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Going Online: Special Collections Research Accounts

Columbia’s Rare Book & Manuscript Library is rolling out a web-based circulation system to streamline how our users request material at the RBML.

Researchers will have a new, web-based Special Collections Research Account to create requests for immediate or future use, with the added benefit of having access to their complete history of requests from anywhere they can access the internet – home computer, mobile phone and tablet devices included.

Here’s a look at some of the other institutions that are using the same technology that we are adopting, along with links to see how their researchers gain access to their collections electronically.

Yale University, Beinecke Rare Book & Manuscript Library
Princeton University
Harvard College Library at Harvard University
University of Texas at Austin, Harry Ransom Center
Duke University, David M. Rubenstein Library
University of Chicago, Special Collections Research Center
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Wilson Library
American Antiquarian Society

For questions or comments please contact Tom McCutchon, Public Services Specialist, at tjm2148@columbia.edu

Russian Delegation

On December 18, 2009, the four member Russian delegation led by Aleksandr Pavlovich Vershinin, General Director of the Boris Yeltsin Presidential Library, has visited the Columbia University libraries. This visit was initiated by the Russian side of the team representing the Joint Project between the Library of Congress and the Boris Yeltsin Presidential Library, the first Presidential Library in Russia.

Russian delegation represents one of five Joint Project Implementation Teams created within the framework of the Russian-American Working Group on Library Cooperation. The focus of these five groups is 1)Technology and Best Practices; 2) Content and Exchange of Materials; 3)Audio-Visual Collections; 4) Copyright and Related Rights; and 5)Specific Joint Digital Projects.

The Russian delegation met with Jim Neal, who introduced them with Columbia Libraries system in general. Then they were hosted by Columbia University Slavic bibliographer, Rob Davies, who made a Powerpoint presentation on the historical background of Columbia’s library, in a national context, 1903-1946.

Tanya Chebotarev, Bakhmeteff Curator, set up a small exhibit of Russian and East European materials which emphasized the vast variety of the Bakhmeteff Archive collecting activities. She also talked about the history and collection development policies of the second largest repository of Russian émigré materials in the United States. See photos.

Patricia Renfro and representatives from RBML, LDPD, Columbia’s Center for New Media Teaching & Research, and the Center for Digital Research & Scholarship gave an overview of Columbia’s digitization program, special online teaching and learning projects, Courseworks, and other digital initiatives.

The group then had lunch at Faculty House with Jim Neal, Patricia Renfro, and former chair of the Baltic and Slavic Division at the NYPL, Edward Kasinec, who is now a fellow at the Harriman Institute.