More gigs at Cornell University Library!

26 Jul

Here are three more opportunities to come work with us at CUL!

Digital Projects Assistant (Collections Assistant IV, Band D), Rare and Manuscript Collections (External Candidates Link)
This is a benefits-eligible one year term appointment. Application Deadline Friday, August 4, 2017 

Under the direction of the Assistant Director for Technical Services, the Digital Projects Assistant is responsible for facilitating the digitization of rare materials.  Prepares items for digitization, coordinates logistics with the library’s digital projects unit, and tracks materials in process.  Creates metadata for digital collections and exhibitions, updating existing metadata as needed.  Contributes to digital collections maintenance by reviewing collections to ensure information is complete and accurate and compiling missing information as needed.  Facilitates patron use of the collections by providing reference assistance to researchers, providing security for rare and valuable materials used in the Reading Room, and monitoring and instructing researchers in the use of rare, valuable, fragile, or irreplaceable items.

Senior Manuscript Processor (Collections Assistant IV, Band D), Rare and Manuscript Collections (External Candidate Link)
This is a benefits-eligible, one-year term appointment.  Application Deadline Friday, August 4, 2017. 

Under the direction of the Assistant Director for Technical Services, the Senior Manuscript Processor is responsible for facilitating access to collections through the description of archival materials.  Performs cataloging, arrangement, and description of archival collections, preparing detailed finding aids using Encoded Archival Description (EAD) and other national standards.  This position will focus on the description of collections related to music and contemporary culture and may work on materials in other subject areas.  Will also facilitate patron use of the collections by providing reference assistance to researchers, providing security for rare and valuable materials used in the Reading Room, and monitoring and instructing researchers in the use of rare, valuable, fragile, or irreplaceable items.

IT Support Provider (IT Support Assistant IV, Band E), CUL-IT Desktop Services (External Candidate Link)
Application Deadline is Friday, August 11, 2017.

The IT Support Provider contributes as a team member to enhancing the Library’s information technology capabilities, with an emphasis on office productivity and library-specific tools, including client software for the library management system. Deploys, configures, and troubleshoots software and hardware on desktop systems and peripherals primarily within an MS Active Directory environment. Collaborates with others to develop effective technical and process initiatives focused on ensuring a high level of service and increased efficiency.  Performs systems administration tasks for Library servers in coordination with the Library Systems group, and provides administration for a number of CUL-internal applications and services.

Headed to ACRL!

21 Mar

Tomorrow I head out to ACRL! It’ll be the first time I’ve gone, and I’m wicked excited about it. I’m also excited that I will not be presenting, sitting on any panels, running any board meetings, attending any cabinet meetings, or really anything along those lines. I just get to, y’know, attend a conference and learn stuff.

It sounds wonderful. Hope to see you there!

Come work with us!

6 Feb

Two new gigs opening up at the Cornell University Library:

DCAPS Program Support Assistant (Admin. Assistant IV, Band D), DCAPS/Digital Scholarship and Preservation Services   Application Link for External Candidates Only

This three-year term, 30 hour per week position will work under the general supervision of the Digital Curation Services Lead, and under the functional direction of the Digital Projects Librarian, and will assist the DCAPS Coordinator and Director of Digitization and Conservation Services in organizing, managing and tracking projects as they progress through the unit’s workflow and reach completion.    Manage project records in a variety of systems;  Research incomplete Arts and Sciences (A&S) projects and collaborate in crafting concrete steps to bring them to completion; Coordinate project updates for monthly DCAPS Project Overview meetings; Monitor, manage and respond appropriately to the correspondence in the DCAPS email account.

Physics, Astronomy and Mathematics Librarian (Assistant Librarian), Science and Technology Libraries  Application Link for External Candidates Only

The PAM Librarian will be responsible for collections and responsive services to research and teaching faculty, staff, and students in the Physics, Astronomy, and Mathematics and Statistics departments, in addition to being a library liaison to the associated units:  Center for Applied Mathematics, Applied & Engineering Physics and Operations Research & Information Engineering.  The PAM Librarian will report to the Director of the Science and Technology Libraries on the vision, mission and responsibilities of the library, will work with the Science and Technology Libraries (STL) Administrative Manager on access services matters, and collaborate with the current Mathematics Librarian, Chemistry Librarian and the two Engineering Librarians on services and collections.

Check them out!

They’re letting me talk in public again

18 Oct

I’ve actually got a couple of speaking gigs on the horizon, and it feels like it’s been a little while.

On November 4, I’ll be at NYLA’s annual conference, where the CUNY Graduate Center’s Jill Ciracella and I will be giving a talk on “Walking the Open Access Walk“. We’ll be covering the recent big events in the OA world, and then leading some facilitated discussion on what libraryfolk need to be doing right now to promote and embrace OA.

And then on December 2, my colleague Aliqae Geraci and I will be on a panel discussing power, labor, and archives at the ACRL/NY 2016 Symposium: Money and Power. Our focus is, “Documenting dispute: Who is preserving the record of public sector collective bargaining?” and it’ll touch on our research into state-level collections of CBAs, but also look more broadly at the place of labor libraries in supporting labor communities and action.

I’m excited to be out speaking again, and very excited to be a part of two excellent programs. So check ’em out.

 

Scholarly Commons Hits 1 Million Downloads

12 Oct

Three years ago this month, the Scholarly Commons went live. Supporting Cornell’s School of Hotel Administration, it’s the second open access digital repository that I manage, and was both the biggest project of the post-consolidation HLM Digital Projects Group and the justification of our expansion from two people to three.

And in August, we recorded our one millionth full-text download.

Hitting that milestone in less than three years is kind of mind-boggling, but we’ve been ridiculously successful in this endeavor. We have papers from 70% of SHA’s faculty, we are now the point of dissemination for all publications from SHA Centers and Institutes… and folks are demonstrably reading this stuff, too.

Thanks go out to Sara Palmer, who does the lion’s share of the work on this repo, to her predecessor Chubing Tripepi, and to Steve Gollnick who helped get things off the ground while keeping DC@ILR uploads on track. (It’s worth noting that Sara and Steve won the Cornell University Library Outstanding Performance award behind this work.)

It’s been a helluva ride, and I’m looking forward to the future.

SLA Academic Division statement on SLA Annual 2018 and North Carolina

8 Apr
The SLA Academic Division is grateful to SLA Board President Tom Rink for his statement condemning North Carolina’s recent passage of HB2, a law that discriminates against LGBT people. We also stand with the New York and Philadelphia Chapters of SLA in calling for immediate negotiations to change the location of the SLA Annual Conference in 2018 from Charlotte, NC.
This law runs counter to the principles of our Association, our Division, and our profession, and as such it would be irresponsible for our Association to hold our annual conference in North Carolina while said law stands. SLA’s Board has shown itself capable of taking decisive action in the past year, no matter the difficulty, and this should be no exception.
Jim DelRosso
Chair, SLA Academic Division

Come work with us! Business Research Librarian

23 Mar

We’re looking for a Business Research and Instruction Librarian to join us at Cornell’s Hospitality, Labor, and Management Library!

Apply here!


 

Business Research Librarian-31405

Description
The Business & Hospitality Research Team at Cornell University Library is looking for creative and forward-thinking candidates to join their group as a Business Research and Instruction Librarian. The successful candidate will provide research and instruction support to the faculty, students, and staff of the newly announced Cornell College of Business. Above all, candidates must be excited by the opportunity to develop the relationships and services needed to support success at a top-ranked business school.

Duties and Responsibilities:
Reporting to the Assistant Director of Research & Learning Services, the Business Research and Instruction Librarian:

  • Designs, teaches, and assesses instruction sessions, including working with faculty to develop curriculum-integrated instructional programs.
  • Provides direct research assistance to the College of Business community and Cornell researchers with business information needs.
  • Contributes actively to team building, goal setting, and long term planning for the department.
  • Collaborates with colleagues and customers across Cornell University.
  • Cultivates personal subject knowledge and skills through training and self-directed learning; participates actively in professional organizations, library, and university committees; and engages in scholarly pursuits.

Qualifications

  • An ALA-accredited MLS or equivalent graduate degree.
  • Demonstrated interest and excitement for business as a discipline.
  • Passion for and experience with teaching and research support.
  • Strong analytical, quantitative, problem-solving, and critical-thinking skills, especially in a research context.
  • Excellent interpersonal, organizational, and written/oral communication skills.
  • Ability to resolve competing demands in an environment of fast-paced change.
  • Strong service ethic and customer-centered thinking.
  • Demonstrated ability to work independently and collaboratively in a service-oriented environment.
  • Commitment to the Hospitality, Labor and Management Library’s core values of collaboration, excellence, flexibility, innovation, integrity, and service.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Demonstrated excellence in teaching and research support.
  • At least 1 year of business research experience in a corporate or academic environment.
  • Intermediate to advanced knowledge of Excel or other software relevant to data manipulation and statistical analysis.
  • Advanced degree or coursework in business or related fields.
  • Willingness to explore the use of new technology or methods in support of effectively achieving goals, with a high tolerance for risk and failure.

Environment:

The Business & Hospitality Research Team serves the newly announced Cornell College of Business, which will be comprised of Cornell’s three accredited business programs: the School of Hotel Administration, the Charles H. Dyson School of Applied Economics and Management, and the Samuel Curtis Johnson Graduate School of Management. The College of Business will be one of the most comprehensive business schools in the nation with 145 research faculty and nearly 2,900 undergraduate, professional (MBA), and graduate students. Based on the past success of its future member units, The College of Business will cement the University’s position as a world-class center of teaching and research for business management and entrepreneurship.

In addition to traditional library services that support the academic and career research needs of the College of Business, the Business & Hospitality Research Team welcomes candidates with a keen eye towards innovative and user-focused programs. The librarians in this team are members of the larger Research & Learning Services (RLS) department within the Hospitality, Labor, and Management (HLM) Library. In addition to the College of Business, HLM RLS supports the Industrial and Labor Relations School with a dedicated Labor and Employment Research Team. HLM’s physical footprint includes three facilities integrated into the schools they currently serve. The successful candidate will join a team of 10 professionals serving the hospitality, labor, and business information needs of the university.

Cornell University is an innovative Ivy League university and a great place to work. Our inclusive community of scholars, students and staff impart an uncommon sense of larger purpose and contribute creative ideas to further the university’s mission of teaching, discovery and engagement. Located in Ithaca, NY, Cornell’s far-flung global presence includes the medical college’s campuses on the Upper East Side of Manhattan and Doha, Qatar, as well as the new Cornell Tech campus to be built on Roosevelt Island in the heart of New York City.

Diversity and Inclusion are a part of Cornell University’s heritage. We are a recognized employer and educator valuing AA/EEO, Protected Veterans, and Individuals with Disabilities.