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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.

On Octocber 17, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit reversed the earlier District Court decision in the Georgia State reserves case (see June 4, 2012 Take One http://staffweb.library.cornell.edu/node/3015). The Circuit Court’s ruling does not represent a victory for the publishers plaintiffs: Oxford University Press,...

As the Library strives to facilitate the scholarly conversation in our fast-changing world, we need up-to-date information about our users’ needs and a sense of their perceptions of how we are doing. Although we have done a variety of user studies on specific issues, we have not had a broad-based, library-focused user survey for nine years. Now it’s time! This Thursday, October 2nd, we are...

This week we celebrate the 32nd year that the American Library Association has sponsored Banned Books Week. This annual event highlights threats to our right to read, a freedom embodied in the First Amendment to the Constitution. It gives me immense pride that libraries have been at the forefront of those committed to protecting that right, which has two important aspects. The first is...

Below is the letter that went out to all faculty on September 5th updating them on important developments in the Library. These semi-annual emails are designed to supplement the liaison contacts with faculty that occur on a regular basis. Our hope is these letters keep faculty informed but also serve as the means for engaging them with library staff, perhaps even sparking new conversations. I’...

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...