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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.

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As our Intellectual Property Officer, Peter Hirtle has been following closely the suit against HathiTrust and a number of research institutions, including Cornell. Given this week's breaking news, he is guest authoring this week's take one.


Last week, Europe’s highest court ruled that individuals have the right to request that online damaging, defamatory, or false information about them be removed from search engine results. According to The New York Times article (http://nyti.ms/1gysWp0), search engines such as Google would need to ignore links if users request it...

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...