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Manndible Café closing

It is with sadness but also with great appreciation that we share the news of Manndible Café’s closing at the end of this spring 2021 semester. Their last day of service will be May 21st.


Located just off the Mann lobby, Manndible Café has been the Cornell Ag Quad’s landmark hub for healthy food since the reopening of the fully renovated Mann Library building in 2007. For the past fourteen years, owners Kathleen Pasetty and Pam Gueldner have worked alongside their legendary friendly staff to offer fresh, locally sourced and sustainably produced foods. Their signature burritos, poquitos, Friday curries, and creative coffee/chai beverages will be sorely missed by the Cornell and Ithaca community.


The Manndible staff have valued the opportunity to be part of the Cornell Ag Quad. In the words of Pasetty and Gueldner: “We are so grateful for the time we have spent on Cornell campus and at Mann Library. Our mission has been to make a welcoming space for everyone while supporting local producers, offering healthy food and drinks, and collaborating with members of the Cornell community. We are proud of what we’ve accomplished. You, our wonderful customers, along with our fabulous staff have made Manndible a special place, and we will cherish the relationships and memories we will carry with us.  We are moving on to other careers after twenty-five years in business together, and we thank you for all of your support over the years and for contributing to our success.”


Manndible + Mann Library collaborations have been many over the years—including “Snacks in the Stacks” giveaways during finals weeks, lively Earth Week campaigns promoting re-useable mugs & cutlery, and voter registration/Election Day celebrations to name just a few—and we have loved each and every one of them. Notes Mann’s Interim Director Sara E. Wright: “Manndible Café’s delicious food and coffee have been beloved staples for the hard-working students, faculty and staff around the Ag Quad, and the café has served as a hub for countless conversations and collaborations throughout the years. This has been a cherished partnership and we wish Kathleen, Pam, and their staff continued success in their future pursuits.”


In appreciation of Manndible Café’s many contributions to sustainable food culture and community on the Cornell Ag Quad, Mann Library will be holding a fire sale of our “Where minds (and friends) meet” mugs ($5 per mug) on the first day of study week on the Ag Quad plaza in front of the Mann building. Manndible will be offering free Manndible water bottles too, for as long as supplies last.  Mark your calendars for May 17, 12:00 – 2:00 p.m. and drop by to give the Manndible team a most heartfelt thank you and farewell!


Questions about planning for a new Ag Quad café may be directed to Samara Sit, CALS Associate Dean for Marketing & Communications.

For Everybody and for All Time: National Parks @ 100

Wed Jul 6, 2016

National Park They’ve been called our country’s best idea, a space to connect with each other and something bigger than ourselves, a remarkable expression of democracy, preserving for everybody and for all time some of the earth’s most breathtakingly beautiful wilderness. And this year our national parks are being celebrated for a major milestone: The 100th anniversary of the U.S. national park system.

Formally, the National Park Service came into being with legislation signed by President Woodrow Wilson on August 25, 1916. But the roots that nurtured the birth of the NPS reach much deeper into U.S. cultural history, fed by earlier legislation (such as the 1864 act signed by Abraham Lincoln to protect Yosemite Valley) and values and visions shaped by generations of thinkers, writers, scientists, and artists–James Fenimore Cooper, George Catlin, Ralph Waldo Emerson, John Muir, Ferdinand Hayden, Fredrick Law Olmsted, to name a few.

As with any big idea, the story of America’s national park system has many perspectives, some inspiring, some that conflict with each other, some that have yet to be told. A new summer book display at Mann Library puts a spotlight on this multi-faceted history. As the life sciences library at Cornell, Mann’s collection in the areas of conservation, natural resources, and park management is particularly strong. We invite you come browse and explore a little of the philosophies, social and political forces, struggles, achievements, and hard, slogging work that brought America’s national parks into being. In line with the National Park’s Service celebration theme this year, we hope the browse will inspire our audience to go “find your park.” And maybe we’ll take it even a little further by invoking the words of Ken Burns, who observes in his acclaimed 6-part documentary: Through the national parks of this country, Americans are all “co-owners of some of the most spectacular scenery on earth.” As the filmmaker reminds, it behooves us all to take care of our property and be mindful of what needs to be done to safeguard its availability for our future generations.

Selected titles featured in the display:

New Makerspace Coming This Fall to Mann

Mon Aug 15, 2016

lightbulb and hand iconThis fall, Cornell University Library and Academic Technologies are debuting a makerspace in the 112 Mann computing lab right off the lobby. This new facility will be a creative, DIY space where people can gather to create, invent, and learn. Over the summer, the existing desktop computers were rearranged to make room for making equipment and a flexible workspace in the back half of the lab.

While classes can still book 112 Mann lab for sessions, at certain points the lab will be reserved for making events and open making times. During these times, anyone can come in and use the 3D printers and scanner, Arduino and Littlebits microelectronics kits, craft supplies for button making, basic hardware tools, and more. Everyone, regardless of department or experience level, is welcome to drop in, hang out, mess around and geek out! Check out our complete schedule.  Want to keep up on events and chat with others about making things at Cornell? Join by emailing with join in the subject line of a blank message.

During the fall semester, students in DEA 3590/6500 (Problem-Seeking Through Programming) will work on the programming and design of the space. Partners for student projects like these, interested instructors, or anyone wanting a consultation outside regular making times can contact for more information. Staff are also surveying students, staff, and faculty at Cornell about what they make or would like to make in these spaces. Take the survey today!

Finally, we need your help naming the new makerspace in Mann! Put in your suggestion or vote, and we’ll consider not just the names with the most votes but also our favorites. If we pick yours, you can win a $25 Manndible gift card. Think outside the box (NOT Boaty McBoatface!) and be creative. This is your space to play and it should have a name as cool as your ideas. Keep it clean and have fun!

Listen, Share: Race & Empathy in the Mann Lobby

Fri Sep 23, 2016

Cornell Race & Empathy ProjectAs part of the Cornell Council for the Arts Biennial of 2016, Professors Corinna Loeckenhoff (Dept. of Human Development), Anthony Burrow (Dept. of Human Development) and Francois Guimbretiere (Dept. of Information Science) have created an installation for the Mann Library lobby—the Race & Empathy Project—that invites the Cornell community to reach across boundaries, share stories and find empathy.

In collaboration with the Intergroup Dialogue Project at Cornell,Professors Loeckenhoff, Burrow and Guimbretiere conducted a series of interviews capturing a range of race-related experiences and perspectives on the Cornell campus to serve as starting points for further conversation. Interview excerpts have been gathered together for a listening booth that has been set up in the Mann Library lobby. In the privacy of the softly enclosed and sound-buffered booth, Cornell community members can retrieve and listen to the stories these interviews present, record a response or share their own story.

The focus of the 2016 CCA Biennial is on the cultural production of empathy. There is growing evidence documenting a racial empathy gap in American society. The national news of the past couple of years has highlighted in especially stark and painful terms the social, political and civic divisions that exist across racial identities in the United States. As many studies have also shown, interracial conversations can be experienced as particularly stressful, creating another difficult barrier to dialogue and understanding. The Race & Empathy project originates with the knowledge that powerful stories of racial empathy do exist, and when shared, can provide opportunities to celebrate basic human emotions—joy, happiness, suffering and grief—together. The project aims to help create space on the Cornell campus where this kind of sharing can be experienced and fostered.

talk with the project’s contributing artists took place at 11AM on Saturday, September 24 in the Mann Lobby. The listening booth will be in place in the Mann Library lobby through Friday, November 11th. All members of the Cornell community are welcome to stop by, listen to a story or two (or more!), and tell one of their own.

On Goldenrod…and Honeybees

Wed Sep 28, 2016

Golden RodSeptember is National Honey Month, which has had us thinking about an unsung hero of our fall viewscape—the common goldenrod. Often mistakenly accused of causing relentless fits of hay fever in humans (ragweed is the real culprit there!), goldenrod and other late-blooming plants burnishing large swathes of the North American landscape at this time of year are known to provide to the honeybees of our local food system a major source of pollen. And particularly notable this year: Following an extraordinarily dry summer in many parts of New York and other states, the goldenrod of fall has become especially important to colony survival in the long winter months ahead. For honeybees and the beekeepers who nurture them in the drought-stricken parts of the American Northeast, the goldenrod bloom that has finally set in after the long-awaited late summer rains signify a vital last chance to play some serious catch up after a very long stretch of slim pickings.

For this month’s Vaults of Mann feature, we celebrate this key relationship by drawing from both the botanical and the apicultural sections of Mann’s rare book collection. Featured in our Tumblr post for September are images from a splendid late 19th century British gardening guide, Favourite Flowers of Garden and Greenhouse (1896)by Edward Step and William Watson and from an American beekeeping classic, L.C. Root’s Quinby’s New Beekeeping of 1879. If for Step and Watson goldenrod is an easy if “coarse” and space-hogging garden plant, suitable really only for the cottage garden or shrubbery, for astute practical beekeeper the likes of Lyman Root, it is a bit of a star, providing “valuable forage” that helps bees replenish combs depleted by summer honey harvests, or, in the case of wild bee colonies, by the food requirements of an active and growing colony.

While the goldenrod may have yet to shake its reputation as an unruly intruder to the finely cultivated garden, among beekeepers and other advocates for pollinators of today it continues to earn a high rank among top plants to nurture for the sake of healthy pollinator populations. As this under-rated, genetically diverse fall flower proves itself this year to be a kind of famine food for the honeybee populations in New York State and other drought-stricken regions of the United States, we’re reminded again of the resilience that’s supported by a botanically and biologically varied landscape–a lesson no doubt well worth taking to heart in a changing global climate.

In addition to enjoying our online Vaults feature for the month, please be sure to stop by the Library to browse through the fall book display we’ve prepared in conjunction with this spotlight on the symbiosis found between bees and the plant world around us. For the month of honey, it’s a relationship worth celebrating!

Select titles from the book display:

100 Plants to Save the Bees: Provide and Protect the Blooms That Pollinators Need to Survive and Thrive. North Adams, MA: Storey Publishing, 2016.

Biggle, Jacob. Biggle Bee Book: A Swarm of Facts On Practical Bee-Keeping, Carefully Hived. Philadelphia: W. Atkinson co., 1909.The Queen Must Die

Blaylock, Iris T., and Terresa H Richards. Honey Bees: Colony Collapse Disorder and Pollinator Role In Ecosystems. New York: Nova Science, 2009.

Davis, Ivor, and Roger Cullum-Kenyon. The BBKA Guide to Beekeeping. Second edition. London, UK: Bloomsbury Natural History, an imprint of Bloomsbury Publishing Plc, 2015.

Dowden, Anne Ophelia, The Clover and the Bee: A Book of Pollination. New York: T.Y. Crowell, 1990.

Droege, Sam, and Laurence Packer. Bees: An Up-Close Look At Pollinators Around the World. Minneapolis, MN: Voyageur Press, an imprint of Quarto Publishing Group, 2015.

Green, Rick. Apis Mellifera: A.k.a. Honeybee. Boston: Branden Books, 2002.

Holm, Heather, Pollinators of Native Plants: Attract, Observe and Identify Pollinators and Beneficial Insects with Native Plants. Minnetonka, MN: Pollination Press LLC, 2014.

Ilona., and Ed Readicker-Henderson. A Short History of the Honey Bee: Humans, Flowers, and Bees In the Eternal Chase for Honey. Portland: Timber Press, 2009.

Kirk, William D. J., and F. N Howes. Plants for Bees: A Guide to the Plants That Benefit the Bees of the British Isles. Cardiff: International Bee Research Association, 2012.

Lee-Mäder, Eric, Attracting Native Pollinators: Protecting North America’s Bees and Butterflies : the Xerces Society Guide. North Adams, MA: Storey Pub., 2011.

Lovell, John Harvey, The Flower and the Bee: Plant Life and Pollination. New York: C. Scribner’s Sons, 1918.

Pundyk, Grace., and Grace Pundyk. The Honey Trail: In Pursuit of Liquid Gold and Vanishing Bees. 1st U.S. ed. New York: St. Martin’s Press, 2010.

Richards, A. J. The Pollination of Flowers by Insects. London: Academic Press for the Linnean Society of London, 1978.

Robinson, Richard Knox, The Beekeepers. New York: Cinema Guild, 2009. [DVD]

Rosenbaum, Stephanie. Honey: From Flower to Table. San Francisco: Chronicle Books, 2002.

Shepherd, Matthew., and Edward S Ross. Pollinator Conservation Handbook. Portland, Or.: Xerces Society in association with Bee Works, 2003.

Stevens, Ken. Alphabetical Guide for Beekeepers. Mytholmroyd, Hebden Bridge: Northern Bee Books, 2012.

New Faces at Mann – Fall 2016 Edition

Wed Oct 5, 2016

Here are some staff you should know who’ve joined the library since last spring.Mann in the Fall

Sarah Kennedy '10Sarah Kennedy ’10 started at Mann in July as the Collection Development & Digital Collections Librarian. She coordinates the library’s book selection process (both print and electronic) and serves as the coordinator for liaison services to the New York State Agricultural Experiment Station community in Geneva, NY. Sarah is also the liaison to two departments (Entomology and Food Science). Sarah comes to us from the University of West Virginia, where she was the Agriculture, Natural Resources, Design, and Extension Librarian. Sarah’s net id is sek45.




Kate Ghezzi-KopelKate Ghezzi-Kopel is the Applied Health Sciences Librarian at Albert R. Mann Library. She serves as liaison to the Cornell department of Human Development and the Division of Nutritional Sciences. Kate holds a B.A. in English from Ithaca College and a M.S. in Library and Information Sciences from Syracuse University. Her interests include health information literacy, systematic reviews, social media in libraries, and promotion of evidence-based research practices. Prior to joining Mann Library, Kate was Research Assistant at The Center for Bioethics and Humanities at SUNY Upstate Medical University and Intern at the SUNY Upstate Health Sciences Library. She also spent several years in academic publishing developing and acquiring content in the fields of biology, communication studies, mathematics, and clinical medicine. Kate’s net id is kwg37.




Chris Johns

Chris Johns is our new Lending Coordinator in Mann Interlibrary Loan. Chris has over 15 years experience in the service industry, and has been the owner of Dog Man pet-sitting business since 2011. Chris attended the Finger Lakes School of Massage after moving to Ithaca in 2014 and is a certified massage therapist. As our Lending Coordinator, Chris will be responsible for coordinating all tasks involved with interlibrary lending and Document Delivery services at Mann, and will be the point person for the delivery of library-to-library, Borrow Direct, and interlibrary loan items to the Geneva campus. He will also be working regular shifts on the circulation desk, assisting patrons with their borrowing and poster printing needs. Chris’ NetID is cmj84.





Mary Lee Mary Lee “Mel” Jensen was hired as a part-time reference assistant at Mann Library. She has experience as the Head of Instructional Services and as an Assistant Professor at Kent State University. She was also the Instruction Coordinator at Lakeland Community College in Kirtland, Ohio. Mel will be working the front lines as a reference assistant where she will help manage reference desk operations, and help triage and answer the thousands of annual questions we get at the reference desk. Her hours will be 8:15am – 1:15pm, Monday through Friday. Mel’s NetID is mj533.





undefinedMegan Benson started as another new part-time reference assistant In July. Before coming to Mann, Megan worked in the Orange County Library System in Orlando Florida, and as an Adjunct Professor at Valencia College in Orlando. Megan will also be helping to manage reference desk operations, and helping to triage and answer our volumes of reference questions. Her hours will be 12:00 – 5:00pm, Monday through Friday. Megan’s NetID is mlb459.






Deborah CooperDeborah Cooper joined Mann’s Collection Development department as our new Collections Specialist on September 29th. Deborah comes to us from Digital Scholarship and Preservation Services (DSPS) in Olin where she has worked on the arXiv repository team. Previously she worked at the SUNY Cortland Memorial Library where she had reference and collection development duties. She also has Special Collections experience from an internship at the Rakow Library at the Corning Museum of Glass and has done volunteer archival work for Historic Ithaca. Deborah earned an MLIS from San José State University and has a BA in History from Leeds University, U.K. Her net id is dsc255.

Become a Life Sciences Research Master!

Thu Dec 15, 2016

Sarah J. WrightThis coming spring semester, Mann librarian Sarah J. Wright will again collaborate with the Office of Undergraduate Biology to offer BIOG 3020: Seminar in Research Skills for Life Sciences.

Developed for undergraduates involved in laboratory research, and especially relevant to those considering graduate school, the course will introduce skills used in all fields of life sciences research and cover topics such as researching the primary literature; data management and analysis; and writing research and grant proposals.

After taking this course, students will be prepared to submit an honors thesis proposal and/or a proposal for undergraduate research funding

For more information, feel free to contact Sarah at You can also read about the course on the Class Roster.

Winter Break @ Mann

Wed Dec 21, 2016

Best wishes for a beautiful, restful winter break! the spread of stars wind moves the snow from where it fellIt’s Cornell winter break and the campus is settling into some deep winter quiet. Too quiet for you? Wondering how you might be able to fill your time until the start of the spring semester? Please allow us to name you a few ways Mann can help you with that:

Winter hours: Mann will be closed for the holiday between the years, starting 5pm Friday, December 23, but we open again on January 3—with all hands on deck to help you get a start on new projects or wrap up any old ones that may still be on your plate from 2016. Visit Full Hours for Mann’s hours; visit Cornell University Library-wide hours of operation

Winter reading: Everyone knows there’s no better time than cozy winter to catch up on good reading. But did you know that Mann has a fabulous collection of popular literature on topics ranging from beekeeping to black holes? We recommend an in-house browse through our Ellis collection or a virtual browse through the Cornell University Library new book listing for some promising options. And then look for our “Name Your Winter Read” raffle in January! We’ll be asking you to share what you’ve read this winter (any genre) for a chance to win some delicious Manndible hot chocolate.

Winter photography: January in the frosty Finger Lakes can give us nature at some of its most stunningly beautiful. What better time to hone your photography skills?! We have a fabulous suite of camera equipment that we will resume loaning for still and moving photography come January 3rd. As you head out for your next January stroll across the winter-wonderland of Cornell campus, drop by Mann first to pick up a loaner camera and maybe even a new career in the visual arts.

Winter exhibits: Here’s your chance to explore the fascinating intersection of science, history, and art found in our “Exploring a Sea of Glass” exhibits in the Mann Lobby, the Top Shelf Gallery, and the Mann Gallery. Check out the Cornell events calendar for more info, and or take a quick virtual peek at one spotlight we have trained on the story of the Challenger expedition,widely regarded as the first major oceanographic expedition in modern science. Then come see the exhibits for yourself at Mann Library!

Just-in-time-for-winter-break book talk videos: What’s the next best thing to reading a good book? Watching the author talk about one! If you’re still hoping to catch any of the Mann Library book talks you might have missed during the fall semester, they are all viewable on Mann’s Youtube channel:

Come chat with us: Itching to start exploring a possible new project? Thinking about stepping into the rapidly evolving world of possibility that makerspaces can offer? January is a great time to schedule a consultation with our experts on any topic or making idea. Give us a shout at Request a Consultation for research help (or email about making and 3D printing) to set something up. All of which to say, friends, Mann Library is here for you, in various ways, regardless of the season. We’re looking forward to seeing you in 2017, and in the meantime, we warmly wish you a happy, restful, and refreshing winter break!

Covidence for systematic reviews and literature searches

Wed Jan 10, 2018

covidence reviewPicture this: You’re working on a systematic review or literature search and you’ve come up with 1,000+ citations. Great! But now what? It takes time to read and select relevant articles, coordinate decision making with your collaborators, and organize your results. When you’re doing a review, this article-screening process can quickly become a daunting task.

But you’re in luck! Through November 2018, Cornell University Library is piloting an unlimited license to Covidence, giving Cornell faculty, students and staff free access to a web-based software platform that streamlines the production of systematic reviews. Covidence makes citation screening easy, and supports many other aspects of the systematic review process like full text review, risk of bias assessment, extraction of study characteristics and outcomes, and the export of data and references.

To learn how to use Covidence, register for our workshop on January 22nd from 9-11am at Mann Library hosted by CUL’s Systematic Review Service. You can start using Covidence any time by signing up with your Cornell email address, and visit our resource guide for answers to Covidence FAQs.

Have questions about systematic reviews and other forms of evidence and literature synthesis? Interested in learning more about library services that can help you in these tasks? Contact us at, or submit a request form to our Systematic Review Service Team.

mannUfactory makerspace: Open for (creative) business!

Thu Jan 18, 2018
Makerspace 3D printer
Photo by Daisy Wiley

Cornell University Library has just opened its newest facility in support of its mission as a vibrant university learning center. Located at Mann Library and outfitted with a host of hi- and lo-tech equipment, the new mannUfactory makerspace is a place where creative ideas come to life.

Makerspaces, broadly defined as community centers with tools for making things, are a growing phenomenon of the past decade. Why is this new? After all, people have been doing craftwork, making models, and taking on DIY building projects for ages. What’s different in today’s makerspace movement is the creation of community spaces where people can come and, working either alone or in groups, benefit from shared tools and technical knowledge to create objects and artifacts for specific needs. Makerspaces have also been hailed as a promising way to help schools and universities provide opportunities for student-centered education that promotes active literacy in the STEAM–science, technology, engineering, art and mathematics–fields. As facilities designed to promote active learning, makerspaces are a natural fit for library spaces.

The mannUfactory makerspace is open 2:00 to 7:00 pm Monday through Thursday when Cornell classes are in session. Trained staff are on hand to provide assistance with the facility’s equipment, which ranges from 3D and specialty plotter printers, a virtual reality room, and simple computing kits to soldering and hand tools, button makers, and sewing machines. Special consultations, classes or workshops, and tours can also be scheduled via the makerspace website at We welcome Cornell students, faculty and staff and off-campus visitors to come use the facility to create what they need—be it a 3D teaching model for course or extension instruction, an easily portable fabric-printed poster for that next conference, a prototype to advance a new design idea in any field, or just something simple, like fun buttons to promote an effective message.

We like to think of the mannUfactory as one more example of the ways that the Library helps Cornell faculty teach effectively and encourages Cornell students to develop new skills for success in the digital age. But we also think of it as a place to share some hands-on playing around with new ideas. “Everybody needs creativity. Everybody needs to experiment, and everybody needs to learn how to try and to fail,” said Camille Andrews, Mann Library’s emerging literacies librarian. “The makerspace introduces people to various tools and technologies they might not otherwise encounter.” We invite visitors to drop by and join in the tinkering fun.

Please join us for an opening celebration on Thursday, February 1, 2:30 to 4:00pm—we’re located in room 112 just off the Mann Library lobby. Food, fun making activities and a VR demo!

More information, visit the article.