Category Archives: New Resources

LITO Sandbox Testing Lab

LITO is pleased to announce the creation of a computer “sandbox” testing lab on the mezzanine in Butler for use by all CUL/IS staff.  The sandbox testing lab contains our standard public, staff and Mac workstations as well as an additional Windows staff desktop with open administrative access.  These machines can be used at any time to download, install and test new applications and how they interface with existing software, library services and e-resources.

If you have any questions or need further assistance, please contact the LITO Help Desk at, or by phone at 854-4969.

CDRS announces new service for conferences

For Columbia-based organizers of research conferences, the Center for Digital Research and Scholarship (CDRS) now offers support for building a web presence and managing events online. The complete service includes site hosting, design, training, and software enabling easy review of paper submissions, participant registration, and more. Partners can choose from a set of support and fee levels, depending on their needs.

The first event launched with on the CDRS conference platform was the Third International MARGOT Conference | The Digital Middle Ages: Teaching and Research, organized by Barnard Professor Laurie Postlewate. The site can be viewed at

For more information about conference services, please email Diana Price, Communications Coordinator, at

Libraries Podcasts on iTunes U!

In early March, the Libraries launched podcast series in iTunes U.

Access iTunes U: (This will launch
the iTunes U software on your computer.)
iTunes U on Lweb:
<> (Learn about and
subscribe to the podcasts using any RSS reader.)

Current podcasts include:
Library Guides & Tours
C. V. Starr East Asian Library Tour (available in five languages)    o    Milstein Call Number Guide

Friends of the Columbia Libraries Events
2007 Speakers Series
2008 Speakers Series

Copyright Advisory Office
Fundamentals of Copyright
Correcting Course Conference: Rebalancing Copyright

If you have ideas for Libraries podcasts, please contact

CUL Style Guide

Is it Web site or website? The Burke Library, or simply Burke Library? How many “Rs” are in Starr? You’ll find answers to these questions and helpful information about how to refer to our buildings, divisions and the usage of common words in the CUL Style Guide. Created in 2006, the style guide is adapted from UDAR and the Office of University Publications at Columbia. In most cases it follows the Chicago Manual of Style (15th ed.) and the spellings of Webster’s Collegiate Dictionary (10th ed.).

The CUL Style Guide is always growing. Send comments and suggestions to

Microsoft Digitization Project Update

In January Columbia University and Microsoft Corporation signed an agreement to digitize a large number of books from the Libraries and make them available to Internet users with the support of the Open Content Alliance (OCA). The first books are now available online through the Internet Archive. To see Columbia’s digital books, go to

New books are added regularly as the project moves ahead, and soon they will also be made available through Microsoft’s Live Search Books at At a later stage of the project Columbia will begin providing links from CLIO records to the digital books.

Columbia University and Microsoft are partners in the Open Content Alliance, along with the Boston Library Consortium, Johns Hopkins University, and the University of Toronto, among others. The alliance, which has made open access a core component of its mission, is scanning only out-of-copyright materials. The Internet Archive is a 501(c)(3) non-profit that was founded in 1996 to build an Internet library, with the purpose of offering permanent access for researchers, historians, and scholars to historical collections that exist in digital format.

For more on the project see the original announcement at, or go to the FAQ at

CDRS Launches “Jazz Studies Online”

On March 24, CDRS and the Center for Jazz Studies will formally launch Jazz Studies Online, a web-based resource that will serve as a central portal for the collection and dissemination of scholarly research and educational materials in the new interdisciplinary field of jazz studies. Visit the website at

The scholarly and educational content of Jazz Studies Online features papers, book excerpts, colloquium proceedings, bibliographies, links to digital libraries, and teaching materials. The project includes material for researchers, teachers interested in effectively incorporating the perspectives of this new field into ongoing classes and programs, jazz artists, and the general public.

The creation of Jazz Studies Online is made possible by a three-year grant from the Ford Foundation, which has been a generous supporter of the Center for Jazz Studies since its inception in 1999. This resource will support the Center’s educational mission by promoting scholarly research and writing in this emerging field, and providing for the first time a site that provides links and tools for the basic understanding of jazz, as well as exploring the influence of jazz on other arts.

The site offers a digital resource library, including author and artist interviews, short essays, book excerpts, video recordings of performances, interviews, and colloquia, scholarly papers, and feature articles. Jazz Studies Online also includes a multimedia Jazz Glossary, developed by the Columbia Center for New Media Teaching and Learning, with definitions, short essays, and audio and visual demonstrations of a variety of jazz vocabulary terms. More long-term goals include the development of a collaborative environment for digital scholarship, and jazz curricula and teaching tools.

In addition to offering this significant compendium of jazz materials, Jazz Studies Online serves as a portal through which users can find the best jazz resources and Web sites available on the Internet. Scholars, teachers, students, and jazz aficionados will find links organized around jazz artists, locales, eras, and styles– swing, bebop, Latin jazz, free jazz, fusion, and much more. Importantly, JSO will make jazz scholarship accessible to those who lack access to urban centers, universities or performance venues, filling a void in the field of jazz scholarship.

Jazz Studies Online is the first resource of its kind, a vital example of our mission at the Center,” said George Lewis, Director of the Center for Jazz Studies at Columbia. “We want to harness the power of digital media to encourage the interdisciplinary expansion of the intellectual conversation surrounding jazz, developing new knowledge that illuminates the human condition.”

Jazz Studies Online will be progressively developed over the next three years and is managed by the Center for Jazz Studies and the Center for Digital Research and Scholarship at Columbia University.

Ellesmere Chaucer Added to Digital Scriptorium

Digital Scriptorium, the online visual catalog of medieval and renaissance manuscripts that unites scattered resources into a tool for teaching and scholarly research, has added forty-five new images to the database from EL 26 C9, the Ellesmere Chaucer at the Huntington Library.

“The Ellesmere Chaucer occupies a virtually iconic position in the Anglo-American world, since it is the most splendid and most precisely produced of all the early manuscripts of the base text of English literature, Geoffey Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales,” said Consuelo Dutschke, curator of Medieval & Renaissance Manuscripts at Columbia’s Rare Book & Manuscript Library. “Its pilgrims on their horses have become part of a common repertoire of medieval images, and are familiar to us all.”

Visit the Digital Scriptorium here: