Monthly Archives: February 2013

New Service – Journalism Library Video Chat

The Journalism Library is excited to launch a new cool service to assist you with your research – video chat reference – which will enable you to connect with a librarian using Skype or Google+ Hangouts.

Enjoy virtual face time and screen-sharing demonstrations, all from the comfort of your couch.  In addition to video chat "Walk-in Wednesdays," you may make evening and weekend appointments for video chat research assistance.

Take a look at the instructions for using these video chat technologies – and book your appointment today!

The Zero Dark Thirty File

"The poster for the blockbuster movie Zero Dark Thirty features black lines of redaction over the title, which unintentionally illustrate the most accurate take-away from the film – that most of the official record of the hunt for Osama bin Laden is still shrouded in secrecy." This is the opening statement from The Zero Dark Thirty File, a new collection of declassified U.S. government documents from the National Security Archive, posted on January 17, 2013. This briefing book contains "all of the available official documents on the mission," including the color card carried by the Navy SEALS which identified Bin Laden and his family members and the Tactical Site Exploitation and Cache Search Operations handbook, which outlined the procedures to be followed on such a mission. 

The documents included in this briefing book will likely be the only ones about the Bin Laden mission available to the general public until the 30 year declassification review and publication of more documents in the Foreign Relations of the United States (FRUS) volumes.

State of the …..

Most of us make our resolutions with the arrival of the New Year. Not so for government entities. For some reason, the annual "State of the …" messages are always delivered mid-January to mid-February. They are often both a summation of the past year and a forecast of future governmental priorities. Here are the latest examples:


State of the Union

Arguably the most important, it is actually mandated by Article II, Section 3 of the United States Constitution. The American Presidency Project hosts a most interesting web site on the Message, with not only the texts of the speeches, but word counts and lists of the opposition responders. The Clerk of the House of Representatives provides information on the Origins and Authorization of the State of the Union address.

State of the State

The Governor of the State of New York also makes an address, the State of the State. The 2013 address was delivered by Governor Andrew Cuomo on January 9, 2013.

State of the City

Lucky New Yorkers! We get two State of the City speeches, one from the Mayor and one from the Speaker of the New York City Council. But for some reason, Mayor Bloomberg has not yet delivered his State of the City address, the latest one being from 2012. Speaker Christine Quinn delivered her State of the City 2013 speech yesterday.

Update! Mayor Bloomberg delivered his 12th (and last) State of the City address on February 14th, at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn.

Introduction to Zotero

Zotero is a citation program that allows you to search, retrieve, and store article citations from databases and Google Scholar, and book citations from catalogs. It helps you insert citations in Word documents in a wide variety of writing styles, such as APA, Chicago, etc. Register Here.

If the dates are not convenient contact Fadi Dagher (fd2102@columbia.edu) to schedule an individual demo.