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VoteRiders org addresses voter ID laws at Payson Library

Posted on behalf of Ken LaZebnik “Always vote for principle, though you may vote alone, and you may cherish the sweetest reflection that your vote is never lost.”  —  John Quincy Adams The right to vote is at the heart of the American experiment, and as we have all been aware since 2000, literally every Read More

Today’s featured digital object: Pepperdine’s 1987 Rose Parade float

As Founder’s Day 2012 draws to a close Pepperdine University’s 75th anniversary celebration, we thought we’d revisit another great milestone in Pepperdine’s history, it’s 50th anniversary celebrations from 1987. One of the crowning achievements of those celebrations was Pepperdine’s entry of a float into the 98th Tournament of Roses Parade in Pasadena, California. The theme Read More

When the Olympics came to Pepperdine: Today’s featured digital object

As the 2012 Summer Olympic Games open in London, we look back to 1984 when the Olympics came to Los Angeles and the Malibu campus of Pepperdine University. Raleigh Runnels Memorial Pool served as the site for all of the water polo matches, bringing international attention to Pepperdine University. At a poolside press conference in Read More

A historic debate on free love and morality: Today’s featured digital object

What’s this, you say? Former Pepperdine University President Bill Banowsky standing—all smiles—with Playboy magazine founder Hugh Hefner? What occasion could have produced such strange bedfellows? The answer lies in our new digital collection of Historic Sound Recordings. On October 8, 1967, Dr. Banowsky, then minister of the Broadway Church of Christ in Lubbock, Texas, engaged Read More

New digital collection of historic sound recordings

Pepperdine University Libraries is pleased to announce the release of our latest digital collection. The Historic Sound Recordings collection features streaming recordings of memorable speeches and significant events that chart the history of Pepperdine University and, more broadly, Southern California. The collection includes archival recordings ranging from political speeches and debates on morality, to musical Read More

10,000th photo added to digital photograph archive!

The Digital Initiatives division of Pepperdine University Libraries recently noted another milestone: we added the 10,000th digitized photograph to the University Archives Photograph Collection. As one of our flagship digital collections, the University Archives Photograph Collection has been growing steadily over the last two years, thanks in large part to the effort of diligent, dedicated, Read More

Do the Thing Before You: Ambassador Tony Hall at “Borders of Faith”

Posted on behalf of Ken LaZebnik. I sat around a table in the Payson Library’s Surfboard Room with Tony Hall and some participants of the “Borders of Faith” symposium.  Tony leaned back, and with a look of genuine longing in his eyes, said, “If just one American president made ending hunger in America his – Read More

“Borders of Faith” Opens Today: How It All Began

Posted on behalf of Ken LaZebnik. My son is a cadet at West Point.  I can assure you he is the only student there who is the child of a screenwriter and an actress.  This odd bit of personal history informs the origins of the “Borders of Faith” symposium, which opens today with a keynote Read More

Pepperdine Digital Commons surpasses 10,000 downloads

Less than two months after its official launch, Pepperdine Digital Commons has passed the 10,000th download mark. As the library’s new centralized platform for Pepperdine University journals, scholarship, and faculty pages, Pepperdine Digital Commons is attracting a lot of internet traffic despite its still modest holdings. So far, the most popular journal is Leaven, from Read More

Our Changing Library: Today’s featured digital object

If you’re a regular to Payson Library, the image to the right may seem at once familiar and oddly out of place. This is a semi-outdoor stairway that used to lead upstairs from the Pendleton Learning Center to the first floor of the library—a skylight opened overhead and a decorative screen separated the stairs from Read More