Get a New York Public Library card this Monday from noon-1pm

The New York Public Library is a great resource for downloadable e-books and e-audiobooks (kindle, overdrive, 3M, MP3, and many other formats).  It also has a vast collection of DVDs and books, amazing archival collections  and large collection of research databases.  All you need is a library card!

On Monday, 2/8, from noon-1pm, Lauren Bradley from the NYPL George Bruce branch will be in the Butler lobby on Monday (2/8) to sign people up for NYPL library cards. Anyone who lives, works, attends school, or pays property taxes in New York State is eligible to receive a free New York Public Library card.

Eligibility requirements and identification needed to sign up in person can be found at In most cases, all that’s needed is a valid Columbia, Barnard, or other school ID.

Library card sign up can also be done in person at any NYPL library, including the Morningside Heights branch at 113th and Broadway, or by applying online at

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EVENT: “Bill Griffith: A to Z” Wednesday, March 16, 6 PM, 523 Butler

Bill Griffith 2The cartoonist Bill Griffith has had a storied career, from his early underground comics featuring Mr. the Toad, to his long-running character Zippy the Pinhead, to his involvement in the influential comics anthology, Arcade, to his recent foray into long-form comics with his revelatory family history Invisible ink: my mother’s secret love affair with a famous cartoonist.

Griffith, a native Brooklynite, published some of his earliest comics in the East Village Other, then moved to San Francisco to join the burgeoning underground comix scene.  There he introduced Zippy and co-founded Arcade with Art Spiegelman.

Now back on the east coast, Griffith has decided to bequeath a substantial portion of his archives to Columbia’s Rare Book & Manuscript Library.  While the Zippy dailies will find a home in Columbus OH, at the Billy Ireland Cartoon Library & Museum, the archives of the early underground comic books, of Arcade, and of his graphic novels will be available for researchers here in New York City.

In celebration of this future–we hope, far in the future!–gift, Comics@Columbia and the Rare Book & Manuscript Library present a conversation with Bill Griffith and Art Spiegelman, moderated by Karen Green.

Please join us for this event, and for the reception to follow.

Wednesday, March 16

6:00 PM

Butler Library, room 523

Scanning Services in Butler and other Campus Libraries

Scanning services are available in many libraries. Scanners are all free of charge. Scanners that require no login are available for visitors to use.   

Scanner Locations & Numbers

Location No Login Required UNI Login Required
 Avery Library  2  8
 Burke Library  1  0
 Business & Economics Library  0  3
 Butler Library:
     3rd Floor Circulation Lobby  1  0
     Room 304  1  0
     Room 305 (Digital Humanities Center)  0  13
     Room 401 (Periodicals & Microform Reading Room)  2  0
 Geology Library  0  1
 Lehman Library  0  5
 Music Library  0  1
 Science & Engineering Library  0  9


Additional scanners (no login required) will be added in the following locations in early 2016:
Avery Library
Burke Library
Business & Economics Library
Butler Library
Geology Library
Lehman Library
Math Library
Music Library
Social Work Library
Science & Engineering Library
Starr East Asian Library

EVENT: “An Evening with Jules Feiffer,” Monday, December 7, 6:00 PM

Feiffer & Fingeroth The Institute for Israel and Jewish Studies, in partnership with Comics@Columbia, is delighted to present a conversation with the legendary Jules Feiffer.

Feiffer is perhaps best known for his long-running strip in The Village Voice (1956-1997), but he is also a distinguished playwright and screenwriter, evinced by his Academy Award (for the short film “Munro”), his Pulitzer Prize for Editorial Cartooning, his Obie Award, his lifetime achievement award from the Writers Guild of America, and his induction into the American Academy of Arts and Letters.

Most recently, Feiffer has produced the first volume of a graphic novel trilogy, Kill My Mother, and his career has been celebrated in this year’s retrospective volume, Out of Line: the Art of Jules Feiffer.

Join us on Monday evening, December 7th, as Jules Feiffer chats with comics writer, editor, and historian Danny Fingeroth.

Book sales and a signing will follow the talk.

Monday, December 7

6:00 PM

Butler Library, room 523

535 W 114th Street

New York NY 10027


Digital Humanities Center Film Festival, November 16 -17 in 203 Butler


To celebrate its support for film editing and the talents of the film makers on its staff, the DHC will be holding a two-day festival on Monday November 16 and Tuesday November 17 in 203 Butler.  The program, which will start at 6:30 p.m. each day, presents 12 short works and a special bonus feature made by current or former members of the DHC staff as part of their work for the MFA program in the Film Division of the School of the Arts.

The seventy-minute program on both nights will be followed by refreshments and a discussion with the film makers.  We look forward to seeing you there!

The schedule of films and their directors is as follows:

Monday, November 16
Chapa (Fabio Montanari)
By Jamal Joseph (Mike de Caro)
Keep The Change (Rachel Israel)
The Secrets We Keep (Felecia Hunter)
Under the Gray (Sam Mariotti)
Cain (Zijian Yan)

Tuesday, November 17
Sariwala (Shayon Maitra)
Private space (Rachel Del Giudice)
Forever in Hiatus (Andy Nguyen)
Rattlefly  (Min Ding)
The Death of Hercules (Marie Schlingmann)
The Right Hollywood (Nick Rudman)
It Doesn’t Get Any Hotter (featuring Nick Rudman and Gustavo Rosa)



Digital Centers Intern Gustavo Rosa Talks about the Libraries

Gustavo Rosa, a graduate student in the Film division of the School of the Arts, has worked since 2012 as an Electronic Research Assistant at the Digital Humanities Center (DHC), assisting patrons with video editing, digitization of text and image, and a variety of other tasks.  His training at the school has  given him the chance to work in all areas of the film-making process, but he has also a special opportunity to work with the Libraries’ collections in discovering and assembling background research material for a number of feature films.  This year he is working as a Digital Centers Intern at the DHC with Film and Performing Arts Librarian Nancy Friedland and the Center for Teaching and Learning on the creation of a new edition of the Film Glossary, a popular Columbia online resource for the study of film.

Gustavo was asked to describe his experience with the Libraries for Columbia Giving Day.  Excerpts of that interview can be viewed below.


To learn more about other Columbians changing the world and participate, please visit  Libraries Giving Day Page.

Open Access Week at Butler Library

OAlogoThis is International Open Access Week (October 19-25) and Columbia University Libraries is working hard to get the word out about open access at several locations, including the lobby of Butler Library. Come and stop by our table all week between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. to find out why open access matters to research and teaching, and how you can benefit from it. Look out for our handouts on open access resources in the humanities, social sciences, and sciences, and chat with a librarian about many of the open access opportunities for your research, teaching, and/or learning that you may not know about!

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The Humanities & History Division Librarians Launch Morningside Heights Digital History (MHDH)

mhdh-logoWe are proud to announce the launch of our site, Morningside Heights Digital History, or MHDH.

Two years ago we announced a professional development program in the Columbia University Libraries for the Humanities & History Division. In our first iteration of the Developing Librarian project or, as we refer to it on social media, the #devlib project, our goal was to build a common project using an adaptation of the Praxis model for professional librarians.

1891map darkerAfter an initial round of “introductions” to the technologies and skills needed to design our site, we divided into teams: design, editorial, management and development. For a more detailed breakdown of our different roles, please visit our credits page. The project was built on the Omeka platform, using the Neatline plugin for the interactive map and an interactive tour of the Butler Library Mural, and the Exhibit Builder for our different exhibits. We chose the Berlin theme, and modified it to suit our needs. The research was done individually, but we shared bibliographic and archival resources. We documented the process throughout on our Developing Librarian blog.

When we set out to do this as a team, we wanted to accomplish much: to expand our ability to support and consult in digital humanities, to hone our research skills, to bridge the gap between IT and subject librarianship, and to bond as a team by sharing a common project. We feel we have accomplished all of these and more. In particular, we find all aspects of our work as a team have benefited from developing a project together. Learning to build consensus around difficult issues will have a lasting effect on all we do in the libraries and on campus.

We have always emphasized process over product in this training, but we are excited to share our web exhibit and this model for future professional development at Columbia and elsewhere.

EVENT: “Mirror Me, Mirror You: the Color of Comics” Thursday, 10/8, 6 PM











Comics@Columbia is excited to present a panel to coincide with New York Comic Con.

Together with Alex Simmons, Columbia University Libraries presents a conversation with comics writer Amy Chu, comics writer and artist Larry Hama, artist and scholar John Jennings, comics artist and writer Alitha E Martinez, and comics artist and teacher Shawn Martinbrough.  This exceptionally talented group will address the question of what obligation, if any, creators from marginalized communities have to represent their culture in their comics.  Major comics publishers are focusing on diversity–in creators, characters, and readers; are their efforts meeting with success?  Should creators shape the way their culture is depicted?

Join us on Thursday, October 8, at 6 PM, in Butler Library, room 203.  (Directions to Butler Library may be found here.)

This event is free and open to the public.

RSVPs are NOT required, but feel free to indicate you’re coming via the Facebook event page.

A reception will follow, with book sales and signings.

10/1 @ 6PM: Doing Recent History: History that Talks (and Tweets!) Back

DoingRecentHistory_large-200x300Thursday, October 1, 2015 at 6:00 PM
Columbia University’s Butler Library, Room 523
535 West 114th Street, NYC

  • Why is writing living history challenging?
  • What are the ethics of doing research on social media?
  • How can archivists balance the ethics of open access and ethics of privacy?
  • Do historians watch enough TV?!

Join Tenured Radical Claire Bond Potter, editor of Doing Recent History, as she engages with these questions and more with contributors to the book, including historian David Greenberg, and archivists Laura Hart and Nancy Kaiser.