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April 28, 2000

  1. The Stanford Alpine Club
  2. Proxy Access to Electronic Resources
  3. Shaké Keshkekian Retires
  4. Welcome, Alfonso Garcia
  5. SUL/AIR Job Opportunities


SUL/AIR staff members John Rawlings and Glen Denny have published a book entitled The Stanford Alpine Club that covers the history of the student climbing group. The book was produced in conjunction with an exhibit prepared by Becky Fischbach and John Rawlings, which opens in the Bing Wing on May 13. Also on that day, a film festival about the club will begin at 2 p.m. in Cubberley Auditorium.

For more information read the Stanford Report article on the book release at:

Film Festival Schedule, Cubberley Auditorium
Afternoon Session:
2:00 Doors open for seating (free admission/seating is not reserved)
2:20 Opening remarks by master of ceremonies and club founder Al Baxter
2:30 Dave Harrah, FIRST ASCENT OF YERUPAJA, 1950. First showing of historical footage. Yerupaja, "The Butcher," required another fifteen attempts and sixteen years before the second ascent was made.
3:45 Nick Clinch, FIRST ASCENT OF HIDDEN PEAK, 1958. The only first ascent of an 8,000 meter peak by Americans, this film was created from original footage for the fortieth-year anniversary of the climb.
Evening Session: 7:00 Irene Beardsley, FIRST AMERICAN ASCENT OF ANNAPURNA,1978. Documentary of climb of the first ascent of an 8,000 meter peak by an American woman.
Tom Frost, YOSEMITE'S GOLDEN AGE. Slide show covering Frost's greatest Yosemite climbs.
--submitted by John Rawlings


A number of staff and users have asked about the status of Stanford proxy access to electronic resources. (Proxy access is needed by off-campus Stanford affiliates to access Web sites restricted to the Stanford domain.) Some of our resources (e.g., Academic Universe ) cannot be currently offered through proxy access because of technical incompatibilities between Stanford and vendor software. Other resources, such as JSTOR, permit proxy access initially but then balk at certain user requests (such as returning search results). Still others, such as Project Muse, have encountered recent loss of proxy access due to changes on the vendor's side.

ITSS is currently working on a major revision for Stanford proxy services, and this revision promises to solve many of these problems. However, there are complications in getting the new proxy setup to work properly with Stanford's authentication tools. The most recent estimate from ITSS is that it will take at least the rest of the Spring Quarter to fix these incompatibilities.

We are distributing this update so you can inform Stanford users who ask about proxy service problems. Resources should, of course, be available without proxy when the user is on a Stanford IP address. For off-campus users in the local area, a reminder that the Stanford modem dial-in pool provides a Stanford IP address might also help.

--submitted by Paul Zarins, on behalf of the AtoI Committee


After 35 years of service to Stanford University, Shaké Keshkekian will be retiring from the Catalog Department at the end of April. As a person whose name has become synonymous with cataloging at Stanford, her absence will be keenly felt.

Shaké came to Stanford via Khartoum where she graduated from the Faculty of Arts of the University of Khartoum and also worked as both a reference and catalog librarian, and taught cataloging and classification. In keeping with the international nature of her career, Shaké's library degree came from the School of Librarianship, North-Western Polytechnic, London.

Shaké began her career at Stanford as a generalist, having a brief flirtation with the cataloging of German literature as well. She soon moved, however, to the History Unit of which she became the Head. Personal interest then directed Shaké towards the study of art and art cataloging. She took courses in art history at Stanford (Realism and Impressionism, Modern Art, etc.) in order to increase her depth of knowledge in this field. As of late, Shaké has made extraordinary contributions to both the NACO and BIBCO programs (international, cooperative cataloging projects) at Stanford and is our most valued reviewer/trainer. Shaké's efforts on the behalf of Stanford have been well recognized as she moved rapidly from her initial appointment as Librarian I, to Librarian IV in 1975, and in a few more years was promoted to Senior Librarian.

Shaké's intellectual understanding of her field, quality of work, and gregarious nature have made her both irreplaceable (irreproducible!) and one of the Catalog Department's most valuable members. I could not help but be struck by some phrases from Shaké's very first review at Stanford: "Quality of work — outstanding, Sense of Responsibility — outstanding, Staff Relationships — outstanding, Supervisory responsibility — outstanding. She (Shaké) has a lively and colorful personality, a genuine interest in people, and is a valuable member of the department" — high words of praise as true now as when they were first written.

There will be a farewell party for Shaké on the 24th of May from 4:00-6:00 PM in the Littlefield Center, a general invitation will be forthcoming. Please feel welcome to attend this tribute to La Principessa.

--submitted by Philip Schreur


People entering Green Library through the North Portal will notice a new and friendly face there. It belongs to Alfonso Garcia, our newest Portal Monitor, who started working with us on April 17. Alfonso comes to us after a long and distinguished career in a series of public service positions at Long's Drug Store. While not at work, Alfonso enjoys playing Mexican music on his guitar.

We are happy to have Alfonso working with us. He performs his duties at the North Portal Monday morning, then afternoons Monday through Thursday, before putting in a stint at the South Portal on Sunday afternoon. We hope that many of you will stop by and make his acquaintance.

--submitted by Ben Martin


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

Portal Monitor (4/24/00); REQ# J001111
Portal Monitor (4/24/00); REQ# J001137
Library Specialist (4/24/00); REQ# J001140
Library Specialist (4/24/00); REQ# J001141

For a complete description of these jobs and a list of all current SUL/AIR jobs, visit the Human Resources Web site at:

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 sulairnews@forsythe.stanford.edu.
Editor for SUL: Sarah Williamson, sarahcw@sulmail.stanford.edu
Editor for AIR and HR: Eleanor Brown, eabrown@leland.stanford.edu