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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.

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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.

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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.

Job posting: Digital Scholarship Initiatives Coordinator

24 Aug

This one’s not in my library, per se, but it is within the Cornell University Library. (And if you got it, we’d probably partner up on projects from time to time. Feature or bug? You decide!)

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Digital Scholarship Initiatives Coordinator, Digital Scholarship & Preservation Services – 18333

The Cornell University Library is seeking a Digital Scholarship Initiatives Coordinator. Reporting to the AUL for Digital Scholarship & Preservation Services (DSPS), the Digital Scholarship Initiatives Coordinator will provide leadership in conceptualizing and implementing new digital scholarship and preservation initiatives with a focus on needs assessment, requirements analysis, and business planning. One of the key responsibilities will be facilitating the implementation of CUL’s scholarly communication outreach program by partnering with subject liaisons to understand service needs, coordinate awareness sessions, and facilitate forming new partnerships with faculty in pursuing digital research and teaching initiatives.

CUL’s DSPS program facilitates collaborations within the Cornell University community in the creation and management of digital scholarly content in support of learning, teaching, and research. The program also has a national and international presence and facilitates sharing and archiving of content through online repositories such as e-publishing systems or institutional and subject repositories such as arXiv.org. Program staff work closely with the Library’s IT group in developing technical solutions, collaborating with the Library’s departmental liaisons and subject specialists in identifying needs and delivering services, and faculty in using information technologies integration of technologies to enhance teaching and research activities.

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I wrote a thing for SLA’s Future Ready 365 project…

8 Nov

…and it got posted last Friday.

I mentioned this on the usual social media suspects, too. But I wanted to make sure there was at least a record of it here, and maybe some of y’all don’t follow me there?

In any case, this piece was a riff on something I ad-libbed during my webinar last month that seemed to resonate with folks. I tried to expand on the notion and make it a bit more general and hopefully inspirational.

If not, then at least I got to use a copyrighted image in a way that I figured was fair use. That’s always worth it.

Because following up is the thing to do

17 Sep

Duke’s Kevin Smith has written a wonderful and compelling open letter to J. R. Salamanca, whose 1958 book Lost Country has become a key element in the HathiTrust/Authors Guild lawsuit. Here’s an excerpt:

The sad fact is that The Lost Country has become a pretty obscure work.  Amazon.com shows only two used copies available for sale.  In the Duke Libraries, the last transaction record we have for your novel is in 2004, when our copy was sent to high-density storage.  It has not left the facility once since then, and our system shows no circulations in the prior decade, either.   One of the famous “laws” of librarianship is that every book should have its readers, and the current system, I am afraid, is failing to connect your book to new readers.

It has to be said that the Authors Guild is not going to help you in this regard.  They are not going to publish a new edition of The Lost Country for you, nor will they pay you any royalties on the out-of-print edition.  The Authors Guild simply does not have the ability to create a new market for your book.  Even if they were to succeed in a grand strategy to impose a licensing scheme for orphan works in general, there is no reason to believe that you would profit from it. With such an obscure work, potential users who had to pay a fee would probably just skip the planned use.

Where you can find help for this problem is with the HathiTrust.  Their goal, and the goal of the libraries that plan to participate in the orphan works project, is to make it easier for readers to find works like your novel, which might otherwise languish on shelves or in large warehouses of books.  Digital access to low-use titles through our catalogs will encourage users to discover resources, for study and for entertainment, that they might not have bothered with before.

Go read the whole thing. It’s well worth the time.

Heading into the weekend with litigious hyperbole and punk rawk

16 Sep

I posted about the HathiTrust/Authors Guild lawsuit over on the SLA Academic blog, on the off-chance that somebody out in libraryland hadn’t heard about it yet. I’m not going to go on about it at length here, because in four business days a huge number of far more prolific librarian bloggers have said just about everything that needed saying. HathiTrust themselves have put together an excellent information page that includes a lot of commentary; I especially recommend the Electronic Frontier Foundation’s Corynne McSherry’s take, “No Authors Have Been Harmed in the Making of This Library”.

I will add two thoughts of my own, though. First, digitizing and disseminating orphan works should be a no-brainer at this point, and the fact that this issue even exists demonstrates how broken our copyright law is. Libraries must be allowed to preserve these works because no one else has both the incentive and the means to do so, and — by definition — no one has any legitimate claim to intervene.

Second, the this lawsuit is a huge mistake for the Authors Guild and company, not because they’re sure to lose, but because they might win. I’ve come to expect publishers to try to gouge and undermine libraries at every opportunity, but authors? Especially authors whose works aren’t even involved? That’s just dumb, and any “victory” they manage to pry out of the legal system will just end up hurting their profession in the long run, as they undermine one of the best avenues to get their works seen and read.

Until recently, the Authors Guild knew that their profession and ours were on the same side. It’s a shame to see how willing they are to forget.

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Frustrated as I am, I’m going to end with a reminder that frustration can be channeled to create amazing things; it just takes determination and volume.

Thanks to Jason Griffey for the link. Enjoy the weekend, y’all.

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