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July 31, 1998

  1. New SUL/AIR Group Announced
  2. Unicorn Serials Control Testing
  3. New Large-Format Photocopier at Branner
  4. Meyer Renovation Update
  5. Stanford Libraries Staff Association (SLSA) Slate 1998-99
  6. Nancy Lorimer Appointed Head of Music Technical Services
  7. Welcome to Jason Antevil
  8. Opening for Library Specialist I (50%)
  9. SUL/AIR Job Opportunities


I am pleased to announce the creation of the Libraries' Services Council (LSC), a new SUL/AIR group devoted primarily to public services issues, as well as to concerns more specifically related to branch libraries.

Beginning August 5, LSC will meet on the first Wednesday of every month from 1:30 - 3:00 p.m. in the McDermott Room. This new group replaces the Branch Library Council.

LSC's initial membership will include the heads of all branch libraries and the heads of Access Services, Reference Services, Research and Instructional Technologies Support (RITS), Special Collections, and the Jonsson Library of Government Documents. In the course of the next year, membership will be revised to reflect changes in the organization of service delivery that will occur with the creation of the Resource Centers in Green Library West and the Information Center in Green East.

A planning group, composed of Assunta Pisani, Grace Baysinger, Barbara Celone, and Joan Krasner, will meet monthly to set the agenda. Barbara Celone will serve as facilitator. Please contact any member of the planning group if you have recommendations for the agenda.

Agenda for Libraries' Services Council
August 5, 1998; 1:30 - 3:00 p.m.
McDermott Room, Green Library

  1. Welcome (A. Pisani)

  2. Preparation for Fall Quarter:
    • OPAC Plans for Fall (S. Gass)
    • Authentication (O. Williamson)
    • Network Printing (S. Gass)
    • Changes to SUL/AIR Homepage (G. Baysinger)

Future Agenda Items

  • Integrating New Users (Stanford and Fee Borrowers)
  • Merging of Jonsson and Green Reference Desks
  • Systems Department Priorities
  • Binding and Finishing Task Force
  • Card Access to SUL Facilities
  • Unicorn Circulation Update
  • Virtual Library Space
--submitted by Assunta Pisani


Staff in SUL/AIR, Hoover, Law, and Lane are participating in alpha testing of Sirsi1s Unicorn 99 Serials Control module. The WorkFlows-based module uses wizard functions to streamline standard processes, such as setting up serials control records and checking in issues. WorkFlows also includes helper tools that assist in functions like creating prediction patterns and projecting expected dates.

The alpha testing began in mid-June. The module draws on concepts developed at Stanford in an effort to make serials control as flexible and responsive to the academic environment as possible. Stanford staff are playing an active role in developing the product, suggesting new functions, creating shortcuts, and designing screens. Sirsi delivers updates and enhancements as often as once a week.

Within SUL/AIR, testers are beginning to demonstrate the module to serials check-in staff. Additionally, I will offer demonstrations to a wider audience this fall. Watch this space for announcements of public sessions!

Members of the testing team are:
Brigitte Burnham (SUL/AIR)
Mary Buttner (Lane)
Christa Easton (SUL/AIR)
Tim Enguidanos (Hoover)
Pat Hall (SUL Serials)
James Harris (SUL/AIR)
Kerrie McCaw (Law)
Nancy Searles (Law)
Regina Wallen (Law)
Irina Worthey (Hoover,SUL/AIR)

With Systems support from:
Jim Cruse
Karen Kalinsky
Carol Lawrence

--submitted by Christa Easton


If you want to copy maps or other large-scale materials, come to the Map Mezzanine at Branner Library, where a new copier produces 18" x 24" black and white prints.

It is a "top loading" machine, i.e., you don't have to feed the sheets through a roller. Features include reduction and enlargement (50%-200%). Copies cost $2 apiece. The machine accepts IKON copy cards only, not coins, currency, or number codes.

--submitted by Jane Ingalls


Construction work on the Meyer Library porch commenced this week. Starting today, workers began replacing the aggregate concrete slabs that form the exposed porch surface.

The first phase of the project involves work on the east side of Meyer, and staff members are advised to avoid the area. One should exercise special caution while concrete trucks are parked near the work area late next week. Work on the east porch will be completed on Monday, August 9, but the area will be fenced off until it is safe to walk on the aggregate surface.

Initial phases of the project will involve noisy work, but the loudest activities will be confined to the 6 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. period each day.

Similar work on the west side of the porch will begin after the east side phase is complete.


President: James Liu, Lane Library
Vice President: Birgit Calhoun, Law Library
Treasurer: Debra Pounds, Green Library
Member at Large: Geoffrey Skinner, Meyer Library

If you are interested in serving as the second Member at Large, please contact James Liu at 5-4579. SLSA is your library staff organization, so if you have suggestions for programs, please contact Birgit Calhoun at 3-2477, bcalhoun@leland.

--submitted by Andy Eisenberg


I am happy to announce the appointment of Nancy Lorimer as the new Head of Music Technical Services (MTS). Nancy is a relatively new member of the Music Library staff, but she has contributed significantly to the unit since joining us in 1996, especially in her work as principal acquisitions librarian for music and as interim head of the MTS unit since Phil Schreur's departure in December. In addition to her MLIS from the University of Western Ontario, Nancy holds a Master of Music degree from the University of Edinburgh and is near completion of a Ph.D. in Musicology from the University of Chicago.

I appreciate Nancy's willingness to assume the leadership of MTS, and look forward to working even more closely with her in the months to come. She will be moving to her new office in the MTS area in the next few weeks; her new phone number will be 5-8819. Please join me in congratulating Nancy on this important career step.

--submitted by Barbara Sawka


Please join me in welcoming Jason Antevil, the new Library Specialist at the Stanford Auxiliary Library. Jason is a recent Stanford University graduate with an MA and a Ph.D. in History. He earned his undergraduate degree in Soviet and Eastern European Studies from Yale University, and continued his history studies while writing his dissertation on the politics of Russian Populism from 1894 to 1929. While studying at Stanford, Jason worked in the History Department both as a writing tutor and a teaching assistant.

Jason comes to the Stanford Auxiliary Library with extensive public service experience gained while working at the Hoover Library circulation desk. Many of our SAL patrons have already benefited from his extensive library skills and knowledge of Russian, French and German. Please introduce yourself to Jason when you visit SAL.

--submitted by Ruth Briesemeister


The person in this position retrieves library materials from the Stanford Auxiliary Library for delivery to the Green Loan Desk, and delivers paged materials on weekends. Using Unicorn, he/she creates records, barcodes material, and charges, discharges and renews items.

Qualifications Required: Ability to communicate effectively in English, apply strong organizational skills, complete a high volume of work with attention to detail, move heavily loaded book trucks and lift standard 1.5 cubic feet boxes holding 35-40 lbs. A valid CA driver's license and the ability to drive a van or a truck.

Desirable Qualifications: Previous library experience; familiarity with L.C. and Dewey classification systems; experience using Socrates, Unicorn, electronic mail and word processing software.

Work Schedule: Sun. 1-5; Sat. and Mon. 8:45-12:00, 12:30-5:15. Schedule varies during Summer Quarter and Intersessions.

If you are interested in this position, please send a resume and cover letter to the Employment Office, 655 Serra Street, Stanford, CA 94305-6110, or contact Ruth Briesemeister at 723-9201.

--submitted by Ruth Briesemeister


SUL/AIR has the following open positions for this week:

Reinhard Family Curator of Judaica and Hebraica Collections

Library Specialist I

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