2CUL: Cornell/Columbia Next Gen Tech Services

In 2009, the libraries of Columbia University and Cornell University initiated a collaboration designed to integrate, at a deep level, many of the core functions libraries perform.

For the past two years, we have been working to build collaborative relationships in the broad area of technical services. Our experience to date has taught us a good deal about the nature of collaboration. Some of our findings are hardly surprising or unique, and mirror the experiences of similar ventures such as the University of California's Next Generation Technical Services initiative. However, the broad scope of 2CUL and its intense focus on just two library systems gives this venture challenges, and opportunities, that are unique.

An ALCTS webinar.

Originally presented on Wednesday, December 14, 2011.

Learning Outcomes

Explore possibilities for collaboration of tech services units at different institutions.

Who Should Attend

Anyone with an interest in collaboration that anticipates the challenges of physical and philosophical distances.


Scott Wicks, Head of Information and Technical Services at The Harvard Library, has a long history of working collaboratively to develop products and workflows that optimize staff resources. His twenty-three-year tenure at Cornell University afforded him many opportunities to work across functional areas within the institution, but also to consider "radical collaboration" across institutions through the Mellon-funded 2CUL initiative with Columbia University. He holds an MLS from the University of Buffalo and an MBA from Cornell University and Queens University.

Bob Wolven has worked at Columbia University since 1972 in capacities ranging from chemistry librarian, to serials cataloger to director of systems to his current position as AUL. He is a frequent speaker and writer on issues related to cataloging policy, metadata, and technical services in libraries, and has served on planning and advisory groups for the Library of Congress, Digital Library Federation, the HathiTrust, and the RLG Partnership among others.




How to Register

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Recording (YouTube)

Recording (.wmv)

Slides - Scott Wicks (.pptx)

Slides - Bob Wolven (.ppt)

Tech Requirements

Computer with Internet access (high-speed connection is best) and media player software. Headphones recommended.

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