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In Ithaca It Was 20 Degrees, but on the Arabian Peninsula, the Thermometer Registered 94
On Sunday, March 6, I began a four-day visit to the Weill Cornell Medical
College and its library in Education City, located near Doha, Qatar. Sunday
is a workday in this country situated on the west coast of the Arabian
Gulf. Education City is a sweeping undertaking of the leadership of Qatar,
the Emir Sheikh Hamad Bin Khalifa Al-Thani and his wife, Sheikha Mozah
Bint Nasser Al-Missned, in which several western universities such as
Carnegie Mellon, Cornell, Georgetown, Texas A & M, and Virginia Commonwealth
University have pioneered to establish educational facilities in business,
medicine, design, diplomacy, and other subjects on the 2,500-acre campus.
Medical Librarians Visit Doha, Qatar
Daniel E. Cleary
Diana Delgado and Helen-Ann Brown, information
services librarians, and Octavio Morales, head of Library
Computer Services, at the Weill Cornell Medical Library in New York City,
traveled to Doha, Qatar, in February to consult with the librarians of
the "Distributed eLibrary".
Where in the World?
In addition to all you've been reading about Qatar, staff were in Jamaica,
Thailand, and Vietnam last month as well.
A Library Is Not a Box of Books.
If Google has millions of digitized books, it is not a library. It’s a resource and a tool. A library, your library, is an integrated suite of services optimized for you and your community, the Cornell community.
Google. Everybody uses it. Most Internet users couldn’t live without
it. A tech start-up that made good (Google’s market value is estimated
at $50 billion), Google has repeatedly captured the world’s attention
with new releases and announcements of breathtaking innovations.
Anne R. Kenney
At the beginning of this month, IRIS launched a major reorganization.
I had been mulling over some proposed changes for a while, but recent
events coincided to bring about this reorganization quickly: Lenore Coral's
death; Martha Hsu's announcement of her impending retirement; Susan Greaves'
new job as maps/GIS librarian at Queens University, in Kingston, Ontario;
Bob Kibbee's expressed interest in the maps librarian position; and David
Block’s acceptance of the Huntington Free Library curatorship in
The Library’s New Information Technology Executive Committee
H. Thomas Hickerson
The members of the CUL Information Technology Executive Committee (ITEC)
met for the first time on March 4, and a summary of the proceedings of
that meeting was recently distributed library-wide. The formation of this
new group charged with improving the coordination, quality, and efficiency
of technology services across the library and the university is one more
outcome of Library and Related Information Services (LARIS) Workforce
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