Friday, September 29, 2006

Shifting Reference Ps & Dictionaries

The Reference Ps are shifting backwards from the DLB to Classical and Medieval Literature Criticism in order to make room for the ever expanding multiple Gale series. Our wonderful reference students are moving approximately one cabinet's worth of books per reference shift, as time permits, so the shift should be complete by mid-October.

The dictionaries, sadly, got shifted incorrectly so that the books that were on the staff room side of the stack were shelved first and followed by those that were on the 201 side of the shelf. We're hoping to fix this problem on Sunday night.

Friday, September 22, 2006

Digital Video Editing at Butler

This is a reminder that we have four digital video editing workstations in the Butler Media Center.

Priority use of the stations is given to undergraduate film studies majors however students outside this major and the film division are welcome to use the stations.

This is how it works.

On Mondays of each week, we only allow the undergraduate students enrolled in the filmmaking courses to reserve time for the editing stations. They can sign up for four hours per day, every day through Sunday.

Beginning Tuesday, we open the reservations up to students and faculty.

We expect that users have a working knowledge of editing and the softwares including Final Cut Pro. We also support iMovie and for image editing--Adobe Photoshop. We also expect students working on projects bring their own external storage. Film files are huge and we are only able to store them temporarily for one week.


The "shopping period" for e-reserves has now passed. Access control files have been generated that restrict access to scanned e-reserves to the following people:
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 class:
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.

Tuesday, September 12, 2006

how to report LibraryWeb problems

To report a problem with LibraryWeb functionality, please send email to:

Examples of LibraryWeb functionality problems:
- searching the E-Journal interface produces inappropriate results
- searching the Databases interface produces inappropriate results
- LibraryWeb is not available

Messages sent to are read by:
Stephen Davis
Joanna DiPasquale
Dmitri Laury
Stuart Marquis
Cathy Thomas


To report a problem with a *specific* E-Resource, use the E-Resource Problem Report Form:

Examples of specific E-Resources:
- Encyclopedia Britannica online
- Journal of academic librarianship
- ProQuest

E-Resource Problem Reports are read by:
Joyce McDonough
Mark Wilson
Breck Witte

CLIO staging site

While the live CLIO isn't functioning, you can try the version on the test server There's a link to it on the reference desk machine's desktop.

Monday, September 11, 2006

Library Card Sign Up Day 9/19 11-1

The fourth annual collaboration between the Morningside Heights branch of the New York Public Library and the Barnard College Library is upon us!

Members of the Barnard College and Columbia University community can help commemorate Library Card Sign Up Month by getting a NYPL card at the Barnard Library on Tuesday, September 19 from 11am-1pm. Just bring your CUID. We signed up over 100 people in two hours last year, and the event was covered in American Libraries. (The link should work from on campus or with Columbia UNI/password.)

Your NYPL branch libraries card gets you access to the print and media holdings of 85 libraries in the Bronx, Manhattan, and Staten Island.

If you can't make it on Tuesday, you can always get your card from the Morningside Heights branch.

For more information contact Jenna Freedman jfreedma @ barnard . exx (change the xx)

Friday, September 08, 2006

Contemporary Women's Issues problem

The database is not accessible from the Barnard library. It's fine over at Butler. Not sure about other buildings on the Barnard campus. I've reported the problem to CUL-NER, and they're looking into it.


4:11pm All better now! (But I believe this is the second time our IP range has been dropped from this database. Aargh!)

Thursday, September 07, 2006

Prelinger Library talk at Columbia

"Outsider librarians" Rick and Megan Shaw Prelinger have graciously agreed to reprise for us the talk they gave Tuesday night at a Brooklyn art gallery. It is "To Build a Library: An Analog Landscape in Eight Squares."

Wednesday, September 13 1:30-3pm, Butler 203.

Among other things this image rich presentation is about the history and philosophy behind their imaginative library creation. According to Rick, "The collection itself is the catalog. Walking through the aisles is like touring a garden of ideas (some identifiably good, some bad, all shelved together), thinking about how different subjects connect and interact with one another, and feeling this or that book (magazine, map, flyer, zine) beckoning." (Moore, Anne Elizabeth. "Unofficial Histories: Zine and Ephemeral Print Archivists," Punk Planet #75. September and October 2006, page 53.) They've also got a few things to say about copyright.

This event is being held in association with the Reference Forums committee.

Eli Edwards blog post
Megan Shaw Prelinger
Prelinger Library
Prelinger Library Blog
Rick Prelinger

Tuesday, September 05, 2006

U of Michigan's Digitized Government Documents

The digitized texts recently released by the U. of Michigan include over 2000 Congressional hearings from the 1970s and 1980s. To take a look, go to MIRLYN at:

Use the basic search box to search for:
"naval nuclear propulsion program"

On the results screen, the items marked with a small yellow lightning bolt have digitized full text.

Jerry Breeze
Government Information Librarian
Lehman Library

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