Monthly Archives: May 2011

GIS Workshop – Coordinate Systems & Projections


Next Wednesday 6/1 from 11-1 there will be a new GIS workshop "Coordinate Systems & Projections" offered in EDS.  This workshop will provide a very generalized introduction to the components of Earth coordinate reference systems and map projections.  The focus will be on providing the basic concepts needed for working in GIS applications, specifically ArcMap.

Memo to faculty teaching courses in Fall 2011

Lehman Library provides course reserves services for all SIPA courses and for graduate and upper level undergraduate courses (3000 and higher) in the Social Sciences. Course reserves readings may include all formats: books, chapters of books, journal articles, DVDs and others. 
Whenever possible we will link to online resources. If we are unable to link, then under the fair use provision, we will scan one article from an issue of a journal and small portions of a book. When we can neither link nor scan, we will place the physical item on reserves. We will also purchase books that are not already in our collections, when available. If you have questions about this, please consult the guidelines on the Course Reserves webpage.
To request course reserves services:
  • Start by submitting a list of items that you want on reserves, or give us a copy of your syllabus. At this time there is no need to provide photocopies or copies of books. If we are unable to link to an online resource and the item is not available in Lehman, we will ask you to submit a copy. Fall 2011 lists are due by August 1.
  • Provide full citations as they appear in your syllabus. For journal articles include: author, title, journal title, volume, date and pagination. For book chapters include: author, title of chapter, book title, publisher, date of publication and paginatio.
  • Re-use a list from a previous semester by reviewing the list via your CourseWorks page, and using the online submission form (see URL below), to request reactivation. Reserves lists are not reactivated automatically. You must notify us if you wish to re-use a former list.
  • Submit lists any of the following ways:
If you have questions, contact Emily McNeil at 212 854-3547 or

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Summer GIS Workshops


gis_logo_smallWe’ve put together a GIS workhsop series starting this week Wednesday 5/25 and running just about every Wednesday  through early August.

The workshops focus on both core GIS skills such as understanding coordinate systems & projections, georeferencing and geocoding and a couple workshops focusing on Model Builder, ArcPy, Google Earth Pro and working with KML.

The Intro to GIS workshop is this Wednesday, 5/25 at 11am in Lehman Library, room 215. Registration is now open.

With the exception of the Model Builder and ArcPy workshops, attendance to a previous workshop isn’t necessary, just keep in mind that most workshops require some basic knowledge of GIS to attend.


General Social Survey 2010

Census 2010 Logo  The 2010 General Social Survey (GSS) has been released.  Conducted by the National Opinion Research Center’s (NORC), it can be downloaded from the Roper Center for Public Opinion Research.

The 2010 GSS contains individual response from 2,044 respondents and 790 variables.  In 2010 special topics that were added to the standard core of demographic and attitudinal variables are: shared capitalism, quality of working life, science, and high risk sexual behavior.

With the 2010 GSS, the1972-2010 GSS cumulative file was also released.  It contains responses from all 28 GSS surveys (55,087 respondents and 5,414 variables).  The Roper version of the GSS files update the original NORC versions to accommodate working with the cumulative file.

The data files and complete documentation are available directly from Roper’s GSS web page. When on campus Columbia affiliates can use the GSS web page link for getting the data via the Roper Express (you must register an email with Roper). Off campus use Columbia’s link to Roper and navigate from there to the GSS page.




How Do I Love SIPRI? Let Me Count the Ways …


1) The SIPRI YearbookKnown worldwide as an authoritative and independent source for politicians, diplomats, journalists and analysts seeking insight on issues of armaments and arms control, armed conflicts and conflict resolution, security arrangements and disarmament, as well as the most important longer-term trends in international security. Available in Lehman Library: UA 10 .I551

2) SIPRI Research Reports, Policy Papers, Fact Sheets and other publications

3) SIPRI’s Databases Facts on International Relations and Security Trends (FIRST), SIPRI Multilateral Peace Operations Database, SIPRI Military Expenditure Database, SIPRI Arms Transfers Database, SIPRI Arms Embargoes Database

Hmmm, I was sure that there were more than three reasons …



Library Hours for Lehman

With the end of semester, the hours that Lehman Library is open are reduced to


  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 23th 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 the workstations on the upper level of Lehman’s DSSC are available whenever Lehman is open.  The workstations on the lower level in the data lab are available 1:00-5:00 weekdays.

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


Census 2010 Demographic Profiles

Census 2010 Logo The U.S. Census Bureau has begun releasing  Profiles of General Population and Housing Characteristics.

Data is being gradually released by state and today data for New York State was released.

These demographic profiles provide the most detailed data yet from the 2010 Census, including information on age and sex distributions, race, ethnicity, housing and relationships. The profiles are being released throughout May for all 50 states, D.C. and Puerto Rico.

The Census Bureau has created an interactive map to enable users to explore the data down to the city level. By clicking the tabs at the top of the map, users can reveal the demographic data for their selected locations. Interactive options also allow users to make population comparisons between communities across the country.

All the data for a profile can be downloaded in an Excel-compatible file from American FactFinder2.  Instructions on how to navigate to the profiles are available on web page 2010 Census Demographic Profiles on AFF2.


Random Samplings — The US Census Blog


The U.S. Census Bureau is the leading source of data about the population and economy of the United States. While the Census Bureau is best known for conducting a national headcount once every 10 years, the agency is continually conducting surveys that provide data about a variety of social and economic conditions. The Random Samplings blog reveals information from a variety of Census Bureau programs. Recent entries include:

Green Stats (for Earth Day)

U.S. Trade with Japan 2010

Race and Hispanic Origin and the 2010 Census

Get Ready to Floss