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July 9, 1999

  1. Peter Blank Departing for the Windy City
  2. Benefits Enrollment on the Web
  3. SUL/AIR Job Opportunities


Peter Blank, who has held the position of Assistant Art Librarian at Stanford for six years, will be leaving soon to become Head of Reader Services at the Ryerson & Burnham Libraries of the Art Institute of Chicago. August 13th will be Peter's last day at Stanford; he begins his new job in Chicago on September 1st.

The AIC Libraries are a big operation for an art library, with 28 staff members (12 professional) and approximately 300,000 volumes. Peter's position, which will supervise a relatively large number of staff (including two professionals) will give him quite a lot of administrative experience--something he felt his CV could use more of at this point in his career. Also, joining the staff of the AIC represents for Peter a return to the art museum world that he departed in 1993 when he left New York's Metropolitan Museum of Art to take his current position at Stanford. For someone like Peter who is passionate about the visual arts, the total immersion in them that comes with a job on the staff of a major art museum is much to be desired.

To say that the Stanford Art Library and its staff will miss Pete is the understatement of the year. He has been a worker of tremendous intensity and high production whose influence has been felt in every aspect of the Library's service to its patrons in Art & Art History and other departments. His regard for the job led him routinely to put in countless extra hours at the office.(Pete's idea of a relaxing weekend afternoon was to take several hundred Harrassowitz slips to DeGuerre to review while catching some rays.) He co-taught Art 236, the library methods course for new grad students, and also brought a great deal of rare and valuable source material into the Art Library collections through his carefully cultivated friendships with many key book dealers. In addition, he participated in many systemwide task groups, committees, and special assignments; the latest example of that was his co-editing of the Presidential Lectures Web site. On top of all that, he's the kind of colleague that those of us fortunate enough to have worked with him will count among our best friends wherever he goes. Good luck, Pete!

--submitted by Alex Ross

Stanford is changing the way new employees enroll for benefits. In the past, benefits enrollment was done on paper. Starting July 1, employees will enroll on the Web.

The new Web benefits enrollment system offers many advantages:

* Convenience - Employees can enroll any time of the day or night.

* Timeliness - Enrollment can happen sooner, avoiding defaults.

* Accessibility - Enrollment can be done at work or home with greater access to information and less reliance on department staff.

There are also the advantages of fewer delays and errors in payroll deductions, which means less work that must be redone by hiring officers and administrators. Finally, accurate and early benefits enrollment sends a welcoming message to new employees and helps them get off to a good start on their Stanford experience.

HR administrators, Human Resource Officers, Faculty Affairs Officers, and department administrators must assist in implementing this new system by altering the timing of the PAF (Personnel Action Form). The Web benefits enrollment system requires the PAF to be processed 10 days before the employee begins work.

Early processing of PAFs is key to this revised benefits handling. (It also enables new staff to get SUNet IDs as early as possible.) An administrator's checklist has been created as a reminder and admininstrators will receive them via ID Mail.

More details about this process and other benefits-related items are at Stanford's HR Web site.

--Excerpted from the July 1 issue of the Payroll/CHRIS Newsletter


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

System Software Developer, Senior

For a complete list of all current SUL/AIR jobs, visit the Human Resources Web Site.

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