Avery Library to Host a Symposium: "Documenting Architecture in the 21st Century"


NEW YORK, November 7, 2003 Columbia’s Avery Architectural and Fine Arts Library will hold a day-long symposium, “Documenting Architecture in the 21st Century,” on Saturday, November 22, 2003, beginning at 9:00 A.M. in Wood Auditorium, Avery Hall. This event is cosponsored by the Graduate School of Architecture, Planning, and Preservation and the Temple Hoyne Buell Center for the Study of American Architecture.

The symposium is an intellectual celebration to honor Angela Giral, Director of the Avery Library, on her retirement. Jim Neal, Vice President for Information Services and University Librarian, said: “The Avery Library is one of the world’s most distinguished architecture and fine arts libraries because of the superb leadership and innovative management that Angela Giral has provided since her arrival at Columbia over twenty years ago. Her commitment to distinguished collections, her success in assembling an outstanding staff, her persistence in advancing the renovation of the library, her noteworthy oversight of the Avery Index, and her brave experimentation with technology, are all hallmarks of her remarkable career.”

The symposium will explore the opportunities and challenges of documenting architecture in the 21st century. Sessions will focus on the future of architectural monographs and periodicals, the types of archival materials to be collected, and the preservation of digital designs. Speakers will include Hilary Ballon, Kenneth Frampton, Laurie Hawkinson, Phyllis Lambert, Kevin Lippert, Reinhold Martin, Mary McLeod, Robert A. M. Stern, Anthony Vidler, and Wim de Wit.

The Avery Architectural and Fine Arts Library collects books and periodicals in architecture, historic preservation, art history, painting, sculpture, graphic arts, decorative arts, city planning, real estate, and archaeology. The Library contains more than 350,000 volumes and receives approximately 1,500 periodicals. Avery’s Drawings and Archives Collection includes one million drawings and architectural records.

The event is free and open to the Columbia community and the general public. Seating is limited, so those planning to attend are requested to register before November 18, 2003. To register or for more information, please call 212-854-4768, or e-mail mh932@columbia.edu.

Columbia University Libraries is one of the top ten academic library systems in the nation, with 7.5 million volumes, over 50,000 serials, as well as extensive collections of electronic resources, manuscripts, rare books, microforms, and other nonprint formats. The collections and services are organized into 22 libraries, supporting specific academic or professional disciplines. The Library’s web site at
http://www.columbia.edu/cu/lweb/ is a gateway to the print and electronic collections and to services.

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11/07/03 JD