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October 2, 1998

  1. Socrates I Load Now Takes Three Days
  2. Current Ida Green Room Closing
  3. PUB96 Materials Moving to Meyer Library
  4. SUL/AIR Computer Equipment Available for Purchase
  5. Presidential Lectures Series, Oct. 12: Henry Louis Gates, Jr.
  6. SUL/AIR Job Opportunities


Beginning this week (9/28/98), the time delay in loading Unicorn data to Socrates I will increase from 2 to 3 days. This means that any new or updated records and record deletions will not be reflected in Socrates I until three days after the change is made in Unicorn.

This increase is necessary because:

  • The Systems Department has installed a more automated process for exporting records from Unicorn (including exports to RLIN and Socrates I); and

  • Other transfer processing has been scheduled, including .5 million Green Library West transfers that begin this week.

We understand that one reason public services staff still depend on Socrates I is that Socrates II does not yet have a "Request Notify" capability. The implementation of "Request Notify" in Socrates II is a high priority for us.

We apologize for the inconvenience caused by this change, and we will investigate whether the time loading delay can be reduced to 2 days again. Of course, Socrates II continues to offer immediate access to Unicorn record additions and updates.

--submitted by Karen Kalinsky


Due to construction work that is scheduled over the next few months on the second floor at the interface between Green Library West and Green Library East, the Ida Green Conference Room will not be reopened. The planned grand corridor, which will lead readers from the rotunda area of the restored Green Library West into the second floor of Green Library East, will go right through the space currently occupied by the Ida Green Room. In fact, construction work on the west side of the project will begin this weekend.

On the reopening of Green Library West, a new Ida Green Conference Room will open in the University Librarians' Offices area at the northwest corner of the building's first floor.

When scheduling a meeting or teaching session this year, please refer to the list of current campus meeting rooms.

All meetings originally scheduled in Ida Green have already been rescheduled to alternative locations. Please work directly with the responsible parties indicated on the meeting room list, not with staff in the University Librarians' office, when booking meeting places. Furthermore, please note that priority for use of the McDermott Room will be given to library-related academic classes and library instruction sessions, since it will be the only seminar room adjacent to Green Library collections and services that is available this year.

Thank you for your patience in finding alternative meeting and teaching rooms this year. Space will be very tight, and we apologize for the inconvenience this will cause.

--submitted by Kären Nagy


During the week of October 5th, library materials shelved by accession numbers beginning with 96 will be moved from the Stanford Auxiliary Library to the third floor of Meyer Library. The new location of these items will be reflected in Socrates by October 12th.

Until they are fully classed and catalogued for shelving in their permanent locations, Meyer Library loan policies will apply to these materials. This redeployment will increase the space available in SAL to accommodate future, permanent transfers from central campus libraries that will occur later in this academic year.

Thanks go to staff in the Stack Division, SAL, and the Systems Office for making this book move happen, and to Meyer Library staff for their efforts in handling the circulation of these materials to patrons.

--submitted by Joan Krasner Leighton


Are you interested in purchasing SUL/AIR computer equipment that was recently replaced with newer hardware? We have received approval to hold a special, limited-time computer equipment sale for SUL/AIR staff. We will be selling the following equipment at prices set by Surplus Property Sales:

IBM PC330 CPU $500/ea
IBM 14" color monitor $ 75/ea

Dell 590XMT CPU $450/ea
CTX 17" color monitor $250/ea

Apple 7100/80 CPU $400/ea
Apple 17" color monitor $100/ea

If you are interested in purchasing any of this equipment, please send email to me at cindy.skalski@forsythe. If there is sufficient interest, a special sale will be arranged.

--submitted by Cindy Skalski


Henry Louis Gates, Jr., Chair of the Afro-American Studies Department and Director of the W.E.B. Du Bois Institute for Afro-American Studies at Harvard University, will give a public lecture on Monday, October 12 at 7 p.m. in Kresge Auditorium. Gates' lecture marks the beginning a second set of Presidential Lectures and Symposia in the Humanities and Arts. Gates will also sign copies of his books at the Stanford Bookstore (4 p.m. on October 12) and participate in a discussion at the Humanities Center Annex (Tuesday, October 13, 4 to 6 p.m.).

A new section dealing exclusively with Henry Louis Gates' life and works has been added to the Presidential Lectures Web site.

The Web site includes an extensive bibliography of works by and about Gates, summaries of and excerpts from six of his best-known books, and links to related Internet sites. The Gates site was compiled by Tomas Jaehn, Curator for American and British History, and edited by Adán Griego, Curator of Latin American and Iberian Collections.

Gates is a prolific writer who has authored or edited several books and written numerous articles for magazines such as The New Yorker, Time, and The New Republic. He has contributed to the establishment of African and African American literary tradition by publishing bibliographies of noted writers like Nigeria's Wole Soyinka and republishing historical texts like Harriet Wilson's "Our Nig; or Sketches from the Life of a Free Black" (1854). He is also well-known for his role in editing works such as "The Oxford-Schomburg Library of Nineteenth-Century Black Women Writers" and the "Norton Anthology of Afro-American Literature."

Gates champions the importance of an African American literary canon, but does not neglect tolerance and understanding of other cultures. Society, Gates claims in "Loose Canons: Notes on the Culture Wars," "...simply won't survive without the values of tolerance. And cultural tolerance comes to nothing without cultural understanding." Gates has explored African American lives from expatriates in France to politicians at home. He tackles issues from arts and AIDS to religion and censorship. A keen observer of current events, he never neglects the importance of values and traditions in forming a cultural environment.

His work has widened the acceptance of African American Studies and has given it greater recognition and respectability as a serious field of study. It should not come as a surprise that Gates' visibility has been accompanied by increased national interest in African American Studies.

For a complete schedule of lectures and events to be held as part of this quarter's Stanford Presidential Lectures and Symposia in the Humanities and Arts, see the Web.

--submitted by Jennifer Kindred


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

Library Specialist I

For a complete list of all current SUL/AIR jobs, visit the Human Resources Web site.

Please send future submissions to SUL/AIR News to:

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