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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.

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...

Social and computing sciences have focused for over thirty years on Human-Computer Interaction (HCI), a field of study articulated by Stuart K. Card, Thomas P. Moran and Allen Newell in their 1983 book, The Psychology of Human-Computer Interaction.

With Thanksgiving over and done, thoughts turn to the upcoming holidays. Like many of you, I see the holiday season as a time of gift giving and giving back by helping those less fortunate or in need of specialized services. I like the practice of donating to a favorite charity in lieu of a gift. For many years, my mom and I supported the white tigers at the Cincinnati Zoo in memory of my...

This week we traditionally take time to give thanks for all the good things in our lives—family, friends, pets, the beauty of our surroundings, the list goes on. I love this tradition and am very pleased to announce a new initiative that brings this practice into the library year round. Inspired by our library colleagues at MIT, Library Human Resources is introducing the STAR Award!...

2014 is a year of many anniversaries, including the centenary of the beginning of World War I. Tomorrow is Veterans Day, also known as Armistice Day marking the end of World War I in 1918, when hostilities ended on the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month.  This afternoon from 4:30-6:30 pm in Libe Café, Olin and Uris Libraries will host an event to commemorate the...

Two interesting reports published recently take special notice of the proliferation of mobile devices (smart phones and tablets) and their implications for academic purposes. The first one is the New Media Consortium (NMC) Horizon Report, which launched a specific library edition in August 2014, http...