Category Archives: Staff Activities

Staff Activities

Damon Jaggars,  Associate University Librarian for Collections and Services, spoke at the ACRL/NY Annual Symposium 2009 in December: . He also recently published “Comparing Service Priorities Between Staff and Users in Association of Research Libraries (ARL) Member Libraries,” /portal: Libraries and the Academy/, Vol. 9, No. 3, 2009, pp. 441-452 (with Shanna Smith Jaggars and Jocelyn Duffy).

Neil Romanosky, Delivery Services Librarian, is Chair of the ALA Reference and User Services (RUSA) Sharing and Transforming Access to Resources (STARS) ILL Discussion Group. Neil moderated the group’s ALA Midwinter session on January 16, 2010 in Boston, Massachusetts. Cyril Oberlander, Associate Director, Milne Library, SUNY Geneseo, presented “GIST: A Customizable Future for ILL and Acquisitions,” a toolkit that merges acquisitions and ILL functionality by utilizing a library’s ILL software to enable user-initiated purchase requests via a traditional ILL request form. Michael Ireland, Director, CISTI Information Access and Delivery, and Jason Charron, Director, CISTI Corporate Services and Strategic Initiatives, discussed major funding reductions at CISTI and delivered a “CISTI Transformation Update,” describing the resulting new outsourced document delivery service for materials from the collection of the /Canada Institute for Scientific and Technical Information (/CISTI).

Jen Rutner, Assessment and Marketing Librarian, was selected as a member of the ALA Emerging Leaders program for 2010.

Staff Activities

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Jaclyn Barcewski, Scholarly Communication Program Intern, is pursuing her MLS at Pratt Institute and most recently worked as a Library Assistant at The New Yorker.

Kenneth Crews received a grant from the Samuel H. Kress Foundation for the study of library and museum licensing practices, especially in regard to the licensing of images of art from the collections. As part of the study, he did a presentation at the International Association for Teaching and Research in Intellectual Property Law annual conference in Vilnius, Lithuania. In addition, he has given presentations at several universities, including Harvard, Yale….. He was a guest speaker on the subject of the Google Book Settlement at a recent member meeting of the Association of Research Libraries. Kenneth Crews also continues to be involved with copyright matters for the American Library Association, and on behalf of ALA attended a meeting of the world Intellectual Property Organization in Geneva, Switzerland. Here at Columbia, he has been a speaker at programs for the law school, the medical school, and other groups.

Vanessa DeJesus, Digital Services Assistant, is a sophomore at Columbia College whose past experience includes working at the CU Center for Environmental Research and Conservation.

Briana Ferrigno, Editorial Producer at CCNMTL, ran the NYC Marathon with a time of 3:46, her first marathon. Congratulations, Brie!

Patrick Force, Application Developer, comes to CDRS from ActKnowledge, a social enterprise based at CUNY, where he worked on Flex/PHP application architecture and development.

Claudia Funke, Curator, Rare Books/Indexer in Avery Library, accepted the appointment of Curator of Rare Books at UNC-Chapel Hill. Her last day at Avery will be Novebmer 12th.

Annemarie von Roessel, Archivist in Avery Library, was married this past October and is moving to to Switzerland in mid-December.

Staff Activities

The Music & Arts Library donated duplicate and withdrawn scores to The Drawing Center in Soho for use in The Big Draw, the annual public art event co-produced with The River to River Festival which was held this year on July 21.  Held at the World Financial Center Winter Garden, the public was invited to make drawings on the scores that were then interpreted and played by the Flux Quartet.

Staff Activities

Elizabeth Davis, Head of the Gabe M. Wiener Music & Arts Library, will present a paper at the annual meeting of the International Association of Music Libraries, Archives, and Documentation Centres held in Amsterdam in July 2009.  Its title is A Force for American Music: The Alice M. Ditson Fund of Columbia University and draws on the Ditson Archives Collection housed in the Rare Book and Manuscript Library.

Kate Harcourt and Robert Rendall participated in the BIBCO/CONSER Operations meeting at the Library of Congress.

Neil Romanosky, Interlibrary Loan and Delivery Services Librarian, was a co-presenter at
the OCLC ILLiad 2009 Meeting in Virginia Beach in March.
Jennifer Block (Princeton),  Matthew Sheehy
(NYPL), and Romanosky did a session on the use of ILLiad ILL management
software at ReCAP. Details are at: (Session 4 in the 11-12 slot on 3/20).

Alex Thurman presented a paper on Collecting Free Web Resources: Selecting, Harvesting, Cataloging at the NETSL Annual Spring Conference.

Staff Activities

Nancy E. Friedland, Librarian for Butler Media, Film Studies & Performing Arts was recently elected to serve on the Theatre Library Association Board for a second, non-consecutive, term.

Katie L.B. Henningson, a Library Assistant I currently working on the New York Chamber of Commerce Records, has won a fellowship with the ARL Career Enhancement Program. Katie is completing her M.L.S. at Palmer and will start the program in June at the University of Kentucky. The 12-week program gives each fellow the opportunity to work in a research library and is assigned a mentor who provides each fellow with professional guidance and resource sharing. Each fellow also participates in the ARL Leadership Institute at the ALA Midwinter meeting (which Katie just attended) giving them the opportunity to examine the larger issues facing research libraries, and interact with other ARL fellow, library leaders, and other MLS students who attend the Leadership Institute. The program also works with each fellow to network and connect with other ARL member libraries to help the job search process. Katie is an outstanding assistant and, along with the project archivist, Jillian Cuellar, has worked hard to put her professional stamp on the collection. We are lucky to have her here through April, when the project will end.

Staff Activities

Rick Block, head of special collections and metadata cataloging, is the recipient of Library Journal‘s 2008 Teaching Award. Block teaches at the Palmer School of Library & Information Science at Long Island University, Brookville, NY, and at the School of Information and Library Science at Pratt Institute in New York City. Read more about the award at:

Joanna DiPasquale, web developer in the Libraries Digital Programs Division, was awarded the LITA/Christian Larew Memorial Scholarship, a one-year scholarship sponsored jointly by LITA and Rutgers also awarded her the Elizabeth Meier Estate Scholarship. DiPasquale is an active student at Rutgers University, School of Communication, Information and Library Studies.

Neil Romanosky, interlibrary loan and delivery services librarian, will participate in the 2009 American Libraries Association’s Emerging Leaders (EL) program, which kicks off at the ALA Midwinter Meeting in Denver and culminates at the 2009 Annual Conference in Chicago. Information on the program is at

Chris Sala, recipient of the New Directions Award, describes her tour of Dutch libraries

At the end of October, Chris Sala, Architecture Bibliographer, attended the Study Tour of the Netherlands sponsored by the International Relations Committee of the Arts Libraries Society of North America (ARLIS/NA). She joined them thanks to the Librarian III/New Directions Award.

Five days. Five cities. Twelve libraries. Chris describes a few of the highlights of the tour:

At the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam the group was taken into the library’s special vault which houses over 95% of the 900 extant letters by the artist. Written to friends and family, the majority to his brother Theo, they contain many beautiful illustrations and sketches. The museum is in the process of publishing a new edition of these famous documents. This is a dual project in which a large portion of the letters will only be available digitally on the museum’s website.

Another memorable visit in Amsterdam was to the new Public Library designed by Jo Coenen. This beautiful atrium building is much more than just a library. It’s goal is to be a central force in the community, a cultural and community center that includes art exhibitions, a public theater, meeting spaces, literacy and language labs, and even a piano in the lobby for skilled patrons to play. The reference librarians roam their designated areas in stylish uniforms created by a famous Dutch designer. Interestingly, the gay and lesbian collection housed in the library is actually maintained by a private non-profit organization.

At the Van Abbemuseum in Eindhoven the library has taken a unique approach to incorporating archives into the museum’s public displays. The ongoing Living Archive series alternately offer a new perspective on an exhibition in the museum, shed more light on the background of an exhibition or acquired work, or may pass an opinion on the museum’s strategies. The museum has permanently devoted seven small spaces to this endeavor, thus providing the public with a somewhat unconventional way of accessing documentary sources.

The remaining activities were visits to the Special Collections Library of the University of Amsterdam; the Bibliotheca Philosophica Hermetica in Amsterdam, a private library whose mission is to promote the Hermetic tradition; the Netherlands Architectuur Intituut Library and the Boijmans Van Beuningen Museum Library, both in Rotterdam; the Rijksbureau Kunsthistorische Documentatie and the Peace Palace Library, the largest international law library in the world, both in the Hague; the University Library at Utrecht University, a library with a black interior and red rubber furniture; and hard hat tours of the renovations to the Rijksmueum and Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam.

RBML GAs Win Contest

A team from the Rare Book & Manuscript Library recently won first place in the Smith Annual Pimp My Bookcart competition. Check it out:
Said Iwalani Wall, “I’m so proud! The students involved were Ben Heller (CC ’09), Nate Trunnell (CC ’10), Darragh Martin (Theater, PHD candidate CU), Andrea Vazquez (MA School of Arts and Sciences CU), and Evan Roth (CC ’11). Eric Sommer from Preservation also helped. Note that they beat out a fire truck made with actual working parts! This was all done with a $50 budget, an ancient and barely functioning wooden bookcart from RBML, and my beach umbrella. They built it in Ben Heller’s dorm room over a weekend. And now RBML wins a brand new book cart.”

Staff Activities

Jeff Carroll, Terry Kirchner and Jennifer Rutner attended the Library Assessment Conference at the University of Washington in Seattle, where they presented a poster session, “Building an Assessment Program @ Columbia University Libraries: Year One.” Jennifer also spoke on a panel about developing and implementing assessment plans.

Karen Kapp just completed her master’s degree and earned an MS in Fundraising Management for Nonprofit Administration, here at Columbia’s School of Continuing Education.

Kathleen Dreyer recognized for achievement in academic business librarianship

Kathleen Dreyer has received the first Achievement in Academic Business Librarianship Award, administered through the Business & Finance Division of the Special Libraries Association (SLA).

The inaugural award was presented to Dreyer, at the 2008 Special Libraries Association Annual Conference in Seattle, Washington. The award recognizes the accomplishments of librarians who are new to the field of academic business librarianship. “It is an honor to be the first recipient of the Achievement in Academic Business Librarianship Award,” said Dreyer.

Dreyer is the Head of Columbia’s Watson Library of Business and Economics. In addition to providing reference assistance to students and faculty, Dreyer oversees the collections and staff of the library. Before coming to Columbia, Dreyer was a reference librarian at the Lippincott Library at the University of Pennsylvania and a collections assistant at the Jack Brause Library at New York University. Dreyer holds a Master of Science in Library and Information Science from Drexel University.