Category Archives: Service Announcements

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…

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. 

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!

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!, (212) 854-0514

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: or visit Lehman Social Sciences Library.

Celebrate Master’s Research with Cookies!

Journalism Library Death Star Cookie Jar Chosen a Master's project or thesis topic, you have?  Or still mulling over the possibilities?  Join the celebration with a cookie available in the evil space station in the Journalism Library.

(Future cookie suggestion, you have?  Send email to:

Journalism Library Thanksgiving Holiday Hours

Journalism Library’s hours will be changing due to the upcoming holiday. We will be closed on the following days:

  • Wednesday, November 21st
  • Thursday, November 22nd
  • Friday, November 23rd

The library will be reopen with regular operating hours beginning on Saturday, November 24th. Have a safe and happy holiday!