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December 11, 1998

TABLE OF CONTENTS:
  1. Changes in SUL/AIR Computing and Instructional Technology Support Model...and Related Party Invitation
  2. Systems Holiday Hours
  3. Meyer Materials Moving to SAL: Update
  4. Operations Managers and Serials Specialists: Unicorn Serials Control Session on December 14
  5. Libraries Services Council Agenda, Dec. 2 Meeting
  6. SUL/AIR Job Opportunities


1. CHANGES IN SUL/AIR COMPUTING AND INSTRUCTIONAL TECHNOLOGY SUPPORT MODEL...and RELATED PARTY INVITATION

December marks the initiation of a revised organizational model for SUL/AIR's computing and technology units. RITS (Research and Instructional Technologies Suppport) and Residential Computing, along with the staff and public desktop support components of the Systems Office, have been merged into one organization to be managed jointly by Lois Brooks and Jeff Merriman. This new model furthers some of the goals in bringing Residential Computing into SUL/AIR last year, and was designed to foster better continuity and synergy across SUL/AIR's technology support programs for faculty and students. Additionally, we hope to benefit from economies of scale on the operational side, resulting in better service and support to both the University community and to our own SUL/AIR staff.

Lois Brooks will be responsible for the programmatic services side of the new organization. This includes the expanded Academic Technology Specialists Program; our Expert Partners; program-related technology support within SUL/AIR; a re-examined model of technology program support for Residential Education; the Academic Technology Lab in Meyer; and several new Language Lab program initiatives.

Jeff Merriman will be responsible for technology operations and development within the new organization. This includes all of the RITS and Residential Computing operational support functions, a newly formed cross-organization networking services group, the documentation group, and a newly-conceived small programming cohort that will work especially to develop tools and other infrastructure software for the organization's broader program initiatives.

Ed McGuigan, who has served as an extraordinary designer and leader of RITS since its conception, is stepping into the role of senior technician and technical advisor in the programming area mentioned above.

In January, Jeff and Lois will set up meetings with various departments within SUL/AIR to talk about their new organization and gain input as they initiate new support models. This announcement will be followed by more detailed information as the new organization takes shape. Please continue to contact the same sources you have been contacting for information and technical support; any changes to support models will be announced as they are made.

NOW FOR THE PARTY...

PLEASE MARK NEXT THURSDAY AFTERNOON ON YOUR CALENDARS FOR AN OPEN HOUSE ON THE SECOND FLOOR OF MEYER. STOP BY ANY TIME FROM 2:00 TO 5:00 P.M. TO CELEBRATE THESE TRANSITIONS IN THE HOLIDAY SPIRIT.

The festivities will be centered in the Flexible Class-Lab and will include:

  • An opportunity to thank Ed McGuigan for his many valued contributions to SUL/AIR as Head of RITS;

  • An introduction to the folks in the redesigned technology support organization outlined above;

  • An opportunity to visit the newly-constructed Language Lab;

  • And LOTS OF FOOD, DRINK, AND GOOD CHEER!!!

    NO R.S.V.P. NECESSARY...JUST PLAN TO STOP BY!

--submitted by Kären Nagy

2. SYSTEMS HOLIDAY HOURS

During the short week between Christmas and New Year's, Systems will be on reduced operations. Though all of our production systems will operate as usual, there will be limited staff present in Systems on those days.

For non-emergency matters, please use normal contact methods. Call 3-9724 to leave a voice message; send email to systems@sulmail. Given the short staffing, you may not hear back from us until after the holidays, but we'll be sure to do so quickly in the new year. As always, for fast response to critical problems, use the Emergency Notification phone (5-9787) to leave an urgent message. Remember to mark the message Urgent, or there will be no response. The urgent message will page the Systems on-call person, who will return your call in short order.

--submitted by Jane Adams

3. MEYER MATERIALS MOVING TO SAL: UPDATE

Due to both excellent planning by Larry Dahl and Paul Davis and superior implementation by Sonny De La Pena, the Meyer book materials in classes A-G that were marked for transfer to SAL have been moved. SAL staff are now shelving these materials and preparing for the next phase of the transfer, which will begin in early January. Much appreciation is due to Darsi Rueda for her work in ensuring that the catalog locations for these books are promptly changed from Meyer to SAL, and to Adrienne Arden and Roy Viado for their assistance in that part of the project.

--submitted by Joan Krasner Leighton

4. OPERATIONS MANAGERS AND SERIALS SPECIALISTS: UNICORN SERIALS CONTROL SESSION ON DECEMBER 14

I have received many RSVPs for the special session on Unicorn Serials Control Workflows for Operations Managers and Serials Specialists, but there is still time to sign up. This session will focus on the practical aspects of daily serials operations and the conversion to online check-in in Unicorn.

The session will be on Monday, December 14, 8:30-10:30 a.m., in Meyer Room 143.

Please contact me (ceaston@sulmail) if you would like to attend.

--submitted by Christa Easton

5. LIBRARIES SERVICES COUNCIL AGENDA, DEC. 2 MEETING

Libraries Services Council
Meeting of Wednesday, December 2, 1998
1:30 - 3:00 p.m.
Sweet Hall 403

AGENDA

SUL Annual Statistics (Baysinger)

  • current status and future developments

  • What are we collecting? What should we be collecting?

  • What is required for ARL?

FUTURE AGENDA

  • Binding and Finishing Task Force
  • Unicorn Circulation Update
  • Reference Policy
  • Card Access to SUL Facilities
  • Systems Department Priorities
  • Virtual Library Space
  • Public Service Impact of Web Page Redesign
  • Document Delivery/ILL
--submitted by Barbara Celone

6. SUL/AIR JOB OPPORTUNITIES

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

Computing Information Systems Analyst

For a complete list of all current SUL/AIR jobs, visit the Human Resources Web site.


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news@sulmail.stanford.edu.


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