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October 30, 1998

  1. BIOSIS Indexing Demonstration for Library Staff
  2. Libraries Services Council Agenda, Nov. 4
  3. Gould and Bohrer to Lecture in Presidential Series
  4. Department of Special Collections Announces Interim Staffing Assignments
  5. SUL/AIR Job Opportunities


BIOSIS, the worldwide index to life sciences literature, is undergoing a major revision to its indexing and file structure. Concept codes, the controlled index terms familiar to BIOSIS searchers, are being discontinued. In their place, a range of new index fields will be added. These include fields for methods and equipment, geologic time, toxic substances, and organisms. Indexing for diseases will utilize the National Library of Medicine's Medical Subject Headings. Relational indexing will allow for greater specificity in BIOSIS searches.

Ann Farren from BIOSIS will visit Stanford on Monday, November 2 to demonstrate features of the new indexing to library staff. Her demonstration will show how the new features are being implemented by both LANL and Ovid. If you want to improve your BIOSIS searches, or if you are interested in the new indexing system, come to Ann's demonstration Monday between 1:00 and 5:00 p.m. in Gilbert Biological Sciences, Room 115.

--submitted by Michael Newman


Libraries Services Council
Meeting of Wednesday, November 4, 1998
1:30 - 3:00 p.m.
***Sweet Hall 403***


  • Physical Preparation for Withdrawn Volumes (C. Brooks) - 15 minutes

    Purpose: For LSC to reach agreement on procedures for physically marking books withdrawn from the collection

  • Online check-in (C. Easton) - 30 minutes

    Purpose: Discussion about online check-in development and conversion plans. LSC input needed on a number of open issues.

  • Annual Statistics (G. Baysinger) - 15 minutes

    Purpose: Discussion of how Excel submission worked, what additional statistics might we want to collect/delete, etc.

Future Agenda Items

  • Reference Policy
  • Public Services Statistics
  • Binding and Finishing Task Force
  • Card Access to SUL Facilities
  • Systems Department Priorities
  • Unicorn Circulation Update
  • Virtual Library Space
  • Public Service Impact of Web Page Redesign
  • Document Delivery/ILL
--submitted by Barbara Celone


Stephen Jay Gould and Karl Heinz Bohrer are the next two speakers in the Stanford Presidential Lectures and Symposia in the Humanities and Arts. The series' second season opened on October 12 with Henry Louis Gates, Jr. speaking on race and class relations and multiculturalism. All events in the series are free and open to the public.

Gould will give a lecture on the "Interactions of Art and Science and the Largely Arbitrary Nature of Academic Boundaries" on Wednesday, November 4 at 7 p.m. in the SEQ Teaching Center, Room 200. In anticipation of his visit, a new section on Gould's life and work has been added to the Presidential Lectures Web site:


At Harvard, Gould is Alexander Agassiz Professor of Zoology, Professor of Geology, adjunct member of the Department of the History of Science, and Curator of Invertebrate Paleontology at the Harvard Museum of Comparative Zoology. He is president-elect of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and one of America's best-known writers on the biological and geological sciences, especially with regard to theories of evolution, the interpretation of fossil evidence, and the biological meaning of diversity and change. The Gould section of the Web site includes an annotated bibliography, commentaries, reviews, interviews, excerpts from several of Gould's works, and links to related Internet resources. The Gould site was compiled by Henry Lowood, Curator for the History of Science and Technology and Germanic Collections in the Stanford University Libraries.

Karl Heinz Bohrer, a German writer, literary critic, and editor of the European journal Merkur, will visit the campus on Monday, November 9. He is scheduled to give a lecture entitled "Without Future: The Meaning of Poetic Nihilism for Interpretation, Theatre, and State" at 7 p.m. in Building 260 (Pigott Hall), Room 113. Bohrer is currently Professor for Modern German Literary History at the University of Bielefeld. An accomplished and productive scholar and essayist, he is one of Germany's leading writers on aesthetics, the aesthetic imagination in literature, and the relationship of literature and culture to the political state. A new section of the Web site dedicated to Bohrer contains excerpts from his writings, commentaries on his work by Stanford scholars, and an annotated bibliography of works by and about Bohrer:


The Bohrer site was also compiled by Henry Lowood.

The Presidential Lectures Web site continues to be edited by Peter Blank, Art and Architecture librarian, and Adán Griego, Curator for Latin American, Mexican American, and Iberian Collections. Jennifer Kindred from RITS also continues in her role as site designer.

--submitted by Jennifer Kindred


Effective immediately, John Mustain, who has been a rare book cataloger at Stanford since 1984, will be serving temporarily in the capacity of Special Collections Rare Book Librarian. John will also assume additional responsibilities for public service within the Department and continue as the Assistant Head of Special Collections. John also continues his assignment as the classics bibliographer.

John McDonald will assume a temporary full-time assignment as a rare book cataloger from November 1 through August 31, 1999. McDonald is currently a library collection development specialist who supports both the Field Curator of Special Collections and the Curator of American and British History.

Ryan Steinberg will increase his assignment in Special Collections to 50 percent, with both public service and curatorial support responsibilities. Polly Armstrong will have some added public service responsibilities and continue to coordinate the public services desk and Special Collections reading room.

All of the assignments listed above are temporary, lasting through August 31, 1999.

--submitted by Roberto Trujillo


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

Systems Software Developer, Principal

Applications Software Developer for Administrative/Business Applications, Senior

Applications Software Developer for Administrative/Business Applications, Senior

Systems Software Developer, Principal

Library Specialist IV

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