Featured Resource

National Endowment for the Arts: Research Notes

“Along with their sponsorship of various artistic endeavors, the National
Endowment for the Arts (NEA) creates specialized analyses of topics of
interest to policy-makers, arts administrators, and others with an interest
in the arts. Their Research Notes papers can be found here, and visitors can
browse the papers by the date of their release or by subject. Currently,
there are almost 100 papers listed on the site. The first paper was released
in 1982, and since then, the NEA has sponsored papers that include “College
Course-Taking Patterns in the Arts”, “International Data on Government
Spending on the Arts”, and “Public Participation in the Arts: 1982 and
1992″. Finally, the site also contains links to the NEA’s research brochures
and a place where visitors can sign up to receive email updates about new
research publications. [KMG]” excerpt from Internet Scout Report 9/4/09

Featured DVD of the Week


d. Andrejz Wajda
Originally produced in 2007. 
Dramatization of the massacre of 20,000 people (interned Polish officers as well as civilians accused of treason by the occupying Soviet forces) by the Soviet secret police at Katyń in the spring of 1940, and the cover-up that followed. Follows the fictional stories of four families, separated from one another in the confusion of September 1939, when the Soviets and Germans invaded Poland, through the Soviet occupation in 1945 when the truth of the massacre gets suppressed.

In Polish with English subtitles. 
Butler Media Res 
Butler Media (Circulating) 

SoA Workshops

Resources for Film Studies and Performing Arts
These one-hour sessions provide an introduction to the vast selection of print, non-print (DVDs, CDs), image and electronic collections for film and performing arts at Columbia.
September 18 @ 2pm
September 23 @5:30pm
October 29 @2:30pm
All sessions will be held in 306 Butler.
Please RSVP — nef4@columbia.edu

Butler Media — New Circulating Titles

In September 2008, Butler Media received a gift of 17,500 DVDs from Kim’s Media upon the closing of the uptown store. The collection is being added to Butler Media as the basis for a circulating collection.
Titles circulate to all Columbia affiliates — 2 titles, 3 days. Faculty may borrow titles for one week.
To find circulating titles in CLIO:
Use Pre-Set Limits (located on the right under title, author box).
Select — Library Location: Butler Media (Circulating)
Be sure to click on Set Limits and then return to search box.
Pre-set limits will work on keyword and title searches only.

Surveying the First Decade: Video Art and Alternative Media in the U.S.

Now in DVD, this anthology provides an excellent introduction to media arts. Included are more than 16 hours of video representing TV news and films originally produced in the 197o’s and 1980’s. Featured are seminal works that range from performance-based, feminist, documentary, and conceptual projects.

Butler Media Collection

SoA Research — Workshop

SoA Research
February 11 or February 18
2 p.m.
306 Butler Library

Do you want to find plays, screenplays, journal articles, images, movies, reviews, or biographies? Would you like to read a screenplay — online? Are you interested in early cinema history? Do you need to find information about how people dressed in 19th century New York City? Are you looking for a book on design? Would you like to search Google more effectively?

If the answer is yes, please attend one of these informal, two-hour hands-on sessions. We will review a wide range of resources with a special focus on film and performing arts related materials.

Seats are limited — please RSVP by sending email to nef4@columbia.edu

Featured Resource

History of the American Cinema, is now available electronically through the Gale Virtual Reference Collection. This essential resource, also available in print, documents American film history decade by decade currently through the 1980s.

In addition, Gale Virtual Reference includes The Columbia Companion to American History on Film: How the Movies Have Portrayed the Past, International Dictionary of Films and Filmmakres, Movies Made for Television: 1964-2004, and Schirmer Encyclopedia of Film.

Link to Gale Virtual Reference