August 2, 2002

  1. Digital Delivery of Interlibrary Loan Project Searchable Via Socrates
  2. O'Reilly Computer Books Now Available Online
  3. Scottish Maps to View
  4. Academic Computing Has a New Academic Technology Assistant
  5. SUL/AIR Job Opportunities

1. Digital Delivery of Interlibrary Loan Project Searchable Via Socrates

SUL/AIR's Digital Delivery of Interlibrary Loan project (dd-ILL) is pleased to announce that the first large set of links to its digital surrogates has been loaded into Socrates. This means that, for the first time, Stanford users can easily search, browse, and use all of the digital books that have been created as interlibrary loan items for non-Stanford users. As of this writing, there are 584 dd-ILL titles available in Socrates; another large set of titles (c. 200) is in process now, and more links will be added regularly.

dd-ILL was created as an experimental project to offer complete, out-of-copyright works in digital form in response to users' requests. The dd-ILL project received support 1999-2001 from the U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services under the provisions of the Library Services and Technology Act, administered in California by the State Librarian. This scan-on-demand service for large-scale library items was the first of its kind in the world, and has been received with enthusiasm throughout the library community.

Because of their age and fragility, many of the works scanned and delivered through dd-ILL would not otherwise have circulated. Using digital surrogates will help to preserve these works from excessive handling, at the same creating much better opportunities for access to their unique content.

One of the fundamental principles of dd-ILL, aside from the creation of an innovative delivery method for ILL requests, was the establishment of a new tool to augment Stanford's digital library collection: vox populi. This collection of scanned books is thus unique in its scope and focus: because the books were all requested through interlibrary loan, we assume that they are both not widely held in American libraries, and of particular interest to current researchers—otherwise, it is not likely that they would have been requested through ILL in the first place.

To see these files, search for "dd-ill" in the keyword box of the Socrates search screen. It is even possible to qualify this by using other search terms such as author or title, or to limit the search by language, library, date, etc. See how many digital books we now have available in your favorite language or from your favorite century!

Many thanks to staff in Cataloging and Systems for shepherding this part of the project along, and, as always, to our dedicated dd-ILL staff, Sharon Hom and Peter Burchard.

--submitted by Glen Worthey

2. O'Reilly Computer Books Now Available Online

The Stanford University Libraries now subscribe to the online computer books published by O'Reilly via the ProQuest Safari service. These popular books, known for their distinctive black-and-white drawings of animals on the covers, complement the technical book collection available from Books24x7. There are approximately 200 O'Reilly titles in the collection, and more will be added as they become available. Although the entire Safari collection includes books from other publishers, at this point we only have online access to those books published by O'Reilly. Please be sure to log off when you're done using the service, as the library subscription is for 3 simultaneous users.

If you have any questions or comments about these services, please contact Linda Yamamoto at the Mathematical and Computer Sciences Library, linday@stanford.edu, 723-0864.

--submitted by Linda Yamamoto

3. Scottish Maps to View

If you are interested in historic maps of Scotland, two new web sites are sure to satisfy your interests.

Charting the Nation is a collaborative project with 10 participants being run by the University of Edinburgh. Presently, over 2,200 maps and accompanying text have been mounted on the Web using Luna Insight software. They are accessible either via the Insight browser or by downloading the Luna Java client. (As far as I can tell, there is no way to access the collection from a previously downloaded Luna Java Client via the DLIS Web site.) The maps and text span the years 1550-1740. Additional images will be added when ready. Access the collection at http://www.chartingthenation.lib.ed.ac.uk/.

The National Library of Scotland has mounted over 800 maps on their site. Three categories of maps are included: maps of Scotland from 1560-1928; Pont's maps of Scotland from 1583-1596; and 18th century military maps of Scotland. Search engines quickly get you the maps and all are accompanied by catalog records. Access the collection at http://www.nls.uk/maps.

--submitted by Julie Sweetkind-Singer

4. Academic Computing Has a New Academic Technology Assistant

Jackie Mai has joined Academic Computing full-time as an Academic Technology Assistant in the Academic Technology Lab. Jackie has been with AComp for 6 months on a temp basis providing consulting services for usability and support of the CourseWork learning management system.

As an ATA, Jackie will continue to support CourseWork in addition to working with faculty who wish to integrate technology into their teaching. Projects will cover a variety of different technologies including scanning, image editing, video dubbing, video digitizing, audio digitizing, CD-ROM and DVD burning as well as creation of materials for class web sites and CourseWork.

--submitted by Kimberly Hayworth

5. SUL/AIR Job Opportunities

SUL/AIR has the following new positions this week.

  1. Federal Documents Specialist (#001754). Range: 1A3. Posted: 07/26/2002.
  2. Administrative Assistant for the Head of the Science and Engineering Resource Group (#001784). Range: 1A3, 20hrs/wk Posted: 08/01/2002.

For a complete description of open positions within SUL/AIR, visit the recently redesigned Opportunities for Employment page on the Human Resources Web site.

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