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Databases page RESTORED

The Database page is back up at 7:15pm, 9/12/07.
Many thanks to library systems for their quick work in restoring this essential resource.

Due to the campus-wide network outage of September 12, the SULAIR Databases page is currently unavailable. The Library Systems department is working on returning it to service as soon as possible, but we do not yet know how long this may take.

In the meantime, the E-Journals page is working; so patrons looking for a particular journal can get to content through the E-journals page. If you need assistance using the E-journals page, please contact the Information Center.

We regret the inconvenience, and appreciate your patience as we work to resolve this problem quickly.

“3 Books” Program Welcomes Incoming Students

Please join our online discussion of these books. Read the comments of other students, and scroll down to post your own comment.

If you left your copy behind, Green Library has copies of this year’s selections for the 3 Book program on Reserve at the Loan Desk. The “exceptional and unconventional books” are:

We would love to hear your opinion or review of any of the books – just post a comment below.

If you are inspired to read more, Green Library also has other works by the authors. Please do check our library catalog and search the authors. For information about their background, read their biographies in our subscription database Biography Resource Center:

Also please visit the Web sites below to find out more about the authors:

For more information about the books and the upcoming author event, read the article by Stanford News Service and also check out past selections -- Annie John by Jamaica Kincaid and Old School by Tobias Wolff

Online Reference Help Pays Off for Stanford Freshman

When freshman Jocelyn Jiao had trouble finding resources for her PWR (Program in Writing and Rhetoric) paper, she IM’d the Information Center in Green Library: "My topic is about 'yellow fever',' the fact that non-Asian men are attracted to Asian women." In the ensuing online chat and follow-up emails with Phyllis Kayten, reference librarian at the Green Library Information Center, Jocelyn received advice on the overall research process, assistance in selecting an appropriate database, and help in choosing search terms to use to find articles and books related to her topic.

Jocelyn was amazed at the level of service she received, and incorporated Phyllis’ suggestions and strategies into researching and writing her paper. When Jocelyn learned that her paper had been selected for the prestigious Boothe Prize, we decided to interview Jocelyn and Phyllis to hear from them about how collaboration between students and librarians can really pay off.

Listen to the interview, or read the interview transcript.

The interview is part of an ongoing series of Academic Technology Podcasts produced by Kimberly Hayworth, of the Academic Computing’s Consulting and Multimedia Services group.

You can request assistance with your research questions by visiting the Information Center in Green Library, emailing us at, or IM’ing us by going to, and selecting “IM Us”.

Stanford's Commencement '07 Speaker: Dana Gioia

Dana Gioia, renowned poet, literary critic, and chairman of the National Endowment of the Arts since 2003 will be Stanford’s Commencement speaker this year. Gioia (pronounced “Joy – a”) was born in Los Angeles of Italian and Mexican heritage on December 24, 1950. The first member of his family to attend college, Gioia received a B.A. with high honors from Stanford University in 1973, and M.A. from Harvard University in 1975, and an M.B.A. from Stanford in 1977. Gioia pursued a successful career in business for many years, working at General Foods till 1992, when he decided to devote his full-time energies to writing.

Gioia has been recognized for his role in reviving rhyme, meter and narrative in contemporary poetry. Deliberately departing from the writings of the Beat and Confessional poets, Gioia’s finely-crafted poetry renders accessible for his readers observations of our material and spiritual existence. As he writes in “The Stars Now Rearrange Themselves . . .” (from Daily Horoscope),

Look for smaller signs instead, the fine disturbances of ordered things when suddenly the rhythms of your expectation break and in a moment’s pause another world reveals itself behind the ordinary

As one critic has put it “Dana Gioia is probably the most interesting poet to have emerged in the United States since the 1980s. He clearly thinks about the craft and role of the poet, and because he thinks critically, he has become a highly controversial figure.”[1] In Gioia’s essay “Can Poetry Matter?,” which was originally published in the Atlantic Monthly in 1991 and later as the title essay in a collection, he polemically argues that poetry needs to move beyond the insular confines of the academy if it is to play a vital role in contemporary American culture. He writes:

It is time to experiment, time to leave the well-ordered but stuffy classroom, time to restore a vulgar vitality to poetry and unleash the energy now trapped in the subculture. There is nothing to lose. Society has already told us that poetry is dead. Let's build a funeral pyre out of the desiccated conventions piled around us and watch the ancient, spangle-feathered, unkillable phoenix rise from the ashes.[2]

As Stanford University’s graduating students prepare to leave the classroom and engage with the wider world, Dana Gioia will no doubt be an inspiring and challenging speaker.

Learn more about Dana Gioia

Research and Reading




    1. "(Michael) Dana Gioia." Contemporary Poets, 7th ed. St. James Press, 2001. Reproduced in Biography Resource Center. Farmington Hills, Mich.: Thomson Gale. 2007.
    2. Gioia, Dana. “Can Poetry Matter?” The Atlantic Monthly, May 1991.

Submitted by Annette Keogh, Curator for British and American Literature

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