October/December 2013

2013 Nominees for Outstanding Performance Award
New Student Reading Project
Technical Services Corner: LTS Involvement with D&A
University Recognition Award
For the Leader in You
Fuerst Awards 2013
World IAALD Comes to Mann
New Spaces for Physical Sciences Library
How Do Scientists Use Information at NASA
CUL Staff Show
Hotel Collection Noticed by Ripley's--Can You Believe It?
Exhibits in Olin and Uris
People News
The Lighthearted Library

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2013 Nominees for Outstanding Performance Award

This year Sarah Ross and Tom Clausen were recognized with the staff Outstanding Performance Award at the Library Service Awards recognition brunch in June. They were chosen from a distinguished group of nominees put forward for their contributions to the Library system. To read about the other nominees for this prestigious award see below where we offer excerpts from their nomination letters.

Ron Clark and Adam Spry, Library Administrative Services, Facilities

“Ron and Adam are: Pleasant, cheerful, caring and extremely competent, in the face of short deadlines, occasionally difficult people, competing priorities and limited resources.”

“Ron and Adam’s cheerful disposition, excellent work ethic, and their knack for finding solutions to problems that often arise without short notice, have always made my job so much easier!”

“Last year, after I returned from vacation, the drawers of my desk had taken on a new resident [a mouse]. Not only was Adam nice and gentle about my fear of the mousy species, he came every morning without fail until it was caught. I appreciated his promptness and most of all his professionalism. He wasn’t patronizing, he didn’t make fun of my fear, and he treated me with respect and made my work environment safe again.”

“Long term dedicated service, consistently excellent customer service, frequently going above and beyond the call of duty.”

(Adam Spry above left and Ron Clark above right; photograph of Adam Spry by Carla DeMello)

Connie Finnerty and Donna Moore, Division of Rare & Manuscript Collections

“Donna and Connie have contributed over 10 years of supremely dedicated service; they each seem to have been here longer, and I wish both could remain my colleagues for many more years. “

“Their presence--both together and in their own ways--has been superb for everyone’s morale.”

“I think it’s also safe to say that RMC’s reputation with vendors and other contacts is in at least two pairs of very good hands!”

“Graceful under pressure; I much admire their professionalism and poise. They each have a great sense of humor, and they are among the kindest people I’ve ever met.” (Donna Moore above left)

Phil Koons, Library Administrative Operations, Facilities

“We’re not entirely sure how he is able to keep so many irons in the fire at once and still provide such friendly, thoughtful service.”

“He is a man of many talents and his knowledge has been consulted for more subjects than we can list.”

“Without Phil, things would not run as smoothly, or, some would argue, run at all.”

“While engaging projects in RMC, Phil has always shown a respect for and genuine interest in the material the library holds and clearly understands the special nature of managing projects within the unique constraints of RMC.”

Michelle Paolillo, Digital Scholarship & Preservation Services

Michelle is very organized and productive, but what makes her special is that she listens so well, asks such good questions and is able to figure out how to make things work.”

“I have been tremendously impressed with her project management abilities, her attention to detail and, not in the least, her capacity to work with multiple stake-holders in a very collegial and professional way in order to find the optimal solution for everybody.”

 “Michelle has taken on complex projects, each with their own intricate and thorny organizational challenges. The potential for missteps was high, but it is a testament to Michelle’s care, thoroughness, and thoughtfulness that she managed these projects so that their negative impacts were minimal.

“Michelle is consistently enthusiastic and flexible and engages in new projects with great intellectual curiosity and energy.”

New Student Reading Project: When the Emperor Was Divine

Eric Kofi Acree

This year marks my second year as Library liaison to the New Student Reading Project. The book for this incoming freshmen class was Julie Otsuka’s When the Emperor Was Divine. Laura Brown, the Vice Provost for Undergraduate Education, writes, “Otsuka’s novel describes a Japanese American family’s three-and-a-half-year long experience in the internment camps during World War II. From varied perspectives—the two young children, the mother, the internment community, and finally the father—the novel offers a concrete view of personal struggle, dignity, and tragedy in a context of exile and racism, which is widely resonant historically and in our own time.”

As in other years the read gave library staff members a chance join colleagues across campus to take part in a common reading and discussion of the book with incoming freshmen. Carla DeMello from Library Assessment and Communication once again designed the Reading Project’s poster, and added feedback to the Project’s website. I also added content to the website, and with assistance from Ali Houissa and Patrick Stevens created a library guide which gave readers an entry point into themes raised in the book.

I had the pleasure of leading two discussions of the book with alumni in Scarsdale, New York and the Cornell Club in New York City. Both discussions were insightful. I also did a webinar on the book which attracted 75 people.

What I enjoyed most about the Reading Project is that it provided a common intellectual experience.  It also served as a model of faculty/staff/student/alumni interaction; reinforced the University as a learning community; and finally served as a rite of passage for incoming students.

I look forward to taking part in next year’s read. Please send me any suggestions you might have about a book we should consider.


Technical Services Corner: LTS Involvement with D&A

Tracey Snyder & Steven Folsom

Word has traveled throughout academic libraries about CUL’s efforts to build a new discovery platform which aims to include (at a minimum) the best functionality from discovery products currently on the market in one seamless user experience. One of the questions we are often asked by people from other libraries after describing our ambitions for this initiative is, “Just how many people do you have working on this?!?” On paper there are currently four groups that make up the Discovery and Access (D&A) initiative:

  • Steering Committee (leadership deciding priorities and resource allocation)
  • User Representatives (designated group of library staff representing different parts of the library and related user groups)
  • User Experience Team (web designers focusing on user experience)
  • Developers (programmers building the underlying infrastructure)

D&A is essentially building a custom library catalog, mixing in all of our licensed electronic resources (databases and ejournals) and demarginalizing access to our special collections (both print and digital), while also enabling resource sharing through BorrowDirect and WorldCat. It’s worth pointing out that whole companies exist to help libraries answer any one of these challenges.

At the heart of each D&A challenge is making sense of the descriptive, inventory, and/or licensing information we have for our collections and services; it is LTS staff that serve as the primary caretakers of much of this metadata. Because both systems development and metadata curation are happening under one roof, there are opportunities to make better use of our metadata and be more responsive to the needs and expectations of our users. The authors of this piece serve as D&A User Representatives from LTS, advising on the use of collection metadata and often tapping the collective wisdom of the LTS department. Here, we highlight just a few examples of how we have benefited from that wisdom.

A major component of D&A’s work has been the development of a local implementation of Blacklight as our new catalog interface. Blacklight has many of the features that have become standard in library search systems, including, most notably, a set of facets used to refine the results of a search by parameters such as format, language, etc. An early round of testing of our Blacklight implementation revealed that streaming audio files were not being accounted for as sound recordings in the “Format” facet. (Instead, they were showing up as computer files.) This turned out to be a quick and easy fix, thanks to a tip from an LTS staff member. We simply changed the mapping, using a locally supplied MARC field to designate streaming audio files as musical recordings, streaming video files as videos, and electronic scores as musical scores.

In addition to providing assistance with determining what facets are possible and how they should be populated, LTS staff members have given input on what metadata to display and how to display it, both in the brief display in the list of results, and within the full record display. Sometimes, we have more metadata than we know what to do with, such as in the case of records that contain the same bit of information in a non-Roman script, in romanized form, and in English translation. Other times, we have an easily manageable amount of metadata, but are surprised to find out along the way that it is not displaying in the way that we had assumed it would. One example has to do with the array of subject and genre information contained in our bibliographic records. An early iteration of our Blacklight catalog was found to be suppressing certain MARC fields crucial for identifying a resource’s genre as well as scrambling the sequence of subfields of subject headings. In both cases (that of the non-Roman information and that of the subject and genre information), consultations with staff members from LTS helped us to arrive at display decisions that everyone involved seems happy with.

Screenshot of Blacklight

In another realm entirely is the question of how best to make use of authority records in our evolving discovery environment. One of the most beloved features of the Classic Catalog is its capability to browse tidy, alphabetical lists of authorized headings that are used in our bibliographic records, including name headings, name-title headings, and subject headings. D&A members have already begun discussions with several LTS staff members who are particularly knowledgeable on matters of authority data, with our initial efforts being focused on gaining a thorough understanding of how authority data is organized and deployed in a traditional OPAC. Determining the best way to leverage that data in Blacklight and beyond may be one of D&A’s greatest challenges.

Another of the more ambitious goals of the D&A initiative is to increase the scope of the library search to include collections outside of CUL. This has presented workflow considerations, technical challenges, and policy decisions; members of each unit in LTS have helped to strategize on these issues which are similar to those that LTS staff handle on a regular basis. E-resources staff have been integral to developing an understanding for which of these collections are available in our various knowledge bases and how well they can be accessed from there. This often determines whether D&A might try to better represent these in our local index (often referred to as the Integration Layer). In building our own discovery environment, CUL gets to decide which fields can and should be used to inform the user experience. We are limited only by our means to provide the necessary metadata.

So, just how many people does CUL have working on Discovery and Access? Officially, upwards of 25, but we routinely bring in help from CUL staff outside the group. Members of D&A have often pointed out that this is one of the biggest CUL collaborations in recent memory, involving every area of CUL. Library Technical Services has certainly played a critical role.

University Recognition Award

Connie Finnerty, Rare & Manuscript Collections

I want to express my appreciation for Connie Finnerty in order to acknowledge all that she does that is above and beyond the expectations of her job description.

Although, of course, I have to mention how hard she works, and what a good job she does, and how kind, patient and helpful she is to patrons, above all I am so grateful to have her at RMC because of how pleasant she makes the work environment for the rest of us. Connie is one of those people that I really look forward to seeing, and she makes me happy to go to work even on the gloomiest of winter Mondays. She has such a warm personality and positive attitude, even when it is stressful. Although the library staff always has to work as a team, Connie is especially able to foresee what needs to be done. She also works hard to balance out tasks; she is always aware of when someone is absent, and works to fill in the gaps, and is very mindful not to overburden others. Connie also makes her co-workers feel valued by frequently expressing her appreciation for their efforts. Thank you for all you do, Connie! (Heather Furnas)

Jim LeBlanc, Library Technical Services

James LeBlanc, Director of Technical Services, was nominated by his supervisor and several staff for the Management Award. The following are highlights from the supporting document.

Jim LeBlanc exemplifies in all of his interactions with colleagues (no matter who they are and in what rank) how a collegial, respectful, friendly, and goal oriented workplace should look like. He is well known in the library for his open and supportive approach; he is always ready to listen, gives advice when requested but more importantly  provides context and support to the many initiatives we are busy with without micromanaging them. Jim is among a small group of library staff who also earned national and international recognition in an academic area outside of library science: he has been recognized for his knowledge in and contributions to the James Joyce research.

Jim sees great value in cultivating cross departmental connections and has initiated many forums in which we can learn about each other’s priorities and concerns. He cultivates independent leaders and respects their authentic voices. He is a fair leader, willing to acknowledge hard work of others and to readily admit when he is (seldom) mistaken. He promotes his staff’s skills to others who may not be aware of them; he looks for opportunity for these staff to create and innovate; he champions for resources to enable them, and he gives credits where they are due. He contributes, in a major way, to a department that is nationally and internationally known for cutting-edge innovative library operations!  His outstanding organizational skills and decisiveness are critical to his leadership success within the 2CUL Technical Services integration and all the other initiatives he leads.

Jim exemplifies in all of his behaviors how a highly accountable and humble coach should lead our university to growing successes. (Xin Li)

Neely Tang, HLM Library

The Management Library was delighted to nominate Neely Tang for the university recognition award. Neely possesses an infectious optimism and has an innate ability to bring groups of people together to accomplish a task. She constantly is developing her own organizational development skills by taking classes, such as Crucial Conversations, and she brings the lessons she has learned to the team so we can all benefit.

Driven to provide the best service she can to the Management Library's patrons, she earned an MBA, giving her high credibility amongst Johnson students. The Johnson students, faculty, and staff enjoy working with Neely. Her positive impact on patrons and the rapport she effortlessly establishes, contributes to repeat usage of the library’s services. She reaches out to our executive students, working with them so that they get the same level of research assistance that the Ithaca-based students get.

With the changes in the library these past few years, Neely was willing and eager to assume more responsibility when it was needed. She took on a supervisory role, facilitating meetings, and brought in outside experts to guide us through changes. Neely doggedly pursues open communication to reduce the amount of rumors and fear. She is never afraid to ask the "why" question so as to bring everyone on board with what is happening. She often reminds us of our strengths, to treat each other with kindness, and to assume positive intent in stressful times. This eases fears and reduces negativity so that we can get to the work at hand.

Neely is very open and trustworthy. People naturally gravitate to her for brainstorming, suggestions, or for personal reflection. Her ability to tie people's various needs and their strengths with what needs to get done, make her an ideal colleague on committees and teams.

Neely is a delight to work with and she makes coming to work in the morning a joy. (HLM staff)

For the Leader in You

Carissa Vogel

Why is it that our best ideas about work so often come to us in the shower? In this issue we focus on ways to foster creativity to inspire us even when we are dry. If you are also inspired to start painting again or finishing your memoir, so much the better. Next issue, our focus will be on a friend of creativity—failure.

Three Ways to Foster Creativity in Your Organization by Dorie Clark

Harnessing Creativity and Innovation in the Workplace - A Q&A with Chris Grivas

Creating the Right Office Culture to Foster Innovation from Under 30 CEO

Still haven’t read enough about creativity and leadership? Check out these books:

Imagine: How Creativity Works by John Lehrer

Group Genius: The Creative Power of Collaboration by Dr. R. Keith Sawyer

Making Ideas Happen by Scott Belsky

Interested in attending a non-library conference on leadership...

Nonprofit Leadership Conference

Fuerst Awards 2013

Recipients of the 19th annual William F. Fuerst, Jr. Outstanding Library Student Employee Awards, from left: Thomas Rucker ’13, Kheel Center; Beth Matzkin ’13, Library Finance & Budget Office; Theodore Wolf ’13, Division of Rare and Manuscript Collections; Marcella Hayes ’13, Library Facilities; Anne R. Kenney, Carl A. Kroch University Librarian; Kimberly Gruver ’13, Law Library; Susanne Donovan ’13, ILR.

Susanne Donovan – Class of ’13

Susanne began working for ILR Digital Projects before she even started classes at Cornell. In her four years of working with ILR, she has proven “reliable beyond compare.” She shows a keen interest in learning new things and has always adjusted to the quirks of the job. As the lead WIT editor, Susanne “dependably and consistently” performs her daily duties year-round, without supervision, and often when classes aren’t in session. Jim says, “Her speed and accuracy keeps her supervisors on our toes,” because she often finishes large projects before the next one is ready for her. Susanne is entrusted with projects that are not usually given to most students. “What sets her apart is the high level of trust she has earned.” Susanne has digitized materials on her own, without direct supervision. Two of the most memorable were Labor Research Review, which she digitized from print, and The Ladies Garment Worker, which she digitized from microfilm. (In the latter case, she was the first person in the Library to use the hardware involved.) Jim adds that “in the years that the Digital Projects Group has been working with student assistants, only Susanne has been trusted to work on this level. She constantly impresses her co-workers with her ability to perform multiple complicated, detail-oriented tasks with little or no supervision, and with her focus and dedication.” (Nominated by Jim DelRosso)

Kimberly Gruver – Class of ’13     

Kim has worked for the Law Library for two and a half years. She was hired to work in the Acquisitions department to handle incoming USPS mail but has since taken on many additional responsibilities. Kim works in Document Delivery, Bindery and Access Services with Circulation desk duties and has impressed her co-workers with her remarkable quickness, accuracy, and efficiency. Elizabeth Teskey writes, “She learns quickly, rarely makes mistakes and puts everything into her time on the job. She is very motivated and willing to take on any task we need help with, often staying late to finish a task.” Kathy Hartman and Jane Drumheller say that Kim always “completes her tasks in an efficient manner and of the highest quality, often exceeding her basic responsibilities.” Cynthia notes that Kim “has talent for streamlining workflow to eliminate wasted steps, while maintaining excellent attention to detail,” and Carol Clune describes Kim as “one of the most flexible, fun, and responsible students I’ve worked with.” (Nominated by Mae Louis and Cynthia Lange)

Marcella “Sally” Hayes – Class of ’13       

Sally has been a welcome addition to the staff in the Facilities office over the last three years. Jon says, “Sally’s ability to interact with students, faculty and staff with maturity and confidence, and the way she tackles routine assignments with gusto have raised the bar for what I expect from a student worker.” In Facilities, one building emergency can shift the daily priorities of the entire department in an instant — and often, Sally was the sole occupant of the office for hours at a time. She took it upon herself to familiarize herself with terminology and systems, and she is often able to provide immediate assistance rather than having to consult with a supervisor. Jon adds, “She consistently goes above and beyond what a student worker would normally be expected to do.” She not only coordinated a complete key audit of the OKU staff, but was also instrumental in converting our key inventory from a FileMaker database to a standalone key management system. Recently, two department staff members had retired (each leaving behind years’ worth of valuable projected related files and materials), but Sally was able to archive this wealth of information into a cohesive set of files that can now be referenced by building and date rather than sitting in file boxes collecting dust. Jon says, “CUL has been lucky to have her as a student employee, and her departure will leave the Library Facilities office with a vacancy that will be challenging to fill.” (Nominated by Jon Ladley)

Beth Matzkin – Class of ’13    

Beth has worked with the Library Finance & Budget Office for three years and was described as “outgoing and positive.” Even within this year’s excellent group of students Cindy says that Beth’s “enthusiasm and initiative” set her apart. Beth’s suggestions have led to improvements in workflow and efficiencies, such as updating the “Student Procedures Manual” and creating an Excel file for the office’s filing system, which has turned out to be “a wonderful time saver.” During Beth’s tenure, the Library Finance and Budget Office has moved three times; with each move, she was consistently available to work extra shifts and cheerfully packed and unpacked boxes. She assisted with setting up and getting the office back to work and offered suggestions if she envisioned a different way of doing business. Cindy believes that Beth’s “outstanding ‘can-do’ attitude, critical thinking, and skills improving workflow efficiency” are her greatest contributions to the Library. (Nominated by Cindy Bosley)

Thomas “Tommy” Rucker – Class of ’13      

Tommy Rucker has worked for the Kheel Center for three years. He began working as the Technical Processes Archivist in 2010. Barb wrote that because “his work was fast, accurate and thorough, and he welcomed additional challenges,” he then became the Media Collections Assistant in January 2011. She added that “when asked to start a new project, or add a step to an already-complex assignment, his uniform response is Great!” He is known for being “remarkably thoughtful, intelligent, creative, trustworthy, diligent and efficient.” Tommy impressed his co-workers by following through on large and complex projects and taking pressing schedules and shifting priorities in stride. Barb notes that“he is the most willing, positive, and enthusiastic employee or co-worker I’ve ever met.” When helping to analyze and rename digital assets for the Triangle Fire web exhibit, Tommy displayed initiative by reviewing the existing names and recommending changes, rather than just completing the assignment given to him. According to Barb, his efforts “saved a lot of time, trouble, confusion and damage to our reputation! His work has enabled us to preserve important research and teaching collections and meet current researcher needs while preparing our collections for greater discoverability and use by helping create and maintain digital files with appropriate and effective metadata.” (Nominated by Barb Morley)

Theodore “Theo” Wolf – Class of ’13     

Theo was an excellent student right from the very beginning of his employment at RMC in 2010. He primarily organizes and processes new collections, and then builds finding aids that allow for access and discovery of these items — but he also offers his time to help with projects that aren’t in his usual duties. Evan says,“It is really his commitment to the job that makes him stand out. He has a friendly attitude and is never afraid to ask for help or engage with other staff members to ask for advice and has shown a respect for the collections and a curiosity that I value greatly,” He not only manages to put in his hours at RMC, but he also works very hard on his studies: Theo is in the College Scholar program and just recently won the Heermans-McCalmon Prize in playwriting. He conducts his work with the end user and patrons in mind, rather than how he can get the job done the fastest. Because of his attention to detail, his work can go directly from him completing it to dissemination to the public without moderation or editing by any other staff member. Theo alone has processed about 350 cubic feet of archival materials since starting work in November 2010. But perhaps his single greatest contribution is completing the new organization and guide to one of RMC’s most-used collections, the massive set of photographs from the Cornell News Services Collection. (Nominated by Evan Earle)


Even though these four exceptional students did not receive the Fuerst Award, we want to recognize them as well, for their talents and dedication to the Library.

Jennifer Alvarado-Ross ‘13, Uris Library, Access Services

Jennifer was described as “enthusiastic” and “very self-directed.” Others noted that “her work is flawless and her attention to detail is remarkable,” and that she has “been a very crucial part of the department’s success.” (Nominated by Darla Critchfield)

Yewande A. Ashaye ’13, Olin Library, Research & Learning Services

On the application, library staff called Yewande a “high performer” and said that “her professionalism and attitude towards her work, her reliability, valued initiative and quality of work make her an outstanding employee.” Nicole is confident that Yewande “will continue to display the same professional attitude and work ethics after she graduates,” and says she is “happy to have worked with Yewande and wishes her the best in the future.” (Nominated by Nicole Margirier)

Gaige Kerr ’15, Music Library, Circulation

Lenora wrote that “Gaige’s high level of service and high quality of work help the Music Library function smoothly; and his courtesy, knowledge, and good nature make him a very positive representative for the library. By being self-motivated and so highly reliable, he saves staff time in needing to oversee his work. He is a pleasure to have with us, and brings cheer and a sense of order whenever he is working.” (Nominated by Lenora Schneller)

Adelaide McDonnell ’13, Music Library

Tracey singled out Adelaide’s “strong work ethic and professional demeanor,” writing that “she’s a fast learner and works well independently.” Tracey also praised Adelaide’s “problem-solving abilities and her determination to find the information needed to complete a task.” (Nominated by Tracey Snyder)

World IAALD Comes to Mann

Jim Morris-Knower

Skype and Facebook are marvelous social media inventions, allowing us to make global and instant connections via the Internet from our computers and mobile phones. That said, there’s really nothing that beats face to face interactions for getting to know new people and sharing new ideas.  

Holly Mistlebauer center and Jim Morris-Knower right, with Agwu E. Agwu of the University of Nigeria, Nsukka.

This was certainly proven true the week of July 21-24, when agricultural librarians and information specialists from around the globe gathered at Mann for the World Congress of the International Association of Agricultural Information Specialists (IAALD). Mann staff organized and hosted the conference, which is held every three years, and we were pleased to welcome over one hundred participants from Asia, Europe, Africa and North and South America who gathered to discuss issues related to the conference’s theme: emerging priorities for scientific & agricultural information. 

Kathy Chiang left and Howard Raskin right, with Philip Herold of the University of Minnesota; Philip Herold was once librarian at Mann.

The conference kicked off on Monday morning with a keynote speech by National Agricultural Library Director Simon Liu, and ended with a bus tour of Ithaca area vegetable, cash crop and dairy farms. In between were papers presented on topics ranging from the use of information communication technologies (ICT) by women extension works in Nigeria to animal health information systems for the Pacific Island countries and territories; interactive workshops on topics such as “Using Moodle as an Online Learning Management System to Offer Professional Development Courses to Agricultural Extension Workers in Africa;” a poster session with over twenty posters covering everything from “Precision Agriculture in Upstate New York” to “Current Developments of Institutional Repositories on Agricultural Research Institutes and Universities in Japan;” and all-conference plenary panel presentations in the Dean’s Room on E-Learning for Impact in Africa (sponsored by CALS International Programs) and Global Opportunities & Partnerships for Agricultural Librarians (sponsored by the United States Agricultural Information Network, USAIN).

The conference proved to be a major success, and attendees--including Mann staff--made many new friends from around the world. Most importantly, everyone at IAALD 2013 started crucial face to face discussions on the way libraries and librarians globally can play a major role in using information to tackle tough topics such as food security and natural resource preservation. Here’s hoping that those discussions and connections started here at Mann continue on in the years to come.

For more information on IAALD, whose mission is to “enable  members to create, capture, access and disseminate information to achieve a more productive and sustainable use of the world's land, water, and renewable natural resources,” see their website at http://www.iaald.org.  For a full description of the conference, see the IAALD 2013 program.  And finally, for pictures from the conference, see the IAALD 2013 Flickr page.

Jaron Porciello center, with librarians from the University of Nigeria, Elizabeth Ogbonnah on the left and Ifeoma Irohibe on the right.

A report on the 7/23 plenary session "E-Learning for Impact in Africa" is also available in the Cornell Chronicle article of July 26th.

Mary Ochs left with IAALD participant Chinwe Anunobi from Nnamdi Azikiwe University in Nigeria.

Videos of individual sessions from the Congress are also now viewable online.

Participants pose for a group picture outside Dano's on Seneca lake where they enjoyed a wonderful meal.

New Spaces for Physical Sciences Library

Jill Wilson

On Friday September 13th, 2013, the Clark Physical Sciences Library space was officially opened to the public as the Clark Learning Suite. Colleagues will remember reading about the closing of the Physical Sciences Library when it went virtual in Leah (Solla) McEwen's beautifully written piece in the December 2010 issue of Kaleidoscope, 2010: A Space Odyssey. The former library space now includes four new Physics classrooms in addition to a common area and quiet study space. There are new tables, chairs, and carpeting to give the space a fresh new look. Upgrades were also made to the heating, ventilation, and air conditioning systems. Librarians will move back into their offices in Clark 283 shortly. When you get a chance, please come visit the new space! (Jill Wilson, Outreach Coordinator for Engineering, Math and Physical Sciences Libraries)


How can the Library take digital projects to the next level?

Who he is: Jim DelRosso. I'm the digital projects coordinator for the Hospitality, Labor, and Management Library. This coming year, I’m also one of the Digital Scholarship Fellows.

What he does: Within the HLM Library, if there’s a project or undertaking that occurs primarily or exclusively in the digital realm, then I’m usually involved in some way, or providing support along with the Digital Projects Group.

The biggest example is DigitalCommons@ILR, the digital repository for the ILR School. We’re also in the process of setting up a repository to support the School of Hotel Administration.

For the entire interview see here. (Photograph by Gwen Glazer)

How do you combine your creative passion with your professional life?

Who she is: Danielle Mericle, director of the Digital Media Group.

What she does: I break it into three primary things: project management, working on digitization projects ranging from moderately sized faculty grants to large-scale stuff; managing my staff, balancing production workload; and then working on bigger, broader initiatives. Right now, I’m heavy into a campus-wide A/V initiative to figure out how we can start to preserve media on campus and determine economies of scale, so that we are all working toward the same goals.

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

How do you set up the online catalog for searching success?

Who he is: Pedro Arroyo, acquisitions coordinator for Library Technical Services (LTS).

What he does: I’m involved in a wide variety of acquisitions-related tasks for any new books or materials that come into the Library. So, for example, I train students and staff how to import or create a record that describes an item, and gives information about it in the database.  We then send some of them to the cataloguers, who assign subject headings, because it’s a collaborative effort to make these searchable.

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

How Do Scientists Use Information at NASA?

Jill Powell, Engineering Librarian, visited the libraries at NASA Goddard in Greenbelt, MD and National Science Foundation in Alexandria, VA in July 2013, to interview library staff and selected NASA scientists. She studied the libraries’ digital projects, publications, services, and library operations. She also learned how some NASA scientists use the library and seek information.

Jill presented the results of her research at the Upstate New York Science Librarians Meeting in Cazenovia, NY on October 25, 2013. Her talk was entitled, "Get It at Goddard: NASA Goddard and NSF Libraries Serving Scientists and Engineers of All Generations." She hopes to repeat this talk during Career Development Week.

A special highlight of her time there was touring the labs, and seeing the largest clean room (10 stories) in the world, where they are currently building the James Webb Telescope (to replace the Hubble).

CUL Staff Show

The CUL Staff Show, known variously as the Art Show and Talent Show, occurred on Monday, October 14th, 2013 in the Uris Cocktail Lounge. The show was sponsored by the Library Forum Steering Committee and the 2013 Staff Show Committee, consisting of Jill Wilson, Debralyn Muscato, Wendy Kozlowski, Carla DeMello, C.J. Lance, and Kim Laine. Around 100 people came to witness the talents of their colleagues – artistically, musically, and culinary! Dozens participated by showing their artwork and photography, and cooking up some great edible creations, such as hummus, cookies, pie, and many other sweets. Many performed musical numbers, sang, and performed dances as well. Staff who attended had an opportunity to win door prizes provided by the artists and cooks. We certainly have a wonderfully talented staff here at CUL. (Jill Wilson; photographs by C.J. Lance and Carla DeMello)

We regret that the lighting did not allow for good photographs of the art work and so we offer only a few examples. You will have to come next time to see for yourself or even to participate.

In the photograph above Jim Del Rosso is playing guitar (far right) and Bill Cowdery is listening (far left). Musicians who entertained us this year included Lenora Schneller, Beth Kelly, and Bill Cowdery as a trio; Lenora and Beth as a duo; Joe McNamara, Pete Magnus, Suzanne Schwartz, Jesse Koennecke, Tom Ottaviano, and Keith Jenkins.

C.J. Lance displayed some of her beautiful photography including the picture above. Other artists in various media included Liisa Mobley, Cynthia Rich, Betsy Elswit, Ardeen White, Jenn Colt, Barbara Berger Eden, Craig Mains, Carla DeMello, Linda Miller, Jessica Withers, and Jill Wilson.

Dancers included Tenzin Tsokyi who brought a friend to dance a traditional Tibetan piece with her, and Anne Carson who has been a staple of the art show since it began and treated us to several belly dances. Culinary delights and refreshments were offered by Jill Wilson, Mira Basara, Cecilia Sercan, Gail Steinhart, Gaby Castro Gessner, Ada Albright, Wendy Kozlowski, and Tami Magnus.

Mini quilt by Ardeen White

Wood carving by Betsy Elswit

Musicians and dancers are called to the front by emcee Ed Weissman to take a bow.

I had planned something else for this week’s Take One, but having just come back from the CUL Talent Show I am just in awe of the incredible array of artistic talent possessed by library staff, from singing and dancing, to playing a wonderful array of instruments, to poetry, photography, cooking, woodcarving, birdmaking, textile and bead art, printmaking…and more. I’ve taken piano lessons for ten years now and still cannot consistently maintain a beat, so I appreciate how much effort goes into developing artistic talent. Every morning when I sit down to play, I may not be making music, but I am filled with a sense of peace and joy. Having a balanced life involves making time for yourself to explore all the senses. Have a healthy and productive creative week. (Take One, October 14, 2013; green leather book by Jill Wilson)


Hotel Collection Noticed by Ripley's -- Can You Believe It?

Thanks to Ken Bolton and Curtis Lyons for sharing this incredible news with CUL staff!

Exhibits in Olin and Uris

Olin and Uris Libraries are currently featuring two exhibitions and an art installation.

Photograph by Susette Newberry

In honor of the 2013 new student reading project, an exhibition and art installation in Uris Library explore themes in Julie Otsuka’s novel, When the Emperor was Divine. Inspired by the crane sculpture that Carla DeMello created and featured in her designs for this year’s New Student Reading Project poster, the exhibition (on the gallery level of Uris Library) brings together original artwork, photographs, documents, and maps to examine the story through the perspective of each of Ostuka’s narrators. Highlights include two of Carla’s crane sculptures; original maps based on the book’s themes, developed by Boris Michev and Johannes Plambeck; and collection materials that explore aspects of the Japanese American internment.

Accompanying the exhibition is an installation of 1,000 origami cranes suspended from the heights of the Uris Library lobby, each hand-folded by students, patrons, volunteers, and library staff who graciously donated their time and talents to the project. The exhibition and installation were designed and conceptualized by Alberto Embriz-Salgado ‘14, the Student Designer-in-Residence for Olin & Uris Libraries. The exhibition curators are Sarah How, Boris Michev and Susette Newberry, and installation and preparation is by all of the above plus Library Facilities, Devin Sanera, Ada Albright, and Jill Ulbricht. For more information, check out the exhibition web page. (Photograph left by Susette Newberry)

Siege of Cranes installation in Uris Library, designed and photographed by Alberto Embriz-Salgado ‘14

In Olin Library, another exhibition, Parallax: Exploring Cornell Luminaries of Science Fiction, features the seminal work and theories of prominent Cornell writers of science fiction and celebrates Cornell’s contributions to astronomy and science fiction literature. Curated by Fred Muratori, the exhibition emphasizes the work of Garrett P. Serviss (Class of 1872, a member of Cornell’s first four-year graduating class). Highlights include an early astronomical star finder (on loan from the History of Science Collections) designed by Serviss, and early serialized editions of science fiction literature.

Other Cornellians illuminated through this exhibition are Kurt Vonnegut (Class of 1943), Joanna Russ (Class of 1957), Thomas Pynchon (Class of 1959), Carl Sagan (faculty), and Ron D. Moore (Class of 1986). The exhibition is in three locations in Olin Library: across from the Circulation Desk (Ground Floor), outside the Current Periodicals Reading Room (Ground Floor), and outside the entrance to the Maps & Media Reading Room (Lower Level). Curatorial assistance from Rob Kotaska and Susette Newberry, exhibition design by Alberto Embriz-Salgado ’14, Student Designer-in-Residence for Olin & Uris Libraries, and installation by all of the above plus Devin Sanera and Jill Ulbricht; Conservation Treatment by Pat Fox. For more information, including student photographs of “luminaries,” visit the exhibition web site. (Right, Kurt Vonnegut, Player Piano / Utopia 14, Bantam Ed., 1954)

Carl Sagan in Rockefeller Hall, 1995; Cornell University Faculty Biographical Files; photograph by Sharon Bennett; courtesy of Cornell University Archives, Division of Rare and Manuscript Collections, Cornell University Library.

People News


Richard "Ezra" Delaney is the Library's new AUL for Administrative Services. Ezra brings broad experience in finance and budget, HR and facilities to his new role at CUL, including managing a $28 million operating budget and $60 million capital budget at Nassau Community College as well as managing the renovation and construction of six branch libraries at the New York Public Library. Ezra has served Cornell as the College of Agriculture and Life Science’s Assistant Dean for Capital Projects and Facilities Services since 2008. In that role, he managed more than 500 buildings and oversaw capital planning, design, construction, space management, and environmental health and safety efforts. Before coming to Cornell, Ezra was a vice president for administration and planning at Nassau Community College in Garden City, NY, where he was also an adjunct faculty member in Civil Engineering Technology. Before that he served as a manager at the New York Public Library and the New York Botanical Garden. Ezra will be the Library's chief financial and administrative officer, with responsibilities for collaborating with individual college business offices and representing the Library's financial perspective to University Administration. He started his new job in November. The Library is delighted to welcome him. (Photograph by Carla DeMello)

Chubing Hong joined the Hospitality, Labor and Management Library as a digital projects assistant in September. This is a part-time, two-year position focused on ScholarlyCommons@SHA, the new Digital commons iteration for the School of Hotel Administration. Previously she worked for the Syracuse Law Library and the United Nations. She also worked as a part-time intern at the Cornell Law Library. Chubing has a Bachelor of Management in Library Science from Wuhan University and received her M.L.I.S. from Syracuse in May. Chubing will be working on adding items to the digital repository for both ILR and SHA. Chubing's desk is located behind the Catherwood circulation desk. We are delighted to welcome her in her new role at CUL.

Jill Iacchei has been hired as a preservation assistant in Digital Scholarship & Preservation Services where she will work in the Conservation Lab. Jill previously worked and interned in the conservation labs of the University of Iowa, UCLA, and the University of Illinois Urbana Champaign. She holds a graduate certificate in Book Arts and Book Technologies from the University of Iowa Center for the Book. We look forward to having her assistance in caring for the collections and welcome her to CUL.

James "Alan" McCarty is the new systems engineer in CUL-IT. His role is that of DevOps Engineer, supporting various development efforts in CUL-IT, in order to make sure that the technical pieces that support our websites, services, and applications like Vivo, arXiv.org, and the Blacklight catalog search are the best that they can be. Alan is coming to us from a local startup company where he was Director of Operations and Support, but has spent most of the past decade working at eCornell. He has a BS in management information systems from Oklahoma State University and has certifications in CISSP (Certified Information Systems Security Professional) and SANS GSEC (Global Security Essentials Certification). Welcome to the Library, Alan.

In light of the failed Associate Director search, CUL has decide to use some of the salary savings to hire some temporary, part-time help until the Management Library is back at full staff. Don Schnedeker has agreed to re-join us and will be working Tuesday and Thursday afternoons, plus other hours as necessary. Thanks to Don, Suzanne, and the Management Library staff for working this arrangement out! And thanks to Don for coming back!


Joseph (Joe) Skovira joined the repositories group within CUL-IT in early December as an applications programmer. Joe has worked with computer systems beginning as an undergraduate, through his career with IBM, and in a variety of consulting roles. Joe spent time at Cornell University as a graduate student and as a member of the IBM high performance computing group based in Rhodes Hall. Joe also worked with Surescan Corporation optimizing computing clusters to control baggage scanners, Endicott Interconnect Technologies developing computing accelerator systems, and a number of labs at Cornell on a variety of computational projects. He has a BS in electrical engineering from the University of Notre Dame, an MS from Syracuse University, and a PhD in electrical engineering from Cornell; his doctorate has a focus on high perfomance computing and neurobiology. Joe will contribute to development of arXiv and other repository projects. The Library is happy to welcome Joe and Joe is happy to be part of CUL-IT in Olin Library as it is one of his favorite places on campus!


Brian Caruso has transferred from Mann Library to CUL-IT where he is an applications programmer. He has worked in Mann for 9 years on VIVO and other projects. Brian will contribute to development of arXiv, the integration layer component of the new Blacklight Discovery and Access system, and to the CUL Archival Repository. We are excited to add his expertise to the repositories team.

Erin Eldermire has transferred from Mann Library to Assessment and Communication where she is a research support specialist. In this new part-time position she will be conducting assessment projects, mostly utilizing qualitative research methods, collaborating with teams, committees and unit libraries across CUL. Erin is no stranger to Assessment and Communication as she interned with them last summer as part of her studies towards her MLS. Erin Eldermire became Mann’s Information Assistant in fall 2010. In addition to helping patrons with their information needs, from egg shell pathology to Chilean grape imports, Erin worked on many projects. Here are a few examples: she was responsible for keeping the reference wiki current; in preparation for a scanning project she identified rare books with no digital counterparts; she gathered data on early career faculty member’s participation in professional profile sites; and she co-authored a lib guide on measuring your research impact. In 2012 Erin was accepted into the MLS program at Syracuse University’s School of Information Studies and expects her degree in May 2014. Mann staff will miss Erin’s professional contributions and her cheerful presence. Patrons will miss Erin’s welcoming smile at the Information Desk and her information retrieval skills. But we are happy knowing that she is moving on to interesting new challenges within CUL.

Cindy Sweet has transferred from Mann Library to the Library Finance and Budget Offce where she is an accounts representative.


Congratulations to Cindy Lamb for her winning entry in the Pawprint Photo Contest in the Animals category. Her Pelican Feathers was a winner. She was also a Runner-up in the Nature category with her entry Lilypads and Grasses. This is not the first time Cindy has won the annual contest since she loves photography. Her primary interest is nature photography and among her favorite subjects are plants, animals, birds, water, and natural landscapes. Cindy considers herself an environmentalist and animal lover. On a beautiful day you will find her somewhere outside taking photographs.

See her beautiful work below.


Pelican Feathers by Cindy Lamb

Lilypads and Grasses by Cindy Lamb

Please join me in congratulating Randall Miles on the publication of the first issue of “Practical Technology for Archivists.” Randall conceived of, organized, and serves as the managing editor for this new open access, peer-reviewed journal. He recognized a gap in archival literature with no good place to publish work focusing on pragmatic, practical applications of archival technical processes, then applied his organizational skills (and more than a little patience and persistence) to make it a reality. The first issue can be found here. Congratulations to Randall on this wonderful achievement! (Curtis Lyons)

Out & About

Cheryl Beredo has been appointed to a 3-year term on the ARL/SAA Mosaic Program Advisory Board. The Mosaic Program “promotes much-needed diversification of the archives and special collections professional workforce by providing financial support, practical work experience, mentoring, career placement assistance, and leadership development to emerging professionals from underrepresented racial and ethnic minority groups.”

In September, Michele Brown gave  two  presentations at the New York Library Association (NYLA) conference in Niagara Falls: “Planning for Disasters, The Nitty Gritty:  techniques for coping with water disasters” and “Planning for Disasters: Developing a Written Plan”. In October, Michele Brown attended the Heritage Preservation Annual Membership Meeting, held in New York. Heritage Preservation is a national nonprofit dedicated to preserving the cultural heritage of the United States.

In October, members of the Conservation Department: Michele Brown, Pat Fox, Caitlin Moore and Jill Iacchei attended “Reconstructing Diderot: Eighteenth Century French Bookbinding,” the Brodsky Series workshop for the Advancement of Library Conservation at Syracuse University. At the workshop the participants made models of French book bindings from the 18th century.

Adam Chandler, along with Aron Wolf, Software Developer at Serials Solutions, spoke about the achievements of NISO’s IOTA Working Group at the 33rd Annual Charleston Conference on Issues in Books and Serial Acquisition held in Charleston, SC in November. The working group, formally christened “Improving OpenURLs Through Analytics,” has issued recommended practices for link resolver providers to test and improve user access to linked electronic resources. After Adam summarized the work of the team, Wolf presented an in-depth case study of how Serials Solutions has implemented IOTA principles to improve the quality of their link resolver product. Adam is the Electronic Resources User Experience Librarian in LTS and Chair of the IOTA Working Group.

Our own Repo Man Jim DelRosso will be chairing CUL’s new RepoExec, a group focusing on Repository issues at Cornell. His group will be sifting through the current array of digital repositories and focusing on the University’s current and future needs. Jim also teamed with Amy Buckland, eScholarship, ePublishing & Digitization Coordinator at McGill, to teach a half-day workshop on strategies and practices for digital repositories on September 25. The following day he sat on a panel with Ms. Buckland and Jenica Rogers, Director of Libraries for SUNY-Potsdam, discussing open access for academic publishing.

Dianne Dietrich and Jill Wilson presented at the Upstate New York Science Librarians Meeting in Cazenovia in October with their talk titled “A Flight of Citation Managers” which gave participants 'just a taste' of the most used citation management systems in the physical sciences at Cornell, including RefWorks, Mendeley, Zotero and many others. 

Katie Dowgiewicz presented “Not a Case of Black and White: The ILGWU and the NAACP” on August 15 at the annual meeting of the Society of American Archivists and was part of a panel entitled “Labor Rights are Civil Rights: Discovering the Intersections of Labor History and Civil Rights in Labor Collections.” Katie also presented at the North American Labor History Conference on October 24. Her paper was titled “The Immigration Project:  An Innovative Approach to Assist Union Members” on the panel “Immigrant Labor in Detroit & the ILGWU.”

Aliqae Geraci, Curtis Lyons, and Patrizia Sione spoke to the History of Capitalism Summer Camp organized by ILR Professor Louis Hyman. This grant-sponsored program was geared toward economic historians to allow them to further develop their understanding of economic theory and research practices. The Kheel Center’s Heather Furnas also attended many of the sessions in her capacity as a history PhD student. Aliqae Geraci also participated in the 38th annual Union Association for Labor Education Northeast Regional Summer School for Union Women, held on North Campus. Aliqae has two new committee assignments: she was appointed to the South Central Regional Library Council’s Awareness & Advocacy Advisory Committee, and she was elected Treasurer of the Board of Directors of Urban Librarians Unite.

Dan Hickey completed the ACRL Immersion Teacher Track program in August. This is the same program that several HLM staff took last year when ACRL presented it in Ithaca.

In September, Peter Hirtle was appointed a Research Fellow at the Berkman Center for Internet & Society at Harvard University. This is in addition to his duties in the Cornell Library. The Berkman Center is a research program founded to explore cyberspace, share in its study, and help pioneer its development. Peter has also been on the road. In August, he spoke in the “Copyright legislation and litigation update” session at the annual meeting of the Society of American Archivists in New Orleans. On September 27, he was an invited speaker at the “Archives and Copyright: Developing an Agenda for Reform” workshop sponsored by CREATe and held at the Wellcome Trust in London, England. On October 1, he was a featured speaker in Seoul, Korea at the “Digital Archives and Dokdo” international seminar sponsored by the Korea Maritime Institute. On October 22 he spoke at the University of Pittsburgh as part of its Open Access Week events series. (Peter Hirtle at the CREATe conference below)

Keith Jenkins attended the Open Geoportal Summit, October 27-28 in Boston, MA, to help establish a Metadata Working Group to coordinate geospatial metadata efforts across the several institutions that are working on the project. At the summit, he presented a lightning talk on "Finding Worldwide Sources of Geodata: Faceted Bookmarks as a Lightweight Solution." He also attended DLF, Nov. 4-6 in Austin, TX, to participate in a working session on "Geospatial Data and Digital Libraries."

In late August, Jesse Koennecke, Head of the E-Resources Unit in LTS, traveled to Korea and Japan to speak about library resource discovery and the Summon service at several ProQuest library events. He had an opportunity to tour Yonsei University’s Samsung Library and Hitotsubashi University Library and discuss topics ranging from discovery to ebook acquisitions to user space.

Library Press Display database on a large touch screen at Samsung Library - Yonsei University. They market this to their international students to be able to read news from their home countries

A bit of home in the current periodical room at Hitotsubashi University Library. Japan’s university libraries are still very print focused, but Hitotsubashi is hoping to transition to mostly electronic resources in the near future.

The Great Buddah of Kamakura, Japan.

At the Mid-Atlantic Regional Archives Conference, Elizabeth Shepard (Assistant Archivist at the Weill Cornell Medical College Library) and Jason Kovari (LTS) participated in a panel on collaborations in archives. Their talk focused on a project to make the NewYork-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medical Center Archives Image Collection [link to: http://hdl.handle.net/1813.001/8065170] available in Shared Shelf. Shepard discussed the history of the collection and a project to investigate IP issues for accessing its more than 13,000 images; Kovari spoke about the effort to migrate the images into Shared Shelf as well as Cornell's partnership with ARTstor to develop this media management software.

On November 22nd, a team from Cornell presented a panel on the Freedom on the Move (FOTM) collaborative digital humanities project at the 38th Annual Meeting of the Social Science History Association. Professor Ed Baptist (Department of History) spoke about the importance of the project and runaway slave ads in historical research. Jason Kovari (LTS) presented a paper, co-written by Jeremy Williams (CISER), on data modeling and building FOTM. Mickey Casad (DSPS) and Bill Block (CISER) offered a framework for understanding FOTM in the broader context of digital humanities development.

Deb Lamb-Deans has been appointed to CUL’s Ad Hoc Committee on the Examination of the Promotion Review Process. This committee results from recent conversations in Academic Assembly and will review Procedure 13 and come up with a list of “best practices” to aid promotion candidates.

Kelly LaVoice completed the ALA RUSA course Business Reference 101 in early October, a 4 week course focused on company and industry research, finding statistics and data, finance, and international business.

Randall Miles attended a meeting in August at the Central NY Library Resources Council to explore a collaborative project to make finding aids more discoverable and possibly creating a centralized finding aid portal.

On September 16 Holly Mistlebauer and Mary Ochs were in Rome to celebrate the 10 year anniversary of AGORA (Access to Global Online Research in Agriculture), a program that provides web-based access to top quality literature in the agriculture and life sciences for researchers in some of the world’s poorest countries. (Mary and Holly on the Terrace of the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) below.)

AGORA has been a partnership between FAO, publishers, Mann Library, and the scientific community since 2003. It presently provides access to over 3500 journals and 3300 books. Thus far, scientists and practitioners from over 2500 institutions in 116 countries of the developing world have downloaded millions of articles through the AGORA portal.

When first launched, AGORA built on the concept and reach of The Essential Electronic Agricultural Library (TEEAL), a digital library of top-ranked agricultural journals being distributed among developing country researchers by Mann Library. Unlike TEEAL, which is delivered on a palm-sized hard drive, AGORA is entirely web-based. It is also now part of a wider initiative known as Research4Life, a public-private partnership that stewards four literature access programs covering agriculture, health, technology and the environment.  After the FAO visit, Holly went on to Geneva to pay a visit to our WHO colleagues. While there she learned how they support AGORA’s sister program HINARI and how they use the new customer relationship system in support of all four Research4Life programs.

Swe Swe Myint, Gifts Coordinator and Copy Cataloger in LTS Acquisitions & Automated Technical Services, is one of five contributors to the new Berlitz Burmese Phrase Book & Dictionary (New York: Berlitz Publishing, 2013). This newest addition to the bestselling Berlitz phrase book series provides useful cultural and travel tips for visitors to Myanmar, as well as a two-way dictionary and an essential grammar and pronunciation guide. Swe Swe was also responsible for all the phonetic transcriptions included in the volume. (Swe Swe Myint above right)

Boaz Nadav-Manes, Director of LTS Acquisitions & Automated Technical Services, gave a talk at the Ex Libris Northeast User Group Conference, held at the University of Connecticut in October. Entitled, “Cornell’s Innovative Batch Processing Techniques Put into User-Friendly Practice,” Boaz’s presentation focused primarily on the use of CUL’s “LS Tools” service, developed by CUL-IT’s Peter Hoyt (with input from LTS’s Gary Branch and others), which has become the cornerstone tool for automated technical services operations at Cornell. Boaz also covered the latest about POOF!, which will soon be in production at Harvard Library.

Jaron Porciello attended the first IviesPlus for Public Services at the University of Pennsylvania in early November as an invited speaker on the panel, “Embracing Digital Scholarship:Liaisons and Libraries Learn NewDance Steps.” She discussed some of the ways that that the Library is responding to new challenges in digital scholarship, including new initiatives and services.

Oya Y. Rieger attended the OpenAIRE workshop in Vilnius, Lithuania in November as one of the advisors of the EU-funded initiative.  OpenAIRE aims to create an interconnected network of open repositories to provide a single access point to open access publications in order to increase accessibility, use, and re-use of research papers. She is participating in designing a stakeholder survey to assess the opinions and attitudes on sustaining the open access initiative. (Oya Rieger below with panelists, far right front)

Steve Rockey was appointed to the American Mathematical Society (AMS) Library Committee for a term of three years, effective February 2014 through January 2017.  Per the AMS, “the committee supports both mathematicians and librarians in the use, maintenance, and betterment of mathematics libraries.” 

Over the late summer and early fall, Sarah Ross cataloged the 600-volume library of the Cancer Resource Center of the Finger Lakes, using the Library Thing online service. The CRCFL catalog incorporates a locally devised scheme of subject terms and classification tailored specifically to the needs of the Center. A permanent link to the catalog will soon be available on the CRCFL website. Sarah is one of the original catalogers for Southeast Asia material in LTS Cataloging & Metadata Services.

Tracey Snyder, Assistant Music Librarian and Music Cataloging Coordinator, was a presenter at the joint meeting of the Music Library Association’s New York State/Ontario Chapter and Atlantic Chapter in Pittsburgh, PA, Oct. 4-5, 2013. She and Kathy Glennan, the ALA representative to the Joint Steering Committee for the Development of RDA gave a presentation called “RDA: Behind the Music” about the arduous and sometimes hilarious process of making revisions to the music instructions in the new international cataloging code, RDA (Resource Description and Access).

Gail Steinhart was invited to co-chair the Community Education and Engagement working group of the DataONE project for the next year, and participated in the DataONE all hands meeting in Albuquerque, NM (October 22-24). DataONE (Data Observation Network for Earth) is an NSF-funded effort to support cyberinfrastructure and data sharing for observational data.

Because of her knowledge and experience in this area, Neely Tang has been appointed to the Cornell University Career Advisory Committee. This new committee is sponsored by the Office of Talent Planning and is part of Cornell’s push in the area of career development and succession management. Neely Tang, Suzanne Cohen, and Gwen Glazer were invited to be featured on the Remote Work: Pilot Program & Research Study web site. The “Voices of Remote Work” is a series featuring Cornell employees and supervisors who currently work remotely or supervise a remote worker. You can find all three interviews here.

In September, Sarah J. Wright and Camille Andrews, along with the other members of the Data Information Literacy project (librarians from Purdue University, University of Oregon, and University of Minnesota) traveled to Purdue to host the Data Information Literacy Symposium. At the symposium, project members shared with almost 80 attendees their experiences in working with faculty and graduate students, with a primary focus on roles for librarians in teaching data management and curation skills. In November, Sarah traveled to DLF in Austin, TX to help lead a workshop ("Creating the New Normal: Fostering a Culture of Data Sharing With Researchers") with colleagues from Purdue University and the University of Oregon, as a part of the Data Information Literacy Project. Sarah was also an invited panelist at the Smarter Agriculture meeting in Potomac, MD, held October 10-11. She was one of four presenters on the topic "Educating Tomorrow’s Scientist for Critical Data Literacy," which sought to identify key components of data literacy for graduate and undergraduate education in agriculture.

Sarah Young presented "Faculty Use of Online Social Networks: Toward Supporting Collaborative Research on the Web" at this year's Upstate NY Special Libraries Association Fall Conference, held in Syracuse on November 8.


From: Bill Kara
Sent: Wed 8/28/2013
Subject: LTS Consolidation

There have been many changes for technical services over the last decade. When many technical services activities for most libraries were integrated in 2005, there was no one space which could hold the entire Library Technical Services (LTS) staff. Due to a decrease in the size of the LTS staff, both in Olin and at Mann, this is no longer the case. Mann Library also needed to respond to requests from CALS for additional office space. The LTS Mann staff members have very much appreciated their time at Mann Library and the collegiality, friendship, and support of the Mann Library staff. The LTS staff members who are currently located in Mann Library will be moving on September 3rd to Olin Library Room 110.

The following LTS Mann staff will be moving to Olin:

Bill Kara -- Olin Room 110A
Jesse Koennecke -- Room 110C

E-Resources Unit (located across the aisle from Jesse’s office)

Liisa Mobley
Rebecca Utz
Sally Lockwood
Heather Shipman
Jim Spear (located across the aisle from my office, Olin 110A)

Serials Unit (located along the aisle parallel to the selector review shelves)

Deb Warfield
Sandy Sinclair
Carol Snedeker
Bob Willits
Ken Tiddick

Cataloging and Metadata Services

Roswitha Clark

On our moving day these staff members will be occupied with getting set up and unpacking, but Libit-l will be monitored. New phone lines also might not be activated. When we have details about new phones, I’ll send out another message. Please use ltsser-l@cornell.edu or erlm-l@cornell.edu to contact the staff. Campus mail for the above staff should be sent to Olin 110 beginning on August 30th. We’ll get settled and will be up and running soon, please stop by.

Apart from a few individual staff moves, those LTS units already based in Olin will remain in their current locations. If you cannot find someone in their usual location in Olin 110, please don’t hesitate to ask.


From: Anne R. Kenney
Sent: Mon 9/23/2013
Subject: Take One: September 23, 2013 (Remembering Gettysburg & Celebrating 8 Million Volumes)

Abraham Lincoln thought no one would really care about the 150th anniversary of the Gettysburg Address. He told us so in the Address itself: The world will little note, nor long remember what we say here, but it can never forget what they did here.

But we have long remembered Lincoln's speech, and history has shown the importance of both the speech and the battle. The Library is marking their anniversaries with several events, including a major exhibition in RMC, the annual Rudin Lecture, and President Skorton reading our copy aloud. Additionally, the Library is establishing itself as a voice of expertise on the Address. Online, we're digging deep into its context -- its historical relevance and the way it's being talked about today -- through a new blog, Remembering Gettysburg, co-authored by Lance Heidig and Gwen Glazer. Lance will be hitting the road to talk about the Address, giving a speech in Boston, and Prof. Ed Baptist will discuss it at a library salon in New York City.

The Address' anniversary ties into a major milestone for the Library, too: the arrival of our 8 millionth volume, the Civil War photographic album of Louis-Phillippe d’Orleans, Comte de Paris. It's a gift from Beth and Stephan Loewentheil, and it will become a part of the historic Beth and Stephan JD '75 Loewentheil Family Photographic Collection. Everyone is invited to the celebration in Olin's Amit Bhatia Libe Cafe on Oct. 17. Stephan will speak at 5 p.m., and a reception with light refreshments will be held from 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. I'd love to see you there. It's been 11 years since our 7 millionth volume (Gardner’s Photographic Sketch Book of the War -- also a rare volume of Civil War photographs), and this is truly a milestone worth celebrating. Oh, and today is the 151st anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation, another iconic document that the Library also owns.

Have a healthy and productive week.

(Above right, Chicago Historical Society, Admission Voucher for the…exhibition of five manuscript copies of the Gettysburg Address, 1950. It has been the only time that all five manuscripts have been exhibited together.)


From: Anne R. Kenney
Sent: Tue 11/19/2013
Subject: Check Out Google's Home Page

As you know today is the sesquicentennial of Lincoln’s iconic speech. If you go to the Google home page there is a footer that reads:

150 years ago, a 2-minute speech shaped a nation. Read Lincoln’s handwritten words.

If you click on the link, it takes you to the Google Cultural Institute—first link is to Cornell’s exhibition featuring its copy.

A nice thing to celebrate on this blustery day!


From: Danielle K. Mericle
Sent: Wed 11/20/2013
Subject: New collections from DCAPS

DCAPS is pleased to announce the release of the following new digital collections:

Mnemosyne Atlas: The Mnemosyne Atlas explores the complex work of the 20th century scholar, Aby Warburg.A collaboration between DCAPS, the Cornell University Press, the Warburg Institute, and the German Studies Department, the site is a digital corollary to the CU Press publication, Memory, Metaphor, and Aby Warburg’s Atlas of Images, by UCLA professor Christopher D. Johnson. Drawing off of Johnson’s extensive knowledge and research into the Warburg Atlas, the site allows users to interact with Warburg’s panels independently or with the guidance of scholars (Johnson has the first“pathway”mapped, with more coming soon). The site was developed within DCAPS, and funded by the Arts & Sciences grants program as well as the Mellon Foundation.

Cornell Collection of Antiquities: This website is home to a number of collections revolving around the Ancient Mediterranean, including the Cornell Cast Collection, the Cornell Coin Collection, and the soon-to-be-developedMonumentum Ancyranum Squeeze Collection, and AD White Gem & Amulet Collection. Digitized from the analog collections dispersed across campus, the website pulls together these resources into an integrated platform so that users may discover these rare and precious resources in a unified fashion. Funding for the site was provided by the College of Arts & Sciences Faculty Grants Program, and multiple units, faculty members, and graduate students contributed to the creation of the digital collections.

Photograph of frieze from Cornell Collection of Antiquities

Efraim Racker, Scientist & Artist: This fascinating site was a collaboration between the Department of Molecular Biology, the Racker family, and DCAPS. Originally a small effort to digitize a handful of VHS tapes from the Racker Lecture Series, the project quickly grew into a full-blown website with accompanying lectures (most of which are fully transcribed and searchable); historical information about Efraim Racker, and access to his extensive artistic output (in the form of journals and paintings).

Don’t hesitate to contact us if you have questions or comments- we’d love to hear from you. Enjoy!


From: Anne R. Kenney
Sent: Mon 11/25/2013
Subject: Take One: November 25, 2013 (On Giving Thanks)

Traditionally Thanksgiving is a time to think upon and celebrate the very good things in our lives. And because Thanksgiving is coming late this year, it also overlaps with the first day of Hanukkah. The occurrence of these two events has helped me think anew about giving thanks. First, from the Jewish faith comes the term Dayenu, which means “it would have been enough” or “it would have been sufficient.” Dayenu is a song that is sung as part of Passover about being grateful to God for all of gifts bestowed upon the Jewish people. Any one of those gifts would have been “enough” and the concept is to show not only the abundance of gifts received but also much greater appreciation for all of them as a whole. I think about Dayenu as I think about this great library. It would have been enough if we were appreciated for the incredible collections assembled here, but we are also known for the expertise, attentiveness, and dedication of our amazing staff. That, too, would have been enough, but we are also blessed by a mindset that prizes maximal access for the greatest number of scholars and students and researchers as possible. Cornell is lucky to have such a fabulous library and staff and we in turn are fortunate to work at such an incredible university.

Second, over the weekend I received some great advice about putting holidays in perspective. They can be a good time to come together with family and friends, but they can also be a time of great stress. The advice I received for coping with the latter is threefold: keep your self-protective boundaries high, keep your expectations low, and keep love in your heart. Finally, because Thanksgiving is coming late this year, it coincides even more with the onset of bad weather. If you are traveling, please take extra care on the road.

Have a healthy, safe, and relaxing holiday break.


From: Anne R. Kenney
Sent: Thu 12/12/2013
Subject: Kornelia Tancheva Appointed Associate University Librarian for Research and Learning Services

I’m pleased to announce that Kornelia Tancheva has accepted the position of Associate University Librarian for Research and Learning Services, effective January 1, 2014. The Search Committee, chaired by Oya Rieger, presented a very impressive slate of candidates for us to consider. Indeed the slate was so strong that one of the candidates, Leslie Moyo, withdrew from our search to accept a similar position at the University Wisconsin-Madison. With two strong internal candidates, the choice was a difficult one to make. Kornelia’s vision, breadth of experience on both the statutory and endowed side, and her engagement with faculty, students and administrators proved a winning combination in my decision. Among her many accomplishments, Kornelia has planned and coordinated many projects to relocate collections to the Annex, in close collaboration with the unit libraries and departments. As Director of Olin/Uris, she has worked to improve the lives of students through the development of the humanities graduate students immersion program, the creation of the graduate students commons on the 5th floor, and the planning of the humanities and social sciences undergraduate student collaborative initiative. She has worked closely with faculty as co-chair of the Humanities Research Collection Faculty Committee and with colleagues in DSPS in digital humanities.

In closing I want to thank the search committee members for their extraordinary work in bringing this search to a successful conclusion. In addition to Oya, the members included Jackie Beal, Eric Acree, Lance Heidig, Deb Lamb-Deans, Xin Li, Mary Ochs, Nerissa Russell, and Jill Elizabeth Wilson.

Please join me in congratulating Kornelia!


Good-bye and good luck to

  • Lee Cartmill, Library Administration
  • Donna Moore, RMC
  • Jim Spear, LTS

who recently left the Library.


Lee Cartmill, Library Administration

It’s hard to believe that Lee Cartmill is no longer with the Library. Yes, he retired in September after having worked at Cornell for 37 years – 21 of those with the Library. A 1973 graduate of the Johnson Graduate School of Management, Lee came to the Library as the Director of Finance and Administration in 1992, hired by Alain Seznec. All three of the University Librarians with whom he worked (including moi!) valued his integrity, his insights, and his effectiveness in working across the university and with everyone in the Library. He was an absolutely key member of the Library Executive Group.

Among his many accomplishments, I’d like to single out just a few. In building and renovation, he was directly involved in the success of opening the Libe Café, in the Kinkeldey Room renovation, the building of the Africana Library, and the Olin Library life safety project. He helped the Library weather numerous budget cuts and has been most effective in negotiating on our behalf within the new university budget model. He has been a skillful negotiator in many contractual arrangements, too, including those with Microsoft and Google, our successful partnership with Duke University Press in Project Euclid and with Cornell University Press/Arts & Sciences in the German Monograph Series, Signale. Given his mastery on the golf course, it’s no coincidence that he was very much instrumental in the Library’s acquisition of the Robert Trent Jones papers.

I will miss Lee for all of these things and much more. He reminds me a bit of the former newscaster, Walter Cronkite, who was once voted the person most Americans wanted to turn to in making sense of the world—from Kennedy’s death to the landing on the moon. Lee is the kind of person who can be reassuring even in the darkest moments, who knows just when a wry smile is most needed, and when it’s time to take a stand, even if it’s an unpopular one. I can only imagine how much his children and grandchildren value his presence at sporting events and at family gatherings. He may be officially retired from the Library, but he is very much still part of us.

Anne Kenney

Lee Cartmill and Anne Kenney center with University Librarian Sarah Thomas, at the Inauguration of President Jeffrey Lehman in 2006.

Lee's Farewell

To say that Lee is considered a gentleman and a friend only begins to scratch the surface of his colleague’s opinions. Lee is a source of unfussy, thoughtful deliberation and consultation.  He is someone to whom you can take a wild idea or a question. He always finds time to talk things over. And, he is someone with whom you can talk about your kids, or his grandkids, laugh about their antics, and share their successes. 

Retirement reception for Lee Cartmill in Kroch; Lee is at the far right back.

When it came time to consider what kind of farewell party to throw for Lee, two things were clear – one, he didn’t want a ‘retirement’ party, and two, he didn’t want any fuss. So, in planning Lee’s farewell it was clear that something representing one of his passions would be the best kind of party for Lee. An email to Cornell’s Robert Trent Jones Golf Course confirmed they felt, as we do, that “Lee is one of our favorite people, too.” David Hicks, the golf course superintendent, enthusiastically assisted with the ‘golf’ theme of Lee’s farewell, providing things from the course where Lee plays. The rest was just plain fun to do – finding a mini putting green and putters for guests, displaying the plaque from a tournament he won (as did his two sons), decorating the tables with tee markers from the course, and leaving putting green flags around the room.



Library retirees Andrea Barnett and Don Schnedeker at the party for Lee.

Lee is just right of center in this photograph.

The best part of planning this farewell was seeing Lee, seeing all the people who were so happy to talk to him and his sons. It was rewarding to provide Lee with an opportunity to relax, enjoy himself and spend time with colleagues, saying hello and goodbye in equal measure. We look forward to seeing him again and wish him a happy new chapter in his life.

CJ Lance (Photographs by Carla DeMello)

Lee's buddies from the golf course brought some of their memorabilia and trophies to the reception to say good-bye to their Men's Club Champion and ours.

Donna Moore, Rare & Manuscript Collections

Donna Moore joined the Division of Rare and Manuscript Collections in 2007 as our Administrative Manager, a very complex position in which she has excelled. Prior to coming to the Library, she served as an administrative assistant in the School of Operations Research in the College of Engineering, as a secretary at NYSEG, and as an administrative assistant at Tompkins Cortland Community College. Her responsibilities at RMC included management of our business, human resources, and administrative operations. 

In the accounting area, she regularly monitored and reconciled RMC’s large number of accounts and subaccounts: allocated resources, funds, and endowments.  With Donna’s assistance, we were able to fund temporary employee positions, manage the financial aspects of our exhibition program, publish, and market books.  During her years at RMC, she had to learn the new fire-breathing Kuali system, work with the transitions to COLTS and then to Kronos and Workday, and assist staff in the Outlook conversion and Office conversions. She was never afraid to ask questions herself, and her calm manner helped all of us with our anxieties about the new systems.  

Donna also managed RMC’s HR operations, and she was particularly effective in the process of hiring and managing numerous undergraduate and graduate student assistants and temporary staff, making sure that everyone was appointed on the right accounts at the right times. She was always patient, cooperative, and helpful in helping me put together funding from a variety of sources for temporary staff. She also managed our two fellowship programs, ensuring that fellows were appointed and paid in a timely fashion.

Donna Moore left at RMC's holiday party

Donna always worked collaboratively with different staff in the various areas of our operation. Her work in providing administrative support for the RMC exhibition program was excellent, from tracking expenses, to coordinating shipments, to assisting with events. This culminated with the extraordinary complexity of the Hip Hop exhibition and its associated events. And, despite her trepidations, she always managed RMC events efficiently and gracefully. It always looked so effortless that I was surprised when she told me how much she worried about how everything would come together!

She took over the “registrar” role for administering an increasing number of requests for exhibitions loans to other institutions, and helped coordinate Conservation, insurance, and shipping arrangements for these loans.  Additionally, her administrative responsibility grew to include publications management, and she was instrumental in getting Part & Apart and the Islandica volumes through the publication process.

Donna Moore center at the holiday party

Security has always been a major concern for RMC, and Donna played a major role in support of our system upgrade.  She served as our “Key Coordinator,” making sure that all of the security requirements in the assignment of keys and now ID badges and proximity cards are met.  She has also been our point person in ensuring that custodial staff keep up building maintenance, and we continue to be very proud of how well Kroch continues to look after twenty-one years. She’s also worked well in coordinating with David Corson the various building projects that have taken so much of everyone’s time.

I’ve really enjoyed working with Donna over the years. Her responsiveness, cooperation, collegial manner, and willingness to ask questions and learn new things made my job easier and more fun. She is a colleague whose opinions and counsel I valued and trusted. Listing all of her responsibilities and achievements here made me appreciate her even more! While Donna formally retired in June, I was pleased that she agreed to stay on for another six months to continue to train Connie, who will succeed her.  I know that she and her husband Dan plan to spend the winter in Florida, extending a stay that they’ve enjoyed for many years.  They will also do more traveling with their RV, to the Thousand Islands, North Carolina, and elsewhere.  We wish them well on their new journey through life.

Elaine Engst

Jim Spear, Mann Library

Jim Spear left is presented with various retirement gifts, including a Cornell cheddar wheel, Cornell maple syrup, a woolen blanket from the Cornell sheep program, a gift certificate to Cinemapolis, and a donation to Tompkins Learning Partners; Jesse Koennecke holds the blanket.

Jim Spear retired on October 30th after twenty years of service to Cornell. Jim had a knack for figuring out new things and his work for the library evolved considerably over the years as he helped develop ways to handle new types of material. His most recent job description involved a wide range of activities from coordinating acquisition of ebooks from large packages to single titles to producing reports from Voyager and other sources of data to help with planning and policy decisions for CUL and 2CUL projects. In addition to his talents with ebooks and other library resources, Jim was a prolific song writer, rewriting lyrics to popular songs to entertain his colleagues at notable events over the years including his own retirement party. Jim spent his time outside the library with his family and working for causes such as the Cayuga Nature Center. We all appreciate Jim’s hard work, dedication, and good humor. Jim will be sorely missed by his colleagues here. Happy next chapters to Jim Spear.

Jesse Koennecke

Jim's Retirement Song

Imagine I’m retiring
It’s easy if you try
Someone new at my desk
Just a normal girl or guy.

Imagine my co-workers, wishing me farewell ah, haa

Imagine who’ll replace me
It isn’t hard to do
It could be a new person
Or it could be one of you.

Imagine all you wondering what I’m going to do yoo hoo

You may say I’m retiring early
And I will not disagree
I feel that I am ready
And I like the thought of feeling free.

Imagine me at home now
Sleeping peacefully
No need to wake at sunrise
Extra time to have some tea.

Imagine time for hobbies that I’ve left behind yoo hoo

If you need a question answered
It’s OK to contact me
Don’t forget that time keeps moving
And there’s always a next retiree.

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)


It says here that someday paper copies of books will no longer exist. (Karen Bobbett)
I don't know, can't you just highlight the one you need? (Amanda Bartley)
I dunno, I can't find a YouTube video on how to operate these so-called 'books.' (Margaret Nichols)
Here's a picture! The description says that they are books. They contain text information and were stored in buildings called libraries. People would go there to read or borrow them. (Ada Albright)

And here is the new one:

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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