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September 29, 2000

  1. Changes to SUL/AIR News
  2. Margaret Furbush - Recipient of the 2000 Warren R. Howell Award
  3. SUL/AIR Jobs Information and Student Recruiting Effort
  4. Serials Conversion After the First Fiscal Year
  5. Green Library Sponsoring Scholars' Workshops
  6. New "About Computing" and "Speaking of Computers"
  7. Branner Staffing Changes
  8. Titles to Make You Smile: Sound Off (Part 2)
  9. SUL/AIR Job Opportunities


At the Asilomar Group retreat held September 7 and 8 for SUL/AIR management, one of the topics under discussion was that of communication within the organization. Various issues were discussed, and requests and recommendations made, among them several affecting SUL/AIR News.

The following changes are in response to a number of those requests and suggestions, and are intended to improve SUL/AIR News as a communication tool for staff.

  • Starting with the October 6 issue, in an effort to streamline production, the email version of SUL/AIR News will be a table of contents, with links to the Web version provided for each article.
  • We have moved the deadline for submission of articles up to: NOON on WEDNESDAYS (from 5:00 p.m. on Tuesdays) for inclusion in the Friday issue. Please note that this deadline is firm.
  • It has been requested that SUL/AIR News include library committee meeting dates, times, and locations. Those responsible for compiling these meeting schedules are also responsible for submitting them on a regular basis for inclusion in SUL/AIR News. We will attempt to provide a link to the agenda and minutes for these meetings, if submitted.
  • We will do our very best to respond to special requests such as the inclusion in SUL/AIR News of specific attachments to article submissions, e.g., PowerPoint presentations, Word, or Excel files.
  • Staff members are encouraged to submit articles regarding recognition of or awards received by units or individuals; information about attendance at conferences or workshops (with URLs for pre- or post-attendance summaries included if possible); and project benchmark information.
  • We will include a link at the top of SUL/AIR News to a Web site for All-SUL-Staff memos, which will be posted as time permits.

Your editors hope that these changes will result in SUL/AIR News becoming a more useful and vital communication tool for SUL/AIR staff.

--submitted by Sarah Williamson and Eleanor Brown


On Friday 22 September SUL/AIR honored Margaret Furbush, known to all as Marnie, as the recipient of the 2000 Warren R. Howell Award at a dinner at the Faculty Club.

The award exists for Stanford University to give public recognition to an individual or a couple who have made outstanding and exemplary contributions to the local world of books and libraries.

At the dinner, Michael Keller paid tribute to the many instances in which Marnie has given help and support to the Libraries over the years. He commented on her creative and tireless leadership of the Associates of the Stanford University Libraries and her work in assisting with the Exhibits program, including the many late nights she spent helping just before the 1999 reopening of the Bing Wing. Due in no small part to Marnie, the special Fall 1999 edition of IMPRINT has been one of the Libraries' most distributed (and requested) publications. In handing her the framed Howell Award for 2000, Mike concluded by thanking Marnie for all she has done for us individually and collectively in the Libraries, adding that her grace and intelligence touch everyone who has been fortunate enough to meet her and to work with her.

--submitted by Sarah Williamson


We have added a link on the SUL/AIR home page (http://www-sul.stanford.edu/) to our Human Resources Web site, where you will find listings of all SUL/AIR job openings. You'll find the "Jobs" link under the "About the Libraries" section on the home page.

In addition, on the SUL/AIR Human Resources Web site (http://www-sul.stanford.edu/depts/humres/job.html), we have placed an ad to recruit Stanford students for hourly positions. This ad will also run in the Stanford Daily on Friday, September 29th. To further assist our efforts to recruit students we have established a referral program for student positions. Details of the program are also available on this site.

Please contact SUL/AIR Human Resources at 723-8251 with any questions.

--submitted by Catalina Rodriguez


We have completed our first fiscal year of online serials control and had a little time to reflect on the project. A document that outlines our progress, areas remaining to work on, and changes in our unit workflow based on the new module is located on the Web at:


--submitted by Christa Easton


Green Library is sponsoring a new series of Scholars' Workshops featuring electronic information resources in the Social Sciences and Humanities.

We're starting off the Fall Quarter with an intro to Socrates class on October 4, followed on October 10 with a general introduction session to the libraries web pages. Later workshops will focus on particular databases, such as the Social Sciences and Arts & Humanities Citation Indexes, and broader themes of humanities research in full-text databases, statistical and data resources, resources on non-governmental organizations, and ethnic studies research. The sessions will be taught by staff from the Information Center, the Social Sciences Resource Center and the Humanities and Area Studies Resource Center.

The Scholars' Workshops are 4-5 Wednesdays. They are open to the Stanford community; no registration is required.

To see the program calendar and get directions to the workshops, visit the Web at:


--submitted by Elizabeth Green


Two publications produced by the Academic Computing 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 have received a copy of the new issue through ID mail.)

--submitted by Eleanor Brown


JANE INGALLS - NEW ASSISTANT MAP LIBRARIAN: Branner Library is pleased to announce the appointment of Jane Ingalls as its new Assistant Map Librarian, effective September 1, 2000. She has also accepted a one-year quarter-time assignment to provide reference help and to do collection development for environmental resources at Branner. Jane received her MLS degree from Simmons College. She holds an MA in European History from Columbia University and an MA in Education with a California lifetime teaching credential from Stanford. Jane has also completed a map librarian internship with Phil Hoehn. Jane's work association with Stanford dates back to 1969 when she worked as a scientific programmer at SLAC. That position was followed by a stint as a children's librarian at the Peninsula School in Menlo Park, and as a library staff assistant with the Associates of the Stanford University Libraries. Her more recent work with SUL started in 1994 as an LSII in the acquisitions department. In 1995, she became the project leader of the Database Migration Project, successfully migrating citation files from the mainframe computer to a Z39.50 server. In 1997, Jane began working at Branner Library part-time as an Operations Manager in conjunction with Juanita Shaikh. In addition, she handled reference duties for maps and geology and provided bibliographic instruction. During the 99/00 school year, she was the Acting Assistant Map Librarian. Recently, she has also been an editor and indexer for the American Geological Institute.

CHARLOTTE DERKSEN: Charlotte has pared back her schedule to 0.85 FTE for one year, effective Sept. 1st. She will be taking Thursdays off except for one week of the month. (She's also working reference on Tuesday evenings in Branner, so not in most of the day-time hours on Tuesdays.)

JUANITA SHAIKH: We are also pleased to announce that Juanita will be Operations Manager full-time at Branner, effective Sept. 1st. She and Jane had been job-sharing the position.

--submitted by Charlotte Derksen, Julie Sweetkind, and Grace Baysinger


These titles reflect the compiler's notions of the humorous, wry, ironic or unusual, and should not be construed as reflecting any other opinion or judgment, nor the editorial opinion of SUL/AIR News. Contributions for this feature are eagerly solicited. Submit any oddities to: bkunde@sulmail.stanford.edu

The long loud silence / Wilson Tucker. -- New York : Dell, [1954] APA6277 / PN6013 .D45 V.932 / Special Collections.

Men giving money, women yelling : intersecting stories / Alice Mattison. -- New York : W. Morrow, c1997. a3474989 / PS3563 .A8598 M46 1997 / Green Library.

Noisy aircraft revenue and credit act of 1978 : report together with additional and dissenting views to accompany H. R. 11980 / [Committee on Ways and Means, House of Representatives, U. S. Congress] -- [Washington : U.S. Govt. Print. Off., 1978] AMQ6014 / Y 1.1/2:SERIAL SET / Green Library.

Snapshot - spin around : a technique to measure capacity and overload in a prosecutor's office / Joan E. Jacoby, executive director. -- Washington : 1972. AJL8615 / EH H12 / Law Library.

The Rebel yell, being a carpetbagger's attempt to establish the truth concerning the screech of the Confederate soldier plus lesser matters appertaining to the peculiar habits of the South / H. Allen Smith. Drawings by Leo Hershfield. -- Garden City, N.Y., Doubleday, 1954. ACY3206 / 817.4 .S649RY / Stanford Auxiliary Library.

Whispering to fool the wind : poems / by Alberto Rios. -- New York : Sheep Meadow Press, 1982. AEX0173 / PS3568.I587 W5 / Green Library.

--submitted by Brian Kunde


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

Library Specialist (9/22/00); REQ# J002715

Administrative Associate (9/22/00); REQ# J002719

Computing Info Systems Analyst (9/22/00); REQ# J002728

Library Assistant - Circulation/Reference, SLAC (9/27/00)

Library Specialist (9/27/00); REQ# J002013

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