1. FLOOD ITEMS RETURN TO GREEN STACK
Of the 70,000 flood damaged materials that left Green
for freeze drying, approximately 33,200 items have
been received back as of May 12th. The Green Stack
staff with the assistance of hourlies and temporary
labor have been receiving approximately 2 loads of
4000 items per week.
These books arrive on large booktrucks and are taken
down to the Stack sort room on the Lower Level for
further processing. Plastic wrap is removed from the
trucks, all books are individually counted, and then a
portable scanner is used to record the barcode of each
item so that online locations can be updated to
reflect that books are back in Green. Materials
belonging to Government Documents or other departments
are separated and routed accordingly. Unbarcoded
materials are separated and taken to the Green Library
Loan Desk for barcoding.
The books are next rough sorted, then fine-sorted and
finally loaded onto booktrucks for shelving. The work
process has been running very smoothly, and returning
books are being shelved quickly.
|-- submitted by Bob Mortezai|
2. FLOOD BOOK RECOVERY EFFORTS
As of May 12, Flood Book Recovery (the unit receiving
flood materials that have been dried but which require
special treatment or repair) has received 2847 volumes
from Document Reprocessors (DR). That's 7.9% of the
36,000 volumes returned from DR so far, and 8.5% of
what we projected would have to be handled by Flood
Book Recovery (located in 130 CERAS).
Of the 2847 volumes received in CERAS:
774 - sent to Stack Div after minor or no treatment,
66 - sent to Loan for the addition of barcodes,
209 - sent to Repair (13 of those are back), and
200 - sent for commercial binding.
The other 1249 volumes in CERAS are in various stages
of processing. The operation is working smoothly, and
at a good pace. We have great admiration for the
success of the whole Flood Recovery process, which is
based on procedures used for handling the 54,000
volumes from the Meyer Basement flood of 1978. In the
1998 flood, we have so far found not one volume that
cannot be saved.
|-- submitted by Ella Harsin|
3. BRIEF GUIDE TO SUL/AIR NOW ON THE WEB
In mid-April, SUL/AIR published a printed version of
the 1998-99 "Brief Guide to Stanford University
Libraries and Academic Information Resources," which
was produced for visitors, donors, vendors, and others
interested in learning more about SUL/AIR. The "Brief
Guide" provides a brief summary of each unit within
the organization, including libraries and academic
computing groups. It also covers the Coordinate
A Web-based version of the "Brief Guide to SUL/AIR,"
complete with graphics and a color map of library and
unit locations, is now available on the Web at
A link to the online version of the "Brief Guide" has
also been added to the SUL/AIR Web site at
|-- submitted by Amy Storey|
4. BOOK FUND ESTABLISHED FOR DAVID ROZKUSZKA
A book fund has been established at the University of
Chicago Library to honor W. David Rozkuszka,
Government Documents Librarian at Stanford for 25
years. Each book purchased with The W. David Rozkuszka
Fund for Political Science will be distinguished by an
elegant bookplate depicting Zion National Park, one of
David's favorite places. If you would like to know
more about the fund or see a copy of the plate, please
contact Miriam Palm at 725-1151, mwpalm@sulmail.
|-- submitted By Miriam Palm|
5. NASIG AWARD FOR MICHELE SEIKEL
Michele Seikel, Order Specialist in Serials and a
student at San Jose State University, has won a North
American Serials Interest Group (NASIG) Student
Conference Grant. It includes travel and conference
registration, as well as special events and mentoring
at the conference. The 13th Annual Conference will be
held in Boulder, on the campus of the University of
Colorado, June 18-21. NASIG offers this award annually
to six to eight North American library school students
with work experience or interest in serials.
NASIG conferences are small, with a reputation for
relevant, high quality programs, and they offer an
excellent opportunity to network with librarians,
vendors, and publishers. I am pleased that NASIG has
recognized and fostered Michele's professional
potential with this award.
|-- submitted by Christa Easton|
6. THE BINDERY RECEIVING PROJECT WAS A SUCCESS!
The Bindery Receiving Backlog Project successfully
ended Saturday, May 9. When the project began five
weeks ago, there were approximately 6600 items on book
trucks at the Green Loading Dock that had been
returned from the bindery. The project's dedicated
staff not only eliminated this backlog within the
allotted time, but also processed a large new shipment
of incoming material.
Because no more than three people can work efficiently
in the area at one time, Binding and Finishing boosted
through by adding temporary staff in the evenings and
weekends. Staff in Bindery Receiving were supervised
at all times by a permanent staff member from Binding
and Finishing. Elizabeth Mosler was in charge of the
project, and other Stanford project members included
Jeff Kane, Jaxon Matthews, Laura Sebastian, and Bertha
Stanfill. Certified Personnel project members included
Rick Peskett and Cecilia Zhao.
Connie Brooks and Elizabeth Mosler are working to
prevent backlogs from recurring in Bindery Receiving.
If you have questions or suggestions, please contact
either Connie (clbrooks@sulmail, 3-9899) or Elizabeth
|-- submitted by Elizabeth Mosler|
7. NEW MATH/CS LIBRARIAN JOINS SERG
I'm pleased to announce that Linda Yamamoto began as
the new Head Librarian and Bibliographer of the
Mathematical and Computer Sciences Library on Monday,
May 11. This marks the successful conclusion of our
national search for a new Math/CS Librarian which
began last summer.
Linda comes to Stanford from UC Davis where she's been
the librarian at the Physical Sciences Library
responsible for collection development and reference
in the areas of computer science, electrical and
computer engineering, and materials science. Prior to
her work at Davis, Linda spent two years providing
reference service at the Science, Industry, and
Business Division of the New York Public Library. She
is a graduate of UC Berkeley, earning her Masters in
Library and Information Science, as well as both B.S.
and M.S. Degrees in Materials Science and Engineering.
I hope over the next few weeks and months you will
have the opportunity to meet Linda and join me in
welcoming her to Stanford. Naturally she will be
located in the Math/CS Library on the 4th floor of
Bldg. 340. You can contact her at 723-0864 or
firstname.lastname@example.org (once her email account is
|-- submitted by Steve Gass|
8. SUL/AIR JOB OPPORTUNITIES
SUL/AIR has the following open position this week:
For a complete list of all current SUL/AIR open
positions, visit the Web at
9. TITLES TO MAKE YOU SMILE: A GRAB BAG
These titles reflect the compiler's notions of the
humorous, wry, ironic or unusual, and should not be
construed as reflecting any other opinion or judgment,
nor the editorial opinion of SUL/AIR News.
The following include submissions from Geoffrey
Advances in theoretically interesting molecules
[serial]. -- Greenwich, Conn. : JAI Press, c1989-
ACL6334 / QD461 .A383 /Swain Library - Serials.
Boing boing [serial]. -- Studio City, Calif. : boing
boing, 1988- ANM9305 / AP2 .B656 / Green Library -
The sexuality of Christ in Renaissance art and in
modern oblivion / Leo Steinberg. -- 2nd ed. --
Chicago, Ill. : University of Chicago Press,
1996.a3409084 N8050 .S74 1996 / Art Library - Stacks.
Shut up 'n' play yer guitar [sound recording] /
Frank Zappa. -- Salem, MA : Rykodisc, [1986?], p1981.
ABP2654 / ZCD 331 / Meyer Library - 1st-Floor.
The trouble with testosterone : and other essays on
the biology of the human predicament / Robert M.
Sapolsky. -- New York, NY : Scribner, c1997.
a3424509 / QP360 .S268 1997 / Green Library - Stacks.
|-- submitted by Brian Kunde|