1. E-books from ebrary Now Available
Stanford now has access to the e-book collection of ebrary
There are approximately 5,000 books in the collection, with
additional titles expected soon. All titles are available
for full-text searching, and there are no restrictions on
simultaneous users. Viewing of pages is unrestricted in
most cases, with any limits noted in advance. Printing and
copy/paste actions require payment, typically 25 cents per
page. Users who wish to print can set up individual
accounts using credit card deposits.
Please note that you must download an ebrary plug-in to
view the books (instructions on initial page).
Technically, this is an interesting example of reading PDF
documents not via the usual Adobe Acrobat Reader but by a
specialized browser plug-in. Library public kiosk machines
will have this capability when a new kiosk image is
implemented by Academic Computing. There is also
the option of further Stanford customization of
the InfoTools links to other reference services. Technical
Services is working with ebrary to bring direct links to
ebrary titles into our OPAC records.
This is a new and developing service, so there is an
opportunity to work on changes and improvements. If you
have comments, please send them to me and I will pass them
on to ebrary.
|--submitted by Paul Zarins
2. Trial Available for O'Reilly Safari E-Books
Trial access is available until February 27 for O'Reilly's
Safari Tech Books Online (via ProQuest) at:
As specialists in information technology know, O'Reilly
publishes many quality titles in its areas of
specialization. More unknown are the usability,
performance, and cost effectiveness of their new Safari
e-books product. In addition to O'Reilly titles, Safari
also offers titles from Sams Publishing, Que, Cisco
Press, and other imprints. Pricing is based on a matrix of
concurrent users and specific titles or categories
selected, so there is both flexibility and complexity in
any subscription decision.
The service should require no passwords, with access
dependent only on Stanford IP address. There were some
initial access problems on Safari's side; let me know if
you encounter any difficulties. The AtoI Committee will
consider Safari after the trial, so please send me any
comments at pzarins@sulmail.
|--submitted by Paul Zarins
3. PDA Teleconference -- CE Opportunity February 6th!
The Stanford Library Staff Association (SLSA) will be hosting the Medical
Library Association's "Sync or Swim: Managing the Flood of PDAs in Health
Care." The objectives of the teleconference are:
- "to help librarians promote this technology for health care professionals
- highlight currently available handheld devices, software, and peripherals
- provide a framework for designing educational sessions, including specific
- "how-to" information
- demonstrate innovative programs that illustrate the potential of handheld technology for physicians and allied health professionals."
Participants receive 1.5 MLA CE Contact hours. For more information on the
teleconference, see MLA's website, http://www.mlanet.org/ .
Questions about the event can be directed to Rikke Greenwald via email
(firstname.lastname@example.org) or phone (725-5493).
|Location: ||Room M-110, School of Medicine
|Date: ||February 6, 2002
|Sponsor: ||Stanford Library Staff Association
|--submitted by Rikke Greenwald
4. East Asia Library Records Converted to Pinyin Romanization
On 1/27/02, 47,536 Chinese catalog records of the East Asia
library were updated in Unicorn in order to change their
romanization of Chinese characters from Wade-Giles to pinyin.
The pinyin system is the international standard for the
romanization of Chinese, and is now also the accepted
standard for cataloging in North American libraries. The East
Asia Library began using it in its new cataloging on
10/1/2000, but older records continued to contain
romanization in Wade-Giles, the previous standard. These
older records were converted to pinyin by RLG, using special
software designed for this purpose, and then loaded into
Unicorn in the past weekend to replace the earlier version.
With the loading of these records, the East Asia Library's
catalog records are now consistently romanized in pinyin, and
Socrates users will no longer need to search in both pinyin
and Wade-Giles in order to retrieve all relevant records. The
Unicorn database still contains about 5,000 non-East Asia
records that have not yet gone through such a conversion
process. They will be converted within the next few months.
|--submitted by Vitus Tang
5. New Exhibit at Miller Library
A new exhibit is now available at the Hopkins Marine Station Library.
It was put together by Stanford's archaeologist, Dr. Laura Jones. It
is on the history of the marine lab site prior 1917 when Hopkins
moved from Lover's Point to its current location. Half of the
exhibit contains Ohlone/Esselen native American artifacts that were
found in the greater San Francisco Bay area that probably originated
from Hopkins. These include Olivella shells, abalone shells, and
bird bones that have been made into beads, jewelry, tools, and
flutes. The second half contains artifacts found at Hopkins that
were from the Chinese fishing village that occupied the site from the
mid 1800s until 1907 when it was burnt to the ground by an unknown
If you are in the area, stop by and take a look.
|--submitted by Joe Wible
6. Welcome Stu Snydman
I am delighted to announce that Stu Snydman is joining the
Digital Library Program as Digital Library Projects
Manager. As Projects Manager, Stu will work on
identification, assessment, testing, implementation, and
common infrastructure development for technologies and
workflows in support of digital library projects.
Some of us first benefited from Stu's expertise in classes
he taught while an Analyst and Instructor with ITSS from
1995 to 1998. Stu left ITSS to pursue a Ph.D. in the School
of Education, and he will be continuing his dissertation
work there. Most recently, Stu has been Technology
Manager for the GATT Geneva Project. Geneva Project
participants know well how indispensable Stu has been to
that project's accomplishments. Stu will continue to work
with the Geneva Project as part of his new Projects Manager
Stu will initially be using Green Library SSRC Room 123J as
his office. His email address is snydman@stanford. I hope
that both those who already know him from his previous
Stanford roles, and those who have not yet had the
opportunity to meet him, will join me in welcoming him.
|--submitted by Paul Zarins
7. SUL/AIR Job Opportunities
SUL/AIR has no new positions this week.
For a complete description of other open positions within SUL/AIR,
visit the Human Resources Web site at:
Human Resources Web site.