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.
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 institutions to thrive in a very changing world.
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 providing funds totaling $50,000 to support Cornell authors (faculty and students) wishing to submit to pure open access journals.
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 (http://staffweb.library.cornell.edu/).