Category Archives: Using the Libraries

Graduate Students! Apply For A Digital Centers Internship!

Exciting news!  The Libraries will award 6 internship opportunities within our digital centers on emerging digital tools and research methodologies, collaborating with librarians and technologists in supporting and promoting digital scholarship. 

We are seeking qualified Columbia graduate students; internships pay $20/hour.  Don't delay!  Click here for more information – application deadline is September 15th, 2012.

Congratulations Class Of 2012!

Columbia University Libraries wish to congratulate the class of 2012!  We wish you all success in your future endeavors.

Soon-to-be-Alums, remember: Library access can be lifelong affair! 

Access to licensed electronic databases continues for a period of three months beyond the degree conferral date.

Recent alumni will be able to enter the libraries for a period of thirty days after the date of graduation using their student ID cards. After thirty days, alumni must obtain an alumni card in the Library Information Office in Room 201 of Butler Library.

Please visit our Alumni & Friends site for more information.

The Digital Humanities Center Hosts Film Night On Wednesday, March 7

On Wednesday, March 7,at 6:00pm, the Digital Humanities Center will be hosting the first of a series of presentations of films done by users and staff of the DHC. 

This first evening, which will be held in Butler room 306, will feature five short films by DHC staff members Jason Alarcon, Kostas Antonopoulos, Michele de Caro, Rachel Israel, and Andy Nguyen, including the film that won Nguyen a trip to the Sundance Festival.  Opportunities to work with digital video will also be highlighted. This event is free an open to public!

From Andy Nguyen's film, "Boomerang"

Using Google Scholar

Google Scholar is a great tool that can help you discover abstracts, full-text articles, and other database content through a simple search interface. The resource provides a search of scholarly literature across a diverse array of subject areas and sources. Here's a reminder on how to most effectively utilize Google Scholar both on-campus and remotely.

You can access the full-text journal and database content provided by Columbia University Libraries directly from Google Scholar. Just type the title of a journal article into Google Scholar and then link directly to Columbia’s full-text via "e-Link@Columbia."  



If you’re on campus and you search Google Scholar, you will automatically see the "e-link @ Columbia" when the content is available from the Libraries. If you’re off campus, there are a few ways to access Columbia Libraries’ content through Google Scholar.

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Get in the Spirit of Halloween – A List of Scary Movies & Thrillers to Check Out

In honor of the spookiest time of year, Butler Library’s Librarian for Media, Film Studies and Performing Arts, Nancy Friedland, put together a list of scary movies and thrillers from the Criterion Collection on her "Features and Shorts" blog.  All of the films listed are available for check out from the Butler Library Media Collection.  

Diabolique (1955) — Thriller from Henri‑Georges Clouzot — is the story of two women who hatch a daring revenge plot — stars Simone Signoret — truly terrifying

Silence of the Lambs (1991) — from director Jonathan Demme — starring Anthony Hopkins in a superb performance as Hannibal the Cannibal and a wonderful Jodie Foster as FBI agent Clarice Starling, winner of numerous Academy Awards — absolutely terrifying

The Vanishing (1988) suspense thriller about a young man and his obsessive search for his girlfriend after she mysteriously disappears during their sunny vacation getaway

For the rest of the list, click here

And for more information on films and collections, follow Nancy on Twitter @Rashomondo.


Borrow Direct Partnership Expands to Include Harvard Library and the Center for Research Libraries (CRL)

Columbia University Libraries is pleased to announce the addition of Harvard Library and the Center for Research Libraries (CRL) to Borrow Direct, a service enabling faculty, students, and staff of Columbia University to borrow books and music scores directly from the libraries of Brown University, Cornell University, Dartmouth College, the University of Pennsylvania, Princeton University, and Yale University. Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) is expected to join by late October 2011.

This expansion increases the number of volumes available to Columbia scholars from more than 45 million to almost 70 million.

Participating Harvard libraries include Widener Library (Humanities and Social Sciences), Countway Library (Medicine), and the Andover Library (Theology). In addition, books held at the Harvard Depository that were deposited by, or from, these three collections can be obtained through Borrow Direct.

New Equipment and Software Available in the Libraries!

Need to work on a Mac? Use Microsoft Word or Powerpoint? Finish a graphic design assignment? 

There are new computers and software options available throughout the libraries! In 300 Butler, in front of the Circulation desk, 16 computer kiosks have been replaced and the new computers now include Microsoft Office and Adobe Creative Suite – that includes Word, Excel, Powerpoint, Photoshop, Illustrator, Dreamweaver, and more! 

Additional upgrades have also been made in the Digital Humanities Center (located in 305 Butler); 3 more Macs will be available in the Music & Arts Library (701 Dodge); and touch screen scanner stations will be available in Butler as well.


Meet the Librarians: Jeffrey Lancaster

Name: Jeffrey Lancaster

Title: Emerging Technologies Coordinator

Contact Info:

office404 Northwest Corner Bldg,
Science and Engineering Library
mailcode: 4899
phone: 212.851.7138

Library: Digital Science Center, Science and Engineering Library

@ Columbia Since: August 2006 (Ph.D. in Chemistry), with the Libraries since June 2011 

Education Info: 

B.A. Chemistry, Art History – Washington University in St. Louis
B.F.A. Sculpture – Washington University in St. Louis
M.Sc. History of Science, Medicine and Technology – Oxford University
Ph.D. Chemistry – Columbia University

About me: I’m generally interested in the role of technology in scientific research and how the transition to digital media is changing the way libraries are used and conceived.  I’m also interested in information design (infosthetics), taxonomy, emerging uses of social media, and the incorporation of technology in the classroom. 

What’s new at my library: Well, the whole thing is new, really, as of January. We have over 50 PCs and Macs that have a broad range of high-powered software installed. We also have several high-end scanners, a huge flatscreen TV, and Joe’s coffee is right downstairs. 

Personal favorite: Lately I’ve been teaching myself processing.js – a javascript-based platform for visual animation and design. 

Recommended Resources: Anything paper – get it while it lasts!



Locker Lotteries, Using the Business Library, Theater Architects and More …

Check out what’s going on this week at the Libraries:

Would you like an introduction that shows you how to navigate the libraries resources and services?  Come to one of three workshops offered by librarian Karen Green

Hoping to snag a Butler Library locker for the academic year?  Enter the Butler Library locker lottery by this Friday, September 9th.

The New York Times brings welcome news regarding the future of the Victoria Theater on 125th Street in Harlem designed by Thomas Lamb, one of the major theater architects of the first half of the 20th century, whose archive is one of the most heavily used collections in Avery Library’s Drawings and Archives.

Check out five things you need to know about researching in Watson Library

Libraries Aren’t Just A Physical Space & Other Things Our Intern Learned This Summer

by Jessica Gentile, Social Media Intern

I’ve had an amazing summer working as Columbia Libraries’ Social Media intern. In between blog posts and Twitter updates, I’ve gotten to explore some breathtakingly beautiful libraries and met some amazing librarians and staff. From the architectural wonders of Avery to the physically small, but informationally massive, Journalism Library, I quickly learned that every subject gets its due here, as the campus is home to over twenty libraries.

I’ve also gotten familiar with so many of the Columbia’s remarkable archival collections. Check out one of my favorite digital exhibits, 1968: Columbia in Crisis. It does an amazing job documenting and contextualizing student protests and social activism of the 1960s with incredible primary sources and photographs. Additionally, there’s usually a really neat exhibition on display at the Rare Book & Manuscript Library, which is always worth visiting. I especially loved the Tennessee Williams exhibit shown earlier this summer.

But the libraries aren’t just a physical space. They’re everywhere. That’s one of the most exciting realizations I came to while working here. From the search pages of CLIO, to your Facebook news feed, to this very blog, the presence of the library extends well-beyond its reading rooms. And that’s important. As information is more readily available than ever, so is misinformation. As celebrated graphic novelist, Neil Gaiman, once said, "Google can bring back a hundred thousand answers. A librarian can bring you back the right one." So go ahead – email, call or even text a librarian. That’s what they’re here for. And the next time you swing by, check in on Foursquare while you’re at it!