Joan Brink, Preservation & Conservation, DSPS
From left: Joan Brink with anne Kenney
When Joan began working for the library in June of 1968 it was quite a different workplace than what we currently experience. Staff used manual typewriters (not even electric), there was a dress code (no slacks, only skirts that were business appropriate), and academic staff were referred to by Miss, Mrs., Mr., or Dr. and their last name. Support staff were called by their first name. For the past 45 years, Joan has witnessed and been part of the many changes in the library. In her current position she is responsible for tracking materials from the Rare collections prior to treatment in the conservation lab, managing the environmental monitoring system, maintaining the conservation databases, and ordering the wide variety of supplies for the department. In her life outside of work she is a dog lover and breeds Shelties. Joani is a devoted mom, grandmother, and friend to many. She enjoys home improvement projects and has put hundreds of hours into redoing her home. She loves growing flowers. In addition she is incredibly well organized and this ability has helped her to excel in her positions in the library. Congratulations, Joan! (Barbara B. Eden)
Gary Bogart, Law Library
Gary Bogart on his last day at work; Gary is happy to retire and also happy to leave behind the most recent shipment of PL480 books (Photograph by Jean Pajerek)
On May 31, 2013, Gary Bogart retired after a lengthy career in the Law Library. Gary worked in the Law Library for 44 years, more than long enough to have witnessed the evolution of the Library from a completely paper-based institution where catalog cards were typed by hand and serials checked in on the Kardex, to the digitized environment we work in today. Like most people who work in technical services, he worked quietly behind the scenes, performing tasks that are vital to the functioning of the Library – checking in and claiming serials, and routing hundreds of journals to the Law School faculty. He was one of the many Library employees whose contributions may sometimes be taken for granted, but without whom others would not be able to do their work and the Library would grind to a halt. As the Library evolved, so did Gary. His agility in adapting to our rapidly changing workplace was admirable. He was adept at using new technology and generous in sharing his expertise with his co-workers. His in-depth knowledge and experience made him a valuable resource person for the entire Library staff. Since he is one of the very longest-serving employees on the Library staff, his “institutional memory” is irreplaceable. We extend our congratulations and thanks to Gary for 44 years of diligence and hard work on behalf of the Law Library. (Jean Pajerek)
John Saylor, Library Administration
From left: Anne Kenney and John Saylor
John started as a reference librarian in the Engineering Library on groundhog day in February 1973. There were no computers in the library system at all. He filed catalog cards above the rod until he eventually earned the right to pull the rod and drop the cards in permanently. He became the acting Director of the Engineering Library in 1987 and then Director in 1989. He taught one of the first html classes in the library, set up gopher servers, and established the first PC computer network in the libraries with a bunch of Macintosh SE computers strung together with telephone cables. From 2000 to 2001 he was Co-Principal Investigator for Cornell’s project for a National Science Digital Library (NSDL), funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF). From 2002 to 2006 he served several masters. One was as Principal Investigator of the NSDL Collections Project, Kinematic Models for Design Digital Library (KMODDL), a two-year NSF grant totaling $750,000 to build a digital library primarily based on a collection of 19th century artifacts used for teaching kinematics at Cornell. Another was as Director of Collection Development and Co-PI, NSDL (while still serving part time as Director for the Engineering Library). During this time he also was PI for a two-year $500,000 grant that KMODDL received from IMLS. In January 1, 2007 he was appointed Interim Associate University Librarian for Scholarly Communications and Collections at CUL and then in the fall of 2008 became AUL for Scholarly Resources and Special Collections. One thing John has always enjoyed is that the research library world is constantly changing. There is always something new to learn and to challenge you. He is most proud of the relationships he's developed with people he's worked with, learned from, and met along the way. Too many people to mention by name but he suggests you ask him sometime. (Anne Kenney)
From left: Janet Gillespie, Susan Cobb, Yen Bui, Anne Kenney
Yen Bui, LTS Cataloging & Metadata
Yen is the original cataloger of Vietnamese materials for the Echols Collection on South East Asia. This means she provides access to materials in the Vietnamese language by creating bibliographical records which reside in the Library's online catalog. This extremely detailed task requires accurate bibliographical description and complex subject analysis and classification. She also acts as a liaison between Library Technical Services and her Public Services and Collection Development colleagues and must be up-to-date with users' academic needs and the Echols Collection's priorities. She is devoted to her work, and goes out of her way to assist anyone who needs her Vietnamese language skills. Because the Echols Collection is an internationally renowned collection, Yen helps researchers and graduate students from all over the world work with our Vietnamese-language sources. She also spends a good part of her own vacation in Vietnam each year buying Vietnamese-language items for the collection. We tease her that she only has herself to blame when the cataloging of these items piles up on her! (Pam Stansbury)
Susan Cobb, LTS E-Resources & Serials
There are not many positions where tens of thousands of monographs and serials ready to be bound are handled each year, but Susie and her staff in the LTS Commercial Binding, Preparations & Physical Processing Unit process such a steady flow of materials for the CUL collections. In 35 years she has seen many changes, not only seeing her two sons become men, but in how items are processed. She started work adding serials for the collection while all the records were still on cards. She was also there as CUL’s conservation and binding efforts expanded. In various reorganizations and assignments of new responsibilities she has had different titles and different supervisors, but has always approached her job with dedication and a desire to do her best with whatever new assignment came her way. (Bill Kara)
Janet Gillespie, Law Library
Janet Gillespie began her career at Cornell at Mann Library, then spent five years at The Flower Veterinary Library before moving to the Law Library in 1985. In addition to working at the reference desk, Janet manages the Access Services department, including the circulation desk, interlibrary loan, and the stacks. Janet also represents the Law Library at University Library Access Services meetings. In all of these capacities, Janet serves as a passionate advocate for her staff and is committed to providing the best possible service to library patrons. Her institutional memory of the library is an invaluable resource that we are all grateful to call upon. (Amy Emerson)
From left: Angela Wagner, Pam Stansbury, Jan Frantz, Carla Bahn
Carla Bahn, Fine Arts Library
Carla Bahn serves as Circulation and Reserves Supervisor in the Fine Arts Library, where she has worked since winter of 2002. Previously, she held positions in Uris Library technical services and as Uris reserves coordinator and student supervisor. Carla is diplomatic in resolving billing situations and is skilled in managing a high volume of reserve requests as well as a busy circulation desk. She greatly enjoys interacting with patrons and facilitating their use of the library. Since her childhood in Missouri she has loved libraries, and early in her career she worked as a public services assistant at an elementary school library. Carla has studied literature, anthropology, and art education. Among her personal interests are reading, hiking, camping, traveling, cooking, and sewing. An avid animal lover, her pets have included two horses, five dogs, five cats, three guinea pigs, two mice, three rats, two parakeets, one canary, two goldfish, one turtle, and a little runt pig. She also has been active as an equestrian and took two years of Cornell hunt seat equitation classes. Carla's positive attitude and gracious manner create a welcoming environment for all, and her dedication to her work helps ensure excellent service for FAL patrons. (Lenora Schneller)
Jan Frantz, LTS E-Resources & Serials
I have had the pleasure of knowing Jan for the past 30 years, and being her supervisor for the last four. Jan works in Physical Processing 75 percent of her time and the other 25 percent she uses inputting Vietnamese books. Jan enjoys watching movies and reading, especially Vietnamese cookbooks. Jan likes cooking and eating spicy food. (Susan Cobb)
Pam Stansbury, LTS Cataloging & Metadata
Pam is one of the stalwarts of LTS, someone who has played a central role in shaping the kind of place it is today. She started at Cornell in 1983, quickly established herself in cataloguing, and progressed to administrative duties during the 90s. She has supervised a team of original cataloguers since 1998. It wasn’t an easy time to move into this role. Planning for the Voyager migration was shortly to begin, and the no-backlog policy was changing LTS’s entire approach to its mission. As supervisor, trainer, and mentor, Pam has left a big imprint on the lives of many LTS people. Many of you outside of LTS know her well too. She has always placed great value on building working relationships with the people who depend on us. Even in the short time I have worked with her, her passionate belief in the work of cataloguers has been unmistakable, and her loyalty to her staff is clearly reciprocated. I’ve seen this for myself in her handling of the LTS consolidation that is under way, a complicated undertaking in all kinds of ways, but one in which she has retained the trust and respect of all parties concerned. She obviously hasn’t lost any of her zest for her job in thirty years. (Chiat Naun Chew)
Angela Wagner, Hospitality, Labor, and Management Library
Angie Wagner started work at CUL in 1983 as a serials receiver working for Debbie Moran. This was before Notis and the Kardex was king. She also worked in monographic receiving and blanket order searching for Mary Wesche. She was one of the first fastcat catalogers in CUL. In 1989 she moved to Catherwood Library as a serials cataloger working with Chung Kim. I started as the access services librarian in 1994 and poached her from technical services in 1999 to be our billing supervisor. She showed her flexibility in working part time for both departments. In 2002 she became the access services manager, a position she has today. Her technical services skills have been a huge benefit for us and she has been an active participant in three major collection moves. Last year’s merger of the ILR, Hotel, and Management Libraries collections was made possible by a year of preparation and database clean up. Without Angie’s technical services background , we would not have been so well positioned for this move. She coordinated all of Catherwood’s efforts with the Database Quality unit as well as working with Annex staff. She has also coordinated the item status clean up as well as the aftermath of the physical collection consolidation. When Angie is not at work, she has an active family life. Her house is always full of grandkids (Cameron, Alex, Jack, Cadie, and Kaid). In fact this summer Cameron is working for HLM on the circ desk. She also gardens and quilts when she is not walking or golfing. Angie has always been a hard worker and likes being busy and productive. She thrives when there are new tasks and skills to learn and is always up for a challenge. She is always cheerful and friendly, going out of her way to make sure that our patrons get the service they deserve. She is beloved by her student assistants and the feeling is mutual. With Angie around, I know that the circ desk is in capable hands! (Deb Lamb-Deans)
From left: Carol Snedeker, Marty Schlabach, Laura Heisey, Michelle Eastman, Pam Clearwater, Amy Blumenthal
Amy Blumenthal, CUL Information Technology
In January 1988 as a recent grad from the Cornell Asian Studies program, Amy Blumenthal found her way into the Library stacks as an information assistant in Olin Library. Soon after she added to her job titles collections assistant in RMC and in the Wason Collection. In 1999 Amy was hired as the first staff member of the Desktop Services (first DLIT, now CUL-IT) group. Since then she has shown a tremendous grasp of technology particularly in her work with the variety of Library specific technologies (Voyager, ILLiad, Ares, EZProxy, etc.). Her stellar work supporting LIBIT-L is appreciated by both staff and patrons for her quick and skilled responses. She has been described to me as a techno-solutions treasure! Her service to the Library is well acknowledged with not one, but TWO Outstanding Performance Awards for Library staff, one in 2000 and the other in 2005. Amy cherishes her cats, Chester and Catsby, and loves to get outdoors bicycling in the summer and winter. (Peter Magnus)
Pamela Clearwater, LTS E-Resources & Serials
Pamela works in the commercial binding office. She prepares serials and monographs to go to our binder in Boston, MA. Pam has a very pleasant personality and usually keeps the office atmosphere light and enjoyable. I have enjoyed working with Pam her entire 25 years at Cornell, and hope for many more. Pamela enjoys writing and is a published author with her latest novel titled “Blood of the Scarecrow”. (Susan Cobb)
Michelle Eastman, Library Administration
Michelle Eastman was hired into the Library during the summer of 2004, first working with Tom Hickerson in DLIT, then Sarah Thomas in Library Administration, and now with Anne Kenney and the senior managers as the Executive Staff Assistant to the University Librarian and as office manager for Library Administration. Prior to working in the Library, Michelle was first hired at Cornell University by the School of Industrial and Labor Relations, where she worked for sixteen years—first with the Program on Employment and Disability and then with the Center for Advanced Human Resource Studies. The Library congratulates her on 25 years of service! (Lee Cartmill)
Laura Heisey, CUL Information Technology
Laura Heisey started working at Cornell University in July 1987 and has spent her entire career in the Library. She started first in the Physical Sciences Library, then moved to Library Technical Services (LTS previously known as CTS) in 1989 and in 1999 moved to Desktop Services. Her service to the Library was recognized in 2000 with CUL's staff Outstanding Performance Award. In providing service for the Library as a member of Desktop Services staff Laura wears many hats and none more important than her role as Desktop Services' public computers guru. Over the years she has overseen the deployment and maintenance of our many public computers distributed across 10 unit libraries. This past year she started working with Gabriel Plaine to help manage the Mann Library public systems. Laura is a collector of Depression-era, elegant glassware by A.H. Heisey (no known relation), and Victorian-era micromosaic jewelry. She loves caring for the gardens around her house and is an expert in plant identification. Laura is also known to get weak in the knees over the cars at drag races. (Peter Magnus)
Laura Robert, Law Library
Laura Robert has served as the Law Library Stacks Manager since coming to Cornell 25 years ago. Laura knows the physical collection better than anyone and she is genuinely invested in its maintenance. Years ago, Laura was the first to initiate a mapping system for the entire library. She is renowned for her ability to plan and implement major book moves in record time, and she trains and deploys her student workers with maximum efficiency. The care and attention that Laura gives to our stacks has served to keep our library organized, functional, and aesthetically pleasing throughout these many years. (Amy Emerson)
Marty Schlabach, Mann Library
Marty Schlabach joined the Mann Library staff 25 years ago as a Public Services Librarian. Over the years he has held positions at Mann, the Lee Library in Geneva, and at the former Comstock Entomology Library. For the past five years, Marty has served as Head of Collection Development at Mann. Marty’s strong advocacy and knowledgeable management of Mann’s collection have continued to build Cornell’s reputation nationally and internationally for a fine collection in agriculture and life sciences. Most recently, Marty has led the Cornell work to add our digitized life sciences material to the Biodiversity Heritage Library. Marty is also noted among his colleagues, students, and faculty for his knack for solving those reference puzzlers. His expertise in the agriculture and life sciences disciplines combined with his strong reference skills make him one of Mann’s “go to” librarians for reference stumpers. He also puts these skills to work in one of his many outside interests, helping organize the Interlaken Historical Society Plowing Day which showcases local agricultural history. And speaking of outside interests, Marty has also been seen having his picture taken with Sponge Bob in Times Square so he could send it to his granddaughter, Emma. Congratulations to Marty on 25 years of service! (Mary Ochs)
Carol Snedeker, LTS E-Resources & Serials
Carol joined the Serials Department of Olin Library in February 1988. Carol’s original position included receiving serials and claiming missed and overdue issues, which required attention to detail and accurate serials record keeping. Her overall goal was to keep the claiming process running smoothly as well as training serials receiving staff in the claiming process. The claiming process has changed greatly over the years, from paper claims sent by postal mail to claiming by e-mail utilizing access to various data available from publishers, subscription agents, and organization websites. During the technical services integration in 2005, Carol moved to Mann Library, along with other staff members of the serials management team. In 2009, when there were numerous retirements and additional staff moved to Mann Library, Carol’s role again evolved and her responsibilities increased to include invoice payment. Carol is always willing to assist with large publisher-based projects and the cancellation process. We appreciate Carol's dedication and friendly, easy-going personality, both of which made the integration that much more successful for the unit. When not at work, Carol supports Special Olympics as a coach and a chaperon, providing transportation for her daughter, Kelley, and her fellow athletes. Congratulations, Carol, on twenty five years of service! (Deb Warfield)
From left: Cynthia Sweet, Boris Michev, Jesse Koennecke, Caitlin Finaly, Jon Corson-Rikert, Carole Atkinson
Carole Atkinson, Asia Collections
Carole divides her time at work between managing special projects for the Echols Collection, running the Asia Reading Room, and acting as the front line for reference questions involving the Asia Collections. Some of her duties include selecting for the Asia reference collection, planning and installing regular exhibits in the Asia Reading Room, and creating and updating guides to the collections. Her work with the Echols Collection involves managing microfilming projects, handling special requests for film duplication, and increasingly, filling digitization requests from around the world. Her dedication over the years to every aspect of her job has helped the Asia Collections become well known for good service to patrons near and far. She is a wonderful colleague and a welcoming face to all who visit the Asia Collections. Congratulations Carole for twenty years of great service. (Greg Green)
Jon Corson-Rikert, CUL Information Technology
As the head of Mann ITS, a member of the CUL-IT senior management team, and the IT lead on many different Library research projects, Jon is involved with, and in many cases essential to, almost every major IT project in the Library. While Jon’s creation of the VIVO faculty profiling system and his leadership of VIVO over the years has had the greatest national and international impact, he has also provided IT leadership for a number of other important achievements, including CUGIR, Cornell’s GIS repository, and eClips, an innovative video clip teaching tool created by Professor Deborah Streeter. His leadership of VIVO, which led to his receiving the Library’s 2011 Outstanding Performance Award, resulted in a $12 million NIH grant; an emerging worldwide standard for representing researchers and scholarship as linked open data; and adoption of the VIVO system and data standard by over 100 institutions around the world – a number that is growing weekly. Behind the scenes, Jon provides input and guidance on projects ranging from TEEAL, to Datastar, to Discovery and Access, to digital collections, and to library strategic planning. Before coming to Mann Library in 2001, Jon worked for nine years as the coordinator of the Cornell site of the NSF Science and Technology Center in Computer Graphics and Scientific Visualization, contributing significantly to that effort. Jon’s combination of vision, leadership, cooperation, and humility has made him a wonderful colleague, collaborator, and friend to staff across the Library and Cornell. Congratulations and thanks to Jon for his twenty years of service! (Dean Krafft)
Rich Entlich, Scholarly Resources
Congratulations to Rich Entlich for completing 20 years of significant contributions to CUL and the library profession. Rich first worked for CUL in 1977-78 as a student employee at the Physical Sciences Library. He returned 1985-87 for a part-time stint as a member of the Hewlett/Mellon sci-tech recon team. At the convocation for Master's degree recipients at the Syracuse University School of Information Studies in 1990, his faculty advisor, Liz Liddy (now Dean of the iSchool), presented Rich with that year's Master's Prize in Information Studies. During her introductory remarks, she referred to him as a "true information junkie." To some in the audience, that might not have sounded like a laudatory remark, but to Rich, coming from her, it was the highest form of praise. After getting his MLS from Syracuse University, Rich was hired as a full-time Systems Analyst at Mann Library in 1990. In 1994, he became Mann's Preservation Librarian, a position he held until 1997, when he temporarily left CUL. He returned on a part-time basis in 1998 as a consultant for the TEEAL project and, following another pause, came back in 1999 as Digital Projects Researcher in Olin Preservation and Conservation. Rich continued working part time through the first decade of the 21st century under several different job titles, and with a variety of responsibilities. At the end of 2010, Rich moved from Assessment & Communications to his current position as Collection Analyst in Scholarly Resources, where he finally returned to full-time status in 2011. In addition to TEEAL, Rich has contributed to a large set of library acronyms, including CORE, CHLA, MOA, KMODDL, PRISM, FFMM, and 2CUL. Rich has a strong research orientation and has authored or co-authored numerous articles and reports, many funded by outside sources such as NEH, NSF, IMLS, CLIR, RLG, Title IIC, and the Mellon Foundation. Rich's work has been recognized by awards from LITA, SAA, and SCRLC. When not crunching numbers or writing long-winded email messages, Rich enjoys spending time with his family, crossword puzzles, repairing obsolete computing equipment, vegetarian cooking, coaxing sounds from various musical instruments, and ranting about inaccuracies in mainstream media reporting. (John Saylor)
Caitlin Finlay, Interlibrary Services
Caitlin has been with the Interlibrary Services Department (ILS) in Olin Library for 20 years now! An Ithaca native, Caitlin attended SUNY Purchase, and after a few temporary positions with CUL, in 1993 she found her home in ILS when she began working as a Senior ILS Assistant in Access Services, where her computer expertise allowed her to facilitate the transition to OCLC, improving the daily operations of the Lending department significantly. After a successful five-year run as an ILS Assistant, Caitlin became a Borrowing Coordinator in the same department, where she was a key player in the implementation of the ILLiad management system for the Borrowing section, as well as the introduction of global scanning to the university’s libraries. After nearly 10 successful years as a Borrowing Coordinator, Caitlin rose to the position of Library Administrator in 2007, becoming the head of Olin ILS. Caitlin moved easily into this role, and has since represented ILS extremely well. I have been serving as Caitlin’s supervisor for a comparatively short time only, and I still remember her previous supervisor re-assuring me that with taking on ILS, I had nothing to worry about because Caitlin is so good at her job that the operation runs like clock-work. I will also be remiss if I didn’t include here what one of her former long-term supervisors wrote about her: “It is a pleasure to supervise someone with the intelligence, personality, and fine work ethic of Caitlin Finlay.” I couldn’t agree more. Caitlin not only knows the operation inside out, but she is always looking for ways to improve it in order to provide superb service to our patrons and lead her staff in a thoughtful and user-oriented way through multiple systems and software changes and upgrades, which can often make less knowledgeable (or less patient) people rather frustrated. Not Caitlin, though! Her cheerful, can-do attitude, her public service ethic, her dependability, and her analytical abilities, are a guarantee that our patrons will continue to enjoy first-class service from BorrowDirect and interlibrary services. In the words of a recent very satisfied customer, “You're a gem Caitlin! I cannot imagine completing my research during my time here at Cornell without the kind assistance of you and your wonderful colleagues!” In her free time, Caitlin likes to garden (in fact, she recently brought joy to many of the CUL avid gardeners when she shared with us that Agway is offering a discount to Cornell employees!), watching movies, and vacationing in Maine. It is indeed difficult, if not impossible, for me to imagine the CUL Interlibrary Services Department operations without Caitlin Finlay—she is such an integral part of its success! Congratulations, Caitlin! (Kornelia Tancheva)
Jesse Koennecke, LTS E-Resources & Serials
Actually, Jesse’s Cornell Library service extends further back than twenty years. While a student at Cornell he worked on barcoding projects and at circulation desks. He then continued his library work as the Evening-Weekend Supervisor in the Nestle and O/K/U circulation departments while working on his MLS. In 2001 he became the Head of Access Services at Mann Library. This experience has served him and CUL well when he moved first to the position of Electronic Resources Librarian and to his current position as the Head of the LTS Electronic Resources Unit. In addition to his family and music keeping him busy, Jesse has been professionally active both at CUL and in national forums and most recently with 2CUL initiatives. His energy, skills, interest in new technologies, and strong service commitment are all important in his service to the Cornell community. (Bill Kara)
Boris Michev, Research & Learning Services
Boris has played a major role in providing public service to patrons of Olin and Uris Libraries since joining the library as night supervisor for Access Services in Uris Library in 1993. He went on to focus on media collections, becoming head of the media unit in 1998. In 2009 Boris became both the Map and Geospatial Information Librarian and head of the Maps and Media Department. During this most recent phase of his career, Boris has coordinated a range of map- and GIS-related initiatives, developing exhibition and digitization projects that showcase Cornell’s cartographic collections. He has shared those projects nationally and internationally through publications and presentations, and as a member of ALA’s Maps and Geospatial Information Round Table. Boris is a member of several CUL committees, notably the Usability Steering Committee and Reference & Outreach Committee, and is liaison to the Department of City and Regional Planning. The last twenty years have witnessed enormous geopolitical and technical revolutions, and throughout that time, Boris has developed a deep fondness for and expertise in the incredibly broad range of formats the Olin and Uris Libraries Maps & Media collections represent, from ancient manuscript maps to Google Earth, from reel-to-reel tapes to Blu-ray discs, and from newsprint to Twitter feeds. (Susette Newberry)
Cindy Sweet, Mann Library
Cindy came to Cornell University Library in November 1992, and began what she thought would be a short-term stint in Technical Services and is still here 20 years later! Cindy has been balancing a dual role in Technical Services and Mann Administration for the last 10 years. Wearing her Tech Services hat she manages the $2 million Elsevier account, along with helping with the Springer account. She performs a variety of services in the Administrative Office, from financial to administrative. Cindy is extremely conscientious and well organized. She keeps her skills fresh and current by participating in workshops and certification programs, and is always looking for opportunities to learn new things and have new experiences. Last year she was invited to participate in the e-Shop streamlining process that included 12 people from throughout campus that collected information and feedback from users, analyzed the results, and made a presentation to the University Administration with recommendations for system improvements. Thank you Cindy for your dedication and outstanding service to the library! (Christina Rice)
From left: Catherine Vellake, Jim Morris-Knower, Nathan Miner, Bill Klinko, Tom Hunt, Virgina Cole, Peter DelaCuadra, Ken Bolton
Ken Bolton, Hospitality, Labor, and Management Library
Ken’s contributions over the last 15 years have been numerous and varied and I consider him to be an incredible asset to the Hotel School, the HLM Library, and CUL. I began supervising Ken a little more than a year ago, but I have worked with him often since I have been here and I have always been impressed with his work. Ken takes time to ensure that our users have the best service possible in any transaction. Recently, this extended to the planning of the new Marriott Student Learning Center where Ken had an integral role in planning the space and how the library would continue to offer services within a significantly reimagined setting. Ken has also been the driving force behind the substantial social media presence of the Hotel School library, with active and popular Facebook and Twitter accounts that keep the library’s user populations informed of industry news and library updates. Another recent accomplishment of Ken’s is the addition of a credit-bearing class to the Hotel School curriculum. He designed a class that incorporates many information and media literacy skills and got it approved by the Hotel School to be offered on an ongoing basis. Besides all of these extraordinary accomplishments, Ken also does outstanding work in his day-to-day role of being the go-to person for all of the Hotel School faculty, staff, students, alumni, and affiliates that need library or research assistance. For these reasons, and many more, I congratulate Ken on his 15 years of service and wish more than anything to thank him for all he has already done and say that I look forward to working with him in the future. (Chris Miller)
Virginia Cole, Research & Learning Services
Virginia Cole has been a mainstay of Olin Library’s public services staff since 1997, when she joined the staff as a Reference Assistant. Over the next five years, she established herself as an indispensable part of the reference team, earning a PhD in Medieval European History at SUNY/Binghamton, and a new job as Olin’s Reference and Digital Services Librarian. She has been a guiding force behind CUL’s chat (now in its 14th year!) and cooperative chat service, and a key organizer for citation management initiatives and a number of innovative outreach services, especially for graduate students and alumni—among them the Humanities Doctoral Student Immersion Program and Liaison Steering Committee. On a national level, Virginia recently completed a term on the American Library Association’s RUSA Reference Services Section Executive Committee, and has served on the RefWorks Advisory Committee. Closer to home, she is CUL’s liaison to the History and Medieval Studies Department, Humanities Selection Team Leader, and selector for American, British & General History. With so many intellectual interests and contributions to the profession, it’s no wonder that fifteen years have flown by so quickly for Virginia. (Susette Newberry)
Julie Dean, Hospitality, Labor, and Management Library
Julie Dean began at the Catherwood Library in December 1997 as a technical services assistant, splitting her time between the technical services unit and the director’s office. She assisted in the acquisition of serial publications, provided administrative assistance to our collection development librarian, and handled payment processing for all library materials, as well as other goods and services. She became more involved in the library’s administrative and financial areas and her title was changed to accounts representative, the title she holds today. Julie has become our primary support person for everything administrative, such as appointing student assistants, payroll, handling our accounts, and helping on details of our various moves. Julie is also HLM’s events coordinator. She is a pro at organizing and seeing to the details of events, such as Catherwood Cookie Day and the many staff breaks held to welcome new people. We have come to rely heavily on her expertise in this area. When Julie isn’t working, she is busy with her extended family. In good weather, she and her husband Dan are often riding their motorcycle to parts unknown and enjoy going to concerts. She also enjoys gardening and spending time at the lake. Her good nature and ready sense of humor hves been helpful to all of us as we navigate through the many changes over the last few years. I have depended on her knowledge and her strong service attitude. (Deb Lamb-Deans)
Peter Delacuadra, LTS Acquisitions & Automated Technical Services
Peter has been through several progressions since joining Olin Library in 1997 as an assistant. Following this position, he worked at the Annex for a couple of years, and returned to Olin as a search/inputter here in Library Technical Services. Over the past 13 years Peter has greatly increased the breadth of his responsibilities. He has done a lot of bulk loading of bibliographic records, a detailed and complicated task. Peter’s responsibilities extend outside of Acquisitions and Automated Technical Services; he also works with Batch Processing and Metadata Management. Additionally, Peter updates bibliographic records and supervises students for the Database Quality Unit. And if that is not enough to keep him busy, due to the specialized nature of the programs we use in LTS we have a netadmin team in which Peter is in many cases the “go to” person. On his own time, Peter devotes himself to his family and enjoys playing sports. He is a very pleasant person and I enjoy working with him. (Cynthia Rich)
Stephen Gollnick, Hospitality, Labor, and Management Library
In 1997, Steve joined the Access Services department in Catherwood Library as the reserve coordinator/evening weekend supervisor. He later moved into his current role as the Digital Resources Specialist, first with Catherwood Library's Web & Digital Projects Group and now with the Hospitality, Labor, and Management Library's Digital Projects Group. His work has contributed greatly to the success of DigitalCommons@ILR, the ILR School's digital repository. A graduate of Ithaca College with a BA in art history, Steve is well known in the local music scene as a singer, songwriter, and guitarist. Steve brings his artistic touch to his work at HLM in many ways, such as providing photos for library web sites. Steve is an amazing person to work with, and the Digital Projects Group simply wouldn't be where it is without his efforts and excellence. Congratulations, Steve! And thank you for your fifteen years of service! (Jim DelRosso)
Tom Hunt, O/K/U Collection Maintenance
Tom Hunt came to CUL in 1998 to work on the first Annex project, for John Marmora. In 1999 he moved to serials processing, for Olin, Kroch and Uris Libraries. Over the years he has assumed more and more responsibilities and is now the Administrative Supervisor for serials, as part of Olin, Kroch and Uris Stacks Management. Tom is an incredibly hard worker, a superb supervisor who quietly keeps serials running. Tom also works at the Library Annex and does many vital things for Stacks Management, from moving books to updating records and complex problem solving. Tom is flexible and dedicated and a pleasure to work with. When he isn’t working in the library he can be found fly fishing streams from the Catskills to Lake Ontario and hunting turkey, grouse, waterfowl, and deer. (Jon Frankel)
Bill Klinko, CUL Information Technology
Bill has a well-earned reputation for being a fantastic team player. He is always willing to dive in and do whatever is needed to get the job done. His diverse talents allow him to move from server administration to network support to troubleshooting in the blink of an eye, and then turn around and pitch in with planning and logistics for the recent IAALD conference at Mann. Shortly after the formation of CUL-IT, Bill moved from Mann ITS Operations into Library Systems. We began the process of migrating Mann services from physical servers to virtual machines in CIT's datacenter. Bill was a key player in getting things moved over. He worked with other technical staff to make sure the services were working properly, and resolved issues as they arose. His contributions were key in our meeting the goal of getting 80% of the CUL's servers virtualized by the end of the VM Initiative. Bill has also works across all of CUL's servers to ensure we have consistent monitoring and backups in place no matter what program the server supports. (Chris Manly)
Francis Lutkenhouse, LTS Acquisitions & Automated Technical Services
Francis announces his arrival every day with a cheerful and vibrant “Good morning!” Francis joined Library Technical Services in 1997 and has proven himself a dedicated and conscientious co-worker through the years. He works meticulously in his increasingly wide range of responsibilities. Francis doesn’t back down from any new challenges and is happy to take on anything. From inputting to fastcatting to receiving, Francis is extremely productive and methodical. His most recent additional responsibilities are thesis processing and batch loading bibliographic records, both very involved and complex assignments. Among his many interests and activities, Francis is an avid bicyclist, (I see him peddling around upon occasion) and a movie aficionado. I must add that Francis is an agreeable and fun co-worker. (Cynthia Rich)
Nate Miner, Annex Library
Nate has been with the Library System since the opening of the first high density warehouse. He was on the move project which moved the first 1.6 million volumes into the Annex and then continued on in the Collection Maintenance department at Olin. Nate has done a full circle and has been back at the Annex for the last four years. We are fortunate to have his experience and longevity and thank him for 15 years of service. (Cammie Wyckoff)
Jim Morris-Knower, Mann Library
During his 15 years of service at Mann Library, Jim has exhibited strong leadership, decision making, and teaching skills, as well as being a consummate team player. Jim is a service oriented, engaged, and collaborative staff member, willing to share ideas and provide guidance to his colleagues. Jim has provided leadership for outreach activities at Cornell, within the state of New York--while working collaboratively within the statewide Cornell Cooperative Extension network--and internationally. While in South Africa last year Jim presented a citation management workshop to staff members at the Information Training and Outreach Center for Africa (ITOCA). Jim also developed and led a weeklong workshop on library research at the West African Centre for Crop Improvement at the University of Ghana; this workshop was presented to PhD students in plant breeding from all across West Africa. At Banaras Hindu University at Varanasi, India Jim developed and presented a workshop on information literacy for twenty five librarians from across northern India. Jim’s teaching skills are extraordinary, and as one of Mann’s best instructors I wasn’t surprised to hear from Gracian Chimwaza, ITOCA’s Executive Director, who told me that Jim’s workshop was extremely well organized, presented, and targeted perfectly for his staff. He also wanted to me know that everyone at the ITOCA office enjoyed Jim’s warmth and enthusiasm during his stay in Pretoria. No surprise there, either. (Howard Raskin)
Matt Ryan, Mann Library
Matt Ryan has worked as the David L. Call Auditorium Manager for over 15 years. Originally hired within the College of Human Ecology, Matt later moved to the CALS Office of Academic Programs where he spent almost 10 years providing technical support to various high-profile university events. For the past four years Matt has worked under the guidance of Mann Library as part of the Media Support team. (Shane Hutchinson)
Natalie Sheridan, Math Library
Natalie started out in Olin Library in 1998 and came to the Mathematics Library in 2001. She has excelled in a wide range of responsibilities in managing library operations and grown her skill set continuously. In times of change she has shown great flexibility and resourcefulness with grace and good humor. Her duties have evolved beyond the Math Library so she now supports the whole EMPSL team of six in three locations plus faculty, staff, and students from the whole range of engineering and physical sciences. We have always had an extraordinary reliance on student employees and she hires, trains, and mentors our excellent student staff who have won several Fuerst Outstanding Library Student Employee Awards. Natalie has taken on reference service over the years and I get a smile on my face when customers walk right by my office to go see her for help. We recently completed a survey of library users and several people mentioned her by name as being especially helpful and nice. Natalie is always very responsible and always pleasant. She make the days at work better for staff, student employees, and library customers. (Steve Rockey)
Adam Smith, CUL Information Technology
Adam Smith began his fifteen years at Cornell as a developer in Mann Library, took a brief side trip to CIT, and then joined the IT group in Olin Library. He currently manages the Web Development group and serves as part of the overall CUL-IT management team. Over the last several years, Adam has led the development of a number of unit and project web sites, winning praise from library representatives for both the ease of working with Adam and his group, and the quality of the results. Adam has been a student and proponent of agile development practices for a number of years, and he has recently had a chance to put these into practice as the software development manager for our new Discovery and Access system. Adam has worked closely with both the web designers, led by Mary Beth Martini-Lyons, and the user representatives, led by Maureen Morris, as he has managed a large group of developers from all across CUL-IT to create our new Blacklight-based discovery environment. You can check out the public beta at http://search.library.cornell.edu. Adam’s leadership and management skills have been critical to the success of this effort, which will serve as a model for future projects. On behalf of all my library colleagues I would like to thank Adam for his fifteen years of service to Cornell, offer congratulations on his past successes, and predict many successful projects in the years to come. (Dean Krafft)
Catherine Vellake, Hospitality, Labor, and Management Library
Catherine has worked for the HLM Library only a short time, but has made a huge contribution as our stacks manager, an important position with the merging of Catherwood, Hotel and the Johnson School circulation collections. Her circulation experience from the Engineering Library has made her a perfect fit for our Library. She is pleasant, outgoing, and very organized. During a time of transition, hard work and organization were key elements to our success in retrieving books for patrons when the books first arrived from each library yet were not fully merged. Her “quick read” procedure that she created helped us get through some interesting call number mix-ups during the moves. We are very grateful to have her expertise as a stacks manager. (Angela Wagner)
From left: Saah Quigee, Brian Lowe, Eric Acree, Michelle Nair, Gaby Castro Gessner, Eric Feinstein, Lenora Schneller
Eric Acree, Africana Library
Eric Acree has served as the Africana Librarian during his tenure at Cornell, and his influence reaches far beyond the Africana Library and CUL. In the Africana Library, Eric has created a welcome place for students, faculty, and community members to study and interact. He has been active in instruction, working with many faculty to integrate library resources and skills into their assignments, and has worked to build a collection that addresses the needs of the Africana faculty and students. Eric has served on several Cornell-wide committees, most recently serving as the library representative to the first-year reading program. He holds regular office hours at the OADI Center, works with the Prefreshman Program during summers, and teaches a credit-bearing course with Tony Cosgrave during the academic year. Eric is a well-known figure in the Ithaca community: he served for two terms on the board of the Tompkins County Public Library, currently serves on the board of the History Center, and chairs the Finger Lakes Residential Center Advisory Board. Eric was instrumental in leading the “Where Do We Go From Here” community reading project, focusing on one of the last published books of Martin Luther King, Jr. During that effort, he distributed thousands of copies of the book, co-authored a study guide for individual study and group discussions, and led countless group discussions. More recently, he has been talking to groups about the work and writings of Frederick Douglass. I enjoy working with Eric: every interaction with him leaves me with hope that what we are doing really does make a difference. (Bonna Boettcher)
Gaby Castro Gessner, Assessment & Communication
After eight years at Olin Library as an information assistant and specialist, Gaby became our research and assessment analyst in Assessment and Communication in 2010. She works with a wide range of unit libraries, departments, and committees to help them answer questions related to user needs and patterns. She uses her qualitative research skills and knowledge of library data to help refine the clients’ thinking about their needs and to design and execute user studies using best fit strategies. She enjoys the variety and fast pace of her job where she gets to mix big picture thinking with detailed expertise. She is an anthropologist and archeologist by training, so observing people and drawing conclusions about them from evidence is a great fit for her. Gaby has been very active in other aspects of assessment work, too. She has co-chaired the Usability Committee and has been championing an assessment angle to CUL’s instruction program. She has several publications and presentations at major national library conferences such as ACRL and ARL Assessment. She is also a regularly invited guest lecturer for CU’s Anth 2455: Real World Anthropology. Besides library assessment Gaby also keeps up her scholarship in archeology publishing and presenting widely. She has received grants to fund her archeological field work in Turkmenistan’s Kahkha Province. Gaby is the ultimate team player who is game for lots of new ideas, including being the guinea pig for our new LibScope staff profile series (and see below also). And as anyone who has worked with her knows, she has a great sense of humor and is a pleasure to work with. (Zsuzsa Koltay)
Eric Feinstein, Music Library
Eric Feinstein has served as public services evening/weekend supervisor in the Music Library since Fall 2002. Following a staff member’s retirement in 2010, his position was expanded to incorporate several technical services responsibilities, including processing newly received print materials and conservation/repair of damaged materials. Eric works with methodical care and has a high standard for quality of work. He brings these values to his training with student staff as well, encouraging a strong work ethic and an eye for detail. In addition to training students in circulation functions and stacks maintenance, Eric teaches many of them to sew music scores and parts into pamphlet binders. The students enjoy this variety in their duties and take pride in crafting high quality custom binders. We also have tapped Eric's skill and creativity for Music Library signage. He has created a variety of maps and signs that are clear, informative, and in harmony with the cherry woodwork and quiet study atmosphere. Having participated in several years of Nonviolent Communication (NVC) training, Eric recognized the benefit of this approach for the Cornell community and worked with CU Human Resources to organize two highly successful campus sessions this year with an NVC certified trainer. Outside of the library, Eric writes and produces music, writes poetry, and creates music videos. He has composed for dance, theater, film, and television, and he gives private lessons in computer-based music production for the Cornell Music Department. (Lenora Schneller)
Brian Lowe, CUL Information Technology
Brian Lowe worked in Mann Library as an undergraduate at Cornell and joined the Mann Library Technical Services staff shortly after graduation. His analytical, programming, and writing talents were quickly recognized by Elaine Westbrooks, then Metadata Librarian, who enlisted his assistance in a project exploring a Library role in digitizing and preserving faculty research materials in linguistics. In early 2006, Brian moved to Mann Library Information Technology Services to work on the VIVO project. Since joining ITS Brian has become a key contributor to the VIVO effort and a leading advocate for alignment of VIVO with emerging Semantic Web standards. He served as a team lead for the 2009-2012 National Institutes of Health-funded VIVO: Enabling National Networking of Scientists award and has continued to provide intellectual leadership for improvements to VIVO's technical design and ontologies through subsequent grants and via active participation in research information standards efforts in Canada and Europe. Brian frequently represents the VIVO project in webinars, conference presentations, and workshops and is highly regarded for his ability to explain complex topics in plain english with clear, simple examples. (Jon Corson-Rikert)
Michelle Nair, O/K/U Access Services
Michelle Nair is the coordinator of the faculty research spaces and graduate carrels in Olin and Kroch libraries. She coordinates the service of over 350 spaces representing well over 500 graduate students and faculty members. In 2011 she was nominated for the Outstanding Performance Award in recognition of her efforts during the Olin fire safety project. For the duration of the project, as floors were closed and reopened during the sprinkler installation, Michelle worked with each faculty and graduate student space holder to make certain that their research needs were met and that the relocation process was as seamless as it could be for them. In addition to coordinating the research spaces, Michelle also works in the Library Public Services Office and at the Olin and Uris circulation desks. It is a pleasure to honor Michelle for her 10 years of dedicated service to Cornell. When not at work, Michelle enjoys spending time with her family and traveling. Congratulations, Michelle! (Bethany Silfer)
Saah Quigee, African Library
Saah Nue Quigee was recently honored and recognized for ten years of continuous service to Cornell University Library. Saah, originally from Liberia, is currently working at the Africana Library as Senior Night Supervisor. He was included in the book Green Card Stories. In part this book features 50 recent immigrants. Saah became a U.S. citizen in 2011. Within the text of the book, Saah shares that he first came to Cornell University in 2001 on a student visa. He would eventually earn a master’s degree from Cornell. His thesis is titled, The Rural Institute for Creative Education (RICE): A Unique Strategy for the Revitalization of Rural Social Capital for Sustainable Development in Rural Liberia. The passion that Saah placed in the completing of this thesis, he brings to work each day at the Africana Library in working with the faculty and students in helping them with their research needs. (Eric Acree)
Joe Richardson, CUL Information Technology
Joe had been working as a temp on campus when in 2002 Chris Bucko came across his resume and ask him to join the IRIS Technical Services Team (TST) which was soon folded into the Desktop Services team. Joe does a great job in a number of key areas for Desktop Services. He is the lead on maintaining our hardware inventory. He and Andy Goldman work well as a team to keep the flow of the hardware through our system, both on the receiving and disposal ends. He is also our server administrative expert and most adept at developing and maintaining many of our Group Policy Objects. While he sometimes comes off as quiet and reserved, we in Desktop Services know him for his dry sense of humor and his love of the BBC program Top Gear. (Peter Magnus)
Lenora Schneller, Music and Fine Arts Libraries
Lenora Schneller serves as the Administrative Supervisor for the Music and Fine Arts Libraries, having been promoted to that position in 2011; previously, she was the Public Services Coordinator for the Music Library. Lenora grew up in Ithaca, but left the area to pursue degrees in music, and returned in 2001, joining her husband, Tom, a DMA student in composition in the Music Department. She joined the staff of the Music Library shortly thereafter and quickly learned the intricacies of managing student staff, the Voyager circulation system, and providing high-quality reference assistance to the music community. Lenora is thoughtful and insightful, and is willing to ask the tough questions that are on everyone’s mind, but that many are reluctant to ask, managing to do so in a non-confrontational manner. She has served on a number of CUL committees and working groups, including the Access Services Committee, several search committees, and on the working group charged with overseeing the details of the Hotel-Labor-Management Library merger, and she has recently been elected to the Library Forum Steering Committee. An accomplished clarinetist, Lenora teaches lessons at Cornell and at the Community School of Music and Arts, and performs regularly in local chamber music groups. Lenora often is approached by composition students with questions about writing for the clarinet, especially those wanting to explore extended techniques. Lenora excels at her work and brings out the best in those who report to and interact with her, encouraging vigorous, but respectful, discussion. (Bonna Boettcher)
Service Awards photographs by Library HR, picnic photographs by Carla DeMello.
Outstanding Performance Award
From left: Sarah Ross, Tom Clausen, Anne Kenney
Through the generosity of the Boissonnas family, we have been able to establish an endowment for an annual CUL Outstanding Performance Award. Nominations are reviewed by a sub-group of Library Executive Group members and a recipient is chosen based on overall contributions to the department/Library. The nominator is asked to describe the impact that the employee(s) have had within the department/unit or any impact beyond the immediate unit and the professional competencies demonstrated by the employee(s). It should be noted that a number of very impressive nominations were submitted this year. Look for them in the next issue of Kaleidoscope where they will be featured.
SARAH ROSS, LTS Cataloging, Olin Library
Nominated by Jean Pajerek (Law Library Technical Services) and Tracey Snyder (LTS Cataloging, Olin Library)
Since February 2011, catalogers at CUL have been engaged in a sustained effort to learn how to catalog using a new international cataloging standard called Resource Description and Access, or RDA. RDA and its conceptual underpinnings had been looming on the horizon for several years when the former Director of Cataloging and Metadata Services solicited volunteers to form an RDA Training Committee in January 2011.
One of the volunteers was Sarah Ross, a long-time cataloger in Library Technical Services. Sarah had been immersing herself in RDA long before the formation of the training committee and was already well-versed in the new standard and its conceptual framework when the committee began its work. Sarah’s grasp of RDA, on both the broad theoretical level and the detailed, practical level is nothing short of encyclopedic. As co-chairs of the training committee, we came to rely on her knowledge in developing our training materials and conducting the training sessions. It is not an exaggeration to say that the training committee’s efforts would not have been nearly as effective without Sarah’s patience, knowledge, and willingness to share that knowledge with others.
Sarah has had to branch out and develop new skills in service of CUL RDA training and implementation (aside from actually learning how to use RDA, a noteworthy skill itself!). When the RDA Training Committee decided that one of the training sessions early on would be a hands-on workshop led by Sarah, Sarah rose to the challenge and took the necessary steps to prepare herself for such an endeavor. She increased her fluency with PowerPoint, mastered the A/V equipment in the computer lab, and ultimately became very comfortable leading a workshop for a large group of people. She is reaching new heights after many years here.
After the departure of the Director of Cataloging and Metadata Services in September 2012, Sarah found herself assuming an expanding role in monitoring the LTS catalogers’ progress with RDA. She reviewed their work, meticulously checking for errors and explaining how to correct them, on both bibliographic and authority records. She acted as a consultant for other trainers who were also reviewing catalogers’ RDA records. As we have progressed through the mandatory training sessions and review periods required to establish CUL’s credentials as an RDA-compliant contributor to the Program for Cooperative Cataloging (PCC), Sarah has been part mother hen, part shepherd, and part enforcer. She identified gaps in the catalogers’ knowledge and took steps to address them. She kept all of us apprised of developments at the national level by monitoring several e-mail lists and sharing the most significant news on the CUL catalogers’ list. Due in large part to Sarah’s tireless efforts, CUL achieved independence from review in the three PCC programs in short order. This means that Cornell’s original RDA records are considered on a par with those created by the Library of Congress.
Sarah’s expertise is also widely known outside of the Cataloging and Metadata Services department. The Discovery and Access Implementation Team (comprised of programmers, web developers, and user representatives) has called on her numerous times, and continues to do so, to be a consultant on MARC data in CUL's evolving implementation of Blacklight. Here again, Sarah's knowledge is encyclopedic. She speaks with poise on complex issues in serials cataloging, and with authority on--no pun intended!--authority records and their many intricate components.
Sarah has always taken her work seriously, and her role in the implementation of RDA at CUL demonstrates her leadership abilities and commitment to excellence. Over the past two years, she has been instrumental in our evolution towards becoming an RDA library. She continues to perform a leadership role as a member of the CUL RDA Policy Committee. In that role, Sarah has composed and distributed several helpful documents designed to aid CUL catalogers in their ongoing application of RDA for both bibliographic and authority work.
When Sarah is not busy training, reviewing, or consulting, she is cataloging, and the bibliographic records and authority records that she creates are immaculate. She is an expert at managing her workflow and using her judgment to strike a balance between productivity and thoroughness of cataloging.
Sarah is earnest and hard-working, and she is willing to speak her mind and take a stance in cataloging matters. Such qualities are always valuable in a cataloger, but are particularly valuable during times of transition, such as the gradual shift from AACR2 to RDA. During this long and difficult transition, catalogers are having to endure periods of uncertainty in which conflicting information abounds and the questions far outnumber the answers. In the face of such odds, Sarah always manages to draw a well-reasoned conclusion and advise her peers accordingly.
Most importantly, everything Sarah does, she does with good humor and a healthy dose of pragmatism. For this reason, she has earned not only the respect of her peers, but also their affection.
TOM CLAUSEN, Mann Library Access Services
Nominated by Michael Cook (Mann Library Access Services)
Tom Clausen (’73) has worked at Mann Library since 1976, although he actually started his library career at Mann several years earlier as a student employee. On his student application there was a question that asked, “How long do you expect to work?” - Tom answered “Probably one school year.”
Tom’s contributions to the library’s goals are immeasurable. He is the very embodiment of our service ethic at Mann where excellent public service has long been the bedrock of our mission. Over the years when we have surveyed our users most of them mention the great service they have received at Mann. Of these, if one looks into additional comments and details of their responses one of the names that consistently garners the highest praise, appearing over and over again, is Tom Clausen.
Tom has performed superbly in a variety of positions at Mann over the years, from night supervisor to stacks coordinator, billing supervisor to circ desk coordinator. He was in charge of some major shifts of the stacks during his years as stacks coordinator. He is retiring in July of this year and I know that the duty he will miss the most is being a student supervisor. In that role I have never found anyone more caring or dedicated than Tom.
Because of his wonderful people skills Tom has been an unofficial “goodwill ambassador” at Mann Library’s circulation desk for decades. He usually works more daytime hours at the Circ desk than anyone else and dependably keeps this critical service point running smoothly, day in, day out, year after year. It’s certainly great to have an employee with this kind of total dedication to the mission; having such a rock-solid, dependable person on board for 37 years front and center meeting and working with patrons every day has been priceless. Excellent customer service is something he just “gets” and he makes sure that the students he supervises also “get” this philosophy, too.
Tom is a legend among Mann staff and patrons. His cheerful demeanor is matched by his amazing work ethic, professionalism and deep sense of pride in making Mann a welcoming place for all who enter. No matter how busy it gets, in the face of multiple demands coming in from all sides he can be counted on to have an unflagging energy to get the job done and done right.
Though you would never know it from his humble and unassuming demeanor, Tom is an internationally renowned and published haiku poet. For many, many years he has posted a daily haiku in Mann Library, first in the elevator of the old building before it was renovated and now on our website (haiku.mannlib.cornell.edu). President Skorton is an acknowledged fan of Tom’s haiku; Skorton’s own haiku has been featured on our site as a result of this connection.
In April of this year, Marty Schlabach went to Albany to attend the 150th anniversary of Cornell University's designation as the Land-Grant University of New York State. During the festivities he introduced himself to President David Skorton and mentioned that he was from Mann Library. President Skorton replied, “Marty, with all due respect Tom Clausen is my favorite person at Mann Library.”
I will miss Tom very deeply once he retires. I’m already missing him just knowing I won’t see him every day here at Mann as he has been for my entire career. One meets people in life who have a deeper wisdom about things than others; Tom is one such soul, to a far greater degree than nearly anyone else I’ve known, and his wisdom is only matched by his selfless humility and kindness. CUL is blessed with many outstanding and deserving staff in its ranks, and I hope you’ll agree with me that Tom Clausen is deserving of this accolade before he retires.
For the Leader in You
Kaleidoscope is happy to introduce a new regular column by Carissa Vogel,
Assistant Director for Research & Instruction at the Law Library. The series had its inception in a series of articles that Carissa prepared for her professional community, the American Association of Law Libraries.
To encourage all of us to think about leadership, I will be selecting and sending out short articles on a regular basis. For this first issue, I collected articles on transformational leadership. The next issue will focus on fostering creativity.
Transformational Leaders and Possums by Duane Dike
Journal of Leadership and Organizational Studies
The Leadership Quarterly
Transformational Leadership in a Transactional World by Seidman and McCauley
Transformational Leadership in the Coming Decade a Response to Three Major Workplace Trends by Emily Tuuk
For more in-depth reading on leadership, check out the following journals:
This spring Library Communications created a new series for the Library home page called LibeScope. The series, which features staff from units across campus, introduces patrons to some of the talented people who work in the Library through a question and answer format. Its tagline says, In this LibeScope series, interviews with library staff reveal their skills, talents, interests and backgrounds. Here are four new entries. See below for the teaser question and click on the link for the full interview.
What's it like to curate a collection, start to finish?
Who she is: Tracey Snyder, assistant music librarian.
What she does: I select audio and video materials for the music library to buy, and then I create descriptions of those things to make them discoverable in the library catalog. I also train other catalogers, and I visit classes in the music department and do hands-on sessions, teaching undergrads how to do research.
For the entire interview see here.
How do you choose the right words to make music findable?
Who she is: Beth Kelly, music cataloger.
What she does: Cataloging is all about making something findable. In terms of music materials, I use my subject expertise to construct access points and subject headings – creating a language that’s uniformly recognized. In music, that’s important because genre terms like “concerto” and symphony” are used over and over again, and they have to stay consistent.
For the entire interview see here. (Photograph by Carla DeMello)
How do you find your dream job at the Kheel Center?
Who she is: Cheryl Beredo, director of the Kheel Center for Labor-Management Documentation and Archives.
What she does: I oversee the operations of the center. We’re a staff of nine: professional archivists, staff and support staff, plus anywhere from five to 10 student assistants each term. We provide resources to researchers both on campus and off, students and faculty at Cornell and elsewhere.
For the entire interview see here. (Photograph by Carla DeMello)
How do you help build the Library's next-generation search experience?
Who he is: Nick Cappadona, interface designer at Mann Library.
What he does: On any given day, I'm collaborating with my colleagues at Mann to help patrons use our Library more easily and efficiently. Usually my efforts are focused on the flow of information, whether that's through our websites and web apps, digital signage or learning technologies.
For the entire interview see here. (Photograph by Carla DeMello)
Technical Services Corner
RDA: Catalogers Live by the Code
Sarah Ross, With Assistance from Jean Pajerek
“Not many people got a code to live by anymore” (Repo Man, 1984)
Sarah Ross at the top of Rockefeller Center in NYC; after RDA nothing is frightening.
WARNING: clip contains potentially offensive adult language and situations
As documented in the cult film Repo Man, “not many people got a code to live by anymore.” Catalogers share a salient characteristic with automobile repossession specialists: we live by a code. For the past 30 years or so, catalogers lived by the Anglo-American Cataloging Rules (AACR2). In a major life-changing process over the past few years, we have been transitioning to a new code, Resource Description and Access (RDA). RDA is intended to make catalog data work better in the 21st century by embracing a wider range of library materials, especially digital materials, and by making catalog data more accessible and re-usable in the wider digital world.
A laudable goal, no doubt, but there has been a certain amount of trauma associated with the re-education process. Sometimes RDA seems to make merely cosmetic changes from AACR2, but the theory behind RDA is hard, with many moving parts, and we did not have a guru like Harry Dean Stanton in Repo Man to show us the Way. At the time we started (later than a select few libraries and earlier than most large North American research libraries), training resources were limited and we had to figure it out or make it up ourselves. Work began in the spring of 2011 when Glen Wiley formed the RDA Training Committee chaired by Jean Pajerek and Tracey Snyder to start grappling with the task of making Cornell’s transition to the new code. Introductory sessions for catalogers and public services personnel were given in March 2011, and formal training for catalogers began in May 2011. Training was devised to be as catchy as possible for as many different learning styles as possible: catalogers engaged with the RDA texts, local documentation and cheat sheets, traditional lectures (with or without clickers to “vote” on quizzes or comic-relief YouTube videos), hands-on practicums, problem-sharing, Show and Tell, weekly e-mails on the individual issue of the moment, an RDA wiki archiving everything, and finally mutual revision of each others’ records. (Jean Pajerek above right)
After months of all RDA training/all the time in the brainwaves, catalogers finally started getting their hands dirty in January 2012 on “RDA Mondays,” when we tried to actually do all RDA/all day. Over the long summer of 2012, catalogers subjected themselves to excellent training materials in authority control (long, murmuring webinars from the Library of Congress), and over the course of the fall and winter, Cornell catalogers passed review in national-level RDA authority, bibliographic and finally serials work. Education for other staff, particularly inputting and public services staff, has continued as well. Cornell became an RDA original cataloging library in authorities and the most common bibliographic formats on nation-wide Day One, March 31, 2013.
“A repo man spends his life getting into tense situations,” says the film, and tension has been a cataloger’s life as well since RDA heaved into view. Tempers have flared over issues as minor as punctuation and as major as how to achieve highlighting of a book’s contents. Cornell catalogers have developed comedy-routine coping mechanisms similar to, but healthier than, drug abuse. Say “Cascading Vortex of Horror” or “They Both Look Nice!” to any Cornell cataloger or inputter, and you’ll be greeted with hysterical laughter and even nostalgia.
And the end product? Cornell catalogers are up to snuff on an international standard, producing sharp, appropriate-level catalog records for every category of material.
Although our photograph was not as good as we had hoped, nevertheless the principal participants in this huge endeavour can be identified; from left:
Sung Ok Kim, Teresa Mei, Cynthia Rich, Jim LeBlanc, Margaret Nichols, Tracey Snyder, Cecilia Sercan, Yen Bui, Jean Pajerek, Sarah Ross, Apikanya McCarty, Ardeen White, Pam Stansbury, Yelena Kurbanova. Missing from the photograph are
Beth Kelly, Ali Houissa, and Roswitha Clark.
DSPS at IT@Cornell: Where Unified Research Services Meets Cutting-Edge Technology
Digital Scholarship and Preservation Services (DSPS) staff Mickey Casad, Michelle Paolillo, and Jaron Porciello joined over 250 Cornellians to listen, learn, and present a poster at the June 13 IT@Cornell event: Building our community, together.
Our triptych poster* highlights services, expertise, and emerging collaborative opportunities between DSPS and the broader Cornell community. Services such as digitization, digital repositories and platforms, copyright services, and needs requirements, continue to be available to the entire Cornell community through the department’s cost-recovery service arm, DCAPS. In addition, we are also continually building expertise in emerging areas of digital scholarship, such as text-mining and visualization, in order to support innovative projects such as “Freedom on the Move: A Database of Fugitives from North American Slavery.” ”Freedom on the Move” is a collaboration between CISER, CUL, and history Professor Ed Baptist that aims to collect, collate, and eventually crowdsource for correction and analysis thousands of runway slavery advertisements from 18th and 19th newspapers and pamphlets. Eventually, this will be an interactive public history project that represents the kind of community outreach and serious research that can be seamlessly coupled in today’s digital scholarship arena. (Jaron Porcielle above right)
Many of the people we talked to at IT@Cornell shared a common interest of helping researchers discover new tools in order to both dig deeply and broadly across the mass of scholarship that is now digitally available. As the needs of researchers are changing, it is not always the PhD subject experts that have the time or alacrity to become digital scholarship experts. We believe there is a strong service role to provide in this vital and growing sector: one that can be flexible, to allow researchers the freedom to explore, but also offers a framework with just-in-time customized support that is crucial to leveraging and implementing new tools and analysis in scholarship. (Mickey Casad left)
We also heard concerns about how to scale and sustain customized service for multiple researchers--and how to provision for research projects with potentially long life-spans. While we may share some of these concerns, DSPS has proven itself to be a nimble partner to many faculty and staff across campus by continually assessing and revising, and sometimes shedding, digital scholarship services as needs evolve. Library staff have a strong role to play as collaborators alongside faculty and IT communities as digital scholarship and born-digital content continues to flourish. We are delighted to work in this space and provide opportunities for scholars to work alongside the library to increase these opportunities. (Michelle Paolillo right)
Jaron Porciello, Mickey Casad, and Michelle Paolillo
(*Thank you to Carla DeMello, RAU graphic designer, for listening to our ideas and creating a beautiful poster for us to use again and again.)
Scarecrows and Shadows
There is plenty of creepiness in Pam Clearwater’s new book, Blood of the Scarecrow (Richland, MI: My Green Publisher, 2013). Written under her maiden name of Pamela Morris, Pam’s mystery novel is a dark mélange of crime detection, genealogy, and the occult. The action takes place in the fictitious Southern Tier village of Barnesville, New York. There’s a body, of course, which is discovered in the town cemetery, after having been crushed to a gruesome death by a toppled gravestone. Detective Sergeant Simon Michaels and his assistant, Angela Jennings, investigate the suspicious death (was it a drunken accident or murder?), an inquiry that leads to revelations about witchcraft, the town’s spooky early days, and its “history laced with blood” – as the book’s back-cover blurb puts it.
Writing has been a routine part of Pam’s life since she was nine years old, and it has always been fun for her. She has also been exposed to tales of haunting for the greater part of her life. Pam herself is the seventh great-grandniece of Rebecca Nurse, one of the women hanged for witchcraft during the Salem Witch Trials. And according to a letter read by her mom’s pastor in church one Sunday morning when Pam was in middle school, a coven of witches lived in her home town. Pam’s fascination with scarecrows as a source of supernatural horror dates back to the 1981 made-for-TV movie, Dark Night of the Scarecrow. Clearly, Pam has a personal interest in the major themes of her novel, and this interest may help to explain how she managed to write Blood of the Scarecrow in a single year while working full-time as the commercial binding technician in LTS’s Commercial Binding, Preparations & Physical Processing Unit. Amazingly, she crafted this complex, 478-page mystery without an outline, though she does admit that it was a challenge to “keep track of everything,” as the work progressed. In fact, she was halfway through the book before she had a clear idea of who done it and how!
Pam has already started on another murder mystery with some of the same characters in the same setting, and she has two more on the drawing board. Pamela Morris is a good storyteller, and Blood of the Scarecrow is a fun read. Check it out!
Hannah Chapman is the new public services assistant in O/K/U Access Services. Hannah graduated from Concordia College with an undergraduate degree in religion, and then furthered her education with a Master’s in Library and Information Science from Dominican University. She has previous work experience in reference and circulation at her alma mater’s library as well as experience working as a museum docent for the Richard H. Driehaus Museum in Chicago, IL. Welcome to the Library, Hannah.
Chew Chiat Naun is the new Director of LTS Cataloging and Metadata Services. Naun holds a BA in philosophy from the University of Melbourne (Australia) and Master’s degrees in both philosophy and librarianship from Monash University. He comes to us with a combined 15 years of experience in bibliographic control and information technology, including over five years with the University of Minnesota as their Principal Cataloger and Cataloging Strategist. He is the author of several articles on bibliographic control and librarianship in general in both Australian and North American journals, and has led or served on a number of ALA ALCTS committees and interest groups. LTS is delighted that Naun has decided to join the Library.
Carrie Cooper is the new public services Desk Coordinator in Mann Library and will be responsible for coordinating services and students at the Circulation Desk and Stone Center Help Desk. Carrie earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Indiana University and has done graduate work in studio art, art history, art theory, and American studies at the University of New Mexico. Carrie’s work background includes teaching at the University of New Mexico and Chicago’s Hyde Park Art Center as well as managerial experience at the Eight Modern art gallery. Welcome, Carrie.
Marcie Farwell is the new collections assistant in the Division of Rare and Manuscript Collections, and will be working on many technical services projects as well as assisting with RMC’s public service works. This past spring, Marcie served as an intern for both RMC and the Fine Arts Library, and has been working on collections in RMC since then. Marcie holds a BA in Urban Design from NYU and an MLS degree from CUNY Queens College, concentrating in archives and preservation. RMC welcomes Marcie as a full-time staff member.
Tina Henry has accepted a position at CUL as an accounts representative and human resources assistant. Tina will split her time between the Library Finance and Budget Office and Library Human Resources. She comes to us from CALS where she worked for the past 15 years in Plant Breeding and CIIFAD; overall she has 24 years of financial experience at Cornell. Tina is involved in her local community and currently is the co-president of the Newfield Central School Booster Club. She likes to bake and spend time with her family at sporting events. Library HR and the Finance & Budget office are pleased to welcome her.
Yi Jin is the new technical services assistant in the LTS Acquisitions department. Yi holds a Master’s degree in computing from Marquette University, and her technical skills are extensive. Among other tasks, Yi will be responsible for batch processing of MARC metadata and copy cataloging for Chinese and other languages. We are very happy that Yi has joined us.
Jai Gopal Khalsa is a new collections assistant in the Division of Rare and Manuscript Collections. Jai earned her BA in anthropology and human biology from Temple University and is currently pursuing her MLIS from the University of Wisconsin Milwaukee. Most recently, she completed a semester of archival fieldwork at Cornell’s Kheel Center for Labor-Management Documentation & Archives. She has also gained experience working at Tompkins County Public Library and the Finger Lakes Library System. Jai will be involved in archival processing and will assist with public services. RMC is delighted to welcome her.
Carolyn Kinsley-McNamara is the new preservation assistant in Preservation & Conservation. Carol began work in the Conservation Lab in mid-August, although her face is familiar to many in the library. She spent the last eight years working for Cornell Dining in the Amit Bhatia Libe Café, as well as holding temporary positions in Bookmarking, Acquisitions, and Shipping and Receiving. Carol enjoys outdoor activities with her family like camping, hiking, and horseback riding. She is also a licensed massage therapist who practices in two locations. The Library is happy to welcome Carol to the Conservation Lab! (Photograph of Carol by Carla DeMello)
Kelly LaVoice is the new Business Research Librarian at the Nestlé Hotel Library. Kelly earned an MILS from Rutgers University and a BA in English from the College of New Jersey. Most recently, Kelly worked at the Lippincott Library of the Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania, where she assisted students and faculty with research inquiries. She also worked part-time as a reference and instruction graduate assistant for Kilmer Library, the main business library on the Rutgers New Brunswick campus, teaching information literacy classes to undergraduates.
Kelly also served as the Social Media Coordinator and Webmaster for ALA President Maureen Sullivan during her tenure. Kelly will team with Ken Bolton to provide research support, instruction, and collection development for the School of Hotel Administration. This position is part of HLM’s Research and Learning Services unit and reports to Dan Hickey in the Management Library. Welcome, Kelly.
Kelee Pacion is the new Undergraduate Life Sciences Librarian and Instruction Coordinator in Mann Library. Kelee holds a Master’s degree in Information Resources and Library Science, as well as a Master’s in education in curriculum and instruction, both from the University of Arizona. She also has a BS in molecular biosciences and biotechnology from Arizona State. Prior to joining CUL, Kelee spent many years within the Arizona State University system, both as librarian and teacher. This will serve her well as Kelee will be focusing on the information literacy program for Mann's core undergraduate biology courses. Mann welcomes Kelee to the Library.
Abigail Ricklin is the new technical services assistant in the Law Library. Abby has a Bachelor’s degree from Eastern Connecticut State University and also earned a Library Technical Assistant Certificate from Three Rivers Community College. Her previous experience includes work as a Legislative Aide for the Connecticut State Library, processing state and federal metadata for law librarians from across the state. The Law Library is delighted to welcome their newest support staff member.
Andrea Salguero Cruz is the new Repository Administrator for Digital Scholarship and Preservation Services. Andrea earned both Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in physics from the National University of Columbia, Bogota and her PhD in physics from the Institute for Theoretical Physics at Goethe University in Frankfurt, Germany. While earning her doctorate, Andrea worked as a systems administrator, maintaining server and computer clients, configuring new software and hardware, and providing support to new users. Andrea has worked elsewhere within Cornell, collecting data, providing support, and conducting research within various technical academic departments. Previous work experience also includes working with a local law firm. Andrea will be involved with the arXiv and Project Euclid teams, supporting the administration of both operations by providing user support, troubleshooting, and process management. DSPS is delighted to welcome Andrea.
Jeff Shampnois has rejoined CUL as a new public services assistant at the Hospitality, Labor, and Management Library. Jeff brings over 20 years of Cornell library experience to this position, first at Mann and then as a long-time member of the research staff at the Nestlé Library. Jeff is now a member of HLM's Access and Administrative Services department and is in charge of the Manaagement Library's service desk. Welcome back, Jeff.
Sarah Vargason is the new cataloger and technical services assistant in LTS Acquisitions. Sarah holds an MILS degree from Kent State University and served as a cataloger and librarian in Troy, Pennsylvania before joining the Cornell University Library System. Sarah has significant experience with creating MARC records, as well as with OCLC. LTS is delighted to welcome Sarah to the Library.
Mark Williams is the new Outreach and Scholarly Services Librarian in the Law Library. Mark comes to Cornell from the University of Idaho College of Law Library where he worked as a research and circulation desk assistant while completing his MLIS degree from Wayne State University. Prior to returning to school Mark previously served as a regional director for U.S. Rep. Walt Minnick based out of Lewiston, Idaho and worked for two years as a reporter for the Moscow-Pullman Daily News in Moscow, Idaho. He also holds BA and JD degrees from the University of Idaho earned in 2004 and 2008 respectively. Mark is actively involved within the American Association of Law Libraries, transitioning from a student to a professional member. Mark will be responsible for coordinating the law library's marketing and outreach efforts and facilitating the growth of the library’s scholarly services. He will participate in the faculty liaison program, and will also be involved in legal research and instruction. The Law Library welcomes their newest librarian.
Shakhya Bodhiwamsa has been promoted to Multi-Media Assistant III in Digital Scholarship & Preservation Services.
Shakhya Bodhiwamsa has been with the Digital Media Group for over five years, working in the capacity of scanning technician for large-scale digitization projects. Over the years, Shakhya has acquired many advanced digitization skills, from working with delicate material on a wide-range of scanning devices, to expertise in Photoshop and related software. Shakhya’s work is always of a stellar quality with incredibly high throughput, and he has become absolutely indispensable to the group. Most importantly, however, Shakhya is an excellent colleague, kind and compassionate, and always eager to learn new skills. Many congratulations to him on his well-earned promotion. (Danielle Mericle)
Nick Cappadona has been promoted to User Experience/User Interface III at Mann Library and will continue to serve as a lead front-end web developer for both Mann ITS and Cornell University Library Information Technology (CUL-IT), providing planning, design, and implementation for CUL web projects. Nick excels at working across teams including visual designers, web application programmers, library systems staff, user representatives, and other project stakeholders to deliver innovative, highly usable websites and web applications.(Jon Corson-Rikert)
Heather Furnas of RMC
joined the Kheel Center on July 1 to assist with public services while Patrizia Sione teaches an ILR course in the fall. Through fall, she will be working Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday afternoons. Heather is also a PhD student in Cornell’s history department.
Rhea Garen has been promoted to Multi-Media Associate in Digital Scholarship & Preservation Services Rhea Garen has been at Cornell University for over 20 years, and with the Digital Media Group since its inception. Rhea is known throughout the Library for her impeccable photography skills, with her work visible on the walls of exhibitions in RMC and online everywhere. Over the years Rhea has expanded her profile significantly, and is now managing the equipment and workflow policies for both digitization labs; managing the group’s ongoing collaboration with RMC to digitize for patrons and exhibitions, as well as doing project management for a number of faculty grants. Rhea’s work continues to be of an incredible quality, despite juggling multiple projects and priorities. Rhea is a generous colleague, good communicator, and excellent team player. Many congratulations to Rhea on her well-deserved promotion! (Danielle Mericle)
Tobi Hines has been promoted from Research Aide II to Assistant Librarian. Please join Mann library in welcoming Tobi Hines as our new User Services & Multimedia Librarian. Tobi will be responsible for the management of our circulation services including reserve, interlibrary loan, and resource sharing functions. Additionally, Tobi will work to develop and implement library services that will assist undergraduate students with the use of multimedia and AV technologies and she will serve on the Access Services Steering Committee. Tobi has worked for the last three years as a Project Coordinator for VIVO. She also holds a B.A. in Cultural Anthropology from Boston University and recently completed her MLIS from Syracuse University with a certificate of advanced study in cultural heritage preservation. Congratulations to Tobi on her promotion and new position. (Sara Wright)
Bronwen Mohlke has been promoted to Multi-Media Assistant IV in Digital Scholarship & Preservation Services. Bronwyn Mohlke has been working at Cornell University Library for almost 20 years, starting first with the Preservation Department before moving to the Digital Media Group in 2002. Since that time, Bronwyn has overseen quality control and structural metadata for the group; in recent years, Bronwyn’s position has expanded significantly to include workflow and project management for large and small-scale digitization projects (including the recent Save America’s Treasures grant with the Law Library to digitize Trial Pamphlets, as well as our ongoing collaboration with the College of Arts & Sciences to digitize material for faculty courses). Although Bronwyn is only here ½ time, she is able to manage what at times must feel like a full-time load! Bronwyn is always a gracious colleague, enthusiastic to learn new things, diplomatic, and ever-available to help out. I am thrilled to congratulate her on a well-earned promotion! (Danielle Mericle;)
Michelle Paolillo has been promoted to Project Manager in Digital Scholarship & Preservation Services, CUL-IT. Since her first job with CUL, 25 years ago, Michelle has served in many different Library units and departments and been frequently recognized for her contributions. Over the years she has taken on new challenges and assumed increasing responsibility. Michelle currently manages the Library's operational relationship with HathiTrust and the Google Digitization Project, and she is the first CUL Archival Repository (CULAR) Manager. We are grateful to have Michelle as a colleague. (David Ruddy; Michelle Paolillo right)
Tenzin Tsokyi has been promoted to Technical Services Assistant IV. Tsokyi has been a valued member of the LTS Ordering Unit staff for about 6 years, and her connection with LTS goes back several years prior to that. In Ordering, Tsokyi handles the majority of the rush and priority orders we receive, as well as much of the communication with our vendors in regard to cancelling/confirming orders. Tsokyi’s skill with organizing tasks is perfect for these activities and also makes her a good candidate to order e-books and handle the daily traffic of emails between print ordering staff and e-ordering staff. Adding the e-reserve work to Tsokyi’s daily tasks will ease the burden of members of both teams. (Lois Purcell; Tenzin Tsokyi below)
Congratulations to Cheryl Beredo on the publication of her new book, Import of the Archive: U.S. Colonial Rule of the Philippines and the Making of American Archival History. Cheryl's book is published by Litwin Books, LLC. The work, based on research Cheryl did for her dissertation, examines the role that the archives played in justifying and solidifying the United States’ colonization of the Philippines from 1898-1916. Cheryl is the Director of the Kheel Center
for Labor-Management Documentation and Archives
in the ILR Catherwood Library, now part of the Hotel, Labor, and Management Library. Cheryl is featured in the Libescope series above where you can read more about her. Congratulations to Cheryl on this fantastic publication!
Congratulations to Chris Dunham, Head of User Services at the Veterinary Library, who is serving on the Peer Support Network team at the College of Veterinary Medicine. This “program seeks to sustain an environment in which all members of the College community can thrive by providing avenues to raise, explore, and address issues that affect their ability to work or study effectively. Peer Support Network volunteers are trained to provide informal support and assistance to members of the College community and to promote the use of College and University resources available to help individuals resolve differences and concerns.” Chris’ prior experience as a high school Spanish teacher and her background in animal care makes her a great asset in the Veterinary library where she manages student employees. She has been able to extend her influence and support beyond the student employees in the library and many Veterinary students will turn to Chris for support. We are pleased that she is able to provide this important service. (Erla Heyns)
I’m pleased to announce that Jim Morris-Knower has won the SUNY Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Librarianship. Jim received this award at the CALS Awards ceremony on Monday evening [April 22].
Jim Morris-Knower with CALS Dean Kathryn Boor at the awards ceremony; photograph by University Photography.
Jim’s nomination stated, “during his 15 years of service at Mann Library, Jim has exhibited strong leadership, decision making and teaching skills, as well as being a consummate team player. Jim is a service oriented, engaged and collaborative staff member, willing to share ideas and provide guidance to his colleagues.” I couldn’t agree more! Please join me in congratulating Jim on this well-deserved award. (Mary Ochs, email to CULIB, April 25, 2013)
Please join me in congratulating Leah McEwen on her upcoming academic research leave granted under the provisions of CUL Procedure 44. She will be investigating several lines on chemical information with an eye towards streamlining workflow issues of academic research chemists.
During the fall, she will be on fellowship at the Chemical Heritage Foundation in Philadelphia, to review archives pertinent to history of machine documentation of chemical information and map the development of standards and structures of classic secondary tools. The results of this research will form a chapter in a book she is co-editing entitled, "The Future of the History of Chemical Information". She will have several opportunities to apply this knowledge during an internship with the Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC) the following spring. A series of cheminformatics projects related to facilitating the deposit, discovery and reuse of research data associated with the published literature will involve collaboration with Cornell faculty and staff associated with chemistry research. Concurrently she is participating in a NSF funded project to develop an online course for cheminformatics as the primary coordinator for the information retrieval portion of the course. Her goals for the leave are to develop knowledge and skills in the area of cheminformatics and contribute to information competencies for academic chemists and support personnel.
The leave officially begins in September, but Leah will be on vacation in August to prepare. She will retain 20% of her responsibilities as Chemistry Librarian, specifically chemistry reference, communication with faculty and collection development. She can be reached by email and phone throughout the leave (firstname.lastname@example.org, 607.793.6217). The EMPSL team will share her remaining responsibilities, in particular Jill Wilson will be the primary on-site contact for chemistry and responsible for graduate student outreach and I will assume all responsibility for the Physical Sciences Library. Please contact either Jill or me with any questions about PSL or outreach to these departments. (Steve Rockey, email to CU-LIB, July 11, 2013; photograph by Carla DeMello)
I am very pleased to announce that Susanne Whitaker, Reference Librarian at the Flower-Sprecher Veterinary Library at Cornell University, has received the SUNY Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Librarianship. Susanne has had a distinguished career at the Veterinary Library for the past 36 years and her accomplishments are many and varied. Her knowledge and expertise in the field of Veterinary Medicine are great assets to the CU Libraries and to the College of Veterinary Medicine. This depth of experience allows her to provide outstanding collection development and reference service as well as teach classes and workshops in all areas related to the field of Veterinary Medicine. Susanne has also developed many unique services that have been highly valued. In addition, Susanne has been in a leadership role in the Veterinary Section of MLA for many years and in 2005 she was approved as a distinguished Member in the Academy of Health Information Professionals. Please join me in congratulating Susanne on this honor and to thank her for her service and dedication. (Erla Heyns, email to CULIB, May 3, 2013)
Congratulations to the Law Library for winning the AALL Law Library Publications Award, Non-Print Division, for their online website Trial Pamphlets Collection created in collaboration with CUL's Digital Scholarship and Publishing Services (DSPS) program. Project staff include Barbara B. Eden, P.I. for the grant which allowed CUL to restore and digitize the collection, Thomas Mills and Janet Gillespie of the Law Library, Danielle Mericle from the Digital Medial Group, and a host of others in Scanning, Conservation, and IT, including web interface designer Melissa Wallace. In the photo below, President Jean M. Wenger presents the award to Director & Law Librarian Femi Cadmus at the annual meeting in Seattle in July. We are especially fond of this picture as Jean Wenger worked at the Law Library for two years and we count her as one of our own.
Out & About
Ken Bolton co-authored an article with Jill Wilson entitled “Unexpected Advantages of Virtual Libraries for the May/June issue of Information Outlook. The article is based on his experiences in our own
Marriott Student Learning Center in the Statler. Ken also made a presentation at the Spring Upstate New York SLA conference titled “Online Reputation Management,” and
presented a poster session titled “Creating a Social Learning Space through Collaboration” at the SLA annual conference in San Diego.
Research and Assessment Analyst, Gabriela Castro Gessner, LTS Electronic Resources User Experience Librarian, Adam Chandler, and Access Services Librarian for Olin and Uris, Wendy Wilcox, presented a paper at this year’s Association of College & Research Librarians (ACRL) Conference entitled “Hidden Patterns of LibGuides Usage: Another Facet of Usability.” In their paper, Adam, Gaby, and Wendy discuss their analysis and use of raw log files for LibGuides to contextualize and understand unfiltered-user behavior as a novel approach that complements traditional usability testing of the LibGuides tool. They argue that revealing patterns derived directly from user actions and locations will allow us to make compelling and robust recommendations for our academic library community to enhance the use and value of library guides for our patrons. Adam, Gaby, and Wendy discussed their research as part of this year’s CUL Career Development Week Program as well.
In his role as chair of the NISO IOTA Working Group, Adam Chandler led the team that developed and compiled the new NISO recommended practice, Improving OpenURLs Through Analysis (IOTA): Recommendations for Link Resolver Providers (NISO RP-21-2013). These recommendations are the result of a three-year study performed by the NISO IOTA Working Group in which the team analyzed millions of OpenURLs and developed a Completeness Index as a means of quantifying OpenURL quality. By applying this Completeness Index to their OpenURL data and following the NISO recommendations providers of link resolvers can monitor the quality of their OpenURLs and work with content providers to improve the quality of the links–ultimately resulting in a higher success rate for end users. The project is summarized in a technical report, IOTA Working Group Summary of Activities and Outcomes (NISO TR-05-2013), which was published along with the recommended practice.
In the August 2012 issue of Kaleidoscope we reported in the retirement piece for Pat Court that she had received a gift certificate to the CIA--the Culinary Institute of America. Pat used that certificate this spring to take the Vegetarian Cuisine course at the CIA in Hyde Park, N.Y. In the photo you will see her creation from the class: barbequed vegetable empanandas. Pat was especially glad to be able to take this specialty course since it is not offered often. She says it was worth the wait and exactly the kind of experience she was looking for.
Jeremy Cusker, Dianne Dietrich and Jill Wilson presented at SLA this past June in San Diego. Their presentation titled “Where Did the Books Go? Exploring E-Library Models at the Engineering and Physical Sciences Libraries at Cornell University” covered transitions of the Physical Sciences Library and Engineering Library from a traditional library to a virtual one. The presentation was formatted in such a way that the audience was given questions to ask the presenters to facilitate a larger dialogue. The format was so successful that Jeremy, Dianne and Jill were asked to do a repeat webinar of their presentation.
Jim Del Rosso, HLM Library, gave a pre-conference workshop on digital repositories at Computers In Libraries 2013 in April.
Dianne Dietrich, Wendy Kozlowski, Gail Steinhart, and Sarah Wright co-authored a poster entitled “Research Data in eCommons @ Cornell: Present and Future,” which Wendy presented at the Research Data Access & Preservation Summit (RDAP13) in Baltimore this past spring. Dianne is CUL’s Physics and Astronomy Librarian; Wendy is LTS Science Data and Metadata Librarian; Gail is Research Data & Environmental Sciences Librarian at Mann Library; Sarah is Life Sciences Librarian at Mann.
The Library has been awarded an IMLS grant of $24,522 from the agency's "Sparks! Ignition" program, which provides small grants designed to test and evaluate innovations with broad potential impact in the way libraries operate and the services they provide. The funded proposal, entitled "Enhancing the Utility and Stewardship of Area Studies Collections through Improved Metadata", was conceived and written by Rich Entlich (Collection Analyst in Collection Development) who will serve as the Principal Investigator. The primary objectives of the project are to test techniques for improving the accuracy and completeness of WorldCat records for print monographs in area studies to better support discovery, collection analysis, and cooperative collection building. The focus will be on MARC fields containing coded data for place of publication and the geographic emphasis of the subject. The project will test the use of the WorldCat web services (APIs) and co-occurrence analysis to detect inconsistencies within records that may reveal coding errors. It will also explore the potential for extracting additional geographic indicators from MARC data not normally used for that purpose.
To maintain a reasonable scope, the project will focus on Southeast Asia publications. Greg Green, Echols Collection curator, will contribute language and area expertise. Sarah Ross, Rick Silterra, Shinwoo Kim, Steve Folsom, and Frances Webb have agreed to serve as consultants to the project for their expertise in cataloging, programming, discovery metadata, Blacklight catalog indexing, and linked data. The project will run from October 1, 2013 to September 30, 2014.
LTS Discovery Metadata Librarian, Steven Folsom, and RLS Reference and Instruction Librarian, Maureen Morris, gave a presentation entitled “Cornell University Library Discovery and Access: From Alpha to Beta” at a program on web-scale discovery sponsored by the Northeast Regional Computing Program (NERCOMP) in Norwood, Massachusetts in June. This daylong workshop, “Eureka! Web-Scale Discovery from Alpha to Omega,” brought together librarians from several institutions who spoke about the selection, implementation, rollout, usability, and the pedagogical implications of the new discovery tools with which they’ve been working. Steven and Maureen focused on the current phase of the CUL Discovery and Access initiative, implementation of the new Blacklight catalog interface, and the underlying metadata decisions meant to improve the discovery experience for the Cornell University community. hey were the only presenters who spoke about an open-source system.
Aliqae Geraci and Abbey Brown, both from the Hospitality, Labor, and Managemenet Library, taught an orientation workshop for the ILR Pre-freshman Summer Program students, including a successful scavenger hunt.
Dan Hickey and Susan Kendrick taught an Alumni Weekend workshop titled “Building Better Business Plans” for 50+ attendees. The workshop generated a number of follow-up requests and one attending alumna found a potential funder for her start-up! No word yet on what our cut of that is. Also, Dan Hickey, Susan Kendrick, and Neely Tang made a presentation about reference service via WebEx, Skype, and Google Hangout at the April R+O Forum. Dan, Susan, and Neely all hale from the Hospitality, Labor, and Management Library.
From 27-28 June Peter Hirtle was an invited participant in a workshop on orphan works held at the Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin. He was also an invited speaker at the Northeast Document Conservation Center’s “Digital Directions” conference in Ann Arbor, Michigan from 21–23 July.
Along with Jessica Lacher-Feldman, Curator of Rare Books & Special Collections at the University of Alabama’s W.S. Hoole Special Collections Library, Jason Kovari, Metadata Librarian for Humanities & Special Collections (LTS), co-led a daylong workshop entitled “A Multi-faceted Exploration of Digital Exhibitions for Special Collections Libraries”. Jason also served as co-organizer for the seven-session Unconference track for this event. Following the RBMS Preconference, Jason traveled south to Chicago to give a talk at ALA on Cornell’s implementation of ARTstor’s Shared Shelf (a web-based media management software that allows institutions to catalog, edit, store, and share local collections). He also served as a judge for the Miniature Book Society’s 2013 competition.
Wendy Kozlowski was an invited speaker at the Public Services Directors of Large Research Libraries Discussion Group at ALA in Chicago. In her presentation, Wendy talked about her background and the perspective she brings to research data curation at Cornell, the work of the Research Data Management Service Group, Cornell’s role in the Data Information Literacy project, and education and outreach efforts to library liaisons regarding scholarly communication and data-driven scholarship.
Xin Li’s “International Partnerships: Cases and Working Experience” appears as a chapter in the book Global Librarian, recently published by the Metropolitan New York Library Council and the New York Metropolitan Area Chapter of the Association of College and Research Libraries. In her essay, Xin discusses four partnership cases with libraries in China and Taiwan, including lessons learned, the challenges for U.S. research libraries, and the necessary skills to be a “global librarian.” Xin also gave two presentations at the 10th Advanced Digital Library Seminar in Shenzhen, China: one on recent organizational changes in research libraries; the other on the progress of 2CUL. Xin is Associate University Librarian for Central Library Operations.
Finding that the archival literature did not have a place to publish works focused on the practical application of technology, Randall Miles organized a group of archivists with similar interests in this area and has created an open-access, peer-reviewed electronic journal entitled Practical Technology for Archives. The first call for submissions to this semi-annual publication went out in mid-July. Randall is
Technical Processes Archivist in the Kheel Center for Labor-Management Documentation and Archives.
In June Danielle Mericle (DCAPS), along with Ben Fino-Radin (MOMA, New York), Chris Lacinak (AV Preservation Services, New York) and Jonathan Minard (Deepseed Media and Eye Art & Technology Center), co-presented at the New York State Archives conference on the state of preservation for complex digital art objects. Specifically, the group discussed the challenges, techniques and strategies for preserving artworks that take the form of interactive CD & DVD-ROMs, websites, and installations. Cornell University Library recently received an NEH grant to explore preservation of such objects, specifically within the context of the Goldsen New Media Archive located in Rare & Manuscript Division. The session was well attended (despite a looming tropical storm), and was illustrative of the varying perspectives on the issue (museum, library, and practitioner). The group plans to present again at November’s Mid-Atlantic Regional Conference in Philadelphia.
Dianne Dietrich, Digital Forensic Analyst on the NEH project, at the new Digital Forensics workstation acquired by the library for this project.
Chris Miller, HLM Library, facilitated the instruction-related discussion "Humor in the Classroom," sponsored by the PSEC Instruction Committee in April. He also moderated a session titled “Organizing Disney: The Challenges of Unionizing the Happiest Place on Earth” at the SLA annual conference in San Diego.
Boaz Nadav-Manes (with contributions from CUL-IT’s Adam Smith) participated in a panel on “Managing Projects: From Ideas to Reality” at the American Library Association’s Annual Conference in Chicago in June. Speakers in this program, co-sponsored by ALCTS and ACRL, aimed to present an overview of project management concepts and tools, and how they can be applied to increase operational effectiveness in technical services. Boaz is Director of Acquisitions & Automated Technical Services in LTS.
LTS’s Director of Cataloging & Metadata Services, Chew Chiat Naun, gave a talk on “Relationship Designators: Issues in Vocabulary Control and Development” at the Authority Control Interest Group meeting at this summer’s ALA Conference in Chicago. In his presentation Naun provided background for the recommendations of the PCC Relationship Designator Guidelines Task Group (which he chaired), outlined some of the underlying issues in vocabulary control and development, and suggested areas for future work. Columbia’s Kate Harcourt, who is co-manager for 2CUL Technical Services Integration, also served on this PCC Task Group.
Oya Y. Rieger, AUL for Digital Scholarship and Preservation Services, was appointed to the Digital Preservation Network (DPN) Business Model Working Group to assist in the creation of a formal business plan and establish a sustainable economic model. The goal of DPN is to ensure that the complete scholarly record is preserved for future generations through a federated model (http://www.dpn.org).
Oya also delivered a key note presentation about the future of libraries and innovation at the 49th Library Week Conference, which was held on March 25-31 at Ankara, Turkey.
Oya Rieger far right with other keynote speaker Professor Oya Gurdal Tamdogan left, and conference organizer center.
Assistant Music Librarian and LTS Music Cataloging Coordinator, Tracey Snyder, spoke about the development and implementation of Cornell’s Blacklight discovery system – as well as her role as an advocate for the discovery of music resources – at the North American Serials Interest Group (NASIG) meeting held in Buffalo in early June. Tracey’s session, entitled “Discovering Music: Small-Scale, Web-Scale, Facets, and Beyond”, was aimed at how libraries are meeting the special demands for music discovery while improving access to materials that pose similar challenges, such as law, literature and religious studies, and video collections.
Neely Tang, HLM Library, along with
Pete Magnus, CUL-IT, Jessica Withers, HLM Library, and Gwen Glazer, RAU,
presented at the Career Development Workshop “Untangling WebEx” in April.
[On May 20] an announcement came out of Harvard that Cornell’s former Carl A. Kroch University Librarian will become Vice President for Harvard Library. Sarah Thomas will have overall responsibility for a very complicated library system, one that has been undergoing major changes in the past several years. You may recall that Scott Wicks also joined the Harvard Library two years ago and beginning in August, Scott will work closely with Sarah. In announcing Sarah’s appointment, the Harvard’s Provost noted that Sarah “had established a reputation as a superb university librarian at Cornell.” The full announcement is here. In other ARL moves, James Hilton (VP and CIO at University of Virginia) has been appointed Dean of Libraries and University Librarian at the University of Michigan. Other high-profile posts, including the one at the University of Illinois, are nearing completion. It is definitely a time of major shifts in the leadership of ARL libraries as more baby boomers move on to new phases in their lives. (Anne Kenney, email to CU-LIB, May 20, 2013)
Sarah Wright, Wendy Kozlowski, Dianne Dietrich, Huda Khan, and Gail Steinhart, along with Leslie McIntosh of Washington University School of Medicine, published an article “Using Data Curation Profiles to Design the Datastar Dataset Registry” in D-Lib Magazine, 19:7/8 (doi:10.1045/july2013-wright). Sarah also presented a poster on the same subject, “Giving them what they want: Using Data Curation Profiles to guide Datastar development” at Open Repositories 2013 (http://or2013.net/) on July 9th. Both the paper and the presentation describe the use of researcher interviews to ensure that Datastar development decisions were driven by real user needs. Researchers supported providing public descriptions of their datasets; attitudes toward dataset citation, provenance, versioning, and domain specific standards for metadata also helped to guide development. (Sarah Wright at right)
Sarah Young, Health Science and Policy Librarian at Mann Library, attended the Special Libraries Association Annual Conference in San Diego, as Chair-Elect of the Food, Agriculture and Nutrition Division and division program planner for SLA 2014. She also attended a three-day intensive workshop on systematic reviews offered by the Health Sciences Library System at the University of Pittsburgh. The workshop, designed for librarians in the health and medical sciences, focused on the role of librarians in systematic review research, the systematic review process, and the logistics of offering systematic review services to faculty and researchers.
Save the Date!
Tuesday, October 15, 2013
Uris Library Cocktail Lounge
It’s time once again for all of our talented Cornell University Library employees to show us: What do YOU do when you’re NOT at work?
Whether you’re an amateur or a professional, we want to see, hear, taste, and experience what you have to offer!
Details will follow soon about how you can participate. There are so many ways:
- Display an art or craft (painting, clay, photography, fiber arts…)
- Perform (music, dance, comedy, poetry, share a story…)
- Provide your favorite recipe via scrumptious samples
- Help in the setup and/or cleanup of the event itself
- Simply come to the show and enjoy the extravaganza!!!!
Coordination provided by the Staff Show Committee:
Jill Wilson ( email@example.com )
Carla DeMello ( firstname.lastname@example.org )
Kim Laine ( email@example.com )
Deb Muscato ( firstname.lastname@example.org )
CJ Lance ( email@example.com )
Wendy Kozlowski (firstname.lastname@example.org)
From: Anne R. Kenney
Sent: Mon 6/17/2013
Subject: Take One: May 28, 2013 (Lee Cartmill)
After 37 years of service to Cornell University, Lee Cartmill has announced his intent to retire effective October 1, 2013. Lee joined the Library in January 1992 and has served with great distinction as the Associate University Librarian for Administrative Services. As the chief financial and administrative officer for CUL, Lee has responsibility for the financial, human resource and facilities operations of the library system, with its annual budget of $58 million. As a member of the Library Executive Group, Lee is fully engaged with strategic planning, priority setting, and resource allocation for the system. University-wide, he collaborates closely with the individual college business officers and represents the library on all financial and administrative matters with the university administrative offices. His leadership has been critical during the economic downturn, in building the partnership with Columbia, in overseeing the Olin life safety project, and most recently working to implement the new budget model, among many other things.
A search committee has been appointed to find his successor, which will be chaired by Dean Krafft. The other committee members are: Sandy Dmitri, Mary Ochs, Paul Streeter (Assistant Dean for Finance & Administration, College of Veterinary Medicine), Kornelia Tancheva, and Aimee L. Turner (Associate Vice President/Controller). Joanne DeStefano, Vice President for Finance and Chief Financial Officer, will advise in the search process. We hope to post the position soon, with the goal of hiring someone by October. Thankfully we have some time before Lee retires. His dedication and service to the library will be sorely missed.
From: Anne R. Kenney
Sent: Tue 5/14/2013
Subject: Take One: May 14, 2013 (Two Important Searches Underway)
After thirty-three years of service to Cornell University, Janet McCue is retiring as Associate University Librarian for Teaching, Research, Outreach and Learning Services in June. During her tenure at the Library, Janet’s innovative leadership, dedication, and enthusiasm for Cornell’s vibrant culture of learning and discovery have had a lasting impact on both Cornell and the global research communities. Stay tuned for more information on bidding Janet farewell. A search committee has been appointed to find her successor. Oya Rieger is chairing the committee and the other members are: Eric Acree, Lance Heidig, Debra Lamb-Deans, Xin Li, Mary Ochs, Jill Wilson, and Nerissa Russell (Chair of the Faculty Library Board). We will be sharing a position description soon and would like your assistance in identifying exceptional candidates for this important post. Once the position is announced, we will use the summer to identify/encourage applicants, and will begin the on-campus interviews in early fall, in the hopes of having the new AUL on board by January 2014. In the meantime, I will be serving as the interim AUL, working directly with the Library Directors’ Leadership Team (Bonna Boettcher, Femi Cadmus, Curtis Lyons, Mary Ochs, Steve Rockey, and Kornelia Tancheva). Each member of the team will serve for one month as a temporary member of LEG.
Second, we will be searching for a new Director of Rare and Manuscript Collections. After 34 years, Elaine Engst has decided to pursue a phased retirement and will go halftime, beginning July 1, 2013 through June 30, 2015. Elaine will retain the title of University Archivist, representing the university archives in meetings, advising on policy issues, mentoring staff, conducting research and reference work, and planning for the Library’s celebration of Cornell’s sesquicentennial, including the preparation of a major exhibition in 2015. During Elaine’s tenure as Director (since 1999), RMC has made remarkable progress in bringing in important new collections, building a highly lauded exhibition schedule, and expanding significantly its outreach and instruction programs. A search committee for the new Director of RMC has been appointed and will be chaired by John Saylor. Other members include: Femi Cadmus, Evan Earle, Gregory Green, Peter Hirtle, Curtis Lyons, Brenda Marston, Liz Muller, and Jeremy Braddock (Associate Professor of English). The search will follow a similar trajectory as the AUL search, with the hopes of having a new Director in place by January 2014. Beginning July 1, John Saylor will serve as the interim director.
Please join me in thanking Janet and Elaine for their dedication and service to Cornell!
From: Mary Ochs
Sent: Tue 5/7/2013
Subject: Staff Changes at Mann
We have some role transitions taking place in the next few months at Mann Library as part of our “next generation leadership” planning and planned retirements for Kathy Chiang, Howard Raskin, and Marty Schlabach over the next several years.
Starting in June 2013 Michael Cook will begin “apprenticing” with Marty Schlabach, and in July 2013 Michael will take on the role of Head of Collection Development. After July 1 Marty will work half-time in a phased retirement role as our Food and Agriculture Librarian.
Sara E. Wright will manage Access Services in an interim capacity, along with managing our pubic computing and A/V functions. Michael’s current position, Head of Access Services is under review, and we hope to post a position in the near future.
In September 2013, Gail Steinhart will become Head of Research Services for Mann Library. Sarah J. Wright, Keith Jenkins, and Sarah Young will report to Gail.
Congratulations to Michael, Sara and Gail on these new leadership roles at Mann!
From: Anne R. Kenney
Sent: Wed 6/19/2013
Subject: Fine Arts Library Gift Announcement
Dear all, I’m very, very pleased to share this good news with you about a $6M gift to fund the FAL library that will allow us to renovate and occupy the top two floors of Rand Hall. The gift is from a generous alumna of AAP. It’s nice to share such wonderful news with you! Anne
From: AAP Office of the Dean
I am pleased to announce that the college has received a $6,000,000 gift from Ms. Mui Ho (’62, B.Arch. ’66) to fund the FAL in Rand Hall. This gift will allow us to design and construct a new library on the top two floors of Rand Hall in the spirit of the FAL Committee report of 2010/11, which envisioned space for the physical collection as well as expanded digital/visual resources and study space. A feasibility study will be commissioned very soon to identify options, scope, schedule, code and environmental issues, and other parameters. More information will be forthcoming regarding the process. Our goal is to complete the work and open the new FAL in the 2017 calendar year.There will be a formal news story towards the end of the month. Mike Moyer deserves a huge “thank you.” He worked with extraordinary dedication to help realize this generous gift. (Professor Kent Kleinman, Gale and Ira Drukier Dean, Cornell University College of Architecture, Art, and Planning)
From: Oya Yildirim Rieger
Sent: Tue 7/2/2013
Subject: News from Digital Scholarship & Preservation Services
The goal of the DSPS Press is to share information about the projects and collaborations of the Digital Scholarship & Preservation Services (DSPS) unit and invite comments and questions about our work and new developments in the field.Recently written:
If you are interested in following the new blog, you can use the “Subscribe by Email” option, which is included the right hand side menu bar.
We welcome your suggestions for topics to be included in the DSPS press.
From: Oya Yildirim Rieger
Sent: Wed 8/7/2013
Subject: New DSPS Fellows
I am pleased to announce the appointment of the following colleagues as the new CUL digital scholarship fellows. Hosted by the Digital Scholarship and Preservation Services (DSPS) unit, the fellowship program aims to provide opportunities for CUL staff to expand their skills and experiences in developing, delivering, and assessing scholarship services.
Jim DelRosso, Hospitality, Labor, and Management Library
Jim plans to focus his Fellowship on digital repositories. His primary goal is to work with DSPS and stakeholders around CUL to craft a digital repository policy that addresses questions of software, workflow, collection development, and sustainability, while fulfilling the need for both straightforward access to and robust preservation of the items stored in CUL's digital repositories. He is currently the Digital Projects Coordinator at the Hospitality, Labor, and Management Library, overseeing both the existing digital repository at the ILR School and the soon-to-be launched repository serving the School of Hotel Administration. He also serves on the steering committee for the Cornell University Library Archival Repository. Jim’s DSPS fellowship is for one year at 0.25 FTE.
Dianne Dietrich, Physical Sciences Library, EMPSL
Dianne has joined the team of our NEH-funded project on Preservation and Access for Digital Art Objects as DSPS Fellow and lead Digital Forensic Analyst. This project represents a collection-wide investigation of preservation and emulation strategies for complex born-digital media. Dianne leads the project’s technical team and helps develop preservation workflows that will be a baseline for CUL digital forensics services in the years to come. EMPSL will continue to be her home unit. As a member of the EMPLS Library, she will continue to support the information needs of the Physics and Astronomy communities and participate in the development of the Physical Sciences as a virtual library. Dianne’s fellowship is for two years at 0.5 FTE.
Erin Eldermire, Mann Library
Erin’s goals for the DSPS fellowship are to contribute to the development of the library website, especially considering the perspective of the users with whom she interacts on a daily basis; to help improve access and dissemination of Cornell graduate theses and dissertations; and to learn from the members of the DSPS Unit towards her future career as a librarian. She currently works as an Information Assistant at Mann Library Reference, and is pursuing a Master's degree in Library and Information Science from Syracuse University. Erin’s fellowship is forsix months at 10 hours/week.
Congratulations to Jim, Dianne, and Erin. We'll be making a call for the next round of applications in early 2014. Please don’t hesitate to contact me if you have any questions or suggestions about the program.
Good-bye and good luck to
- Seth Barradas, Annex Library
- Gary Bogart, Law Library
- Shawn Bower, CUL-IT
- Tom Clausen, Mann Library
- Roger Clearwater, Preservation/Conservation
- Kristie Devine, Library Human Resources
- Peter Halliday, CUL-IT
- Shane Hutchinson, Mann Library
- Janet McCue, Library Administration
- Manuel Bevia Perez, Mann Library
- Matt Ryan, Mann Library
- Lee Ringland, HLM Library
- Don Schnedeker, HLM Library
- Mary Schoenfelder, Preservation/Conservation
who recently left the Library.
Gary Bogart, Law Library
Gary Bogart retired from the Law Library after 44 years of service on May 31, 2013. Since he started in 1969 he has seen many changes in serials check-in and had great impact on the collection. His supervisor Jean Pajerek says that by conservative estimates, Gary checked in 45,408 bound volumes and 262,416 individual issues. In keeping with his wishes, a small private party was held on May 14 at the Law School. Gary was presented with a large framed print of the Reading Room and a gift card to Best Buy which he hopes to use toward better camera equipment. The Dean of the law School presented him with a Cornell gift of a Law School blanket. He was also presented with a book created in his honor, Gary Bogart at Cornell Law Library: A Memory Book for 44 Years of Service, 1969 – 2013, which colleagues & guests signed with personal notes.
Gary Bogart shows the print of the Reading Room; Crystal Hackett who retired in 2007 is to his right.
One of the pages of the book says: [When Gary leaves] “the Law Library will never be the same. Because Gary was solidly part of it while generations of students and staff passed through. Gary was our institutional memory for over four decades. Now you will only see him when you look at the collection but he will be everywhere. Gary has personally handled more books in the collection than any one person in the history of the Law Library.”
Gary Bogart stands with Law Library Director Femi Cadmus; sitting from left are Crystal Hackett and former Director Jane Hammond who retired in 1993.
Looking back on his career, Gary is grateful that he found his way to Cornell and credits his faith in God with that fortunate circumstance. Although it was challenging to work in an environment where men were in the minority, after all the jokes were said and done he truly appreciates his female colleagues and what he has learned from them.
Old-timers who have worked with Gary, standing from left: his supervisor Jean Pajerek, Lois Purcell who now works at Olin, Pat Jones, Kathy Hartman, Mae Louis, and Diane Hillmann who now works from home; sitting from left are Gary Bogart, Crystal Hackett, and Jane Hammond. One must have already been working at Law in 1985, or earlier, to be in this group.
Another page says: "Gary was one of the few men to work in Technical Services and the only one for more than half his tenure. He was unique and cannot be replaced. We say good-bye to our longest serving staff member. No one will ever touch his record. Look for Gary at the right edge of this photo. He leaves a hole in room 340 and in our hearts."
Law Library staff at a work retreat in 2012.; Gary is at the right edge.
Tom Clausen, Mann Library
Tom Clausen, who started at Mann Library as a student worker in 1972 and joined the staff permanently in 1976, retired on July 10th after 37 years. He requested that there be no farewell party, preferring to retire quietly, but staff informally cornered their beloved Tom anyway and gave him sendoffs (twice). In lieu of a write-up, Tom shares some photographs of special moments in his past. The Library will miss Tom and wishes him well in his retirement. (Michael Cook; above, Tom at Yellowstone Park in 1987)
Tom Clausen in Mexico in 1978 on a bike trip in the mountains near Tamazanchale.
Tom Clausen cross-country skiing on Mt. Washington, N.H. in 1980.
Tom Clausen on a summer-long canoe trip in the Northwest Territories in 1981.
Tom Clausen with Access Services student assistants Abeela Latif and Nick Teaford.
Tom Clausen with his son Casey on a hike in the Gallatin National forest outside Bozeman, Montana in August of this year.
The cover of Tom Clausen's recent book of poems.
Janet McCue, AUL for Teaching, Research, Outreach and Learning Services
On June 18, 2013, colleagues gathered to wish Janet McCue well in her retirement after 33 years at CUL. Mann Library lobby was filled to capacity with staff, faculty, students, and friends who enjoyed an elegant breakfast reception while signing a memory book for Janet. Guests included CALS former deans Dave Call and Susan Henry, Chair of Plant Biology Bill Crepet, long-time library supporter Ari van Tienhoven and his family, and numerous faculty, ex-Mann staff, and current library staff. Speakers included Anne Kenney; Geri Gay, Professor of Information Science and CALS Senior Associate Dean; Mary Ochs, Bonna Boettcher, Bob Kibbee, and Joan Ormondroyd. Janet was presented with several gifts including the Janet A. McCue Fund for Library Acquisitions for Mann Library established in her name; hiking essentials including micro towels, tick prevention medicine, and chocolate; and a beautiful original oil painting of cedar waxwings on a tree branch, by artist Elizabeth Ellison, wife of Janet's collaborator George, with whom she is writing a biography of Horace Kephart. The painting was inspired by the Ellisons' visit to Janet and Bob's home in T-burg several years ago.
In the picture above Janet’s dress is an original creation from silk fabric given her by Surinder Ghangas on the occasion of her own retirement. For the symbolism of everything else see Mary's remarks below. See below also for Anne’s speech and Janet’s farewell email to CUL. (Invitation designed by Rachel Brill; event, catering, and gift coordination by CJ. Lance; memory book created by Kathy Chiang; book plate fund established by Library Alumni Affairs & Development; photographs by Carla DeMello)
Farewell Remarks for Janet McCue
Janet’s long and very successful Cornell career began 34 years ago in Uris Library, when she became the successful candidate for a one-year appointment as Assistant Librarian, making the princely sum of $11,500. She had just received her MLS degree from the University of Michigan so she and Boj packed up and moved here from Ann Arbor. Her first two supervisors, Joan Ormondroyd and Yoram Szekeley, are both with us today. One of her jobs during that first year was to complete the reorganization of the Cornell Clippings files … Joan writes in her six-month review: “Janet is a concerned, warm person who makes students feel that she really cares about their problems. …she is something of a perfectionist with regard to her own work—but she has a good sense of balance about that and knows when to stop.” Apparently Janet did a great job with the clippings files because she was reappointed for two-year term, with responsibilities in ref/instruction and tech services. Within a year she was in charge of tech services for Uris and instrumental in the adoption of RLIN for acquisition, and successful in securing a grant from the Project Ezra office to bring the first microcomputers into Uris technical services. In 1987, she moved to Mann Library to become Head of Technical Services. Among her many accomplishments there was to chair the implementation group that introduced the Web version of the Mann gateway, complete retrospective conversion of the Mann Library collections, and make sure Mann was the first library to adopt NOTIS for online circulation, reserves and serials control.
Janet with former Uris librarians, from left: Lance Heidig, Joan Ormondroyd who hired her, Yoram Szekely who was also her supervisor, and Susan Currie who is now director of the Tompkins County Public Library.
Jan Olsen reappointed her to another term in February 1990, noting that Janet had performed “satisfactorily.” In 1994, Janet was promoted to Librarian, and in 1996 she received the SUNY Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Librarianship. The following year she became acting director at Mann Library when Jan Olsen retired. Sarah Thomas appointed her the Director of Mann and AUL for the Life Sciences in Sept 1998—in less than a decade Janet had gone from a one year appointment in Uris to the Mann Library Directorship. A decade later, in 2008, she became AUL for Teaching, Research, Outreach, and Learning Services and moved to Olin Library. And received another Chancellor’s Award--for Excellence in Professional Service for her leadership, extensive service to the campus, and her professional achievements, as well as the respect and esteem of the colleagues and students who nominated her.
Janet has a golden touch—whether it is in reinvigorating a much loved, but fairly Stalinesque library building, supporting a successful donor campaign for Mann, forging strong ties between Ithaca and WCMC through cross campus transparency, working closely with faculty and students and infusing their work with support, critical expertise, and friendship; breaking new ground in terms of technology applications; serving as midwife for VIVO and TEEAL/AGORA, advocating for library involvement in bioinformatics, GIS applications, research data, arguing for broadening cataloging to include metadata services, championing information fluency as well as new forms of discovery and access, working to realize the vision of Cornell’s becoming the Land Grant institution to the world. Her career and professional boards have taken her to Zambia, Zanzibar, and Zimbabwe as well as the Philippines and India. Janet is a skilled negotiator, a good listener, someone you want to have on your side in an argument (and definitely not on the opposing side!), and one of the most thoughtful, creative, and fun librarians that I know. I’ve known her to break her word just once—on a garden bench outside Mann Library when she agreed to become the AUL for Teaching, Research, Learning, and Outreach Services and made a pinky swear that we would retire together.
Janet has shared the last 34 years with Cornell—motivating and encouraging all she has come in contact with, envisioning better ways to promote the life of the mind and doing both with so much grace, humor and style. She’s leaving us in the same way. Her departure is both an ending and a beginning—if you haven’t seen her incredible website that documents her Finger Lakes Hike over the next week, I urge you to check out www.fingerlakesonfoot.org. Janet you remain, in retiring, as much a source of inspiration as you were when you worked just across the hall from me. I will miss you dearly. (Anne R. Kenney, June 18, 2013)
Speakers from left: Joan Ormondroyd, Janet, Mary Ochs, Anne Kenney, Bob Kibbee; not visible on far left is Bonna Boettcher
Remarks on the Very Sad Occasion of Janet McCue’s Retirement
I think my remarks today are meant to focus on Janet’s time as the director of Mann Library, but since I now hold that position, and have followed in Janet’s footsteps, I also would like to focus on Janet’s role as my mentor. When Janet passed the Mann Library “torch” [ear of corn] to me as the new director of Mann, she gave me several pieces of advice. I have also learned many lessons by watching and learning from Janet over the years. So I’d like to share a few lessons from Janet.
Janet, you need to be the Vanna White for the occasion since I brought all my props.
- First, Jack Daniels: Things may get ugly sometimes, but you can do it! Janet also thought a little Jack Daniels could come in handy when we had things to celebrate! And that leads to lesson 2.
- Mardi Gras Beads: Celebration is a good thing! Janet always made sure to recognize and celebrate the accomplishments of her staff. She taught me that we are in this together, and everyone plays an important role in the success of the library. Janet always took great pride in all of our accomplishments knowing that our successes were a reflection of her success as a leader for the library.
- Newspaper: Never do anything you don’t want to see on the front page of the Cornell Sun or the Ithaca Journal. This sage advice was passed along from George Conneman, an emeritus professor in CALS. I have always known Janet to be forthright, transparent and just a really decent person. And she always approaches everything she does with integrity. It was a pleasure to work for someone in whom we all had complete confidence.
- Rose colored glasses: And last but not least, Janet taught me to always look at the positive side of things. She left me these glasses and said to make sure I kept them handy in case things got frustrating and I needed them.
I’d like to thank Janet for being my mentor, and for her many years of service to Mann Library and CUL, leading us with her own special touch. We wish you well in all your new adventures! You can leave Mann Library, but Mann Library will never leave you. (Mary Ochs, June 18, 2013)
Well-wishers accompany Janet on the first part of her trek away from the reception and sing "Happy trails to you, until we meet again."
Over the past few weeks, I’ve been cleaning out my files and this has brought back a flood of memories. I got distracted by annual reports, evaluations, permission-to-return-to-work-after-maternity-leave forms, thank notes from faculty (“the research you did on the card catalogue order for ‘Bible’ was superb!”) and I reflected on both the personal and professional changes that have occurred since 1979. I have much to be grateful for in my 34 yrs at Cornell—a wonderfully engaging career that brought me smart students who kept me on my toes; brilliant faculty who inspired me; conscientious administrators and equally conscientious custodians, accountants, landscape architects, programmers, managers, etc. who keep the university humming. (Janet with
library supporter Ari van Tienhoven)
But it was the staff of the library that made my job a worthwhile profession. In the library, I worked with adventurers who were willing to take a chance and work hard to bring an idea to fruition; I worked with artists whose creativity expressed itself in posters, exhibits, websites, and outreach services. I’ve worked in three different libraries (Uris, Mann, and Olin) and my current position takes me to all of our libraries. In my 34 yrs of walking into libraries, I have been struck by the extraordinary dedication of the staff and their steadfast commitment to helping students, faculty, and staff navigate our complex information environment.
Thank you for the pleasure of your company during my career. You taught me a great deal and I know that you’ll continue to do so as I navigate the research environment on my own time. I’m heading out on a little culinary trek of the Finger Lakes (www.fingerlakesonfoot.org) and Van Morrison’s “Bright side of the road” is playing in my brain. He was right when he sang:
“And time seems to go by so fast
In the twinkling of an eye…”
Sincerely, Janet (Email to CUL, Bright side of the road, June 17, 2013)
Janet leaves Cornell by walking into a new life; Barbara Eden and Kathy Chiang in the background.
Lee Ringland, Hospitality, Labor and Management Library
Lee Ringland began her Cornell career as circulation supervisor at the Math Library in 1999 and then moved in 2001 to the Management Library. Her work supervising Management’s busy circulation and reserve desk, maintaining their collections, and supervising students and staff has been greatly valued by the Johnson School’s students over the years. Her dedication to her own student assistants is legendary and her semester “thank you” lunches for them are a much anticipated treat. Additionally, there are goodie bags on holidays and to help combat end of the semester stress that are appreciated by all.
Lee has an outstanding public service ethic and always went out of her way to find a creative solution to all patron’s problems. She often did so on nights and weekends as the only staff within the building. Her work helping us through the many changes that resulted from the Hospitality, Labor and Management Library consolidation has been much appreciated. Her knowledge of the school, its systems, and how the library works within those systems will be especially missed. (Don Schnedeker with Lee at her farewell; reception photographs by Jessica Withers)
Lee’s immediate plan in retirement is to visit Seattle and Portland with her daughter Kristen and her son-in-law Rolf. Lee is an accomplished gardener and has recently begun voice lessons. She has a keen wit, and intellectual curiosity about a wide range of topics. She has given me the benefit of her insight over this last year and I will miss our weekly meetings, which always ended with laughter. Best wishes to Lee in her retirement! (Deb Lamb-Deans)
Lee Ringland center at her reception
Lee Ringland left with Barb Morley and Suzanne Cohen
Don Schnedeker, Hospitality, Labor and Management Library
It is with a heavy heart that I formally announce that Don Schnedeker will be retiring at the end of this month. Don has been with CUL since he was hired as a Library Assistant in the Veterinary Library in 1974. After receiving his MLS in 1976, he became an Assistant Librarian in 1977. Don received his MBA from the Johnson School in 1984 and was named the Director of the Management Library in 1988, added the Nestlé Library directorship in 2003, and moved over to Nestlé full-time in 2007. His leadership established the library as an integral part of the school, he participated in the Sage Hall renovation, and was responsible for moving the Management Library from Malott to Sage in 1998 in conjunction with the Johnson School’s move.
Partially because Don has filled so many roles in the Management Library, he is known for always being willing to roll up his sleeves for any assignment. He has served on many CUL committees over the years and accepted many special assignments, including his recent role as Coordinator of Alumni Access to Electronic Resources, an issue that he has been a lead advocate on for years. His deep knowledge of business information sources has made him a go-to person for complex research and collection development questions. In 2002, he received the Award for Excellence in Business Librarianship from the Business & Finance Division of the Special Libraries Association for his work with academic business library statistics. In 2011, he co-authored Insights for Managers from Confucius to Gandhi with Johnson School Distinguished Professor Harold Bierman. Most recently, Don was the library’s representative on designing the Marriott Student Learning Center. In that assignment, Don worked closely with SHA administration and Nestlé staff to guide the design of a much-needed learning space for the School’s students.
Personally, I am deeply indebted and grateful to Don for his work and advice during our consolidation. Obvious to everyone was his yeoman’s work preparing the Nestlé collections for transfer and the space for renovations. Over the course of last year, the Nestlé staff shrunk as difficult demands rolled in concerning the renovations schedule. His response was to rally the staff around the needs of the students and faculty and everyone pitched in however needed. But what stood out most to me was how Don handled a tumultuous and complicated year with characteristic flexibility, innovation, and grace, and it is no coincidence that the Nestlé Library staff showed remarkable resiliency and character throughout the transition process.
At Don’s suggestion, in lieu of a formal party we will be having a casual happy hour meet-up to wish him well from 4-6 on Tuesday, June 25th at the Regent Lounge, Statler Hotel. All are welcome to stop by. (Curtis Lyons; email to CUL June 17, 2013))
Joel Copenhagen, 1941 - 2013
Joel Copenhagen died at home on Tuesday August 13th. He was 72. He had been reading Whitman’s Leaves of Grass, a book he loved and read constantly. His wife Julie was with him.
Joel worked at CUL from 1977 to 2007. He was the Administrative Supervisor of Collection Maintenance for Olin, Kroch and Uris Libraries and was a friend and mentor to dozens of people over the years, many of whom became librarians. Joel was an inspiring man who loved gardening, poetry and jazz.
Joel and Julie are deeply private people and there was no public memorial service. (Jon Frankel; photographs of Joel Copenhagen were taken in July 1996 by Michael Cooke)
Nancy Heliseva, 1943 - 2013
Nancy Heliseva passed away while in Hospicare on Saturday, July 13, after a long illness. Nancy began work at the Cornell University Library in 1972 and held six different positions at CUL until her retirement, after 31 years of service, in July 2003. Those of us who worked with Nancy remember her fondly for her open-mindedness, her flexibility, her concern for others, and her laughter – all of which made her an excellent co-worker and, in the later years of her career, a well-respected supervisor of the Inputting and Materials Control Unit in LTS. There will be a memorial service for Nancy to be announced at a later date. (Jim LeBlanc)
Hat Day 1996; Technical Services staff celebrate leap year by wearing hats; from left to right: Kaye Westfall, Carrie Lee Buchanan-Pierce, Jeri-Lynn Buchanan, Jan Frantz, Nancy Heliseva, Grace Lin (photographs provided by Kaye Westfall)
The Lighthearted Library: Cartoons by Betsy Elswit
Below is the cartoon we left you with in April and the captions sent in by your co-workers. After them you will find another new cartoon waiting for your insight and sense of humor. (Photograph of Betsy Elswit by Shirley Cowles)
I read that book on UFOs but the rest of them went over my head. (Kevin Pain, Weill Cornell)
It's a bird! It's a plane! No, it's Superman! And he's really ticked off at the library! (Jeff Petersen)
Are you sure once they get to the cloud we will be able to get them back? (Sandy Dhimitri)
Look at that! I haven't seen one of those in YEARS, now that everything's gone digital. (Robin Messing)
There go the last of our books--off to never-never land. (Ada Albright)
.... running to catch up with the SHELVER .... (Laura Robert)
And here is the new one:
Credits: Kaleidoscope is published bi-monthly except June and July
by Cornell University Library. Editor: Elizabeth Teskey, Layout: Carla DeMello and Jenn Colt-Demaree