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To further its mission, the Library solicits grants and contracts from governmental and private sources. Here are some grant funded projects that are not listed elsewhere.

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Cornerstones of the American Middle Class: The Historical Collective Bargaining Agreements Project With funding from The National Historical Publications and Records Commission, the Cornell University Library will digitize 84,000 pages of Collective Bargaining Agreements (CBAs) representing the American educational and retail sectors from the U.S. Department of Labor Historical Collective Bargaining Agreements Collection at the Kheel Center for Labor-Management Documentation and Archives. Contact: Chery Beredo
Educating the New Generation of E-Scientists through Developing a Data Information Literacy Curriculum Cornell University Library is partnering with Purdue University (lead), the University of Oregon, and the University of Minnesota to develop a model for designing and implementing a data information literacy (DIL) instruction program for graduate students in STEM disciplines. Five project teams composed of a data librarian, a subject librarian, and a faculty researcher are working to develop a DIL program with defined learning goals, educational interventions and metrics for assessment. The Cornell team worked with Cliff Kraft, Associate Professor in the Department of Natural Resources, to develop and offer NTRES 6940: Managing data to facilitate your research in Spring 2013. Due to positive feedback from faculty and students, the Cornell team members are working to establish the course as a regular offering in the Department of Natural Resources and are holding generalized data management workshops in the library aimed at students in other disciplines. To share its experience with others the teams held a Data Information Literacy Symposium at Purdue University in September 2013 (, are creating a web-based toolkit, and have submitted a book proposal to Purdue University Press.
Enhancing Skills for Faculty in the Agricultural Sciences Success In Sub-Saharan Africa With funding from the Elsevier Foundation, the Cornell University Library will work with Information Training and Outreach Centre for Africa (ITOCA) to develop and deliver science writing and information literacy training to young faculty, researchers and librarians in the agricultural and related biological fields. The training will focus on developing essential skills to publish and disseminate research findings. Contact: Joy Paulson and Jim Morris-Knower
Enhancing the Utility and Stewardship of Area Studies Collections Through Improved Metadata With funding from the Institute of Museum and Library Services, the Cornell University Library will conduct a broad analysis of WorldCat catalog records for print area studies monographs, with particular on Southeast Asia publishing. The goal is to quantify the level of accuracy and omission of key coded data so that these records can be enhanced and used more effectively for discovery, collection analysis, and cooperative collection building. Contact: Rich Entlich
Integrating ORCID with VIVO for Cornell and the International VIVO Community With funding from ORCID, this initiative aims to support the near term adoption and integration of ORCID identifiers. VIVO is a widely adopted tool for managing detailed profiles about individual researchers and a natural platform for integration with ORCID. The ORCID movement addresses one of the major challenges in implementing any research discovery and researcher networking platform: achieving reliable attribution of research contributions. Easy ORCID integration for the 80+ current VIVO installations (approximately 30 of which are new in the last year) will enhance the consistency and connectivity of the aggregate VIVO network while also driving ORCID adoption. Contact: Dean Krafft
Linked Data for Libraries An investigation in collaboration with the Harvard Library Innovation Lab and Stanford University Libraries on using Linked Data and the Semantic Web to improve discovery and access of scholarly information. The Semantic Web is a set of conventions for making the human-readable information communicated on web pages more understandable and reusable by computers. Linked Data is a way of expressing data in large “clouds” on the Internet so that computers can make connections among different collections with a minimum of prior agreement. Ultimately, the goal of the project is to create a system that pulls information out of its existing silos — like library catalogs, finding aids, reading lists and more — into a common format that people can use to find and understand information. This new system would apply to all scholarly and creative disciplines, including the sciences, the arts and the humanities. With funding from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. Contact: Dean Krafft; further information at
New York Climate Change Science Clearinghouse New York Climate Change Science Clearinghouse A project led by Cornell Prof. Art Degaetano (Earth and Atmospheric Sciences) to build a New York Climate Change Science Clearinghouse. With funding from NYSERDA, the goal is to create a multi-faceted, regional tool to provide policy-makers, businesses, planners, practitioners, researchers, students and the public with a user-friendly, web-based tool to access and explore climate change data and literature relevant to New York State. Librarians and information technology professionals at Mann Library are lending expertise in creating a seamless repository for disseminating information. For more information, see Contact: Jon Corson-Rikert
Preservation and Access Framework for Digital Art Objects An initiative funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities to develop a technical framework and associated tools to facilitate enduring access to interactive digital media art. The project’s focus will be on artworks stored on hard drive, CD-ROM, and DVD-ROM. CUL’s Rose Goldsen Archive of New Media Art will provide the test bed for the study. Recognized as one of the most prominent collection of its kind in the world, the Goldsen Archive contains thousands of artworks and encompasses a wide variety of formats. CUL will collaborate with AudioVisual Preservation Solutions, and the project will have an advisory board composed on international leaders in curation, arts, and preservation. The key principle of the project is to leverage existing standards, best practices, and technologies, and to focus on moving theory into practice in a working archival environment. For additional information, see Contacts: Principal investigators Tim Murray (Society for the Humanities & Cornell Dept. of English; and Oya Rieger (DSPS, Cornell University Library;, and project manager Mickey Casad (DSPS;
Preservation Internship Program for the Staff of Chinese Academic Libraries A partnership with the four leading academic libraries in Beijing, China — Renmin University Library, Peking University Library, Tsinghua University Library, and the China Agricultural University Library to strengthen the preservation infrastructure within Chinese academic libraries through a program of internships in preservation practice.  Funding is provided by the Luce Foundation.  For additional information contact Barbara Eden
Purposeful Gaming and BHL: Engaging the Public in Improving and Enhancing Access to Digital Text With funding from the Institute of Museum and Library Services, the Missouri Botanical Gardens is collaborating with Cornell University Library, Harvard University, the New York Botanical Garden and the Biodiversity Heritage Library to determine if digital games can help academic research. Cornell’s contribution will be to digitize seed and nursery catalogs from Ethel Zoe Bailey Horticultural Catalogue Collection owned by Cornell’s Liberty Hyde Bailey Hortorium. Using digitized images delivered to the BHL, the project will develop an online game that allows the public to correct errors in computer-generated optical-character recognition of the text. Ultimately, the project will demonstrate whether digital games can be effective for improving digital collections by making them more effectively searchable. Contact: Marty Schlabach