It is with mixed feelings that I write to let you know John Saylor will be retiring on January 5, 2015. Having arrived in Ithaca in 1973(!), John has ably served Cornell University Library through the years as Director of the Engineering Library, Director of Collection Development for the National Science Digital Library Project, and as Associate University Librarian for Scholarly Resources and Special Collections.
Today is Ed Weissman’s last day at work. Because he is irreplaceable, I’ve decided not to replace him. Instead, we are establishing a Library Administration Fellowship position as another opportunity for CUL staff to expand their skills and experiences, this time in library administration. Similar to the Digital Scholarship Fellowship position, I see this program as supporting our objectives of "empowering staff to explore gaps in their areas of expertise" and "promoting flexible staffing among the units." I am pleased to invite applications for the position.
Last week, the Association of American Universities (AAU) and the Association of Research Libraries (ARL) issued a “Prospectus for an Institutionally Funded First-book Subvention.” http://www.arl.org/publications-resources/3280-aau-arl-prospectus-for-an-institutionally-funded-first-book-subvention.
The press has focused a great deal on what the government is doing in terms of accessing personal information in the name of national security. In a recent interview on NPR’s Fresh Air, Hilary Clinton continued to criticize Edward Snowden for leaking information about America’s surveillance techniques.
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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 unless there are “particular reasons” not to.
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 non-compliance. Cornell has an 85% compliance rate with no direct intervention on the part of the Office of Sponsored Programs or the Library.
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/news/articles/SB10001424052702304256404579449163704994966?mg=reno64-wsj&url=http%3A%2F%2Fonline.wsj.com%2Farticle%2FSB10001424052702304256404579449163704994966.html.
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, problem solving, or a whole new way of looking at things.
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 just under 4 million. For comparison purposes downloads from arXiv last year reached 66.8 million.