On Campus: Cornell University

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Edward Weissman, Assistant to the University Librarian, of Cornell University, organized and hosted the July 25th NYSHEI regional meeting and a series of meetings to explore the relationship of the library to the world of economic and workforce development.

Attending the regional meeting – the largest one to date – were Karin Wikoff of Ithaca College, Jean Currie of SCRLC, and a Cornell contingent that included: Pat Viele, Pam Baxter, Linda Miller, Xin Li, Leah Solla, Angela Horne, Gordon Law, Jim Alberts, Oya Reiger, Jean Poland, Barbara Eden, Peter Hirtle, Keith Jenkins and Nan Hyland. Following a brief powerpoint presentation, the group discussed the NYSHEI’s ARIA proposal, new advocacy efforts, and offered suggestions for new NYSHEI initiatives.

The meeting was preceded by a dinner with Anne Kenney, Interim Carl Kroch University Librarian and Senior Associate University Librarian for Public Services and Assessment, and a tour of the Cornell Library Annex (high-density storage facility) by Cammie Hoffmier.

Following the meeting and lunch, Ed Weissman facilitated a series of meeting for NYSHEI Executive Director Jason Kramer. Among them was a conversation about scholarly communications, innovative publishing, open access and project Euclid, with John Saylor and Teresa Ehling.

After meeting with Oya Rieger about digital undertakings at Cornell, Weismann and Kramer were off to the Mann Library to catch up with Janet McCue and Howard Raskin for a tour of the construction and a quick talk about library outreach efforts.

While at Mann, Kramer had the opportunity to learn more about CUGIR from Keith Jenkins, Access Services from Jesse Koennecke, digital collections from Nan Hyland, and VIVO from Medha Devare.

Altogether, the event at Cornell offered a informative discussion of current projects, and the exploration of exciting opportunities for NYSHEI involvement. Special thanks are owed to all meeting attendees and the Cornell staff for their forward thinking and support of NYSHEI.

By the way, the T-shirt is of Ezra Cornell in celebration of his bicentennial. It is on sale through the Library Store.

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