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SULAIR NEWS – February 14, 2007


  1. Why Read Books?
  2. Associate University Librarian for Engineering & Science Appointed
  3. New Korean Studies Librarian at the East Asia Library
  4. Ruby Butler Retiring March 1, 2007
  5. SULAIR Job Opportunities

1. Why Read Books?

Thursday, February 22, 2007
7:30 - 9:00 p.m.
Kresge Auditorium

Seth Lerer, Leah Price, and Hans Ulrich Gumbrecht (moderator)

At a time when people express concern about the fate of the book, we join three virtuoso scholars--Seth Lerer, Leah Price, and Hans Ulrich Gumbrecht--who are intimately familiar with the life of the mind nurtured by the bound printed word. How has the book changed history? Are engagements with books different from engagements with other media? How do new technologies transform the way we think and learn? What is happening to life and learning as attention shifts from page to screen? What is gained and what is lost if we neglect interaction through books?

Click here for event details.

Doors open at 6:00pm. Seating is limited, so please arrive early.
Free and Open to All

--submitted by Stella Ota
2. Associate University Librarian for Engineering & Science Appointed

Robert Schwarzwalder will join Stanford University Libraries & Academic Information Resources (SULAIR) as Associate University Librarian for Engineering & Science, beginning in August 2007. In this new position, Bob will have budgeting and management responsibilities for the seven SULAIR science and engineering libraries, including a replacement for the Engineering Library, which is currently in the planning stages. As the literatures of engineering disciplines move to digital form, this facility is envisioned as increasingly "bookless", and is expected to present new management challenges as well as an opportunity to create a model for similar developments in other scientific disciplines. These challenges, along with the explosion of information resources and requirements in the engineering and science disciplines, and the need for coordination across the sciences, have driven the creation of this new position.

"Bob brings an exceptional skill set to this challenging new role," said University Librarian Michael A. Keller, to whom he will report directly. "His remarkable vision, the depth of his experience in industry, as well as his exceptional academic experience, make him uniquely suited to this role. I am delighted he has accepted our offer to lead us in the reinvention of our science and engineering libraries."

Bob Schwarzwalder received his B.S. in Botany from Louisiana State University and his M.L.S. and Ph.D. (Biology) from Indiana University. Bob most recently served as Assistant University Librarian for Library Information Technology at the University of Hawai'i at Manoa, where, as an added duty, he oversaw the planning for rebuilding the ground floor of Hamilton Library, a space destroyed in a flash flood in October 2004. Bob has also managed the Technical Services Division on a temporary basis.

Prior to joining the University of Hawai'i, Bob was the Manager of the Library Systems & Information Research Department for Ford Motor Company. He has served on advisory boards for several publishers and database producers, is the recipient of the 1999 Homer I. Bernhardt Distinguished Service Award from the American Society for Engineering Education, and holds a US patent related to GPS technology. With over 100 publications, Bob has written and spoken extensively on the areas of digital information systems, knowledge management, and information licensing. He has also participated in a variety of national and international projects to create effective digital information systems.

He and his family will move to Stanford so that he can begin work in early August 2007.

--submitted by Mimi Calter
3. New Korean Studies Librarian at the East Asia Library

It is my great pleasure to announce Dr. Kyungmi Chun to begin her work at Stanford East Asia Library on February 1, 2007. Dr. Kyungmi Chun has accepted Stanford's offer to be the Korean Studies Librarian in the East Asia Library last November. I am delighted to welcome Kyungmi to join us.

Kyungmi earned her doctoral degree in Information Science at the University of North Texas in 1999, an MLS degree from the University of Tennessee, and a bachelor's degree in history from Hanyang University, Seoul, Korea. Kyungmi has served as the Korean Specialist Librarian in the University of Hawaii's Asian Collection since 1992. During her more than 14 years at the University of Hawaii, Kyungmi's responsibilities have included collection development and management, reference and public services for the Korean Collection.

Beyond her breadth of work experiences in academic libraries, Kyungmi will bring her boundless enthusiasm and a solid work ethic for the building of our new collection. We are very fortunate to have her expertise and enthusiasm included in our mix of terrific staff and eagerly anticipate her contributions we expect her to make to the East Asia Library.

--submitted by Dongfang Shao
4. Ruby Butler Retiring March 1, 2007

Ruby Butler will retire from SULAIR on March 1, 2007. Ruby has worked for the libraries for 34 years, joining Stanford in 1972.

When Ruby first joined Stanford she worked at the University Press doing library binding for the libraries. Ruby then moved to Binding & Finishing where she has been an invaluable asset to the University Libraries. Over the years, Ruby has been involved in numerous committees and special projects. Her knowledge of policies and procedures surrounding all of Technical Services has allowed Binding & Finishing to function as smoothly as it does.

Words can not describe how much Ruby will be missed by her co-workers.

Please save the date of February 23, 2007, for a celebration of Ruby's time at Stanford. We will also be collecting for a gift and if you'd like to contribute please contact Rob Huffman at (6-2011) or

--submitted by Laura Cameron
5. SULAIR Job Opportunities

SULAIR has the following new positions this week:

Chinese Acquisitions Specialist (# 24089)
Assistant Art Librarian, Art and Architecture Library (# 24042)
Chinese Acquisitions Specialist (# 24092)

For a complete description of open positions within SULAIR, go to the Stanford Jobs page and in the Job Location: box, select University Libraries (with nothing else in the list selected). After clicking on the Search button, scroll to the top of the screen.

--submitted by Editorial Staff
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