Cornell’s AD White Library. Image courtesy of the Olin and Uris Libraries

A bit of a departure from our usual Friday videos, today I wanted to draw your attention to a lovely short story, “In the House of the Seven Librarians“, by Ellen Klages. In the story, a library closes down and is replaced by a shiny new building across town. But the librarians decide to stay.

Inside, the seven librarians lived, quiet and content.

Until the day they found the baby.

David Crotty

David Crotty

David Crotty is a Senior Consultant at Clarke & Esposito, a boutique management consulting firm focused on strategic issues related to professional and academic publishing and information services. Previously, David was the Editorial Director, Journals Policy for Oxford University Press. He oversaw journal policy across OUP’s journals program, drove technological innovation, and served as an information officer. David acquired and managed a suite of research society-owned journals with OUP, and before that was the Executive Editor for Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory Press, where he created and edited new science books and journals, along with serving as a journal Editor-in-Chief. He has served on the Board of Directors for the STM Association, the Society for Scholarly Publishing and CHOR, Inc., as well as The AAP-PSP Executive Council. David received his PhD in Genetics from Columbia University and did developmental neuroscience research at Caltech before moving from the bench to publishing.