4. SUL Welcomes John Eilts, Middle East Curator.
After a long search, SUL was pleased to offer the position of Middle
East Curator to John Eilts who began work for us on December 17th.
We are extremely happy to have John join the Area Studies Resource
Group because in him we have found a terrific person and a curator
who has an extensive background in Middle East studies.
John originally comes from Oregon where he obtained his undergraduate
degree in political science with a specialization in Middle East
studies. He subsequently studied Arabic at Harvard and the American
University in Cairo and obtained both his M.L.S. and M.A. (in Near
Eastern languages and Literature - Turkish) at the University of
John began his career as Head of the Near Eastern Division of the
University of Michigan Libraries. At Michigan he not only had responsibility
for collecting in Arabic, Persian and Turkish, but just as he will
here at Stanford, he supervised the Middle East staff in acquisitions
and cataloging. After Michigan, John came to RLG as Program Officer
for Middle Eastern Studies where, among many things, he was involved
in the development of Arabic script capabilities for the RLIN database
and for coordinating the activities of RLG member institutions that
have Middle East collections. Most recently at RLG, John was officially
Product Manager, Resource Sharing, and Program Officer for Middle
East Studies. In that position he continued to shepherd software
development from the concept stage through development and production
and on to marketing and sales.
John has also been active professionally in ALA, where he is currently
a member of the Subcommittee on the Near East of the International
Relations Committee, and in the Middle East Studies Association
where he is currently a member of the Electronic Publications Committee.
Even more importantly, he has been extremely active in the Middle
East Librarians Association (MELA) where he has served as president
and editor of MELA Notes. He is currently working with Jonathan
Rogers of Michigan on digitizing MELA Notes for web publication.
John has also made various workshop presentations and has had several
The variety and depth of experience that John brings with him bodes
well for the future of Middle East Studies at SUL and for its growth
and development. You may find him in the SSRC suite, room 123L.
Soon he will also be working in the Meyer Library with the Middle
East technical services staff.
We feel extremely fortunate to have found someone so well qualified
for this position right here in our backyard (John lives in Cupertino).
Please welcome John to SUL and congratulate him for wanting to return
to our lovely academic environment.