March 29, 2002

  1. Chronicle of Higher Education Web Version Available
  2. Digital Library Federation Spring Forum
  3. Reinvention Center
  4. First Community Day April 7
  5. Stanford.You, SUNet ID Outage March 29-April 1
  6. Web Interface to Majordomo
  7. Hopkins Library and Scientists Help with Film Series
  8. Committee Appointment for Michael Olson - OAC Digital Object
  9. Joe Greenberg and Green Library
  10. SUL/AIR Job Opportunities

1. Chronicle of Higher Education Web Version Available

The Web version of the Chronicle of Higher Education ((http://chronicle.com)is now available to readers from any Stanford IP address. No password is required. The site is updated daily, and the archive can be searched back to September 1989. This access is made possible by a SUL subscription to a one year pilot project the Chronicle has made available to a small number of institutions. Until now, the Chronicle has not offered institutional access and has instead required passwords tied to individual subscriptions. The next 12 months will be an opportunity for both the Chronicle and us to evaluate the campus-wide access model. We would like to make sure there are no access problems before making announcements more broadly to the entire campus, so please send me an e-mail message (pzarins@sulmail)if you discover any problems. I'm delighted that we can bring this resource to the entire campus, given the Chronicle's known high quality and broad appeal.

--submitted by Paul Zarins

2. Digital Library Federation Spring Forum

The registration deadline for the Digital Library Federation Spring Forum is April 22. The Forum will be held in Chicago May 10-12. Details and registration information are at:


Please also send me a note (pzarins@sulmail) if you register for the Forum. DLF asks that we consult with them in advance if we send more than four people. I will take care of the advance notice to DLF, as necessary. DLF has always been most accomodating in this regard, but we need to observe their wishes about prior notice.

--submitted by Paul Zarins

3. Reinvention Center

The Reinvention Center held a regional meeting in Los Angeles on March 22nd. The Center, a national organization focused on undergraduate education at research universities, is focusing on undergraduate research as part of the undergraduate experience. Bringing together faculty, administrators and librarians, these regional meetings are providing opportunity for conversation and action.

Part of the conversation centered on defining "undergraduate research," noting variations in definition by discipline. The discussion touched on how to frame research opportunities outside the traditional lab experience, with mention of the "library as a research laboratory." There was also discussion about the agenda for the two day conference to be held November 14-15, 2002, in College Park, MD.

For more information on the conference, minutes from the meeting [still to be posted] or the Reinvention Center itself, see http://www.sunysb.edu/Reinventioncenter/.

--submitted by Malgorzata Schaefer

4. Join President Hennessy, Provost Etchemendy for Community Day

Dear Faculty and Staff,

Please join Provost John Etchemendy and me on Sunday, April 7, for Stanford's first Community Day. This free open house, designed for both the campus community and the residents of the communities surrounding the university, promises to be both fun and informative. It will feature, for instance, art exhibits and musical performances around the Cantor Center, cultural displays near the Main Quadrangle, science and technology demonstrations in the Science and Engineering Quadrangle, a health fair and child car seat safety check in front of Encina, and sports and athletic demonstrations on the athletics fields.

I encourage you to attend Community Day with your families. I hope you will also invite your neighbors and friends to visit campus and to get to know the university community better. My hope is that this day will underline our commitment to working closely with our neighbors to meet many of the challenges of living and working together in the mid-Peninsula. It will also allow us to share information about our community-related programs-many of which may not be familiar to our neighbors.

Please visit the new "Neighbors" site on the Stanford web pages, which contains news about Community Day, at http://neighbors.stanford.edu for more information. I hope you will join the provost and me for this exciting event.


John L. Hennessy

--reprinted from March 22 issue of "ITSS Digest"

5. Stanford.You, SUNet ID Outage March 29-April 1

For a single weekend during Spring Break the Stanford.You web site, plus part of the SUNet ID web site, will be down for an upgrade.

Starting on Friday, March 29th, at 5 p.m., until Monday, April 1, at 8 a.m., the Stanford.You web site at http://stanfordyou.stanford.edu, as well as the "Request my own SUNet ID" service on the SUNet ID web site at http://sunetid.stanford.edu, will be unavailable.

This extended outage during the Spring Break period is necessary in order for us to make some major data conversions that will allow ITSS to provide some new services in Spring Quarter.

People who try to access these web pages during the downtime will see a web page notifying them of the outage.

The services on the Stanford.You web site that will be unavailable include:

  • changing your vacation message / email forwarding for @stanford email
  • changing your SUNet password (it can be done with MacLeland or PC-Leland instead)
  • changing your University PIN (this can be done in the Personal Profile service in Prism, on the Forsythe computer)
  • changing your online directory listing (faculty and staff)

We apologize for any inconvenience this service outage may cause. If you have questions, please contact ITSS by submitting a HelpSU request at http://helpsu.stanford.edu.

--reprinted from March 22 issue of "ITSS Digest"

6. Web Interface to Majordomo

A new Web interface to Majordomo--Stanford's email list service was released on Monday March 18. For the first time, list owners have the ability to manage their email lists via the Web. With the new interface, they are able to add and remove new members, add additional owners, and modify settings--such as who can join the list, and who can send messages to it.

The new interface provides an attractive option for list owners, but if they choose, they can still manage their lists the traditional way (by sending email commands to majordomo@lists.stanford.edu).

Login at http://lists.stanford.edu

Special thanks to Kevin Hall, Jennifer Vine, John Klemm and Tim Torgenrud for making this release possible.

- Tom Cramer

--reprinted from March 15 issue of "ITSS Digest"

7. Hopkins Library and Scientists Help with Film Series

Beginning April 2, a film series called The Shape of Life premieres on PBS Nova. It is a walk through the animal kingdom, concentrating on the invertebrates. The eight hour series is being show in two hour blocks; the second installment airs April 9; the third on April 16. The last two episodes will not air as part of the premier, but will likely air later in April or May. Check your local listings for exact times.

The film was produced by Sea Studios, a local film company that specializes in natural history films. The founder and CEO is Mark Shelley, a Stanford graduate who took classes at Hopkins Marine Station as an undergraduate. During the making of the film, he worked closely with Chuck Baxter, an emeritus lecturer from Hopkins, and Nancy Packard Burnett, also a Hopkins alum. While making the film, they used the Miller Library heavily to research the science and make sure everything was accurate. The original concept was to "make invertebrates as warm and fuzzy and marine mammals."

You can read more about the series at:


Mark plans to donate a copy of the series on DVD to the Miller Library after the premier.

--submitted by Joe Wible

8. Committee Appointment for Michael Olson - OAC Digital Object

Michael G. Olson, Special Collections Librarian for Electronic Media, has been named as a member of the Digital Objects Subcommittee of the Online Archives of California, which is establishing the Best Practise Guidelines for implementing METS (Metadata Encoded Transmission Standard) objects. METS is an XML-based standard for encoding complex collections of digital objects and can accomodate in one standard the description of individual electronic files as well as electronic files which are part of larger, hierarchically-arranged collections such as are found typically in archival or manuscript collections.

The work of this committee will be critically important to Stanford as well as the other members of the OAC in the coming years and will have ramifications on many of SUL/AIR's endeavors in describing and providing ongoing access to electronic documents.

The first meeting of this Subcommittee is on April 15, 2002. (Happy Tax Day, Michael!)

--submitted by Steven Mandeville-Gamble

9. Joe Greenberg and Green Library

Joe Greenberg, the great linguist who died last May, was known to many library staff. His long-time identification with the old Reference Room in Green Library, and more recently the Information Center, has been remarked upon in different articles, videos, and interviews. The following is from his obituary in Language, Journal of the Linguistic Society of America, 77 (no. 4, 2001):815-830, by Professor William Croft:

"Yet despite the controversial positions he took from the beginning of his career to the end, and the stature he gained in the field, Joe Greenberg was one of the most mild-mannered and self-effacing scholars imaginable. He was the scholar's scholar. He office was Green Library at Stanford, where he worked all day, six days a week (down to five in his last decade), always reading and making notes in pencil in his famous notebooks. The library staff one day surprised him by installing a brass plaque on the oak reading table where he worked, inscribed "The Joseph H. Greenberg Research Table."

His erudition was awesome but he wore it lightly. He could recall obscure facts about languages anywhere in the world (though in later years he said, 'Every time I learn the name of a new student, a fact about Nilo-Saharan flies out of my head'). Only a few years ago he lamented to me that when he read a grammar, he no longer remembered everything. He gave up trying to learn Japanese in his sixties, saying he was too old to learn a difficult language and writing system; but at eighty-five he told me he could read most of the Japanese entries in an Ainu-Japanese dictionary he used. When he reviewed his African notebooks at the end of life, over four decades after he wrote them, he was disappointed that he couldn't remember the specific word forms."

While his papers have been confered to university archives, you can look at copies of some of his famous noteoboks in Green Stack:

Greenberg, Joseph Harold, 1915- [Regional linguistic notebooks, Amerindian]. Call number: P203 .G7 F

--submitted by John Rawlings, SSRC

10. SUL/AIR Job Opportunities

SUL/AIR has two new positions this week.

Production Specialist, Highwire (#000934). Range: 4P2. Posted: 03/22/2002.

Projects/Acquisitions Specialist, Biology Library (#000933). Range: 1A3, 20hrs/wk Posted: 03/22/2002.

For a complete description of open positions within SUL/AIR, visit the recently redesigned Opportunities for Employment page on the Human Resources Web site.

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