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July 10, 1998

  1. Melvyl Periodicals Database Enhanced
  2. SUL/AIR Web Site: Dime Novels and Penny Dreadfuls
  3. Language Lab Construction Begins in Meyer
  4. Meyer Collection Review Update
  5. Welcome to Dina Moran!
  6. SUL/AIR Student/Hourly Application Form on the Web
  7. SUL/AIR Job Opportunities


The Melvyl System Periodicals (PE) database will include contributors from two new sources by the end of this week: the California libraries in the National Library of Medicine's SERHOLD database, and the public, academic and special libraries contributing to the California Union List of Periodicals (CULP).

These contributors join with the academic libraries already in the Periodicals database to form the Statewide Serials Database, a project sponsored by the California State Library.

As a result, it is possible to limit one's search to one of the five regions in the state, or to a type of library.

The PE database will be fully loaded by the end of this week and will include the following three components:

  • California Academic List of Serials (CALLS): the 9 UC campuses, California State Library, California State Universities, Center for Research Libraries, Stanford University, University of Southern California, California Academy of Sciences, California Historical Society, Getty Center for the History of Art and the Humanities, and Graduate Theological Union.

  • California Union List of Periodicals (CULP): community college libraries, public libraries, and selected special or corporate libraries.

  • SERHOLD: California medical libraries in other universities and hospitals from the National Library of Medicine's (NLM) list of serials.

You may have already noticed that regions are showing up in the PE holdings on the Web-based Melvyl System. The five regions listed are: Northern California (Region 1), Greater Bay Area (Region 2), Central Valley (Region 3), Greater Los Angeles (Region 4), and San Diego/Inland Empire (Region 5). Users will be able to use the AT command to narrow searches by region.

Users will also be able to use the AT command to narrow searches to five different library types: Academic, Public, Special, Special Law, and Special Medical.

The most significant change that PE searchers will notice is that the sort order of holdings has been reversed. That is, if you click on ALL to see the holdings for a record, holdings will be sorted by region with non-UC records listed first. Similarly, if you click on a region name to see which libraries in a particular region carry the journal in question, the holdings will be listed non-UC first. If you do not specify a location in your search, records will be displayed with location abbreviations in standard sort order: UC first, followed by non-UC.

-- submitted by Margaret Phillips, UC Berkeley


One of SUL/AIR's recently added Web sites, Stanford University Libraries' collection of Dime Novels and Penny Dreadfuls, includes sophisticated searching features that will let you browse and find images quickly and easily. Located at


the site is cross-linked so that you can quickly find all the images in the collection that exhibit a certain feature, for example, women being rescued by men­or alternately, women threatening men. Each dime novel and penny dreadful has also been cataloged in Socrates II, and links have been embedded in the cataloging records so that you can go directly from Socrates II to the Dime Novel site.

The Web site contains complete information about the Stanford collection, captures more than 2,000 of the cover images from these mid-nineteenth to early twentieth century publications, and currently includes the full-text of about a dozen dime novels. Guided tours of the prominent features of the collection, including information about print processes used during this period, and a time line of dime novel production and its relationship to current historical events make the site important for those studying cultural history, art, and material culture.

The bulk of Stanford's collection of dime novels, story papers, and related material originally belonged to one individual, P.J. Moran. An Oakland postal inspector and longtime dime novel enthusiast, Moran amassed over four thousand boys papers and novels and over three thousand story papers dating from the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. All were stored in the attic of his home. The collection comprises roughly eight thousand items, making it one of the largest acquisitions of dime novels in recent decades.

If you would like to learn more about the site, please contact Jim Coleman at 725-3163, Jim.Coleman@stanford.edu.

--submitted by Jim Coleman


Construction on the Language Lab in Meyer Library began this week. The construction is part of the Language Lab project, a collaborative effort of the Language Center and SUL/AIR. The goal is to provide a learning space that enhances language instruction through the innovative use of technology, including a digital Web-based library of training materials. Funding for the project comes from several grants.

It is possible that the construction noise will disturb courses meeting in Meyer 260, those who have scheduled the staff training lab, and any patrons using the second floor. Instructors and staff using Meyer facilities have been notified.

The renovated Language Lab will be operational sometime in Fall Quarter.

--submitted by Eleanor Brown


The Meyer Library collection review entered Phase II this week. A swat team of students is working in the Meyer stacks, pulling those books that will be transferred to branch locations this summer and tagging the remainder for either the Stanford Auxiliary Library (SAL) or Green Library. Those destined for SAL or Green will continue to reside on the third floor of Meyer until next December, when the collection shifts necessary for the re-opening of Green West are expected to begin. These collection shifts will include the integration of materials remaining on the third floor of Meyer.

Phase I of the Meyer project included the identification of those titles on the third floor of Meyer that were unique to SUL, those that were duplicates but had not circulated for at least 3 years, and those that were duplicates but had circulated within the past 3 years. After selector reviews, approximately 35,000 physical pieces were removed from Meyer and withdrawn from the OPAC(s). This was accomplished by the hard work of many, many library staff, primary among them, the Database Management Section.

The Phase I work is reflected in changes to Meyer's online records. The 35,000 withdrawn records no longer appear in Unicorn/Socrates II or Socrates I. Please note one important exception: approximately 1,000 records were somehow corrupted during the data collection process and therefore could not be uploaded to withdrawn status. We hope to be able to identify and correct these 1,000 records by the end of Phase II. Data from branch transfers is being uploaded as the books are boxed and removed from Meyer; those records will be current in Unicorn overnight and current in Socrates I two days later.

Please let me know if you have questions about any aspect of this project.

-- submitted by Jennie Nicolayev


Please welcome Dina Moran to the SUL/AIR Human Resources Department. Dina is our new Human Resources Associate, replacing Debbie Guzzo and Cynthia Stretch. She has been with Stanford University since 1979 and comes to us from our very own Payroll Office.

Dina brings with her a wealth of experience in the area of Human Resources Administrative support and accounting (payroll). Her primary responsibilities in SUL/AIR are staff movement administration and disability administration. She also serves as an HR administrative resource contact.

Next time you're in Sweet Hall, please stop by and say hello. Dina Moran can be reached at 3-8251; she's located in Sweet Hall, room 412 and her hours are 7:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

-- submitted by Catalina Rodriguez


Have you run out of student applications again, but just don't feel like taking the hike to Human Resources in Sweet Hall to get more? Now you can find the SUL/AIR Student/Hourly Application Form on the Web. To print your copy of the form, point your Web browser to


Printed copies of this form are still available from the SUL/AIR Human Resources Department on the 4th floor of Sweet Hall.

-- submitted by Kelly Fields

7. SUL/AIR Job Opportunities

SUL/AIR has no new positions this week.

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 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