October/December 2015

2015 Nominees for Outstanding Performance Award
2015 Nominee for CUL Innovation Award
Technical Services Corner: The Big Deal
Supporting Chemical Safety through Collaborative Data Management
Luce Grant Project Trip Yields Many Insights
Engineering Library Facilitates IEEE Workshop
People News
Upstate New York Science Librarians Meet at Cornell Plantations

The Lighthearted Library

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2015 Nominees for Outstanding Performance Award

This year the 2015 Outstanding Performance Award winners were Bethany Silfer and Laurie Stevens. Others who were nominated for the award are shown below with some of the accolades from their nomination letters.

Rob Kotaska, Research & Learning Services, Olin Library

“Rob is a truly remarkable individual. He is a team-builder and a team-player; his fundamental orientation toward his work is collaborative.

“Rob’s inherent kindness, enthusiasm, and upbeat attitude toward life, as well as his work, contribute to the strength and cohesiveness of our department.”

(Nominated by Nancy Skipper & Meghan Sitar)



Bronwyn Mohlke, Digital Scholarship & Preservation Services

“Her skills, close work with other digitization and processing staff, and attention to quality control mean that our review of digital assets is fast and these resources can be made available to the public very quickly.”

“Her work is key to smooth-running digitization, our researchers’ access to high quality digital assets, and our funders’ satisfaction and continued support based on efficient and effective use of their funds.”

(Nominated by Barb Morley)

Lydia Pettis, CUL-Information Technology

“Requests for her data come in constantly and from all areas. She has always met my requests quickly, and has always been clear about what deadlines can be met and what is reasonable to expect. Lydia’s work is excellent. If I want something done correctly, I go to her.”

“She is positive, eager to solve problems, analytical, but also kind. She is a mentor to many in the library.”

(Nominated by Jonathan Frankel)

Wendy Thompson, Mann Library Access Services

“Wendy’s work on our new desk signs has been consistently impressive – creative, meticulous, and professional. She is very open to receiving feedback on her work from other members of the team as well as from Mann staff and library patrons. She listens carefully and patiently, without taking offense, and is able to improve her designs based on this feedback while still staying true to her vison.”

“Wendy is continuously learning new skills and pursuing professional development opportunities that she believes will help her with her work and/or benefits the department as a whole. Her commitment to self-improvement and learning makes her a role model for other staff.”

(Nominated by Tobi Hines & Sara E. Wright)

Frances Web, CUL-Information Technology

“Frances has demonstrated a strong commitment to the mission of the library, an amazing attention to detail and an ability to learn and retain complex procedures. She is a complex problem solver and always seeks to improve the patron experience.”

“Frances is an excellent collaborative problem solver, both within the team, working with front-end developers for example, and communicating effectively with people outside the team.”

(Nominated by Adam Smith)

2015 Nominee for CUL Innovation Award

This year the 2015 Innovation Award winner was the CUL Discovery and Access Team.

The other nominee was,

Heather Shipman, LTS E-Resources and Serials

“Heather has transformed the Library Technical Services’ process of ordering ebooks, the fastest growing area of the CUL collections. Through Heather’s leadership and ability to utilize all tools available to her, the ebook ordering team is now more cohesive and better equipped. Heather has also cross-trained print ordering staff to be able to handle electronic formats as well as print, streamlining the whole ordering process.”

“Her methods of workflow analysis and training take advantage of existing and new tools, such as POOF! and the Serials Solutions Resource Manager. Heather always looks at the most efficient ways to use the resources available to her, but is also able to include the opinions of others in her assessments.”

(Nominated by Liisa Mobley)

Congratulations to everyone nominated for the 2015 employee recognition awards!

OPA and Innovation award nominees, from left: Bronwyn Mohlke, Frances Web, Rob Kotaska, Heather Shipman, Wendy Thompson, Lydia Pettis

Thank you to the nominators, who took the time to identify and share the positive impact made by each of these remarkable employees!

As an added item of interest, the CUL Discovery and Access Team has decided to donate their $500 prize to the Cornell Emergency Care Fund. Thank you to them for their generosity.

And many thanks to Library HR, especially Bonnie Bailey, for their help in compiling these testimonials from the nomination letters.

Technical Services Corner: The Big Deal

Liisa Mobley

Note: In my article, I will not attempt to evaluate the pros and cons of big deals!  I am hoping, instead, to start to explain the complexities of establishing and maintaining the big deal.

While attending a Science Team meeting a few months ago, I listened to Jesse Koennecke explain the latest ins and outs of one of our big deals. As he spoke, I realized I had some gaps in my knowledge, even though I have been working with e-resources for over 14 years!

A few days later, I put together what I already knew, plus new things I had learned from Jesse, in a “mind map.” Using a tool from XMind (1.), I came up with this image, which looks sort of like a not-quite-right octopus:

Don’t strain your eyes reading this! I will simplify in a minute. Each tentacle represents workflows and documentation, license negotiations, committee meetings, emails, and phone calls. 

What is a Big Deal? According to a blog post by Richard Poynder (2.), the sales and marketing concept was first introduced by the publisher, Academic Press, in 1996, and the goal was to sell a large package of e-journal titles to large groups, or consortia, of academic libraries. Multi-year licenses were negotiated, with price increase caps, and institutions were able to access most, or all, of a publisher’s journal offerings. Since then, Big Deals have spread to multiple publishers, and also to other formats, such as e-books. Libraries get access to hundreds or thousands of titles without having to subscribe to each and every one individually.

The intricacies of the Big Deal lie in each of the tentacles which spread out from the core. Below would be a simplified diagram if this newsletter allowed text boxes, which it doesn't, highlighting the areas we need to consider whenever entering into a Big Deal. The contents of these boxes would show:

•Stakeholders: •CUL selectors, including Medical campus staff; Library Technical Services staff; Cornell faculty, staff, and students; other institutions in consortia; publishers; third party vendors.

•Workflows: •Licensing; acquisition; activation; addition to catalogs & discovery systems; maintenance; renewals; migrating resources; usage statistics and continued re-evaluation.

•Licensing: •License terms, such as data mining, ILL, course packs, e-reserves; ongoing costs; NO confidentiality clauses allowed.

•Funding and Cost: •Percent increase per year? Cancellations allowed? Do we pay extra for non-subscribed titles? How about titles added/removed after the contract start date? Who in CUL is funding? Any extra cost saving deals? Print cost reduction?

•Continued Access: •Post-cancellation rights? Archiving options? What if content is sold to another publisher? Ongoing maintenance. How do we keep track of what we have bought?

Many of Cornell’s Big Deals are negotiated and purchased through the consortium, NERL - the North East Research Libraries consortium - which includes the other Ivy League Schools, and other large academic research libraries in the northeastern US. The publisher selling a big deal product may require that a certain number of libraries in the consortium have to agree to the package in order for the deal to go forward.

Obtaining “buy in” from Cornell University Library selectors can be complicated, and it may take much back and forth, as selectors review the negotiated yearly price increases, titles included, cancellation allowances, and usage statistics. Sometimes, the initial license is not the final license, and terms and pricing can be re-negotiated by the library, or the consortium. Sometimes the pricing can be tied to other subscriptions – for example, a journal package price increase may be tied to whether or not we buy a large e-book collection from the same publisher. 

Once the details of the deal have been hammered out, and the license agreement signed and sent in, LTS staff have plenty of work to do. Invoices must be paid, and our access needs to be set up. We have to get MARC records in Voyager, and activate titles in our e-resources management system, Intota, our Serials Solutions interface. OpenURL linking, and indexing of these titles to be included in article searching in Summon are also activated in Intota. 

Maintenance of packages is an ongoing effort, too. LTS needs to respond to questions from patrons about lack of access – maybe we paid for something that didn’t get turned on for us, and we have to contact the publisher. Also, every year, without fail, publishers buy and sell some titles to other publishers, or start publishing new titles; we need to reconcile these changes every year. Usage statistics need to be collected every year by LTS, and selectors need to review and analyze the statistics – is patron use making this package worthwhile?

Due to this complexity, the e-resources unit is starting to pull together some of the most pertinent information regarding some of the Big Deals we have licensed currently. This page is still in progress, and sparsely populated, but it will help to distill some of the more important details needed by selectors, as well as some useful information for e-resources, serials, and acquisitions staff. In January (time and location TBA), I and other LTS staff will be presenting on The Big Deal at a Selector Continuing Education forum, so save up your questions! Expect to see a full size and readable version of the  funny-looking octopus diagram!

1. https://www.xmind.net/  (Nov. 2, 2015)

2. Richard Poynder, “The Big Deal: Not Price But Cost,”  http://poynder.blogspot.com/2011/09/big-deal-not-price-but-cost.html (Nov. 10. 2015)

Liisa Mobley is E-Resources Unit Supervisor in Library Technical Services


Pointing students in the right direction.

Who she is: Malikah Hall, diversity fellow, research services librarian and lecturer-in-law at the Cornell Law Library.

What she does: I’m a reference librarian, and I’m a faculty liaison for several professors within the law school. I also teach a legal-research portion of the lawyering class for first-year law students. Traditionally we staff the reference desk answering research questions, mostly from students and faculty. As a liaison, I assist faculty members with their research, use of the library, or with clinics they’re teaching or articles they’re writing. In my class, the students have their first research log for their open memo coming up, so we’re going to work through any trouble spots they faced and point them in the right direction. We don’t tell them the answer, we tell them how to find it.

Why it's important: I remember being a law student and I’m not sure that I would have made it through law school if I didn’t have some classes like these, which help you navigate the waters. A lot of these databases are very large and confusing, and librarians point you in the proper direction. As for faculty, they have so much to do on a daily basis that it’s nice to have someone with the expertise to support their research.

For the entire interview see here. (Photograph by Melanie Lefkowitz)

Taking ideas to the next level.

Who she is: Garima Goel Lal, research and instruction librarian for the Hotel, Labor and Management Library.

What she does: I teach business research to students and those who are trying to engage in entrepreneurial activity at Cornell. We reach students through in-class instruction and library workshops. We do one-on-one sessions with students to help them create research strategies for their in-class projects as well as real-life new business ventures. Our focus is on communicating the importance of business research not just for classrooms but beyond. We also work with faculty to support their research needs. I’ve also been working with the Entrepreneurship at Cornell group to help disseminate information about how libraries can be helpful in entrepreneurship efforts. To that end, I developed a research guide, “How to: New Ventures,” which is linked at Entrepreneurship at Cornell’s website as “fabulous library resources.”

Why it’s important: I’m an entrepreneur, so I really understand the value of business research and competitive intelligence. Competitive intelligence entails gathering business information and then creating insight out of that information, which in turn gives you better knowledge to make better-informed business decisions. In the library, we have access to valuable resources and we can help students acquire the skills they’ll need.

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

Making scholarship work better.

Who he is: Simeon Warner, director of repository development and services.

What he does: I manage a number of projects around repository systems – places to put articles and information – and I’m involved in various standards activities for sharing data and metadata between library systems and repositories. One thing I’m working on is a framework allowing libraries and other cultural-memory institutions to share images in a way that allows people to use them from anywhere, but without requiring institutions to move high-resolution copies across the Internet. That’s going to be used in our digital collections portal, which is going live very soon.

Why it’s important: Open and effective access to information is just really important. It makes scholarship work better. It’s good for the world, it’s good for the appreciation of scholarship by the public. It’s just how science and scholarship in general ought to work.

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

Supporting Chemical Safety through Collaborative Data Management: An Award-Winning Professional Service Project

Leah McEwen

Laboratory safety in academic research and education institutions is of increasing national concern. Several severe accidents have prompted review by the US Chemical Safety Board (http://www.csb.gov/assets/1/19/CSB_Study_TTU_.pdf, http://www.csb.gov/assets/1/19/Lab_Safety_Bulletin_2014-10-30.pdf) and the American Chemical Society (ACS, http://www.acs.org/content/dam/acsorg/about/governance/committees/chemicalsafety/publications/identifying-and-evaluating-hazards-in-research-laboratories.pdf).

One challenge identified is ready access to chemical safety information for the wide range of chemicals studied in academic research. Laboratory safety and chemical information management are both identified as critical skills by the ACS for chemistry undergraduates majors (http://www.acs.org/content/dam/acsorg/about/governance/committees/training/2015-acs-guidelines-for-bachelors-degree-programs.pdf).

GHS pictograms and hazard classes (provided by Ralph Stuart)

The ACS Professional Member Divisions of Chemical Health and Safety and Chemical Information are collaborating on a model for management of chemical information to support academic laboratory safety. The effort is being lead by the Division Secretaries, Ralph Stuart and Leah McEwen and recently won an ACS ChemLuminary Service Award (http://www.acs.org/content/acs/en/funding-and-awards/awards/community/what_are_the_chemluminary_awards/2015-chemluminary-award-winners.html). 

One of the early fruits of this professional community project is the formulation of data views for chemical safety information in the National Library of Medicine’s PubChem database (https://pubchem.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/), now in production for over 3000 chemicals (https://pubchem.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/lcss/). This data view is based on the Laboratory Chemical Safety Summaries format described by the National Research Council (http://www.nationalacademies.org/nrc/) in Prudent Practices in the Laboratory: Handling and Management of Chemical Hazards (http://www.nap.edu/catalog/12654/prudent-practices-in-the-laboratory-handling-and-management-of-chemical). An LCSS is available for PubChem Compound records with the newly implemented GHS (Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labeling of Chemicals) hazard classification in the database.

Over the academic year, the project will be collaborating with various US academic institutions to develop and refine web services for supporting enhanced use of this data stream, including flexible download facilities and indexing by the professional safety community. Concurrently, there are various projects underway in the chemical information domain to develop further semantic classification strategies. The International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry (IUPAC) is reviewing projects to look at better chemical identification in chemical safety data streams, including formulation of a QR code for chemical labels. Another focus area is improving documentation and instruction materials to support effective use of the breadth of information available.

Data contents included in the PubChem Laboratory Chemical Safety Summary (LCSS) at the time of writing.

Supporting these services involves an ongoing conversation among academic librarians, educators, health and safety professionals, and information scientists. There are several translation points involved in chemical safety planning among these stakeholders and each involves an important set of skills to make the process work. One collaborator's comments exemplifies the modern academic librarians’ role: “...as a librarian, a strong sense of practical solutions addressing real world problems and end user needs, which all too often get lost in translation; as a chemist, a firm understanding of the applicable scientific domain and effective use cases; as a person, a strong sense of purpose and selfless volunteerism. These qualities are extraordinary. In this modern era of human and technology fusion, it is easy to consider her a new breed of 'virtual librarian'.”

My sincere thanks to Cornell and the University library for the encouragement and opportunity to broadly contribute to the field of chemical information and the well-being of our global society.

Recent publications related to the project include:

McEwen, L.; Stuart, R. Meeting the Google Expectation for Chemical Safety Information. Chemistry International, 37 (5-6), 2015. 


Kim, S. et al. PubChem Laboratory Safety Summary. ConfChem Newsletter, American Chemical Society Division of Chemical Education. Fall 2015.


Stuart, R.; McEwen, L. The Safety “Use Case”: Co-Developing Chemical Information Management and Laboratory Safety Skills. Journal of Chemical Education, in press, 2015.*


* This article was selected by the journal editors for open access and a copy will be deposited in the Cornell eCommons repository. It was also selected as ACS Editors' Choice, along with several others, to rotate on the ACS Pubs website home page in mid-November. After the banner is changed the direct link to the article will be http://pubs.acs.org/doi/full/10.1021/acs.jchemed.5b00511.

Luce Grant Project Trip Yields Many Insights

Melanie Lefkowitz

First things first: on their recent trip to China to visit the institutions sending library employees to Cornell for book repair and disaster-preparedness training, Barbara Berger Eden and Xin Li ate sand worms. “They told us, eat it first, then we will tell you what it is,” said Xin, associate university librarian for discovery, assessment and international engagement. “I have to say, I eat a lot of things, but worms are not one of them.”

Cultural exchange was just one element of Xin and Barbara’s two-week trip to China in April, in advance of the arrival of the first pair of new trainees in Ithaca last in August. Thanks to a second grant from the Henry Luce Foundation, representatives from Chinese institutions came to Cornell for preservation training. Barbara and Xin traveled to China this spring to conduct an on-site needs assessment.

“We wanted to see the conditions of their collections, and to speak publicly about the program – it was sort of an ambassadorship, and also a chance for library staff to learn about our plan,” said Barbara, the Library’s recently retired director of preservation. “So we gave presentations, and did a lot of library sightseeing.”

Student art and discarded architectural homework models are exhibited at the Zhangzhou branch library in Xiamen.

The first group of trainees – who are also encouraged to train colleagues upon their return in the skills they learned at Cornell – all hailed from institutions in Beijing. For the most recent round, Cornell librarians sought to spread the knowledge across a broader region, and chose institutions in Wuhan, Nanjing, Jilin, Shanghai, Xiamen, and Taipei.

A specialist handles rare volumes at the Wuhan University Library.

“In the south, there is mildew, there are insects; in the north there is brittleness caused by dry conditions. So it’s important for us to really expand the impact of this program geographically,” Xin said. “Now, if you link these points, we cover half of mainland China, and I personally feel very proud of that.”

A staff member preserves special collections at the National Taiwan University Library.

The training Cornell provides focuses on comprehensive collection care, rather than rare book preservation, which is a specialty that can take years to learn.

“Collections Care includes topics such as how to put things up for display that won’t damage the original materials, what to do if you have a flood in the library, and how to deal with environmental issues like temperature, humidity,” Barbara said. “The kinds of things we take for granted here, but in a lot of institutions in China, most of the focus is on rare materials. They have a lot of Western-bound books, but they haven’t been trained to take care of them.”

Shelved books at the Wuhan University Library where patrons are generally directed to use digital copies.

The training provides a valuable service to researchers at Cornell and worldwide, since it ensures that scholarship is preserved.

“The well-being and lifespan of collections available in East Asian countries matters to the faculty at Cornell,” Xin said. “It’s literally research support.”

Used textbooks are repurposed as a wall at the Zhangzhou branch library in Xiamen.

The trip was also an opportunity to build cross-cultural relationships and to learn. “As we walk through we see how they use library space to attract users, and those are ideas we bring back and share,” Xin said.

Users can reserve seats at these kiosks at Xiamen University's main library.

For example, one librarian hosts art shows of student work, curated by students. Architectural models, created by students as homework, are displayed, rather than discarded. A display of handwritten notes describe what students love about the library.

“Are these things culturally possible here? We don’t know. But we look and we take photos and we bring it back,” Xin said.


Engineering Library and Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) Sponsor Authorship Lunch

Jill Powell

The Engineering Library organized an IEEE Authorship Lunch and Learn on Publication Etiquette and Ethics on October 5, 2015 in Upson Hall. For the Humanities folks among us, IEEE is the world's largest technical professional society. The talk was given by IEEE VP for Publications Services and Products Sheila Hemami, along with IEEE representative Ruth Wolfish and the Cornell IEEE student branch led by Udit Gupta.


The talk was well received, as was the free IEEE swag. Topics covered the editorial process, roles of associate editors, reviewers, publication metrics, and do’s and don’t along the way.

Below are some sample points from Hemami's talk.

Do work a long time on the abstract, it needs to sell the paper.

Do ask permission before listing any co-authors on your paper.

Do address any reviewer comments before resubmitting the paper, even somewhere else, since the reviewer is likely to be the same person.

Don’t submit your paper to more than one journal at a time.

Don’t selectively report data, sometimes it’s the outliers that turn out to be the most important discoveries.

Slides are available here: https://www.ieee.org/publications_standards/publications/authors/publication_etiquette.pdf

People News


Amy Dygert has joined DSPS as the Director of Copyright Services. Previously, she was the Copyright & Information Policy Adviser at the Syracuse University (SU) Library. With a JD and several graduate degrees, she has a valuable background in law, education, instructional design, communications, and project management. She brings a broad range of experiences including fielding copyright inquiries, negotiating licensing and publishing terms, developing legislative relationships and strategies, drafting deeds of gifts and purchase agreements, performing legal research on copyright issues, and advocating at the local and national level on copyright-related issues. She is experienced in educating faculty, researchers, and students about copyright and other areas of intellectual property and building a social media campaign to advance copyright knowledge. Also, Amy teaches communications law at the Newhouse School at SU. Welcome to the Library, Amy!

Karl Fitzke has been hired as the Audiovisual Specialist in DSPS. Karl has an extensive background on electronics design and maintenance, large digitization workflows, and managing digital and analog assets, most recently as the Media Systems Engineer at the Macaulay Library of Natural Sound at Cornell's Lab of Ornithology. He’s been a member of the advisory group for CUL’s AV Preservation Initiative since its inception in 2012 and has played an active role in supporting our AV digitization efforts here at the library. He will be focusing on digitizing, preserving, and making accessible library AV materials. He is also providing consultation and support to the library, faculty, and other stakeholders across campus as a contributing member of Digital Consulting and Production Services (DCAPS). Karl has a BS in Electronic Engineering from Rutgers University. The Library is happy to welcome Karl.

Karl Rozyn is the new exhibits curator at Mann Library. Karl comes to us from the University of Washington in Seattle, where he completed a Master’s degree program in Museology this past June. His past experience includes work as a collections assistant at UW’s Henry Art Gallery, a tour guide and steward of the historic home known as the Beauport, Sleeper-McCann house in Gloucester, Mass., and intern at the Essex Shipbuilding Museum also in Massachusetts. Karl brings with him a passion for telling stories, especially when it comes to objects and their cultural history and social importance. We’re really looking forward to working with him on some of the good stories behind the Library’s collections and the way they support the diverse research and teaching taking place at Cornell. Welcome to the Libray, Karl!

Promotions / Transfers / Changes

Tre Berney was promoted from a Multi Media Associate to a Project Manager/Director of Digitization and Conservation Services in DSPS. This new position was created to provide leadership for the Digital Media Group and the Preservation and Conservation Services within the Digital Scholarship and Preservation Services (DSPS). Tre is bringing to this positon a wonderful set of skills and experiences. He has an extensive background in audiovisual production, digitization, and preservation. Please join me in congratulating Tre and wishing him the best for a productive and enjoyable tenure. (Oya Y. Rieger)

Jacob Barnard-Blitz has been promoted from a Public Services Assistant II to a Public Services Assistant III in the Annex Library. Jacob's responsibilities have changed over the years and added duties have made this both an obvious and well-deserved promotion. Congratulations, Jacob! We appreciate your hard work and hope for many more years of service. (Cammie Wyckoff)

On June 1st, Adam Chandler was named Director of LTS Automation, User Experience, and Post-Cataloging Services. In this new role Adam is responsible for administrative oversight of two of LTS’s production teams – the Batch Processing & Metadata Management Unit and the Commercial Binding, Preparations, and Physical Processing Unit – as well as the division’s documentation program. Adam is a talented and dedicated librarian and a creative thinker, with a strong commitment to user services, and we are all looking forward to working with him in his new capacity. (Jim LeBlanc)

Ron Clark was promoted from a Building Facilities Coordinator V to a Facilities Supervisor in Library Administrative Operations. As Facilities Operations Manager, Ron will now be the principal contact with University Infrastructure Property and Planning (formerly Facilities Operations) for maintenance and repair issues, as well as the primary contact for Environmental Health and Safety and the University Fire Marshall. Along with Jon, now that Phil has retired, Ron has greater authority in managing design, review, and implementation of construction projects. He will continue to coordinate trade work, repairs, and furniture moves. Ron brings years of Library experience to his new position and we wish him well in his new role. Congratulations to Ron. (Ezra Delaney)

Jude Corina was promoted from a Collections Assistant III to a Collections Assistant IV in RMC in October. In this role, Jude has responsibility for accessioning incoming collection materials, maintaining and uploading finding aids, performing daily public services shifts, and participating in the annual RMC collections inventory. Jude also serves as assistant security and facilities officer in RMC. We are very pleased that Jude has taken on this expanded role! (Liz Muller)

Evan Earle has been promoted from a Collections Assistant V to the Peter J. Thaler University Archivist in RMC. On July 1, Evan officially became the Dr. Peter J. Thaler ’56 Cornell University Archivist, succeeding Elaine Engst, who retired in June after serving as university archivist for 20 years. Part of Cornell University Library’s Division of Rare and Manuscript Collections (RMC), the university archivist is responsible for documenting, preserving and showcasing a dauntingly wide – and increasingly digital – range of Cornelliana, from official university records to faculty research to yearbooks and scrapbooks to photos of campus construction. The Cornell University Archives encompass thousands of historical artifacts, from the private papers of administrators to oral histories and motion pictures to the original Cornell charter. After graduating from Cornell, Evan's work as an art collection docent at the Cornell Lab of Ornithology led him to RMC for research. He began working in the Library in January 2005. Evan's archiving work has ranged from the Native American collections to viticulture, but he has engaged consistently with the challenges of digital preservation. Finding the best, most reliable ways to store electronic artifacts, and making sure they remain accessible, is one of his major goals in his new role. Evan's Cornell roots run deep, with four generations of family members as teachers with Cornell degrees themselves, and his undergraduate and master's degrees from here, but more importantly he has a really strong foundation as an archivist. When it comes to electronic records, Evan has been ambitious in going out and getting the training he needs to understand how we’re going to grapple with these issues. He’s absolutely the right person for this job and a perfect choice for the recently endowed position of university archivist. For the Cornell Chronicle article on Evan written by Melanie Lefkowitz see here. (Anne Sauer)

Our new archivist Evan Earle

Greg Green has been appointed as the Coordinator for the Kroch Library, Division of Asia Collections. This is a two-year term appointment, effective on Oct. 1, 2015. Greg will be the point of contact for other library units. He will work with curators and staff on Asia-level matters, and communicate recommendations / decisions with colleagues outside of Asia. Examples of such matters include: steady move of Asia collections to the Annex and improved discovery and access of Asia materials, and better coordination between Asia and other units.He will represent Kroch Asia on ad hoc CUL-wide tasks when no other Asia staff is serving. This appointment does not change the existing reporting structure, i.e., the curators will continue to report to me. Please join me in congratulating Greg. (Xin Li)

John Howard has been promoted from a Public Services Assistant II to a Public Services Assistant III in the Annex Library. John's job was reclassified to take into acccount all the added responsibilities that come with an evolving environment at the Annex. As the Annex has grown, so too has John's job grown and changed. Congratulations John on a well-deserved promotion! (Cammie Wyckoff)

John Howard looks out on the Arts Quad

Saw Htoo has been promoted from a Collections Assistant II to a Public Services Assistant III in the Annex Library. Like his colleagues at the Annex who have had increasingly more to do and more responsibility, Saw has seen his job grow over the years and so his job was recently reclassifed. Congratulations Saw on a well-deserved promotion. (Cammie Wyckoff)

Kathryn Hughes has been promoted from a Preservation Assistant II to a Technical Services Assistant III in LTS. This reclassification reflects her expanding almost exclusively into E-Resources and Ordering. With the decline of stiffening she was able to adapt quickly to her many new responsibilities, while still being available to lend a helping hand in stiffening as needed. Congratulations to Kathy! (Susan Cobb)

Elizabeth Kluz has been promoted from a Public Services Assistant III to a Public Services Assistant IV in the Olin/Uris Access Services department. Liz manages the specialized equipment and rooms in Olin & Uris Libraries. In recent years, the number and types of specialized equipment and peripheral items available for checkout has significantly increased. We are very fortunate to have Liz’s expertise. She oversees all aspects of the program including the daily maintenance, reservations and support of this highly popular service. Her precise attention to detail and articulate way of writing procedures are among the multitude of things that make Liz such a pleasure to have working with our team. Congratulations, Liz! (Bethany Silfer)

Jon Ladley was promoted from a Building Facilities Coordinator V to a Facilities Supervisor in Library Administrative Operations. As Facilities Planning Manager, Jon takes on expanded responsibilities in project planning and management with Phil's retirement. He will be assisting in managing unit accounts and conducting space and feasibility studies. His additional duties include initiating approved projects and administering maintenance and service contracts. He will retain his duties for key management and coordinating safety training, as well as ensuring compliance with CUPD and EHS. Jon will assume full responsibility for representing the Library at facilities leadership meetings. Along with Ron he now has greater authority in managing design, review, and implementation of construction projects. Jon brings years of Library experience to his new position and we wish him well in his new role. Congratulations Jon. (Ezra Delaney)

Jon Ladley with his daughter and the Buffalo Bills mascot

Sally Lockwood has been promoted from a Technical Services Assistant IV to a Technical Services Assistant V in LTS. Sally has been a great asset to the e-resources department, showing great enthusiasm for problem solving and for outreach to selectors. Some of her favorite work activities are giving lightning round talks and writing up documentation! She is constantly looking for ways to improve her own skills, in addition to helping others learn by helping to train them. Thanks, Sally, for all your hard work! (Liisa Mobley; photograph by Carla DeMello)

Nathan Miner has been promoted from a Public Services Assistant II to a Public Services Assistant III in the Annex Library. Nathan's job was recently reclassified to take into account his expanded job duties and responsibilities. We are happy to congratulate him on his promotion and look forward to many more years working with him! (Cammie Wyckoff)

Michelle Paolillo has taken on duties as the Digital Curation Services Lead in DSPS. She will be leading the newly formed department of Digital Curation Services, which has as its mission to coordinate CUL's overall digital preservation program and facilitate the creation of a cohesive service framework. In pursuit of this goal, Michelle and her team will work closely with the broad range of staff involved in archiving and curation activities for both born-digital and newly digitized content, and partner with CUL IT for development and operation of infrastructures in support of the archival mission. Michelle will also continue her engagement in our digital humanities program with a focus on text mining and other computational analysis methods. Over the years, she has built significant experience in managing projects, development of repositories, and institutional relationships related to large scale digitization and digital preservation. Congratulations Michelle! (Oya Y. Rieger)

Paw Pha has been promoted from a Collections Assistant II to a Public Services Assistant III in the Annex Library. Like his colleagues, Paw has seen his job change and grow over the years and he has risen to the challenge of added responsibilities in a complex environment. We are happy to congraulate him on his promotion and hope to get many more years of service. (Cammie Wyckoff)

Paw Pha above

Zora Radoja has been promoted from a Preservation Assistant II to a Technical Services Assistant III in LTS. This reclassification reflects her new responsibilities supporting staff in the E-Resources & Serials Unit. With the decline in stiffening it opened up the opportunity for Zora to expand her knowledge and learn several other duties while still keeping up on all of her current responsibilities. Congratulations to Zora! (Susan Cobb)

Adam Spry was promoted from a Building Coordinator III to a Building/Facilities Coordinator IV in Library Administrative Operations. Adam is a key member of CUL Facilities. His expertise, experience, wealth of knowledge, and positive attitude all contribute to the successful operation of the Library. He is a pleasure to work with and provides an outstanding level of service across all of the libraries on campus. (Ron Clark)

Gail Steinhart will join Digital Scholarship and Preservation Services (DSPS) in January, 2016 as the Scholarly Communication Librarian. Previously she was Head of Research Services at Mann Library. In her new role, she will collaborate with liaison librarians and other library specialists to promote CUL's digital scholarshipand scholarly communication services, increase awareness about current issues, and assess faculty needs for services(e.g., personal archiving, public access mandates, open access, Orcid ID, researcher profiles, etc.). Also, she will provide leadership for eCommons and contribute to the copyright and arXiv programs. Gail is bringing to this position a stellar set of skills and experiences, including contributing to the CUL research data management program, managing the research services group at Mann Library, initiating a program to support public access compliance with research funding policies, and collaborating with many different units across campus to accomplish all of this work. She has published extensively on data management and data services, and is a collaborator on broader initiatives such as DataONE, SHARE, and DataBib. Please join me in congratulating Gail and wishing her a productive, rewarding, and enjoyable tenure. (Oya Rieger)

Tom Trutt was promoted from a Public Services Assistant IV to a Public Services Assistant V in Mann Library. Tom was promoted to the role of Mann Access Services Desk Coordinator in September 2015. Tom is a longtime employee at Mann Library, having worked in various positions in public services throughout his 15-plus years with us. His broad knowledge of technology, public computing and printing, access services, reserves, and interlibrary loan and Borrow Direct make him invaluable within our department and the ideal person to take over this position. Please join us in congratulating Tom on this well-deserved promotion.


Katie Hiney, Access Collections Assistant at Catherwood, married Josh Rickhuss on September 4th in Ithaca. Congratulations to Katie!

Will Sheppard and his wife, Sarah, welcomed Jeannette (Jenna) Frances Sheppard into the world on September 2nd at 18.5” and weighing 7 lbs., 7 oz. Congratulations to Will and his wife!

Out & About

Camille Andrews, Howard Raskin, & Sara E. Wright’s article entitled “Library learning Spaces: Investigating Libraries and Investing in Student Feedback” was accepted for publication with the Journal of Library Administration  and will appear in volume 56, number 6 due out in summer of 2016. 

Tre Berney was awarded a travel grant through the International Association of Sound and Audiovisual Archives (IASA) to attend their annual conference, this year in Paris. The conference took place at Bibliotheque de nationale and in conjunction with the Europeana Sounds meeting, a large-scale plan to preserve the cultural audio heritage of Europe. He participated as a representative of both CUL and the United States in discussing digitization and conservation efforts of AV materials. Cornell’s AV preservation and digitization workflow rely heavily on the IASA technical committee’s recommendations and it was a chance to attend workshops and talks given by members from over 30 countries. Also while in Paris, he toured l’Archive de nationale’s new campus and held meetings with Conservator General, Michel Thibaut; Digitization Workflow Manager, Charlotte Renaud; and conservation staff.

Mickey Casad, Oya Y. Rieger, and Desi Alexander published an article in the recent issue of D-Lib to report on the finding of the NEH-funded initiative to create a technical, curatorial, and managerial framework for preserving access to complex born-digital new media objects. The article describes the project's findings and discoveries, focusing on a user survey conducted with the aim of creating user profiles and use cases for born-digital assets like those in the testbed collection.The Library's Rose Goldsen Archive of New Media Art provided the testbed for this project.

Jenn Colt, George Kozak, and Melissa Wallace presented a poster at Hydra Connect 2015 in Minneapolis, in September. The poster was titled, “Making the Migration: Migrating Cornell’s digital collections into a Blacklight/Hydra solution.”

Jim DelRosso and Sarah Young gave a workshop called "Open Access Publishing: What You Need To Know" on October 19 to folks from across Cornell.

In September, Pat Fox and Michele Brown of the Conservation Unit, DSPS were guest instructors for Art 3306: Artist Book & Object Multiple, taught by Greg Page. Students made blank books using Japanese book binding techniques.

“Are You Reaching Your Audience?: The Intersection between LibGuide Authors and LibGuide Users,” an article by Gabriela Castro Gessner, Adam Chandler, and Wendy Sue Wilcox, appears in a recent issue of Reference Services Review, 43:3 (2015), pp. 491-508. In this paper, Gaby, Adam, and Wendy report on a case study that examined the relationship between the intentions of LibGuide creators and how local users are finding, accessing, and engaging with these resources. Drawing from the results of this study, they also provide a number of recommendations for LibGuide authors and the LibGuide system vendor, Springshare. Gaby is a Research and Assessment Analyst with CUL Assessment & Communication; Adam is Director of Automation, User Experience, and Post-Cataloging Services in LTS; Wendy is Access Services Librarian for Olin/Kroch and Uris Libraries.

Dan Hickey is now a member of the Academic Business Library Directors. He attended the Northeast regional meeting in the fall and will attend the international meeting in the spring.

Keith Jenkins co-chaired CUGEO 2015, the second annual Cornell Geospatial Forum, which on October 13 brought together the GIS community from across the entire campus. With help from other library staff members Boris Michev, Jeff Piestrak, Jenny Leijonhufvud and Erica Johns, this all-day event presented an update of geospatial science and technology at Cornell, a discussion of the challenges and opportunities of building applications for community outreach, and three sessions of lightning talks covering everything from precision agricultural monitoring and climate change to historic preservation and archaeology.

Congratulations to Anne Kenney, who has been elected to serve on the HathiTrust Board of Governors for a full three year term, beginning 1/1/2016! Anne will finish out her temporary appointment through the rest of 2015. The announcement from October 30 reads: "The members of HathiTrust have elected three individuals to serve on its Board of Governors beginning on January 1, 2016. Anne R. Kenney, Carl A. Kroch Librarian, Cornell University, and Winston Tabb, Sheridan Dean of University Libraries, Johns Hopkins University, will serve three-year terms that end in December 2018. Beth McNeil, Dean of Library Services at Iowa State University, will serve a one-year term. "Each of these three accomplished librarians will bring vision, wisdom and knowhow to the Board of Governors, helping to ensure that the HathiTrust Digital Library will continue to innovate and thrive,” said Sarah Michalak, past chair of the Board and chair of the 2015 Nominating Committee. Kenney was appointed to the Board in February 2015 to temporarily fill the seat left vacant by Patricia Steele’s retirement from the University of Maryland. She has served on the Board of the Association of Research Libraries and currently serves on the Board of the Council on Library and Information Resources. Under Kenney’s leadership Cornell University Library has consistently pursued cross-institutional collaboration, including the 2CUL partnership with Columbia University, and pursued sustainable business operations for major open access initiatives, such as arXiv.org, the e-print repository for physics, mathematics, and computer science. "I am convinced that there is no more important collaborative effort in the library community today than HathiTrust. It is simply a game changer and an enabling capacity to move forward together,” stated Kenney. (For the entire release see here; photograph by Carla DeMello)

On October 1st, Jason Kovari (LTS Metadata Services) participated in a panel at the Archives in the Electronic Age II meeting of the Archivists Roundtable of Metropolitan New York. Jason focused on logistical challenges to digital preservation at this session. Then, at the NY-NJ-PA SharedShelf Regional Users Group meeting, held later in October, Jason gave a presentation designed by Jenn Colt (from the DSPS User Experience Team) on the CUL Digital Collections Portal, which is currently in development. Jason demoed the portal’s beta site and discussed, among other issues, the need for better discovery of SharedShelf assets, metadata complexities, and workflows for the portal.

Garima Lal, Kelly LaVoice, and Jeremy Cusker did a career research workshop for Cornell Tech on October 28.

CUL’s Director of Library Technical Services, Jim LeBlanc, was invited to give the first Strauhof Lecture of the fall season at the Zurich James Joyce Foundation in early September. In his presentation, entitled “Knock, Knock,” Jim spoke about the effects of Joyce’s narrative technique on readers of Finnegans Wake, especially the ways in which intertextual correspondences within the Wake’s discourse both disrupt and enable our attempts to get an interpretive grip on Joyce’s text.

Will Sheppard has been appointed to the UNYSLA Advisory Board as Communications Chair.

Sarah Young, Health Science and Policy Librarian, assisted with the World Health Organization/Cochrane Collaboration/Cornell University Summer Institute for Systematic Reviews in Nutrition for Global Policy Making in early August. This is the second year of the institute, which seeks to train public health and nutrition researchers from around the world in systematic review methodology. A systematic review (SR) applies an intensive literature review approach to gather and assess all existing research evidence to guide practice and policy-making. Researchers in this institute conduct SRs that will be used to develop and inform WHO guidelines. Sarah conducted four hands-on workshops and worked closely with research teams to provide guidance in developing search strategies, using citation management software and accessing library resources. Sarah also presented at a virtual meeting of transportation librarians, supported by Transportation Library Connectivity, a federally-supported consortium of librarians and information specialists from state departments of transportation around the country. She co-presented with Mary Moultan, Digital Librarian at the National Transportation Library, about support for researchers in understanding and complying with emerging federal public access policies.

Upstate New York Science Librarians Meet at Cornell Plantations

On Friday, Oct 23, 2015 about 40 science librarians gathered at the Cornell Plantations for their annual Upstate New York Science Librarians Meeting. Professor Chris Schaffer, Department of Biomedical Engineering, was the keynote speaker, and spoke on the importance of open access from the perspective of a scientist and policy maker.

There were nine other presentations from librarians representing SUNY Buffalo, Hobart and William Smith, Colgate, SUNY Oswego, and Cornell.

The group went on several tours -- of the Plantations, Mann Library, and the Cornell Dairy. Sponsors for the meeting included Springer and Cornell University Library.

The website for the conference program is https://nyscilib.wordpress.com/2015/05/12/2015-meeting/ and the listserv for the group is NYSCILIB@LISTSERV.SYR.EDU. (Jill Powell)


From: Anne R. Kenney
Sent: Mon 4/27/2015
Subject: Take One: September 7, 2015 (Check Out this Student Video on AD White Library!)

Today we are launching a crowd funding project to help upgrade the AD White Library with new lighting, electrical outlets, new study tables and refurbished large tables on the first level. Several students helped us with the “pitch” by creating one of the best student videos I’ve ever seen—spoofing the need for head lamps and extension cords. I’m pleased to say the President Beth Garrett was the first donor for the project. Check it out at https://crowdfunding.cornell.edu/project/551aa9410920657458d7b915.


A.D. White Library ca. 1900; photograph from Division of Rare and Manuscript Collections

The project web site page reports $42,100 raised toward the $30,000 goal by 248 donors. The campaign ended on October 7, 2015.


From: Anne R. Kenney
Sent: Mon 10/5/2015
Subject: Voyager Replacement Plan

Last week after meetings of the 2CUL Steering Committee and The Library Executive Group, we came to a decision about replacing Voyager. The groups reviewed the report of the ILS Replacement Team, which consists of functional representatives from library IT, public services, technical services, and library financial services from both Cornell and Columbia Libraries. Based on the analysis provided by the team, Cornell will begin moving forward with Kuali OLE immediately, with a target implementation date of July 1, 2017. Columbia will postpone its ILS replacement decision and actions for now.

In doing its analysis, the joint team addressed a set of strategic questions that covered vision and goals, anticipated future library needs, system options, timing, resource needs, and the common and unique challenges that we two Libraries face. The end result is a better decision than either one of us could have made alone. In the next few weeks, we will engage more staff to develop the project plan. As 2CUL partners, Cornell and Columbia will continue knowledge-sharing, consultation, and work on a variety of joint projects.

A big-thank you goes to Columbia’s contributors: Robert Cartolano, Francie Mrkich, Deana Vasiljevic, Mark Wilson, and Breck Witte; and Cornell’s contributors: Dean Krafft, Jesse Koennecke, Deb Lamb-Deans, Ann Crowley, Chris Manly, and Holly Mistlebauer. If you have questions, please contact Dean Krafft (dean.krafft@cornell.edu) or Rob Cartolano (rtc@columbia.edu).


From: Anne R. Kenney
Sent: Tue 11/10/2015
Subject: Take One: November 10, 2015 (Library Response to Call for Reducing Administrative Overhead)

You may recall that President Garrett sent an email in August, calling the central administrative units and colleges to submit a detailed plan to reduce administrative costs and increase efficiency by December 15, 2015. In preparation for the Library’s response, the Library Executive Group reviewed CUL'srecentand planned efforts to improve service and to better utilize resources.We are proud to say that CUL is on the right track -- thanks to our strong culture of innovation and efficiency. I wanted to let you know that we plan to put forth the following ideas to the President:

Develop a collaborative effort on campus to support teaching and learning with technology, reduce duplication of services, leverage current expertise and build new strengths in order to ensure that Cornell faculty and students remain competitive in this area....

Implement Symplectic Elements to ensure verifiable and accurate information on faculty publications is collected....

Simplify course reserves....

Investigate online payment options....

Utilize the results of the recent AV preservation initiative to develop cost-effective strategies for archiving and utilization of important and fragile cultural heritage, research, and teaching materials on campus....

Promote our institutional repositories....

Form additional international partnerships to expand access to collections that Cornell cannot purchase and to expertise that extends the library’s work around the globe....

None of these should surprise you because many of them were suggested by you over recent years as we collectively considered ways to fulfill our mission in financially strained times. Each of the ideas will lead to a positive and direct impact on faculty and students.

For the entire announcement see here.


Peter Hirtle, Digital Scholarship & Preservation Services

After 19 years of stellar service, Peter Hirtle, Digital Scholarship & Preservation Services, has retired as the Library's Senior Policy Advisor in Digital Scholarship and Preservation Services. Peter is a highly valued expert on a range of information policy issues related to access and preservation. During his tenure at the Library, he has assumed several roles--expanding from creating digital collections to addressing copyright and licensing issues associated with scholarly content; and from serving as Director of the Cornell Institute for Digital Collections to assuming a selection role for history. We congratulate Peter and thank him for his remarkable contributions to CUL and beyond. (Oya Y. Rieger)

Phil Koons, Library Administrative Operations

After 10 years of service to Cornell University Library, Phil Koons retired in September. The library is grateful to him for all his hard work, persistence, and dedication in improving Library facilities and operations.

Phil was responsible for Facilities, Health and Safety, Maintenance and Operations, Project Management, and Shipping and Receiving. During his tenure he improved the level of maintenance in Library facilities and managed numerous capital construction projects. Working with constrained budgets, Phil was still able to make significant improvement to Library operations and facilities. His attention to detail and years of knowledge helped him to succeed in advancing the mission of CUL.

Everyone enjoyed working with Phil. We look forward to continuing the culture of service and inclusion that Phil created. We wish him well in his retirement. (Ezra Delany)


Good-bye and good luck to

  • Carrie Cooper, Mann Library
  • Peter Hirtle, Digital Scholarship & Preservation Services
  • Steven Hughes, O/K/U Collection Maintenance
  • Phil Koons, Administrative Operations
  • Abby Ricklin, Law Library
  • Serena Ward, Music Library

who recently left the Library.


Frank Brown, 1944 – 2015

Surrounded by his family, Frank Brown passed peacefully out of this life on September 14, 2015, after a fearless battle with leukemia.

Frank was born on May 21, 1944 in Ridge Spring, SC. After serving in the U.S. Marines from 1963-1966, he graduated from Washington and Lee University with a degree in chemistry.

He was a bookbinder and conservator for 35 years. He spent most of his career self-employed with Brown Conservators, working on rare and unique materials from Harvard University, Dartmouth College, the University of Vermont, and the Boston Athenaeum, as well as for private libraries and collectors. He spent the last 10 years as the preservation technician for Mann Library at Cornell University, where he cared for both circulating and special collections. He felt that it was important to pass on his skills in bookbinding, and was a thoughtful and patient teacher. He was known for his craftsmanship and imagination.

He approached life with curiosity, enthusiasm, and humor. He was a life-long student of science, music, philosophy, and martial arts. He loved nature, bluegrass, campfires, and working in his garden.

He valued his many friends and neighbors. He enjoyed playing music with his friends and was a member of the Rooftop Pickers. He especially cherished his time at Mann Library. He was honored to be part of the “Mann family.”

Most of all he loved his family, and they also loved him deeply. He leaves his wife, Michele, his son, Mike (Colette Feehan), his daughter, Kate (Carmine D’Alessandro), his brothers, Joe (Gail) and Nathan (Becky Spithill), his niece, Jessica Carr (Chris Carr), his nephews, Ryan (Becky), Christopher (Lisa), and Andrew (Erika), his great-nieces, April and Julia, his great-nephew, Simon, his mother-in-law, Lea Emerick, and his sister-in-law, Diane Emerick. He also leaves aunts, uncles, and cousins. He was pre-deceased by his parents, Frank and Aurelia Brown, and his sister-in-law, Joan Emerick. There was a celebration of his life in October. (Published in Ithaca Journal on Sept. 26, 2015)

He will be dearly missed by his Mann family and the Cornell Library.

Jeri-Lynn Buchanan, 1944 - 2015

Jeri-Lynn Buchanan passed away on October 27th. During her thirty-year career at CUL – first in the Library Budget and Accounting Office, then in CTS/LTS – Jeri-Lynn was known as a helpful and kind colleague who excelled at complex, detailed work and who was often called upon to train others. She was always full of energy and upbeat, and those who shared morning coffee breaks with Jeri-Lynn recall her wonderful stories about running away to the circus (at the age of 17!). She will be remembered at CUL for her friendly and welcoming demeanor, hard work, and many years of dedicated service. (Jim LeBlanc)

Jeri-Lynn's memorial service was on Friday, November 6, at the Caroline Center Church, Caroline Center (Brooktondale), NY. Memorial contributions may be made to Ovarian Cancer Research or Hospicare of Ithaca. For her obituary in the Ithaca Journal see here: http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/theithacajournal/obituary.aspx?n=jeri-lynn-fisher-buchanan&pid=176273619&fhid=31206

Jeri-Lynn Buchanan front left, at the Service Awards luncheon in 1999 with other long-serving staff

Jane Ruth Wood, 1925 - 2015

Long time and beloved Mann reference assistant Jane Ruth Wood passed away on October 23 while on a cruise in the Bahamas. After retiring as a biology teacher in Peekskill High, Jane Ruth took on a 2nd career at the Mann reference desk until she retired seven years ago at the age of 83. She was well known for her smile and her keen knowledge of the life sciences. She was, as one person put it, everyone’s grandmother.

A full obituary is online. (Jim Morris-Knower)

Jane Ruth Wood left with library patron

The Lighthearted Library: Cartoons by Betsy Elswit

Below is the cartoon we left you with in August 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)



I knew it! The passage says, "In my father's house are many rooms (John 14)." (Elizabeth Teskey)
Books! I guess I have died and gone to heaven! (Ada Albright)
They have GREs to study for up here, too? (Nina Chaopricha)
What! They still have books? By now I thought they would have switched to cloud computing. (Robin Messing)
... I knew there would be books in heaven! (Jackie Beal)
I hope it doesn't rain! (Matt Morrison)
Heaven for closed library stacks... (Leah McEwen)
Silver linings of going e-only. (Leah McEwen)


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