Columbia University Reactivates the School of Library Service Alumni Association

NEW YORK, July 23, 2004 The School of Library Service (SLS) Alumni Association at Columbia University has been reactivated. As part of the reactivation, James Neal, Vice President for Information Services and University Librarian, hosted a reception at the annual American Library Association (ALA) conference in Orlando on June 27, 2004, where he welcomed SLS Alumni from various parts of the United States.


Prior to the reception at the ALA conference, Neal invited SLS Alumni to gather at Butler Library. On May, 20, 2004, Alumni met on campus and toured the renovation of Butler Library and previewed the new Columbia Libraries Alumni and Friends Gateway and the new School of Library Service Alumni website.

“As a graduate of SLS, it was wonderful to bring together over 100 alumni at the receptions in New York and at the ALA in Orlando,” explained Neal. “Attendees enjoyed meeting old friends and remembering their years at Columbia. Over 1,000 alumni have signed up to re-establish the SLS community.”


Future plans for the SLS Alumni Association include a half-day conference on September 23, 2004 entitled “Libraries and Librarianship at Columbia”, which will be facilitated by members of the library staff.

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 is a gateway to its print and electronic collections and to its services.

07/23/04 JD