About the Repository

DigitalCommons@ILR is a DigitalCommons project that offers electronic access to unique material that encompasses every aspect of the workplace. It is a service of the Martin P. Catherwood Library, School of Industrial and Labor Relations at Cornell University. Research and scholarly output included within the DigitalCommons@ILR has been selected and deposited by the individual departments, centers, institutes, and programs within the School of Industrial and Labor Relations (ILR).

DigitalCommons@ILR highlights the scholarship of the School's faculty and researchers by making available their working papers, reports, conference presentations, journal articles, dissertations and theses, etc. The repository provides a single, easily navigable source and features customized email alerts, full text searches, and personalized saved searches.

In addition to the intellectual work of ILR faculty, DigitalCommons@ILR also houses collections of digital material selected by the reference librarians and archivists at Catherwood. These collections were created out of a growing concern over the loss of born digital materials and grey literature and the desire to ensure access to these resources for current and future students, faculty, and researchers.

Catherwood offers the repository as part of its ongoing mission to serve as a comprehensive information center in support of the research, instruction, and service commitments of the Industrial and Labor Relations School and Cornell community.

The Catherwood Library is committed to the long term accessibility of all items in DigitalCommons@ILR: each item is assigned a persistent URL, and metadata records are maintained even for withdrawn content. There are no access restrictions for any content housed within the repository, and all content may be freely accessed by search engines.

For questions, comments, and inquiries about the DigitalCommons@ILR, contact the Digital Projects Group of the Catherwood Library, at .

About the Cornell School of Industrial and Labor Relations

In the years following the Great Depression and during World War II, leaders in business, industry, labor, government,and education recognized the growing need for a new kind of school--a place where people could become skilled at dealing with the volatile issues of the changing American workplace. They also recognized that Cornell's double heritage--its creative synthesis of the rigorous intellectual tradition of the Ivy League and the democratic spirit of the great state schools--made this university the ideal home for such a college. In the autumn of 1945 Cornell's School of Industrial and Labor Relations admitted its first students. It was the only institution of its kind anywhere.

Research at the ILR school focuses on some of the most important issues in the workplace: protecting jobs, increasing productivity, computerization, worker participation, expanding and declining labor markets, and new methods of decision making in the human resources field. Today the ILR school remains the nation's only institution of higher education offering a full four-year undergraduate program in industrial and labor relations; in addition it offers several graduate degree programs. The faculty--specializing in personnel and human resource management, labor law and history, and social statistics--is the largest concentration of distinguished scholars in the field of industrial and labor relations.

The ILR school promotes greater knowledge and expertise in industrial and labor relations through academic programs, research, extension courses, conferences, and publications.