The experienced staff behind the Butler Library Circulation desk are your most valuable resource: “We want to be an access point for people who need help” finding materials in the Libraries, says team member Jennifer Loubriel.
Jeremiah Trinidad-Christensen, who heads the Libraries’ Research Data Services group, engages with Columbia students and faculty on the cutting edge of their disciplines, challenging, inspiring, and surprising him in their varied approaches to research.
The Libraries are an inclusive “hub” of interdisciplinary activity, according to Marii Nyrop, who often collaborates across fields of study as a developer on the Digital Library & Scholarly Technologies team.
Kimberly Springer, curator of the Rare Book & Manuscript Library’s expansive oral history collections, commemorates past and present events, crafting a meaningful collection of diverse voices for future scholars.
“My name is Janina Marquordt and I work in technical services, which includes a wide range of tasks and a whole lot of expertise in different areas in order to make materials available through the Libraries. I love being part of that extensive process. Also, as an immigrant, I love learning about different languages and cultures and the diverse backgrounds of other members of this community.”
“My name is Emily Holmes and my expertise extends to all areas of library preservation, with an emphasis on reformatting and digitizing the Libraries’ collections. My favorite part of my career is being able to make Columbia’s world-renowned collections available to people all over the world through digitization and preservation. I also value the opportunity to teach preservation to the next generation of librarians.”
“I’m Breck Witte and as Director of Library IT, I’m privileged to lead a team of dedicated and resourceful professionals who provide a range of computing services to the University community. From workstations in our digital centers and other public spaces to CLIO, Borrow Direct, ReCAP discovery to delivery, and related services, our focus is on facilitating discovery and speeding delivery and fulfillment in support of research, teaching, and learning. My favorite part of my job is finding innovative ways to knit together disparate systems to provide as seamless a user experience as possible.”
“I’m Yingwen Huang and I arrange and describe archival collections in the Rare Book & Manuscript Library, specifically historical manuscripts and documents in the Chinese language. My interests include East Asian languages, history, and culture. My favorite part of my job is making our collections more accessible to everyone and assisting researchers from all over the world in learning more about our collections and utilizing them.”
“My name is Gustavo Martinez and I work in the Library Information Office in Butler Library where I create alumni cards, take care of overdue fines, assist visitors or scholars in gaining access to the Libraries, and other tasks. My favorite parts of my job are the many people I meet throughout the day and helping them navigate the elaborate library system at Columbia. Everyone that comes into the office has an interesting story to tell and makes it an enjoyable experience to be a part of the Libraries.”
It is with great pleasure that we offer Performing the Library! for 2018 – 2019. Now in its third year, this program engages collaboration between the Libraries and Columbia students with a focus on exhibitions and events that celebrate the library as a collection, a space, and a resource. Performing the Library! is an opportunity to bring to life the books and objects that make up our collections and to reflect on the stories, ideas, lives, and creative works that are carefully preserved by the Libraries.
Central to this year’s event is the Mural Project, a “takeover” of the bulletin board spaces in Butler Library. The bulletin boards in Butler offer large and small spaces for exhibitions of student work that reflects on the theme of the library.
For more information about the series and past participants, read this article or visit student-produced exhibits, on display in 300 Butler Library through December 2018.
We are now accepting ideas for 2018 – 2019 exhibits and encourage any student who may be interested to become a part of Performing the Library: a Series of Happenings!
Students can submit individual project ideas on a small-scale or collaborate with peers for a larger group project. We would like to represent as many student projects as possible. The exhibits offer the opportunity to create murals, graffiti works, cutouts, compose original texts, or exhibit photographic works.
Bulletin Boards/Project Spaces
(Measurements are listed as width x height.)
Location: 208 Butler Library
Two bulletin board panels each measuring 4’ 10” x 3’.
A proposal for these large bulletin boards should focus on a mural exhibit. The proposal can call for one or both boards. This is a central location with long-range views.
Forgotten Space Project
Location: 211 Butler Library
Four panels each measuring 2’ 7.5” x 4’ 8”.
A proposal for these large bulletin boards should focus on an art exhibit. The proposal can call for one or all four boards.
Location: 310 Butler Library
Four bulletin boards each measuring 2’ 9.75” x 2’ 9.75”.
The proposal can provide a theme for all four boards or a single board.
Graduate Reading Rooms – Themed Exhibits
Comparative Literature & Society (615 Butler Library): Two bulletin boards each measuring 1’4” x 3’10”.
Early Modern/Modern Europe and Moral & Political Theory (504 Butler Library): Two boards, one measuring 1’ 4” x 3’ 11” and one measuring 1’ 2.5” x 3’ 11”.
Islamic Studies (602 Butler Library): Two boards, one measuring 1’ 2” x 3’ 7.5” and 1’ 1.5” x 3’ 7.5”.
Latin American Studies (503 Butler Library): Two boards, one measuring 1’ 2.5” x 3’ 11” and 1’ 4” x 3’ 11”.
South Asian Studies (601 Butler Library): One board measuring 2’ 5.25” x 3’ 7.5”.
The exhibits for the reading rooms listed above should focus on the associated theme or geographic location.
Proposals should include the following:
- Student(s) or group name
- Identify the preferred location and number of boards
- Project description detailing the theme or topic and the type of creative work (mural, art, photography, text, etc.)
- Identify materials to be used for the exhibit (should easily adhere to bulletin board or background)
Proposals should be submitted by November 5, 2018. Proposals will be reviewed by November 19, 2018. Installations will run from December 2018 – January 2019.
To submit your proposal, please send to Nancy Friedland, Librarian for Film Studies and Performing Arts, via email (email@example.com) and using the subject line Performing the Library – Proposal.