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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!

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.

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!


 

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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.

Come work with us! Railroad Collections Project Archivist

16 Feb

The Kheel Center is hiring an 18-month position is support of this totally awesome project. Description below, link to the application here.


 

Railroad Collections Project Archivist-31039

Description
Cornell University Library’s Kheel Center for Labor-Management Documentation & Archives seeks qualified candidates for an 18-month, temporary professional position as Railroad Collections Project Archivist. The successful candidate will improve description of 65 archival collections documenting railroad history in the United States, coordinate digitization of roughly 1,600 photographs, and assist with outreach efforts related to the project.

With rich manuscript and media collections pertaining to labor unions, management theory and practice, and labor relations and as part of the Martin P. Catherwood Library, the Kheel Center supports the curriculum and research interests of Cornell’s School of Industrial and Labor Relations (ILR School) and attracts scholars nationwide and from all over the world.

The Catherwood Library in the ILR School is the nation’s most comprehensive library for workplace issues, specializing in labor history, human resources, collective bargaining, organizational behavior, and international and comparative labor movements. In 2010, Catherwood consolidated with the Nestlé Hospitality Library and the Management Library to form a single structure serving Cornell’s specialized business and labor Schools. The consolidated structure serves over 1800 undergraduates, 1300 graduate students, 100 resident faculty, and extensive distance education, executive education, and extension programs. Cornell University Library is a leading academic research library with outstanding collections, service and instructional programs, and a leader in digital library applications including digitization of its print collections and development of strategies for curation of the research output of its faculty.

Responsibilities: Reporting to the Director of the Kheel Center and working closely with other staff, the Railroad Collections Project Archivist is responsible for: assessing the detailed description needs for 65 archival collections documenting railroad history; enhancing basic descriptions of those 65 archival collections as appropriate; and coordinating digitization and online delivery of roughly 1,600 photographs from Kheel Center’s railroad collections. The successful candidate may supervise one or two student assistants and will work closely with the Kheel Center’s Director, Technical Services Archivist, and Digital Archivist.

Characteristics: The Railroad Collections Project Archivist is a highly organized and collaborative professional who is able to approach a large, 18-month assignment in a methodical and comprehensive manner. S/he works well with colleagues, drawing on and contributing to their subject and archival expertise, but is also able to work independently. S/he has a strong understanding of standard and traditional archival practices but also embraces the change and opportunities that new technologies bring to the archival field. Most importantly, s/he understands the research process and researchers and can keep their needs in the forefront of their mind when making processing and description decisions.

Under the direction of the Kheel Center Director, does archival technical services work on the Kheel Center’s railroad history collections and coordinates digitization and online delivery of select railroad history photographs. The Railroad Collections Project Archivist may supervise one or two student assistants and works closely with the Kheel Center’s Director, Technical Services Archivist, and Digital Archivist.

Qualifications:

  • Master’s degree from an ALA-accredited program with a concentration in archives management, or equivalent combination of education and experience
  • Knowledge of 20th century US history
  • Strong organizational, planning, and problem solving skills
  • Excellent interpersonal, oral, and written communication skills
  • Ability to work both independently and collaboratively with a variety of staff in a rapidly changing environment

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Experience and/or interest in US railroad and labor history
  • Experience arranging, describing, and preserving archival, manuscript, photographic, and other non-print materials, including experience processing large collections.
  • Experience creating MARC records and EAD guides for archival collections
  • Experience working with photographic collections
  • Degree in history or a related discipline
  • Record of engagement with professional groups and activities and/or contributions to professional or scholarly literature.

Looks like I get to be an Associate Librarian

7 Dec

I’ve been waiting on the official letter from HR to make the public announcement, and now it’s arrived, so:

On August 17, 2016, I will be promoted to the rank of Associate Librarian at the Cornell University Library. I put my promotion packet in last July, and it seems as though it was sufficiently convincing. To say that this is an exciting moment and a load off of my mind would be a grand understatement.

There’s a lot of folks to thank for this: first and foremost my family, who have been hugely supportive of my pursuit of this whole librarian career thing. Thank you, and I love you.

I am also deeply appreciative of the people in my supervisory chain who lent their support to my promotion: Anne Kenney, Kornelia Tancheva, and Curtis Lyons.

I am exceedingly grateful to those who were willing to write letters of recommendation to the promotion committee on my behalf: Cheryl Beredo, Esta Bigler, Amy Buckland, Suzanne Cohen, Aliqae Geraci, Jill Hurst-Wahl, Michelle Paolillo, Oya Reiger, and Jill Wilson.

And massive thanks to Suzanne, Curtis, and Deb Lamb-Deans, who gave me great feedback on my promotion packet.

Last but certainly not least, I want to thank all the folks with whom I’ve been lucky enough to collaborate with during my career at Cornell, not only within the university but also through organizations like SLA. There is very little that I’ve done as a librarian that I feel comfortable claiming sole credit for, so thank you for working with me on so much cool stuff.

Uploading CBAs to DigitalCommons@ILR

9 Dec

Yes, this is a blog post about a blog post.

As part of the grant we got from the NHPRC to digitize and disseminate collective bargaining agreements, we are documenting those efforts in a blog. I just uploaded a post discussing uploading CBAs and this post couldn’t get any more meta unless I started discussing metadata which I do in the blog post so I’m going to stop now.

Here’s a short excerpt; please go check out the whole thing if you’re interested:

As discussed on this blog in September, Digital Consulting & Production Services has been working on digitizing shipments of the collective bargaining agreements (CBAs) in the education retail industries. Once those digital copies are returned to Kheel, it’s time to make them available to the world. That’s where DigitalCommons@ILR comes into the picture. 

A terrible keynote, but a very solid DrupalCamp

6 Dec

On Monday, I attended DrupalCamp here at Cornell. Overall, the event was great. Though I was hindered by a nasty cold that had set in over Thanksgiving break, the sessions I attended were excellent: one talked about web accessibility, providing both historical and legal context and then providing practical advice for using the tools of responsive web design to create accessible sites. Another talked about preparing for Drupal, and again gave an excellent overview of what was involved in the creation of a Drupal site before digging into the pragmatic needs of such an endeavor. Wonderful stuff, and just the sort of thing that got me to sign up in the first place.

The keynote, sadly, was another story. For whatever reason, the organizers gave over this important task to a representative of one of the vendors, and it was disastrous. I documented this on Twitter:

(NOTE: I am not sure why WordPress won’t let me embed the Storify. I’ve tried several times and no longer care.)

Like I said, the rest of the event was excellent. In fact, I’m willing to assume at this point that the speaker — or more likely, his employer Acquia — promised the organizers a very different speech. But the “you need to think like a business!” rhetoric we got was wholly inappropriate; whether or not you think that mindset has any validity*, it’s certainly not new thinking. We’ve been living it for as long as I’ve been working in academic libraries, and playing buzzword bingo*** with us isn’t inspirational, it’s insulting.

I went to DrupalCamp to get a bit more insight into using Drupal; I’m not a developer, but I wanted a better context for working with the developers on several upcoming projects. I got that, and would attend similar events in the future. I also got a good story out of it, so all in all I’d call the event a success.

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* Note: I don’t. It’s better served in another post, but the short version is that academic institutions aren’t businesses, and the principles that currently drive business in Western society don’t even produce successful businesses, so we can’t expect them to produce a viable academy. Not to say there aren’t things that can be learned from other sectors and spheres, but we can’t expect success by pretending that they aren’t other sectors and spheres.**

** Actually, that might be my whole post on the topic. We’ll see.

*** I almost shouted “BINGO!” when he put up the “THE FUTURE IS AGILE!” slide, though to be fair that might be the free square in the middle of the board.