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November 6, 1998

  1. Check Home Address for W-2 Delivery
  2. Reorganization in Green and Unicorn Circulation Development
  3. Staff Changes at SAL
  4. Congratulations to Wojciech Zalewski
  5. New Sculpture in Green East Lobby
  6. SUL/AIR Job Opportunities


Now is the time to verify the accuracy of your "W-2 Address" in the online Faculty/Staff Directory; Payroll & Records will be mailing W-2 forms in January. If you want your W-2 sent to your regular home address (as listed on the first screen of the ENTRY form in the Faculty/Staff Directory), you don't need to make any changes. If you want your W-2 form sent to another address, however, you should enter the information on the second address screen (W-2 Address). The tax form will be sent to this alternative address this year and, unless the screen is changed, in future years as well.

To view or change your entry, telnet to Forsythe using MacSamson, Samson for Windows, or another telnet application. At the ACCOUNT? prompt, type prism. You will then be asked to enter your name and confidential PIN. (For help obtaining a PIN, contact ITSS Customer Assistance at 725-8181.) The Prism menu will appear and at the YOUR RESPONSE prompt, you should type sel fac/staff//entry.

After your name appears, press the F5 key (OK command) to display your directory information. The information displayed at this point includes your regular home address. You can change this information (and submit your changes by pressing F6) or proceed to the W-2 Address screen to enter an alternative address at which to receive your W-2. The W-2 screen can be accessed by tabbing to the YOUR RESPONSE prompt and typing OK. Enter your correct W-2 address and type F6 (Send command) to enter your changes into the database.

--based on article in Nov. 1 Payroll/CHRIS News


It is my pleasure to announce the following staff changes, effective 11/1/98. Naheed Zaheer has moved from the Loan Division in Access Services to the new position of Head of Interlibrary Services/Information Center Librarian. Joan Krasner has posted the open Head of the Loan Division position. Until that position is filled, Fariba Namazi and Mary Sue Crawford will take on additional responsibilities for management of the Loan Division.

Although Naheed has already assumed her new position, she will not take on the Information Center portion of her duties until the IC officially opens next fall. For the interim period, Naheed will play a central role on the new team taking over responsibility for Unicorn circulation from Jennie Nicolayev. That team, led by Steve Gass, will draw on the talents of the current Unicorn Circulation Coordinators group and Systems staff.

With this change, Jennie Nicolayev steps into her new role as Head of the Information Center on a 100 percent basis and will soon be moving from her ILS office to an office in the McDermott Suite.

Finally, Interlibrary Services formal reporting lines will be changed from Access Services to the Information Center. My thanks to all of the above mentioned staff for their patience during the period of discussion preceding these changes, and especially for their willingness to take on these new roles within SUL/AIR.

--submitted by Assunta Pisani


Effective November 9, Paul Davis, formerly a member of the SAL staff, will leave his current position in the Green Library Loan Division and return to SAL as its Head. Prior to joining the SUL/AIR staff, Paul worked in circulation services at the UC San Diego Library and in its International Relations and Pacific Studies Library. Paul's email address is ped@sulmail, and his telephone number at SAL is 725-2671.

Paul replaces Ruth Briesemeister, who has accepted a teaching position in Sunnyvale. Staff in Access Services join me in thanking Ruth for her significant contributions to our work and in wishing her well as she pursues her chosen professional career.

--submitted by Joan Krasner Leighton


Our own Wojciech Zalewski, Curator for Slavic and East European Collections, has just completed, with his colleague Eugene Hollerbach, The Worldwide Distribution of Russian Printed Materials, 1918-1939: A Reference Guide (in Russian). The Russian National Library is the publisher. According to the publishers, it "contains a detailed list of the businesses, located in various countries, which traded in Russian emigrant, Soviet and antique books and periodicals. The list offers the businesses' addresses and dates of existence, as well as clarifying details about their organization. Additionally, the book provides an overview of the distribution of Russian printed materials outside Russia and the Soviet Union during the period between World War I and World War II."

Research for the project was carried out in archives and library collections in St. Petersburg and Moscow, and, of course, at Stanford. Not only do we now know more about Wojciech's travels, but we are more impressed than ever by his energy, scholarship, and knowledge of the book trade. Congratulations, Wojciech!

--submitted by Henry Lowood


Ogham Speaks, a bronze sculpture by Irish artist John Coll has just been installed in the Green East lobby. It is on loan to the Stanford Libraries from The Kenny Gallery, Galway, Ireland.

Ogham -- or Ogam -- is a script that preserves the earliest known form of the Irish language. Druidic in origin, it appeared in Ireland around the second century AD, carved as a series of lines on the edge of "standing stones" and read from the base upward. Standing stones usually marked an important feature or person in the Celtic landscape. The name Ogham is derived from Ogmios or Ogma, the classical god of eloquence.

John Coll notes that "A unique achievement of the Irish nation is that it has produced four Nobel Prize laureates, W.B. Yeats, George Bernard Shaw, Samuel Beckett, and Seamus Heaney. The success of these modern writers is, I feel, rooted in something that began in the mists of time with our Celtic ancestors. Their verbosity and joy at playing with words has been remarked upon by many early observers. I felt that this should be celebrated in sculpture - the result being Ogham Speaks."

Coll's use of a standing stone or orthostat-type design suggests this historical link. To further enhance this ancient feel, the Nobel laureates' names are depicted in Ogham on each of the stone's edges. As viewed from the base upward, each face emerges from the stone in a series of steps; the distinctive character of each particular writer is revealed by the individual texture of his face.

If you have enjoyed viewing this sculpture and feel it should be acquired for permanent display in the Stanford Libraries, please send a message to library.sculpture@sulmail.stanford.edu.

--submitted by Sarah Williamson


SUL/AIR has the following open position for this week:

Head, Loan Division, Access Services Department

Portal Monitor

For a complete list of all current SUL/AIR jobs, visit the 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 news@sulmail.stanford.edu.
Editor for SUL: Sarah Williamson, sarahcw@sulmail.stanford.edu
Editor for AIR and HR: Eleanor Brown, eabrown@leland.stanford.edu