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Take One: February 5, 2013 (Open Letter to Faculty)

Today, we sent this letter to all faculty providing updates on our work. I wanted to share this with you—please let me know if faculty offer comments to you on its contents. As you can see, lots of things going on and as always major thanks for making it all possible. And special thanks to Communications and Assessment for drafting this letter.     

Have a healthy and productive week,

Anne R. Kenney
Carl A. Kroch University Librarian
Cornell University Library
201 Olin Library
Ithaca, New York 14853-5301
t. 607.255.6875
f. 607.255.6788
e. ark3@cornell.edu
www.library.cornell.edu


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From: Anne R. Kenney [ark3@cornell.edu]
Sent: Tuesday, February 05, 2013 1:29 PM
Subject: Important News from the Library - Spring 2013

Dear colleagues,

At the start of the spring semester, I’d like to share some news with you.

  • The Faculty Senate will hold a faculty forum in search of a common vision for the future of research libraries. Two well-known thought leaders, Clifford Lynch of the Coalition for Networked Information and Wendy Lougee, University Librarian and McKnight Presidential Professor at the University of Minnesota, will join me on the panel on February 14 from 4:30 p.m. to 6 p.m. in Milstein Hall, for what will surely be a lively discussion. I hope you can join us in person and via the blog (instead of using your netID, log in with password: LIB).
  • Building our collections has continued to be our major priority. A nice example is the recent acquisition of unique collections related to African-American history. These collections range from items related to the Black Panthers, to 18th-century slavery material, to the complete photo morgue of 300,000 images from Harlem’s Amsterdam News, one of the oldest newspapers owned and run by African Americans. Our upcoming hip-hop exhibit will showcase the increasing depth of the Hip-Hop Collection, as part of a 40th anniversary celebration of a movement that started as a localized, grassroots culture before exploding into a global phenomenon. The exhibit will open on April 4 as part of a weekend-long Ithaca community celebration. Look for the program at unboundfromtheunderground.com in the coming week. This year we are also celebrating the 25th anniversary of the Human Sexuality Collection. Susie Bright donated her archives to help us mark the anniversary.
  • Economic issues and the sustainability of how scholars and scientists communicate their research results have long been a concern for the academy. One of our own efforts in partnership with Duke University Press to make scientific publishing more sustainable, Project Euclid, reached a major milestone of $1 million in subscriptions. This is an important step towards the project’s long-term economic success. Problems, however, are endemic in the broader landscape. Examples of researchers having to buy back access to their very own work highlight the severe restraints posed by standard publishing practices and the state of intellectual property laws. To initiate conversations with the faculty, the Library is giving away two excellent books on the topic and organizing discussions based on the books:
  • Kathleen Fitzpatrick, Planned Obsolescence: Publishing, Technology, and the Future of the Academy (NYU Press, 2011) -- Discussions: March 28, 12:30 p.m. to 2 p.m., Kroch Library, Room 2B48 and April 17, 4:30 p.m. to 6 p.m., A.D. White House, Guerlac Room 
  • Peter Suber, Open Access (MIT Press, 2012) -- Discussion: April 1, 4 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. Mann Library, room 102

If you are interested in receiving copies, please contact your library liaison or email Kizer Walker at kw33@cornell.edu.

  • I am very pleased to announce a three-year grant from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation to take our innovative collaboration with Columbia University Library, 2CUL, to its next level. During this next phase we will integrate our two departments that purchase and license books, e-books, e-journals, databases, and more, and provide data so that users can find and use those materials. This integration will allow us to generate efficiency, increase processing capacity and purchasing power, and exercise bargaining power when negotiating with vendors and other third parties for services and content.
  • Construction has started in Olin Library on a new graduate student area on the 5th floor. In Fall 2013 the new complex will be available via access code to graduate students. The collections currently in the reading rooms on the 3rd, 4th, and 6th floors will be combined in this new space and augmented with desktop computers and day lockers. I am happy that we can improve the research environment for graduate students.     


I’d love to hear from you, so please don’t hesitate to contact me with your questions or comments. Have a healthy and productive semester!

Anne R. Kenney
Carl A. Kroch University Librarian
Cornell University Library
201 Olin Library
Ithaca, New York 14853-5301
t. 607.255.3393
f. 607.255.6788
e. ark3@cornell.edu
www.library.cornell.edu