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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. Our old pages are still there, but they are not being updated and will not be around for long.If you have any links to the Miller Library pages, be sure to update your URL(s). The new home page is at: http://lib.stanford.edu/miller-library-marine-biology

Joe Wible
Hopkins Marine Station

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.

Julie Sweetkind-Singer Julie, who is also Acting Head of the Branner Earth Sciences Library & Map Collections, was honored for her work with geospatial data. According to her citation,

"Sweetkind-Singer is at the forefront of digital geospatial information preservation. She served as co-principal investigator for the National Geospatial Digital Archive, one of the original National Digital Information Infrastructure and Preservation Program partnerships. Maps are her passion. When she began working as a librarian in the late 1990s, she dealt mainly with paper-based geographic content and maps, but now most of that information is digital and she is equally passionate about the possible applications for geospatial data."

Vicky Reich and David Rosenthal Vicky Reich and David Rosenthal were recognized by the Library of Congress as "Pioneers for Digital Preservation" for founding the LOCKSS Program ("Lots of Copies Keep Stuff Safe") nearly ten years ago. Vicky was formerly Associate Director of HighWire Press, and David was a distinguished engineer at Sun Microsystems. According to their citation:

"Vicky and David were concerned that, unless libraries were proactive in creating their own digital collections, they might defer the digital storage responsibility to other large nonlibrary entities - outside institutions - and could end up losing custodianship of those collections and their role as memory organizations. Libraries needed a solution that would enable them to store their collections themselves, but it was important that such a system be both affordable and easy to use. And so LOCKSS was born."

Philip Gust, LOCKSS Program

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.

The Reproductions of Chinese Rare Editions Series (Zhonghua zaizao shanben) is a project started in 2002, sponsored by the Chinese government and published by National Library of China to conserve existing rare books, forestall any future losses, and make these resources accessible to more users. When it is completed, the Series will have five parts: publications from the Tang and Song Dynasties, Jin and Yuan Dynasties, the Ming Dynasty, the Qing Dynasty, and written documents of the Ethnic Minorities. Each of these five parts is further divided into classics, history, philosophy, and literature. Stanford has acquired the first two parts of the Series, including 758 titles of rare books in 9,131 volumes. The volumes arrived on campus recently and are expected to make their way to stacks and the online catalog in Fall Quarter.

According to Michael Keller, University Librarian, the Series is among the most valuable holdings of the East Asia Library so far, and well serves the needs of Stanford researchers to access first-hand research materials. Stanford’s Libraries are especially grateful to the Ministry of Culture of the Peoples Republic of China for facilitating this acquisition from the National Library of China.

Thanks and congratulations to Dongfang Shao for making this happen. For more information, see the press release.

Editorial Staff

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)

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

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.

A few lines from the conclusion of Zach's letter of application for this position illustrate very well indeed why he will be an excellent AUL:

'I like to describe myself as a “conservator,” in the dictionary sense of “a person who conserves or preserves.” As such, I marvel at and embrace the technological transformations that continue to sweep over the academic enterprise, and am also an advocate for those collecting practices and research and discovery tools that – in a pragmatic sense – work best for our constituents.
SULAIR offers an excellent environment to explore the new and the cutting edge, while at the same time documenting and conserving the human heritage in all its diversity. I feel privileged to be a member of this superb team, and would be gratified by the opportunity to contribute to the continued success of this enterprise as a member of its core management group."

Please join me in welcoming Zach to his new post. And attached please find a press release that will be sent to the world.

Michael Keller
University Librarian
Director of Academic Information Resources
Founder/Publisher HighWire Press
Publisher Stanford University Press

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