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January 11, 2002

TABLE OF CONTENTS:
  1. New Kiosk Images
  2. Metadata Task Force Charged
  3. New "Speaking of Computers" for Winter Quarter
  4. What to Do About Spam
  5. Rob Daigle Leaves the Information Center
  6. Welcome to New Monograph Receiving Staff
  7. Naomi Gluck-Uzrad Appointed Judaica/Hebraica Curatorial Assistant
  8. SUL/AIR Job Opportunities




1. New Kiosk Images

As of the start of the quarter, nearly all kiosks have a new image. (The exceptions are the ones in the Bing Wing and a few other special cases which are actively being worked on). Kiosks now come in two 'flavors':

  • 'Public' kiosks are essentially the same as the traditional kiosk, but the web browsers have been modified to prevent users from sending anonymous mail (which has been a source of abuse in the past). The 'File | New Message' and 'mailto:' functions have been disabled, but users will still be able to use services like hotmail and Stanford's webmail.
  • 'Stanford' kiosks require the user to log on with a SUNet ID. Once logged on, the user has full access to all browser functions, including the New Message and mailto: functions.

The default browser on the kiosks is now Internet Explorer, which is compatible with more external library database web sites than Netscape, and also will start up more quickly. Netscape is still available as an optional browser, and can be launched from the Start menu.

We are working with the IC to develop signage and directions for staff for the use and management of the kiosks. If you have problems with the kiosks in your area, please submit a HelpSU request (http://helpsu.stanford.edu).

--submitted by Olivia Williamson

2. Metadata Task Force Charged

A Task Force of key SUL/AIR staff working on digital content and control was charged to devise the data requirements and processing scenarios to support metadata creation for digital objects which will be managed through the SUL/AIR digital archive. The tasks and deliverables were designed specifically to be realistic for the March 29 deadline. Lead by Nancy Hoebelheinrich, from the Metadata Unit in the Cataloging Services Department, the first meeting brought together a rich wealth of expertise and experience in the creation and management of digital content. Background and specifics of deliverables are in the official charge located at:

http://www-sul.stanford.edu/depts/diroff/news/charge.html

--submitted by Catherine Tierney

3. New "Speaking of Computers" for Winter Quarter

The Winter 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.

You can access "Speaking of Computers" on the Web at:
http://acomp.stanford.edu/acpubs/

If you would like a printed copy, or if you want to subscribe to "Speaking of Computers", please send mail to pubs@netserver. (Those who already subscribe to "Speaking of Computers" should be receiving a copy of the new issue through ID mail within a week.)

--submitted by Eleanor Brown

4. What to Do About Spam

Here's a reminder about what to do if you open your email and find unsolicited junk mail, also know as spam. Members of the Stanford community can report spam to junkmail@stanford.edu. This address is for unsolicited mail that has been sent to a Stanford account from a non-Stanford email address. Be sure to include the full headers. If you use Eudora, you can click on "Blah Blah" to get these headers.

For more information and guidelines for reporting spam to junkmail @stanford.edu, see the Web at:

http://www.stanford.edu/group/itss-ccs/security/junkmail.html

--submitted by Eleanor Brown

5. Rob Daigle Leaves the Information Center

Rob Daigle is finally going to give up the long commute from San Diego. Early in January he will begin working in Academic Affairs at UC San Diego. We will all miss him, his humor, and his ability to take on any task and complete it with great skill. For those of you who did not get a chance to say good-bye, I will be glad to forward messages to him.

--submitted by Kathy Kerns

6. Welcome to New Monograph Receiving Staff

We are very happy to announce the arrival of two new people in the Monograph Receiving Department.

Liz Snyder is a recent graduate of San Jose State University with a BA in anthropology. Her vast range of experience includes working as a park ranger, swim instructor and Web researcher and excavating prehistoric burials. She even managed to spend some time working in the Catalog Department of Hoover Institution Library. And she was doing all of this while attending college. She is also a very gifted musician and has dedicated a great deal of time and energy to the field of music.

Jospehine Leung is a graduate of San Francisco State University and is currently enrolled in the San Jose State Library and Information Science program. She has worked at a variety of jobs including Max Zapf Dolls, the Palo Alto Children's Library, the National Archives and Records Association in San Bruno, NEC and Krames Communication where she indexed medical illustrations using MeSH thesaurus. She, too, was busy doing all of this while attending college.

We are thrilled to welcome these two young, bright and energetic people to our department and hope that you, too, will make them feel welcome.

--submitted by Sue-Ellen Johnson

7. Naomi Gluck-Uzrad Appointed Judaica/Hebraica Curatorial Assistant

I am delighted to report that on January 7th Naomi Gluck-Uzrad joined the Area Studies Resource Group as curatorial assistant for Judaica and Hebraica. Naomi brings many useful skills to this position. She is an accomplished linguist, with a B.A. degree in Hebrew Language and Arabic Language and Literature, from Haifa University, where she also studied Yiddish -- plus she is fluent in Hungarian. From 1990 onward Naomi worked as a technical writer and editor, first in Israel and then in Silicon Valley. Most recently she took a part-time position in Monographic Receiving, where she helped to check in new Hebrew books. As Judaica/Hebraica curatorial assistant Naomi will participate in a range of ongoing assignments and special projects. Her desk is situated just inside the McDermott Suite (Green Library 321). Please join me in welcoming Naomi to SUL.

--submitted by Zachary Baker

8. 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.


Please send future submissions to SUL/AIR News to:
sulairnews@forsythe.stanford.edu.


SUL/AIR News is an electronic publication of Stanford University Libraries and Academic Information Resources issued weekly. Copy deadline is 12:00 NOON Wednesday for publication on the following Friday. Submit items for publication to sulairnews@forsythe.stanford.edu .
Editor for SUL: Sarah Williamson, sarahcw@sulmail.stanford.edu
Editor for AIR and HR: Eleanor Brown, eabrown@leland.stanford.edu