Beginning next year, the Hume Writing Center (HWC) and the Oral Communication Program (OCP) will have new names, a new home and a new format.
Hidden away in the basement of Green Library’s East Wing, Stanford’s Media and Microtext Center’s treasure trove of audio-visual and microfilm resources offers students and faculty opportunities for research, gaming and plenty in between.
Columbae residents hoping to participate in the co-op’s long tradition of handing out snacks in Green Library the night before finals week while naked were prevented from doing so on Sunday evening by University police and librarians.
A 2008 article in the Times Higher Education supplement stated, “School libraries are suffering, and even closing, as resources are cut, staff ‘redeployed’ and the Internet deemed more important to learning than printed matter.” Such a trend, however, has not materialized at Stanford, according to Andrew Herkovic, director of communications and development for the Stanford Libraries.
Among the many rites of passage for Stanford during their freshman year is stumbling, often aimlessly, through the labyrinthine stacks of Green Library, looking for relevant sources for their research. For students enrolled in mandatory Program in Writing and Rhetoric (PWR) courses, the library can be an essential, if sometimes overlooked, reservoir of information.
SearchWorks debuted in the fall of 2010. It took three years and a team of about 16 people to produce a replacement for the previous catalog, Socrates. While developing SearchWorks, the team made a special effort to consider the unique needs of the Stanford community. For example, Chris Bourg, assistant University librarian for public services, drew from her experience working with undergraduates while a graduate student at Stanford.
Come exam time, the second floor cubbies in Green Library and the booths of Meyer are overflowing, and a bit more creativity than usual is required when choosing a place to hunker down and hammer out looming assignments. Asking a Stanford student about his or her favorite study spot can be like asking a magician to reveal his secrets, but some were willing to divulge their cherished study spaces for the greater good.
Provost John Etchemendy will seek approval for a proposal to transfer the contents of Meyer Library to the Graduate School of Business (GSB) South Building at this month’s Board of Trustees meeting, according to library communications director Andrew Herkovic.