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October 17, 1997




1.  SLSA in conjunction with SUL Cataloging Presents:
THE UNICODE STANDARD: AN INTRODUCTION WITHOUT JARGON

When: Thursday, Oct. 30, 1997, 1:30pm-2:30pm

Where: Meyer 184

What: Unicode, the new multilingual, multiscript character standard, underlies major software products and is being adopted as the default for the Web.  Learn about the scripts it covers and its design principles at this "non-technical" talk.  (Techies welcome too!)

Who: Joan Aliprand works for The Research Libraries Group as a Senior Analyst. She is recognized as an expert on the implementation of non-Roman scripts in bibliographic systems, and has played a leading role in MARBI's work to allow the use of Unicode data in USMARC records. She contributed to both versions of The Unicode Standard, and is Secretary of the Unicode Consortium and Chair of the Unicode Technical Committee.

Why: University research and teaching uses numerous scripts and many symbols, but computer support has been complex to do and often limited.  The Unicode Standard is the first consistent and comprehensive approach to the encoding the characters of written text.  Anyone who uses a foreign
language -- especially one written in a non-Roman script -- should come to this presentation.

And, as always, REFRESHMENTS WILL BE SERVED.

Questions: For more information please contact Heidi Lerner, lerner@sulmail.stanford.edu,725-9953 or Jenn Stringer, jenn@krypton.stanford.edu, 723-5853.
 

-- Submitted by Jenn Stringer, Vice President and Program Chair, SLSA
*** "Unicode" is a registered trademark of Unicode, Inc. ***




2.  A BELATED REPORT ON THE SPRING SLSA/ASSOCIATES OF SUL BOOK SALE

I am pleased to report that the Book Sale netted just over $2800.  Thank you again to everyone who volunteered and to everyone who bought books.

The next book sale will be in May 1998.  Anyone interested in helping to plan this event may contact me: Geoffrey Skinner <gskinner@sulmail.stanford.edu>.  We should be able to do even better
next time.

--Geoffrey Skinner, Book Sale Chair



3.  GAYLE SHIELDS JOINS MEYER PORTAL UNIT

Meyer Circulation is pleased to announce that Gayle Shields is our new Portal Monitor, replacing the retired Paul Pepin.  Gayle graduated from Cal State Hayward with a B.A. in Mass Communication.  She then embarked on a variegated academic career, serving as a Graduate School Advisor and as a
Recruitment Counselor at UCLA.  She also became involved in a Teen Mentor Program in Northridge.  More recently, she has worked at the Urban Health Institute in San Mateo.  This year, she co-authored a book concerning social problems in the African-American community.

Gayle will be greeting Meyer's visitors, patrons, and staff Sundays through Thursdays, 4-8 PM.  We hope that all of you will make her acquaintance.

-- Submitted by Ben Martin

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EDITOR/PRODUCTION:  Maureen Davidson
EDITORIAL ASSISTANTS: Lucretia Cerny, Catalog (lcerny@sulmail) Grace Baysinger, Swain (graceb@leland) Liz Green, Reference (cn.dat@forsythe) Donna Hjertberg, Cubberley (cn.dxh@forsythe) Jill Otto, Falconer (jotto@leland) Riva Bacon, Music (hf.riv@forsythe) Lois Sher, Engineering (cn.las@forsythe) Liz Wise, Preservation (lizwise@leland).
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