Friends' Open House to Premiere New Alumni and Friends Gateway
NEW YORK, September 2, 2004 - On Thursday, September 9, 2004, the Friends of the Columbia Libraries will host an open house in celebration of the launch of the new Alumni and Friends Gateway. The event will begin at 6 PM in room 203 of Butler Library.
The Libraries at Columbia University recently launched the Libraries Alumni and Friends Gateway, an interactive website featuring electronic resources, a compilation of searchable databases developed specifically for alumni and members of Friends of the Columbia Libraries. The new portal also links users to the Libraries’ collections and digital resources, and to information about news and upcoming Friends and Libraries events. The link is http://www.alumni.libraries.columbia.edu/.
“We developed this website to enable alumni and members of Friends to draw upon these resources, and stay connected with the strong academic community at the Libraries,” explained James Neal, Vice President for Information Services and University Librarian at Columbia.
One of the innovative features of the website is the research tools it houses. The electronic resources, developed through support from Friends of the Columbia Libraries, comprise four electronic databases:
- ProQuest Research Library—a collection of more than 3,000 full text journals dating from 1971 to the present, covering a broad range of subjects including arts, business, children, education, health, humanities, international law, military, psychology, sciences, social sciences and women’s interests.
- ProQuest Newspapers—a database that provides access to some 50 national, financial, and regional newspapers including Barron’s, the Chicago Tribune, the Los Angeles Times, the New York Times, the Washington Post, and the Wall Street Journal.
- ABI/Inform Global—a collection of nearly 1,800 worldwide business periodicals with in-depth coverage of business and economic conditions, management techniques, theory, advertising, marketing, human resources, finance, taxation, computers, and more. It also includes access to information on 60,000 companies with business and executive profiles.
- American Medical Association—provides access to the full text of more than 20 publications of the American Medical Association, including the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA), American Medical News, Archives of Internal Medicine, Archives of Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine and others.
By connecting to the website, alumni and members of Friends can also view CLIO (Columbia Libraries Online Catalog), the digital library collections including the Papers of John Jay database, and the Digital Scriptorium database. For additional information about this event, please call 212-854-4768, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org, or visit
Columbia University Libraries is one of the top ten academic library systems in the nation, with 9.2 million volumes, over 65,650 serials, as well as extensive collections of electronic resources, manuscripts, rare books, microforms, and other nonprint formats. The collections and services are organized into 25 libraries, supporting specific academic or professional disciplines. Columbia Libraries employs more than 400 professional and support staff to assist faculty, students, and researchers in their academic endeavors. The Libraries’ website at http://www.columbia.edu/cu/lweb/ is a gateway to its print and electronic collections and to its services.