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From the University Librarian: Take One

This page covers issues of Take One published beginning in August 2009, for issues published prior to August 2009, please visit the TAKE ONE ARCHIVE.

I’ve had three strong mentors during my professional life. The first taught me how to step up and embrace my job as a career. She emphasized the importance of challenging assumptions while respecting library norms and values. My second mentor urged me to take a broader view of my work, to understand it in the context of the good of the whole, and to see value in an administrative role. My...

I wrote you in early August with the news that the Library will absorb the budget cut this year without facing staff layoffs. I’m now writing to let you know how we will accomplish the task of trimming $715,000 from our budget. Each member of the Library Executive Group has worked hard to identify ways to come up with cuts by sacrificing empty lines and carefully scrutinizing other expenses in...

Last month I shared the news that John Saylor will retire in early January after nearly 42 years of working at Cornell. I wanted to let you know how his portfolio will be handled in light of this loss. Recall that as the AUL for Scholarly Resources and Special Collections, John is responsible for Collection Development, Kroch Asia, and the Division of Rare and Manuscript Collections. After...

The All Staff meetings and a recent Take One presented sobering news about budget cuts, past and present. Since then, LEG has worked hard to come up with a plan for meeting this year’s cut. Although the total amount is substantial, I’m pleased to report that we do not believe any staff layoffs are necessary to meet this cut. Instead, we are looking at empty lines and other...

As reported at the All Staff meetings last week, the Library, like all other units on campus, faces a 1% budget reduction in appropriations this year. Adding in additional costs that are not covered by the university appropriations, our cut will be 1.5%. LEG is currently working to come up with ways to absorb these cuts with minimal impact on staff and as strategically as possible to protect...

This Thursday and Friday, Ezra Delaney and I will be presenting at the All-Staff meeting. I will introduce new staff, present highlights of the past year, and look towards the future. Ezra will update you on budgetary and financial issues and present details on this fiscal year's budget. We will also discuss our process for engaging the schools and colleges in "making the case" for the library...

It is with mixed feelings that I write to let you know John Saylor will be retiring on January 5, 2015. Having arrived in Ithaca in 1973(!), John has ably served Cornell University Library through the years as Director of the Engineering Library, Director of Collection Development for the National Science Digital Library Project, and as Associate University Librarian for Scholarly Resources...

Today is Ed Weissman’s last day at work. Because he is irreplaceable, I’ve decided not to replace him. Instead, we are establishing a Library Administration Fellowship position as another opportunity for CUL staff to expand their skills and experiences, this time in library administration. Similar to the Digital Scholarship Fellowship position, I see this program as supporting our objectives...

Last week, the Association of American Universities (AAU) and the Association of Research Libraries (ARL) issued a “Prospectus for an Institutionally Funded First-book Subvention.”  http://www.arl.org/publications-resources/3280-aau-arl-prospectus...

The press has focused a great deal on what the government is doing in terms of accessing personal information in the name of national security. In a recent interview on NPR’s Fresh Air, Hilary Clinton continued to criticize Edward Snowden for leaking information about America’s surveillance techniques.