Category Archives: Graduating Students

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!

  • journalism@library.columbia.edu
  • (212) 854-0390

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

(212) 854-7309lio@columbia.edu

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 – https://alumni-friends.library.columbia.edu/eresources.html – 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!

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 (http://www.columbia.edu/cgi-bin/cul/resolve?AUQ3920), 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 journalism@libraries.cul.columbia.edu

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, lio@columbia.edu

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 – https://alumni-friends.library.columbia.edu/eresources.html – 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!

New York Public Library

With many students set to graduate in the coming weeks, it’s a great time to point out the wonderful resources available to NYC residents through the New York Public Library. With over 80 branches located in three boroughs, NYPL is an easily accessible option for soon-to-be graduates after their time at Columbia is over.

NYPL also offers access to many popular databases and e-journals on its website through the Articles and Databases page. Keep in mind that some databases can only be accessed on-site at an NYPL branch, and all databases require you to have a library card to use them. If you’re not already a cardholder, you can sign up for an NYPL library card here.

Students and soon-to-be grads alike should also know that NYPL offers access to a Bloomberg terminal at the Science, Industry and Business Library (SIBL), located at 34th Street and Madison Avenue in Midtown.

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 (http://data.worldbank.org), 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!

Census

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, http://2010.census.gov/2010census/

APRIL 1ST, 2010 IS CENSUS DAY!  YOU MUST MAIL YOUR COMPLETED CENSUS QUESTIONNAIRE FORM BACK TO THE U.S. CENSUS BUREAU.

Questions (and Answers!) From Orientation Library Sessions…

Q: What library services will I have access to after I graduate? Will I have access to Lexis Nexis and Factiva?

A: For 3 months after graduation, all graduates will continue to have access to the same resources that were available to them when they were students. Columbia University alums are welcome to use the libraries on campus after obtaining the Alumni Library Card upon graduation at the Library Information Office. Lexis Nexis and Factiva are currently not included in the list of electronic resources available to alumni, but there are many benefits and services available at Columbia University Libraries, including access to ProQuest newspapers. For a full listing of electronic services available to alums, click here.

Q: May I use photographs downloaded from AccuNet/AP Multimedia Archive on my personal blog? May I copy a journal or newspaper article in its entirety to my personal blog?

A: All materials obtained from Columbia University Libraries databases are for research, instructional, and educational uses only. Please see the Copyright and Fair Use category on this blog for further information.

Photos from the AccuNet/AP Multimedia Archive may be downloaded for class-specific projects only, and you must credit the AP in your project.

With journal articles, you may incorporate bibliographic citations into your personal blog, but copying the entire article would be in direct violation of our database license.

Q: Will my Columbia ID give me access to the Medical Library?

A: Yes! With you Columbia ID, you may access the Medical Library and all libraries on campus.

More Questions and Answers from Orientation Library Sessions coming soon!