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COLUMBIA UNIVERSITY LIBRARIES: 1960s-2010s

As of 2010, Columbia University Libraries consisted of 31 libraries. The main library is Butler Library, and therefore this is the focus of the study undertaken here. Butler Library opened in 1934. It underwent significant extension and reconstruction work in 1946 (Stoller, 1996). Later, the university expanded its library system by establishing other libraries on the campus. Libraries continued to be built and remodelled from the middle of the 1990s to the latter half of the 2000s.Table 4.4 provides an overview of Columbia University Libraries.

Table 4.4 History and overview of Columbia University Libraries (since the establishment of Butler Library in the 1930s)

Year Events 1934 Butler Library was founded

  • 1960 Relocation of Engineering Library and Law Library after completion of construction on Seely Mudd Building and Law Building; other libraries also relocated
  • 1964
  • 1970
  • 1972
  • 1974
  • 1976
  • 1984
  • 1985 1989 1995
  • 1997
  • 1998 2000 2003 2005 2009

Business and Economics Library in Uris Hall was founded Joined the OCLC (Ohio College Library Center)

Introduction of lending and acquisitions systems Joined RLG (Research Library Group)

Health Science Library was founded

Interlibrary Loan Office was founded

Started renovations on Rare Book and Manuscript Library

Introduction of Columbia Libraries Information Online [CLIO] (OPAC)

Introduction of new CLIO (OPAC) based on NOTIS

Started large-scale renovations on Butler Library (Phase 1: July 1995—Dec 1997)

Joined Copy/Borrow Direct

Started large-scale renovations on Butler Library (Phase 2: Jan 1998—June 2000) Started large-scale renovations on Butler Library (Phase 3: July 2000—Nov 2003) Started large-scale renovations on Butler Library (Phase 4: Dec 2003—Jan 2005) Started large-scale renovations on Butler Library (Feb 2005—Dec 2009) Completion of all renovations on Butler Library

The period spanning from the 1960s to the 2010s was selected for analysis. Materials analysed were those available in the Rare Book and Manuscript Library of Butler Library, such as strategic plans, annual reports, extension telephone directories and interviews. Interviews were conducted with University Librarian/Vice President for Information Services, Bibliographic Services and Collection Development, Associate University Librarian for Collections and Services, and Japanese Studies Librarian.

 
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