May 24, 2017

Matthew Ahmed retiring from Stanford Libraries

After a lifetime of outstanding service to the Stanford Libraries, Matthew Ahmed is retiring as of June 1.

Matthew began his career in the libraries while a Stanford grad student in Economics, working part-time for the then Jonsson Library of Government Documents.  After earning his Masters, he came to work for the Catalog Management Section, now Metadata Department, in October 1984.

Matthew accompanied the Libraries as we “went online” in the ‘90s, moving from the card catalog and manual checkout to the NOTIS Integrated Library System.  This move to the online age was advantageous for Matthew.  He made use of his significant technological skills to write various Windows and DOS programs for his unit, handling error reports and batch requests, saving considerable staff time and effort.  His TranCan interactive WYLBUR program “revolutionized the way CMS handled transfers and cancellations from Public Service units.”

It was a natural transition for Matthew to join the Library Systems department in March 2000.  His behind-the-scenes work continues to save Stanford Libraries staff much time and effort.  He has written code that handles automatic loading of bibliographic files from vendors into Symphony, exports paid Symphony invoices to Stanford’s Accounts Payable, and adds digital bookplate data to records.  His Uni2bind program for B&F staff fills out bindery labels with record data from a scanned barcode.  He has provided a million (or so) data reports for Technical Services staff and Selectors.  And his work drives the web-based Management Reports, including Endowment Reports, Circulation Statistics, and Google scanning pick lists.

Matthew’s calm demeanor, high service ethic, and slightly cynical viewpoint will be missed every day by his colleagues.  We wish him all the best as he leaves us, with much gratitude for his many contributions that positively impact our work each day.

If you’d like to wish Matthew a fond farewell in person, we’ll be toasting him with cake and coffee on June 1st at 4pm on the Lathrop Library 3rd floor patio.

By Darsi Rueda

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