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23 Sep

Three items of note:

First, there’s a little more than 24 hours left in the SLA Board of Directors election. If you can vote and haven’t yet, do so! If you have, thanks for stepping up to make the Association stronger. And in case anyone’s new to this blog, I am running for President-Elect, so please throw some consideration my way.

Second, I wrote a long post over at Cornell University Library’s Digital Scholarship and Preservation Services blog about the Repository Executive Group. (For those of you who prefer brevity, I posted in the CUL DSPS blog about RepoExec.*) Chairing that committee made up a large part of my fellowship work, and I cover a lot of what we did in that post.

Finally, if you haven’t been following the #teamharpy case, I recommend checking out the blog that nina de jesus and Lisa Rabey have set up, which both explains the case and lets you donate to their defense. Also very much worth highlighting is their call for witnesses. It is a deeply messed up situation that they’re in, and I admire their actions and their courage. They have my support, and deserve yours.

So, that’s what’s up. A lot going on, and in less than 36 hours I’m going to find out a lot more about my next three years. Be well, folks.

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* Though, if you prefer breveity, you probably won’t like the post.

There’s still time to register for Not the CIA: Competitive Intelligence and Analysis in the Real World

6 Mar

Folks, there’s still time to sign up for Not the CIA: Competitive Intelligence and Analysis in the Real World, the spring conference of the Upstate New York Chapter of SLA.

Not only will the conference be covering great material that’s rarely emphasized in a library context, but it’ll also be held at the Corning Museum of Glass, which is pretty damned spectacular.

Details and the link to the registration form can be found here. Hope to see you there!

There’s still time to register for The Librarian’s Toolbox: Reopened!

28 Oct

Just what it says in the title, folks: registration is still open for The Librarian’s Toolbox: Reopened!, the fall conference of the Upstate New York Chapter of SLA.  We’ve got some excellent presentations and posters lined up, and I think it’s going to be a helluva good day for libraryfolk who attend. It’s also being held at the Craftsman Inn in Fayettesville, NY, just outside of Syracuse, and that’s a great venue.

Details and the link to the registration form can be found here. Hope to see you there!

Two opportunities to come work with me!

22 Apr

There are two very different academic librarian gigs currently available  in the Hospitality, Labor, and Management Library (HLM) here at Cornell: The Associate Director of the HLM Library, and the Business Research Librarian for the Nestlé Library.

Details after the cut.

Job Posting: Research Librarian for the Nestlé Hospitality Library

26 Oct

Why yes, I have been putting up a lot of job postings lately, now that you mention it. This one’s an academic librarian line, working in the Hotel Library portion of the Hospitality, Labor, and Management Library that I call home.

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Research Librarian for the Nestlé Hospitality Library-18776

Description

The Nestlé Hospitality Library within the newly-opened Marriot Student Learning Center seeks creative, enthusiastic, forward-thinking candidates for the professional position of SHA Research Librarian. The Library contributes to the development, implementation, and assessment of exceptional research and instruction support programs in Cornell’s School of Hotel Administration (SHA). In additional to traditional library techniques, this may involve creating strategies for data-mining the social web, using strong quantitative skills to unmask trends in real estate information, or helping to build new learning tools such as mobile applications. Above all, the incumbent must be excited by the opportunity to develop the programs and services needed for the 21st century digital information environment at the premiere hospitality management school.

Reporting to the Coordinator of Research Services, this position is part of the Research and Learning Services (RLS) department. RLS emphasizes a team-based approach to meeting patrons’ ever-expanding information needs and is responsible for providing research, teaching and learning, outreach, and collection development services as part of the Hospitality, Labor, and Management Library. The HLM Library provides services to Cornell’s specialized business and labor Schools, including Hotel Administration, ILR, and Management, with over 1800 undergraduates, 1300 graduate students, 140 resident faculty, and extensive distance education, executive education, and extension programs. The position will work closely with the other SHA Research Librarian as well as the nine additional staff and librarians that make up RLS.

The Marriot Student Learning Center, opened in Fall 2012 after a complete renovation, lies at the heart of the School of Hotel Administration and is dedicated to technology, collaboration, and study. SHA integrates a diverse group of undergraduates, MMHs, PhDs, faculty, staff, and practitioners to provide a unique educational experience. By focusing undergraduate and graduate education in core business areas on the opportunities and challenges in hospitality and real estate, the School continues its long tradition of educating the future leaders of these industries.

Keep reading for the full description

Job Posting: ILR Research Assistant

2 Oct

Another gig in our shop, though this one’s not a librarian line. (Also I’ve been remiss in posting this so please apply soon if you’re interested.)

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ILR Research Assistant/Public Svcs Asst IV-18490

The ILR Research Assistant will have research, instruction, outreach, supervisory and information technology responsibilities at the Catherwood Library.   The Catherwood Library primarily serves the faculty, students, and staff of the ILR School.

The ILR Research Assistant is a member of the Research and Learning Services (RLS) department within the Hospitality (School of Hotel Administration), Labor (ILR School) and Management (Samuel Curtis Johnson Graduate School) Library.  He/she reports to the Coordinator of Research and partners with other team members in the provision of research services, instruction, and outreach efforts. The highly specialized nature of the research performed by the ILR School’s faculty and students, and our need to use effectively many complex print and online resources, demands that all research team members be knowledgeable about labor-related information. The ILR Research Assistant provides support for public computers in the Catherwood research area and will supervise two administrative research assistants.

Keep reading for the full description

DigitalCommons@ILR Hits 5 Million Downloads

6 Sep

I’m just gonna leave this here…

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Bringing the Workplace to the World
DigitalCommons@ILR Hits 5 Million Downloads

ITHACA, N.Y. (Sept. 6, 2012) – A digital repository that provides free access to some of the most important documents in the world of work has hit a major milestone: 5 million downloads, from users all over the world.

screenshotDigitalCommons@ILR features the work of the faculty and researchers at Cornell’s ILR School, as well as non-Cornell content — and its use is soaring.

“The surge in downloads this past year reflects a growing interest in workplace issues,” said Jim DelRosso, digital projects coordinator for the Martin P. Catherwood Library, which has run DigitalCommons@ILR for the ILR School since the digital repository’s creation in 2004. “More and more, these issues are part of the discourse in this country and abroad, and of our debates over politics and policy. The heavy use of DigitalCommons@ILR is a testament to the quality of its content.”

The repository hosts 16,000 workplace-related documents on a huge range of topics. Its collections include articlesimpact briefs, and other papers — both published and unpublished — from ILR faculty and researchers, making the repository an invaluable internal resource for faculty looking to provide universal access to their scholarship.

“The ILR School was founded in 1945 to advance the world of work through research and outreach to the community,” said Catherwood Director Curtis Lyons. “The Internet and DigitalCommons@ILR has given us an unprecedented opportunity to push the research out to global practitioners to fulfill our core mission and raise the profile of our unique institution.”

Most visitors arrive at DigitalCommons@ILR through Google, and the repository sees heavy use from practitioners as well as academics worldwide. The most frequently downloaded document is a paper co-authored by ILR Associate Prof. Jack Goncalo, titled, “The Bias Against Creativity: Why People Desire But Reject Creative Ideas.”

DigitalCommons@ILR also includes key workplace documents curated by expert Cornell librarians, collections of collective bargaining agreements and other digital resources. So far in 2012, DigitalCommons@ILR has recorded more than 1.3 million downloads — slightly more than were recorded in all of 2011 and almost twice as many as in 2010.

To learn more
Visit library.cornell.edu and Catherwood Library’s website, and check outDigitalCommons@ILR.

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Original release found here. I can probably provide some other commentary, but right now I’ll just say two things: this is awesome, and as of today we’re at 5,265,492.

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