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August 14, 1998

  1. Unicorn Moves to New Server and Indexes Rebuilt
  2. New Microtexts Specialist in Green Library
  3. Get Human Resources Forms and Information on the Web
  4. SUL/AIR Job Opportunities


A new IBM server that offers significant increases in search and processing speed has been purchased for the Unicorn database. We are taking advantage of the overlap period, when two machines are available, to rebuild the Unicorn indexes.

The principal objectives of this rebuilding are to create headings files (browses) that better match our combined indexes, and to improve the functioning of cross references. We will also add a Periodical Title index and a Publication Year index.

Reindexing of the Unicorn database began on August 1, and it is scheduled for completion on August 24. The production database was copied to the new server, where the indexes and headings files are being rebuilt. When the rebuild is complete, the production database will again be copied to capture activity between August 1 and August 21. The new server will be switched to production on approximately August 24. Desktop configurations of your Unicorn clients will not need to be changed.

What this means to you:

  • All record deletions must be suspended during the rebuild to keep the two databases in synch. Record removes and transfers (which may involve record deletion) will be postponed until the rebuild is complete.

  • Records from Yankee, Harrassowitz, and Casalini will continue to be loaded so that EDI work will not be interrupted. Record loads from Marcive, Lane, and GSB will be suspended until August 24.

  • Unicorn reports will continue to run as usual.

  • Socrates I will be updated as usual. Socrates II will be available throughout the entire period.

  • Production on the old server will end on August 21 and Unicorn will be unavailable August 22-23.

  • Once production is moved to the new server on August 24, records added and updated since August 1 will need to be re-indexed. New records will be indexed first; the estimated completion date is August 24. Updated records will then be indexed, which may take up to one week.

    A detailed description of indexing changes will be published in SUL/AIR News later this month.

--submitted by Karen Kalinsky and Rita Lunnon


Please join me in welcoming Mary-Louise Munill to Green Library's Current Periodicals & Microtexts Division. Mary began her career as a physical education teacher. She then went on to try her hand in the corporate world. Most recently, she was employed at KLA-Tencor as its Senior Customs Administrator. Now she has returned to academia in more ways than one. She has become the new Microtexts Specialist in Green and she plans to pursue an MLS at San Jose State University.

--submitted by Mike Ballard


SUL/AIR Human Resources has been updating and expanding its Web site at:


Now you can get most of the HR forms you need directly from the Web. This includes student application and resignation forms in PDF format (so you can print them from the Web and complete them appropriately) and other forms in Word 6 format (so you can transfer them to your computer and fill them in there). The forms in Word 6 format include offer and acceptance letters, trial period review forms, and a request to hire form. (Printed copies of all HR forms are also available from the HR office on the fourth floor of Sweet Hall.)

You might also want to review other useful information on HR's Web pages. Items of interest include all current open positions and details on HR policies and procedures covering such topics as disability and workers' compensation, SUL/AIR's tuition program, and hiring.

--submitted by Eleanor Brown


SUL/AIR has the following open positions for this week:

Computing Information Systems Analyst

Systems Software Developer, Principal

Systems Software Developer, Principal

Administrative Associate III

Library Specialist I

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