July 19, 2002

  1. Law Library Reclassification
  2. Stanford Publishing Course Begins Today
  3. Music in the Stanford University Library Collections
  4. What We Are Doing to Control Junk Email
  5. SUL/AIR Job Opportunities

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 pros—including 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 them—they love books, too! For more information, check out http://publishingcourses.stanford.edu.

--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
e-mail: dvkam@sulmail.stanford.edu

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 efischba@stanford.edu.

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 September 22.

--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 http://www.stanford.edu/group/itss-ccs/security/junkmail.html

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.

  1. Systems Software Developer, HighWire (#001654). Range: 4P2. Posted: 07/12/2002.
  2. Operations Manager, Math/CS Library (#001655). Range: 1A4. Posted: 07/12/2002.
  3. Academic Computing Consulting Manager (#001684). Range: 4P2. Posted: 07/16/2002.
  4. 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.

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