|Olin HVAC & Sprinklers||In progress|
|Olin Entrance Renovation||On hold pending funding|
|Digitization Facility - expansion needs and climate controls||Being studied|
|Olin Elevator Upgrades - replace controllers, upgrade call stati||Summer '04|
|Olin Parapet Roof Replacement||On hold|
|Olin Handicapped Accessible Restroom - Olin basement level||Summer '04|
|Olin West Facade - Investigate water infiltration||Spring of '04|
|Uris Dean Room Carpet Replacement - 2005 installation||Define master plan|
|Uris Tower Computer Room - increase cooling||on hold|
|Uris 8th Floor Carpet||In progress|
|Uris Collaborative Computer Lab (FABIT) PAR||In progress|
|Uris Energy Study - identify potential savings||In progress|
|Uris Austin Room Fire Separation - code requirement||In design development|
|Uris Donor Overlook - correct major water leak||In design|
|Uris Austen Room Refurbishment - furniture replacement||Identified, no action|
|Kroch Sprinkler Remediation - PAR approved||In progress|
|Kroch Closing Bells||On hold|
|Kroch Security System Upgrade||On hold|
|Kroch Severinghaus Renovation (media area)||planning stage|
|Africana - construction 2004/05||Pre-Construction|
|Fine Arts - Millstein Hall design development||unknown|
|Annex Storage Module||Approved through bid|
|Design Development Report||Week of 3/15/04|
|Engineering Renovation - approximately 10,000 sq. ft.||In design development|
|Staff Relocation Feasibility Study - chaired by Karen Calhoun||In progress|
|Language Learning Center||In progress|
|Hire Holt||Contract being prepared|
|4 to 6 wks: feasibility study to evaluate possible locations|
|2 to 3 wks: CUL and A&S to evaluate recommended location(s)|
|RFP for schematic design; bid process; construction||Summer|
|Contruction||Begins Fall '04|
|Refurbish Song of the Vowels - with Maintenance Managemen||Revise cost estimate|
The design for three new storage modules at the Library Annex is quickly moving forward. The architect (Russell, Scott, Steedle & Capone) and the engineer (Wilson Engineering) have just completed Design Development and are now working on the Construction Documents (CD) for the three modules. The architect, engineer and CUL have already met to discuss structural issues, including the type of HVAC, fire protection system, lighting levels, as well as the design and addition of a new loading dock area (which will include a new van garage, a battery charging area for the forklift, a staging area for loaded booktrucks, a tray storage and assembly area and a new book cleaning room with a specially equipped vacuum). We are also proceeding apace with the CUL Measuring Project. The project team, Susann Argetsinger and Kelly Smallidge, is currently measuring Mann Library with Entomology, Geneva, Law, Ornithology and the materials in Central Technical Services left to be measured. A Library Annex Planning Committee is being organized to begin meeting with units to discuss the mix and amount of materials to be moved to the new warehouse once it is completed. Right now, the committee includes Susan Currie (chair), John Hoffmann, Cammie Hoffmier, Barbara Berger-Eden, John Marmora, Zoe Stewart-Marshall and Robert Smith from the University Architect's office. If all goes as planned, the project will go to bid in July 2004, with ground-breaking expected sometime in August 2004.
Uris Library Collections
The Uris Library Collections are undergoing some changes, due in large part to three separate initiatives. First, a decision was made in February to discontinue the purchase of duplicate titles for Uris. Second, a shelf review is underway to identify rare to medium-rare materials in the Uris stacks and transfer them to the custody of RMC. Third, space must be freed up to accommodate the Africana Collection during the renovation and reconstruction of the Africana Library.
Ross Atkinson reported in the Feb 20 CD Exec minutes that a project is underway to eliminate the purchase of duplicate materials in Uris, so that those funds can be freed up to purchase more unique materials for the system. This is the first step in a broader effort to reduce substantially the level of duplication in CUL. A transition team, consisting of Ross, David Block, Lance Heidig, Martha Hsu, and Fred Muratori, have been working on identifying categories of unique materials that Uris has traditionally collected (now approximately one-third of the collection). These generally fall into two categories: (a) introductory materials to humanities and social science subjects and (b) recreational materials (e.g., children's literature, science fiction, physical education, other popular fiction). We will continue to acquire these materials but the transition team recommended that this be done through the approval plan and negotiations are currently underway with Yankee to implement this process. Undergraduate reserve will continue to operate, and a separate budget line will be created specifically for that purpose. There will also be funds to support duplication in cases of special need.
On April 7, Lance Heidig conducted a walk-through with Katherine Reagan of Uris 6th level to identify rare and medium-rare materials. As titles are identified, collection maintenance staff is pulling volumes and delivering them to RMC. Lance also identified 37 shelves worth of bound volumes of Uris unique serial titles. These will remain in the 6th level but physically and visually separated from the area for Africana materials.
In preparation for housing the Africana Library, additional space is being freed in Uris. Uris bound volumes will go to B2 Olin for CTS processing. Staff plan to work around the end of semester rush. Lance will also cancel some duplicate Uris subscriptions so that the Africana current issues can be accommodated in the current periodicals area in the Dean Room. Finally, Uris microfiche and equipment have been moved to Olin and integrated with the Olin media center. CTS has begun to change the online records for the Uris fiche and will be updating location information for the Uris serials and Africana materials that will be moved.
Staff News: Staff Comings, Goings, and Kudos
In March the IRIS organization chart changed a little when the Africana Library moved from World Area Collections to the Information Services Division. Eric and his staff will have much in common with the units in IS—Access Services, Interlibrary Services, Reference Services, and the two other IRIS unit libraries, Music and Fine Arts. The timing for this move is opportune given the temporary relocation of the Africana Library and staff to Uris this summer. Having all the IRIS unit libraries under one umbrella will facilitate the ongoing efforts in IS to support more cohesive policies, procedures, and operations.
Welcome to David Rosenthal, who will be a member of IRIS's Technology Support Team (TST) while Chris Bucko is away on military duty. David's past experience includes administering desktop computing solutions for a large, complex architectural firm, Thomas Associates, and we're very glad to have him on board. He will work approximately half-time, normally in the mornings, Monday through Friday.
Ida Martinez is in the process of assuming responsibility, from David Brumberg, for building the Native American History collection. She has been working closely with David, who has ably built the collection along with his other American history duties, and who is retiring in August.
Bethany and Keene Silfer welcomed their newborn daughter Rie (pronounced "Ree") Maryalice Silfer into the world at 1:03pm, March 10th. She weighed 6 pounds even and measured 18 3/4 inches long. Here are some early pictures of Rie.
Chris DeWilde resigned from his position at the Library Annex effective March 23rd. Chris is pursuing a career as an Emergency Medical Technician in the area.
Valerie Jacoski of the IRIS Design Group has accepted a position as Director of Tioga Point Museum in Athens, PA, her hometown. Val contributed to the Africana Library website, RLG DigiNews, and IRIS TST support.
On April 6, Eileen Parlange retired from her position as Collection Specialist in the Wason Collection after 18 years service. She began her library career in Central Technical Services as a retrospective conversion technician. When she moved to Wason, Eileen quickly became that unit's chief administrator, diplomat and mother confessor. Librarians relied on her mastery of the bureaucracy and her ability to get things done; generations of students were devoted to Eileen, and everyone who knew recognized her kindness, tact and grace. —David Block
I’ve already mentioned the NEH Iraq grant that Preservation and Collection Maintenance received to develop an online preservation tutorial in Arabic.
IRIS staffers have also been busy publishing:
Ira Revels, Lee LaFleur, and Ida Martinez have an article, “Taking Library Recruitment a Step Closer Recruiting the Next Generation of Librarians” in the February issue of The Reference Librarian. This article describes Cornell University Library’s Junior Fellows Program, an initiative aimed at introducing high school students of color to academic libraries and librarianship.
Peter Hirtle’s SAA Presidential Address, entitled “Archives or Assets?” appears in the most recent issue of the American Archivist, which came out last week (Vol 66, no. 2, Fall/Winter 2003).
This month’s D-Lib Magazine includes an article from the IRIS Research Team on a web archiving strategy called “Virtual Remote Control.” This work has been funded over the past several years by an NSF-DLI2 grant (Project Prism) and the Mellon Foundation (Political Communications Web Archiving grant). CUL staff might be interested in the developing Tool Inventory to support virtual remote control.
David Block's "Thirty Years of Visitas de Indios, an annotated bibliography," appeared in Los Andes: cincuenta años después (1953-2003) : homenaje a John Murra / Ana María Lorandi, Carmen Salazar-Soler, Nathan Wachtel, compiladores. (Lima: Instituto de Estudios Peruanos, 2003).
Study Way-Finding in Olin, Uris, and Kroch Asia
Professor Alan Hedge’s class, DEA 470 Environmental Analysis: Applied Ergonomics Methods, is evaluating how people use information to find their way about buildings and this semester they are focusing on an analysis of signs in Olin, Uris, and Kroch Asia. Susan Currie and the IRIS Sign Committee, Kim LaMorte, Craig Mains, Ida Martinez, and Sharon Wargo, met with members of the class on April 8th.
The class identified the following factors they would like to consider:
The class is divided into 3 groups, with each group assigned to a library. The project deliverable will be a presentation and a written report. For more information on the class and ergonomics studies at Cornell, check out CUErgo and the class page.
The beginning of a new tradition for the library occurred on March 9 and coincided with RMC’s wonderful exhibit, “Pastimes and Paradigms.” Games Night in the Libe Café attracted around one hundred students. Libe Café was turned into a soda fountain, with ice cream sodas and sundaes and fifties music. Tables held board games and puzzles for students to play, including Monopoly, Cranium, Trivial Pursuit, Checkers, and playing cards.
Eight teams of three students each took part in the trivia contest, which included a combination of general and Cornell-related questions, drawn from Carol Kammen's trivia game and the brains of RMC staff. There were a couple of trick questions, the most obvious being “Who is the Carl A. Kroch Librarian,” even though Sarah Thomas emceed the event and Eli Brown introduced her title twice. The contest was lively, taking more than an hour for the winners to be declared. The winning team was Sobchek Security, which included Leigh Bernstein (Human Ecology), Erin Leidy (Arts and Sciences) and Cara Santillo (Human Ecology). The winning question was:
the following is not one of the seven deadly sins
answer d. murder
The much-coveted grand prize was a Monopoly game with the board personally autographed by Cornell President Jeff Lehman.
As emcee, Sarah sported a 1916 class reunion jacket and top hat. Eli assisted her, wearing one of her vintage dresses. Carol Kammen served as judge; Kari Smith was timekeeper (wearing her rugby referee shirt); and I was scorekeeper. Others who played a major role in bringing this off included CJ Lance-Duboscq, Barbara Berger Eden, Beth Fontana, and Carla DeMello. They were ably assisted by Nancy McGovern, Margaret Nichols, Susan Currie, Sarah Gordon, Brenda Marston, Lance Heidig, Elaine Engst, and Susette Newberry.
Plans are to repeat Games Night next year, either at the beginning of the Fall or Winter semester.
Thomas Hahn and the staff of RMC, with the assistance of staff in the conservation lab, prepared an exhibit, "Tianjin: 600 Years of Urban Development and Planning," which is now on display through June 4 in the Hirshland Gallery of the Kroch Library. The exhibit aims to show how Tianjin developed as a colonial, urban "collage city" of very diverse style and orientation; how the various parts and pieces (nine tenths of them of foreign extraction) defined themselves architecturally and socially; and how the parts constituted a functioning whole, which dominated most of the economic and cultural landscape of Northern China for almost 100 years. On display are historical photographs, architectural drawings—such as the important Palace Maps of 1897 depicting modifications to an imperial palace for the benefit of the Chinese emperor's visitations to Tianjin—plus a great variety of textual materials and objects.
Washington, Professor of History, gave the inaugural Rudin Lecture on
American Culture in the Libe Café on Wednesday, March 31st. Her
talk "'Price to be Determined at the Close of the War'—The
Impacts of 'Slave' Trading on the Development of Black Culture in America,"
highlighted the generosity of Gail and Stephen Rudin, who not only funded
the annual Rudin Lecture, but also donated to RMC an outstanding collection
of manuscripts, rare books, and other materials documenting the history
of slavery in America. The title of Dr. Washington's talk is a direct
quote from one of the documents in the Rudin collection and refers to
the domestic slave trade in the mid-1860s.
Once again, the Cornell University Library Staff Art Show, held on March 25, revealed the depth of talent and creativity of CUL staff. The show included visual arts and crafts and a performance hour, featuring music and dance. Click here to see some pictures from the Show.
it for this time. Over the weekend, members of the Art Majors Organization
will be hanging student art in the Tower Café, so you might want
to plan a coffee break over there next week. As always, drop a line with
questions and comments.
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