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March 17, 2000

  1. OED Online Edition Officially Launched
  2. Israel Cohen Collection - Conference and Exhibit
  3. Meyer Library: Hours for Spring Break, March 18 - March 27
  4. SUL/AIR Job Opportunities


Oxford University Press, in cooperation with the Stanford University Libraries' HighWire Press, is pleased to announce the public release of the new Oxford English Dictionary Online Edition on March 14, 2000.

This Online Edition is the public release of the beta version that has been available to the Stanford community for the past several weeks. The public release includes a number of new features not available in the beta version:

  • "Preface to the Third Edition," by OED editor John Simpson
  • a detailed tour of the complex and powerful OED Online web site
  • a full complement of help features and tutorials
  • a key to pronunciation
  • a history of the OED, both in print and on line
  • an appeal for continuing contributions to the completely revised Third Edition of the OED, now in progress

Most of these auxiliary materials can be found in the "Welcome" section, http://dictionary.oed.com/public/welcome/, also accessible from the OED main page. The "Site Contents" offer a full list of features. To begin using the OED immediately, go to the same main page and select "Sign In."

This publication marks a major milestone in the history of the most important dictionary in the English language. The OED Online Edition includes all the materials of the 20-volume Second Edition (1989) of the Oxford English Dictionary, along with 3 volumes of Additions (1993 and 1997), as well as revisions and entries totally new to the OED, which will be added to the Online Edition quarterly.

OED Online Edition http://dictionary.oed.com/

--submitted by Glen Worthy


On Wednesday, March 22, 2000, the Stanford University Program in Jewish Studies will be sponsoring a one-day conference, "The Literary and Cultural Life of Pre-State Israel: A Conference Marking the Acquisition of the Israel Cohen Collection by the Stanford University Libraries." Israel Cohen (1905-1986) was an Israeli literary critic, editor, and political activist who served as Chairman of the Federation of Hebrew Writers in Israel. The Cohen Collection was acquired by SUL in 1994, with funds provided by Green Libraries and the Koret Foundation. Processing and preservation of books and periodicals in the Cohen Collection were made possible by a gift from the Oshman Family Foundation.

In conjunction with the conference a small exhibit, "Selections from the Israel Cohen Collection: A Window on Israeli Literature and Culture," is being installed on the second floor of Green Library's Bing Wing, adjacent to the recently opened John Steinbeck exhibit. There will be a tour of the Israel Cohen Collection exhibit, led by Judaica/Hebraica Curator Zachary Baker, on March 22, at 2:15 p.m.

Conference sessions will take place at the Hartley Conference Center, Room 130, Mitchell Earth Sciences Building. The following speakers will be participating:

  • 4:00 p.m. - Prof. Alan Mintz (Brandeis University), speaking on "S. Y. Agnon and the Saga of the Second Aliyah."
  • 5:30 p.m. - Prof. Nurit Govrin (Tel Aviv University), speaking in Hebrew on "Israeli Hebrew Literature: Overview and Focal Examination -- Israel Cohen's Cultural Policy." (Prof. Govrin is the daughter of Israel Cohen.)
  • 8:00 p.m. - Prof. Arnold Band (UCLA), keynote address: "From Berlin and Warsaw to Tel Aviv: The Consolidation of Hebrew Culture in Jewish Palestine." A reception will follow Prof. Band's address.

The conference is co-sponsored by the Koret Foundation and the Jewish Community Endowment Fund of the Jewish Community Federation of San Francisco, the Peninsula, Marin and Sonoma Counties.

--submitted by Zachary Baker


Meyer Library will be open at the following times during Spring Break, March 18 - 27.

* Open Monday through Friday, March 20 - March 24, 1:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m., including the first floor.

* Closed on the weekends: Saturday and Sunday, March 18 and 19 Saturday and Sunday, March 25 and 26

* Open Monday March 27, 8:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m., including the first floor.

* PLEASE NOTE: The original 24 Hour Study Room will, of course, be available at all hours during Spring Break.

* Meyer Library will re-open on Tuesday March 28, 8:00 a.m. - 12:00 midnight (first floor, open 24 hours) and will resume its regular hours for the rest of Spring Quarter.

The above spring intersession hours, as well as a complete list of Meyer Library's hours for academic year 1999/2000 are on the Web at: http://www-sul.stanford.edu/geninfo/libhours.html

--submitted by Kelly Fields


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

Administrative Associate (3/13/00); REQ# J000700

Computing Info Systems Analyst (3/13/00); REQ# J000703

Social Sciences Cataloger (3/15/00); Position #71

Library Specialist (3/20/00); REQ# J000750

Library Specialist (3/20/00); REQ# J000754

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.

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