Library Becomes Part of Curriculum at Hotel School
In the spring Ken Bolton learned that a credit course he teaches would become a permanent part of the Hotel School curriculum. Kaleidoscope sat down with Ken to find out more about the course and its importance to the School. We who work in the Library understand of course the importance of the Library in the mission of the University, but recognition like this confirms our centrality and places us at the forefront of the academic endeavour.
Please tell us a little bit about your course.
Ken: HADM 2720 is a two-credit course designed to create skilled information consumers and producers. (All courses in Hotel Administration begin with HADM.) The title of the course is Information Retrieval & Research Methods. Students will become familiar with a variety of tools that improve their ability to excel in today’s vast information environment. Topics include social media tools, Internet privacy issues, library databases, website credibility, online reputation management, search engine optimization, and more. It’s a very interactive course, with lots of opportunities for students to share their knowledge and experiences.
Has the course been popular in the past?
Ken: Spring 2013 will be the third time I have offered the course. The enrollment has grown steadily and I expect to reach the cap of 40 students in the spring. HADM 2720 is not limited to Hotel School students and the class always includes students from different schools and departments across campus.
I understand the course is now part of the curriculum in the Hotel School.
Ken: Yes, I received good news in May when the Hotel School faculty voted to include HADM 2720 as part of the permanent curriculum. I view this as an endorsement from the faculty that this is an important area for increased student learning. It’s also a great accomplishment for the importance of libraries in the academic process.
How much of a role does the library play in this course?
Ken: The library is a critical component. My goal is to create expert library users. As an example, last year I gave an assignment on the first day of class. Students were asked to find the full text of an article that I knew wasn’t available online. Of the 22 students, only three thought to use the library to access the article. By the end of the course, all of the students were accessing library resources as the first step in their research process.
What is your favorite part of teaching this course?
Ken: I have to admit I like walking down the hall and having someone call me “Professor Bolton.” That never gets old. But seriously, the relationships with my current (and former) students have helped me to get a better feel for the needs of the students in the school, and college students in general. Several student evaluations have stated that things they learned in this class will help them after graduation. I think that’s a great compliment.
What do you see for the future of HADM 2720?
Ken: I really hope to create a buzz in the school, and possibly around campus as well. If it continues to be popular, there has been talk of offering more sessions and maybe even creating an advanced course for grad students. Most importantly, I look forward to developing more information-savvy students and library power users.
2012 Nominees for Outstanding Performance Award
This year Jill Ulbricht was recognized with the Outstanding Performance Award at the Library Service Awards recognition brunch in June. While Jill's contributions are stellar and justly recognized, she was chosen from a distinguished group of nominees, as happens every year, rightly put forward for their contributions to the Library system. To read about the others in her group, Kaleidoscope offers for the first time some of the accolades given the other nominees, your co-workers, for this prestigious award.
Linda Bryan, Human Resources, Library Administration
“Linda is a consummate listener; she knows how to make each one of us feel heard.”
“It isn’t so much that Linda tries to solve problems for us as it is that she leads us to find our own solutions, suggesting participation in workshops and opportunities and insights for finding our own voices.”
“Linda creates a classroom community of respect and assurance, in part by reminding us of our mutual responsibilities as colleagues, but also through her own personal accessibility.”
Tom Clausen and Betsy Bush, Mann Library
Tom and Betsy were nominated together by their supervisor who recognized both their longevity and excellence. Both were honored for thirty-five years at the Service Awards brunch in June.
“Their contributions to the library’s goals are immeasurable, as they are the very epitome of our service ethic at Mann, and service is the cornerstone of our mission.”
“Tom and Betsy are two of the most remarkable people I have known in our profession, regardless of rank or degree.”
“They are beloved and admired role models for the many students they supervise.”
"They are held in such high esteem that over the past few years an emeritus professor (Ari Van Tienhoven) has established two awards for Mann students in their honor: the Tom Clausen Award for Student Assistants and the Betsy Bush Award for Student Assistants."
"Betsy and Tom are loved by the students they supervise .... Both of them serve the critical role of manager, scheduler, mentor, motivator and coach to the many students they supervise."
"Betsy and Tom have been the unofficial 'goodwill ambassadors' of Mann Library's circulation desk for decades."
Evan Earle, Rare & Manuscript Collections
“Evan is a gifted teacher who is sought out by faculty and other instructors to teach classes using the materials in RMC.”
“…To say that he has significantly enhanced the Library’s image among those that see us ‘from afar’ would be an enormous understatement.”
“…he simply excels in whatever he does.”
Andy Goldman, CUL - IT
“Andy is a superstar Helpdesk worker.”
“He helps people feel at ease even under the most stressful situations. He demonstrates a high level of compassion for his fellow team members and the people he supports.’’
“When troubleshooting issues, he uses research, teamwork, and creativity to find effective solutions.”
Laura Linke, Rare & Manuscript Collections
“Laura has quietly had a great impact and worked with a huge number of individuals.”
“She goes out of her way to try to provide the best reference work for our patrons.”
“She is willing to be flexible and tries to assist however she can.”
(Photograph of Laura by Carla DeMello)
W. Mae Louis, Law Library
“…she has sustained excellence in her job performance for over 30 years, particularly during the last several years of transition in the Law Library.”
“Mae is a wonderful example of grace under pressure.”
“She is a positive role model and extremely well thought of by those who are fortunate enough to work with her.”
Jim Reidy, CUL - IT
“Jim is constantly stretching himself, learning new technologies, best practices, and complementary skills…”
“Jim creates positive working relationships throughout the organization, and within the larger Cornell community.”
“Jim puts the mission of the library and the overall success of the team first.”
Jessica Withers, Hospitality, Labor, & Management Library
“…Jessica has been identified through her enthusiasm, courtesy and positive attitude as a valued team member and someone who works collaboratively with great ease.”
“Jessica has demonstrated her initiative since her arrival in the Nestlé Library five years ago.”
“…she assumed additional responsibility for circulation, reserve, student supervision and more.”
Cornell Hip Hop Collection: Cataloged and Growing
Ben Ortiz, Katherine Reagan, Margaret Nichols
At over 50,000 pieces and growing, the definitive archive on Hip Hop now resides at Cornell. Hip Hop is a grassroots, community-based, musical and artistic subculture, sprouting from the South Bronx of the 1970’s, and with deep roots throughout many, but particularly Afro-diasporic cultures. There are four core art forms, or “elements” at the center of Hip Hop which are used for creative expression and to convey knowledge: DJ-ing or “deejaying” (especially by making creative use of breakbeats and scratching); MC-ing or “emceeing” (also known as “rapping” - rhythmic, poetic spoken word lyricism); b-boying/ b-girling (also known as “breakdancing” - competitive dancing marked by aggressive, acrobatic moves); and writing (also known as “graffiti” - a visual art form, in which monikers are drawn as highly stylized logos or painted as colorful, exaggerated, energetic shapes). (Photograph of Ben Ortiz above left.)
The Cornell Hip Hop Collection (CHHC) features: hundreds of party and event flyers ca. 1977-1985; thousands of rare and early vinyl recordings, as well as cassettes and CDs; record label press packets and publicity; books, blackbooks (graffiti artists’ sketch books), photographs, magazines, clothing, and more, making it an essential source for the study of this major American (and now global) cultural phenomenon. The mission of the CHHC is to collect and make accessible the historical documents of Hip Hop culture and to ensure their preservation for current and future generations. The original core of the Collection was donated in 2007 by author and collector Johan Kugelberg. A former music industry executive, Kugelberg was concerned that the true origins of Hip Hop culture as it first arose in the New York City area in the 1970s and early 1980s would be lost to history if someone did not intentionally locate and save surviving documentary evidence of that era. Although this was the starting place for the Collection, the goal of the CHHC into the future will be to document Hip Hop culture broadly, chronologically, geographically, in all its variations and sub-genres.
The first big addition came in 2008, when collector Geoffrey Weiss donated 6,000 Hip Hop sound recordings from about 1988-2001. The Weiss collection also includes original press packets and photographs issued by record labels and agents, showing how Hip Hop recording artists were packaged and promoted by their labels during the era when Hip Hop became a global phenomenon.
Processing the sound recordings alone was a massive project involving the cataloging of some 6,200 items, with a high proportion of original cataloging. Jim Alberts (former CUL music cataloger), Ardeen White, and especially Roswitha Clark and Beth Kelly contributed many hours each to this large undertaking over a period of more than 4 years. The recordings include some test pressings of LPs and unpublished CDs, a few of them with no labels (removing labels from vinyl records was a common practice by early DJs, whose reputations often depended on playing rare, obscure music). Gabriel McKee, Sam Kugelberg, and Alex Harlig all worked on creating a guide to the rest of the Kugelberg collection; assistant curator for the CHHC, Ben Ortiz processed the Breakbeat Lenny archive; and Evan Earle made the guides to these collections accessible online, linking them to the collections’ catalog records. (Photograph of Margaret Nichols above right.)
The CHHC continues to expand. It’s home to the complete archive of early Hip Hop photographer Joe Conzo; the working archive of Buddy “The Flyer King” Esquire; and the archive of “Breakbeat Lenny” Roberts (co-founder of the Ultimate Breaks and Beats vinyl series). Over the past year, the CHHC has received several significant archival collections, including the archive of Richie “SEEN” Mirando (an influential, pioneering graffiti artist); the archive of the IGTimes (a.k.a. The International Graffiti Times, one of the earliest and most influential graffiti zines); the archive of Ernie Paniccioli (Word Up magazine’s photographer and author of Who Shot Ya: 3 Decades of Hip Hop Photography); and the archive of Charlie Ahearn, director of Wild Style (1983), the first Hip Hop movie.
Meanwhile, the CHHC attracts a steady stream of researchers and fans, as well as requests for presentations. Besides bringing visits from school and community groups, it has been integrated into Cornell courses in the departments of Music, Dance, English, History, and Africana Studies. An American Studies course called “Discovering Hip Hop,” as well as a University lecture course called “Hip Hop: Beats, Rhymes, and Life” were recently built around the Collection. As interest in the CHHC continues to grow, CUL is working on digitizing major portions to make them globally accessible. In 2013, Joe Conzo’s photographic archive will go online, as will the important collection of more than 500 Hip Hop party and event flyers.
Technical Services Corner: The Specter of 2CUL
Envisioned as a deep and enduring partnership between two of the world’s leading research libraries, the 2CUL initiative has already broken some new ground and laid the foundation for a bold new model of library service, organizational ingenuity, and unprecedented collaboration. Phase 2 of this initiative (2012-2015) promises even greater progress in the areas of collaborative collection development, resource sharing and discovery, digital preservation, global partnerships and emerging services. This sparkling promise of 2CUL presents a powerful allure. If Cornell and Columbia University Libraries – already renowned for their world-class collections and outstanding service – can further realize their joint 2CUL vision, we will change the way in which research libraries do business and serve users for decades to come.
In Library Technical Services (LTS), we regard this vision with mixed emotions. Crucial to the second phase of 2CUL is Technical Services Integration (TSI): the consolidation of two large, idiosyncratic, and fiercely proud operations. While LTS staff have become adept at keeping pace with evolving user needs, learning new technologies, and retooling operational strategies at a dizzying clip, we have done so – at least in part – through the building of a collective local identity that embraces such challenges, values efficiency and flexibility, and believes that nobody does technical services better. Enter Columbia Technical Services, another high-powered, highly regarded research library operation. How can we possibly work together? How can we possibly trust our counterparts at Columbia to share our culture, our values, our vision? How can they possibly trust us to share theirs? There is a lot at stake for technical services staff at both institutions, for it is not merely a question of making TSI work; it must work fabulously. Otherwise, we will need to accept the sense of mediocrity that often paradoxically accompanies those big, bold, new ideas that can threaten the soul of previously successful and nationally respected enterprises.
Fortunately, much of the work of integrating 2CUL technical services will be in our own hands. At Cornell, we have considerable experience in reviewing and assessing technical services functions and, in LTS in particular, we have reorganized so many times in recent years that we now joke about it. What will haunt us throughout TSI, and possibly beyond, is the specter of cultural integration. What will a combined Columbia/Cornell technical services look like? What will it feel like? What will our shared values and vision be? Can we tolerate, even celebrate, each other’s differences and unique characteristics? Are we capable – and do we have the collective will – to incorporate this phantasm, this bugaboo, into a new shared identity, an identity of which both institutions, as a single technical services division, can be proud? Can we, together, continue to “make the magic happen”? This is the stuff that 2CUL dreams are made on.
New Student Reading Project: The Life Before Us
Eric Kofi Acree
This year I became the library’s liaison to the New Student Reading Project. The book for this incoming freshmen class was Romain Gary’s The Life Before Us. In part, this book is a story about the relationship of an orphaned Arab boy, Mohammed (nicknamed Momo), and Madame Rosa, a Jewish ex-prostitute and Auschwitz survivor who at 68 years is dying. Madame Rosa raised Momo along with other children of “ladies of the night” in the immigrant Paris neighborhood of Belleville.
As in other years the read gave library staff members a chance to join colleagues across the campus to take part in a common reading and discussion of the book with incoming freshmen. Carla DeMello from Library Communications once again designed the Reading Project’s poster, and added feedback to the Project’s website. I also added content to the website, and had assistance from Ali Houissa and Patrick Stevens in the creation of a library guide which gave readers of The Life Before Us an entry point into themes raised in the book.
I had the pleasure of leading two discussions of the book with alumni in Short Hills, New Jersey and at the Cornell Club in New York City. Both discussions were insightful. The things that I enjoyed most about the Reading Project are that it provided a common intellectual experience; served as a model of faculty/staff/student/alumni interaction; reinforced the University as a learning community; and, finally, served as a rite of passage for incoming students.
I look forward to taking part in next year’s read. Please send me any suggestions you have for books you think we should consider. (Eric poses in front of a portrait of John Henrik Clarke hanging at the entrance of the eponymous Africana Library.)
Fuerst Awards 2012
Recipients of the 18th annual William F. Fuerst, Jr. Outstanding Library Student Employee Awards, from left: Michael Muller; Nicole Mormilo; Janet McCue, Associate University Librarian for Teaching, Research, Outreach, and Learning Services; Jackie Heim; and Amanda Esteves. (Not pictured: Dilara Ozbek)
Amanda Esteves – Class of ’12
Amanda works as a student supervisor at the Mann Library Help Desk. She has worked in Mann Library for four years. Sara wrote that Amanda’s “… most valuable contribution has been the wonderful example she sets for others.” “Her positive attitude and willingness to help…..has not been surpassed by other student workers.” One noteworthy accomplishment is the work she did to help streamline the process for training new Help Desk Operators. Amanda prepared a detailed checklist for supervisors, devised a new supervisor training packet, and prepared a flash drive full of test documents for new hires to practice their skills on. It should be noted that Amanda did this while she was away on winter break! Her reliability and flexibility are also to be commended. Sara noted, “Student supervisors in this department are expected to work 12-15 hours per week. Amanda has continually signed on for 20+ hours and somehow managed to maintain a high level of achievement in her coursework, complete over 100 hours of community service as required in the Cornell Traditions Fellow Program, and actively participate in her fraternity as a formal recruitment administrator.” Amanda’s “hardworking, positive attitude has made her an invaluable member of the team.” (Nominated by Sara Wright)
Jacqueline “Jackie” Heim – Class of ’12
Darla described the midnight to 2:30am shift as the hardest work shift to fill with student employees. However, Jackie has worked four years with Access Services and has consistently been “eager and enthusiastic” while working this closing shift. Darla noted that Jackie “is the only student I know of that has been trained to take the place of the staff member on closing rounds when needed. She has never called in sick, nor has she been late to a shift.” One example which demonstrates Jackie’s extreme commitment and professionalism occurred one night while closing Olin Library. “An extremely intoxicated female patron was found in a bathroom stall. [The patron] was unable to communicate coherently and had made a mess all over the floor. Jackie was the only female working that night, so while they were waiting for the EMTs to arrive, Jackie was asked to make sure the bathroom was clear and that the student was presentable before any males entered the bathroom. Jackie did not hesitate; she put what was going on with the patron before her own feelings and handled the situation in a calm manner.” Jackie has managed to maintain her positive attitude and is greatly appreciated by the staff. (Nominated by Darla Critchfield)
Nicole Mormilo – Class of ’12
Nicole has only worked in the Law Library for 2 ½ years but in that time has demonstrated an “effortless ability to work with permanent staff” as well as an “ability to communicate extremely well with students and faculty.” Nicole’s desire to attend law school has proven to be a motivator for her approach to her work; she continually learns new material and has demonstrated that she is able to assist with reference work that is usually handled by staff. Carol noted that the “quality of student work performed in the library was noticeably different during one semester that Nicole chose to study abroad. During the months that she was away, a similar number of student hours were being worked, but I found myself having to devote a much greater amount of time explaining and fixing errors than I had previously. This contributed to a backlog of work that persisted for several months.” Her return was greatly anticipated by the staff! Nicole is dedicated to the Law Library, but is also is Vice President of Administration for the Class of 2012 Council, she organizes events and tutors with the Friends of Farmworkers club, and she continues to maintain an excellent academic record. Nicole will continue her work with the Law Library as a temp employee after graduation in May. (Nominated by Carol Clune)
Michael Muller – Class of ’12
Mike has been with the Math Library for three years and is a Student Assistant Supervisor. Natalie realized she would need additional help when the Engineering Library transitioned to a virtual library. Although she has only had two Student Assistant Supervisors in the past – she notes they have to be the “very best of the best” – Mike was promoted into this position because “he is a trusted veteran employee.” His zealous attitude with training and his ability to deal appropriately with tough emergency situations are cited as reasons why Mike stands out among many student employees. For example, a window in the Math Library broke during a time of high winds one recent Saturday morning. “Mike handled the situation with ease and immediately contacted the right people.” The Math Library relies very heavily on its student staff to run the library and Mike does not disappoint. “He is an incredibly dependable employee; never missing shifts and often substituting for others. He is very conscientious in his communications; working with him is like working with a staff member.” He is described as “the go-to guy” if special projects need to be done. Besides being a Student Supervisor, Mike is a Civil Engineering major and has a minor in material science and engineering. He will be graduating with honors in May. (Nominated by Natalie Sheridan)
Dilara Ozbek – Class of ’12
Dilara has worked with Research and Learning Services for four years and has regularly demonstrated a professional, friendly, and courteous attitude that “encourages patrons to approach the desk with their requests.” As a Public Services Support Assistant, Dilara works independently. She is expected to record all transactions, forwarding complex research questions to regular staff via a written referral form. She has consistently done a superb job in communicating written referrals to the staff – in fact, several samples of her referral communications were included in the nomination form. They clearly demonstrated her description of patron requests, along with details of the transaction, both of which aid the staff immensely. Her nominators noted that Dilara does not feel intimidated working with faculty or her own peers but provides “the same clear and level approach to ensure proper understanding of the question.” Other characteristics highlighted are Dilara’s responsible and conscientious work habits. She plans well in advance and often helps out other student workers with their shifts. Dilara’s nominators note that “her innate professionalism projects a positive image of Cornell University.” (Nominated by Nicole Margirier & Ryan Krolick)
Also nominated were:
Crystal Brice '12, Fine Arts Library - Nominated by Brennen Feint
Amber Garcia '12, Mann Library, Access Services/Circulation - Nominated by Jonathan Eschler
Taylor Helsel '12, OKU Access Services - Nominated by Johanna Williams
Varsha Koripella '14, TEEAL, Mann Library - Nominated by Jennifer Gibson
Elizabeth (Elli) Liput '13, Lab or Ornithology - Nominated by George Dillmann
Fredrika Loew '12, Division of Rare and Manuscript Collections - Nominated by Evan Earle
Beth Matzkin '13, Library Finance and Budget Office - Nominated by Cindy Bosley
Mann Library Hosts Local Ideas that Work
“Local ideas that work.” That was the theme for this year’s Mann Library Local Fair, held in the Mann lobby and adjacent room 102 on the afternoon November 15. The fair, now in its 4th year, brings together vendors of locally grown food and locally crafted products along with information tables about everything from home safety (check your fire extinguishers) to textile reuse (those fabric scraps could make a lovely dress, you know). This year’s event--co-sponsored by Cornell Cooperative Extension of Tompkins County, the Cornell Small Farms Program, and the Cornell Farmer’s Market--seemed particularly lively, packed from the start as folks at the over thirty tables mixed it up with Cornell students, staff and faculty for over three hours.
When it started four years ago, the event was the local food fair. That evolved into the local food, energy and fiber fair; this year, it was simply “the local fair” as we sought to maximize Cornellians' exposure to the bounty of products and information beyond the campus. Horseradish jam? Yes, that was available.
Local honey, handmade goat fiber mittens, organic kale, Buddha-shaped beeswax candles, fresh (and free) local popcorn?
Why yes, all that and more were available. As was information on recycling your old laptop, weatherizing your homestead and starting your own apiary (that’s bees, for the uninitiated). And for those who hadn’t had their local fill by 5 pm, there was an information session on seed saving at 5:30. What a day—for those who missed it, you can be sure we’ll do it again next year.
A huge shout out to Jeff Piestrak and Eveline Ferretti for their Herculean work in organizing the fair, and for all the Mann Staff who pitched in to make this the best local fair yet. For a slideshow of pictures capturing the event, be sure to check out https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?v=379005198847536.
Welcome to DJ Afrika Bambaataa who has been appointed visiting scholar at Cornell for a three-year term. Rock and Roll Hall of Fame nominee Bambaataa is an electro-funk pioneer and is one of the three acknowledged founding fathers of Hip Hop. Cornell Library is home to the nation’s definitive archive on Hip Hop, the Cornell Hip Hop Collection (CHHC), whose mission is to collect and make accessible the historical documents of Hip Hop culture and to ensure their preservation for current and future generations (see article above on CHHC). Bambaataa will visit Cornell several times per year to lecture, meet with students and community groups, and perform. His appointment was made possible by a joint collaboration between the Library’s Hip Hop Collection and the Department of Music and enjoys broad inter-disciplinary support across many departments including music, Africana Studies, the English department, the Office of the Vice Provost for Undergraduate Education, and the Office of Academic Diversity Initiatives. (Photograph by Pete Best)
Angela Cleveland is a new member of the Library Administration team in the 201 Olin Library suite. Angie will be providing administrative support to the Associate University Librarians as well as committee support for the Library Forum. For the past four years, she worked in the KAUST-Cornell Center for Energy and Sustainability. Angie earned a bachelor’s degree from SUNY Oneonta and has continued to expand her learning at Cornell, completing certifications in accounting and office professional programming as well as programming in leadership training. Welcome, Angela.
Kristie Vann Devine has joined Library Human Resources as a part-time Human Resources Assistant. Kristie is a Cornell alumna, receiving her Master of Industrial and Labor Relations degree from the ILR School in 2010. For the past two years, Kristie has been an HR Assistant in the Research Division, and she will now hold dual HR Assistant roles in both Research and the Library. Prior to moving to Ithaca in 2008, Kristie worked as an Employment Assistant for SAS Institute in Cary, NC for two and a half years. In her spare time, Kristie enjoys attending Cornell hockey games and participating in a local trivia league. Welcome back to Cornell, Kristie.
Daniel Hickey is the new Coordinator of Research Services for the Hospitality, Labor, & Management Library. Immediately prior to coming to Cornell, Dan was the Business and Information Sciences Librarian at the Schreyer Business Library for Penn State Library in State College, PA. Other experience includes working as an archival intern at the Andy Warhol Museum as well as interning at both the Business Library and Hillman Library at the University of Pittsburgh. Dan earned his bachelor’s degree and MLIS from the University of Pittsburgh. Dan will work with HLM staff to coordinate the provision of research services in the Research and Learning Services unit, with supervisory responsibilities for three staff members and under the leadership of Angela Horne. In addition, he will be an integral part of the team providing research, instruction, outreach, and collection development for the Johnson School. We are very happy to welcome Dan to the Library.
Caitlin Moore recently began working as a Preservation Assistant in the Preservation and Conservation department. Caitlin holds a bachelor’s degree from Albion College and a certificate in Book Studies, with a Concentration in Book and Paper Conservation, from the University of Iowa. Her previous employment includes working as a preservation technician at the National Archives and Records Administration in Missouri, as well as working as a Collections Recovery Conservation Technician at the University of Iowa. CUL is happy to welcome Caitlin to the team.
Kim Laine has transferred from O/K/U Access Services to Interlibrary Services.
Madeleine (Mickey) Casad has been promoted to Curator for Digital Scholarship in Digital Scholarship & Preservation Services ILR Catherwood Library/ILR School. In her new role, Mickey will provide leadership in conceptualizing and implementing new digital humanities initiatives with a focus on digital genres such as new media art. She will work closely with the Society for the Humanities, the College of Arts and Sciences, and CUL’s content and technology experts to engage in media archiving initiatives, especially in addressing usability issues to ensure that preserved content will meet the future needs of scholars for research and creative expression. (Oya Rieger)
Jan Frantz has been promoted to Technical Services Assistant II in Commercial Binding, Preparations, & Physical Processing, LTS E-Resources, Serials, & Post-Cataloging Services. Jan has been in her job for a long time and the reclassification of her job reflects additional job duties in the inputting unit as well as the careful attention to detail and precision for which Jan is known. Congratulations to Jan on her promotion. (Susan Cobb)
Danielle Mericle has been promoted to Senior Assistant Librarian in Digital Scholarship & Preservation Services. Since joining the library almost ten years ago, she has assumed increasing responsibility and established many fruitful partnerships with library staff and faculty in implementing high-profile digital initiatives to enhance learning, teaching, and research initiatives. Also, Danielle has been a prolific instructor and developed numerous workshops for CUL and local and regional consortia related to digitization and digital stewardship. (Oya Rieger)
Karen Ohlsten has been promoted to Public Services Assistant III in Interlibrary Services. In the last few years Karen’s duties have evolved to encompass more complex problem-solving and bibliographic verification expertise, as well as acting as backup for the Lending Coordinator. Karen has incorporated the many technological and processing changes into her workflow with grace and efficiency. We are delighted to congratulate Karen on her promotion. (Caitlin Finlay; photograph of Karen by Julie Prisloe.)
Erica Reniff has been promoted to Head, TEEAL Outreach and Client Relations. This promotion reflects the new leadership responsibilities Erica assumed for TEEAL outreach and marketing upon Baseema’s departure. Erica has her B.S. in Marketing with a minor in International Business from RIT. Congratulations to Erica! (Mary Ochs)
Natalie Sheridan has been promoted to Public Services Assistant V in the Math Library. The transition of the Physical Sciences and Engineering Libraries to virtual units has significantly expanded the scope of responsibilities required of Natalie. Her position has grown and evolved beyond the Math Library and she has been tasked to support the full EMPSL team. She now provides administrative and public services support for the five EMPS Librarians, the EMPS outreach coordinator, faculty, staff and students dispersed over three locations. Natalie has risen to her new responsibilities and the challenges of the new virtual libraries with grace and continues to expand her skills set through opportunities such as the Office Professionals Certificate Course. It is a pleasure to work with her, thanks Natalie! (Leah McEwen)
Heather Shipman has been promoted to Technical Services Assistant IV in LTS E-Resources & Serials Management Unit. Due to the ongoing and substantial changes to our collections and processes and the growing reliance on electronic acquisitions, Heather’s position in the Copy Cataloging and Inputting unit has already evolved considerably over the last year and we would like to be able to better match her growing skill set with the needs of CUL. Her new responsibilities will focus on ebook acquisition process and work flow, data reporting and analysis, and general e-resource management and troubleshooting. (Jesse Koennecke)
Sandy Sinclair has transferred from LTS Acquisitions to LTS E-Resources & Serials Management Unit and been promoted to Serials Invoicing Coordinator & E-Resources Assistant (Technical Services Assistant IV). In her new role, Sandy will be responsible for invoice processing, coordination, and troubleshooting; account management for several major serials accounts; and various other activities related to initiating and maintaining subscriptions and access to CUL’s print and online collections. Sandy comes to the unit with a variety of related skills from her current and former positions and we are excited to have her and her skills and strong work ethic as part of our team. (Jesse Koennecke; photograph of Sandy by Carla DeMello)
Kaye Westfall has been promoted to Technical Services Assistant II in Commercial Binding, Preparations, & Physical Processing, LTS E-Resources, Serials, & Post-Cataloging Services. Like Jan her position was reclassified to reflect both the great attention to detail that Kaye provides as well as additional job duties accrued over the years. Congratulations, Kaye, on your promotion. (Susan Cobb)
Ken Williams has been promoted to Web Designer III in the Division of Rare and Manuscript Collections. The Library congratulates him on his promotion!
Sara E. Wright has been promoted to Academic Technologies Librarian. Sara will serve as Mann Library’s principal resource person on academic technologies and applications used by faculty and students in Mann’s public spaces, including the Bissett Collaborative Center, the CIT/Mann Collaboration Lab, and Mann’s open public computers and labs. Before coming to Mann, Sara worked as a librarian at the Philadelphia Free Library. She has her MLIS from Drexel University, an MA in Theology from Villanova University, and a BA in Religion and American Literature from California Lutheran University. Congratulations to Sara! (Mary Ochs)
Editor's note: some of these promotions were listed in our previous issue but no details were included for lack of time. Kaleidoscope warmly congratulates staff on their promotions!
On November 12, 2012, Sherisse Brown of our city medical library Weill-Cornell was honored for twenty years service at a cocktail party held at the Griffis Faculty Club. Over the years Sherisse has worked in many different departments including Circulation, Interlibrary Loan, Reference, Education & Outreach, and now in Resource Management. The Library congratulates her on twenty years of service and hopes to benefit from her expertise and dedication for many more.
Out & About
Cheryl Beredo and Curtis Lyons attended the annual International Association of Labor History Institutions (IALHI) conference. IALHI is in its third and final year of EU funding for the Heritage of the People’s Europe project, designed to unite the digital collections of European institutions of social history and the history of the labor movement. With the end of EU funding, the project is interested in expanding its work to non-European institutions. The project is very interested in Cornell’s potential involvement and we are now a “network partner,” meaning that we are party to the discussions concerning the project’s post-EU future.
Ken Bolton is completing service on the SLA Academic Division’s Nominating Committee and will soon join the Division’s Communications & Social Media Committee. He has also just been elected as the Vendor Relations Chair for UNYSLA.
Michael Cook and Wendy Wilcox both attended the 2012 Access Services Conference in Atlanta, GA in November. As the name indicates, this very focused two day annual conference is dedicated to Access Services issues (and as such is one of only a handful of conferences in our profession that does). Warren "The Blackbelt Librarian" Graham delivered a keynote on day-to-day library security. Conference sessions Michael attended included Yale's experiments with circulating iPads; issues in copyright and course reserves; ILL assessment and usage data for collection development; Toyota's "lean" management principles (as adopted and used at the NCSU Libraries) and open discussion sessions that covered a wide range of Access Services-related topics - circulating of equipment, budget and staffing cuts, security issues, reducing hours, equity issues for staff working over holidays, etc. Also, Wendy gave a presentation on usability testing of online library systems and Access Services websites.
Jeremy Cusker recently presented at the Upstate NY Science Librarians conference in October on a means of using ISI Web of Science to determine what a group of authors (like an academic department) are citing in their own publications. This presentation is based on his published article in Issues in Science and Technology Libraries titled, “Using ISI Web of Science to Compare Top-Ranked Journals to the Citation Habits of a "Real World" Academic Department.”
Jim DelRosso chaired the Fall UNYSLA conference in Syracuse, with lots of help from fellow board member Susan Kendrick. Jim DelRosso and Steve Gollnick have added the Worker Institute Publications series in DigitalCommons@ILR. (Jim DelRosso chairs the UNYSLA Board meeting in the photograph above; Susan Kendrick at right.)
Dianne Dietrich also published recently in Issues in Science and Technology Libraries. Her paper is titled: “De-Mystifying the Data Management Requirements of Research Funders,” and is co-authored with Gail Steinhart, Trisha Adamus from Syracuse University, and Alison Miner, also from Syracuse University.
Peter Hirtle has a new publication. "When Is 1923 Going to Arrive and Other Complications of the U.S. Public Domain," appeared in the September issue of Searcher: The Magazine for Database Professionals. You can find it here. Peter also attended a recent conference entitled “In re Books” at the New York Law School and taught a copyright workshop for archivists at the University at Albany.
At this year’s Digital Library Federation (DLF) Forum, held in Denver in November, Jason Kovari, Wendy Kozlowski, and Danielle Mericle gave a panel session on “Collaborative Service Models: Building Support for Digital Scholarship”. In their talks Jason, Wendy, and Danielle focused on select core services at CUL in support of digital scholarship, mainly those provided by Digital Consulting & Production Services (DCAPS) and the Research Data Management Service Group (RDMSG). Their presentations were part of a special three-hour program entitled “Projects, Partnerships and Collaborations: Service Models for Digital Scholarship,” in which representatives from NYU and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hall also spoke. Jason is Humanities & Special Collections Metadata Librarian in LTS; Wendy is Science Data & Metadata Librarian in LTS and RDMSG coordinator; Danielle is Coordinator of Digital Production in DCAPS.
Wendy Kozlowski was one of the recipients of this year’s DLF Forum Fellowships for Librarians New to the Profession. These fellowships are awarded annually to “lively, intellectually engaged, and inquisitive” new librarians with a “demonstrated commitment to digital library work as evidenced by work experience and academic background.” The $1,000 award helped to subsidize Wendy’s participation in this year’s DLF Forum. Congratulations, Wendy!
Much of the commentary that LTS Director Jim LeBlanc has written on the works of James Joyce over the past few years has been appearing in 2012. Most recently, his essay on “Allusions to ‘Eveline’ in Finnegans Wake I.8” was published in the James Joyce Quarterly 48:2 (Winter 2011), pp. 339-346. Jim also participated in a panel on “Alma and the 2CUL Partnership” at the International Group of Ex Libris Users (IGeLU) Conference, held in Zurich in mid-September. In this session Jim spoke about the vision and aims of the 2CUL initiative, including the plan to integrate much of Columbia’s and Cornell’s technical services operations within the next three years, while Ex Libris developers, Asaf Kline and Carmit Marcus, presented ways in which the Alma library management system can address the needs and requirements of collaborative enterprises like 2CUL.
Leah McEwen is providing an overview and materials properties chapters in a forthcoming publication from the Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC) and a chemical information primer for chemists, authored and edited by chemistry librarians in the U.S. and Canada. She is also co-editor on an ACS Symposium Series publication, Special Issues in Data Management; and currently co-editing another book in the series, tentatively titled The Future of the History of Chemical Information.
Along with Columbia’s Colleen Major, Boaz Nadav-Manes gave a talk entitled “Developing a Cross Institutional E-Book Strategy” at the 32nd Annual Charleston Conference. “Issues in Book and Serial Acquisition” in Charleston, South Carolina in November. In their presentation Boaz and Colleen spoke about the efforts of the 2CUL eBooks Task Force to examine eBook licensing, acquisition, and management workflows; the ways in which the Task Force identified Columbia and Cornell procedures and operations that can be streamlined and integrated; and the ways the two institutions have partnered with faculty and vendors (Project MUSE and JSTOR) to investigate possible avenues of collaboration. Boaz is the Director of LTS Acquisitions & Automated Technical Services and CUL’s Philosophy Librarian. Colleen is an Electronic Resources Librarian at the Columbia University Libraries.
Tom Ottaviano is assisting in the coordination of the second iteration of the Library Instruction Leadership Academy (LILAC). LILAC is an award-winning (ACRL Instruction Section Innovation Award), semester-long program based out of Rochester, N.Y. and funded by the Harold Hacker Grant for the Advancement of Libraries. The program is designed to expose new librarians to a variety of issues and ideas important to information literacy instruction, and ultimately to help alleviate the lack of experience or training that many young librarians have. LILAC consists of five full-day workshops and two networking events, and covers a range of topics including pedagogy, collaboration, classroom management, assessment, and the appropriate use of technology. In addition, the program offers participants a network of regional librarians who can serve as mentors, and opportunities to observe librarians teaching a range of topics in different types of libraries.
Jill Powell, Engineering Librarian, was recently appointed to the McGraw-Hill Library Advisory Board for AccessEngineering and AccessScience. In October 2012 she attended the inaugural meeting in New York City.
Oya Rieger has a new article entitled, Sustainability: Scholarly Repository as an Enterprise, in Bulletin of the American Society for Information Science and Technology, October/November 2012.
David Ruddy was in China in October to participate in Open Access Week, a global event to promote open access as a strategy for research publications. The event was celebrated in China by a conference on Open Access, sponsoreded by the National Science Library. David spoke about arXiv and Project Euclid. He also gave presentations on arXiv at Tsinghua University and at the Institute of High Energy Physics, an institute of the Chinese Academy of Sciences. His presentations included:
"Sustaining Open Access Repositories," China Open Access Week, National Science Library, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing, China, October 22, 2012.
"Cornell University Library Scholarly Communications Services," Peking University Library, Beijing, China, October 25, 2012.
"Twenty years of arXiv.org: trends, developments, and future plans," Tsinghua University, Beijing, China, October 25, 2012.
(David Ruddy above, standing in front of the Uris Library duplicates that Tsinghua purchased from CUL. These are in the new Humanities and Social Sciences Library, in a public, accessible area.)
Gail Steinhart presented a poster "Using the Data Curation Profiles Toolkit to Inform the Development of a Research Data Registry" (in collaboration with Wendy Kozlowski, Sarah Wright, Huda Khan, Leslie McIntosh, Dianne Dietrich, and Kathy Chiang) at the LITA National Forum held October 4-7 in Columbus, OH.
Jill Wilson recently presented at the Upstate Science Librarian’s conference in October: “Connecting the Outreach Dots: Librarians and Graduate Students at Cornell Collaborating on Dynamic Programs in Chemistry Research and Professional Development.” She also authored an article forthcoming in Science and Technology Libraries titled: “Ultimate Outreach: Exploring the Outreach Sea within the Engineering, Math and Physical Sciences Libraries at Cornell University!”
The Academic Technologies/Mann ColLABoration in Mann Library—formerly known as the CIT Lab or room 112, across from the Stone Computing Classroom on Mann’s first floor—has a new look and some new functionality to boot! Through user studies and informal student interviews over the course of several semesters, Mann has taken note of increasing student preferences for collaborative learning facilities and the growing instructor need for active learning spaces. In response, the CIT Lab has done some enhancing of its space and rearranging of its equipment. All computers in the Lab are now arranged into clusters (easier for group project work), and the space also now boasts some new mobile whiteboards which double as partitions and a place to generate ideas. To help make everything even more inviting, we’ve painted the walls, made the Lab food friendly, and will be adding some cool photography. Last but not least, access to this revamped CIT Lab has also been changed. Entry to Room 112 is now directly off of the lobby of Mann Library, rather than the doors by the Mann circulation desk. (Sara Wright)
Anne R. Kenney <email@example.com>
Sent: Mon 10/8/2012
Subject: Take One: October 8, 2012 (Mission, Vision, and Tagline)
After a fairly lengthy review process, I’m pleased to announce our new mission, vision, and tagline.
Mission: Cornell University Library promotes a culture of broad inquiry and supports the University’s mission to discover, preserve, and disseminate knowledge and creative expression. It engages with the ongoing transformations of society to deliver world-class physical and digital content and services critical to research, education, and outreach, now and in the future. The Library acts globally, supporting Cornell’s land grant mission in New York State and beyond, and builds partnerships within and outside the university. It invests in its staff, collections, and physical and virtual libraries. And, it serves as a neutral and trusted party supporting information access and scholarly communication.
Vision: Empowering Cornell’s research and learning community with deep expertise, innovative services, and outstanding collections strengthened by strategic partnerships.
Tagline: Empowering the mind.
For the entire announcement see here.
From: Anne R. Kenney <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Sent: Thu 10/11/2012
Subject: Judge Rules on Suit against HathiTrust, Cornell et al
The judge ruled yesterday in the Author’s Guild lawsuit against the HathiTrust and 5 universities (including Cornell, the only private institution among the group). He found for the defendants on all almost all issues and has dismissed the suit. He concluded “I cannot imagine a definition of fair use that would not encompass the transformative uses made by Defendants' MDP [mass digitization program] and would require that I terminate this invaluable contribution to the progress of science and cultivation of the arts that at the same time effectuates the ideals espoused by the ADA." There is an excellent detailed summary of the background and legal findings of the decision here for those who want more details. You can read the actual opinion at http://www.tc.umn.edu/~nasims/HathivAG10_10_12.pdf or http://www.scribd.com/doc/109647049/HathiTrust-Opinion.
Needless to say, I am pleased with this decision. I believe it is in the public interest and will also benefit authors and publishers. And all CUL staff members should be proud that their university was willing to take on this important battle on behalf of fair use and the “progress of science and useful arts,” which is the purpose of copyright. Stay tuned for Monday's Take One for more on this important decision and what it means for us.
From: Anne R. Kenney <email@example.com>
Sent: Mon 10/15/2012
Subject: Take One: October 15, 2012 (What the HathiTrust Suit Means to Cornell)
I’m giving over this week’s Take One to Peter Hirtle, who has provided this insightful description of the implications of Judge Baer’s dismissal of the HathiTrust law suit last week. Peter has been bird-dogging this and other cases related to educational fair use on behalf of the library and I’m grateful to him for his consistently good advice in this area.
Peter Hirtle writes:
People are still excited about the judge’s opinion dismissing the HathiTrust lawsuit and the good news this represents for fair use. Libraries have traditionally been highly respectful of copyright while at the same time trying to do all they can to foster research and learning. Judge Baer realized this.
There is always the possibility that the Author’s Guild, the plaintiff in the case, may appeal the decision. But one might also ask “What does this mean immediately for CUL?”
First of all, the library will not lose the volumes that have been digitized by Google. Over 400,000 works from CUL have been scanned and added to the 10 million+ volumes in the HathiTrust. They had been scanned for preservation purposes and to make the full text searchable (if not immediately readable). The Author’s Guild wanted to have these titles taken off-line pending Congressional action on whether they could continue to exist or be destroyed. That won’t happen for now.
Second, the judge gave tacit approval to text-mining and other forms of scholarly research that do not use the expressive content of books but rather treat the words in them as data....
Thirdly, the judge was excited by the potential the HathiTrust holds for visually-impaired students....
Lastly, the decision could have broad ramifications in other areas of the university. There are relatively few decisions that address what constitutes educational fair use. This decision does, and it comes from a federal district court in New York. The judge’s analysis may be applicable to a wide range of university activities....
For the entire announcement see here.
From: Kornelia Vassileva Tancheva <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Sent: Mon 12/3/2012
Subject: Invitation to a Celebration for Interlibrary Services
I am delighted to announce that the Cornell Library Interlibrary Services departments (Olin, Mann, and Law) have reached request number one million in the ILLiad management system!
Cornell started using the ILLiad system in January of 2000. The Cornell Library was the 17th library in the country to adopt what was at the time a new ILL management system, which is now used by nearly 1,200 libraries. Initially, ILLiad was only available for Cornell faculty, students and staff, but in 2001 the system was turned on for receiving requests from libraries outside Cornell. Prior to ILLiad, patrons submitted most Interlibrary Loan requests using paper forms. ILLiad streamlined the request process and made it easier for patrons to place and track their requests, and more efficient for staff to locate and borrow needed material. Using ILLiad, staff in the Interlibrary Loan and Document Delivery units are able to obtain needed material for Cornell patrons from as close as the Library Annex, to as far away as the National Library of China, and scholars around the world benefit from Cornell’s many unique holdings and collections.
The directors of the libraries where the ILL units are located, Mary Ochs, Femi Cadmus, and I, would like to invite you to celebrate this milestone and our incredible staff’s achievement on December 14th between 2-3:30 pm in Olin 703.
Kornelia, Mary, and Femi
Good-bye and good luck to
- Linda Bryan , Human Resources, Library Administration
- Bill Kehoe, CUL - IT
- Randi Kepecs, Research & Learning Services
- Stella Mitchell, Mann Library
- Jinhee Roper, Library Finance & Budget Office
- Glen Wiley , LTS Cataloging & Metadata Services
who recently left the Library.
Glen Wiley, LTS Cataloging & Metadata Services
Glen Wiley has accepted an offer to become Director of the Cataloging and Metadata Department at the University of Miami in Coral Gables, Florida. His last day at CUL will be Friday, September 28th.
Glen has served ably as the Director of LTS Cataloging & Metadata Services (CMS) since last fall and, before that, as Co-Director of CMS from 2010-2011. Glen has been instrumental in hiring all three of LTS’s current metadata librarians. He also conceived and appointed the CUL RDA Implementation Team, a group that – with Glen’s guidance – has prepared us for RDA implementation on a timetable that surpasses even that of the Library of Congress and the other U.S. national libraries. All this while directing the operations of one of the country’s premier cataloging and metadata services departments, supporting other CUL-wide endeavors, continuing to teach online courses, and pursuing his career as a metadata specialist. Our loss will surely be UM’s gain. (Jim LeBlanc, email to CUL on 7 September 2012).
Farewell Reception for
Today: Friday, Sept 28
1:30 pm to 2:30 pm
Olin Library Room 703
Remarks at 2:00
Come enjoy some yummy refreshments and say goodbye as we send Glen off to warm and sunny Florida! Today is his last day,
so this is your last chance to bid him farewell!
Hope to see you there!
Photographs provided by
Linda Bryan, Library Human Resources
Library Human Resources would like to announce that Linda Bryan will be retiring from Cornell University. Although we are happy for Linda and wish her the best in her future endeavors, she will be greatly missed by many in CUL. She has touched many lives over the course of her career here. CUL has greatly benefited from Linda’s expertise in organizational development, change management, MBTI, and her certification to teach Crucial Conversations. Linda has provided invaluable service to CUL in the areas of organizational effectiveness and workplace culture. We are truly going to miss her enthusiasm and “big picture” ideas.
We will use this as an opportunity to evaluate the position and review our service needs. We will be seeking input from various stakeholders including central HR and library units to determine how to move forward.
Please take a moment to stop by 213 Olin Library to leave a personal note or write your favorite memory of Linda, in a beautiful Cornell journal that we will provide to her. We will have the book available to sign through November 30th. If for some reason you can’t make it to Olin but would like to include a note for Linda, please get in touch with me. We will make alternate arrangements to get the book to you. Please let me know if you have any immediate questions. (Lyndsi Prignon, Announcement to CUL on September 6, 2012)
Although Linda preferred to retire quietly and without fanfare, her colleagues would like to extend to her their heartfelt thanks for her many contributions to the CUL system and best wishes for a wonderful retirement. She will be remembered for her insights both as teacher and peacemaker, and the laughter and joy she brought to many gatherings. She will be missed by many.
Bill Kehoe, CUL - IT
After eighteen years of valued service, Bill Kehoe retired on October 17, 2012.
During the early years Bill helped to build an electronic publishing system for the USDA at Mann Library, contributed to the Library Gateway and Project Euclid, and participated in every CUL digital preservation research project.
In recent years Bill was most involved in projects supporting preservation of digital content. These projects included the CUL Archival Repository, the LSDI initiative (see Bill's account of it in the October 2007 issue of Kaleidoscope), our LOCKSS implementation (Lots of Copies Keep Stuff Safe), and the TIPR project (Towards Interoperable Preservation Repositories). While he is missed, his contributions continue to underpin important library infrastructures. The Library wishes him the very best in his retirement. (Simeon Warner)
Larry Kamin, 1931 - 2012
Lawrence L. Kamin, 81, of East Lansing Rd. Groton, died Tuesday, October 16, 2012 at Cayuga Medical Center. Larry was retired from the US Air Force with 20 years of service. He was also retired from Cornell University with 25 years of service to the Library where he had been Head of Shipping. Although we do not have access to paper files long gone, we know that Larry was hired
on August 9, 1971 and retired January 4, 1996.
Larry was an avid bowler and New York Yankees and Green Bay Packers Fan. A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated Friday, October 20, 2012 at Immaculate Conception Church. Burial with full Military Honors was held at the Sampson Veterans Cemetery. Memorial donations may be made to Wills Eye Hospital, Market Street, Philadelphia, PA or the St. Jude Childrens Research Hospital, P.O. Box 1000, Dept. 142, Memphis, TN 38148-0142.
The Lighthearted Library: Cartoons by Betsy Elswit
Below is the cartoon we left you with in September 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)
Do you think Nicholson Baker will try to save it when the tide comes in? (Kevin Pain, Weill Cornell Medical College Library)
My grandfather showed me a picture of these things called books that they used to have. They had paper pages with words and pictures printed on them. You could read and turn the pages. (Ada Albright)
Did we build it too thick? It looks more like a book than a Kindle. (Kevin Pain)
Listen, Susie. It might be a bit granular for your taste, but it's still a good read. (Marsha Taichman)
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