Category Archives: Seymour B. Durst Old York Library

Celebrating the publication of New York Rising

New York Rising : An Illustrated History from the Durst Collection
The Monacelli Press, 2018
Published in association with The Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation and Avery Architectural & Fine Arts Library, Columbia University

From the first European settlement in the seventeenth century through the skyscrapers and large-scale urban planning schemes of the late twentieth century, this book presents a broad historical survey, illustrated with images drawn largely from the rich archival resources of the Durst Collection at Avery Library. Authors Kate Ascher and Thomas Mellins with ten contributing scholars — the late Hilary Ballon, Ann Buttenwieser, Andrew Dolkart, David King, Reinhold Martin, Richard Plunz, Lynne B. Sagalyn, Hilary Sample, Russell Shorto, and Carol Willis — delved into the collection assisted by Chris Sala (Avery Architecture Librarian and Durst Collection curator) to select objects that reflect their own areas of interest and expertise.

Book reviews:

Kate Ascher and Tom Mellins interviewed by George Bodarky on “Cityscape.”

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.

Erin Leach joins Avery Library

Erin Leach joins Avery Library as the Cataloging/Metadata Librarian for the Seymour B. Durst Old York Library Collection project. Erin earned an M.A. in Information Sciences from the University of Missouri-Columbia in 2005. An active member of ALA and ALCTS, Erin was a member of the 2011 Emerging Leaders cohort. She currently chairs the Continuing Resources Section's Policy and Planning Committee.

Prior to joining the Avery Library staff, Erin worked at Washington University in Saint Louis as a Catalog Librarian. Erin focused on cataloging serials, ebooks, databases, and a variety of other non-print formats. In addition to her cataloging duties, Erin also worked on diverse cross-departmental projects for the WUSTL Libraries including assessment, instruction, and emerging technologies.

Avery Welcomes Leo Stezano

Leo Stezano joins the Avery Library as the Project Manager for the Seymour B. Durst Old York Library Collection project. An experienced software professional, Leo received his Master of Science in Library and Information Studies from Syracuse University in December of 2011, with a focus on digital libraries. He earned dual BA/BE degrees in engineering from Dartmouth College, Thayer School of Engineering and is an active member of ALA and LITA.

Prior to joining the Avery Library staff, Leo was Product Manager at HERAE LLC, a software startup dedicated to creating new products and functionality to better meet the needs of large healthcare organizations. Leo’s other professional roles include project management, business analysis, software development, and financial modeling.

Leo possesses extensive experience helping large, diverse teams stay focused on strategic goals under aggressive timelines and tight budgets. We look forward to working with Leo to successfully realize the goals of the Durst Old York Library project.