Monthly Archives: October 2012

Subway Service Partially Restored – November 1, 2012

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo announced that beginning beginning Thursday morning, there will be limited subway service on several routes, supplemented by a bus shuttle between Downtown Brooklyn and Midtown. There will be no subway service between 34th St in Midtown and Downtown Brooklyn. Earlier today, Local, Limited-Stop and Express Bus service began operating as close to a normal weekday schedule as possible. As was the case yesterday, bus service will operate on a fare-free basis today.


Hurricane Sandy has been called a "frankenstorm" because three different weather patterns converged, making a much larger storm. Details can be found at the National Hurricane Center's web site. Governmental response to a storm of this magnitude takes place at all levels of government:

City – the NYC Office of Emergency Management and their information brochure, Ready New York: Hurricanes and New York City

State – NYS Office of Emergency Management

Federal – Federal Emergency Management Agency


Images from the International Space Station showing Hurricane Sandy


Eurostat is the statistical office of the European Union. Its task is to provide the European Union with statistics at European level that enable comparisons between countries and regions. Eurostat’s key role is to supply statistics to other DGs and supply the Commission and other European Institutions with data so they can define, implement and analyse Community policies.
The result: Eurostat offers a whole range of important and interesting data that governments, businesses, the education sector, journalists and the public can use for their work and daily life.

Some of Eurostat's leading publications are: the Eurostat Yearbook, the Eurostat Regional Yearbook, Statistics in Focus, and a large variety of other publications on various topics.

Open Access Week 2012

Mark your calendar. Columbia Libraries and Columbia’s Scholarly Communication Program are hosting three free events as part of the global Open Access Week 2012:

Monday October 22, 1:00 pm – Butler Library, Room 523

Your Dissertation: What You Need to Know About Copyright and Electronic Filing


Kenneth Crews, Columbia Copyright Advisory Office

Rob Hilliker, Academic Commons Manager


Tuesday October 23, 11:00 am – Butler Library, Room 523

Bountiful Harvest? Collection-building Opportunities With Open Access


Matthew Baker, Collection Services Librarian, The Burke Library at Union Theological Seminary

Pamela Graham, Director of Global Studies and Director, Center for Human Rights Documentation & Research, Columbia University Libraries/Information Services

Megan Wacha, Research and Instruction Librarian for Media and the Performing Arts, Barnard College


Wednesday October 24, 2:30 pm – Butler Library, Room 523

Webcast Screening: Open Access and Your Publications – What’s Copyright Got To Do With It?

The screening is open to Columbia students, faculty, and staff. Web registration for the general public is available at the American Library Association Store here.

Find Out Who’s On The Ballot

Created by professor Ester Fuchs, Who’s on the Ballot is a quick and easy to use website and mobile app that provides New York City citizens the location of polling places, information on candidates, sample ballots, and voter registration information.  Learn about candidates, find out when and where to vote. It’s as easy as entering your home address in search boxes.

Argo — the Riveting True Story Behind the Film

This weekend I went to see "Argo," the new Ben Affleck film about the Iranian hostage crisis of 1979. The film is a well-acted and directed, suspenseful film, with the added bonus that it is actually true (perhaps with the exception of some minor details). Affleck directed and also stars as Tony Mendez, the CIA operative who constructed and carried out the classified operation. No spoilers here for those who plan to see it in the future, but for those who are interested in learning more about the actual operation, here are some sources:

Tony Mendez' memoir, "The Master of Disguise: My Secret Life in the CIA"

Spy: the Secret World of Espionage, an exhibition currently at Discovery Times Square, which includes some artifacts of the Argo operation

The Declassified Documents Reference System

Iran: the Making of U.S. Policy, 1977-1980 (One of several collections in our Digital National Security Archive database


Vote For _______ _________ !

November 6th is Election Day, and the campaign commercials are so thick on television that the regular product commercials may be listed as an endangered species. How am I supposed to decide how to rid myself of my disposable income?? If, however, unlike me, you are partial to all things electoral, perhaps you should take a look at the CUL subject guide, Campaigns & Elections. It contains resources for background information on U.S. elections and political parties, links to web archives for previous presidential elections, material on campaign finance and electoral reform, and elections results and statistics.

Vote early and vote often! *


*  No, not really – just vote once, it's illegal the other way …

Registry of Anthropological Data Wiki

A cutting-edge tool for the new era of anthropology and the 21st century anthropologist! The American Anthropological Association has announce the creation of a Wiki to help researchers share and locate anthropological source materials.
Already the wiki houses information on fascinating research such as the Khipu Database and the Tsimane Amazonian Panel Study. If you have ethnographic or anthropological source materials you would like people to know about, such as information about the location of field notes, photographs, sound recordings, and other primary sources, then add it to the wiki and help others benefit.

NYC Apps

The City of New York has produced several apps, which are available for download on its site, Official Apps from the City of New York. Two that I have on my smartphone are ABCEats, which lists the grades and inspection reports for all NYC restaurants, provided by the Department of Health, and NYC311, an app which allows you to report problems to various city agencies, such as fallen trees, water main breaks, or street potholes. The app will use your current location or you can type in an address, as well as upload photos. Citizen participation!