Technical Services Corner: 2CUL Web Archiving
In the spirit of 2CUL, this issue's installment of Technical Services Corner was co-written by Cornell's Jason Kovari, Web Archivist & Metadata Librarian for the Humanities & Special Collections, and Columbia's Alex Thurman, Web Resources Collection Coordinator.
The web has become an important space for producing and disseminating knowledge, particularly for those without resources and access to traditional publishing venues; arguably, the web is the democratic medium in which most people now engage with society. Meanwhile, the web is incredibly ephemeral. Content vanishes as sites update, domain registrations expire, and users cancel accounts. Of course we must ask: why should we care – especially when the web seems to contain so many cat videos and personality quizzes?
Simply put: the web as a democratic medium of publishing and expression means that web content will continue to become more important to research as another medium of primary source material. (Jason Kovari above right)
Recognizing the web's ephemerality and importance to scholarship, Cornell University Library and Columbia University Libraries have been working to preserve the web. Both institutions use Archive-It, a service of the Internet Archive, to build collections of web sites related to curatorial and collection development interests. Unlike some national libraries that are archiving their entire country's web presence, U.S. academic institutions, including both 2CUL partners, are focusing their efforts to align with particular research areas.
For the past 2.5 years, Cornell University Library has engaged in web archiving: [https://archive-it.org/organizations/529]. Initially based in RMC, the focus of the project was on the Cornell domain and websites of organizations that deposit papers at CUL; beginning last year, web archiving responsibilities moved to Library Technical Services (LTS) in an effort to centralize the service. Starting in January 2014, Cornell appointed its first dedicated staffing for this initiative: Jason Kovari, a blended half-time Web Archivist and half-time Metadata Librarian for Humanities & Special Collections.
Home page for Cornell Archive-It
Cornell's web archiving initiative continues to preserve and make accessible sites related to Cornell's University Archives, including a twice-annual crawl of the Cornell University domain and archival collections deposited at CUL's special collections; however, we have branched out. John Saylor, Lynn Thitchener, Gail Steinhart, and Jason Kovari have been working to archive websites related to Hydraulic Fracturing in New York State, a project that will expand significantly in the next year. By preserving and making accessible sites related to hydrofracking in NYS, we are capturing the debate surrounding the NYS moratorium from multiple angles (pro-fracking, anti-fracking, scientific research, industry sites, etc.) – ensuring that this important energy, political, and environmental debate can be studied far into the future.
Soon, we will begin preserving and making accessible websites used by María Fernandez, Associate Professor History of Art, in teaching digital art; this project, sponsored by the Grants Program for Digital Collections in Arts and Sciences, will ensure that Fernandez, who has already experienced loss of source material, can continue to teach future Cornellians the seminal works of the digital art movement.
Columbia University Libraries first explored the feasibility of web archiving as collection-building in 2008, supported by a one-year grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. We started with a survey of human rights web content and began experimenting with crawling websites using Archive-It. That effort was followed by a three-year implementation grant from Mellon to build a web archiving program, focusing principally on thematic web archives corresponding to existing CUL subject area collection strengths. The grant funded two full-time Web Collection Curators, Alex Thurman and Tessa Fallon, and one programmer, David Arjanik. Robert Wolven has been the Principal Investigator on all Columbia web archiving grants, and our grant steering committees have included Stephen Davis, Pamela Graham, and Kate Harcourt. (Alex Thurman above left)
By the end of 2012 our Archive-It collections included not only the extensive Human Rights collection, sponsored by our Center for Human Rights Documentation and Research, but also the Avery Library Historic Preservation and Urban Planning and Burke Library New York City Religions thematic collections. We have additionally run wide annual captures of the Columbia.edu web domain for the University Archives collection, and have crawled websites associated with individuals and organizations whose papers are housed at our Rare Book and Manuscripts Library. All our collections feature regular re-crawls of the included websites, along with new websites being added steadily.
Columbia’s development work on web archiving has focused on access; we created a local access portal for the human rights collection called the Human Rights Web Archive. The HRWA allows browsing and full-text search with faceted search results, combining Blacklight with a SOLR index created locally from quarterly downloads of the collection’s .warc files from Archive-It; .warc is the Web ARChive format used by Archive-It. The portal’s construction was managed by the Libraries Digital Program Division, with design and programming work done by David Arjanik, Erik Ryerson, and Eric O’Hanlon.
Columbia's Human Rights Web Archive
In late 2012 Columbia assumed responsibility for the Web Resources Collection Program, funding Alex Thurman’s position as Web Resources Collection Coordinator and our subsequent annual Archive-It contracts. But we also secured an additional Mellon grant on Web Archiving Collaboration, allowing us to hire Web Archiving Project Librarian Anna Perricci and a Bibliographic Assistant, Naeema Akter. The new grant includes an incentive award program-- we’re awarding sub-grants up to about $25,000 to selected proposals that improve, enhance, or innovate in the areas of web harvesting and use. Our collaboration effort has also led to a new Contemporary Composers Web Archive collection guided by the Borrow Direct Music Librarians group.
One of the interesting open questions is how the 2CUL partners, who both have Archive-It contracts and web archiving programs in place, can collaborate as both continue development of their programs to preserve and make accessible these ephemeral primary sources.
A Passage to India: Gail Steinhart Travels with IARD 6020
Gail Steinhart traveled over winter break to India with students and faculty from the Cornell course IARD 6020, Agriculture in Developing Nations. Other CUL librarians have joined this course in the past, including Janet McCue, Jim Morris-Knower, and others, but Gail is the first to report about it for Kaleidoscope.
The course and trip are organized into four theme groups: agricultural systems (where Gail spent most of her time), value addition (food science, processing, and safety), rural infrastructure, and fiber science. All four groups spent the first of two weeks in and around Hyderabad. After week one, the fiber science group departed for Bangalore while the rest of the groups traveled to the state of Kerala.
A Cornell student transplants rice at the Directorate of Rice Research, near Hyderabad.
A few highlights of the trip included an opportunity for Cornell students to try transplanting rice alongside Indian laborers at the national Directorate of Rice Research, a visit to the Kothapally watershed project, an overnight stay on a houseboat (near Alleppey), touring the tea plantations and a tea factory near Munnar, a visit to the Srishti School and DARE project (think BOCES and Challenge Industries, respectively) in the Munnar region, and a trip to the Central Coir Research Institute (near Cochin).
Students meet with women of Kothapally to learn about the vermicomposting business.
Blocks used to print naturally dyed fabric by hand at project DARE, near Munnar.
Hand printed fabric dries in the sun.
Coir is coconut husk, a by-product that can be shredded and spun or pressed into a seemingly endless variety of things including door mats, outdoor carpeting, biodegradable gardening pots, and even bullet-proof vests.
Women spinning coir fiber.
The Cornell group also enjoyed the company of several students and faculty from the Assam Agricultural University and the Tamil Nadu Agricultural University. Gail participated in the course by attending lectures and holding office hours for students in IARD 4020 (a prerequisite for the trip) during the fall semester, revamping a LibGuide for the course, running a photo contest, and mentoring students in the production of a photo book (in progress).
A visit to a tea plantation near Munnar.
For the Leader in You
How many times in our lives have we embodied the proverb “if at first you don’t succeed, try, try again?” The fact that we can read these words proves that our lives have been filled with attempts, failures, and new attempts. What if we could live this proverb in our professional lives? Where could we be if we embraced the lessons of failure? Next month we will be considering readings on dealing with challenging people, a topic made for trying, trying, and trying again.
The Power of Failure by Sarika Bansal
Why Leaders Should Embrace Being Wrong by Dorie Clark
Put Failure in Its Place by Whitney Johnson
Additional resources for your reading and listening pleasure:
Strengths Based Leadership by Tom Rath and Barry Conchie
TED Talk: On Being Wrong by Kathryn Schultz
Three Weeks in Tsinghua
I spent the first three weeks of November 2013 at Tsinghua University in Beijing where I met with staff in various departments at Tsinghua and learned about their projects and services and talked about the various services CUL provides. I also visited Beijing, Renmin, and the Chinese Agricultural University, as well as the National Science Library and the Chinese Academy of Agricultural Sciences.
All these libraries have some sort of subject librarian model, and many of their services are similar to those provided at Cornell. One unique service was the “Novelty Search.” Chinese academic libraries provide a fee-based ‘certified’ literature search which is required for researchers applying for grants, being evaluated, or going up for promotion. More details will be offered at a Brown Bag slide show some time in April. For now here are a few pictures from the trip.
Kathy Chiang in Tsinghua Library
Tsinghua has several beautiful canals running through the campus.
Several of the libraries are quite new. This is the Humanities and Social Sciences library.
At the Chinese Agricultural University students get a booth/carrel for the year, and they turn it into a home away from home.
My father was a Tsinghua graduate, and he would have used this entrance to the library. It is the 1919 building.
How is cataloging similar to philosophy and engineering?
Who he is: Chew Chiat Naun, director of cataloging and metadata services.
What he does: I manage the Library’s cataloging and metadata services unit in Library Technical Services.. We construct and manage metadata to make our collections accessible to a variety of users.
It’s sort of like an engineering job. You know your tools, your materials, your standards, your technology, and you try to build a framework that’s going to last. You’re creating something that will work over time in a range of environments and for a range of foreseeable and unforeseen uses. You try to do that within your time and budget constraints, and you try to build something that’s going to stand up. That’s how I think about my job.
For the entire interview see here. (Photograph by Carla DeMello)
Helping students appreciate the complexity of the human record.
Who she is: Patrizia Sione, research archivist at the Kheel Center, which is part of the the Hotel, Labor and Management Library.
What she does: I answer reference questions and coordinate public services for the Kheel Center, and I’m the editor of the Triangle Fire website.
I also teach courses at ILR. This spring, I’m teaching a sophomore writing class: “Uncovering Corporate Strategies: Case Studies from the 20th Century.” This course focuses on managers's sense of identity of themselves and of workers, and examines how this sense of identity affects relations in the workplace. The course will be writing intensive, and I’m excited to help ILR students meet this writing requirement in a new and interesting way.
For the entire interview see here. (Photograph by Carla DeMello)
Shedding light on Cornell's most amazing hidden collections.
Who she is: Rhea Garen, Media Associate in Digital Scholarship and Preservation Services.
What she does: I work with any projects that require high-end imaging, often taking the photographs myself and often managing the projects. I deal with patron requests and digitization for our library exhibitions.
I also work on the faculty grant projects from the College of Arts and Sciences. We’ve done really interesting work — things like coin digitization, where I photograph ancient coins so they can be put online. We’ve been working on another project that involves digitizing squeezes, which are very large paper impressions of monuments, sort of like gravestone-rubbings. These squeezes were taken in the early 1900s from the writings on the walls of an ancient temple in Turkey.
For the entire interview see here.
Voices of Remote Work
“Voices of Remote Work” is a series featuring Cornell employees and supervisors who currently work remotely or supervise a remote worker. The new blog profiles Cornellians who have a variety of experiences with this kind of work and hopes to draw a diverse mix of Cornell employees. The blog is part of a Remote Work Pilot Program & Research Study website for the Division of Financial Affairs (DFA) and Cornell Information Technologies (CIT) that provides training, resources, participation guidelines, and more.
Currently three CUL employees have been interviewed: Gwen Glazer, Neely Tang, and Suzanne Cohen. See below for their opening statements and links to the complete interviews. If you are interested in sharing your remote work story on the blog, contact Michelle Artibee at mla64 or 255-5298. She is also available for consultations on all flexible work arrangement issues.
Gwen Glazer, Staff Writer/Editor and Social Media Coordinator, Cornell University Library
What are your overall responsibilities?
As part of the Assessment and Communication team, I try to tell the story of the Library in many different ways and to many different people. I write articles, press releases and blog posts; I write for and edit our website; I communicate with our press office and the media; and I help create marketing materials for alumni and donors. I also run the Library’s Facebook and Twitter accounts and help people in other units and collections at the Library run their social media presences. Technically, I don’t have customers, but I’m working in the service of many different people in and outside the Library.
For the entire interview posted on October 13, 2013 see here.
Neely Tang, Off-Site Public Services Librarian, Management Library
What are your overall responsibilities?
I primarily serve Cornell faculty, students and staff who have business research questions. I answer these questions via email, “sit” at the research desk via WebEx, and work with students and alumni by providing research consultations online. I also provide workshops and in-course instruction on and off campus.
For the entire interview posted on October 23, 2013 see here.
Suzanne Cohen, Coordinator of Collection Development, Hospitality, Labor, and Management Library
What are your overall responsibilities?
I coordinate collection development and collection management activities for the Catherwood Library, Management Library, and Nestle Library and provide research support in the Catherwood Library. As I write this, I am serving in an interim role as Head of Research and Learning Services and thus supervising the employee working remotely.
For the entire interview posted on October 30, 2013 see here.
Noah Hamm is the new information assistant in Mann Library who will be working 25 hours a week at the Mann Information desk. Noah has a BS in Biology with a concentration in evolutionary biology and field ornithology. He comes to us with ten years of experience in Professor Winkler’s lab in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology. Noah looks forward to the challenges in his new position and to solving problems creatively (as he says). Welcome, Noah!
Deb Schmidle has been rehired as a research aid for Mann Library as our new VIVO Content Coordinator. Deb joined the VIVO team on February 6th and will be involved in all aspects of VIVO at Cornell. She will be responsible for various components of the VIVO content, including supervising students who do some of the manual entry of data into the system. She will also respond to inquiries from the Cornell community and the broader public, and refer technical issues to appropriate staff. Although we said good-bye to Deb when she retired in March last year, nevertheless we are happy to welcome her back in this new role.
Meghan Sitar is the new Director of Olin/Uris Research and Learning Services. Meghan comes to us from the University of Texas at Austin where she has been the instruction and outreach librarian since 2005. She has a Master of Science in Information Studies from the School of Information at UT-Austin and a BA in English from DePaul. We should add to her qualifications that she grew up in Michigan and also lived in Chicago, so our brutal winter weather is not new to her. The Library is pleased to welcome Meghan to Ithaca!
Congratulations to Jenn Colt who has been promoted from Web Designer II to User Interface/User Experience Specialist III. Jenn has completed nine years of service at the Library and has been responsible for the interface design of many of CUL's websites and services, including the Fine Arts, Physical Sciences, and Engineering Library websites. Jenn is also a key contributor on the Discovery & Access project, the Usability Working Group and the Library Outside the Library Committee. The Library is extremely fortunate to count among our staff such a dedicated, talented, and wonderful person as Jenn. She brings her best self to the Library every day and consistently gives 110%. Please join me in thanking her for her valuable contributions. (Mary Beth Martini-Lyons)
Congratulations to Dan Hickey who accepted the position of Assistant Director of the Research and Learning Services unit of the Hotel, Labor, and Management Library (HLM) just before the new year. Dan joined us just over a year ago from Penn State as Research Coordinator and we have been extremely impressed with his work, attitude, leadership, and supervisory skills and style. We are confident that he can excel in this role and that the unit will prosper under his leadership. Dan will be in charge of all non-archival research support, instruction, and collection development in our three libraries. He will serve on HLM’s leadership team, serve as HLM’s main liaison to the Johnson School administration, and continue with day-to-day responsibilities in the Management Library. Please join me in congratulating Dan on his new role! (Curtis Lyons)
Congratulations to Hannah Marshall who is the new Metadata Librarian for Image Collections as of late December. Hannah joined Cornell as our Art History Image Cataloger last April, with chief responsibility for cataloguing the Knight Visual Resources Collection. She will be taking on broader outreach and project management responsibilities in her new role, and she will be fully involved in other LTS initiatives such as 2CUL Technical Services Integration. Hannah came to us with impressive credentials for this type of work, including a BA from the University of California, Irvine in Art History, an MLIS from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign with a certificate in archives and special collections librarianship, and several years' experience working in art museums and libraries. She has made a strong impression in her time here in LTS and we are very glad to have her on board. Hannah's new appointment is part of a reallocation of duties within Cataloging & Metadata Services (CMS) to allow us to support the web archiving programme that LEG identified and funded as a key initiative earlier this year.
(Chew Chiat Naun)
Congratulations to Liz Muller on her well deserved promotion to Assistant Director for Technical Services and Curator of Digital and Media Collections in the Division of Rare and Manuscript Collections (RMC). This promotion is in recognition of Liz’s outstanding leadership role in the division and system wide in issues relating to digital and media reformatting, preservation, and digitization, as well as her increasing responsibilities in RMC. The Division is pleased to recognize her talent, hard work, and many contributions with this promotion. (John Saylor)
Congratulations to Melissa Wallace who has been promoted from Web Designer III to User Interface/User Experience Specialist III. Melissa has completed nine years of service at the Library and has been responsible for the interface design of many of CUL's websites and services, including Project Euclid, the Müller-Kluge collection, and many of the websites associated with the Arts and Sciences faculty grants. Melissa is also a key contributor on the Discovery & Access project, the Usability Working Group, and the Library Outside the Library Committee. The Library is extremely fortunate to benefit from Melissa's knowledge, talent, and dedication. She too brings her best self to the Library every day and consistently gives 110%. Please join me in congratulating her on her recent promotion. (Mary Beth Martini-Lyons)
Heather Furnas has transferred from the Kheel Center to the Division of Rare and Manuscript Collections.
Jason Kovari has assumed responsibility for our web archiving programme. He will be dividing his time equally between his new role as the library's web archivist and his existing responsibilities as Metadata Librarian for the Humanities and Special Collections. Besides handling the technical aspects of the job, he will also be (and already is) heavily involved in developing collaborative projects and building a policy framework for the library's web archiving efforts. Those of you who have worked with Jason will know that this important initiative is in exceptionally capable hands. (Chew Chiat Naun)
Heather Shipman has accepted the E-Resources Acquisitions Specialist position left vacant when Jim Spear retired in October. Since she is already part of the e-resources team, Heather is able to bring energy and experience to the broad spectrum of e-resource work and particularly to e-book acquisition, data reporting, and resource access trouble-shooting. The unit welcomes this expansion of her role. (Jesse Koennecke)
I am pleased to announce that Anne Kenney, Cornell’s Carl A. Kroch University Librarian, has earned a top honor from the American Library Association: the Hugh C. Atkinson Award. The award recognizes the outstanding accomplishments of an academic librarian who has worked in the areas of library automation or library management and has made contributions (including risk taking) toward the improvement of library services or to library development or research. The full Chronicle story can be found here. Please join me in congratulating Anne on this prestigious award. (Kent Fuchs, Office of the Provost, Email to Library staff, Feb. 13, 2014)
Out & About
Ken Bolton wrote a chapter titled “Infiltrating Curriculum” in a new book called the Machiavellian Librarian from Woodhead Publishing. The piece talks about ways to work library courses into the general student curriculum. Congratulations to Ken on this wonderful achievement!
Katie Dowgiewicz and Aliqae Geraci organized a screening of the 1957 film Garment Jungle in the Kheel Center on December 3. The film explored racketeering in the garment industry and originated from a series of expose articles in Reader’s Digest.
Chubing Hong married fellow Syracuse iSchool alum Daniel Tripepi on December 24th in New York City. Daniel works for JP Morgan Chase Asset Management as a Project Manager. Chubing is now Chubing Hong Tripepi (at least on Facebook, which is what really matters). Please join us in congratulating Chubing.
Susan Kendrick has been elected President-Elect of the Upstate New York chapter of SLA. Jim Del Rosso will be moving to the Past President and Nominations Chair role, with Linda Galloway of Syracuse taking over as President this year. Ken Bolton also continues in his role as Director of Vendor Relations and List Manager. Congratulations to Susan!
Chris Miller and Ken Bolton will once again be teaching their courses in ILR and SHA this Spring. Patrizia Sione will also join their ranks, teaching a sophomore writing class in ILR that will make use of primary source materials in Kheel. These courses are invaluable in the exposure that they give the library to students and faculty!
Along with Jennifer Miller (Rice University), Chew Chiat Naun, Director of LTS Cataloging & Metadata Services, co-hosted an ALCTS e-forum on the Faceted Application of Subject Terminology (FAST) in December. Designed as a lightweight derivative of the Library of Congress Subject Headings that would be easy to learn and work well with faceted discovery systems, FAST is a comprehensive controlled vocabulary that can be applied effectively with relatively little training or prior cataloging experience. In the forum, entitled “FAST for Cataloging and Discovery,” participants examined the possible uses of FAST and how libraries may go about implementing it.
As the chair of the DCRM(MSS) Editorial Team, Margaret Nichols, LTS Rare Materials Cataloging Coordinator, emceed a public hearing at ALA Midwinter on a draft of DCRM (MSS), or Descriptive Cataloging of Rare Materials (Manuscripts). The new standard is part of the DCRM suite of cataloging manuals for rare materials in various formats, whose development is being overseen by the RBMS (Rare Books and Manuscripts Section) Bibliographic Standards Committee. DCRM (MSS) is intended as a bridging standard between ISBD-based standards for item-level bibliographic description and ISAD(G)-based standards for archival description. More broadly, it combines the practices of two historically separate communities, rare materials cataloging librarians and archivists. Both communities were invited to attend, and the discussion was lively.
Neely Tang served on the Program Planning Committee for the 2013 Ivies+ Annual Meeting of Public Services Librarians in Philadelphia on November 8. In addition, Neely was a speaker for the session, Postcards from the Edge: Liaisons and Libraries Respond to New Challenges, and the session leader for the breakout session, Working Remotely and Virtualizing Libraries. The conference was very well attended and educational, with the Cornell contingent out-numbering all but the Penn folks who hosted.
Oya Y. Rieger offered the closing comments at the Aligning National Approaches to Digital Preservation II conference (Barcelona, Spain) in November 2013. She proposed strategies for setting preservation priorities and establishing international partnerships.
Steve Rockey attended the AMS library Committee Meeting at the Joint Mathematics Meetings held in January in Baltimore.
Jill Wilson attended her first ever SLA Leadership Summit in Memphis this January. She is chair of the Communications and Social Media Committee under the SLA Academic Division. She also led an outreach breakout session during the “un-summit” portion of the conference.
CUL's Audio/Visual Charter / Initiative was recently cited as a good example of an institution trying to get a handle on their AV preservation needs during a webinar on the Library of Congress' National Recording Preservation Plan hosted by Sam Brylawski, Chair of the National Recording Preservation Board, Chris Lacinak, President of Audiovisual Preservation Solutions, and Gerald Seligman, Executive Director of the
National Recording Preservation Foundation.
From: Anne R. Kenney
Sent: Fri 12/20/2013
Subject: Bonna Boettcher to Serve as Interim Director of Olin/Uris Libraries and the Library Annex
I’m pleased to announce that Bonna Boettcher has agreed to assume interim responsibility for Olin/Uris and the Annex beginning in January when Kornelia Tancheva becomes the AUL for Research and Learning Services. She will serve in this capacity until a decision is made about the permanent position. I’m grateful to Bonna for assuming this role in addition to her management of the Music, Fine Arts, and Africana libraries. Please let me know if you have any questions about this announcement.
From: John Michael Saylor
Sent: Wed 12/18/2013
Subject: Collection Development Executive Committee Funds First Two Digitization Preservation Projects
Cornell University Library Collection Development Executive Committee (CD-EXEC) is pleased to announce that the following projects will receive full funding to preserve and provide access to important library collections. Selected among seven strong proposals, these projects demonstrated significant preservation risk combined withunique scholarly value. These projects were funded as part of a recently approved annual allocation of $100,000 from the library materials budget to support the digitization of important library assets, with a focus on rare, fragile, and at-risk collections. Of the allocated $100,000, $65,000 has been earmarked to support large scale digitization projects to preserve important library collections. (For more information, go to http://dcaps.library.cornell.edu/initiatives/preservation-fund). Congratulations to Bonna and Cheryl on their successful applications and a big thank you to Danielle Mericle leading the process.
Bonna Boettcher, Music Library, Archive of Field Recordings
The Archive of Field Recordings comprises around 193 hours of audio recordings made in Indonesia, on some 210 reels of quarter-inch tape. The majority of the recordings are of gamelan music from Central Java; a smaller number, accounting for about 30 hours, are from Lombok.
Cheryl Beredo, Kheel Center,James Gross Lecture and Oral History Interview Series on the National Labor Relations Board
The Kheel Center proposes to digitize 273 audio cassette recordings made by ILR Professor James Gross of lectures by--and interviews with--those people most knowledgeable about the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB), many of whom are no longer living.
For the entire announcement see here.
From: Anne R. Kenney
Sent: Mon 1/6/2014
Subject: Take One: January 6, 2014 (On the Beauty of Libraries)
Welcome to a brand new year! To set the stage for what I predict will be a beautiful year for libraries in general and CUL in particular, I thought you would enjoy this set of quotes from library admirers through the ages, including Cornellians Carl Sagan, E.B. White, and Kurt Vonnegut. Each quote is accompanied by an image of a beautiful library from around the globe, including Cornell’s AD White Library and the private library of Jay Walker, the co-chair of the Library’s Campaign for Collections. Of course the AD White Library is my favorite among the photographs, but my favorite quote comes from Archibald MacLeish, “What is more important in a library than anything else—than everything else—is the fact that it exists.” See for yourself the power and beauty of libraries in these selections.
Have a healthy and library-filled week.
From: Anne R. Kenney
Sent: Fri 1/10/2014
Subject: ANNOUNCEMENT - New Director of the Division of Rare and Manuscript Collections
I’m pleased to announce that Anne Sauer has accepted the position of Director of the Division of Rare and Manuscript Collections. She will start full time in the position on May 1, 2014. The Search Committee, chaired by John Saylor, presented a very impressive slate of candidates for us to consider. With so many strong candidates the decision was difficult to make, but Anne’s energy, creativity, technical skills in the digital realm, and managerial experience, along with an impressively friendly and approachable personality, lead to the committee’s recommendation and my decision.
Anne comes to us from Tufts University where she has been the Director of Digital Collections and Archives since 2004. There her department oversees a wide range of services: institutional archives, manuscript collections, records management, and the Tufts Digital Library, the university’s Fedora repository. I look forward to Anne bringing her vision, innovation skills, resourcefulness, and people skills to Cornell University Library.
In closing I want to thank the search committee members for their extraordinary work in bringing this search to a successful conclusion. In addition to John, the members included Liz Muller, Brenda Marston, Evan Earle, Femi Cadmus, Curtis Lyons, Gregory Green, Peter Hirtle, and Jeremy Braddock. Special credit goes to Michelle Eastman and her staff who did a fantastic job of coordinating schedules and keeping everything on track and everyone happy. I also want to thank all of you (CUL staff and faculty) who spent your valuable time by participating in and contributing to this search.
From: John Michael Saylor
Sent: Thu 1/23/2014
Subject: Division of Rare and Manuscript Collections - Staffing Reorganization
As I’m sure you know, Anne Sauer will be the new Director of the Division of Rare and Manuscript Collections beginning May 1 this year and until that time I am the acting Director. In order to simplify and rationalize the staffing structure in RMC, and with Anne Sauer’s input and agreement we are, effective immediately, reducing the number of direct reports the director has from 10 to 5. The direct reports are now:
Elaine Engst, University Archivist,
Katherine Reagan, Assistant Director for Collections and Ernest I. Stern Curator of Rare Books and Manuscripts,
Brenda Marston, Head of Research services and Curator of the Human Sexuality Collection,
Connie Finnerty, Administrative Manager, and
Liz Muller, who has been promoted to Assistant Director for Technical Services and Curator of Digital and Media Collections.
The new RMC organization chart is at:http://staffweb.library.cornell.edu/system/files/CUL-ScholarlyResources_orgchart-Jan2014_0.pdf
Please note this is an “evergreen” chart, one that will change overtime and especially given the impending arrival of Anne Sauer, who will no doubt want to consider best options. (She was fully engaged in the decisions made to date and supportive of them.)
Please let me know if you have any questions.
From: Anne R. Kenney
Sent: Wed 1/29/2014
Subject: Managers’ Council
Managers' Council serves an important role in the Library. It provides advice to me and to the Associate University Librarians from a cross-functional perspective and serves as a sounding board for me on a variety of issues. It is also another forum for you to provide input and feedback on issues you are concerned about which you can do through your Managers' Council representatives. Here are the changes to the Managers' Council roster for 2014. Stepping down from the Council with my thanks are: Kornelia Tancheva, Katherine Reagan, Bronwen Bledsoe, and David Ruddy. I am pleased to welcome the following new members: Tami Magnus, Library Finance Office, Liz Muller, Rare & Manuscript Collections, Dan McKee, Asia Collections, and Jaron Porciello, Digital Scholarship & Preservation Services, Eric Acree, Africana Library, and Erla Heyns, Vet Library. The new roster is appended below indicating which units each member represents. I am also appending the Council's charge. Please let me know if you have any questions or comments.
Managers Council Roster 2014
Boaz Nadav-Manes (-2014)
Zsuzsa Koltay (-2014)
Library Technical Services
Assessment & Communication
Lyndsi Prignon (2015)
Ed Weissman (-2014) Steering Committee
Tami Magnus (-2015)
Library Human Resources
Library Facilities; Administrative Services
Library Finance Office
Bonna Boettcher (-2014) Steering Committee
Femi Cadmus (2011-2015)
Curtis Lyons (-2014)
Mary Ochs (-2015)
Steve Rockey (-2014)
Eric Acree (-2016)
Erla Heyns (-2016)
Fine Arts, Music, Olin/Uris; Annex
ILR, Management, Hotel
PSL, Math, Engineering
Scholarly Resources/Special Collections
Liz Muller (-2015)
Dan McKee (-2015)
Kizer Walker (-2015) Steering Committee
Rare & Manuscript Collections
Chris Manly (-2014)
Library Information Technology
Digital Scholarship and Preservation Services
Jaron Porciello (-2015)
Digital Scholarship and Preservation Services
CUL Managers' Council Charge – revised 1/14/14
The Cornell University Library Managers' Council (MC) helps engage staff in building, supporting, and assessing the library as a vital academic partner in the 21st century research university. The Managers' Council serves an essential mission within the Library to promote and provide:
· an open channel for interests/concerns from staff to the University Librarian (UL) and, through the UL to the Library Executive Group (Lib Exec)
· a free flow of issues and ideas to the University Librarian (UL) and, through the UL to the Lib Exec
· horizontal communication and collaboration
· input, buy-in and support for strategic directions
· the generation of ideas
· staff engagement
· outreach to constituencies
From: Anne R. Kenney
Sent: Mon 2/10/2014
Subject: Take One: February 10, 2014 (8 Million and Counting)
Next Friday, February 21, 2014, we’ll be celebrating the arrival of our 8 millionth physical volume:a Civil War photograph album assembled for Louis-Philippe d’Orleans,Comte de Paris. It's a gift from Beth and Stephan Loewentheil and is one of the finest surviving Civil War photograph albums, with 265 rare photographs by the preeminent photographer Mathew Brady and others. It's been 11 years since our 7 millionth volume (Gardner’s Photographic Sketch Book of the War-- also a rare volume of Civil War photographs). Each year we add volumes, but we also withdraw volumes, so it’s difficult to predict future growth. A reasonable guess would be 75,000/year. If we held steady at that rate, it would take us 13.3 years to reach 9 million. In other words we’d hold the next celebration in 2027! I’m sure some of you will be around to witness that event, but for others next Friday is a rare chance to mark what has historically been a major milestone in the life of a library. I asked Linda Miller about growth in our electronic collections. From 2002 to last year, we ‘ve seen a 413% increase in the number of e-journals and a 4,327% increase in the number of e-books. We are now at 100,676 ejournal titles and 941,760 ebooks. At this growth rate, we will be celebrating our millionth e-book within two years. It’s hard to predict when ebooks will catch up with the number of physical books we own, but I suspect it won’t be too long before our annual accumulation of e-books will surpass their physical counterparts.
Everyone is invited to the celebration in Olin's Amit Bhatia Libe Café on Friday, Feb. 21, beginning at 5 p.m. The donors will be on hand and the 8 millionth book will be on display for everyone to see up close. I'd love to see you there! Have a healthy and book-filled week.
Cornell University Library is excited to announce
the acquisition of its 8 millionth volume:
The Civil War photograph album of
Comte de Paris
Join us for a celebration
Friday, February 21, 2014 at 5:00 p.m.
Amit Bhatia Libe Café in Olin Library
The album, donated by Beth and Stephan Loewentheil, is one of the finest surviving Civil War photograph albums, with 265 rare photographs by the preeminent photographer Mathew Brady and others.
Louis-Philippe d’Orléans, Comte de Paris—the French nobleman who volunteered to join the staff of General George McClellan—was presented with this unique album, which includes rare images of units preparing for battle, field operations, camp scenes, and the aftermath of the war, as well as rare portraits of Union and Confederate officers, prisoners of war, and Abraham and Mary Todd Lincoln.
It will become a part of the Beth and Stephan JD ’75 Loewentheil Family Photography Collection.
Remarks by Anne Kenney, University Librarian, Stephan Loewentheil, and Bill Gaskins, visiting associate professor in the College of Architecture, Art, and Planning: 5:00 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.
Reception with light refreshments: 5:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.
For more information, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Good-bye and good luck to
- Pat Leary, Kheel Center, HLM
- Laura Robert, Law Library
- Susanne Whitaker, Vet Library
who recently left the Library.
Pat Leary, Kheel Center, HLM Library
Pat Leary retired from the Kheel Center on December 31st after 30 years of work at Cornell (including holding positions in each of our three schools, Hotel, Labor, and Management). This time does not even count six years of working in the Echols Collection part-time. Over the course of her Kheel career, she made major contributions to the papers of Ted Kheel,
The International Ladies' Garment Workers' Union
New York State United Teachers
(NYSUT), and other collections. She was also part of the team that launched Labor Photos, Kheel’s original online platform for digital photos and a trail-blazer for other such platforms.
Pat did not want a party or even an announcement to be made until she was gone and we reluctantly abided by her wishes. We all wish Pat the best in her retirement and her continued work as a Town of Ithaca board member. (Editor's note: a rare photograph of Pat Leary in Lincoln Center several years ago.)
Flower-Sprecher Veterinary Library
A retirement reception was held for Susanne Whitaker at the College of Veterinary Medicine on December 12, 2013. Many colleagues from the Library and from the College attended as we acknowledged and celebrated Susanne’s many contributions to Cornell University.
Susanne started at the Veterinary Library in February of 1977 as Senior Assistant Librarian. Susanne has had a distinguished career at the Veterinary Library for the past (almost) 37 years. She has had the opportunity to work with four Deans in the College and four University Librarians during this time. Susanne’s knowledge of the history of the College is phenomenal. She is a great story teller and a wonderful historian.
Susanne’s accomplishments are many and varied. Some recent projects that are worth noting are the creation of a complete list of faculty publications that Susanne undertook dating to 2000; she worked on getting College newsletters and other internal publication into e-Commons; and she taught a one-credit course, VTMED 635, titled “Introduction to the Professional Literature [of Veterinary Medicine]”. Susanne’s involvement in VIVO is also very noteworthy.
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, MLA’s peer-reviewed professional development and career recognition credentials program. Susanne has also been a very valued member of the American Veterinary Medical History Society.
At home Susanne shares a love of theatre with her husband Dan and she is an avid gardener. Susanne and Dan share their home with their four feline friends.
We thank Susanne for her contributions and we wish her well in her retirement endeavors. (Erla Heyns)
Please join us at the retirement reception for
Thursday, December 12
Centennial Room (C2 501)
Please check in at the Vet Library
Susanne will be recognized for her 37 years of service to the Veterinary Library.
We hope to see you there.
Remarks from Susanne’s Retirement Gathering, December 11, 2013
Prepared by Erla P. Heyns
Thank you all for coming to this historic event. I say historic not just because of Susanne’s 37 years of service, but also because Susanne is an historian at heart, she knows the history of this College like the back of her hand! She will be able to tell you that in 1986 John Hermanson interviewed at the College and he started in 1987. She will remember details of many people that have come and gone over the years and details of those that are still here: details like where they came from, where they went, what they studied, and what contributions they made.
Vet Library 2012 staff photograph, from left: Erla Heyns, Susanne Whitaker, Cindy Lamb, and Chris Dunham
In order to really capture Susanne’s contributions I asked faculty and staff in the College and also staff in the library to send me their appreciations for Susanne’s work. Many of you responded. I enjoyed reading your stories and I will use excerpts from some of them in my tribute to Susanne.
John Hermanson says, “The notice that Susanne is retiring hit me pretty hard. She was here to greet me when I interviewed in 1986 and arrived in 1987. She smiled that day, and seems to have kept smiling for 27 years since that day.” John goes on to reminisce about the veterinary reading room and library that you entered through the doors in Schurman Hall back then. John remembers John Cummings who came into the reading room on Friday afternoons to banter with Susanne and read the latest journals. John says, “when I interviewed for my position Howie Evans, Sandy deLahunta, Drew Noden, Wolfgang Sack, and Nelly Farnum all pointed with pride at our library and boasted about the helpfulness and congeniality that Susanne would provide upon my arrival.”
Many faculty remember Susanne’s help in finding obscure information. Dr. Bruce Calnek states that, “although I have not been a constant user of the library, on more than one occasion I have been in need of assistance in a major way (generally in finding reference materials, old photos, or other material needed in the preparation of historical accounts). Susanne was of immense help and I would not have been able to assemble all of the material I needed without her help.
Vet colleagues and Library staff congratulate Susanne Whitaker; Virginia Cole foreground and Linda Miller background
Dr. Fran Kallfelz states that, “Susanne has been a wonderful supporter of my endeavors for many years. From 2001 through 2006, while I was involved in the updating of the “Nutrient Requirements for Dogs and Cats” publication for the National Academy, she was absolutely critical to my success in accessing the literature on mineral requirements of dogs and cats for the previous 25 years.”
Dr. Mary Smith commented that, “Susanne was always the "go to" person in the library for locating reference material. I needed her help many times when writing Goat Medicine and various papers. If I found a citation that was incorrect or incomplete, she would help me chase down the original. Old books, foreign theses could all be located through our great library with Susanne's help. If I heard of a new book that looked interesting she would expedite its acquisition by the library and notify me as soon as it came in.
She taught students to do literature searches before Google was invented. She prepared extensive instructions to help them with their senior seminars and worked diligently to get recent seminars into eCommons. Susanne compiled a very complete bibliography for everything the library had pertaining to alternative and complementary medicine, which has been very helpful in my course on the subject, recently approved by the faculty.”
From left: Jill Powell, Susanne Whitaker, Mary Ochs, Erla Heyns
Dr. Kathy Earnest-Koons states that, “Whenever a block IV colleague or I found a good reference, she would order some copies for us for the students to have on Core Resources. Susanne also helped me in my swine course in the early days. This is when surfing the web had just begun and I asked her to do a session with the students in the course so they would know how to find internet references for the papers they had to write for me. Her demonstration/lecture was very well received and really saved them time.”
Dr. Howard Evans says that, "Susanne always had time to provide me with print-outs from the National Library of Medicine of references to dog anatomy so that I could keep the literature citations up to date for three editions of Miller's Anatomy of the Dog and seven editions of the Guide to the Dissection of the Dog…. She was also very prompt to purchase new books from little known sources that pertained to animal anatomy.”
Kathy Edmondson makes a very astute observation when she comments that, “Susanne has developed relationships with faculty, students, practitioners, and visitors to the college, and I believe that she has made many more contributions to the college than many will ever know, because many of these have occurred in the context of individual interactions. Susanne has earned the respect of many faculty who have relied upon her help; the support she provided to them facilitated their professional success.”
Susanne Whitaker and Lydia Pettis
In terms of Susanne’s contributions to the library I want to extend my personal appreciation. I value her love for and dedication to the Veterinary Library and the College of Veterinary Medicine. Susanne would tackle projects with a great attention to detail and with great perfection. She was instrumental in moving a large percentage of our collections to the Annex. She digitized and created a robust collection of College publications on the Cornell e-Commons site. It is beautifully done. I know that the Research Office and department managers greatly appreciate Susanne’s work on creating a database of faculty publications.
On this subject May Lovelace says, “Susanne has been a true blessing to me with her constant smile, her friendly personality, and her unending willingness to help. Every month she diligently puts together a listing of new publications for our departmental newsletter and sends it off with a friendly personal note. When she suggested adding the newsletter to the eCommons digital library she handled the whole project of her own accord and has continued to add each and every issue we’ve put out. She embraces her work and the people around her whole-heartedly with a radiant positive attitude. She will be sorely missed.”
Mary Ochs, Director of Mann Library, says that, "Susanne has been a mainstay for the science librarians over her long tenure at the Veterinary Library. Her knowledge of the collection and her ability to match the collection to the needs of the faculty have been very impressive over her long tenure here at Cornell. We will certainly miss Susanne’s incredible knowledge-base in the field of Veterinary medicine.”
I can echo that and say that Susanne’s knowledge of the discipline of Veterinary Medicine is second to none in the country and I appreciate her contributions.
Our colleague Kathy Chiang from Mann Library says: “I worked with her on several cross campus projects over the years. I have appreciated her commitment to services for her patrons. In our projects she was always a positive and constructive participant. She could be relied upon to suggest possibilities for work or how to solve problems. She would volunteer for work and always follow through. Our patrons and we in CUL will miss her expertise and commitment.”
Susanne’s contribution extends beyond the College and the library. She has been involved in the Medical Library Association for 30 years and very involved as a member of the Veterinary Medical Libraries Section. She has also been contributing in very significant ways to the American Veterinary Medical History Society. Dr. Phyllis Larson, who is here today, can attest to the significance of Susanne’s contribution to the History Society activities.
Elaine Engst, the University Archivist, says, “I've always appreciated working with Susanne. Her deep love for the Vet School and the depth and breadth of her knowledge have made her an invaluable resource for the college, for the library, and for me personally. I hope that she will not be going far as she starts on her new adventures, because I want to be able to draw on her expertise as we begin working on the Library's participation in Cornell's Sesquicentennial celebrations. Regardless, life will always be rewarding to someone who loves animals and history!”
Erla Heyns presents Susanne with a wool blanket from
the Cornell sheep program. Other gifts included a book of photographs from over the years; clocktower clock immortalized with pumpkin on top, created by retired Vet faculty member Dr. Calnek; glass necklace created Mrs. Wasserman, wife of retired faculty member; a DVD on the history of Cornell called,
"Cornell: Birth of the American University;" and a memory book with colleagues' tributes.
I thought you would appreciate the writing of Dr. John Ludders when he says: “The year 1977 is memorable because that's when Susanne started working at Cornell; she's been here since the dawn of time! But 1977 is also memorable as the year when two Steves with last names of Jobs and Wozniak introduced the Apple Computer, a harbinger of a revolution in how we now do business, communicate with each other and, of course, how we use the library. As the College's librarian, Susanne was there at the beginning and guided and shepherded the library and we its users through this revolution.”
In conclusion I am sure you will all agree with Dr. George Poppensiek when he says, “Here are my most heartfelt feelings about her: Gracious! Joyfully willing! Talented! Knowledgeable! Resourceful! Loveable!”
Thank you Susanne and may retirement bring you much joy and fulfillment. We have some gifts for Susanne which we will share in a minute. I hope you enjoy the tokens of our appreciation that they represent.
Would everyone please sign the note paper so that we can add them to a notebook for Susanne? We will also add the written comments I received. Thank you everyone for coming.
The Lighthearted Library: Cartoons by Betsy Elswit
Below is the cartoon we left you with in December 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)
Don't hesitate to ask your unusual question... despite his appearance, Jack really can think outside the box. (Kevin Pain, Weill Cornell)
"But Gladys, the Reference people are here to help you." Gladys counters with, "I know, but they look so scary." (Karen Bobbett)
I'm not kidding -- I really had a fun time when I asked my last question. (Suzanne Cohen)
What's the problem? This is the library's best idea since adding coffee shops! (Suzanne Cohen)
I tell you, you simply must address this fear you have of clowns! Surely the good people at Reference can help you get started.... (Michelle Paolillo)
What did you expect at Clown College? (Steve Rockey)
I assure you he's very professional despite his looks; people in Ithaca dress how they like. (Elizabeth Teskey)
He told me there isn't time to change between jobs. (Elizabeth Teskey)
So you want information on coulrophobia and its impact on society? Our newest automated reference assistant, the Clownbot 5000 can help you out. (Robin Messing)
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