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September 18, 1998

  1. SUL/AIR Staff Stack Badges for 1998/99
  2. ITSS Introduces New, Faster Modem Pool
  3. New "About Computing" and "Speaking of Computers"
  4. Hoover Institution Staff Changes
  5. Correction to Socrates II Training Article
  6. SUL/AIR Job Opportunities


SUL/AIR Staff Stack Badges, which are valid for access to both Green and Meyer libraries, expired on August 31, 1998. Badges for the year beginning September 1, 1998 will be issued to permanent staff members who request them. To get a Stack Badge, you can send email to priv@sulmail or campus mail to Privileges Division, Mail Code 6004. Your mail should include the following information:

Name, Department, Supervisor's name, ID mail address, and length of appointment (if it will end before 8/31/99). Also, please indicate whether you need a plastic badge holder.

As soon as this information has been received and processed, a new badge will be sent to you through ID Mail.

If you prefer wearing a Stack Badge rather than showing your University ID to gain access at the Meyer and Green portal entries, please send the appropriate information (as described above) to the Privileges Division by September 30, 1998.

Supervisors who want a Stack Badge for temporary or hourly personnel can send a note to the Privileges Office (hard copy or email to priv@sulmail.stanford.edu) indicating the name of the employee, the department, and the supervisor's name. They should also indicate whether a plastic holder is needed. Stack badges for hourly employees are issued on a quarterly basis.

--submitted by Robert Mantovani


Stanford's Information Technology Systems and Services (ITSS) group introduced a new, higher-speed central modem pool earlier this week. Available at (650) 325-1010, the pool allows connections at speeds of up to 53 Kbps.

The new dial-in number will accommodate 40 percent more traffic than the old modem pool, and it is accessible to modems as slow as 9600 bps. The older 14.4 Kbps modem pool at (650) 498-1440 will remain available until Winter Quarter.

There are two other differences between the older modem pool and the one introduced this week. First, the new pool will not support SLIP (Serial Line Internet Protocol) connections. If you are currently using SLIP to connect, you will need to reconfigure your connection; help is available at:


Second, the new modem pool requires that all SUNet connections be authenticated. This means that even Folio, Forsythe, REN, and Socrates sessions will require a SUNet ID.

More information on the new modem pool is available on the Web at:


--submitted by Solomon Lefler


Two publications produced by the Research and Instructional Technologies Support group within SUL/AIR are being distributed for the beginning of Fall Quarter.

"About Computing" is a yearly brochure that provides an overview of the computing facilities, resources, and services available at Stanford. References are supplied throughout so that you can obtain more detailed information when you need it.

"Speaking of Computers" is a quarterly newsletter that provides information about campus computing and technological activities and resources.

You can access both "About Computing" and "Speaking of Computers" on the Web at:


If you would like a printed copy of either publication, or if you want to subscribe to "Speaking of Computers", please send mail to pubs@netserver. (Those who already subscribe to "Speaking of Computers" should be receiving a copy of the new issue through ID mail within a week.)

--submitted by Eleanor Brown


On August 31, Judith Fortson completed a long and distinguished career at the Hoover Institution. Since her arrival at Hoover in 1983, Judith has held positions of increasing responsibility, including Head of Library Preservation Services and, since 1991, Head Librarian of the Hoover Library. Among her many accomplishments, she was responsible for building our preservation program into a nationally recognized program and instrumental in implementing the program to microfilm the Soviet Communist Party Archives in Moscow. Her publications on preservation, including her 1992 book Disaster Planning and Recovery, made her a leading authority in that field. I hope you will join me in wishing Judith all the best as she begins her well-earned retirement.

I am pleased to announce that Paul Thomas has been appointed to the Head Librarian position that Judith has vacated. Paul has been a librarian at the Hoover Institution since 1975, and since 1990 he has been Head of the Catalog Department. He has achieved a strong record of accomplishment at the Hoover Institution and earned an outstanding reputation among his colleagues throughout the Stanford library community. As Head Librarian, Paul will oversee all technical and readers' services operations for the Hoover Library, effective immediately.

--submitted by Charles Palm


In the September 11 issue of SUL/AIR News, the article about Socrates II training contained incorrect information. All Socrates II workshops will cover the same material; you can sign up for any of the sessions. There will be no separate beginning and intermediate sessions, as was reported in last week's SUL/AIR News. Note that all the workshops will include time for hands-on practice. If you have any questions, please contact Kathy Kerns at 725-1186, kkerns@sulmail.

--submitted by Kathryn M. Kerns


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

Library Specialist III

Library Specialist II

Manuscripts Processing Assistant

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