Avery Index Now Available to All Columbia Alumni and Library Friends


NEW YORK, June 13, 2007 Gerald Beasley, Director of Avery Library, announced today that the Avery Index to Architectural Periodicals has been made freely available to Columbia alumni as one of the electronic resources on the Libraries’ website (www.alumni.libraries.columbia.edu/eresources.html).

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“I am delighted that I can now give a better reply to alumni asking that oft-repeated question, Why can't I access Avery Index now I'm no longer a student?” said Beasley.

“Free, unlimited access to this extraordinary research tool represents a terrific new benefit to all alumni–but especially to the School's graduates,” added Mark Antony Wigley, Dean of the Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation. “We are very grateful to the Friends of the Columbia Libraries for providing the necessary financial and technical support.”

The Avery Index of Architectural Periodicals, compiled by the staff of Avery Library, is a world-renowned subscription-only service that offers an index to over 600,000 journal articles published worldwide on architecture and design, archaeology, city planning, interior design, landscape architecture, and historic preservation. The index was begun in 1934, is updated weekly, and contains selective coverage dating back to the 1740s. The alumni search interface is provided with multiple language options by a commercial vendor, EBSCO.

The Index joins a host of e-resources already available to alumni and Friends of the Columbia Libraries, including EBSCO Business Source Premier: Alumni Edition; ABI/INFORM®, ProQuest Research Library™ and ProQuest Newspaper databases; as well as projects developed by the Electronic Publishing Initiative @ Columbia: CIAO (Columbia International Affairs Online), Columbia Earthscape: an Online Resource on the Global Environment, and Gutenberg-e (digital monographs in the field of history). Alumni and Friends may access these resources by using a University Network ID (UNI).

Avery Index is an operating program of the Getty Research Institute, which has agreed to offer it uniquely to Columbia alumni on a one-year trial basis. To learn more about the Avery Index, visit the Avery Library website at: http://www.columbia.edu/cu/lweb/indiv/avery/avery_index.html.

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.

The Avery Architectural & Fine Arts Library is one of the most comprehensive collections relating to architecture and the fine arts in the world. Avery collects a full range of primary and secondary sources for the advanced study of architecture, historic preservation, art history, decorative arts, city planning, real estate, and archeology. The Library contains more than 400,000 volumes, including 35,000 rare books, and receives approximately 1,000 periodicals. Avery’s Drawings and Archives collection includes one million architectural drawings and records. The Library is home to the Avery Index to Architectural Periodicals, an operating program of the Getty Research Institute, which is the only comprehensive American guide to the current literature of architecture and design.

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