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July 30, 1999

  1. Bing Wing Will Open to Public on Monday
  2. SUL Acquires Buckminster Fuller Archive
  3. SUL Acquires Major Steinbeck Collection with Grant from Wells Fargo Foundation
  4. Steve Gass Departs for MIT
  5. Karen Greig Acting Head of Engineering Library
  6. Paul Zarins Now Assistant Head of the Social Sciences Resource Group
  7. Jennifer Kindred and Amy Storey leaving SUL/AIR
  8. Thank You From Steve Gass
  9. SUL/AIR Job Opportunities


On Monday morning, August 2nd, the Bing Wing of the Cecil H. Green Library will open its main doors to the public for the first time since the October 1989 Loma Prieta earthquake. At 8 a.m., the west portal will be staffed to welcome visitors to the library in what we are calling a "soft opening" of the facility. During August and early September, there will be limited access to programs, services, and collections on the first, second, and third floors of the building.

Monday's opening includes access to the Social Sciences Resource Center on the first floor, the Humanities and Area Studies areas on the second floor, and a small reading area on the third floor. The connection between the Bing Wing and the East Wing at the second floor will also be opened at this time to allow movement between the two buildings. On Monday, August 9th, Special Collections & University Archives will reopen in the Field Room on the second floor of the Bing Wing.

A variety of library activation activities (e.g., installation of additional computing and photocopy equipment, movement of additional library materials into reading rooms, installation of art work, installation of additional signage, etc.) will continue through the month of August in these and other spaces throughout the building.

The summer renovation work on the East Wing first floor is proceeding on schedule. The floor will reopen as planned on Monday, September 13th, with newly designed spaces for the Information Center/Current Periodicals and Access Services. At that time, access between the first floor of the East Wing and the first floor of the Bing Wing will be opened and additional service and collection areas in the Bing Wing will be ready for readers to occupy.

At this interim milestone in preparing the Bing Wing for full access by the Stanford community this fall, great thanks goes to all of the staff throughout the Collections and Services, Academic Computing, Systems, and Facilities groups who have worked so incredibly hard over the past few months to prepare for and execute the many tasks required to bring the building and its services into action.

Please come and pay a visit to the Bing Wing in its early days of public opening!

--submitted by Kären Nagy


The Stanford University Libraries recently announced the acquisition of the R. Buckminster Fuller Archive, comprising the personal papers and working records of Buckminster Fuller: the architect, engineer, inventor, philosopher, author, cartographer, geometrician, futurist, teacher and poet, as assembled during his lifetime and maintained since his death in July, 1983. The Fuller Archive is a collection of incomparable comprehensiveness and importance and truly an archive of twentieth century man. It may well also be the most extensive known personal archive in existence. "I regard this archive as one of the most important acquisitions during my career" said Michael Keller, University Librarian and Director of Academic Information Resources at Stanford, who evaluated the collection while the University considered its acquisition. Keller said that it is particularly important because it is useful for research and teaching across multiple disciplines. These kinds of primary resources, said Keller, "the personal papers, the early manuscripts and notes, the correspondence and the record of the critical development and reception of ideas, are invaluable documents for research in our programs in the history of science, technology, and ideas."

The complete press release describing the acquisition of this archive is on the Web at:


--submitted by Roberto Trujillo


The Stanford University Libraries announced today the acquisition of a major collection of manuscripts, letters, photographs, and books by John Steinbeck that span over 100 years of Steinbeck family history. The collection is that of his eldest sister, Esther Steinbeck Rodgers and was acquired with a lead gift from the Wells Fargo Foundation to the Stanford Libraries. To be known as the Wells Fargo Steinbeck Collection, the collection will join StanfordŐs other holdings of Steinbeck books and manuscripts in the Department of Special Collections of the University Libraries.

Michael A. Keller, University Librarian, noted that Stanford already has one of the most important archives on John Steinbeck in the country and this new acquisition will broaden the scope of its collections and allow for further research on SteinbeckŐs work and his place on the American literary scene. "The collection," Keller says, "significantly strengthens StanfordŐs reputation as a premier repository for research materials on John Steinbeck."

Byron Scordelis, President of Wells Fargo for the Bay Area, said that the collection is "an important gift to all of California and a wonderful way for Wells Fargo to contribute to the celebration of CaliforniaŐs sesquicentennial, given John SteinbeckŐs eminent and well-deserved reputation as one of a succession of CaliforniaŐs stunning sons in the literary Pantheon." Scordelis noted that it was appropriate that the collection was housed at the Stanford University Libraries because the University has a strong commitment to research and teaching on John Steinbeck and would make the collection accessible to generations of Californians and Steinbeck scholars.

John Steinbeck, who won the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1962, was a native of Salinas, California. He attended Stanford during the 1920s before achieving international fame with such classic novels as "Of Mice and Men," "The Red Pony," "The Grapes of Wrath," "Cannery Row," and "East of Eden." Most of SteinbeckŐs work is set in California and draws on his experience of the Salinas Valley and the Monterey Penninsula. In addition to his fiction, Steinbeck also wrote for the screen, and many of his best-known books became major motion pictures.

The complete press release describing the acquisition of this archive is on the Web at:


--submitted by Roberto Trujillo


Steve Gass, who has worked in the Stanford Libraries for the past twelve years, has accepted the position of Head of the Barker Engineering Library at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Steve's last day of work is July 31, 1999. He will begin in his new position on September 15th.

Steve has made many contributions to the Stanford Libraries during his tenure. Hired as the Associate Head and Bibliographer for the Engineering Library in 1987, Steve became the Head of Engineering in 1990. Since 1997 he has also served as the Head of the Science and Engineering Resource Group. In addition to running one of the largest branches on campus, Steve's efforts included activities such as participating on a task force to redesign technical services work; spearheading the formation of the Reference and Instructional Services Committee and then chairing it for four years; being a member of the Unicorn OPAC Implementation Team; and chairing the Unicorn Circulation Group. He was also on the Access to Information Committee and was a key member of the working groups that made the INSPEC and EI/Compendex databases available as locally mounted files.

Other roles that Steve has played include being an adjunct faculty member at San Jose State University's Library School (1990+), being the President of the Library Association of Stanford University (1994-95), and being a founding member of the "Serial Killers" softball team.

In all of these activities, Steve has demonstrated a keen interest in providing excellent library services and collections, a dedication to fostering a nurturing environment for his staff and colleagues, and a willingness to delve into details while maintaining the broad perspective of a senior manager.

While we are sad to see Steve go, he is returning to his alma mater and to the Library where he worked from 1974-1987. We wish Steve the best of luck in his future endeavors!

--submitted by Assunta Pisani


I am very pleased to announce that Karen Greig has accepted the position of Acting Head of the Engineering Library when she returns to work from her summer vacation on September 1st. Grace Baysinger will be Acting Head during August. Karen has also agreed to serve on the Reference and Instructional Services Committee, effective September 1st.

Karen has worked at the Engineering Library for nine years and she brings a wealth of experience to this appointment. Prior to coming to Stanford, Karen worked for ten years as an environmental engineer.

--submitted by Assunta Pisani


I am delighted to report that Paul Zarins has agreed to serve a two-year term as assistant head of the Social Sciences Resource Group beginning July 1. Paul takes on this new role in addition to his ongoing assignments as economics bibliographer and social sciences data librarian. Paul has gained considerable experience in administrative work during the past two years as program head and co-manager of the Social Sciences Data Service (formerly the ADS). Thank you Paul!

--submitted by Assunta Pisani


Jennifer Kindred and Amy Storey, both technical writers/web designers in my Publications unit (which is part of SUL/AIR's Academic Computing group) have decided to leave SUL/AIR and start their own Web and print design business, Kindred-Storey Designs.

While I am very happy for Jennifer and Amy and wish them much success in their new business, I'm very sorry that they will be leaving us! They have been wonderful to work with...both are enthusiastic, creative, and hard-working and produce work of high quality. A recent example of a collaborative effort on their part is the Green West Web site at:


It has been a pleasure working with both Jennifer and Amy. Amy's last day is Friday, August 6; Jennifer's last day is Tuesday, August 31.

Note that if Jennifer or Amy have been working with you to put your information and/or resources in the SUL/AIR Web space or on other projects, you can contact me for further assistance (3-0974, eabrown@stanford).

--submitted by Eleanor Brown


This week marks almost exactly the 12th anniversary of when I arrived at Stanford. Twelve years goes by quickly, but it's been long enough that Stanford feels like home to me. The reason for that is because of all of you... the people who work in the libraries, the School of Engineering, and the many other departments at Stanford that I've interacted with. It's been an honor and a pleasure to work with all of you.

I've been asked often during the last few months why am I leaving Stanford? Why am I going to MIT? As many of you know I came to Stanford from MIT. So though I feel that Stanford has become a home to me, in fact, MIT and Cambridge are truly my home. My wife and I fell in love there. In fact, the MIT Engineering Library where I am now returning is where we met. We both have many very close friends there, and all of my family still lives there.

When I left MIT to come to Stanford in 1987, my family was very concerned that I'd end up joining some kind of California cult and would never be heard from again. Little did they know that they had nothing to fear; that as an MIT graduate and employee for many years I had already joined a cult. If any of you are Car Talk fans, you might know of this cult, once it has got you in its grasp there's no getting away from it. It's called SPAMIT, Stupid People At MIT. And once MIT decided it was okay for Click & Clack The Tappet Brothers to speak at its graduation this year, I knew it was time for me to go back to MIT. So, it's with fondness and love in my heart for the many friends I have here at Stanford that I leave the smart people at Stanford to join the stupid people at MIT.

--submitted by Steve Gass


SUL/AIR has the following new open positions this week.

Library Specialist I (08/2/99); REQ# J991116

Head Librarian and Bibliographer, Engineering Library (8/2/99); Position #61

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 p.m. 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