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April 16, 1999

  1. Questions from SUL/AIR Staff
  2. Acting Head of Media Preservation Appointed
  3. Miriam Palm to Retire!
  4. Web Gateway to Academic Library Newsletters
  5. Thinking of Changing Your Method of Commute?
  6. SUL/AIR Job Opportunities


In order to facilitate communication and information sharing throughout the Libraries (particularly as we enter a phase of heightened activity centered around Green West), we are introducing a new Questions and Answers section to SUL/AIR News. This new section, "Questions from SUL/AIR Staff," will appear weekly in SUL/AIR News. If you would like to submit a question about SUL/AIR events, facilities, services, or policies, send it to news@sulmail. The section will be limited to two questions per week. We start with two questions that have been on the minds of many staff members recently.

Q: Various changes have recently occurred in Green East (e.g., the opening of the North portal and reorientation of the South portal). These changes obviously anticipate the reopening of Green West. Is there going to be a comprehensive presentation about what's happening to both Green East and Green West and how the buildings will work together?

A: There will be an All-Hands meeting on May 12 (time and location to be announced) at which these and other related issues will be addressed. There will be plenty of opportunities to ask questions.

Q: When is the Green West ribbon-cutting ceremony?

A: While moves into Green West begin in May, the actual reopening ceremonies will be on October 12. Events related to the reopening will be announced at the appropriate times.


Walter Henry has been appointed Acting Head of Media Preservation. He will continue to head disaster preparedness efforts for the Stanford University Libraries, maintain Conservation OnLine and the Conservation DistList, and assist (as time allows) in the administration of the Preservation Department.

As Acting Head of Media Preservation, Walter will assume a leading role in developing the Media Preservation program, manage the day-to-day operations of the unit, and directly supervise our excellent staff. He will be the organization's first contact for matters related to Media Preservation and will keep me informed and involved as appropriate.

--submitted by Connie Brooks


Miriam Palm has announced her retirement as of May 14, just two days before she wings her way to Poland with her husband Charles (Chuck), Deputy Director of the Hoover Institution. Miriam's career in SUL/AIR started twenty-seven years ago when she was hired as a librarian in the Catalog Department. In her current position as Principal Acquisitions Librarian, Miriam manages the Payments unit and rigorously monitors invoice payments and LMB funds in Unicorn.

Over the years, Miriam has been committed to SUL/AIR values of responsiveness to users and long-term responsibility for our materials and records. She has trained dozens, perhaps hundreds, of exempt and non-exempt staff in procedures designed to ensure solid service, and she is a trusted liaison to the collections and public service programs. Miriam's long and successful career at Stanford will be toasted at a celebration; details have yet to be finalized.

After Miriam's departure, Peter Kim will take over management of the Payments unit for six to eight months while we assess long-term strategies for filling Miriam's shoes.

--submitted by Catherine Tierney


Hosted by the University of Hartford Library, Academic Library Newsletters in the United States (ALiNUS) is a gateway to over 300 online newsletters from academic libraries; it's on the Web at:


Designed to foster communication among academic librarians, the ALiNUS database features newsletters with a variety of subjects, designs, and intended audiences. Some, for instance, highlight new acquisitions and special collections; others feature services or resources for students and faculty; some contain scholarly library science articles; and others are no-frills internal notices to library staff. Any and all, however, can be used by librarians as a source of comparison with their own newsletters or simply as a back door into another library. Users may browse a complete list of newsletters or search the listings by title or institution.

--submitted by Eleanor Brown


The grand opening celebration of the Palo Alto Bikestation will be held at the University Avenue train depot on Friday, April 23 from 11:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. The ribbon-cutting will be at 11:30 a.m. Food and beverages will be provided by MacArthur Park.

The Bikestation is modeled after the Long Beach, California Bikestation and the thousands of successful European and Japanese bike facilities that operate today. Palo Alto's Bikestation is only the third facility of its kind to operate in the United States.

Amenities include free valet bike parking, commuter and recreational rentals, bike repairs, basic bicycle accessory sales, a changing room, and an outdoor seating area with concessions. The Palo Alto Transit Center is a central hub for the Caltrain commuter train line, SamTrans bus lines, Valley Transportation Authority (VTA) bus lines, and the Dumbarton Express, as well as Stanford's Marguerite Shuttle.

The Bikestation facility is located on the train boarding deck adjacent to the bus loading/unloading area on the north side of the depot. The Bikestation brings meaning to the term "intermodal transportation," providing Palo Alto with one of the best examples in the country. Its hours of operation are Monday through Friday, 6:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m., and Saturday and Sunday from 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. The Palo Alto Bikestation is a project of the City of Palo Alto and is managed and operated by Palo Alto Bicycles. Additional funding is provided by grants from the Bay Area Air Quality Management District. Hope Rehabilitation has donated many items and its clients will be employed there. For further information, contact Amanda Jones at the Palo Alto Bikestation, (650) 328-7411, acjones@pacbell.net

--reprinted from the April 9 issue of ITSS Digest


SUL/AIR has the following new open position this week.

Application Software Developer, Senior

For a complete list of all current SUL/AIR jobs, visit the Human Resources Web site.

Please send future submissions to SUL/AIR News to:

SUL/AIR News is an electronic publication of Stanford University Libraries and Academic Information Resources issued weekly. Copy deadline is 5:00 p.m. Tuesday. Submit items for publication to news@sulmail.stanford.edu.
Editor for SUL: Sarah Williamson, sarahcw@sulmail.stanford.edu
Editor for AIR and HR: Eleanor Brown, eabrown@leland.stanford.edu