Libraries in Transformation

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Interview with Leah McEwen: Cornell University, Ithaca, USA, recorded at the BEILSTEIN OPEN SCIENCE SYMPOSIUM (22 – 24 May 2017). Leah McEwen discusses libraries in transformation with Carsten Kettner. The Physical Sciences Library at Cornell dispersed stacks in 2009, so they are operating totally electronically since nearly 10 years. The library is becoming more digital and getting closer to research process, supporting scientists with publication preparation, data management, working with publishers and repositories. The Cornell University Library system has a technical team of database developers, ontologists, and other technical specialists working with librarians who have specific domain knowledge in various disciplines. A challenge for the Physical Sciences Library today is visibility, which means going out and getting to know the scientists and students, and also describing the value-add can be more difficult now that information access is no longer via printed works. Leah, who is the chemistry librarian at Cornell, enjoys getting beyond the formal aspects and getting to grips with the data. At the symposium Leah has described projects involving environmental health and safety – which necessitates working closely with researchers. In terms of health and safety, chemists look at chemistry on the molecular level; most issues which occur have to do with the transportation of chemicals on the macro level. Students do not generally have any lab background, so they need special consideration. Students are required to do risk assessment exercises during the course. Researchers are not yet required to do safety assessments in the US. Leah is hopeful that this will change.
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the picture for us on this transformation process an x. ray and a library and i were quite that when i never say the physical sciences library and dispersed the stacks and two thousand and nine and our operating on a completely electronic based access to the collections i am an augmented to that or the other specialists librarians and as i. it's actually have advanced degrees and in the subjects of chemistry and physics and astronomy in mathematics and so we definitely in the last ten almost ten years now a sense that transformation and weaving slowly increasing our are what we called digital services and what we're getting closer into the research process and working with them on their publication proper. gration data management and then after after they publish working with publishers and and and repositories so it's not trying to like the full cycle of the research object or two beautiful into soil and water was rukh yes some to some extent so in the library we do have a technical team. it includes database developers that includes apologise sitting in includes i'm a lot of other different specialized expertise and working with information science that's a great argument to those of us what the domain elledge who are embedded in in the different disciplines around the campus and order was slow to be. oman can be trained to use more room to paper based moberly you were though people came to you and to look for for we should show. two years and no i think your kind of service provider yet i'm that comic characters except that climate challenges we actually happened that our visibility and car sank a kind of devolved down to turn one percent librarian anyone subjects are time to get yourself out there get people to know you on the other hand the good side is the get to read. we know people and it's not their research over time and you get to work with the students very closely and the other challenges of course is accountability right we haven't really figured out how to how to get used to be able to check out how many things you checked out that's easy how many people come in your library so trying to understand how how to how to describe the value add that we give. different terms this is an interesting challenge. who would avoid we sutras always seeking for your voice folks on the road to look for the toefl information all the room look for only a co-pay join were to publish argue that guy. and i've been at cornell almost twenty years now so i'm really well known by the research community that touches on chemistry and anyway and so i can foster those conversations over time say absolutely he said it's been fun and i like actually getting more into the data in a scientist myself and someone i can kind of get past the the policy. season stuff and actually get right down into the data with and that's that's my favorite part though a blow to lose over to an interesting i'm so difficult for your work coming all control the books little more work so i just gave a presentation on the work i've done in the chemical health and safety and laboratory work at it. i didn't think about other there are many other people and and a large university that support the science that and research that happens there and so one of those groups as environmental health and safety professionals and they asked for some help managing the information they provide to scientists so i've been working with them for the last several years have also started to work with more. and labs and and and research staff so i feel like there's a lot more opportunities to get you closer into the process where researchers are abiding by also working with their support professionals. following a woman her through slow to a trio was picked in kosovo can learn from the low should be aware of what we're working with you with the was a single components and if the combined the components from their should they should expect the service might be explosive or dangers or. with more toxic and your have all these first with all the labels on its if the explosive and this should i make the chemist aware that they should be behaving very carefully but obviously it is not the case i think it's two two interesting challenges there and one is that at the campus think about chemistry at the molecular level and at that. stay focused and it's easy to kind of lose track of what's happening on what about the laboratory level so were most of the challenge is actually really happen are with a walking across the laboratory and carrying stock flasks are or transporting sums stuff from one lab to another its these kind of things are really part of the. research part so well during their research they tend to be very careful because they want to do the research well but it's the other piece other parts of the up the process of working in a laboratory where things can get challenging and the other thing is with students they don't have any background he really to comment with about about how dangerous. any one of those chemicals sitting in front of them could be that they look pretty innocuous sitting in a bottle but in fact actually so that's it is hard for them that's what that's a that's a pretty abstract concept to truly only also a few host was could be pulled off he was a busy to cook for students and two overs e.u. and doing all this.
for giving the trust will not be so i'm working with chemical educators to incorporate the safety principles and information concepts into their into their curriculum so into their lectures and then also into their lessons plans for the lab that lap classes yet in. safety is always been mentioned of course and the academic sector in education and but not not anything about how to teaching methodology is about what does it mean to be safe and how you can take extra caution when you're running an experiment and and and how how you approach your experiment makes a difference so we're trying to incorporate those. right in a lesson plan so when you're setting up an experiment not only do you plan what materials you want to use and how many of the how much of them and and what your process is going to be but how how you are relating to that process we're doing in a safe manner or your what a load of the true you also have to host this. to lowestoft whole do you are making resort trust we fall to at least to lead these instructions at how is the tricky part isn't it. so for the education it's part of the great requirement right so that students are required to to submit that in fact actually one technically been using which she says is to have them do a risk assessment exercise early on and they have to do an independent when later on and they had two chances so they can improve it and this idea of improving i think it kind of they get. the idea that the baby if they want to do well they have to pay attention but researchers as it's a lot harder and the kind of anything to do to get in their face with that i mean i know in the united states them we don't require a safety assessment as part of the notebook but i'm hoping that's the direction that we can move and because now we do require signed to book so. that was one she at least that had some kind of place where they wrote down their thoughts about the safety that could be a start i know they do that in the united kingdom for example.