Monthly Archives: October 2013

Avery’s Durst Project Welcomes New Staff

Avery Library's Seymour B. Durst Old York Library Collection project welcomes two new staff members to our bibliographic services team.

Lena Newman (right) began working on the Durst Project in the Fall of 2012 first as a student assistant and then as Project Bibliographic Assistant. Her work entails hands-on bibliographic research and analysis for inventorying, copy cataloging, and preparation of materials for digitization. Lena hold a B.A. in Comparative Literature from Barnard College. In addition to her Durst Project experience, she worked as a student assistant for the Avery Index to Architectural Periodicals and as a community organizer and fundraiser on various projects in Honduras.

Gabriella (Elly) Karl-Johnson (left) joins the Durst Project as the Cataloging Bibliographic Assistant. She will work on metadata development for bibliographic works and ephemera items in the collection, including data remediation, subject analysis, and data enhancements such as geo-location. Elly golds a B.A. from Beloit College, an M.Arch. from the University of California Berkeley, and is currently enrolled in the Palmer School, Long Island University, MLIS program. Previous experiences include marketing and communications roles at Steven Holl Architects, as well as internships at the Center for Jewish History and the Brooklyn Academy of Music. She recently concluded a cataloging internship at Avery Library working on our American View Books collection, a CLIR Hidden Collections grant-funded project.

Open Access Week 2013

Open Access Week is a global event now in its 6th year, which promotes open access as a new norm in scholarship and research. Open access (OA) content is online, freely accessible, and has relatively few or no restrictions on reuse. 

All this week (October 21-25) at Columbia, the folks from the Scholarly Communication Program, an initiative of Columbia's Center for Digital Research and Scholarship, along with our friends at Columbia Libraries/Information Services, will be out on College Walk (next to Sundial) from 9am-4pm talking to students, faculty, and staff about open access, its benefits, and why it's relevant to them.

Website: Open Access Week

“Frank Lloyd Wright and His Taliesin Letters” a lecture by Anthony Alofsin

October 8, 2013  6:30 PM
Butler Library, rm. 523 (map)
This event is free and open to the public.

Noted Wright scholar Anthony Alofsin will present "Frank Lloyd Wright and His Taliesin Letters" on October 8, 2013 at 6:30 PM in Butler Library room 523. This is the first in a series of lectures on Wright focusing on the extensive Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation Archives jointly acquired by the Avery Architectural and Fine Arts Library and The Museum of Modern Art in fall 2012. Alofsin is author of some of the most highly-regarded books on Wright, as well as curator of Wright exhibitions.  This lecture celebrates this fall's opening of the Wright archives at Avery for research.

Anthony Alofsin, the Roland Roessner Centennial Professor in Architecture, Professor of Art and Art History, The University of Texas at Austin, will discuss the extensive Wright correspondence now held at Avery, and his much consulted five-volume reference work, "Frank Lloyd Wright: An Index to the Taliesin Correspondence."
Lecture will be followed by reception.

Information on the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation Archives
Frank Lloyd Wright Research Guide

Image credit: The Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation Archives (The Museum of Modern Art | Avery Architectural & Fine Arts Library, Columbia University, New York)