April 2011

Unit in the Spotlight: CLO Batch Processing & Metadata Management
The End of Twine at FAL
CUL Art/Talent Extravaganza
People News
The Lighthearted Library

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Michael Cook, Mann Library

Michael has played a key leadership role in two dynamic areas of the library—public access computing and access services. He has made major contributions not only to Mann Library but to Cornell University and to the profession.

During the summer of 2009 Michael made a seamless transition to new responsibilities as the Head of Access Services. After many years of experience as Mann’s Head of Public Access Computing, and after demonstrating strong organizational, supervisory, and management skills, Michael stepped into this important new role.

In a relatively short period of time, Michael has become one of the leaders of CUL’s access services community. Under Michael’s leadership the Get It Team facilitated the successful launch of the new Borrow Direct System. Michael coordinated testing here at Cornell, and engaged his team in discussions about the timing of implementing the new system. This included reaching out to the broader Cornell library community for input. As the campus leader for ereserves, Michael plays a pivotal role in ensuring that staff at CUL can appropriately utilize the ARES software. This includes problem solving for the entire campus; working with Mann access services staff on identifying online tools that can be created to assist with processing; becoming the ARES User Group Chair; and advocating for enhancements and increased functionality in ARES to the appropriate staff at ATLAS Systems.

As the leader of Cornell’s 2CUL Resource Sharing Working Group, Michael guided his colleagues through several major projects. They worked closely with their colleagues at Columbia to establish policies and procedures for in-person access by Columbia and Cornell patrons at both campuses, and they formulated an expedited delivery model between the campuses.

Under Michael’s direction, the CUL Access Services Committee changed the faculty indefinite loan to one year; identified, reported and helped rectify a major software bug in the Voyager system; and closed a patron confidentiality loophole in the login functions of the Voyager OPAC and Borrow Direct Systems.Through it all, Michael remains passionate about public service and continues to be an engaged, caring, and supportive supervisor to his staff. And he ain’t a bad guitar player, either. (Howard Raskin)

Lance Heidig, Olin & Uris Libraries

When I was asked to write Lance’s promotion piece for Kaleidoscope, I was told that three or four paragraphs should suffice. Given Lance’s numerous achievements, three or four pages would be more apt! What follows is merely a brief overview of Lance’s most recent accomplishments.

Lance has been a highly-valued and productive member of the reference, instruction, collections, and outreach team at Cornell for many years. Having reached his quarter century of service at CUL last year, he is now quite deservedly celebrating another achievement—his promotion to Librarian.

Lance’s contributions to CUL are numerous. He is a creative advocate for outreach, a perspective that informs all areas of his work, and his user-centered approach to librarianship has helped him establish valuable connections with students and faculty. He has been particularly effective as an embedded instructor for several classes, including Writing 7100, Teaching Writing, Music 131, Jazz (with Tracey Snyder), and currently, as a co-instructor for Writing 1380, with Tracy Carrick. He is also” virtually” embedded in Music 1301, Introduction to World Music I: Africa and the Americas (again, in collaboration with Tracey Snyder).

In addition to his roles in reference, instruction, and collection development, Lance frequently engages in other CU and CUL activities. This year he continues his longstanding association with the Cornell New Student Reading Project. As well as contributing content for the project Web site, Lance regularly writes a reading project blog and serves as a small group discussion leader. He has already begun background preparation on the reading project selection for fall 2011, Homer & Langley.

Lance has also become a resident Mark Twain scholar, thanks to his curation of CUL’s recent Mark Twain exhibition, Known to Everyone—Liked by All: The Business of Being Mark Twain. In addition to appearing in a CyberTower video, “Mark Twain’s Cornell”, Lance edited the collection catalog, Known to Everyone – Liked by All:  The Mark Twain Collection of Susan Jaffe Tane. In conjunction with the exhibition, Lance conducted numerous tours for patron groups that ranged from CAU students to the Cornell Student Advisory Council. His involvement with Twain did not stop with the end of the exhibit, however. In the past several months, Lance has traveled across New York State and Connecticut as an invited guest at Quarry Farm; Elmira College; the Chemung County Historical Museum; the Mark Twain House & Museum in Hartford, Connecticut; the Cornell Club of Rochester, NY; and the Ulysses Philomathic Library in Trumansburg, NY. Last May, during CUL’s Career Development Week, he also shared his thoughts on this author in a presentation entitled “Stalking Mark Twain: Research Strategies of the Rich and Famous.”

When Lance is not directing his enthusiasm and energy to his work at CUL, he can be found applying these same traits to his passion for hiking and travelling in the American West. Please join with me in congratulating Lance on his well-deserved promotion. (Deb Schmidle)

Nan Hyland, Mann Library

Nan’s career is an illustration of how fast libraries have been changing over the past two decades. She came to Cornell in 1997 after earning her Library Science degree from the University of Illinois.  She had six years of experience supporting the computing environment for life scientists at Illinois. She stepped into a challenging role as our Public Access Computing Coordinator. She was responsible for the operation of two services desks, about 120 computers (we called them microcomputers back then), and perhaps 60 printers and peripherals. She was our liaison to the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences (CALS) and Cornell Information Technologies (CIT), the two supporters of our technologies. She then took over as our Spatial Data Services librarian in 1999. She did some of the first usability work in the library as part of the creation of the help pages for the library Gateway. Building on that success she led the planning team for the redesign of our Gateway in 2002.

In 2002, when Philip Herold left, Nan (ever ready to take on a new challenge) became our Information Services Coordinator. She chaired the Instruction and Reference Program Committee (IRPC), the precursor to the Reference & Outreach and Instruction Committees of the Public Services Executive Committee (PSEC). She was a co-author on the 2003 report on usability studies that started the effort that resulted in today’s CUL Usability and User Studies group. In 2004 Nan became the manager of our USDA economic data service, a responsibility she still holds. She has overseen redesigns of the systems, represents the service at agricultural economics meetings, manages the budget, and meets with Agency personnel. In 2007 there were significant reorganizations in public services at Mann. Once again Nan took on a new area – she became our Collections Coordinator. In 2009 she became a co-director of the CUL Web Development Team and recently completed her two year appointment in that role. As a result of another cycle of reorganization at Mann she once again became our Information Services Coordinator.

Nan has the temperament and competence to deal with continuing change. It is a good strength to have in these days. She has successfully led a range of large CUL projects. She represents CUL in the agricultural information community. She has published and presented on topics ranging from GIS data preservation to usability study techniques to building digital collections for libraries in the developing world. There is no doubt that Nan will continue to make significant contributions to CUL as the library responds to the changing information landscape with innovative and creative services. (Kathy Chiang)

Kornelia Tancheva, Olin & Uris Libraries

Someone recently dubbed Kornelia, “the energizer bunny of Olin Library.” I think that’s an apt description of this recently-promoted librarian. As the director of Olin and Uris libraries, Kornelia is responsible for the administration, vision, and budget management of our largest library. At the same time, she’s also deeply involved in the Olin Library fire-safety improvement project, a complex and time-consuming effort that affects the daily life of hundreds of faculty, staff, and students. That there has been nary a complaint is a strong testament to her communication and organizational skills.

Kornelia is a leader who understands the landscape of higher education; she is an engaged and highly committed manager who fosters her own professional development and nurtures the skills of those around her. She’s a user-centered librarian whose own research provides additional insights into the academic life of students and faculty—whether it’s an ethnographic study of undergraduates and their use of technology or a research grant to develop a deeper understanding of how the library can better support humanities graduate students. Kornelia is keenly interested in the “hows” and “whys” and uses both quantitative information and qualitative insights to inform the managerial decisions that she makes.

But, this energizer bunny has many facets to her professional life. In addition to being the director of Olin and Uris, Kornelia is the liaison to the Linguistics department. Faculty have told me that every faculty member in Linguistics knows her and feels comfortable contacting her—a “strong indicator of how effective her outreach has been.” Similarly, Kizer Walker praises her collection development acumen and says she is “an exemplary selector.”

Elements of Kornelia’s professional life that may be less well-known to her library colleagues are her long-standing volunteer commitment to teaching English as a Second Language through the Cornell Campus Club and her adjunct teaching responsibilities at Sofia University where she has taught classes in language, literature, and drama, including a recent graduate-level course on “Theatre at the Age of the Internet.” Her list of publications is extensive. In addition to library-related publications, her resume is peppered with research articles on modernism in drama, cultural studies, and semiotics. Rumor has it that Kornelia is up at 4:00 a.m, answering email at 5:00 a.m., and at the gym at 6:00 a.m. Given the time difference with Bulgaria, she is probably teaching an online version of her course in the wee hours of the morning as well!

Kornelia is an outstanding professional whose contributions to Cornell and to the profession are significant. At the rank of Librarian, we look for leadership in the profession and the promise of continued professional growth. It is a pleasure to celebrate her promotion to Librarian. I have no doubts that we will continue to expect great things of Kornelia and that she will continue to thrive in this changing and vibrant environment. (Janet McCue)

Kizer Walker, Scholarly Resources & Special Collections

Kizer Walker is currently Director of Collection Development for Cornell University Library and the Librarian for German Studies, Classics, Archaeology, and Ancient Near Eastern Studies. He isalso managing editor of Signale: modern German letters, cultures, and thought, a monographic series published under the joint imprint of Cornell University Press and Cornell University Library in electronic and print formats.

Kizer came to CUL in 2001 as Digital Projects Librarian for Cornell’s Engineering, Mathematics, and Physical Sciences Libraries. In this role Kizer was project manager for two major international scholarly communications and digital preservation projects in mathematics for which CUL was a key collaborator, along with the State and University Library of Göttingen (Germany) and Springer Verlag, among others. In 2002 he became bibliographer for Classics, Archaeology, and Ancient Near Eastern Studies. During this time he also served as Coordinator for Collection Development in the former Department of Collections, Reference, Instruction, and Outreach in Olin/Uris Libraries. In April of 2005 he assumed selection responsibilities for German Studies.

Kizer completed the M.L.S. at Syracuse University in 2001. He holds a Ph.D. in German Studies from Cornell, completed in 1999 under David Bathrick. His dissertation, Weimar Wars of Position: The First World War and Discursive Mobilizations on the Left, addresses relations among warfare, memory, language, and political mobilization in a number of texts -- literary, theoretical, and polemical -- engaged with the First World War in the late Weimar period. Kizer’s scholarly interests include critical theory, Marxism, German-Jewish studies, history of technology, and media studies. He is particularly interested in the effects of technology and institutional change on publishing practices and scholarly communications in the humanities.

Kizer is also a member of the adjunct faculty of Syracuse University's School of Information Studies, where he teaches courses on collection development.

I have known Kizer since he came to Cornell in 2001 and have continued to work very closely with him on many different, interesting, and successful projects, committees, and issues. I have found him to be incredibly resourceful, intelligent, communicative, and thought provoking. He is highly skilled at writing, editing, and expressing his thoughts, views and informed opinions. I rely on his counsel, advice, ideas, and suggestions constantly. Just a few of the highlights we have worked on together in the past include the NSF (2002-2004) and IMLS (2004-2006) funded Kinematic Models for Design Digital Library, the CUL Task Force on Open Access Publishing (2004), and the 2005 JANUS Conference on Research Library Collections. Since 2008 we have worked very closely in collection development administration. I must truly say that I could not do this without him. Recently he has been a key contributor to the Library's Strategic Plan as well as a co-leader of the Library Humanities Research Collections Committee.

There are many other accomplishments and contributions that Kizer has made to CUL, the profession, and the community of scholars that I am leaving out, but suffice to say that Kizer is and will continue to be a leader in the Library. It is truly remarkable how much he does and how well he does it. He truly deserves this recognition and promotion. I know his wife Carmi and two children Uriel (soon to be a college freshman) and Amalia are proud of their Dad. Congratulations! (John Saylor)

Liren Zheng, Wason Collection

Liren Zheng stands by the portrait of the founder of the eponymous Charles W. Wason Collection on East Asia

Congratulations to Dr. Liren Zheng on his well deserved promotion to Librarian. Liren joined the Library in 2006 as the Curator of the Charles W. Wason Collection on East Asia. In his previous position, from 1998 to 2006 he was the Curator of the Dr. Shao You-Bao Overseas Chinese Research and Documentation Center at Ohio University Library. Liren received both his Ph.D (1997) and M.A.(1989) in History from Cornell and he received a B.A. in History from Xiamen University in 1982. Liren is an expert in overseas Chinese in Southeast Asia. His Ph.D dissertation is titled, "Overseas Chinese Nationalism in British Malaya, 1894-1941."

I have thoroughly enjoyed working with and getting to know him the last several years. He is always incredibly well prepared, organized, and thoughtful. The energy he is putting into our collaboration with Tsinghua University is reaping benefits to both universities. He also made a major contribution by providing a leadership role in promoting the 90th anniversary conference and celebration of the founding of the Wason Collection.

One of Liren's major goals that he is successfully working on is digitizing many of the print holdings of the Wason collection. The first of these is the Wason China Pamphlet Collection donated by Charles Wason in 1918. He is also working on the digitization of the Chinese Rare book collection of over 100 items.

In addition to his local contributions, Liren has provided leadership nationally and internationally in the Association of Chinese Professors of Social Sciences in the United States, the World Confederation of Institutes and Libraries for Overseas Chinese Studies, the Society for Chinese Studies Librarians, and international conferences in Guangzhou and Harvard. He also serves as advisor to Xiamen University Library and other institutes in China.

These are just a few of his many contributions and activities. I look forward to working with him on many future collaborations and celebrations. (John Saylor)

Associate Librarian

Susan Kendrick, Management Library, The Johnson School

One of my first indications of Susan’s fit for Cornell came during her first week on the job. She attended a mentoring workshop during which mentees and mentors were separated into two groups. When everyone returned to share what they had discussed while apart, I was pleasantly surprised when Susan was the spokesperson for the mentees! Her sense of humor came through during her summary of their discussion and is one of her key qualities.

Susan’s career as a business librarian has involved a great deal of personal growth. Her background is in the arts, but she is well-suited to business as an area of expertise. Financial research tools are complex and she has energetically tackled their intricacies, becoming an expert user of resources such as Bloomberg, Datastream, and SDC. The interfaces of these databases tend to change frequently, and Susan is always eager to test their new features and provide feedback to our vendors. For the advanced researcher who needs business research support, Susan is a terrific, well-respected teacher and guide. She thoroughly enjoys digging for elusive information that will turn a student’s project from a B to an A grade, and she has become the go-to person for many of our repeat patrons.

One of Susan’s many roles at the Johnson School is, I believe, unique within the library system – she supports the school’s scholarly achievement by providing citation counts for faculty tenure review. This is very detailed, extremely important work and she has developed an excellent rapport with the school administrators who oversee the review boards. Her role even expanded to include citation checks of the scholarly output of potential faculty hires, no small task when some of these individuals have extensive publication records.

Susan has been a sought-after committee member and chair, and is currently co-chairing the PSEC Reference and Outreach Committee and is also a member of the PSEC Instruction Committee. She has a flair for organizing topical events, and many have benefitted from her efforts to help the R&O Forums be timely and engaging. Live skit, anyone?

When not at work, Susan is an avid skier and traveler. Whether visiting family in various nooks of the United States or in Australia, we’re always glad when she returns to Sage Hall.

It seems like just yesterday that Susan started her Cornell career. Where has the time gone?! Congratulations, Susan, on your well-deserved promotion! (Angela Horne)

Lynn Thitchener, Olin & Uris Libraries

There is a saying that goes, “The older you get, the faster time flies.” I can attest to this when I look back on how long I have known Lynn. We initially met when she and I were both information assistants in Olin Library in the mid-1990s. Lynn’s daughter Tegan was a six-year old. Today, Tegan is a Brandeis graduate who lives and works in Cambridge, MA.

From her very earliest days at Olin Lynn brought a high level of professionalism and intellectual perspective to her work. In 2001, Lynn became one of the first recipients of the Outstanding Performance Award, established in 1998 for Library Staff. Four years later, having earned her M.I. L.S. from the University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, she became a professional librarian. Since then she has assumed a number of different job responsibilities, including acting as supervisor for Research & Learning Services reference assistants and serving as selector for both Government and Government Documents (a very apt role for her, given her strong interest in politics and current affairs).

Lynn has a wonderful ability to seamlessly shift gears, and to take on added assignments with ease. She is passionate about public services, particularly instruction. She is frequently called upon by faculty and graduate students to teach library instruction sessions. In addition, she has taught numerous information sessions for her colleagues within CUL. She has attended a three-part Teaching Experience workshop provided by Mann Library and was a participant in the Library Instruction Partner Program (LIPP). She also regularly attends ALA and seeks out opportunities to attend national webinars.

Over the years, Lynn has also been an active participant in a number of CUL committees including, but not limited to, the Academic Assembly Steering Committee, the PSEC Instruction Committee, the Career Development Committee, and the Library Guides Committee. In addition to her local committee responsibilities, Lynn is an active member of the ACRL Law & Political Science Section (LPSS) and the ALA Government Documents Roundtable. This year she is also serving on the LPSS Publications Committee.

It has been my great pleasure to have Lynn as a professional colleague. She brings intelligence, an impeccable work ethic, and passion to everything she undertakes. Please join me in congratulating Lynn on her well-deserved promotion! (Deb Schmidle)

Senior Assistant Librarian

Kenneth Bolton, Hotel Library

Since his appointment as Assistant Librarian in the Nestlé Library in January 2008, Ken has been an asset to the library. He has been actively involved in the academic programs in the Hotel School and at the same time he has maintained an impressive service record with the Cornell Library. His business information background complements the hospitality industry information skills of the Nestlé Library reference team.

Ken’s interest in social media tools led to the creation of Hospitality Insight and the Nestlé Library Twitter account. His work and interest in the Library's blog and Twitter accounts have been used to promote the resources of the Nestlé Library and driven Ken to seek out interesting information and resources to inform his blog and Twitter postings. Ken has been invited to give presentations on social media to classes and staff groups.

A year ago, the Hotel School’s Curriculum Committee approved Ken's course proposal for HADM 5592:  Information Survival Skills. This two-credit course enrolled 17 students in its inaugural offering in the fall of 2010. HADM 5592 serves as a great opportunity to connect the library directly to the curriculum and promote the use of library/information resources.

In addition, Ken provides course-related instruction with regular presentations in ten different Hotel School courses. His course guides have served as an excellent information and outreach tool for faculty and students. He is also engaged in other activities in the Hotel School where he works with staff in Student Services and Career Services to introduce new students to hospitality resources and connect with students who are working on job searches. Ken has participated in the Freshmen Reading Program, Business Ethics discussion group, and served as judge in the 2009 Marketing Tradeshow.

He has also been actively involved in library service, including work on the Inclusivity Task Force, the Instruction Committee, the Business Information Group, the Staff Web Redesign Group, and the User Assessment and Usability Group. He has served as chair for the Academic Assembly Steering Committee and the Current Awareness Group. This year, Ken became the co-director of the CUL Website Group and joined Cornell Library’s Discovery and Access Team. 

Though Ken may appear quiet and unassuming, his accomplishments speak loudly. Overall, Ken has demonstrated that he is a team player and a thoughtful colleague with an active interest in librarianship and the hospitality industry. He is willing to experiment and try new things, and is continually looking for new ways to bring library and information services to students and faculty.

In his spare time, Ken tries to stay in shape by training for marathons. He completed the Philadelphia Marathon in November and has already registered for the Chicago Marathon this year. Go, Ken. (Don Schnedeker)

Dianne Dietrich, Physical Sciences Library

I am very pleased that Dianne Dietrich has been promoted to the rank of Senior Assistant Librarian. She demonstrates an extraordinary aptitude for academic librarianship in a rapidly changing environment, as typified by the newly envisioned positions she has grown so far in CUL.

She originally joined the CUL in 2008 as Research Data & Metadata Librarian in the Metadata Services Department of Olin Library. This was a new position specifically designed to explore the library’s role in research data support and curation. As an entry-level librarian, she took initiative to seek out data related projects across Cornell and map relevant library principles and functions to them. Not only is she pioneering these new support activities for librarians, but she is actively involved in providing professional development opportunities for others engaging in these emerging areas. She actively continues this work in the context of her current position. 

Dianne became the Physics & Astronomy Librarian in the Clark Physical Sciences Library (PSL) in July 2010 and is helping to define a new model where the library is characterized by continuous dialogue with research and teaching faculty, staff, and students. Her solid background in the mathematical and computing sciences gives her an analytical lens on scientific research processes and enables her to translate user conversations into functional library support processes. Dianne is actively expanding the PSL virtual presence to be dynamic and constantly evolving to reflect these dialogues and the ever changing landscape of electronic resources. Her leadership of this innovative development and its influence on the virtual libraries emerging across CUL is a testament to her range of skills and dedication to bringing the library back to our user communities.

Dianne is admired and known by many people across the CUL system and is sought after for her unique problem-solving abilities and enthusiastic collaboration. She has been a member of ten committees and projects in her two years so far at Cornell, including:  Library Outside the Library, the Data Discussion Group, the Usability Committee, the Discovery and Access Team, and the Research Data & Metadata Services Group.  Dianne is an active part of the reinvention of science librarianship within CUL, and will be pivotal in positioning Cornell as a strong leader in e-science.  How lucky we are to have her as part of the CUL team! (Leah Solla)

Amy Emerson, Law Library

Amy Emerson came to Cornell in November 2008 from her law practice in Syracuse where she worked with the Fair Housing Council of Central New York. But she had also earned her MLS from the Syracuse I-school in 1999 and has been an adjunct professor at Ithaca College, teaching the course in legal research for pre-law students since 2003. Since she uses the Cornell Law Library with her IC students, she had a great head start in knowing the collection and services of CLL. She has taken that head start and run with it, excelling at the many responsibilities she has taken on at Cornell.

Amy is a hard-working member of several law library teams, including the Access Services, Instruction, Research, Faculty Services, Rare Books and Preservation, and International and Foreign Teams. She is team leader of the Public Relations Team, whose work was honored by the South Central Research Library Council with their 2010 Public Relations Award. Amy has brought new ideas to the marketing of the library, including a digital sign board in the Reading Room, a research competition for students with a top prize of $500, and participation in the CyberTower production on our Donovan Nuremberg Trials collection. She regularly contributes to our outreach services by writing for InSITE, a current awareness service on law-related Web sites, and for The Competitive Edge, our blog for law students and other Law Library users.

It is amazing all the challenges she has met at Cornell in just over two years. She taught herself the field of international legal research and now teaches the law school course on that topic. She participated in the International Association of Law Libraries meeting in The Hague last fall, and was a founding member and first co-chair of the new International Legal Research Interest Group in the American Society of International Law (ASIL). She led an extremely successful initiative this year to offer legal research to ASIL conference speakers from around the world before the conference and to conference attendees on-site. Her international work at the law school includes working with the Avon Global Center for Women and Justice and she is advisor to the law students participating in the Vis International Commercial Arbitration Moot Court Competition. She cheerfully, professionally, and expertly performs so many roles that I would not want to be without her at the Law Library! (Pat Court)

Daniel McKee, Wason Collection

Dan joined CUL in March, 2008, following a two year appointment as Curator of the Ruth and Sherman Lee Institute for Japanese Art in California. Having worked towards his doctorate in Japanese literature at Cornell throughout the early 2000s, Dan describes his return to Ithaca as a “homecoming,” and his prior knowledge of the university’s faculty, facilities, and programs has allowed him to settle quickly into his duties. In caretaking and promoting CUL’s Japanese collection of 160,000 volumes, Dan has cultivated relations with faculty, students, alumni, and other Japanese studies librarians, as well as with a network of dealers in Japan.

Lacking previous library experience, Dan has devoted much attention in his first three years of service towards investigating the issues and challenges confronting contemporary libraries. To this end, he has served on numerous committees and special project groups, including the Reference and Outreach Committee, the Database Review Committee, the Special Collections Council, the Annex Review Group and, most recently, the Library Strategic Planning group. He has also served on several committees in the East Asia Program and Asian Studies Department, and teaches a Japanese Research Methods course for graduate students every fall, in addition to handling outreach and specialized research requests for Japanese studies classes and students.

Beyond the library, Dan has been active in art history research, working in particular on Japanese woodblock prints, haiku, and kyoka poetry and illustrated books. His 2008 exhibition catalogue for a show at the Johnson Museum, Colored in the Year’s New Light: Surimono from the Becker Collection, was a major achievement in his field, providing detailed explanation for more than 125 Japanese New Year prints, including transcriptions, translations, and explications of more than 300 poems. An article of Dan’s on the ritualistic context and structure of New Year prints was selected for inclusion in John Carpenter’s Reading Surimono: The Interplay of Text and Image in Japanese Prints, which has been hailed as the leading book on the subject. Dan continues to work with museums, and will assist with an upcoming exhibition at the Lowe Museum at the University of Miami. In the coming year, Dan also plans to combine some of his external projects and library work by focusing on a set of Japanese theater materials in the Kroch Rare and Manuscripts Division.

The Wason Collection is glad to have Dan aboard and we look forward to seeing his growth at CUL and future projects. (Liren Zheng)

Boaz Nadav-Manes, Acquisitions Services, Central Library Operations

Boaz Nadav-Manes joined the CUL staff in October, 2002 as a Technical Services Assistant III in what was then the CTS Acquisitions Department. His intelligence and ability to learn quickly, as well as his aptitude for performing detailed tasks rapidly and accurately, made him a natural for the library technical services environment. Boaz also proved to be an able and respected communicator, and he advanced quickly through the ranks, becoming the Administrative Supervisor for the LTS Ordering Unit in 2005. He took some time off during the 2006/07 and 2007/08 academic years to pursue a Cornell MFA degree in Art Practices and Theory, picking up some teaching experience along the way and continuing to work in LTS as a part-time original cataloger. With the retirement of Anna Korhonen in summer 2009, Boaz was appointed the new Head of CLO Acquisitions Services, as well as CUL’s selector for philosophy – a field in which he holds a B.A. degree from Tel Aviv University.

Boaz’s excellent grasp of acquisitions issues, strong work ethic, and leadership skills have made him a valuable addition to CLO management and the CUL academic staff. He is comfortable working independently (as a department head should be), but he is also a diligent and talented collaborator and does an excellent job of communicating with stakeholders regarding developments in acquisitions. He delegates well and has been empowering his staff to address long-standing workflow issues with confidence and creativity. In addition, he has initiated a cross-training program among the CLO Acquisitions supervisors and the Acquisitions Coordinator to increase their adaptability and versatility. Early in his tenure as department head, he instituted a philosophy of “short-term reorganizations” within his group – an approach to adapting quickly to continual change, with an emphasis on cross-training, backups, and flexibility. In short, Boaz has been an active leader in fostering a collaborative, team-oriented environment in his department and, to some extent, beyond. He has shown himself to be a creative innovator, developing two ideas for increased efficiency in ordering and tracking:  the 2CUL Pre-Order Online Form (or POOF!) and an automated routine for patron-driven book orders.

Boaz has been a frequent participant in CUL training opportunities and workshops for several years now, as well as an active committee member. He has served on several CUL task groups and committees, including the Career Development and Mentoring Committees (areas in which he’s especially interested), as well as the CUL Strategic Planning Team, since becoming a CUL librarian less than two years ago. Boaz is a member of the ALA ALCTS Acquisitions Organization and Management Committee and has already presented at ALA, ACRL, and the Charleston Conference, “Issues in Book and Serial Acquisitions” in his brief career as a CUL academic. He is also a smart guy, a diligent and reliable colleague, and a pleasure to work with. (Jim LeBlanc)

Neely Tang, Management Library, The Johnson School

There are some interviews that are truly pleasurable -- bringing Neely to campus was such an event. Her professionalism, curiosity about everything related to Cornell, and people-centered perspective were a few of the reasons she was our top pick when we were hiring a new Public Services Librarian. It helped that she led a stellar mock teaching session that was worthy of a librarian with more experience. In the ensuing years, she has consistently exceeded expectations whether she’s helping a business researcher with his/her complex topic or working as part of a team to forge the next iteration of the CUL mentoring program. Her expertise as a legal researcher has been used a number of times in support of faculty and student projects.

One of Neely’s key interests is maximizing the value of our instruction program. She has been lead or co-instructor for many of the Management Library’s workshops and has experimented with different student engagement techniques. When I watch her in action I’m impressed by her ability to connect with our students and for her earnestness in the classroom.

To further her effectiveness as a business librarian and to advance her growing interest in human resources issues / management techniques, Neely is working towards her MBA degree. She is juggling work and school as a student in the Cornell-Queen’s Executive MBA (CQEMBA) program and on a daily basis I’m thrilled to see her apply on the job what she’s learning in her classes. Being a CQEMBA means that she has classmates across Canada and the United States and the program’s international flavor is a perfect match for Neely. An avid traveler, Neely’s last major vacation before becoming a full-time MBA was a month in Bali. In fall 2011 she and her MBA team will be traveling internationally as a requirement for her global project, and I hope it will be in a location just as exotic!

Some librarians spend years trying to find their niche within professional associations such as ALA or SLA, but Neely arrived with a national leadership role already in hand. As 2008-2009 chair of the American Library Association’s Library Leadership and Management Association’s (LLAMA) Mentoring Committee, Neely led the team to winning the 2009 LLAMA Group Achievement Award. During her tenure as chair, her interest in maximizing the virtual team’s time (through technology) and succession planning (through careful team member training) led to many positive achievements.

Neely is an exceptionally well-rounded librarian and I wish her all the best for wherever her career leads. (Angela Horne)

Unit in the Spotlight: Batch Processing & Metadata Management

From left: Joseph McNamara, Natalya Pikulik, Gary Branch, Nancy Jo Solla, Peter Martinez (photograph by Joan Brink)

Often working with CUL-IT and other CUL departments and stakeholders, the Batch Processing & Metadata Management Unit (part of CLO’s Delivery & Metadata Management Services) is responsible for the automated loading, extraction, export, modification, and creation of large data sets in CUL’s Voyager catalog. This team also bears primary responsibility for the maintenance of bibliographic headings in Voyager; helps to maintain linkage among CUL’s resource discovery, link resolver, and e-resource management systems; and provides support for maintenance of the library’s non-MARC metadata records. (Jim LeBlanc)

The End of Twine at FAL

As promised in the February 2011 issue, Kaleidoscope would like to update readers on our homegrown ball of twine. It first came to our attention a decade ago whereupon we ran the photo above in our May 2001 issue. The sphere has been growing over in the Fine Arts Library thanks to Ann Beyer, serials processor, who has carefully saved the string wrapping daily journal shipments for well over 32 years. Prepare yourselves, however:  the news is not good. Although the globe now weighs 28 pounds and measures 49 inches in circumference, it has grown by only 3 pounds since 2004. To review the pertinent stats:  in 1999 it weighed 23 pounds, in 2004 it had grown to 25 pounds, and now in 2011 it tips in at 28 pounds. It does not take special mathematical expertise to realize that at this rate it will take several lifetimes to begin to rival Troy Shaver’s Cawker City, Kansas ball

It may be some consolation nevertheless to note that Darwin, Minnesota also claims to house the world’s largest ball of fibrous thread, made by one man, Francis A. Johnson, who got off to a running start by wrapping the ball for 4 hours every day for 23 weeks, using a crane to ensure proper wrapping as he went. Whether it was 23 weeks or 230 weeks as some articles report, is irrelevant -- the point is he devoted himself to it for years and years and later his hometown took up the cause in his honor. They claimed it was the work of one man as opposed to the collective communal effort of Cawker City. A universal fascination with the cause is evidenced by yet other rivals for this distinction: the heaviest ball of cord is boasted by Lake Nebagamon, Wisconsin and the largest ball of string, albeit plastic, ever rolled into one was reportedly built by a Texas millionaire, certified by the Guinness Book of World Records, bought by Ripley's Believe It or Not, and situated in Brooks, Missouri. But I digress.

Fans of Ann Beyer will rightly protest that we are comparing apples to artichokes since she has not been working on her ball for 50 years and does not have the notable longevity of the previous examples. What may be more to the point however, is that she has lacked the necessary infrastructure to make significant progress. Indeed, the majority of serials mailed to the Fine Arts Library now come in envelopes via Mann, not tied up with string in tidy Dickensian bundles via Olin. And one can easily see how the growth of online resources has impeded the process. 

What to do? Ann reluctantly concedes it may be time to admit the unlikelihood of the sphere surpassing Cawker City and Darwin, yes time to give up her dream. The ball remains, however, as a kind of paean to former days, a testament to the paper journal and its daily arrival at the library, a physical reminder of a once abundant tangible resource, a noble artifact of library technical services. (Elizabeth Teskey, editor)

Photographs of Ann Beyer by Sheri Delia

2011 CUL Art / Talent Extravaganza

The 2011 Art/Talent/Culinary Extravaganza was held on March 23 in Uris’ Cocktail Lounge. This annual event features entries from library staff.  While snowflakes slowly drifted down outside the windows, co-workers viewed arts and crafts, sampled culinary specialties, and enjoyed talented performances. Several children were present due to the snow day, lending a new dimension to the show. Highlighting the creativity of many participants, artwork from the Library Forum Play Dates was displayed en masse. And for the first time an interactive art event was held: see The Lighhearted Library at the end of this issue. Thanks to Carla DeMello, Randi Kepecs, and Jessica Withers for organizing the show. If you missed this “fun and inspiring” event, take a look at the list of participants below and view Carla DeMello’s gallery of photographs here. Advance apology: we regret we did not get a good photograph of each work in the show. Next year you will have to drop by to see for yourselves!


Anne Carson, Asia Collections, Dance

Anne has been studying Middle Eastern, Turkish,and Gypsy dance for 16 years. She performs with the Chandani troupe in Ithaca and central New York.

Jim Blake, Mann Library, Voice

Jim Blake is a singer, a dancer, and a middle-tier Java Jockey, currently working on the Vivo project at Mann Library. He sings a cappella in a folk trio, a doo-wop quintet, and also solo.

Ed Weissman, Library Administration, Guitar & Voice

To paraphrase Perry Como: "I would love to make a music video. Maybe it would finally put to rest those persistent rumors that have followed me ... particularly when I was ... performing - that I had died."

Jessica Withers, Nestle Library, Storytelling

Jessica misses reading picture books out loud like she did for countless children during her 18 years at Cortland Free Library Children's Room.


Arts & Crafts

Linda Bryan, Administrative Operations

Medium: Paper (Library Forum Play Date)

Gaby Castro-Gessner, Library Research

Medium: Paper (Library Forum Play Date)

Roswitha Clark, CLO Cataloging & Metadata Services

Medium: Watercolor & Colored Pencil

I enjoy doing botanical illustrations. The goal is to paint flowers and plants in as much detail as possible. I've taken classes through the Cornell Plantations, first from Bente King and later from Camille Doucet.

Carla DeMello, Assessment & Communication

Medium: Paper

I organized the Art portion of the show and also, with Jessica Withers, what turned out to be very popular Library Forum Play Dates. Some of the collages from these workshops are displayed here for the first time. My art this year is represented among the collages.

Dianne Dietrich, Clark Physical Sciences Library

Medium: Paper

Modular origami inspired by mathematics

Chris Dunham, Veterinary Library

Medium: Ink & Paper with a Spattering of Prismacolor Markers

I enjoy creating cartoony images and stories about some of my favorite animal friends.

Betsy Elswit, E-Resources & Serials

Medium: Woodcarving, Paper (Library Forum Play Date)

I started woodcarving when I was given a set of tools one Christmas. I have now been woodcarving for 13 years and am a member of the Catatonk Valley Woodcarving Club in Candor. Almost all of the wood I use is Basswood, a common northern tree that is relatively soft with even grain.

Gwen Glazer, Assessment & Communication

Medium: Paper (Library Forum Play Date)

Eileen Keating, Rare & Manuscript Collections

Medium: Paper (Library Forum Play Date)

Zsuzsa Koltay, Assessment & Communication

Medium: Clay & Needlepoint Tapestry

I love working with my hands to create something tangible - the process is meditative, the product (can be) rewarding, and the overall outcome is a life that feels somewhat more balanced.

Lacking perfect technique and control over clay means that the pot I end up with is always a surprise to me. On these bowls I used a glaze that I mixed years ago and have been using ever since, but this particular clay body was new to me and the combination of the two produced something unexpected. The specks in the clay reacted with the rutile in the glaze to produce the spots for an overall effect that is somewhat reminiscent of Chinese oil spot glazes. It was sure fun to open the kiln and find these babies.

I have been a knitter since high school, but this winter I tried needlepoint for the first time. I happened to see a magazine ad for Ehrman tapestry kits, and their spirited, colorful designs inspired me to ask for one for Christmas. By now I'm on my third project. Next time I want to get away from the preprinted kits and use the counting technique to create tapestry designs based on oriental rug patterns.

Cindy Lamb, Veterinary Library

Medium: Digital Photography

I enjoy taking photos of Nature - animals, birds, plants, and landscapes.

Joanne Leary, Library Research

Medium: Paper, Feathers (Library Forum Play Date)

Linda & Kevin Miller, Assessment & Communication

Medium: Digital Photography

Liisa Mobley, E-Resources & Serials

Medium: Watercolor & Acrylic Paint

My paintings focus on nature, plants, and animals.  Plus, I take great joy in vibrant hues. The paintings included in the CUL talent show have a theme of Red - one of my favorite colors!

Bronwyn Mohlke, Digital Media Group

Medium: Quilted Wallhanging

When the Digital Media office was temporarily relocated to the Asia Staff hallway in Kroch Library, I decided to buy some Asian fabric to decorate our office. I bought three different pieces, and hung them up as large pieces of fabric. This fabric inspired me to design and create a wallhanging. It is machine pieced, and hand quilted.

Mafalda Moore, CLO Acquisitions

Medium: Photography & Mixed Media

Re-collect, Re-cyle, Re-possess, Re-package, Re-distribute. This is a sample of work from or inspired by package, office, and other materials collected during the years I have spent working in the acquisition of books, 1995 - 2011.

Jim Morris-Knower, Mann Library

Medium: Photography

I took these photos in Coimbatore, Ooty, and Hyderabad, in India in January of this year while on a two-week trip with faculty and students in the College of Agriculture.

Leah Solla, Physical Sciences Library

Medium: Fiber

Funny fuzzy felted fish -I enjoy creating complex and quirky processes and outcomes.

Gail Steinhart, Mann Library

Medium: Fiber - Various

I seem to go through phases with knitting - first it was lots of fair isle socks, then complicated Aran sweaters. Lately I have been trying out lace knitting.

Angie Wagner, ILR Catherwood Library

Medium: Quilting

This is a quilt I am currently working on.

Ardeen White, CLO Cataloging

Medium: Mixed Media

This piece is based on an excerpt from D.H. Lawrence's poem, "Song of a Man Who Has Come Through."

"What is knocking?
What is knocking at the door at night?
It is somebody wants to do us harm.
No, no, it is the three strange angels.
Admit them, admit them."

It was Anne Lamott in the book Travelling Mercies who suggested that "Failure is surely one of these strange angels." That surprised me considering how we usually think of angels as success oriented. That said, this piece is designed to encourage the viewer to consider the nature of his/her strange angels.

Jessica Withers, Hotel Library

Medium: Paper (Library Forum Play Date)

Culinary Delights

Gaby Castro Gessner, Assessment & Communication, Mom’s Apple Cake

I love to bake. I love to bake for fun, for friends, for stress relief, for creativity, for experimenting. After measuring, mixing, whisking, folding, adding and baking, there is always (almost always) some delicious nibble. Enjoy!

Ana Guimaraes, RMC, Apple Praline Pie

Tami Magnus, Library Administrative Operations, Assorted Sandwich Wraps

Roasted vegetables, fresh greens, balsamic vinegar, and herbs serve as the base ingredients for these sandwich wraps, with other ingredients added for vegan (non-dairy, no meat) and healthy carnivorous options. These wraps are fantastic as make-ahead appetizers and lunches!

Peter Magnus, Library Desktop Services, Pete's Famous Chocolate Chip Cookies (contain dairy and wheat)

These delicious chocolate chip cookies contain a secret ingredient that make them irresistible. They started out as Pete's "Favorite" chocolate chip cookies many years ago in the Magnus family experimental kitchen. After people begged shamelessly for them at parties and other events, the recipe changed to "Famous" to accommodate the fans. Elvis himself would be proud!

Mary Beth Martini-Lyons, DLIT Digital Scholarship Services & IT, Blueberry Cheesecake

Janet McCue, Library Administration, Ginger Cake

Gail Steinhart, Mann Library, Banderillas

Angie Wagner, ILR Catherwood Library, Hummus

People News


Peter Halliday is the new programmer/analyst in DLIT working within the repositories group. Peter's primary responsibility is arXiv development, focusing initially on migration of the access, browse, and search system to a new platform (Invenio). Peter is a programmer with experience in embedded systems, internet applications, and client-server applications. His skills extend to system administration and he especially loves scaling systems. He has a BS from Liberty College and is the owner of Excelsior Systems, a company that specializes in programming solutions for small businesses and non-profits. When he's not programming in Python, he's playing around with some coffee gadget, watching hockey, or involving himself in politics.

Bhargava Deepak Konidena is the new Java Programmer for VIVO at Mann Library. Deepak obtained his BA in Electronics and Computer Engineering from Jawaharlal Nehru Technological University, Hyderabad, India. While studying for his bachelor's, he had the opportunity to intern at the Research and Development wing of Bharat Heavy Electricals Limited (BHEL), where he implemented an error controlling algorithm in the movement of a Single Axis Robotic Arm. He then went on to study for his Master's in Computer Science at Indiana University Bloomington, where he developed interests in Data Mining, Large Scale System Architecture, Semantic Web, and Information Visualization. While working on his master's, he also developed a fascination for Software Engineering and Architecture. As part of his job Deepak works for the Applications Team at VIVO, often collaborating with the Semantic Team and the UI Team. When not hooked onto the computer writing code he is can be found playing cricket, ping pong, or raquet ball. He also likes to learn about other cultures and is currently taking his time exploring the beautiful town of Ithaca.

Sara Wright is the new Stone Center Coordinator/Evening Supervisor at Mann Library. It is Sara's job to ensure the efficient operation of the Stone Computing Center and its support services, including the student operators help desk, and assist with coordinating circulation activities and building security during evening and weekend hours. Sara has her MLIS in Library and Information Science, an MA in Theology , and a BA in English and Religion. Sara has worked in public services at the Free Library of Philadelphia and most recently as the manager of visitor services and operations at Ithaca’s Sciencenter.

Sarah Wright has just arrived and is our new Life Sciences Librarian at Mann. Sarah will be partnering with faculty to develop an embedded information literacy program for the recently redesigned undergraduate biology curriculum. She will be monitoring information trends in molecular and life sciences disciplines and participating in CUL research support service initiatives including data curation and VIVO. Sarah has a BS in Biochemistry, Cellular and Molecular Biology, an MS in Botany, and an MS in Information Sciences, all from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. Previously she was the digital librarian for the National Biological Information Infrastructure. (Photograph by Shirley Cowles)

Yes, that's right, I mean Wright. We have two Sara(h) Wrights working for us at Mann Library. Both were hired in the spring of 2011. How incredible is that? What are the chances of that happening anywhere at any time?


Angela Horne has been promoted to Associate Director of the Catherwood, Hospitality and Management Libraries. See Announcements below.

Curtis Lyons has been promoted to Director of the Catherwood, Hospitality and Management Libraries. See Announcements below.


Annemarie Morse has transferred from the Engineering Library to Catherwood Library where she is a Reference Specialist. Her new responsibilities include providing reference and advanced research assistance, assisting in the development of information products, and coordinating Catherwood’s reference desk. Annemarie has been with Cornell since 1998 and last year received her M.P.S. in Enology-Wine Making from Cornell. She is also the Program Director for Ithaca’s Vinophile Society.

Vanessa Ng has transferred from the Hotel Library to Catherwood Library where she is the Evening/Weekend Supervisor. As part of the access services staff, she supervises the library during evenings and weekends, and participates in reserves and stacks maintenance efforts. Vanessa has been at Cornell since 1990. She came to CUL in 2001 and has been Evening Supervisor at the Hotel Library since 2006. Vanessa received her Bachelor of Science in Applied Economics Management, Communications, and Natural Resources from Cornell in 2007.

Rebecca Sellen has transferred from the Library Finance and Budget Office to the Small Academic Unit Financial Transaction Center, a part of the Division of Financial Affairs at Cornell.


"Poetry. If what you relish about thought is its heft, velocity, its unpredictability, then Fred Muratori's THE SPECTRA will transport you. Visceral particulars—Batman, buzzsaws, wax-lustered cars, beef, and, yes, even Roy Orbison—propel readers beyond finitude in blunt cascades of 15 lines."

So reads the publisher’s description of Fred Muratori's latest book of poetry The Spectra, published by Stockport Flats. Fred is a reference librarian and selector for English-Language Literature, Theater, and Film in Olin and Uris Library's Department of Research & Learning Services. He is also a widely-published poet and critic. His previous writings include a poetry collection (Despite Repeated Warnings, BASFAL Books, 1994) and a chapbook, (The Possible, State Street Press, 1988). His poems and prose poems have also been featured in The Iowa Review, New American Writing, LIT, Sentence, The Boston Review, Poetry, Denver Quarterly, Matrix, and many other journals and anthologies, including The Best American Poetry (Scribners, 1994) and Best of the Prose Poem (White Pine Press, 2000). (Kornelia Tancheva; photographs of Fred Muratori by Susette Newberry)

Out & About

Pam Baxter, CISER Data Archivist and CRADC Data Custodian, is a collaborator on a successful seed grant awarded by the Einaudi Center for International Studies. The grant will investigate potential collaboration between Baden Pusat Statistik (BPS), Republic of Indonesia, and Cornell University. In part, it will support a conference featuring current and ongoing research applications of BPS’s rich collection of data. Other PIs on the project are Garrick Blalock (AEM), Thomas Pepinksy (Government), and Eric Tagliacozzo (History). BPS is one of the largest and most prolific emerging market statistical agencies. Cornell has a long tradition of work in Southeast Asia, and in Indonesia in particular. CISER will contribute its technical expertise in housing and supporting use of large research datasets.

“Towards Transparent and Scalable OpenURL Quality Metrics,” an article co-authored by CLO’s Adam Chandler, Glen Wiley, and Jim LeBlanc, appears in the latest issue of D-Lib Magazine, v. 17, no. 3/4 (March/April 2011). The article examines the development of the OpenURL protocol, why these links often fail, and how a Cornell model for measuring the quality of OpenURL data can help to evaluate and improve the consistency of OpenURL links. In related work, Adam – who also serves as Chair of the NISO IOTA Working Group – gave a presentation at this year’s Electronic Resources and Libraries Conference on the tools the Working Group is developing to make dynamic reference linking more effective. The aim of IOTA (Improving OpenURLs Through Analytics) is to investigate the feasibility of creating industry-wide, transparent, and scalable metrics for evaluating and comparing the quality of OpenURL implementations across content providers. Adam is CLO’s E-Resources & Database Management Research Librarian; Glen is Assistant Director of CLO’s Cataloging & Metadata Services; Jim is Director of CLO’s Delivery & Metadata Management Services.

Jim LeBlanc’s essay, “The Acrophobe and the Funambulist: Existential and Cinematic Perspectives on the Phenomenology of Extreme Vertical Space,” appears in the latest issue of the journal Emotion, Space and Society 4 (2011), pp. 1-7. As its title suggests, the article examines the fear of and attraction to heights, as exemplified in two films:  Alfred Hitchcock’s 1958 suspense film, Vertigo, and James Marsh’s 2008 documentary, Man on Wire.

Bill Kara, Head of CLO’s E-Resources & Serials Management (ERSM) Department, and Jesse Koennecke, ERSM’s E-Resources Librarian & Team Coordinator, gave a joint talk entitled, “Going Virtual Is Not Magic: Converting Physical Libraries to Virtual Libraries,” at this year’s Electronic Resources and Libraries Conference in Austin, Texas. In their presentation, Bill and Jesse spoke about transitions from physical to virtual unit libraries at Cornell and the impact of these transitions on e-resources licensing and acquisitions.

Boaz Nadav-Manes and Adam Smith conducted a poster session on the 2CUL project POOF! at this year’s Association of College & Research Libraries (ACRL) Conference, held in Philadelphia in late March.  POOF! (or the Pre-Order Online Form) is an online tool that will allow Cornell and Columbia selectors and others to place and track orders and to utilize a more fully automated acquisitions system than what is currently in place at either institution. Boaz is Head of CLO Acquisitions Services; Adam is the Web Development Coordinator for CUL-IT.


From: Janet A. McCue
To: Cornell University Library
Sent: Wed 2/9/2011
Subject: Congratulations to Curtis Lyons and Angela Horne!

On behalf of the Search Committee (Deans Harry Katz, Joe Thomas, Michael Johnson; Anne Kenney & Janet McCue), it is my pleasure to announce that effective February 16th, Curtis Lyons will become the Harriet Morel Oxman Director of the Catherwood, Hospitality and Management Libraries and Angela Horne, the new Associate Director of the three libraries. Appended below is the official announcement but I hope you will join me in giving “official” congratulations to Curtis and Angela on these promotions and new roles. We think this is a powerful partnership and we hope you agree!

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

Curis Lyons in the Kheel Center (Photographs of Curtis by Rachel Philipson)

ITHACA, N.Y. (Feb. 8, 2011) – Cornell University Library is pleased to announce that Curtis Lyons has been named the Harriet Morel Oxman Director of the Catherwood, Hospitality and Management Libraries.

For the past six months, Lyons served as the interim director of the Catherwood Library and has helped lead consolidation efforts across the three libraries. Lyons has served as director of Cornell’s Kheel Center of Labor-Management Documentation and Archives since 2008. His new position is effective Feb. 16.

“Curtis’s professionalism, administrative and leadership skills, and thoughtful approach to problem-solving and relationship-building are strong assets for this position,” said Associate University Librarian Janet McCue.

“Having each of the deans and the university librarian solidly behind this appointment also makes a strong statement to our communities,” said Harry Katz, dean of the School of Industrial and Labor Relations (ILR).

Together with new Associate Director Angela Horne, Lyons will work closely with all three schools’ staff and communities to develop relationships and implement a shared vision for a new library model. That model will focus on enhancing services, expanding access to online resources, increasing efficiency and understanding evolving user needs across all three libraries.

“I’m excited about the opportunity to continue Cornell’s tradition of excellence in library service in this new consolidated structure,” Lyons said. “The idea is to create a new model that takes advantage of the unique intersections and strengths of the three schools and the three libraries. The task is challenging and even a bit intimidating, but the strong support from the deans and the library, in addition to the considerable talents and commitment of the library staff, will assure we remain at a level befitting an institution like Cornell.”

Lyons has a strong background in academic libraries. He began his library career as a student assistant at the University of Tennessee and became head of the special collections and archives at Virginia Commonwealth University, where he also served as interim associate university librarian for public services. In these positions, he gained experience with grant writing, donor relations and faculty outreach. He holds a bachelor’s degree in history and political science and a master’s degree in history, both from the University of Tennessee.

As the director of Cornell’s Kheel Center for Labor-Management Documentation and Archives, Lyons focused on enhancing access to the over 20,000 linear feet of primary sources the center has collected. That work included obtaining a grant for the detailed processing of the International Ladies’ Garment Workers’ Union’s collection; creating and improving guides to several collections of important papers; and most recently preparing for the centennial of the Triangle Factory Fire, including revamping the center’s popular website documenting the tragedy (http://www.ilr.cornell.edu/trianglefire/).

Horne has an extensive knowledge of the management sciences community and demonstrated success leading diverse teams. She has worked at the Johnson Graduate School of Management Library since 1999, beginning as a public services librarian, and was promoted to director in 2007. Horne led the Management Library’s win of the 2010 SLABF Centers of Excellence Award for Service and received the Johnson School’s Outstanding Contributor Award in 2009, and she holds master’s degrees in business administration from both Cornell and Queen’s University in Canada.

“We think we have a winning combination,” said L. Joseph Thomas, Dean of the S. C. Johnson Graduate School of Management. “With Angela’s deep understanding of the needs of the management communities and Curtis’ administrative experience and skills in developing relationships with faculty, donors and funding agencies, we can develop a suite of outstanding and innovative services to students and faculty across our communities.”


From: Anne R. Kenney
To: 'cu-lib@cornell.edu'
Sent: Mon 2/7/2011
Subject: Take One: February 7, 2011 (Happy Birthday, Olin!)

John M. Olin Library has just turned 50. On Monday, Monday, Feb. 6, 1961, the library opened its doors for the first time after seven years of planning and a $5.7 million construction price tag. The “Libe,” as Uris was known then, had served the campus for 70 years, but the collection had long outgrown the space, with books stacked in the clock tower. The Libe was closed and would reopen in 1962 as the undergraduate library.

As the first library in the country to be purpose-built as a research facility, President Malott considered it the single greatest accomplishment of his tenure. “We have built many other buildings on this campus,” he wrote, “and we will build many more, but none is or will be so important to the university’s capabilities or so descriptive of its character as this one.” Although there were critics of the new building, dubbed a “vulgar modernization” by the former dean of architecture, it became extremely popular, with 35-40% of the university community entering its doors on the heaviest days of use. Food and drink were forbidden, but smoking was allowed, a practice that now seems all the more incredible given that the library had no sprinkler system. Today, we are in the midst of a project—at a cost nearly double the original expense of the building—to provide life safety systems throughout the 240,000 sq. foot building. In the past fifty years much has changed. Gone are the days of sports coats and ties on men and a massive card catalog that was the first thing to be saved in the event of a disaster. Gone, too, are closed stacks, pneumatic tubes, and punch cards. But Olin remains a vital place for research and study, with between 3,000 and 11,000 visitors a day at peak academic times. The mind boggles at what the next fifty years will bring, but I’m betting Olin Library will still be a place that draws those who value the life of the mind.

Students walking in Tiger Alley in the beautiful new library


From: Anne R. Kenney
To: 'cu-lib@cornell.edu'
Sent: Tue 2/15/2011
Subject: CUL Strategic Plan now available!!

I am pleased to share with you the Library's new strategic plan for the years 2011-2015. Developed by a splendid Strategic Planning Team and with extensive input from faculty, staff, and students, this plan builds upon the University's new strategic plan. It presents seven main goals and accompanying objectives. The next step will be to develop specific work plans and priorities to move us toward its fulfillment.

The plan is available here.

I invite your comments and questions about the plan, but especially suggestions about next steps in the process.


From: Anne R. Kenney
To: 'cu-lib@cornell.edu'
Sent: Mon 3/7/2011
Subject: Take One: March 7, 2011 (Update on Unit Library Reviews)

I’m pleased to announce that the reports from the final two unit library reviews are now available on the staff web under our strategic planning link. The first is a report from the Entomology Library Transition Task Force, co-chaired by Marty Schlabach and Bryan Danforth. It outlines steps for building a significant digital collection and for integrating the nearly 40,000 volume Comstock Library collection into Mann. The co-chairs met with Janet and me and Max Pfeffer, Associate Dean from CALS, to review the report and recommendations. More information on next steps will be forthcoming. The report reveals how effectively faculty and library staff have worked together to address key issues.

The second report on the Fine Arts Library was written by a committee co-chaired by Bonna Boettcher and Lily Chi that was charged with developing a vision for the Fine Arts Library in Rand Hall that would aspire to be a world-class, future-oriented fine arts and design library. The report lays out findings and recommendations that are firmly based on a hybrid library consisting of physical books and journals as well as digital tools and resources. There is also a terrific FAQ and Fact Sheet Fine Arts Library to Move to Rand Hall: Fact Sheet and FAQ (Feb 2011)Description: http://staffweb.library.cornell.edu/system/files/pdficon_small_0.gif Kent Kleinman, Janet McCue and I met with the co-chairs to go over the report’s recommendations and several weeks ago the faculty of AAP met to discuss and endorse the committee’s report. Next steps involve creating a case statement to present to potential donors and to share with an architectural firm to create possible designs for the space.

Both reports offer valuable insights into future needs as well as practical recommendations for moving forward. Worth reading! Have a healthy and productive week.


From: Edward Weissman
To: cu-lib@cornell.edu
Sent: Fri 3/11/2011
Subject: Redesigned Partnerships & Inititiatives Page on the CU Web Site

I am pleased to announce the redesigned Partnerships & Initiatives page on the Cornell Library Web site. The page is intended to show that

  • CUL is a vibrant, innovative entity that is important to the mission of the university
  • CUL is a wonderful partner for faculty, students, foundations, corporations, other cultural institutions and libraries, helping each to achieve their goals while advancing our own
  • CUL is a worthy recipient of gifts from donors
  • a 21st century library is "not just books"

The intended audience is:

  • Cornell faculty, students and administrators
  • Prospective library employees, faculty and students
  • Foundations and corporations
  • Donors and friends of CUL
  • Other cultural institutions and libraries

Eveline Ferretti, Jenn Colt-Demaree, and I worked on the redesign and we welcome your comments and suggestions about both the design and the content.

The link to the Partnerships and Initiatives page is located on the “About Us” page of the Library Web site.


From: Anne R. Kenney
To: 'cu-lib@cornell.edu'
Sent: Mon 3/21/2011
Subject: Take One: March 21, 2011 (No More NDAs)

Cornell University Library may be the first major private research library to explicitly go on record that it will no longer sign publisher contracts that include non-disclosure (NDA) clauses. Our new policy is available here. I’m pleased that the Faculty Library Board and the Provost fully endorsed this position. So why is this so important? When contracts are kept secret, it is difficult for any institution to negotiate effectively not only in terms of the price paid but also the circumstances governing access and use of the content. By supporting transparency and fairness in library licensing, each institution will have the same competitive edge, ensuring that terms and conditions are negotiated aboveboard and not by pitting one institution against another. In a statement issued in June 2009, the Association of Research Libraries urged its members not to sign agreements that included confidentiality or nondisclosure clauses. Most public institutions generally are covered by sunshine laws, so pricing and conditions governing license terms are considered public information and can be requested under the Freedom of Information Act. Not so with privates. When I shared Cornell’s new policy with several other major private universities, there was a groundswell of support. The following private institutions have indicated their commitment to similar terms: Brown, Columbia, Duke, Emory, Johns Hopkins, MIT, and NYU. Fellow travellers among public institutions include the universities of Michigan, Minnesota, and Virginia. By communicating this position well in advance of license negotiations and by having other institutions insist on similar terms, we are hopeful that more publishers will join the ranks of those who have already waived NDA clauses. They include the American Institute of Physics (AIP), American Physical Society (APS), ASTM International, American Society for Microbiology (ASM), American Chemical Society (ACS), Bloomberg, Cambridge University Press, EBSCO, Elsevier, IEEE, Institute of Physics (IOP), Knovel, Oxford University Press, Proquest, Sage, SPIE, Taylor & Francis, and Wiley. From here on out, any new and renewed license submitted containing a non-disclosure clause will not be signed but will be referred to John Saylor, AUL for Scholarly Resources and Special Collections, for further negotiation. We have already put this new policy into action—deferring a renewal on one contract until the NDA clause was removed and foregoing another publication because the publisher would not remove the non-disclosure clause.

I’m proud of our new policy and I’m thankful to John Saylor, Peter Hirtle, and others who have helped craft this position and worked with publishers, consortia, and other research libraries to help make NDAs a thing of the past. Have a healthy and productive week. And welcome to spring!

Collage by Carla DeMello


Good-bye and good luck to Rebecca Sellen, Library Finance and Budget, who recently left the Library.

The Lighthearted Library: Cartoons by Betsy Elswit

Betsy has always loved to draw. When we asked her about it, she said that she loves cartoons and comic strips, but she hasn't done many herself because she often can't think of a good punch line. This winter, as she was sketching library-themed cartoons, it occurred to her that we could probably have our own caption contest at the Library like the one The New Yorker runs. She ran the idea past the art show organizers and it was enthusiastically received. Thus the Library's own cartoon caption contest was born! See below for Betsy's cartoons and for the captions supplied by your co-workers at the first interactive art event at the CUL Art Extravaganza. Look for the Lighthearted Library in subsequent issues of Kaleidoscope. You supply the captions (send to et14) and we'll compile them in the following issue. At the very end of this piece is a brand new cartoon waiting for captions. (Photograph of Betsy Elswit by Shirley Cowles)

They say when she shushed people stayed shushed!
They say she could really shush!
It’s a living statue. Put a dollar in the basket and she’ll come to life and shelve your books.
That doesn’t look like any librarian I know. Elizabeth Teskey
I hear she died in the Battle of Shhhhiloh. Bob Willits
I thought we toppled that tyranny long ago. Elizabeth Teskey

See? It says right here I am so the boss of you! Carla DeMello
See!  You absolutely are not a ruminant!
It’s flypaper! Flypaper I tell you! Don’t stick your nose in there again.
You can bring a horse to the library, but you can’t make him read.
This says you cannot father that cow’s baby!
Horses are not allowed in the library, it says right here.

Rats, all these good recipes call for 3 mice and why do they all need to be blind? Bob Willits
See, it says right here, "it was a classic game of cat and mouse."
Elizabeth Teskey

Are you still accepting books by conservative authors for the bonfire today?
Many happy returns.
No, no, don’t worry, you won’t have a fine.
These have all been digitized, so what the heck. Margaret Nichols
Most patrons with this many overdues at least try to make up a plausible excuse. I didn’t have time to read them all – probably won’t work.
It doesn’t matter. They all say the same thing anyway.

Where’s your barcode?
So – this is why the book paging is so backed up! Bob Willits
It’s chat in stacks, not nap in the stacks. Liisa Mobley
Inventory time again.
I asked you to clear the shelf for other reasons! Elizabeth Teskey
The Z’s refer to the subject category, not the snoring. Margaret Nichols

From the clown’s point of view: I guess it wasn’t such a good idea to do the library talent show during finals week. Liisa Mobley
Whew … too many all-nighters in a row. Bob Willits
I get the feeling that we’re not the stars of the show anymore….
We shouldn’t have ordered the circus to come. It’s noisy!
This just confirms what I always heard about the GN’s. Margaret Nichols
I’m not sure that “any person, any study” is really a good idea.

Shred More! I’m still cold.
If a groundhog pops up in the QBs and sees its shadow.
This isn’t what I had in mind when I said I wanted to dine “a la carte.”
Punxsutawney Phil’s little known cousin, Library Bob, sees a book and determines there will be six more weeks of classes. Robin Messing
Nowhere else I'd rather burrow from. Elizabeth Teskey
I sure hope this underground fiction is worth all that effort I just went through. Bob Willits

Acid-free paper again!  It just lacks in flavor....
We should stick with the apples.
Blech. These facsimiles are never as good as the originals! Carla DeMello
Hey Willy, let’s go scare the crap out of that student eating her muffin, then we can have a rest. Bob Willits
Yuck, a chemistry textbook. Give me agronomy any day.
I take it yours isn't as good as mine. Elizabeth Teskey
You look like you ate something you shouldn’t have. I recommend trying Reader’s Digest. Robin Messing
You can get indigestion from eating too many vampires.

So, you stand on the treadmill, brace against the frame, and walk until the right shelf is brought into position? No wonder the staff around here are so thin! What a work-out!
And so we decided to take the Library’s economy tour this year! Carla DeMello
Third floor: toys, menswear, furniture.
I didn’t believe them when they said they were cutting the mass transit budget, but I guess it’s really true. Margaret Nichols
You know, I heard Columbia has leather seats on their book trucks.
Liisa Mobley
Excuse me – does this truck go by the historical fiction section? Pete Magnus


Suggestion Box
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Credits: Kaleidoscope is published bi-monthly except June and July by Cornell University Library. Editor: Elizabeth Teskey, Layout: Carla DeMello and Jenn Colt-Demaree