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June 2, 2000

  1. Need to Buy a New Computer? Now It's Faster and Cheaper!
  2. Don Cameron Joins Preservation
  3. Titles to Make You Smile: Serious Business? Part 4
  4. SUL/AIR Job Opportunities


Thanks to the efforts of several ITSSers and Stanford's Procurement Office, Stanford recently signed a "Campus Wide Agreement" (CWA) with Dell Computers that will make it easy for departments as well as faculty, staff and students to purchase Dell computers and associated hardware and peripherals at steeply discounted prices. Departmental purchases of Stanford-specific Dell bundles made through this CWA "skip" the Procurement Office approval process and go straight to Dell - resulting in much faster delivery of equipment. Departments aren't required to purchase laptops and desktops through this program, but there are enough time and financial incentives that we hope most purchases are one of the bundles.

This new program is one of the results of the Departmental Computing Task Force - a group charged by Mariann Byerwalter - which focuses on ways to improve computing support on campus. The Task Force recommended that Stanford reduce the complexity of desktop support by finding ways to reduce the number of laptop and configurations in use on campus.

As part of this agreement, Dell has built a Stanford-specific "Dell store" site that lists Stanford's specially-negotiated prices. (Access to these pages is restricted to Stanford community members.) If you're interested in purchasing a system, be sure you visit Stanford's special Dell Premier web site since Stanford's prices aren't available through the "public" Dell pages.

On Tuesday, May 23 Stanford held a "Dell Demo Days" show for community members to come see and play with the Dell bundles. Several hundred Stanford members participated. Everyone who stopped by was very enthusiastic about the new program. You can learn more about the program, or get to the Stanford-specific "Dell store" site by visiting http://www.stanford.edu/home/computing/purchasing_a_computer.html and choosing the link to the "Stanford-Dell Computer Purchase Program".

--reprinted from May 26 issue of ITSS Digest


I am pleased to announce that Don Cameron, formerly of Preservation's Binding and Finishing, has accepted a half-time position in Preservation Administration. In addition to providing administrative support to the Preservation Department's three units (Binding & Finishing, Conservation Treatment, and Media Preservation), Don also will perform a wide range of preservation support activities in such areas as environmental monitoring, collections emergencies preparation, preservation education, and other special projects.

You can reach Don in the afternoons at 723-9367 or by coming by Meyer 416. In the mornings, Don works at ITSS (Information Technology Systems & Services) as an IT Program Assistant.

Don began working in Binding and Finishing as a volunteer in August 1997, became an hourly worker, and went on to enter the ranks of library specialists.

A native of Amherst, Nova Scotia, Canada, Don moved to California in 1997. Now living in San Jose, Don is also the commissioner of the Stanford Engineering Baseball League.

--submitted by Connie Brooks


These titles are from the Stanford Bookstore display "Silly Titles ...Serious Business!" Normally, this feature reflects my notions of the humorous, wry, ironic or unusual, but this time the credit goes to the bookstore. As always, it should not be construed as reflecting any other opinion or judgment, nor the editorial opinion of SUL/AIR News.

Personal finance for dummies / Eric Tyson. -- 3rd ed. -- Foster City, CA : IDG Books Worldwide, c2000.

Squandering aimlessly : my adventures in the American marketplace / David Brancaccio. -- New York : Simon & Schuster, c2000.

Wear clean underwear : business wisdom from Mom / Rhonda Abrams. -- New York : Dell Publishing, 2000, c1999.

What would Machiavelli do? : the end justifies the meanness / Stanley Bing. -- New York : HarperBusiness, c2000.

Who moved my cheese? / Spencer Johnson. -- New York : G. P. Putnam's Sons, c1998.

--submitted by Brian Kunde


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

Software Developer, Business (5/29/00); REQ# J001540
Social Sciences Cataloger ([3/15/00], reopened 5/30/00); Position #71
Library Specialist (5/29/00); REQ# J001515
Portal Monitor (5/29/00); REQ# J001546

For a complete description of these jobs and a list of all current SUL/AIR jobs, visit the Human Resources Web site at:

Human Resources Web site.

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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 sulairnews@forsythe.stanford.edu.
Editor for SUL: Sarah Williamson, sarahcw@sulmail.stanford.edu
Editor for AIR and HR: Eleanor Brown, eabrown@leland.stanford.edu