Category Archives: Bibliographic Services

Featured Research Resource: International Bibliography of Art (IBA)

If you are in search of scholarly publications that cover the global region and span the of subject Fine Arts and Architecture,
ProQuest's International Bibliography of Art (IBA) is the resource for you. IBA covers
European art from late antiquity to the present, American art from the colonial era to the present, and global art since 1945.

The definitive resource for scholarly literature on Western art, IBA is the successor to the Bibliography of the History of Art (BHA), and retains the editorial policies which made BHA one of the most trusted and frequently consulted sources in the field. The database includes records created by the Getty Research Institute, with records since 2010 created by ProQuest.

Access to IBA is through the Columbia University Libraries homepage. It can be located by clicking on the Quicksearch drop down menu either through Catalog or Databases. This resource is available only to current faculty, staff and students of Columbia University.

On the Basic Search page, I am given the ability to enter a key term in the search field. If I wanted the opportunity to do a more in-depth search, I would instead choose the Advanced Search page. On the Advanced Search page, I am given multiple fields for key terms and search options including publication date, language, and document (article, review of book, journal, etc…) that will allow me to narrow my results and obtain what I am specifically looking for.

If I wanted to find out more about a Renaissance artist and their medium of art, for example if Titian (Tiziano Vecelli in Italian) produced any etchings, I could enter 'Titian' in the first search field and 'etchings' in the second field. You may also use the drop down menu on the right-hand side and click on the 'Subject Heading (all)' option next to 'Titian.' This selection will help give you results that have 'Titian' in the subject. 



Another possible subject you may want to explore is the German architect, Ludwig Mies van der Rohe and the Bauhaus movement with which he was involved.  I would start my search by entering 'Mies van der Rohe' and 'Bauhaus' in two separate boxes (or fields) within the Advanced Search page. You may click on the drop down menu to the right of the field where you entered the architect's name and choose the 'Subject Heading (all)' option. This will limit your results to only include the architect as your subject in your results.


As the scope of content is wide, I have to keep in mind that IBA is a bibliographic index. Some documents will be available to me in full-text because they are licensed to Columbia. If I find that a document is not available to me in full-text, the resource will provide me a citation that lists the basic bibliography of the work (author, date, publisher) along with a possible abstract of the document, and a link that will lead me to the full-text version of that document. Links to full-text documents will mean that I am sent from the IBA website to Columbia's online catalog. The online catalog will tell me whether or not I have access to the document, and where else I am able to access the document if it is not available through Columbia. I understand that there are multiple resources (or as us in the library world like to call them "databases") at a student's disposal when it comes to retrieving documents or articles related to art, but if you are looking for that one extra article you think will help with your research, try ProQuest's IBA as I am sure you will be pleased with your results.

–by Erin Noto, Avery Library intern; Pratt Institute, MSLIS 2014


Reception & Display of Recent Acquisitions

Please join us to view highlights of Avery's acquisitions this year including a selection of works by Hugh Ferriss, Frank Lloyd Wright, John Russell Pope and others.

Monday, May 20, 2013
Display: 3:00-8:00 PM
Reception: 5:30-8:00 PM

Sponsored by Avery Friends & the Friends of the Columbia University Libraries

To RSVP, please call 212.854.6199
or email: Avery-Friends

Image credit:
Frank Lloyd Wright. Cottage Studio for Ayn Rand (1947).
The Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation Archives
(The Museum of Modern Art | Avery Architectural & Fine Arts Library, Columbia University)


Open Access Week: October 22-28

Open Access Week is a global event promoting the opportunity for academic communities to continue to share the results of their research and scholarship. It runs October 22-28, 2012.

Columbia University Libraries and the Scholarly Communication Program are pleased to host three events promoting open access and its benefits this week!

Monday October 22, 1:00 pm – Butler Library, Room 523 Your Dissertation: What You Need to Know About Copyright and Electronic Filing This event is free and open to Columbia students, faculty, and staff. Students at the Columbia Graduate School of Arts and Sciences (GSAS) must file their dissertations electronically, and a copy of each dissertation will be deposited in Columbia's online repository Academic Commons. This new requirement may change the way you prepare your dissertation for filing. Learn important information about using copyrighted materials in your dissertation, and depositing your work in Academic Commons. Bring your questions! Speakers: Kenneth Crews, Columbia Copyright Advisory Office Rob Hilliker, Academic Commons Manager

Tuesday October 23, 11:00 am – Butler Library, Room 523 – Bountiful Harvest? Collection-building Opportunities With Open Access This event is free and open to the public. How is open access changing the way libraries build their collections? Has it caused greater shifts in opportunities in the sciences or humanities? What are the most pressing challenges it presents? Join Columbia’s Scholarly Communication Program for a lively debate on how librarians can support open access and use it to enrich the collections and services they offer. Panelists: Matthew Baker, Collection Services Librarian, The Burke Library at Union Theological Seminary Pamela Graham, Director of Global Studies and Director, Center for Human Rights Documentation & Research, Columbia University Libraries/Information Services Megan Wacha, Research and Instruction Librarian for Media and the Performing Arts, Barnard College

Wednesday October 24, 2:30 pm – Butler Library, Room 523 Webcast Screening: Open Access and Your Publications – What’s Copyright Got To Do With It? The screening is open to Columbia students, faculty, and staff. Join us for our webcast screening of an American Library Association (ALA) webinar with Kenneth Crews, director of Columbia's Copyright Advisory Office. For librarians, researchers and many other library users, the open access movement has enabled easy and reliable access to a wide range of new publications.  However, the success of open access hinges on the terms in the agreements between authors and publishers. The copyright language that spells out whether the public will have access to specific material might be buried in a cryptic, pro forma email attachment or even a click-through agreement. Don’t let your materials stay hidden under a rock—facilitate access by learning to be proactive with the expert advice of copyright authority Kenneth D. Crews. This is the second of a series of occasional ALA webinars called “Crews on Copyright”. (NB: These events are also listed on the Scholarly Communication Program website here, and the Open Access Week 2012 website here.)

Thinkers for Architects series

Examining some of the most important, and most daunting philosophy of the 20th Century, the series Thinkers for Architects looks at the critical dialog on space, architecture, and experience in the built environment provided by leading lights of contemporary philosophy. Here are the two latest volumes in the series available at Avery Library.

Brian Elliott.
Benjamin for architects.
New York, N.Y.: Routledge, 2011
Avery-LC B3209.B584 E45 2011

Walter Benjamin has become a decisive reference point for a whole range of critical disciplines, as he constructed a unique and provocative synthesis of aesthetics, politics and philosophy. Examining Benjamin ‘s contributions to cultural criticism in relation to the works of Max Ernst, Adolf Loos, Le Corbusier and Sigfried Giedion, this book also situates Benjamin ‘s work within more recent developments in architecture and urbanism. This is a concise, coherent account of the relevance of Walter Benjamin ‘s writings to architects, locating Benjamin ‘s critical work within the context of contemporary architecture and urbanism.






Richard Coyne.
Derrida for architects.
New York, N.Y.: Routledge, 2011
Avery-LC B2430.D484 C69 2011

Looking afresh at the implications of Jacques Derrida "s thinking for architecture, this book simplifies his ideas in a clear, concise way. Derrida s treatment of key philosophical texts has been labelled as "deconstruction," a term that resonates with architecture. Although his main focus is language, his thinking has been applied by architectural theorists widely. As well as a review of Derrida ‘s interaction with architecture, this book is also a careful consideration of the implications of his thinking, particularly on the way architecture is practiced.

-text from publisher website

Avery Library and the Olympics

Avery Library has a lot of material on the Olympic Games in the modern era.  From books to magazine articles– sports and architecture fans will find some interesting items. 

Das Olympische Dorf : XI. Olympiade Berlin, 1936. Published: Berlin : Deutscher Kunstverlag, [1936?].

Bauten der Olympischen Spiele 1972 München. Buildings for the 1972 Olympic Games in Munich. [Redaktion : Heinz Krehl (verantwortlich), Liselotte Hornung, Utta Sickel] Published: Stuttgart, K. Krämer [1969].

Transformación de un frente marítimo : Barcelona, La Villa Olímpica, 1992 = Transformation of a seafront : Barcelona, The Olympic Village, 1992 / Martorell, Bohigas, Mackay, Puigdomènech. Published: Barcelona : G. Gili, c1988.

Olympic visions : images of the games through history / Mike O'Mahony. Published: London : Reaktion Books, 2012.

Swimming Pool Library

If the recent heat waves have you thinking of swimming pools, head to Avery for a quick refresher course. Books on the architecture and design of pools include:

The springboard in the pond: an intimate history of the swimming pool,

by Thomas A.P. van Leeuwen (1998)





The new American swimming pool: innovations in design and construction: 40 case studies,

edited by James Grayson Trulove (2001)




Spectacular pools,

by Francisco Asensio Cerver with photography by Pere Planells (1999)





Best designed hotel pools: indooor & outdoor, contemporary minimalistic, rooftop, natural curves,

by Martin Nicholas Kunz (2004)

It’s summertime in New York and the tourists have arrived. Become one yourself.

Will Jones.
How to read New York: a crash course in Big Apple architecture.
New York: Universe, 2012
Avery-LC NA735 .N4 J66 2012g


Essential reading for both native New Yorkers and tourists alike, How to Read New York unveils the boundless diversity of Gotham’s architectural wonders. Covering every era of New York architecture—from what remains of the colonial days to the latest postmodern skyscraper—this unique guidebook illuminates the fascinating architectural and urban history of New York.  

Organized chronologically and by architectural style, the book covers key highlights of the built environment from the Battery to Inwood. Many of the skyline’s most iconic buildings are included, along with many lesser-known buildings that are architecturally interesting. Illustrated with 430 line drawings and vintage engravings that bring old New York to life, the book concludes with a map section that suggests themed walking tours.   


Rising: rebuilding Ground Zero.
Silver Spring, Md.: Discovery Communications, 2011.
Butler Media Reserves

This two part 6-hour documentary will take viewers on the journey of the process and struggles behind constructing One World Trade Center.  As George Pataki, former New York governor, explains, the construction site is vastly different from any other site as it is hallowed land.  Working to keep the memory of those fallen alive, and provide a symbol of strength, the rebuilding process continually faces challenges as the complex’s four skyscrapers, transportation hub, museum and memorial are “all being constructed at the same time and on the same location.”


High Line field guide.
New York: Friends of the High Line, 2011.
Avery-LC F128.65 H54 H45 2011g

This 72-page, limited-edition publication commemorates the opening of Section 2 of the High Line with beautiful full-color photography from Sections 1 and 2, as well as historical photographs, maps, and information about the High Line's innovative programs.

A Growing Time

A Growing Time.
It's a growing time
It's the springtime of the year
It's a growing time
The sun is moving near
It is yours and mine
The days are ours to share
Within our peaceful garden
And this growing time so fair

(Dan Folgelberg)

That’s right. It’s springtime so let Avery Library inspire you with sources to help with your garden planning and planting.

Andrea Jones.
Garden source: inspirational design ideas for gardens and landscapes.
New York : Rizzoli, 2012.
Avery-LC   SB472.45 .J66 2012g


This is a must-have for anyone looking for garden design ideas. Hundreds of full-color images are cleverly arranged to offer thousands of possible design solutions and inspirations for any type of garden. The book includes gardens from all over the world and features projects by the best contemporary designers at work today, including Topher Delaney, James van Sweden, Piet Oudolf, Rick Darke, Sean Hogan, and many others.


Garden design
Avery AB G163
Also available full text at LWEB

Garden Design is a lifestyle magazine designed for the upscale, design-conscious reader who is passionate about gardening and landscape design. Regular columns cover unusual plants, art and ornaments, tools and maintenance, landscape and lighting, water gardens, sunrooms, and outdoor furniture. The magazine also contains photo layouts of spectacular gardens, how-to articles, design resources, a buyer's guide, gardening tips, and information about events and garden shows.



Garden, landscape & horticultural index

The premier resource for access to articles about plants and gardens. Topics include horticulture, garden and landscape design and history, botany, ecology, plant and garden conservation, garden management, and horticultural therapy. This index and abstract product is designed for gardening enthusiasts, professionals, and students of horticulture and of garden and landscape design and history. Find articles on guerrilla gardening, community gardens, and container gardening.




Armitage's garden perennials.
Portland, Or. : Timber Press, c.2011.
Avery-LC SB434 .A755 2011g

One of the world's most foremost experts on herbaceous perennials, Allan Armitage profiles more than 1,250 plants in this comprehensive, reader-friendly volume. In it, you'll find : Extensive profiles of some of the most popular new perennials with more than 1,300 photographs. Includes concise descriptions and growing information, including hardiness zones, for each plant profiled and expanded coverage of perennials grown primarily for their foliage, including ornamental grasses and ferns. The books has helpful lists of plants for specific conditions and purposes.

Graffiti art/Street art

Graffiti art: is it an oxymoron?  Generally regarded as being born in New York City, graffiti art has spread throughout the world, and has been used as a means of political, economic, psychological and sometimes even gratuitous protest.  The world has seen an ever-increasing number of publications on the subject (exhibitions catalogs, documentary films, and academic monographs) insisting that it is indeed art.  Here is a small selection of titles we have on graffiti art in Avery Library:

Magda Danysz ; in collaboration with Mary-Noëlle Dana.
From style writing to art : a street art anthology / 2. ed.
Rome, Italy : Drago, [2011?]
Avery-LC  ND2590 .D36 2011

This is the first street art anthology ever published with the goal of exploring the reasons why style writing, as some call it, graffiti, or street art is turning out to be the major contemporary art movement. From graffiti pioneers in the 60s, to how street art branched into the art world during the 80s, to whatever new issues and practices have emerged since the 90s, this book covers it all. Each period is complete with 2-3 page biographies of each artist considered, covering their beginnings, their artistic career, along with a personal style review, as well as an artwork analysis section.  The book offers 50 profiles of top street artists including Futura,  JonOne, Shepard Fairey, Quik, Blade, Doze Green, and Keith Haring, whose work and career is thoroughly explored.  There is major talent in the history of graffiti. And this talent is, in the end, the only answer to the infamous “But… is it really art?” question. Out of this both compact and diffuse form of expression, real art practices have emerged, absolutely unquestionable in terms of quality and longevity.

Pascal Zoghbi, Stone aka Don Karl,  Edited by Joy Hawley.
Arabic graffiti.
Berlin, Germany : From Here to Fame Pub., 2011.
Avery-LC  GT3913.813 .Z64 2011g

Without regional borders or constraints, 'Arabic Graffiti' references the use of Arabic script in urban context. It showcases artists, graffiti writers and typographers from the Middle East and around the world who merge Arabic script and calligraphy styles with the art of graffiti writing, street art and urban culture. The project offers many different, diverging and at times contradicting ideas and approaches to treating this sensitive tradition with contemporary vision. To accompany a visual assortment of styles, the book includes several crossover topics, such as classical and contemporary calligraphy, Arabic typography, political graffiti and street art. Curated and authored by Lebanese typographer Pascal Zoghbi and Don M. Zaza, aka Stone (Cubabrasil, From Here to Fame Publishing), 'Arabic Graffiti' also features essays by various writers and artists working in this field.


Patricio Rodríguez-Plaza.
Pintura callejera chilena : manufactura, estética y provocación teórica.
Santiago de Chile : Ocho Libros, c2011.
Avery-LC   ND2701 .R63 2011g

Rodriguez Plaza analyzes from aesthetic, anthropological and sociological perspectives,  street paintings and graffiti in Chile since 1963, when the first mural of political propaganda was created in Valparaíso. The brigades Ramona Parra, Chacón and Camilo Torres; the incursions of professional artists; the accusations of abuse during the regime of dictator Pinochet in 1963 and the Hip Hop culture are some of the topics of the book.  This text is an analytical proposition regarding a type of work and expression, simultaneously banal and particular, created in public spaces and surfaces of contemporary Chile. The city insinuates and transfigures the artisanal traditions, today interlaced with the popular and massive. Street art (murals, graffiti, street writings) is an artistic expression that reflects the chaotic movement of the city through images inspired in comics, television and other mass media images that gives them a popular-mass and ephemeral character.

Jeffrey Deitch, organizer with assistance of Roger Gastman and Aaron Rose.
 Art in the streets.
New York : Skira Rizzoli ; Los Angeles, Calif. : MOCA, 2011.
Avery-LC    ND2608 .A78 2011g

The exhibiton Art in the Streets opened April 2011 at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Boston, and will travel to The Brooklyn Museum  March 30, 2012.  Its comprehensive catalogue on the history of graffiti and street art  traces the birth and dissemination of styles through the stories of graffiti writers and street artists all over the world. It features interviews and discussions with influential street artists about wild style, cholo graffiti, and the art that emerged from skate and punk subcultures. Additional contributors include Fab 5 Freddy, KET, Caleb Neelon, Lydia Yee, Kathy Grayson, Cheech Marin, Bill Daniel, and Hiroshi Fujiwara.

Cedar Lewisohn.
Abstract graffiti.
London ; New York : Merrell, 2011.
Avery-LC   ND2590 .L485 2011g

Since the early days of the graffiti movement in New York, street art has transformed cities around the world. Today it is hugely popular, yet is still a highly controversial art form.  Cedar Lewisohn provides a vibrant account of the ‘outer limits’ of street art and graffiti that are being explored by artists in cities as diverse as London, Prague, Philadelphia and São Paulo. The work of these artists is ‘abstract-not necessarily in the sense that it is non-figurative. Rather, in that it may embrace a fresh, abstract approach to art. Lewisohn interviews both established graffiti artists and new practitioners of avant-garde forms of art in public spaces – such as Knit Graffiti and Street Training – and traces the art-historical lineage of these abstract trends. Addressing such issues as street art as a form of protest, graffiti as a crime, the place of street art in museums, and the evolution of materials, this book offers unrivalled insight into some of the most exciting and challenging work on the contemporary art scene.

Virtual Reality, VSim, and the World’s Columbian Exposition of 1893: Is There Hope for the Technically Challenged


Lisa Snyder (Associate Director of the Experiential Technologies Center, UCLA) specializes in the use of interactive virtual reality environments to study and teach about historic urban environments. For the Israel Antiquities Authority, she created a three-dimensional interactive digital reconstruction of the Temple Mount complex, and, more recently, she’s developed a computer simulation of the 1893 World’s Columbian Exposition. Dr. Snyder’s pioneering work with real-time visual simulation technology provides unprecedented opportunities for experiential interpretation of and innovative pedagogy involving cultural heritage sites. Based on extensive archaeological and historical research, her highly detailed computer reconstructions allow users to explore built environments that no longer exist. Snyder is currently working with a team of programmers on an NEH-funded project to develop a new software interface (VSim) to facilitate educational use of three-dimensional computer models.


Co-sponsored by Columbia University Libraries Digital Humanities Center, the Avery Architectural & Fine Arts Library and the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences Teaching Center.