UniLibra

UniLibra* [yoo·nee·lee·brah] n. a nickname for the University Librarian, which is both an administrative and an academic position which heads the Stanford University Libraries (See SUL); *ex., Do you know of the existence of the illusive UniLibra? {formulated as such to call forth an image of a mythical beast, a unicorn mated to the Libra (Scales of Balance) of Astrology in homage to the fact that this is oftentimes an unseen and unheralded job, but one which carries out an extremely important dual role requiring both nuance and fortitude.}

*Editor's Note: I personally introduced this term into the Stanford vernacular during my extensive work within the Friends of the Library organization as I gained more in-depth knowledge about the inner workings of Stanford's university library system. Prior to joining ASUL on a lark after finding a pamphlet about the organization on the counter in Special Collections, I would sadly say that the function of or the mere existence of a "University Librarian" had not merited any consideration from me. At a world-class academic research institution like Stanford the libraries are essential. It was a grave oversight on my part to completely overlook the person charged with shaping and nurturing said libraries ---- a slight rectified with humor and a dash of hubris when I coined this term while joking around during a discussion regarding library issues (i.e., a University Librarian must be a mythical creature, if I didn't know it existed.) For David C. Weber, University Librarian Emeritus.

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