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Winter Break Updates From The Libraries

We wish everyone a happy, healthy new year!

If you are still on campus, or returning soon, here's what you need to know:

  • BorrowDirect will be unavailable until January 6.
  • Butler 310 is in the beginning stages of renovation. The Subject Card Catalog has been removed to make room for additional seating and study space. More changes will come through the spring!
  • Hours are varied for each library.  Please check the hours page before visiting.

We hope you have a great winter break!

Tips & Tricks For Getting Through Finals

The Libraries are here to support you throughout the end of the semester! Here's how: 

  • Stressbusters will be in Butler 203 on Wednesday, December 12, giving backrubs, and offering tips for reducing stress and more. Librarians will also be on hand to answer questions and hand out healthy study snacks. Check out Facebook for more info.
  • Research Librarians and Subject Specialists – find them at the Butler Reference Desk or contact a staff member directly.

  • Librarians are available to answer questions through email, text, and chat.
  • Keep up-to-minute with Library news by following us on Facebook and Twitter.

Anything else we can do? Let us know! Happy studying! Go get 'em! Roar!

Attend “The Golden Age of Theatrical Scrapbooks, 1880-1930” Monday, December 3

On Monday, December 3, Sharon Marcus, Orlando Harriman Professor of English and Comparative Literature, Columbia University, will be presenting a lecture on "The Golden Age of Theatrical Scrapbooks, 1880-1930." The event is free and open to the public and will take place in 523 Butler Library at 6pm.

Theatrical scrapbooks are some of the least utilized documents in theater history archives, yet also among the most useful, replete with cast lists, advertising imagery, ticket stubs, theater programs, seating charts, and clippings of reviews and articles.  This talk provides a history of the theatrical scrapbook in the United States during the golden age of theater, 1880-1930, as well as a formal analysis of the traits that define theatrical scrapbooks as a genre distinct from other kinds of albums popular during the nineteenth century.  These materials illuminate a few key problems in theater studies, including the status of the dramatic author; the relationship between theater and film; and the notoriously elusive bond between stars and fans, actors and audiences. Continue reading

C.V. Starr East Asian Library Hosts Art Exhibition By Seisai

The C.V. Starr East Asian Library is pleased to announce the opening of a special exhibit of fifteen prints by Seisai (the artist name of Peter MacMillan), from his series Thirty-Six New Views of Mount Fuji. This exhibition takes place in the Starr Library rare book reading room and will be on view through November 30, 2012.

Thirty-Six New Views of Mount Fuji explores the gap between traditional Japanese culture and the careless consumerism of present-day society. The artist uses lithograph printing, offset printing, hand painting, and gold leaf applied by hand in his prints, drawing upon Hokusai's motifs as well as those of other Japanese and Western artists. 

For more information, please visit the Starr blog.

Check Out Opera ‘Amor & Psyche’ Monday – For Free!

On Monday, November 12, Burke Library will celebrate the 30th Anniversary of the Friends of the Burke Library with a performance of "Amor & Psyche," a baroque opera pastiche by Opera Feroce.  

The New York Times said this show's "comic antics offset sorrowful music, while lighthearted placards and emoticons provided tongue-in-cheek plot updates."  It's an entertaining and beautiful work with baroque chamber ensemble.

This is free and open to the public.

Monday, November 12
Running time 90 minutes (with intermission)

DIRECTIONS: Enter at Union Theological Seminary entrance on 121st and Broadway.  Burke Library, 3rd Floor Reading Room.

For information or questions, please contact Anthony J. Elia, Public Services Librarian at

RSVP preferred but not necessary.

Are Corporations People Too?

The Libraries hope everyone was able to weather Hurricane Sandy this week.  As the campus and New York City get back to normal, we are excited to present " 'Corporations are People Too:' The Strange History of Corporations and the 14th Amendment" on Wednesday, November 7.  

This lecture by Naomi R. Lamoreaux, Professor of Economics and History at Yale University, will explore the seemingly conflicting decisions handed down by the Supreme Court on the "legal personhood of a corporation."  

This event is part of the New York Business History Forum and co-sponsored by the Richard Paul Richman Center for Business Law and Public Policy.  It will be in held in Butler Library, room 523 and begin at 6:30pm.

For more information, please visit the New York Business History Forum site.

What Is Open Access Week?

Open Access Week is a global event promoting the opportunity for academic communities to continue to share the results of their research and scholarship. It runs October 22-28, 2012.

Columbia University Libraries and the Scholarly Communication Program are pleased to host three events promoting open access and its benefits this week!

Monday October 22, 1:00 pm – Butler Library, Room 523

Your Dissertation: What You Need to Know About Copyright and Electronic Filing

This event is free and open to Columbia students, faculty, and staff.

Students at the Columbia Graduate School of Arts and Sciences (GSAS) must file their dissertations electronically, and a copy of each dissertation will be deposited in Columbia's online repository Academic Commons. This new requirement may change the way you prepare your dissertation for filing. Learn important information about using copyrighted materials in your dissertation, and depositing your work in Academic Commons. Bring your questions!


Kenneth Crews, Columbia Copyright Advisory Office

Rob Hilliker, Academic Commons Manager

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Check Out The “Memory Project” On Monday, October 22

The M.A. Film Studies Program and C.V Starr East Asian Library presents, "Memory Project: Chinese Independent Documentaries" on Monday, October, 22 at 8pm.

Chinese documentary filmmakers of the only-child generation explore their identities by engaging with the past. In 2011, these directors returned to their ancestral villages to uncover oral histories from their grandparents. Found memories are uncovered of a different China paralyzed in fear and famine.

This event features a screening and conversations with Wu Wenguang, Zou Xueping, Zhang Mengqi, and Luo Bing in Dodge Hall in the Lifetime Screening Room.

There will be an introduction by Professor Nico Baumbach, Film Division and the conversation will be moderated by Dr. Junjie Chen, Visiting ACLS Anthropologist.

Text, Chat, Email – There Are So Many Ways To Ask A Librarian For Help!

Do you have a reference question?

Do you need research assistance?

There are so many ways you can ask a librarian for help.

Librarians are available for everything from quick resource tips to in-depth guidance on research papers and final projects and it's easier than ever to have your questions answered! 

You can call, send an email, reach out with a text message, or chat with a librarian through instant message.

You also have the option to schedule a one-on-one research consultation with a subject specialist librarian in your subject area

Librarians are here to help!