- Heyns, Erla P. Director, Flower-Sprecher Veterinary Library
The Flower-Sprecher Veterinary Library has had a long and distinguished history in serving the information needs of the faculty, students, staff and other practicing veterinarians at the College of Veterinary Medicine. It was founded on September 21, 1897 with a gift from Roswell P. Flower, former governor of the State of New York. The library became the Flower-Sprecher Veterinary Library in 1992 when it was renamed to recognize Dr. and Mrs. Isidor I. Sprecher for their generous support of the College. A Centennial Celebration was held in conjunction with Homecoming on September 26, 1997 to mark the Library's 100th anniversary.
Located on the second floor of Schurman Hall since 1957, the Library was expanded into the Veterinary Education Center in 1993. It currently occupies almost 12,000 net square feetof space and can seat a total of 211. In addition to a large reading room that accommodates 82 patrons, there is lounge furniture; display shelves for current journals; areas for indexes, abstracts, and other reference books; and carrels with audiovisual equipment. The two levels of adjoining stacks include journals and monographs and are open to the public. A study lounge is projected for future renovation of the former third level stacks.
In addition, there are 32 public desktop computers and 28 laptops available on a first-come-first-served basis for searching the Cornell University Library's online catalog (listing the combined holdings of all campus libraries), bibliographic databases, electronic books and journals, and other resources. This eqipment also provides unlimited access to the Internet, email, and various office applications such as word processing and spreadsheets. Several digital image scanners and a photocopier round out the equipment available for personal projects. The Library is fully networked with Cornell's Red-Rover wireless communications system enabling patrons to utilize library resources and services from their own laptops and other mobile devices.
On June 30, 2006, the Library's in-house print collection contained nearly 100,000 volumes at its peak. This represents an internationally recognized selection of materials in veterinary medicine plus publications in the biomedical sciences. Related strengths include immunology, microbiology, parasitology, pharmacology, physiology, and human medicine. All of these resources are designed to support undergraduate, graduate, clinical, and research programs. Interlibrary loans and photocopied materials further supplement the research potential of the Veterinary Library, which is rich in historical and basic research resources as well as recent monographs and selected government documents.
Non-print media resource materials numbering in excess of 1,500 titles are available on CD-ROM, DVD, videorecordings, 35mm slide sets, audiotapes, and laser videodiscs. These multimedia resources enhance academic programs as well as provide opportunities for self-study.
Given the shift toward electronic resources and the need to vacate space occupied by compact shelving, a comprehensive collection review was conducted during 2006 and 2007. This involved moving older periodical volumes and books into off-site storage and withdrawing duplicated journal runs held elsewhere on campus. As a result, over 32,000 heavily used and current volumes remained in Schuman Hall at the end of fiscal year 2008/2009. In addition to maintaining an ever increasing number of electronic full-text resources, the Library continues to subscribe to about 300 current veterinary periodicals and series titles in print for ready access and literature preservation purposes.
A wide range of information support services is available to faculty, students, and staff. Among these include reference assistance, online literature searching, interlibrary loan and document delivery, photoduplication, instruction, outreach, and current awareness. Many bibliographic databases are available online for immediate access to the journal literature, including MEDLINE, CAB Abstracts, BIOSIS, and Web of Science. In addition, the searching expertise of an experienced reference librarian is available for conducting on-demand literature searches, IACUC protocol searches, and monthly current awareness updates.
In 2002, VetAccess was initiated to provide fee-based, on-demand research assistance and document delivery services to non-Cornell affiliated individuals, including practicing veterinarians and pet owners.