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October 6, 2000

  1. President Hennessy's Inauguration and the Cancellation of Classes
  2. Help Needed for Inauguration Event
  3. New Socrates Tutorial Launched
  4. Physical Inventory for SUL/AIR Concluded
  5. SERG Meeting Agenda for October 4th
  6. Staff Changes in the Art Library
  7. SUL/AIR Job Opportunities

1. President Hennessy's Inauguration and the Cancellation of Classes

The inauguration of John Hennessy as President of Stanford University will take place on Friday, October 20 from 9:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. in Frost Amphitheater. Following the ceremony, there will be a reception for John and Andrea Hennessy in the Inner Quad.

Classes will be cancelled from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. on the day of the inauguration in the Schools of Humanities and Sciences, Engineering, Education, and Earth Sciences. Medical School classes will be cancelled for pre-clinical students only. Law and Business School classes will be held on their regular schedule.

A faculty procession will be part of the ceremony.

The Provost has also asked that supervisors be flexible in granting release time to staff so that they may attend the ceremony.

Ticket Information:
Please note that while admission to the inauguration is free, tickets are required and are available on a first-come, first-served basis. For more information on tickets and where you can get them go to the Web at:

For more information about the inauguration in general go to the Web at: http://www.stanford.edu/home/president/

--reprinted from the September 29 issue of the ITSS Digest

2. Help Needed for Inauguration Event

Dear fellow staff of the Stanford University Libraries,

The Inauguration is fast approaching and plans are moving forward to make it a very special event. As you can well imagine there will be numerous tasks to be accomplished on October 20 to assure all goes as planned. We will need good people to help us in accomplishing these tasks.

If you would like to be a part of the team that makes the Inauguration a truly memorable day we welcome your help. We have need for ushers in various capacities from ticket checking to water distribution, last minute "oops" runners and procession helpers. We could use any time you can help that morning with peak need from 7:30 a.m. to 10:00 a.m.

If you are able to help out we'd love to hear from you. Please let me know or call or email Maia Mandoli at 5-1962, MMandoli@leland.

Whether heading off to the Ticket Office at Tresidder next Wednesday to hopefully snatch up a ticket or giving us a call to participate as a helper I hope you plan to be a part of the Inauguration on October 20.

--submitted by Lois Wagner, Director Stanford Events

3. New Socrates Tutorial Launched

RISC (Reference and Instructional Services Committee) has launched a new Socrates tutorial designed to assist the beginning Socrates user. The tutorial is available under "Tutorial and User Guides" on the Socrates homepage. Developing the tutorial while keeping pace with the ongoing modifications to Socrates was a feat, and many thanks are deserved by the participating team: Linda Yamamoto, Liz Green, Kelly Fields, Robert Smith, and Ann Latta. Check out the site, and incorporate it into your training of student assistants, new staff, students and other beginning Socrates users.

The Socrates Web-based tutorial can be found at: http://www-sul.stanford.edu/guides/socrates/index.html

--submitted by Ann Latta

4. Physical Inventory for SUL/AIR Concluded

The equipment physical inventory for SUL/AIR has concluded and we have the official results from the Office of Research Administration. Thanks to the efforts of our Department Property Custodians, management, and staff, we exceeded the established campus-wide minimum performance goal of 95% or better.

This success has helped ensure compliance with a very significant property administration process - that of physically verifying our assets and updating the records which are utilized to support many major reporting, compliance, and negotiation efforts throughout the year.

This was truly a team effort and many, many thanks to all of you who so graciously assisted us.

Please continue to accurately track your capital assets and report any changes in disposition or status to Cindy Skalski.

--submitted by Cindy Skalski

5. SERG Meeting Agenda for October 4th

Science and Engineering Librarians
Wednesday, October 4, 2000
3-5 PM
Meyer Meeting Room, 4th Floor


  • Elsevier Journals Review Project (Paul Z.) 45 minutes
  • Nature Site License (Charlotte) 15 minutes
  • Ei/Compendex and INSPEC Access (Grace, Karen, Stella) 20 minutes
  • SERG Salary Requisitions & EMS Allocations (Grace) 10 minutes
  • Hiring Student Workers: Round Robin Report (All) 10 minutes
  • Brief Reports (RISC, WAC, A2I, HW, CASAC, Asilomar, CDRC, Searches) (All) 20 minutes
--submitted by Grace Baysinger

6. Staff Changes in the Art Library

The Art Library has undergone some major staff changes in recent months. Early in the summer Linda Treffinger, the operations manager, resigned to take a job with an internet company; Michele Nieves, the evening supervisor, was hired away by the Stanford Mechanical Engineering Department; and Meredith Miller, our .5 FTE serials specialist, decided to return to Chicago to pursue MFA studies in photography. We wish them all the best of luck.

Meanwhile, a search had been underway since autumn, 1999 to find a replacement for Peter Blank, assistant art librarian, who had left the Stanford Art Library to take a position at the Chicago Art Institute Library. That search ended successfully when Vanessa Kam accepted an offer to be Stanford's next assistant art librarian. Vanessa, who will spend .6 FTE in the Art Library and .4 FTE in Special Collections, where she will manage the exhibition program, comes from Yale, where she has spent the last eight months as Kress Fellow in Art Librarianship in the Yale Arts Library. (This is a fellowship designed to introduce promising early-career art librarians to the workings of a major academic art research library.) One of Vanessa's principal accomplishments at Yale was the organization of an exhibition, "Poetics, Politics and Song: Contemporary Latin American/Latino(a) Artists' Books," and a related speakers' series. Vanessa holds master's degrees in art history and information science from UT/Austin. While a graduate student at UT, she organized a conference, "Beyond Identity: Latin American Art in the 21st Century." She began work at Stanford on Monday, October 2nd.

Katie Keller, who has been ably covering the assistant art librarian position on an acting half-time hourly basis since August, 1999 will stay on with the Art Library for ten hours a week as a reference librarian with special responsibility for undergraduate majors and minors in art history and studio art. Katie's position will be partially funded during 2000-01 by the Art & Art History Department. Katie holds degrees from Stanford (AB, art history) and UC/Berkeley (MLIS) and has worked as a reference librarian at Columbia's Avery Architectural Library, the Chicago Art Institute Library, and as a program officer at RLG. We owe Katie our deepest thanks for her hard work, loyalty, and cheerful workplace presence over the past year.

This past July, Liz Johnson was hired to be Linda Treffinger's replacement as the Art Library's operations manager. Liz, who majored in art history at Humboldt State and has an MLIS from San Jose State, worked for the last five years as an information specialist for computer and pharmaceutical firms. The desire to reorient her career toward art history and academic libraries led her to apply for the Art Library's operations manager position. She has already done a terrific job in the past weeks of acclimating herself to SUL/AIR, becoming familiar with Unicorn, learning the needs of our primary clientele, and taking over the day-to-day operations of a branch with a severely depleted staff.

One of Liz's major accomplishments has been the recent hiring of Angela Watts for the Art Library's evening supervisor position, effective Monday, October 2nd. Angela is an August, 2000 graduate of Andrews University, with a BS in architecture and a minor in studio art. At some point during her studies, Angela discovered that she was more interested in architectural theory and libraries than she was in becoming a practicing architect.

In addition to hiring and scheduling a full complement of student assistants for fall quarter, Liz Johnson has also been working hard at filling the Art Library's serials specialist position and expects to be able to make an announcement about that soon.

Thanks also to the excellent student assistants who made it possible for us to stay open on many days during summer quarter--especially Jessica Bernstein, Konstantin Dubrovsky, Jen Exaltacion, Karen Fraser, Jordan Jacobs, Melissa Schwartz, and Susana Sosa.

--submitted by Alex Ross


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

Computing Info Systems Analyst (10/3/00); REQ# J001360

Library Specialist (10/3/00); REQ# J002797

Library Specialist (10/3/00); REQ# J002819

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.

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 12:00 NOON Wednesday for publication on the following Friday. Submit items for publication to sulairnews@forsythe.stanford.edu.
Editor for SUL: Sarah Williamson, sarahcw@sulmail.stanford.edu
Editor for AIR and HR: Eleanor Brown, eabrown@leland.stanford.edu

Last Modified: October 6, 2000
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