Columbia University's Latin American and Iberian Studies Librarian, Sean Knowlton, will lead the work of coordinating the collections at Columbia and Cornell. He will also provide assistance to Cornell faculty and students via email, phone and video conferencing and will visit the Cornell campus a minimum of once a semester.
Historically both universities have built important and distinctive Latin American and Iberian studies collections. This collaboration will reduce unnecessary duplicative collecting through closer coordination of acquisitions with the goal of adding more unique and valuable items to the libraries of both institutions.
"Our Slavic studies agreement has been well received by the scholarly community here at Cornell, and we're excited to embark on a third collaboration using a similar model," said John Saylor, Associate University Librarian for Scholarly Resources and Special Collections. "We know that Sean will do an excellent job in coordinating the development of collections and responding to the research needs of both communities. Our 2CUL partnership is making both of our libraries stronger and allowing us to better serve the deep research needs of specialized users in international areas."
"We see tremendous potential in this new approach to building strong collections that will fully support the needs of students, faculty and other researchers while allowing us to extend and enhance more specialized collecting from and about these regions of the world," Pamela Graham, Columbia University Libraries' Director of Area Studies said.
The faculties and students of both institutions will enjoy expedited interlibrary borrowing as well as reciprocal onsite access to the extensive and historic Latin American and Iberian collections of Cornell and Columbia.
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