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June 2004

June 28 , 2004 • Volume 8, Number 6
Olsonic Digressions: A Fictional Look into the Fictional Mind of the Fictional Charles Olson*
A Monthly Series by Benjamin J. Shaw, The California Poet

Episode One: On Weed Eating
“I got a new weed eater over the weekend…a Swedish one. Fjordson. Heard of it? Very light…high power, superior torque, and low noise. Perfect. It’s a straight shaft weed eater, so it’s good on my back…and the three-piece crankshaft is built to last. You know how most weed eaters get the trimmer line tied into a knot after awhile? Not this one. It has two lines coming out…the spool is split by a plastic shim. Both sides, the top and bottom, are wound separately of course. Genius. A piece of plastic…this big. Problem solved…the way it should be…and never mind those optional attachments.
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Library Student Handbook used as Campus model
By Ellen Young, Administrative Analyst

Starting with this issue, Floor to Floor will have a regular column from AST. What is AST? Administrative Services Team. Who is AST? Lillie, Angela, Kerry, Jenny, Carol (Bowyer), Ellen, Kim, Tamara, Fred, & Terry. TW

The second edition of the Library Student Employees Handbook was used as a model for a handbook developed by the Financial Aid Office. This new handbook will be distributed to hundreds of work study student employees, both on and off campus, and their supervisors. Pat Schindler, Work Study Employment Coordinator, noted that the Library handbook is a valuable model for other program centers because it is comprehensive and addresses important issues that come up in the workplace.

The Student Employees Advisory Committee (SEAC) developed the original edition of the handbook and periodically revises it with input from student employees and their supervisors. The handbook is a policies and procedures manual for all students employed in the Library. Current members of SEAC include: Susan Saechao, Dzifa Duose,--Student Representatives, Ellen Young--Chair, and James Summerfield, Jamie Lamberti, Lorraine Saiz and Lisa Van Handel.

Library Intranet: An Update and an Invitation to Participate
By Carlos Rodriguez, Chair of the Intranet Design & Implementation Team

This past year, the Intranet Development and Implementation Team (IDIT) has been working very hard developing the Library’s Web-based Intranet. IDIT members include: Andy Osburn, Bin Zhang, Carlos Rodriguez, Jamie Lamberti, Jim Hayes, Lillie Jones, Maria Kochis, Mary Reddick and Richard Cotenas. We are now at a point where we would like to invite all library employees to see and comment on the progress to date. If you recall, we had sent a draft of the Intranet design document to all library employees in August of 2003 and January of 2004. The design document will and has served as the blueprint for building the Intranet. IDIT will distribute the revised Design Document to all library employees in early July. We also plan on releasing a Beta version of the Intranet around that same time. We would like to receive your feedback (via email or by sharing them with a member of IDIT) during the month of July on both the design document and the Beta version of the Intranet Interface. In order to allow for better discussion of the Intranet, IDIT will be hosting two open discussion sessions on the Intranet. These sessions are scheduled for Tuesday, July 13 from 12pm – 1pm and on Wednesday, July 14 from 12pm – 1pm. Both sessions will be held in Room 2022. All library employees are encouraged to attend.

Editor: Kathryn Blackmer Reyes
Assistant Editor: Laura Archbold

Floor to Floor is a monthly publication from the CSUS University Library. The newsletter fosters communications and promotes a community spirit within the Library.

Deadline submission for the next Floor to Floor, July 21, 2004, released July26, 2004.

By Carol Gebel, Acquistions

The National Genealogical Society held its 2004 National Conference at Sacramento’s Convention Center for four days in May. Professional genealogists and dedicated amateurs converged on the city-by-the-river to learn methods of researching that can provide more and better information on their families. Workshops, visits to Northern California attractions, a large vendor exhibit hall and presentations on a wide number of topics were available.
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An Overview of the CSUS Manuscript Collections
By Julie Thomas, SCUA

The manuscript collection in the Department of Special Collections and University Archives (SCUA) contains many fantastic primary resources of high research value for CSUS students, faculty, staff and the general public. Listed below are some of our manuscript collections, grouped together by broad subject categories. This is by no means a comprehensive list and many of the collections contain material covering many topics. Although it is recommended that researchers make an advance appointment, we welcome all students, scholars, and researchers to tap into the rich resources of SCUA. see story

Pictures of the Bride!

View pictures of Mr. and Mrs. John Wood (a.k.a Kerry Ryan). They are available online at
under Mr. and Mrs. Wood.

Capital Public Radio is Back on Campus!
By Linda Goff, Instruction Services, Head

Many of us have been watching the construction projects at the south of campus, located across from the Recycling Center, near Folsom Blvd. The multi-story structure is Modoc Hall, which will be a classroom and lab building for the campus Water Quality programs. Both U.S. Geologic Survey and Caltrans Water Quality programs will have offices there. The other, less traditional structure, now houses ourCapital Public Radio, and it has intrigued me since they broke ground last year.  see story