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August 6, 1999

  1. Joan Krasner Leighton Retires
  2. More News From Access Services
  3. Information Center Staff Changes
  4. Anne Marie Gold Named Executive Director of Librarianship Institute
  5. Library Staff Blood Drive on Tuesday, August 17
  6. SUL/AIR Job Opportunities


Joan Krasner Lieghton retired at the end of July after eighteen years of service to the Stanford University Libraries.

Joan came to Stanford in 1981 as Assistant to the Director, David Weber. In this capacity she provided administrative support in planning, coordinating and developing library programs. Shortly thereafter, she assumed additional duties as Senior Assistant to the Library Personnel Officer with responsibility for staff development programs. In 1983, she was named Chief of the Access Service Department, a position which she held until her retirement. Joan has been described as "the manager of the process of getting books to the people and the people to the books."

Joan's long list of accomplishments includes her work in the planning and implementation of SAL I and II, her leadership in developing new circulation policies for an automated environment, her many contributions to program and facilities planning for Green West, and her able assistance in the recovery effort from numerous disasters, most notably the Loma Prieta Earthquake and the Flood of 1998. In addition, Joan served as Secretary to the C-Lib for many years, represented the Libraries interests in the planning and implementation of the Stanford ID card, and contributed her expertise at the Green Library reference desk.

Joan is widely recognized as an excellent manager and a thoughtful and supportive supervisor. We will miss her open, honest and direct communication style; her courage in always asking the difficult questions; and her consistently good thinking on a wide range of issues of concern to the Libraries.

Thank you and best wishes, Joan!

--submitted by Assunta Pisani

* Naheed Zaheer appointed Acting Head of Access Services

I am happy to announce that Naheed Zaheer has accepted a temporary assignment as Acting Head of Access Services while the search for a permanent Head is underway. Having worked for many years in Access Services as Head of the Loan Division, Naheed brings a wealth of knowledge and experience about the various operational aspects of this complex unit, as well as much good will to ensure a smooth and successful transition to reconfigured services in Green Library.

* Meyer Reserves move to Green Library East in the Fall.

Beginning with Fall Quarter, Reserves will move from Meyer Library and operate from the Green Library Loan Desk which is targeted to reopen on the first floor of Green Library East on 9/13/99. As a result of the merger there has been some reorganization and more reorganization is likely to occur in the coming months.

-- Paul Davis has been appointed to a new position as Unicorn Circulation Technical Support/Head of Reserves. Paul has served on the Unicorn Circulation Planning Group, participating in the testing of Workflows and of User Services, making recommendations for future system enhancements in the process. Paul will take charge of running the Unicorn Circulation Reports and of maintaining the Unicorn Circulation calendar, fixed due-dates, loan periods, and related functions. The complexities of the Unicorn Reserves Module lend themselves well to the combination of Head of Reserves and Unicorn Circulation Technical Support. As the new Head of Reserves, Paul will be asked to move forward quickly with expanding E-Reserves and exploring new means of further automating reserves processing.

-- Guofen Wan of the Green Library Loan Division has been reassigned to SAL as Acting Operations Manager through December 1999. Guofen has significant circulation and Stack management experience and has previously worked at SAL.

-- Ajit Gellon has been reassigned as the Reserves Processing Supervisor as of 8/16/99. Ajit has been with Meyer Reserves for many years now and I am very pleased that she can lend a continuity to the reserves program in the midst of such significant staffing changes in that unit.

Please join me in welcoming Naheed, Paul, Guofen, and Ajit in their new roles.

--submitted by Assunta Pisani

Within the umbrella of the Information Center, which now includes Current Periodicals and Microtexts (CP&M) and Interlibrary Services (ILS), there have been several staff changes in the past weeks.

Rob Daigle, formerly the Serials Specialist in CP&M, has agreed to be reassigned to the position of Operations Manager of the Information Center. This is a new position which will require a stout heart, sound mind, and incredibly good sense of humor. Rob will be handling everything that is typically expected from an operations manager, in addition to being our Expert Partner and playing the role of Senior Reference Specialist, 15 hours/week on the desk. Rob, who has both a bachelor's and master's degree in Philosophy, comes to us with previous library experience from the Engineering Library at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln as well as gov docs experience from Cal State University at Stanislaus. I'm quite certain I speak for the entire Information Center staff when I say WELCOME, Rob; never has the filling of a position been more anxiously awaited.

Picking up Rob's serials specialist responsibilities in CP&M is Sharon Meiselman. Sharon is a recently graduated Stanford undergraduate who has been working in CP&M for the past two years as a student assistant. Sharon brings with her the added and important qualification of being a certified bartender; depending on how Fall Quarter unrolls we may begin using her skills in that area also.

On the ILS side of the shop, Naheed Zaheer, head of that division, has been reassigned as interim Head of Access Services, until that position is posted and filled. In ILS we have also said goodbye to Catherine Landry who has been our friend and colleague for 10 years. Catherine is moving over to the Bing Wing of the Green Library where she will fill the new position of Technical Processing specialist in the Humanities and Area Studies Resource Center (HASRC). As part of her new job, Catherine will also be responsible for supervising the students who will be staffing the reception desk at the HASRC. We wish her well and look forward to working closely with her in her new capacity; we will miss her gentle spirit and thoughtful approach to everything she does.

In an earlier reorganization within ILS, Chris Harrison was returned to being a full time member of the Interlibrary Loan staff which required giving up his half time Physics Library position. We're very pleased to have Chris back full time but expect that his feelings are a little more mixed in the face of the vacancy created by Catherine's departure and the loss of Naheed's leadership to her temporary reassignment as Head of Access Services. No doubt we have done nothing to help him quit smoking with these latest developments.

--submitted by Jennie Nicolayev

Stanford University Libraries, in consultation with the California State Library, has hired Anne Marie Gold to head the Stanford-California State Library Institute on 21st-Century Librarianship, effective August 23. Gold has been involved in the formation of the institute through her current assignment as interim director of the Library of California.

The Stanford-California State Library Institute is a continuing education effort intended to help librarians address the impact of information technology on library services and to develop leadership skills, best practices and better communication within the profession. The institute will host two workshops on these themes in September, and next year will convene the first of a series of residential, week-long, summer programs at Stanford.

Stanford University Librarian Michael A. Keller in announcing the appointment said, "We have been looking for some time for the right person to lead the institute, and I am extremely pleased that Anne Marie Gold has agreed to come to Stanford. She has exactly the right background, knows all the players, and shares with me a vision of the institute as a real agent of change in the library world."

California State Librarian Kevin Starr concurred, "I am delighted that Anne Marie will remain closely involved with the State Library and the California library community through her leadership of the institute. I can think of no one better qualified for the position, and I would add that this position offers a unique vantage point from which to affect the thinking and practices of California library leaders for years to come." The California State Library is a major sponsor of the Institute.

Prior to her work in launching the Library of California, Gold was director of the Contra Costa County Library as well as of the Solano County Library. Educated at St. Lawrence University, she obtained her library degree from Columbia University. At earlier stages in her career, which comprised 30 years with public libraries, she was on staff at the New York Public Library and the Oakland Public Library. She served as president of the California Library Association, the primary professional association for librarians in the state, in 1998.

"This position at Stanford provides me with the opportunity to organize a very important professional development model under the auspices both of an incredible private university and of the leading public agency in the state dedicated to citizens╣ information needs," Gold said. "The institute will be a fascinating framework for examining and affecting the future."

For more information: http://institute21.stanford.edu
Contact: Andrew Herkovic 650-725-1877

--submitted by Andrew Herkovic

What do books and blood have in common? They're both meant to circulate.

Are you in a bind for something special to do this summer? Check out the first annual Library Staff Blood Drive. On Tuesday, August 17 from 10:00 a.m.-1:30 p.m., the Stanford Bloodmobile will be parked between Meyer and Green by MoonBean's Cafe.

If you've ever thought about donating blood, this is the time to act. Donate one pint of blood and receive a free mini physical including cholesterol screening, blood pressure, iron level, and pulse rate checks. Enjoy free cookies and ice cream served by a special guest volunteer. Visit with fellow library employees from other departments and libraries. Save lives by helping to maintain an adequate blood supply for patients in need.

Requirements for donating blood:

  • Be free of cold/flu symptoms for 48 hours.
  • Weigh at least 110 lbs.
  • Eat within 6 hours prior to donating.
  • Drink plenty of fluids before and after donating.
  • Bring a photo ID.
  • Call the Stanford Blood Center at 650-725-9968 with medical questions.

The entire donation process from registration and medical history to resting in the canteen takes approximately one hour. Book your appointment today. Call Kathy Hyde (Espeland) at 650-323-3620. Appointments available every 15 minutes from 10:00-1:30. Please give a first and second time choice in your message.

Whatever your blood type, we'd like to add it to our collection. Help prove that library staff have the biggest hearts on campus by donating volumes of blood and saving precious lives!

--submitted by Ruth Briesemeister, Recruitment Consultant Stanford Blood Center


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

Library Specialist II

Library Specialist II

Library Specialist I

For a complete list of all current SUL/AIR jobs, visit the Human Resources Web site.

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