A roundup on Global Studies e-resources (digital collections and e-reference works) and library guides new to Columbia during the COVID-19 pandemic, 2020-2021, Part 1: Africa, Middle East & Islam, and Russia, Eurasia & East Europe.
Recent events over the past year in the United States and Africa prompted Yuusuf Caruso,
the African Studies Librarian, to publish several new library guides and revise existing guides to enable research and teaching at Columbia, see especially the new guides on:
“Africa and Black Internationalism”
“History of Health & Medicine in Africa”
“Modern History & Political Identities in The Horn of Africa”
…and, the revised guides on:
“History of East Africa, c. 1000 CE to present”
“Maps and Power in Modern African History”.
This semester, in support of research on the history of slavery and the slave trade in the Atlantic world, Columbia acquired access to Slavery: Supporters and Abolitionists, 1675-1865,
part of the “British Online Archives” collection, which consists of digitized official reports on the African slave trade during the 17th, 18th, and 19th centuries, with a primary focus on Jamaica and the West Indies, and parts of West Africa, and drawn from The Bodleian Library of Oxford University, The British Library, and other institutions. This online resource complements other digital collections on slavery and the slave trade already available to Columbia affiliates, such as:
“Slavery, Abolition, & Social Justice” (Adam Matthew)
“Slavery and Anti-Slavery: A Transnational Archive” (Gale)
Frequently-updated, annotated links to open access resources on COVID-19 in Africa can be found in Columbia’s own “African Studies WWW-Virtual Library” and as part of two global COVID-19 web archiving projects hosted by the Internet Archive and maintained by the International Internet Preservation Consortium (“Novel Coronavirus”) and the Ivy Plus Libraries’ Confederation (“Global Social Responses”).
Reference e-books in African Studies from major publishers recently added to Columbia’s library catalog this past academic year include:
Since the start of the Covid-19 pandemic, Peter Magierski, the Middle East & Islamic Studies Librarian, has updated several times his guide on Middle East & Islamic Studies Online Resources. Late last spring, Columbia acquired access to the digital archive of Al-Ahram (1876-2014 CE), often considered Egypt’s most authoritative and influential newspaper.
Here also is a short list of reference e-books in Middle East and Islamic studies which were added to the catalog this past academic year:
Robert Davis, the Russian, Eurasian, and East European Studies Librarian, reports that the most-often, consulted subscription databases at Columbia are: the East View Universal Databases,
the Central & East European Online Library, and the various digital databases prepared by IDC/Brill: Soviet Cinema. Archival documents from RGALI, 1923-1935, and Soviet Cinema Periodicals, 1918-1942, History of Modern Russian & Ukrainian Art, Slavonic Bibles, and Russian Military Intelligence on Asia, Archival Series, 1651-1917 and Russian Military Intelligence on Asia, Secret Prints, 1883-1914, as well as Jewish Theater Under Stalinism.
Earlier this semester, as part of an outreach effort to the wider online research community, a new special collection guide was posted on Columbia’s open access platform, Academic Commons:
Eastern European Modernism: Works at Columbia & Cornell
…along side of two other guides previously made available:
The Russian, Ukrainian and Belarusian Avant-Garde and Modernist Books, Serials and Works at
The New York Public Library & Columbia
The Russian and Early Soviet Sheet Music Collection at Columbia
In addition, here is a short list of online reference works appearing in the library catalog this past academic year: