February 2015

Falcon Lands at Olin
Technical Services Corner: Canonical Works Knowledge Base
Switzerland in October: My Visit to the ILO Library
People News
Fields of War
The Lighthearted Library

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Falcon Lands at Olin

Lightning strikes are rare. Lightning has struck the Library twice. In July 2007 Claire Germain, Edward Cornell Law Librarian, received France's highest honor, the Chevalier de la Légion d'Honneur medal, for her efforts in bridging the American and French legal cultures and for her role in creating the Cornell Center for Documentation on American Law at the Cour de cassation in Paris. On November 21, 2014 Patrick Stevens, Curator of the Fiske Icelandic Collection, was inducted into Iceland's Order of the Falcon.

Patrick's supervisor Anne Sauer says, "Iceland’s president, Ólafur Ragnar Grímsson, toured the Division of Rare and Manuscript Collections and the Fiske Icelandic Collection this morning, concluding his visit with the presentation of this distinguished award made in recognition of service to the Icelandic people. In his remarks, President Grímsson alluded to the extraordinary importance of the Icelandic literary tradition and its reach far beyond the people of Iceland, and lauded the role that the Cornell University Library and Patrick as curator have played in preserving and sharing that tradition. We are tremendously proud of Patrick and his work that has won this rare and special honor!"

Colleagues may wish to re-visit Patrick's article about the exhibit, Living and Reliving the Icelandic Sagas held in 2000 in the Division of Rare and Manuscript Collections, in the August 2000 issue of Kaleidoscope. He also writes about Fiske's role in amassing one of the world's chief repositories on Norse civilization and Iceland in Willard Fiske: The Journeys of a Bibliophile in the March 2005 issue of Kaleidoscope. Additionally, those who have been here for 20 years may wish to consult their paper copy of Kaleidoscope October 1996 where Patrick writes about his trip to Iceland, Iceland Revisited, to discuss possible collaboration with their National Library to digitize primary materials. If you have somehow misplaced that issue or are new to the Library, you may ask the editor for a copy of the article.

News of Patrick's award spread quickly on social media. The Library's Facebook post about the award reached about 26 thousand people, generated 1,600 clicks on the post, and 638 likes, shares, and comments. Our tweet and its 14 retweets about this honor reached about 100 thousand people. The Library is proud of Patrick and the work he has done to bring the Order of the Falcon to Cornell!

From left: Anne Sauer, Stephen E. and Evalyn Edwards Milman Director of RMC; Patrick Stevens; and Xin Li, Associate University Librarian for Central Library Operations; photographs by Carla DeMello

Technical Services Corner: Canonical Works Knowledge Base

Adam Chandler, Technical Services Automation and User Experience Librarian


The Canonical Works Knowledge Base project started in 2008 when Eric Rebillard, Professor of Classics and History, approached Cornell Library about the possibility of using the OpenURL framework for linking citations to full texts. David Ruddy, Director, Scholarly Communications Services and I met with Eric, who then submitted a planning grant to Mellon. Our planning grant was followed by an implementation grant in 2009. During the implementation phase we created and populated a database, registered the Canonical Citation Format in the NISO Registry for the OpenURL Framework, launched the cwkb.org website, and added OpenURL-formatted hyperlinks from the electronic version of the classics bibliography L'Année philologique to the CWKB resolver. So what does CWKB do?

CWKB Resolver Service

In the field of Classics, the convention is to use a short “canonical citation” when citing a passage of text. For example, “X. Cyr. 1, 2, 6-7” is a valid reference to Xenophon’s Cyropaedia, book 1, chapter 2, lines 6 through 7. We created a formal method for sending this citation to a link resolver (cwkb.org) that knows where this text is available in full text online. The standard OpenURL linking syntax is designed for page numbers, not for a variable number of levels. The original version of the L'Année philologique online database (http://www.annee-philologique.com/) includes CWKB linking, as illustrated in Figure 1.

Figure 1: Xenophon’s Cyropaedia 1, 2, 6-7 linked within abstract in L'Année philologique

Clicking on the hyperlinked section of the abstract that says Cyr. 1, 2, 6-7 takes the user to the cwkb.org resolver display page, as represented in Figure 2.

Figure 2: CWKB resolver display for Xenophon’s Cyropaedia 1, 2, 6

There are five different sections on the resolver page in Figure 2. At the top is a link to the American Philological Association (recently changed to the Society for Classical Studies) and a navigation bar to other parts of the CWKB website. Below the navigation is the author’s complete name, as represented in the cwkb.org database. The Full text section contains four links: two of them to subscription and free versions available on at the Thesaurus Linguae Graecae (TLG); and two links to the text in the Perseus Digital Library, one of them an English translation. Further down is a link to the title as available in the worldcat.org database. At the bottom is the OpenURL link to the cwkb resolver in case the user wants to bookmark it or add a link to the cwkb resolver page from their website. (Karen Gillum, a librarian at Colby College added such a link to her classical antiquity LibGuide, for example.)  Clicking on the “English translation in Perseus” takes the reader directly to the passage of text (Figure 3) cited in the abstract.

Figure 3: English translation in Perseus

Today the CWKB database contains over 1,500 author names; 3,400 author variant names; 5,200 associated works; and 6,500 work variant names.

CWKB Search Service

In 2014, we added the cwkb.org search service to help students find authors and works by the abbreviated names they might come across in the literature, such as the one above in L'Année philologique example. The user starts at the cwkb.org/search page by typing in whatever variant of the author name they have available.

Figure 4: How to look up author X

In Figure 4, the student has come across an author reference called X., but they might not know the full name for “X.” Typing X. into the cwkb.org/search service links the abbreviated name to the full name in the database, Xenophon Atheniensis. Clicking on the autocomplete dropdown takes the user to a form that shows all the works attributed to that author, Figure 5.

Figure 5:  Drop down list of works by Xenophon Atheniensis

At this point the user may select any of the works listed (and optionally type in the passage), click submit and be directed to the cwkb.org resolver display (Figure 2 above) that lists the available full text options. Thus far our lookup service isn’t very well known. It is however a powerful tool for students that deserves a wider audience.

Future work

In 2015 we will make a linked data feed for all the authors and works within CWKB available to the public. Over time we will enhance this data feed to include identifiers that match the same authors and works in other systems, such as DBpedia ("a crowd-sourced community effort to extract structured information from Wikipedia and make this information available on the Web ") and the Virtual International Authority. We are also interested in collaborations to integrate the CWKB data in more patron services.


From research butterfly to scholarly services.

Who she is: Erin Eldermire, Veterinary Outreach and Scholarly Services Librarian

What she does:  I My job title says it all! I support research and learning and generally help to bring Cornell’s Library to those in the College of Veterinary Medicine.

Why its important: The College of Veterinary Medicine is full of busy, productive and innovative researchers, teachers and practicing clinicians.  My job is to help them do their jobs even better.  Many people don’t realize that the Library is more than books, that we have services that can help them with every part of their jobs. So I spend a fair bit of my time reaching out to people and learning about them, then helping them to do the things that are important to them.

For the entire interview see here. (Photograph by Carla DeMello)

Engineer of automation.

Who he is: Pete Hoyt, application programmer for CUL-IT

What he does: My work supports three areas in Cornell’s Library: automating repetitive processes for technical services, providing data feeds between the library and other university offices, and assisting with general tech support.

Why its important: Library tasks that lend themselves to automation are those with predictable steps. I recognized the need for additional automation and the Library agreed that it was a worthwhile goal to pursue. I program computers to do that work, allowing humans to spend more time on tasks that require judgment or special attention. Rather than making staff redundant, this automation enables them to do work that would otherwise not get done.

For the entire interview see here. (Photograph provided; banner photograph by Carla DeMello)

Switzerland in October: My Visit to the ILO Library

Suzanne Cohen, Coordinator of Collection Development at the Hospitality, Labor, and Management Library

Recognizing that the International Labour Organization (ILO) Library is the closest to the Catherwood Library in terms of collection scope, size, and subject expertise, we have been working to strengthen our already existing relationship. Catherwood has been an ILO Depository Library since 2002, and we are now considered an ILO Partner Library. In 2013, we had visits to Ithaca from two ILO librarians, and in October 2014, I was given the exciting opportunity to continue building upon our relationship by visiting the ILO Library in Geneva, Switzerland. (Suzanne Cohen in the main entrance hall at ILO Headquarters right).

The International Labour Organization was created in 1919 as part of the Treaty of Versailles that ended World War I. The constitution opens with the affirmation that “universal and lasting peace can be established only if it is based on social justice.” The ILO has a unique tripartite structure that gives an equal voice to workers, employers, and governments. In fact, the current ILO Headquarters building was designed to represent this tripartite structure.


ILO Headquarters Building, October 2014

There are currently 185 member states in the ILO and the organization has adopted 398 conventions, protocols, and recommendations (see the NORMLEX Information System on International Labour Standards for the most up-to-date information).

View from one side of the ILO Headquarters

The ILO Library has 18 staff members and they serve multiple patron groups:  ILO staff in Geneva and around the world (the ILO has 2500 officials from over 150 nations); ILO constituents (government, employer, worker); academic researchers; international organizations and NGOs; enterprises, managers, journalists, professionals and anyone else seeking reliable information on world-of-work issues. The library staff work in the Functional Teams of:  Reference Service; Web content and communication; Information Management; Research and Outreach; and Document Acquisition and Delivery.

Suzanne Cohen with S. Cardoso, Chief of Client Services, ILO Library; painting in background by Pedro Coronel, "Larga Caricia del Dia de la Noche," 1975, gift of the Government of Mexico.

Labordoc serves as the ILO Library Catalog and also includes full-text access to over 100,000 ILO documents (with an in-progress goal to provide digital access to all ILO documents going back to 1919).  English, French, and Spanish are the ILO official languages, but you will find the publications translated into many other languages. The library has about 400,000 physical volumes, including one of the most significant collections of National Labor Statistics, Official Gazettes, and Labour Legislation from over 180 countries and territories in their original languages.

View of Lake Geneva from ILO building: International Committee of the Red Cross to the left; the famous Jet D-Eau Fountain at top right corner. Set among 30 international organizations, 250 international NGOs, and over 170 permanent state missions, the ILO location in Geneva is impressive!

I participated in 20 different meetings and gave two presentations – one was an overview of the Catherwood Library (and Cornell University Library) and the other was about sources for U.S. labor information. In addition to the ILO Library, I learned from meetings with staff in the ILO Archives, International Labour Standards Department, Communications Department, and Department of Statistics. I enjoyed meeting with the six ILR School students who were participating in International Credit Internships at the ILO this past semester. I was also given a tour of the United Nations Office at Geneva Library (the ILO is a specialized agency of the United Nations). 

Looking out the front entrance of the United Nations Geneva; "Broken Chair" is by sculptor Daniel Berset and was made for the NGO Handicap International to remember the victims of landmines.

With the Cornell University Library, ILR School, and Cornell University all engaged in expanding global reach and partnerships, it is an exciting time to be further developing this partnership with the ILO Library. I would be happy to discuss any of this in more detail. Feel free to email me directly!

For those in CUL who love hiking and/or wine, this photo shows Lavaux Vineyards, 800-year-old vineyard terraces on the UNESCO World Heritage List that stretch for 30 kilometers.

Photographs by Suzanne Cohen

People News


Desiree (Desi) Alexander has been hired as a part-time multimedia assistant / digital programs associate for Digital Scholarship and Preservation Services. Desi had been working as a part-time temporary employee in DSPS and will continue in this half-time position. Her work experience includes an internship at Harvard University’s Film Archive and as Outreach Coordinator for Handwerker Gallery at Ithaca College. Desi has an MS in Information Studies from SUNY Albany. The Library is pleased to welcome Desi as a regular employee.


Yuriy Bindas is the new public services assistant / senior circulation assistant in O/K/U Access Services. His previous work experience includes working as a tax intern for Ciashi, Dietershagen, Little, Mickelson & Company, LLP, as well as an internship in Corporate Finance at BorgWarner. Yuriy is a recent graduate of Ithaca College, and has a BS in Business Administration. Welcome to the Library, Yuriy.

Shayla Harrington is the new public services assistant and Late Night Supervisor in O/K/U Access Services. Shayla has a strong customer service foundation, which includes working in retail positions as well as employment as a public services assistant for Uris Library in 2006-07. She also worked as a Teacher’s Aide for the Research Foundation at SUNY Cortland, as a Spanish teacher at the Covenant Love Community School in Freeville, and for other early learning positions in Kentucky. Shayla has a Master’s degree in Education from Louisville, KY. Welcome back to Access Services and welcome to the Library, Shayla.

Lara Kelingos is working in the Research and Learning Services department as a part-time public services assistant / reference assistant. She also works part-time in the German Studies department at Cornell where she is the Managing Editor for “New German Critique.” Lara was previously employed at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, where she held positions as a Resource Librarian, an academic research assistant, and a desk clerk.  She has also taught German Studies for Cornell University, SUNY-Binghamton, Brown University, and Hobart and William Smith College. Lara holds a PhD in German Studies from Cornell. The Library is pleased to welcome Lara.

Vandana Shah has been hired as a part-time research support specialist / research and assessment analyst for Assessment and Communication. She has a BA in German Language and Literature from Bombay University in India, two Master’s degrees from Virginia Tech (Apparel, Housing, and Resource Management, and Agricultural and Applied Economics), and a PhD in Apparel, Housing, and Resources Management from Virginia Tech. Previous work experience at Cornell includes employment with Alumni Affairs and Development as a research analyst and program officer; with the Department of Human Development as a consultant; and with the Department of Policy Analysis and Management as a Post-doc. Vandana also continues to freelance as a data analyst. Welcome to the Library, Vandana.

Promotions / Transfers / Changes

Jason Edwards has been promoted from Public Services Assistant IV to Public Services Assistant V in the O/K/U Access Services department. Jason's position was recently reclassified to reflect his responsibilities in supporting the technical systems for key course reserves applications, including Ares, Voyager Circulation, and Blackboard for Cornell Library across the system. In addition to troubleshooting problems, Jason will be coordinating the upgrades for Ares as well as the systems integration of Ares with our other library systems. Jason's new working title is Course Reserves Systems & Technology Coordinator. Please join me in congratulating Jason. (Wendy Wilcox)

Heather Furnas has been promoted from Collections Assistant III to Collections Assistant IV in the Division of Rare & Manuscript Collections. Heather was promoted to Imaging Services Coordinator & Reference Specialist in the Division of Rare and Manuscript Collections in November 2014. In this role, she coordinates RMC’s digital reproduction services, and she provides reference and teaching services related to special collections. RMC is delighted to benefit from Heather’s expertise in historical research, which she puts to good use in her work with scholars and graduate students at Cornell. She also finished her PhD last May. Congratulations, Heather! (Liz Muller; photograph by Ken Williams)

Mary Beth Martini Lyons has been promoted from Project Associate II to IT Project Manager IV in DSPS / CUL-IT. Mary Beth was promoted to recognize her increasing responsibilities. Since she joined the Library in 2006, her responsibilities have evolved from providing administrative assistance to contributing to the Library’s  web development and user experience programs. In her current position at Digital Scholarship and Preservation Services, she provides leadership and coordination to develop a comprehensive web site strategy that is responsive to the needs of the user community. We congratulate Mary Beth on this promotion and appreciate her ongoing contributions to our stewardship efforts to ensure that Library web sites and projects are usable, effective, and cost efficient. (Oya Rieger)

Jim Morris-Knower has taken on the role of Head of Teaching, Learning and Outreach at Mann Library. Since outreach and instruction are key priority areas for Mann, they have now become their own unit within Mann under Jim’s leadership. Jim has been a mainstay of Mann’s instruction and outreach programs for many years and is the perfect candidate; we are very pleased he has agreed to take on this new leadership role. (Mary Ochs)

Christopher Westling’s position has been reclassified from a Technical Services Assistant V to an Applications Systems Analyst II in Mann Library.

Weston Tate has accepted a part-time position in RMC. He will continue working part-time in ILS. 


Congratulations to Eric Acree who has been awarded the Constance E. Cook and Alice H. Cook Recognition Award for his contribution to improving the climate for women at Cornell.

Previous Cook Award winners include Brenda Marston (1994), Catherine Murray-Rust (1999), and Barbara Bartholomew (2007).

More about this award in the next issue. Stay tuned!


Congratulations to Matt Connolly and Tony Cosgrave. They co-authored Using iPhones, iPads, and iPods:  A Practical Guide for Librarians, which has been published by Rowman & Littlefield as part of its Practical Guides for Librarians series. Cornell has an electronic license, but it’s also available in print if you’d prefer not to read it on your device. (Tony Cosgrave above and Matt Connolly left)

Congratulatons to Cindy Lamb who has won recognition for her photographs in the 2014 Pawprint photo contest. Results were announced in the November 21 edition of Pawprint. Judges had the difficult task of choosing among 200 photographs. Cindy has enjoyed photography for many years and has also placed in other years. See below for her winning entries and a little background on each.

"The Glowing Poppies photo was taken at the Plantations Herb Garden, where there are countless beautiful flowers to photograph.  I applied a special effects adjustment which I thought worked well with the flowers. This photograph won Honorable Mention in the Special Effects category."

"Heron Flyover was something that happened very quickly --I was taking pictures of something else when I saw the heron about to pass over my head. You just have to react quickly, point the camera as best you can, pan with the bird, press the shutter and hope for the best. This photograph won first place in the Animals category."

Early AM Light was a scene I saw out of the corner of my eye as I left a building on a lake one morning. I had my camera, turned and took one shot, and luckily that one shot turned out pretty well. This photograph won second place in the Structures/Buildings category."

Congratulations to Fred Muratori, Cornell’s bibliographer for English-language Literature, Theatre and Film. In October, Dos Madres Press published his newest collection of poems, A Civilization.

Out & About

Cheryl Beredo has joined the Triangle Fire Coalition Advisory Committee. More information on the coalition is available here. Cheryl presented a paper on microfilm digitization of labor collections at the fall meeting of the Mid-Atlantic Regional Archives Conference (MARAC) in Baltimore. Cheryl also presented on the Kheel Center’s special projects and Patrizia Sione presented on the Triangle fire at the International Association of Labor History Institutions (IALHI) annual meeting in New York.

In January, 15 graduate students attended a series of workshops during the four-day Humanities Doctoral Student Immersion Program in Olin Library. Instructors from RMC, LTS, DSPS, Academic Technologies, Research & Learning Services, and other graduate students, covered a range of subjects from Citation Management to Open Access Publishing to Controlling your Online Persona. Organizers were Mickey Casad, Virginia Cole, Billy Cote, and Susette Newberry

Virginia Cole and Mickey Casad presented on Cornell's Summer Graduate Fellowship Program in Digital Scholarship in November at Case Western Reserve University's Freedman Center for Digital Scholarship Colloquium: Pedagogy and Practices.

Jim DelRosso spoke three times on Open Access: at the Open Access Primer sponsored by UNYSLA; at the University at Albany on “Getting the Most out of your Digital Repository;” and at a Mann workshop on “Author Rights Retention and Repositories.” He will be serving on SLA’s Public Policy Advisory Group as of 2015.

EMPSL Physics & Astronomy Librarian and DSPS fellow, Dianne Dietrich, Web Archivist and Head of LTS Metadata Services, Jason Kovari, and DSPS Project Manager, Michelle Paolillo, co-authored a presentation entitled “Accessing Digital Art: Emulation and Preservation of Complex Digital Art Objects.” This talk, delivered in person by Jason and Michelle at the 2014 Digital Library Federation’s Fall Forum in Atlanta in October, reviewed preservation and emulation strategies undertaken in CUL’s NEH-funded PAFDAO project.

In December, Erin Eldermire was appointed by President Skorton to the Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC) at Cornell. The IACUC is a panel of faculty members who review research protocols and evaluate facilities that are used for animal studies. Erin will serve a three-year term on the committee. This marks the first time that a librarian has been appointed to the IACUC at Cornell. In addition, Erin applied to and was accepted into a course hosted by the National Library of Medicine on Fundamentals of Bioinformatics and Searching. Currently, Erin is completing an online component to the course and, in March, she'll travel to Bethesda, Maryland for a week to satisfy the in-person finale of the course.

Lance Heidig, outreach librarian in Research and Learning Services and the Division of Rare and Manuscript Collections and curator of the Library’s new exhibition, “Lincoln’s Unfinished Work,” spoke about “Abraham Lincoln, the 13th Amendment, and the End of Slavery” at a Library Salon in Boca Raton, Florida in January.

Lance Heidig talks about Lincoln to third-graders during their visit to RMC (photograph by Brenda Marston)

Started by Anne Kenney in 2008 as a means to engage Cornell alumni with the Library’s intellectual offerings, her series of Library Salons have offered friends of the Library “intellectual discussions on a range of topics, from research, tradition and current events to big ideas – particularly as they relate to the role of research libraries." For a brief history of the Library Salons, see the 2012 article in Ezra Magazine.

The view from Lance Heidig's room in Boca Raton; editor insists on showing that living things grow elsewhere in January

As of January 1, Erla Heyns, the Director of the Vet Library, is now the coordinator for the Engineering, Math, and Physical Sciences cluster. Steve Rockey started his phased retirement and continues his service as the Math Librarian. Everyone in EMPSL would like to thank Steve for his leadership over the years and we warmly welcome Erla to our cluster.

Dan Hickey, Garima Lal, Kelly LaVoice, and Kelee Pacion attended the Ivies+ Research, Teaching and Learning Conference, which was held on November 7 at Harvard University. The theme of the event was building community and increasing the dialogue between librarians, researchers, professors, and students.Kelly LaVoice and Kelee Pacion facilitated a roundtable discussion of assessment and how to share assessment between libraries, which led to deeper discussion regarding the need for a common vocabulary and how to give and receive feedback effectively.

Dan Hickey has co-authored a piece, “Liaison Librarians and Scholarly Communication: A Framework and Strategies for Assessment” in Assessing Liaison Librarians: Documenting Impact for Positive Change (Publications in Librarianship No. 67. ACRL, 2014). This chapter, co-authored with Dawn Childress of Penn State, makes a case for the need for liaisons to incorporate scholarly communication in their outreach work, and proposes a plan for that work and its assessment.

Ali Houissa recently wrapped up his chairmanship of the David H. Partington Award Committee of the Middle East Librarians Association (MELA). At the MELA Annual Meeting in November, Ali presented this year’s award to Dr. Christopher Murphy, Head of the Near East Section of LC’s African and Middle Eastern Division. Ali is Middle East & Islamic Studies Librarian/Cataloger in LTS.

Ali Houissa above left with award recipient Christopher Murphy

Keith Jenkins, Sarah Young, Boris Michev, and Erica Johns helped organize a campus-wide Cornell Geospatial Forum ("CUGEO 2014," http://tinyurl.com/cugeo2014). This day-long event, held on October 14, brought together over 100 people from at least 38 academic departments and other units for presentations and discussions of the past, present, and future of geospatial science and technology at Cornell.

Susan Kendrick from HLM has now accepted the mantle of President of the Upstate chapter of the New York Special Libraries Association, coming off her organization of the successful Open Access event.

In a joint presentation with Columbia’s Susan Marcin and Matthew Pavlick, Jesse Koennecke talked about how The Devil Is in the Details: Managing the Growth of Streaming Media in Library Collections at the 2014 Charleston Conference: Issues in Book and Serial Acquisition in November. In this session, Jesse, Susan, and Matt focused on the development of best practices for the management of streaming video collections at Cornell and Columbia, including: ordering and acquisitions, licensing, links in catalog records and course pages, digital encoding, hosting digital content, and tracking all this information effectively. In addition, Jesse participated in a second panel at the Charleston Conference, entitled Getting Honest about Linking: Why Discovery Doesn’t Matter If Users Can’t Access Content, along with Virginia Bacon (from Duke University Libraries) and Eddie Neuwirth (from ProQuest). In this session, panelists shared experiences with usability and beta tests, real world feedback centered around linking to content, as well as results of adopting specific technologies/strategies to ensure that the concepts of discovery and linking are treated equally within the library. Jesse also spoke more recently about streaming video issues as part of a panel on emerging collections areas at the ALCTS symposium on Collection Development Strategies in an Evolving Marketplace at the ALA Midwinter Conference in Chicago. Jesse is Director of LTS Acquisitions & E-Resource Licensing Services.

In addition to his work with Dianne Dietrich and Michelle Paolillo (see above), LTS’s Jason Kovari participated in a panel sponsored by the Metropolitan New York Library Council on Web Archiving: Experiences, Perspectives and Possibilities at the METRO Training Center on October 20. In his talk, Jason spoke about the web archiving initiative at CUL, as well as the more general challenges and opportunities associated with preserving web content. Columbia’s Web Resources Collection Coordinator (and 2CUL TSI collaborator), Alex Thurman, also served on the panel.

Director of Library Technical Services, Jim LeBlanc, presented a paper entitled “After the Grace” at the 100 Dubliners Colloquium, held at the University of London’s School of Advanced Study in November. In his talk, delivered as part of an event to commemorate the centenary of the publication of Joyce’s collection of short stories, Jim examined the way that titles, themes and characters from Dubliners, as well as the controversy surrounding that book’s publication, resonate at a particular moment in one of the author’s later works, Finnegans Wake.

Associate University Librarian for Central Library Operations, Xin Li, gave a presentation, “Planned Transition – Sample Projects among the American Research Libraries,” at the 2nd Library Symposium on Advanced Technology, hosted by the National Library of China in November. She repeated the presentation during a subsequent visit to the Shanghai Public Library.

Leah McEwen has been appointed library liaison to Occupational Medicine. Leah, who has a keen  interest and experience in chemical safety, will provide training and research services for OM. Leah is Chemistry Librarian.

Map & Geospatial Information Librarian Boris Michev gave a lecture at the Kitchen Theatre, “Do We Lie with Maps? We Do, and We Have No Choice," in connection with its production of the Steven Dietz play, Lonely Planet.

Caitlin Moore above center surrounded by participants

Caitlin Moore and Pat Fox taught a workshop for Elisabeth Meyer’s Print Media: The Artist's Book and the Object Multiple class in the fall at Olive Tjaden Hall in the Art Department at Cornell. They demonstrated how to make a Dos a Dos with Folded Paper Cover binding and helped students produce their own versions.

The final product

Chew Chiat Naun, Director of LTS Cataloging & Metadata Services, was an invited speaker at the Northern Ohio Technical Services Librarians (NOTSL) Fall Meeting, Going Global in Your Local Catalog, held in at the Cuyahoga County Public Library in Parma, Ohio in November. In his presentation, entitled “FAST in Practice: A Progress Report from Cornell,” Naun summarized Cornell’s work with OCLC to help implement Faceted Application of Subject Terminology (FAST) in our local Voyager database and, by extension, to improve genre/form access and faceting in Cornell’s Blacklight discovery system. He also described how CUL now routinely includes FAST headings in its minimal level cataloging to provide controlled subject access to titles processed at this level. Naun also spoke about Cornell’s use of FAST at the ALCTS Faceted Subject Access Interest Group at ALA Midwinter in Chicago.

On October 24, Sara Palmer became HLM's new Digital Projects Assistant. This one-year, part-time position on the Digital Projects team focuses on the continued development of the Scholarly Commons system for SHA.

Steve Rockey just started a three-year term on the American Math Society Library Committee and attended the committee meeting held at the Joint Mathematics Meetings in San Antonio.

Devin Sanera from Research & Learning Services was accepted to and attended Accessible Future, a 2-day workshop at the University of Nebraska, Lincoln in October on technologies, design standards, and accessibility issues associated with the use of digital environments.

Addressing concerns about the preservation status of e-journals, Oya Y. Rieger, Associate University Librarian, organized a panel discussion during the Coalition for Networked Information (CNI) Fall Forum focusing on a number of critical issues. A summary of the session can be found in the In Brief section of D-Lib’s January/February 2015 issue. The slides are available at: http://www.cni.org/topics/e-journals/e-journal-archiving-changing-landscape.

Nancy Skipper from Research & Learning Services and Deborah Margolis from Michigan State University reviewed Oxford Bibliographies Online in the Fall 2014 issue of ANSS Currents, a publication of ACRL's Anthropology and Sociology Section.

Jill Wilson attended the SLA Leadership Summit in Baltimore in January. She was elected to be the treasurer of the Academic Division through 2016. 

CUL and the Cornell Elves Program

Led by CUL’s Head Elf, Bethany Silfer, 28 CUL staff members sponsored a total of 11 children through the Cornell Elves Program. The program assists families throughout the area by providing gifts for children who have been identified as in need by their school social workers. Bethany is Administrative Supervisor in O/K/U Access Services. Thank you, Elf Bethany, for coordinating this effort!


Fields of War

On Monday, November 10, Olin Library’s Amit Bhatia ’01 Libe Café was the site for Perspectives: Readings from the Fields of War, a special event to commemorate World War One. 20 presenters read excerpts from poems, diary entries, letters, plays, and news written during the “Great War” in their languages of origin. Speakers read in 8 different languages, from Czech to Ottoman Turkish, and represented 13 countries, honoring sacrifices made during the conflict (program). Professor Ellen Gainor (Performing and Media Arts) gave the opening remarks, and librarians Bonna Boettcher, Laurent Ferri, Anne Kenney, and Boris Michev all took turns at the podium alongside students and faculty.

Perspectives: Readings from the Fields of War: University Librarian Anne Kenney reads a flyer from the American Library Association urging American citizens to donate books for US soldiers fighting in Europe (RMC collections). Her slide depicts the S.S. ALA, which transported books across the Atlantic. (Photograph by Jill Ulbricht)

Perspectives was part of the project Foreign Fields: Perspectives on the Great War, which also explored the cultural and political frontiers of World War One through an exhibition in Olin Library and an online study guide, guides.library.cornell.edu/foreignfields; the project was made possible by a Luigi Einaudi Chair Innovation Grant from the Cornell Institute for European Studies and through support from the Cornell University Library. The grant team members are Sarah How, Boris Michev, Susette Newberry, and Jill Ulbricht.

Poster and invitation design by Alberto Embriz Salgado '14 and Qianqian Ye (M. Landsc. Arch. Candidate)


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Sent: Thu 10/30/2014
Subject: BHL Contributor Browse

It is now possible to view all the digital content that an individual institution has contributed to Biodiversity Heritage Library. http://biodiversitylibrary.org/browse/contributors lists all the contributing institutions and http://biodiversitylibrary.org/browse/contributor/CORN lists the items contributed by CUL.

The majority of the 4,522 volumes and 1.5 million pages contributed by CUL came from the original Microsoft digitization project. More recently 359 volumes of entomology rare books have been added and we will soon be adding seed and nursery catalogs, with the scanning supported by the IMLS funded Purposeful Gaming project.

Other important links:





From: Elaine D. Engst
Sent: Mon 11/3/2014
Subject: 150 Ways to Say Cornell

On April 27, 1865, New York State Governor Reuben E. Fenton, in his chambers in the old State Capitol in Albany, signed the bill that constitutes the charter of Cornell University. The ideals of the founders, Ezra Cornell and Andrew Dickson White, reflected in this Charter, were remarkable in their day and constituted a truly radical educational experiment for the nineteenth century.

150 Ways to Say Cornell, the Library?'s Sesquicentennial exhibition and a part of the university's Sesquicentennial celebration, provides a lively tour through Cornell past and present through original documents, photographs, and artifacts.?? Follow Ezra's footsteps through Olin Library (be sure to take the stairway) to the Hirshland Gallery in Kroch Library to learn more about Cornell's fascinating and inspiring history.

The Hirshland Gallery in Kroch Library is open from 9 to 5 Monday through Friday and from 1-5 on Saturday, November 8, 15, and 22.

Visit our Website at to see (and hear!) the online version.


From: Oya Yildirim Rieger
Sent: Tue 12/2/2014
Subject: End of an Era: Google Digitization Project Completed!

I am pleased to announce that we sent the last shipment of books to Google for digitization on November 17, bringing our initiative to conclusion. We've digitized over half a million books, involving materials from almost every unit library. In October 2008, the project started with Mann Library collections selected by Google and approved by CUL. In 2010 we moved our efforts to other library units. As an integral component of our digitization project, we joined the HathiTrust to deposit the digital books created through our collaboration with Google and to share these resources as widely as legally possible....

We are grateful for the contributions of so many colleagues. I especially want to acknowledge the project managers - Joy Paulson (2008-early 2010) and Michelle Paolillo (mid 2010-2014). Almost every phase of the project required assistance from Cammie Wyckoff and numerous shipment preparations staff including LuAnn Beebe, Jacob Barnard Blitz, Brian Canfield, Jon Frankel, John Howard, Saw Htoo, Steven Hughes, Liz Kluz, Nathan Miner, Michele Payne, Paw Pha, and Russell Wright.

Peter Hirtle provided copyright and policy expertise. Throughout the years, Gary Branch, Barbara Eden, Pete Hoyt, Lydia Pettis, Jon Corson-Rikert, Danielle Mericle, Deb Schmidle, Rick Silterra, Barb Tarbox, and Jim LeBlanc made significant contributions to the planning and execution of the project. In addition, we have had many partners in the various libraries where we have worked: library staff who have engaged in the project alongside us. Many thanks to everyone who supported the CUL-wide efforts!

For the full text of this announcement see here. For a list of GoogleBooks Library Partners see here.


From: Anne R. Kenney
Sent: Mon 12/1/2014
Subject: Take One: December 1, 2014 (Alternative Gift Giving and a Challenge)

With Thanksgiving over and done, thoughts turn to the upcoming holidays. Like many of you, I see the holiday season as a time of gift giving and giving back by helping those less fortunate or in need of specialized services. I like the practice of donating to a favorite charity in lieu of a gift. For many years, my mom and I supported the white tigers at the Cincinnati Zoo in memory of my grandmother. But increasingly I’m committed to supporting the needs of our local community and have chosen United Way as the main means for doing so. It’s pretty easy to do, doesn’t involve fighting traffic to shop, and UW has had a demonstrable impact on our community for many years.

So that’s my pitch and I want to thank all of you who have helped our friends, neighbors, and co-workers by donating to Cornell United Way.

Now here’s my challenge. Last year, Library participation reached 20%. This year, our UW ambassadors, Jim Morris-Knower, Elizabeth Teskey, and Wendy Wilcox, have set a goal of 25% participation. We are on a good path to meeting that goal, having reached the 16% participation level with contributions totaling $10,772. For every percentage above 20%, I will increase my giving for this year by $100. So if we are successful in hitting the 25% mark, I’ll be out another $500. Not only will all of your donation go directly to a worthy cause (and not to administrative overhead) it will, in Jim’s great phrase, clean out my wallet! For more information, or if you need a contribution card, access http://www.unitedway.cornell.edu. Have a healthy and productive week.


From: Anne R. Kenney
Sent: Tue 1/6/2015
Subject: Take One: January 5, 2015 (Taking Top Honors!)

To start off the new year right, I’m pleased to share with you the news that the new CUL website made Emily Singley's list of Top Ten Research Libraries of 2014, see http://emilysingley.net/top-10-academic-library-websites-2014/. Emily is a Systems Librarian at Harvard who writes a blog on library interfaces, focusing on user experience, usability, and user research.

Emily chose Cornell as her top choice for the Best Large Research library website for 2014. Among reasons cited were:

  • This year they launched a new custom-built single search tool that searches across the library’s resources, website, and LibGuides.
  • The site supports their entire research community: while well-equipped for advanced researchers (check out the Current Awareness page with good tips on keeping up with scholarly journals), it also has plenty of built-in help for beginners, including an excellent Introduction to Research page.?

Great work and major kudos to the Discovery and Access Implementation Team!


From: Anne R. Kenney
Sent: Mon 1/12/2015
Subject: Take One: January 12, 2015 (One Million and Counting!)

Sometime around 4 pm on December 29, arXiv passed the 1 million paper mark. To celebrate this incredible milestone, the library has produced a series of mini reflections from scientists and librarians. Included are Subir Sachdev (Harvard University) who credits the arXiv as being crucial to the “nucleation” of a string theory subfield, Paul Ginsparg (Cornell University) who reviews the past 23 years since arXiv’s founding, Oya Rieger (Cornell University) who brilliantly developed the business and governance model to sustain arXiv, Michelle Johannes (Naval Research Laboratory) who reflects on the indispensable role of moderators, Chris Myers (Cornell University) who serves as a key lynchpin between the scientific community and the library, Andy Millis (Simons Foundation) who speaks to the foundation’s support for arXiv, and Jim Mullins (Purdue University & CIC), who stresses the importance of supporting arXiv as an open resource. The video is available at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ntoxZzh0ha8. arXiv remains a vital scientific tool even as scholarly publishing has gone online and other forms of communication have developed. It took 17 years to reach the half million mark, seven years to hit one million. Paul Ginsparg predicts the 2 million mark will be reached in another seven years (2022). The Library is proud to be the home for arXiv.org.


From: Library Human Resources
Sent: Thu 1/15/2015
Subject: December 2014 STAR Announcement and Call for More Entries!

On November 24th, Anne sent out a message in her Take One that focused on giving thanks for the good things in our lives. She also announced the new STAR AWARD, which was developed as a tool to give CUL employees a quick, easy way to recognize each other’s efforts and accomplishments. Recognition can be given for something that is big or small.

We are pleased to announce that Brennen Feint, Fine Arts Library, was recognized as the first CUL STAR in a drawing that was held on December 22, 2014. Brennen was recognized as a STAR by Bonnie Bailey for the extra attention he has been giving to timecards. His attention-to-detail has helped her save time with bi-weekly timecard processing. Thank you again Brennen, and congratulations!!

Here’s how it works:

  • STAR Award forms were distributed to all Library departments. If you run low, please contact Library Human Resources at libhr@cornell.edu and we will send you more.
  • Any CUL employee may nominate any other CUL employee for an award. No groups please! A sample “nomination form” is attached.
  • After completing the form, please return the full form to Library HR at 213 Olin Library. Do not separate the form.
  • Library HR will record the nominee’s name and send the top portion of the form (your hand written note), along with a mini prize, to the recipient.
  • Every quarter, Library HR will draw a winner from all the awards that were submitted, to receive a grand prize for the quarter.

If you have any questions or suggestions about this, please contact Library HR.


From: University Library Administration
Sent: Thu 2/5/2015
Subject: Fuerst Outstanding Student Employee Awards - Nominations Due March 6, 2015

Once again it is time to submit nominations for the Twenty-first Annual Fuerst Outstanding Library Student Employee Awards. Mr. William F. Fuerst, Jr. '39, who died in June 2003, endowed a fund to recognize the achievements of library undergraduate student employees. Previous programs have been successful with nominations coming from many areas of the Library and we hope to see an increase in the number of nominations and units participating in the twenty-first year of this outstanding program. (William F. Fuerst, Jr. below)

Fuerst Award winners will be selected on the basis of their exceptional performance, initiative, and service to the library. Nominations are generally made by the student's supervisor, but may be made by anyone in the Library community. A committee with representatives from throughout the Library system will select the winners of this prestigious award. Each of the selected students will receive a $500 award at a reception in April.

I encourage you to submit nominations on behalf of your very best student employees. Details of the nomination and selection process have been sent by email to each student supervisor and can also be viewed from the Library Human Resources website. A nomination form is also attached to this email. Please contact Bonnie Bailey (5-7021) in 213 Olin Library with questions. The deadline for nominations to be received is March 6, 2015.


From: Anne R. Kenney
Sent: Mon 12/15/2014
Subject: Take One: December 15, 2014 (What Do Faculty Think of the Library?)

During the month of October, an impressive 43% of faculty, academic non-faculty (lecturers, teaching associates) and other academics (post docs, visiting fellows, etc.) answered a library survey designed by Assessment and Communication in collaboration with the Survey Research Institute and with the help of the Faculty Library Advisory Board....

The numerical and textual data from this survey is so rich that it will take several weeks to analyze. Slicing and dicing the data in multiple and granular ways will make the findings more actionable for various library units. Assessment and Communication will hold an information session about the findings in January or February and during the Spring will make the rounds to functional group meetings with more granular data to inform their work.

And I will leave you with a handful of lovely quotes from the free text responses, as a well-deserved compliment for your work:

“I very much appreciate the work that the library does, how it tries to stay ahead of the curve and think creatively. My sense is that you are being proactive and imaginative, and refuse to let yourself be constrained by shrinking resources. Thank you and keep up the good work.”

“The Cornell Library System is fantastic! Thanks for making it easy for folks at remote locations like Geneva to access books in print, and to receive scans upon request. Digitization of older publications has made them very accessible to researchers at Cornell and around the world. Your services and willingness to please are legendary.”

“The Cornell library system is the best university library system I have personally encountered in the US and continental Europe in the last thirty years. Thank you! One of the great pleasures of working at Cornell is the library.”

“For me, Cornell’s libraries are one of the two best elements of working at Cornell (the other element is hiking in the gorges.)”

For the full text of this annoucement see here; photograph of our beautiful library during the recent cold spell by Carla DeMello.



John Saylor, AUL for Scholarly Resources & Special Collections

Having arrived in Ithaca in 1973(!), John has ably served Cornell University Library through the years as Director of the Engineering Library, Director of Collection Development for the National Science Digital Library Project, and as Associate University Librarian for Scholarly Resources and Special Collections. John has chaired or been a key participant in many major initiatives including the planning group for Project Janus, which examined the future of collection development, the Data Working Group, the Institutional Repository Steering Group, the Scholarly Communications Council, and the NIH Mandate Team. Most recently he led the Task Force to examine library-related needs for the Cornell NY Tech campus in NYC.

John has spearheaded collaborative partnerships through 2CUL, Borrow Direct, and the Ivies Plus Group to expand the universe of scholarship made available to Cornell faculty, staff, and students. Equally notable, he has made good on Cornell’s pledge to sign no more contracts that contain non-disclosure clauses with publishers and advanced the establishment of a Cornell Open Access Publications Fund to support Cornell authors choosing to publish in open access journals.

He served as Principal Investigator on multiple large-scale projects including several supporting the Kinematic Models for Design Digital Library (KMODDL) involving the remarkable Reuleaux Collection of 19th-century machine elements.

In 2007, John won the prestigious Homer I. Bernhardt Distinguished Service Award from the Engineering Libraries Division (ELD) of the American Society for Engineering Education. He was cited for his “more than 35 years of leadership as an engineering librarian, his pioneering work in advancing the cause of digital libraries and open access initiatives, and his record of presentation, collaboration and publication.”

Locally, he’s co-founder and "President for Life" of the High Noon Runner’s Club and often mistaken for Keith Richards when he plays lead guitar for his band—The Purple Valley. (Anne Kenney; photograph by Carla DeMello)

On Thursday, December 18, 2014, we celebrated the retirement of John Saylor from the Library after nearly 42 years of service. It was a festive event hosted in Kroch Library and was attended by both current and former colleagues, as well as John’s family and friends.

John Saylor with his wife and daughter

Anne Kenney hosted the event and offered colorful remarks highlighting John’s long and successful career in the Library. Also offering remarks were Kizer Walker, Adam Engst (a member of the High Noon Runner’s Club), and Steve Wicker, Professor in Cornell’s School of Electrical and Computer Engineering.

A fitting tribute to John was a valiant singing performance by Anne Kenney, accompanied by Pete Magnus, to the tune of “Hate it When You Leave” by Keith Richards. John felt it was a fitting tribute to the day as it was also Keith Richards’ birthday.

Gifts included a DVD copy of a film of a football game between Lafayette College and Cornell from the early 1940s. John’s father played for Lafayette in the game; newspaper stories about the game were also located to go with the DVD.

From left: Anne Sauer, John Saylor, Anne Kenney

John offered his thanks and shared some personal stories as well. It was a very enjoyable celebration. Thanks to everyone who helped plan the party including CJ Lance and Michelle Eastman who created the slideshow of photographs. Enjoy your retirement John! (Michelle Eastman; party photographs by Carla DeMello)

For those who missed the reception, see below a few photographs from the slideshow. We say farewell and best wishes to our scholarly athlete-rock star librarian!

John Saylor with the Engineering Library folks in 2009, from left: Michelle Paolillo, Rich Hallett, Joanne Leary, John Saylor, Annmarie Morse, Jill Powell, Mary Patterson, Jeremy Cusker, Patricia Miller, Melody Padgett, Catherine Vellake

Anne Kenney and John Saylor at the signing of the MOU with Tsinghua

Angela Wagner, ILR Catherwood Library

It is with mixed feelings that I announce that tomorrow is Angie Wagner’s last day in Catherwood Library as she retires after over 30 years of service with CUL. Angie came to Catherwood’s technical services unit as a cataloger in 1989, began also working in Access Services in the late 90s, and took over responsibility for Catherwood’s circulation desk in 2002. She has been a big part of Catherwood’s success throughout that period, but has been especially important to the ILR community in her current role as she helped students and faculty navigate access services policies and situations to they can find the resources they need when they needed them. As she leaves, she takes with her not only a wide array of skill and knowledge that will be missed, but the appreciation of the thousands of students and faculty that she helped over the years, often at critical points in their research.

At Angie’s request we are not having a formal celebration, just setting aside a time that people can come and express their appreciation. Everyone is welcome to come by the Catherwood circulation desk tomorrow from 11-2 to wish Angie well and enjoy some cake. Thanks! (Curtis Lyons)

Angie Wagner with Cheryl Beredo and Melissa Holland

Angie Wagner with Professor Michael Gold

Angie Wagner's last day behind the circulation desk

Photographs by John Peters


Good-bye and good luck to

  • Karen Bobbett, Digital Scholarship & Preservation Services
  • Yuri Prokopenko, O/K/U Collection Mainenance
  • Angela Wagner, ILR Catherwood Library
  • John Saylor, Scholarly Resources & Special Collections

who recently left the Library.

The Lighthearted Library: Cartoons by Betsy Elswit

Below is the cartoon we left you with in October 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)



Now that is document delivery! (Ada Albright)
CUL announces expanded library-to-faculty office delivery service in 2015. (Bethany Silfer)
If they can deliver books, why not steaks? (Elizabeth Teskey)
This office delivery service is great! (Ada Albright)
Rats, missed them, and I had something to return! (Bill Cowdery)
Dang, this interlibrary loan shipment is a day late! I'm going to complain. (Margaret Nichols)
Why would you need books? You can get almost anything on your smart phone. (Ada Albright)


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