Category Archives: Columbia University Libraries

Congratulations, Class of 2014!


The Lehman Social Sciences Library congratulates the class of 2014!  We wish you great success in your future endeavors.

New alumni, please remember that CU Libraries use doesn’t have to end here. Your access to licensed electronic databases continues for a period of three months beyond the degree conferral date.  Recent alumni may use libraries spaces for a period of thirty days after the date of graduation using their student ID cards. After thirty days, alumni must obtain an alumni card in the Library Information Office in Room 201 of Butler Library.

For more information on alumni privileges, see:
Columbia University Libraries Alumni & Friends
Access to Columbia’s Libraries for Alumni

Have a great summer!

MaRLI for PhD Students and Faculty

The Manhattan Research Library Initiative (MaRLI), enables Columbia doctoral students and full-time faculty  to borrow research materials from New York University Libraries and New York Public Library. See the MARLI website for more information http://www.columbia.edu/cu/libraries/projects/marli.html

In order to take advantage of this service, register with MaRLI for Borrowing Privileges at NYU and NYPL Research Division

If you have questions about MaRLI contact marli@columbia.edu

Journalism Library Data Viz Contest – Decorate Our Wall EXTENDED

Hold the phone!!!  The Journalism Library is excited to EXTEND the deadline for the data visualization contest! Submit your entries by Wednesday, May 15th 5pm, for a chance to see yours in poster-size proudly displayed in the Journalism Library. The winner will also receive a libraries mug and the opportunity to submit your work to Columbia University Libraries Academic Commons.

Contest Rules:

  • submissions must use publicly available data; data is broadly defined and can include video, audio, photo
  • submissions must be received no later than 5pm on May 15th – please send to journalism@libraries.cul.columbia.edu
  • you may use previously submitted class work!
  • submissions must be in PDF – please do not include your name in the filename, but please share with us the following in your email!
    • your full name
    • graduation year
    • title for your creation
    • data source/s used

Try Ashley's new cool data tools page for help and ideas!

All submissions will be judged based on accurate use of data and originality in aesthetic presentation; panel of judges includes Journalism Librarian, Cristina Ergunay, Data Services Coordinator, Ashley Jester, and JSchool Professors Susan McGregor and Mark Hansen!

The winner will be announced at the JSchool Innovation Showcase on May 17th. We look forward to your submissions! 

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!

Faculty Document Delivery Service

Full-time faculty from the Columbia Morningside campus, Barnard, and Union Theological Seminary now can request electronic delivery of journal articles and book chapters from the general print collections on Morningside campus.

For more information about the Faculty Document Delivery Service, including service guidelines, see http://library.columbia.edu/content/libraryweb/requestit/document_delivery.html.

Resource Spotlight – Ashley Jester

Please welcome Ashley Jester, the new Data Services Coordinator in the Social Sciences Libraries!  Ashley holds a PhD from Stanford in Political Science with advanced specializations in international relations, organizational behavior, and political economy.  She's here to assist you with your research, from the initial steps of background research and finding data to analysis and interpretation of data.  She's great with Excel, STATA, SPSS, R, and you can find her staffing the reference desks at the Digital Social Science Center (DSSC) and Data Services in Lehman Library.  She's also available for individual/small group meetings and consultations, so don't hesitate to call upon Ashley!

ashley.jester@columbia.edu, (212) 854-0514

Journalism Library Hours Friday, December 14th

The Journalism Library will be closed Friday, December 14th from 1:00-4:00pm to accommodate an event but will be reopen for regular business hours from 4:00-6:00pm.  Thank you for your cooperation.  If you need research assistance earlier in the day, please send email to: journalism@libraries.cul.columbia.edu or visit Lehman Social Sciences Library.

CUL Digital Centers Internships

Exciting news!  Columbia Libraries will award 6 internship opportunities within our digital centers on emerging digital tools and research methodologies, collaborating with librarians and technologists in supporting and promoting digital scholarship.  We are seeking qualified Columbia graduate students; internships pay $20/hour.  Don't delay!  Click here for more information – application deadline is September 15th, 2012.

Columbia Libraries Via Your Mobile Device

Exciting news!  Now you can use your mobile device for fast access to many of the libraries' resources – http://m.library.columbia.edu – including:  

  • CLIO
  • News & Events
  • Library Hours
  • Ask a Librarian
  • Facebook & Twitter

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