July 26, 2002

  1. History of Hopkins Marine Station
  2. New Head of Library Systems Department
  3. Farewell to Paul Davis
  4. SUL/AIR Job Opportunities

1. History of Hopkins Marine Station

For those of you who missed the talk on Hopkins Marine Station at last weeks all staff meeting, check out the following web page:


It provides a chronology about Hopkins with lots of pictures.

--submitted by Joe Wible

2. New Head of Library Systems Department

I am delighted to announce that as of July 8, 2002, Gerry Smith is the new Department Head in Library Systems. Gerry comes to us most immediately from LookSmart.com where she managed the people and projects responsible for delivery of web pages on a commercial public portal.

Gerry graduated from Texas A&M in four years with double major in Mathematics and Physics; this is early evidence of her high energy. At the start of her career, Gerry was a Programmer for TRW Defense and Space Systems Group in Redondo Beach, CA. Having become facile with the DEC hardware and software used by TRW, Gerry was hired away by DEC to do technical support, first in Los Angeles, and later in Nashua, NH. She eventually moved to a position in which she designed and implemented a complete rewrite of system utilities. Though never quite acclimating to the New England weather, Gerry spent another five years in Cambridge, MA, programming and managing technical projects for Symbolics, Inc., a computer manufacturer that was a spin-off of the Artificial Intelligence Lab at MIT.

She returned to California and for nine years worked at Sybase, Inc. where among other tasks, she managed the development, delivery, and maintenance of the build and source code control tools used throughout the company. She was responsible for internal websites and for selecting and implementing Unicorn in the Sybase Engineering Library. Characterizing her four years at LookSmart.com as "a blast," Gerry is now ready to take the skills she learned working at that pace and apply them to our challenges in Library Systems. Her strengths include both breadth of old and new technology and depth of supervisory and project management experience. Further evidence of her perfect fit at Stanford is that she is BOTH a cat person and a dog person. Please join me in welcoming her.

--submitted by Catherine Tierney

3. Farewell to Paul Davis

Paul Davis joined Stanford just four years ago as a Library Specialist at the Stanford Auxiliary Library, and was quickly promoted to a position in Access Services at Green Library. Within a few months of that job change, Paul returned to SAL to as manager of the facility, where he was responsible for the access and maintenance of 1.7 million books. After eight months, Paul was promoted again, this time to the Head of Green Library Reserves and Unicorn Circulation Tech support. In the 8 months Paul held that position, he supervised and planned the transition of Meyer Library Reserves to Green Library Reserves, implemented a self-service online recall system, and led the testing and documentation of several SIRSI upgrades to the circulation module.

Paul joined Academic Computing in April 2000, as the manager of the Meyer consulting program, and the Meyer and Tresidder computer clusters. Paul and his team of 40-50 student employees assure that knowledgeable help is available to the students who study in Meyer, and that the computer facilities run smoothly 24x7. Paul has been instrumental in developing services for undergraduates such as the multimedia consulting program for students using visual media in their course work. It is impossible to list everything that Paul does in Academic Computing (though his imminent departure makes us painfully aware of just how long the list is), and it is difficult to imagine that he has only been here for two years.

All of us in Academic Computing wish Paul the best of luck in his next venture, graduate school at UC Hastings College of the Law. While we are "very" sorry that Paul is leaving Stanford, it is some consolation that he is leaving to pursue such a fine opportunity.

--submitted by Lois Brooks

4. SUL/AIR Job Opportunities

SUL/AIR has the following new positions this week.

  1. Operations Manager, Music Library (#001700). Range: 1A4. Posted: 07/19/2002.
  2. LOCKSS System Software Developer (#001704). Range: 4P4. Posted: 07/19/2002.
  3. LOCKSS System Software Developer (#001705). Range: 4P4. Posted: 07/19/2002.

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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