Wednesday, February 25, 2009

New ASTM databases

ASTM digital library Provides over 30,000 papers and chapters and more than 400,000 pages of information.

ASTM International : standards worldwide. Includes catalogs of standards and of other publications of ASTM International, as well as information about its members and activities.


Printer @ reference desk

not responding. Email sent to help @ approx noon today. Not sure if this warrants use of the form (see below), as for NINJA, but filled it out nevertheless.

Update: email response received; ticket #1335 (1:35)

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Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Report Printing Problems

To report a printing problem in the Library or the computer labs...

Fill out the form and mail it to help.

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Tuesday, February 17, 2009

new electronic resources 2/17/09

Nineteenth-century literature and culture collection
A source of primary and secondary materials by some of the era's most enduring figures: William Wells Brown, Herman Melville, Matthew Arnold, Christina Rossetti, and Emily Shore.

The Adams papers digital edition
The Adams Papers Digital Edition comprises John Adams's complete diaries, selected legal papers, and the ongoing series of family correspondence and state papers.

American founding era collection
Rotunda's American Founding Era collection offers scholars and students at all levels an invaluable source of primary and secondary materials by some of the era's most enduring figures, including George Washington, John Adams, Thomas Jefferson, and Alexander Hamilton.

Emily Dickinson's correspondences
Unpublished in book form during her lifetime, the poems of Emily Dickinson were nonetheless shared with those she trusted most--through her letters.

Latin American newspapers
Searchable collection of historical Latin American newspapers.

World newspaper archive
Searchable collection of historical newspapers from around the world.


Saturday, February 14, 2009

instructional poster


Friday, February 06, 2009

new electronic resources 2/6/09

American Song
American Song is a history database that will contain 50,000 tracks that allows people to hear and feel the music from America's past.

Contemporary world music
Contemporary world music will contain 50,000 tracks that delivers the sounds of all regions from every continent. The database will contain important genres.

Global Development Finance
Global Development Finance Online (GDF) provides access to more than 200 debt and financial flows indicators for the 129 countries.

World Bank e-Library
The World Bank e-library is an online, fully cross-searchable portal of over 5,000 World Bank documents.

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Columbia University Libraries Reference Symposium, March 13, 2009

Attention Librarians

The Reference Symposium sponsered by the Columbia University Libraries, will be held on Friday, March 13

Click on the link below to find out more information and to register

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Thursday, February 05, 2009

Reporting problems with the printer

Mary Ellen requests that from now on we report any problems on the "Report a Problem" page on the Resnet site.

To get to the form, go to AT, then Students, then Home, then Report a Problem, then "Lab/kiosk computer or printer." The URL to get directly to the form is

And she would like us to fill in, under "If you need to, please give a detailed description of the problem in the box below," the title of the document that failed to print, along with the course number and name, and the professor's name if it is from Courseworks. It could be that faculty members are not always creating pdfs in the best way and training could be improved. Or perhaps people will only be able to print a few pages of a pdf at a time.



Writing filenames for our research guides

Here is the protocol:

The filename is based on the course key, which you can get from the pencil book.
The course key has the year, the semester, the 4-letter department/subject code, the course number, a single letter code, and the section code.

e.g. 20091BIOL2873X001
X=single letter code

To write the filename, remove the year and semester and move the single letter code, placing it directly after the 4-letter subject code.
So the filename for this research guide is BIOLX2873001.html
and the URL is

Reminder about how to see the research guides in Courseworks:
We should all have administrative access to Courseworks. Log in and click on "Admin Access" on the lower left. Click on "Courses" at the top - then you can do a search.
There's also a quick link set up by Breck Witte so we can see which guide will appear for a given course in Courseworks -


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Wednesday, February 04, 2009

LC classification posters

eBear downtime February 15

To the Barnard College Community:

eBear is moving to a new server on February 15, 2009.

Due to this necessary upgrade, eBear services (Advisor OnLine, transcripts, et al) will be unavailable on Sunday February 15 from 9:00am until 9:00pm.

Webmail will still be available through.

If the upgrade is complete before 9:00pm, an e-mail update will be sent to the community.

If you encounter any difficulties, please call the helpdesk at x4-7172.

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