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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.

Awhile back I wrote about some of the top findings from the faculty survey that we conducted last October. At that point I mentioned that we also received about 200 pages worth of free-text responses. Assessment and Communications (A&C) has been busy coding and analyzing them, in order to identify any common themes and concerns. This complex task involved developing a set of representative...

In case you have not heard, Ann Thornton, the Andrew W. Mellon Director of The New York Public Library, will become the Vice Provost and University Librarian at Columbia University beginning June 1. In my congratulatory note to her, I asked about the 2CUL partnership and she is very excited about the prospects of working closely with Cornell to advance this collaboration. In her words, "2CUL...

There is much discussion in library literature and among ARL library directors about the importance of collaboration “at scale.” Typically “at scale” refers to large-scale collaboration, but it should also be construed to mean at a scale that is appropriate to the nature of the collaboration. We have recently drafted the following set of principles for 2CUL moving forward that seeks to place...

According to Jim DelRosso, DigitalCommons@ILR will be hitting its 10 millionth download sometime this week. A decade old, the repository currently contains over 21,000 items and for the past several years has averaged around 2 million downloads a year. Nearly 70% of the ILR faculty have content included in the repository.

I wanted to update you on the state of the Library’s budget for next fiscal year (FY16). Ezra Delaney and I met with the Provost on Friday to go over specifics on how we will achieve the $1.3M reduction in the coming year. As you all know, we have had a string of difficult financial years but I do believe we are coming to the end of this process. Making these reductions now to eliminate the...

I want to thank all of you again for participating in the flipped All Staff meeting in late February. I also wanted to share with you some of the planning underway to build on that day. We received close to 400 suggestions during the breakout sessions that we are now sifting through.

This year, instead of a concentrated Career Development Week, the library will be experimenting with a series of Career Development Wednesdays during the month of April. This change resulted from a survey of staff, the majority of whom preferred this schedule. We also hope that this format will better accommodate support staff, a key audience for career development programming. Again in...

Several weeks ago, some Google wunderkinds published a paper in arXiv entitled “Knowledge-Based Trust: Estimating the Trustworthiness of Web Resources” (http://arxiv.org/pdf/1502.03519v1.pdf). Their paper argues that in the future, searching could be based on two things “factual accuracy” and “trust.” Taken together these two...

You may have noticed recent articles and correspondence regarding the university budget. They describe how next year’s budget allocations from the Provost to the colleges and central units (including the library) will involve some budget reduction in order to eliminate a structural deficit at the center that is projected to be $55 million out of a total campus budget of $2.1 billion. The...

This week we are trying something new at the All Staff meetings. The meeting will be devoted to brainstorming on well-being and engagement at work. You’ve already received a link to your homework prior to the All Staff meeting, but just as a reminder we’d like you to read the short NYTimes article “Why You Hate Work”,...