Tuesday, July 26, 2005


In case you missed Gary's announcement that the OPAC is back--

If you use Internet Explorer or Crazy Browser as your internet browser, you
may need to change the font. There should be no problem with the display
in Netscape or Firefox. You can tell that you need to change the font if
little boxes display in the place of diacritics.

To change the font--

Click on "Tools" -->then "Internet Options" --> then "Fonts"-->then select
"Arial Unicode MS" from the selection of "Latin based" fonts-->and click OK
(once in fonts box and once in the Internet Options box).

If you have any questions or problems, please call the LSO help desk at


CLIO and Circ

While we wait for the Voyager software upgrade, patrons must bring the book in, in order to renew it. Circ needs the barcode to access the record.

Monday, July 25, 2005

Event in front of Butler

Many of you may be wondering why all the tents
are being placed on the lawn in front of Bulter.
These preparations are for the annual party given for a large
portion of the University's operations staff and their familes.
Thanks to those of you who pointed out that one of our
bookbins was blocked by a tent, and I have been promised
that it will be moved. We expect no major access
interruptions to Butler, but if you're coming to Butler from
somewhere else on Wednesday, leave enough time to get
through the crowds

Please let me know if you have any questions.

Jane Winland
Acting Director of Access

Friday, July 15, 2005

Large scale scanner in EDS

I would like to announce that EDS has a 54 inch Colortrac 5480e scanner
which has been acquired primarily, but not exclusively, for use with

The policy governing use of the scanner and the technical specifications
for materials to be scanned are outlined on the following page:

If there are any questions, please feel free to contact me directly, or
send an email to EDS (eds@columbia.edu).


public computers shutdown

There's now a red icon on the bottom toolbar that enables one to turn off the public workstations in a single click.

Thanks, Esther!

Library Services July 16-22 during CLIO upgrade

Some Library services will be unavailable from 9 pm on Saturday, July 16th,
through Friday, July 22nd.

The cataloging, circulation, and acquisitions modules will not be available
during this time.

The OPAC will continue to be available. Patrons will be able to:

Patrons will NOT be able to:

There will be a link from the "Place Requests" button in CLIO telling
patrons which services are available, and encouraging them to use Borrow
Direct for anything that cannot be requested. There is also an LWeb
spotlight giving general information about services during this week.

If patrons have a special request or questions about any of the services
that will not be available during this time, please contact the circulation
desk at the library where the relevant materials are located.

Visitors to the Columbia University Libraries should direct questions about
access and library privileges during this week to the Library Information
Office, 212-854-7309.

Sarah Witte
CLIO OPAC Subcommittee

Wednesday, July 13, 2005


training session today @ Avery, 2 pm. Contact Avery for future training sessions.
Also: featured in LJ's July issue.

Green Light

A few chance manipulations, and it seems to be fixed.


Tuesday, July 12, 2005

reference desk printer

(sent to AT help desk, copied to reference librarians)

Hello Friends in AT,

The printer connected to the reference desk doesn't want to do its
job. The green light keeps flashing despite my attempts to clear its
mind. I've turned it off, unplugged it from the network, unplugged
the power, and deleted all jobs. It's time for more expert

Can you help?


additional insight from Karen:

I believe the printer is acting up because I replaced the current
cartridge with a color cartridge for one printing job. According to Lois,
this particular printer is particularly fond of Darin. Maybe somebody else
from the help desk can help this time!

room 201 carpet

The carpet in 201 was just shampooed. Please keep the door open so the carpet can dry.

Friday, July 08, 2005

Deweys awaiting reclassification

Deweys that have been checked out and returned may be on one of two book trucks in Circulation.

I'll ask Michael or Tania if it would be possible to check these books out to "in process" or something.

Tuesday, July 05, 2005

Digital Library Seminar Series: July 15, July 29, Aug. 12

Please hold the date/time for the Digital Library Seminar Series
presentations described below.

Additional information about these presentations will be provided as soon
as it becomes available.


Digital Library Seminar Series presentation #1:

TOPIC: Authentication/Authorization for Libraries Services: Kerberos, LDAP,
WIND, Shibboleth
SPEAKERS: David Millman, Benn Oshrin, Breck Witte
WHEN: Friday, July 15 ~ 11:00 AM-12:30 PM
WHERE: 203 Butler Library


Digital Library Seminar Series presentation #2:

TOPIC: Course Management at Columbia, Present & Future: CourseWorks & Sakai
SPEAKERS: Rob Cartolano, Mary Giunta
WHEN: Friday, July 29 ~ 10:00-11:30 AM
WHERE: 203 Butler Library
MORE INFO: http://www.sakaiproject.org/


Digital Library Seminar Series presentation #3:

TOPIC: Blogs, Wikis*, RSS Feeds, etc.
SPEAKERS: Maurice Matiz
WHEN: Friday, August 12 ~ 10:30 AM-12:00 PM
WHERE: 203 Butler Library

*Wikis are collaborative websites.


Catherine M. Thomas, Web Services Librarian
Libraries Digital Program Division
Columbia University Libraries
212-854-8355 ~ thomas@columbia.edu

Printing and Pre-College Program

All of the PreCollege students were given UNIs this year in order to allow them to print. However, they have to activate their UNI first, just like any new student. This can be done by going to http://www.columbia.edu/acis/tools/index.html and clicking on "Activate a New Account." I believe that they were told about their UNIs in an orientation session; I know that at least several have already tried. If any of them have any problems with activating their UNI, please refer them to the Help Desk.

Chicano Database

Updated quarterly, the Chicano Database provides extensive coverage of Mexican-American topics from the 1960s to the present, with selective coverage dating back to the early 1900s. Scope expanded in 1992 to include the broader Latino experience, including Puerto Ricans, Cuban Americans, and Central American immigrants. Includes the Spanish Speaking Mental Health Database, covering psychological, sociological, and educational literature. Based on the Chicano Studies Collection, Ethnic Studies Library, University of California at Berkeley.

Learn more: http://www.columbia.edu/cu/lweb/eresources/databases/2252706.html

ERC: John Tofanelli

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