Monthly Archives: January 2010

New Service Hours in Reference Room and ETS

Spring semester brings changes to our reference service hours.  Reference librarians are here to help you:

11am – 1pm – Mondays through Fridays – meet with us in the Electronic Text Service (ETS) in Butler 305

We are available to help you in the Reference Room (Butler 301):
1pm – 9pm – Mondays and Tuesdays
1pm – 6pm – Wednesdays
1pm – 5pm – Thursdays, Fridays, Sundays

On Saturdays you can get basic reference help along with the usual technology support in the ETS, 1pm – 5pm

You can also reach us by phone, email or chat:

Have a question? Ask Us!

Endnote, RefWorks, Zotero: Which Is Best for You?

Columbia supports three citation management programs. We have site licenses for Endnote and RefWorks. Zotero is a free open access service.

This video highlights the features of each program: Managing Your References with Citation Software

To learn more, take one of our workshops, offered this week, and throughout the semester. Click on the Library Workshops links at right to register.

Graphic Novels exhibition in the Butler 3rd floor display cases

From Bookhunter, by Jason Shiga

From Bookhunter, by Jason Shiga

Butler Library has a thriving graphic novels collection with over 1300 titles to date.

During the Spring 2010 semester, the display cases on Butler’s 3rd floor present an exhibition designed to encourage interest in using these unique resources in curriculum and research.  Seven themes are presented; for each theme an image from traditional art–something more conventionally suitable to illustrate the concept–is matched with three images from graphic novels.

This exhibition coincides with Will Eisner Week, a celebration of graphic novels honoring the artist credited with legitimizing the format.  We hope you’ll enjoy it!

If you have any questions, suggestions or comments about the collection, please contact Karen Green, the Graphic Novels Librarian, at

New Features in CLIO beta

Titles List

Titles List

The results list includes book covers; a turned-up corner shows that partial full text is available through Google Books. Click the title, and then “limited preview” to view the contents and link to text.

Use the check boxes on the left to select individual titles, or select “page” or “all” at the top of the screen to email, save, or print records.

Narrow your results using the limits on the right, combining multiple limits (e.g. books and electronic resources) as desired. For a complete list of limits, including limits by library location, use the Advanced Search.

We welcome your comments and suggestions for improving the new interface. Use the “Tell us what you think” link in CLIO beta.

For those who prefer to search CLIO classic, you will find direct links from CLIO beta, or in the catalogs drop-down menu on the library home page.

Welcome to the Spring Semester at Butler Library!


We are eager to help you take full advantage of the rich collection of resources and tools that the Libraries have to offer.  If you are new to Columbia or have not done much library research until now, we urge you to consider coming to one of three workshops on “Getting the Most Out of the Libraries’ Website,” offered from 3:00 to 4:30 p.m., in 306 Butler on Thursday, January 21, Tuesday, January 26, and Wednesday, January 27.  That class will help you find your way to a variety of services and databases that can make your research faster and more efficient.  You can register for that session, and access a variety of other workshops on software tools at (click on “LibraryWeb Intro” to go straight to the listings for “Getting the Most Out of the Libraries’ Website”).

If you can’t come to the workshop but would like help getting started or getting help with any other question about library resources and services, subject and reference specialists are available at the desk in 301 Butler from 1-9 on Monday and Tuesday, 1-6 on Wednesday, and 1-5 Thursday, Friday and Sunday, and in 305 Butler (the Electronic Text Service) from 11 to 1 Monday through Friday, and 12 to 5 Saturday.  You can also reach us by phone at 212-854-2241 and an even fuller range of reference and research support services online at

Network Upgrade in Butler

Over intersession CUIT upgraded the Butler Libary network on the second and third floors of the library to improve reliability, security and performance for both staff and public computing. Each network jack was upgraded from 10BaseT to 1000BaseT, and connectivity for wireless access points was improved as well.

This effort was part of the campus capital project to upgrade network electronics on the Morningside campus.

If you are having trouble connecting to the network either via wire or wireless in Butler, or any other network problem,  contact CUIT for assistance. You can reach the CUIT Helpdesk by phone, 212-854-1919 or by email: