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Eric Acree, Africana, Fine Arts & Music Libraries
Writing a piece about Eric is simultaneously very easy (there are so many things about his professional career and involvement in the community to highlight) and very hard (there are so many things to highlight, indeed, that it becomes hard to choose).
Eric joined CUL in July of 2002 as the Director of the Africana Library, and in January of 2014, he assumed coordination for the whole cluster of Fine Arts, Africana, and Music. In those twelve years or so, Eric has been actively engaged in or led various library initiatives to enhance the teaching, research, and learning mission of Cornell: from leading the library participation in the new student reading project, to teaching research methodology courses for incoming freshmen, and actively supporting the intellectual life at the Africana Research Center.
Eric’s involvement with Cornell transcends the library, however. He is a passionate advocate for gender equality and against sexual violence. His work on the board of Cornell Advocates for Rape Education (CARE) and his serving as a primary facilitator for CU Judicial Administrator’s Office directed study program allowed him to address the issues of sexual violence prevention. In addition, his recognition of prominent African American women by commissioning a local artist’s portrait of them for the Africana Library, and his overall advocacy are truly commendable. Eric’s contributions were recently recognized when he received the Alice H. & Constance E. Cook Award, named in honor of the late Constance E. Cook, Cornell’s first female vice president, and the late Professor Emerita Alice E. Cook, founding Member of the Advisory Committee on the Status of Women. The award honors individuals for their commitment to women’s issues and their contributions for changing the climate for women at Cornell.
In addition, Eric is actively involved in the community through his past work on the Tompkins County Public Library Board of Trustees and as Chair of the Board of the Multicultural Resource Center in Ithaca, his current service on the boards of the History Center in Tompkins County and the Tompkins County Civil War Sesquicentennial Commemoration Commission, and such initiatives as the Martin Luther King Community Build in 2010.
And then, there’s a side to Eric that many Kaleidoscope readers may not even be aware of—his involvement with local theatre. I personally cannot wait to see him act in a show soon!
These are only a few of the things about Eric that make him not only an asset to the Library and the University, but a great colleague to work with.
Congratulations, Eric! (Kornelia Tancheva)
Gail Steinhart, Mann Library
Gail began her career in the Cornell University Library in 2004 as the Mann Library GIS/Spatial Data Librarian. Gail’s M.S. in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology from Cornell and her B.S. in Geology-Geophysics and Zoology made her a great fit for Mann Library. In her role as GIS/Spatial Data Librarian she provided strong leadership for CUGIR (Cornell University Geospatial Information Repository) along with enhancing GIS services for faculty and students. In 2006 Gail took on a new role as Mann Library’s first Research Data and Environmental Sciences Librarian. Gail was instrumental in identifying the coming need for research data services in the library and helped to shape this new position.
Since then she has made significant contributions to the wider community looking at how best to manage and provide access to research data. Gail’s innovative approach was also key to her successful fellowship in DSPS from 2011 to 2013. Gail made a wonderful contribution to the field of e-science librarianship with her role as co-PI on an IMLS grant, “Building an eScience Librarianship Curriculum for an eResearch Future” with Syracuse University’s iSchool. Gail led the CUL team providing mentorship for a cohort of e-science librarianship students selected for the Syracuse MLIS program.
In 2013 Gail became Head of Research Services for Mann Library. She brings the same outstanding skill set to this new leadership position combining her training as a scientist, her service approach, and her strong sense of where librarianship is headed. Gail has made many contributions to Mann, to CUL, and across the wider library community, which are duly recognized by her promotion to Librarian! (Mary Ochs)
Simeon Warner, CUL-IT
Simeon Warner came to Cornell University in 2001, from Los Alamos National Laboratory. From 2001 to 2009, he worked as a Research Associate, first in Computer Science and then Information Science. During that period, he worked closely with library staff to transition arXiv.org operation to the Library, and had informal supervisory responsibilities for Library staff serving as arXiv administrators. In 2009, he joined CUL, leading the IT group that manages development and support of both arXiv and Euclid, as well as a variety of other projects.
Simeon’s contributions to CUL and the library profession are extensive and ongoing. He was a major contributor to the Open Archives Initiative Protocol for Metadata Harvesting (OAI-PMH), a widely used standard throughout the library community. He has made continuous contributions to the ongoing development and growth of arXiv, one of the premier open access repositories in the world, and in recent years he has been the technical lead for arXiv’s development and operations. Within the past few years, he has made major contributions to a series of important emerging library IT projects and standards, including the International Image Interoperability Framework (IIIF), the Open Archives Initiative Object Reuse and Exchange standard (OAI-ORE), and ResourceSync (now a NISO standard). He has served (and continues to serve) as a founding member of the board of directors for ORCID, an organization working to promote a common standard researcher identifier.
Within CUL, Simeon has led the development of the Cornell University Library Archival Repository (CULAR), our production digital archival repository. In our recent Discovery and Access work, Simeon led the team that developed a specification for the Integration Layer. That work directly contributed to his work with both me and Jon Corson-Rikert on a Linked Data for Libraries proposal that was funded by the Mellon Foundation in January 2014. Within the LD4L project, Simeon is leading the Engineering Team in its work to fully realize and extend the vision of the Discovery and Access Integration Layer.
Simeon has an extensive record of publication in areas highly relevant to the work of the Library, with over twenty refereed publications and over seventy other published papers and presentations on library projects and issues. Simeon has also made significant professional contributions outside of Cornell. In addition to his work with ORCID, Simeon has recently served as Program Chair of the Open Repositories 2014 Conference, and he has a long history of professional service on conferences, workshops, and review boards.
I am personally grateful for the leadership that Simeon provides within CUL-IT, for CUL, and across the broader library and scholarly communications community. I look forward to continuing to work with Simeon in the years ahead in his new position as Librarian. Please join me in congratulating Simeon on his promotion! (Dean Krafft)
Dan Blackaby, Law Library
Dan Blackaby abandoned the West to join us at Cornell in July 2012. His job at the Law Library is Technology Services Librarian. This position includes everything from administering our website (including, most recently, a complete reimaging of our website and its transition from CommonSpot to Drupal) to co-teaching a Law School course called “Law Practice Technology” to developing projects with the Legal Information Institute (LII). Then there is his work at CUL, co-chairing both Library Outside the Library (LOL) and Public Technology Advisory Committee (PTAC), and the increasing number of presentations about technology initiatives in law libraries at conferences around the country. In performing any of these tasks, Dan’s primary focus is on function, making things as efficient and straightforward as possible for all users.
One of the patterns of Dan’s career as a librarian is sharing his talents in public and technical services. In his various positions, he has performed almost every job libraries require. From Dan’s unique perspective, he has thoughts, ideas, and opinions to contribute to all discussions of library operations. Dan’s willingness to assist his colleagues, pitching in wherever he is needed, while making obscure references to the 1980s, makes him a valued member of our staff.
Following one very accurate stereotype of librarians, Dan is an avid reader of everything from popular fiction to poetry. If you wish to discuss 19th Century history or movies of the 1940s, Dan will be happy to indulge you. We congratulate Dan on his well-deserved promotion. (Carissa Vogel)
Photograph by Sheryl Sinkow
Gaby Castro Gessner, Research & Assessment
I am delighted to congratulate Gaby on her well-deserved promotion! She is a stellar member of the Assessment and Communication team whose expertise and hard work also enriches CUL as a whole.
She started her library career as an information assistant in Olin Library. During her years at Research and Learning Services she gained a deep understanding of our users, information, instruction, and libraries. This is knowledge that she calls on every day in her current role in Assessment and Communication.
Gaby has a strong academic background in anthropology and archeology. Her social science research skills and knack for neutral observation and evidence gathering is a great fit for her job in assessment. She has worked with lots of library staff from all over the system to evaluate the questions they needed answered for effective decision-making, match up their information needs with the right research methodology, conduct the studies needed, and report actionable results. She is discreet and dedicated, engaged and motivated. Writing up and presenting her work broadly within the profession is also something she has been prolific at.
And archeology isn’t only in the distant past for her. On the side Gaby has been successful in getting research grants, doing field work in interesting locations like Turkmenistan, presenting her findings at conferences, and publishing articles. Her dedication to CUL and to the University also shows in the fact that this semester she has been co-teaching WRIT 2100 both to help out and to gain a deeper understanding of today’s undergraduates. (Zsuzsa Koltay)
Jeremy Cusker, Engineering Library
Jeremy Cusker received his Bachelor of Science degree from Cornell University in 2002 and his Master of Library and Information Science from the University of Wisconsin, Madison in 2006. He worked in the Engineering and Law Libraries in 2008-09 and in 2009 become a librarian in the Engineering Library.
Jeremy is the liaison to the departments of Earth and Atmospheric Science, and Civil and Environmental Engineering and Systems Engineering, and he interacts on a regular basis with a broad range of students and faculty in the College of Engineering. He also doesoutreach to engineering project teams, such as the Formula SAE (car team)and Sustainable Research Design teams. Hehas based much of his library science research on the activities of engineering faculty.
Jeremy has taken a keen interest in open access and it has been a focus of his research efforts. His research and analysis is of the highest quality. He is a member of the Science Team and has begun some work withcolleagues in Technical Services, contributingto discovery and access initiatives.
Jeremy also works with the Cornell Tech campus in New Yorkas itgrows and begins to require remote services. He is working with a small team that is selecting appropriate methods and technology to serve that community.
Jeremy is active in associations, including the Special Libraries Association (SLA), Western New York/Ontario ACRL (WNY/O-ACRL), and Upstate New York Science Librarians (NYSCILIB).
Off the job, Jeremy enjoys traveling with his wife and son, trying to keep alive his high school Spanish and college Portuguese and reading. (Erla Heyns)
Steven Folsom, LTS Metadata Services
As Discovery Metadata Librarian in LTS' Metadata Services, Steven Folsom brings a spirit of innovation to CUL. Steven is a welcome collaborator who goes above-and-beyond on all of his projects as well as the CUL and national committees on which he serves. He has great enthusiasm in devising approaches to crafting metadata practice that enhances users’ experiences and their ability to discover resources.
Since arriving at CUL, Steven has been an active collaborator on the Discovery & Access Initiative. While he has worked on many important projects outside this initiative, Steven's considerable contributions to D&A has formed the core of his responsibilities and well represent his efforts to better facilitate discovery of library resources. This drive for user-focused metadatais furthered exemplifiedby his role on the Usability Team as well as the myriad of other projects and initiatives on which he works.
Steven's reach extends beyond more established library initiatives into Research & Development projects. He is an important member of the Linked Data 4 Libraries Ontology Team – focusing on BIBFRAME analysis, ontology assessment, and modeling CUL's resources for a linked data environment. Meanwhile, Steven holds a DSPS fellowship in which he works on discoverability of CUL resources deposited in HathiTrust; further, Steven is an integral part of CUL's Hydra implementation pilots.
The above are simply brief mentions of the excellent work to which Steven contributes at CUL. Outside CUL, Steven is an avid runner and member of the High Noon Athletic Club.
We all congratulate Steven on his well-deserved promotion to Associate Librarian! (Jason Kovari)
Dan Hickey, Hotel, Labor & Management Library (HLM)
Dan Hickey is HLM’s Assistant Director of Research and Learning Services, in charge of reference, instruction, and collection development services for the Hotel, ILR, and Johnson Schools. He is the ranking librarian at the Management Library, participates in the reference and instruction there, and is the main liaison to the Johnson School.
Dan received his Bachelor’s and MLIS from Pittsburgh. He came to us from a position as Penn State’s Business and Information Science Librarian, beginning his Cornell career in 2012 as HLM’s Research Coordinator in the RLS department. He was promoted to the Assistant Director position in 2014 and has just completed his first year in that key role.
Dan has written and presented on a wide variety of topics including copyright, assessment, liaison programs, and reference service models. He is a member of PSEC and serves on the CUL Liaison Program Steering Committee. He is also particularly active in the Business Reference and Services Section of ALA, serving on their Education Committee and working in the area of LibGuides and web sites.
Dan has also been active with the Entrepreneurship community at Cornell, working with relevant subject specialists to bring Management Library business expertise across disciplinary lines. For Johnson, Engineering, and alumni audiences he has lead workshops on how to build better business plans using library resources. He served as a consulting librarian for the McGovern Center’s 2014 Pre-Seed Workshop, with Jeremy Cusker and Drew Wright, helping students refine biotech venture concepts with supporting industry and market data. Recently, Dan and Jill Powell met with ECE Innovation Award applicants to brief them on the business and engineering resources that will best match their practical applications of electrical engineering technology.
Dan is an exceptional supervisor and has done great work bringing together his staff. He has a bright future and we are excited to work with him. (Curtis Lyons)
Danielle Mericle, Digital Media Group, Digital Scholarship & Preservation Services (DSPS)
As the leader of the Digital Media Group, Danielle oversees a dynamic and complex digitization operation and often coordinates large-scale, high-profile projects that have library-wide impact on the development, delivery, and preservation of digital collections. Her projects are collaborative by nature as she often works with Cornell-wide and external partners. For instance, during the last few years, she has been leading a campus-wide effort to create an infrastructure in support of AV production, management, and archiving. Based on her broad understanding of actual needs and use patterns, she has been instrumental in conceptualizing and creating the DSPS’s AV services which are in high demand. In and of itself, her role in the AV initiative demonstrates her masterful skills in taking the initiative to tackle a strategic issue, working independently, contributing new ideas, and assuming significant responsibility in defining and implementing a project.
Danielle has been an avid advocate for balancing a range of issues including user needs, IT frameworks, service requirements, stakeholder perspectives, and sustainability matters. She works in a multifaceted domain that requires the development of policies and workflows for digitization, reformatting, archiving, and rights and access management. She has been involved in developing policies and workflows associated with various delivery and archiving platforms such as DLXS, Luna Insight, SharedShelf, Drupal, Kaltura, and MediaSpace. Currently, she is coordinating migration efforts from DLXS to the Hydra framework and working with a range of colleagues in addressing a multitude of issues inherent in working with legacy collections.
Danielle has been a strong advocate of life-cycle-management strategies. In her daily work, she demonstrates best practices that are essential for creating usable and cost-effective digital collections for long-term sustainability. Her broad technical know-how is supplemented by her excellent skill sets in financial management and business planning. This is critically important due to the DSPS’s heavy reliance on external funds. A significant component of Danielle’s position involves cost analysis and financial forecasts to enable the creation of efficient and effective digital content management strategies and to function as a thriving enterprise unit. She oversees the collaborative service framework of our Digital Consulting and Production services and takes the lead in its financial management.
Danielle is recognized as a digitization expert and is consulted often by her colleagues from Cornell and elsewhere. She frequently participates in national and international digital library initiatives and standardization efforts. For instance, as a member of the Google Image Quality Initiative, which is an international working group, she contributed to efforts influencing Google’s practices to improve image quality. She has developed numerous workshops for CUL and local and regional consortia related to sustaining digital library projects and programs, digital preservation and stewardship, and digitization.
Danielle is a talented photographer and teaches digital photography at Ithaca College as an adjunct instructor. Danielle is a publisher of fine-art books distributed in places such as New Museum, NY; Tate Modern, London; and MOCA, Los Angeles. Having her own academic and creative art work greatly enhances Danielle’s ability to partner with Cornell faculty, especially in the humanities disciplines. She has made significant contributions to the Grants Program for Digital Collections in Arts and Sciences and is a key player in its success. She truly engages herself in supporting “digital scholarship” as her ultimate goal in these partnerships is to explore and enable innovative teaching, scholarly communication, and research methods.
Above all, Danielle is a wonderful colleague who is much admired and respected for her collegial style and passion for her work. Congratulations to Danielle on her promotion to Associate Librarian and we look forward to her future contributions in support of research, learning, and teaching. (Oya Y. Rieger)
Boris Michev, Maps & Media Collections
Ask Boris Michev about lying with maps, and he will not only admit to it with gusto, he will give you a whole lecture explaining why that’s exactly what maps do (and did just that not long ago). As the steward of over 650,000 maps, globes, atlases, and other cartographic materials, Boris builds collections on geography, cartography and urban studies, including geospatial materials, and is the Liaison to the City and Regional Planning Department in the College of Architecture, Art and Planning. In addition to serving as the Map and Geospatial Information Librarian, Boris heads the Maps and Media unit of Research and Learning Services, Olin & Uris Libraries.
Since joining the library staff in 1993, Boris has taken on a number of roles in Uris and Olin Libraries, but has really found his world, so to speak, in maps and media. Some of Boris’s recent projects have included preservation collaborations with DSPS on the Cornell Lecture Tapes Collection and with Conservation staff on a variety of historic documents, from sewer plans to fragile, rolled nineteenth-century maps. Boris has also curated or co-curated quite a few other cartographic and media-related exhibitions over the past few years, several of which have been the subject of papers he has presented and published. He has turned many of them into online exhibitions to extend their life and reach. Take a look at the online versions of Foreign Fields: Perspectives on the Great War, The Lesser Known Theaters of Operations in World War I; Land Use, Transit, and Urban Redevelopment Illustrated (1933-1972): A Walk Through Twentieth-Century Maps from Cornell’s Map Collection; and When the Emperor was Divine, or stop by the sesquicentennial exhibition in the Olin maps display area on level B1.
Boris also teaches several workshops, from ArcGIS to SimplyMap, to share his geospatial expertise. Not content to simply look at maps and cartographic information, Boris also travels the globe, serving on library committees on two continents: ALA’s Map and Geography Round Table Committee and the Library Board of the American Research Center in Sofia, Bulgaria. Closer to home, he is a member of CUL’s Reference and Outreach Committee, Digitization Projects Working Group, Visual Resources Working Group, Usability Committee, and the Olin/Uris Web site team. Please congratulate Boris on his well-deserved promotion to Associate Librarian! (Susette Newberry)
Cherylo Beredo, Hotel, Labor & Management Library (HLM)
Cheryl Beredo is the Director of the Kheel Center for Labor-Management Documentation and Archives, one of the top labor and employment repositories in the US. She works with a wide variety of national and international researchers, donors, and peers to collect and give access to unique documents from labor unions, arbitrators, negotiators, and management theorists.
Cheryl’s Cornell career began at RMC while she was receiving her BA. She elected to stay another year to work in RMC after her graduation and then enrolled in one of the top archives programs at the University of Pittsburgh. After receiving her MLS, she worked at Harvard’s Schlesinger Library and under an NHPRC fellowship at the Massachusetts Historical Society before heading to the University of Hawaii for her PhD in American Studies.
Cheryl returned to Cornell in early 2010 as the Kheel Center’s ILGWU (International Ladies' Garment Workers' Union) Project Archivist. In that role, she was responsible for imposing intellectual order on a collection of over 2,500 boxes of official records, correspondence, publications, photographs, audio-visual materials, and memorabilia. She was promoted to the position of Director in 2012.
Cheryl enjoys writing and turned her dissertation into her first book in 2013. Import of the Archive: U.S. Colonial Rule of the Philippines and the Making of American Archival History shows how the United States examines the role that the archives played in justifying and solidifying the United States’ colonization of the Philippines from 1898-1916.
Cheryl was an ALA Spectrum Scholar as a student at Pittsburgh and is a member of the ARL/SAA Mosaic Program Advisory Group. She is on the American Labor Studies Center Board of Directors and the Remember the Triangle Fire Coalition Advisory Council. She is also one of three archivists called on to advise the AFL-CIO on the dispensation of their records when the National Labor College closed.
Cheryl’s greatest strength is her ability to quickly form strong working relationships which move initiatives forward and occasionally into welcome new directions. She is a joy to work with and a rising star in our profession. (Curtis Lyons)
Liz Muller, Rare & Manuscript Collections
I am pleased to congratulate Liz Muller on her well-deserved promotion to Associate Archivist. As the Assistant Director of Technical Services and Curator of Media Collections, Liz is a key member of RMC’s senior leadership team, and is recognized by her colleagues for her skills both as an archivist and a manager.
In her technical services leadership role, Liz sets archival processing priorities for the Division, develops processing plans, trains and assists staff in archival arrangement and description, and has coordinated the consolidation of policies and procedures for this work within RMC. She initiated a phased backlog elimination plan, and continues to monitor the flow of incoming collections to move them toward access. As Curator of Media Collections, Liz has led the effort to bring in significant media collections in a variety of formats, from stereographs to moving images, and worked to ensure that these materials are appropriately reformatted as needed, coordinating efforts between RMC, Conservation, and DSPS. In addition to her work with the collection, Liz is a valued manager and colleague, frequently called on for her keen perspective, calm presence, and sage advice.
As RMC has transitioned through a change in leadership during the last two years, Liz worked to ensure a smooth transition, from advising on budgeting and planning issues, to assisting as needed with day-to-day operations. Though I’ve worked with Liz for only a year, I am tremendously grateful for her contributions to RMC, and to helping me jump into my new role. Congratulations, Liz! (Anne Sauer)
Senior Assistant Librarian
Aliqae Geraci, Hotel, Labor & Management Library (HLM)
Aliqae brings a deep affinity for her subject areas and enthusiasm for engaging with the intellectual life of the ILR School that have been a cornerstone for her success at the Catherwood Library. This enthusiasm is matched by her passion for librarianship, collegiality, service excellence, and ability to see beyond problems to find creative solutions.
This year, in addition to her promotion to Senior Assistant Librarian, Aliqae will take on the role of Assessment Coordinator for HLM’s Research and Learning Services department, working with librarians and staff to persuasively communicate the value of their work. This will be in addition to her liaison role.
Aliqae is adept at providing research support and instruction services. A strong background in labor and worker’s rights are a compelling complement to her professional skillset, and have resulted in her being sought out for opportunities such as presenting at the History of Capitalism Summer Camp and ILR’s Union Days. Aliqae was recently elected as Chair of the Leadership Team of the Tompkins County Workers’ Center, giving back to the local community. She consistently shares her expertise with individuals and teams inside and outside Cornell’s walls.
Aliqae has distinguished herself as an authority on librarian salaries. Her work on the Economic Status of Librarians committee has dovetailed well with a recent ALA webinar on salary negotiations for new library professionals. She also has served as the Chair of the ALA-APA Standing Committee on the Salaries and Status of Library Workers, having been reappointed by the ALA President for second consecutive term.
Anyone who has had the opportunity to work closely with Aliqae knows she’s a hard-working contributor to CUL groups, committees, and teams. She has served on several successful HLM searches, R+O, the LibGuides 2.0 group, and the CUL Citation Management Committee, just to name a few! Hopefully, if you haven’t had a chance to work with Aliqae yet, you will soon!
Congratulations, Aliqae! We’re lucky to have you. I’m looking forward to your future successes at Cornell and in the greater profession. (Daniel Hickey)
Nina Scholtz, Law Library
In the two and a half years that Nina Scholtz has been an Assistant Librarian at Cornell, she has contributed greatly not only to the Law Library but also to Cornell University Library and the profession. From the day she started, Nina has played an important role in the law library as the Digital Resources Librarian, as a legal research instructor, as a liaison, and in her committee work. As Digital Resources Librarian, Nina successfully launched OverDrive (an e-book lending library) as a Law Library pilot and then worked with other Cornell librarians to expand the pilot Cornell-wide. Nina also negotiates licenses and follows up once we have a new resource to promote it and track usage statistics, thus helping to ensure that the Law Library is effectively using its acquisitions budget. She promotes accessibility by maintaining the Law Library’s Online Legal Resources Guide, one of the most heavily used LibGuides at Cornell University Library.
Each fall, Nina teaches a credit-bearing upper-level law course she developed herself, Administrative Law Research. She also teaches research in both Fall and Spring semesters to first-year law students and international law graduate students, as well as one-time legal research sessions on request by Law School faculty and for faculty members elsewhere on campus. As liaison to some of Law’s more demanding faculty members, she has developed outstanding working relationships with her faculty, which has had a positive impact on the law library and all of CUL.
Nina has been very active in her CUL committee work and has taken on leadership roles early in her career here. Last year, she was chair of PSEC Instruction Team. One highlight of Nina’s work as chair of PSEC Instruction was the May 2014 Cornell University Library Information Literacy Assessment Expo, a day-long regional conference organized by PSEC Instruction. In addition to her instructional leadership, Nina supports the work of the Academic Assembly by successfully running for membership on, and now chairing, the Steering Committee.
Beyond Cornell, Nina has continuously sought out ways to serve the profession. She shared her experiences managing the Law Library’s OverDrive pilot in an AALL Spectrum article, "A Pilot Using OverDrive: E-lending in academic law libraries," (April 2013). She has also contributed to the literature on teaching international LL.M. students in an article for Trends in Law Library Management and Technology that she co-authored with Femi Cadmus. Currently, she serves on the Placement Committee of the American Association of Law Libraries (AALL) and on the ALL-SIS Newsletter Committee of AALL’s Academic Law Libraries Special Interest Section.
I congratulate Nina on her promotion to Senior Assistant Librarian and look forward to her future contributions to the Law Library and CUL. (Thomas Mills; photograph by Chris O'Hara)
Marsha Taichman, Fine Arts Library
Marsha Taichman is Visual Resources and Public Services Librarian for the College of Architecture, Art and Planning, and Art Liaison, Fine Arts Library, Cornell University. It should come as no surprise that Marsha Taichman has been promoted to the rank of Senior Assistant Librarian. Her performance record for 2014 points to active engagement and involvement in the programs and services of the Fine Arts Library and CUL in general. To know Marsha is to know and appreciate the enthusiasm that she brings to the job. This comes through in conversations that one has with her, as well as her committee work, both here at Cornell University and abroad.
Her professional involvement includes serving on several association committees, and also as secretary of the ARLIS (Art Libraries Society of North America) Upstate New York Chapter. She has had proposals accepted for papers and workshops at both VRA (Visual Resources Association) and ARLIS for their 2015 meetings. I have seen the dedication that she displayed firsthand when we both served on the Selector’s Continuing Education Committee. She demonstrated fresh ideas and a willingness to be a team player. I look forward to Marsha reaching the next level as Associate Librarian. (Eric Acree)
Sara E. Wright, Mann Library
Sara Wright came to Mann Library in 2011 after several years as a librarian at the Free Library of Philadelphia, and a year as the Visitor Services and Operations Manager of the Ithaca Science Center. Originally starting as the Stone Center Manager and Night Supervisor, Sara quickly moved into a librarian role coordinating Mann’s public technology services, and she now heads up our User Services group.
One of Sara’s key initiatives has been examining how to best outfit our public spaces to meet the needs of our users. Using various assessment strategies to understand our users’ space and technology needs and preferences, Sara co-led the team that designed the new 2nd floor study area, which was installed in April 2015. Sara has also led Mann’s MaLT (Mann Learning Technologies) team along with playing a leadership role on several CUL committees, including PTAC and the CUL Mentoring Committee. Sara brings creativity, organization and dedication to all she does. Congratulations to Sara on a well-deserved promotion! (Mary Ochs)
Sarah Young, Mann Library
Sarah Young joined the staff of Mann Library in August of 2012. Appointed jointly by Mann and CISER for an initial term of two years, Sarah is Mann’s first Health Sciences and Policy Librarian. She has succeeded admirably in this role, and Mann has recognized the ongoing need to staff this position. We’re delighted to have Sarah continue in this role.
Sarah holds three Masters degrees: an MLIS from the University of Pittsburgh, a Master of Social Sciences in Development and International Relations from Aalborg University, and an MS in Biological Sciences from Duquesne University, as well as a BS in Biology from Allegheny University. Before joining Mann, Sarah held a variety of positions, including biology research support at the University of Pittsburgh and the Smithsonian Museum of Natural History/National Zoo, program assistant with the Pennsylvania Association for Sustainable Agriculture, adjunct instructor in nutrition at the Art Institute of Pittsburgh, and as a shelver at the Carnegie Library in Pittsburgh. There’s more – but that gives you a sense of Sarah’s interesting and varied background!
Sarah is a creative and reliable contributor to our core service teams, including reference and research consultation and instruction. She has been especially effective as a liaison to two departments in the College of Human Ecology as well as the Division of Nutritional Sciences. She is a capable instructor, having participated in the Library Leadership Academy, and generously shares her instruction and specialized reference expertise with her colleagues.
Perhaps one of Sarah’s most significant contributions is developing expertise in the systematic review (SR) process, a rigorous research methodology that is increasingly being applied to promote evidence-based practice in medicine, nutrition, and other disciplines. SRs make deep and extensive use of library research skills, and Sarah is collaborating with multiple faculty on reviews in progress. She participated as a member of the faculty team that taught the Summer Institute for Systematic Reviews in Nutrition for Global Policy Making, hosted by the Division of Nutritional Sciences here at Cornell in summer 2014.
Sarah has a national professional presence as well, currently serving as the Chair of the Food, Agriculture and Nutrition Division of the SLA, and speaking and presenting regularly at regional and national conferences.
Finally, Sarah is very active and generous with her time in serving on Mann and CUL committees and teams. For example, she handled vendor and sponsorship duties when Mann Library hosted the 2013 IAALD conference. She also serves on the CUL Mentorship Program Committee, the Reference and Outreach Forum, the Economic Status of Librarians Committee, the Liaison Steering Committee, and the Data Discussion Group planning committee. (Gail Steinhart; photograph by Carla DeMello)
Heather Shipman, E-Resources Specialist
This e-book is in our catalog, but is it suitable for class use? Do we have perpetual access to it, or might it be withdrawn unexpectedly? Can we buy this other title as an e-book? Can we get access to it immediately?
The e-book world is full of questions; LTS has a team to answer them. Team members order, receive, pay invoices for, and copy catalog firm ordered e-books; we also troubleshoot e-books already in the catalog, no matter what their source.
We handle monographic e-books hosted on various platforms, like:
But every platform has its strengths and weaknesses, and publishers have different opinions on how e-books should be sold. One of the biggest issues we consider daily is concurrency: how many users can get into the e-book simultaneously?
You may notice, for example, that California wine for dummies has limited concurrency: it’s only 3-user, not unlimited-user. If four of our dear Kaleidoscope readers all try to read that e-book simultaneously, the first three will be allowed in, but the fourth will receive an error message that the e-book is already in use.
This is, of course, less than ideal; people don’t expect this sort of behavior from an internet resource. It’s a replication of the print model, in which only one person can check a physical book out at a time; this generally arises because some publishers are concerned that library sales of unlimited-user ebooks will impact their sales to individuals.
So what do we do to minimize the problems associated with this?
First, during the ordering process, we give preference to multi-user formats whenever we can; for example, an e-book hosted on a publisher platform (like Wiley or Cambridge) can be unlimited-user while still costing the same amount as its single-user counterpart sold on an aggregator platform. Unfortunately, we don’t always have that option; multi-user is often only available at higher prices, leading us to buy the single-user instead.
So as our second line of defense, we look at turnaway statistics on these limited-user titles. Some platforms will notify us on a daily basis that patrons were turned away; others generate monthly reports. Once we have the data in hand, we can detect where an e-book is in higher demand than our current license supports, and we can bring it to selectors’ attention to request the purchase of an upgrade.
We pay special attention to these issues when we know, or suspect, that an e-book is being used for a class. It’s really unpleasant to try to read an assignment the night before it’s due, only to find that you’re locked out of the e-book because all your classmates are trying the same thing!
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