Category Archives: Alumni

Your Alumni Library Resources

Now that graduation is around the corner (hurray!), you may be wondering about your future access to library resources. Here's a summary of what you'll be able to use as an alum!

Moving away? Get to know your local public librarians! They will be invaluable sources for you, particularly when figuring out how to find data and information in a new city. You can find listings of local public libraries through LibWeb or IMLS. Don't forget, even if you live far away, you can reach CU Libraries through online chat, or contact us at the J-Library with the email and phone info below. 

Need government information? Find your closest U.S. federal depository library.

Finally, remember that you can always contact your friendly Journalism Librarian, Starr!

  • (212) 854-0390

Master Index back up and running!

Hello all you fabulous J-School students! Just wanted to let you know that the Masters Index lists are now up and functional on our library web page, which you can check out here:  It is current though 2011.  2012 and 2013 will be available online by the end of the Fall semester.  Always feel free to come into the library and ask us for help with your Masters Projects. 

Student Success Story

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 work  "The NRA Network," illustrating the wide distribution of funds around the country, has been used by CNN!  Please check out his work here at  WE ARE SO PROUD!

Do you have something published? Something you want to share with other J-school students? Then email us at and let us share your success as well!

Cookie Fest for CUJ12!

Congratulations, graduating class of 2012!  Please stop by the Journalism Library on Wednesday, 5/9 for one last cookie from all of us in the libraries (byo Jawa Juice).  It's been a *pleasure* to work with you, and we wish you all the best!  Don't forget to let me know if you would like your tweets to be featured in the JournalismLib's "Follow Fridays" tweets for J-School alumni.  Special guest appearance by YODA, weather, temperament, and nap schedule permitting…  Not yet graduating?  Come for a cookie anyway! 

AND one last game!  Using Factiva (, find one article (and cite it!) that quotes the Empire Strikes Back first-day box office $ gross!  First 3 correct answers win an "authentic" Cantina Band tee.  Submit answers to

Alumni Library Privileges

graduationCongratulations on your upcoming 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

(212) 854-7309,

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!

World Bank Data Products Now Freely Available

wbGreat news for current students, graduating students, alumni, and faculty!  The World Bank has recently made their data products freely available without subscription through their new open data site (, with more than 2,000 financial, business, health, economic, and human development statistics.  Most of these products were previously only available through subscription.

What kinds of data can you find here?  Over 300 indicators covering over 200 countries – some of the data going back 50 years:

  • annual fresh water withdrawals
  • electric power consumption
  • fertility rates
  • GDP
  • health expenditures
  • internet users
  • life expectancy
  • literacy rates
  • long-term unemployment
  • marine protected areas
  • methane emissions
  • military expenditures

…and much more!

The data come from a variety of sources including international agencies, private and NGO partners, and the World Bank’s 186 member countries. For more information about World Bank’s open data initiative, see this video of World Bank President Robert B. Zoellick.

2010 Census – be counted!


The Census counts every resident in the United States, and is required by the Constitution to take place every 10 years.  The 2010 Census will help communities receive more than $400 billion in federal funds for things like hospitals, schools, bridges, tunnels, senior centers, and much more!  The data collected by the census also help determine the number of seats your state has in the U.S. House of Representatives.  And researchers, such as yourselves, use this data to analyze socio-demographic indicators.

Before March is over, the post office will be delivering a Census form to every household in the U.S.  

  • 10 Questions in 10 Minutes!  That’s how long it takes!
  • Who Gets Counted?  Everyone!  Citizens and non-citizens
  • What Do I Need to Do?  Complete the form and mail it back!

If you have questions about your participation, the form, or the importance of the Census, the answers are at the Census Bureau’s 2010 Census web site,