1. Law Library Reclassification
The Law Library began classifying its new titles into the Library of
Congress classification on July 1, 2002. LC replaces the Stanford Law
Library Merryman/Long classification schedule in use since the early
1960s. Existing titles will be reclassed in phased projects over the next
few years. Socrates and Unicorn will be updated as the titles are reclassed.
|--submitted by Regina T. Wallen
2. Stanford Publishing Course Begins Today
The Stanford Professional Publishing Course, a relatively new program
within SUL/AIR, begins on campus today, July 19th. Nearly 200 professional
magazine and book publishers will arrive for 9 days of classes, workshops
and projects on the business of publishing. They will hear from over 50
top publishing prosincluding the editor of Newsweek, the president
of Simon & Schuster's Adult Trade Division, and the Executive Director of
the Magazine Publishers Association of America. You'll know them by
their distinctive black canvas book bags. Watch for themthey love
books, too! For more information, check out
|--submitted by Holly Brady
3. Music in the Stanford University Library Collections
EXHIBITION: Music in the Stanford University Library Collections
DATES: July 15 - October 13, 2002
CONTACT: Vanessa Kam
650-723-9523; fax 650-723-8690
The Stanford University Libraries, Department of Special Collections,
is pleased to announce the exhibition Music in the Stanford University
Library Collections.This small exhibition will commemorate the annual
conference of the International Association of Music Libraries, Archives
and Documentation Centres, which is being held in the Bay Area this summer.
The sampling of musical riches from the Memorial Library of Music, Department
of Special Collections, and the Archive of Recorded Sound, includes a
Schumann manuscript long believed lost, an autographed letter by Claude
Debussy, and manuscript copies and a printed edition of operas by Jean-Baptiste
Lully. Curated by music librarian Mimi Tashiro and Richard Koprowski from
the Archive of Recorded Sound, Music in the Stanford University Library
Collectionswill take place at Stanford University's Cecil H. Green
Library, Peterson Gallery, second floor of the Bing Wing from July 15 through
October 13, 2002. The exhibition is free and open to the public.
PLEASE NOTE: Images to accompany this press release are available
upon request. For images, and further information about the exhibition,
please contact Becky Fischbach at 650-725-1020 or via e-mail at
LOCATION: Peterson Gallery, Green Library
Bing Wing, Second Floor
Stanford University, Stanford, CA
HOURS: Gallery hours from July 15 through August 17, 2002 are Monday through
Friday, 10 am to 6 pm, Saturday 10 am to 5 pm, and Sunday 1 to 6 pm. For
library hours after August 17, please call 650-723-9108.
NOTE: Green Library will be closed on Sundays from August 18 through
|--submitted by D. Vanessa Kam
4. What We Are Doing to Control Junk Email
Unsolicited Bulk Email (UBE) is the official term for this stuff and
the biggest problem with it is that it is increasing. Although there
are some laws about it in some states, there is little one can do
at the national or international level to chase or prosecute those
who send it.
When the ITSS Junkmail service was established several years ago,
UBE was a small but annoying problem. The approach taken was to
contact the ISP hosting the accounts that sent the UBE to ask them
to control their clients. Sometimes that would work, often it would
not. Going directly after the spammers was almost always a waste of
time; cutting off the sending email address would only force them to
change to a different sending address and keep sending (most
of them do that anyway as a normal matter of course.)
When talking to the ISP failed after a few tries, Stanford
would cut that ISP off totally from Stanford. This would work, but
would also cut off legitimate access to any email or other services
available via that ISP. Eventually, we would turn the access back
on. Even so, when the amount of UBE was small, this technique
tended to do a fair job of controlling it. Now, unfortunately, the rate is
rising at a rapid pace. Our Junkmail box was receiving about 400
messages a day last November - it has now reached over 800. And we
know that only a few at Stanford ever send the UBE to Junkmail.
We believe the ratio is something like 100 to 1; we receive one junkmail
complaint for every 100 messages sent to Stanford addresses - that's
about 80,000 pieces of UBE coming into Stanford each day!
Recognizing the futility of continuing to try to solve the problem using
the old method, Information Security Services has discontinued its
efforts to control individual spammers via their ISP. Instead, the ITSS
email services group is investigating various automated screening
approaches that attempt to identify spam at a higher level, before it
reaches user email boxes. Stanford uses a similar system for
screening virus-infected email attachments, and this system now
clears out hundreds of inbound and outbound email viruses each day.
ITSS expects to have a spam filtering capability in place no later than
the end of 2002. For more information on spam and the
Stanford projects now underway, please see
In the meantime, your best defense is using the delete key and not
responding to the UBE. As the spam filtering project moves forward
we'll keep updating the above mentioned web page to keep you informed.
- Ced Bennett
|--reprinted from the July 17th issue of "ITSS Digest"
5. SUL/AIR Job Opportunities
SUL/AIR has the following new positions this week.
- Systems Software Developer, HighWire (#001654). Range: 4P2. Posted: 07/12/2002.
- Operations Manager, Math/CS Library (#001655). Range: 1A4. Posted: 07/12/2002.
- Academic Computing Consulting Manager (#001684). Range: 4P2. Posted: 07/16/2002.
- Academic Technology Specialist Department of Art and Art History, Department of Drama (#001685). Range: 4P3. Posted: 07/16/2002.
For a complete description of open positions within SUL/AIR, visit
the recently redesigned Opportunities for Employment page on the
Human Resources Web site.