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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.

Since 2008, the National Institutes of Health (NIH) has required public access to the final, peer-reviewed version of publications arising from NIH-supported research http://publicaccess.nih.gov/. More recently NIH has begun to put some teeth into this regulation by delaying the processing of awards if a Principal Investigator is in...

Several weeks ago the Wall Street Journal ran a story entitled “The search for the Perfect Playlist,” on a new a breed of experts, called music “curators.” http://online.wsj.com/...

Do you know of a library staff member or small group that has contributed to improving library services or operations through innovative efforts over the last year? We are happy to announce a new Outstanding Performance Award—this time targeting innovation throughout the CUL system in all functional areas and departments. Innovations can be in the form of service enhancements...

A recent request posted on the ARL Mailing List for the number of downloads from our institutional repositories prompted us to gather such information for CUL. The library supports four institutional repositories, in addition to specialized repositories such as arXiv.org. Together they provide access to over 137,000 documents and other materials. Combined downloads from these IRs last year was...

Later this month Ithaka S&R will publish an Issue Brief that I wrote entitled “Leveraging the Liaison Model: From defining 21st century research libraries to implementing 21st century research universities.” In this piece I argue that research libraries should focus less on measuring what they are doing and more on developing metrics that measure how well they are enabling their parent...

It has been five years since Cornell became a signatory to the Compact for Open-Access Publishing Equity (COPE) initiative (www.oacompact.org) that committed Cornell to establish “durable mechanisms for underwriting reasonable publication charges” for its faculty to publish in open access journals. The Provost matched the Library in...

One of the goals stemming from the staff engagement work we’ve been undertaking was to improve the means for communication and to facilitate the finding and using of information related to the library. Towards this end, and in the spirit of testing how well the library makes important information available, I’m inviting you to take this five question quiz on using the Staff Web (...

I wanted to share with you the letter that went out to all faculty last Thursday updating them on important developments in the Library. As you may know, we send a letter to faculty early in the fall and spring semesters. 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...

Next Friday, February 21, 2014, we’ll be celebrating the arrival of our 8 millionth physical volume: a Civil War photograph album assembled for Louis-Philippe d’Orleans, Comte de Paris. It's a gift from Beth and Stephan Loewentheil and is one of the finest surviving Civil War photograph albums, with 265 rare photographs by the preeminent photographer Mathew Brady and others. It's been 11 years...

Last Friday I attended a memorial service in Cambridge MA for Ann Wolpert, the director of MIT Libraries for the past 17 years. She succumbed to pancreatic cancer last October, on her 70th birthday. Ann was a visionary leader in many ways, but her name is most directly linked with open access to peer-reviewed scholarly journals. Under her prodding, the MIT faculty adopted an Open Access policy...