*** 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.

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

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.

If a server were to go down however, there would be a big problem getting access to the vast amounts of digital content. LOCKSS will serve as preservation archive for just such an emergency. It also serves to maintain transparency and to prevent content from being changed without anyone knowing about it.

You can read more about this initiative in the Stanford News Service story.

Chris Matson
Information Center

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.

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

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.

More accurate locations in search results: Items that are temporarily located away from their 'home' location now display their current location in the search results list, so you don't have to click through to the detail page to find the item. The affected temporary locations are: the HAS and SSRC New Books areas, the IC Display Shelf, Reserves, and the Loan Desk. This change comes as a direct result of librarian and patron comments, especially with regard to how items in the New Books areas are shown.

Ctrl-click/Cmd-click: In some browser/OS combinations, the Ctrl-click or Cmd-click shortcut for opening links in a new tab was not working for titles in the search results list. This has been fixed.

RSS/Atom feeds have been enabled for auto-discovery on search result pages (see the blue icon in the browser location box). Enabling these protocols allows feed readers and other external applications to query SearchWorks and receive results in a standard XML format, and lays the groundwork for providing topical new book feeds.

RefWorks exports: Certain diacritics would not export cleanly from SearchWorks; these have now been fixed.

Most of these changes come from enhancements made to the Blacklight code base by peer institutions. Pushing these changes into SearchWorks not only lets us take advantage of these updates for our own patrons, but also puts us on the most recent version of Blacklight, and makes us ready to take more community updates as they become available.

Tom Cramer
Digital Library Systems and Services

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.

The archives include: Canyon's Cinemanews magazine, letters, memos, posters, materials documenting the field of independent filmmaking, and much more. Henry Lowood, curator for film and media collections at the Stanford University Libraries, states that, "The good news is that the acquisition of these archives highlights Canyon's significance for the history and future of alternative cinema."

To read the full article featured in the June 8th, Stanford Report, see:

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