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October 13, 2000

  1. See President Hennessy's Inauguration from a Comfortable Perch
  2. California State Library Grants $1m to SUL/AIR
  3. Mellon Foundation Grant to Allow Stanford to Study E-Journal Use Behavior
  4. ITSS Now Offering 700 GB of Disk Space for Unfunded Research
  5. Welcome Steve Gendel!
  6. Congratulations to Nathalie Auerbach
  7. Titles to Make You Smile: Mail and EMAIL (PART 1)
  8. SUL/AIR Job Opportunities

1. See President Hennessy's Inauguration from a Comfortable Perch

Thanks to Jeff Bornstein at the Stanford Channel and Andy Krackov from University Communications, you may not have to leave your desk to watch President Hennessey's Inauguration.

Jeff is setting up a live webcast of the inauguration. For those viewers who cannot get away from their offices and are interested in seeing the ceremony live from their desktops, Andy has provided the following link:


On October 20, 9:30 AM, you will be able to access the live webcast this website using Real Player.

If you have any questions about the live webcast, feel free to contact Bornstein at crete@stanford.edu.

--reprinted from October 6 issue of "ITSS Digest"

2. California State Library Grants $1m to SUL/AIR

State Librarian Kevin Starr recently notified Stanford that all four of our 2000-2001 applications for funding have been approved. These four competitively-awarded grants, using federal Library Services and Technology Act funds, represent two continuing, and two new, projects, totalling $1,007,643.

The Stanford-California State Library Institute on 21st Century Librarianship will continue under the largest of the grants. Under the direction of Anne Marie Gold, the Institute will operate another one-week residential session on campus, scheduled for 4-11 August 2001, primarily (but not exclusively) for leading California librarians.

The Digital Delivery of Interlibrary Loan Pilot Project is beginning its second year of operation, now under the leadership of Glen Worthey. After a late start last year, the project ramped up rapidly this past Spring and Summer. The project provides innovative services to readers off campus as a means of identifying issues, best practices, and field experience in on-demand scanning and delivery of book-length materials. Many of the books made available to date have been non-circulating (Special Collections) materials, and thus not available under traditional ILL programs.

The new Library Education Needs Assessment project, under the aegis of the Librarianship Institute, will "Conduct research into currently available information and studies on core competencies for all levels of library staff; Develop broad-based profession input into the library education needs assessment and program development process; Conduct a state-wide needs assessment of library education needs for library staff at all levels in all types of libraries."

Finally, the new Library Facility Planning Workshops series, being developed by the Librarianship Institute, will address a new concern for California public librarians. "Proposition 14, the California Reading and Literacy Improvement and Public Library Construction and Renovation Bond Act of 2000 will provide $350M in state bonds for the renovation and construction of public library facilities.... the influx of state bonds will create a major need for training on how to successfully complete public library renovation and construction projects, as well as on how to apply for bond funds.... The workshops will reach 1,100 California librarians and library supporters in various areas of the state." The project will offer three different workshops:

  1. Introduction to Library Facility Planning (one day)
  2. Library Facility Planning in Depth (two days)
  3. School Library-Public Library Cooperative Activities and Joint Use Facilities (one day).

Together, these grants represent a tangible expression of professional respect for the work we all do at SUL/AIR and confidence in programs associated with SUL/AIR.

--submitted by Andrew C. Herkovic

3. Mellon Foundation Grant to Allow Stanford to Study E-Journal Use Behavior [Text from official press release (minus boilerplate on HWP).]

The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation has awarded a grant to Stanford University Libraries for a two-year study of people's behavior with and attitudes toward electronic journals. It will focus on e-journals mounted on the Internet by HighWire Press, the Libraries' online service bureau for scholarly publishers.

"This domain of on-line scholarly communications is understood mainly intuitively and little researched, said University Librarian Michael A. Keller, who is also publisher of both HighWire Press and the Stanford University Press. There have been many claims regarding efficacy and efficiency of communication, but there is little data available to support any conclusions. This study should go a long way toward improving our understanding of the new modes of scholarly communication."

While the study will be of particular interest to the 60 scholarly societies associated with HighWire, others will benefit as well, Keller said. "This study will assist scholars, librarians, and administrators in higher education and research in making individual and collective choices in how they contribute to scholarly communication," he said.

John Sack, HighWire's associate publisher, added, "While this study will examine the question, 'what does Stanford need to know to make HighWire successful in serving scholarly publishers,' the project will probe more general issues of emerging trends in the use of information by scholars." Much of the findings of the project will be made public.

The project research will involve a series of ethnographic interviews, online surveys, telephone or mail surveys and data analyses to investigate how e-journals serve scholarly communication now and in the near future and how changes to e-journals may improve scholarly communication. Stanford will engage Institute for the Future, (http://www.iftf.org) in developing and conducting interview and survey vehicles. The project will also employ data-mining techniques to uncover behavioral and trend data from the transaction logs maintained by HighWire.

--submitted by Andrew C. Herkovic

4. ITSS Now Offering 700 GB of Disk Space for Unfunded Research

As you may know, ITSS is now offering 700 GB of disk space to help support unfunded research this year. The hardware to support this was kindly donated by EMC Corporation this summer, and the space is now ready to be allocated. This disk space will be dedicated to supporting very large data sets (greater than 1 GB), which is something we have been unable to support until now.

If you know of any faculty, students or staff/researchers who might have need for this type of space, please feel free to forward this message to them, or refer them to:


There is a form on that page which allows them to submit a request for space.

The space will be allocated each Fall for a one year period. The deadline for this year is October 31. Non-faculty applicants for the space must receive faculty sponsorship to be considered. We will attempt to fill every request we receive. If we receive requests for more than 700 GB, we will forward the contending requests to a faculty council to sort out.

--submitted by Tom Cramer, ITSS

5. Welcome Steve Gendel!

Branner Earth Sciences Library & Map Collections welcomes its newest Library Specialist, Steve Gendel. Steve comes to Branner from McKeon Library at St. Patrick's Seminary where he was an assistant cataloger. He also performed circulation, ILL and database management duties there. Last year, Steve completed course work in Foothill College's Library Technology Program, and also worked at the University of San Francisco, South Bay Library in Cupertino as a library assistant.

At Branner, Steve is our Serials/Reserves Specialist, with some Circulation thrown in for good measure. He had a "baptism by fire" since he started work on Monday, September 25th, only two days before the beginning of classes! Well, he has survived, and we feel very lucky to have him working with us. Steve is at the library Monday-Friday, 9am-6pm. If you're in our neighborhood, please drop by to meet him!

--submitted by Juanita Shaikh

6. Congratulations to Nathalie Auerbach

Nathalie Auerbach has accepted a position as Program Specialist with High Wire Press, involving responsibilities that will draw on her skills in Web site design and editing and also on the fine qualities that have contributed so well to programs in the HASRG and Special Collections. She has held the position of bibliographic assistant in three fields, first for a short time in Slavic Studies, then for Germanic Collections since 1984, working with two curators, Peter Frank and Henry Lowood, then most recently has performed the same duties in French and Italian studies, working with Mary Jane Parrine. Since 1994 she has also been a bibliographic assistant in Special Collections and University Archives, serving first as assistant to Robin Rider, Curator of Special Collections and then as assistant to Maggie Kimball, University Archivist. As bibliographic assistant in the Archives, Nathalie was responsible for launching the Archives general photograph database project by constructing the database and completing input of some 1000 records. She also prepared or contributed to a number of exhibits while in the department including ones mounted in the Engineering Library and at Hopkins Marine Station.

Nathalie's strong academic background in literary and linguistic studies and many years of high-level bibliographic and library experience include significant expertise in the areas of archival and rare book librarianship. She has provided the highest level of collaborative effort in both collection development and public service and continued in that tradition in Special Collections and University Archives. In each setting she has contributed greatly to the effectiveness of the services we provide. All of us are sorry to lose her, but at the same time we are happy that these new challenges have opened for her. We wish her well in her new appointment and hope that her closeness to the library will allow her to stay in touch.

--submitted by Henry Lowood, Maggie Kimball, and Mary Jane Parrine

7. Titles to Make You Smile: Mail and EMAIL (PART 1)

These titles reflect the compiler's notions of the humorous, wry, ironic or unusual, and should not be construed as reflecting any other opinion or judgment, nor the editorial opinion of SUL/AIR News. Contributions for this feature are eagerly solicited. Submit any oddities to: bkunde@sulmail.stanford.edu

Let's mail a letter coloring book / from the Indianapolis Division of the United States Postal Service ; illustrations by Sharon Winko. -- [Indianapolis, Ind.] : U.S. Postal Service, [1987?] AND2123 / P 1.2:L 56/8 / Green Library - Federal Documents.

Male, female, email : the struggle for relatedness in a paranoid society / Michael A. Civin. -- New York : Other Press, c2000. a4318429 / HQ801 .C515 2000 / Green Library.

More than you ever wanted to know about mail order advertising / Herschell Gordon Lewis. -- Minneapolis, Minn. : Mason National Publications, 1980. CSUB83-B787 / HF5861 .L48 1980 / Jackson Business Library .

The post-boy rob'd of his mail, or, The pacquet broke open [microform] : consisting of five hundred letters to persons of several qualities and conditions, with observations upon each letter / publish'd by a gentleman concern'd in the frolick [Charles Gildon] -- London : Printed for John Dunton ..., 1692. AGK3301 / MFILM 015 4 1461:44 / Green Library.

... So we talked it over with 27,163 air travelers : report of a meeting-by-mail on postwar air transportation / American Airlines, Inc. -- [New York, 1944] AGC1771 / TL720.3 .A51 / Green Library.

--submitted by Brian Kunde


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

Library Specialist (10/6/00); REQ# J002873

Computing Info Systems Analyst (10/6/00); REQ# J002865

Computer Resource Associate (10/10/00); REQ# J002891

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.

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