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 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:

*** 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:

If you have any questions, please contact us by phone (732-0001) or by email.

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