Friday, January 28, 2005

lost ID

I e-mailed the student whose ID is in the reference desk drawer. When she comes to claim it, please ask her if she's got the Ethernet cable for which she traded the card. (She may have returned it; I don't know for sure.)

Thursday, January 27, 2005

new swift home page

Columbia University Libraries Staff Web InFormation Tree

Tuesday, January 25, 2005

trial e-resources

The following e-resources were recently added to the NER Test Services page:


North American Women's Drama

"Contains 715 plays by 152 playwrights, together with detailed, fielded
information on related productions, theaters, production companies, and
more. When complete, the collection will include more than 1,500 plays, of
which some 20% have never been published before. The database also includes
selected playbills, production photographs and other ephemera related to
the plays." (from <>)

Please share your comments with the ERC for this resource: John Tofanelli


Twentieth Century North American Drama [Alexander Street Press]

"Contains 319 plays by 53 playwrights, together with detailed, fielded
information on related productions, theaters, production companies, and
more. The database also includes selected playbills, production photographs
and other ephemera related to the plays. " (from

Please share your comments with the ERC for this resource: Nancy Friedland.


Twentieth Century Drama [Chadwyk-Healy]

"When complete, will contain 2,500 published plays from throughout the
English-speaking world, covering the history of modern drama from the 1890s
to the present day. The full range of dramatic styles, genres and
traditions will be represented, from widely studied and frequently
performed plays to important examples of radical theatre, regional theatre,
postcolonial theatre, women's theatre and popular forms such as melodrama,
farce and thriller that are often under-represented in surveys of the
period." (from "About Page"

Please share your comments with the ERC for this resource: Nancy Friedland



Online resource serving the research, teaching, and professional needs of
anthropologists. Developed by the American Anthropological Association
(AAA), AnthroSource brings 100 years of anthropological material online.

Please share your comments with the ERC for this resource: Fadi Dagher.

Monday, January 24, 2005

CU Libraries in case of University closing

If the University does announce a closing, all libraries will be closed, with the exception of Butler Library which will operate only as a study hall, with Security Guards on duty at the entrance. There will be no library services and Butler Library staff would not be expected to come to work.

If the University remains open our policy is to keep the libraries open and staff should expect to report to work. In those rare circumstances where a Director makes a decision to close a library or open late, staff will be notified by a supervisor.

Patricia Renfro

Tuesday, January 11, 2005

New LWeb "Databases" Interface Now in Production

The new CLIO-generated LibraryWeb "Databases" interface is now in full

production as the default interface.

The obsolete "About" pages associated with the old interface are still in
place. As soon as time permits, re-directs will be implemented from these
obsolete pages to the new "More Info" pages.

For more information about this project, please see the message posted by
Stephen Davis on Dec. 14, 2004:

LibraryWeb Help Desk
Columbia University Libraries

Oxford Dictionary of National Biography

The following new e-resource was recently added to LibraryWeb.

Oxford Dictionary of National Biography

First point of reference for anyone interested in the lives of the peoples of the British Isles and their connections overseas who lived from the earliest times to the end of the year 2000. It is the product of research instituted at the University of Oxford and funded by the British Academy and by Oxford University Press. It is the achievement of 10,000 contributors and advisers staff in Oxford. The Oxford DNB aims to provide full, accurate, concise, and readable articles on noteworthy people in all walks of life.

"About" page:

Resolver URL:

ERC: John Toffanelli

Monday, January 10, 2005

new SWIFT interface

You are invited to preview a new* SWIFT interface at:

We hope to put the new interface into production on January 24.

For more information about SWIFT changes, please see:

*the new interface is generated by our Web Content Management (WCM) system.

Dmitri Laury & Cathy Thomas
Web Content Management (WCM) Help Desk
Libraries Digital Program Division

black studies resource from CCNY

Currently there are resources in 51 subject categories including Abolition, Civil Rights, The Freedman's Bureau, the Harlem Renaissance, Horseracing, Literature & Writing, Martin Luther King Jr., the Montgomery Bus Boycott, SlaveNarratives, Statistics, Theatre, Tuskegee Airmen and the Underground Railroad.

(posted to METRO list by Grace Ellen McCrann)

Friday, January 07, 2005


During the intersession I'm having another go at the 82s, starting with 82M66 I.

If anyone is looking for a book in that vicinity, and you can't find it on the shelf, look for it in my office or in Albert's W/D stacks.

Students Opening Archives

On the following days, either Meryleen Mena '05 or Jane Wallace '05 will be showing up at the reference desk at 9 AM or shortly thereafter to borrow the key to the Archives:

1/10: MM
1/12: MM
1/13: JW
1/14: JW
1/19: MM
1/21: MM
1/26: MM
1/28: MM

Thank you very much,



Provides India-specific socio-economic statistical facts and figures culled from various secondary level sources.

"About" page:

Resolver URL:

ERC: Bindu Bhatt

Thursday, January 06, 2005

Chemistry Library Closed Friday

The Chemistry Library and Chandler Hall will be closed on Friday, January
7. Facilities will be completing the connection of Chandler to the
emergency generator at this time. This work will require all power to be
shut off in Chandler for the entire day. The library will be open regular
intersession hours on Monday.

Gus Stamatopoulos
Head, Access Services and Materials Processing
Science and Engineering Division, Columbia University Libraries
601 D Fairchild Hall
Biological Science Library

Wednesday, January 05, 2005

Citation Finder

We have recently added a new service link called "Citation Finder” that is part of the SFX package.

Citation Finder allows a user to enter a citation, or parts of a citation, into the existing fields, and Citation Finder then links directly to the SFX services menu for the exact item.

This is a fantastic tool for users to quickly locate appropriate full text options, create ILL requests, or get information on a specific set of holdings. Citation Finder acts as a gateway to article-level information without requiring the user to go through a more complicated database search.

The link to Citation Finder is available on several web pages within CUL:

It might be very worthwhile to experiment with Citation Finder to get a feel for the range of information that one can access quickly. From my experience, this is an extremely fast, reliable tool to add to the suite of information locating services.

(Sent to CUL Notes by Tom Delaney.)

Tuesday, January 04, 2005

winter and spring

The winter and spring schedules, in addition to being available in print at the reference desk, can be found on the shared drive.

\\Athena\faculty\library\shared\Reference\schedules\05 winter\final.xls
\\Athena\faculty\library\shared\Reference\schedules\05 spring\almost FINAL.xls

The latter will be all the way final once the reference students' schedules are set.

print cartridge and office mouse

I asked John to order us a new print cartridge as the printer warns that we'll need it in 1600 pages.

I also alerted him that there's a mouse in 203.

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