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Library News

From our sweaty homes, where we wish we were in the MLC complaining that the AC is too cold, welcome to the July 2020 issue of @barnlib.  

This week we added zines about going to school from going to school from twelve hours in the future, T-shirts worn during quarantine, Asian American coronavirus experiences, London street scenes, what the coronavirus is and how to deal with it (in English and español), a vision of the future if we minimize global warming, zines purchased during the pandemic, the passing of a beloved cat during the early days of social distancing, and body image during the crisis: don't diet!

Erin Anthony comes to Barnard as a new STEM Librarian from Brown University where they were the Public Health and Research Support Librarian. 

We've added ten new pandemic zines this week. They're about making the best of things, Zooming art school, how life is different under quarantine, how ventilators work, isolated living, what skateboarders in the UK are doing to occupy their time, weekly news rundowns, meditating while Black, and what service workers in PDX are up to while they're unemployed.

The Center for Engaged Pedagogy, with support from IMATS and the Computational Science Center, hosted a four-day (June 15-18th) synchronous virtual intensive Curricular Design Institute for faculty to create Fall 2020 courses that critically engage with digital technologies and approaches.


Great news- it is now possible once again to request scans from Columbia offsite collections held at ReCAP. Offsite items available for scan requests will have the "Request: Offsite" links displayed in CLIO records.

Alisa Rod who is leaving Barnard and New York to start a new chapter of her professional and personal life in Montreal Canada, where she will take up the position of Research Data Management Specialist at McGill University

On March 18th, I moved out of my dorm, Sulzberger 508, and it was the last time I went outside. Leaving Barnard, I not only left behind my freshmen year but my freedom as well.

By Aaisha Sajjad

The Digital Humanities Center, Center for Engaged Pedagogy, and IMATS hosted a three-day, virtual intensive for faculty to design assignments that critically engaged with digital technologies.

This week added ten more COVID-19 zines to our collection. They are about the politics of face masks in Hong Kong, how quarantine looks to a cat (stop touching my touch beans!), home office problems, parents observing social distance, parenting a kindergartner while quarantined, growing seeds, what's good and bad about social distancing, neighborhood mutual (in German), and rural life for a working class Columbia alum, plus boredom tweets collaged over a SimCity background by an artist from Istanbul.

Our COVID-19 zine collection was profiled in an NPR podcast and in librarianship's premier trade journal, Library Journal. 

Welcome to the June 2020 issue of @barnlib. BLAIS full-time staff are working from as far north as Vermont and as far south as Georgia. From our homes to yours...enjoy!

Jill served as our Visiting STEM Librarian this academic year; her last day at BLAIS was May 29, 2020. 

Ruby Mastrodimos '18, the Sloate Media Center Post-Baccalaureate fellow, directed and edited a music video for Long Neck's new album "World's Strongest Dog."

We're adding zines to our COVID-19 collection about the greater implications of festivals like Coachella being canceled, quarantine life, fantasizing about life after quarantine, the massive scope of the coronavirus, how to upcycle food waste, annoying neighbors, giving up shaving body hair because of social isolation, a small moment of connection with a stranger, and despite being in a privileged position, being overwhelmed with feelings.