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August 18, 2000

  1. SLSA Event: August 24th! Dick Miller talking about the XMLMARC project
  2. Robert Creeley Exhibition: Green Library, Sept. 1, 2000 - Jan. 6, 2001
  3. Rare Book Librarian Appointment
  4. Public Services in Special Collections and University Archives
  5. Everardo Rodriguez joins HASRG
  6. Titles to Make You Smile: From the Good Old Days
  7. SUL/AIR Job Opportunities


For those of you who couldn't make to his talk at ALA Chicago, Dick Miller will be discussing the XMLMARC project. We will have a lunch time brown bag on August 24, 2000 at 12:00 - 1:00 in Meyer Room 184. Here's a taste of his talk from the ALA abstract,

" . . . XMLMARC was developed partly as a feasibility study for converting MARC data to XML, but also to explore ways in which cataloging data could be restructured for greater economy and elegance, perhaps lessening recent quality erosion. The speaker received an invitation to write an article on XML for Library Journal's NetConnect supplement, which is scheduled to appear in conjunction with ALA. This article advocates not only XML replacement of MARC formats, but also XML replacement of proprietary "library information" formats used by ILS vendors (e.g. ILL, patron data, circ transactions, orders, checkin data) and predicts an XML- based ILS in the near future. "

Come join us to hear what dazzled MARBI and other ALA sections in Chicago. If you want to read more about the topic check out Dick's article in Library Journal's "NetConnect" at http://www.libraryjournal.com/xml.asp or the complete ALA abstract at http://www.ala.org/alcts /organization/div/marbi/marbi-ccda.html. Cookies, fruit and drinks will be provided. Hope to see you there!

--submitted by Rikke Greenwald


For the past forty years, internationally celebrated poet Robert Creeley has worked collaboratively with some of the most famous and influential visual artists of our time‹among them Georg Baselitz, John Chamberlain, Francesco Clemente, Jim Dine, Robert Indiana, Alex Katz, R. B. Kitaj, Marisol, Susan Rothenberg, and Donald Sultan. The result is a rich body of work encompassing a variety of media, including books, portfolios of prints and poetry, sculpture, prose, and musical recordings. In Company: Robert Creeley's Collaborations, a traveling exhibition organized and curated by Elizabeth Licata of the Castellani Art Museum of Niagara University, is the first to highlight Creeley's collaborations with artists throughout his career, and to show them together as a group.

In Company opens September 1 in the Peterson Gallery in the Bing Wing of Green Library and will be on view through January 6, 2001. The exhibition includes prints, drawings, mixed media works, books, photographs, and correspondence from a variety of lenders, including Stanford University, the University of Buffalo, and public and private collections. Original materials from Robert Creeley's literary archive in the Stanford University Libraries augment the exhibition at Green Library.

The touring exhibition In Company: Robert Creeley's Collaborations is made possible by generous support from the Lannan Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, the New York State Council on the Arts Museum Program, and the Lila Wallace/Reader's Digest Fund, Inc.

The exhibition is accompanied by an illustrated full- color catalog containing a CD-ROM, co-published by the Castellani Art Museum of Niagara University and the Weatherspoon Art Gallery, University of North Carolina at Greensboro. Copies of the catalogue can be obtained through the University of North Carolina Press, at 1-800- 272-6817 at a cost of $24.95 plus shipping.

--submitted by Becky Fischbach


The Department of Special Collections is pleased to announce that John E. Mustain has been appointed as the Rare Book Librarian, effective immediately. John has been with the Stanford Libraries since 1981, serving first as a serials cataloguer and beginning in 1985 as a rare book cataloger. The experience and expertise in the field of antiquarian books in general, and in the Department's holdings in particular, that John has developed over the years has come to benefit the Department and the Libraries in many ways. Since 1996 John also been bibliographer for Classics and will continue in this assignment. In addition, John will continue to catalogue antiquarian books. For the past two years, John also served as the interim Rare Book Librarian and as the Assistant Head of the Department of Special Collections. Though John has been at Stanford for nineteen years, we think John's new assignment merits a synopsis of his credentials and experience as both a Śwelcome to the assignment' note and a brief news feature of SUL/AIR News, for staff who do not know John and the many talents and interests that he brings to the Libraries.

John received his Master of Library Science degree from the University of California at Berkeley in 1983, a Master of Theological Studies from Harvard University in 1980, and his A.B. in History from the University of California at Riverside in 1976. John has also done graduate work at UCLA in 19th-century American history and thought and Medieval Studies, and at the College of William and Mary in American history and historiography. John attended Rare Book School at the University of Virginia in 1994 and at the Columbia University in 1991 and 1989. At Stanford, John has taken or participated in numerous classes that complement his interests and training in antiquarian books. Since 1989, the classes John has taken include Publishing History: 1775-1850, American Historical Bibliography, Edward Gibbon, The Book and Society: 1500-1800 The Invention of the Great Book in the Renaissance; The Book & Society, 1500-1800, William Morris and His World, Samuel Johnson, and St. Augustine's View of the Ancients. During the summer of 2000, John taught The History of the Book to 1800 for Stanford's Continuing Studies program.

--submitted by Roberto G. Trujillo


For a number of years the Department of Special Collections & University Archives have not had any single person coordinating public and reader services ­ it has been a shared responsibility. With the move of the Department into the Bing Wing and the Field Room we now want to renew a focus on the public service program. We are very pleased to announce that, effective immediately, Margaret J. Kimball will serve as both the University Archivist and assume a coordinating role for the Department's public services.

The public service assignment for Maggie is new, but rather than viewing it as such, when one considers Maggie's tenure at Stanford, one can see how it is more an extension of her professional and personal commitment to both the University and the Libraries. Maggie's dedication and her education, training, and experience are assets that are particularly suited to her work in Special Collections. Maggie first came to the University Libraries as a project archivist in 1983. She became an assistant librarian for Special Collections in 1985 and was the public services librarian for the department from 1986 to 1987. From 1987 through 1989 Maggie served as the archives and manuscripts librarian. Maggie then served as Head of the Department from 1990 through 1997 and concurrently served as the University Archivist. In 1997 she resumed her assignment as University Archivist on a full time basis.

Maggie received her B.A. in History from Stanford in 1980 and subsequently received a M.S. in Library Science and a M.A. in History from Case Western Reserve University in 1983. She has been a member of the Society of American Archivists since 1981, a member of the Society of California Archivists since 1983, a member of the Stanford Historical Society since 1984. Maggie has served both as a member of the Stanford Historical Society Board of Directors and as President.

Maggie's interest and dedication to excellent public service is well known through out the University and we especially welcome her talent and expertise in this added assignment.

--submitted by Roberto G. Trujillo


Everardo Rodriguez has joined the Humanities & Area Studies Resource Group (HASRG) as Assistant to the Curator for Latin American, Mexican American & Iberian Collections. Everardo has held several positions in SUL since 1994, having worked at Lane and then as evening supervisor at the Mathematical & Computer Sciences Library and most recently the Physics Library. Prior to coming to SUL he worked at Xerox PARC.

While at the Physics Library, Ever has been known for his reliable, effective, and conscientious service. Staff there will miss his calm presence, good judgment, and equanimity and wish him all the best in his new position.

In addition to his degree in Library Technology from Foothill College, Everardo is adding the final touches to his BA in Spanish at San Jose State University.

Please welcome Everardo to Green Library.

--submitted by Adan Griego and Stella Ota


These titles reflect the compiler's notions of the humorous, wry, ironic or unusual, and should not be construed as reflecting any other opinion or judgment, nor the editorial opinion of SUL/AIR News. Contributions for this feature are eagerly solicited. Submit any oddities to: bkunde@sulmail.stanford.edu

The following include a contribution from Andy Norton.

Delightful and ingenious novells [microform] : being choice and excellent stories of amours, tragical and comical / lately related by the most refin'd wits, under borrowed names ; with interludes between each novel ... -- London : Printed for Benjamin Crayle, 1685. AKL9078 / MFILM 015 4 64:3 / Green Library.

The lucky louse; or, Blood will tell, being an exciting & authentic story of life & luck in the California mines during the days when gold was free, & illustrating a most ingenious method for getting rid of it, etc, &c. Now for the first time recorded by Ezra Dane. -- San Francisco : L. Kennedy [c1933] AKZ4154 / 817.4 .D17L / LIBRARY.

The matchless rogue, or, A brief account of the life of Don Thomazo the unfortunate son [microform] : together with the just commendations of the gentlemans ingenious answer to Malice defeated, intituled, some reflections on Madam Cellier's case, with due respect to the honourable title of captain, which himself says he is worthy of / Elizabeth Cellier. -- London : Printed for Elizabeth Cellier ..., 1680. AGK3917 / MFILM 015 4 1487:31 / Green Library.

The ugly-girl papers, or, Hints for the toilet / Mrs. S. D. Powers. -- New York : Harper, c1874. AMB2367 / 646.7 .P887 / Stanford Auxiliary Library.

The woman that lives without eating : being an authentic narrative of Mrs. Simeon Hays, of Chester, Warren Co., N.Y. / A. Milne. -- Glen's Falls [N.Y.] : Messenger Book and Job Office, 1858. UTBG14970880-B / Library of Congress.

--submitted by Brian Kunde


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

Library Specialist (8/14/00); REQ# J002272
Library Specialist (8/14/00); REQ# J002274
Info Systems Project Manager (8/14/00); REQ# J002298
Library Specialist (8/14/00); REQ# J002280
Info Systems Project Manager (8/14/00); REQ# J002306

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

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