1. GREEN LIBRARY WEST WEB SITE GOES LIVE ON MONDAY
On Monday, May 17, a "beta" version of the Green Library West (GLW) Web site will be available at:
The site contains information pertaining to the Green West restoration project, including news, event schedules, collection deployment strategies, programs and services, and images of the building undergoing construction. The completed site will include detailed information on each of the major spaces in the restored building (e.g., the Lane Room, Field Room, Bender Reading Room, Social Sciences Resource Center). The site will be continuously updated and expanded in the coming months.
For those interested in the Green Library West reoccupation, a temporary schedule (for staff only) is now available at:
A schedule for events of interest to patrons and the general public will be included in the GLW Web site described above.
|--submitted by Jennifer Kindred
2. 1999 AFFIRMATIVE ACTION PLANS FOR VETERANS AND PEOPLE WITH DISABILITIES
I am writing to inform you that the 1999 Affirmative Action Plan for Veterans of the Vietnam Area and Special Disabled Veterans and the 1999 Affirmative Action Plan for People with Disabilities are now available.
You may review these plans by going to the Office of Multicultural Development Web site:
All Stanford supervisors and managers should become familiar with both the content of these plans and supervisory responsibilities regarding plan implementation. If you cannot access the Web-based versions, contact me for hard copies.
Please feel free to contact me with any questions you have about these plans.
|--submitted by Carol Olsen
3. SUL/AIR CONCEPTUAL ART MATERIALS ON DISPLAY AT CANTOR CENTER
The Iris & B. Gerald Cantor Center for Visual Arts at Stanford University is currently hosting an exhibition of materials from the Art & Architecture Library and the Department of Special Collections entitled "Conceptual Art and the Document." The exhibit is being held in the Lynn Krywick Gibbons Gallery on the second floor of the Cantor Center through July 11, 1999. This show was organized by Professor Pamela Lee and graduate student Gwen Allen, in close cooperation with Hilarie Faberman, Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art, and with additional support from Peter Blank of the Art & Architecture Library and Becky Fischbach of the Department of Special Collections. The exhibition is being held in conjunction with a Spring Quarter Graduate seminar on Conceptual Art taught by Professor Lee.
Many conceptual artists used the document -- photographs, printed matter, magazines, and ephemera -- as a "stand in" for the art work itself, even to the point where catalogs and magazine layouts functioned as conceptual "exhibitions". Although the objects produced were sometimes referred to as "anti-objects" or "anti-books," this exhibition reveals that production of these materials required the artists involved to make numerous decisions regarding format, materials, design, and distribution. While Conceptualism did not necessarily nullify production of the art object, it called into question existing models of art object production -- especially those related to the artistic process -- and perhaps more importantly, seriously challenged existing modes of art viewers' participation with and perception of the art object.
The show consists of 16 pieces from the Art & Architecture Library and 4 pieces from Special Collections; it reflects a recent emphasis on the collection of these materials by the Art & Architecture Library. For more information on Conceptual Art, use Academic Universe (http://www.lexis-nexis.com/universe) to read the recent New York Times article by Roberta Smith (Sunday, April 25) entitled "Conceptual Art: Over, And Yet Everywhere."
|--submitted by Peter Blank
4. SUL/AIR GERMAN STUDIES WEB PAGE GETS "KEY RESOURCE" AWARD
We have just learned that our library Web page entitled "Collections on Recent and Contemporary German Culture and Politics: Cultural History of the German Democratic Republic" has been given a "Key Resource Award" by Links2Go.
The page was selected as one of fifty Links2Go "Key Resources" in the German Studies topic area; the page is located at:
More information on the fifty sites selected is available at:
The Links2Go site itself is described at:
Links2Go selects "Key Resources" using software that determines the most frequently cited sites (by evidence of links) in a discipline or topic. If you look at the list of the top 50 sites in German Studies, you will see that the key sites are in fact there, so the algorithm seems to work. There are a few false hits, however, such as the Lehrstuhl fuer Orientalistik (not German Studies) and a number of repetitive DFG sites, so the company is perhaps a bit more exclusive than it seems. Anyway, it is nice to know that our GDR site is getting so much traffic, or links, or recognition--whatever it is that got us the award!
We found out the following about these Web site awards: if a page is listed as a "Key Resource" under a particular topic, the page is eligible to display a Links2Go Key Resource award for that topic. The Links2Go Key Resource award, we are told, is both exclusive and objective. Fewer than one page in one thousand will ever be selected for inclusion. The award is based on an analysis of millions of Web pages. Those links that are most representative of each of the thousands of topics in Links2Go are analyzed based on how actual page authors index and organize links on their pages. Nominations for Key Resource awards are not accepted. For a page to receive a Key Resource award, many other Web authors must link to that page.
Thanks are due to Nathalie Auerbach for her many hours of work on the site. We also thank the undergraduate and graduate students who have contributed to it, especially Lisa Whitmore, who contributed directly to the GDR page.
|--submitted by Henry Lowood
5. ASSYRIOLOGIST STEFAN MAUL TO VISIT STANFORD MAY 17-18
The Presidential Lectures and Symposia in the Humanities and Arts will host a lecture and seminar by Stefan Maul, the last speaker in this quarter's series. Maul is an internationally renowned Assyriologist. His main area of research is Mesopotamian religion in the first millennium B.C., but he is recognized as a very accomplished scholar in many areas of Assyriology and cuneiform culture. In 1997, Professor Maul was awarded the G. W. Leibniz Prize, Germany's most prestigious scientific prize; it will provide him generous funding for his research. Maul will be on campus on May 17th and 18th.
Unfortunately, all tickets for the Monday evening lecture have already been reserved. However, Maul will be presenting a seminar on Tuesday, May 18th entitled "The Magician's Archive." The seminar is free and open to the public; it will take place in Building 260, Room 252 from 4:00-6:00 p.m. A Web site about Maul has been developed by HASRG curators and Academic Computing. It can be accessed at:
|--submitted by Jennifer Kindred
6. SLSA EVENT REMINDER--COPYRIGHT IN THE NEW MILLENNIUM: A SATELLITE TELECONFERENCE
Come and hear how copyright law changes recently enacted by Congress will affect libraries, archives, and institutions of higher education in the digital age.
This three-hour teleconference is co-sponsored by:
American Association of Law Libraries
American Library Association
Association of Research Libraries
Medical Library Association
Special Libraries Associations
More information about this satellite conference is available at:
Location: Law School, Room 190 (on the ground floor)
Date: Friday, May 21, 1999
Time: 9 a.m. to Noon (PDT)
Danishes, croissants, bagels, fruits, and drinks will be provided.
|--submitted by James Liu
7. SUL/AIR JOB OPPORTUNITIES
SUL/AIR has the following new open position this week.
Computing Technical Writer II/I
For a complete list of all current SUL/AIR jobs, visit the Human Resources Web site.