The All Staff meetings and a recent Take One presented sobering news about budget cuts, past and present. Since then, LEG has worked hard to come up with a plan for meeting this year’s cut. Although the total amount is substantial, I’m pleased to report that we do not believe any staff layoffs are necessary to meet this cut. Instead, we are looking at empty lines and other expenses in the operating budget. We will be providing greater detail in early September but I did not want to wait until then to put your mind at ease.
As reported at the All Staff meetings last week, the Library, like all other units on campus, faces a 1% budget reduction in appropriations this year. Adding in additional costs that are not covered by the university appropriations, our cut will be 1.5%. LEG is currently working to come up with ways to absorb these cuts with minimal impact on staff and as strategically as possible to protect the Library’s long-term relevance. This reduction comes on the heels of years of major retrenchments both campus-wide and in the Library.
This Thursday and Friday, Ezra Delaney and I will be presenting at the All-Staff meeting. I will introduce new staff, present highlights of the past year, and look towards the future. Ezra will update you on budgetary and financial issues and present details on this fiscal year's budget. We will also discuss our process for engaging the schools and colleges in "making the case" for the library. We will leave plenty of time for questions and comments at the end.
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.
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.