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Book Talk: Toward Engaged Anthropology

Events - Wed, 2014-04-30 16:00
Today universities are challenged to become more actively engaged with society, government, and the private sector. By partnering with people to reduce inequities and provide...
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Organize, Safeguard, Update: Managing your digital research files workshop

Events - Wed, 2014-04-30 14:00
What is the best way to manage your digital assets over time? How do you safeguard your data from technical obsolescence or accidental loss? Whether it’s your email, digital...
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Makerspaces! Having Fun with your Science

Events - Fri, 2014-04-25 00:00
Bring your lunch along to learn about the world of makerspaces! Members of the Ithaca Generator will be on hand to talk about their experiences with 3D printing, robotics,...
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Celebrating Hu Shih

News - 3 hours 59 min ago

One hundred years ago, one of Cornell’s most famous alumni graduated with the Class of 1914.

He went on to become the leader of China’s new culture movement (1919), the Chinese ambassador to the United States (1938-42), the chancellor of Peking University (1946-48) and  president of the Academia Sinica (1957-62).

Among his many accomplishments, Hu laid the foundation for Cornell Library’s Chinese collection - and the subsequent creation of the library’s celebrated Charles W. Wason Collection. In 1911, along with several other Chinese students, Hu donated about 350 classic Chinese books to the library - books they had brought from their homes on the monthlong journey across the ocean.

More than a century later, the Wason Collection comprises more than 600,000 items, including hundreds of thousands of books in Chinese, Japanese, Korean and other languages. It will celebrate its 100th anniversary in 2018.

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Prescriptions for Urban Ailments: Planning Solutions of the 1920s-1940s

Events - 4 hours 42 sec ago
From the roaring twenties to the New Deal era, planners, civic leaders, and other reformers diagnosed urban ailments and prescribed new interventions to treat them. The young...
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Speaking of Sex: Human Sexuality Collection Exhibition

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Cornell University Library’s new exhibition, Speaking of Sex, celebrates the 25th anniversary of the Human Sexuality Collection. A quarter of a century ago, the Library began...
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'A rarity most beloved'

News - 4 hours 1 min ago

In honor of William Shakespeare's 450th birthday, Cornell University Library put all four of its 17th-century folio editions of the Bard's plays on display in its Division of Rare and Manuscript Collections.

The folios are the earliest published collections of Shakespeare’s work; William G. Mennen, Cornell Class of 1908, donated them to the library in October 1953.

Read all about it in the Cornell Chronicle.

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“An Extreme Stirrer-Up of Passions" – Falconry at Cornell and Around the World

Events - 5 hours 42 sec ago
“An Extreme Stirrer-Up of Passions” – Falconry at Cornell and Around the World explores the ancient, yet still vibrant world of falconry with gorgeous photography, fascinating...
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Staff profile: Jim DelRosso

LibeScope - Wed, 2014-04-23 16:27

How can the Library take digital projects to the next level?

Who he is: I'm the digital projects coordinator for the Hospitality, Labor, and Management Library. This coming year, I’m also one of the Digital Scholarship Fellows.

Jim What he does: Within the HLM Library, if there’s a project or undertaking that occurs primarily or exclusively in the digital realm, then I’m usually involved in some way, or providing support along with the Digital Projects Group.

The biggest example is DigitalCommons@ILR, the digital repository for the ILR School. We’re also in the process of setting up a repository to support the School of Hotel Administration.

Why it’s important: With digital projects, our mission is very tied to the mission of the Library. My goal is to create useful and interesting digital collections — collections that encompass both the scholarly output of the schools and also collections built in support of scholarly interests of the communities within and around the schools.

Where he comes from: I grew up in Endwell, N.Y., just outside of Binghamton. I’ve lived almost my entire life in upstate New York, although I did spend two years living in Maryland and working in Baltimore.

Education: My undergrad degree is in policy analysis from Cornell. I graduated in 1999. I also have a master’s in Public Administration from Cornell, from 2003. I have an MSLIS from Syracuse University that I received in 2009, and I also got a certificate of advanced study in digital libraries from Syracuse in 2009.

Years at Cornell: Sixteen of the last 18, if you include undergrad! My first library job was 15 years ago. I came to Catherwood a little over seven years ago, and I became an academic librarian — and assumed my current role here — two years ago. It was a reclassification of my prior position as a Web and Digital Projects Manager; my knowledge and my role expanded, and now I support all three schools.

Most memorable moment: Several years ago, I got an inquiry out of the blue about one of our digital collections: collective bargaining agreements from the New York State Employment Relations Board. I picked up the phone and the person said, “This is the governor’s office calling.”

It was David Paterson’s office, looking into a specific set of public employee bargaining agreements, because they were examining a policy coming up for reassessment. That was kind of cool, to know our documents and our information were helping to make real-world changes like that.

Best part of his job: It’s two-fold. One is getting feedback from patrons – faculty members, students, practitioners in the field, people who work in the schools – talking about how glad they are to work with the digital projects. We’ve had people say “Wow, I’ve had a paper downloaded 7,000 times this month. It's reached way more people than would have seen it if it was only available through the journal it was originally published in.” We’re really making a difference in how these people pursue their scholarship.

I also love getting to work with so many people in the Library. Sitting down with a lot of folks who are just as excited and dedicated about the work we do, and coming up with great ideas and implementing them and finding ways to help the Library make a difference in people’s lives, is something I love about this work.

And I love answering really tough reference questions, finding obscure bits of knowledge that are exactly what the patron needed. That’s a great feeling.

In his spare time: I’m an inveterate gamer, and I play video and board and role-playing games. That takes up a good chunk of free time. I also try to exercise, get outside when the weather’s warm and go to the gym when it’s cold. And I try to spend as much time as I can partaking of everything Ithaca has to offer: the farmers’ market, live music, theater, being out and about in the parks. I spend as much of my time as possible enjoying the city.

Dream job: This job is pretty close to what I want to be doing; my dream job is getting to work in libraries, do cool projects, and help people.

In this LibeScope series, interviews with library staff reveal their skills, talents, interests and backgrounds.

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Staff profile: Beth Kelly

LibeScope - Wed, 2014-04-23 16:22

How do you choose the right words to make music findable?

Who she is: Beth Kelly, music cataloger

profileWhat she does: Cataloging is all about making something findable. In terms of music materials, I use my subject expertise to construct access points and subject headings – creating a language that’s uniformly recognized. In music, that’s important because genre terms like “concerto” and symphony” are used over and over again, and they have to stay consistent.

I mainly work on scores and books about music and some recently acquired sound recordings housed in rare, namely the hip-hop and punk collections.

Why it’s important: Making bibliographic records is basically describing the information and writing down what I see and hear, so that it goes into the catalog. It pulls together all the information into something that people can actually find.

Education: I earned two degrees from Indiana University School of Music: a bachelor’s degree in flute performance and master’s degree in Early Music with a concentration in baroque flute. The second degree was very research oriented.

Background: I wanted to be a performer – I wish I had realized there could be a career in library science! Now I play and teach on the side. I am a member of Women’s Works, a group that performs music written by women composers and Finger Lakes Flutes, and I also play in chamber groups and pickup orchestras in and around Ithaca in addition to performing on programs with the music department at Cornell.

Years at Cornell: I worked at the Music Library for a year in 1991 to 1992, took time off to have a family, and returned in 2000 to my former position in acquisitions. Then, in 2007, the music cataloger position became available and I was so thrilled to be selected for this.

What she’s most proud of: Probably working on the new Hip Hop Collection. With early hip-hop, records often weren’t produced formally and have no label, so you have to pop it on the turntable and listen to it and figure it out yourself. I googled what I thought were the lyrics — my words were a little off, but I found the title of a song, and then I found the album. I finally could link it with the numbers that were scratched in the small area around the disc’s label, called the matrix.

Best part of her job: I love looking at something completely new and making the very first record for it. I like being the first one to get it out there. Our hip-hop and punk collections are so much fun because no one has them yet, and some of these recordings are even just single events or parties with a DJ or a rapper or mixer. They can never be recreated.

In her spare time: As a flutist, I try to perform as much as possible. In addition to performing I teach a small studio of students on flute, recorder and piano. I love to take long walks with my dog and I enjoy bike riding. You can see me hitching my bike outside of Olin in the mornings.

I listen to a lot of different kinds of music, but I’m not one of those people who always has earbuds in!  I like to sample the music I’m cataloging – it helps broaden my perspective, and I’m always looking for new sounds.

Dream job: I wish I could perform more, but in a lot of ways, I already have my dream job!


In this LibeScope series, interviews with library staff reveal their skills, talents, interests and backgrounds.

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Book Talk: International Development--Ideas, Experience, and Prospects

Events - Wed, 2014-04-23 16:00
How have ideas on development changed since the Second World War? The certainties of the postwar period are no longer with us anymore, and we find gaps between the goals of...
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Shakespeare at 450

Events - Wed, 2014-04-23 09:00
On Wednesday, April 23, the world will commemorate the 450th anniversary of William Shakespeare’s birth. The Cornell University Library will celebrate the occasion by placing...
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Poster Making and Printing

Events - Thu, 2014-04-17 17:00
Learn best practices and useful resources for research poster design in this short interactive workshop! We will judge some existing posters, review basic design principles,...
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Falconry: An Ancient Art Lives on in America

Events - Tue, 2014-04-15 16:00
With ancient roots in Mesopotamia and Central Asia, falconry also finds impassioned practitioners in North America. At a talk presented in conjunction with Mann Library’s...
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Microsoft Excel 2013: Pivot Tables

Events - Tue, 2014-04-15 12:00
Sometimes it is difficult to analyze all of the information in your Microsoft Excel worksheet. PivotTables can help make your worksheets more manageable by summarizing data...
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Show Me the Money: Funding Beyond Cornell

Events - Mon, 2014-04-14 16:00
Trying to identify funding sources for dissertation research and writing? Learn how to find opportunities offered by foundations and other granting organizations and research...
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Book Talk: The Tender Friendship and the Charm of Perfect Accord: Nabokov and His Father

Events - Thu, 2014-04-10 16:45
Vladimir Nabokov’s worldview and verbal artistry cannot be fully understood without first understanding the relationship between the writer and his father. Nabokov...
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Still Speaking of Sex

News - Mon, 2014-04-07 15:12

The Human Sexuality Collection’s 25th anniversary is in full swing, with a new component: an online exhibition. See scanned images of the items from every exhibition case, arranged by themes such as “advice,” “silence” and “want.”

Also watch the CornellCast video of a panel on archiving the history of sexuality, “Saving Sex.” Dagmawi Woubshet, associate professor of English, moderated the discussion between author Urvashi Vaid, pioneering feminist sex writer Susie Bright and "How to Survive a Plague" director/producer David France.

And last but not least, stop by the exhibition at the Division of Rare and Manuscript Collections anytime through Oct. 11.

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Impressionistic and Abstract Interpretations of Cornell Library Guides by Subject

Events - Mon, 2014-03-31 08:00
What does a Library look like to you? Paintings in acrylics and oils by Cynthia Todd, Eric Draper, and Thomas Frank offer a playful, imaginative tour through the subjects...
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Publishing in a Networked Era: Open Access & Open Data

Events - Thu, 2014-03-27 16:30
This workshop has been cancelled. We apologize for any incovenience.
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