“I am Polyxeni Georgiadi and I work for the Collections Acquisition & Description department in Butler Library cataloging books on fine arts and belles lettres in various languages, particularly in Greek. My expertise includes creating records and classifying books according to their subjects. I am a very detail-oriented person, so editing and correcting records is satisfying and rewarding to me. My goal is to make every title easily searchable for our users.”
“I’m Carolyn Bratnober and I work in the Burke Library, helping students and faculty with research, looking at rare books and archives, planning events and exhibits, and coordinating the library’s social media accounts. My interests include LGBTQ studies, disability studies, mass media studies, religious studies and theology, and teaching library technology skills. My favorite part of my job in the Libraries is helping students to make their studies easier (and less expensive!) by using quick and easy library resources.”
“I’m John Tofanelli and I build the Libraries’ print and online collections in many areas, including British and American history and literature, and African-American studies. One of my special interests is in periodicals and newspapers from earlier historical periods, since these can provide us with valuable insights into the times during which they were produced. My favorite part of my job in the Libraries is engaging in dialogue with student researchers. I love hearing about their projects and helping them to identify relevant resources in our incredibly rich collections.”
“I’m Alex Gil and I collaborate with faculty, students and colleagues on scholarly and archival projects involving advanced use of technology. My expertise includes the work of the humanities writ-large, experimental computing, Caribbean surrealist poetry and global flows of knowledge. My favorite part of my job in the Libraries is coming up with elegant and imaginative solutions to stubborn problems and mentoring future scholar-librarians.”
“I’m Morgan Adams and I treat the Libraries’ rare books, manuscripts, and works of art on paper to make them available for research and teaching, exhibition and digitization, and to ensure their preservation for generations to come. My expertise includes book-binding history, the history of artists’ materials, and the technical analysis of paper-and parchment-based objects. My favorite part of my job is working with students and faculty to make discoveries about our collections, to better understand their materials, manufacture, and their history of use and change over time.”
“I’m Solangel Rosario, but my colleagues call me Sol. I maintain the physical collection of books and law materials at the library. My expertise includes working knowledge of nearly five languages including French, which is the language I specialize in. My favorite part of my job in the Libraries is interacting with the global community of staff and students that gathers at the law school. We all have such different backgrounds and expertise that it truly mirrors the melting pot that is New York.”
So much of our work in the Libraries involves tools, data, exciting technology, incredible materials, and rare collections. We are harnessing technology in new ways and expanding our ideas of what materials have a place in our acquisitions and archives.
For all the changes in the information landscape, what continue to be most valuable are the human interactions. People with specialized skills make exciting things possible for researchers and learners. The future of the library is long, and the continuum of that arc is our people. Increasingly, we hold subject area expertise, including foreign language skills, and advanced digital literacy. We are what make the Columbia Libraries dynamic and sustainable.
“One of the great things about having librarians, faculty, and students working together is that they all bring different skills to the table. We get to play, we get to invent, we get to push the envelope, we get to ask questions about the library’s future. I come here every day excited to see what we will come up with next.” – Alex Gil, Digital Scholarship Coordinator