Monthly Archives: November 2011

Ask A (Science) Librarian

Ask a Librarian

Science librarians are available to answer your questions in a variety of ways.

Visit us to receive in-person reference and research assistance. Walk in hours are available from 2-4pm Mon-Fri in the Science & Engineering Library (NoCo 4th floor)

Make an appointment to meet with a librarian subject specialist for a consultation about your library research.

IM us at askuscolumbia via AOL, Google, or MSN. Or click HERE to access our chat widget. Chat Hours.

E-mail your reference question to: to request research assistance.

Text us from your mobile phone at (215) TEXT-CUL or (215) 839-8285. More info


Happy Thanksgiving!

turkeyFor those of you not leaving town, the Libraries will be open this weekend but at a reduced schedule.

Most Columbia Libraries are closing early on Wednesday, and are closed on Thursday and Friday.

Check the Hours Calendar for the hours of your favorite Library.


If you are not on campus this weekend and have a question we will be offering our IM Ask A Librarian service from 3-7pm on Sunday.

Happy Thanksgiving! 

Knovel University Challenge: Standings


Every year, thousands of students worldwide take the Knovel University Challengeto compete for prizes while learning how to use the research tools they’ll need to complete assignments and ultimately succeed in the workplace. The challenge is also a fun way to start the school year. We plan to keep it interesting with iPads, cash prizes and other cool stuff. Last year a Columbia student was among the winners! 

What are the details?

  • When Is the Contest: NOW- December 1, 2011
  • Who Should Play: The contest is open to current engineering and science students. They can simply search Knovel to answer 3 technical questions across core disciplines.
  • What Are the Prizes: Completing the challenge will allow students to enter to win great prizes, including an iPad 2 and $500 in cash!
  • Enter the contest:

For more information or to search Knovel yourself, click here.

Here are the current standings of the top 15 schools competing:


Semantic Web and Scholarship

semanticLearn About the Semantic Web and Scholarship:

On Wednesday, November 2 at noon, join us in the Faculty House of Columbia University’s Morningside Campus for an exploration of the uses of semantic technologies in scholarly research. The discussion, "Harnessing the Semantic Web for Scholarship," will introduce the Semantic Web and look at scholarly projects employing semantic technologies.

Our speakers are all involved in innovative initiatives using the Semantic Web. Micki McGee is an assistant professor of Sociology at Fordham University and is project director of the National Endowment for the Humanities-funded Compatible Database Initiative, a project aiming to generate standards for shared, interoperable data sets for humanities‑based network analysis projects. Benno Blumenthal is Data Library Manager at the International Research Institute for Climate and Society (IRI) at Columbia University. He is currently interested in using semantic technologies to facilitate the distribution of Earth science data for public use, and he is the author of the IRI/Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory Climate Data Library, which offers freely accessible climate data via the Web. Cristina Pattuelli is an assistant professor at the Pratt School of Library and Information Science. Her research focuses on information organization and the knowledge representation methods and tools applied to information systems, with a current emphasis on using semantic technologies in cultural heritage resources. The discussion will be moderated by Columbia Department of English and Comparative Literature doctoral candidate Graham Sack.

If you can’t attend the discussion, follow it on Twitter at!/ScholarlyComm/.  See the Past Events page for videos  of other Research Without Borders events.