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Named Director for Instruction and Learning
I’m a collector of collective nouns. Some of the best-known ones apply to birds of a feather. Most wordsmiths know that a group of owls is called a parliament and a flock of crows is a murder. Then there’s the alliterative gaggle of geese, flamboyance of flamingos, and pride of peacocks. Some collective names are ominous sounding, such as a troubling of hummingbirds, a conspiracy of ravens, a mutation of thrushes, and a pitying of turtledoves.
The collective noun for IRIS senior management is cabinet, which is now complete. Late last month Peter Hirtle accepted the position of Director for Instruction and Learning. I can think of no better person for this job. Peter has a well-deserved international reputation for his work on copyright, digital librarianship, and archival theory—and a very long track record with instruction. He has taught at the University of Alabama, Stanford, and Johns Hopkins, and has conducted numerous workshops on digital imaging, digital preservation, rights management, project management, and Web resources. Peter is a Fellow and current President of the Society of American Archivists.
In addition to Peter, the nascent Department of Instruction and Learning will consist of Tony Cosgrave, Lance Heidig, Ira Revels (see below), and an administrative assistant, to be hired as soon as possible. Peter will take up his new post on January 6. His first task will be to coordinate the production of a grant for a continuing education program in digital librarianship that will be submitted to the Institute for Museum and Library Services by February 1.
Here’s what else is new from the past month.
Findings from Library Building Hours and Services Survey
The user category graph below documents significant representation for each patron category:
The primary library identification also shows broad representation:
And, an encouraging 65% of respondents expressed satisfaction with current hours:
The working group plans to submit their detailed findings to PSEC by February and then to Sarah Thomas and LMT soon thereafter. Breakdowns by user group and unit library will also be provided upon request once the report has been approved. The final report will be made broadly available via the staff Web site.
Cabinet Approves Performance Expectations and Evaluation Criteria
Additional criteria will be applied to those with supervisory/management responsibilities. The complete statement is available on our policies page. These criteria will be used in reviewing job descriptions, in setting individual performance goals and terms of reference, and in the coming years to assess the quality of an academic/professional staff member's contribution through the annual performance review. The IRIS Management team reviewed these criteria at their December 10th meeting. Questions about their application and use can be directed to members of the IRIS Cabinet or the Management Team.
outside Libe Café
Icelandic Circulating Collection to Olin Lower Level
to Technology Page on IRIS Web Site
Renewals in Olin
Judy Barrett will join the Fine Arts Library staff on January 9 as a Public Services Assistant III. Among the credentials Judy brings to this position is a BS degree from Cornell's College of Architecture, Art and Planning, where she majored in Urban and Regional studies.
That’s it for this month. Remember to send us your thoughts on the space outside the Libe Café and, as always, if there are other things on your mind, please let me know.
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