“University President Lee Bollinger sent an email to the Columbia community today, announcing the appointment of Ann D. Thornton, formerly of the New York Public Library, as University Librarian and Vice Provost. She replaces James Neal, who left the post last year.” (via Columbia University)
“The project, a joint undertaking of the partnership between the libraries of Columbia and Cornell known as 2CUL, will identify priority content from the perspective of the research library community and make significant progress towards increasing the number of e-journals archived by major preservation programs. Both Columbia and Cornell hold the preservation of, and continuity of access to, knowledge and culture as a core aspect of their mission, and they bring to the work a wealth of experience and substantial resources.” (via IFLA)
“Columbia University Libraries is pleased to announce the receipt of a Council on Library and Information Resources (CLIR) grant to support the project, “Documenting Advocacy: Human Rights Collections in the Center for Human Rights Documentation & Research.” As part of the “Cataloging Hidden Special Collections and Archives Program,” CLIR administers this national effort with the generous support of The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. The $242,500 grant will fund the processing of three collections over a twenty-eight month period: the archives of the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law Southern Africa Project, the Physicians for Human Rights, and Human Rights First.”
“The heat comes quickly in the summer. By early June, working at home with no air-conditioning, I have no concentration. Everything feels close and impolite and loud. So I go to Butler Library, on the southern end of Columbia’s campus in Morningside Heights. What began as a diversion has become a self-preserving summer thing: not just Butler, but the Butler stacks, the stillness capital of my imagination.
via NY Times