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May 19, 2000

  1. Paul Zarins Appointed Digital Library Program Officer
  2. Stella Ota Appointed Acting Head of the Physics Library
  3. Naheed Zaheer Appointed Head of Access Services
  4. Falconer Library Receives Butterfly Books
  5. Titles to Make You Smile: Serious Business! Part 2
  6. SUL/AIR Job Opportunities


I am delighted to announce the completion of the search for a head of the SUL/AIR digital library program. After an international search, we found that the person best positioned to launch this program is already on board. Effective immediately, Paul Zarins will serve as the Stanford Libraries' first Digital Library Program Officer.

Almost all SUL/AIR staff are aware of Paul's increasing and energetic engagement in digital library activities since his arrival at Stanford in September 1995 as social sciences bibliographer. From the very start, Paul actively acquired digital resources and advocated access to remote resources in his initial subject areas of political science, economics and food research. Facing numerous contractual and budgetary challenges, Paul's subjects rank among the most developed areas in the SUL/AIR virtual collection. In 1997 Paul was appointed program head of the Social Sciences Data Service (former Academic Data Service) and managed the process of establishing the new SSDS service point in the Social Sciences Resource Center. Beyond his principal assignment, Paul became a member of the Web Advisory Committee in 1996 and was appointed committee chair in 1998. He became a member of the Access to Information Committee in 1997 and assumed the position of committee chair in March of this year. During the past year Paul has worked assiduously on a project involving the networking of CD-ROMs in the Green Library using Citrix software. The project went "live" early this month, meeting one of SUL/AIR's most significant technical challenges.

Outside of Stanford, Paul has a long and distinguished record of engagement in the digital library arena. He edited the "What's Online in International Law" column in the American Society of International Law Newsletterfrom 1992-1997. He served as project coordinator for the ASIL Guide to Electronic Resources for International Law (http://www.asil.org/resource/Home.htm) and was author of the United Nations section of the Guide (http://www.asil.org/resource/un1.htm). He has published in the area of online access to quantitative social science data.

Please join me in warmly welcoming Paul to his new role and helping him as he works with us to solve our common challenges in the digital arena.

--submitted by Assunta Pisani


I am very happy to announce that Stella Ota has accepted a one-year appointment as Acting Head Librarian and Bibliographer of the Physics Library, effective April 10th. Stella is a graduate in electrical engineering from the University of California of Irvine, and has worked as the Reference and Instructional Services Librarian for the Science and Engineering Libraries since she earned an M.L.I.S. from San Jose State University in 1997. Stella's academic background, knowledge about physical sciences resources, and her in-depth reference and library instruction experience will help insure a smooth transition. Stella will continue to be the primary liaison and bibliographer for electrical engineering materials. She will also continue as a member of SUL/AIR's Reference and Instructional Services Committee. Please join me in extending a warm welcome to Stella in her new role.

--submitted by Assunta Pisani


I am happy to announce Naheed Zaheer's appointment as Head of the Access Services Department. Naheed has served as the Acting Head of Access Services and has chaired the Unicorn Circulation Group since July of last year, following an extended tenure as Head of Access Services' Loan Division.

Naheed brings a wealth of knowledge of and experience in the various operational aspects of this complex SUL/AIR unit. In addition, she brings years of experience from the previous positions she held at the Washington State University Libraries, the University of California, Berkeley Libraries, the Wells Fargo Technical Library, and Diablo Valley College.

Naheed is a graduate of UCB with a Master's degree in Library & Information Studies. She holds a second Master's degree in Child Development from Punjab University, Pakistan. Her post graduate work was in Elementary Education at Washington State University. Naheed has taught "Information Discovery on the Internet" and "Developing & Managing Web Pages" at the Diablo Valley College since 1995.

Please join me in welcoming Naheed to her new position.

--submitted by Assunta Pisani


This spring Falconer Biology Library received a major gift of books on the natural history of butterflies and related taxa. The gift of 79 titles was received from the estate of John P. Steward Jr.

We are very pleased to have received this generous gift. The biology and ecology of butterflies are active areas of research at Stanford and the library's materials on lepidopterology support this research. The gift includes many items that are new to Stanford's collections. The 23-volume Études de Lepidopterologie Comparee,published in Rennes in 1910, is an example of a major title added to the collection. Other items are in better condition than copies already in the library and so are more useful to researchers. In some cases, the gift allows us to offer separate circulating and archival copies of heavily used classics. This includes The Butterflies of North Americaby William H. Edwards (1868).

Several items in this gift deserve special mention because they are richly illustrated and quite beautiful. These include The Genera of Diurnal Lepidopteraby Edward Doubleday (1846-1850) and various parts, in English, French, and German, of Adalbert Seitz's magnificent and monumental multi-volume work, The Macrolepidopera of the World,published between 1906 and 1929. Each of these volumes includes painstakingly hand-colored illustrations. In 1998 Falconer Library added a locked stacks area that allows us to protect these valuable items.

Dr. Steward was a resident of Palo Alto until his death on February 5. He came to Stanford in 1944 as an undergraduate in Biological Sciences. He received a medical degree, also at Stanford, in 1955. From 1971 until his retirement in 1990 he served as an associate dean in the School of Medicine.

--submitted by Michael Newman


These titles are from a Stanford Bookstore display designated "Silly Titles ... Serious Business!" Normally, this feature reflects my notions of the humorous, wry, ironic or unusual, but this time 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.

Consulting demons : inside the unscrupulous world of global corporate consulting / Lewis Pinault. -- New York : HarperBusiness, c2000.

Fear no yellow stickies / Richard A. Moran. -- New York : Fireside, c1998.

Fish! A remarkable way to boost morale and improve results / Stephen C. Lundin. -- New York : Hyperion, c2000.

Gravy training : inside the business of business schools / Stuart Crainer & Des Dearlove. -- San Francisco : Jossey-Bass Publishers, c1999.

If my boss calls... get his name : a big business adventure / Jerry Shaff. -- Santa Fe : Clear Light Publishers, c1999.

--submitted by Brian Kunde


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

Computing Info Systems Analyst (5/11/00); REQ# J001360
System Software Developer (5/22/00); REQ# J001459
System Software Developer (5/22/00); REQ# J001460
System Software Developer (5/22/00); REQ# J001461

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