Author Archives: Cris

New Service – Journalism Library Video Chat

The Journalism Library is excited to launch a new cool service to assist you with your research – video chat reference – which will enable you to connect with a librarian using Skype or Google+ Hangouts.

Enjoy virtual face time and screen-sharing demonstrations, all from the comfort of your couch.  In addition to video chat "Walk-in Wednesdays," you may make evening and weekend appointments for video chat research assistance.

Take a look at the instructions for using these video chat technologies – and book your appointment today!

Encyclo from Nieman Journalism Lab

Encyclo from Nieman Journalism Lab is an encyclopedia-style resource about the future of news and includes a variety of subjects and detailed summaries of their importance, links to articles so you can follow the conversation, and key industry competitor information.  And the entries are updated regularly as new contributions and innovations develop in the field.  Search Encyclo entries here!

You may also follow Nieman and their latest developments on Twitter – @niemanlab.

Getting Tweets in a Row

The first phase of the Twitter archive project from the Library of Congress, including the acquisition and preservation of tweets from 2006-2010, has been completed.  The Library now has an archive of approximately 170 billion tweets and growing, and the technology groundwork for future archiving has been established.  Read more from the Library of Congress white paper summarizing their work here!

Resource Spotlight – Ashley Jester

Please welcome Ashley Jester, the new Data Services Coordinator in the Social Sciences Libraries!  Ashley holds a PhD from Stanford in Political Science with advanced specializations in international relations, organizational behavior, and political economy.  She's here to assist you with your research, from the initial steps of background research and finding data to analysis and interpretation of data.  She's great with Excel, STATA, SPSS, R, and you can find her staffing the reference desks at the Digital Social Science Center (DSSC) and Data Services in Lehman Library.  She's also available for individual/small group consultations…AND she thinks journalism students are super-cool, so don't hesitate to call upon Ashley!

ashley.jester@columbia.edu, (212) 854-0514

Ring in the New Year with Facts for Features

Happy New Year!According to the Census Bureau's Population Estimates, the United States projected population will be more than 315 million.  We'll definitely need a few extra glasses!  Enjoy these and other Facts for Features & Special Editions at the U.S. Census website.

Happy New Year from the Journalism Library!

Source: U.S. Census Bureau, Population Estimates
<http://www.census.gov/population/projections/data/national/2008/summarytables.html>.

Journalism Library Hours Friday, December 14th

The Journalism Library will be closed Friday, December 14th from 1:00-4:00pm to accommodate an event but will be reopen for regular business hours from 4:00-6:00pm.  Thank you for your cooperation.  If you need research assistance earlier in the day, please send email to: journalism@libraries.cul.columbia.edu or visit Lehman Social Sciences Library.

Yes, Virginia, there is a Santa Claus

Ever wonder about Columbia's exciting historical newspapers collection?  So much journalism history is right at your fingertips, including titles like The (New York) Sun from which the famous declaration to eight-year-old Virginia O'Hanlon was written in 1897.  You can find this letter to the editor in The Sun in the Rare Book & Manuscript Library, but that's only the beginning!  We have many digitized historical newspapers through ProQuest Historical Newspapers, Gale NewsVault, Archive of Americana, and more.  Enjoy some history this holiday season!