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*** 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.


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.


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.

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*** 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.


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.


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.


Information Web Site about New Engineering Library

Rendering of new Engineering Library

The new Engineering Library is almost finished and there's now a Web site that gives you up-to-date information about it.


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.
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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.


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