Monthly Archives: May 2010

DSSC Staff Are Available For Help

Throughout the summer session and intersession library staff are available to help. As always the Circulation and Reserves desks are staffed whenever Lehman is open. Staff there can help direct you to locations in the library and answer questions about loaning materials.  They also are familiar with the collections housed in Lehman. 

In the DSSC a CUIT student assistance is usually present to help with using the DSSC and CUIT workstations.

There are many options for getting help with finding and using library materials for your assignments and research.  Contact our reference staff as follows:

  • walk-in assistance
        in the DSSC Library consulting Office weekdays 11:00-5:00,
        in the DSSC’s data lab, Electronic Data Service (EDS), weekdays 1:00 – 5:00;
  • email anytime,
        responses sent weekdays 9:00 – 5:00;
  • appointment, email to set a date;
  • instant message (link via the "Ask Us" page), 1:00 – 4:00 weekdays.


Reduced Library Hours Begin Friday May 14

With the end of exams, the hours that Lehman Library is open will be reduced.


  Monday – Friday   9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m
  Saturday – Sunday   CLOSED

These will be in place just for one week. On Monday May 24th summer session will start and Lehman hours will be:


  Monday – Thursday   9:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m
  Friday   9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m
  Saturday   10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
 Sunday   CLOSED

Exceptions to the summer schedule are closures for national holidays: Memorial Day, Monday May 24th and Independence Day, Monday July 5th.

As always, Circulation and Reserve services end 15 minutes before closing.


Resource Spotlight: AgeLine

The AgeLine database is produced by the American Association of Retired Persons (AARP) and provides bibliographic coverage of social gerontology, which is the study of aging in psychological, health-related, social, and economic contexts. The delivery of health care to the older population and its associated costs and policies is covered, as well as the consumer, employment, and public policy issues. 

For this and many other aging and gerontology resources, please see the Aging & Gerontology Research Guide at the Social Work Library website.

2008 Election Turnout & Registration

About 131 million people reported voting in the 2008 U.S. presidential election, an increase of 5 million from 2004.   The increase included about 2 million more black voters, 2 million more Hispanic voters and about 600,000 more Asian voters, while the number of non-Hispanic white voters remained statistically unchanged. These estimates and more socio-demographic analysis on the voting age population in 2008 have  been released by the Census Bureau. The print reports and tables can be found at

Data was gathered in the Voter Registration and Turnout Supplement of the November 2008 Current Population Survey.  The microdata from this supplement can be accessed via DataFerret, the Census Bureau’s web interface to its microdata products.  DataFerret does require a software download. Those who want to bypass the software download can work in the DSSC in Lehman Library as DataFerret is installed on all the DSSC workstations where it can be found in the Program Menu under "Data Apps."  

If you need help with this data product stop by the DSSC or send email to  

Checked Out Library Materials? Read This!

As the semester nears its end remember to check to see what library materials you may have and what needs to be returned to the Library before you leave campus.  The best way to check this is to log in to your Library account. You can connect to it from any Library web page via the "Using the Libraries " menu as shown in the diagram on the right or you can get there directly using URL,
If you have questions ask at Lehman’s Circulation Desk or send email to




Alumni Library Privileges

graduationCongratulations on your upcoming graduation!  Wondering what Columbia library privileges you’ll have after graduation?  Your Columbia UNI and password are generally available for a grace period of about 6 months after you graduate.  The Library Information Office encourages you to continue to use your UNI during the grace period, and after this time, you may obtain an alumni ID card.  The cost is $5 payable with Visa, MasterCard or personal check (cash is not accepted).  Borrowing privileges may be purchased for $30 per month.

For a complete list of the premium electronic resources, including Factiva and ProQuest Newspapers, available to Columbia University alumni, please go to the E-Resources for Alumni and Friends page.

Please contact the Library Information Office for additional details:

Library Information Office
201 Butler Library
535 West 114th St.
New York, NY 10027

(212) 854-7309,