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August 28, 1998

  1. Dialog Digital Reference Library on Folio Replaced by Web-based Collections
  2. A2I Committee Announces Access to Academic Universe
  3. Law Library Hours Change
  4. Welcome to Rich Powers
  5. Katherine Teel Joins Cataloging
  6. Presidential Briefing at Miller Library
  7. SUL/AIR Job Opportunities


Twenty-one Dialog files, comprising a significant portion of the Folio Reference Shelf, have been replaced by a combination of Web-based products, networked CD-ROMs and print resources.

The move to Web-based products for the majority of this suite of files brings vast improvements in accessibility and searchability. The former Folio location of each file will have a forwarding address, so these addresses do not have to be jotted down. But why wait until the pressure is on? Visit the sites listed below and familiarize yourself with these powerful new tools today.

Biography Index, Book Review Digest, Books in Print, and Consumer Index are available through OCLC FirstSearch via the Web at http://www-sul.stanford.edu/cgi-bin/SUA/nph-fs.

Encyclopedia of Associations and Research Centers Directory are available through Galenet on the Web at http://galenet.gale.com/m/mcp/prodlist.

Federal Register: Similar information is available through the Congressional Universe (1982 to present) at http://www.lexis-nexis.com/congcomp and GPO Access (1994 to present) at http://www.access.gpo.gov.

Cendata is replaced by the Web site: http://www.census.gov.

Registry of Toxic Effects of Chemical Substances (RTECS) is accessible through http://toxnet.nlm.nih.gov/.

Thomas Register is accessible through http://thomasregister.com/.

TSCA Chemical Substances Inventory is available on reserve at the Swain Library of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering as part of the Environmental Database CD-ROM.

Beilstein Online: For information about accessing this resource, see the Web at http://www-sul.stanford.edu/depts/swain/crossfire/bgcrossf.html.

Kirk-Othmer is available in print in the reference collections of both the Engineering Library and the Swain Library of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering (TP9.E689 1992 REF).

Chapman and Hall Chemical Database: A similar resource is available in the Science and Engineering Libraries as a networked CD-ROM. For more information, please ask a reference librarian at a science or engineering library, or contact Grace Baysinger (graceb@leland).

Merck Index: This file is available in the Science and Engineering Libraries as a networked CD-ROM. Copies of the print version are available in the Biology, Chemistry and Chemical Engineering, and Medical Libraries. For more information, please ask a reference librarian at a science or engineering library, or contact Grace Baysinger (graceb@leland).

Eventsline, Bowker Biography, LC MARC Books, Marquis Who's Who, Quotations, and Ulrich's Periodicals: For access to similar information sources, contact the Green Library Reference Desk at 725-1064 or rn.ref@forsythe.stanford.edu.

--submitted by Rose Adams, Steve Gass, and Adan Griego for the A2I Committee


Academic Universe, which provides a Web interface to a large selection of Lexis-Nexis files, is now available to Stanford faculty, students, and staff at


There is also a link from SUL/AIR Web pages under "Catalogs and Databases - All." Connections must be made from computers with Stanford Internet Protocol (IP) addresses, but no password is required.

Access via a Web browser simplifies searching, navigation, and printing, particularly when compared to the previous access via Folio. Another advantage of Academic Universe is that all Stanford users are eligible to use the service. This is in contrast to the Folio version, which was restricted to limited categories of Stanford users.

Folio access to Lexis-Nexis will be removed on August 31, 1998. On that date, Lexis is discontinuing the educational access program that allowed us to provide it. Continuing the Folio version was not an available option for us.

Academic Universe does not include all of the files found in the traditional Lexis-Nexis service. Titles are added or removed as Lexis' contracts with suppliers change. Updated lists of Academic Universe files are maintained by the Congressional Information Service at


Users familiar with other versions of Lexis products should note that the search capabilities of Academic Universe are different. For example, full text searching is restricted because there is a mandatory topic seaarch field limited to titles, lead paragraphs, and index terms (if any).

In addition to Academic Universe, SUL/AIR provides access to the Congressional Universe and Statistical Universe products. Assistance with these products is available at the Jonsson Library of Government Documents. Questions about the Academic Universe service at Stanford can be sent to Paul Zarins, pzarins@sulmail, 725-1028.

--submitted by Paul Zarins, for the A2I Committee


The Law Library will be on summer hours until Labor Day (September 7) and closed ON Labor Day.

The day after Labor Day, the Law Library will go back to its regular hours:

Monday-Thursday 8:00 a.m. - Midnight
Friday 8:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Saturday 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Sunday 10:00 a.m. - Midnight

--submitted by Devon Elaine Cattell Gonzales


Please join me in welcoming Rich Powers to the Stanford Auxiliary Library. Rich joined our team as a part-time Library Specialist on August 17. For the last three years, Rich has been a Photography Department staff member at the Academy of Art College in San Francisco. He plans to continue working as a Lab Monitor and Studio Tutor at the Academy, where he issues studio and lab equipment to patrons and guides students on how to properly employ photography equipment for class assignments.

Rich comes to Stanford with outstanding public service experience and with a familiarity of the campus gained while delivering passengers, including many Stanford students, to and from the airport for Super Shuttle. Rich earned an Award of Achievement in Photography from City College of San Francisco and an Associate of Arts Degree from De Anza College, where he majored in music.

If you are interested in viewing samples of Rich's photography, he invites you to visit his Web site.

Please stop by the SAL Loan Desk to say hello and introduce yourself.

--submitted by Ruth Briesemeister


Please join me in welcoming Katherine (Kay) Teel to the Catalog Department. Kay is our new Serials Cataloger, Authority Control Librarian. She comes to us from the Cleveland Museum of Art Library, where she was Head Cataloger for a little over a year. Prior to that, she was a serials cataloger at New York University for six years, and held a similar position at Columbia University for one year.

Kay has a B.A. in history from Boston University and an M.L.S. from Columbia. She is located in the Serials & Electronic Resources Cataloging Section, on the fourth floor of Meyer. Please stop by to meet her.

--submitted by Vitus Tang


I am a little slow in submitting this to SUL/AIR News, but I thought SUL/AIR staff might find it interesting. On June 12th, Miller Library's reading room was the site of a Presidential briefing during the National Oceans Conference. President Clinton and First Lady Hillary Rodham Clinton were briefed by Vice President Al Gore, along with seven other VIPs, as to what happened during the conference.

The President and his entourage spent about an hour in the library before going out into the intertidal for a photo op with two graduate students. Unfortunately, no pictures were taken in the library, only outside as he was greeted by the HMS Director and Dean Shoven. I did get him to sign the library's guest book. Security was very tight since the President and Vice President were together. The Secret Service and White House staff were swarming around Hopkins for four days prior to the visit. When Alan Baldridge was helping to design the library, he didn't think to use bullet proof glass in the reading room, so the Secret Service decided to lower the shades on the landward side of the room. I also realized that libraries are not the easiest places to "sweep" for bombs. There are all those reprint boxes to go through and boxes of books that don't fit on the shelves. Do you know what the specially-trained dog does when he smells one of 20 different types of explosives?

Next time you are down in Monterey, stop by and I can show you the guest book signatures and the box of "presidential" M&Ms, and tell you some other stories about what it is like to host the President.

--submitted by Joe Wible


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

Computing Information Systems Analyst, Senior

Systems Software Developer, Principal

Systems Software Developer, Principal

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