News & Notes February 2004
Project Approved by CF&PC
Search for New Home for Language Lab Underway
Extended Hours Update
Library-to-Library Book Delivery
Echols Curator Interviews Scheduled
Staff News: IRIS IT Support Update, Staff Comings,
Goings, and Kudos
Olin & Uris Web site
Events and Exhibits
Annual Book Collection Contest
Arts & Humanities Library News for Spring 2004
know how many of you caught the NPR “All Things Considered”
commentary recently on Cornell’s Making of America (MOA) Project.
A fellow named Paul Ford spends a lot of time at our site reading through
old issues of 19th century popular journals, such as The Atlantic
and Harper’s. He was browsing a couple of Putnam's
Monthly from November 1853 when he found Herman Melville's Bartleby
the Scrivener: A Story of Wall Street, "his greatest short story,
just sitting there halfway down Page 546.” His commentary speaks
to the importance of coming across a great piece of literature in the
context of its day. I particularly liked his concluding remarks: “Browsing
those archives, I find myself
in my own boat; breaking down time into vectors, trying to navigate through
human experience. Literature is more than the canon, just as the city
is more than its skyscrapers.”
Paul Ford to thank him for his commentary and to provide him with a little
background on MOA. He replied almost immediately: "The Making
of America is a gorgeous thing on the web…the material you selected
is a nearly ideal sampling of American culture during that era. I wish
more projects had followed your curatorial lead; I love how, as a collection,
MOA feels both broad enough to carry a complete image of American culture
during that era, but focused enough that one is not lost in a sea of redundant
to receive such a love note to MOA and Cornell just before Valentine’s
Day. For those interested in the full text of Paul Ford’s NPR transcript,
what’s new from the past month or so.
Construction Project Approved by CF&PC
As Sarah Thomas recently reported, the Capital Funding and Priorities
Committee (CF&PC) approved the schematic design and authorized completion
of the design development, construction documents, and bid phase for the
new Annex. Their recommendations will go to the Trustees’ Buildings
Properties Committee (B&P) in March. As illustrated in the site plan,
the design calls for the construction of three storage modules with an
ultimate capacity of 4.8 million volume equivalents. The first module,
which will hold 1.6 million volumes will be fully constructed; the second
bay will not include shelves but will have HVAC; and the third bay will
have neither shelves nor HVAC. Construction could begin as early as June,
with site work possibly completed by May 2005. Sarah has asked Susan
Currie to lead the planning team for the expanded Library Annex.
(see Staff News, below).
for New Home for Language Lab Underway
As part of its initiative to strengthen the social sciences at Cornell,
the university has established an Institute for the Social Sciences. This
institute will be housed in Noyes Lodge at the edge of Beebe Lake. As
a consequence, the Lodge’s current tenet, the Language Resource
Center (LRC), must be relocated somewhere else on campus. In January,
Vice Provost Walter Cohen and Richard Feldman, the LRC
Director, visited Olin and Uris libraries to check out possible locations
for the Center’s new home. The Library Administration is in active
discussion about the LRC moving in, which would need to take place in
January 2005. But many details, including location and requirements, are
still to be resolved. I’ll report further on this possibility as
more information becomes available.
Several weeks ago on the LIBGATEWAY-L list, the following message was
received from a Ph.D. candidate in English: “Thank you so much
for hearing our request for longer library hours, especially in Olin.
It's good to know that you're responsive to our needs—please keep
up the great work!” This message was noteworthy for several
reasons. First the person wasn’t writing with a complaint but a
compliment. Second, it bears testimony to
all the hard work that library staff have put into making the extended
hours a reality. This person isn’t alone in giving thanks. Recent
references to the 24-hour study space in Uris have been popping up in
the student newspaper and being overheard in the Libe Café waiting
line. So just how many are actually taking advantage of the longer hours?
For the past three weeks, patron counts have been taken in Uris on the
days the library is open all night. In the first week, on average 17 people
per night left the building sometime after 2:00 am and before 8:00 am.
By the third week, the numbers were picking up. On average over 25 people/night
came into the building between 2:00 and 8:00; but nearly 78 people left
the library during that same time period. We’re bracing for prelims
The library-to-library book delivery service also began at the beginning
of the spring semester. Thanks to Joanne Leary’s data crunching
magic, we’re developing some sense of the use of this service. From
January 26 through February 16, the total number of books sent from one
library to another was 618. Not coincidentally, the total number of books
received was also 618 (that is, we didn’t lose anything in transit—thanks
Shipping and Receiving!). Olin/Kroch Asia was the busiest place, topping
the list in number of items sent (169) and received (164), for a total
of 333 transactions. Mann was next, sending 146 volumes to other libraries
and receiving 108, for a total of 254. Other libraries experiencing good
use of this service include Law (111 total transactions), Uris (106),
and Engineering (81). The total transactions (sent and received) for the
various libraries are illustrated on the chart below. What is also of
interest is the number of libraries that are net lenders (e.g., sent out
more books than they received) and the number of net receivers. Seven
libraries were net lenders (Olin, Mann, Uris, ILR, Hotel, Math, and Music).
Seven were net receivers (Law, Engineering, Fine Arts, JGSM, Geneva, Vet,
and Africana). Two (Physical Sciences and Entomology) broke even.
it will prove quite interesting to watch as patterns develop. One particular
area I’m interested in is the relationship between libraries. For
instance, Law is a net receiver, but which libraries are books being borrowed
from? Do science libraries tend to borrow from other science libraries?
What about the social sciences? A good picture should emerge this year
about such things as the interdisciplinary nature of use. Joanne Leary
has already used this data to assess routing frequency between libraries,
which will be helpful in determining the shipping load. So far she’s
noted that seven route combinations (between five libraries—Olin,
Mann, Law, Uris, and Engineering) account for one-third of all books delivered.
Curator Interviews Scheduled
The Echols Curator Search Committee is pleased to announce that two candidates
will be coming to campus very soon for interviews. On March 1-2, Judith
Henchy, Head of the Southeast Asia Section at the University of Washington
Libraries, will be on campus. She will be making a public presentation
on Monday, March 1, from 11:00-12:00 in the Kroch Lecture Room (2B48).
Her topic will be “Current Trends and Challenges in Southeast Asian
candidate, Rebecca Aiken, will be on campus March 8-9. Recently
Dr. Aiken has been a bibliographer and faculty lecturer at the Center
on Southeast Asian Studies, University of California, and before that
Director of the Center on Southeast Asia at Indiana University. She, too,
will be addressing the same topic on Monday, March 8, from 11:00-12:00
in the Kroch Lecture Room (2B48).
I hope many
of you will be able to attend these public presentations and provide input
into the selection process for this important position.
News: IRIS IT Support Update, Staff Comings, Goings, and Kudos
IRIS IT Support
Chris Bucko has been called to military duty for the next calendar
year. Rick Lightbody has been appointed IT Coordinator while
Chris is away and will be responsible for overseeing and coordinating
IRIS IT support. Joe Richardson will be working full-time during
this year and we have posted a position for a part-time temporary Computer
Support Specialist. Rick will supervise the IRIS Technology Support Team
(Joe Richardson and the temporary position) and will lead the Local IT
Support meetings and program. Please continue to send requests for IT
troubleshooting to the TST email list (CUL-IRIS-TST-L). As soon as we
have hired our Computer Support Specialist, we will post an announcement
and introduce her/him to all of you. Thank you for your patience during
the next few weeks as we work to fill the part-time position.
Camille Andrews has been named the Minority Fellow for this year.
Her first day at work will be Monday, March 1st. Camille is a January
2003 graduate from Simmons Library and Information Science School and
also holds a BA from The College of William and Mary. She has worked as
a digital reference assistant and a circulation assistant in several libraries
and as a research assistant in several other institutions.
Ellie Buckley has joined the IRIS Research staff as a Digital
Research Specialist. She will be working on externally-funded research
projects, such as the soon-to-be-completed Project Prism, and the Digital
Preservation Management Workshop, as well as assisting with the publication
of RLG DigiNews and other projects.
Currie has assumed responsibility for the Library Annex as part of
her new assignment to lead the planning effort for the expanded Annex
and coordinate the transfer of materials there beginning in summer of
2005. Questions regarding use of the current Annex and the new Annex modules
should be directed to her.
Library welcomed Andrew Justice as the new Evening Supervisor
at the beginning of the semester. Andrew received his PhD in Musicology
from the Eastman School of Music and most recently worked at the Ithaca
branch of Barnes & Noble.
Mallinson has been appointed into a new position, working in Preservation
& Collections Maintenance as a stacks assistant and in Circulation
in the late evening shift in Olin. A graduate of Cornell, Heidi worked
in social services for many years before returning to Ithaca.
I am pleased
to announce that Martha Walker has agreed to continue as the
Fine Arts Librarian after her two-year interim appointment ends. And,
Paul McMillin, who was filling Martha’s line in Reference,
will continue as Reference and Digital Services Librarian. Congratulations
to both of them!
Services is hosting two Syracuse University Interns this semester. Jenka
Fyfe has been working in Interlibrary Services learning about interlibrary
loan while designing a website for Olin Interlibrary Services. When she
completes her work in ILS, she will move to Reference where she will work
with Bob Kibbee on his internal grant to examine the feasibility
of using volunteers from the MOA user base to correct the OCRed text.
Angela Sorensen recently began working in Fine Arts twice a week.
Angela hopes to investigate all aspects of working in a unit library and
also contribute to a redesign of the Fine Arts Library website.
Erica Olsen is completing her year as the first Digital Research
Fellow in IRIS Research and has accepted a position as a web developer
at the Lab of Ornithology as of February 23. During her tenure here, Erica
played a significant role in launching the online Digital Preservation
Management Tutorial and supported development of websites for LMT, LARIS
Workforce Planning, and the Convenient Business Hours Study.
Bill Kehoe isn’t going anywhere, but as of February 1,
he will be working half-time as the project manager on a three-year research
project supported by NSF in conjunction with DFG (the German Research
Council). The project, entitled “Ensuring Access to Mathematics
Over Time,” will explore the development of a distributed digital
archive for math literature. D-LIT is coordinating this initiative with
participation by IRIS (Nancy McGovern and Bill Kehoe), and CTS
staff. Cornell is collaborating with the Göttingen State and University
Library in Germany.
Former Cornell librarian, Jim Cassaro, is editing a Festschrift
in honor of Lenore Coral. Colleagues from other institutions
as well as Cornell faculty are some of the people who plan to contribute.
The Festschrift should be available in about a year.
Olin & Uris Web Site
Recently a new Olin
& Uris Web site went live to replace the former OKU website. Kudos
for much of this effort go to Maureen Morris. With a new look
and improved functionality, this site will make it easier to navigate
the resources, services, and physical space of Olin and Uris libraries.
Updates and new content are still being added, so if you have any comments
or suggestions, please send them to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Tuesday, February 3rd, nearly 100 people braved the winter elements to
hear Joan Jacobs Brumberg talk in the Libe Café on “Rethinking
the Juvenile Death Penalty: The Case of 'Kansas Charley.'" Dr. Brumberg’s
talk was as much about her research process and the hunt for sources as
it was about the treatment of juveniles in the 19th century justice system.
She also drew some comparisons to today’s treatment of minors. Professor
Brumberg’s latest book is Kansas Charley: The Story of a Nineteenth
Century Boy Murderer, published by Viking Press.
night, March 9 from 8:00pm-10:00pm, Libe Café will serve as the
venue for The Cornell Trivia Bowl. MC’d by Sarah E. Thomas,
this event for students
is being held in celebration of the exhibition “Pastimes and Paradigms,”
at the Hirshland Exhibition Gallery in Kroch Library. Organizers of this
event are seeking library staff volunteers for tasks such as time keeper,
scorekeeper, general set up, and clean up. Contact Barbara
Berger Eden if you are interested in helping.
Café will soon be a place for displaying student, faculty, and
staff artwork. Thanks to the support of Cornell Dining, molding will be
hung on the walls of the Tower Café. The first exhibit, scheduled
to go up in early March, will include fifteen student paintings from the
Art Majors Organization.
Annual Book Collection Contest
With generous support from the Library Advisory Council, the Library is
pleased to announce the second annual undergraduate Book Collection Contest
this spring. Designed to encourage student interest in books and reading,
this competition provides Cornell undergraduates with the opportunity
to display their aptitude in assembling and organizing book collections.
The contest is open to all currently enrolled undergraduate students at
Cornell. Entrants must submit an essay describing the formation and development
of their collection, a bibliography listing representative titles in the
collection, and a list of ten titles the student would like to add to
the collection. Collections must be owned and compiled by the student
entering the contest.
of five judges, consisting of librarians, faculty, and members of the
Library Advisory Council, will select six finalists from all entries.
All finalists will receive a cash prize: First Prize $1,000; Second Prize
$750; Third Prize $500; and three Honorable Mention awards of $100 each.
Entries are due by Friday, April 16. Complete contest rules and entry
forms are available online.
more thing: the third issue of Arts
& Humanities Library News is now available online. Paper
copies for distribution at circulation or reference desks are available.
Please contact Kim LaMorte
if you would like a supply.
it for this time. Last time I signed off, I was preparing to go to Vietnam.
Next week I’ll be in Cuba attending a meeting of the Social Sciences
Research Council’s Standing Committee on Libraries and Archives.
This is my fourth visit there, and I can tell you that Havana in February
beats Ithaca in February hands down. As always, drop a line with questions