As Digital Scholarship Librarian, Alex Gil is part of a community of innovators who are changing the world through socially-conscious technologies.
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.
Kimberly Springer, curator of the Rare Book & Manuscript Library’s expansive oral history collections, commemorates past and present events, crafting a meaningful collection of diverse voices for future scholars.
“My name is Janina Marquordt and I work in technical services, which includes a wide range of tasks and a whole lot of expertise in different areas in order to make materials available through the Libraries. I love being part of that extensive process. Also, as an immigrant, I love learning about different languages and cultures and the diverse backgrounds of other members of this community.”
“My name is Emily Holmes and my expertise extends to all areas of library preservation, with an emphasis on reformatting and digitizing the Libraries’ collections. My favorite part of my career is being able to make Columbia’s world-renowned collections available to people all over the world through digitization and preservation. I also value the opportunity to teach preservation to the next generation of librarians.”
“I’m Breck Witte and as Director of Library IT, I’m privileged to lead a team of dedicated and resourceful professionals who provide a range of computing services to the University community. From workstations in our digital centers and other public spaces to CLIO, Borrow Direct, ReCAP discovery to delivery, and related services, our focus is on facilitating discovery and speeding delivery and fulfillment in support of research, teaching, and learning. My favorite part of my job is finding innovative ways to knit together disparate systems to provide as seamless a user experience as possible.”
“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.”
“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.”