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September 25, 1998

TABLE OF CONTENTS:
  1. Socrates II Improvements
  2. Wrap-Up on Flood Book Recovery
  3. 24-Hour Study Room Now Open
  4. New Head of Preservation Services at Hoover Institution Library
  5. SUL/AIR Job Opportunities


1. SOCRATES II IMPROVEMENTS

The latest version of Socrates II (Stanford's Web-based catalog) includes the following improvements:

  • Full Record has become Keyword. This index searches most of the record except the call number. Note: The old Keyword has been eliminated.

  • You may choose to sort results up to a limit of 500. Note: The default is None (no sorting).

  • Conferences have been included in the Author (au) index.

SUL/AIR staff can keep abreast of changes, future plans, and usage statistics, as well as try the latest test version by checking the Web at:

http://www-sul.stanford.edu/staff/socii

--submitted by Kathryn M. Kerns

2. WRAP-UP ON FLOOD BOOK RECOVERY

We have completed the book recovery effort made necessary by the February 1998 flood. 75,000 wet books were sent to the freezer, dried, cleaned, and returned to SUL/AIR. The process is described in detail on the Web at

http://www-sul.stanford.edu/staff/flood/plan.html

Of the 75,000 books that were damaged, three percent required commercial rebinding; two percent required in-house repair; and fewer than one percent (400 volumes) were beyond salvage and require replacement. In addition, 700 microfilm reels and 140 inches of microfiche were replaced.

All of the rebound materials have been returned from the commercial bindery. About 300 of these are still charged to "Bindery" because they await final processing in Binding and Finishing. Books needing in-house repair have been charged out to "Repair." The "dead books" - those too damaged or dirty to recover - have been officially withdrawn and reordered. Some replacements for these dead books have already arrived; the remainder will trickle in from various out-of-print sources over the next year or so.

Since all books have been returned and reshelved, charged to a regular repair or bindery status, or withdrawn and reordered, no books are in FLOOD-ITEM limbo. We believe that all traces of the Current Location: FLOOD-ITEM classification have been removed from the OPAC. That designation was applied in February to item records with call numbers that placed them on the bottom shelves of Green Library's Lower Level. For details on how this was accomplished, see the Web at

http://www-sul.stanford.edu/staff/flood/opac.html

If you encounter any OPAC entries that cause flood-related confusion, please write or call me.

Allow me to again express my unlimited admiration and gratitude to all of you who applied your considerable brain power, talents, and energy to this complicated and extremely successful recovery effort.

--submitted by Catherine Tierney

3. 24-HOUR STUDY ROOM NOW OPEN

The 24-hour study room in Meyer Library is now available for use. The room was temporarily unavailable this year while it was being used for flood recovery efforts. That work has now been completed and the room has been cleared for occupation by students. Many thanks to all the people who made this possible!

--submitted by Robert Mantovani

4. NEW HEAD OF PRESERVATION SERVICES AT HOOVER INSTITUTION LIBRARY

I am pleased to announce the appointment of Cathy Aster to the position of Head of Preservation Services for the Hoover Institution Library and Archives, effective September 1.

Between 1993 and her recent appointment, Cathy was Collections Conservation Librarian for the General Libraries at the University of Texas. Her previous experience has included assistant conservator positions at the Brigham Young University Library, the Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library at Yale University, and the Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center at the University of Texas. She has a B.A. in art history from the University of Texas and is also an Executive Officer in the U.S. Navy Reserve.

At Hoover, Cathy will be responsible for planning, implementing, and supervising the preservation program, including various grant-funded microfilming projects, for the Hoover Institution Library and Archives. She will report to the Deputy Director.

--submitted by Charles Palm

5. SUL/AIR JOB OPPORTUNITIES

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

Computing Information Systems Analyst

Library Specialist II

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


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