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Cornell University Library helps expand knowledge and fuel scholarship; it provides scholarly depth and breadth for current faculty and students. An essential resource for research and teaching, the library must maintain and consistently build its collections and services. The Library is as busy as ever and is a critical space where students come to focus their minds and engage in studies. It is also a place where librarians provide services that help make students successful and support the faculty’s world-class research. Support from alumni, parents and friends helps us to empower minds and provide future scholarship at Cornell.
Areas of Need
Cornell Fund for the Library – gifts of any size
Gifts to this fund enable the University Librarian to support critical needs including hiring student workers, purchasing materials, establishing new programs, and responding to emerging needs of students and faculty.
Endow a Student Worker - $100,000 minimum
Cornell University Library is the second largest employer of students on campus. Student library assistants annually contribute an effort roughly equivalent to that of 80 full-time employees. They keep libraries open late at night, provide technical assistants to fellow students and faculty members in computer labs, and work with the conservators to bind new volumes and build protective boxes to preserve fragile items in the collections to name a few.
Endow a Collection - $100,000 minimum
Library collections determine the future of scholarship. In the digital age, online resources are vital, even as print remains alive and well. Libraries work against a pervasive myth that all information is online, and everything online is free. The truth is that a lot of information isn’t online, and the best e-resources can be very expensive. Many disciplines still rely largely on print, and most online information needed for deep research is available as licensed content. The Library pays to unlock those resources. More than half of the Library’s budget is used to purchase online content for faculty and students.
An unrestricted endowment in support of collections will provide the University Librarian with the greatest flexibility to provide funding to areas with the greatest need. These funds play a crucial role especially with the budget cuts the Library has experienced in recent years.
Naming Opportunities - $50,000 - $3.5 million
The Library has a plethora of naming opportunities from Library spaces to positions. We would be happy to discuss these options if you are interested.
For more information contact:
Director, Library Alumni Affairs and Development
130 E. Seneca Street, Suite 400
Ithaca, NY 14850
At the start of July, Cornell University Library made a giant leap to the future by implementing an innovative integrated library system (ILS) called FOLIO
, becoming the first large research library in the world to migrate to the platform.
Since 2016, Cornell University Library has been collaborating with institutions around the world to develop the new ILS, which is a complex suite of software for running services and operations—from ordering, paying for, cataloging, and lending out materials to analyzing resource use across physical, digital, local, and remote collections. An acronym for “The Future of Libraries Is Open,” FOLIO is envisioned as a sustainable, community-driven alternative to proprietary ILS products that are costly to purchase and maintain and are subject to vendor control.
The open source and collaborative nature of FOLIO aligns with Cornell University Library’s commitment to open access and the wide sharing of knowledge, according to Simeon Warner, associate university librarian for information technology.
FOLIO also offers improved functionality and greater freedom and flexibility.
“It’s a very dynamic system. We are not at a vendor’s mercy for how it’s going to work, and we’re also not locked into the way that it works right now,” Warner said. “We can request that the FOLIO community develop a new feature or we could develop it ourselves and contribute it to the community.”
Since the start of the FOLIO project, Cornell University Library staff members have been working with colleagues in other libraries to develop and improve various functionalities of the platform—from managing metadata and enhancing how library holdings are described and made discoverable, to safeguarding the privacy of patrons. More than a hundred institutions around the world are now part of the ongoing FOLIO partnership.
The library’s switch to the open source system is a milestone not just for Cornell but for the global library community, according to Debra Howell, director of information technology operations at Cornell University Library.
“Cornell is the first large research library in the world to go live with FOLIO, and others are learning from our experience,” Howell said.
“In implementing a software system of this size and complexity, we had a very smooth go-live experience,” she added. “This is attributable to the dedication of our staff from every part of the library.”
Howell also mentioned the support provided by Cornell Information Technologies
(CIT) in integrating FOLIO with other software systems used at Cornell. “It was an ensemble cast,” she said.
Community support and collaboration is vital to libraries now more than ever, especially when it comes to sharing ever-growing electronic resources, according to Warner.
“It’s essential to understand that a library like Cornell’s has never operated alone,” he said. “Now, FOLIO provides us a foundation to move forward in the way that libraries work together—and that’s exciting.”
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