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New program lets students request textbooks for reserve

Students can now request for the Library to buy textbooks and make them available for short-term borrowing (typically two hours) if the textbooks are not already available on course reserves.

Railway records document seismic labor shifts

Comprising 380 boxes of records, photographs, correspondence and more, the 63 newly processed railroad collections support research in the ILR School and beyond.

Library receives collection on Jewish fables around the world

The books are in several languages, including Hebrew, Yiddish, Aramaic, Ladino (Judeo-Spanish) and Judeo-Persian.

Notes from Cornell typewriters

The typewriters will allow Cornellians to connect with each other and the past.

Student workers honored for 'outstanding service'

The Fuerst prize, named for William F. Fuerst, Jr. '39, is awarded annually to students on the basis of their exceptional performance, initiative and service to the library.

Finding, using map data online just got easier

The Cornell University Geospatial Information Repository, known as CUGIR, now includes a powerful new search tool, making it easier for users to find and download a wide variety of geospatial data.

Library offers help protecting online privacy

Cornellians can find out how to make their personal data more secure, or learn more about how companies are tracking their online habits and physical movements, during the Digital CoLab's new drop-in hour.

Elevator art contest winners

The winning entry depicts "how Cornell equips students with education in various fields of studies, and provides access to the latest technologies."

Library ‘portal’ to connect campus with people worldwide

Users can have spontaneous conversations with people through the portal, and classes can reserve and use the portals for projects or assignments for global learning.

Legal information for developing countries

The goal of the Global Online Access to Legal Information program is strengthening the rule of law, evidence-based research, healthcare, policymaking and global justice in developing countries by providing access to free or low cost legal information. 

Create something at mannUfactory makerspace, opening Feb. 1

Among the tools and software available in the makerspace are soldering kits, sewing machines, mini-computing kits, hand tools, large-format printing on materials such as fabric or vinyl, and video and audio editing equipment.

Apply for 2018 Arts and Sciences digitization grants

The goal of the program is to build enduring digital collections in support of scholarship and teaching in Arts and Sciences. 

Cornellians can borrow from Ithaca College Library

“We value our partnership with Ithaca College, and look forward to welcoming the Ithaca College community,” said Wendy Wilcox, Cornell access services librarian.

Rand to house luminous, voluminous fine arts library

The Mui Ho Fine Arts Library will feature three dense stack levels providing shelving for approximately 125,000 volumes, a generous reading area, spaces for group and individual study on the main library level and office space on the side of the building near Milstein Hall.

arXiv.org surpasses 1 billion downloads

The online repository started 26 years ago as an electronic bulletin board on one computer, and has grown into an essential resource for physicists and mathematicians around the world.

arXiv.org adds new subject categories

arXiv, the prominent preprint repository for physics and a growing number of other scientific and mathematic fields, is stewarded by Cornell University Library and supported by 220 member libraries and several scientific organizations including the Simons Foundation.

Three projects awarded 2017 digitization grants

For 2017, three projects were chosen from 14 applications.

Freedom on the Move project awarded NEH grant

The database of 19th-century runaway slave advertisements is a joint project of the Department of History, CISER and Cornell University Library.

Medieval fragments yield unexpected discoveries

Cornell’s collection of illuminated pages spans the 9th to the 16th centuries. Such fragments are flat and more conducive to imaging tools than complete volumes.

arXiv.org recognized for improving scientific research

The award is given annually for a significant contribution to the literature of physics, mathematics or astronomy, or to honor work that demonstrably improves the exchange of information in those fields.

A century of agriculture research goes online

Instead of being locked down from public view, the work is available to any who are interested, helping to fulfill CALS’ land-grant mission by making scholarship free and open.

Gerald Beasley named Carl A. Kroch University Librarian

At Cornell, the university librarian is the chief academic and administrative officer of the library system, overseeing a budget of approximately $64 million and more than 400 staff members.

Hip Hop Collection releases online trove on hip hop's rise

The more than 1,700 items in this batch focus not only on LL Cool J, Queen Latifah and Public Enemy, but other artists such as Salt-N-Pepa and Eric B. & Rakim, all of whom emerged in the 1980s in New York City, where hip-hop culture was born.

Library tackles fake news with workshops, resources, advice

Instruction librarians can help faculty incorporate customized teaching into their classes to help students learn how to find reliable, high-quality sources – particularly those specific to a certain field, coursework or research question.

Cornell joins Art + Feminism effort to improve Wikipedia

Organized by Cornell University Library and the Herbert F. Johnson Museum of Art, the event is one of hundreds of edit-a-thons scheduled to take place around the world.

Library acquires vast collection of textile materials

The textile collections will complement textile union collections in the Kheel Center for Labor-Management Documentation and Archives.

Rare Lincoln photo honors university librarian

Stephan Loewentheil, J.D. ’75, recently donated the 1863 portrait to Cornell University Library in honor of Anne R. Kenney, who is stepping down as university librarian on April 1.

Online photo collection documents African-American life

Though the collection includes historic images of high-profile figures, including photographs of King in a jail cell, most of its images depict the everyday lives of African-Americans.

Olin's Digital CoLab applies tech to humanities

The CoLab is the latest in a growing effort by the library to foster digital humanities research and collaboration on campus.

New proposals sought for digital grants

Funded by the College of Arts and Sciences and coordinated by Cornell University Library, the program has funded 30 projects that support learning and research online.

Net-Print enhancements begin January 2017

The changes will affect everyone who uses Net-Print printers at all CIT Academic Technology labs and in libraries.

New sponsorship model broadens arXiv membership

Finding new, sustainable funding avenues to support current operations and upgrades of its aging code has been an important effort for the arXiv team.

Maps inspire student art

The drawings can be seen on the lower level of Olin Library.

Law Library clinic helps students and the community

Second- and third-year law students help local residents, nonprofit organizations and entrepreneurs who have specific questions but do not require full legal representation.

Alfred P. Sloan Foundation awards grant for arXiv upgrade

Funding will help arXiv transition to a more flexible, modernized service

Celebrating the music and history of punk

Punkfest Cornell will feature film screenings, performances and panel discussions, and will celebrate the opening of Cornell University Library’s punk collections with an exhibition, “Anarchy in the Archives.”

Research clinic helps law students and the community

Its purpose is to fill a significant void that currently exists for those who need not ongoing legal representation, but specific answers to one-time questions best addressed by research. Often, for those who can’t afford an attorney, these questions go unanswered. 

Making connections in the digital humanities

“Transmediating Knowledge” is the theme for this year’s Conversations in Digital Humanities, which begin Oct. 13 with a “Digital Pedagogies Show and Tell” session in Olin Library.

Bringing hospitality research to the world

The Scholarly Commons features the work of faculty and researchers from Cornell’s School of Hotel Administration.

Popmaster Fabel teaches community to pop and lock

The dancers assembled for the first workshop included both beginners who had never before heard of popping and locking and experienced hip-hop dancers, some of whom belong to Cornell’s breakdancing club.

University Librarian Anne Kenney to retire in 2017

Kenney, Cornell’s 11th university librarian, will leave a legacy as a visionary leader of a world-class university library system.

Lectures from 'eclectic' campus visitors are now online

Thanks to a library grant for preserving the most fragile materials, 225 talks from the Cornell Lecture Tapes Collection have been digitized and are now publicly available online.

The Next 25 Years: With User Survey, arXiv Looks to the Future

As arXiv celebrates its 25th year as one of the scientific community’s most important means of communication, the site’s leadership is looking ahead to ensure it remains indispensable, robust and financially sustainable.

Library and scientists team up to house climate data on new website

The New York-specific climate data, curated by Cornell librarians, will provide access to the most recent and credible information available.

Grant will help Cornell University Library improve information access by scholars

The project team aims to have tools, services and solutions available that research libraries could use at their own institutions within the next three to five years.

Audio of legendary professor's 'American Ideals' lectures now online

“The class was famous on campus,” said Curtis Lyons, the Harriet Morel Oxman Director of Cornell’s Hospitality, Labor and Management Library. “Students who could not get into it were known to just sit in on the lectures.”

New media art on display in 'Signal to Code' exhibition

Visitors to the exhibition, opening March 17 in the Carl A. Kroch Library, will view and experience artworks at 15 stations in various formats, including CD-ROM, sound art and Internet art, from Cornell’s Rose Goldsen Archive of New Media Art.

How the Dead brought campus music back to life

The records from the 1977 Grateful Dead concert form the beginning of a new collection in the archives, documenting the history of the Cornell Concert Commission and major performances at Cornell.

A salute to Cornell's restored military museum collection

The cross-departmental team preserved and organized uniforms, correspondence, photographs, tactical manuals, rare books and other items – and in the process shed new light on Cornell’s long history of hosting the military on campus.

Cornell joins effort to narrow gender gap on Wikipedia

The project, with more than 100 events around the world held in connection with International Women’s Day, aims to empower women to edit content on Wikipedia and ensure the accurate representation of important arts contributions of women from all cultures.

Economist's 'Chat in the Stacks' draws large crowd to Mann Library

World Bank chief economist and Cornell professor Kaushik Basu spoke about his new book, “An Economist in the Real World: The Art of Policymaking in India.”

Database of classical works now freely searchable

Once a user types in search terms, the database offers links to the passage in digital versions of the text in the original Latin or Greek and in English translations.

New collection of African-American voice recordings enhances holdings

These rare recordings were donated to the library’s Division of Rare and Manuscript Collections by Mike Sniper in honor of his son George Alister Snodgrass IV.

Grant to put Kheel Center railroad collections online

The 18-month grant will pay for an archivist to organize more than 300 boxes of material and digitize around 1,600 photographs, including images of specific locomotives, rail yards, depots and train parts.

Arts and Sciences faculty, grad students, can apply for digital grants

The program, funded by the College of Arts and Sciences and coordinated by Cornell University Library, has helped more than two dozen faculty members place collections online in support of learning and research.

70 years later, Nuremberg collection sheds light on Nazi trials

Alumnus rescued files that form Law Library's Donovan Nuremberg Trials Collection

Cornell University Library to Implement Kuali Open Library Environment

Open-source library management system is owned and managed by academic and research libraries

'Gods and Scholars' exhibit brings religious artifacts to light

Among the highlights of the exhibit are a first edition of the King James Bible and a leaf from the 1454 Gutenberg Bible, the first book printed on a press in the Western world.

Historic Ice exhibit and talk continue Mann's series on climate change

The talk will open the new Mann Gallery exhibit “Historic Ice,” featuring some of the expeditions’ photographs on display through January 2016.

Collector and library have 'simpatico' missions

Johan Kugelberg, a collector, historian and author, has placed material in the library on such diverse genres as hip-hop, punk, Latin jazz and Norwegian black metal – featuring bands that may not be household names, but whose cultural influence is on the rise.

Velvets archive now underground at Cornell University Library

The new collection is the largest archive of Velvet Underground material held by an institution.

Archives of Atlantic Philanthropies Given to Cornell Library

Through its founder, Chuck Feeney ’56, The Atlantic Philanthropies has been a major benefactor of Cornell.

Visual histories of genocide survivors to come to Cornell

Cornell will mark the launch of its access to the archive Tuesday, Nov. 3, with a talk by noted New Yorker columnist and Rwandan genocide expert Philip Gourevitch ’86.

Labor leader visits his archives in Kheel Center

William B. Gould IV is the former chairman of the National Labor Relations Board, a scholar of U.S. labor law and the author of 10 books.

Cornell archives offer insight into Colombia's past

Curator Laurent Ferri said this use of the Trautwine papers illustrates the continued relevance of historical documents for practical purposes.

Pioneering lesbian photographer’s work will be preserved at Cornell

Cottrell revolutionized the female nude, validated women’s right to pleasure, and opened possibilities for women to see themselves and their desires in new ways

3-D printer helps Library gauge interest in maker spaces

As the role of libraries has evolved, Cornell library has grown increasingly interested in finding ways to use its spaces to provide better services.

Talks to spark better communication from academics

SPARK Talks – short for Scholars Present about Research and Knowledge – aims to help graduate students become more adept at speaking about their research to diverse audiences.

A Personal Glimpse of Lincoln, through Ezra Cornell’s Eyes

Written in straightforward prose, the letter offers an unusually intimate glimpse of a pivotal moment in American history.

Freshman has connection to Library's Hip Hop Collection

“I wanted him to come here, but I never tried to pressure him, because he’s his own man,” said Richard "Crazy Legs" Colon, whose breakdancing archives are in the Hip Hop Collection, of his son's decision to attend Cornell. “I was happy after he made his decision. Him being close to it – it means something to me.”

Unfinished ‘map’ of cultural images online

Nearly 90 years after the death of influential art historian Aby Warburg, Cornell University Library, in partnership with Cornell University Press and the Warburg Institute of the University of London, has completed its online, interactive tour of 10 of the panels from his unfinished "Mnemosyne Atlas."

Youngest-ever archivist is steeped in Cornell history

The university archivist is responsible for documenting, preserving and showcasing a dauntingly wide – and increasingly digital – range of Cornelliana, from official university records to faculty research to yearbooks and scrapbooks to photos of campus construction.

Site helps researchers with public access rules

A new website is live, and other efforts are underway, to help faculty avoid delays or other problems with their funding.

Found in translation

Chinese-Western language dictionaries offer a mirror that reflects an essential element in the cultural exchange between China and the West.

In the year 2065...

These are Cornellians working at the cutting edge, doing work that is defined by questions like "What if?" and "Is there a better way?" and "What does it mean and why?"

Flash Exhibition: Three Lincoln Documents, One Day Only!

A century and a half ago, in April 1865, the Civil War was coming to an end. To commemorate that anniversary, Cornell University Library is putting three unique documents related to Abraham Lincoln on display in the same place at the same time: Saturday, April 11, from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. 

Finding and funding a room of one's own

Tucked away in Olin and Kroch libraries are tiny, spartan rooms that host some of Cornell's greatest thinkers.

Wildflowers for a Winter Season

The newest exhibit in Mann Library provides a window into James L. Reveal's images, which bring into focus the fantastic shapes, intricate patterns, myriad textures and vivid colors present in even the smallest flower blossoms.

Saving history, one tape at a time

A new campuswide partnership is trying to save the audio-visual materials that belong to Cornell faculty members.

Changing the face of Ithaca

The first project from the Library's new AAP grants initiative digitizes the work of John Clair Miller, emeritus professor in the Department of Architecture.

The Big Red road show

The Cornell Association of Class Officers (CACO) invited alumni to clear their attics, basements and closets of remnants they could not otherwise part with from their years on the Hill.

Lincoln live!

Check out video of "Lincoln's Unfinished Work," our exhibition marking the 150th anniversary of the 13th Amendment and Abraham Lincoln's death.

Everything is awesome

The library just got a little more awesome, thanks to a new machine in Olin Library.

Abraham Lincoln’s Unfinished Work

The Library’s newest exhibition marks the 150th anniversary of the 13th Amendment to the Constitution. 

A great school faces the Great War

In World War I, there were 4,598 commissioned officers from Cornell (more than any other institution, including West Point).

arXiv Hits 1 Million Submissions

It all started with an electronic bulletin board — one computer on one scientist’s desk. Now, more than two decades later, arXiv is a driving force in scientific communication

Expanding Preservation Capability Across China

Cornell Expands Internship Program With Funding From the Henry Luce Foundation

Iceland in Ithaca

President Ólafur Ragnar Grímsson visited Cornell in late November. Among other stops on campus, he came to the library to tour Cornell’s renowned Fiske Icelandic Collection.

Iceland president honors Fiske Collection curator

During his two-day visit to campus, the president of Iceland, Ólafur Ragnar Grímsson, recognized a librarian with one of his country’s highest honors.

Titan arum, then and now

Cornell’s rare titan arum plant – the Amorphophallus titanum, or “corpse flower” – is once again releasing its rotten scent for all of Cornell to smell.

Conversations with Kluge

Alexander Kluge – a leading public intellectual, filmmaker and cultural theorist in Germany – has created a vast body of ambitious work over the past half-century, and a newly expanded website from Cornell University Library makes much of it freely accessible.

“Def Jam at 30: The Declarations of an Independent”

In celebration of Def Jam's 30th anniversary, the Library is showcasing one-of-a-kind materials from its first year of operation

Cornellians can get library cards at 11 other universities

Starting Oct. 1, Cornellians visiting 11 other universities will be able to use materials from those libraries. Under a new agreement, students, faculty and staff from participating institutions will have reciprocal borrowing privileges, thanks to a pilot project, Borrow Direct Plus.

Grant makes historic audio material available soon

Soon, 250 hours of fragile audio material from Cornell’s ILR School from 1953 to 1978 will be available to the public, thanks to a grant from the Coordinated Preservation Program in the New York State Library’s Division of Library Development.

Making Research Data More Traceable

As observing instruments and computer modeling become increasingly refined, the amount of data generated by field studies has grown tremendously. Storing and archiving the data is a challenge in itself, but scientists also need the data to be easily accessible and connected to other relevant resources.

Jewish Enlightenment Collection Joins Cornell’s Rare Books

500 Works from the 18th and 19th Centuries Add Significant Dimension to Jewish Studies

Glacier images, Latin American journals to be digitized

Scholars and students around the world will soon have online access to some of Cornell's most prominent collections, thanks to 2014 awards from the Grants Program for Digital Collections in Arts and Sciences.

Japanese alum's 1886 notebook returns to Ithaca

When Dan McKee decided to go for a run on a brisk February morning in Tokyo, he had no idea he was about to uncover a little piece of Cornell, 6,000 miles from home.

Anne Sauer Becomes First Endowed Director of Division of Rare and Manuscript Collections

Anne Sauer has begun her role as the first endowed director of Cornell University Library’s Division of Rare and Manuscript Collections (RMC).

Eureka!

Here are some recent Cornell ideas that span inspired revelation, quirky suggestion, counterintuitive supposition and the culmination of a lifetime of careful study.

arXiv Appoints Interim Scientific Director

Dr. Chris Myers will serve as interim scientific director for arXiv, the free repository that has revolutionized the way researchers share information.

Reunion 2014 at the Library

Come say hello! Take a break with historic Cornell footage, check out our amazing exhibitions from World War I to human sexuality, learn some new things about brewing and genealogy, go on a library tour, and much more.

Students 'delve deeper' into research

When she saw gaps in research on the benefits and drawbacks of hotel managers responding to online reviews, hotel administration student Carly Andrews ’17 wanted to employ a better research model.

Look for the union label

Assessing garment values for a scholarly project or after raiding a relative’s closet might be easier now, thanks to the Kheel Center’s comprehensive collections of original union clothing label.

Urban ailments

From the Roaring ’20s to the New Deal era, planners, civic leaders and other reformers diagnosed urban ailments and prescribed new interventions to treat them.

Celebrating Hu Shih

One hundred years ago, one of Cornell’s most famous alumni graduated with the Class of 1914.

'A rarity most beloved'

In honor of William Shakespeare's 450th birthday, Cornell University Library put all four of its 17th-century folio editions of the Bard's plays on display in its Division of Rare and Manuscript Collections.

Still Speaking of Sex

The Human Sexuality Collection’s 25th anniversary is in full swing, with a new component: an online exhibition. See scanned images of the items from every exhibition case, arranged by themes such as “advice,” “silence” and “want.”

Kenney honored by American Library Association

Anne R. Kenney, Cornell’s Carl A. Kroch University Librarian, has earned a top honor from the American Library Association: its Hugh C. Atkinson Award.

‘Speaking of Sex’ at Cornell University Library

Exhibition & Events Celebrate 25th Anniversary of Human Sexuality Collection

Cornell University Library Acquires Its 8 Millionth Volume

A rare Civil War-era photograph album will soon assume a place of honor at Cornell University Library: its 8 millionth volume.

Library Acquires Its 8 Millionth Volume

It’s been more than a decade since the last event of this kind; the Library acquired its 7 millionth volume in 2002.

Project Euclid launches site redesign

Project Euclid is pleased to announce the launch of a fully redesigned platform at projecteuclid.org

Jobs with Justice donates archives

The workers’ advocacy organization will give ILR's Kheel Center materials from its 25-year history.

Games with a purpose

Can digital games help academic research? Through a new crowdsourcing initiative with the Biodiversity Heritage Library (BHL), Cornell University Library and several partners are about to find out.

Extending the semantic Web

The sea of information available to scholars and researchers can seem impossibly vast. But, with the help of a new grant, Cornell University Library, in collaboration with the Harvard Library Innovation Lab and Stanford University Libraries, aims to make that sea easier to navigate.

Jobs With Justice Donates Archives to Cornell’s Kheel Center

JWJ’s archives will join the Kheel Center’s world-class collections relating to industrial and labor relations, including rare and one-of-a-kind records of unions, government agencies, advocacy groups and labor scholars.

Extending the Semantic Web

Ultimately, the goal of the project is to create a system that pulls information out of its existing silos — like library catalogs, finding aids, reading lists and more — into a common format that people can use to find and understand information.

Mapping the 20th century

A new exhibit on the first floor of West Sibley Hall showcases maps on city and regional planning from Cornell University Library

Extending Agricultural Knowledge in the Developing World

A $4.9 million grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation was made to Cornell University’s Albert R. Mann Library and the South African-based NGO Information Training and Outreach Centre for Africa (ITOCA) to expand the reach of The Essential Electronic Agricultural Library (TEEAL) in Africa and Asia.  

Remembering Gettysburg

Abraham Lincoln didn’t think anyone would remember the Gettysburg Address. He said so in his speech...

Googling Gettysburg

Cornell’s original copy of the Gettysburg Address — one of only five written in Abraham Lincoln’s own handwriting — now has a spotlight from Google.

150 Years of the Gettysburg Address

Cornell owns one of five existing copies in Abraham Lincoln’s handwriting, and it will be on display as part of the Library’s “Remembering Lincoln at Gettysburg” exhibition.

2CUL Gets Mellon Grant for E-Journal Preservation

"The main objective of this project is to increase the number and range of e-journals that will be preserved, but it's equally important to develop and promote methods that can be broadly adopted to expand our work," said Oya Rieger, associate university librarian for digital scholarship and preservation services at Cornell University.

Creating a new Fine Arts Library

Scheduled for completion in 2017, the library will hold one of the country’s most distinguished academic art and architecture collections in state-of-the-art, revamped facilities on the top two floors of Rand Hall, a 1912 campus icon.

Moog Legacy Comes to Cornell

Dr. Robert A. Moog's personal archive of notes, plans, drawings, recordings and more will be housed in the Library’s Division of Rare and Manuscript Collections.

Opening the Afrika Bambaataa Master of Records vinyl archive

In 2012, Afrika Bambaataa was appointed to a three-year term as a visiting scholar at Cornell University, where his vinyl collection will reside as part of the Cornell University Library Hip Hop Collection, the largest collection on hip-hop culture in the world.

Jay & Eileen Walker to Lead Library Campaign

The campaign will support the future of the Library’s print and digital collections, which determine the future of scholarship at Cornell.

Zunz Comes to Cornell

The Steven M. Glazer Collection of Leopold Zunz Material contains a comprehensive collection of texts written by the 19th-century scholar. It includes more than 100 works.

Now Scream!

The exhibition kicks off Ithaca’s community-wide “Hip Hop: Unbound from the Underground” celebration and features artifacts from Cornell University Library’s collection. It’s the world’s largest archive on the birth and spread of hip-hop culture, which turns 40 in 2013.

‘Hooray for Gay’ Exhibition Explores Pre-Stonewall Gay Life

Included in the exhibition are one-of-a-kind items from the collection, such as romantic photographs of male couples, pornography from the late 19th and early 20th centuries, erotic images of military men, vintage physique magazines, photographs of drag queens and applications from men seeking jobs as porn models.

Recording Our History as a Digital Society

A $300,000 grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) will allow the Library to begin developing a framework to ensure continued access to complex digital media objects.

Emancipation Proclamation Goes on Public View

To protect the document, the original artifact will only be on public display from Feb. 11 to Feb. 18, but a facsimile copy will be on display for the rest of the exhibition, running now through March 30.

Susie Bright to Donate Archives

Bright is a leading voice on sexual politics; she broke new ground publishing the lesbian sex magazine “On Our Backs” in the 1990s and remains on the cutting edge of publishing as an author, editor and podcaster.

Cornell and Columbia Libraries to Build a Joint Technical Infrastructure

For library users, the 2CUL integration will mean better and faster access to more materials — including licensed journal articles, foreign materials and other content.

Understanding Progressive Cities

The Library’s new digital collection — materials from the Conference on Alternative State and Local Policies — provides a glimpse into the minds of progressive advocates at a seminal moment in the mid-1970s.

The Emancipation Proclamation Turns 150

The library also holds original copies of the Gettysburg Address and the 13th Amendment.

Yiddish Goes Digital (with a Little Help from Its Friends)

Two archival repositories are jointly digitizing more than 1,500 pages from journals and newspapers originally written for working-class Jewish immigrants from Eastern Europe.

Bambaataa Plans Cornell Visit

As a visiting scholar, Bambaataa will visit Cornell’s campus several days each year to talk to classes, meet with community groups, and perform the music he helped create and expand.

Exploring the Dark Side of Children’s Literature

Even before Mother Goose and the Brothers Grimm, characters in books for children and young adults have always reflected the darker elements of society. The newest exhibition from Cornell University Library showcases that darkness and explores the vast wonderland of children’s literature.

‘Charlotte’s Web’ Turns 60

Cornell University Library’s Division of Rare and Manuscript Collections holds White’s complete archive, which makes up over 200 boxes of documents that cover every aspect of his life and work.

Cornell, HathiTrust Prevail in Copyright Suit

The Oct. 10 ruling also has major implications for future digital copyright laws, and will allow the defendants — HathiTrust, a partnership of major research institutions, and five universities including Cornell — to continue a partnership with Google to scan volumes of books from Cornell's collections.

From Beijing to Ithaca, Extending the Lives of Vulnerable Books

Interns from four libraries in China will learn conservation of Western bindings, non-damaging exhibition practices and care and handling of collections, as well as how to prevent mold and mitigate water damage.

Linking New Scholarship to Its Ancient Roots

Cornell University Library and Cornell’s Classics Department developed the Classical Works Knowledge Base (CWKB), which allows scholars to access online, full-text versions of the primary sources that their institutions own or license.

Bringing the Workplace to the World

DigitalCommons@ILR hosts 16,000 workplace-related documents on a huge range of topics. Its collections include articles, impact briefs, and other papers — both published and unpublished — from ILR faculty and researchers, making the repository an invaluable internal resource for faculty looking to provide universal access to their scholarship.

Ensuring arXiv’s Future

Beginning in January and running through 2017, the Simons Foundation will provide up to $300,000 per year as a matching gift for the funds generated through arXiv’s membership fees. The grant also provides $50,000 per year as an “unconditional gift” that recognizes the Library’s stewardship of arXiv.

Bambaataa Appointed Visiting Scholar

“Bambaataa’s place in the history of hip hop is central and unquestioned,” said Steve Pond, chair of Cornell’s Department of Music. “Cornell is honored to be his academic home for the next three years.”

Collecting Imagination at Cornell University Library

The Library's newest exhibition marks the first time an extensive selection of objects from a unique private collection — the Walker Library of the History of Human Imagination — will be on public view.

2CUL Announces Latin American and Iberian Studies Agreement

Historically both universities have built important and distinctive Latin American and Iberian studies collections. This collaboration will reduce unnecessary duplicative collecting through closer coordination of acquisitions with the goal of adding more unique and valuable items to the libraries of both institutions.

Completing the African-American Picture

Images in the collection depict the African-American experience from slavery in the agricultural antebellum South to celebrities of modern media-frenzied America.

Giving Mathematics a Voice

The collection contains nearly 150 audio and video recordings, plus biographical information about each mathematician and a select group of photographs.

Transitioning from Student to Scholar

The Library's immersion program for graduate students in the humanities will bring together Cornell’s resources to offer practical advice and help foster a sense of community for students in the second and third years of their programs, as they transition from traditional student roles into independent teaching and dissertation research.

Investigating the Dawn of the Photograph

“Dawn’s Early Light: The First 50 Years of American Photography” features photographs and related artifacts about the technological development of photography — from daguerreotypes to gelatin prints — in the 19th century, while also illuminating the turbulent historic currents that shaped the nation.

Building arXiv's Self-Sustaining Future

The Simons Foundation has provided a $60,000 planning grant to support the development of a governance model that will guide the online repository’s transition from interim to long-term governance. 

arXiv @ 20: Celebrating the Past & the Future of a Revolutionary Tool

Today, arXiv boasts 700,000 “preprint” articles, a million downloads a week and hundreds of thousands of contributors.

Archives Welcome Rare Gay-Themed Photographs

The Harry H. Weintraub Collection of Gay-Related Photography and Historical Documentation includes 150 years of photographs, books, magazines, pornography, ephemera and more.

Universities Band Together To Join Orphan Works Project

Leaders at Cornell, Duke, Emory and Johns Hopkins universities will begin making the full text of thousands of “orphan works” in their library collections digitally accessible.

Femi Cadmus Begins Semester as Head of Law Library

“I’m excited about the prospect of fostering and contributing to the library’s mission of innovation and excellence, by bringing fresh and dynamic ideas to the table and engaging and nurturing the aspirations of an excellent team of librarians and staff,” Cadmus said.

In Tight Economic Times, Cornell & Columbia Libraries Extend Collaboration

A new borrowing program between Cornell University Library and Columbia University Libraries allows users at both schools to take out materials from both libraries.

Project Euclid Receives Award

Given annually, this award recognizes significant contributions to the literature of physics, mathematics, or astronomy, and honors work that demonstrably improves the exchange of information within these three disciplines. 

2CUL Partnership Expands Southeast Asian Studies Collaboration

Through this new formal arrangement, Cornell’s two Southeast Asia librarians will work with faculty and students at Columbia, offering in-depth reference services.

Library Acquires Rare Works by Artist Edward Ruscha

Ruscha called his artist’s books “maybe the most powerful things I’ve ever done” and created more than a dozen, beginning in 1962 with the iconic “Twentysix Gasoline Stations.”

2CUL Announces Results of Study on Supporting Success for Humanities Doctoral Students

The data gathered will be used to develop strategies by which research libraries can address the issues of community, accessible space, research assistance and development of a scholarly identity singled out by the study.

Grants Cap Decade of Research at the Human Sexuality Collection

Research about the changing attitudes toward human sexuality sparks conversations and results in radio interviews, speeches, articles and books exploring sexual and transgender identity, community formation, marriage, media portrayals, sexual violence and pornography. 

New Book Explores Life of Exceptional Cornell Artist

Written by Jillian Piccirilli ’08, “The Art & Life of Alison Mason Kingsbury” explores Kingsbury’s life in great detail, from her childhood through her successful and varied career. As the wife of Cornell historian Morris Bishop, Kingsbury (1898-1988) had a lifelong connection to the university and made Ithaca her home and artistic muse.

Born in the Bronx: Afrika Bambaataa, Hip Hop & Radical Peace

This is Bambaataa’s first return to campus since he helped Cornell University Library open its hip hop collection in 2008.

Two Video Art Collections Enhance Goldsen Archive

As an experimental center of research and creativity, the Goldsen Archive emphasizes digital and electronic interfaces for artistic experimentation by international, independent artists.

Cornell University Library Rescues Records of Early American Trials

The Library will restore and digitize a collection of mass-produced pamphlets from the late 17th century to the late 19th century. 

Library Calls for Contract Transparency

By insisting on transparency, the Library hopes more publishers will join the ranks of those who have already waived NDAs.

Cornell University Library Explores Animal Legends

Drawing on the Division of Rare and Manuscript Collections’ rare books, manuscripts, photographs and other artifacts, the exhibition will explore how and why humans choose to elevate individual animals or entire species to the status of divinities, emblems, mascots and heroes.

Curtis Lyons Named Director of the Catherwood, Hospitality and Management Libraries

“I’m excited about the opportunity to continue Cornell’s tradition of excellence in library service in this new consolidated structure,” Lyons said.

Project Euclid’s MathJax Implementation Creates ‘Beautiful Math’ Online

MathJax, an open-source JavaScript display engine, renders standard mathematics codes readable in regular Web browsers.

Robert Trent Jones' Legacy Comes to Cornell University Library

Biographer James Hansen said, “Cornell University gave Jones the education he needed to become a golf course designer, and he loved Cornell for the rest of his life. There was never any question but that Jones wanted Cornell to be the one place above all where his legacy would be remembered and nourished.”

Cornell University Library Joins HathiTrust

Founded in 2008, HathiTrust guarantees the long-term preservation of materials it holds and offers consistent access to the digital collections.

Noted Book Artist to Speak at Cornell University Library

Artist Werner Pfeiffer will open the exhibition with a lecture and demonstration, “Reexamining the Book: Making Book-Objects and Artist Books,” on Wednesday, Oct. 20 at 5 p.m. in Olin Library’s Libe Café on the Cornell campus.

2CUL Libraries Reach Slavic and East European Collection Development Agreement

The agreement promises to significantly enhance the depth and breadth of Slavic and East European library holdings by better coordinating collection development activity.

Library Expands Grant Program for Human Sexuality Collection

“Giving these awards is incredibly rewarding, because our whole purpose is to make more research on sexuality possible for more people,” said Brenda Marston, curator of the Human Sexuality Collection.

Grants Available for New Digitization Projects

The program's goal is to build a library of resources to support scholarly and teaching activities.

Cornell University Library and Cornell University Press Launch German Studies Series

Authors writing on German topics are getting a fresh channel for their scholarship through a new publishing venture at Cornell University that aspires to provide a more stable and sustainable forum for their work.

GPO and Cornell University Pilot Open Government Initiative

“GPO has a historic partnership with the library community in developing ways to provide the American people open and transparent access to the documents of our democracy,” said Public Printer Bob Tapella.

2CUL To Examine Libraries’ Role in Supporting Humanities Ph.D. Students

Grants will support a user needs assessment to determine what academic libraries can do to help humanities doctoral students complete their degrees. 

Twain’s Legacy Comes to Cornell University Library

Highlights of the collection include multiple editions of “Adventures of Huckleberry Finn,” Mark Twain’s masterpiece; original handwritten letters, such as an 1870 letter about the famous “Jumping Frog” story; the very last manuscripts written just days before his death; and many photographs and lithographs of the image-conscious author.

Cornell University Library Engages More Institutions in Supporting arXiv

The 200 institutions that use arXiv most heavily account for more than 75 percent of institutional downloads. Cornell is asking these institutions for financial support in the form of annual contributions, and most of the top 25 have already committed to helping arXiv.

Cornell University Library Partners with the Internet Archive

“The Internet Archive is proud to process and host the books from Cornell — these collections are priceless,” said Brewster Kahle, founder and digital librarian of the Internet Archive.

Cornell University Library Publishes New Digitization Manual

It is imperative that staff in libraries, archives, and museums understand fundamental copyright principles and how institutional procedures can be affected by the law.

National Network of Scientists to Transform Biomedical Research

Through this comprehensive network, scientists will be able to identify existing and ongoing work, explore interdisciplinary opportunities and initiate new partnerships.

Rare Documents Part of Cornell University Library’s Lincoln Bicentennial Celebration

Original copies of the Gettysburg Address, the Emancipation Proclamation and the 13th Amendment will be displayed during an exhibition opening Tuesday, Oct. 20.

Columbia and Cornell Libraries Announce New Partnership

Cornell and Columbia will plan significant partnerships in collaborative collection development, acquisitions and processing.

Cornell University Library Submits Comments to Court on Google Books Settlement

The Library recommended that the court approve the settlement, which resolves a dispute between Google and authors and publishers who claim the company violated copyright law by digitizing and displaying snippets of their work without permission.

Cornell Library Program to Help Strengthen Agricultural Research in sub-Saharan Africa

The TEEAL digital library, which operates offline, allows students, faculty and others at African universities to use academic journals via a single external hard drive.

Librarians win excellence awards

Janet McCue and Suzanne Cohen received awards from the State University of New York for their work.

Cornell University Library and HBCU Library Alliance Awarded Grant to Sustain Historically Black College and University Digital Collections

The HBCU digital collection “A Digital Collection Celebrating the Founding of the Historically Black College and University” fosters research and teaching of scholars specializing in African-American Studies, the American South, American Democracy, cultural pluralism and other related disciplines.

Cornell University Library's Darwin collection

The anniversary celebration is built around an exhibition of the documents, rare books, engravings, photographs and artifacts from library and other university collections, as well as rare materials borrowed from private collectors. 

Song of the Vine: A History of Wine Press Release

Said Anne Kenney, Carl A. Kroch University Librarian, “That some of the finest wineries in the United States are owned by Cornellians, and that Cornell serves as national role in fostering wine and grape production, is further cause for our celebration.”

Cornell University's Hip Hop Collection

The two-day conference celebrates Cornell University Library’s acquisition of  “Born in the Bronx: The Legacy and Evolution of Hip Hop,” a collection that documents the early days of hip hop with recordings, photographs, posters and more.

Cornell University Library Removes All Restrictions on Use of Public Domain Reproductions

The immediate impetus for the new policy is Cornell’s donation of more than 70,000 digitized public domain books to the Internet Archive.

Cornell University Library Inaugurates Electronic Version of ‘Islandica’

The series is an extension of Cornell University Library’s Fiske Icelandic Collection, the largest in North America and among the three most comprehensive in the world.

Five students receive Library's top award

William F. Fuerst Jr. ’39, a stalwart supporter of the Library, created the annual award in 1995 to recognize outstanding student employees for their exceptional performance, leadership and library service to the campus.

Announcement about the Physical Sciences Library

Although the physical facility is shutting its doors, the library’s presence will remain as a portal for scholarly resources, a virtual collection and a service through research specialists.

Cornell Undergraduate Information Competency Initiative

Topics to be addressed during next week’s Institute include student and faculty perspectives on research, digital literacy, crafting research based assignments, effective assessment strategies, and teaching with technology, among many others.

Libel lawsuit against Cornell University Library digitization project dismissed

“I feel this is a real victory for the Library in terms of being able to make documentary material accessible,” said Anne R. Kenney, Cornell University’s Carl A. Kroch University Librarian.

Founding of Historically Black Colleges and Universities Celebrated

A Digital Collection Celebrating the Founding of the Historically Black College and University includes more than 1,000 scanned photographs, manuscripts, letters and publications from 10 institutions designated as Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs).

Cornell Collection Documents WWII Africa Campaign

The collection sheds new light on the lives of U.S soldiers who were assigned to Liberia during World War II in part to guard the Firestone Rubber Plantations, the source of allied rubber during the war.

National Science Foundation awards $400,000 grant to Cornell University Library

During the three-year grant, librarians from Cornell University will develop a set of services and electronic tools to document and archive digital scientific data that university researchers can use to share their work and make it available to other academic and government repositories.

Cornell librarian receives John C. Tyson award

The John C. Tyson Award is granted to a librarian with less than 10 years experience who is building an impressive body of work. 

Cornell University Library launches improved version of Project Euclid

The updated site brings enhanced functionality and a fresh new design to Project Euclid, Cornell’s innovative online publishing service in the fields of mathematics and statistics. 

Webcasting initiative highlights Cornell University Library

LibeCast will feature audio and video webcasts about the library and its events, services and accomplishments at <libecast.library.cornell.edu>.

Cornell University Library Recognizes Contribution of Student Workers

The awards are made possible, thanks to William F. Fuerst Jr. '39. In 1995 he created the annual award to recognize student employees for their exceptional performance, leadership and library service to the campus.

Engineering Librarian John M. Saylor wins service award

This award is presented each year at the American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE) Annual Conference by the Engineering Libraries Division (ELD) to recognize work that contributes to the advancement and development of excellence in engineering libraries.

Ezra Cornell: Ordinary Man, Extraordinary Feats

The exhibition details how Cornell, who came to Ithaca with no formal education, went on to amass a fortune in the telegraph business and found one of America’s finest universities. 

$450,000 grant awarded to Cornell University Library: Partnership between Cornell Library and the HBCU Library Alliance documents the founding of nation's black colleges and universities

In the partnership’s next phase, library staff from ten additional HBCU institutions will be trained in digital collection building so materials from their founding collections can become part of the online repository. 

Ezra Cornell Bicentennial Celebration Continues at Cornell University Library

The exhibition features Cornell’s letters, diaries and photographs. 

Cornell law librarian receives France's highest honor

The award, which originated in 1802 under Napoleon Bonaparte and is considered France’s highest honor, recognizes outstanding achievements in military and civil life.

Cornell University Library Partners with Amazon

Cornell Library has partnered with BookSurge to make digitized materials from its world-class collections available as paperback editions.

Cornell University Library Announces Book Collection Contest Winners

Introduced in 2003, the Cornell University Library and Library Advisory Council Book Collection Contest is an annual competition for Cornell students interested in books and book collecting.

Mary Ochs Appointed New Director of Mann Library

During her long career at Cornell University Library, Ochs has left her mark on collection development, instruction, reference, interlibrary loan and international initiatives. 

Sheila Ann Dean Releases Groundbreaking Darwin Text

The book serves as a companion piece to the to the collaborative 2009 exhibition at Cornell University Library and the Museum of the Earth at the Paleontological Research Institution (PRI).

Rhodes Headlines Cornell University Library’s Darwin Celebration

Dr. Frank H.T. Rhodes, Darwin scholar and president emeritus of Cornell University, will open the Library’s exhibition with a lecture on Thursday, Feb. 12, at 4:45 p.m.

Cornell University Library Expands Print-on-Demand Offerings

By the end of 2009, tens of thousands of new books will be added to the approximately 6,000 items in Cornell’s collection already available on Amazon.

John Saylor Named Associate University Librarian

Saylor’s appointment completes the transition to the new senior leadership team at Cornell University Library, which was announced earlier this year.

Wason Collection on East Asia Celebrates 90th Anniversary

Today the Wason Collection is one of North America’s most distinctive collections on East Asia.

Cornell University plans humanities publishing conference

In an era of economic challenges for universities, this forum addresses the prospects of humanities publishing and asks how the space for critical intellectual exchange can be preserved and expanded.

Ochs named interim director of Mann Library

Ochs will be replacing McCue at the head of Mann, after McCue accepted her new position as part of Cornell University Library’s fall 2008 reorganization.

Online Scientific Repository Hits Milestone

With 500,000 Articles, arXiv Established as Vital Library Resource.

Gettysburg Address Displayed at Cornell University Library

Cornell owns a version known as the Bancroft copy, which the Library acquired in 1949.

Born in the Bronx: The Legacy and Evolution of Hip Hop

The 2,000-piece collection includes the archive of Bronx photographer Joe Conzo, vinyl records and other recordings, handmade party and club fliers, and custom-painted textiles by artist Buddy Esquire.

Celebrating the Origins of Hip Hop

"We want the community at large to celebrate hip hop's contributions to American culture through a better understanding of its origins, which are the focus of this unique collection,” said Katherine Reagan, curator of Rare Books & Manuscripts at Cornell University Library.

Cornell University Library and Duke University Press Announce Partnership

This joint venture was undertaken in cooperation with the Scholarly Publishing & Academic Resources Coalition (SPARC), an alliance of universities, research libraries, and organizations, created by the Association of Research Libraries.

Cornell University Library Hires Chief Technology Strategist

As the chief technology strategist, Krafft will serve on the Library’s senior management team, focusing his efforts on the development of a long-term vision for CUL’s technology future and assessing the IT trends and innovations that impact the Library. 

New media art archive launches

Under the sponsorship of the Library’s Division of Rare and Manuscript Collections (RMC), the Rose Goldsen Archive of New Media Art serves as a research repository of new media art and resources.

Cornell University Library becomes newest partner in Google Book Search Library Project

Google will digitize up to 500,000 works from Cornell University Library and make them available online using Google Book Search.

Microsoft digitization project

The initiative will focus on works already in the public domain and allow students, researchers, and scholars to use Live Book Search to locate and read books from Cornell University Library’s outstanding collections regardless of where they reside in the world.