The agreement promises to significantly enhance the depth and breadth of Slavic and East European library holdings by better coordinating collection development activity. Such coordination will limit collecting overlap, allowing the two libraries to acquire significantly more material across the two campuses. In addition to collection development, Robert Davis, Russian, Eurasian, & East European Studies Librarian at Columbia, and Slavic & East European Studies Librarian at Cornell, will support East European Studies research activities at both universities.
When fully implemented, the faculties and students of both institutions will enjoy expedited interlibrary loan as well as onsite access to the extensive and historic Slavic, Eurasian, and East European collections of Cornell and Columbia (a search of WorldCat, for example, shows that Columbia and Cornell together possess almost 500,000 monographic titles in the vernacular languages of these regions).
"Coordinating the Slavic acquisitions of two Ivy League libraries will result in a significant increase in monographs available to readers at both institutions and create what is collectively the second-largest university collection in Slavic and East European studies in North America," said John Micgiel, director of Columbia's East Central European Center. "During a time when institutions are financially strapped, this is an excellent example of doing more with less."
Cornell University faculty and graduate students will be provided with direct access to the Slavic and East European Librarian via telephone, email or video conference. He will visit the Cornell campus each semester to provide face-to-face instruction and consultation services.
"It's been great to work with Rob, who is very knowledgeable in acquisitions for this region and has been very good about soliciting faculty input," said Holly Case, associate professor of history at Cornell.
"Rob will do an excellent job in building our collections and responding to the research needs of both the Cornell and Columbia communities," said Anne R. Kenney, Cornell's Carl A. Kroch University Librarian. "Our 2CUL partnership makes this kind of resource-sharing agreement possible, and it’s a perfect example of how the larger collaboration allows both libraries to serve our specialized users and help with deep research."