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Maria Lozano Named 2019-2020 FPOTY

We're excited to announce that Spanish Professor María Lozano has been named BLAIS Faculty Partner of the Year for the 2019 to 2020 academic year! She was nominated by Melanie Hibbert, Co-Dean of BLAIS, Director of the Media Center & IMATS, and Rachel James, Associate Director of the Media Center, for her "Radio Immigrante" project - a podcast series and StoryMapJS about the immigrant experience in the United States. In their nomination, Melanie and Rachel noted that "this project builds on BLAIS’s mission of ‘engaging new forms of digital inquiry and developing new media skills’ as well as its values of learning, diversity, and critical thinking."

Professor María Lozano's podcast project, featuring a map of Central and South America and a long written introduction in Spanish.

We are also recognizing three runners-up for their collaborations with the Zine Library. Nominated by Jenna Freedman, Curator of the Zine Library, these faculty members all creatively incorporated zines into their First-Year Experience courses:

Thank you to the FPOTY Committee members who reviewed nominations: Alicia Peaker, Guy de Lancey and Elana Altman!

Staff News

We are pleased to announce the following promotions at BLAIS and a warm welcome to new staff!


Quincy Williams started the position of Student Engagement and Access Services Librarian this month. This new position supports student affirmation and success through social justice-based access services including programming of the Library spaces, coordinating textbook affordability programs, managing a team of wonderful student staff members, and leading the vital team of three Access Services staff members. Read more about Quincy's work here.

Jennie Correia has been promoted to Interim Associate Director of Teaching, Learning, and Digital Scholarship. In this role, Jennie will lead project management, oversee documentation of departmental practice, and assess the Personal Librarians program while upholding values of accessibility, equity and critical librarianship. Read more about Jennie's work here.


Patrick Eisenhauer has been promoted to Director of AV Services. This position reflects the mission-critical role that the AV team has in supporting academic infrastructure and instruction on campus. In particular, Patrick has managed extensive on-campus renovations this summer and fall in order to prepare all academic spaces for hy-flex/remote learning. This entailed an incredible amount of project management, stakeholder engagement, creative problem-solving, attention to detail, technical expertise, and communication skills. Read more about Patrick's work here.

Josalynn Smith started the position of Media Specialist in September after joining the IMATS team last year. Josalynn received her MFA in Film from Columbia in 2019 and has worked in film production as an accomplished fiction and nonfiction filmmaker.

As IMATS department assistant, she oversaw managing the equipment room, mentored students in the Emerging Filmmaker Mentorship Program, and taught numerous workshops. We are very excited for Josalynn's new role!


Welcome to Nathália Santos who is joining IMATS as a temporary Academic Technology Specialist. In particular, she will be helping the team with support for Canvas, Zoom, and Course Evaluations.

Nathália was recently an Educational Technologist at Bryn Mawr College, where she worked on projects such as designing a "Working with Data" intensive program as well as supporting the front and back-ends of instructional technology. We're grateful to have Nathália join us!


Digital Humanities Center

  • Monumental Action: Public Art and Public History in 2020 | November 9th, 23rd, and 30th, 1:15-2:15pm ET

    Organized in conjunction with Professor Elizabeth Hutchinson's course American Monument Cultures, this series centers presentations by artists, scholars, and art-world professionals of color engaged in rethinking public monuments, especially monuments related to slavery, colonization, and other forms of societal violence.

Computational Science Center

  • Python for Social Sciences | November 16th, 2-4pm ET

    The CSC is offering an introductory workshop on data analysis for the social sciences using Pandas, Python's data analysis library. This workshop is ideal for those with no Python experience. Contact Katie at kbrady@barnard.edu with questions. Find more info and register for this workshop and others here.


  • Contingent Inclusion: Changing Visions of Barnard Admissions | November 17th, 6-7:30 pm ET

    Over the summer, Archives staff collaborated with the office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion to produce a text highlighting moments in the history of Barnard that speak to themes of in/equity, racial in/justice, and activism. The goal for this text is to provide a starting point with accessible primary sources for collective conversations that imagine more liberatory futures.

    Join the first of a series of conversations, Evenings with the Archives, to discuss Barnard’s history of admissions, quotas, and changing and contingent visions of inclusion. Register for the discussion.

A portrait of the Barnard College Class of 1927. Pictured (back center left, partially obscured by tree), Zora Neale Hurston '28.

Empirical Reasoning Center

  • GIS Day | November 18th, 6-8pm ET

    Join us in virtually celebrating GIS Day: a night of fun maptivities and prizes! We will be sending out a hand-drawn map of Barnard’s campus for us to collectively paint over zoom. We will also have a map gallery featuring student contributionswe encourage everyone to submit a map! Email your hand-drawn or digital map to erc@barnard.edu by 12pm, Monday November 16th.

    Follow @barnarderc to stay updated.

Zine Library

  • Zine Design Three Ways | November 19th, 5-6pm ET

    Are you an InDesign fan, but looking for a free alternative? Or are you a Canva stan ready to learn the industry standard of InDesign? Regardless, we’ve got you covered.

    We’ll show you how to make the same zine cover in three ways: InDesign, Canva, and… (wait for it) Google SlidesJosalynn Smith (IMATS), Rita Nguyen BC '23, and Jenna Freedman (Zine Library) will run through design software tips & tricks for 15 minutes each, and you can ask questions!


Media Center

  • Feminist Film Series: "MISS JUNETEENTH" | November 19th, 7pm ET

    Co-hosted by the Media Center and the Athena Center, the Feminist Film Series is hosting a ‘screening’ of "MISS JUNETEENTH" followed by a Q&A with director Channing Godfrey Peoples.

    The Media Center will also host "DIY Stopmotion Animation" on November 6th, and “Dance and Theatre Direction Over Zoom” on November 20th. Register for upcoming workshops.


Movement Lab



Barnard Zine Library staff are part of the organizing team for the inaugural International Zine Librarians unConference, providing over 30 hours of programming across time zones. Registration is open! The International Zine Librarians unConference 2020 will be on Thursday, October 29th to Sunday, November 1st. Check out the full schedule and sign up! Jenna Freedman, Curator of the Barnard Zine Library, will be facilitating three sessions and giving a lightning talk.

The Barnard Zine Library has a new list of zines with online links. About a third of the zines are from our quaranzines collection, including dos en español and eine auf Deutsch. Barnard affiliates and other researchers can also request zine scans using Scan & Deliver or by emailing zines@barnard.edu.

Circulating Collections

Due dates have been extended! Barnard Library Operations Team staff members all worked together to modify the due dates for items checked out by 1,750 Barnard affiliates. This was part of a Columbia University Libraries Access Services teams project to support people who have materials checked out during remote learning.


With critical cataloging, Barnard Library practices social justice in naming and description to connect researchers with materials. Here’s what we’ve been up to:

  • Cataloging Open Access resources such as Interrupting Criminalization: Research in Action (shown above) by Andrea J. Ritchie & Mariame Kaba, BCRW and In the Same Boats by Kaiama L. Glover, Alex Gil, et al.
  • Improving what you see in streaming media catalog records:
    • Expiration date of the lease to know how long it will be available
    • Languages in which the streaming service provides captions or dubbing

For an example, check out the record for the film Crazy Rich Asians.

Personal Librarians

Librarians Meredith Wisner, Jennie Correia, Alicia Peaker, Miriam Neptune, Vani Natarajan and Exhibits Designer Vanessa Thill ‘13 along with faculty and staff across the college, are planning the Undesign the Redline project - a monthly reading group and event series leading up to the Fall 2021 installation of the Undesign the Redline exhibit.

The Undesign reading group on a Zoom video call

Join the public reading group, which examines issues of race, place, and the legacy of redlining in Harlem and the US. The next reading group session will be held on November 19th, and is open to the public