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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 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”,...

Sometime around 4 pm on December 29, arXiv passed the 1 million paper mark. To celebrate this incredible milestone, the library has produced a series of mini reflections from scientists and librarians.

To start off the new year right, I’m pleased to share with you the news that the new CUL website made Emily Singley's list of Top Ten Research Libraries of 2014, see http://emilysingley.net/top-10-academic-library-websites-2014/. Emily is a Systems Librarian at Harvard who writes a blog on library...

Yesterday we celebrated the winter solstice, which means in the next few weeks we will be able to detect the return of light, first in the late afternoon. And later this week, we will be taking off for a well-deserved time of celebration, rest, and renewal. My two dogs Harley (on the left) and Hummer (on the right) serve as my inspiration at this time of the year (well, actually all year long...

During the month of October, an impressive 43% of faculty, academic non-faculty (lecturers, teaching associates) and other academics (post docs, visiting fellows, etc.) answered a library survey designed by Assessment and Communication in collaboration with the Survey Research Institute and with the help of the Faculty Library Advisory Board.  Here is a quick preview of some findings...