three Stanford GIS classes each quarter
** Equipment includes nine high-end workstations, used by 475+ students in 2012.
** With over 100 workshops a year, we provide training to over 650 Stanford students, students, and faculty.

Stanford Data Publication
Do you have an upcoming publication? Do you have additional data associated with that publication? Would you like to make that data available online at its very own persistent URL (PURL)? Our data services group and the Stanford Digital Repository may be able to help! Contact Science Data Librarian Amy Hodge. Pilot projects are currently underway!
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