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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

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.


Charles Kerns's First Novel Published

Santo Gordo book cover
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).


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.


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)


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!

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