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Mission and History

by ploneadmin last modified 2013-05-13 15:42

The mission of the Adelson Library at the Cornell Lab of Ornithology is to provide outstanding and innovative support for the Cornell Lab, and scholarly communities worldwide, by curating and disseminating contemporary and historical resources. It also serves casual visitors to the Lab's Visitors' Center, which is part of the Imogene Powers Johnson Center for Birds and Biodiversity at the Sapsucker Woods Sanctuary in Ithaca, New York.

The Adelson Library opened to the public on May 5, 2004. The addition of a library to the new Lab building was made possible by the generosity of Cornell University alumna Ellen Adelson, '58, for whom the library is named.

The library collection is the result of generous donations by William E. Davis, M.D.; Dr. William E. Davis Jr.; and Dr. Kenneth C. Parks. Numerous other Lab members and friends have made the library possible.

Prior to establishing the Adelson Library, the Lab of Ornithology had built a small reference collection containing approximately 200 volumes. Today the library houses more than 14,000 volumes and continues to expand in terms of both contemporary and historical literature, as well as other resources.

The Adelson Library is an official Cornell University Library and is fully integrated into the University Library Catalog. Several smaller reference collections held at the Lab are managed by the Adelson Library. These collections include the CUMV (Cornell University Museum of Vertebrates) and the Macaulay Library reference book collection. The library coordinator at Adelson also serves as a liason between the Lab and Cornell University Libraries.