Attend a Zotero Workshop on 2/16, 2/22, 3/4 or 3/8

Zotero is a free citation management program that helps you collect, organize, cite, and share your research sources and enables the download, capture, and indexing of full text, web pages, and research notes.    It also allows you to insert citations in Word documents in a wide variety of writing styles, such as APA, Chicago, etc.

Download Zotero at

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You have a choice when you download Zotero. You may download either Zotero for Firefox or the Zotero Standalone.

  • If you download Zotero for Firefox, be sure to also download the Zotero plug-ins for Microsoft Word or LibreOffice.
  • If you download Zotero Standalone, be sure to download at least one browser connector so that you can pass citations from your browser to Zotero.

There are helpful web tutorials on the Zotero site, but the libraries are also here to help you use Zotero.

The Library is offering weekly Zotero workshops in 306 Butler LIbrary:

Tuesday, February 16th from 3:00 pm to 4:00 pm in 306 Butler Library
Monday, February 22nd from 3:00 pm to 4:00 pm in 306 Butler Library
Friday, March 4th from 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm in 306 Butler
Tuesday, March 8th from 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm in 306 Butler

RSVP (  If you’re bringing your laptop, download Zotero before the workshop.

Visit the Library Workshops page to see other workshops being offered this semester.

Drama Online

Featured Resource: Drama Online

Drama Online is an exceptional collection of digital texts, images, audio, and video that together meet the full range of teaching needs for theatre studies.

A product from Bloomsbury Publishing, the foundation of this resource is comprised of the core collection featuring 1200 titles from Bloomsbury’s Methuen Drama, Arden Shakespeare Series, and Faber and Faber. There are production photos from the Victoria and Albert Museum Performance Archive and the American Shakespeare Center. The dramatic works span the Greek Classics to modern drama with an international roster of major playwrights represented. Also included are essential foreign works in translation. There are critical texts and short biographies for playwrights. Navigating the resource is simple and direct. A variety of access points to the content are provided enabling a search by either play titles, playwrights, genres, periods, or context and criticism.

In addition to the core collection, the most recent additions include approximately 400 titles from Nick Hern Books, one of the UK’s leading performing arts publishers, and video content from the Shakespeare’s Globe on Screen Film Collection. This video collection launched with twenty one stage productions recorded live on the Globe stage and now presented in high definition and surround sound. Productions feature outstanding performances from Mark Rylance, Stephen Fry, and Roger Allam.

Drama Online is a dynamic resource and an exciting addition to our library collection. You can access the resource through our Databases search from the Columbia University Library website. If you have questions about Drama Online, feel free to contact Nancy Friedland (, Librarian for Film Studies and Performing Arts.

Temporary Closure, Butler Room 301, Wednesday to Friday, February 10-12

Butler Room 301 will be closed temporarily, Wednesday through Friday, February 10-12, 2016. We will be installing new, permanent reading tables in 301 as part of our ongoing efforts to improve the quantity and quality of seating in this room.  The final phase of this improvement project is expected to take place in March when new lamps and permanent power sources will be added to the new tables.

Library staff will retrieve print reference materials housed in Butler 301 throughout the closure period. If you need to use a reference book (call numbers A-Q, R046-R999, and S-Z), please ask for assistance in Butler 305, the Digital Humanities Center. If Butler 305 is closed, you may ask for assistance at the Butler Circulation Desk. A guide to call numbers and locations for the Butler Reference collection is available on the Libraries’ website.

Please contact us with any questions or concerns at .

We look forward to welcoming you back to Butler 301 after the work is completed on Friday.

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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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