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December 1, 2000

  1. Changes in Access Services
  2. Elsevier E-Journal Update
  3. Green Library Extended Hours
  4. Emeritus Hopkins Librarian, Alan Baldridge Honored
  5. Lois Sher Retiring
  6. SUL/AIR Job Opportunities

1. Changes in Access Services

As we move into the final, busy weeks of our most busy season, I am announcing a change of reporting assignment for Access Services. Starting 1 December, Access Services will report to Catherine Tierney, Associate University Librarian responsible for Technical Services. I am pleased as well to tell you all that Brigid Welch will become head of Access Services in early January 2001. Brigid is presently chief librarian at Menlo College and formerly a senior staff member at the Association of Research Libraries, and before that, a librarian at the research libraries of the University of California at San Diego.

The change of reporting assignment is meant to provide Assunta Pisani with capacity to absorb a new assignment of equivalent or even larger magnitude, about which more will follow. Access Services will benefit from Catherine Tierney's oversight and general direction. There will continue to be integration of service programs throughout SUL/AIR as there has been in the past.

I ask all of you to welcome Brigid Welch warmly. She will be a fine new department head and colleague for us all.

--submitted by Michael Keller

2. Elsevier E-Journal Update

Access to electronic versions of Elsevier journals is available through Stanford's current subscription, using Elsevier's ScienceDirect Web Editions service at:


Web Editions provides users with the full text of recent issues of titles for which the Stanford University Libraries and Academic Information Resources (SUL/AIR) has print subscriptions. Typically, recent issues are defined by Elsevier as a moving wall covering approximately the last nine months of the title.

SUL/AIR has not subscribed to the full ScienceDirect package, which would provide access to the backfile and some added interface functionality. In continuing negotiations, Elsevier has demanded terms that are unacceptably onerous to Stanford, especially since the cost of print subscriptions is so high to begin with.

In particular, Elsevier has continued to insist that there be no more than 1% cancellation of Elsevier titles per year, except for possible swapping of one Elsevier title for another. Elsevier has further demanded that the non-cancellation policy be applied retroactively, i.e. any Elsevier titles canceled by SUL/AIR during the year 2000 as part of its continuing review of serials subscriptions would have to be reinstated before contracting for the ScienceDirect package.

As an additional note, concerns about Elsevier pricing and policies are shared by many other research libraries. Recent evidence of this is the establishment in November 2000 of a REEDELSCUSTOMERS discussion list. (To subscribe, send "subscribe REEDELSCUSTOMERS" message to listproc@lists.cc.texas.edu). Postings on the list reflect wide concern for the need to examine the product options and their cost effectiveness. SUL/AIR will continue to monitor Elsevier's options and renew negotiations, if revised and acceptable terms seem possible.

--submitted by Paul Zarins on behalf of the AtoI Committee

3. Green Library Extended Hours

Green Library will be open until midnight on Friday, Dec. 8 and Saturday, Dec. 9. This is in keeping with Green Library's long standing tradition of extending hours on the weekend prior to finals.

Other libraries will extend hours prior to and during dead week and finals as well. Please check with individual libraries for their hours during these periods.

--submitted by Ruth Briesemeister

4. Emeritus Hopkins Librarian, Alan Baldridge Honored

Friday, November 17, there was a reception in the Monterey Bay Aquarium honoring Alan and Sheila Baldridge for their lifetime contributions to the community. Alan Baldridge was librarian at Hopkins Marine Station for 23 years before he retired in 1994. Sheila was the librarian at Moss Landing Marine Laboratories and retired a year later. In addition to running the libraries of the two primary marine laboratories on the Monterey Bay, they are both well respected naturalists specializing in marine mammals and birds. Alan co-authored a book on grey whales and has served as a naturalist on a number of Stanford alumni trips including ones to the Sea of Cortez, Alaska, and ice sheets off eastern Canada. They have both been active in forming conservation groups such as the Friends of the Sea Otter and the local chapter of the American Cetacean Society. Friday's event was the opening reception for the society's 7th International Conference. Alan and Sheila received a beautiful metal sculpture of spinner dolphins done by Randy Puckett (Randy did the life-size whale sculpture in front of the Scripps Aquarium). In addition, an anonymous donor gave $10,000 to establish an endowment in Alan and Shiela's name that will be used to set up an endowment for awarding an annual graduate student research grant. The grant will go to a Monterey Bay area student, and will be managed by the Monterey Bay Chapter of the American Cetacean Society.

--submitted by Joe Wible, Hopkins Marine Station

5. Lois Sher Retiring

After 20 years of outstanding, dedicated service to the Engineering Library, Lois Sher will be retiring at the end of December. Her last day in the library will be December 22nd.

Lois came to the library as Head of Circulation in 1980. Lois's high degree of competence prompted the creation of a new position, Operations Manager, responsible for the day-to-day operation of the library in addition to assisting with reference services.

Besides keeping the Engineering Library running for 20 years, Lois served on many SUL committees include NOTIS Circulation Implementation, President of SULSA (now SLSA), Unicorn Workflows Circulation Planing and Implementation, the Binding Task Force, and numerous search committees.

One outstanding achievement was Lois's organization and implementation of NOTIS Circulation in the Engineering Library. The Engineering Library was the first library in SUL to barcode its entire collection and begin using online circulation.

We will greatly miss Lois's creativity, hard work, and significant contributions to the library and to the Engineering community.

A farewell celebration is scheduled for Tuesday December 19th from 3-5, in Terman 217, located on the 2nd floor of the Terman Engineering Center. Please join us in saying goodbye and thanks to Lois.

--submitted by Karen Greig


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

Library Specialist (11/20/00); REQ# J003297
Computing Info Systems Analyst (11/20/00); REQ# J003298
Library Specialist (11/20/00); REQ# J003305
Library Specialist (11/27/00); REQ# J003348
Computing Info Systems Analyst (11/27/00); REQ# J003353
Social Sciences and PLAC Cataloger (11/27/00); Position #71
Preservation Assistant (11/27/00); REQ# J003351

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

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 12:00 NOON Wednesday for publication on the following Friday. Submit items for publication to sulairnews@forsythe.stanford.edu .
Editor for SUL: Sarah Williamson, sarahcw@sulmail.stanford.edu
Editor for AIR and HR: Eleanor Brown, eabrown@leland.stanford.edu