Articles, Preprints, and Presentations by CUL Staff

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A Collection of articles, preprints and presentations by the Staff of the Cornell University Library.


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    Privacy in Academic Libraries: A Collective Action Problem
    Bettinger, Eliza; Chandler, Adam; Bursic, Meryl (2023-10-19)
    Presentation given at Ivy Plus Discovery Days webinar event on October 19, 2023.
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    Audiovisual Preservation Infrastructure
    Berney, Tre (Tre Berney, 2023-03)
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    The Future of Audiovisual Preservation
    Berney, Tre (Tre Berney, 2022-08-11)
    Audiovisual preservation continues to be one of the most complicated endeavors in the cultural heritage sectors of libraries, archives, and museums. This work, if successful, outlives us, representing peoples, places, cultural norms, and life as we understand it. Our history should effectively inform our individual and collective futures and there is no substitute for audiovisual documents. As with any challenge, we must understand the long tail of the issues, including the interdependencies involved in the work of time-based media preservation. This includes identifying the current challenges and imagining potential future threats and solutions at scale. From storage to curation, this work is resource intensive and in this talk we’ll identify how we can collectively share the burden of preserving our shared memory.
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    Berney, Tre; Alexander, Desiree; Mericle, Danielle; Fitzke, Karl (Cornell University Library, 2017-02)
    Digital Consulting & Production Services, in partnership with CIT and other Cornell stakeholders, is leading an effort to determine audiovisual preservation needs campus-wide. Cornell University has vast holdings of unique audio and video assets vital to its mission “to discover, preserve, and disseminate knowledge…” These include lectures by luminary figures (Nobel laureates, heads of state, writers, artists and more) as well as original source recordings essential to research in biology, linguistics, art and beyond. However, due to hardware and file obsolescence, media failure and rights issues, we are now faced with an imminent and growing threat to these high value and unique audio and video assets. Over the period of 15 months, we conducted a campus-wide survey of unique or rare audiovisual assets being used for teaching and research. We also scanned the AV technology landscape to help inform next steps. The results can be found in the final report (PDF). We continue to partner with IT@Cornell and Cornell’s Lab of Ornithology on a campus-wide preservation storage solution.
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    Addressing Business Research Needs in the Engineering Curriculum
    Lee, Hyunjung; Lane, Sarah; Sheley, Christina; Powell, Jill H. (American Society for Engineering Education, 2023-06-25)
    Teaching business competencies in the engineering curriculum frequently happens in support of entrepreneurship and/or management and leadership programs. However, in the College of Engineering at Cornell University, business and engineering intersect in a more ubiquitous manner, including traditional coursework and co-curricular initiatives. Examples of this include projects where there are corporate partners, business and leadership skill development in student project teams, market and consumer aspects of design courses, and training focused on organizational communication. To address these real-world applications of engineering and the external factors impacting theoretical approaches, students need to research companies, industries, business environments, organizational behavior, and sources of financing. This has prompted the Engineering Library, part of the Cornell University Library system, to think about approaches for supporting business research, in addition to the all-important design, build, and modeling work of engineering and science. Increasing collaboration between business and engineering librarians to provide research assistance and instruction has been one approach; providing cross-training on databases and subject expertise is another. Finally, adopting different pedagogical styles and considering disciplinary contexts and language has been essential. This paper will describe the use cases where business and engineering intersect in the College of Engineering at Cornell University while also detailing our approaches. In addition, it will discuss the outcomes of our efforts and the successes and challenges encountered as we work to address business research needs in the engineering curriculum.
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    Prince, Hachette, AI & The Changing World of Copyright
    Nayyer, Kim (AALL Spectrum, 2023-07)
    The current pace and scope of activity in copyright arenas is dizzying. In the U.S., as well as globally, much has happened or is in the midst of happening with potential impact in areas important to libraries, such as controlled digital lending (CDL) and artificial intelligence (AI). Whether invested in copyright issues or not, law librarians are being tested in their efforts to keep abreast of legislative and jurisprudential developments while also following relevant advocacy and innovations that push the already porous boundaries of copyright law and practice. The goal of this article is to offer a brief summary on select recent U.S. and global copyright developments and activities of interest to libraries.
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    Don’t Get Too Spicy: Effective Use of Humor in the Gen Z Classroom
    Lane, Sarah; Shea, Alison (2023-07)
    When wielded carefully, humor in the classroom can boost student mental health and bolster student-instructor rapport, leading to improved learning outcomes. To best employ humor, instructors should be aware of cultural and generational considerations that can impact the success of a joke. This poster will explore themes and common tropes of Gen Z humor while inviting instructors to consider their own use of humor in the classroom.
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    Classroom Disrupted: Being Trans and Disabled in Library Instruction
    Krahmer, Debbie (Library Juice Press, 2023-07-04)
    The one-shot library session is a disruption of the typical classroom experience--the librarian, an outsider, comes into a classroom to speak about a certain specialty. As a trans and disabled person, I leverage my “difference” in the classroom to establish a more inclusive tone, and to include critical information literacy pedagogy. My transness is part of my teaching as much as my disability. While the level of disruption caused by my transness has changed over the years (both as I’ve medically transitioned and as social attitudes have changed), my disability (despite changes in how it affects me day-to-day) continues to be a steady disruption.
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    Disrupting the Digital Status Quo: Why and How to Staff for Privacy in Academic Libraries
    Bettinger, Eliza C.; Chandler, Adam; Bursic, Meryl (2023-06)
    This paper is a roadmap to a shift of both mindset and practice in staffing academic libraries for privacy. Though the ALA Library Bill of Rights has encoded privacy as a central value since 1939, the reality of protecting privacy in the 21st century information environment is vastly more complicated than it was at that earlier time. In Section 1, we will discuss why privacy in libraries is such a thorny problem at this moment, which might help explain why little has been done so far to address the issues. In Section 2, we will explain why, despite these challenges, achieving meaningful reader privacy is an imperative goal, with a look at the harms currently impacting individual users and the scholarly enterprise collectively. Finally, in Section 3, we will recommend where to go from here.
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    Facilitating Critical Information Literacy: Using Intergroup Dialogue to Engage with the Framework
    Krahmer, Debbie (Association of College & Research Libraries, 2023-05)
    Critical Information Literacy and Intergroup Dialogue (IGD) can be combined with the ACRL Information Literacy Framework to challenge students to approach research from a more critical perspective, even in a short, one-shot library session or reference transaction. Based on democratic education and experiential learning, Intergroup Dialogue is a well-established, research-based social justice education program developed in the 1980s. Combined with Critical Information Literacy, these interactive techniques help students to uncover the hidden (and not-so-hidden) power behind interdisciplinary scholarly communication, and encourage them to take a more critical approach to keywords and subject headings. Flexibility and facilitation are the core of IGD, and can be used in anything from a short reference interview to a multi-session workshop.