Tuesday, October 30, 2007

women's studies guide

I just removed the Women's Studies Guide link from our Subject Guides page. It's out of date with bad links, and I'm going to replace it with a new one (no longer a collaboration with CUL)...soon!


Friday, October 26, 2007

paging rare books (including zines)

When a patron requests an item listed in CLIO as a "rare book," they should fill out a green Overbury slip (whether it's Overbury or not--same goes for Yearbooks and other glass case items) and surrender their ID in exchange for the materials.

Rare books (Deutsch, Gabriela Mistral, Overbury, Zines) need to be paged by the reference librarian from the archives as follows:
  1. Grab key #13 (and the elevator key if you need it)
  2. Remember to close the inner archives door behind you
  3. Find the appropriate collection. Currently they're marked on the outside of the stacks with post-its. If this is a danger to the ph of the room, I trust Astrid or someone will advise on proper signage.
  4. About halfway down are the zines, in blue pamphlet boxes. If you need help, ask Jenna. (For zines indicated "ask at the reference desk" in CLIO, refer to this earlier post or this one.) The zines call numbers are really Cutters, so read them as such.
  5. Next up is the Deutsch collection, which didn't appear to me to have call number flags. Carol oversees this collection.
  6. She also oversees Mistral, which is the best labeled rare books collection in the archives (Yay!) and follows Deutsch, as you walk to the back of the room. There are call number flags, which what I think are authors' names on them.
  7. At the end of the stacks is the Overbury collection. I think they have some weird kind of Cutter system.
  8. If you can't find the item in the archives. It might be in room 201 and cannot be paged while a class is in session. Currently there is not indication in CLIO that a rare book is in 201. Sorry about that. Maybe this summer.
  9. When the patron finishes with the items you may put them in the archivist's mail box for refiling.

Also remember that all this information--and more!--is in the reference manual, found here H:\Reference\manual. Just grab whichever is the latest edition. e.g. Currently it's H:\Reference\manual\Procedures061208.doc.

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Wednesday, October 24, 2007

contacting archives

As we learned in today's staff meeting, Donald is on full time leave for the rest of the semester. Please refer archives questions to archives@barnard.edu, which is being read by Astrid and Carol.

Until further notice, the Archives will be open on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday from 10am-6pm. Astrid will be providing service during those hours, except during a one hour lunch break (noted with a sign on the door).

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Thursday, October 18, 2007

new CubMail 10/30

This was forwarded by Mary Ellen, and mostly an FYI for us at Barnard:

----- Original Message -----
From: Melissa Metz
To: service-alerts@columbia.edu
Sent: Wednesday, October 17, 2007 4:38 PM
Subject: new CubMail 10/30

In two weeks, on Tuesday, Oct 30, we will deploy a new version of CubMail as the default at cubmail.cc.columbia.edu. This new version is currently being piloted, and can be accessed by following the "BETA" link on the CubMail login page. This version handles non-English languages more easily, provides the ability to share your email folders with others (ACL editing), and has integrated mail filtering (internal link to Ingo).

Over 4000 users have tried the new version, with only minor suggestions or concerns. We expect the transition to cause minimal disruption. The older version will still be available as needed for several weeks.

Melissa Metz
Director, UNIX and Email Systems

Tuesday, October 02, 2007

e-resource statistics spreadsheet

This is really kind of fascinating...

From Colleen Major, the NER librarian at Columbia:

Greetings. This is just a reminder there is a Electronic Resource Usage Statistics spreadsheet posted at: https://www1.columbia.edu/sec/cu/libraries/staffweb/units/tsad/nerlinks.html

This is usually up-to-date, depending on when vendors make their statistics available. It has a frozen pane, so all of the data is at the end of the spreadsheet. If you are looking for title level stats, usernames and password for vendor statistics are in Meridian.

If you find we are not tracking one of your resources, please let us know.

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Monday, October 01, 2007

Columbia Archival Collections Portal

Dear Colleagues,

For the past few months, the Archival Collections Portal Task Force, in conjunction with the archival repositories and the Libraries Digital Program Division, has worked on the Archival Collections Portal. View the final product at: http://www.columbia.edu/cu/lweb/archival/.

The portal will be the chief gateway for Columbia users to access information about Columbia’s archival collections. Individual repositories will no longer need to create manual lists of individual collections, and will have one area to find all relevant information about a given collection. Through the portal, bibliographic information, finding aids, online exhibits, and collection use come together, creating a streamlined product for both the archivist and the researcher.

The Portal represents the culminated efforts of many people throughout the Libraries. We would like you to join us in meeting them and learning more about this new system:

Date: Friday, 12 Oct 2007
Time: 10:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
Location: 206 Butler

On behalf of Michael Ryan, Gerald Beasley, Stephen Davis, Annemarie van Roessel, Steve Novak, Rick Block, Stuart Marquis, Terry Catapano, and Joanna DiPasquale,

Susan Hamson
Chair, Archival Collections Portal Task Force

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