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.
“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.”
“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.”
Our favorite comic is up for an Eisner Award! “A Life in Comics,” published in the Summer 2017 issue of Columbia Magazine, was created by cartoonist and Teachers College alum Nick Sousanis and traces the unconventional path taken by librarian Karen Green which led to an unconventional career as Columbia Libraries’ first-ever Curator for Comics & Cartoons. The illustrated feature is nominated in the “Best Short Story” category of the Eisner Awards, an annual prize given for creative excellence in American comics. The winners are decided by professionals in the comic industry and will be announced at the 2018 Comic-Con International in San Diego, CA, in mid-July.
For more on Karen’s work in the Libraries as both Curator and Librarian for Ancient & Medieval History, check out our own profile of her day-to-day in Butler Library and her offbeat collections.
Congrats to Columbia Magazine, Nick, and Karen on their well-deserved recognition!
The Design for America project with Columbia Libraries is a student-led effort working alongside administrators and staff in Butler Library with a mission to improve the student experience at Butler. Based on the results of a survey of more than 200 current students, DFA x CU Libs has prioritized promoting healthy study habits, comfort, and wellness in Butler, with current emphasis on room 202. In the space, you’ll find newly-added footrests and seat cushions for a more comfortable study session as well as posters and stickers that encourage self-care and wellness during even the most hectic weeks of the semester.
Butler 202 is a resource for you as finals approach and the semester ramps up. Please visit Butler 202 to experience some of these ideas in effect, give us your feedback, and tell us what you would like to see in the future!
Visit bcdfa.com to learn more.