1. New "Speaking of Computers" for Spring Quarter
The Spring Quarter issue of "Speaking of Computers" is
now being distributed. Produced by the Academic Computing group
within SUL/AIR, this newsletter provides news and information about
campus computing and technological activities and resources, including
technology-related library resources and services.
You can access "Speaking of Computers" on the Web at:
If you would like a printed copy, or if you want to subscribe to
"Speaking of Computers", please send mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.
(Those who already subscribe to "Speaking of Computers"
should be receiving a copy of the new issue through ID mail within
|--submitted by Eleanor Brown
2. EXHIBITION: Johannes Lebek: The Artist As a Witness of His Time
The Stanford University Libraries, Department of Special Collections,
is pleased to announce the exhibition Johannes Lebek: The Artist
As a Witness of His Time. This event celebrates the work of Lebek
(1901-1985), a renowned master of the woodcut and one of Germanys
finest, although lesser-known, 20th century illustrators. With an
emphasis on documenting the artists life and production, the
exhibition will feature prints, illustrated books, photographs,
sketchbooks, and manuscript material. Johannes Lebek: The Artist
As a Witness of His Time will be on view at Stanford Universitys
Cecil H. Green Library, Peterson Gallery, second floor of the Bing
Wing from April 15 through June 30, 2002. The exhibition is free
and open to the public.
Born in Zeitz, Germany, in 1901 to working class parents, Lebek
was a prolific artist working in the Northern Romantic tradition
whose emerging sensibilities were influenced by his countrys
strong graphic arts traditions and the rise of German Expressionism.
Despite experiencing the turmoil of poverty, two world wars, and
life under the Weimar Republic and the Third Reich, Lebeks
illustrious career as an artist began with studies at the prestigious
Leipzig Academie für graphische Künste und Buchgewerbe
(Academy for the Graphic Arts and Book Production) under the direction
of German woodcut and engraving master Hans Alexander Mueller. Lebek
became a woodcut instructor at the Academie in the 1950s, and he,
along with colleague Frans Masereel, was a founding member of the
Xylon International Society of Wood Engravers. In 1969 he emigrated
to Adelebsen, West Germany, and began a new phase of vigorous productivity.
By the time of his death in 1985, Lebek was credited with supporting
a revival of the woodcut medium in Leipzig in the 1960s and 1970s.
He had produced single prints, topical cycles and portfolios of
prints, childrens books, an important woodcut primer, and
illustrations to booksincluding several literary classicsby
approximately fifty authors.
The exhibition will highlight prints and other works of graphic
art that focus on biographical and religious themes, and the depiction
of landscapesboth urban and ruralfrom Lebeks childhood
through his later adult life. A poignant sketchbook diary, created
during Lebeks internment in an American POW camp in France,
will also be featured, along with examples of illustrated book works
by his contemporaries Fritz Kredel, Fritz Eichenberg, Käthe
Kollwitz, Frans Masereel, and Hans Alexander Mueller.
In conjunction with the exhibition, the Stanford University Libraries
announces the publication of the exhibition catalogue Johannes Lebek:
The Artist As a Witness of His Time. With text by Ronald Salter,
Professor of German Literature and Art at Tufts University, and
several illustrations including a letter press printing of four
previously unpublished woodcuts from the cycle Tagzeiten (Times
of the day), the publication is available for $27.50 per copy plus
tax and shipping. To order copies, please contact the Department
of Special Collections, Green Library, Stanford University, Stanford,
CA 94305-6004; attn: Lisa Marie Hall, phone 650-723-1812;email email@example.com.
PLEASE NOTE: Images to accompany this press release are available
upon request. For images, and further information about the exhibition,
please contact Becky Fischbach at 650-725-1020 or via e-mail at
Peterson Gallery, Green Library
Bing Wing, Second Floor
Stanford University, Stanford, CA
April 15 through June 30, 2002
Gallery hours through June 12, 2002 are Monday through Saturday,
10 am to 6 pm, and Sunday 1 to 6 pm. For library hours after June
12, please call 650-723-9108.
650-723-9523; fax 650-723-8690
|--submitted by Vanessa Kam
3. Library to Publish Companion Volume to Alpine Club History
"Ordeal by Piton, Writings from the Golden Age of Yosemite"
Climbing highlights the close ties between Stanford, Yosemite, and
the Sierra Club, from Stanford's first president and Sierra Club
founding member David Starr Jordan through the glory years of the
Stanford Alpine Club in the 1940s to 1970s. Created in collaboration
with award-winning author Steve Roper, the book will include writings
and photographs by a number of Stanford alumni and many other notable
climbers. It will also include photographs of long-time library
staff member Glen Denny, one of the greatest climber/photographers
of the period.
Printing costs are being underwritten by donations from Stanford
Alpine Club alumni and from Ron Klein, whose endowed book fund has
been instrumental in building the library's rich collection
of travel guides and travel and exploration literature. The Klein
fund's distinctive book plate is well-known to innumerable readers
who find delight and inspiration in the various genres of travel
writing. In appreciation of Mr. Klein's continuing support for the
libraries proceeds from the sale of "Ordeal by Piton"
will be used to augment The Milton and Annette Klein Collection
of Books on Travel and Exploration.
As for the earlier publication "The Stanford Alpine Club,"
CSLI Publications will be our co-publisher. The book should be completed
around Christmas 2002.
Information: John Rawlings, SSRC
|--submitted by John Rawlings
4. OCLC Institute Sponsors Discussion of Open Archive Initiative
Today -- and OAIS Next Friday!
The Open Archives Initiative, guided by a team at Cornell and sponsored
the Coalition for Networked Information and the Digital Library
is overseeing creation of the Open Archives Metadata Harvesting
This mechanism allows metadata to be collected from many servers,
aggregated and made available in new services. Universities and
organizations can thus disclose the existence of their informational
assets -- e-prints, technical reports, learning materials, image
collections, and so on -- in a consistent way. With this approach,
shine a light on the "dark" or "hidden" web,
which is not visible to today's
search engines. How will the mechanism work to reveal the existence
valuable institutional materials? What impact will the initiative
user scholarship, learning, and personal fulfillment by connecting
with previously hidden resources? How will reference professionals
information seekers harness the power of metadata harvesting?
Friday, April 12th from 2:30 - 5 pm in Meyer Room 183, SUL/AIR
playing back the OCLC sponsored videoconference on the Open Archive
Initiative featuring Herbert Van de Sompel, British Library, with
Lorcan Dempsey, Vice President, OCLC Office of Research. Also appearing
will be expert practitioners: Joann Kaczmarek, Project Coordinator,
Open Archives Initiative Metadata Protocol Harvesting Project and
Assistant Professor, Library Administration, University of Illinois
Urbana-Champaign; and Stephen Pinfield, Academic Services Librarian,
University of Nottingham, United Kingdom.
Also, remember next week's videoconference on "The OAIS Imperative:
Record or Digital Dust?" with host Meg Bellinger, Vice President,
Digital & Preservation Resources, featuring Donald Sawyer, NASA,
April 19th, 9 -- 11:30 am, PDT, Meyer 183. The Open Archival Information
System proposes a framework for preserving our digital heritage.
community and other information professionals around the world ,
SUL/AIR, are planning to use this standard for preserving and maintaining
access to born-digital materials. What does OAIS mean to the library
profession? How can we apply it to local projects? How can we impact
emerging standard and its systems implications? Expert practitioners
this discussion include Bruce Ambacher, Electronic & Special
Services Division, US National Archives and Records Administration;
MacKenzie Smith, Assistant Head of Technology, MIT Libraries.
Please call Angela Wright at 3-2015 to reserve a space for either
/ both events.
|--submitted by Nancy Hoebelheirich
5. Books Moving Back to Jackson Library
Jackson Library is bringing back the J - Z classification books
that were temporarily moved to storage last June. FYI, Q - T classification
books are now available in the Main stacks on the third floor of
the library. J - P and U - Z books will be returned to the stacks
For more on this see
|--submitted by Daphne Chang
6. The DEWI System
We've added more datasets to the DEWI System. Developed by the
Social Sciences Resource Group (SSRG), DEWI stands for Data Extraction
Web Interface, and as the name implies, it is a web-based system
for searching and extracting variables within numeric datasets.
The DEWI System makes data extraction quicker and easier for data
users by eliminating the need to search for printed codebooks or
write programs to extract variables. It incorporates the important
online documentation and variable metadata into a seamless and convenient
system. Keyword searches result in a list of variable 'hits' that
can be selected for final extraction. Variable sample frequencies
and other information can be viewed within DEWI to help the data
user decide which variables to extract. Extract files can be directly
downloaded to your PC in a variety of formats, such as SPSS, Stata,
SAS, or Excel.
The DEWI System has been used in statistical methods courses to
allow students to use 'real' data in their assignments, as well
as by researchers to explore the relevance of DEWI datasets in their
DEWI contains a growing collection of numeric datasets:
- General Social Surveys (GSS): 1972-1993
- Multi-City Study of Urban Inequality, 1992-1994
- National Education Longitudinal Study of 1988 -- 2nd and 3rd
Follow-up Studies: 1992 and 1994
- Schools and Staffing Survey (SASS): 1987-1988, 1990-1991, 1993-1994
- Survey of Employment, Income, and Attitudes in Russia (SEIAR),
- Teacher Follow-up Survey (TFS): 1988-1989, 1991-1992, and 1994-1995
- World Values Survey and European Values Surveys: 1981-1984,
1990-1993 and 1995-1997
Check out the DEWI System at our new web site. Click on the DEWI
|--submitted by Ron Nakao
7. New Publication by Meredith Williams
Meredith Williams, the GIS Manager at Branner Earth Sciences Library,
has recently had a chapter published in "Past Time, Past Place:
GIS for History." The book has been published by ESRI Press
and was edited by Anne Kelly Knowles.
The chapter, Historical Maps in GIS, was co-written with David
Rumsey. In it, the authors show many ways in which viewing and using historical
maps can be enhanced by combining them with the newest of mapping
technologies. For instance, Lewis and Clark's map of North America,
is compared with current state boundary data to assess the accuracy
of the original. Up-to-date street data is laid over an 1836 map
of New York City, allowing the viewer to see what was lost when
Central Park was created. The chapter is lavishly illustrated with
from David's online map collection.
The book is now on the new book truck at Branner Library. Afterwards,
it will be available to check out. Or, get your own copy from ESRI
and come over to have Meredith sign it!
|--submitted by Julie Sweetkind-Singer
8. SUL/AIR to Host the Luna Insight Users' Group Meeting
Many of you have used Luna Insight to search Stanford's online image
collections of Athanasius Kircher letters, Chicana Art, and the David
Rumsey Historical Map Collection. We are in the process of adding more
digital image collections to our Insight installation.
Insight software is an innovative library and museum application with a
quickly growing user base across the United States and around the world.
This user community is also innovative in its relationship with Luna
Imaging, Inc., the creators of Insight: each year, representatives of
libraries and museums which deploy Insight gather with company
representatives to discuss how we are all implementing Insight in our
various institutions; what new sorts of Insight collections are in the
works; what developments we can expect to see in future releases of
Insight; and what changes we, as a user community, would like to encourage
Luna to implement.
SUL/AIR is pleased to host this year's annual meeting of the Luna Insight
Users' Group on April 22-24 in Green Library. We expect from 50 to 70
librarians, curators, and systems people from the U.S. and Europe to
convene for this meeting, and invite all interested members of the
Stanford community to attend.
Although some of the topics are of a somewhat technical nature, a large
number are of broad interest. For the meeting agenda and additional
information, please see the
The meeting is being arranged by SUL/AIR's Humanities Digital Information
Service (HDIS). Please contact Glen Worthey at
firstname.lastname@example.org for more
|--submitted by Glen Worthey
9. SUL/AIR Job Opportunities
SUL/AIR has the following new positions this week.
Loan Services Specialist (#001032). Range: 1A1. Posted: 04/05/2002
Evening Loan Services Specialist (#001033). Range: 1A2. Posted:
For a complete description of open positions within SUL/AIR, visit the recently redesigned Opportunities for Employment page on the Human Resources Web site.