SUL/AIR News: October 29, 1999

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October 29, 1999

  1. Visitor Self-Registration at Green Library
  2. Zachary Baker Joins SUL as Reinhard Family Curator of Judaica and Hebraica Collections
  3. New Location for the Associates of the Stanford University Libraries
  4. Indexmaster
  5. What Matters to Me and Why
  6. WorkLife Office Seminar: Parent-Teen Relationship
  7. Campus Cleanup Day Results
  8. Academic Computing Group Wins Rideshare Week Prize
  9. SUL/AIR Job Opportunities


A new service was recently introduced at the South entrance to Green Library. Visitors to Green Library are now able to register themselves and print out courtesy access passes. Previously, visitors could arrange to get access passes only during the hours the Privileges Desk was open. Now, visitors may get access passes any time the library is open. There are two terminals available for self-registration with one of them also having Socrates available for searching. Current access policies remain in effect (seven non-consecutive free days of access in a twelve-month period); just the method for getting the pass has changed. Self-registration terminals will also eventually be installed at the Bing Wing and North entrances. Many thanks should go to Janet McCarthy and Jim Cruse of the Systems Department and Naheed Zaheer, acting Head of Access Services, for their help and hard work in the planning and implementation of this new service.

--submitted by Robert Mantovani


Shortly before the beginning of Fall Quarter, we were pleased to welcome Zachary Baker to the Humanities and Area Studies Resource Center. Zachary took over as Reinhard Family Curator of Judaica and Hebraica Collections at Stanford on September 1, an arrival perfectly timed between our early summer move to the new Bing Wing and the beginning of the academic year. He fit right in with the Group as we all adjusted to new spaces and prepared for new programs.

Many of you have already met Zachary. Still, this announcement provides an opportunity to congratulate ourselves on our good fortune in persuading one of the leading Judaica librarians to leave New York and move to Stanford and the Bay Area. As senior librarian at the YIVO Institute for Jewish Research the last twelve years and in his previous positions, Zachary has worked with a generation of scholars in his field, so that he comes to Stanford with many friends and colleagues among the faculty and students in Stanford's Jewish Studies Program and, indeed, in the Libraries. A native of Minnesota, he holds degrees from the University of Chicago, Brandeis University, and the University of Minnesota, and he has published widely on diverse subjects in the realms of Jewish life and culture, bibliography, and librarianship. Among librarians, he may be best known for his work (with Bella Hass Weinberg) on the authoritative Yiddish Catalog and Authority File of the YIVO Library, an essential bibliographic tool. In an article for the Newsletter of the Jewish Studies Program on campus, Ph.D. candidate Cecile Kuznitz called this work "the most extensive bibliographical tool available for Yiddish-language publications" and she noted that "since it arrived at Green Library, this five-volume work has been an invaluable resource for Stanford graduate students and faculty studying the history of Yiddish-speaking Jewry." Clearly, Zachary's reputation preceded him to Stanford, both inside and outside the Libraries.

In the tradition of FLAC and now the HASRC, Zachary is a curator with a strong international reputation and many frequent flyer miles. In recent years, Zachary has focused much of his attention on Eastern European and South American Judaica collections. In 1992 he visited the Vernadsky Library in Kiev, Russia, to appraise the situation there after the breakup of the Soviet Union. He followed this visit with trips to Vilna in 1993 and 1997 as part of a delegation inspecting Judaica collections at the National Library of Lithuania; many of you may remember the lecture and slides Zachary presented on this delegation's findings as his Stanford job talk last year. He also traveled to Argentina after the tragic bombing of the AMIA (Asociacion Mutual Israelita Argentina) Building in Buenos Aires on two occasions to assess damage to library and archival collections in the building. In the course of these visits, Zachary became interested in the life and career of the Polish-Jewish artist Maurycy Minkowski, whose works are well represented in the IWO collection in Buenos Aires. In cooperation with the Judah L. Magnes Museum in Berkeley, Zachary has for several years worked on a preservation project concerned with Minkowski's extant works, and - in his spare time - is working on a research project to document this artist's influence and reputation.

We are delighted to have Zachary in the Humanities and Area Studies Group and look forward to many years of benefiting from his knowledge, professionalism, and calm good humor.

--submitted by Henry Lowood


The Associates of the Stanford University Libraries (ASUL) are now "in residence" in the Timothy Hopkins Room, Room 300, third Floor North Corner, in the Bing Wing. Give us a week to settle in, but please feel welcome to come visit us and appreciate the beautiful restoration of this historic room.

We invite all SUL staff especially to consider membership in ASUL. There are some staff who are already invaluable in the well-being of ASUL. Membership forms are on the back of the copies of Ex Libris (ASUL newsletter) that you can pick up at the south and west portals, Special Collections, and the Lane Reading Room. We covet your support as we put together our academic cycle of lectures, book arts workshops, parties, and trips to local and international places of literary interest. We encourage you to attend these events (many are open to the public without being a member; other events are just for members), perhaps become involved in the committee work, and become acquainted with some very remarkable and interesting lovers of the Stanford libraries.

The first event for your own planning is the lecture to be given by Professor George Brown entitled "Venerable Bede and the Early Monastic Library." It is on November 10, Wednesday afternoon at 4:30 in the Bender Room, fifth Floor in the Bing Wing.

Pick up an ASUL 1999-2000 Calendar of Programs at the locations listed above to read more about Professor Brown's talk. It is this opening lecture that inspired the artwork gracing the 1999-2000 calendar.

We look forward to seeing you there and to making more friends in our Stanford library staff.

--submitted by Sally Treadway


The Robert Crown Law Library has now subscribed to Indexmaster, and the service is available to the entire Stanford Community.

Search on the Web through the tables of contents and indices from approximately 6000 legal treatises from a wide variety of legal publishers.

One can search by keyword, author, title or publisher.

If you are prompted for a username/password, which should not happen, please send a message to Erika Wayne at evwayne@leland.Stanford.EDU

--submitted by Erika Wayne


A biweekly discussion and lecture series featuring faculty and staff, What Matters to Me and Why is designed to encourage reflection within the Stanford community on matters of personal values, beliefs, and motivations in order to better understand the lives and inspirations of those who shape the University.

Each session begins with the life journey of an inspiring University faculty or staff member who gives an informal talk in response to a single question: what matters to you and why? A question, answer and discussion period follows the brief presentation. Speakers are especially encouraged to share how they have chosen to live their lives, the core values they have adopted, and the personal choices they have made.

Future speakers include:

November 11 John Hennessy, Provost December 1 John Chowning, Professor Emeritus of Music

Location and time:

Side Chapel of Memorial Church, 12 p.m. - 1 p.m.

For more information:

--submitted by Maureen Davidson


The WorkLife Office would like to invite you to attend the following workshop:

Parent-Teen Relationship: Communication and Limit Setting

Sheila Dubin from the Children's Health Council will lead a two-part discussion on the sometimes confusing nature of the parent/teen relationship. The focus will be on communication and how to set realistic limits.

Wednesday, November 3 and Thursday, November 4

12:00- 1:00 PM

Location: Cypress North, Tresidder Union

Leader: Sheila Dubin M.S., Children's Health Council

Please RSVP to Carol Skladany at 723-2660 or

--submitted by Carol Skladany


We're not certain if this is a record, but even so, Meyer Library certainly takes first prize within SUL/AIR for filling three LARGE debris boxes at last Friday's Sixth Annual Campus Cleanup Day.

Top honors for the building certainly go to Academic Computing on the second floor, whose staff must have cleaned every workspace and closet in their domain. Along with filling at least two of the debris boxes single-handedly, their contribution of flattened cardboard took care of a cardboard recycling dumpster, all the way to the brim! Thanks to all the units and departments within the building who participated, and special appreciation as well to the six men from the Labor Shop who worked tirelessly from 8:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

--submitted by Kathy Fehrn and Dennis Cruzada


Thanks in large part to Doug Wyand's publicity efforts, the Academic Computing Group of SUL/AIR will enjoy the free use of a Marguerite bus for a holiday event sometime in the near future.

Doug, a frequent bicycle commuter himself, encouraged the entire Academic Computing Group to pledge to carpool, vanpool, take transit, ride a bike, walk or telecommute at least once during the California Rideshare Week of October 4-8,1999. About half of the department pledged not to make a solo car journey, and, as a result, won the Stanford Parking and Transportation Services prize of the free use of a Marguerite shuttle for a holiday party.

About twenty five percent of the Academic Computing Group arrive on campus using alternative transportation on a daily basis. For more information on Stanford commuting options, take a look at the Parking and Transportation Services Web page at the following URL:

For more information on the next California Rideshare Week, see:

Maybe next year someone from Stanford will win the grand prize offered by the California Rideshare Week organizers. This year's prize was a trip for two to Rio de Janeiro!

--submitted by Donna Hjertberg


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

Head, Data Control Unit, Catalog Department (10/26/99)

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