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Welcome-aboards and a Fond-farewell

Dear Journalism School Community! 

I am happy to share the arrival of two new, wonderful additions to the Journalism Library –

Tracy Sagalow ( is the new Journalism Library Supervisor, the person to whom you can address access issues, course reserves, overdue fines, fires, floods and other facilities-related concerns.  Tracy re-joins the Columbia Libraries community after a brief education and artistic hiatus (have you seen her pyrography?).  She found another home on OUR "night shift" and you can find her in the Journalism and Lehman Libraries durnig the evenings.

Starr Hoffman ( is the new Journalism Librarian, availing herself and her myriad of expertise in the service of research for JSchool students, faculty, centers, and administrators.  Starr is a "geeky artist librarian," proving once again that we are more than just shhhh-ing book-lovers!  She is excited to join this team and looks forward to working with you.

And with these wonderful additions, it's time for me to sign out of my current position in the Journalism Library.  It's been a pleasure to serve you these last 5 years, and I wish you all the research successs imaginable!  You can still reach me at (…and, yes, for those who have already inquired, the technological terror (aka the Death Star Cookie Jar) is being relocated to a new star system…).

Welcome to our fabulous new additions!  And with many thanks, I bid a fond farewell to everyone who has been a part of my years in the Journalism Library.



Cristina Ergunay, Journalism-Librarian-for-one-more-day-only…

Congratulations to Data Viz Contest Winner, Jefferson Mok!

Jefferson Mok - The NRA Network

We are excited to share the work of recent J-School graduate, Jefferson Mok – the winner of the Journalism Library Decorate Our Wall data visualization contest!  In "The NRA Network," his use of NRA data, illustrating the wide distribution of funds around the country toward various programs, was a wonderfully innovative, and cleverly illustrated, way to share funding activities by this particular organization.

Please stop by the Journalism Library to see the poster of his data visualization.  Congratulations again to Jefferson!

Notable New Yorkers from CUL’s Oral History Research Office

Looking for audio recordings and interview transcripts of some influential New Yorkers?  Look no further than the unique digital collection of Notable New Yorkers at the Oral History Research Office of the Columbia University Libraries, collected from 1955-2001.  This special collection includes interviews with influential figures such as Frances Perkins, Kenneth Clark, and Ed Koch. 

Welcome, Summer MS Students!

Welcome to all summer MS students!  Here is today's library presentation – and a few other useful things:

Have questions?  Email for more information, to ask research questions or to set up appointments for research consultations. 

1000 Twitter Followers – Time to Celebrate!

A little birdie told us we now have 1,000 followers! 

@JournalismLib is grateful to all followers for enabling us to reach this milestone.  We will be randomly selecting 5 of our current followers for $5 Amazon gift cards as a token of our appreciation.  We wouldn't be here without all of you! 

And if you're not yet following us, join us now!  Still time to win – random drawing will happen Friday, May 24th, at 7pm. 

Congratulations, 2013 Graduates!


graduationCongratulations on your graduation!  Wondering what Columbia library privileges you'll have after graduation?  Here's the scoop:

Your Columbia UNI and password will continue to give you electronic access to library resources for a grace period of about 6 months after graduation (assuming you were registered during the spring semester).  The Library Information Office (LIO) encourages you to continue to use your UNI during the grace period for all eresource access (electronic databases, ebooks, ejournals), and after this time, you may obtain an alumni ID card through LIO.  The cost is $5 payable with Visa, MasterCard or personal check (cash is not accepted).  Borrowing privileges may be purchased for $30 per month.

Library Information Office
201 Butler Library
535 West 114th St.
New York, NY 10027


Once you are registered as an alum, there is a special libraries gateway for Columbia University Libraries Alumni & Friends through which you may access all electronic resources for alumni – – including premium datababses made available by special arrangement just for you!  For a complete list, please go to the E-Resources for Alumni and Friends page.  And be sure to check the newspapers collection!

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
  • 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! 

Fair Use Refresher

Copyright can be confusing, and that confusion can cost you time, money, as well as affect your mission to inform the public.  It's always a great time to reacquaint yourself with the tenets of fair useColumbia Libraries Copyright Advisory Office has a number of resources to help you understand fair use, including What is Fair Use? and the Copyright Quick Guide

Make these and American University's Center for Social Media's Copyright, Free Speech, and the Public's Right to Know: How Journalists Think About Fair Use a part of your summer reading list!  And, when in doubt, ask a librarian for assistance