Wednesday, May 30, 2007

New Library Circulation Policy

Beginning June 1, 2007, a new library circulation policy will go into effect. As of that date fines equal to or greater than $100 will result in the suspension of borrowing privileges. Also, the fee for lost materials will increase to $100 per item or the actual replacement cost + processing fees of the missing item (if that amount exceeds $100).

To avoid any penalties:

Monday, May 21, 2007

LexisNexis Congressional Hearings Digital Collection

Published hearings are the official record of committee hearings proceedings. Hearings, which are usually open to the public, are held to enable committees to gather opinions and information to help Members make decisions regarding proposed legislation or to help them fulfill their oversight and investigation responsibilities. Most hearings are published from six months to a year after the hearing is held, but some hearings are published following a gap of two or more years. The timing of the publication depends solely on the schedule of the individual committee. Official hearings publications, which are printed by the Government Printing Office (GPO), usually include: Written and oral statements of witnesses, transcripts of the verbal question-and-answer session between the committee and witnesses, reports, exhibits, and other materials submitted for the record by witnesses, and correspondence and other materials submitted by interested parties.


Includes company information, including market snapshot, company quote, equity indexes page, the Outlook's market insight, S & P stock stock report, economic calendar, economic insight, industry in focus, and Stovall's sector watch. Also includes mutual funds, S&P industry surveys for the US, Europe, Asia and Latin America.

Religious and Theological Abstracts

Provides objective summaries of articles appearing in scholarly journals in the fields of Religion and Theology. Database lists a wide variety of periodical literature, including Christian, Jewish, and other world religions, and provides English language abstracts of articles in English, Hebrew, Afrikaans, and major European languages. Indexes and abstracts articles in the fields of sociology, anthropology, criminology, demography, education, law and penology, race relations, social psychology, and urban studies. Coverage also includes policy issues in areas such as aging, violence, abuse and neglect, crisis intervention, urban development, and development policy.

The Religion Resource

Contains the full text of over 27 Religion reference works. Topics covered include early Christianity, religious ethics, eastern religious philosophies, Judaism, Old and New Testament, and more.

Wednesday, May 16, 2007


An exterminator came today in response to Amy's report of ants by the photocopier on the 2nd floor. A reader indicated that they are also in the area near room 207. The exterminator left some bait (presumably poison) and recommended we switch to alcohol or chlorine based cleaners, rather than using those composed of ammonia or vinegar. (The glass cleaner currently in the ref. desk is ammonia based.)

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Tuesday, May 08, 2007

New Doors for Avery Library

Please note that the doors at Avery Library's main entrance will be replaced this summer, in a project expected to begin May 19 and conclude June 22. The replacement doors are required by fire safety codes; the original doors will be stored in Art Properties.

Although our Summer hours will be unaffected, we anticipate considerable noise disruption at various times throughout the period, affecting in particular the Library's 300 level study areas. Temporary doors will be installed to allow ingress/egress for the first two weeks. Thereafter, patrons and staff will be asked to use an alternative entrance (more information will be forthcoming).

*A security guard will check all bags for library items as patrons exit. Patrons not wishing to have their bags checked by a security guard are requested not to bring them into the library.*

We apologize in advance for the inconvenience caused by this essential work. Please address inquiries to either myself or Associate Director Kitty Chibnik.

Gerald Beasley
Director, Avery Architectural & Fine Arts Library
Columbia University in the City of New York
230 Avery Library
1172 Amsterdam Ave
New York, NY 10027
212-854 3068
Fax 212-854 8904

Monday, May 07, 2007

Journalism Library closure

Please be advised that the Journalism Library in its current incarnation in 203 Journalism will close at 8 p.m. on Thursday, May 10. The library will reopen within the newly constructed student center this Fall.


Geology Library Renovation

The Geology Library will be undergoing a renovation project this summer in order to construct a new Geology Lab and to renovate the Geology Reading Room.

The Library will be closed this summer beginning May 14th and is expected to reopen at the start of the fall semester.

Geology Library materials will be available via a paging service while the Library is under construction. Patrons seeking Geology Library materials should email their requests to:
geology at libraries dot cul dot columbia dot edu.

Materials will be made available for pickup at the Geosciences Library at the Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory or in the Psychology Library in 409 Schermerhorn on the Morningside campus.

Business & Econ. Library Renovations

The Business Library will undergo renovation to construct 34 study rooms around the perimeter (upper and lower) of the main reading room this summer.

Columbia Commencement

Just a reminder that Butler Library will be closed on Commencement Day, May 16th, until You may, however, access the building between 7:00am and 8:00am that day. I you wish to access the building between 7:00 am. and 8:00 am your Director should notify Access Services by contacting Bill Sees by email ( before Wednesday, May 9th at 5pm. Bill will provide a list of staff to be admitted before 8:00 a.m. to Security. Only staff on that list will be admitted to Butler before 8:00 am. No one may enter or leave Butler between 8:00 am and 1:00 pm.

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