Monthly Archives: January 2011

Sustainability Info Expo

Sustainability InfoInterested in learning about resources related to sustainability?

Come join the science and social science librarians at the Sustainability Information Expo, Thursday, 2/3 11:30am-1:30pm in the Lehman Social Sciences Library.  Join the fun – talk to librarians about data/GIS, government, social science, business, science information resources related to sustainability.  Free lunch and raffle prize!

Questions?  Email dssc@libraries.cul.columbia.edu.

Introduction to Endnote

Endnote is  a software tool used  for managingand citing references in papers and for creating bibliographies.

Learn how  to search for, to retrieve, and to store citations from journal databases and book catalogs. Endnote links directly to word-processing programs such as Microsoft Word and Wordperfect, thus enables users to add and format citations for papers as they write. Register here.

The Columbia University Libraries have purchased an EndNote site license for the Columbia community. You can download the program free of charge here.  

Financial Crisis Inquiry Report

 

On May 20, 2009, President Obama signed into law an Act that
established the Financial Crisis Inquiry Commission to "examine the
causes, domestic and global, of the current financial and economic
crisis in the United States." During the course of its investigation,
the ten person bipartisan committee reviewed millions of pages of
documents, interviewed more than 700 witnesses, and held 19 days of
public hearings in New York, Washington, D.C., and communities
across the country that were hit hard by the crisis.

The final report presents the Commission's findings and conclusions
and also contains 126 pages of dissenting views. The Commission
terminates sixty days following the release of its final report.
financial

 

Intro to GIS workshop

ex1smallWe’re offering two Intro to GIS  workshops, the first one is this Friday January 28th, from 11am – 1pm in 215 Lehman Library (EDS). 

Registration is now open for the first Intro workshop which will give a basic overview of GIS, data models, spatial analysis, projections, finding data, and working with your own data.

There are two hands-on exercises, both using ESRI ArcGIS software so everyone who attends will get a chance to use the software and explore some of what we cover in the talk.

The Intro workshop is meant for anyone who either has had no previous experience with GIS or for anyone needing a refresher.

Intro to GIS workshop

ex1smallWe’re offering two Intro to GIS  workshops, the first one is this Friday January 28th, from 11am – 1pm in 215 Lehman Library (EDS). 

Registration is now open for the first Intro workshop which will give a basic overview of GIS, data models, spatial analysis, projections, finding data, and working with your own data.

There are two hands-on exercises, both using ESRI ArcGIS software so everyone who attends will get a chance to use the software and explore some of what we cover in the talk.

The Intro workshop is meant for anyone who either has had no previous experience with GIS or for anyone needing a refresher.

Bloomberg Basics

 lehman2009-03-09dsc_43911Bloomberg Basics will teach the basic navigation and searching skills necessary to begin using Bloomberg.  Instruction sessions are offered at the Digital Social Science Center in Lehman Library, and be sure to check out the Bloomberg Help Guide for navigation commands and tips.

These sessions will be in 321A at the DSSC in Lehman Library.  Space is limited – please register at the links above.  Can’t attend to one of the sessions above?  Request an individual or small group consultation.

To view all library workshops and training, go to the Library Workshops & Research Help page.

Lehman’s Regular Semester Hours Resume

Welcome back for spring semester. Lehman hours are back to those that will extend throughout much of the semester. The Library will be open:

Monday through Thursday 9:00 a.m. – Midnight 
Friday 9:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Saturday 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Sunday 11:00 a.m. – 11:00 p.m.

 

Exceptions will occur in spring break when they are shortened and prior to finals when extended study-hall hours will be offered. Remember you can always check to see when Lehman or any other campus library is open by checking the hours link in the "Using the Libraries" pull-down menu found in the blue bar that is part of the heading on all library web pages.

New Data From The American Community Survey

The American Community Survey (ACS) is designed to produce a socio-demographic description of the population.  These profiles are designed to replace similar profiles that in the past came from the Decennial Census.  Like the Decennial Census, the ACS gives estimates for areas as  small as a grouping of city blocks up to states and the nation. 

The numbers reported are "period estimates" based on data gathered over a span of time rather than over a very short period of time as was the case with the Decennial Census data which reported data from a "point in time."

The just-released 2007-2009 American Community Survey 3-Year Estimates complete this year the suite of annual profile products that the Census Bureau will now be producing.

Time Span
for time spans of
Population Size
Requirement ***
Time Span of
Most Current ACS
Annual Coverage
Started with
5 years none 2005-2009 2009
3 years 20,000+ 2007-2009 2007
1 years 65,000+ 2009 2006

 

For advice on how to choose among these products is given by on the Bureau’s How to Choose page. Also for this question or any other ACS issue visit the DSSC’s Electronic Data Service lab or email eds@columbia.edu.