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Columbia University Libraries' Strategic Directions
The Libraries has initiated a Strategic Directions process that will continue through the current academic year. The goals are:
1.     Connect directly to the Columbia University mission statement as well as to emerging University-wide big ideas and to strategic plans of colleges, schools, and divisions;
2.     Define strategic areas of opportunity for the Libraries to be a dynamic and vital partner for the University, with a focus on what difference/impact we are going to make;

3.     Make decisions on allocating and organizing resources to increase our impact across the strategic directions;

4.     Engage as many staff and stakeholders as possible in finding and connecting the dots via strategic thinking;

5.     Improve organizational effectiveness through a process of strategic thinking and goal setting.
The Libraries will engage directly with a number of groups, including the Provost's Advisory Committee on the Libraries, the Senate Library Committee, and the Libraries' Student Advisory Committee.  We are working to ensure that everyone from the Columbia community who wishes to participate in this process will have meaningful ways to do so.
Announcing Morningside Heights Digital History

On Oct. 1, 2015, the librarians of Columbia's Humanities and History team launched MHdh (Morningside Heights Digital History), the result of a two-year professional development program. This digital humanities project, which features multimedia essays on various landmarks in Morningside Heights, was designed to familiarize librarians with the tools and methodologies Columbia students and faculty might employ in their own research and digital scholarship. For more on the genesis and evolution of this project, see The Developing Librarian blog.
CLIO Tip: There are two options which do not display in the CLIO record:  Item not on Shelf and Inter-Campus Delivery.

Use the Requests tab on the taskbar to place these requests:

-Inter-campus Delivery — Request delivery of items from the Health Sciences campus to Morningside libraries and items from the Morningside libraries to the Health Sciences Library.  Items are usually delivered in 3-4 business days.

-Item Not on Shelf? — Request a search for an item not found on the shelf.   If found, it will be held for the requester.  If not found, it will be charged to missing, enabling BorrowDirect requests, and will enter the replacement queue.  Items are usually searched within 24 hours.

-You can also use the Requests tab to place Scan & Deliver requests when the pages you need are not available at Offsite.

Featured Resource:

A four-year project to digitize over 1 million pages from the magazines, journals, and newspapers of the alternative press archives of participating librareis. Starting with collections by feminists and the GI press, the collection is growing to include small literary magazines, underground newspapers, LGBT periodicals, the minority press (Latino, Black and Native American) and the extreme right-wing press.


Renovations in Butler 301

Butler Reference (room 301) will be closed from January 4-18 for the installation of the new reader tables. During this time, books can be paged from 301 by speaking with librarians in Butler 305.

We look forward to re-opening 301 at the start of the new semester with new tables and lighting in the room!

Save the Date: Senior Thesis Forum
Wednesday, April 6, 3-4:30pm, Butler 523

Each year, the Humanities & History librarians host a Senior Thesis Forum during which undergraduate thesis writers share their research experiences with juniors and other underclassmen who plan to write theses. All humanities faculty and prospective thesis writers are invited!

If you are a faculty member advising a senior thesis writer whom you'd like to recommend as a participant, please
email us.
News from the Music & Arts Library

On Oct. 9th the Music & Arts Library hosted a reception featuring work by students in Columbia's Sound Arts MFA program, with a concurrent exhibition on sound art in the library (through 12/1/15). Watch a video featuring a sound installation by Geronimo Mercado.
In conjunction with Women, Music, Power: A Celebration of Suzanne G. Cusick’s Work, a symposium on Friday-Saturday, December 11-12, 2015 at Columbia, the Music & Arts Library will host an exhibition to be curated by Music graduate students Jane Forner and Velia Ivanova. The focus will be on Dr. Cusick’s extensive scholarly work on the music of 17th-century Italy, feminist approaches to music history and criticism, and queer studies in music.

WKCR featured archival recordings from the Creative Music Studio collection in the Jazz Profiles radio broadcast of Oct. 25, 2015 (co-hosted by Kat Whatley). Listen to the show here.

The Metropolitan Opera reports that for two years in a row, Columbia University users are the largest audience for Met Opera on Demand (available through CLIO).

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Mining with Hillary
Nov. 22, 10am-4pm, Butler 208b
Mining With Hillary

Join the History Lab and CDSS as we analyze the most talked about emails in the world! We are hosting a mini data hackathon focused on the released Clinton emails to help get people unfamiliar with data science doing visualizations and other analyses. We will also be providing starter code for those not familiar with Python and R, so no prior experience with data analysis is required!


Studio@Butler (Room 208b)
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.
Celebrating the David N. Dinkins Archive
Thursday, Dec. 3, 6:30-9pm
International Affairs Building, 420 W. 118th St.

On the 25th anniversary of the election of New York City's first African American mayor, Columbia is pleased to announce that the David N. Dinkins papers and oral history are open to research. This panel discussion will reflect on the Dinkins administration and on the importance of the archive in understanding the legacy of elected officials. Reception at 6:30 p.m.; panel  at 8:00 p.m.

Book History Colloquium
Thursday, Dec. 3, 6pm (Butler 523)

How Radical was Joseph Johnson and Why Does Radicalism Matter?

John Bugg, Associate Professor of English, Fordham University

Romantic-era publisher Joseph Johnson (1738-1809) was the dynamic center of Londons dissenting community. He is best known for his work with politically progressive writers such as Mary Wollstonecraft, William Godwin, William Blake, Charlotte Smith, and Erasmus Darwin.  But he also published “conservative” writers such as Thomas Malthus. In this talk, John Bugg analyzes the larger contours of Johnson’s extensive publication catalog (over 4,000 titles) and asks what it means for us to think about a publisher (rather than a writer) as “radical.

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