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Welcome Ann Thornton!

Ann Thornton is the new Vice Provost and University Librarian for the Columbia University Libraries. She came to Columbia in June 2015 after serving for nearly two decades at the New York Public Library, where she was most recently the Andrew W. Mellon Director.  Ms. Thornton’s previous roles at the New York Public Library included Director of Reference and Research Services, Associate Director for the Humanities and Social Sciences Library, and Assistant Director of Electronic Resources for the Science, Industry and Business Library.

*Faculty: You are invited to meet Ann (and your subject librarians) over wine and cheese at the first Humanities Get Together on October 14, 2015, 4-5pm, in Butler Library, Room 523.*


The latest CLIO release improves access to Hathi Trust full text by displaying item holdings in CLIO.  Full View indicates that the item is available in full text for reading or downloading; Limited View provides limited search access only.

Hathi Trust Records


Featured Resource:

The Columbia Libraries now have access to ALL current Adam Matthew databases, which publish unique primary source collections from archives around the world. Highlights include:


  • 90 new seats added
  • Increased wi-fi access
  • Barnard books are here
  • more


Sócrates Silva graduated with a dual MA in Latin American Studies and Information Studies from the University of California, Los Angeles. Before coming to Columbia he was Associate Editor at the Hispanic American Periodicals Index (HAPI) and the Latin American and Iberian Studies Librarian at the University of California, Santa Barbara.


RBML Acquires Collection of Dance Pioneer Arthur Mitchell

Containing photographs, posters, programs, clippings, correspondence, early film footage and video content, the archive tells the story of Mitchell’s acclaimed career, which helped change the landscape of ballet in America, and offers a unique lens into both the cultural and social history of Harlem and the influential role the arts have played in United States international diplomacy.

The Mitchell archive will open to the public in 2017, when processing and cataloging has been completed.
New and Improved Databases


Studio@Butler (Room 209)
Fridays, 2-6pm

Join us for openLab at the Studio@Butler on Fridays from 2-6pm, a great way to co-work with students and faculty engaged in digital humanities. You can work on your own projects, collaborate with others, ask questions, or share ideas.

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The Book Undone: 30  Years of Granary Books 
Through Jan. 29, 2016,
Kempner Gallery, RBML


Book History Colloquium

Monday, September 21, 2015
6pm, Butler Library, Room 203

"Popular Fiction: A People's History of the American Public Library"
Wayne Wiegand, Library Historian and Professor Emeritus, Florida State University

Reading Room BM
Thursday, November 12, 2015
6pm, Butler Library, Room 523

"My Archives, My Archivists: Researching Women in the Reading Room of the British Museum, 1857-1997"
Susan David Bernstein, Professor of English, University of Wisconsin at Madison

Keywords in Sound: A Roundtable Discussion
Monday, Sept. 21, 2015, 5pm-7pm
Butler Library, Room 523

Dolores Dice: The Life and Works of Dolores Prida
Wednesday, Sept. 30, 2015, 6pm
Butler Library, Room 523

Doing Recent History: History that Talks (and Tweets!) Back
Thursday, Oct. 1, 2015  6pm-8:30pm
Butler Library, Room 523

Alice's Adventures at Columbia Lecture and Opening*
Tuesday, Oct. 6, 2015, 6pm-8:30pm
Butler Library, Room 523

*(eponymous RBML exhibit will run through December 4, 2015)

Sound Arts Exhibition Reception
Friday, Oct. 9, 6pm-8pm
Music & Arts Library,
701 Dodge

An exhibition in conjunction with students from the Sound Arts MFA program in the School of the Arts. Ephemeral site-specific sound art installations may be included! On view through Nov. 25th, 2015.

Twain & Stanley Enter Paradise
Wednesday, Nov. 4, 2015, 6:30pm-8pm
The World Room, Pulitzer Hall, 3rd Floor (2950 Broadway)
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