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SULAIR News Retired - Gone but Not Forgotten

It may take some time getting used to the new version of the SUL News bulletin, but for those of us who can boast having seen many iterations of the staff news bulletin, this isn't the first time the bulletin has changed names or venues.

SULAIR News, SUL/AIR News, and SUL News Notes were all predecessors of our latest SUL News page. Keeping all those titles straight is half the fun. If you’d like to see the various aliases of the libraries’ staff newsletter, and how the newsletter itself has progressed over the past two decades (plus), check out some of the back issues; you’re sure to find some “titles to make you smile”!

Reminder: You will still be able to access and perform search queries on the old SULAIR News site as well as have access to the back-issues link (also located on this site) to view the various editions/aliases of the staff news bulletin.

Kelly Fields
Editor, SULAIR News

SULAIR News Retired – Make Way for the new SUL “News” page!

Effective today, October 31, 2012, SULAIR News is officially retired!

This SULAIR News site at http://lib.stanford.edu/sulairnews will still be available for archival purposes. You will still be able to access and perform search queries on the SULAIR News site as well as have access to the back-issues link (also located on this site) to view the various editions/aliases of this staff bulletin; however, please do not use this site to submit articles.

Processing born-digital materials in the STOP AIDS Project records: finishing up

About a month ago the processing team in Special Collections came to the end of our time on the NHPRC STOP AIDS Project processing grant. This post discusses how we processed the born-digital files we imaged from floppy disks, CDs, and zip disks.

SUL Job Opportunities - October 30, 2012

SUL has no new positions this week:

For a complete description of open positions within SUL, go to the Stanford Jobs page, select University Libraries from the Job Search/Location: list, and then click on the Search button.

Editorial Staff

STOP AIDS Project records now available for research

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Stanford University Libraries Department of Special Collections and University Archives is excited to announce the completion of the processing of the STOP AIDS Project records.

This effort was made possible by a detailed processing grant from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC). The records consist of over 370 linear feet of textual, audiovisual and photographic material and 5,925 megabytes of born-digital files documenting the organizational history and activities of this San Francisco-based HIV prevention non-profit. For more information on the materials now available for research, please see this post on the Special Collections and University Archives Blog.

SUP Partners with OUP to Make Scholarly Monograph Content Available via OUP's "University Press Scholarship On-Line" Platform

Stanford University Press is pleased to announce it will partner with Oxford University Press (OUP) to launch Stanford Scholarship Online on OUP’s University Press Scholarship Online (UPSO) platform to take advantage of a fully enabled XML environment with cutting-edge search and discovery functionality*.

Happy UN Day!

The United Nations established October 24 as the annual day to celebrate the creation of the UN Charter. It was created by General Assembly Resolution, A/RES/168 (II) on 31 October 1947. http://www.un.org/ga/search/view_doc.asp?symbol=A/RES/168%20(II)

Chalk Talk: "RDA: What it is, and why you should care." - November 1, 2012

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Who: SUL and Coordinate Library Staff
When: Thursday, November 1, 2012, 2:30 - 4 PM
Where: Green Library, IC Classroom 

Whether you knew it or not, something big and brand new has come to the library catalog: Resource Description & Access, a.k.a. RDA. This new standard for information organization (a.k.a. cataloging) is the replacement for the Anglo-American Cataloging Rules that libraries all over the country, and in many other parts of the world, have been using ever since 1967. (For you younger colleagues, that was before both the Internet and microwave popcorn! As you might imagine, a few things in the library world have changed since then.)

“GIS Flourishes at Stanford University”

A recent article published on the Esri website speaks of the Geographic Information Systems (GIS) support team within the Earth Sciences Library & Map Collections (Branner), and how the use of GIS has progressively grown and expanded over the years, specifically here at Stanford.The GIS Lab at Branner Earth Sciences Library

SUL Job Opportunities - October 23, 2012

SUL has the following new position this week:

Publication Specialist, HighWire Press, Stanford University Libraries (#50210)

SMPL Commences EIAJ-1 Restoration Project

In 1970, the emergence of a standardized 1/2" video format changed the landscape for documentarians, visual artists, educational institutions and home video enthusiasts. EIAJ-1 would become the first and most widely used non-broadcast video format across the world.Photobucket

Concierge 7: Academic Computing Services Support for Faculty Research and Teaching-Available Spaces in Friday Sessions!

Spaces still available for the sessions on Friday, October 19, 10-11am or 3-4pm.

Join your colleagues at the October Library Concierge Program presentations on the Libraries' support for Faculty Research through the ATS (Academic Technology Specialists) Program. Concierge 4 covered support for Digital Humanities research and teaching. In Concierge 7, you will learn about support for social science research and other disciplines.

Sign up for Concierge 7: Academic Computing Services, Support for Faculty Research and Teaching.

Welcome, Tiffany Tsui, New Service Desk Manager

Please join me in welcoming Tiffany Tsui as our Service Desk Manager to Student Computing in Academic Computing Services. Tiffany will be overseeing our Meyer Tech Desk and supervising the student tech desk consultants. She (and her team) will also be providing technical assistance to faculty teaching in our classrooms.

25 Years of TIPS

The Stanford TIPS (Team to Improve Productivity at Stanford) Group is celebrating their 25th anniversary this year. The celebration got off to a great start on September 19th with IT Services and BeWell presenting at the monthly meeting.

Jo-Ann Cuvas from IT Services presented project updates.

WORKSHOP: Crafting a Data Management Plan

You are invited to attend a workshop on the newly-available Data Management Planning (DMP) Tool. The workshop will take place Monday, Oct. 22 from 10-11am in the IC Classroom in Green Library.

SUL Job Opportunities - October 16, 2012

SUL has no new positions this week:

For a complete description of open positions within SUL, go to the Stanford Jobs page, select University Libraries from the Job Search/Location: list, and then click on the Search button.

Editorial Staff

Time change for the seminar "How do libraries use social networking sites to interact with users?"

Please note the time change for the seminar. It will be held, 1:00-2:00 pm on Oct. 24th. Please email Daphne Chang if you are interested in attending.

Date: Wednesday, October 24, 2012
Time: 1-2 pm
Venue: B400, Seawell Family Boardroom, GSB Library, Bass Center

ORBIS featured in the "Journal of Digital Humanities"

One of Stanford's latest (and greatest) digital humanities efforts is ORBIS: The Stanford Geospatial Network Model of the Roman World, a collaboration between the Stanford University Libraries and Professor Walter Scheidel of the Stanford Classics Department. ORBIS was released in early May, 2012, to great acclaim and accompanied by masses of web traffic and multiple write-ups in the popular Internet press. But now it's receiving more attention of a different and more substantial nature: professional reviews and attention in the scholarly press.

The latest issue of the Journal of Digital Humanities (a peer-reviewed, open access journal published by the Center for History and New Media at George Mason University) includes three different articles dedicated to ORBIS:

Library Open House Today - October 9!

green_lib_drawing_sml2012_0.jpgLet your colleagues and our patrons know that the Library Open House is today from 1 p.m. - 4 p.m.!

This year's Library Open House will take place both outside and inside the Green Library East portal/lobby area, highlighting SUL services and resources.

Participants will include most of the campus libraries, Special Collections, Digital Humanities, SUL in Second Life, and many more.

This year, Stanford’s own radio station, KZSU (90.1 FM), will be broadcasting live, featuring some music from our Music Library collections, as well as engaging in live chat sessions. There will be a curated tour of the new exhibit: Scripting the Sacred: Medieval Latin Manuscripts; the newest information/tips on SearchWorks, xSearch, RefWorks, Mendeley, and Zotero will be presented; and the very popular Robotic Book Scanner tours are back. Fun giveaways and a drawing for prizes will round out the event.

We look forward to seeing you there!

More, Better Caltrain Information

Attention Caltrain Riders:

There is a new (launched yesterday) iPhone app called Nimbler Caltrain that claims to:

  • push alerts to your iPhone
  • provide fast access to Caltrain schedules
  • plan door-to-door trips throughout the Bay Area, including
  • Muni, BART and VTA routing

To try it out, download Nimbler Caltrain at the iPhone App Store, or visit www.nimbler.com for more information.

SUL Job Opportunities - October 9, 2012

Finding Edward Flanders Robb Ricketts

Ed Ricketts

Edward Flanders Robb Ricketts, known by many simply as Ed Ricketts, was an American marine biologist, ecologist, and philosopher. He is best known for the publication Between Pacific Tides (1939), a pioneering study of intertidal ecology, and for his friendship with writer John Steinbeck, which resulted in their collaboration on the Sea of Cortez, later republished as The Log from the Sea of Cortez (1951). Steinbeck based the character “Doc” in his novel “Cannery Row” on Ed Ricketts.

You, and your brain, matter to us. Wear a helmet.

We all know that Stanford is one of the most bike-friendly campuses in the country; and biking to, from, and around campus is a great alternative to driving.

Here at the libraries, we support safe biking. We encourage you to protect yourself and your brain by always wearing a helmet when biking. You should also protect your bike by always using a lock when parking your bike around campus.

New BookScanner in Green!

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Green Library has a host of scanners available to both public and Stanford-community patrons and has just added another scanner option to the mix. The BookScanner 7145 is a welcome addition to our line of scanners because of its wonderful features.

Maps of Africa Workshop - Tuesday, October 9

Maps of Africa Workshop
Tuesday, October 9, 2012, noon - 1 pm

This workshop will focus on both the physical and digital collections of Maps of Africa at Stanford. We will explore ways to find Maps of Africa online; we will also have on display several of Stanford's Maps of Africa from its rare map collections.

Location: Barchas Room, 2nd Floor of Green Library; Access is through the Lane Reading Room, seen here at http://bit.ly/lanereading.

SUL Job Opportunities - October 2, 2012

SUL has the following new positions this week:

Cabrinety Project Assistant, Special Collections, Stanford University Libraries (#49935)

Concierge 7: Academic Computing Services Support for Faculty Research and Teaching--Sign up NOW!

Join your colleagues at the October Library Concierge Program presentations on the Libraries' support for Faculty Research through the ATS (Academic Technology Specialists) Program. Concierge 4 covered support for Digital Humanities research and teaching. In Concierge 7, you will learn about support for social science research and other disciplines.

Sign up for Concierge 7: Academic Computing Services, Support for Faculty Research and Teaching.
Note the Tuesday and Friday sign-up times.

  • Tuesday, Oct 16th 10-11am

Early American tune books on display in the Music Library

“To please the taste of the public”

Early American Tune Books
(1761 – 1808)

Five early American tune books and one facsimile edition are on display in the Music Library through December 2012. Items include William Billings' The Singing Master's Assistant (Boston, 1781); Andrew Law's The Art of Singing (Cheshire, Conn., 1794); and, Jeremiah Ingalls' The Christian Harmony (Exeter, 1805).

New Exhibition at the Art & Architecture Library

Cabinet of WondersThe Art & Architecture Library is delighted to announce the opening of its new exhibition, "Cabinet of Wonders: A Contemporary Kunstkammer."

In the middle of the sixteenth century, in the heart of a European Renaissance, royalty and nobility from Italy to Russia to the Netherlands began assembling collections of rarities in specially appointed rooms and cabinets. These collections, variously called Kunstkammern, Wunderkammern, and Kunstschränke were, essentially, nascent art and natural history museums, attempts at encyclopedic assemblages of historically, culturally, geographically, zoologically, and artistically significant specimens.

Seminar: How Do Libraries Use Social Networking Sites to Interact with Users?

Dr. Samuel Kai Wah Chu from the University of Hong Kong has been invited to present a seminar at the Business Library. The topic will be: "How Do Libraries Use Social Networking Sites to Interact with Users?" We welcome colleagues from all campus libraries to join us. Please email Daphne Chang if you are interested in attending.

Date: Wednesday, October 24, 2012
Time: 2-3 pm
Venue: B400, Seawell Family Boardroom, GSB Library

SUL Job Opportunities - September 25, 2012

SULAIR has no new positions this week.

For a complete description of open positions within SUL, go to the Stanford Jobs page, select University Libraries from the Job Search/Location: list, and then click on the Search button.

Editorial Staff

Come to the Library Open House on Tuesday, October 9!

Don't forget that the Library Open House is on Tuesday, October 9 from 1 p.m. - 4 p.m.

Again, we are asking all library staff to consider yourselves as co-hosts of the Library Open House. green_lib_drawing_sml2012.jpgAs you visit the various tables and displays at the Open House, please take the initiative to greet students and faculty, answer their questions, and guide them towards the exhibits of interest to them. This is the perfect time and venue to put your concierge skills in action.

As good hosts, please remember that the limited number of drawing prizes and giveaways are intended for our guests and patrons.

To entice the passers by, we are extending the boundaries of this year’s Open House. Many of the participants will be stationed outside of the Green Library East entrance, in addition to those located around the lobby and Information Center area. Participants will be highlighting SUL's vast services and resources, and will include most of the campus libraries, Special Collections, Digital Humanities, SUL in Second Life, and many more.

Stanford's Digital Language Lab: A Key Resource for Stanford's Foreign Language Program

Stanford University has been named one of the 10 Most Innovative Colleges for Foreign Language Study by TheBestColleges.org. Of particular interest, the article highlights Stanford's Digital Language Lab (DLL), which we all know falls under the auspices of SUL. The article states that the DLL is the go to resource for assessing students’ oral performance, providing resources for online oral assessments and Simulated Oral Proficiency Interviews (SOPIs). Joseph Kautz, Head of the Digital Language Lab, says, "We believe we are number one," but he is just pleased that Stanford is "ranked among some legendary language institutions nonetheless."

Click here to read the article in its entirety.

SUL Job Opportunities - September 18, 2012

SULAIR has no new positions this week.

For a complete description of open positions within SUL, go to the Stanford Jobs page, select University Libraries from the Job Search/Location: list, and then click on the Search button.

Editorial Staff

Fall 2012 Science and Engineering Workshops--3,000 Questions Answered

Well maybe not that many questions, but the Science and Engineering Libraries are offering over 30 workshops in October during the Fall 2012 Term. Workshops include multiple sessions on Citation Management Tools, Finding Standards, Resources for Medical Devices, Data Management Plans, Web of Science, xSearch, SciFinder, Reaxsys, GeoRef, and Finding Energy Resources. Plus detailed Geospatial training sessions on ArcGIS, Fusion Tables and Google Earth are offered throughout the term.

For Geospatial Training courses go to: http://bit.ly/geotraining

New Data Services Web Site Online!

Data Services Web SiteData Management Services is excited to announce the launch of our new web site!

The primary goal of Data Services is to assist Stanford's researchers with the organization, management, and curation of research data. We want to help ensure that Stanford research data is preserved and accessible now and into the future. Our new site will help campus researchers create and carry out a data management strategy that will preserve their valuable research data for future sharing and reuse.

A Fresh Look at Google: What’s New and What’s Changing

Wednesday, September 26, 8:00 am-9:30 am in the SSRC
Featured Expert: John Blossom, President, Shore Communications

The Singing Revolution: A Single Nation, A Million Voices, The Fall of an Empire

When: Thursday, September 27 at 7:00 pm
Where: Annenberg Auditorium, Cummings Art Building (map)the-singing-revolution_sml.jpg

"The Singing Revolution tells the story of how hundreds of thousands of Estonians gathered publicly between 1987 and 1991 to sing forbidden patriotic songs and share protest speeches, risking their lives to proclaim their desire for independence.

New York Times Access

The New York Times just launched NYTimes.com Academic passes, which provide full access for 24 hours to the digital newspaper. You must have a Stanford email address to participate and there is a limit of 500 simultaneous users. The 24 hours begin at the time of claiming the pass and also allow access on most devices** to the NYTimes apps.

See the FAQ (pdf) for more information.

Archives of experimental filmmaker Bruce Baillie now in Stanford University Libraries

Cynthia Haven's story in the September 12 issue of The Dish reports that Stanford University Libraries has acquired the archives of BRUCE BAILLIE, a major figure in the development of counter-cultural filmmaking in the San Francisco Bay Area.

BeWell: WoW Yoga resumes in Green Library for the Fall

BeWell: WoW Yoga resumes in Green Library for the Fall, beginning Monday 9/24.

Registration Open Now!
Early registration has opened for our continuing yoga classes sponsored by HIP: BeWell program, Wellness on Wheels. We have yoga classes 3x/wk, M, W, F, here in Green, in ICC 166. Refresh yourself with yoga during the day and celebrate our full year of having these classes!

Use this link:

Library Open House 2012 Coming Soon!

Save the date!
The annual Library Open House will take place on Tuesday, October 9, 2012, from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m

The Complete SMPTE Digital Library Debuts on HighWire

Cross‐platform search functionality is now live on SMPTE's new interactive online library resource.

WHITE PLAINS, NY & STANFORD, CA – September 11, 2012 ‐‐ The Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers (SMPTE), the worldwide leader in motion‐imaging standards and education for the communications, technology, media, and entertainment industries, is proud to announce the debut of their vibrant new Digital Library on the HighWire Open Platform. library.smpte.org

SUL Job Opportunities - September 11, 2012

SUL has the following new positions this week:

Discovery Metadata Librarian, Stanford University Libraries (#49518)

GeoScienceWorld Journals Incorporate Mobile Web Format

ALEXANDRIA, VA – September 6, 2012

GeoScienceWorld’s (GSW) online journal collections and portal are now available in a mobile-optimized format with the help of HighWire’s Mobile Web Interface. With average monthly visits to GSW from mobile devices already topping 9,000 hits, creating a version that is designed for advanced searching and browsing on the small screen will improve the experience and workflows for researchers, library patrons, and society members.

Library 2.012 Worldwide Virtual Conference - Free

This free conference is being held online, in multiple time zones, over the course of two days (three actual calendar days when including all time zones), October 3 - 5, 2012.
The School of Library and Information Science (SLIS) at San José State University is the founding conference sponsor.

The Library 2.012 Worldwide Virtual Conference presentations will cover six amazing subject strands:

STRAND 1: Libraries – Physical and Virtual Learning Spaces
STRAND 2: Librarians & Information Professionals - Evolving Professional Roles in Today’s World

Glen McLaughlin California as an Island maps come to Stanford

Branner Earth Sciences Library & Map Collections is pleased to announce the acquisition of the Glen McLaughlin Map Collection, the largest privately held collection of maps showing California as an island. The collection has been scanned and will be available through Searchworks and the collections pages. Take a look at the following links to find out more about this impressive collection.

All Hands Meeting: September 5, 2012

This is a reminder that the next SUL All Hands meeting is taking place on Wednesday, September 5th. The timing of the meeting has been shortened to one hour and, therefore, will start at 2:00pm. Note that it will take place at Cemex Auditorium at the Knight Management Center (see map link below).

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Change of Venue for Ref Forum!

** New Location: Flex Classroom, Meyer Library **

Special Ref Forum Monday, September 10: The New Library Website

Come join Chris Bourg, Assistant University Librarian for Public Services and executive sponsor of the Library Website Redesign Project, on a tour of the Stanford University Libraries' new website.

See you Monday, September 10, 2:00-3:00 pm!

-submitted by Malgorzata Schaefer

SUL Job Opportunities - September 4, 2012

SUL has the following new positions this week:

Digital Library Systems Architect, Stanford University Libraries (#49467)

New AOM Publications Portal launches on HighWire

The Academy of Management (AOM) is proud to announce the launch of the new AOM Publications Portal on the HighWire Open Platform.

STANFORD CA: August 30, 2012 — With this move, the AOM titles on the HighWire Open Platform embrace an online format that is quick and easy to use, offering greater discoverability, potential for innovation and personalization options. The AOM Publications Portal on HighWire brings news and member highlights to the forefront, offers improved access to journal content, and makes tools and resources easier to find and use.

New Library Website

The Stanford University Libraries launched our new website today -- complete with a fresh look and feel, clear navigation, improved searching, and plenty of important content describing the services and collections we provide.   Some highlights of the new site include:

Topic Guide Training

Topic Guide training sessions are now available for subject specialists and others who will be creating topic or course guides on the new Library website.

Please sign-up for the session you want to attend on the Coursework site by clicking the sign-up link on the left menu. Workshops are available:

Fri., 8/31 10:00 - 11:30 AM
Tue., 9/4 10:00 - 11:30 AM
Fri., 9/7 1:30 - 3:00 PM
Tue., 9/11 10:00 - 11:30 AM

Concierge 6: Digital Library Initiatives--Final Session Today!

The final session for Concierge 6: Digital Library Initiatives is today, beginning at 3:00pm.

Ever wonder what's up with Stanford and the Google books digitization project? Ever wonder what to say when a student asks you how to get a high-resolution digital image of SUL materials for her dissertation? Ever wonder what to do with important multimedia materials or born digital materials that are starting to deteriorate? Come to the August Concierge session on SUL's Digitization Programs and you'll know the answers.

SUL Job Opportunities - August 28, 2012

Charles Kerns's First Novel Published

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Our longtime SUL colleague Charles Kerns (an Academic Computing veteran, and current website redesign consultant) has recently published his first (but we hope not his last!) novel, Santo Gordo: A Killing in Oaxaca.

Charles's novel is, on its face, a sort of political thriller and murder mystery -- but not only! It's also an appreciative (and deliciously foodie) travelogue through the streets of Oaxaca, and a savvy portrait of ex-pat life there. Even more remarkably, Charles's sensitive portrayal of Oaxacans from an array of political and social classes reveals some of the intense beauty and searing tragedy of contemporary Mexico, and of its deeply interconnected neighbor to the north (that would, of course, be us).

HighWire Welcomes Hugh Blackbourn to its UK Staff

HighWire Press is delighted to announce that Hugh Blackbourn has been appointed Senior Publication Manager, leading HighWire's customer support team based in the United Kingdom.

SUL Job Opportunities - August 21, 2012

SUL has the following new position this week:

Accountant, HighWire Press (#49239)

SUL Job Opportunities - August 14, 2012

SUL has the following new position this week:

Sr. Engineering Project (Development) Manager, HighWire Press (#49127)

Special Ref Forum: The New Library Website

Come join Chris Bourg, Assistant University Librarian for Public Services and executive sponsor of the Library Website Redesign Project, on a tour of the Stanford University Libraries' new website.

When: Monday, September 10, 2:00-3:00 pm
Where: The IC Classroom (Green Library, first floor)

Library Open House - Save the Date!

This year's Library Open House (with perhaps a name change?) will take place on Tuesday, October 9, from 1:00-4:00 pm. More information will be coming soon, but please note the date on your calendar now.

Special Collections Staff Presentations @ Society of American Archivists

The Society of American Archivists held its annual conference – the theme was “Beyond Borders” – in San Diego, California last week. It was a very full schedule, with three SUL staff members from the Manuscripts Division presenting. First up was Laura Williams, currently the project archivist on the Stop AIDS Project. She presented at the MDOR (Metadata and Digital Object) Roundtable to a very full audience on our recent efforts using a new software (PhotoMechanic) and workflow for bulk cataloging of digital image collections. These enhanced digital objects/images have been ingested into the SDR. It was a very successful talk judging by a full table of interested archivists!

New Collections Added to Stanford Digital Repository in July, 2012

In July, approximately 300,000 images representing nearly 800 items were accessioned into the Stanford Digital Repository (SDR). These materials include ~700 books from the Stephen J Gould Rare Books collection, roughly 150 Japanese maps, and the Montana Gothic publication.

Stephen J Gould Rare books

Concierge 6: Digital Library Initiatives--Sign Up NOW!

Ever wonder what's up with Stanford and the Google books digitization project? Ever wonder what to say when a student asks you how to get a high-resolution digital image of SUL materials for her dissertation? Ever wonder what to do with important multimedia materials or born digital materials that are starting to deteriorate? Come to the August Concierge session on SUL's Digitization Programs and you'll know the answers.

SUL Job Opportunities - August 6, 2012

Join us on the Road to Mendeley--workshop for library staff

This Fall, the Stanford Libraries will be rolling out a campus-wide upgrade to all current Mendeley users at Stanford. Mendeley is a desktop and web-based tool to help manage pdfs, citations and much more. If you want to try out Mendeley (it's free) and learn about all the features that are available to Stanford students, faculty, staff and alumni, please attend our introductory session on Monday, August 13 from 1:30-2:15 in the IC Classroom.

Back-to-School Special: Order parking permits or join Commute Club

Yes, it's that time of year again. Some of us need to order (and pay for) parking permits, while others need to join or renew Commute Club membership to get cash rewards (yay!). Note also some short term parking disruptions (see last item).

1 Apply online for 2012-13 parking permits
New permits required on Sept. 1; order online to avoid long lines

It is time to apply for 2012-13 parking permits. Current parking permits expire on Aug. 31. Permit holders need to display new parking permits as of Sept. 1, 2012 (2012-13 permit rates).

Notes from Two TIPS Meetings

IT Services presented a plethora of updates at the June TIPS meeting.

First up was a reminder of the Mobile Device Manager (MDM) for iOS devices at Stanford. Not only does MDM configure and maintain settings on your iOS, but it also saves the day if your device is lost or stolen. In case you can’t find your iOS, the MDM allows you to go on-line and remotely lock your device, remove data and/or reset passcodes. For more information visit:
Mobile Device Management (MDM)

This Chalk Talk Will Not Be Subscription-Based: August 16, 2012

Who: SUL and Coordinate Library Staff
When: Thursday, August 16, 2012, 2:30 - 4 PM
Where: Green Library, IC Classroom

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Join us for a rousing reading-group style discussion on the topic of e-books in academic libraries. We'll talk about some of the current big issues surrounding e-books, such as licensing and ownership models, preservation, patron convenience (or inconvenience), financial questions, and selection.

Most of our texts are recent blog posts (so they're not too long, and are lively reading), but there are some meatier offerings as well.

Paul Zarins and James Jacobs will start the discussion out, but we count on active participation by all.

Calling ourselves The Stanford University Libraries

After careful consideration, the University Librarian and the Directors have agreed to change our organizational name from “Stanford University Libraries and Academic Information Resources” to "The Stanford University Libraries". Effective immediately, all staff should refer to the organization as The Stanford University Libraries or Stanford Libraries; and should discontinue use of the name “Stanford University Libraries and Academic Information Resources” and all of its abbreviations and derivatives (e.g. SULAIR, SU/LAIR, SUL/AIR).

Congratulations to the winners and finalists of the 2012 Saroyan Prize for Writing

The winners and finalists of the 2012 Saroyan Prize for Writing have been announced: Elisabeth Tova Bailey's The Sound of a Wild Snail Eating won in the non-fiction category, and Daniel Orozco's Orientation and Other Stories won for fiction. The finalists for non-fiction are Arion Golmakani's Solacers and John Jeremiah Sullivan's Pulphead; and for fiction, Ben Lerner's Leaving the Atocha Station and Miroslav Penkov's East of the West: A Country in Stories.

Celebration Party for Elizabeth Blackman!

All staff are cordially invited to attend a celebration party in honor of Elizabeth Blackman's retirement.

Please join us on August 8 to wish Elizabeth a fond farewell and much happiness as she embarks on new adventures!

When: Wednesday, August 8
Time: 2:00 to 5:00 pm
Where: Koret Park, next to the Shumway (red) Fountain
(In case of rain, meet in the SSRC Seminar Rm., Green Library.)

See y'all there!

SULAIR Job Opportunities - July 31, 2012

SULAIR has no new positions this week.

For a complete description of open positions within SULAIR, go to the Stanford Jobs page, select University Libraries from the Job Search/Location: list, and then click on the Search button.

Editorial Staff

We Want You!

Collaborate in a small group to plan and execute a program of monthly Ref Forums. Get to know colleagues while providing excellent professional development opportunities. Join the Ref Forum Squad.

Contact Malgorzata at mschaefe@stanford.edu.

Promotions and New Hires at SUP

Alan Harvey was named Director of Stanford University Press. Harvey, who arrived at the Press in 2002, has been a frequent speaker to academics and librarians on the 21st-century publishing landscape. For four years, he was chair of the electronic publishing committee of the Association of American University Presses. Harvey came to the Press after 14 years at Cambridge University Press, for which he founded and managed the West Coast office. He was also responsible for the editorial management of its North American science program.

Open House Planning Meeting - Anyone Welcome!

Join a group of fun colleagues, bring your ideas and let's get started on the best "Open House" (suggestions for re-naming?) ever. library_openhouse2011_sml.jpg

What: Open House Planning - Kickoff Meeting
When: Tuesday, July 31, 2012, 1:30 - 3:00 pm
Where: SSRC

See you there!

Emerging Technologies Team: Pen Scanners

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In early 2012, the Emerging Technologies Team evaluated pen scanners with optical character recognition (OCR) functionality. Charles Fosselman of the East Asia Library suggested this evaluation after he had seen a Korean cataloger from Columbia University Libraries demonstrate a pen scanner for bibliographic record text entry. He wondered if pen scanners would be useful for EAL staff in their work with non-English language materials.

SULAIR Job Opportunities - July 24, 2012

SULAIR has the following new positions this week:

Publication Specialist, HighWire Press (#48622)

New Collections Added to Stanford Digital Repository in June, 2012

In June, approximately 68,000 images representing nearly 300 items across several collections were accessioned to the Stanford Digital Repository (SDR). The items include:
* Archives Parlementaires (81 books, 64,800 pages)
* Classic Papyrii (44 fragments, 88 images)
* Stanford Oral History Project (140 interviews, 2110 files)
* Special Collections Materials (18 photo collections, 900 images)

76 Recording Collections Now Available at Archive of Recorded Sound

Seventy-six important recording collections are now available for use by researchers, students, and the visiting public at Stanford's Archive of Recorded Sound. The archive has completed its processing of collections under the sponsorship of the National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC), a division of the National Archives.

New Library Website Becomes Official Week of Aug 27

The Stanford University Libraries’ new website will become our official homepage early in the week on August 27.

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The new website is built on some of the most up-to-date technology and is carefully designed to efficiently help our patrons find and use SUL's vast network of resources.

Summer Exhibit in Green Showcases Fine Bookbinding

This year marks the 40th anniversary of the Hand Bookbinders of California, a robust organization with membership open to anyone, anywhere in the world, with a passion for the binder’s craft.

Hospitality for the annual, unjuried members’ exhibit rotates among libraries, bibliophilic organizations, and rare book dealers. Stanford was chosen as the venue this year in part because of our strong collection of fine French bindings.

SULAIR Staff Annual Picnic on August 28

Please mark your calendars for the SULAIR Staff Annual Picnic!

WHEN: Tuesday, August 28, 2012 - food will be served from 11:30am - 1:30pm
WHERE: Centennial Garden - fountain area outside the entrance to the Bing Wing of Green Library
WHO CAN COME? All members of the SULAIR Staff!

If you have any questions, please contact Nancy at ngfuller@stanford.edu

The Office of the University Librarian looks forward to seeing you there!

Welcome Erin Scott, New Multimedia Services Manager

Please join me in welcoming Erin Scott as our new Multimedia Services Manager to Student Computing in Academic Computing Services (ACS). Erin will be providing multimedia expertise including advising on operations for the Multimedia Studio and Poster Printing services, overseeing the multimedia course taught by the Resident Computer Consultants in the residences, and looking after the ACS website and our social media presence. She will also be working with Academic Computing Services staff to produce multimedia pieces in support of projects and events.

Casey Mullin New Head of Data Control

I'm very pleased to announce that Casey Mullin will be assuming Margaret Lu's position as Head of Data Control on August 1st, 2012.

Casey brings a wealth of metadata experience that he has gained during his tenure in the Metadata Development Unit as our humanities cataloger and a strong, forward sense of direction as the Department quickly evolves to keep pace with the world around us. His contributions toward SearchWorks development, including Google analytics, give him a unique appreciation for data and its flow from creation through discovery.

SULAIR Job Opportunities - July 17, 2012

SULAIR has the following new positions this week:

Storage Facility Worker/Back-up Driver, Stanford Auxiliary Library, Livermore (#48597)

HighWire's Product Team Welcomes New Leader

STANFORD, CALIFORNIA – 11 July 2012

Building on the success of its product road map strategy, Stanford University's HighWire Press is pleased to announce the appointment of Tara Robenalt as the Director of Product Management.

Library Website Redesign: Preview Site Update

"If you haven’t checked out the new Library Website recently, you should definitely visit and have a look around. The new site will become the Stanford Libraries default homepage in early September, in time for the start of Fall Quarter 2012."

"The Online Experience Group has been steadily adding content to the site, with additional content added every week."

For more details about the updates to the new Library Website and to see the post in its entirety, see:

Goodbye AACR2, Welcome RDA

The Library of Congress (LC) announced that on March 31, 2013 it will transition all of its cataloging to RDA (Resource Description and Access). RDA is the new cataloging code that libraries are preparing to adopt as a replacement for AACR (Anglo-American Cataloging Rules), a long overdue evolution as AACR has been in use for the past 45 years and is out of touch with current data management needs.

SULAIR Job Opportunities - July 10, 2012

SULAIR has the following new positions this week:

Loan & Course Reserves Specialist, Access Services, Stanford University Libraries (#48501)

SULAIR Job Opportunities - July 3, 2012

SULAIR has the following new positions this week:

Content Specialist, LOCKSS, Stanford University Libraries (#48348)

Gaze Upon the Splendor of the New Restroom Directional Signs

“Too often we are so preoccupied with the destination, we forget the journey.”

This anonymous quote perfectly describes one of the reasons why the restroom signs in the East Wing point to the lower level instead of the first floor. We need to encourage visitors to savor the journey, not only through Green Library, but also through life. A more practical reason why the signs do not point to the first floor restroom is because it is often more crowded than the one on the lower level.

No SULAIR News Email Announcement July 4, 2012

Due to the Independence Day Holiday, there will be no SULAIR News email announcement on Wednesday, July 4th. Articles published from June 27 (after this week's email announcement) through Wednesday, July 11 (before noon), will be included in the July 11th email.

Please continue to submit articles during this time frame; they will be published. To submit an article for SULAIR News, go to the site, and click on "Submit Article" for instructions.

Kelly Fields
Editor, SULAIR News

Library Website Redesign: Website Training for People Pages

Are you ready to start creating content for the new library website? Check out the latest post on the Library Website Redesign Project Blog. This recent post invites you to sign-up for the first round of training taking place on:

  • Tuesday, June 26
  • Wednesday, June 27
  • Monday, July 9
  • Tuesday, July 10

This initial training will give an overview of the Content Creation Guide for the new library site and will offer hands-on training to create your very own "people" page.

Stanford Alpine Club Oral History Interviews Now Streaming Online

The University Archives is pleased to announce that more than 25 audio recordings conducted as part of the Stanford Alpine Club Oral History Interviews are now streaming online: http://www.oac.cdlib.org/findaid/ark:/13030/kt1199r6fn.

Profiles of Stanford Faculty and Staff Now Streaming Online

The University Archives is pleased to announce that interviews conducted for the Profiles of Stanford Faculty and Staff collection are now streaming online: http://www.oac.cdlib.org/findaid/ark:/13030/kt9g5041wm.

Included are more than 40 audio recordings done by Donald Stokes for the Campus Report featuring faculty such as Al Bandura, Gordon Bower, Gordon Graig, John Perry, Sandor Salgo, Gordon Wright, and Sylvia Wynter.

Stuart W. Leslie Oral histories on the Cold War and American Science Now Streaming Online

The University Archives is pleased to announce that the Stuart W. Leslie Oral histories on the Cold War and American Science are now streaming online: http://www.oac.cdlib.org/findaid/ark:/13030/kt8v19s3k4.

Stanford Historical Society Oral History Project Now Streaming Online

The University Archives is pleased to announce that more than one hundred interviews from the Stanford Historical Society's Oral History Project (1999- ) are now streaming online: http://www.oac.cdlib.org/findaid/ark:/13030/kt9v19s1vm.

Stanford Oral History Project Interviews Now Streaming Online

The University Archives is pleased to announce that more than one hundred interviews from the Stanford Oral History Project conducted between 1978-1995 are now streaming online: http://www.oac.cdlib.org/findaid/ark:/13030/kt3c603546.

New Materials Added to Stanford Digital Repository in May, 2012

In May, approximately 1,400 images representing eighteen mostly 15th and 16h century books were accessioned to the Stanford Digital Repository (SDR). These items are part of Special Collections' goal to digitize and make more accessible materials considered "Beautiful Books". John Eilts is the collection contact for the materials listed below.

Morley Baer Photographs Now Available Via Stanford Digital Repository

pc0083_b4_83916_Lawschool_20.jpg The University Archives is pleased to announce that select items from the Morley Baer Photograph Collection are now available via the Stanford Digital Repository: http://purl.stanford.edu/km757dx8336.

June 28 Chalk Talk - Citation Managers: Platform Smackdown? or Let 100 Flowers Bloom?

chalk.jpgWho: SULAIR and Coordinate Library Staff
When: Thursday, June 28, 2012, 2:30 - 4 PM
Where: Meyer Library Flex Classroom (2nd Floor) (Note: not our usual room!) smackdown or flowers? 
 

RefWorks, Mendeley, Zotero, and more! What is citation management all about? Should SULAIR support all these platforms, or should it choose a single solution? How can we most effectively bring citation management power to the people?

Muybridge Photographs Now Available via SearchWorks

PC0006_b3_f04_004.jpg The University Archives is pleased to announce that select items from the Eadweard Muybridge Photograph Collection are now available via SearchWorks: purl.stanford.edu/ff991hz8300.

SULAIR Job Opportunities - June 19, 2012

SESI Is Coming - Construction Will Impact Green Library

SESI IS COMING!

This summer, Stanford is kicking off extensive campus infrastructure work related to SESI, Stanford Energy System Innovations. sesi_logo_badge.jpg align=rightSpecifically, the university will be installing hot water piping throughout campus as part of the larger, campus-wide conversion from steam to hot water for building heating.

Media-Microtext Center Summer Construction

The Media Microtext Center will be under construction for most of the summer quarter to install new compact shelving.

Construction is estimated to last from 6/18/12 to 9/5/12.

Due to noise and space considerations we will move select viewing stations and microfilm readers to other areas of Green East's lower level. However, all DVD and microtext collections (fiche, film, etc.) will be available during the summer and no change will occur to our hours.

"Do elementary school children in developing countries like talking about books?"

Find out how to research this question using the OECD iLibrary!oecdilibrary.jpg

All faculty, students and staff are invited to attend an OECD Training Session. Faina Rozental, OECD Training officer, will give an overview of the OECD and provide hands on training of the OECD iLibrary, which contains all of the publications and statistics collected by the OECD.

Elizabeth Blackman Retires

It is with mixed feelings that we announce the retirement of Elizabeth Blackman, Administrative Associate for the AULs for Collection Development and Public Services.

Elizabeth began her career with the Stanford Libraries as Project Manager for the Stanford-California State Library Institute on 21st Century Librarianship. Because of her stellar work with the Institute she was hired as an Administrative Associate serving the Stanford Libraries’ leadership team. For over 10 years, Elizabeth has provided exceptional support to the libraries, across a range of functions and units. Most importantly, she has done so with joy and compassion, spreading her positive energy across the organization. All who worked with her will sorely miss Elizabeth’s friendly, helpful and uplifting presence in the directors’ suite.

Please join me in thanking Elizabeth for her service to Stanford, and in wishing her much luck and happiness as she embarks on new adventures. We will have a party for Elizabeth in late June or early July – watch SULAIR News for details.

Chris Bourg

eLife Selects HighWire to Build and Host Anticipated New Open-access Journal

CAMBRIDGE, UK and STANFORD, CA | June 12, 2012

eLife, the new funder-researcher collaboration in science communication, has selected HighWire Press as the platform for its new open‐access journal for life and biomedical science.

Symphony Upgrade June 22-23, 2012

SULAIR Library Systems will upgrade Symphony to the latest SirsiDynix release, Symphony 3.4.1, during the period June 22-23.

During the upgrade, WorkFlows, Socrates and My Account functionality will be unavailable. SearchWorks will still be available throughout the upgrade; however request links will not be functioning.

New Staff Member in Monograph Receiving

We are pleased to announce that Melissa Fernandez has recently joined the Monograph Receiving Unit in the Acquisitions Department as Monograph Receiving and Copy Cataloging Specialist.

Melissa comes to us from the Metadata Department where she worked on the post-Marcadia and International Dissertations projects. Prior to joining SULAIR, as an MLIS student, Melissa worked in both the Acquisitions and Cataloging Departments at the San Jose State University Library. Melissa received her MLIS from San Jose State University in 2009.

Keep Yoga in Green Library?

We need your commitment if you want to keep yoga classes in Green Library. If you have comments about the level of the class or about any particular instructor, please send them to me at mschaefe@stanford.edu. If you are interested and have not yet sent your day of preference, please send me an email by June 15 with the day you would like attend in the subject line (we need a minimum of 10 (20 max) to hold the class):

  • Yoga in Green Library Monday
  • Yoga in Green Library Wednesday
  • Yoga in Green Library Friday

June Kicks Off with a Bang for Stanford University Press

1. The Sunday, June 3 New York Times Book Review ("Summer Reading Issue") reviewed Mick LaSalle's The Beauty of the Real: What Hollywood Can Learn from Contemporary French Actresses: http://www.nytimes.com/2012/06/03/books/review/my-happy-days-in-hollywoo...

Library Website Redesign: Guidelines for Including Documents, Images, and Video in Web Pages

Check out the latest post on the Library Website Redesign Project Blog. This recent post specifies guidelines for including documents, images, and video in web pages, including uploading Everyday Electronic Materials (EEMs).

To keep updated on the latest news regarding the website redesign, remember to follow the blog (RSS feeds are available).

The Visual Arts Service Center Comes to an End

From the SoM Dean's newsletter published on May 29, 2012

****The Visual Arts Service Center Comes to an End*****

I was asked to share the following announcement with you regarding the closing of the Visual Arts Center -- which has been operating at Stanford since the Medical School first relocated to the Stanford campus. This is truly the end of an era -- a part of broader transition in technology and information services. Here's the announcement.

Yoga: It's Never Too Late to Reap the Benefits

Do you want to:

  • improve flexibility?
  • increase strength?
  • boost your immune system?
  • enhance your concentration?
  • create overall well-being?

The benefits of yoga can be physiological, psychological and biochemical. Read Yoga: it's never too late to reap the benefits.

SULAIR Job Opportunities - June 5, 2012

SULAIR has the following new positions this week:

Evening Workflow Supervisor, Stanford University Libraries (#46421)

New Digital Production Resource - Image Defects Page

The latest version of the Stanford University Libraries and Academic Information Resources Quality Assurance image defect page is now “live” and made freely available to the cultural heritage and library communities.

"Library Treasures Roadshow" Travels to Hopkins Marine Station

Last week the Miller Library hosted the second "Library Treasures Roadshow" event. The first, held in San Francisco last November, was a huge success, so the library decided to take it a bit farther. Daniel Hartwig cherry picked items from University Archives, Roberto Trujillo, John Mustain and David Jordan selected unique volumes from Special Collections, Jerry McBride brought jewels from the Archive of Recorded Sound, Julie Sweetkind-Singer rolled up an impressive array of historic regional maps, and Annette Keogh chose treasures from the Steinbeck archives.

iBooks Publishing Seminar at Cubberley - June 5th and 7th

What: iBook Training Sessions
When: June 5th, 1:30pm - 3:00pm & June 7th, 1:30pm - 3:00pm and 5:30pm - 7:30pm
Where: Cubberley

We are excited to announce upcoming iBooks training sessions. Following the response to our last seminar, we have created 3 sessions to accommodate the variance in schedules especially as we near the end of quarter. The purpose of this session will be to introduce users to the recently released Apple iBooks publishing application.

SULAIR Job Opportunities - May 29, 2012

SULAIR has the following new positions this week:

Storage Facility Worker, Stanford University Libraries (#47825)

SAGE Publications Renews Partnership with HighWire

SAGE Publications, IPG's 2012 Publisher of the Year, is proud to announce the renewal of its strategic partnership with HighWire Press and their award-winning electronic publishing organization.

News for East Bay Commuters

New Dumbarton Express route between the East Bay and Stanford will start on July 2

The service will offer new Wi-Fi on all buses and increased service frequency.

Library Concierge 4: Digital Humanities, May 23

concierge_graphic.jpgConcierge 4: Digital Humanities Support

  • Tue 5/22, 10:00 am
  • Wed 5/23, 10:00 am
  • Wed 5/23, 3:00 pm

Reminder that there will be no Concierge session in June, but sign-ups are open now for the July sessions (Concierge 5: Humanities Branches (Art & VRC, Music & ARS).

HighWire News: Colloquium on Rethinking the Future of Scientific Communication

In March 2012, an impressive roster of leaders in the technology and communication industries (including: Anurag Acharaya, Google Scholar; Phil Bourne, PLoS Computational Biology; Paul Saffo, Foresight, Discern Analytics; among other accomplished editors, librarians, publishers and graduate students) participated in a colloquium on the Stanford University campus.

SULAIR Job Opportunities - May 22, 2012

SULAIR has the following new position this week:

Library Specialist, Acquisitions Assistant/Ordering, Stanford Law Library - Law School (#47776)

Community Conversation on Georgia State Copyright Case

The UMUC Center for Intellectual Property is hosting an online community conversation:

Hot Topics in Copyright and Fair Use
Including the GSU Case Decision and its Implications

The GSU case has been closely watched by universities throughout the country, and the decision has implications for Fair Use.

Stanford is a member of the Center for Intellectual Property (CIP), and SULAIR staff can attend this event for free after registering with CIP. To register:

The Stanford Libraries in Stanford UHR’s Newsletter

Did you receive an email from “Stanford UHR” and initially think it was SPAM?

Winter 2012, Stanford University Human Resources (Stanford UHR) debuted the first edition of their newsletter, The Stanford Employee Insider. The newsletter, specifically produced for Stanford employees, features information on benefits, employment, staff profiles, as well as a section focused on the “sweet” reasons to work at Stanford. The most recent issue, Spring 2012, includes a couple of Library highlights.

Parker on the Web: Announcing 1.5 Version Release

Cambridge, Corpus Christi College, MS 26, f. 12 V, Alexander sits holding globe: feet on lion and dragon

We're pleased to announce the release of Version 1.5 of Parker on the Web, the fifth incremental site release since the launch of Version 1.0 in Fall 2009.

SULAIR Job Opportunities - May 15, 2012

SULAIR has the following new positions this week:

Sound Archive Librarian, Archive of Recorded Sound, Stanford University Libraries (#47706)

Journal Watch to Move to the HighWire Open Platform

The Massachusetts Medical Society (MMS), publisher of the New England Journal of Medicine, has elected to refresh and relaunch Journal Watch on the HighWire Open Platform.

[http://highwire.stanford.edu/PR/JournalWatch_HighWire.pdf]

New Collections Added to Stanford Digital Repository in April 2012

In April, approximately 41,000 images representing just over 1,300 items across several collections were accessioned into the Stanford Digital Repository (SDR).

  • R. Stuart Hummel collection: ~1,000 items (~ 35,000 images)
  • Stanford Medieval Manuscripts: 280 manuscripts (560 images)
  • Bibliothèque nationale du France: 3 manuscripts ( ~ 1,300 images)
  • Reid Dennis California Lithographs: 47 lithographs (47 images)
  • Archives Parlementaires: 2 books (1,600 images)
  • Special Collections Requests: 19 items (~2,800 images)

IIIF: the International Image Interoperability Framework

Stanford University Libraries, along with the British Library and a number of other major research and national libraries, has undertaken a one year initiative to define an International Image Interoperability Framework (IIIF). The IIIF's objective is to enable the rich and robust delivery of digital images through common interfaces, and to spur the development of open-source and commercial software solutions in this space.

The Future of Scientific Communication

The Stanford Libraries hosted a Colloquium on the Future of Scientific Communication on March 8-9, 2012, where a wide range of experts discussed the challenges and opportunities for transforming scientific communication.

Please download the pdf attachment below for a summary of the March colloquium.

Chalk Talk: "It would be so cool if SearchWorks could _______."

chalk.jpg Who: SULAIR and Coordinate Library Staff
When: Thursday, May 17, 2012, 2:30 - 4 PM
Where: Green Library, IC Classroom

How do you like SearchWorks? What works well for you? And, what could use some improvement? What do users think about it? Do you have any tricks or tips to share with others?

Please come to a special "roundtable" Chalk Talk ready to share your stories about using SearchWorks, your tips or tricks for power users, and/or your enhancement requests (be it nuts & bolts or blue sky imaginings). Your input and experiences can help chart the course of the ongoing development of this vital SULAIR service.

Check Out the IC Book Display!

Mark Twain said, "Action speaks louder than words, but not nearly as often."

People have been engaged in some interesting actions concerning the IC book display. Have you "checked out" the IC Book Exhibit table near the Loan Desk? This display is an attempt to increase circulation, and highlight our vast collections. This is just one way of making our impressive material available for everyone to enjoy.

Library Concierge: No Concierge Session in June

Due to travel schedules and vacations, we will not have a Concierge session in June. Those sessions have been removed form the CourseWork site.concierge_graphic.jpg

Sign-ups are still available for the May and July sessions.

Concierge 4: Digital Humanities Support (Note Tuesday/Wednesday times instead of our usual Friday/Tuesday schedule.)

"A History of America in 15 Cars": A Lecture by Paul Ingrassia

Paul Ingrassia, winner of the Pulitzer Prize and Gerald Loeb Award, will present a lecture at the Automotive Innovation Center, 473 Oak Road, at 7PM on Wednesday, May 23rd.

SULAIR Job Opportunities - May 8, 2012

SULAIR has no new positions this week.

For a complete description of open positions within SULAIR, go to the Stanford Jobs page, select University Libraries from the Job Search/Location: list, and then click on the Search button.

Editorial Staff

Shameless Promotions from Parking & Transportation

Not that SULAIR staff need any crass blandishments to commute responsibly, but here are the latest promotions from Parking and Transportation for the less-evolved (or specially circumstanced) among Stanford employees:

Would you like to experience a better commute? This spring, there are many ways we will reward you for choosing a sustainable commute or avoiding peak-commute times.

Library Website Redesign: Writing for the Web Resources and Project Updates

The most recent posts on the Library Website Redesign Project Blog highlight resources for content creators, focusing on writing clear, concise content for the Web, while the other blog post features design work, bug fixing, and user testing that has taken place in the past three months.

A New Book by Wojciech Zalewski: "The Crucible of Religion"

 Crucible of Religion

Our colleague Wojciech Zalewski, Bibliographer for Religious Studies, has just published a wonderful new book: The Crucible of Religion: Culture, Civilization, and Affirmation of Life (Eugene, OR: Wipf and Stock Publishers).

In the book, Wojciech takes a new approach to the study of religion and humanity, emphasizing not the vast differences among the world's many religions, but rather their common and universal aspects; in this, he is a real uniter, rather than a divider. In addition to distinguishing between religious traditions and religion per se, he also draws a distinction between culture (which he sees as life-affirming) and civilization (which he sees as frequently a source of conflict and violence). Wojciech's thesis is inclusive of all life-affirming religious feeling and thought -- embracing, remarkably, not only those who hold mono- and polytheistic religious beliefs, but even the doubters and non-believers among us.

PsycTests (APA) Now Available to Stanford Patrons

Stanford patrons now have access to APA's new PsycTests database, which makes finding tests and information about tests much easier. It is "a repository for the full text of psychological tests and measures as well as a rich source of structured information about the tests."

Census Data Training Workshop

SULAIR staff are invited to attend a Census Data Training Workshop with Linda Clark, Data Dissemination Specialist at the US Census Bureau, Los Angeles Region.

  • When: Wednesday May 16, 2012, 9am - 12+
  • Where: Green Library Information Center Classroom
  • Please RSVP. Light refreshments and coffee will be served.
  • Questions? Contact James Jacobs [jrjacobs AT stanford DOT edu]

SULAIR Job Opportunities - May 1, 2012

SULAIR has the following new position this week:

Japanese Technical Services Librarian, East Asia Library (#47511)

BMJ Group Renews Partnership with HighWire

STANFORD, CA, 30 April 2012 – The BMJ Group today announced the renewal of their long-standing partnership with HighWire Press, the premier hosting platform for scholarly publishers.

Library Concierge 4: Digital Humanities Support - Sign-ups Re-opened

Sign-ups have been re-opened for Concierge 4: Digital Humanities Support. Note the Tuesday & Wednesday times rather than our usual Tuesday & Friday slots.

  • Tuesday, 5/22, 10am
  • Wednesday, 5/23 10am
  • Wednesday, 5/23 3pm

If you already signed up, you do not need to do so again.
(Thanks to the CourseWork team for their quick and effective attention to addressing the bug in the Sakai code!).

NOTE
: The Concierge session on Digitization Programs has been postponed. We will announce a new topic for Concierge 5 soon.

Welcome, Chris DeRosa

Chris DeRosa has recently joined the International and Area Studies group as a curatorial assistant, providing support to selectors Sarah Sussman and Karen Fung.

Stanford Libraries Now on Twitter @StanfordLibs

The Stanford Libraries are now on Twitter @StanfordLibs. We are using Twitter to promote our resources and services, highlight Stanford research, news, and events, and interact with patrons and visitors. If you are on Twitter, follow us. If not, consider joining.

To see what we are Tweeting, visit our Profile page.

To suggest Tweet content, send us a message @StanfordLibs.

IT Open House, Wednesday, May 2 - It's in the Cloud - TODAY!

Representatives from SULAIR will be at the IT Open House showcasing some of our own "cloud" resources. Folks from Green Library will be speaking about Cloud Computing at the Libraries and Quick Response (QR) Codes as they pertain to SearchWork, while representatives from the Science and Engineering Libraries will be highlighting the Geo Portal, a new portal for discovering, previewing and retrieving geospatial data, and they will be handing out their "word cloud" postcard listing all the Science and Engineering Libraries.

SULAIR Job Opportunities - April 24, 2012

SULAIR has no new positions this week.

For a complete description of open positions within SULAIR, go to the Stanford Jobs page, select University Libraries from the Job Search/Location: list, and then click on the Search button.

Editorial Staff

Science and Exploration in Antarctica: Reflections on the Heroic Age and Beyond

University Librarian Michael A. Keller cordially invites you to attend a fascinating panel discussion:

Science and Exploration in Antarctica: Reflections on the Heroic Age and Beyond

Joan Boothe • Nick Clinch • Alan Cooper • Rob Dunbar • Edward Larsonantarctica_sml.jpg

Wednesday, April 25, 2012
4:30 - 6:00 p.m.
Bender Room, Green Library

2012 marks the centenary of Captain Robert Falcon Scott's last expedition to Antarctica: Scott and his men reached the South Pole on 17 January 1912, only to discover that Norwegian explorer Roald Amundsen had beaten them to the prize. Scott and his party perished on the return route. Recently, studies of Scott's expedition and other explorations of the "Heroic Age" have re-emphasized the scientific contributions made by these pioneers.

Interview with Vicky Reich on the LOCKSS Project

Vicky Reich, Director of the LOCKSS project, was recently interviewed on the topic, "Why Preservation Matters". The interview can be found at http://www.researchinformation.info/features/feature.php?feature_id=366

Make Every Day Earth Day at Stanford

In celebration of Earth Day, Sustainable Stanford is launching a new Cardinal Green campaign encouraging our campus community to Make Every Day Earth Day at Stanford.

Earth Day presents an opportunity to reflect on sustainability as a core value, as well as the integral role we each play in making that vision a reality. Please:

RSVP for Celebrating Sustainability at Stanford - May 7th, 3-6 PM, Paul Brest Hall, Munger

Join the Office of Sustainability, Sustainability & Energy Management in Celebrating Sustainability at Stanford at 3 PM on Monday, May 7th, 2012.

ROOM CHANGE: Webinars on RDA and Rare Materials

Due to a scheduling conflict, both webinars listed below will be now held in the SSRC seminar room. There is no need for individuals to register for the webinars, just come if you can!

If you are interested in the cataloging of rare materials (books, archival materials, maps, etc.) and how those processes will be affected by RDA, please join us for these webinars sponsored by ALA ALCTS:

Wednesday May 23 11:00-12:00
Rare Materials and RDA

Adán Griego Recognized by La Feria del Libro de Buenos Aires

Our very own Adán Griego, Curator for Latin American, Mexican American and Iberian Collections, has been chosen as one of the top 50 most influential people in the Latin American publishing world! He sends this news from the International Book Fair in Buenos Aires:

Los 50 profesionales más influyentes.
La Feria del Libro de Buenos Aires invitó a votar por los 50 profesionales de la industria editorial cuyas acciones y opiniones hayan tenido, en los últimos años, el más alto impacto sobre sus colegas.

Webinars on RDA and Rare Materials

If you are interested in the cataloging of rare materials (books, archival materials, maps, etc.) and how those processes will be affected by RDA, please join us for these webinars sponsored by ALA ALCTS:

Wednesday May 23 11:00-12:00 Rare Materials and RDA
http://www.ala.org/alcts/confevents/upcoming/webinar/cat/052312

Wednesday May 30 11:00-12:00 Archival Materials: Using RDA with DACS

Student Artists' Books Now on Display at the Art & Architecture Library

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In the Winter 2012 quarter, students from Ala Ebtekar's studio course visited the Art & Architecture Library during two class sessions to view selections from the library's artists' books collection. The visits helped to inform the students' own work, providing them with examples of the artist's book form that ranged from the historic to the contemporary, the traditional to the experimental. The works on view in this new exhibition are their final projects, a set of works that includes altered books, hand-drawn pages, mixed-media boxes, and performance traces.

Royal College of Physicians Partners with HighWire

The Royal College of Physicians (RCP) is pleased to announce its new partnership with HighWire Press to build and host its flagship, peer reviewed journal, Clinical Medicine.

"We were seeking a sophisticated and reliable partner to help us develop and expand the journal's online presence," said Hannah Cole, Managing Editor, Publications, Royal College of Physicians. "We are confident that the HighWire platform offers us a solid, future-proof foundation, and are thrilled with the organization's strategic, service-oriented approach to collaborative scholarly publishing."

SULAIR Job Opportunities - April 17, 2012

SULAIR has the following new position this week:

Manager, Content Production, HighWire Press (#47330)

Miller Library Hosts the Stanford Board of Trustees

The Stanford Board of Trustees are meeting in Monterey this week.

As part of today's program, they visited Hopkins Marine Station. Their first stop was the Miller Library where they had lunch with the Hopkins faculty. During dessert and coffee, three graduate students spoke about their research and experiences at Hopkins. Following lunch, the Trustees had a short tour, which started with the Loeb building currently being remodeled.

Miller Library Participates in One-Day-University

On Saturday, April 14 Hopkins Marine Station hosted a "One-Day-University" organized by the Stanford Continuing Studies program. About 100 "students" were here for the entire day.

New Collections Added to Stanford Digital Repository in March 2012

In March, approximately 2,100 objects representing three collections were accessioned to the Stanford Digital Repository (SDR). Inclusion in SDR ensures that these materials are available to researchers and scholars (while upholding appropriate access restrictions), now and in the future through a secure, sustainable stewardship environment.

March 2012 additions

  1. R. Stuart Hummel collection: ~ 2,100 items
  2. The Life of Saint Catherine, Codex M0381: 1 manuscript
  3. Special collection requests: 1 thesis

Chalk Talk: Why Should You Care About QR Codes? - April 19

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Who: SULAIR and Coordinate Library Staff
When: Thursday, April 19, 2012, 2:30 - 4 PM
Where: Green Library, IC Classroom QR code

Come to the April Chalk Talk to find how SULAIR staff have been using QR Codes in and around the Libraries. You will learn what they are, how to create them and track their usage. 

Presented by: James Jacobs, Kris Kasianovitz and Mattie Taormina, with special guest appearances by Charles Fosselman, Ray Heigemeir and Sarah Lester.

IGI Global's Educational Technologies Portal

We now have access to 284 eBooks on educational technologies through IGI Global's portal at http://www.igi-global.com/gateway. This includes titles we don't have in print such as Higher Education Institutions and Learning Management Systems: Adoption and Standardization.

IGI allows Stanford patrons to download chapters and/or entire books as PDFs to read on computers or mobile devices.

SULAIR Job Opportunities - April 10, 2012

BeWell Events to Add to Your Calendar

Spring into better health by adding these BeWell events to your calendar today!

Wellness Fair
April 18, 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Arrillaga Center for Sports and Recreation
This event is free and includes fun activities, important health information, giveaways and prizes!

Cardinal Walk
May 11, 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.
PAC 12 Plaza
Join Provost John Etchemendy for this free 1.5-mile walk around campus. No registration or special clothing is required.

Healthy Taste of Stanford

Yoga in Green Library - We Still Have Room For You!

*** SPECIAL NOTE ***
Folks who are curious are welcome to take a try-out class once, with no obligation. We have plenty of room, and this is a healthy break during the day.

If you are currently a HIP participant, you have already been notified about early registration by email from the HIP folks.

We would like everyone to have the most recent information about Yoga classes being held here at Green Library, Spring 2012.

Reminders:

Howard Rheingold on His New Book, "Net Smart"

Library 2.0, the future of libraries in the digital age, http://www.library20.com is hosting Howard Rheingold today at 5:00 pm as part of their FutureofEducation.com series with Steve Hargadon.

New Look and Feel for Course Reserves

Course Reserves has a new look and feel, just in time for Spring classes.

The SearchWorks development team and key players from Access Services, Library Systems, and CourseWork worked together, in record time, to completely overhaul the user experience with Course Reserves at SULAIR.

The team developed a new Course Reserves request web form for course instructors and integrated an updated Course Reserves Catalog display into Searchworks.

SULAIR Job Opportunities - April 3, 2012

SULAIR has the following new position this week:

Content Analyst, HighWire Press (#47112)

“What is … Stanford University?”

That was the correct response on Jeopardy last Thursday (March 29) to the following statement, under the category Facts & Figures:

“This private college [sic] in Northern California has 20 libraries with some 8.5 million physical volumes.”

Stanford is a frequent topic on the best-known TV quiz program, but, as far as I know, this was the first time the question focused specifically on SULAIR. Thank you, Alex!

By the way, the contestant gave the correct answer.

--Dave Acheson, Classification Unit Manager, Metadata Dept. & Avid Jeopardy fan for decades

Spring Issue of "Sustainable Stanford" Now Available

The spring issue of Sustainable Stanford’s Cardinal Green Newsletter is now available. An online version can be viewed at http://sustainable.stanford.edu/newsletter.

Of particular interest is the front page article about the Stanford Energy System Innovations (SESI) project, a $438 million project implementation for both hot-water pipe installation as well as the construction of the new Central Energy Facility, that will replace the current Cogeneration plant.

The Latest News from Parking & Transportation Services

March 2012 topics:

  1. Return your long-term "A" or "C" parking permit and get money back
  2. Bike to Work Day events (May 10)
  3. Six new Zipcars and two new Zipcar locations added
  4. ACE Train passes now discounted

STOP AIDS Project Reaches Halfway Point

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The year-long NHPRC grant funded project to process the STOP AIDS Project records has reached its halfway point! The processing of over 340 linear feet of records is on target to meet the deadline of September 30, 2012, and the posters and audiovisual media have all been listed to the item-level. In addition, Rebecca McNulty has imaged the bulk of the computer media in the collection, totaling over 700 gigabytes.

Processing Born-Digital Materials in the STOP AIDS Project Records: Imaging

Since scanning and eliminating viruses has turned out to be a trickier proposition than we had initially anticipated, this post will cover our experience creating disk images of 3.5 inch floppy disks, zip disks, and CD-ROMs from the STOP AIDS Project records. Here is a link to the first blog post in the series, with background on the STOP AIDS Project and the pre-imaging process. The next post will discuss imaging hard drives.

Catherine Descanzo, New Manager of Circulation Services and Course Reserves at Green Library

I am happy to announce that Catherine Descanzo has been hired into a larger role in our Access Services Department as the new Manager of Circulation Services and Course Reserves. Her first day in her new role was March 16, 2012.

Catherine brings a wealth of experience to the job. She first started in Access Services with the evening closing team and, since 2007, she has skillfully served as the Daytime Workflow and Student Supervisor.

The American Physiological Society Renews With HighWire

The American Physiological Society (APS), a nonprofit publisher whose journal content www.physiology.org is among the most highly respected and frequently cited in the world, is pleased to announce its renewed partnership with HighWire Press.

SULAIR Job Opportunities - March 27, 2012

SULAIR has the following new positions this week:

Editorial Assistant, Stanford University Press (#47066)

Yoga in Green Library - HIP/Wellness on Wheels, Spring 2012

If you are currently a HIP participant, you have already been notified about early registration by email from the HIP folks.

We would like everyone to have the most recent information about Yoga classes being held here at Green Library, Spring 2012.

Reminders:
1. If you are new to HIP you will have to fill out SHALA information: http://bewell.stanford.edu/2012-program-overview

"ReMix" 50th Issue Celebration - March Issue Now Online

March ReMix

RECEPTION THIS FRIDAY: SULAIR staff are invited to join us as we celebrate the 50th issue of ReMix, the Stanford Libraries Newsletter, and introduce Cynthia Haven as the new associate director of communication.

Friday, March 30
11 am to 12 pm
Meyer Library, 1st floor, 24-hour study room (room 160)

Cake and champagne will be served.

Also, the March issue of ReMix is now online.

March TIPS Meeting Notes: TIPS for Traveling with Technology

At the March TIPS meeting Mark Mellis from the Information Security Office presented "Security for the Road Warrior."

In this presentation, Mark gave these TIPS for safely traveling with technology:

  1. Only take what you need - this goes for both equipment and data. The less you bring, the less you stand to lose if your device is hacked, lost or stolen.
  2. Back-up before you go. If your equipment is lost or stolen, doing a back-up before traveling means you will at least have a copy of your data at home.

Robert Berlo Road and Street Map Collection Arrives at Branner Library

I'm thrilled to announce that the Robert C. Berlo Road and Street Map Collection has been donated to Stanford University's Branner Earth Sciences Library and Map Collections. It is a comprehensive collection of over 13,000 maps of the United States and parts of Canada. It includes every official state road map from 1927 to the present for all states of the union.

New Staff Member in the Ordering Unit

We are pleased to announce that Parisa Hassani-Azad has recently joined the Ordering Unit in the Acquisitions Department as the new Ordering Specialist.

Parisa comes from the Monograph Receiving Unit where she has worked since 2007, first as a Shelf-Ready/Enhanced EDI Receiver and then as a Monograph Receiving & Copy Cataloging Specialist. Before that, she was a Stacks employee in Green Library for three years. She graduated from UC Berkeley with a B.A. in Legal Studies and is currently attending San Jose State University to pursue her MLIS degree. Please join us in welcoming Parisa!

Green and Bing Wing Smoking Policy Reminder

Please remember that University Policy prohibits smoking within 30’ of doorways, open windows, covered walkways, and ventilation systems, to prevent smoke from entering buildings (see Admin Guide Memo 23.4: http://adminguide.stanford.edu/23_4.pdf).

Concierge Session 3: Numeric & Spatial Data

Concierge Session 3: Numeric & Spatial Data is now available -- the 3 times/dates are:

  • Friday, 4/13 at 10am
  • Tuesday 4/17 at 10am
  • Tuesday 4/17 at 3pm

There are plenty of seats available in each session, so please go to CourseWork and sign-up now.

SULAIR Job Opportunities - March 20, 2012

SULAIR has the following new positions this week:

Senior Systems Development Project Manager, HighWire Press (#46915)

New Collections Added to Stanford Digital Repository in February

In February, approximately 7,000 objects representing six collections were accessioned to the Stanford Digital Repository (SDR), bringing the total number of objects in SDR to nearly 250,000.

  • R. Buckminster Fuller collection: 5,200 slides
  • Kitai topographical maps: 1,600 maps
  • McLaughlin Maps, California as an Island: 114 maps
  • R. Stuart Hummel collection: 52 items
  • Eliasaf Robinson collection addendum: 1 gazette

Welcome New Japanese Studies Librarian Dr. Regan Murphy Kao

The Stanford East Asia Library is pleased to announce the hiring of Dr. Regan Murphy Kao, who will join us on March 20, 2012, as the Japanese Studies Librarian.

Regan received her Ph.D. in Japanese Religious Studies from Harvard University. She comes to Stanford from the University of California-Berkeley where she was a post-doc from 2010-11 and then a research fellow. Dr. Kao's scholarly specialty is early Japanese Buddhism, and her addition to our staff will strengthen our ability to build the collection and serve Stanford faculty and students in the Japanese studies area.

LibDevConX^3: Digital Library Development Descends on Stanford

For the last two years, Digital Library Systems and Services has hosted a meeting called "LibDevConX"--a small gathering of expert library technologists from around the world, with a concentration of those focused on open source and shared technologies. The meeting brings together developers from like institutions, with like infrastructures and shared concerns, for three days of intensive working sessions.

Book Event: Evgeny Morozov and Terry Winograd on "The Net Delusion"

The Net Delusion

On Wednesday, March 21, 4:30-6 p.m., in the Green Library Bender Room, Evgeny Morozov, author of The Net Delusion: The Dark Side of Internet Freedom, will be in conversation with Stanford Professor of Computer Science Terry Winograd. They'll be introduced by Alexis Madrigal, technology editor at The Atlantic.

SULAIR Job Opportunities - March 13, 2012

SULAIR has the following new positions this week:

Metadata Analyst, Branner Earth Sciences Library, Stanford University Libraries (#46849)

Welcome Joshua Greben

Please welcome Joshua Greben to the Library Systems Team as a Programmer/Analyst. Joshua joins SULAIR from the Florida Center for Library Automation where he supported a consortium of Florida University Libraries. Joshua worked on a number of projects for FCLA including Mango - a search environment based on Solr/Lucene.

Please welcome Joshua to SULAIR - stop by and see him if you get the chance - he sits in Meyer 310.

Richard Webber
Associate Director
Enterprise Systems & Programming
Stanford University Libraries

Well-known Journalist Joins SULAIR

It is my pleasure to announce that Cynthia Haven has joined the SULAIR staff as the associate director of communications, a newly created position to increase the visibility of the libraries on campus and beyond. Many of you know her work from her five years as arts and humanities writer for the Stanford News Service and for her nationally prominent blog, The Book Haven (http://bookhaven.stanford.edu). Her time is shared with the English and Creative Writing Departments. She began March 12.

HighWire Launches its 1000th Mobile Website

HighWire Press is pleased to announce the launch of its one thousandth mobile website. This milestone was achieved in just over a year from the initial deployment of the HighWire Mobile Web product. "Since the introduction of the iPhone 3G, it became apparent that mobile users were trying to access journal sites via their mobile devices and quickly became frustrated with the usability," said Matt Rampone, HighWire's Mobile Product Manager. "This product was designed with users in mind, to better serve their mobile workflows."

Concierge Session 2: Copyright, Licenses & E-resources

Concierge Session 2: Copyright, licenses & e-resources is coming up -- the 3 times/dates are:

  • Friday, 3/16 at 10am
  • Tuesday 3/20 at 10am
  • Tuesday 3/20 at 3pm

There are plenty of seats available in each session, so please sign-up now.

SULAIR Job Opportunities - March 6, 2012

SULAIR has no new positions this week:

For a complete description of open positions within SULAIR, go to the Stanford Jobs page, select University Libraries from the Job Search/Location: list, and then click on the Search button.

Editorial Staff

Combined Sciences Library Proposal - Request for Input

SULAIR has created a program proposal for a combined science library to be included in the developing program for the Old Chem building. This library would combine the collections of Falconer Biology Library, the Swain Chemistry & Chemical Engineering Library, and the Mathematics & Statistics Library.

BayNet 2012 Annual Meeting Features David Silver

Join BayNet for a free program with the University of San Francisco’s David Silver, “Digital Natives” on a Media Fast: A Few Findings About College Students, Collective Curiosity, and Libraries. It will be held during the BayNet 2012 Annual Meeting on Friday, May 11, 9:00 am — noon, Koret Auditorium, San Francisco Public Library 100 Larkin Street (at Grove), San Francisco.

Chalk Talk: "Augmented Reality" - March 15

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Who: SULAIR and Coordinate Library Staff
When: Thursday, March 15, 2012, 2:30 - 4 PM
Where: Green Library, IC Classroom

We are increasingly experiencing a physical world that is enhanced with real-time, digital, computer-generated information. Given the current levels of collected and archived data (think of Google, Facebook, Twitter and others), the sky is the limit of what we can learn about places, artifacts and, not surprisingly, other people.

Ref Forum March 21 *Noon*: Being Customer Focused: New and Emerging Trends in Customer Service - Webinar

The March 21 Ref Forum will be a webinar about the new trends in customer service - what a perfect fit with our Concierge Project. Gretel Stock-Kupperman's presentation Being Customer Focused: New and Emerging Trends in Customer Service
promises that participants will:

  • Understand the changing customer service milieu in which libraries operate.
  • Be aware of tools and techniques to understand customer needs.

Concierge 2: Copyright Session – Sign Ups Now Available

Be prepared for your next “Marguerite Moment”; sign up for Concierge 2: Copyright.

At this session, we will provide an overview of Copyright, Intellectual Property, and Licensing issues of relevance to SULAIR. Click on Sign-up in the left column of the CourseWork site and reserve your spot now. There is also a link under Materials -> Concierge 2: Copyright to an excellent set of presentations from the Charleston Conference 2011: The Long Arm of the Law session.

concierge_graphic.jpgThe sessions for Concierge 2 will be held in the Green Library IC classroom and are one hour in length, at the following dates/times:

• Friday, March 16, 10am
• Tuesday, March 20, 10am & 3pm

See you on the Marguerite!

Chris Bourg

Slide and Video of Concierge 1 Available

Thank you all for your participation and enthusiasm at the Concierge 1 sessions. I hope you had as much fun as I did and learned something new about CourseWork.

If you did not have a chance to attend one of the Concierge 1 sessions (and/or if you want to re-live the sessions); you can find the slides from the presentations and a downloadable video (MP4) of the session under Materials -> Concierge 1: Intro and CourseWork. You can also watch the video directly in the CourseWork site (no downloading needed) by clicking on the Session Videos link in the left column of the LCP site.

SULAIR Job Opportunities - February 28, 2012

SULAIR has the following new positions this week:

Application Software Developer, HighWire Press (#46635)

HighWire Expands European Staff

HighWire Press is pleased to welcome industry insider Kathy Law as the newest member of their United Kingdom based staff. [Press Release, February 28, 2012 http://highwire.stanford.edu/PR/KathyLawHighWire.pdf]

SULAIR Business Services Group E-Mail

SULAIR Business Services is pleased to announce the roll-out of a group mail box to contact the team. The new address is sulair-bsnssvcs@stanford.edu.

Business Services primary role is to serve as SULAIR's bridge to central procurement. The team also supports contract services, such as photocopy maintenance. Examples of items or questions that you should send to the group address above address include:

* Invoices to be processed
* Invoice questions, including status of payments
* Requests for new Purchase Orders

Welcome to David McIntyre

I'm very happy to welcome David McIntyre to the CourseWork Engineering team. David is joining us as our Lead Quality Assurance Engineer and will take a primary role driving the testing of CourseWork - Stanford's Learning Management System.

He is very familiar with Stanford, having worked for 5 years in Administrative Systems as a quality engineer testing administrative applications maintained by Business Affairs. Prior to joining Stanford, David had worked for over 10 years in the Silicon Valley area.

SULAIR Job Opportunities - February 21, 2012

SULAIR has the following new positions this week:

Digital Humanities Developer (#46583)

Updates from the February TIPS Meeting

At the TIPS meeting, IT Services presented their new Accounts website that replaces the sunetid.stanford.edu website. This Accounts website will launch February 28th and is the place to go to:

  • Request a new SUNet ID
  • Check the status of a SUNet ID
  • Reset your password
  • Manage your two-step authentication

In May 2012 IT Services plans to incorporate additional functionality into the Accounts website, such as:

New Parking Lot Procedures at 1450 & 1454 Page Mill Road Facilities

New parking lot procedures have been implemented for SULAIR staff and visitors at our 1450 and 1454 Page Mill Road facilities.

QR Codes Pilot Project in Jonsson/SSRC

Have you seen these? These square-shaped matrix-style barcodes with black geometric pattern are called Quick Response codes – aka QR codes – and they’re really useful in today’s smart-phone driven culture for linking to digital information whether it be bibliographic information from a SearchWorks record (yes, QR codes are available for every item in SearchWorks!), a Website, a text message, someone’s contact information etc. QR codes can be scanned by QR code apps downloadable to iphone/android smart phones and ipads/tablets.

The Most Worthey Candidate!

Glen Worthey, Head of the Humanities Digital Information Service and of the Digital Initiatives Group has just been elected to a 3-year term to serve as a member of the Association for Computers and the Humanities (ACH) Executive Council.

Concierge 1 Session Coming Soon!

An announcement has been added in the "Library Concierge Project" site at Coursework 5 (https://coursework.stanford.edu/portal/site/LibraryConciergeProject).

The first set of Concierge sessions (Concierge 1: Intro and CourseWork) are coming soon:
• Friday, February 17, 10am & 2pm
• Tuesday, February 21, 10am & 3pm

SULAIR Job Opportunities - February 14, 2012

SULAIR has the following new positions this week:

Lead/Senior Quality Assurance Engineer, HighWire Press (#46496)

Visit to Graduate School of Business Library, Ref Forum - March 7

Come join a field trip to the Graduate School of Business Library. Mihoko Hosoi, Manager, i-Desk and Library Resources and Emily Alschbach, Research & Instruction Librarian, will guide us through the new facility and talk about their public service model.

Afterwards, join the discussion about challenges with a single service desk model.

Meet at the new Business Library at 2:00 pm.

Interdisciplinary Environmental Group Forms

Colleagues from many campus libraries -- including business, law, and potentially others -- are participating in a new group focused on providing services to the many environmental departments and initiatives on campus. We have a group mailing list to make it easier to get research assistance for these topics.

If you get environmental research queries and are not sure where to refer those requesters, help them reach our group by sending email to: environmental-libraries-group@lists.stanford.edu

SearchWorks 2.0 Released: Better Searches and a New Blacklight Under the Hood

This month saw the release of SearchWorks 2.0 (on Thursday, 2/2/12), followed by a patch release on Wednesday (2/8) to address several minor issues. Between the two releases, SearchWorks now has the following major changes, enhancements and bug fixes.

Stopwords

Chalk Talk: "Follow the Yellow Brick Road: The SULAIR Website Redesign" - February 16

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Who: SULAIR and Coordinate Library Staff
When: Thursday, February 16, 2012, 2:30 - 4 PM
Where: Green Library, IC Classroom

 

Dorothy said, “There's no place like home....” And it's true: there's no place like a home page!

SULAIR Job Opportunities - February 7, 2012

SULAIR has the following new positions this week:

Assistant Librarian, LOCKSS Program, Stanford University Libraries (#46309)

CIP Community Conversation

SULAIR is an institutional member of the UMUC Center for Intellectual Property. As such, you're all welcome to participate in tomorrow's Community Conversation investigating the intersection of copyright and social media.

When: February 8, 2012; 1:00 PM Eastern

Who: Join Jeannette Carmadella, J.D., as she discusses the intersection of copyright and social media. Check it out!

How: The conversation will take place in the online Wimba platform.

Further details of the event are here:
http://cipcommunity.org/s/1039/index.aspx?sid=1039&gid=1&pgid=735&cid=34...

Instructions on how to sign up (it's a little more complicated than it should be) are here:
http://lib.stanford.edu/sulairnews/stanford-institutional-member-center-...

Mimi Calter
Assistant University Librarian & Chief of Staff

SALLIE: New Image Repository Service

An article in the Stanford Report today highlights a new, free image repository service called "SALLIE" (Stanford ALL-Image Exchange). This image repository isn't just a place to find images, but departments can use SALLIE to contribute images as well as store and organize their own digital assets.

Change to the Petty Cash Transaction Limit

Stanford University's Office of the Treasurer has decreased the petty cash transaction limit to $100 (previously $150). All reimbursements over the $100 limit must now be processed through iOU.

Please keep in mind that the preferred purchase methods are Oracle/iOU and Pcard. While the amount has changed, other items remain the same. Shalien Izzi, in the Director’s Office, will continue to distribute petty cash on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9:30 - 10:30 a.m.

Thank you!

Ruth Reyes-Johnson Joins the SULAIR HR Team

"I am pleased to announce that Ruth Reyes-Johnson has joined the SULAIR HR team as our Human Resources Associate replacing Malini Doering. Malini took a position within S.U.'s School of Education as their Doctoral Program Officer.

Ruth comes to us with 12 plus years of related experience in HR administrative responsibilities to include extensive disability and leave management experience. Her primary responsibilities with SULAIR will be disability, workers compensation and family leave management, payroll processing, and policy resource for time and leave administrators for staff.

Game On! Active Learning Techniques for Library Instruction with Felicia Smith and Joseph Makokha - Ref Forum

Ref Forum
February 15, 2012, 2:00 - 3:00 pm in *Cubberley*

Felicia taught Pirate-themed library instruction classes, dressed in a full Pirate costume, as part of her Informational-Treasure Scavenger Hunt concept. Felicia will demonstrate some of her students’ favorite active learning exercises, which were published in her scholarly articles “Pirate-Teacher” and “Games for Teaching Information Literacy Skills” as well as in her first book, Cybrarian Extraordinaire: Compelling Information Literacy Instruction. Her presentation will end with her RefWorks YouTube video, which has gone viral internationally.

Joseph taught middle and high school students, incorporating interactive activities, as well as led undergraduates in Nairobi University to design, build, and perfect a robot (Fadhili) for emergency food delivery in an unnamed war-torn territory. He has also designed interactive interfaces for eBay and launched his own startup (Yourworld Interactive LLC).

Concierge Project & Training

At the December All-Hands Meetings, Chris Bourg introduced the Library Concierge Project to you all. concierge_graphic.jpg The Library Concierge Project is designed to equip, empower, and encourage all SULAIR public services staff to provide Concierge-level services to Stanford scholars. A Concierge serves as an expert single point of contact, providing the patron with access to a full range of relevant SULAIR resources and services.

We will be providing a series of training sessions to prepare staff to serve as effective Concierges. The training sessions are open to all interested SULAIR staff, at individual supervisors’ discretion. Those who work directly with patrons are expected to attend.

Commuter Incentives from Parking & Transportation

TOC for February:

  1. Stanford Commute Club now offers up to $300 per year
  2. Commute Club members received fall quarter payments in December
  3. Want to reach 10,000 steps a day? Alternative transportation can help you succeed
  4. Zipcar is offering $40 in driving credit and $36 overnight rates
  5. Request a Clipper card for free for a limited time, and use pre-tax payroll deduction if eligible

1. Stanford Commute Club now offers up to $300 per year
Be part of the Commute Club’s 10 Year Celebration

Hopkins Seaside Laboratory Exhibit at PG Public Library

A scale model of Hopkins Seaside Laboratory is on display at the Pacific Grove Public Library for the month of February.Hopkins Model1 The model was build by Chris Patton. The display also includes an assortment of historic photos, the original 1892 Bulletin, and an assortment of shells.

SULAIR Job Opportunities - January 31, 2012

SULAIR has the following new positions this week:

Ordering Specialist, Acquisitions Department, Stanford University Libraries (#46310)

Library Website Redesign: New Subject Guide Design

The most recent post on the Library Website Redesign Project Blog focuses on design of the new subject guides. The new model will have a simple, intuitive design; have support for media and automatic feeds; and will provide easy content creation, organization, and maintenance. This new design intends to meet the needs of six, identified types of users.

Laszlo Jakusovszky to Become New Media Microtext Op Manager

I'm happy to announce that Laszlo Jakusovszky has accepted our offer to become the Operations Manager in Media Microtext. His first day in MM will be February 1, 2012.

SULAIR Job Opportunities - January 25, 2012

SULAIR has the following new position:

Senior Project Manager, Project Management Office, HighWire Press (#46217 )

"HighWire Bolsters Management Team with Key Business Development and COO Appointments"

A Press Release from HighWire on January 4, 2012 announces the appointments of Bill Matthews as Director of Business Development, and Ed Braniff as Chief Operations Officer.

The Press Release states, "The staff structural expansion is designed to further enhance HighWire’s organizational focus on innovation, community and customer service."

For more information about these appointments, please read the Press Release attached below.

JHOVE2 Software Recognized in "Top 10 Digital Preservation Developments of 2011"

The Library of Congress' blog on digital preservation recently called attention to JHOVE2, software developed by Stanford Libraries in collaboration with the California Digital Library and Portico. The digital file analysis tool is named on a list of "10 developments from 2011 that deserve special consideration because of their broad impact on the practical work of stewarding content, or on raising the awareness of how important this work is for our culture."

Invitation to Attend a Talk by K.W. Lee, Journalist and Activist

KWLee_sml.jpgWhat: A Conversation on the Media and Race Relations with K.W. Lee, Journalist and Activist
When: Wednesday, February 1, 4:00-6:00p.m. Reception to follow talk and Q & A
Where: Bender Room, 5th Floor, Bing Wing, Green Library

Include: Kindly forward this invitation to all who might be interested.

On Wednesday, February 1, 2012, at 4:00 p.m., the Stanford Libraries, in conjunction with Asian-American Studies, the Bill Lane Center for the American West and the Center for East-Asian Studies, will host a talk by K.W. Lee, journalist and activist titled "A Conversation on the Media and Race Relations with K.W. Lee, Journalist and Activist."

Emily Alschbach Joins the Team at the GSB Library

We are pleased to welcome Emily Alschbach as our new Research & Instruction Librarian at the Graduate School of Business Library. Emily holds a master's degree from the School of Information at the University of Michigan; she also did a double major as an undergrad at Michigan in English and Science, Technology and Society. Most recently she worked at Morgan Stanley. Among her other duties, Emily will be responsible for instruction to the GSB and Stanford community, and offering research support as part of our Research Services team.

Please join us in welcoming Emily to Stanford.

January Chalk Talk: An Elephant in the Library - Thursday, January 26

Who: SULAIR and Coordinate Library Staff
When: Thursday, January 26, 2012, 2:30 - 4 PM
Where: Green Library, IC Classroom

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HathiTrust
Just over a year ago, the Stanford University Libraries joined HathiTrust, a shared digital repository that has grown to about 10 million digitized volumes from libraries around the United States. Since then, SULAIR has sent representatives to its Constitutional Convention, made use of substantial specialized research corpora, and contributed expertise to a closely-related effort known as the HathiTrust Research Center.

Project Information Literacy Kicks Off Ref Forum Series in 2012

What is it like to be a college student in the digital age?

Join your colleagues as we listen to Allison Head "present a working typology of the undergraduate information-seeking process."

Searching for Context: Modeling the Information-Seeking Process of College Students in the Digital Age (http://cyber.law.harvard.edu/events/luncheon/2012/01/head). The webcast and discussion will take place in the Ida Green room from 2-3:30 Wednesday, January 18.

If you want to be notified of future Ref Forum events, send an e-mail to Malgorzata Schaefer at mschaefe@stanford.edu.

Iconic Ms. Magazine Covers Essay Contest Winners on Display in Green East Lobby

In celebration of the 40th anniversary of Ms. magazine this year, a group of Stanford faculty and Ms. editors selected forty iconic Ms. covers for a short-essay contest. Nearly three hundred contestants contributed their thoughts on what these magazine covers meant to them, how they clarified issues in their lives, and how they reflected the changing nature of feminism.

SULAIR Job Opportunities - January 17, 2012

Stanford FCU Can Help with Resolutions That Revolve Around Finances!

Happy New Year!

As the new year takes off, I want to share how Stanford FCU can help with resolutions that revolve around finances. sfculogo.gifMany of us are taking closer looks at our current checking accounts to see how we can save money. In the beginning of January, we launched a campaign “Get rid of the Piggy Bank.” - you may have seen the ads throughout Palo Alto. Some of the benefits of banking with us are:

The Future of Books, Research Libraries, and Scholarly Publishing: An Insider's View

"The future of books, research libraries, and scholarly publishing: an insider's view" by University Librarian Mike Keller is the ouverture to Bulletin des bibliothèques de France, "L'avenir des bibliothèques : vues d'ailleurs" [t. 56, no. 6, 2011. p. 26.], published in December.

The Community Police Academy (CPA)

The Community Police Academy (CPA) starts today, January 11, 2012 at 5:30pm. The CPA is a 9-week class that exposes participants to the day-to-day activities of the Stanford Department of Public Safety through classroom and hands-on activities. Some of the classes include: department philosophy, evidence collection, search and seizure laws, use of force, DUI, and patrol procedures. Past field trips (optional) have included tours of the jail, the morgue, and the ability to experience "high speed" driving in a closed and safe environment.

Welcome Emma Tisovec

As we say goodbye to Pat Hall, we welcome Emma Tisovec who joined the staff of the Serials Access & Maintenance Unit on January 10 as our half-time Specialist to fill Pat’s position.

Farewell to Pat Hall

After 24 years of exemplary service to Stanford University Libraries, Pat Hall is retiring to spend more time with her family and enjoy her grandchildren.

SULAIR Job Opportunities - January 10, 2012

SULAIR has the following new position:

Oral Historian, Stanford Historical Society (#46047)

Branner GIS Services Highlighted in Education Executive

This month's Education Executive magazine features an interview with Patricia Carbajales about Branner Library's support and outreach efforts with GIS. Read about it here!

Project Information Literacy Kicks Off Ref Forum Series in 2012

What is it like to be a college student in the digital age?
Join your colleagues as we listen to Allison Head "present a working typology of the undergraduate information-seeking process." See Berkman Center for Internet & Society for a full description of the project.
http://cyber.law.harvard.edu/events/luncheon/2012/01/head

Stay after the webcast to share your comments.

Wednesday, January 18, 2:00 - 3:30 pm* in the IC Classroom

Stanford's KZSU Features Patricia Carbajales

Patricia Carbajales, Branner Library’s Geospatial Manager, gave an entertaining full-hour appearance on Stanford's KZSU 90.1 Lunch Special radio show on Monday, January 9 at 12 pm. Tune in to hear her play some of her favorite music and speak about her GIS efforts.

Listen to the recording online at: http://www.radio4all.net/index.php/program/56930.

SULAIR Job Opportunities - January 4, 2012

SULAIR has the following new positions:

Bench Press Systems Manager, HighWire Press (#45905)

Training Session: ProQuest Data Sets

Need numbers, but aren't sure how to get them? Andrea Sevetson from ProQuest (formerly LexisNexis) will be on campus to provide library staff with a ProQuest Data Sets training session. She will also briefly cover ProQuest Statistical Insight.

Date: Wednesday, January 11, 2012
Time: 2pm - 3pm
Place: Green Library, IC Classroom

ProQuest DataSets http://searchworks.stanford.edu/view/8609865

2012 Holiday Schedule

STANFORD UNIVERSITY
Designated Holidays - 2012

New Year's Holiday
Monday, January 2, 2012 (New Year's Day is on Sunday)

Martin Luther King, Jr. Day
Monday, January 16, 2012

Presidents' Day

December Issue of "ReMix" Now Online

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The December issue of ReMix is now online.

ReMix is a monthly newsletter created to inform donors and friends about distinctive aspects of SULAIR, including its collections and services, media coverage about SULAIR, and campus events of possible interest.

SULAIR Staff Anniversary Honorees

Well over 200 staff members attended the annual SULAIR Holiday Party on December 14th at the Schwab Center. The event involved great food, good cheer and a visit from St. Nicholas (known to the library staff as R.T. Carr, III). As usual, in addition to providing an opportunity to celebrate the accomplishments of 2011, the holiday party provided an opportunity for University Librarian Michael Keller to recognize staff celebrating employment anniversaries. For the listing of honorees, please see:

https://lib.stanford.edu/files/service_awards_2011.pdf

Kimberly Kay, Admin. Assoc. to AUL, Technical Services

Got an Image Problem? Come to the Next Chalk Talk - Thursday, Dec. 15

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When: Thursday, 12/15, 2:30 - 4 PM
Where: Green Library IC Classroom 
What to bring: Curiosity and a laptop (some laptops will be available for check-out)

Do you know how many digital images are in the Stanford Libraries' collections? Neither do we! But a rough count reveals at least a few million — rivaling our e-book collections, and playing in the same ballpark as our print collections. Join us as we explore the great wealth (and occasional chaos) of our digital image collections, both those we subscribe to and those we create and host ourselves.

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Presenters:

  • emcee: James Jacobs (DIG+Plus)
  • Mattie Taormina (Special Collections)
  • Stu Snydman (DLSS)
  • Peter Blank (Art & Architecture)
  • Glen Worthey (DIG)

Parker on the Web: New Version Release with Improved Content

We're pleased to announce the release of Version 1.4 of Parker on the Web, the fourth incremental site release since the launch of Version 1.0 in Fall 2009.

Even More Yoga in Green!

We're adding a Friday noon class taught by Janet Berkowitz. What a wonderful way to prepare for your weekend. And, we're continuing our very popular Monday and Wednesday classes. All levels welcome.

When:
• Monday 12:00 - 12:50 pm. Instructor: Hattie Bluestone
• Wednesday 5:15 - 6:05 pm. Instructor: Dina Prioste
• Friday 12:00 - 12:50 pm. Instructor: Janet Berkowitz

Where:
Green Library Information Center classroom, BYOYM (bring your own yoga mat) and a water bottle. Note: Participants will be asked to help wheel the tables and chairs off to the sides and then replace them after class.

Limit: 20 per class.

SULAIR Job Opportunities - December 13, 2011

SULAIR has the following new positions:

Administrative Associate, Academic Computing Services (#45857)

Reminder: SULAIR Holiday Party - Wednesday, December 14!

 

SULAIR Holiday Party

Wednesday, December 14th

4:00pm - 6:00pm

Schwab Residential Center

Vidalakis Dining Rooms

680 Serra Street


For more information: krkay@stanford.edu

Cubberley Welcomes Joseph M. Makokha

Cubberley Library has a new User Services Technology Specialist. His name is Joseph Makokha. He has a Masters from Stanford University School of Education’s Learning Design and Technology program.

SULAIR Job Opportunities - December 6, 2011

SULAIR has the following new positions:

Office Manager, Academic Computing Services (#45737)

Terman Engineering Library Update

In our relentless pursuit of the “bookless” engineering library, we have further reduced the onsite book collection to 10,500 items from our 2010 move-in collection of 16,500. Sending these low-use titles to SAL3 in several shipments over the summer allowed us to shift the collection so that we could take down 5 ranges of shelving over the Thanksgiving break. We are replacing the shelving with 6 additional study tables and 24 chairs resulting in a 25% increase in seating capacity for the Terman Library.

Welcome, Matt Marostica, New Subject Specialist for Economics and Political Science

Please join me in welcoming Matt Marostica, the new Subject Specialist in Economics and Political Science to Stanford. Matt started at SULAIR on Monday and brings a wealth of experience as a scholar and attorney; Matt holds a Ph.D. in Political Science from UC-Berkeley and a J.D. from Boalt Hall at UC-Berkeley. Matt's Ph.D. work focused on comparative politics, specifically the intersection of religion and politics in Latin America. Matt has taught comparative politics, Latin American politics and political theory at UC-Berkeley, Mills College, and BYU.

Caltrain GO Pass and VTA Eco Pass Distribution at Green Library, December 8

On Thursday, December 8, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., Stanford Parking & Transportation Services (P&TS) will be distributing the 2011 Caltrain GO Pass and VTA Eco Pass at the Information Center Classroom in the Cecil H. Green Library. (Your university ID or library access card is required.) Please note that there is no grace period for the 2011 Go Pass and Eco Pass in 2012. The 2011 passes will not be valid after Dec. 31.

SULAIR News Publication Schedule for Winter Closure

Because of the University's Winter Closure from December 19, 2011-January 2, 2012, articles submitted for SULAIR News will be published on the following schedule:

  • Articles submitted by 11:00 am, Wednesday, December 14 will be reviewed and published by December 14. An email announcement listing recent articles will be distributed on that day.
  • Any articles submitted after the announcement email on December 14 - January 2, will be reviewed and published on Tuesday, January 3, 2012

The next SULAIR News email announcement listing recent articles will be distributed on Wednesday, January 4, 2012.

Happy Holidays!

Winter Intersession and Winter Closure Hours - Now Available


The Winter Closure and Winter Intersession Hours for the Libraries have been updated and are now available on the Web. You can access both the Winter Closure and Winter Intersession hours at http://library.stanford.edu/closures as well as from a link in the Highlights space on SULAIR's home page. The following are direct links:

Winter Intersession (Dec. 17 - Dec. 18, 2011) & (Jan. 3 - Jan. 8, 2012)

Winter Closure Hours (Dec. 19, 2011 - Jan. 2, 2012)

Welcome, Reynaldo Santos!

We are pleased to announce that Reynaldo Santos has joined Enterprise Systems & Programming as a CourseWork Software Developer. His primary focus will be supporting and enhancing CourseWork, Stanford University’s primary Learning Management System.

Reynaldo came from Administrative Systems at Stanford University, where he first joined Stanford in 2008. He has worked on various middleware applications such as Sunetid, StanfordYou/StanfordWho, RegAdmin, Authority Manager and Workgroup Manager. Before that he spent 10+ years working as a software developer in Colorado.

Welcome, Felicia!

The IC is delighted to have Felicia Smith join its team as Information and Instructional Services Librarian. Felicia has extensive experience providing reference and instruction services in academic, public, business, law, chemistry and medical libraries as well as experience in technical services. Felicia was the first Outreach Librarian at the University of Notre Dame, a position she held for three years, followed by assuming the position of Latino Studies and Sociology Librarian.

Helen Josephine and Stella Ota Elected to SLA Leadership Positions

During the recent election cycle of the SLA Science-Technology Division and the SLA Physics-Astronomy-Mathematics (PAM) Division, two SERG librarians were elected to leadership roles.

Helen Josephine will be the incoming Chair-elect of the SciTech Division and Stella Ota will be the incoming Chair-elect of the PAM Division. Within SLA, the leadership role of the division is a three-year commitment which starts with the chair-elect role and continues in the second year as chair and in the final year as past-chair.

Adan Griego Honored at the Guadalajara International Book Fair

This year marks the 25th anniversary of the Guadalajara International Book Fair ("Feria Internacional del Libro," FIL), and to celebrate the occasion, groups of 25 professionals in several different fields were awarded honors. In the "librarian" category, Adan Griego was one of the 25 from Mexico and the United States honored for their contributions to FIL over the past 25 years.

The ceremony was held at the opening of the 18th annual Library Conference on November 28 (http://sdpnoticias.com/nota/243080/Reflexionan_sobre_el_papel_de_la_info...).

Michael Keller's Keynote Address at the 2011 Charleston Conference

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"University Librarian Michael Keller gave an invited keynote address at the 2011 Charleston Conference entitled, "The Semantic Web for Publishers and Libraries".

A video of his talk is available at http://www.katina.info/conference/video_2011_keller.php"

November Issue of "ReMix" Now Online

November ReMix

The November issue of ReMix is now online.

ReMix is a monthly newsletter created to inform donors and friends about distinctive aspects of SULAIR, including its collections and services, media coverage about SULAIR, and campus events of possible interest.

Kenneth Chan Leaving Stanford

After over 11 years of working at Stanford (including time as a student), Kenneth Chan will be leaving the Farm and head to an exciting opportunity at Shutterfly.

SciVerse Hub Presentation on Mon, Dec 5th, from 2-3pm in SSRC

sciverse.jpg On Monday, December 5th, from 2-3pm in the SSRC, Jessica Herzog from Elsevier will give a presentation on SciVerse Hub which includes Scopus, ScienceDirect, and applications. Below are more details about what will be covered in this session:

An Introduction to SciVerse Hub & Applications
Find out what’s new! And, learn how applications can aid in collaboration, help manage your search results, and analyze data within articles of interest.

SULAIR Job Opportunities - November 29, 2011

SULAIR has the following new positions:

Human Resources Associate (#45628)

Isn't it... Rich? SULAIR's Holeton Wins NEA Writing Fellowship

PICT0035.JPGRichard Holeton, Director of Academic Computing and a longtime SULAIR colleague, is one of just four California authors to win a major creative writing fellowship awarded by the National Endowment for the Arts last week.

The Stanford News Service's Dish has published a very nice little interview with Rich on the occasion of his prize.

In case you haven't read any of Rich's fiction, now's a great time to do so. In addition to his classic and critically-acclaimed 1998 hypertext novel on CD-ROM, Figurski at Findhorn on Acid, you can see a list of works at Rich's website. Many of these are available online, including the two stories for which he was awarded the NEA fellowship, "Thanks for Covering Your Lane" and "Product Placement."

Happy Thanksgiving

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Wishing everyone a very Happy Thanksgiving!

 

-Editorial Staff

SULAIR Job Opportunities - November 22, 2011

SULAIR has the following new position:

Assistant Curator for Estonian and Baltic Studies (#45559)

Tim Johnson Joins Academic Computing Services

It is my pleasure to introduce all of you to Tim Johnson, ACS' new Technical Systems Specialist. Along with Mike Queisser and Alex Schorsch, Tim will be developing and delivering images to managed machines throughout the residences, public computing spaces, Branch Libraries, and SULAIR staff.

New Library Website Ready for Preview

The new library website is ready to preview! The Website Redesign Team is pleased to share with you and with our patrons the progress made on the library website redesign: librarypreview.stanford.edu.

We look forward to your comments and feedback, sent to libweb-feedback@lists.stanford.edu. Please tell your faculty and student colleagues about the preview so we can gather their input as well. We will collect and analyze all the feedback we get through early 2012 before making any major changes to the preview.

Please note that the new site is not finished yet. This preview includes many high-level pages and important functions like improved search and information about library services. Subject pages are up next, followed by branch content.

For additional background and future updates on the Library Website Redesign Project, please check out the Project Blog.

Digital Forensics in the Trenches: Floppies Gone Bad

I’m currently imaging 3.5 inch diskettes using AccessData FTK Imager, and the process has involved a certain amount of déjà vu. I came of age in the 1990s, when 3.5 inch diskettes were the workhorses of logical storage. With the advent of flash drives and cloud storage, however, I’d forgotten some of the special quirks of dealing with floppies and floppy drives. I offer some tips here in the hopes that readers will find them useful.

SULAIR Job Opportunities - November 16, 2011

SULAIR has no new positions this week:

For a complete description of open positions within SULAIR, go to the Stanford Jobs page, select University Libraries from the Job Search/Location: list, and then click on the Search button.

Editorial Staff

Library Website Redesign: Preview and Testing at the Library Open House

Another blog post has been added to the Library Website Redesign Project Blog. The most recent post highlights the Website Preview and Testing at the Library Open House.

To keep updated on the latest news regarding the website redesign, remember to follow the blog (RSS feeds are available).

MARC Holdings (MHLD) Data Added to SearchWorks

SearchWorks' full record display has just been enhanced with holdings summary and "latest received" information from MARC holdings records in Symphony, addressing a need that has often been expressed in SearchWorks feedback. This information is displayed under the library / location name in the "At the Library" section. In addition to a holdings summary, titles that are currently received also include a "Latest" line that displays the most recently received issue or volume. The list of items for each location is now shortened to three, with a "+ show all" link to display the full list.

Ann K.D. Myers, Special Collections Cataloger, Joins SULAIR

The Department of Special Collections & University Archives announces the appointment of Ann K.D. Myers as the Special Collections Book Cataloger after a national search to fill this position. Ms. Myers will begin her assignment at the Associate Librarian rank with Stanford Libraries on November 9, 2011. Ann will be working out of the SULAIR Page Mill Road facility where several of Special Collections & University Archives staff relocated to earlier this year.

Attribution - Library Open House Slideshow

In my rush to get an article into SULAIR News yesterday, I neglected to note that Karim Arsalane was the photographer/creator of the Library Open House 2011 Slideshow. Three cheers!

Ref Forum November 16: Feedback on Library Open House

Come to a debriefing session on what worked, what didn't, and what you'd like to see in the future for a library open house. Here's your chance to start early with planning ideas. We will also present whatever feedback we collected via the statistics sheet and the drawing tickets.

See you Nov. 16, in the SSRC, 2-3!

Library Open House 2011

The Library Open House Committee's call for perfect weather was heard! Students, faculty, and campus staff came to learn about the diverse services and collections offered by the various libraries on campus. banner_sml_0.jpg

Participants engaged in conversations about various citation tools, xSearch, new features in SearchWorks, as well as unique collections such as Hoover's Archives, Cubberley's children's books, and the Art Library's images that were provided by the Visual Resources Center. A slide show highlighted subject librarians who were also present to introduce themselves and explain how they can support research to the various visitors.

SULAIR Job Opportunities - November 8, 2011

SULAIR has the following new positions:

Operations Manager of Media Microtext, Access Services, Green Library (#45399)

Join Us for Geography Awareness Week, Nov. 14-18th!

Come join the Geospatial Library staff to celebrate Geography Awareness Week, November 14th-18th. We've got a great week of events planned to explore all things geospatial. We're hosting daily workshops as well as a full afternoon of talks, posters, and a game on Wednesday (16th), International GIS Day. Don't miss out on the fun!

Workshops to bring you up to speed on geospatial software.

Winter Shutdown

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The 2011 winter close will be from Monday, December 19, 2011 through Monday, January 2, 2012. Regular operations will resume on Tuesday, January 3, 2012. During this time, the following dates have been designated as University holidays:

Library Open House Today - November 8!

Let your colleagues and our patrons know that the Library Open House is today from 12 Noon - 4 p.m.!

stanfordreport_libopenhouse2011.jpgThis year's Library Open House will take place in and around the Green Library East lobby, highlighting SULAIR's services and resources.

Participants will include most of the campus libraries, Special Collections, Digital Humanities, SULAIR in Second Life, and many more.

Michael Keller will give a talk on "Developments in the Digital Landscape." The very popular Robotic Book Scanner tours are back and information on SearchWorks, xSearch, RefWorks, and Zotero will be presented. Music and a drawing for prizes will round out the event. (Please remember that the drawing is not for library staff.)

We look forward to seeing you there!

Beautiful (Old) Books in Browsers

The 2011 Books in Browsers gathering, hosted by the Internet Archive and O'Reilly Media, took place in the offices of the Internet Archive (yes, the working offices - thanks to all of the IA employees who put up with us invading their space).

New Proquest Interface

Proquest's interface changed for us in August and now our Wilson databases are moving to the Proquest platform. Would you like a little help in navigating? Come to the Ref Forum in the SSRC on Wednesday, November 2, from 2-3 pm, and learn from Proquest's Trainer, Aimée D. Leverette.

SULAIR Job Opportunities - November 1, 2011

SULAIR has the following new positions:

Data Control Specialist, Analytic Sets, East Asia Library (#45244)

Stanford/CLIR Linked Data Workshop Report

The Stanford/CLIR Linked Data Workshop report is now complete and, is now in the hands of the CLIR publishing staff who will make it available in the next days linked to Jerry Persons' Survey. The report is also available as a pdf, linked from SULAIR's homepage.

Please let me know of your criticisms and advice regarding the report. Thanks for taking a look at it.

Cheers,
Mike Keller

Come to the Library Open House on November 8

Don't forget that the Library Open House is on Tuesday, November 8 from 12 noon - 4 p.m.library_openhouse2011_sml.jpg

This year, we ask that all library staff consider themselves as co-hosts of the Library Open House. As you visit the various tables and displays at the Open House, please take the initiative to greet students and faculty, answer their questions, and guide them towards the exhibits of interest to them.

Music Library Exhibit: The Ambassador Auditorium

Ambassador AuditoriumThe Music Library’s current exhibit, titled The Ambassador Auditorium: A Golden Age of Music and Dance on the West Coast, features a variety of materials from the Ambassador Auditorium Collection in the Archive of Recorded Sound.

SULAIR Job Opportunities - October 25 , 2011

SULAIR has the following new positions:

Head of Evening Operations and Print Reserves, Access Services (#45188)

Updates from the October TIPS Meeting

TIPS Talk from the Financial Management and Consulting Support Group
Robbi Mees and Cheryl Penn, both with the Financial Management and Consulting Support Group, presented on the new Buying and Paying resource located on Stanford’s Gateway to Financial Activities Website (Fingate).

SULAIR Job Opportunities - October 18, 2011

SULAIR has the following new positions:

Japanese Studies Librarian, East Asia Library (#45147)

Visit to the Business Library Canceled

With many changes in GSB and the library, they have asked that we cancel the visit to their facilities until their situation stabilizes. Ref forum Scheduled for Oct 19 is thus canceled.

SULAIR Holiday Party

 

Save the Date!

SULAIR Holiday Party

Wednesday, December 14th

4:00pm - 6:00pm

Schwab Residential Center

Vidalakis Dining Rooms

680 Serra Street


For more information: krkay@stanford.edu

Library Website Redesign: New Visual Design - Hours & Locations

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The most recent post on the Library Website Redesign Project Blog boasts a simpler, more streamlined back-end process for gathering and displaying hours and location information.

Chalk Talk - iPads for eStudents: yStanford?

Who: All SULAIR and Coordinate Library Staff
When: Thursday, October 20, 2:30-4:00 p.m.
Where: Green Library Information Center Classroom (that's behind the IC desk.)

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We at Stanford are always balancing between our desire to stay ahead of the technology curve and our mission to provide deep, reliable and meaningful services and resources to our students and faculty. When a new tool like the iPad (or its competitors) appears, we aim to be both early adopters and thoughtful adopters.

OPEN ACCESS OPENS DOORS: A Panel Discussion on Open Access Publishing

Do you understand what Open Access publishing can do for you?

Let our distinguished panel of experts from Stanford University and the Public Library of Science (PLOS) show you how Open Access publishing can significantly boost the visibility and impact of your research. You will learn:

  • How publishing in OA journals will enhance the impact of your research
  • That the perception that OA journal peer-review processes are weak is a myth
  • The reality of impact factors for OA and non-OA journals
  • Alternatives for covering the costs of publishing your paper in an OA journal
  • Your rights as the author of an article in OA vs. traditional journals

SULAIR Job Opportunities - October 11, 2011

SULAIR has the following new positions:

Publication Manager, HighWire Press (#45020)

Open House at Hopkins Marine Station

Miller Library during 2006 Hopkins Marine
Station Open House.

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It has been five years since the last Hopkins Marine Station Open House, so be sure to take advantage of this opportunity to learn about the teaching and research programs at the Station.

Faculty and students from ten diverse labs will be available to talk with you about their research and have put together displays and demonstrations to show you what they do. There will be opportunities to learn about marine mammals, aquatic birds, fish, invertebrates, and algae. There will be games for kids, firing of a water cannon, a parasite petting zoo, a knitted kelp forest, squid dissections, short talks by faculty and students, and the always popular tuna feeding.

The event takes place on Saturday, October 29th from 10 am to 4 pm. More information, including a list of talks and scheduled events, will be posted on the Open House web page as they become available.

The URL is http://hms.stanford.edu/oh2011.html


Surprise Visitor to the Miller Library

Sea Turtle.jpgAn olive ridley sea turtle was found on the beach in front of the Miller Library this afternoon. It was not in good health. A whole cadre of Monterey Bay Aquarium staff came over to see it. After getting permission from the appropriate agencies, they removed it from the beach so it could be evaluated by their veterinarian. The goal is to nurse it back to health so it can be released.

Meyer Residents One Step Closer to Move

"Stanford is one step closer to moving the occupants of Meyer Library, including the East Asia Library and the Academic Computing Services Program, into a five-story building recently vacated by the Graduate School of Business (GSB).

The proposal, which was recently presented to the university's cabinet, now goes to the Stanford University Board of Trustees for approval.

If trustees approve the proposal, Stanford would begin renovating the building, now known as GSB South, in January 2013. The construction project is expected to be completed in the spring of 2014."

SULAIR Job Opportunities - October 4, 2011

SULAIR has the following new positions:

Senior Systems Software Developer, HighWire Press (#44926)

Arik Broman Joins Academic Computing Services Operation Team

Please join me in welcoming Arik Broman to Academic Computing Services. As a Technical Operations Manager, Arik will serve as the functional lead and provide direct/end user support for:

  1. Residential, public and library computing and learning spaces.
  2. ACS and SULAIR technology enabled classrooms.
  3. ACS summer conference computing services.
  4. Hiring, directing and coordinating student staff in support of learning environments, classrooms, summer conference computing services, SULAIR technical support and other ACS services.

Updates from the September 21st TIPS Meeting

Here are some updates from the TIPS (Team to Improve Productivity at Stanford) meeting held on September 21st:

Welcome, Kris Kasianovitz - New International, State, and Local Government Documents Librarian

Please join me in welcoming Kris Kasianovitz, the new International, State, and Local Government Documents Librarian to Stanford. Kris started at SULAIR on Monday and brings a wealth of experience as a librarian; she comes to Stanford from the Charles E. Young Research Library at UCLA, where she served as Government Information, Maps, GIS, Public Policy, & Urban Planning Librarian.

You can reach Kris via email at krisk11@stanford.edu; her office is 123-E in the SSRC Suite.

Webinar: Integrating iPads and Tablet Computers into Library Services

Who's Invited: All SULAIR and Coordinate library staff When: Thursday, October 13, 2011, 11:30 a.m.-1:00 p.m. and Thursday, October 20, 2011, 11:30 a.m.-1:00 p.m. (Feel free to bring a lunch... discreetly.) Where: SSRC Seminar Room, Green Library DIG+Plus is pleased to sponsor this two-part ALA Webinar, presented by Rebecca Miller, Carolyn Meier and Heather Moorfield-Lang (all of Virginia Tech). The official ALA description of the webinar follows: Spurred by the launch of the iPad, the use and popularity of tablet computers has exploded. Tablets offer major potential for library services, including the ability to increase productivity and improve your library’s programs in such areas as reference services, collection management, and library instruction.

Proquest - Training on the New Interface

Proquest's interface changed for us in August and now our Wilson databases are moving to the Proquest platform. Would you like a little help in navigating? Come to the Ref Forum on November 2, from 2-3 pm, in the SSRC, and learn from Proquest's Trainer, Aimée D. Leverette. Save the date!

Jim Kent Retiring!

As Coordinator of Media & Microtext for the last eleven years, Jim transformed the space and machinery from the dark ages to the digital realm. Jim's thoughtful approach to providing proper space for dual services resulted in several iterations of space redesign. Jim also led the effort to extend the loan of media materials from faculty only to all patrons, which required hiring a Circulation Supervisor to respond to the demand.

Campus Clean-Up

This year's annual Campus Clean-Up schedule will start on Tuesday, October 4th through Thursday, November 10th, 2011. The annual clean-up event is being sponsored by the University's Building and Grounds Maintenance (BGM) in conjunction with Peninsula Sanitary Service (PSSI) and is a good opportunity to properly dispose of items no longer useful in your departments (free of charge).

SciEng Fall Workshops 2011

The Science and Engineering Libraries are offering 34 short workshops covering 23 different topics during the Fall Term.

Most of the workshops are offered in October with the first workshop, "Using xSearch," scheduled for Sept 28th from 11 am-12 noon at the Swain Chemistry & Chemical Engineering Library. Other topics include citation management tools, advanced searching techniques, SearchWorks tips, and GIS. A full list of the workshops with all the details is attached.

Start-of-Year Reminders from Parking & Transportation

1. Residents and commuters: Do you have your 2011-12 parking permit or Commute Club membership?
New permits required as of Sept. 1; Commute Club memberships must be renewed each academic year.

New Look for Hopkins Marine Station Web Pages

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Hopkins Marine Station recently released a complete redesign of its web pages, with over 1 GB of content. Chris Patton did all the coding for the pages while I helped him with content and design. One nice change is the "LIBRARY" is now a top level tab where on the previous home page you had to go down one level to find the library link. The Marine Life Observatory (MLO) is also a top level tab, which is where you will find some of the data sets that the library is involved in archiving.
You might enjoy watching some slide shows at: http://hopkins.stanford.edu/slides.html

Yoga in Green - Sign Up Now!

SULAIR-ians:
Attached you will find a flyer with the class codes for Monday & Wednesday Yoga Classes being held here in Green Library, in ICC, first floor behind the information desk. The codes are not in the HIP registration book as this is a WoW class, open only to SULAIR-ians!

The Monday 12:00 - 12:50 pm class is all full but there are 9 places open for the Wednesday 5:15 - 6:05 pm class (a nice transition from work to home).

All other pertinent info is on the flyer-we're looking forward to being with you in class!

BayNet Evening with Roberta Shaffer

Join BayNet to hear Roberta Shaffer, the Law Librarian of Congress, speak on "Who's to Judge: Authority by Algorithm and Other 21st Century Challenges to the Law" on October 11 at UC Hastings College of Law in San Francisco.

5:30 – 6:30 - Registration, networking & appetizers
6:30 - Announcements and welcome
6:45 – 7:45 - Presentation

The event is free to BayNET members, $15 for others. Payment will be taken at the door.

Music Library Welcomes Visiting Scholar Wu Xu

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The Music Library has a visiting scholar, Wu Xu, in residence from China until mid-November. Xu is the Deputy Library Director of the Central Conservatory of Music in Beijing, the largest music conservatory in China.

Author Event: Feynman, A Graphic Novel Biography by Jim Ottaviani & Leland Myrick

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When: Monday, September 26, 2011 @ 5:30 pm
Where: Cecil H. Green Library, Information Center Classroom (room 166)

Richard Feynman was one of the greatest minds of the twentieth century. Author Jim Ottaviani and illustrator Leland Myrick tell the story through graphic novel biography of this Nobel-prize winning quantum physicist, adventurer, and musician beginning with grade school in Long Island to his work in quantum electrodynamics, the Manhattan Project, and as a member of the Commission that investigated the Space Shuttle Challenger disaster.

Yoga in Green Library?

Yes, it's true! Due to an overwhelming response to our survey, we are happy to report that HIP's Wellness on Wheels will bring yoga to us, starting this fall quarter. We are offering two separate classes, each with a different instructor.

When:
• Monday 12:00 - 12:50 pm
• Wednesday 5:15 - 6:05 pm

Where:
Green Library Information Center classroom, BYOYM (bring your own yoga mat) and a water bottle. Note: Participants will be asked to help wheel the tables and chairs off to the sides and then replace them after
class.

Limit: 20 per class.

Library Open House Coming Soon!

Save the date! The annual SULAIR Library Open House will take place on November 8, 2011, from 12 noon to 4:00 pm. library_openhouse2011_sml.jpg

This year, the concept is to group tables by "What does the patron need?" rather than by organizational lines. Possible examples are Finding, Using and Archiving Data, or, Finding Legal Information/Using Lexis Nexis.

SULAIR Job Opportunities - September 13, 2011

SULAIR has the following new positions:

Senior Systems Software Developer, HighWire Press (#44587)

Upcoming Town Hall Meetings on 2012 Health Care Plans

The Stanford University Benefits Office is holding town hall meetings this week to discuss changes to employee health care plans in 2012, including the decision to replace Health Net and PacifiCare with the new Blue Shield Exclusive Provider Organization (EPO), as well as Blue Shield's expanded care management program, Health Savings Accounts, Flexible Spending Accounts, and the BeWell Employee Incentive Program.

The town hall meetings, which will include slide presentations by Benefits staff, as well as question-and-answer sessions, will be held:

David Giovacchini Moves to Penn

David Giovacchini will be leaving Stanford for the University of Pennsylvania to head up their Middle East collection in the Van Pelt Library.

This Friday: Open Forum on Mendeley

Jan Reichelt, the co-founder and president of Mendeley Ltd., will hold an open forum for SULAIR staff and interested students and faculty on Friday, September 16, from 10:00-11:30 a.m., in Huang 305 (just upstairs from the Stanford Engineering Library).

Mendeley is a free reference manager and academic social network that can help you organize your reference and research materials, collaborate with others online, and discover the latest research in your field.

http://www.mendeley.com/

September Chalk Talk: What's on the Horizon? A Library Literary Salon

Who: SULAIR and Coordinate Library Staff
When: Thursday, September 15, 2:30 - 4 PM
Where: Green Library, IC Classroom
Pre-Talk Reading: 2011 Horizon Report, available at http://wp.nmc.org/horizon2011/

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Library Website Redesign: The Latest Updates

Two more blog posts have been added to the the Library Website Redesign Project Blog. The most recent posts, highlights a Traveling Road Show and the Website's Development Schedule.

To keep updated on the latest news regarding the website redesign, remember to follow the blog (RSS feeds are available).

Reminder: Ref Forum in IC Classroom Today - "What Students Don't Know"

On Wednesday, September 7, come participate in a discussion about the following article, which has generated a lot of discussion:

What Students Don't Know

The last paragraph says:

SULAIR Job Opportunities - September 6, 2011

SULAIR has the following new position:

Metadata Analyst (#44475)

Welcome, Renzo Sanchez-Silva!

Please join me in welcoming DLSS's newest staff member, Renzo Sanchez-Silva. Renzo will be our new GIS Infrastructure Software Engineer, and will be primarily focused on building a geospatial data portal to serve out library GIS data and digitized maps. Renzo comes to us from the University of New Mexico, where he built a similar geospatial data portal for the UNM Earth Data Analysis Center, and where he was a PhD student in the Electrical and Computing Engineering department. You can reach him by email at renzo@stanford.edu, or in person by coming by his desk in Meyer 210.

Searchworks 1.8.1 Released: Minor Improvements to Emailing Records

On Thursday, September 1, 2011, several minor enhancements to emailing records were released to SearchWorks, along with a few enhancements to record display and SearchWorks formatting. This is SearchWorks version 1.8.1.

Emailing Records:

  1. Users can now email up to five separate addresses at a time when exporting records via email. When entering multiple addresses, simply separate them with a comma.
  2. The extraneous line breaks between subjects in long records have now been removed.

BayNet Tour: Google Headquarters with Tasha Bergson-Michelson and Dan Russell

Thursday, November 3, 2011
http://www.baynetlibs.org/events/baynet-google-tour-november-3-2011/

NOTE: This event is limited to 50 people. You must register online to be able to attend.

You must be a current BayNet member. If you haven't renewed your BayNet membership yet, please do so now:

http://www.baynetlibs.org/membership/membership-information/

Elizabeth Horn Joins IASRG

Elizabeth J. Horn has just joined SULAIR as a curatorial assistant in the International and Area Studies Resource Group, where she will provide support to curators Sarah Sussman and Karen Fung.

SULAIR Job Opportunities - August 30, 2011

SULAIR has no new positions this week.

For a complete description of open positions within SULAIR, go to the Stanford Jobs page, select University Libraries from the Job Search/Location: list, and then click on the Search button.

Editorial Staff

Stanford Federal Credit Union Has a Special Website for Stanford Employees

Stanford Federal Credit Union has a special website for Stanford employees, www.sfcu.org/SU . If you're thinking about opening a new checking account, check out the new checking account package - we receive lots of rebates, special perks, and personal service when opening a Stanford FCU checking account.

These specials are for employees only, so don't forget to mention the SU website to receive theses benefits. If you have any questions, contact Jeanine Hansen, our personal banker at (650) 269-7435. She's here to help all of us with our financial needs!

Submitted by Regina Islas

Ref Forums for September and October (Note Change)

The visit to the GSB library has been postponed until October 19.

On September 7, come participate in a discussion about the following article, which has generated a lot of discussion: What Students Don't Know http://www.insidehighered.com/news/2011/08/22/erial_study_of_student_res...

The last paragraph says:

Chalk Talk Encore Presentation: Writing for the Web - Sept.1st

Who: All SULAIR staff
When: Thursday, September 1, 10:30 a.m. - noon
Where: Y2E2, Room 101 (That's the building next to the Engineering Library, in the room next to Coupa Cafe.)

This is a reprise of last week's "Writing for the Web" Chalk Talk for any who couldn't make it,
presented by Ellie Buckley of the SULAIR Digital Initiatives Group.

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Does your department have a web page? Do you ever visit other library departments’ web pages? Or direct patrons to visit parts of the library website? Maybe even you are the person responsible for maintaining a library web page?

As many of you know, the Library is redesigning its website. Now is a natural time to begin to evaluate library web pages to ensure the information is up-to-date, clear, and effective. This Chalk Talk will cover some of the best practices for writing for the web, present some really helpful resources, and facilitate sharing of ideas among attendees.

September Ref Forum: GSB Library Visit - Postponed

Come join a field trip to the Graduate School of Business Library. Helen Losch, Research and Instruction Librarian at the GSB Library, will guide us through the new facility and talk about their public service model.
September 7, 2:00 - 3:00 pm. Meet outside the Bass Center Building at 2:00 pm sharp.

The GSB Library is located in the Bass Center which is the tallest building at the Knight Management Center located on the "Town Square."
http://www.gsb.stanford.edu/jacksonlibrary/info/about/directions.html

John Bickar to Take New Position at ITS

All good things must come to an end and unfortunately that is the case with John Bickar's time at SULAIR. On Sept. 19th he will join the new ITS Stanford Web Services as Web/Drupal Developer implementing and maintaining their core Drupal "Basic Site" service. Now the entire campus will benefit from his considerable talents and skills.

SULAIR Job Opportunities - August 23, 2011

SULAIR has the following new positions:

User Services Technology Specialist, Cubberley Library (#44184)

Library Website Redesign

We have been providing in-person updates to key library staff groups over the last several weeks.
We are sharing with everyone the PowerPoint slides we have been using.

To view the full powerpoint slides see link.....

SULAIR Job Opportunities - August 16, 2011

SULAIR has the following new positions:

Rare Books Project Assistant, East Asia Library (#44012)

Consul Link for SULAIR Business Services

This is the 1st iteration of the SULAIR Business Services (SBS) wiki site intended to provide information and resources regarding Procurement, Contracts, A/P and other business matters that affect the SULAIR enterprise. We hope that it sheds some much needed light on 'how to' and 'why', though having said that, it is not intended to be a substitute for training. (That's coming in our 2nd Life project...) For those of you who are new to Consul, here's your opportunity to jump over that barrier and avail yourself of useful and current info that many of our colleagues have created for us.

Dongfang Shao's Latest Edited Book

Thanks to Dongfang Shao’s rigorous editing and diligent work, a prestige scholar and one of the political dissidents of PRC, Professor Fusan Zhao, is able to publish a collection of his essays entitled Reflections [Fansi ji] at the age of 85. This volume is a sequel to Professor Zhao’s collection of essays on Western cultural history published four years ago.

Laura Williams Hired as Project Archivist for the STOP AIDS Project Records

The Stanford University Libraries Department of Special Collections is pleased to announce that it has been awarded a detailed processing grant by the National Historical Publications and Records Commission. The year-long project, which will begin on October 1, 2011, will be dedicated to the detailed processing of the STOP AIDS Project records.

Hannah Winkler joins Branner Library Staff

I am pleased to announce that Hannah Winkler has recently started in her new position as the Earth Sciences Librarian at Branner Earth Sciences Library and Map Collections. Hannah comes to us from North Carolina where she recently received her MLIS from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. Her degree focused on science librarianship and included coursework in science information and GIS. She received a dual Bachelor's Degree from Guilford College in Geology and English.

Volunteer Tour Leaders

It's Not Too Late - Calling for Volunteer Tour Leaders of Green Library!

Do you like to interact with people? Does your voice project well? Do you have some flexibility in your work day? Would you like to join a group of Volunteer Tour Leaders?

These individuals would be called upon to lead up to one-hour tours of Green library throughout the year for librarians, university administrators, and others from various countries or U. S. institutions. Join part of a team that will be trained in time for the academic year. If interested, contact Malgorzata Schaefer, mschaefe@stanford.edu.

Ref Forum Today: A RefWorks Afternoon

RefWorks has a new interface, RefWorks 2.0, in addition to the classic that is still available. However, Stanford will be transitioning to the new interface soon as the old one will phase out by the end of the year. Jason, the RefWorks training specialist for California, will show what’s new in RefWorks 2.0.

Wednesday, August 17, 2:00 - 3:00 pm

***In Addition***

If you have never used RefWorks, Jason will do a basic training session directly following the Ref Forum. Bring your laptop if you have one. If not, you can borrow one for the session.

Wednesday, August 17, 3:00 - 4:30 pm

Tomorrow! Chalk Talk: Writing for the Web

Who: All SULAIR staff
When: Tomorrow, Thursday, August 18, 2:30 - 4 pm
Where: SSRC Conference Room
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Does your department have a web page? Do you ever visit other library departments’ web pages? Or direct patrons to visit parts of the library website? Maybe even you are the person responsible for maintaining a library web page?

As many of you know, the Library is redesigning its website. Now is a natural time to begin to evaluate library web pages to ensure the information is up-to-date, clear, and effective. This Chalk Talk will cover some of the best practices for writing for the web, present some really helpful resources, and facilitate sharing of ideas among attendees.

The Emerging Technologies Team Explores 3D Printing

Did you know that 3D printing technology is available on campus?

emergingTechFINAL_crpd_n_filled.jpgYou might be asking, "What is 3D printing?" 3D printing is a form of additive manufacturing technology. In this case, a three dimensional object is created from a digital model by laying down successive layers of material, such as plastic, metal, and even cupcake icing. Product engineers use this technology to create prototypes of parts with different mechanical and physical properties in a single build process. 3D printers are located at the Product Realization Lab (PRL). The PRL is a teaching facility located in the Huang Engineering Center and is associated with Mechanical Engineering department. The PRL is available for student use only; it’s a place where students freely try out new ideas and concepts and bring them to life using the 3D printer.

About the Emerging Technologies Team

In 2008, Tom Cramer had the idea to start a group responsible for looking at new and emerging technologies to be used in the libraries.emergingTechFINAL_crpd_n_filled.jpg Tom approached Deni Wicklund and she convened a team of SULAIR technology specialists to fulfill this mission. The team currently reports to Rich Holeton and Chris Bourg.

Stanford is an Institutional Member of the Center for Intellectual Property

Stanford has recently become an Institutional Member of the Center for Intellectual Property: http://cipcommunity.org/s/1039/start.aspx

Institutional Membership in the Community provides:

  • Exclusive access to online Community Conversations with copyright scholars and practitioners.
  • Access to the CIP Action Center and Legislative Alert service.
  • Access to full-text documents and media in the Community File Library.
  • A listing of current Institutional Members prominently featured within the Community portal and the Center's website.

SULAIR Job Opportunities - August 9, 2011

SULAIR has the following new positions:

Automation Engineer, HighWire Press (#43931)

Timely News about Parking Permits and Commute Club

1. Apply online today for 2011-12 parking permits or Commute Club memberships
New permits required on Sept. 1; Commute Club must be renewed every September

It is time to apply for your 2011-12 parking permit or enroll in the Commute Club for the new academic year. Online ordering is now available. Please note that over-the-counter, in-person transactions will not be available until Aug. 15.

Additional Offerings for Technology Training

IT Services and Lynda.com partnered to provide online software training at a 20% discount. By going to lynda.stanford.edu the Stanford Community can purchase a premium subscription to Lynda.com at the discounted rate of $300. This subscription is STAP fund eligible as long as you can demonstrate that it is beneficial to your job or career develop (see link for details).

A special thanks to TIPS for keeping us on top of training options.

Jenny Johnson Joins University Archives as Collections Management and Processing Archivist

The University Archives is pleased to announce that Jenny Johnson will be (re)joining its ranks as Collections Management and Processing Archivist starting August 16th. jj1.jpg

Since 2009, Jenny has been Project Archivist on the Stephen Jay Gould papers in the Manuscript Division of Special Collections. Prior to that, Jenny worked in the Archives from 2008-2009, as Archives Specialist, and as Visual Resources Specialist at San Francisco Museum of Modern Art from 20007-2008. In her new role Jenny will be primarily responsible for accessioning, processing, and cataloging of Archives materials. Her experience, technical skills, and enthusiasm make her a perfect fit.

Please join us in welcoming Jenny (back) to the Archives.

SearchWorks ChalkTalk Q&A Available

The SearchWorks Chalk Talk on July 21 included a "BackNoise" channel that allowed attendees to post questions in real-time. The full transcript of questions, comments, and answers is now available on consul. Please continue to send questions and comments about SearchWorks to feedback@searchwork.stanford.edu . Thanks to all who participated in this Chalk Talk, especially presenters Naomi Dushay, Jessie Keck, and Shelley Doljack of DLSS; and organizers Judy Marsh and Ellie Buckley of DIG.

Library Website Redesign: Page Templates for New Library Website

Check out the Library Website's Project Blog to see the 30+ mockups of the new site's page templates. newwebsite_graphic.jpg

The designs are based on user data that was collected, and have been validated at several stages by user testing and reviews. 

To keep updated on the latest news regarding the website redesign, remember to follow the blog (RSS feeds are available). Your feedback is welcome: email online-experience-group@lists.stanford.edu.

SULAIR Job Opportunities - August 2, 2011

SULAIR has the following new positions:

Library Specialist, Stanford Law School (1A2) (#43614)

2011 Steinbeck Institute Hosted by Hopkins Marine Station

Hopkins Marine Station is hosting the 2011 Steinbeck Institute where 25 teachers are immersed in all things Steinbeck for three weeks. This year's Institute highlights Ed Ricketts and his influence on Steinbeck. Did you know Steinbeck was a student at Hopkins back in 1923? On occasion one still finds his signature on a library book check-out card.

Library Website Redesign: Sneak Preview of New Library Website Visual Designs

Take a look at the Library Website Redesign Project Blog. The latest post offers a preview of the emerging visual designs for the new library website.

To keep updated on the latest news regarding the website redesign, remember to follow the blog (RSS feeds are available).

Monuments of Printing: Part One

MonumentsPoster228x305.jpgAn exhibition of rare books focusing on the first 250 years of European typography and printing, prepared by John Mustain, Curator of Rare Books, will open August 1 in the galleries on the second floor of Green Library’s Bing Wing. Monuments of Printing: from Gutenberg to the Renaissance will be on display when students return to campus in September and continue through November 27.

Part two of the story, subtitled From Caslon through the Book Arts Revival, will follow in early December and run through March 18, 2012. The consecutive shows, covering nearly 500 years of printing history, offer a display of the arts of typography and printing as seen in selected works from SUL’s Special Collections. A leaf from the Gutenberg Bible, displayed with a lectern bible manuscript exemplar, and a volume printed in 1702 with type designed for Louis XIV, bracket the show.

University Librarian Michael A. Keller on Linked Data

A skim-read introduction to linked data ... BBC Audio and Music

University Librarian Michael A. Keller has published in EDUCAUSE Review an article on Linked Data and the Semantic Web. Keller finds in these approaches "new opportunities for addressing the traditional and prevailing problems of too many silos of content, too many disparate modes of search and access, and too little precision and too much ambiguity in search results in the extreme environments of academic information resources intended to support and report on the research and teaching in large research enterprises."

- Chris Matson, Info Center Blog Post

Reorganization of Academic Computing Services

The Academic Computing Services (ACS) "phase 2" reorg that was discussed earlier this year is now complete in its next iteration.

John Chao and Beth McCullough -- with wide participation from other staff and managers -- created a reconfigured operations team. John led the effort to redefine all the positions in this group, which he now leads.

TIPS Meeting Update

Wednesday, July 20th, marked the "End of the Year" TIPS meeting and below are some highlights from the gathering:

Belinda Vaughan from the Financial Management Consulting & Support Group spoke about the guiding principles they are following to create new financial activities training. These guiding principles are:

  1. Business Process - they are placing the focus on the process instead of the system
  2. Learner Centric - they are building their training from the perspective of the learner instead of the technical expert

SULAIR Job Opportunities - July 26, 2011

SULAIR has the following new positions:

Library Specialist, Stanford Law School (1A2) (#43614)

July Issue of "ReMix" Now Online

July ReMix

The July issue of ReMix is now online. Special thanks to SULAIR staff Becky Fischbach and Daniel Hartwig for contributing articles to this month's issue.

ReMix is a monthly newsletter created to inform donors and friends about distinctive aspects of SULAIR, including its collections and services, media coverage about SULAIR, and campus events of possible interest.

A RefWorks Afternoon

RefWorks has a new interface, RefWorks 2.0, in addition to the classic that is still available. However, Stanford will be transitioning to the new interface soon as the old one will phase out by the end of the year.

Jason, the RefWorks training specialist for California, will show what’s new in RefWorks 2.0.
Wednesday, August 17, 2:00 - 3:00 pm

***In Addition***

Webcasts - Libraries and Copyright in a Digital Age

Overview
Copyright law affects library users today in unprecedented ways. Standard library activities, such as interlibrary loan and preservation copying, raise concerns for copyright holders, and yet the Copyright Act of 1976 recognized these as legitimate library activities — within certain parameters. The law has become dated as technology has advanced, and libraries now struggle to comply with its provisions while still serving their user communities.

Reminder - Chalk Talk: What Happens after You Push the "Search" Button in SearchWorks

Who: All SULAIR and Coordinate Library Staff
When: Thursday, July 21, 2:30 - 4 pm
Where: Information Center Classroom

Have you ever wondered what happens after you push the "Search" button in SearchWorks? What actually gets searched, and where do the results come from? Or how the relevance ranking works? Or where and how phrase searching or standard number searching works?

SULAIR Job Opportunities - July 19, 2011

SULAIR has the following new positions:

Application Software Developer, HighWire Press (#43499)

Calling for Tour Volunteers!

Do you like to interact with people? Does your voice project well? Do you have some flexibility in your work day?
Would you like to join a group of Tour Volunteers?

These individuals would be called upon to lead up to one-hour tours of Green library throughout the year for librarians, university administrators, and others from various countries or U. S. institutions. Join part of a team that will be trained this summer in time for the academic year. If interested, contact Malgorzata Schaefer, mschaefe@stanford.edu.

Ref Forum: July 20 - University Archives: Changes and Initiatives

Join us!

Daniel Hartwig and Aimee Morgan will discuss efforts to improve service to patrons including:

  • Projects to digitize the Stanford Daily and the Stanford Oral History Collection.
  • A major effort to make collection descriptions and inventories available via the Online Archive of California
  • Electronic theses and dissertations
  • Archiving of university web sites

As usual, the Ref Forums will take place in the SSRC from 2:00pm - 3:00pm

Jim Kent and Maggie Kimball Acknowledged in Newly Published Book

Former University Archivist, Maggie Kimball, and Head of Green Library’s Media and Microtext Department, Jim Kent, were recently acknowledged in Richard White’s newly published book, Railroaded: The Transcontinentals and the Making of Modern America.

White states that, "the legendary Margaret Kimball helped me go through the holdings and find what I needed. Jim Kent, who runs the media and microfilm room at Green Library, and his staff helped me in ways probably best kept between us…"

New Volume Co-edited by Henry Lowood, Published by MIT Press

The Machinima Reader, a new volume of essays co-edited by Henry Lowood, has recently been published by MIT Press.

According to the release from MIT Press:

Over the last decade, machinima—the use of computer game engines to create movies—has emerged as a vibrant area in digital culture. Machinima as a filmmaking tool grew from the bottom up, driven by enthusiasts who taught themselves to deploy technologies from computer games to create animated films quickly and cheaply. The Machinima Reader is the first critical overview of this rapidly developing field.

University Librarian Michael Keller on Curiosity.com

The recently launched site, Curiosity.com, brings together "some of the greatest visionaries, scholars and trendsetters of our time on a social expert Q&A platform. [It] seeks to create a global conversation with individual and expert contributors around some of life’s most profound questions."

Library Website Redesign: Information Architecture of the New Library Website & Personas

Two more blog posts have been added to the the Library Website Redesign Project Blog. The most recent posts, highlight the Information Architecture of the New Library Website and speaks of the Personas being used to insure the design will meet users' needs.

To keep updated on the latest news regarding the website redesign, remember to follow the blog (RSS feeds are available).

Brad Bauer Leaving Hoover Library and Archives

Brad Bauer is moving from the Bay Area to the Beltway in Washington, D.C., where he will be chief archivist at the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum.

Annual SULAIR Staff Picnic - August 25, 2011

Please mark your calendars for the SULAIR Staff Annual Picnic!

WHEN: Thursday, August 25, 2011 - food will be served from 11:30am - 1:30pm
WHERE: Centennial Garden - fountain area outside the entrance to the Bing Wing of Green Library
WHAT: Traditional BBQ
WHO CAN COME? All members of the SULAIR Staff
WHAT DOES IT COST? Nothing! Just come and enjoy.

If you have any questions, please contact Nancy at ngfuller@stanford.edu.

SULAIR Job Opportunities - July 12, 2011

SULAIR has the following new positions:

Cataloger & Metadata Specialist, Hummel Project (#43418)

Chalk Talk: What Happens after You Push the "Search" Button in SearchWorks

Who: All SULAIR and Coordinate Library Staff
When: Thursday, July 21, 2:30 - 4 pm
Where: Information Center Classroom

Have you ever wondered what happens after you push the "Search" button in SearchWorks? What actually gets searched, and where do the results come from? Or how the relevance ranking works? Or where and how phrase searching or standard number searching works?

SULAIR to Participate in International Color Imaging Study

I'm pleased to announce that SULAIR Lead Photographer, Wayne Vanderkuil, has been invited to participate in a CIE color imaging study for the Commission Internationale de l'Eclairage technical committee on Archival Colour Imaging and Federal Agencies Digitization Guidelines Initiative Still Images Working Group. The project is currently evaluating practices for digital color image capture, processing and encoding of cultural heritage materials with a goal of establishing imaging baselines.

Symphony/Workflows Upgrade Complete

The upgrade of WorkFlows and Socrates is complete. It is now safe to log in to WorkFlows. Windows XP and Mac users will need to update their Workflows client, but not most SULAIR Windows 7 users. For problems updating your Workflows, contact your EP, who in turn may need to consult SUL Tech Support.

For issues with using the new Workflows version after successfully updating it, contact your Workflows Coordinator, and Library Systems will work with them to resolve the problem.

SULAIR Job Opportunities - July 5, 2011

SULAIR has the following new positions:

Serials Maintenance Specialist (#43319)

New Staff in CLASS Unit

Metadata's Classification Unit is pleased to announce that our newest member, Galina Lipkind, joins us as of July 5th. She will be primarily responsible for working on our Slavic and other Eastern European books.

Galina is a linguist and translator by education. She also has extensive experience as a book editor for a large publisher in Moscow, Rainbow Publishing. She additionally has considerable experience as a film archivist for Moscow's FILMEXPORT service. In this country, she served for several years as a Russian translator of technical manuals for a Bay Area engineering firm.

Symphony Upgrade July 2-3, 2011

SULAIR Library Systems will upgrade Symphony to the latest SirsiDynix release, Symphony 3.4, during the period July 2-3.

During the upgrade, WorkFlows, Socrates and My Account functionality will be unavailable. SearchWorks will still be available throughout the upgrade, however, request links will not be functioning.

The upgrade will start on Saturday, July 2 at 5 pm, and should be complete by the time libraries open on Sunday morning. All staff who use WorkFlows should check their e-mail before logging on to the system after this time. An announcement of upgrade completion will be sent, including instructions for updating the WorkFlows client.

SULAIR Job Opportunities - June 28, 2011

SULAIR has the following new positions:

Manager, QA/Senior QA Lead, HighWire Press (#43196)

July Ref Forums

July 6 - E-book Challenges: An Open Discussion
Let's learn from each other about the shifting landscape of e-books and the complexities with platforms, vendors, devices, and DRM. In preparation for a discussion, read some of the issues confronting libraries in the short blog post eBook Models & Challenges by The Librarian in Black. An interesting article, Copyright, E-books and the Unpredictable Future by Emily Williams, appears in Publishing Research Quarterly, Mar2011, Vol. 27 Issue 1, p19-25, 7p. Also see the IC's response to questions about E-Books at Stanford.

July 20 - University Archives: Changes and Initiatives
Daniel Hartwig and Aimee Morgan will discuss efforts to improve service to patrons including:

  • Projects to digitize the Stanford Daily and the Stanford Oral History Collection.
  • A major effort to make collection descriptions and inventories available via the Online Archive of California
  • Electronic theses and dissertations
  • Archiving of university web sites

As usual, the Ref Forums will take place in the SSRC from 2:00pm - 3:00pm.

Library Website Redesign Project

The Library Website Redesign Project is in full swing. Members of SULAIR's project team are working hard with Chapter 3 to finalize a detailed project plan and timeline, and to develop the high-level information architecture for our new homepage. As part of a commitment to keeping all staff informed about the Library Website Project, we have developed a Project Blog, which we will use as our main communications tool.

SULAIR Job Opportunities - June 21, 2011

Paper on Specifying Digitization Projects Wins IS&T Obsolete Media Award for Best Interactive Paper

Congratulations to SULAIR's Matt Pearson for winning the Society for Imaging Science and Technology's (IS&T) Obsolete Media Award for Best Interactive Paper. Matt works in Digital Library Systems and Services as Image Quality Assurance Specialist. His paper is entitled, Why 300ppi? Requirements-Based Methodology for Determining Your Digitization Project Specs. You can read the paper here.

Matt was awarded a customized 100MB Zip Disk with his paper on it.

Digital Manuscript Interoperability Paper Wins Conference Award

At this year's JCDL (Joint Conference on Digital Libraries), a paper borne from the Mellon-funded Digital Manuscript Interoperability project and Open Annotation Collaboration has won best paper. The authors are Rob Sanderson, Herbert van de Sompel (both of LANL), Rafael Schwemmer (Univ. of Fribourg), and SULAIR's own Ben Albritton.

June Issue of "ReMix" Now Online

June ReMix

Be sure to check out the new and improved version of ReMix: The Stanford University Libraries Newsletter. The June issue is now online.

ReMix is a monthly newsletter created to inform donors and friends about distinctive aspects of SULAIR, including its collections and services, media coverage about SULAIR, and campus events of possible interest.

Reminder: Digital Humanities 2011 - June 19-22

DH2011

The wait is just about over. The international conference Digital Humanities 2011 begins this weekend and we are looking forward to seeing you there!

https://dh2011.stanford.edu/

Hannah Frost and Matt Pearson Named to Distinguished NARA Advisory Committee

I'm pleased to announce that two SULAIR staff have been invited to the National Archives and Records Administration's External Reference Committee for Digitization Services. Hannah Frost and Matt Pearson, both in DLSS, will be joining a panel of worldwide experts to provide NARA with advice and consulting for its ongoing Quality Assurance/Quality Control project.

SULAIR Job Opportunities - June 14, 2011

SULAIR has the following new positions:

Curatorial Assistant, Green Library (#43003)

Our New Digital and Rare Map Librarian: G. Salim Mohammed

Please join me in welcoming G. Salim Mohammed to SULAIR and Stanford. Salim started on June 1st and is our new Digital and Rare Map Librarian. Salim comes to us from the University of Hawaii at Manoa where he was the Maps/GIS Librarian. He had about a month's overlap with Bob Schwarzwalder before Bob started working here. Salim arrived in Hawaii in early 2007, after the devastating October 2004 Halloween flood. One of his jobs was to spearhead the effort to move the paper map-based collection to a digital-heavy geospatial service model.

SULAIR Job Opportunities - June 7, 2011

SULAIR has the following new positions:

Publication Manager, HighWire Press (#42895)

New Exhibit of Chinese Fishing Village at Hopkins

ChineseVillage1.jpgBefore Hopkins Seaside Laboratory moved from Lover's Point to its current location and was renamed Hopkins Marine Station, the site had been occupied by a large community of Chinese families who fished for things like abalone and squid. Unlike most Chinese communities of the time who were primarily male with maybe one or two female prostitutes, this village was made up of husbands and wives whose children born in the United States were the first Chinese Americans for the area. The village was established in the early 1850's and was here for half a century until it burnt down in 1906.

New Gadgets Available on the Engineering Library Gadget Bar

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The Engineering Library has added two new gadgets to our Gadget Bar. Stop by and try out the new Motorola Xoom tablet running Android Honeycomb and Nook Color e-reader from Barnes and Noble. For more information check out our Gadget Bar page. These new gadgets replace the Sony Touch e-reader and Kindle 3 previously available on the Gadget Bar.

Art of the Book in California Opens at Cantor Arts Center

Two exhibitions showcasing books from SULAIR’s Special Collections are concurrently on display at the Cantor Arts Center at Stanford.

Opening Wednesday, June 1, the museum presents an exhibition featuring the "new book," as defined by contemporary art practices, successful experiments with media, and innovative structures in book production. "The Art of the Book in California: Five Contemporary Presses," on view through August 28, includes some of the most significant works from each press, with approximately 50 works in all.

The exhibition presents works by Foolscap Press (Peggy Gotthold and Lawrence G. Van Velzer) of Santa Cruz; Moving Parts Press (Felicia Rice) of Santa Cruz; Ninja Press (Carolee Campbell) of Sherman Oaks; Peter Koch Printers (Peter Rutledge Koch) of Berkeley; and Turkey Press (Harry and Sandra Reese) of Isla Vista. Each press is unique, and each produces books and related art with a rich variety of content and media, often in collaboration with other artists and writers and often incorporating their own writing and art practices.

Information Competencies for Chemistry Undergraduates, 2nd Edition Published

The 2nd Edition of Information Competencies for Chemistry Undergraduates: the Elements of Information Literacy was published in May 2011 by the Special Libraries Association, Chemistry Division and the American Chemical Society, Division of Chemical Information. Marion Peters, Grace Baysinger, and Cory Craig served as editors in consultation with the ACS CINF Education Committee and members of the SLA Chemistry Division. To view this document, please see: http://units.sla.org/division/dche/il/cheminfolit.pdf

SULAIR Job Opportunities - May 31, 2011

SULAIR has the following new positions:

Evening Closer, Loan & Course Reserves Unit, Green Library (#42716)

R.T. Carr Retiring After 27 Years with SULAIR

*** PLEASE NOTE: Due to inclement weather the party has been moved to the SSRC CLASSROOM! ***

After a long career, R.T. Carr will retire from Stanford University Libraries at the beginning of June. R.T. began working at the Green Library in December 1984. He has since worn many hats as a staff member at both Meyer and Green Libraries: a portal monitor, a Course Reserves team member, an Evening Closer in Green and, of course, as Santa Claus for many SULAIR winter holiday parties.

Ref Forum on xSearch!

The next Ref Forum will be an xSearch session lead by Grace Baysinger for library bibliographers and reference staff. Content on xSearch has been expanded to include 170+ resources in many subject areas. Attend this session to get an overview of content that is now available and to get hands-on practice of major features of xSearch. Users will also learn how to create custom search engines for use in courses and research guides. Bring your laptops.

Date: Wednesday, June 1
Time: 2:00 - 3:00 pm
Place: IC Classroom

Digital Humanities 2011

DH2011

SULAIR is hosting the international conference Digital Humanities 2011 next month, and you're invited!

https://dh2011.stanford.edu/

SULAIR Job Opportunities - May 24, 2011

SULAIR has the following new positions:

Human Resources Manager, HighWire Press, SU Press (#42774)

May 2011 Issue of "ReMix" Now Online

SULAIR's Library Development Office publishes monthly issues of ReMix: News from the Stanford Libraries. May's issue has a variety of interesting news items and links.

SearchWorks 1.7.1 Released: Numerous Minor Enhancements to Searching

On Thursday, May 19, 2011, SearchWorks version 1.7.1 was released; it includes several minor enhancements, all based on user feedback, and two significant bug fixes that will improve the search experience.

The enhancements include:

- Online links for finding aids. Links to finding aids were being put in the Related E-Resources block in the left column, and not in the Online section of the Access panel. As a result of much user & librarian feedback, it was clear that these links were too easy to overlook, and they have been moved into the main access panel.

Reminder: Chalk Talk on Born-Digital "Papers" at Stanford: Processing, Preserving, and Discovering

Who: All SULAIR and Coordinate Library Staff
When: Thursday, May 19, 2:30 - 4 PM **(Note new time!)**
Where: Green Library, SSRC Seminar Room
Pre-Talk Readings: See links to some light preparatory reading on the Consul Chalk Talk space.

Think about how and where you create work in the course of a week. How many different computers, platforms, media, or programs do you use? How do you keep track of them? And, what about the data you create? Your email? Do you back it up or archive it somewhere? How do you decide what to keep or delete?

SULAIR Job Opportunities - May 17, 2011

SULAIR has the following new position:

Computer Support Specialist, LOCKSS(#42665)

SULAIR Hosting CURATECamp at Stanford, August 15-16, 2011

SULAIR is hosting CURATEcamp right here on campus this summer!

This is a wonderful opportunity to use those languishing STAP funds to connect with colleagues from near and far on anything and everything about digital curation (DAM, data curation, micro-services, etc.). Participants will determine the agenda on the fly--you can shape the content. It's an unconference!

CURATEcamp 2011, August 15-16, Palo Alto, CA

WHEN: August 15-16, 2011 (8am - 5pm)
WHERE: Meyer & Green Libraries, Stanford University, Palo Alto, CA

"Celebrating Mexico" - Catalogue Wins Leab Award

SULAIR’s Department of Special Collections and the Bancroft Library at UC-Berkeley are among seven institutions that will be honored for outstanding exhibition publications at the ALA Annual Conference in New Orleans this June.
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The print catalogue "Celebrating Mexico: The Grito de Dolores and the Mexican Revolution, 1810|1910|2010," a collaboration between SUL and the Bancroft, is the winner in Division Two of the 2011 Katharine Kyes Leab and Daniel J. Leab "American Book Prices Current" Exhibition Awards. Awards were announced in the April 26 edition of ALA News.

"This volume celebrating the anniversary of the Mexican Revolution is also an implicit celebration of inter-institutional collaboration," said Molly Schwartzburg, chair of the RBMS Exhibition Awards committee and Cline Curator of Literature at the University of Texas at Austin's Harry Ransom Center. "Documenting concurrent exhibitions mounted at the University of California at Berkeley and Stanford University, it reveals to audiences the complementary resources of these institutions through twin checklists and essays by library staff and faculty at both universities. Bilingual text—in English and Spanish—makes the volume accessible to a wide audience, and a careful integration of text, images and the checklist offers readers a fully unified reading experience. Richly illustrated with extensive commentary, the volume serves not just to document the exhibitions but to provide an excellent introduction to the Mexican Revolution more generally. The use of historic typefaces and colorful section dividers throughout the volume confirms the volume's welcoming, celebratory success."

Ref Forum - Wednesday, May 18: Facebook Foibles

Come show how you set up a FB library presence and learn from others. Let's share our expertise, consolidate our questions and set a strategy to get them answered.

Meet and share in the SSRC from 2:00-3:00 pm.

File Under: Better Late Than Never!

A book of German songs (http://searchworks.stanford.edu/view/9089013) was recently returned to the Music Library a mere 79 years after its due date! Perhaps in an effort to establish precedent, an article clipped from the Harvard Crimson (ca. 1980s) was taped in beneath the date due slip. The article reports on a mathematics book returned to the Harvard Libraries that had been found among the belongings of a deceased Stanford professor, who had borrowed it during his graduate student days.

xSearch Content Expanded

Developed in partnership between SULAIR and Deep Web Technologies and in collaboration with Stanford’s Graduate School of Business, an expanded version of xSearch (pronounced ex-search) is now available that makes it possible for users to search 160+ resources at one time. Key features and functions include:

XCITR (Explore Chemical Information Teaching Resources)

The need for an international repository of chemical information educational material was the driving force for developing XCITR (http://www.xcitr.org). XCITR is not only for librarians and instructors in chemical information, but also for chemistry professors, instructors in other disciplines related to chemistry, information specialists, students, high school teachers, and even technical writers. XCITR is a hub in which instructors at all levels, from K-12 to college, will be able to deposit and access important and useful teaching materials.

Grace Baysinger: First Recipient of the Wiggins-Roth Award

I am extremely pleased to announce that Grace Baysinger has been named as the first recipient of the Wiggins-Roth Award. Having known Grace from long before I started work at Stanford, it has long been clear that she is one of the nation's great chemistry librarians. It is wonderful to see her recognized for her many years of contributions to her profession. I have included the SLA press release and some background on the award.

Please join me in congratulating Grace on this major award!

--Bob Schwarzwalder

SULAIR Job Opportunities - May 10, 2011

SULAIR has the following new positions:

Publication Specialist, HighWire Press (#42563)

Chalk Talk: Born-Digital “Papers” at Stanford: Processing, Preserving, and Discovering

Who: All SULAIR and Coordinate Library Staff
When: Thursday, May 19, 2:30 - 4 PM
                 **(Note new time!)**
Where: Green Library, SSRC Seminar Room

SearchWorks 1.7 Released: Now with Images!

On May 5, 2011, SearchWorks version 1.7 was released. This version includes several major enhancements, including the integration of our first image collections, updates to the new Databases view, and a minor but urgent fix to address an issue with Librarian View.

Ref Forum Today, May 4

Map Digitization, Visualization, and the Geoportal

Come join us in the SSRC from 2:00-3:00 pm.

Julie Sweetkind-Singer will discuss the current map initiatives including the status of sending maps to SAL3, the buildout of the map digitization lab, the collections being scanned internally and through donors, and the upcoming work on visualization environments. She'll also give an overview of the GIS services and the creation of a geoportal for content discovery.

SULAIR Job Opportunities - May 3, 2011

SULAIR has the following new positions:

Copy Cataloger (#42484)

HighWire’s John Sack Honored with Top CSE Award

HighWire is proud to announce that its Founding Director, John Sack, has been awarded the 2011 CSE Award for Meritorious Achievement from the Council of Science Editors at their annual meeting in Baltimore. The award for Meritorious Achievement is the highest honor that the CSE bestows, highlighting the contributions and efforts of an individual towards improving scientific communication.

Appointment of Tom Rump as Managing Director of HighWire Press

It is my pleasure to inform you that after an intense search I have appointed Tom Rump to be HighWire’s Managing Director. In this role, Tom will have responsibility for directing HighWire as a business. He will report directly to me.

SULAIR Job Opportunities - April 26, 2011

SULAIR has the following new positions:

Eastern European Languages Classifier (#42354)

Pat White to Retire April 29

 It is with mixed feelings that I announce the retirement of Pat White, Archives Specialist, University Archives, on April 29th.

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Preserving Moving Images and Sound Recordings at SULAIR

The Stanford Media Preservation Lab (SMPL) – one of Digital Library Systems and Services facilities – expanded its scope of services this year to include video preservation. Video poses several preservation challenges, due to media deterioration and a dependency on format-specific equipment in order to play back tapes.

Stanford Digital Repository Ingests 125,000 Google-Scanned Books and Other Good News

It’s Preservation Week 2011 and the Stanford Digital Repository (SDR) -- SULAIR’s system for preserving digital content -- has plenty to celebrate.

April 2011 Issue of "ReMix" Now Online

SULAIR's Library Development Office publishes monthly issues of ReMix: News from the Stanford Libraries. April's issue has a variety of interesting news items and links. You'll also find a number of other news items and information about exhibitions, events, publications, and acquisitions.

Reminder: This Year's IT Open House is on Thursday, April 21

The theme this year will be "Mobile Stanford."

The IT Open House is your chance to interact with our many campus technology experts, service providers, and key vendors under one roof.  In this year's expanded format, there will be guest speakers, classes and a poster session covering the latest mobile technologies and trends.itopenhouse2011_flyer.jpg

Reminder: Thursday, April 21: Chalk Talk on "The Digital Humanities at Stanford and Beyond"

Who: All SULAIR and coordinate library staff
When: Thursday, April 21, 3:30 - 5 p.m.
Where: Green Library (Bing Wing) SSRC Seminar Room

Come get a taste of the Digital Humanities, and learn about some of the great debates in an exciting field that is now capturing the imagination of students, scholars, journalists, and the curious, both at Stanford and beyond. Take part in a dialog with some cutting-edge Digital Humanities practitioners: our very own — and internationally known — SULAIR colleagues:

SULAIR Job Opportunities - April 19, 2011

SULAIR has the following new positions:

Financial Program Administrator, HighWire Press (#42314)

Brown Bag Ref Forum, Tuesday, April 19: Census 2010: Your Table Is Waiting! Accessing and Using the Data

Webinar: Census 2010: Your Table Is Waiting! Accessing and Using the Data

Date: Tuesday, April 19, 2011, SSRC
Time: Noon, Pacific Time
Speaker: Linda Clark

If you were unable to attend the live event, you can access the archived version of the webinar at http://infopeople.org/training/view/webinar/archived

  • How much has your community grown in the last 10 years?
  • Is the median age of your county trending downward or upward?

Ref Forum - April 20: The HighWire Portal

The next regularly scheduled Ref Forum will be:
Wednesday, April 20, from 2-3 pm

The HighWire Portal:
Bonnie Zavon will walk you through some of the clever features, search tools and administrative functions related to online journals and other content available on the HighWire portal. Bonnie has been working with HighWire in a public relations and marketing role for over 12 years.

Background:

Clipper News

Clipper, a regional transit fare card, is now available on SamTrans and VTA
Eligible employees may add value to Clipper cards using pre-tax dollars

Clipper, a regional fare card that can be reloaded and used to store transit passes and cash, is now accepted on SamTrans and VTA. Clipper already was available on AC Transit, BART, Caltrain, Golden Gate Transit, and Muni. With the addition of SamTrans and VTA, Clipper makes it simpler to travel from one transit system to another without the need to purchase separate passes at each transfer or carry correct change.

Welcome Shalien Izzi

I'm pleased to announce that beginning Monday, April 11th, Shalien Izzi will be providing administrative support to me, Susan Horsfall and Edgar Maxion. She will be located in the Director's Office, suite 101. Please join us in welcoming her to the SULAIR team.

Mimi Calter

Chalk Talk: Digital Humanities at Stanford and Beyond - Save the Date: Thursday, April 21, 2011

"Hey, you got Digital on my Humanities!"
"Hey, you put Humanities in my Digital!"

Who: All SULAIR and coordinate library staff
When: Thursday, April 21, 3:30 - 5 p.m.
Where: Green Library (Bing Wing) SSRC Seminar Room
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SULAIR Job Opportunities - April 12, 2011

SULAIR has the following new positions:

Application Software Developer, HighWire Press (#42254)

Reference Forum: April 6 - Public Service in a Digital Library

A reminder about the first April Reference Forum:

April 6: Public Service in a Digital Library

Helen Josephine will talk about her experiences in building the new Engineering Library from a public services perspective. Come and hear about the shift from print to digital and what that entailed.

See you in the SSRC from 2:00-3:00pm.

If you want to be included in the Reference Forum list, please send email to mschaefe@stanford.edu.

SULAIR Job Opportunities - April 5, 2011

SULAIR has the following new positions:

Drupal Computer Information Systems Analyst (#42159)

GSB Library - New Name, New Building, New Technology

Jackson Library is moving and with the move comes a name change. In keeping with new sleeker, leaner library, we will be known as "The Graduate School of Business Library" or "GSB Library" for short. The Library is moving to the Knight Management Center beginning Monday, April 11th. The Bass Center building will be our new home and will have RFID Self-checkout, an invisible gate, and self-serve study rooms available 24x7. Keep up with us via Facebook.

This Year's IT Open House is on April 21

The theme this year will be "Mobile Stanford."

The IT Open House is your chance to interact with our many campus technology experts, service providers, and key vendors under one roof.  In this year's expanded format, there will be guest speakers, classes and a poster session covering the latest mobile technologies and trends.itopenhouse2011_flyer.jpg

Rotating Student Mural Installations in the Meyer Digital Language Lab

Chinese New Year, Pushkin's Birthday, The Language Lab 10th Anniversary, World Language Day, these are just a few of the events that student artists have depicted in brightly colored pastels on the Digital Language Lab's chalk wall mural on the Second Floor of Meyer Library.  

The mural space was installed in 2008 as part of a renovation project in the Lab to support advanced language instruction initiatives from the Language Center. Like the Mandalas (Tibetan sand paintings), which inspired the creation of the wall, the murals are ephemeral. They are drawn, erased, and drawn again on a roughly quarterly cycle. Hundreds of students and Lab visitors walk past the murals every week as they attend class, take online tests, and complete multilingual computing tasks.

SULAIR Job Opportunities - March 29, 2011

SULAIR has the following new positions:

Digital Humanities Developer, Academic Computing Services(#42067)

Library Website Project

We are pleased to share the news that we have selected Chapter 3 as a partner for the Library Website Project. Chapter 3 is a "local" (San Francisco) company with Stanford experience, and a managing partner who is a librarian! They have a deep understanding of what we do.

The Library Website Project will include:

  • Redesign of the Library Homepage,
  • Improvements to our existing Drupal environment,
  • Development of new templates and workflows for Subject Pages, Branch Pages, Administrative Pages, and Exhibit Pages

Music Library Exhibits Autographs from the Jack Lund Collection

Lund collection

Jack Lund (1913-2009) was a long-time patron of the Bay Area arts scene, and, in his early years, an avid autograph collector.

March 2011 Issue of "ReMix" Now Online

SULAIR's Library Development Office publishes monthly issues of ReMix: News from the Stanford Libraries. March's issue has a variety of interesting news items and links. You'll also find a number of other news items and information about exhibitions, events, publications, and acquisitions.

Latest News on the Google Library Project

On March 22, 2011, Federal Judge Denny Chin issued his decision on the Amended Settlement Agreement in the Google Books case. Chin rejected the proposed settlement, as "not fair, adequate and reasonable."

SULAIR Job Opportunities - March 22, 2011

SULAIR has the following new positions:

Manager, HighWire Press Content Services (#41951)

Recent Hires in Manuscripts Division, Special Collections

Douglas Meneuz & R. Buckminster Fuller projects:

I am very pleased to announce that Laura Williams will begin on March 1st as the Project Archivist on two concurrent half-time projects: the first to complete processing of the unprocessed addenda for the Doug Menuez Photography Collection and the second to manage the selection, metadata and work flow for digitization efforts for the R. Buckminster Fuller Papers. This will be an 8-month term position and both projects will be completed by the end of October 2011.

Reminder: Chalk Talk - Mobile Technology Petting Zoo - Thursday, March 17

Mobile Technology Petting Zoo

Who: All SULAIR staff
When: Thursday, March 17, 3:30 - 5 p.m.
Where: Green Library, IC Classroom

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Jerry McBride Authors New Book

Jerry L. McBride, Head of the Music Library and Archive of Recorded Sound, has recently authored a new book titled Douglas Moore: A Bio-Bibliography. MLA-IB36-thumbnail.jpg

"Douglas Moore (1893-1969) is best known as the composer of The Ballad of Baby Doe, one of the few American operas to enter the operatic repertory. He also composed songs, chamber and orchestral music, and six other operas, including The Devil and Daniel Webster."

Earthquake and Tsunami Vigil: Tuesday, March 15, 2011

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The Office for Religious Life is sponsoring a community-wide vigil of prayer and remembrance for those affected by this past weekend's earthquake and tsunami in Japan.

The vigil will take place on Tuesday, March 15, at 4:00 pm at Memorial Church. Please direct any questions to the Office for Religious Life at 862-3246 or nasun@stanford.edu

SULAIR Job Opportunities - March 15, 2011

SULAIR has the following new positions:

Data Control (Catalog Maintenance) Specialist (#41876)

Upcoming Collections Care Sessions Reminder

How do you deal with a wet book? What do post-it notes look like under a microscope, and why do they damage paper?

These questions and more will be answered in an upcoming training session that explores common preservation issues in the collections at Stanford University Libraries. This 1.5 hour session is intended for all SULAIR staff who regularly process and handle special and general collections materials.

Topics will include:

- Changes in book and paper-making in the last two centuries that contribute to book and paper degradation.

Improved Access to Chronicle.com

Stanford readers who want to access the Chronicle of Higher Education’s Chronicle.com (http://chronicle.com) resources from locations or devices not on the Stanford network now have a new option. By creating a personal account (via the “Create a Free Account” link at Chronicle.com) and using their Stanford e-mail address in the registration, they can thereafter access this resource from outside the Stanford network without having to go through Stanford proxy access authentication. This may be particularly of interest to those using mobile devices.

The Chalk Talks Return: Mobile Technology Petting Zoo

Mobile Technology Petting Zoo

Who: All SULAIR staff
When: Thursday, March 17, 3:30 - 5 p.m.
Where: Green Library, IC Classroom

Please join us for a Mobile Technology Petting Zoo, the first in a new series of SULAIR Chalk Talks. This series is organized by SULAIR Digital Initiatives Group and its extended cohort, (DIG+Plus).

An Interview with Phyllis Kayten

Fiat Lux, an online Stanford publication, features weekly interviews with Stanford affiliates. This week showcases one of our library colleagues so go to the site and read "5 Minutes with Phyllis Kayten, Green Librarian." After the ten questions, find out how Phyllis switched careers and ended up working in Green.

Metaphysics in the Music Library

The Music Library celebrated the arrival of the score for The Metaphysics of Notation with a live performance by Erik Ulman, violinist and Lecturer in Music. Over 25 audience members enjoyed Mr. Ulman's interpretive performance as well as commentary by both the performer and Mark Applebaum, composer of the work.

Naomi Kotake Retires from the EAL

After 20 years of service to Stanford, Naomi Kotake retires effective March 1, 2011. Since November 1990, Naomi has worked full-time as the Japanese Cataloger at first and later the Japanese Bibliographer in the Hoover East Asia Collection, and as Japanese Studies Librarian in Stanford East Asia library when it was transferred to SULAIR in fall 2001.

New Head of Preservation – Kate Contakos

For over three years, we have been searching for the right person to fill our need for our “preservation conscience, activist, and leader” – the head of our Preservation Department. I am happy to announce that Kate Contakos joined SULAIR on February 14, 2011, in this position. Kate was earning her second masters and doing free-lance conservation consulting in London before relocating back to the US for our position. Before moving to London, Kate had been the Preservation Coordinating Librarian at the Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library at Yale University.

Meet the New Marguerite

Major Changes to Marguerite Shuttle Routes Effective Tuesday, March 1

Are you ready for major changes to Stanford’s Marguerite shuttle routes starting tomorrow? On Tuesday, March 1, almost all Marguerite shuttle routes will offer new routes, schedules, or stops. Several resources for Marguerite Route Changes are on the Parking & Transportation Services website at http:\\transportation.stanford.edu. Printed versions of the new Marguerite Shuttle System Map and Schedules are available on Marguerite buses and in the Parking & Transportation Services office at 340 Bonair Siding.

SULAIR Job Opportunities - March 1, 2011

SULAIR has the following new positions:

Application Software Developer, HighWire Press (#41722)

Upcoming Collections Care Sessions

How do you deal with a wet book? What do post-it notes look like under a microscope, and why do they damage paper? These questions and more will be answered in an upcoming training session that explores common preservation issues in the collections at Stanford University Libraries. This 1.5 hour session is intended for all SULAIR staff who regularly process and handle special and general collections materials.

Topics will include:

-Changes in book and paper-making in the last two centuries that contribute to book and paper degradation

SULAIR Job Opportunities - February 22, 2011

SULAIR has the following new positions:

System Infrastructure Developer, HighWire Press (#41646)

February 2011 Issue of "ReMix" Now Online

SULAIR's Library Development Office publishes monthly issues of ReMix: News from the Stanford Libraries. February's issue has a variety of interesting news items and links. You'll also find a number of other news items and information about exhibitions, events, publications, and acquisitions.

Bikes for Loan in Green

Facilities currently has 4 bicycles for staff use within the University during business hours (Monday through Friday from 8:00am to 5:00pm). Staff members who are interested in signing out a bike for campus use during the day should e-mail facilities at sulair-facilities@lists.stanford.edu to reserve one. The bikes are available for sign-out at the Green Library mailroom. Safety equipment (helmets) and U-locks are provided.

Dongfang Shao's New Books

Congratulations to Dongfang Shao, Director of the East Asia Library, who will be among those Stanford authors honored at the Stanford Humanities Center on Wednesday, February 23, 2011 when it presents the18th Annual Publication Celebration.

SULAIR Job Opportunities - February 15, 2011

SULAIR has the following new positions:

Public Services Assistant, Department of Special Collections (#41544)

Reference Forum - Wednesday, February 16 - E-Readers and Other Gadgets

The topics for the next Reference Forum are E-Readers and Other Gadgets

The Next Reference Forum will be on Wednesday, February 16, from 2:00 - 3:00 pm in the SSRC.

Sarah Lester and Kathleen Gust will present data on their experiment with e-readers at the Engineering Library. They will also discuss their upcoming "Gadget Bar" installation and future plans. Come hear about their experience offering new forms of public service.

Mark your calendars and we'll see you there!

If you want to be included in the Reference Forum list, please send email to mschaefe@stanford.edu.

Volunteer Income Tax Assistance

Stanford Law School will host a Volunteer Income Tax Assistance site for qualifying employees and all eligible working individuals and families at the Stanford Federal Credit Union at 694 Pampas Lane on Stanford Campus.

Tuesday, February 15, 2011 from 5-7pm
Saturday, February 19, 2011 from 9am to 2pm
Tuesday, February 22, 2011 from 5-7pm
Tuesday, March 29, 2011 from 5-7pm
Saturday, April 2, 2011 from 9am to 2pm
Tuesday, April 5, 2011 from 5-7pm
Saturday, April 9, 2011 from 9am to 2pm

Reminder: Instructions for Scheduling the IC Classroom and SSRC Seminar Room

Following is some important information about using the Stanford Calendar to schedule the use of either the IC classroom or the SSRC seminar room in Green Library. As of now, *everyone* has viewing rights (instructions below) for these rooms in the Stanford Calendar. Once you have determined that there is availability for the date and time you need, please send an email to the list green_class_scheduler@lists.stanford.edu and specify if you have a room preference and the purpose of the event.

SULAIR Job Opportunities - February 8, 2011

SULAIR has the following new positions:

Technical Systems Specialist, Academic Computing Services (#41424)

Exhibitions: Comings and Goings

American Englightenment PosterAll good things eventually must end, and so it is that the popular Celebrating Mexico exhibition on the second floor of Green Library’s Bing Wing has been dismantled to make way for another good thing: The American Enlightenment: Treasures from the Stanford University Libraries, on display February 7 through May 15. Curated by Professor of History Caroline Winterer, the exhibition is timed to coincide with her winter quarter course on the same topic. It features more than 40 rare books from the libraries’ holdings in early American history. Included are a number of “association copies,” books that were owned or annotated by notable British Americans—and one African American—of the mid-eighteenth century. Among the more curious of these are a copy of Paradise Lost signed by both Thomas Jefferson and James Madison; a book once owned by revolutionary Henry Laurens that was nibbled by rodents, possibly during his imprisonment in the Tower of London; and two volumes signed by John Hancock before his signature became famous and flamboyant. Two copies of Common Sense, published in New York and London in 1776, show how Thomas Paine’s monarchy-defaming prose was presented differently to readers on either side of the Atlantic.

Mary Miller Farewell Party

You are cordially invited to a party to celebrate the contributions of Mary Miller, Preservation Librarian.

Mary Miller is nearing the end of her two year term appointment in the Preservation Department. Mary’s position was designed to give an entry level librarian who was passionate about preservation a broad range of experience in a comprehensive preservation program. We hoped Mary would learn and accomplish a good deal while she was here and she has!

SULAIR Job Opportunities - February 1, 2011

SULAIR has the following new positions:

Special Collections Librarian: Book Cataloger (#41387)

Welcome Bess Sadler: New DLSS Application Development Manager

I'm very pleased to announce that Bess Sadler has accepted the offer to become the DLSS Application Development Manager, and will begin in this new role effective February 1, 2011. In this new role, Bess will serve as DLSS's chief software engineer, will cultivate the ongoing maturation of DLSS's development, and will add her energy and expertise to the DLSS leadership team.

Barbara Krupa - Newspaper Collections Project Manager

Among the materials transferred from the Hoover Institution to SULAIR in 2001 was a vast collection of newspapers published worldwide in an array of languages and scripts, including Arabic, Chinese, Croatian, French, Japanese, Polish, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish, Swahili, Turkish - and even English. Most but not all date from after 1945. The newspaper collection occupies a large warehouse space in Newark and access to its holdings is very limited.

January 2011 Issue of "ReMix" Now Online

SULAIR's Library Development Office publishes monthly issues of ReMix: News from the Stanford Libraries. January's issue has a variety of interesting news items and links. You'll also find a number of other news items and information about exhibitions, events, publications, and acquisitions.

RecycleMania is Coming!! - February 6th to April 4th, 2011

2011 marks Stanford’s fifth consecutive year of participation in RecycleMania, a friendly national competition and benchmarking tool for higher education recycling programs that promote waste reduction activities on campus. Administered jointly by Peninsula Sanitary Services, Inc. (PSSI), Buildings & Grounds Maintenance, and the Department of Sustainability and Energy Management, Stanford will report recycling and trash tonnage over an 8-week period from February 6th to April 4th, 2011

For information on how to participate please visit:

SULAIR Job Opportunities - January 26, 2011

SULAIR has the following new positions:

Project Archivist, MALDEF/CRLA Records (#41326 )

EAL Librarian Co-edited a Major Resource Book on Chinese Studies

Zhaohui Xue, the Chinese Studies Librarian at the East Asia Library, has recently finished editing an important resource book for researchers and students of Chinese studies. The volume, titled Chinese Studies in North America: Research and Resource, is published by Zhonghua Book Company in Chinese language last November, and offers a handy one-stop reference tool for Chinese Studies scholars in all fields.

New Web Cam at Hopkins Marine Station

We just got a new video camera that is looking out from Hopkins Marine Station towards Lover's Point. This replaces an old one, and it provides a much better view with a higher refresh rate. A link to the camera can be found on the Miller Library's Weather & Sea Conditions web page. Note that the URL has changed if you had a bookmark to the old web cam. The new direct link is:

http://palumbicam.stanford.edu/CgiStart?page=Single&Language=0

The camera is located in the Director's office, but the view one gets is similar to the one from the library's reading room.

Joe Wible

2011 Holiday Schedule

STANFORD UNIVERSITY
Designated Holidays - 2011

New Year's Day
Friday, December 31, 2010 (New Year's Day is on Saturday)

Martin Luther King, Jr. Day
Monday, January 17, 2011

Presidents' Day

What Technology Wants: A Book Talk and Discussion with Kevin Kelly

Kevin Kelly Sketch Please join SULAIR and the Stanford Department of Communication for a public event with Kevin Kelly next Wednesday January 19 at 6pm in Lane Hall/History Corner room 200-002 (MAP).

New Assistant to the Biology and Math-Stat Librarians

Falconer Biology Library and the Mathematics and Statistics Library are pleased to welcome Zeynep Buyukonal, the new Assistant to the Biology and Math-Stat Librarians. Zeynep brings to the position extensive experience in libraries and in project management. Most recently, she worked as a Library Assistant at San Mateo Public Library, where she provided reference service and user instruction, oversaw interlibrary loan activities, and gained experience in circulation, cataloging, and materials processing. Simultaneously, she worked as a library intern at the Stanford News Service Library.

SULAIR Job Opportunities - January 11, 2011

SULAIR has the following new position:

Slavic Projects Specialist (#41094)

For a complete description of open positions within SULAIR, go to the Stanford Jobs page, select University Libraries from the Job Search/Location: list, and then click on the Search button.

Editorial Staff

Stanford Joins HathiTrust

As of late fall, 2010, the Stanford University Libraries have become a sustaining partner in HathiTrust, a digital preservation repository and access platform for nearly 8 million public domain and in-copyright books from a variety of sources, including Google, the Internet Archive, Microsoft, and more than 50 university libraries around the country (and one or two from abroad). HathiTrust was established in 2008 by the libraries of the University of Michigan and Indiana University, along with a handful of others, to jointly preserve their digital content.

What is HathiTrust?  The name itself tells a lot about it: "hathi" (pronounced "HAH-tee") is a Hindi word for "elephant," and is meant here to invoke associations of long memory, strength, and of course size.  A useful set of pie charts depicting the current contents of the HathiTrust Digital Library reveals a rich collection of works on many subject areas, published over the past five centuries in a large number of the world's languages.

SULAIR has long had reliable digital preservation in its sights, and HathiTrust is but the latest arrow in our digital preservation quiver.  Hannah Frost, of the Stanford Digital Repository team (our primary local preservation effort, which will be working closely with HathiTrust), has written an excellent post about some of the preservation aspects of Stanford's new partnership. And of course Stanford spearheads the award-winning, community-based preservation efforts of LOCKSS ("Lots of Copies Keep Stuff Safe"), along with its spin-offs CLOCKSS and LOCKSS-USDOCS, each of which focuses on preserving a particular set of digital content. HathiTrust complements all these Stanford efforts.

Pre-Tax Deductions for Transit and Vanpool Costs

Transit and vanpool riders can request $230 per month in pre-tax deductions: a message from Parking & Transportation Services.

Congress passes extension of transit benefit cap increase through 2011:

If you have monthly transit or vanpool expenses, did you know that you could reduce your costs through Stanford’s pre-tax payroll deduction program if you are an eligible employee? Enrollment is done through Stanford’s Parking & Transportation Services office, so you can apply or change your enrollment anytime throughout the year.

By using pre-tax payroll deduction to pay for transit passes, transit parking, or commuter checks, you can set aside up to $230 per month in pre-tax dollars for these expenses. The amount of savings is based on each individual’s tax bracket, but savings are estimated to be around 30 percent.

SULAIR News Gets a New Editor

Now that I'm retiring (Jan. 10 is my last day), I'm leaving SULAIR News in the capable hands of Kelly Fields. As the new editor, she will review all submitted articles and send out the weekly email announcement.

Remember, to submit an article, go to SULAIR News, click on the Submit Article tab and follow the instructions.

If you have any questions about SULAIR News or want to submit an article, please contact Kelly Fields.

Eleanor Brown

Eleanor Brown Retires After Nearly 40 Years

Eleanor Brown began her Stanford career in 1972 as a secretary, working for the head of User Services for the Stanford Computation Center (SCC). Eleanor was one of the original “early adopters” of technology, as she persuaded her boss to provide her with one a terminal to access the campus computing mainframe. Under the mentorship of Pat Box (another recent SULAIR retiree), Eleanor learned more about computing and advanced to technical writer and then manager of technical writers.

Reference Forum - Wednesday, January 19 - Qualtrics Survey Tool

This year's first Reference Forum will be on Wednesday, January 19.

Wednesday January 19, 2-3pm, Qualtrics, a new survey tool from ITS, presented by Ronnie Fields in the SSRC Seminar Room. Qualtrics is a new, powerful, easy-to-use survey tool that has been setup by ITS:

http://itservices.stanford.edu/service/survey

Ronnie Fields will demonstrate the tool, show us the features and answer questions. Mark your calendars for Wednesday Jan 19, 2011, 2:00-3:00 pm in the SSRC.

If you want to be included in the Reference Forum list, please send email to mschaefe@stanford.edu.

SULAIR Staff Anniversary Honorees

Well over 200 staff members attended the annual SULAIR Holiday Party on December 14th at the Schwab Center. The event involved great food, soft music and a visit from St. Nicholas (known to the library staff as R.T. Carr, III). As usual, in addition to providing an opportunity to celebrate the accomplishments of 2010, the holiday party provided an opportunity for University Librarian Michael Keller to recognize staff celebrating employment anniversaries.

For the listing of honorees, please see: http://library.stanford.edu/depts/ts/about/awards/service_awards_2010.pdf.

*** Reference Question of the Week - December 14, 2010 ***

Question: I'm writing a seminar paper about Stanford students' diets in comparison to the diets of students at other colleges. Where should I start?

Answer: You might not be able to find anything specifically about Stanford students' diets; but you might want to read some articles about college students' eating habits in general, then compare the findings to your observations about Stanford students.

One source for journal articles is Academic OneSource, available as a link from our database page. Go to the Expanded Academic ASAP search page and click on Advanced Search at the top of the page. Then type keywords such as "College Students" AND "Eating habits" (you can also specify things you don't want to find--e.g., "NOT 'Eating disorders'").

Another place to explore is the University Wire on LexisNexis (also accessible from the databases page, and also known as "Lexis Nexis Academic Universe"). On the main LexisNexis page, click on the "Guided News Search" tab at the top. Select "University News" from the News Category pulldown menu, then select news source: University Wire. This indexes full-text articles from college papers, including the Stanford Daily. Note that the default date range is the last 6 months; you can get more (or fewer) articles by choosing a different range. You have to experiment with search words, and play around with choosing for your keywords to be in Headlines or in all text.

To find additional articles, you can use our other databases, such as ProQuest Social Science Module, ERIC (an education database), or Medline. All of these are available on the databases page.

One more avenue is websites of various universities' campus dining services--for example, Stanford Dining. By comparing the dining options of various universities, you may be able to draw some conclusions about the diet of Stanford students.

December 2010 Issue of "ReMix" Now Online

SULAIR's Library Development Office publishes monthly issues of ReMix: News from the Stanford Libraries. December's issue has a variety of interesting news items and links. This includes articles on e-Readers and e-Reading, the cost death of Academic Publishing, an MLA seminar that convened in Special Collections, a library encomium in Stanford Magazine, and information about Winter Closure. You'll also find a number of other news items and information about exhibitions, events, publications, and acquisitions.

SULAIR Job Opportunities - December 8, 2010

SULAIR has the following new position:

Curatorial Assistant, Green Library (#40893)

SULAIR News Publication Schedule for Winter Closure

Because of the University's Winter Closure from December 20, 2010-January 2, 2011, articles submitted for SULAIR News will be published on the following schedule:

  • Articles submitted by Wednesday, December 15 will be reviewed and published by December 15. An email announcement listing recent articles will be distributed on that day.
  • Any articles submitted from December 16-January 3, will be reviewed and published on Monday, January 3.

The next SULAIR News email announcement listing recent articles will be distributed on Wednesday, January 5, 2011.

Happy Holidays!

Winter Closure: December 20-31, 2010

Stanford University has communicated that the winter closure period is from December 20 through December 31, 2010. University Winter Holidays are December 23, 24 and 31. New Year’s Day will be observed on December 31, 2010.

There will be one additional paid day off that is not designated as a University holiday to be used between the period Monday, December 20, 2010 through Friday, December 31, 2010. This means staff will need to use 6 days of accrued vacation, PTO or Floating to cover the Winter Closure period.

Staff who do not have sufficient time to cover the Winter Closure period are eligible to borrow their 2011 PTO, Floating, and December’s vacation accrual. Any additional hours not covered must be Leave Without Salary (LWOS). However, leave accruals and benefit contributions may be affected for employees who take LWOS.

Catalina Rodriguez (3-8257) and Gary Harris (6-0729) are available to help employees with low leave balances identify the best strategy for covering winter closure.

Associate Director of Enterprise Systems and Programming

It is my pleasure to introduce Richard Webber, the new Associate Director of Enterprise Systems and Programming. Richard’s position will oversee the Systems Department and the Development and QA sections of the CourseWork Department. Richard will also provide process direction on the management of software development in SUL and ACS. Richard’s role is a critical one as we continue to grow and mature our digital library program at Stanford.

Richard has an extensive background in Software Engineering Management having worked in a number of tech companies in the US and UK. He was most recently a Group Development Manager at Intuit. Richard’s office is in Meyer 313 and you can reach him at rwebber@stanford.edu. Please help me in welcoming him to Stanford.

*** Reference Question of the Week - December 6, 2010 ***

Question: Are there resources to help me decide which charities to contribute to? Is it safe to donate online?

Answer: The most well-known online evaluation source is Charity Navigator, which has ratings of over 2500 charities in the U.S., as well as Guidelines for Savvy Donors and other useful resources. The American Institution of Philanthropy charges for a report of about 500 charities, but freely lists 150 of the top-rated charities. They also have advice on how to compare charities and give wisely.

For legal information, searching in Searchworks under the subject terms Income tax deductions for charitable contributions retrieves 158 titles, including Charitable gift planning: a practical guide for the estate planner. Other books can be found using subject headings Charitable giving and Philanthropists United States.

Joseph Kautz Elected President of SWALLT

Joseph Kautz, Head of the Stanford Digital Language Lab, has been elected President of the Southwest Association for Language Learning Technology (SWALLT). SWALLT is a regional affiliate of the International Association for Language Learning Technology (IALLT) and provides resources and expertise to a diverse community of language teaching professionals, lab directors, and technical support staff in the five state regions of Arizona, California, Hawaii, Nevada, and Utah. Please join me in congratulating Joseph on this achievement!

Beth McCullough
Academic Computing Services

Caltrain GO Pass and VTA Eco Pass Distribution at Green Library, December 8

For the second year, our friends at Parking & Transportation Services will be coming to Green East on Wednesday, December 8, from 11AM-2PM to distribute commuter passes to Stanford staff. These passes provide a fantastic benefit for university employees - depending somewhat on where one lives - and I strongly recommend you take advantage of them. Having P&TS come to Green and a few other campus locations (instead of each of us having to go to them at Bonair Siding) is frosting on the cake. Remember, these passes are valid for the calendar year, so your current passes will expire in about 30 days, with no grace period. Below FYI is the text of their message.

Preparing Collections for Winter Closure

Once again, it’s December, which means the Winter Closure is quickly approaching. December is also the beginning of the rainy season, and for many SULAIR departments, that means ceiling leaks and other water problems. To prevent water damage from leaks during the Winter Closure, please take the following steps to protect collections, including unprocessed materials in storage areas, processing rooms, offices, etc.

If your department has experienced leaks in the past, please move materials away from leak-prone areas whenever feasible, or cover materials in vulnerable areas with plastic sheeting. If your department does not currently have a supply of plastic sheeting, you can request some by contacting me at 721-1612 or mmille23@stanford.edu.

As always, collections should be stored off of the floor to prevent insect and water damage. This is especially important as we prepare to leave for Winter Closure. Preservation has a limited supply of pallets for departments lacking adequate storage space. To ensure adequate time for delivery, please contact me ASAP to request pallets.

Thank you, and Happy Holidays!

Winter Intersession and Winter Closure Hours - Now Available


The Winter Closure and Winter Intersession Hours for the Libraries have been updated and are now available on the Web. You can access both the Winter Closure and Winter Intersession hours at http://library.stanford.edu/closures as well as from a link in the Highlights space on SULAIR's home page. The following are direct links:

Winter Intersession (Dec. 11 - Dec. 19, 2010) & (Jan. 1 - Jan. 2, 2011)

Winter Closure Hours (Dec. 20, 2010 - Dec. 31, 2011)

*** Reference Question of the Week - November 30, 2010 ***

Question: Can you offer me advice for doing exploratory research on ethics and the pharmaceutical industry?

Answer: To get some overall ideas about the topic, you might want to start with journal and newspaper articles. There's a database called Academic Search Premier (available to Stanford users) which includes scholarly journals and popular magazines. Use search terms like "pharmaceutical industry" and "ethics."

For newspaper articles, try the following three databases (available to Stanford users):

  • Alt-PressWatch: newspapers, magazines, and journals of the alternative and independent press.
  • Access World News (choose United States): full-text content of local and regional news, including community events, government policies, and cultural activities.
  • Lexis Nexis: transcripts of radio and TV programs, law review journals, government documents, etc.

We also have subject-specific databases. Since your topic is related to business and medicine, you might try:

If you want to locate books on this topic, search our online catalog, Searchworks. Using keywords like "pharmaceutical" and "ethics," you'll find many books relevant to your topic. Examples include Ethics and the Pharmaceutical Industry and Profits Before People?.

East Asia Library to Host Lecture on Geo-spatial Information of Archival Sources

On Wednesday, December 8, 2010, a presentation about the recent development in spatio-temporal infrastructure and their applications to interdisciplinary studies will be held at the newspaper / public reading area of the East Asia Library, located on Meyer Library 4th floor. The presentation starts at 4:15pm and features Dr. I-Chun Fan, Executive Director of the Center for Geographic Information Science, Research Center for Humanities and Social Sciences, Academia Sinica, Taiwan, and Dr. Hsiung-Ming Liao, Assistant Research Specialist of the Center for Geographic Information Science. Dr. Fan is also Research Fellow of Institute of History and Philology, Academia Sinica. The event is open to the public.

Copyright Reminder for 2010-2011 Now on Web

Stanford's 2010-11 Copyright Reminder statement is now available on the SULAIR Web site.

On the copyright reminder Web pages you will also find the previous years copyright reminders. All are available in html or as PDFs.

*** Reference Question of the Week - November 22, 2010

Question: There are three figures on the facade above Green Library's Bing Wing portal. Who or what do they represent?

Answer: There are three roundels above the Bing Wing portal, each housing a relief figure. The figures represent (from left to right) Art, Philosophy, and Science. They were executed by San Francisco sculptor Edgar Walter; the exact date of their design and creation is unknown. Scholars and librarians can take pleasure in the fact that the figure representing Philosophy is shown with an open book in his hands.

Instructions for Scheduling the IC Classroom and SSRC Seminar Room

Following is some important information about using the Stanford Calendar to schedule the use of either the IC classroom or the SSRC seminar room in Green Library. As of now, *everyone* has viewing rights (instructions below) for these rooms in the Stanford Calendar. Once you have determined that there is availability for the date and time you need, please send an email to the list green_class_scheduler@lists.stanford.edu and specify if you have a room preference and the purpose of the event.

November 2010 Issue of "ReMix" Now Online

SULAIR's Library Development Office publishes monthly issues of ReMix: News from the Stanford Libraries. November's issue has a variety of interesting news items and links. This includes articles on the importance of open stacks; the Mapping the Republic of Letters project; social networking in the Stanford Libraries, including its well-established blogs; and the appointment of the first science data librarian, Lynn Yarmey. You'll also find a number of other news items and information about exhibitions, events, publications, and acquisitions.

New Library Specialist in Branner Earth Sciences Library

We are happy to announce that Carlin Otto has joined Branner Earth Sciences Library & Map Collections as the new Circulation, Course Reserves, Gifts & Monographic Specialist! Her first day was Nov. 10th and she is responsible for running our Circulation Desk in the afternoons, adding course reserves, ingesting gifts to the library, processing new books and more!

Pat Box Retires After 41 Years of Service to Stanford

After over 40 years of service to Stanford University, Patricia (Pat) Box has retired. Pat began her career at Stanford in 1969, as a programmer and consultant in the User Services Group that supported users of the central campus computer. In 1976, she became Manager of User Services, leading a group that provided consulting and support to computing users throughout the academic community. During this phase of her career, Pat proved herself an excellent judge of talent by hiring fellow valuable long-term SULAIR staff members John Sack, Lynn McRae, and Eleanor Brown. As computing services at Stanford expanded and changed, Pat played a key role in introducing microcomputers to Humanities faculty, and in converting the Social Sciences and School of Education computing from a VM/CMS system to the Leland Unix Systems.

In the early 1990s, Pat assumed the dual roles of Manager of the IT Services Software Licensing office, and Manager of Social Sciences Data and Software within SULAIR. Over the past 20 years Pat has grown the Software Licensing office from supporting a few products to handling campus licenses for hundreds of products across campus. She has likewise managed the growth of Social Science Data and Software (SSDS) from a small statistical consulting group in Academic Computing to a thriving service located in the Velma Denning Room of the Bing Wing of Green Library. SSDS provides individual data and software consulting to over 1000 researchers each year, and provides workshops for an additional 300 patrons annually.

Please join me in thanking Pat for her many contributions to the use of technology, software and data at Stanford, and in wishing her a happy retirement.

Chris Bourg
Assistant University Librarian for Public Services

Gathering to Remember Dennis Blake

The Preservation Department invites you to join us on the afternoon of Nov. 22nd from 2:30-3:30 in the Old Union Clubhouse, Cardinal Room to remember Dennis Blake. We'll share coffee, cookies and our stories about Dennis.

New Staff Member in the Ordering Unit

We are pleased to announce that Deardra Fuzzell has recently joined the Acquisitions Department as the new Ordering Specialist in the Ordering Unit. She will be responsible for ordering for several subjects, including French and Italian Studies, British and American Literature, Education, and Middle Eastern Studies.

Deardra previously worked at the College of Wooster Libraries in Ohio as a Visual Resources and Digital Services Associate responsible for digitizing, purchasing, and maintaining materials for online collections. Deardra holds a B.A. in Studio Art from the College of Wooster. She has good working knowledge of German and Italian.

We are excited and delighted to have her as part of the Ordering Unit. Please join us in welcoming her!

Appointment of Anna M. Levia as Assistant Curator for Judaica & Hebraica Collections

I'm delighted to announce the appointment of Anna M. Levia as Assistant Curator for Judaica and Hebraica Collections, effective as of Tuesday, November 16th. Since 2003 she has worked as my Curatorial Assistant on a range of projects in both Green and Meyer Libraries, in the course of which she not only acquired an impressive array of technical skills and enhanced subject expertise, but was also motivated to pursue an M.L.I.S. degree at San Jose State University (which she received in 2008). Among her many accomplishments, Anna has processed numerous small to medium-sized manuscript collections; she has participated in rare-book cataloging projects (in close collaboration with Heidi Lerner and with staff in Special Collections); and she was an active member of the project team that carried out the digitization of the Eliasaf Robinson Collection on Tel Aviv.

Before coming to Stanford, Anna studied Hebrew, Linguistics, and Middle Eastern Studies at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, received a B.A. in Linguistics from the University of Minnesota, and worked for over a decade as a freelance writer and editor. The range of languages that she speaks and reads is both impressive and necessary for research-level collecting in Jewish Studies: she is fluent in English and Hebrew, has bibliographic knowledge of French, German, and Yiddish, and is currently studying Russian.

In her role as Assistant Curator, Anna will focus on current publications in the Judaica/Hebraica field. (I will continue to select antiquarian, rare, and Special Collections materials, and will remain active in the Taube Center for Jewish Studies.) In addition, she will have an opportunity to become involved in aspects related to her bibliographical responsibilities, including reference, instruction, and website development. Please join me in welcoming Anna Levia to her new role as Assistant Curator.

Winter Closure: December 20-December 31

Stanford University has communicated that the winter closure period is from December 20 through December 31, 2010.

University Winter Holidays are December 23, 24 and 31. New Year’s Day will be observed on December 31, 2010.

There will be one additional paid day off that is not designated as a University holiday to be used between the period Monday, December 20, 2010 through Friday, December 31, 2010. This means staff will need to use 6 days of accrued vacation, PTO or Floating to cover the Winter Closure period.

Staff who do not have sufficient time to cover the Winter Closure period are eligible to borrow their 2011 PTO, Floating, and December’s vacation accrual. Any additional hours not covered must be Leave Without Salary (LWOS). However, leave accruals and benefit contributions may be affected for employees who take LWOS.

Catalina Rodriguez (3-8257) and Gary Harris (6-0729) are available to help employees with low leave balances identify the best strategy for covering winter closure.

*** Reference Question of the Week - November 15, 2010 ***

Question: Does Green Library have a color printer?

Answer: Green Library has color printers: one in the East Wing, 1st floor, in the Information Center computer cluster (right of green statue), and a second in the Bing Wing first floor SSRC copy room, right outside the Jonsson Social Sciences Reading Room. Here is a list of printers in Green Library. You can also find color printers at public computer spaces in Meyer Library and Tresidder Lair. Most of the libraries have color printers, and you can find information on printing and copying at each library's website.

Regina Islas Joins SULAIR as Contract & Business Manager

I'm pleased to announce that Regina Islas has joined SULAIR as Contract & Business Manager. In this role, Regina will be responsible for managing the full spectrum of SULAIR's contracts and service agreements, and, working closely with Mitzi Polen, will be available to answer questions about the contract and purchasing processes. Regina will also be working with Susan Horsfall and me to establish, communicate, and implement workflows and procedures around purchasing, and in the future, Regina will be providing support and assistance in the use of Oracle financials, including pCards and iProcurement.

Regina has been with us for several months as a temp, so many of you have met her already. Given the broad scope of her work, those of you who haven't met her can expect to hear from her soon! Please join me in welcoming Regina to SULAIR!

Join us for GIS Day on November 17th!

GIS Day logoGIS Day 2010, November 17th

Please join us in celebrating GIS Day at Stanford University on November 17th, 12:30pm at the Y2E2 building!

For more information go to: https://lib.stanford.edu/gis-branner-library/gis-day-2010.

Remembering Dennis Blake 1950-2010

Remembering Dennis Blake
1950-2010

The Preservation Department is saddened to share the news that Dennis Blake died October 26th, very shortly after being diagnosed with cancer.

A member of the Preservation Department for 31 years, Dennis presided over the Book Repair Unit with his inimitable style, singular outlook and years of well-honed knowledge. He was our link to the collections and the branch libraries, and he repaired countless volumes for every departmental library.

He was also a philosopher, world traveler, avid follower of politics, active union member, grandfather, coffee connoisseur, lover of animals (especially dachshunds!), and had more stories to tell than any one of us can recall.

Please join us on the afternoon of Nov. 22nd to share coffee, cookies and stories about Dennis. The time and location will be announced shortly.

New Staff Member in Serials Receiving

We are very happy to announce that Natalia (Natasha) Porfirenko has recently joined the Acquisitions Department as the new Slavic Serials Receiving Specialist. Natasha is no stranger to the 3rd floor of Meyer Library as she had been working as a Data Control Specialist in the Metadata Department. Before joining SUL, she spent many years working in the Archives of the Hoover Institution.

Natasha comes to us highly recommended and with a lot of enthusiasm, and we are excited and delighted to have her join our Serials team. We know that she will be a great asset!

Reference Forum - Wednesday, Nov. 17 - Springer Images

Just a reminder that there's a Reference Forum next Wednesday, November 17.

Wednesday November 17, 2-3pm, Springer Images, presented by John Hopkins from Springer in the SSRC Seminar Room. Come learn about Springer Images from a Springer expert. The database is a growing collection of high quality images in the STM fields, but also includes subjects in the humanities and social sciences. (See the attachment for a list as well as more information about the database.) Take a look at http://www.springerimages.com

If you want to be included in the Reference Forum list, please send email to mschaefe@stanford.edu.

SULAIR Job Opportunities - November 9, 2010

SULAIR has the following new position:

Computer Information Systems Analyst, HighWire Press (#40591)

*** Reference Question of the Week - November 8, 2010 ***

Question: How can I get some light when I'm browsing in the Green East stacks?

Answer: In the Green East stacks, there are light switches at the end of each row of books. Just turn them on when you need them, and off when you're done.

To contribute to the Reference Question of the Week feature of SULAIR News, submit your question and answer as an article to SULAIR News.

Editorial Staff

Stanford Libraries' Innovation and Vision: An "American Libraries" Article

American Libraries, the flagship magazine of the American Library Association, recently published "The Stanford Innovation Juggernaut", an article highlighting the Stanford Libraries' innovation and vision over the past twenty years. It covers events from the launch of HighWire Press to the opening of the new "bookless" Engineering Library. As Michael Keller says in the article: "...the question we ask ourselves every day is: 'What opportunities and assets do we have that can make scholarship and learning better?'"

See the entire article here.

Fall Issue of Department of Public Safety Newsletter: Info on Personal Safety

SULAIR's Facilities department is highlighting the recently published fall edition of Stanford's Department of Public Safety Newsletter, The Rap Sheet. It is a useful resource for staff and includes information about personal safety at work and at home.

Jacob Cohn
Facilities

Reference Forum and Special Reference-related Event November 3 and 5

Just a reminder that there is a Reference Forum this Wednesday, November 3 and a reference-related event on Friday, November 5.

Wednesday, November 3, 2-3pm, Scopus, presented by Helen Josephine in the SSRC Seminar Room.

The world’s largest abstract and citation database of peer-reviewed literature and quality web sources. Contains 41 million records, 70% with abstracts including 18,000 titles from 5,000 publishers worldwide and over 3 million conference papers. Particularly strong international coverage of Science and Technology. Coverage includes Social Sciences and Humanities. Also includes sophisticated tools to track, analyze and visualize research, as well cited reference counts. Linking between ScienceDirect and Scopus for the fulltext of the article and related research.

http://www.scopus.com

Friday November 5, 10-11am, Mendeley, presented by Ian Mulvany, the VP of New Product Development, in the IC Classroom.

Mendeley is a free reference manager and academic social network that can help you organize your research, collaborate with others online, and discover the latest research. Available for the iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch.

http://www.mendeley.com/

If you want to be included in the Reference Forum list, please email me at mschaefe@stanford.edu.

SULAIR Job Opportunities - November 2, 2010

SULAIR has the following new position:

Newspaper Collections Project Manager, Stanford University Libraries (#40524)

*** Reference Question of the Week - November 2, 2010 ***

Question: Can you offer me advice for doing exploratory research on ethics and the pharmaceutical industry?

Answer: To get some overall ideas about the topic, you might want to start with journal and newspaper articles. There's a database called Academic Search Premier (available to Stanford users) which includes scholarly journals and popular magazines. Use search terms like "pharmaceutical industry" and "ethics."

For newspaper articles, try the following three databases (available to Stanford users):

  • Alt-PressWatch: newspapers, magazines, and journals of the alternative and independent press.
  • Access World News (choose United States): full-text content of local and regional news, including community events, government policies, and cultural activities.
  • Lexis Nexis: transcripts of radio and TV programs, law review journals, government documents, etc.

We also have subject-specific databases. Since your topic is related to business and medicine, you might try:

If you want to locate books on this topic, search our online catalog, Searchworks. Using keywords like "pharmaceutical" and "ethics," you'll find many books relevant to your topic. Examples include Ethics and the Pharmaceutical Industry and Profits Before People?.

Art and Engineering - A New Collaboration

An experiment in outreach and library collaboration is now underway between the Art & Architecture Library and Terman Engineering Library. A selection of new books from the A & A Library in the areas of architecture, materials and design is NOW available for check-out in the new Terman Engineering Library. Look for the signs! This selection will change EVERY TWO WEEKS. Circulation policy is as follows: undergraduates, 1-week with one online renewal; graduate students; 1-week with two online renewals. Thanks to all the SULAIR staff who helped us kick off this project.

Katie Keller/Art & Architecture
Kathleen Gust/Terman Engineering

October 2010 Issue of "ReMix" Now Online

SULAIR's Library Development Office publishes monthly issues of ReMix: News from the Stanford Libraries. October's issue has a variety of interesting news items and links. This includes articles on the relevance of libraries; the Stanford Libraries' first-ever instruction summit; new book funds; tours and a Library Open House; and the reissue of A Companion to Bede. You'll also find a number of other news items and information about exhibitions, events, publications, and acquisitions.

Mobile Music

Mobile access to music resources has increased significantly. Each of our eight subscription streaming audio databases now provides some sort of mobile access (iPhone apps for Naxos Music Library and Naxos Jazz; textable links to content in the Alexander Press databases).

I've summarized mobile access information on a new page on the Music Library's website. See "mobile access" in the left-side navigation bar, or click here.

More about our streaming audio databases can be found here.

Comments and additions welcome. Enjoy!

Jane Vaden Is Retiring

After 43 years of service, Jane Vaden will be retiring effective October 29th. Since May 1, 1967, Jane has worked full-time, half-time, and hourly and in RDP, CDP, FLAC, Cataloging (Serials, Monographs, Government Documents), Information Desk, and Ordering.

Her next adventures will be to travel more around the world and start cooking. Words cannot describe how much Jane will be missed by her co-workers, but we're also happy for her and wish her a marvelous and fulfilling retirement!

Eric Heath Is Retiring

It is with mixed emotions that I announce the retirement of Eric Heath. After more than 40 years of service to SULAIR, he is certainly deserving of a more leisurely pace to his life. However, his presence will be greatly missed.

Eric began his library career as a shelver in Meyer Library in 1967, assigned by the draft board as a conscientious objector for alternative service. He fell in love with Stanford, loved the esprit de corps of Meyer and its new staff - Meyer Library just opened in 1966. Eric worked closely with Mary Sevilla and Guy DeBall, placing materials on reserve. From 1973-1975, Eric attended UCB library school half time while working as a night supervisor and reference specialist. When Mary Sevilla became Circulation Head in the old Main Library, she hired Eric to manage half of the collection and its circulation out of Meyer basement, which included crisis management with the Great Flood in Meyer Basement.

Eric became Mary's assistant in Green Library East when it opened in 1980. He was subsequently recruited by Olive James to help out at the reference desk, and then was hired full time there as a reference specialist by Jim Knox and Karin Wittenborg. Eric says he enjoyed a lovely golden age of service when the model had the bibliographic and reference staffs serving together out of the same space. Eric credits Jim Knox for mentoring and educating him as a traditional reference librarian.

Welcome Jose Valdez!

We are pleased to announce that Jose Valdez has joined Student Computing in Academic Computing Services (ACS) as our Network Administrator! His primary focus will be the residential network and supporting student network connectivity and he will be working closely with the Resident Computer Consultants (RCCs).

Jose is no stranger to Stanford. He graduated from Stanford with a Sociology degree with a focus on organizations, business, and the economy and also held concurrent enrollment at UC Berkeley. During his time as a student here, he gained extensive knowledge of our programs and operations through 5 positions with our department (Cluster Tech, Summer Tech, Summer Conferences Coordinator, RCC, and Senior Lead Tech) and this past summer and fall, also worked on a few key ACS network projects with Networking Systems in IT Services. We are excited about his continued dedication to our programs, services, and students.

Please stop by and say hi to Jose the next time you are on the second floor of Meyer Library.

James Jacobs Elected Incoming Chair of Depository Library Council

James Jacobs, SULAIR's Government Documents Librarian, was recently elected by his council colleagues as the next chair of the Depository Library Council.

The membership of the Depository Library Council consists of fifteen individuals who advise the Public Printer of the United States and the Superintendent of Documents in matters pertaining to future trends, innovation, and new concepts in libraries and information dissemination, particularly as they relate to the Federal Depository Library Program (FDLP). Currently this includes essential elements of the development, management and dissemination of electronic information, such as version control, authentication, and preservation of digital information.

*** Reference Question of the Week - October 26, 2010 ***

Question: Is there a website that lists the locations of all the photocopiers on campus? I was looking for one last night at 1am.

Answer: There is a photocopier on the first floor of Meyer Library which is open 24 hours. Meyer Library has a floor plan online, and the Meyer Library First Floor floor plan shows a photocopier next to the Cash-to-Card machine.

New Staff Member in East Asia Library

The East Asia Library is very pleased to announce that James Nanxing Jin has come onboard as a Weekend and Evening Library Specialist. Although new to the job, James is not new to the library as he has been working at the EAL as a temp for the past two years.

We are sure that James will be a great asset to our group. Please join us in welcoming him to the EAL!

Reference Forums in November

Here's the important line up of Reference Forums for November:

Wednesday, November 3, 2-3pm, Scopus, presented by Helen Josephine in the SSRC Seminar Room
The world’s largest abstract and citation database of peer-reviewed literature and quality web sources. Contains 41 million records, 70% with abstracts including 18,000 titles from 5,000 publishers worldwide and over 3 million conference papers. Particularly strong international coverage of Science and Technology. Coverage includes Social Sciences and Humanities. Also includes sophisticated tools to track, analyze and visualize research, as well cited reference counts. Linking between ScienceDirect and Scopus for the fulltext of the article and related research.
http://www.scopus.com

Friday November 5, 10-11am, Mendeley, presented by Ian Mulvany, the VP of New Product Development, in the IC Classroom
Mendeley is a free reference manager and academic social network that can help you organize your research, collaborate with others online, and discover the latest research. Available for the iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch.
http://www.mendeley.com/

Wednesday November 17, 2-3pm, Springer Images, presented by John Hopkins from Springer in the SSRC Seminar Room
Come learn about Springer Images from a Springer expert. The database is a growing collection of high quality images in the STM fields, but also includes subjects in the humanities and social sciences. (See the attachment for a list as well as more information about the database.)
Take a look at http://www.springerimages.com

If you want to be included in the Reference Forum list, please email me at mschaefe@stanford.edu.

*** Reference Question of the Week - October 18, 2010 ***

Question: I'd like to access computer files that I have on my personal computer when I'm on a public computer in the library. Can I do this without emailing files or saving files to a thumbdrive?

When I save files to the desktop on a library cluster computer, where do those files go after I log off?

Answer: AFS (Andrew File System) is a distributed file system that enables cooperating hosts (clients and servers) to efficiently share file system resources across local and wide area networks. Provided free of charge to faculty, staff, and students, AFS is easily accessed via the Web and serves as the campus-wide file system for the Stanford community.

Every owner of a full-service SUNetID is granted a defined quota of disk space in AFS for storing web pages, text files, images, computer programs, email, and other forms of online information. At present, the quota is: 2GB.

When you save a file to your desktop on a library cluster computer (not the public kiosks) your file is already in your personal AFS space. If you copy or save a file from somewhere else to your AFS space, you will see it on your desktop when you log on to a library cluster computer. You can access your personal AFS space anywhere via using any web browser. It's easy to move and copy files from your computer to your AFS space.

When you log off the library cluster computer, any work you saved on your desktop will travel with you because it is automatically saved to your AFS space.

IT Services has more information on AFS Storage on their website.

Prints by Faisal Abdu'Allah on View at the Art & Architecture Library

The year 1989 was a pivotal year for Faisal Abdu’Allah. Still completing his Bachelors degree in Fine Art at Central St. Martin’s College in London, it was in the course of that year he reached a turning point in his use of paper as a print medium. In the series of works entitled Paper Ends, Abdu’Allah negotiated the printed surface, working and reworking the paper onto which he printed. During the same year, he studied for a semester at the Massachusetts College of Art, where he found new inspiration in the teachings of Malcolm X and the cultural narratives behind the Nation of Islam. After reading The Autobiography of Malcolm X, he created a series of prints featuring images of the Black Panthers and Malcolm X himself. Produced during that critical year of 1989, these selected works allow the viewer to trace Abdu’Allah’s growth as an artist both materially and thematically.

This exhibition, now on view in the Art & Architecture Library's reading room, has been organized to accompany Faisal Abdu'Allah: The Art of Dislocation, on view from September 28–November 14, 2010 in the Thomas Welton Stanford Art Gallery.

SULAIR Job Opportunities - October 12, 2010

SULAIR has the following new positions:

Human Resources Assistant (#40271)

Technical Specialist, LOCKSS Program (#40254)

LOCKSS Program Content Specialist (#40252)

Stanford East Asia Library Brings Chinese Performing Artists to Campus

The Stanford East Asia Library, partnered with the Center for East Asian Studies and the Stanford Confucius Institute, will bring to campus the lectures and performance of famous Chinese performing artists including Mr. Shang Changrong and Ms. Mao Weitao. The event, China and the Performing Arts, will be held in Campbell Recital Hall, Braun Music Center, from 3pm to 5pm on October 15, 2010. During the session, audience member will have opportunities to hear what these amazing performers of Peking Opera and Shaoxing Opera have to say about performing, art, life, and culture in China. There will also be opportunities to ask questions and see a special performance. Other visiting artists include Mr. Zhou Zhiqiang, actor and director of National Theater of China, Ms. Han Yanwen, folk opera singer and Ms. Li Li, dancer and choreographer.

*** Reference Question of the Week - October 11, 2010 ***

I am looking for the book: Probabilistic Graphical Models: Principles and Techniques by Daphne Koller

The online library catalog says that this book is "in transit". What does this mean?

Answer: "In transit" means that the book has been sent from one library to another library, and hasn't arrived at the sent location. This probably means that it has been returned to a different branch library, and is being returned to its home library (in this case, the Mathematics and Statistics Library), but it could mean that it is on its way to another location for repair, or relocation. You should contact the Math & Statistics Library for details on this book's status.

Flu Shot Season

Protect yourself and your family this winter:
Get a flu shot!

FREE Influenza Vaccinations for Stanford Employees, Retirees & Students (undergraduate, graduate and postdoctoral), Spouse/Domestic Partner of Student.

For more information about the Flu Clinics, scheduled dates & locations, visit http://flu.stanford.edu. For any specific questions, please contact Mike Spychalski at spychalk@stanford.edu or 5-5306.

$25 fee - Spouse/Domestic Partner of Faculty/Staff, Retiree, Postdoctoral Scholar & Fellow.

Art & Architecture Library's New Evening Supervisor

Hello everyone,

I am pleased to announce that Patricia "Tricia" Sullivan has joined the staff of the Art & Architecture Library as our full time Evening and Student Supervisor (Sunday-Thursday, 1pm-10pm). She can be reached at her main desk phone line: (650) 723-4978.

We are delighted to have Tricia as part of the Art & Architecture Library team. She recently graduated from U.C. Berkeley with a degree in American and Cold War History. Her experience with library databases, working background in an academic library while at Berkeley, and knowledge of cultural and historical studies, will be put to good use in serving our Stanford community.

Please join us in welcoming Tricia to SULAIR!

New Staff Member in Monograph Receiving

We are very pleased to announce that Kyle Ortiz has joined the Acquisitions Department as the Mail Opening Specialist in the Monograph Receiving Unit. Kyle is no stranger to the 3rd floor of Meyer Library. Prior to joining the Monograph Receiving Unit, Kyle worked as a Data Control Specialist in the Metadata Department.

We are sure that Kyle will be a great asset to our group. Please join us in welcoming him to the Monograph Receiving Unit!

Mausumi Dutta-Mukherjee
Acquisitions

Library Open House a Big Success!

Open House photoDespite record breaking temperatures, there was a steady stream of students, faculty and campus staff at the Library Open House last Tuesday (September 28). Over thirty libraries and services were represented with attendees visibly engaged in conversation with the participants. Demos of Searchworks, xSearch, and other tools, popular tours of the Robotic Book Scanner and a talk and tour of Green Library by University Librarian Michael Keller were just some of the scheduled events. A big thanks to Coupa Café for their delicious appetizers and cookies at the Greeter table. About 450 people entered the raffle, hoping to win the iPad, Kindle or one of the other 23 prizes.

Comments left on the whiteboard about the event said "ridiculously awesome," "pretty sweet," and "great idea!" Open House photo

One of the prize winners wrote: "I thought the event was a big success and I found out about a lot of new resources at the library, the staff was so helpful too!"

See for yourself...a slideshow of the Open House.

The event would not have been possible without the hard work of many people. Thank you to Eleanor Brown, Judy Marsh, Deni Wicklund, Ramoncito Cuenco, Mattie Taormina, Ronnie Fields, Sarah Seestone, Chris Matson, Glen Worthey, Jacob Cohn, Michael Newman and Karim Arsalane.

ARS (re-) Welcomes Franz Kunst

Franz Kunst has rejoined the Archive of Recorded Sound staff as Project Archivist, National Historical Publications and Records Commission Basic Projects Program. The NHPRC Basic Projects Program supports the arrangement and description of more than 80 of the Archive's special and archival collections for which no bibliographic access exists. Franz will be surveying and arranging collections and creating finding aids for them in Archivist's Toolkit. Results will be discoverable in the Online Archive of California, SearchWorks, OCLC, and SULAIR's website.

*** Reference Question of the Week - October 4, 2010 ***

Question: How can I locate the Solicitor's Opinion from the Department of Interior from 1980 (M-36921)?

Answer: This document can be found as part of the Decisions of the United States Department of the Interior (you can search this as a title in Searchworks). The detailed record shows a link to an online resource provided by the University of Michigan. The specific document is in v.87, p.291-304, and you can view a PDF version. Alternately, the Law Library has this on microfiche.

SULAIR All Hands Meeting Now on the Web

Those of you who missed last month's All Hands meeting can now view the video on the web.

Thanks to Kenneth Chan and Hannah Frost for their work in getting the video posted.

Some viewing tips:

ProQuest Training - Brand New Platform Coming

A brand new ProQuest platform is coming that is significantly different in both functionality and aesthetics, largely due to the fact that all of your ProQuest (except third party resources such as Factiva), CSA, and Chadwyck-Healey resources will be cross-searchable, new tools have been added, and the search engine and interface is completely new from the ground up.

Aimée Leverette, the trainer, is available to give us a session on:

Monday, October 11, at 9:30 a.m.

The session should last an hour plus another half hour for questions. Anyone using ProQuest for reference and instruction should attend, since the changes are significant. There will also be a need to make some decisions about options to set before we make the interface available to our users.

This is the only session that will be provided due to Aimee's heavy training travel schedule.

Please RSVP to Olga Katz, katz@stanford.edu, so that we can select the proper space.

Reminders about Parking and Commute Club

From our friends at Parking & Transportation:

Do you have your 2010-11 parking permit or Commute Club membership?
New permits or Commute Club memberships required as of Sept. 1; citations are being issued for parking non-compliance.

If you are a resident or commuter who is parking a vehicle in areas that require a Stanford parking permit, be sure you are displaying the proper 2010-11 parking permit to avoid a citation. Parking permits for the new fiscal year may be purchased online, and all customers have the option to select "will call" for faster pick up. Customers usually are notified of "will call" availability within three business days.

VOIP Training

We will be offering three additional VoIP training sessions for those of you who were unable to attend the earlier sessions. Those sessions will be:

Thursday, Sept 30: IC Classroom Green East 166 - 9:30-11:00
Tuesday, Oct 5: Cubberley Library Instruction Rm - 2:00-3:30
Wednesday, Oct 6: Branner Library - 10:00-11:30

Note: Space at the Cubberley and Branner sessions is limited, so please RSVP to Mimi Calter as soon as possible if you want to attend one of those sessions.

*** Reference Question of the Week - September 27, 2010 ***

Question: Are there computers in Green Library that have software packages such as Microsoft Office and Photoshop?

Answer: Computer Clusters can be found throughout the library. In the IC, there are 30 dual-boot, iMacs (Windows and MacOS).
Note: All machines have CD-RW/DVD drives and USB ports to plug in flash (thumb) drives.

The computer clusters are loaded with a variety of software for MACS and Windows.

Similar clusters can be found in the reading rooms in the Bing Wing.
There are also computer clusters in Green and Meyer libraries with high end multimedia software.

Academic Computing Services publishes current software offerings.

Want to Help Staff the Open House Greeter Table?

Want to staff the greeter table during the Library Open House next week, on Tuesday, Sept. 28? The table is staffed by two people and we change staff each hour. The Open House is from 12 noon to 5pm.

You'll get to meet and greet attendees, give them information about what's happening in the Open House, get them to submit a raffle ticket for some great prizes, and help them sign up for the book scanning robot tours.

We have several times available. Just let me know if you'd like to help and be sure to get approval from your supervisor. My email is eleanor.brown@stanford.edu.

SULAIR Project on Short List for DPC Awards

The Digital Preservation Coalition (DPC) has officially announced the projects which have made the short list for the DPC awards. The “short list” (akin to the nominees for an Academy Award) were announced at the iPres conference earlier today.

I am pleased to pass on the news that Preserving Virtual Worlds, our project with the Univ. of Illinois, Univ. of Maryland, and Rochester Inst. of Technology has been put on the short list for the international Digital Preservation Award. This award is presented in London as part of the Institute of Conservation's (ICon) Conservation Awards.

See the official news release.

Stanford’s work on the project was led by Henry Lowood as curator for history of science & technology collections and film & media collections, and managed by Susan Rojo in HRG, with critical contributions from DLSS and the SDR group.

Concurrent Exhibitions Celebrate Mexico at Green and Bancroft Libraries

Celebrating Mexico Exhibit

Celebrating Mexico, commemorating the bicentennial of Mexico’s independence from Spain and the centennial of the Mexican Revolution, opened Monday, Sept. 20 in the second floor galleries of Green Library’s Bing Wing. A concurrent exhibition opened at UC-Berkeley’s Bancroft Library earlier this month. Both shows run through mid-January 2011.

As part of Mexican Independence Bicentennial events, Curator of Mexican-American and Latin American Collections Adán Griego took to the airwaves twice last week to talk about the exhibit and its historical context. You can listen to Michael Krasny’s interview with Adan for KQED’s Sept. 15 issue of Forum.

On Friday the 17th, KQED’s “The California Report” featured an interview with Adán by host Scott Shafer.

To read about the Celebrating Mexico exhibits, view a gallery of images with text, and learn about the joint catalogue of the show published by SUL and The Bancroft Library, go to the exhibit's Web site. Many thanks to Everardo Rodriguez for building the site.

For you Second Lifers, Deni Wicklund has made it possible for you to tour the exhibit in Second Life.

Better yet, hoof it on over to Green Library to see the analogue version—now through January 16.

*** Reference Question of the Week - September 20, 2010 ***

Question: I want to use my laptop in the library. Are there study areas with outlets where I can plug in my laptop?

Answer: There are several rooms and resource centers in the Bing Wing of Green Library with full wireless access and desks that have outlets for your laptops. Almost every seat in the Bing Wing provides outlets in tabletops and side tables (next to soft seating). In the East Wing on the first floor (Information Center) tables with individual ports at each seat circle the perimeter of the room. Readers with laptop computers can access catalogs, databases, and other electronic resources, including the Internet, from wherever they happen to be working in the library.

Atlases on Display at Branner Library

Branner Library's new exhibit features two vastly different atlases, one designed specifically for "the masses" and the other to be so exclusive that only "1 in 3.3 million people" on the planet will own it.

The Society for the Diffusion of Useful Knowledge in England was formed in 1826 specifically to create works about a variety of subject matter, written in a plain manner and published at a reasonable price allowing for mass readership. The atlas on display is one of the last printed by the group from 1844.

Library Open House Is Next Week!

photo of Green LibraryThe Library Open House is next week, on Tuesday, September 28 from 12 Noon-5p.m.

This year's Library Open House will take place in and around the Green Library East lobby. There will be tables and displays in front of Green Library and in the Green East lobby, highlighting SULAIR's services and resources. Participants will include most of the campus libraries, Special Collections, Digital Humanities, the Media Microtext Center, SULAIR in Second Life, and many more.

Michael Keller will give a talk on "Thoughts on the future of Stanford's libraries," as well as a tour of Green Library. The very popular Robotic Book Scanner tours are back and new demos of tools such as SearchWorks, xSearch, LexisNexis, RefWorks, and Zotero will be presented. See a complete list of the Library Open House events. Music and great raffle prizes will round out the event.

We've attached a PDF of the Open House announcement flier. (See "Attachment" at the end of the article.) Please distribute it to faculty and students and your other Stanford colleagues. You can also direct them to the Library Open House Web site for information about the event.

IT Service Options for Service Interruptions

On Wednesday, September 15, IT Services had an extended outage of the Stanford Voice Mail system. During that outage, we received feedback that some in the community were not aware of the outage and questions arose as to how to stay informed.

Following is a recap of options for you to be informed of, or seek out, information on IT Service service interruptions:

September 2010 Issue of "ReMix" Now Online

SULAIR's Library Development Office publishes monthly issues of ReMix: News from the Stanford Libraries. September's issue has a variety of interesting news items and links. This includes articles on the newly appointed University Archivist, Daniel Hartwig; the William Saroyan Prize Awards; the new exhibit in Green Library, Celebrating Mexico; and The Twilight of the Bombs, a new book by Richard Rhodes. You'll also find a number of other news items and information about exhibitions, events, publications, and acquisitions.

SULAIR Job Opportunities - September 14, 2010

SULAIR has the following new positions:

Slavic Serials Receiving Specialist (#39865)

Drupal/PHP Front-End Developer, HighWire Press (#39810)

*** Reference Question of the Week - September 13, 2010 ***

Question: Who was the first woman to receive a PhD from Stanford?

Answer: Two women shared this distinction in 1896: Mary Roberts Smith (who went on to join the Sociology faculty at Stanford) and Kathryne Janette Wilson

This information was located in Stanford’s Annual Commencement Order of Exercises, which lists the names of graduates and the degrees they earned. Print copies are available in the University Archives. The Orders of Exercises for 1948-2001 are available online via Stanford University Publications.

Answer provided by Aimee Morgan, Assistant University Archivist

Library Open House Coming Soon!

photo of Green LibraryDon't forget that the Library Open House is on Tuesday, September 28 from 12 Noon-5p.m.

We've attached a PDF of the Open House announcement flier. (See "Attachment" at the end of the article.) As Fall Quarter begins, please distribute it to faculty and students and your other Stanford colleagues. You can also direct them to the Library Open House Web site for information about the event.

This year's Library Open House will take place in and around the Green Library East lobby. There will be tables and displays in front of Green Library and in the Green East lobby, highlighting SULAIR's services and resources. Participants will include most of the campus libraries, Special Collections, Digital Humanities, the Media Microtext Center, SULAIR in Second Life, and many more.

Michael Keller will give a talk on "Thoughts on the future of Stanford's libraries," as well as a tour of Green Library. The very popular Robotic Book Scanner tours are back and new demos of tools such as SearchWorks, xSearch, LexisNexis, RefWorks, and Zotero will be presented. Music and great raffle prizes will round out the event.

SearchWorks Tips for Staff

With SearchWorks as the Stanford Libraries’ primary catalog, we are offering two classes to brush up your knowledge of the enhancements. They will take place:

Tuesday, September 21, 10:00am-11:00am in the IC Classroom in Green Library
Thursday, September 23, 2:00pm-3:00pm in the SSRC seminar room in Green Library

Chris Bourg, who has been involved in the development of SearchWorks, will lead the sessions and be available to answer your questions.

Be prepared as the new academic year begins. No sign-up required - just come and grab a seat.

Come to the Library Open House on September 28

Don't forget that the Library Open House is on Tuesday, September 28 from 12 Noon-5p.m.

This year, we ask that all library staff consider themselves as co-hosts of the Library Open House. As you visit the various tables and displays at the Open House, please take the initiative to greet students and faculty, answer their questions, and guide them towards the exhibits of interest to them.

As good hosts, please remember that the limited number of raffle prizes, giveaways, and treats are intended for our guests and patrons.

This year's Library Open House will take place in and around the Green Library East lobby. There will be tables and displays in front of Green Library and in the Green East lobby, highlighting SULAIR's services and resources. Participants will include most of the campus libraries, Special Collections, Digital Humanities, the Media Microtext Center, SULAIR in Second Life, and many more.

Michael Keller will give a talk on "Thoughts on the future of Stanford's libraries," as well as a tour of Green Library. The very popular Robotic Book Scanner tours are back and new demos of tools such as SearchWorks, xSearch, LexisNexis RefWorks, and Zotero will be presented. Music and great raffle prizes will round out the event.

Don't Forget the Huang Engineering Open House - September 8

Photo of Huang Engineering CenterJust a reminder that the Open House at the Huang Engineering Center is tomorrow, Wednesday, September 8, from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Be sure to stop by the new Engineering Library during your tour!

http://events.stanford.edu/events/246/24619/

Xinlei Qiu Becomes a Project Manager in the ITS Project Management Office

Xinlei Qiu has left the Stanford Digital Repository (SDR) Team in Digital Library Systems and Services (DLSS) for a Project Manager position in the ITS Project Management Office. While we congratulate Xinlei on this new opportunity, we know we will miss her on the team. She has been a key contributor, documenting requirements and design for SDR 2.0, and working consistently to help us be more efficient in our use of tools such as JIRA to manage our work.

*** Reference Question of the Week - September 6, 2010 ***

Question: Why is it not a good idea to use sticky notes in books?

Answer: While sticky notes are certainly useful, they can damage paper. The residue they leave behind attracts dirt, causes pages to stick together, and stains paper over time. When sticky notes are pulled from fragile pages in old books, they can also tear the paper. To help preserve collections here in the libraries, please use bookmarks or strips of paper to mark your pages.

Come to the Library Open House on September 28

Don't forget that the Library Open House is on Tuesday, September 28 from 12 Noon-5p.m.

This year, we ask that all library staff consider themselves as co-hosts of the Library Open House. As you visit the various tables and displays at the Open House, please take the initiative to greet students and faculty, answer their questions, and guide them towards the exhibits of interest to them.

As good hosts, please remember that the limited number of raffle prizes, giveaways, and treats are intended for our guests and patrons.

Welcome, Alexis Manheim!

We are very happy to announce that Alexis Manheim has joined the Acquisitions Department as the new Electronic Resources & Technology Librarian.

Alexis has a wide array of library experience and we are very fortunate to have found her just as she was relocating back to the Stanford area. Please stop by and say “hello” to Alexis the next time you are on Meyer 3rd floor.

Sue-Ellen Johnson
Acquisitions

New Name, New URL, New Email Address, Same Friendly Service

Along with its new name, the Mathematics & Statistics (Math-Stat) Library has a new email address and URL for its web site.

The new email address is:

mathstatlibrary@stanford.edu (was mathcslib@stanford.edu)

and the new URL is:

http://lib.stanford.edu/mathstat
or
http://mathstatlibrary.stanford.edu (was http://mathcslibrary.stanford.edu)

The old email address and URL will still work for a while, but at some point they will go away.

*** Reference Question of the Week - August 30, 2010 ***

Question: Why can't I have food or drinks in the libraries?

Answer: We are a research library and we therefore need to protect the collections. Starchy foods and sugary drinks attract silverfish, which then destroy books by chewing through pages and bindings. To help us protect the collections and control silverfish, please refrain from consuming food and drinks in the library.

Miller Library Now on the Map

map of Hopkins Marine Station Hopkins Marine Station has been added to the iStanford "maps" tile as a second campus. (iStanford is a free iPhone application, which you can download from Apple's App Store.) Shows Miller Library in the Libraries listIf you have selected the maps tile in iStanford and are on the main campus map, searching for "Miller" will result in an alert box indicating that no buildings were found with that name and asking if you want to search Hopkins Marine Station (HMS). If you select yes, it will take you to the HMS map with a push-pin icon pointing to the location of the Miller Library. You can also just go to the Hopkins Marine Station map by selecting "Campuses" in the upper left corner of the screen. A third way to get to the Miller Library is to select the "Places" link in the lower right corner of the screen and then select the "Libraries" category. You will find the Miller Library in the alphabetical listing under "Marine Biology Library".

Thanks to Eleanor Brown, Chris Patton, Tim Flood, and the iStanford Blackboard team for all their help getting this incorporated into the new version of the iStanford app for iPhones, iPads, and iPod Touches.

Library Open House on Tuesday, September 28, 2010

photo of Green LibraryAs Fall Quarter approaches, be sure to let your colleagues and our patrons know that there will be a Library Open House on Tuesday, September 28 from 12 Noon-5p.m.

This year's Library Open House will take place in and around the Green Library East lobby. There will be tables and displays in front of Green Library and in the Green East lobby, highlighting SULAIR's services and resources. Participants will include most of the campus libraries, Special Collections, Digital Humanities, the Media Microtext Center, SULAIR in Second Life, and many more.

Michael Keller will give a talk on "Thoughts on the future of Stanford's libraries," as well as a tour of Green Library. The very popular Robotic Book Scanner tours are back and new demos of tools such as SearchWorks, xSearch, RefWorks, and Zotero will be presented. Music and great raffle prizes will round out the event.

SULAIR Job Opportunities - August 24, 2010

SULAIR has the following new position:

Contract and Business Manager (#39553)

SULAIR Annual Staff Picnic Is Next Week

This is a reminder that the SULAIR Staff Annual Picnic is next week on Tuesday, August 31st.

WHEN: Tuesday, August 31, 2010 - food will be served from 11:30am - 1:30pm
WHERE: Centennial Garden - fountain area outside the entrance to the Bing Wing of Green Library
WHAT: Traditional BBQ
WHO CAN COME? All members of the SULAIR Staff
WHAT DOES IT COST? Nothing! Just come and enjoy.

If you have any questions, please contact Nancy at ngfuller@stanford.edu.

The Office of the University Librarian looks forward to seeing you there!

*** Reference Question of the Week - August 23, 2010 ***

Question: How can I find one-act plays in the catalog?

Answer: Use SearchWorks' default "Search Everything" option and enter terms "'one-act plays' and comedy" (or "'one-act plays' and drama"). One-act plays" is also a Library of Congress Subject Heading, so you can change the search option to "Search Subject terms" and use "one-act plays" in quotation marks.

August 2010 Issue of "ReMix" Now Online

SULAIR's Library Development Office publishes monthly issues of ReMix: News from the Stanford Libraries. August's issue has a variety of interesting news items and links. This includes items on the SearchWorks; the opening of the Engineering Library; and philanthropy in uncertain times. You'll also find a number of other news items and information about exhibitions, events, publications, and acquisitions.

Congratulations to Winners and Finalists of the 2010 Saroyan Prize

William Saroyan The winners and finalists of the 2010 William Saroyan International Prize for Writing were announced August 19. Congratulations to Linda Himelstein, whose The King of Vodka won the non-fiction category, and to Rivka Galchen, who won in the fiction category for Atmospheric Disturbances. You can read more about the 2010 Saroyan Prize here.

Huang Engineering Open House, September 8

Photo of Huang Engineering Center The new Jen-Hsun Huang Engineering Center is holding an Open House on Wednesday, September 8 from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. The Huang Center, which is located in the Science and Engineering Quad, was designed to be a campus-wide crossroads for innovation, so be among the first to become acquainted with the collaborative spaces and services available to you. You can tour the building (which includes the new Engineering Library), enter prize drawings and enjoy light refreshments.

SULAIR Job Opportunities - August 17, 2010

SULAIR has the following new positions:

HighWire Press DBA (#38614)

Production Specialist, Highwire Press (#39436)

Reminder about Webinar on Linked Data: Green Library, August 25

All SULAIR staff are invited to attend this webinar:

Dublin Core: The Road from Metadata Formats to Linked Data
Wednesday, August 25, 2010
10:00-11:30 p.m.
Green Library, SSRC Seminar Room

The National Information Standards Organization (NISO) and the Dublin Core Metadata Initiative (DCMI) are pleased to announce a new educational partnership, starting with an educational webinar on Dublin Core: The Road from Metadata Formats to Linked Data.

*** Reference Question of the Week - August 17, 2010 ***

Question: How do I find international newspapers online?

Answer: Links to current newspapers are just part of the information about different countries in Portals to the World - "links to electronic resources selected by Library of Congress subject experts." After selecting a country, choose "Media and Communication."

We also have some of this information in Europa world year book, which is online. (The latest edition of Europa encyclopedias on different parts of the world are in the Ready Reference Section of the Information Center, near the IC desk.)

Preservation Bookmarks Available

Preservation has received a number of requests for informative bookmarks for patrons. We now have several designs available, including two that address food and drink policies, and one that explains why sticky notes damage library materials. You can preview them here (PDF). I will also send out a few samples of each design to each of the libraries later this week. You’re welcome to distribute them to the public. To request more, please contact me at mmille23@stanford.edu, and I’ll send your department a larger supply.

Major Enhancements to SearchWorks

As of today (Tuesday, August 10), SearchWorks includes the following major enhancements:

Browse by Call Number: The small "browse by call number" list on the item detail page has been augmented with a full-page view. Click the "Show full page" link, and you'll be able to browse the virtual shelves across all libraries, in gallery or list view. See this page for an example.

New request forms: Paging and recall/hold requests are now possible directly from SearchWorks. Just click the "request" link (or the "Page for delivery" link) in the item list, and the new request form will display.

New visual design: The most obvious change is the new graphic design: overall, we've made the layout more consistent and flexible, along with some reorganization and new features.

SULAIR Job Opportunities - August 10, 2010

SULAIR has the following new position:

Storage Facility Worker/Back-up Driver, Livermore (#39342)

News You Can Use from Parking & Transportation

1) Apply online today for 2010-11 parking permits or Commute Club memberships
New permits required on Sept. 1; Commute Club must be renewed every September

*** Reference Question of the Week - August 9, 2010 ***

Question: Is there a map that shows all of the libraries on campus?

Answer: A list of libraries on campus (with their descriptions) can be found here. There's a PDF of the Stanford University Libraries Map available at the top of the page.

Zachary Chandler Helps Students Produce "Academic" Music Video

Zachary Chandler, the Academic Technology Specialist for the Division of Literatures, Cultures, and Languages (DLCL), founded Experimedia, the DLCL's in-house design group to help humanities students merge technology and artistry with humanities research.

DLCL undergraduate students took advantage of Experimedia to create a music video requested by Robert Harrison, Rosina Pierroti Professor of Italian Literature and Chair of the Stanford University French and Italian department and lead guitarist in Glass Wave. Glass Wave is a rock band that performs songs inspired by classical texts; they wanted a video to promote "Annabel Lee", a track from the band's new album, which was inspired by Edgar Allan Poe's last complete poem of the same name.

Locating Herself in Cartographic Space: Morgan Elmore Joins SULAIR

A warm welcome to Morgan Elmore who has joined the SULAIR staff as a Cartographic Technology Specialist. Morgan will be instrumental in helping to build out the infrastructure for the map digitization lab, for creating Web pages for map content and will eventually work in the new historic map room when it is completed. Morgan's been here two weeks and is already helping to streamline workflows and develop web content.

Glynn Edwards' Article on Born-Digital Material at Stanford

Glynn Edwards of Special Collections recently published an article "Born-Digital Material at Stanford" in Archival Elements, the newsletter of the Society of American Archivists Science, Technology, and Health Care Roundtable. The article (on pages 7-9 of the newsletter) provides a good overview of how SULAIR is beginning to deal with its large volume of born-digital and hybrid collections. You'll find information on SULAIR's born-digital collections, the software and tools used to archive such material, and the SULAIR staff involved in the process. The article also includes links for more information on born-digital projects and software.

Swain Library Gets Mini-Renovation

photo of repainted Swain computer room Please come visit and see Swain’s mini-renovation that included a painting of the computer room for the first time in more than 25 years, removing two of the four ranges of journal display shelving (because most subscriptions are now digital), and rearranging things to make the back alcove more inviting. We plan to use journal display area for displaying posters. We are also thrilled to get Green's old cash-to-card machine as it accepts both old and "new" bills. See our Facebook page with more photos of the mini-renovation.

This renovation project was possible due to Bob Schwarzwalder's moral and financial support, Edgar Maxion and Ramoncito Chuenco (Chito) who oversaw and coordinated the project, Ed Caragan for coordinating the furniture move form Physics and Engineering Libraries, and Aparna Sharma for working closely with painters and movers to insure that things ended up in the right place.

"Speaking of Computers" Retired

After over 25 years of publishing computing and technology related news for the Stanford community, Speaking of Computers is retiring. New technologies such as blogs and RSS feeds allow us to provide the same information to the community in more timely and effective ways.

There are a variety of alternate venues that former contributors to Speaking of Computers can use for publishing computing and technology related news to the Stanford community.

*** Reference Question of the Week - August 2, 2010 ***

Question: I need to search a number of old city and municipality policy journals for the early 20th Century. Two examples are: Pacific Municipalities and National Municipal Review. Do I need to look through all the issues or is there an index to such titles?

Answer: There is a very good historical index for such titles, called the Bulletin of the Public Affairs Information Service, which, in its online version, is called the PAIS Archive. This covers both of the titles you mention, from 1915 to 1976. It has many other municipal policy publications as well.

Terman Engineering Library to Open Monday, August 2

Engineering LibraryThe Terman Engineering Library will open at 9:00 a.m. on Monday, August 2. The Jen-Hsun Huang Engineering Center will also open on Monday. Some services in the library and the Huang Center will not be operational on opening day.

Farewell to Xan Arch

Xan Arch will be leaving Stanford Libraries on August 19th to relocate to Portland, Oregon where she has accepted the position of Collection Development Librarian at Reed College. Xan began working in Stanford Libraries’ Acquisitions Department in 2002 as a Serials Receiving specialist. In 2007 she completed her MLIS degree and became the Ordering Librarian. In 2008 she moved into the newly created position of Acquisitions Electronic Resources and Technology Librarian where her skills and expertise have been invaluable in managing the many complexities of the ever-expanding universe of electronic resources. We will certainly miss Xan’s can-do attitude and her many talents and we thank her for her contributions to SULAIR.

You can stop by the Meyer 3 Staff Room on Tuesday August 17th anytime between 3 p.m. and 4 p.m. to say your last farewell and enjoy a piece of Xan’s favorite cake. You will have to come to find out what that is!

Workplace Accident, Incident or Exposure Report (SU-17)

http://www.stanford.edu/dept/EHS/prod/general/su17.pdf
Please complete this form within 24 hours of an accident or incident AND fax to Risk Management at 723-9456. Also submit a copy of the form to SULAIR Human Resources as soon as possible.

Sign Up for the Great Race for Clean Air; Log Your Commute to Enter Drawings

Did you know that on-road traffic accounts for approximately 40 percent of greenhouse gas emissions in the Bay Area according to the Bay Area Air Quality Management District (BAAQMD)?

Stanford has joined with Bay Area employers to help reduce these emissions by reducing drive-alone commutes during the Great Race for Clean Air from Aug. 1 through Sept. 30, 2010. All employees who log their sustainable commutes online will be entered into weekly drawings for prizes, such as gift cards from Starbucks and Best Buy, courtesy of the BAAQMD and 511.

Nancy Mayo Is Leaving Stanford

Nancy Mayo, the Assistant to the Biology and Mathematics and Statistics Librarians, is leaving SULAIR and Stanford to spend more time with her family and to pursue other interests. Her last day at Stanford will be August 13.

Nancy started working as the Operations Manager at Falconer Biology Library in June, 2007. With the reorganization in SERG, her job changed in the summer of 2009, with a new title and new responsibilities in the Mathematical and Computer Science Library, now the Mathematics and Statistics Library. In the past three years she has helped both libraries implement their new web sites and she has managed several large collection projects in the Math-Stat library.

She came to Falconer with a varied background. She started her library career in corporate libraries and served as the Head Librarian at Bechtel Power Corporation’s San Francisco Regional Office Library. Following her job at Bechtel, she worked with a collector to catalog a private collection of rare maps, and served for several years as a reference librarian at Ohlone College. She worked for a time in Circulation in Green Library and in the Cataloging Department at the Hoover Institution. Most recently she coordinated a peer tutoring program at Palo Alto High School.

Our units will miss Nancy’s expertise, and Nancy will miss her Stanford colleagues. Please contact her if you’d like to see her before August 13.

Daniel Hartwig Appointed Stanford University Archivist

Daniel Hartwig will join SULAIR's Department of Special Collections & University Archives as Stanford University Archivist. He will begin his new assignment on September 6, 2010. I hope that you will join Roberto and me in welcoming him to Stanford.

Daniel joins us from Yale University Archives, where he has served as Records Services Archivist since 2006. In that position he was responsible for analysis and appraisal of the information holdings of Yale offices, and acted as the primary point of contact between University Archives and the rest of Yale. In later years, he also took on systems administration responsibilities, collection management responsibilities, and supervision of accessioning staff. Daniel has also spent time at Ball State Libraries and with the Wisconsin Historical Society, and holds an MLIS from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, an MA in History and Philosophy of Science from Indiana University, and a BA from the University of Iowa.

Daniel has twice presented at the Society of American Archivists Annual Conference, once in 2007 on the topic “Ingest of university electronic records: Theory & Practice,” and again in 2008 on the topic “Pre-Custodial Intervention and Institutional Repositories”. He has also been an active blogger, and you can read his postings at http://atatyale.blogspot.com.

Need Articles for SULAIR News

sulair news graphicJust a reminder that SULAIR News is a useful communication tool only if SULAIR staff contribute articles. If you have work-related items that would be of interest to all staff, please submit them by logging in to SULAIR News and clicking on the Submit Article tab at the top of the page.

*** Reference Question of the Week - July 26, 2010 ***

Question: We need to convert VHS movies to DVD for use in class. I heard that Meyer Library, 2nd floor has this kind of device. We also have an old 16mm film to convert to DVD. Is that possible?

Answer: There is a self-service facility you can access on the second floor of Meyer.

In the Meyer cluster you will find equipment available for you to convert from VHS to DVD. Here is a complete list of their equipment.

The consultants at the Tech Desk on the second floor are wonderful and very helpful if anyone needs assistance.

It might also be advisable to check on copyright restrictions at http://fairuse.stanford.edu as well before making copies.

For 16mm film, you can use Monaco Film Labs and Video Services in San Francisco, 234 9th St. Phone: 415-864-5350

Everyday Electronic Materials (EEMs) Workflow Now Available to Selectors

A new workflow for Everyday Electronic Materials (EEMs) was launched with training for selectors on July 13th and 14th. Selectors can now use the EEMs tool to select, upload, or request digital material for SULAIR collections. Everyday Electronic Material is digital content that selectors find on the Web or through connections with scholars. Typically, EEMs are not included in commercially licensed content packages.

The workflow covers evaluating rights issues, uploading PDFs, requesting purchase of PDFs through Acquisitions, and registering objects in the Digital Object Repository (DOR). Once an EEM is captured, the workflow also supports cataloging, providing access through Socrates and SearchWorks, and ingest into the preservation repository.

"All of this I have seen:" Leigh Ortenburger, Mountaineer and Photographer

Retired SSRC staff member Glen Denny has published a photo essay "Light & Shadow" arising from the Dept. of Special Collections exhibit in 2009 commemorating the library acquisition of the Leigh Ortenburger Papers. Glen's essay appears in Ascent 31 (Current Periodicals). The exhibit catalog Leigh Ortenburger: In the Thin, Cold Air can be read in Special Collections Reading Room and the exhibit web page is http://www-sul.stanford.edu/depts/spc/exhibits/ortenburger.html.

*** Reference Question of the Week - July 19, 2010 ***

Question: If I request material from SAL, when will it be available?

Answer: There is a distinction between Off-campus [SAL3] and Stanford Auxiliary Library [SAL1&2].

If requests for material from Off-campus [SAL3] are submitted by 12:00pm, M-F, they are usually available at the Green Library Loan Desk after 10:00am on the next business day.

Requests submitted for Stanford Auxiliary Library [SAL1&2] before 1:00pm are available at the Green Library Loan Desk after 4:30 on the same day. You can also go to Stanford Auxiliary Library [SAL1&2] M-F, 1-5pm and retrieve the material yourself.

Scheduling the IC Classroom and the SSRC Seminar Room

I am working on a procedure to allow SULAIR staff to view the availability of the IC Classroom and the SSRC Seminar Room (both located in Green Library) in the Stanford Calendar/Zimbra and then to request a reservation. If you would like to be included in this access, please send email to Olga Katz.

I would appreciate having a response by July 23.

Malgorzata Schaefer
Head, Information Center

July 2010 Issue of "ReMix" Now Online

SULAIR's Library Development Office publishes monthly issues of ReMix: News from the Stanford Libraries. July's issue has a variety of interesting news items and links. This includes items on the new AUL for Collection Development; two students, also part of the SUL Advisory Council, who offer their view of the Stanford Libraries; a new course on text-mining (analyzing literary texts) taught by Matthew Jockers of SULAIR's Academic Technology Specialist program; and the trove of Chinese classical texts coming to the East Asia Library. You'll also find a number of other news items and information about exhibitions, events, publications, and acquisitions.

Electronic Theses and Dissertations Available in SearchWorks and Socrates

With the end of the Spring 2010 Quarter, Stanford’s Electronic Theses and Dissertation (ETD) project wrapped up its second full quarter in production. Over 200 doctoral and Engineering Master’s students (92%) opted in Spring to submit their culminating works in electronic form using a system developed collaboratively by SULAIR, the Office of the Registrar, and Administrative Systems. According to a survey conducted by the Registrar’s Office, the system, which launched in November 2009, is heavily favored by students over the traditional hard copy process, because it is free and more convenient.

The submissions from Fall 2009 and Winter 2010 Quarters – totaling 144 in number -- have been processed and are now discoverable and accessible in SearchWorks and Socrates. For example, see http://searchworks.stanford.edu/view/8537155. Furthermore, those works that are not under embargo will soon be available online to the public via Google Books. Stanford has extended its existing partnership with Google to provide world-wide, full-text access to its dissertations and theses. This new approach marks a major departure from the way doctoral dissertations and master’s theses have been collected, preserved, and distributed by Stanford in the past. In June, Hannah Frost delivered a presentation on the Stanford initiative to an international audience at ETD2010 -- an annual conference on all things ETD -- in Austin, Texas.

Two pages have been published on the SULAIR Web site to provide more information to SULAIR staff, as well as to the broader Stanford community, about the new ETD program.

  • The Project Description page outlines the rationale for and benefits of the new submission process, as well as explains some of the underlying policies that govern ETD publication and access.
  • The Process Description page details how the theses and dissertations are processed by SULAIR for use by Stanford students and faculty, and scholars around the world.

Staff who have any questions regarding Stanford ETDs should submit them via email to: hydra-etds@lists.stanford.edu.

*** Reference Question of the Week - July 12, 2010

Question: Is there a complete list of the endowed teaching positions and professorships at Stanford?

Answer: Yes, there is a web site that has a continuously updated list of endowed chairs at Stanford.

Webinar on Linked Data: Green Library, August 25

All SULAIR staff are invited to attend this webinar:

Dublin Core: The Road from Metadata Formats to Linked Data
Wednesday, August 25, 2010
10:00-11:30 p.m.
Green Library, SSRC Seminar Room

The National Information Standards Organization (NISO) and the Dublin Core Metadata Initiative (DCMI) are pleased to announce a new educational partnership, starting with an educational webinar on Dublin Core: The Road from Metadata Formats to Linked Data.

Roy Viado Promoted to Art Operations Manager

We are pleased to announce the promotion of Roy Viado from Evening Supervisor to Operations Manager at the Art & Architecture Library, effective July 1, filling the vacancy created by the departure of David Platt. Roy served as Evening Supervisor for the last three years and has extensive experience in Stanford Libraries as the Assistant Head of Access Services and Course Reserves (Lane Medical Library), Head of Course Reserves (Meyer Library), and Circulation/Reserves and Media Supervisor (Meyer Library).

NPR Features Stanford's New Bookless Engineering Library

photo of library stacks

National Public Radio's Morning Edition program had a feature today on our new bookless Engineering Library. You can read it (or listen to it) here.

From the story:

In 2005, when the university realized it was running out space for its growing collection of 80,000 engineering books, administrators decided to build a new library. But instead of creating more space for books, they chose to create less.
The new library is set to open in August with 10,000 engineering books on the shelves — a decrease of more than 85 percent from the old library. Stanford library director Michael Keller says the librarians determined which books to keep on the shelf by looking at how frequently a book was checked out. They found that the vast majority of the collection hadn't been taken off the shelf in five years.
Keller expects that, eventually, there won't be any books on the shelves at all.
"As the world turns more and more, the items that appeared in physical form in previous decades and centuries are appearing in digital form," he says.

Engineering Library Closes: July 9-August 2, 2010

Engineering LibraryThe Engineering Library will close July 9th at 5:00pm and re-open August 2nd at 9:00am in our new location. This is a reminder to all staff that the Engineering Library is closing on Friday, July 9th to move to its new location in the Jen-Hsun Huang Engineering Center.

Course reserves for Engineering, Computer Science and Physics/Applied Physics courses are at Green Library for the Summer Term. We are directing all holds, pick-ups and assistance with fines, bills and blocked accounts to Green Library.

A detailed list of alternative service options is on the attached flyer, which we encourage all service points to print and distribute as needed. A copy can also be found online at this URL: http://lib.stanford.edu/files/Where_to_go_for_assistance.pdf

If you have any questions, please contact us by phone (732-0001) or by email.

*** Reference Question of the Week - July 6, 2010 ***

Question: I need to have an exam proctored. Does the library offer such a service?

Answer: Green Library does not provide exam proctoring services but you can take a look here at a list of libraries in the area that offer proctoring services for members of the public.

Want to Participate in the Library Open House on September 28?

photo of Green LibraryPlanning has begun for this year's Library Open House, which will be held from 12:00 noon to 5:00 p.m. on Tuesday, September 28. We are looking forward to an exciting event with demos, training, and tours, as well as music, giveaways, and prizes.

The attached spreadsheet is the first draft of a list of participants. It includes those who participated in the 2008 Open House. Please let us know if you would like to participate this year. We welcome both newcomers and previous participants!

Please verify your participation and contact information, via email to Deni Wicklund by:

Thursday, July 15

New Web Pages for Miller Library at Hopkins Marine Station

Screenshot of new Miller Library home pageLast summer Karen Cooper took on the task of redesigning the Miller Library web pages using Drupal. There were a few pages that were complicated to migrate, so it took a while to get the technical support required to complete that last step. This was finally done this spring with the help of Jon Lavigne, and as of now we are live with the Drupal pages.

SULAIR Librarians Named "Pioneers of Digital Preservation" by Library of Congress

The Library of Congress recently recognized Julie Sweetkind-Singer, the Assistant Director of Geospatial, Cartographic and Scientific Data & Services, as a "Pioneer of Digital Preservation" She joins LOCKSS Program founders Vicky Reich and David Rosenthal, who were recognized in 2009.

The Library of Congress Digital Preservation Program was started in 2000, and features a new person or organization as a Digital Preservation Pioneer each month on its web site.

Trove of Chinese Classical Texts Comes to Stanford

Stanford researchers, instructors and students interested in Chinese classical texts will soon have convenient access to a vast number of Chinese rare books. The East Asia Library is only the second repository in North America of the Reproductions of Chinese Rare Editions Series (Zhonghua zaizao shanben), a series that reproduces hundreds of rare books titles printed in the Tang, Song, Jin and Yuan dynasties. In the U.S., only Harvard-Yenching Library houses this series other than Stanford.

Bytes Cafe Closed July 5-9, 2010

Bytes Cafe, located in the Packard Electrical Engineering Building, will be closed for renovations from Monday, July 5 through Friday, July 9. Bytes will reopen on Monday, July 12, 2010.

Linda Yamamoto, Mathematics & Statistics Library

SULAIR Job Opportunities - June 29, 2010

SULAIR has the following new position:

Associate Director, Enterprise Systems and Programming (#35962)

Zachary Baker Appointed Assistant University Librarian for Collection Development in Humanities/Area Studies/Social Sciences

More than a decade ago, Zachary Baker joined the Stanford University Libraries and Academic Information Resources as the Reinhard Family Curator of Judaica and Hebraica Collections. He came to us after a career of responsible positions and promotions at YIVO Institute for Jewish Research and the Jewish Public Library in Montreal. From January 2006, Zachary has led the Humanities and Area Studies Resources Group in SULAIR and in the recent half year, he has led collection development in the humanities and area studies. His work for Stanford has been terrific, bringing in numerous special collections, overseeing the expansion of the general collections, preparing exhibits, and, especially, working most productively with faculty and students engaged in Jewish Studies. In addition, he has been elected to leadership roles in the Association of Jewish Studies, The Association of Jewish Libraries, and the Council of Archives and Research Libraries in Jewish Studies. He has made numerous presentations, including endowed lectures, served well on several internal and external committees, taught or co-taught courses, led the development of web sites, and curated exhibits. Zach Baker has published many articles in peer reviewed and other publications. Among the collections he has brought to Stanford that have materially assisted and stimulated advanced research are the Samson Copenhagen Collection of rare books and the Tel Aviv Collection of ephemera relating to the history of that important city.

Zach's work in the past few years as a department head and then as a coordinator of the efforts of numerous curators and bibliographers across several departments has been impressive and effective.

After a national search to fill the position of Assistant University Librarian for Collection Development in the Humanities, Area Studies, and Social Sciences, those involved in the interview process unanimously, though separately, advised me to appoint Zach to fill that position. Because appointing him was my preference too, it was as easy as ever to accept good advice from good colleagues. It is my pleasure to announce that Zachary Baker has accepted this appointment and will start work on it 1 July 2010. He will retain the title and responsibilities of the Reinhard Family curatorship, leading others in all but the most advanced of those duties while undertaking his new responsibilities. I am delighted to add Zachary to the senior leadership of SULAIR, where he will work closely with me and the other AULs.

*** Reference Question of the Week - June 28, 2010 ***

Question: Do students maintain their library privileges over the summer? What about incoming students?

Answer: Returning Students who:

  1. Have not yet graduated,
  2. Were registered during the previous Spring Quarter,
  3. and

  4. Have not filled out paperwork to "stop out" for the upcoming Fall Quarter

maintain full library privileges and access throughout the Summer. This includes access to library buildings, borrowing privileges and off-campus access to library resources, such as Electronic Journals and Databases.

Incoming students (Graduate and Undergraduate) who have been accepted to Stanford, but have not yet started classes, will have full library privileges at the beginning of their first quarter at Stanford.

Incoming students are welcome to visit many Stanford Libraries before they begin classes at Stanford, by registering as a visitor at Green Library. The Stanford Libraries' catalog, Searchworks, is also open to all for searching the Stanford Libraries' collections.

SULAIR Job Opportunities - June 22, 2010

SULAIR has the following new positions:

HighWire Press DBA (#38614)

Head, Preservation Department, Stanford University Libraries (#38616)

Summer Access to Huang Engineering Center

The Huang Engineering Center will be on 24/7 lockdown until August 2, 2010. Until this time, staff re-located to the building will need to use their Stanford ID Card to enter the building. Guests visiting in Huang between now and August 2nd, will need to arrange an arrival time and be met at an entry door.

Building Hours: As of August 2, 2010, the building and library will be open 9am -5pm Monday - Friday (closed on weekends). For Fall Quarter, the building will be open 7am -11pm, Monday - Friday, and 10am -11pm on weekends. Hours during which the Huang Engineering Center is open are based on the library's schedule.

Sivan Levit Departs and Malini Doering Returns

We in Human Resources are greatly saddened to announce the departure of Sivan Levit, Human Resources Administrator, but we are very happy to announce the return of Malini Doering to our department. Sivan is moving to Philadelphia where her husband has accepted a faculty position at Wharton at the University of Pennsylvania. Sivan's last day is July 1. Meanwhile, Malini is excited to return to her former job as Human Resources Administrator and begins on Monday, the 28th of June.

June 2010 Issue of "ReMix" Now Online

SULAIR's Library Development Office publishes monthly issues of ReMix: News from the Stanford Libraries. June's issue has a variety of interesting news items and links. This includes items on SULAIR's "bookless" Engineering Library; hypertext novels, particularly Figurski at Findhorn on Acid (Eastgate Systems, 2001) by Richard Holeton, Director of Academic Computing Services for the Libraries; University Librarian Michael Keller being named a newly elected American Fellow of the Academy of Arts and Sciences (AAAS); and the 2010-2011 Humanities Fellows named by the Stanford Humanities Center. You'll also find a number of other news items and information about exhibitions, events, publications, and acquisitions.

*** Reference Question of the Week - June 21, 2010 ***

Question: I am looking for a test that might be used by a psychologist, educator, psychiatrist, or other social scientist, to measure some aspect of personality, behavior, cognition, perception, and other "mental measurements" (like Intelligence, Personality, Neuropsychological Functioning, Behavior, Speech, etc). How do I find descriptions and reviews?

Answer: Mental Measurement Yearbooks provide test users with descriptions of the various tests, references, and critical reviews of the tests. Criteria for inclusion in these volumes are that the tests either be new or recently revised, be available commercially, and be published in English. The year 2005 marked the publication of the 17th volume of the Mental Measurement Yearbook. Note that the Yearbook contains reviews only - not the tests themselves.

Buros Institute of Mental Measurements online keyword search allows you to Search by Keyword Anywhere for commercially published tests reviewed in the Mental Measurements Yearbooks, without having to look through each print volume. Results from the online search indicate which volume of Mental Measurements Yearbook provide scholarly reviews and summaries of the test. With that information you can find the reviews and summaries in the Mental Measurements Yearbooks, available in Green Information Center and Cubberley Education Library.

LOCKSS to Preserve Government Documents

Seal of US Government Printing Office The Stanford-based LOCKSS (Lots of Copies Keep Stuff Safe) consortium, already consisting of more than 200 college and university libraries, has a new member as of this past Monday: the United States Government Printing Office (GPO). The GPO "provides publishing & dissemination services for the official & authentic government publications to Congress, Federal agencies, Federal depository libraries, & the American public," and it has centralized its publications as much as possible in its Federal Digital System.

SULAIR Job Opportunities - June 15, 2010

SULAIR has the following new position:

Digitization Workflow Engineer (#38488)

For a complete description of open positions within SULAIR, go to the Stanford Jobs page, select University Libraries from the Job Search/Location: list, and then click on the Search button.

Editorial Staff

*** Reference Question of the Week - June 15, 2010 ***

Question: The catalog says the book I want is in the stacks, but I looked and it's not there. What do I do now?

Answer: First, make sure you are looking in the right library. On the catalog record, you will see a Library, and then a location, or call number. You have to go to the library where the book is unless the library is SAL. If it is SAL, there is a link on the catalog record to request the item. After you fill out the request form, you will receive an email when the book is available for you.

Next, make sure you are in the right section of the stacks. If the book is at Green Library, check the Library Stacks Guide for the stack location. Next, be familiar with the Library of Congress Call number system. This page explains how books are ordered on the shelves by call number. Make sure you first search for the books with all the letters in the first part of the call number. Next, be sure to search for the whole number following the initial letters. You will notice that the books around the one you are searching for are about very similar topics.

If you know you are in the right place and the book isn't on the shelf, ask a reference librarian if they can help you find the book. Especially at the end of each quarter, there is a backlog of books waiting to be re-shelved. The book you want may be in the reshelving area. A librarian may be able to help direct you to the reshelving area, where you can search for your book.

If you have gone through all these steps and still can't find the book, fill out a search request form (it is a paper form, not online), and library staff will notify you if they find it.

New SearchWorks Enhancements

This past weekend we updated SearchWorks with several minor enhancements:

Better popup windows: Now you can move the Feedback form around by dragging its header, and copy/paste text from your search page into the form. The new popups are also used for Cite This, SMS/Text, and Librarian View. This is a precursor to our visual design update, coming in July, and will make working across multiple windows much easier.

SULAIR's Special Collections Acquires Canyon Cinema Archives

Cinemanews magazines

SULAIR's department of Special Collections has recently acquired the business archives of Canyon Cinema, one of the worlds leading distributors of avant-garde independent films. Begun in 1961, in the backyard of a Contra Costa home, Canyon Cinema came into existence. Canyon Cinema became known for its underground, experimental work in filmmaking.

Information Web Site about New Engineering Library

Rendering of new Engineering Library

The new Engineering Library is almost finished and there's now a Web site that gives you up-to-date information about it.

Advanced Drupal Training: Module Development -- June 22-23

This month, IT Services Technology Training offers a two-day Drupal Advanced Workshop on Module Development.

Taught by Chapter Three, this class will show you the top 10 hooks and functions that are used by the majority of Drupal's contributed modules. You'll learn how to build a module from scratch, starting with the basics, and ending with advanced features of a Drupal API.

Talk to your manager to supplant what STAP funds you have left and take advantage of this great opportunity to further develop your skills on site.
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Librarian Emeritus Award for Joan Loftus

I am delighted to report that the University has awarded Joan Loftus the status of Librarian Emeritus. Joan served Stanford for 33 years, from 1973 to 2006. Throughout her long and distinguished career, she was responsible for United States government documents. She also held various other key assignments, including Head of Government Documents Public Services, California State and Local Documents Librarian, and British Documents Librarian. She shared her deep knowledge of documents sources and research methods with innumerable Stanford faculty, students and staff.

*** Reference Question of the Week - June 7, 2010 ***

Question: Where can I find the number of students at Stanford?

Answer: The Stanford University Common Data Set has the number of students here (both undergraduate and graduate), as well as information on academic offerings and policies, student life, annual expenses, financial aid, and instructional faculty and class size. You can also get up-to-date admission information from the Undergraduate Admission website in the Stanford Preview.

There are currently 6,602 undergraduates and 11,896 graduate students, for a total number of 18,498.

David Platt Leaving Art & Architecture Library

With regrets, we report that David Platt is leaving the Art & Architecture Library and moving to the Eastern seaboard with his wife Zena for new adventures. David started as Evening Supervisor in the Library in November 2005 and was promoted to Operations Manager in May of 2007. A Ph.D. graduate of the Stanford Classics Department, David assumed the role of Classics Bibliographer in June 2009. In all these roles, in both good and difficult times, David performed above and beyond the call of duty.

2010 Campus Consortium Conference: "Conflict Transformation through Forgiveness"

Registration is now open for the 2010 Campus Consortium Conference: Conflict Transformation through Forgiveness, featuring Dr. Frederic Luskin. It will be held on June 18, 2010, from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. in the CERAS Building on campus.

This year's conference focuses on the importance, health benefits and training of forgiveness and consists of presentations by Dr. Frederic Luskin and several workshops.

Live Stream of 2010 FIFA Soccer World Cup in Green Library

Poster for 2010 FIFA Soccer World CupCome to Green Library for some live World Cup soccer action! From June 11-25 from 11a.m.-1 p.m., there will be a live stream of the 2010 FIFA Soccer World Cup in the Social Sciences Resource Center seminar room (Rm. 121a) on the first floor of the Bing Wing, Green Library.

*** Reference Question of the Week - June 1, 2010 ***

Question: Is there a place where I can borrow a cable?

Answer: Yes. The Tech Desk on the second floor of Meyer Library has equipment available for loan using your SUID card. All material is due back by 5 pm by the next day (that Meyer is open).

You can find more information at Equipment Checkout, including a partial list of Items Available for Checkout.

Miller Library on iStanford

A set of images for Hopkins Marine Station has been added as a category of "images" on the iStanford app running on iPhones and iPod Touches. Among the 22 photos, 9 were taken by Joe Wible, including three showing off the Miller Library.

For those of you without an iPhone or iPod Touch, you can view the same set of photos via the web by going to http://hopkins.stanford.edu/iStanford/.

SearchWorks Now Updated Each Night

SearchWorks is now updated on a nightly basis with records from Symphony. This is an improvement over the previous, manual process for updating SearchWorks on a weekly to biweekly basis, and gives patrons reliable access to the most recent additions to the Libraries' collections. (Note that item availability information in both SearchWorks and Socrates shows an item's real time status information, not the item's availability from the previous night.)

Change in Library Web Site Search

For many years Stanford has licensed a Google Search Appliance (GSA) to power search of university web pages. Like all other departments on campus, the libraries has relied on the GSA to enable searching of library.stanford.edu, and other sites maintained by SULAIR. The University's Information Technology Services (ITS) has maintained the GSA and effective June 2010 has chosen not to renew the license. This decision is understandable given that Google itself offers free or less expensive alternatives with improved functionality.

The main Stanford Web site (www.stanford.edu) stopped using the GSA on April 28. As of May 20, SULAIR's main Web sites (library.stanford.edu and lib.stanford.edu) are no longer using the GSA, and have moved to a search technology called Google Site Search (GSS). Since the new technology is also offered by Google, the look and feel of search on the library web pages is largely unchanged.

SULAIR Job Opportunities - May 26, 2010

SULAIR has the following new position this week:

Government Documents Processing Assistant (#38350)

Physics Library Farewell Tea on June 1

The pleasure of your company is requested at a Farewell Tea to be held on Tuesday, June 1, 3:30-5:30 p.m. to thank the many people from throughout SUL and the University who have helped bring the Physics Library at Stanford to a thoughtful, quiet close. As you may recall from announcements one year ago, the Physics Library is scheduled to close permanently in June. The Physics Library's last open day is June 9, coinciding with the end of Spring Term. Please join faculty, students, and library staff in the Physics Library on June 1 for a Farewell Tea.

Stella Ota
Physics Library

Library Open House - Hold the Date!

This year's Library Open House will be held on September 28, 2010 in Green Library (time yet to be determined).

The Library Open House offers students, faculty, and staff the chance to learn about all our great resources, collections, and services.

Please hold the date, and watch for more information in the coming months.

*** Reference Question of the Week - May 24, 2010 ***

Question:
I need population figures for various countries starting at about 1850. Is there a resource I can check for such data?

Answer:You should start with B. R. Mitchell's International Historical Statistics : 1750-2005. It's shelved in the Information Center Statistics area and there are three volumes: 1) Africa, Asia & Oceania; 2) The Americas; 3) Europe.

May 2010 Issue of "ReMix" Now Online

SULAIR's Library Development Office publishes monthly issues of ReMix: News from the Stanford Libraries. May's issue has a variety of interesting news items and links. This includes items on SULAIR's science data projects; the new exhibit in Green Library, Mary Webb: Neglected Genius; a tenth anniversary celebration for SULAIR's Digital Language Lab, a summary of how graduate students in the winter quarter class Early Modern Japanese Literature curated an exhibit of nineteenth-century woodblock print books; and new features for Parker on the Web.

San Jose Mercury News on Stanford's "Bookless Library"

Physics library book cart

"Box by box, decades of past scholarship are being packed up and emptied from two old libraries, Physics and Engineering, to make way for the future: a smaller but more efficient and largely electronic library that can accommodate the vast, expanding and interrelated literature of Physics, Computer Science and Engineering."

Read the full article on the new bookless Engineering Library from the San Jose Mercury News.

Reference Forum - Wednesday, May 26 - Instruction Summit Planning

The next Reference Forum will be on Wednesday, May 26 from 2-3 p.m. in Green Library's SSRC Seminar Room.

The importance of instruction provided across SULAIR was on the most recent Asilomar agenda. An outcome of that meeting was to hold an Instruction Summit this summer. Peter Blank and Malgorzata Schaefer will share what they presented at Asilomar and their thoughts for the Instruction Summit, to get your feedback on how we should structure the event. Please bring your calendars so we can discuss possible dates for the summit.

If you are providing any type of instruction, or would like to begin, please attend. All are welcome.

Upcoming Advanced Drupal Training - Tuesday, May 25

For Drupal developers looking to learn more about Drupal Theme Development, IT Services Technology Training is offering a full-day workshop on Tuesday, May 25, 2010.

In this class, taught by a senior Drupal developer, you will be introduced to Drupal theming, and shown how to extend the Stanford Modern Theme. Other topics covered will be adding CSS styles, creating node templates, and customizing Drupal themes.

Please read on for details on this class, along with registration information through STARS. STAP funds apply. If you have any questions, contact Technology Training at 723-4391.

*** Reference Question of the Week - May 17, 2010 ***

Question:
I am looking for a report released by Health Canada regarding lead levels in lipsticks. Here is an article that makes reference to it.

I have not been able to find this report on the Health Canada website and was directed to you by one of the reference librarians at Green. Do you have any other ideas of how I might get ahold of it? Thanks for your help,

Answer:Thanks for the question. I believe this may be the document for which you're looking: Draft Guidance on Heavy Metal Impurities in Cosmetics.

I've found the best way to search for Canadian documents (and other govt documents as well) is to, rather than using the agency's search on their site, use the advanced google search and search within a site/domain of health canada.

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