Tuesday, September 27, 2005

Tidy Desky

Hi All,

With both Carol and Michael having cleaned up the reference desk lately it has finally become apparent to me that we're not all doing our best to keep this shared workspace and public service access point as user friendly as one might like.

We need to priortize which laminates we keep on the front of the desk, keeping some of them on the side surface.

The open shelves should be kept relatively clear, as well. Please store the less frequently used items in the locked cabinet.

We all need to work harder to take our stuff with us when we go, and return pens and things back to the drawer.

I know it's difficult hearing this from the biggest slob in the library. I'm reminding myself, as well.


Wednesday, September 21, 2005

Making of Modern Economy

"The Making of the Modern Economy: Goldsmiths'-Kress Library of Economic
Literature 1450-1850" provides digital facsimile images on every page of
61,000 works of literature on economic and business published from 1450
through 1850. Full-text searching on more than 12 million pages provides
researchers unparalleled access to this vast collection of material on
commerce, finance, social conditions, politics, trade and transport.

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

Ereserves access restrictions

The two week period of unrestricted access to scanned
e-reserves has now passed. Access control files have
been generated that will restrict access to scanned
e-reserves to the following groups:

- cul staff involved in uploading and processing
this material

- those students and instructors registered for
the class either as students or
instructors (this includes some TAs)

- others who have requested and been granted
access to the Courseworks pages of a
given class.

Invariably some students who have been referring to
scanned e-reserves will suddenly find themselves locked
out. The following options are available for those not
registered or not recognized as being registered for a

- consult the printed copy in the library (when

- request access to the courseworks page for the
course; we receive a daily feed from Courseworks
and process it on receipt. This is the best
option for TAs who find that they do not have
access to electronic reserves for the course for
which they are TAing.

If a reader feels he or she is being denied access in error
please refer them to the problem report form in the
Request-it section of Libraryweb.


breck witte 212-854-8583 columbia university
systems analyst witte@columbia.edu library systems office

Monday, September 19, 2005

printing FAQs



Q.) I am a visitor. How can I get printing privileges?

A.) First, you need a UNI (University Network ID) and password. Visitors may obtain a UNI and password at the Library Information Office.

After obtaining a UNI and password, the next step is to purchase printing dollars:

For more information, see How Can I Purchase Printing Dollars?.

Q.) How can I check my print quota?

A.) Go to the Check Your Print Quota page. Input your UNI and password. More information about print quotas.

Q.) How can I purchase printing dollars?

A.) The cost for printing is 10 cents per sheet for black & white printers ($1 for color), sold in $5 increments.

To purchase printing dollars:

If you are a visitor, see also I Am a Visitor. How Can I Get Printing Privileges?

periodicals usage study

Do not pick up/reshelve periodicals during the weeks of:

September 19
October 17
November 14
December 12

Monday, September 12, 2005

Online Reference Sources

Science Direct has a selection of online reference resources.

The Encyclopedia of Social and Behavioral Sciences is included, but there are abstracts rather
than articles. Since this particular reference work has come and gone offline, perhaps it will be
included in full in the future.

Wednesday, September 07, 2005

on-line registration - troubleshooting

students (or you) must disable pop-up blocker to register online on our terminals.

a zine quote I like

Myth: You have to say "I'm computer illiterate" to get any kind of
help at the library. Fact: Just ask, it's not necessary to grovel. And
honestly, if you'd heard it as many times as I had, you would no longer
think it was cute for agrown woman or man to utter such a phrase. I'm
not a mechanic, but if I have to get my car repaired, the first thing I
am NOT going to say is how little I know about car engines! The
mechanics are there to a job for me, the same way library staff is there
to help you. So ask away: librarians have been helping people find stuff
in libraries long before computers ever arrived.

Jackie Campbell. Transom: the Library Issue, #5. 2002. no pagination.

Tuesday, September 06, 2005

Bedford Diaries shoot Tuesday

The Bedford Diaries people are back on Tuesday, Sept. 13, and they requested one of the shots take place on the walkway outside of the library. The shot would in the afternoon sometime (to be determined) and would last for about an hour.

Just FYI ... I have been assured that access to the building will not be affected altho folks may be asked to "wait a minute" while a shot is completed.

Friday, September 02, 2005

new classics subject guide

Thursday, September 01, 2005

new JSTOR search engine development

Article Locator

The Article Locator is a new search form that allows you to find a
specific article with an easy, fill-in-the-blank form. To locate a single
article, enter as much information as you have from an article reference
or citation. The form will search multiple fields of a citation
simultaneously, such as author name, article title, journal title,
volume/issue information, year, etc.

The Article Locator was available for preview from June 2005 to August
2005 as the JSTOR ?Citation Search.? During the preview period, we
received over 150 messages from JSTOR users who had tested the form. Based
on this feedback, we made several improvements to the form, including:
The Article Locator may be accessed directly at: http://www.jstor.org/search/ArticleLocatorSearch

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