Cornellians and Banned Books
CUL recently honored the twenty-fifth anniversary of Banned Books Week—a nationwide initiative to help people celebrate the freedom to read from a broad range of possibilities. This freedom stems from the First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution, which guarantees freedom of speech and freedom of the press. Threats against reading materials occur regularly and come from both the left and the right and all points in between.
The Library’s effort to promote change in scholarly communications reached an important milestone in October with the open-source release of DPubS. DPubS, the software platform that supports Project Euclid, is now available for free to other institutions, providing them with the tools to take an active role in the publication of scholarly literature.
CUL’s Large-Scale Digitization Initiative (LSDI)
On Friday, November 3, CUL staff sent the LSDI pilot phase shipment of 3,076 volumes out the Uris Library loading dock doors and onto trucks bound for Victor, N.Y., to be digitized.
Emory University Sustaining Digital Libraries Symposium
Ira RevelsOn October 6, Ira Revels, the project manager for the HBCU (Historically Black Colleges and Universities)-CUL Digitization Initiative, attended a symposium sponsored by the Robert W. Woodruff Library at Emory University titled “Sustaining Digital Libraries.” The event was limited to forty representatives from numerous libraries across the country. Presenters were welcomed from agencies such as the Library of Congress and the National Science Foundation.
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Mann Library Celebrates 20th Anniversary of Ans van Tienhoven Award
Kathy Chiang, who has worked in CUL since 1984, was selected to be the recipient of the Ans van Tienhoven Award on its twentieth anniversary. She received the $1,000 award on October 12 at an afternoon ceremony in Warren Hall. Kathy plans to use the funds to investigate the practical applications of information visualization, which refers to the use of interactive visual interfaces to retrieve data from large, complex datasets.
E-Only Review Nets Savings for CUL
Mary Ochs and Bill Kara
During the last several years CUL’s online collections have grown considerably. Not only has the number of titles available online increased dramatically, but there has been a significant shift among many researchers in how those collections are being used. Full article >
Cornell Humanities Book Art Project
You may have seen the story about the Cornell Humanities Book Art Project, “Cornell Community: Lend Buzz Spector Your Books,” in the Cornell Chronicle Online. The Library is playing a major role in this project, in which Professor Buzz Spector, Department of Art, will create a sculpture of a giant letter “C” composed entirely of books on arts and humanities subjects written by Cornellians. Full article >
Find More with Find It!
Find it!, a new online search service which is resource rich and easy to use, will be launched on the Library Gateway in January. Full article>
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