Category Archives: news

New and upcoming, for the Fall 2016 semester

  • Music faculty Ellie Hisama and Elaine Sisman will participate at the IRWGS “Feminist to the Core” series event “Sexual Violence Onstage: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s Don Giovanni“, on Monday, Oct.24, from 4:10-6pm, in 203 Butler Library. Don Giovanni will also be a featured opera for Music Humanities sections this fall. DVDs of several different productions are on Reserve in the Music & Arts Library to support these classes.feminist-to-the-core-opera
  • Undergraduate student Kira Daglio Fine, saxophonist and leader of the Columbia University Big Band, is working with Duke Ellington materials from his Such Sweet Thunder, from the Mark Tucker Collection, in order to prepare an arrangement for performance in Spring 2017. She’s re-working her arrangement into digital music notation. She’s offered to guest-post in the future to our blog about the experience of working with these materials, as her work progresses. We’re excited! ellingtonsuchsweetthunder-tuckercollection

CLIO affected by systems work, 1/14 – 1/16

Some necessary upgrades to the Libraries’ software are scheduled for Wednesday, Jan. 14th through Friday, Jan. 16th. Patrons will be able to check out materials as usual, but there will be some impact on CLIO, and in using any CLIO functions which require login using your UNI.

These services will not be available during this work:

  • “My Library Account” in CLIO
  • Renewals (in-person or online)
  • Borrow Direct
  • Saving to CLIO Bookbag
  • Any other CLIO service requiring login with your UNI

These services will not be affected:

  • Standard Inter-Library Loan
  • Offsite requests
  • Other non-CLIO resources such as electronic databases and journals

Please note: CLIO will not be updated in real time during this work. This means, for example, that an item you’ve returned may still be listed in CLIO as “checked out” until this work is completed. If you notice any problems after the work has been completed, please contact us ( or 212-854-4711).

New Mozart sketch discovered

A one-page sketch by Mozart for a Mass has been discovered in a library in Nantes, France. More details are available here, from the Internationale Stiftung Mozarteum, Salzburg (once on the page, click on “English” and then on “News” for the full story).

Columbia Libraries launches re-designed Academic Commons

Columbia Libraries has launched Academic Commons, a re-designed version of the earlier Digital Commons. The site

“collects, preserves, and makes accessible the scholarship and research of the faculty, staff, and students of Columbia University. The Commons will include articles and monographs, working papers, preprints, technical reports, conference papers, datasets, multimedia creations, and other materials in various digital formats. Content will grow as new communities and collections are added to Academic Commons.”

The site includes links to Columbia dissertations and theses, with full text in many cases. It is possible to browse these by academic dept., by navigating from Browse All Content By >>> Communities/Collections >>> Columbia Dissertations and Theses >>> Dissertations by Dept. (or follow this link).

Coverage for dissertations is from 1997 forward, with some selected content prior to 1997.

Remember also that for dissertations in general, Proquest Digital Dissertations, available through the Columbia Libraries, is a great resource (note: access limited to full-time students, faculty and staff).

New Bach organ composition discovered

On the heels of the discovery of an unknown aria in recent years, German scholars have announced the discovery of an unknown organ composition by J.S. Bach, as reported (in German) here, with a report in English here. The work is a chorale fantasy on the chorale “Wo Gott der Herr nicht bei uns hält”.

A report here says that the piece will be give its modern premiere in Germany on June 7, 2008, at the Halle Handel Festival, played by Martin Haselböck.