Five Ways to Get Started at the Libraries This Summer

Columbia University Libraries is thrilled to welcome students to campus this summer! Whether you’re returning to campus or arriving for the first time, we’re here to support you. Here are five easy ways to get started at the Libraries: Browse Collections Access millions of our collections online through CLIO. To request scans of print materials, […]

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Meet Kevin, who ensures that archives in the Rare Book & Manuscript Library are discoverable and accessible to researchers

Q: Which part of the Libraries do you work in, and what’s your role? The Rare Book & Manuscript Library (RBML) is Columbia University’s principal repository for special collections. The holdings include hundreds of thousands of rare books and nearly 80,000 linear feet of archival material, which are records created by people or institutions as […]

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Meet Kaneisha, who collaborates with Columbia’s First-Generation, Low-Income (FLI) Network to provide access to course materials from the Libraries’ collections

Q: What was your transition from in-person work in Butler Library to remote work like? Describe your typical day while working from home. I’m not sure I had a transition from in-person work in Butler Library to remote work in New Jersey. We transitioned to full remote work until further notice just two or three […]

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Meet Alex and Moacir, who host a weekly, open livestream on Twitch to build collaborative, digital projects with Columbia faculty and students in real time

Q: You launched a remote version of the Libraries’ Studio initiative. For readers who aren’t familiar with your in-person programming, what was the goal of Studio Butler and Studio Lehman? In 2013, the Libraries’ Digital Humanities Center, along with the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences Teaching Center, established “Studio@Butler,” which they described as a […]

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Meet Eamon, who helps faculty, staff, and students connect directly with expert librarians remotely through the Ask a Librarian service

Q: What was your transition from in-person work to remote work like? Describe your typical day while working from home. It was a very abrupt transition! I had the chance to get some items from my office before remote work began, but I started working from home on March 16 and didn’t set foot on […]

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Meet Candice, who implemented an online library seat reservation system in a few short weeks from her dining room table

Q: What is your role in the Libraries, and what is your “office space” like these days since you’re not physically on campus?  I’m the Head of Web Services for the Libraries. I’m responsible for managing what we call the Libraries web presence, which means the sites that provide library services and resources. Those sites […]

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Meet Zak, who is on campus almost daily helping to keep the Avery Architectural & Fine Arts Library safely open for study space and collection access

Q: What does your work at the Avery Architectural & Fine Arts Library entail on a daily basis, and how is it different from before?  With the help of an excellent team of five people, I oversee Access Services at Avery Library. Access Services encompasses a lot of the public services our users associate with […]

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Meet Jim, who led the effort to reopen library spaces safely and launched new services to connect users with collections and tools

Q: You’ve been wearing a lot of figurative hats at the Libraries these days. What is your job normally, and how has it changed since March? My normal job is Head of Access & User Experience for the Science, Engineering & Social Science Libraries. I lead a really excellent team who work across 6 campus […]

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Meet Lauren, who is digitizing rare Muslim World manuscripts to ensure scholars around the world can access these materials from anywhere, anytime

Q: What is the project you’re working on currently, and what is your particular role? I’m working on the Manuscripts of the Muslim World project, a grant-funded effort by the Council on Library and Information Resources (CLIR) that is shared between Columbia, the University of Pennsylvania, the Free Library of Philadelphia, and Bryn Mawr and […]

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Meet Tara, who is helping students and researchers at Columbia access special collections safely in the Rare Book & Manuscript Library

Q: What is your job in the Libraries normally, and how has it changed since the pandemic began?  I’m the Head of Public Services at the Rare Book & Manuscript Library (RBML). I am responsible for planning and implementing the reference, reproduction, and reading room access services which connect users to our collections. Because special […]

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