IRIS News & Notes June 2004
Last fall we reported on the new librarian action figure patterned after Nancy Pearl at the Seattle Public Library (and I happen to know at least three librarians who received one of these dolls as a stocking stuffer). Well, eagle-eyed David Block alerted me to an equally important bit of information—a web site that sells Librarian Gear. The site offers greeting cards, free web images, unisex tees, even intimate apparel marketed exclusively to librarians and other information professionals. My personal fav is the greeting cards variety pack, which sports five different designs, including the best explanation of Boolean Operators that I’ve come across yet. (And no, I don’t get a commission).
Here’s what’s new since last time.
One effort that is a prerequisite to all this is the identification of rare materials in the Olin stacks. Over the next nine months we expect to transfer an estimated 6,000 rare titles out of Olin and into more protective housing—either to the RMC vault or the Rare Annex collection. Katherine Reagan has deputized Fred Muratori, David Brumberg, and Sarah How to identify candidates for transfer; other selectors will join the effort in the coming months. This major initiative also involves CTS, RMC, Annex staff, and the Department of Preservation and Collection Maintenance. For more information on the Olin/Rare transfer project, contact Katherine Reagan.
of Semester Scorecard on Two New Services
One emerging trend reveals the interdisciplinary nature of use. All libraries interact with multiple libraries in the system. With the exception of Ornithology, each library lent to or borrowed from five or more libraries within the system, with the number of library-to-library connections being closer to 10 on average. Olin/Kroch Asia and Mann lent material to every other library in the system; Uris lent to all but two; Hotel and ILR to all but three. On the borrowing side, Mann and Olin/Kroch Asia borrowed books from every other library; Uris borrowed from all but one and Vet borrowed from all but two other libraries.
Chart 2 shows the patterns of major trading routes between libraries (representing fifty or more requests). Mann to Olin/Kroch Asia represents the greatest number of items lent (280), with Olin/Kroch Asia to Law second (252), and Olin/Kroch Asia to Mann third (233).
Staff also recently tracked requests submitted by patron group. Of all requests (sent and received), graduate students comprised 42% of the total; staff represented 28%; undergraduates 26%; and faculty 4%. Joanne Leery also noted that she has been monitoring usage patterns, which show that many requestors appear to be "repeat customers."
We will continue to collect the stats and keep an eye on developing patterns. Stay tuned for more analysis after another semester of data is collected.
Access to Uris
JGSM, and ILR Temporarily Join IRIS
Free Library Collection Coming Soon
The collection move is scheduled in three phases: rare and manuscript materials will be moved on June 15; the vertical files, card catalog, and shelft list will be moved on June 21; and the stack collection on July 15. The rare material will be housed in RMC and the circulating collection in the Old Rare Vault in Olin while it is being processed and integrated with the general stack collection.
Susan Currie is coordinating the move of the HFL. This has been a complex project, and many people have been involved in the arrangements, including Barbara Berger Eden, John Dean, Katherine Reagan, John Marmora, Sharon Wargo, Lee Cartmill, and Marisue Taube.
BTW, the temporary move of the Africana Library to Uris went quite smoothly, taking only one day to complete. For those wanting more details of the move, click here.
Staff News: Comings, Goings and Kudos
To backfill some of Peter’s responsibilities in the Department of Learning and Instruction, it is wonderful to announce that Kizer Walker will be joining IRIS this fall. He will begin working halftime in the Department of Instruction and Learning beginning September 1 and will become at least seventy-five percent time on November 1 (he may remain 25% time in EMPSL depending upon the success of a pending grant). Kizer will continue his selection responsibilities in Classics, Archaeology, and Ancient Near Eastern studies and ultimately will assume more collection development responsibilities.
Bob Scott will join the staff at the Library Annex on Monday, June 14th. Bob worked for IBM from September 1984 until February 2003, in the distribution and engineering departments, where he became an experienced forklift operator. Most recently, he worked as a Library Aide at Binghamton University in the Bartle Library at the circulation desk assisting patrons, answering phones, sorting, charging and discharging, shelving and shelf reading books. Bob can be reached at the Library Annex number at 253-3431.
Please welcome back Roger Clearwater, Preservation Assistant III in the Department of Preservation and Collections Maintenance. He has returned to work after an extended medical leave.
We are pleased that Jenn Colt Demaree has joined the Design Team. Jenn was the Marketing Manager for Marson Energy where, among other things, she created their online presence and corporate identity pieces. She has hit the ground running and is a welcome addition to a busy office. Jenn will work primarily on web-based projects for IRIS and can be reached at 254-7286 or jrc88.
Nanci Trapani will join the Wason Collection staff, working part-time as the special collections assistant. Her first day will be Wednesday, June 16. Nanci has extensive experience working within the library system over the past five years including the Annex moving project, ILS Borrowing and as night supervisor at Fine Arts.
As announced earlier, Susan Greaves and the Department of Maps & Geospatial Information have joined the Department of Preservation and Collection Maintenance. Howard Brentlinger is assisting Susan half time with the technical processing aspects of the collection. Look for expanded public service hours in Maps beginning with the Fall semester.
Stel Walton Whitehead ended her term appointment as Evening Supervisor at Africana Library. Because of the building project and library relocation, the position was not renewed for the coming year.
Ira Revels has also been elected Secretary of the Black Caucus of the ALA for the 2004-2006 term.
Peter Hirtle has been named a contributing author to the LibraryLaw blog Recently he also spoke on copyright law and digital image management systems, at the Northeast Document Conservation Center's annual "School for Scanning."
The Research Department has been awarded the 2004 Society of American Archivists’ Preservation Publication Award for its online tutorial, “Digital Preservation Management: Implementing Short-term Strategies for Long-term Problems.” This tutorial is a collaborative effort of Nancy McGovern, Rich Entlich, Bill Kehoe, Erica Olsen, Ellie Buckley, Carla DeMello, and me. We will be receiving the award at SAA’s annual meeting in August.
An article I wrote last spring on “Collections, Preservation, and the Changing Resource Base,” has been published in a new report from the Council on Library and Information Resources, entitled Access in the Future Tense.
Note: I’d like to highlight what IRIS staff are up to, so please send me information you’d like to share with your colleagues.
Like Borrow Direct, RAPID is a speedy, cost-effective request and delivery system. However, unlike Borrow Direct which is for lending books, RAPID delivers copies of serial articles. Also, unlike Borrow Direct, users will have seamless access through the regular ILL management system, ILLiad, instead of having to log into a separate system. Cornell, Columbia, and very likely the University of Pennsylvania will be joining the current consortium early in a year-long development project that will ultimately result in a robust assembly of possibly 100 institutions. Cornell's implementation will be phased, initially involving for lending Mann, Olin, Kroch, and Uris, followed soon by the Library Annex. Information on the current RAPID organization and operation can be found on their web site. For further information regarding Cornell's implementation, contact Pat Schafer.
Russians are Coming, the Russians are Coming
On Wednesday, June 30th, the group will be spending the day at CUL to observe operations and learn about cooperative programs such as interlibrary loan, online reference services, and rare books and manuscripts. In addition, our Russian visitors will get to attend the Ithaca Fireworks as VIP guests, go shopping at Carousel Mall in Syracuse, visit the Women’s Rights Museum in Seneca Falls, and have a farewell picnic at Treman State Park. For more information on the Russian visit, contact Carmen Blankinship.
Student Reading Project
Library bookmarks are also going into each book being sent to new students. The bookmarks refer students to the Library’s Reading Project Library Resources web site (presently under construction by Lance Heidig). Library staff will also be serving as small group discussion leaders in August. For more information about this year's Reading Project, contact Michael Busch, Executive Staff Assistant to the Vice Provosts.
Way Finding Report for Olin, Uris, & Kroch Asia
Soon: State of IRIS Report and Ice Cream Social
One final thing. IRIS News & Notes served as an inspiration for TSEG, which recently launched an online newsletter highlighting technical services activities library-wide. If you haven’t taken a look at Backstory, I recommend it highly. I found the combination of news and humor just right. Who wouldn’t want to read about Raiders of the lost MARC, Cats stats fever, or Chronicle of a death foretold?
it for this time. Enjoy the summer weather and as always, drop me a line
with any comments, suggestions, or questions.
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