VIVO: Enabling National Networking of Scientists

As we approach the six month mark (on March 25), I thought this would be a good time to give an update on our NIH-funded VIVO project. First, some quick background: VIVO was initially developed by Jon Corson-Rikert at Mann Library in 2003 to help both current and potential faculty, grad students, and [...]

Google Books Settlement: Who’s Right?

Education is right (Ben McLeod on Flickr – CC BY-NC-SA 2.0)

Discussion on the Google Books Settlement is getting very hot and heavy, with strong words from both supporters and opponents of the current settlement. As you may know, the Cornell University Library submitted a letter to the court in support of the [...]

The Disruption of Universities – and Libraries

The week before last I both attended and gave a talk at the Institute for Computer Policy and Law. There was an interesting thread on how IT is disrupting universities, and university libraries, that ran through a number of the presentations. For this post, I’m going to draw on material from three of those [...]

CUL on Flickr (not quite Commons)

The Nunnery (East Façade of East Wing), Chichén Itzá

Through the efforts of CUL’s Library Outside the Library group (proprietors of CULLabs), the Library has now established a presence on Flickr. Through the efforts of Susette Newberry, Dianne Dietrich, Baseema KrKoska, and the rest of the LOL team, over 1000 images from the [...]

e-Textbooks and the Amazon Kindle

Kindle DX via

This morning, I was forwarded a query from a Cornell undergraduate, noting the impending announcement tomorrow of a new, larger screen Amazon Kindle and linking to a Wall Street Journal story on its potential use as an electronic textbook. He suggested that Cornell should consider signing up as one [...]

Mobile Devices and CUL

iPhone with eBook and information apps

The use of mobile devices for research, learning, teaching and creative expression is growing very rapidly. The most recent Horizon report from Educause and the New Media Consortium identifies Mobiles as a key educational technology trend with a time-to-adoption of one year or less. We’re exploring this [...]

IT Policy and Security

Safeguarding Your Computer

This post will be a bit less “fun” than most, and it’s also pretty specifically focused on Cornell Library issues. If you are not that interested in the IT policy part, I would still encourage you to check out the new handbook on Computer Security at Cornell, since it will [...]

Newspaper Armageddon

Along with many others, I have to point to Clay Shirky’s great post “Newspapers and Thinking the Unthinkable”. Here are some key quotes:

When someone demands to know how we are going to replace newspapers, they are really demanding to be told that we are not living through a revolution. They are demanding to [...]

How Many Orphans?

There has been a great deal of recent discussion about the role of orphan works in the Google Book Settlement. In particular, it was a major element of the symposium on “The Google Books Settlement: What Will It Mean for the Long Term?” at Columbia Law School last Friday. There have been a number [...]

Whither Data Curation for Libraries?

Tower of Babel: Research datasets talking to each other

I just read some interesting posts on the challenge of data curation for research libraries. Dorothea Salo of Caveat Lector has two related posts on the relationship between the past push to build institutional repositories and the current push for data curation (Violently in [...]