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.

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

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, 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 ( stopped using the GSA on April 28. As of May 20, SULAIR's main Web sites ( and 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.

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