April 2014

Technical Services Corner: Cataloging Cornell's Provine Collection
Planting Seeds for the Future of Crop Research in West Africa
For the Leader in You
People News
The Lighthearted Library

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Jim Morris-Knower, Mann Library

2013 was a year of recognition and achievement for Jim. In addition to his promotion to the rank of Librarian he was nominated for and received the SUNY Chancellors’ Award for Excellence in Librarianship; he was co-PI for a successful grant application to the Elsevier Foundation for Training in Africa; he was program chair for the IAALD Conference hosted by Mann Library; and he continued his strong commitment to CUL by chairing and participating on numerous CUL committees and working groups.

During the past four years Jim has assumed new responsibilities in the international arena. He has led workshops in India and Africa, chaired the program committee and acted as host for the 2013 IAALD Conference, and has taught classes for students at the West Africa Centre for Crop Improvement. The feedback from workshop participants and students in India and Ghana (as well as the feedback from students who attend Jim’s workshops and classes here at home) are consistently positive, and the marks that Jim receives as a gracious, friendly, and informative teacher are A+.

As Mann’s Outreach and Applied Social Sciences Librarian Jim coordinates the Mann liaison program, and as the library’s primary liaison to Cornell Cooperative Extension (CCE) he conducts new staff orientations, provides webinars, develops and teaches workshops, and maintains the CCE web based information portal which he developed (with CCE input) several years ago.

Jim is a superb teacher and communicator, he is always upbeat and positive, he’s a great colleague who is generous with his time in the aid of others, and he is totally engaged in his work. And he’s fun to work with, too. (Howard Raskin)

Associate Librarian

Ken Bolton, Hotel, Labor, and Management Library

I am very happy to congratulate Ken on his promotion to Associate Librarian! Ken has been with Cornell for over 15 years, but began his current position in the Nestle Library in 2008 and he has been an incredible asset to the School of Hotel Administration ever since. I have worked with him often since I have been here and I have always been impressed with his work. Ken always has his users’ best interests in mind as he has attained all of the significant accomplishments that he has achieved.

These accomplishments span all of the portions of his job from research to instruction to professional participation. Ken 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. Ken also has taught a 2-credit class in the Hotel School curriculum. He designed the class to incorporate many information and media literacy skills and got it approved by the Hotel School to be offered on an ongoing basis.

Ken was integral to the planning of the new Marriott Student Learning Center where he had an important role in figuring out 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, as well as designing and maintaining the library’s digital screen content.

Over the years, Ken has been involved in many CUL-related groups, committees, and teams. Just a few examples of the many that could be listed: he has been involved with the CUL website in various ways; the Business, Labor, and Special Topics (BLAST, formerly BIG); and most recently has been asked to take charge of a group investigating the upgrade to LibGuides 2.0 that will be happening soon.

In addition, Ken has been contributing significantly to the profession. He is active with SLA regionally and nationally, and has published quite an impressive list of articles, book chapters, and other items of interest to the profession. I think I speak for everyone when I say ‘Congratulations, Ken!’ and that you truly deserve this. I look forward to many more years of working with and alongside you. (Chris Miller; photographs of Ken Bolton then and now)

Dianne Dietrich, Physical Sciences Library

Dianne Dietrich demonstrates an extraordinary aptitude for academic science librarianship and embraces the rapidly changing environment we live in. She is a great team member and collaborator within the Engineering, Mathematics & Physical Sciences cluster and more broadly in the University Library. Dianne’s intelligence, curiosity, and creativity, combined with her warmth and gentle sense of humor, make her a joy to work with. She exhibits great initiative and her analysis and decision making process is open, careful and inclusive. She has the right mix of working very productively on her own and gathering feedback while keeping stakeholders informed. I greatly appreciate how she always looks at problems from a different perspective, seeking to learn, grow, develop new ideas and test them out. I enjoy the resulting discussions at an intellectual level where we seek a shared understanding.

She originally joined CUL in 2008 as Research Data & Metadata Librarian in the Metadata Services Department of Olin Library working for Glen Wiley. This was a new position specifically designed to explore the library’s role in research data support and curation. As an entry-level librarian, she took initiative to seek out data-related projects across Cornell and map relevant library principles and functions to them.

Dianne became the Physics & Astronomy Librarian in the Clark Physical Sciences Library in July 2010, where she helped to grow a new model for CUL’s first virtual library and is the driving force behind its web presence. She has greatly improved our interactions with the faculty and students in physics and astronomy, engaging the faculty and students in a dialog about what a library should be to serve their needs. After these conversations she creates deliverables through the virtual Physical Sciences Library and/or in the wider library system. This becomes a feedback loop that allows the conversations to continue. I think it is a bit unusual to have a communicator who can then translate the ideas into technology. I love this quotation from her: “I understand technology and I am not afraid to use it”. This is really true and is a very valuable part of what she brings to the library but it is important to note that the way she uses technology is very focused on the user’s need. Dianne is always looking for how the Library’s virtual presence can evolve dynamically to serve its users and the ever changing landscape of electronic resources. Her leadership and vision for technology and dedication to bringing the library to the users has greatly influenced the development of virtual library services.

Dianne is admired and known by many people across the CUL system and is sought after for her unique problem-solving abilities and enthusiastic collaboration. She has been a member of many committees and projects over the years including: CuLLR, Library Outside the Library, Data Discussion Group, Usability Committee, Discovery and Access Team, Research Data Management Services Group, Virtual Shelf Browser Team, Science Team, and many others. She has had great success with a wide range of outreach and liaison activities here at Cornell that have been very well received. She has also been active nationally with Special Libraries Association (SLA) and in other venues.

In the spring of 2013 Dianne began a two year half-time DSPS Fellowship. She joined the team of the NEH-funded project on Preservation and Access for Digital Art Objects to investigate preservation and emulation strategies for complex born-digital media. Dianne is the lead forensic analyst guiding 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.

Please join me in congratulating Dianne for her well-deserved promotion to the rank of Associate Librarian. (Steve Rockey; photograph by Carla DeMello)

Amy Emerson, Law Library

Amy carries out her oversight of the day to day operations of the access services department, a vital and busy part of the law library with great aplomb. In addition shehasa myriad of dutieswhich include the provision of research support to law faculty as well as teaching and instruction to students and attorneys. She excels in all aspects demonstrating a quiet drive, initiative, collegiality, flexibility and adaptability to changes in the legal information landscape.

Amyis professionally strong and active on the national and international levels, concluding a successful three year term as co-chair of the International Legal Research Interest Group of the American Society of International Law and also finishing up athree year term on the American Association of Law Libraries, Foreign Comparative and International Interest Section’s Schaffer Grants Committee. At the local level Amy gives back to the community andserves on the board of trustees at the Hazard Library in Poplar Ridge. (Femi Cadmus; photograph by Carol Clune)

Dan McKee, Kroch Library, Wason E. Asia Collection

Dan McKee joined Cornell University Library in 2008. He was a graduate student at Cornell's Department of Asian Studies from 1999 to 2006 and served as the curator of the Clark Center for Japanese Art and Culture in Hanford, California before he returned to work at Cornell.

During the past six years Dan has made important contributions to the library in general and to the Charles W. Wason Collection on East Asia in particular. He has served on numerous library committees and working groups, most notably as chair of the Public Services Executive Committee, the Area Studies representative on the Database Review Committee, and on the Library Strategic Plan task force. As Japanese Bibliographer, Dan has overseen the growth of Cornell’s Japanese collection into the twelfth largest of its kind in North America, enhancing its depth in key areas of researcher interest.

Dan has kept his academic background in art history viable in his library work, making some special acquisitions of visually attractive woodblock printed books, and giving talks on woodblock print culture. While the interconnections between poetry and visual imagery remain his central area of focus, he has also created an exhibition on the supernatural at Bowdoin College and assisted with exhibitions on Japanese and Chinese painting at the University of Miami. Closer to home, he has worked with Cornell undergraduates on an exhibition exploring the influences of Japanese woodblock prints on Western artists. He has also been involved with other library exhibitions, including one on Japanese internment camps.

When not at work, Dan enjoys running and is aiming for a time of 3:15 in this year’s Boston Marathon. We congratulate Dan on his promotion and look forward to his continued success. (Liren Zheng)

Boaz Nadav-Manes, LTS Acquisitions and Automated Technical Services

Boaz Nadav-Manes joined the CUL staff in October, 2002 as a Technical Services Assistant III in what was then the CTS Acquisitions Department. His intelligence and ability to learn quickly, as well as his aptitude for performing detailed tasks rapidly and accurately, made him a natural for the library technical services environment. Boaz also proved to be an able and respected communicator, and he advanced quickly through the ranks, becoming the Administrative Supervisor for the LTS Ordering Unit in 2005. He took some time off during the 2006/07 and 2007/08 academic years to pursue a Cornell MFA degree in Art Practices and Theory, picking up some teaching experience along the way and continuing to work in LTS as a part-time original cataloger. With the retirement of Anna Korhonen in summer 2009, Boaz was appointed the new Head of LTS Acquisitions Services, as well as CUL’s selector for philosophy – a field in which he holds a B.A. degree from Tel Aviv University. Since fall 2011 he has served as the Director of LTS Acquisitions & Automated Technical Services (AATS), a department comprising 27 staff and four processing units.

Of particular note among Boaz’s many strengths has been his continual support for staff and their development. Technical services is going through a rapid transition, during which the speed at which user needs and interests evolve threatens to outpace our ability to reallocate, retrain, and reposition staff to address these needs and interests. Boaz’s dedication to, and acumen for, leading his department through this relentless transition is impressive. Over the past three years, he has promoted cross-training for everyone in his department – including the supervisors – often across departmental lines with the other LTS sections: LTS Cataloging & Metadata Services and LTS E-Resources, Serials, and Post-Cataloging Services. Boaz’s role in the establishment of new approval plans for library acquisitions, the development of patron-driven acquisitions (PDA), and the effort to expand our 2CUL partnership with the Columbia University Libraries reflects an aptitude, capacity, and willingness not only to function in a changing environment but to lead others through this evolving landscape. His roles in the 2CUL / Ex Libris Project Scoping Analysis (PSA) and in planning for 2CUL Technical Services Integration (TSI) have been important for keeping us on a productive track towards the realization of the bold vision that is 2CUL. The Pre-Order Online Form (POOF!), software that Boaz conceived and shepherded through development, has allowed us to streamline the ordering workflow in LTS and reallocate significant staff effort to ebook processing, digital image cataloging, and other new technical services initiatives.

Unfortunately for LTS and CUL, Boaz has recently accepted a position with OCLC’s Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) Office in Leiden, Netherlands, a job that will not only provide him with new professional challenges but will bring him closer to his family in Tel Aviv. We all wish him good fortune in his new job and new life in Holland. (Jim LeBlanc)

Neely Tang, Hotel, Labor, and Management Library

Neely brings a contagious enthusiasm for both librarianship and the subject of business in which she has become an expert. This enthusiasm is matched by her hard work, dedication, professionalism, initiative, service excellence, collegiality, and visionary outlook. Neely came to Cornell’s Management Library from a corporate research background in 2008 and quickly adjusted to the academic environment which includes the teaching/mentoring element that is core to Neely’s nature. She excels in both the reference and instruction arenas, and her successful completion of a Cornell MBA in 2012 launched Neely into a higher level for providing relevant research support to the MBA community. She has successfully leveraged her MBA and her excellent communication skills to make stronger connections with Johnson students and faculty and broaden the impact of library services.

Neely has held the positions of Management Library Public Services Librarian, then Research Coordinator, and currently Off-Site Public Services Librarian. In this most recent role, Neely has been experimenting with a variety of technology tools and collaborating with technology providers to enhance remote services and effectively communicate with colleagues. She has been an advocate for CUL using technology as a way to become a more inclusive organization, allowing for broader participation. Neely served on the Cornell University Library NYC Tech Campus Information Support Task Force, bringing her knowledge of both remote services and entrepreneurial research needs to the group’s final report. Neely believes strongly in the power of mentoring, supervising, and peer-teaching as ways to teach information while strengthening one’s relationship with individuals. She has brought this belief to her work on many different groups, including CUL’s Career Development and Mentoring Committees, ALA’s Library Leadership & Management Association (LLAMA) Mentoring Committee, and ALA’s HR Development and Recruitment Advisory Committee (for which she has been nominated and accepted the Chair position for 2014-15), and she has often made presentations on this topic. In the early stages of the consolidated Hotel, Labor, and Management Library, Neely played a crucial role on the Collaborative Culture Team, using her skills in teamwork, community-building, mission-driven focus, and knowledge of organizational effectiveness to help us reach our goals. She continues to ask the important questions that lead to more effective work, while modeling excellence in everything she does.

As of March 16, 2014, Neely added “mother” to her impressive resume. :) Congratulations, Neely! (Suzanne Cohen)

Wendy Wilcox, O/K/U Access Services

Wendy Wilcox with her daughters

A strong advocate for our users, Wendy Wilcox has demonstrated her flexibility and willingness to take on new challenges and responsibilities during her tenure at CUL. A member of the Research and Learning Services staff from 2007-2012, Wendy coordinated public services for the Asia Collections from 2007-2009, and worked on a number of projects. In February 2012, she moved into the Access Services Librarian position for Olin and Uris Libraries. Wendy has embraced her role, learning the intricacies of Access Services, including course reserves, the Voyager system, and the many details involved in keeping two busy libraries open, all with great respect and concern for the staff in her department.

Wendy has served on a number of CUL committees and CU committees, including the Access Services Committee, the Multimedia Implementation Team, the Summer Operations Committee, and as CUL’s Alumni Access Coordinator. In her work with course reserves, Wendy oversaw a long-awaited Ares upgrade, and chaired the group that developed the SWANK streaming video pilot project.

Wendy has been involved in usability work since her arrival at CUL and currently co-chairs the Usability and User Studies Working Group. Usability has been a major research area for Wendy: she has two related publications and eight presentations on the topic. In addition, Wendy is active in the Library Leadership and Management (LLAMA) and Reference and User Services (RUSA) divisions of ALA.

In the short time I have worked directly with Wendy, I have come to value her insights and her passionate support of staff and library users. She has made significant contributions to CUL and I fully expect even more. Join me in congratulating Wendy on a well deserved promotion! (Bonna Boettcher)

Senior Assistant Librarian

Jim DelRosso, Hotel, Labor, and Management Library

Jim DelRosso has served as HLM Library’s Digital Projects Coordinator for two years but came to this position through over seven years as a non-academic staff member at Mann and Catherwood Libraries. Best known for his work on DigitalCommons@ILR and the new Scholarly Commons @ SHA, he also serves as a leader or collaborator on all HLM digital projects from archival digitization to the current website re-design. Additionally, he is currently serving in a 1-year DSPS fellowship looking at CUL’s range of digital repositories.

Jim approaches his work from the point of view of a public services librarian, focusing on the outreach and liaison work necessary to build substantive collections. He is a frequent speaker at Computers in Libraries, SLA, and a number of state and regional conferences. He has taught workshops on digital repositories at SLA and Computers in Libraries and has co-authored chapters on the subject in two books. He also finished a term last year as president of the Upper New York chapter of SLA. Closer to home, he is serving as chair of CUL’s new Repository Exec Group and served as chair of Reference & Outreach Committee for two years in addition to serving on a number of committees primarily focused on his interests of scholarly communications and instruction.

Above all, Jim is well known as a great collaborator and co-worker with a genuine passion for libraries, information, and labor and employment scholarship and policy. HLM looks forward to his continued leadership in key areas. (Curtis Lyons; photograph by Carla DeMello)

Jason Kovari, LTS Metadata Services

Since arriving here three years ago, Jason Kovari has often been at the leading edge of new developments in CUL’s digital library services. Many of you know him through his work on the Arts & Sciences grants, and he is a regular collaborator with DSPS, DCAPS, RMC, and other library units on projects such as the CULAR archival repository and the Kaltura audiovisual platform – important infrastructure developments that affect everybody. His current work to establish web archiving services at Cornell is another good example of his value to CUL and of his ability to break new ground. Within LTS, his initial work on a project has often paved the way for broader participation by others; for example, his leadership of the 2CUL non-MARC metadata working group has laid the groundwork for potentially fruitful collaboration with Columbia University in the near future.

Jason’s range of interests and enthusiasms is immense. He has been very active in RBMS, and he has presented on topics ranging from the Freedom on the Move digital scholarship project to the Preservation and Access Framework for Digital Art Objects project, as well as serving on the NYEAD advisory board – to give only a few examples of his professional contributions. We look forward to seeing what Jason will do in coming years. (Chiat Naun Chew)

Wendy Kozlowski, LTS Metadata Services

Wendy Kozlowski, CUL’s Data Curation Specialist, has quickly earned respect around the campus and beyond for her knowledge of her field and her ability to work with people from all walks of academic life. As coordinator of the Research Data Management Services Group (RDMSG), the group responsible for undertaking Cornell’s efforts in a wide range of activities in support of research data management, she is well known not only to library colleagues but also to researchers, administrators, and support staff throughout campus. It’s an area where the library has a strategically important role, and it has been crucial to have someone as capable as Wendy in this position. She is also in demand nationally as a speaker and as a consultant.

People who have worked with Wendy will know the combination of qualities that she brings to her job. At meetings with faculty we see someone who relates well to her audience, understands their needs as practitioners, and quickly wins their confidence. Behind the scenes many of us know her as an approachable and dedicated colleague, and as an astute judge of a situation. Her promotion is much deserved and will be widely welcomed. (Chiat Naun Chew)

Jackie Magagnosc, Law Library

Jackie Magagnosc is the Continuations Management Librarian at the Law Library. Jackie came to the Law Library in November 2010, having worked at Swarthmore’s McCabe Library for over 20 years. She brought with her a wealth of experience in managing government documents, serials, and electronic resources. Since her arrival, she has immersed herself in law librarianship and the CUL community.

Jackie enthusiastically embraces new challenges and is a positive force for change, always approaching problems with a creative, “can-do” attitude. Her fresh perspective and well-honed expertise have introduced a number of innovations to our department, leading to more effective workflows and improved communication. I particularly value her ability to anticipate potential problems and take steps to prevent them from materializing.

I congratulate Jackie on her promotion to Senior Assistant Librarian and look forward to her future contributions to the Law Library and CUL. (Jean Pajerek; photograph by Carol Clune)

Tom Ottaviano, Mann Library

Tom came to the Cornell University Library after working as a librarian at SUNY Geneseo for eight years. His two major areas of responsibility are the USDA Economics, Statistics, and Market Information System (ESMIS), and our services in support of the Dyson School of Applied Economics and Management.


Less than a month after he started he attended his first USDA ESMIS Partners meeting with the Mann and USDA staff who run the service. Mary Ochs, also attending the meeting, was impressed by how rapidly Tom had mastered the history of the program and how effectively he established his credibility with the USDA partners. Traffic to the site continues to grow; there were 1.7 million unique visits in the past year. From January to August 2013 we sent out 981,790 emails from 36,148 reports.

Dyson School

Tom became our Business Librarian at the same time the Dyson school added the undergraduate business minor. As another example of Tom being a fast learner – he learned about the school, the faculty, and the students in record time. He built his own curriculum for that learning process: he sat in on two AEM courses, and attended Management Library workshops, as well as workshops on data and citation management software tools, general library productivity tools (JIRA, Drupal), and our ArcGIS and Manifold GIS workshops. The professor who teaches the big introductory courses commented on how well Tom streamlined the process, integrating the materials, the online help tools, and the face-to-face time with the students.

In addition to these two major areas, Tom is also a member of the Mann Collection Development team. He works a full load of office shifts at our Information Desk, is on the CUL Mentoring Committee, and participates in the discussions and work of the BLAST group. He also continued his involvement in the Library Instruction Leadership Academy (LILAC) program, developed by Rochester area librarians to help library science students and new librarians learn about pedagogy and preparation and methodologies for library instruction. Those project managers won the ACRL Instruction Service Innovation Award in 2011. Tom is a very bright, engaging, and energetic librarian. This year he will become our Coordinator of Information Services and train the incoming Food and Agriculture Librarian to be our USDA ESMIS project manager. We look forward to Tom’s contributions in the coming years. (Kathy Chiang)

Sarah J. Wright, Mann Library

Sarah Wright, Life Sciences Librarian for Research, joined the staff of Mann Library in 2011. With an MS in botany and an MS in Information Science (both University of Tennessee, Knoxville) and work experience with the National Biological Information Infrastructure, Sarah hit the ground running supporting both core public services at Mann Library as well as more specialized and research-focused activities such as those of the Research Data Management Service Group. While Sarah may have been new to academic librarianship as a profession when she arrived, she stepped right into projects and teams as comfortably and competently as if she were a seasoned professional. One impressive example of this was her willingnesss to assume responsibility for a mentoring relationship with a Syracuse iSchool graduate student in the eScience Librarianship Program.

Since early on in her career at Cornell, Sarah has made key contributions to CUL and Mann endeavors. A mere six months from starting at Mann, Sarah was invited to co-chair the (former) Steering Committee of the Discovery & Access User Experience group. Other committee memberships have included the Data Executive Group, the Cornell team that participated in the ARL eScience Institute, Data Discussion Group, Library Outside the Library, Citation Management Working Group, Usability Group, Fuerst Awards Selection Committee, and others. Her colleagues on these teams find her capable, pragmatic, generous, and adaptable.

Sarah’s accomplishments in support of research data management are impressive. She’s one of a small core group of librarians that support much of the work of the Research Data Management Service Group (RDMSG). In that capacity, she serves as a consultant on data management plans and services, with a special focus on the needs of life scientists, shares responsibility for the RDMSG website with Dianne Dietrich, and engages in outreach to faculty, students and staff to inform them of RDMSG services. Sarah is also now one of a small number of CUL librarians to teach a formally approved, for-credit course (NTRES 6600, Managing data to facilitate your research), now in its second year and co-taught with Natural Resources faculty member Cliff Kraft. The course originated as part of the IMLS-funded Data Information Literacy project with multiple institutions (lead: Purdue), on which Sarah serves as the Cornell PI. Sarah is also playing a major role on a book that will result from the project. Sarah teaches data management to a broader audience as well, offering portions of the data management course as open library workshops.

In addition to the forthcoming book on the Data Information Literacy project, Sarah’s publication credits include a paper to D-Lib Magazine (with Wendy Kozlowski and others), a contribution to Purdue’s collection of Data Curation Profiles, and several papers related to her graduate research in botany. She has presented widely in diverse venues including EDUCAUSE, the Digital Library Federation, Open Repositories, ACRL, and the American Geophysical Union. She was an invited presenter at the 2011 Summer Institute on Data Curation at UIUC and at the 2013 Smarter Agriculture meeting in Washington, D.C.

We thoroughly enjoy Sarah as a Mann and CUL colleague. We’re lucky to have her and sincerely congratulate her on her promotion to Senior Assistant Librarian. (Gail Steinhart)

Technical Services Corner: Cataloging Cornell's Provine Collection

Ardeen White

It took equal parts brain and brawn to catalog the massive William B. Provine Collection on Evolution and Genetics for Rare Book’s History of Science.  It’s an understatement to say that Dr. Provine, an American historian and philosopher of science, evolutionary biology, and population genetics, and former Cornell professor, loved to collect books. His collection of over 300,000 reprints, serials, and books helped many graduate students write their theses over the years.

His enthusiasm was contagious as Rare Book staff made numerous van expeditions to box up the collection and transport it all back to campus.  He had collections and mini-collections everywhere. They were shelved in his office and library in Corson-Mudd Hall, and at home filling almost every room in his house and barn.  And Dr. Provine knew where every title was!  Once the house was emptied, his son remarked that his dad, the bibliophile, will probably just fill it back up with more books!

Back at the library, catalogers opened each box with excitement when pearls such as lifetime editions of science titans including Francis Galton, Thomas Huxley, Louis Agassiz, and especially Charles Darwin, could be found.  With receipt of the Provine Collection, Cornell now includes one of the largest assemblages of the published works of Charles Darwin anywhere in North America. Other treasures include several books previously owned by Ernest Shackleton, the British explorer who in 1901 joined an expedition to the Antarctic. (Will Provine left, ca. 2008)

 Four catalogers, Margaret Nichols, Roswitha Clark, Anne Carson, and Ardeen White, worked three years under the guidance of History of Science curator, David Corson, to catalog nearly 6000 monographs.  An army of students processed thousands of reprints under the direction of Jude Corina and Sarah Keen. Thanks to their efforts, researchers now can trace changing theories of evolution, breeding and genetics, natural selection, mutation, eugenics, and creationism from the 19th and 20th centuries.  This is especially relevant today with our concerns about climate change on the natural order.

To finish the story, Dr. Provine didn’t fill up the shelves in his house again as his son predicted.  He married the love of his life, sold the house, and moved to Horseheads, N.Y.  He is, in his own words, ‘happy as a clam.’  Now what would Darwin say about that?

The four Provine catalogers, from left: Ardeen White, Margaret Nicols, Roswitha Clark, Anne Carson

Planting Seeds for the Future of Crop Research in West Africa

Sarah Young

In February, the seventh cohort of West African doctoral students began their research program at the West African Centre for Crop Improvement (WACCI) at the University of Ghana in Accra. Thirteen students this year, hailing from eight countries in the region including one student from Uganda, began their four year program at WACCI with an intensive week-long research and writing workshop. For the past several years, this workshop has been co-taught by a librarian from Mann and faculty from the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences International Programs. I had the good fortune of teaching the WACCI workshop this year. 

Sarah Young with program participants at WACCI

Since 2007, WACCI, a partnership between Cornell University and the University of Ghana (UG), has become a premier institute for training the future leaders of crop improvement and plant breeding in the region. Funded in part by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, the program aims to educate and train African plant breeders on the development of African crops, in Africa itself. Students establish a foundation of research skills, molecular techniques, and plant breeding expertise at UG, and then return to their home countries and institutions to carry out their field work in the environments in which their findings will ultimately be applied.

So why Mann Library? Mann Library has provided research support, services, and tools to WACCI, and institutions across the region, through its management of The Essential Electronic Agricultural Library, or TEEAL. This is a full-text, searchable database of articles from top journals in the field of agriculture. TEEAL partners with publishers to provide access to critical research for income-eligible countries. Another great feature of TEEAL is that it resides entirely off-line, such that purchasing institutions can provide access on a local area network to the TEEAL database, with no need for a reliable Internet connection.

In addition to TEEAL, Mann Library provides interlibrary loan services to WACCI students throughout the program, sets up citation alerts on student topics to help them stay on top of current literature, and provides citation management training and support, and reference services. The workshop this year included hands-on training in the use of TEEAL and AGORA (Access to Global Online Research in Agriculture—a resource similar to TEEAL, but online) as well as citation management with Zotero and the use of Interlibrary Loan services. 

For more information about WACCI, visit http://www.wacci.edu.gh/ and for more information about TEEAL visit http://www.teeal.org/.

Sarah Young is Health Science and Policy Librarian at Mann Library.

For the Leader in You

Carissa Vogel

All of us have tried, successfully and unsuccessfully, to deal with challenging people. Outside of our families, interacting with challenging people at work can be a huge source of unhappiness. This month we have gathered information to help you think and work through one of our greatest challenges at work. Next month, our focus will shift to the role of ethics in our work lives.

Information Guide: On dealing with difficult colleagues by the Royal College of Psychiatrists’ Support Service

Dealing with Difficult Colleagues by Dr. Jane Bluestein

Inside Job: Why Dealing with “Difficult” Colleagues Will Lead to Happier Customers by Ron Kaufman

Might it be useful to hear about this topic? Check out this webinar on dealing with difficult people.

Some books to consider for further reflection:

Connecting Across Differences: Finding Common Ground with Anyone, Anywhere, Anytime by Dr. Jane Marantz Connor and Dr. Dian Killian

Almost a Psychopath by Ronald Schouten and James Silver

Difficult Conversations: How to Discuss What Matters Most by Douglas Stone, Bruce Patton, Sheila Heen

People News


Congratulations to Kaye Westfall who has been promoted to Technical Services Assistant III in Preservation/Conservation. Kaye is part of Physical Processing in the department of Commercial Binding, Preparations, and Physical Processing, a division of Post-Cataloging Services within Library Technical Services. Over the past few years Kaye has expressed an interest in furthering her abilities and spending more time inputting. With recent changes within the department we have been able to accommodate that request. Kaye is doing a wonderful job and is happy with her new responsibilities. I am very pleased that we were able to promote her. Congratulations, Kaye! (Susie Cobb; photograph by Carla DeMello)


Congratulations to Jean Pajerek who has been appointed to a three year term as AALL representative to the MARC Advisory Committee. The MARC Advisory Committee (MAC) advises the MARC Steering Group concerning changes to the MARC 21 formats. The MARC Steering Group is composed of the Library of Congress, Library and Archives Canada, British Library, and the Deutsche Nationalbibliothek. The AALL representative to the MARC Advisory Committee attends the Committee’s meetings twice a year at ALA, and represents the interests and concerns of the law library community. The AALL representative presents written and oral reports to the AALL membership and solicits member input when appropriate, serving as a conduit of information between the two organizations. Please join me in congratulating Jean. (Femi Cadmus; Jean Pajerek right)

Congratulations to Neely Tang and Dominic Mambu who are happy to announce the birth of their baby, Oliver Kreider Mambu, this past Sunday [March 16]! Oliver is a healthy 7lb. 15 oz. baby boy, and is now happily resting with his mom and dad. Both Oliver and Neely are doing great. The Library sends its warmest wishes to Neely and her family. (Oliver Kreider Mambu left)

Congratulations to Martha Walker who has been elected Vice-Chair / Chair-Elect of the Association of Architecture School Librarians; she will take office in April 2014. Her main project in the coming year is to chair the conference planning committee in preparation for the large annual meeting in Toronto in March 2015. Martha reports that she has a fabulous programming committee, however, with volunteers from Austin to Toronto, so she is not too awfully worried. Knowing the group she will be working with, she suspects they will have a grand time working together.

Martha Walker above; photograph by William Staffeld

Out & About

The article “Visual Literacy Standards in Higher Education: New Opportunities for Libraries and Student Learning,” authored by Denise Hattwig, Kaila Bussert, Ann Medaille, and Joanna Burgess and published in portal: Libraries and the Academy, has been selected by the ALA Library Instruction Round Table's (LIRT's) Top Twenty Committee as a 2013 Top Twenty article. In selecting this article, the committee noted that “[t]he article should prove valuable to all those who require a systematic treatment of ACRL’s Visual Literacy Competency Standards for Higher Education within the broader context of visual literacy standards and scholarship.” During the review process, the selection committee read over 160 articles this year. LIRT will publish information about the 20 selected articles in the June issue of LIRT News. More information about the Top Twenty Committee as well as information about past selections is available here.

Along with Columbia colleague Sarah Witte, Adam Chandler and Jesse Koennecke led a hands-on workshop on the collaborative evaluation of vendor e-resource interfaces at the Electronic Resources and Libraries Conference in Austin, Texas. Their presentation reflected the work of the 2CUL Licensed Electronic Resources Interface Working Group (LERIWG), a joint initiative designed to evaluate, monitor, and report on functional and usability issues associated with these products with a minimum of administrative overhead. Adam also gave a talk entitled “Patron Privacy in a Surveillance State” as part of the “Emerging Technologies and Trends” track of this year’s ER&L conference. In his presentation Adam summarized the results of a usage data inventory conducted at CUL, how the results of that study are informing Library policy, and what the library literature is saying about our post-Snowden reality. Adam is Electronic Resources User Experience Librarian in LTS; Jesse is Head of LTS’s E-Resources Unit.

Jeremy Cusker and Jill Wilson attended the 11th annual Columbia Symposium in NYC on Friday, March 21st.  The Symposium’s theme this year was leadership and mentorship.

Jeremy Cusker, Jill Powell, Steve Rockey and Jill Wilson attended the conference, Promoting Scholarly Communication through Open Access Journals, on Friday, March 28th at SUNY Brockport. Jeremy presented a poster regarding his latest survey and investigation into open access fees faculty are facing when publishing in an OA journal.

Jim DelRosso made a presentation on February 26 to the visiting librarians from India about The DigitalCommons@ILR (DC@ILR). It was an hour session, including an excellent Q&A. They were very interested in how we tackled copyright, especially regarding faculty works, government documents, and the benefits of being a subject-focused repository.

Katie Dowgiewicz served as a consultant to a book from the children’s book series Fact Finders, entitled The Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire: Core Events of an Industrial Disaster by Steven Otfinoski. Katie reviewed the text for factual accuracy and suggested additional details to include. She also proofread the final version and suggested revisions in minute detail. For more information see here.

Aliqae Geraci continues her efforts in worker advocacy by joining the leadership team of the Tompkins County Workers Center. “The Mission of the Tompkins County Workers’ Center is to stand up with all people treated unfairly at work. We will support, advocate for, and seek to empower each other to create a more just community and world.”

At ALA Midwinter 2014, Sarah How presented "Europe in the World: One Outreach and Engagement Project at Cornell University Library" and Virginia Cole presented "Embedded Undergrad Digital History & Extracurricular Graduate Workshops" at the RUSA History Librarians Discussion Group's panel session, Role/s of Humanities Librarians in Digital Humanities.

Jill Iacchei, along with Michele Hamill,  recently wrote a research and conservation treatment paper, “Epigraphic Squeezes: Modern Impressions of Ancient History,” which was published in the Winter 2014 issue of Archival Products NEWS, Volume 18, No. 4. This paper summarizes the research conducted to develop an appropriate treatment and housing strategy for the Monumentum Ancyranum Squeezes, a recipient of the Grants Program for Digital Collections in Arts and Sciences sponsored by Digital Scholarship & Preservation Services (DSPS). Jill Iacchei is Paper Conservation Technician in DSPS.

Keith Jenkins offered an OpenStreetMap workshop in February for SYNERGIS, a local group of GIS professionals. More on the workshop and applications of OpenStreetMap is available on Mann Library’s news page.

Wendy Kozlowski, LTS Data Curation Specialist, brought together representatives from three major U.S. funding agencies for a panel discussion at the Research Data Access and Preservation Summit (RDAP14) in San Diego, CA in late March. The panel, which included speakers from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association (NOAA), the National Science Foundation (NSF), and the National Institutes of Health (NIH), focused on agency responses to recent policy decisions regarding public access to research data. In addition to recruiting and convening the group, Wendy gave the introductory presentation and moderated the discussion on this timely and important issue for the scientific research community.

During January, Chris Miller, Kelly LaVoice, Neely Tang, and Susan Kendrick joined other BLAST members to lead Business 101 workshops for CUL staff at the request of PSEC instruction.

Herding cats? Putting out fires? Liisa Mobley, along with Angela Rathmel from the University of Kansas, gave a presentation entitled “The Lasso and the Firehose: Tools of the E-Resources Troubleshooting Trade” at this year’s ER&L Conference in Austin, Texas in March. In their presentation, Liisa and Angela shared preliminary results of their 2013 E-Resources Troubleshooting Survey on technologies, techniques, and training required in this growing area of library practice. Liisa is Electronic Resources Coordinator in LTS.

Maureen Morris and Sarah How gave a very well-attended presentation at the Charleston Conference in November. The presentation, “Does the OverDrive eBook and Audiobook Lending Service Fit within an Academic Environment?” addressed the challenges of implementing seamless user access, negotiating new ways of selecting material, promoting the Overdrive service, and supporting the user experience. They also discussed the ongoing assessment of the service and its longterm viability through analysis of usage data and user feedback. Maureen reprised the presentation at the Electronic Resources and Libraries conference in March on the panel “Digital Popular Collections Panel: Providing patrons with what they want 24/7/365.

Susette Newberry presented at the Modern Language Association conference in Chicago last month. Her paper, “Collaborate for Independence: Harvesting Diverse Expertise to Teach Undergraduate Research in the Humanities and Social Sciences,” presented the Cornell Undergraduate Research Institute, a collaboratively-designed course, as a model for faculty/librarian partnership in instruction.

Representing CUL's effort to digitize seed and nursery catalogs as part of an Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) grant, Mann Library's Marty Schlabach recently attended the IMLS WebWise Conference in Baltimore, MD and the Biodiversity Heritage Library (BHL) member's meetings at the New York Botanical Gardens (NYBG) and the American Museum of Natural History. Marty is working with staff from NYBG and the National Agriculture Library to coordinate the selection and scanning of historic (pre-1923) catalogs. This effort is part of a broader “purposeful gaming” project led by Missouri Botanical Garden which seeks to explore the potential of creating an online game that would crowd-source the correction of OCR'ed text of all content appearing in BHL. The catalogs provide a somewhat different type of content from the dominant book and journal formats currently in BHL. Harvard’s Ernst Mayr Library at the Museum of Comparative Zoology is reviewing and implementing transcription tools to crowd source the transcription of handwritten field notebooks. Marty is being assisted in his work by SUNY Buffalo LIS student Dan Stewart who is conducting a practicum at Mann this semester.

Tracey Snyder, Assistant Music Librarian and Music Cataloging Coordinator, along with her colleague Kevin Kishimoto (University of Chicago), gave an “RDA Lightning Talk” at the Music OCLC Users Group (MOUG)  Annual Meeting in Atlanta in late February. In their presentation, “Pop and Rock in RDA: The ‘Compilation’ Conundrum,” Tracey and Kevin addressed a particularly difficult aspect of cataloging audio recordings of popular music using the new international cataloging code, RDA (Resource Description and Access). There was singing involved. (Tracey Snyder left)

Gail Steinhart contributed a chapter, “An Institutional Perspective on Data Curation Services: A View from Cornell University,” to the following book, published in January: Research Data Management: Practical Strategies for Information Professionals (Joyce M. Ray, ed., Purdue University Press). Gail also recently attended the 9th International Digital Curation Conference in San Francisco, where she was co-author on a poster, “The DataONE Toolkit for Librarians.” The toolkit aims to introduce DataONE (Data Observation Network for Earth) resources and tools to librarians working in data curation, and to encourage them to participate in the DataONE community.



2014 INNOVATION AWARD – Nominations will be accepted through Friday, May 9, 2014.

Established in 2014, this award targets innovation throughout the CUL system in all functional areas and departments. Innovations can be in the form of service enhancements, problem solving, or a whole new way of looking at things. The winner of this award will have exhibited creativity, out-of-the-box thinking, and leadership in conceiving and implementing the innovation. Although the innovation can include IT development, having an IT component is not a requirement. To be eligible, the employee must be a regular full-time or part-time member of the library staff. Both individuals and groups are eligible. In addition to a certificate suitable for framing, the award includes a cash prize of $500.

2014 OUTSTANDING PERFORMANCE AWARD – Nominations will be accepted through Friday, May 9, 2014.

Through the generosity of Christian Boissonnas and his family, we have been able to establish an endowment for an annual CUL Outstanding Performance Award. To be eligible, the employee must be a regular full-time or part-time non-academic member of the library staff. The selection of the winner(s) is based on exceptional job mastery and effort, cooperation, courtesy, enthusiasm, and respect. While there is no minimum length of service required, special consideration is given to long-term employees. Qualities to consider when writing the nomination include: innovation, dedicated service, project management, and leadership. To be eligible, the employee must be a regular full-time or part-time non-academic member of the library staff. In addition to a certificate suitable for framing, an award of up to $1,000 may be provided in the form of cash or financial support for professional travel or training opportunities.


From: Lisa Mix
Sent: Tue 3/18/2014
Subject: FW: Terrie Wheeler Announced as New Director of Samuel J. Wood Library

I am delighted to share this good news. I have been honored to serve as Interim Director (and will continue to do so for a few more months), and have truly appreciated the support and collegiality from all of you in Ithaca.

Lisa A. Mix, Interim Director, The Samuel J. Wood Library and the C.V. Starr Biomedical Information Center Head, Medical Center Archives NewYork-Presbyterian Weill Cornell Medical Center

-----Original Message-----

It is a distinct pleasure to announce that Terrie Wheeler will be joining Weill Cornell as the new Director of the Samuel J. Wood Library and the C.V. Starr Biomedical Information Center effective June 2. In her new role, Terrie will lead an ongoing transformation of the library to a next generation facility supporting next generation science, care, and education.

Ms. Wheeler is currently is the Chief of the Education Services Branch at the National Institutes of Health Library. Previously, she was Director of the Gorgas Memorial Library in Silver Spring, MD, serving the Walter Reed Army Institute of Research, and the Naval Medical Research Center, with their associated overseas labs. Under her direction, this library was awarded the 2009 Federal Library of the Year Award. Prior to this she served as the Assistant Chief of the Information Services Division at the National Institute of Standards and Technology. Most of her career was spent at the VA Pittsburgh Healthcare System (VAPHS), where she directed both the libraries and the medical media services, and was the healthcare system Webmaster.

Ms. Wheeler's research interest is integrating information into user workflows. In 2008, she led the use of bibliometric analytics to provide information on the impact of various scientific programs. These included research impact analyses of infectious disease science for efficacy and influence as well as publication strategies. This work was used to justify future funding and to report scientific progress via the Command's balanced scorecard. In 2007, she published research on integrating library licensed electronic content into the electronic medical record to assist clinicians with questions as they saw patients. Ms. Wheeler oversees the venerable NIH Library informationist program, which integrates information into user workflows through librarians with science subject expertise being embedded in clinical and research groups.

Active in the Medical Library Association (MLA) since the 1980s, Ms. Wheeler is currently the chair of the Research Section and jury chair for the MLA Thomson-Reuters/Frank Bradway Rogers Information Advancement Award. She has served at various times as Federal Libraries section chair, Federal Libraries section webmaster, section representative to section council, Pittsburgh Chapter chair, chapter representative to Chapter Council, and Consumer and Patient Health Information section secretary.

She also has an interest in information technology and in communicating the value of libraries in language that administrators understand. From 2010 - 2011, Ms. Wheeler led a five federal agency study of the value of information provided by a librarian. This study yielded data regarding the contributions of the library to patient care, research, education and administration. Each agency and participating facility was given their data set to use when discussing their budget with their administrators. This information was so valuable that the VA and Army medical librarians are planning to repeat this study.

A graduate of Adrian College and the University of Michigan, Ms. Wheeler holds bachelor's degrees in biology and English, and a master's degree in library science with an emphasis in medical librarianship.

Curtis L. Cole, MD, FACP, Chief Information Officer, Associate Professor of Clinical Medicine and Public Health Weill Cornell Medical College


From: Anne R. Kenney
Sent: Mon 3/24/2014
Subject: Take One: March 24, 2014 (Institutional Repositories at Work)

A recent request posted on the ARL Mailing List for the number of downloads from our institutional repositories prompted us to gather such information for CUL. The library supports four institutional repositories, in addition to specialized repositories such as arXiv.org. Together they provide access to over 137,000 documents and other materials. Combined downloads from these IRs last year was just under 4 million. For comparison purposes downloads from arXiv last year reached 66.8 million. On average there were 29 uses per item per year in the four institutional repositories, although obviously some items were used far more heavily than others. For instance Jim delRosso reports that one paper from an ILR faculty member has been downloaded over 43,000 times in a little under three years. Helena Mentis’ piece Occurrence Of Frustration In Human-Computer Interaction: The Affect Of Interrupting Cognitive Flow was download 19,694 times in the month of February 2014. eCmmons has a monthly greats hits page at http://ecommons2.library.cornell.edu/stats/feb2014.html.

Use intensity as measured by the total number of documents divided by the yearly number of downloads favors those repositories that have more of a subject focus. Last year’s downloads averaged 142 uses/year in Scholarship@CornellLaw; DigitalCommons@ILR averaged 87.7 uses/last year; and arXiv around 74 uses/last year. In comparison, eCommons@Cornell averaged 18.6 uses and Scholarly Commons@SHA averaged 17 uses per article, but it’s only been in operation for less than a year. Do these figures tell us something about the importance of subject orientation?

Below is essential data on our four IRs, prepared by Oya Rieger, Jim DelRosso, and David Ruddy.

eCommons@Cornell (http://ecommons.library.cornell.edu) was established in 2002 to provide long-term access to a broad range of Cornell-related digital content of enduring value. It does so by accepting, describing, organizing, storing, and preserving articles, technical reports, videos, audio files, historical documents, archival materials, journals, scientific data, student publications, University documents, monographs, photos…basically any type of information that is generated by the University faculty, staff and students. eCommons is the digital repository for Cornell’s electronic theses and dissertation.
Current number of documents: 117,209
Date established: 2002
Number of downloads to date: 11,308,051
Number of downloads in the past year: 2,178,225

DigitalCommons@ILR (http://digitalcommons.ilr.cornell.edu)
This repository collects both the scholarly output (articles, chapters, reports, working papers, etc.) of the faculty, researchers, centers, and institutes of the ILR School, and many resources and collections produced externally but of interest to the School's scholarly community.
Current number of documents: 18,257
Date established: 2004
Number of downloads to date: 7,689,591
Number of downloads in the past year: 1,601,613

Scholarship@Cornell Law (http://scholarship.law.cornell.edu)
Published articles, works-in-progress, conference papers, lectures, reports, and workshop presentations produced by Cornell Law School faculty, students, and visiting scholars.
Current number of documents: 1,325
Date established: 2003
Number of downloads to date: 789,523
Number of downloads in the past year: 188,168

Scholarly Commons @ SHA (http://scholarship.sha.cornell.edu)
The newest repository on this list, the Scholarly Commons is currently focused on representing the scholarly output of the School of Hotel Administration Faculty.
Current number of documents: 292
Date established: 2013
Number of downloads to date: 4,981
Number of downloads in the past year: 4,981

You may remember that a recent white paper on institutional repositories at CUL presented a number of recommendations, including establishing a CUL-wide group. The Repository Executive Group (RepoExec) was formed to help address the increasingly distributed and complex suite of services and platforms managed by CUL. RepoExec will explore a range of issues including architecture, policy, metadata/interoperability, service provision, communication, usability, resource requirements, and innovation with the goal of crafting recommendations to create a more cohesive repository policy for CUL.

Have a healthy and productive week.


From: Jim LeBlanc
Sent: Thu 3/27/2014
Subject: Changes in LTS

There are two significant changes in LTS that will be taking place in mid-April.

First, with the transition of Lois Purcell to phased retirement beginning on April 15th, we will be discontinuing her administrative supervisor position in the LTS Ordering & Gifts Unit and redistributing ordering operations across the remaining three Acquisitions & Automated Technical Services (AATS) units. Given the extensive cross-functional work that already takes place in AATS, this move is not as radical as it sounds.

What this means: Email communication regarding orders should still be directed to ltsorders@cornell.edu. All staff involved in LTS ordering monitor this group mailbox. If you need to speak to a person, the main contact for LTS ordering operations will be Masayo Uchiyama (mu44@cornell.edu), who will serve as the LTS Ordering Coordinator beginning in mid-April. Lois will continue to work in an advisory capacity for ordering operations, though her primary assignment after she moves to half-time status will be the development of 2CUL TSI documentation protocols as the LTS/TSI Documentation Coordinator.

Second, LTS Director of Acquisitions & Automated Technical Services, Boaz Nadav-Manes, has accepted a position with OCLC’s Europe, Middle East, and Africa (EMEA) Office in Leiden, Netherlands. This move will not only provide Boaz with new professional challenges but will bring him closer to his family in Tel Aviv. Our loss will definitely be OCLC’s gain. His last day with LTS and CUL has not yet been set, but will also occur in mid-April.

Boaz joined the CUL staff in 2002 as a Technical Services Assistant III in the Acquisitions Department of what was then Central Technical Services (CTS). His intelligence and ability to learn quickly, along with his talent for communicating, leading others, and developing new ideas, have made Boaz a valuable member of our staff for the past 11 ½ years.

What this means: The LTS Senior Management Team (SMT), with support and input from Xin Li, has been working on both short- and long-term plans to replace Boaz. More information about these plans will be forthcoming within the next week or two.


From: Jim LeBlanc
Sent: Thu 4/3/2014
Subject: More changes in LTS

Yes, there’s more …

For some time now, Bill Kara has expressed an interest in transitioning to a position with fewer administrative and supervisory responsibilities. Bill is a knowledgeable, well-respected, and long-term contributor to technical services at Cornell and, with a number of seasoned staff members now willing and able to take on some of Bill’s current leadership role, we’ve come up with a broad plan to accommodate his request – as well as dealing with Boaz’s departure and two other staff transitions in LTS.

I’ve attached a copy of an organizational chart, which will perhaps better illustrate what I’m about to describe. Here’s what will happen between April 15-17:

1.With the transition of Lois Purcell to phased retirement beginning on April 15th, we will be discontinuing the Administrative Supervisor role for the LTS Ordering & Gifts Unit. Further, we will be eliminating Ordering & Gifts as an administrative entity and redistributing ordering operations across other LTS units. Given the extensive cross-functional work that already takes place in LTS, this move is not as radical as it sounds. For those interested in further details regarding this change, see the separate section below.

2. Acquisitions & Automated Technical Services, currently led by Boaz, will be reconfigured and rechristened Acquisitions & E-Resource Licensing Services (AERLS). This newly shaped department will consist of: the Copy Cataloging/Inputting Unit, the E-Resources Unit, the Receiving and Documents Unit, and the Serials Management Unit.

3. Liisa Mobley will take Jesse Koennecke’s place as Administrative Supervisor of the E-Resources Unit. Jesse Koennecke, in turn, will become Head of the E-Resources and Serials Management section of AERLS, but in a kind of phantom capacity for the time being since he will also be appointed Acting Director of Acquisitions & E-Resource Licensing Services (temporarily replacing Boaz). We will be doing a national search to fill this latter position.

4. In related moves, Pedro Arroyo will become our Acquisitions Coordinator and will provide greater support to the the AERLS Director to whom he will report directly. Peter DelaCuadra will become Batch Processing & Database Management Specialist and will join Gary Branch’s team.

5. Adam Chandler will assume a new role as Technical Services Automation and User Experience Strategist and will direct our Automation program, the chief component of which will be the expanded Batch Processing and Metadata Management Team. Lois will also report to Adam in her new role as the LTS/TSI Documentation Coordinator.

6. Barb Tarbox and the Database Quality Unit will join Cataloging and Metadata Services (CMS), an area in which they conveniently already sit. Among current staff in CMS, two more changes are forthcoming. Jason Kovari will be appointed Head of Metadata Services and Web Archivist and will lead LTS’s growing group of metadata librarians. Margaret Nichols will reprise her former role as Rare Materials Cataloging Coordinator, with Anne Carson formally reporting to her.

7. Bill Kara will be appointed LTS Special Assignments Coordinator, in which he will engage in a variety of short- and long-term assignments, especially those in his multiple areas of expertise. He will also continue to provide high-level guidance and support for Susie Cobb and the Commercial Binding, Preparations, and Physical Processing Unit.

We plan to replace the existing org charts on the LTS website on or about April 15th. We are also working on an updated version of the LTS contact list and hope to make that available on or about that same date.

Although we’re trying to make the best of this opportunity to address constantly evolving demands for, and gaps in, LTS services, we will undoubtedly have to work out the kinks in this new arrangement and adjust over time as needed. As the cliché goes, none of this is set in stone.

Do let us know if you have any questions about this new arrangement.

Reconfiguration of LTS Ordering Operations:

Specifically, here’s what will happen in mid-April:

Nelli Kurbanova will move to the Copy Cataloging & Inputting Unit. In addition to her current ordering assignments, she will gradually become more involved in the work of her new unit, allowing us to make broader use of her language expertise.

Grace Lin will also be moving to the Copy Cataloging & Inputting Unit and will become the Acquisitions Specialist for Chinese Language Materials, a new job title that acknowledges the evolution of her assignment over the past couple of years.

Lois Purcell will be reducing her hours to half-time on the 15th. She will continue to provide training and general, non-supervisory oversight for LTS ordering operations – if and as needed – for a few more weeks, but her new primary assignment will be the development of CUL TSI documentation protocols as the LTS/TSI Documentation Coordinator.

Tenzin Tsokyi will be moving to the Batch Processing & Metadata Management Unit, where she is already actively engaged. Her core print ordering responsibilities will expand to include more ebook ordering work.

Masayo Uchiyama will be moving to the Receiving & Documents Unit and will become the LTS Ordering Coordinator, providing oversight and guidance for day-to-day ordering functions for physical material in LTS, in addition to her current role in the acquisition of Japanese materials.

Yael Zucker will also be moving to the Receiving & Documents Unit and will become the LTS Ordering Specialist, gradually taking over Mafalda Moore’s role in ferreting out and procuring hard-to-find items.

Mafalda Moore will continue to report to Lois for the time being until her retirement in June. Her position will not be filled.

A new position in the E-Resources Unit, E-Resources / Print Acquisitions Assistant, has just posted internally. As the job title indicates, this position will provide additional support for the ordering of physical material.

Gifts processing is already no longer performed in the Ordering & Gifts Unit, but by Swe Swe Myint in the Copy Cataloging & Inputting Unit where she will remain.


From: Susette Newberry
Sent: Tue 3/25/2014
Subject: New Art Installation in Olin Library

Olin and Uris Libraries’ student designer-in-residence, Alberto Embriz-Salgado (Architecture, Class of 2014), has created a spectacular art installation for Olin Library entitled ARTery. He has painted a series of six lyrical abstract expressionist paintings in the “color field” style. Each panel represents the holdings on one of Olin’s floors, tied to its Library of Congress Classification focus (e.g., level 5, H-JJ, represents the Social and Political Sciences through the color red). Please stop by and take a look at ARTery on the basement level of Olin, in the hallway outside the Conservation Laboratory that links the Maps and Media Collection area with the elevators. Many thanks to Jill Ulbricht and Ronnie Clark for their work in facilitating the installation!


Boaz Nadav-Manes, LTS Acquisitions and Automated Technical Services

Many CUL staff attended a warm sendoff party for Boaz Nadav-Manes on April 10, 2014. Boaz has accepted a position with OCLC's Europe, Middle East and Africa office, based in Leiden, Netherlands.

Boaz came to Cornell in 2002. Over the past 12 years his job responsibilities grew progressively. His impact has been far reaching, beyond Library Technical Services, and beyond the Cornell Library. He is widely regarded for his passion for collaboration, authentic leadership, and fierce interest in innovation. For more background on his career in the Library and numerous accomplishments please see Jim LeBlanc’s piece for Boaz's recent promotion in the PROMOTIONS section above.

We thank Boaz for all of his contributions and wish him the best of luck in starting a new chapter. Bon Voyage! (Xin Li)

Pedro Arroyo performed a song in his honor, with new lyrics fitting the occasion, to the tune of "Three Times a Lady” by the Commodores.  The approach of preserving as many of the original syllables as possible (e.g. “Sweet, kind, … not shady”) is something he learned from the genius scholars at Mad Magazine. See below.

Thanks for the times at the library,
The memories are all in our mind.
And now that you’ll be ridin’
An airplane to Leiden,
We’re bumming, but grateful and proud.

You’re fun, nice, sweet, kind…not shady.
& we thank you.
It was fun, nice, in calm times and crazy.
And we’re all blue. The Big Red is blue.

In classes, conventions, committees and meetings,
As varied as books on a cart,
Approving, selecting, receiving, and leading,
There’s nowhere you didn’t take part.

You’re fun, nice, sweet, kind, engaging,
And we called on you
For fun, advice, to re-write our JDs,*
Now we’re all blue.

They were fun, nice, sweet times, amazing,
And we thank you, we thank you.

Pedro Arroyo (*JD = Job Description)

Laurie Stevens

Ed Weissman and Boaz Nadav-Manes

Lois Purcell presents Boaz with a farewell gift that will not need to be packed (an envelope).

Pedro Arroyo, Boaz, and Xin Li

Photographs by Apikanya McCarty.


Good-bye and good luck to

  • Tina Henry, Library Human Resources
  • Boaz Nadav-Manes, Library Technical Services

who recently left the Library.

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)



“Larry hurry up!” “Wait, I am just trying to confirm what the sun’s effects are supposed to be on snow. Must... Hold... On....” (Huda Khan)
Are you seriously STILL not going to ask for directions? (Huda Khan)
“Oh no! We were supposed to take a RIGHT at the north pole!” “When I started learning too far to the right, I knew we were lost.” (Huda Khan)
“Is there life after melting? What does the book say?” “You don’t want to know.” (Huda Khan)
That book’s so outdated – you should have checked an online resource, dude – July is the only month when it’s NOT winter in Ithaca! (George Dillmann)
I don't care how exciting the book is. If we don't leave now, we won't leave. (Karen Bobbett)
Mitigation is not working! We need an adaptation plan! (Nina Trautmann Chaopricha)
If you don't finish it soon my eyes will be gone! (Elizabeth Teskey)
Are they making any progress in reversing global warming? (Ada Albright)
What! A library preservation manual that doesn't cover snowmen? (Margaret Nichols)
I don't care if you can't put it down! This is no time to be reading a murder mystery! (Margaret Nichols)


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