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Invitation to Apply for DSPS Fellowship

We are getting ready to invite applications for the Digital Scholarship Fellowship position. Hosted by the DSPS unit the fellowship program aims to provide opportunities for CUL staff to expand their skills and experiences in developing, delivering, and assessing digital scholarship services. It supports the CUL objectives of “empowering staff to explore gaps in their […]

Enhanced Access to HathiTrust

The 8 million print volumes in the Cornell University Library are a rich resource for students, faculty, and staff.  However, for Cornellians with print disabilities such as visual impairment, learning disabilities, or other disabilities, using printed resources can be difficult.  Thanks to an innovative program of the HathiTrust, many of these volumes can be made […]

arXiv-Data Conservancy Pilot

By Gail Steinhart, Simeon Warner, and Oya Rieger   From April 2011 through March 2013, arXiv collaborated on a pilot project with the Data Conservancy to support remote data deposit for arXiv submissions. The Data Conservancy, initially funded by the US National Science Foundation (NSF), is a project funded by , which aims to “research, design, […]

Blackboard’s xpLor – beta pilot of Learning Object Repository

During the Fall 2012 semester, I joined some colleagues from Academic Technology Services (ATS) to participate in a Beta pilot program for Blackboard’s new product called xpLor.  xpLor is a cloud-based Learning Object Repository (LOR).  “Learning objects” can be files (documents, PDFs, media clips), quizzes, assignments, discussions, rubrics, and learning modules. The goal of a […]

CULAR Service Update – wiki available to Library staff

The Cornell University Library Archival Service (CULAR) continues to make steady progress towards its initial opening.  CULAR is a “dark archive” focused on the preservation of digital objects.  The service is built on a Fedora repository, integrating multiple check summing, redundant copies and continuous monitoring into a preservation solution for digital assets. We envision developing […]

Implications of Research Funders’ Policies for Scholarly Communication

US Federal funders of research have been developing policies to ensure public access to the products of tax-payer funded research, and two of the major funding agencies have recently announced some changes to their policies with implications for scholarly communication. The National Institutes of Health (NIH) has had in place since 2008 a policy requiring […]

Sustainability: Scholarly Repository as an Enterprise

Increasing emphasis on open science and the burgeoning data management mandates usher a complex suite of technology, policy and service needs. It is essential to consider the sustainability requirements upstream and remember that the services we are experimenting and creating now have long-term implications. As we explore a range of issues related to research data […]

Introducing the Scholarly Communication Awareness Program

It is a great pleasure to announce a new program that we’ll be piloting this fall to provide discussion and awareness building forums for CUL’s liaisons in regard to scholarly communication and digital scholarship. One of the CUL Priority Objectives (III.1) has been formalizing the network of library liaisons to departments and academic programs across […]

HathiTrust Research Center UnCamp 2012

The HathiTrust repository currently contains about 10.5 million items, ~30% of these in the public domain and available for reading in full text.  Having such a large corpus online is certainly a great resource for scholars looking to read materials, but it also opens the door to another kind of “reading”, namely, the non-consumptive processes […]

arXiv Sustainability FAQ and Work Ahead of Us

You may have already seen the press release announcing that Simons Foundation will support arXiv’s transition from an exclusive initiative of Cornell University Library (CUL) to a collaboratively governed, community-supported resource through a generous gift. During 2013-2017, the Simons Foundation will provide up to $300,000 per year as a matching gift for the funds generated […]

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