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Fall 2023 Chats in the Stacks

Be sure to mark your calendars for our fall semester book talks! This semester, our Chats in the Stacks will be held in-person in Mann Library 160 and livestreamed. You can find all recordings of our past Chats in the Stacks on our YouTube channel.


Thursday, September 14, 4pm

Mann Library, Room 160 and livestreamed

Making Camp: A Visual History of Camping’s Most Essential Items and Activities

Martin Hogue, associate professor of landscape architecture, will discuss his new book Making Camp: A Visual History of Camping’s Most Essential Items and Activities (Princeton Architectural Press, 2023), in which he traces the radical transformation of recreational camping from the late nineteenth-century wilderness camp to our contemporary campgrounds with dense rows of individually numbered campsites. Utilizing drawings, patents, diagrams, sketches, paintings, advertisements, and historical photographs, Hogue shares the individual histories of key components that define this familiar and often generic spatial setting: the campsite, the campfire, the picnic table, the campground map, the tent, and the sleeping bag, as well as water distribution and trash collection systems. Hogue also argues that it is the subtle interplay between these various components—some already in place upon arrival, others imported by each occupant—that helps ensure the illusion that campers retain some agency in making their own camp. 


Thursday, September 28, 4pm

Mann Library, Room 160 and livestreamed

In This Together: Connecting with Your Community to Combat the Climate Crisis

How can one person have a real impact on something as large as the climate crisis? In her new book In This Together: Connecting with Your Community to Combat the Climate Crisis (Cornell University Press, 2023) Marianne E. Krasny weaves together scholarly insights on behavioral and structural change with concrete examples of climate-forward initiatives to demonstrate practical ways individuals can connect with others to inspire hope and effect widespread change. Krasny, professor and director of graduate studies in natural resources and the environment, and director of the Cornell Civic Ecology Lab, will distill research on how to scale up individual climate actions–such as eating a plant-rich diet or advocating for climate policies–through Network Climate Action, or the leveraging of close-tie social networks that take climate action together. 


Thursday, October 19, 4pm

Mann Library, Room 160, and livestreamed

The Courage to Learn: Honoring the Complexity of Learning for Educators and Students

It takes openness and true bravery to be able to learn, according to Marcia Eames-Sheavly, senior extension associate and senior lecturer emerita in the School of Integrative Plant Science, Horticulture Section. Eames-Sheavly will discuss her new co-authored book The Courage to Learn: Honoring the Complexity of Learning for Educators and Students (Stylus Publishing, 2023). Eames-Sheavly will explore the work’s implications for educational practice, how to help find and nurture courage in learners, as well as ask the audience to engage in conversation around these fundamental questions: How do we learn? Why is it necessary? What motivates us? And, who is the self that learns?


Thursday, November 2, 4pm

Mann Library, Room 160 and livestreamed

Nature on the Doorstep: A Year of Letters

There is magic just outside your door, says Angela E. Douglas, Daljit S. and Elaine Sarkaria Professor Emerita of Insect Physiology and Toxicology in the Department of Entomology. In her new book, Nature on the Doorstep: A Year of Letters (Cornell University Press, 2023), Douglas explores the many joys and curiosities of her own upstate New York yard, cultivated with nothing more advanced than “strategic neglect.” Douglas will share the simple pleasures of paying attention, and celebrate the important role even humble backyards can play in conservation efforts, and in our appreciation of the natural world. 

New Student Welcome Week @ Mann!

Library Orientation kicks off on Monday, August 14 and Tuesday, August 15 with the Big Red Welcome Fest on Ho Plaza! Library staff from across campus will be there tabling and greeting new students (and their families) from 11am to 3pm each day.


Mann Library tours and welcome for new students will also be on Monday and Tuesday. Tours will depart at 10am, 11am, 1pm and 2pm. And you’ll find our welcome tent on the Tsujimoto Family Plaza, on the Ag Quad, from 12 to 2pm each day. Join us for snacks, helpful info, swag, and a fun fiber arts DIY activity!

Monday, August 14 and Tuesday, August 15

Mann Library Tour

Depart from Mann Lobby; 30 mins

10am, 11am, 1pm, 2pm

Why do our students tell us that Albert R. Mann Library is their home away from home? Come on our tour to find out! You’ll learn the top 10 things you need to know about Mann Library as an incoming student and get to explore one of the country’s best library collections in agriculture, life sciences, human ecology, and other related disciplines. And don’t miss our door prizes—they’ll be fun and have good info for you too! Families welcome. Tours run approximately 30 minutes and include a Q&A.


Mann Library Icebreaker & Fiber Arts DIY

Tsujimoto Family Plaza, Ag Quad

12 to 2pm

Get to know more about your library at the Mann Library Icebreaker on the Ag Quad! Join us at our tent on the Tsujimoto Family Plaza for some light refreshments, helpful info, and a fun DIY fiber arts activity. We’ll provide materials for creating hand-stamped bandanas (or bring your own clothes for a fun refresh). And if your own creations have you feeling inspired, be sure to check out our textile-themed exhibits, Threading the Needle: Weaving Traditions into Contemporary Textile Art (Mann Gallery, 2nd floor) and Sustaining Style: Towards Responsible Fashion (Mann lobby). Families welcome.


Wednesday, August 16 and Thursday, August 17

Mann Library Tour & Scavenger Hunt

Depart from Mann Lobby; 30 mins

2pm, 3pm, 4pm

Why do our students tell us that Albert R. Mann Library is their home away from home? Come on our tour to find out! You’ll learn the top 10 things you need to know about Mann Library as an incoming student and get to explore one of the country’s best library collections in agriculture, life sciences, human ecology, and other related disciplines. Use the insider knowledge you’ll gain on our tour to complete the scavenger hunt challenge and win some fun Mann Library swag!


For the full schedule of all library orientation events, including library tours, please visit our library orientation webpage. On this webpage, we’ve highlighted the resources and services we think you’ll find most useful, whether you’re a new or returning undergraduate, graduate student, or faculty member. Learn more about our collections, research services, teaching support, skill-building opportunities, and publishing services.

Fall 2023 Course Reserves at Mann Library

Attention faculty and instructors! Did you miss the August 7th deadline for course reserves? You’re not too late! If you want to provide your students access to library materials for the 2023 Fall semester, please submit your requests by Monday, August 14. 

  • Electronic resources, including textual and media materials, can be made available via your Canvas course
  • Physical materials will be available for self-service at Mann Library. Materials are for in-library use with overnight checkout possible within 2 hours of closing
  • If you are using required textbooks for undergraduates through the bookstore’s CAMP program, we can place those titles on Course Reserves for students who opt out of CAMP
  • If items you want to use are not placed on reserve early, then students as well as patrons of Borrow Direct and Interlibrary Loan will be able to borrow the holdings from our collection
  • If you choose to have departmental copies of books on reserve, we ask that you arrange to have the books taken back to your department at the end of the semester

We’ve made some changes for streaming media—you have a couple of options for submitting course reserves media requests:

  1. You can submit item requests via the Library Reserves section of your course’s Canvas page, making sure to specify that you need streaming access (where available), or
  2. You may send us a list or syllabus at, ideally including all of the following information:
    • Course number, including any cross-listed courses
    • Section number, if applicable to differentiate from other sections
    • SIS ID, which can be found in the Settings section of your course’s Canvas page
    • The date(s) when the material will be used in your course

If you have any questions, please contact us via email at It’s helpful to include the class number in correspondence. For streaming media questions, please contact

Mann’s Graduate Study Area Gets an Upgrade!

Soft seating and study pods in graduate study area

Mann Library’s refurbished graduate study area – which includes both the David R. Atkinson Graduate Student Study Room and the Joseph and Geraldine McManus Study Room – is located on the library’s 3rd floor. The renovation of this space was concluded in early 2020 and now provides furniture and technology conducive to a wide range of work styles. From private study pods and carrels, to counter-height open tables, to collaborative booths and docking stations, Mann has a variety of furniture options to meet the needs of graduate students. Graduate students can reserve desks and study seats ahead of time on the library’s Find a Space webpage:


In line with principles of user-centered design for library spaces, graduate students from across campus had a direct hand in shaping the area’s facilities upgrade, providing feedback via interviews and journey mapping exercises. In addition to the gratitude we owe to the students who provided this invaluable input, Mann gratefully acknowledges the gift that made this important renovation possible: a bequest from our generous friend, the late Mary A. Morrison (1921-2017), who was professor of nutritional sciences at Cornell from 1960 to 1988.

We also have lockers in the graduate study area that are available for loan by the semester – please inquire at our Help Desk. In addition to the graduate study area, we have five graduate study rooms elsewhere on the 3rd floor. These are individual study rooms that are reservable for up to 8 hours at a time and are limited to graduate students only. These can be reserved at


Head up to the 3rd floor on your next visit to Mann Library and check out all the new study space options. Your new favorite study spot is waiting to be discovered!

Row of desks in graduate study area

New Mann Staff — Fall 2022

Please join us in welcoming the newest Mann staff members who have started at the library within the last six months!

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Diana Hackett, Digital Literacy Librarian

Diana joined the Mann Library Instruction team on April 11 as our Digital Literacy Librarian. She holds an M.A. in Library and Information Studies from University College London, and an M.A. and B.A. in English Literature, both from the University of Sheffield. Prior to joining Cornell University Library, Diana was most recently an academic librarian in the UK, where she worked for 3 years as an Assistant Librarian in a social sciences library at Nuffield College.

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Ten Van Winkle, Multimedia Support Specialist

Ten started at Mann Library on June 2 as our Multimedia Support Specialist. Prior to joining Mann, Ten worked at the SC Johnson College Office of Diversity and Inclusion as their Office and Program Coordinator. Ten is also the chair of the Young Professionals Colleague Network Group (CNG) at Cornell. Previously, they worked as a Legal Assistant and Client Services Coordinator for a law firm and continue to work as a freelance art instructor in the Ithaca area. Ten graduated from Cornell with a B.S. in Communications (‘12).

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Robin Gee, Critical Pedagogy & Equity Librarian

Robin started at Mann on August 15 as the Critical Pedagogy & Equity Librarian. This position is part of the Library’s first cluster hire in Critical Information Literacy as part of our efforts to foster collaboration across library instruction programs and build library-wide interest in critical information literacy. Robin comes to us from the University of Wisconsin-Madison where they recently completed their MLIS.

Mann Library Tours & New Student Welcome

Mann Library Tour& New Student Welcome

Monday, August 15 – Wednesday, August 17, 12-2pm

Tours depart from the Mann Lobby every 30 minutes


Why do our students tell us that Albert R. Mann Library is their home away from home? Come to our tour to find out! Explore one of the country’s best library collections in life sciences, human ecology, and other related disciplines, and discover all the tools we offer. And don’t miss our door prizes—they’ll be fun and have good info for you too! Families are welcome. Tours run approx. 30 minutes and include a Q&A.


Didn’t register for a tour? No problem! Feel free to join us during any time slot that works for you. We look forward to meeting you!

Threading the Needle: Call for Fiber & Fashion Art

The exhibit, Threading the Needle: Weaving Traditions into Contemporary Textile Art at Mann Library’s Gallery will present artists that blur the line between craft and art and turn traditionally feminine arts into visual storytelling by using combinations of stitching, quilting, embroidery, mending, remaking, refashioning, upcycling and other textile crafts.


Threading the Needle features pieces that draw on these traditional textile techniques, with a particular focus on the work of artists incorporating ideas of social and/or environmental sustainability and inclusive practices or themes. These contemporary pieces will be exhibited alongside selections from Cornell University Library’s Home Economics Archive: Research, Traditions, History (HEARTH) database as a means to connect current artwork to historical sources while reimagining those sources for the future.


Application Requirements

  • 2-5 example images of work and an accompanying one paragraph long statement about each piece. Submit at least one image for each piece, and not more than two. Images should be labeled as LastName_FirstName_Title.jpeg. (e.g. Smith_John_seaming.jpeg). Statements should be labeled LastName_FirstName_Title_Statement.jpeg.

If you are submitting one piece for consideration, two of the images should be of the piece you are submitting, others can reflect your overall work. Submit one statement.


If you are submitting multiple pieces for consideration, images should be of each piece you are submitting, and one statement should accompany each piece. Make clear which piece goes with which statement.


If you are submitting a series of work, images should be of all the pieces in that series. Submit one statement for the series.


NOTE: Depending on space availability and a desire to represent different artists it’s possible only one piece may be selected for display even when multiple pieces or a series are submitted.


  • Bio or CV
  • Submissions should be sent to:
  • Artists who submit an entry and images to Cornell University Library agree to have images of their work appear on the website for the exhibit and programming materials.


  • Application Deadline: September 30, 2022
  • Artist Notification: November 15, 2022
  • Submission must be received by January 6, 2023

Exhibit opening: March 2023

Data Literacy: Cultivating Skills to Engage with Data

The ability to find, analyze and utilize existing data helps us interpret, engage with and critique the world around us. We are living in a time when our behaviors and actions are increasingly viewed as data points, and when recent court rulings and laws have ignited larger conversations about the ways in which the most personal of data might be utilized for prosecution. Data is valuable, and profitable, and can be illuminating. But data is also imperfect, and can be biased, and used as a weapon against vulnerable populations.


In this class, we will take a critical approach to learning about data literacy. Data literacy refers to the skills needed to find, read, curate, analyze, and communicate with data. This includes self-reported data (like demographics, hate crime statistics and responses within focus group), observational and trace data (like web searches and street traffic patterns), and experimental data (like health outcomes in vaccine clinical trials).


This 1-credit class aims to equip students from a variety of non-technical backgrounds with the necessary skills to think critically about quantitative and qualitative data. The class approaches data literacy as part of a broader process of inquiry into the world – not from a math or statistics-centric point of view. Students in this course will end the semester with a better understanding of the various ways that data is used- and perhaps in some cases, shouldn’t be used- to inform advocacy, science, civics, and policy.


Upon completing the course, students will be able to:

  1. Describe the strengths and limitations of the following data types: 1) self-reported data, 2) observational or trace data, and 3) experimental data.
  2. List at least two real-world examples that demonstrate the harmful consequences of “data-driven decision-making” and describe solutions to mitigate bias and harm within such decision-making.
  3. Identify three sources for locating open and reusable datasets and locate one dataset based on student interest.
  4. Apply FAIR data principles to evaluate a dataset.
  5. Utilize open-source, web-based tools for simple data cleanup & analysis.

ALS 1210 information and registration:

Final Reminder! Submit your course reserves for the Fall 2022 semester

Faculty and instructors, please submit your fall semester course reserves requests by Friday, August 5. Please see instructions for submitting requests:      


Mann’s physical course reserves will again be held in a self-service model. Students can use materials in the library without checking them out. If desired, they may check out materials overnight. Multi-function printers/scanners are available in the library for scanning chapters at no charge.


Note that per our Copyright Office, if you are using streaming media for your course (films, tv shows, or music) the Media Digitization Request Form at must be submitted or resubmitted each semester for each item and course, even if the form has been sent for an item/course in a previous semester. Due to ongoing high volume of submissions, we currently process media according to the “needed by” dates shown on the form.


We are also in the process of contacting departments to retrieve their personal/dept. copies of textbooks from the last few semesters. If you will be needing the materials to go on reserve again for fall, we can hold the books. Otherwise, we greatly appreciate your cooperation in returning your valuable books.


If you have any questions, please contact our course reserves coordinator, Wendy Thompson, at or by phone at (607) 255-3296.

The New Mann Café is Now Open

If you’ve been among the many Cornellians missing the smell of good coffee in the Mann Lobby over the summer weeks, we’ve got some great news to share. On Monday, August 23, the new Mann Café opened its doors (off of the Mann Lobby) to offer a welcoming array of hot and cold drinks. By Thursday, August 26, the café will be open and on track for a full service menu—and a lively gathering spot featuring refreshing beverages and healthy food will again be part of the upper campus landscape. There’s lots to be happy about with this new development. Among the features that has Mann Library staff particularly delighted:  

  • Coffee – The new Mann Café will serve locally roasted Copper Horse coffee, a top quality brew that’s become  popular among Ithaca’s java aficionados since it first entered the local coffee roasting scene in 2014.
  • Tea – Not to be outdone, the discerning tea lovers among us are loving the fact that the café will feature fine organic tea by Teatulia, a company committed to regenerative farming and investing in the health, education and livelihoods of the community working in their tea garden.
  • Menu – In addition to the standard grab & go fare for hungry-but-short-on-time customers, Chef Chloe Greenhalgh (who also serves as managing chef for Martha’s Café in MVR) has prepared a menu of hand-crafted breakfast, lunch and dinner food that has something for every type of foodie—from peanut butter & apple-blueberry butter bagels and breakfast burritos (egg or scrambled tofu) to hot ham & cheese panini and vegan (also hot) bbq jackfruit sandwiches.
  • Local Sourcing – Thanks to Cornell Dining’s partnership with the food service vendor Performance Food Group, whenever possible, ingredients for the food prepared on-site will be sourced from within a 250 mile radius of Ithaca.
  • Hours – The café will be open 8am-5pm for the first couple of weeks of the semester, but as the semester gets underway, it will then shift to extended evening hours (we’ve heard as late as 10pm, matching the hours of Mann Library…yay!!) —a boon to those late-working students we see in the library. After Labor Day Weekend, the café will be open seven days a week.
  • Forms of payment – In addition to credit and debit cards, as part of Cornell Dining’s network of campus eateries, the new Mann Café will accept Big Red Bucks for students, and Meal Choice for Cornell staff and retirees.
  • Last but not least, composting and recycling! As with all other dining facilities on campus, a well-honed system of sorting for composting and recycling will be in place, and we’re hoping y’all will use it well. (And by way of refresher for getting our recyclables right:  current guidelines from Sustainable Campus Cornell).  

In short, we say: What’s not to like about one more way that the Cornell campus community can enjoy some good food and drink together while also taking well-deserved pride in continuing to push the campus sustainability envelope? We hope to be running into you at this fun Ag Quad hot spot soon!