The Barnard Library and Academic Information Services unit supports excellence and innovation in teaching and learning by providing access to extensive information resources and exceptional research and instructional services. The unit includes the Wollman Library, Instructional Media and Technology Services, and the Barnard Archives. Each is located in the Adele Lehman Hall.
The Wollman Library provides access to a core collection of academic books and journals focused on supporting the College’s rigorous liberal arts curriculum, with particular strength in the areas of art history, architecture, and the visual arts, dance, literature, theatre, and women’s studies. The Library, along with the Archives are home to a growing number of special collections including self-published “zines”, the Overbury Collection, 3,300 books and manuscripts by and about American women authors, and a substantial portion of the records of American Woman’s Association.
In addition, the library serves as a bridge to the outstanding collections of the Columbia University Libraries, one of the top five academic research library systems in North America. The collections include over 11 million volumes, over 150,000 journals and serials, as well as extensive electronic resources, manuscripts, rare books, microforms, maps, and graphic and audio-visual materials. The Barnard librarians are also familiar with the many libraries and special collections located throughout the New York metropolitan area and can assist students and faculty with referral and access.
Founded in 1963, the Barnard Archives serves as the permanent repository for the records of the College, documenting its rich history through a collection of official college and student publications, letters, photographs and other materials from its founding in 1889 to the present. The Archives currently holds over 1,200 linear feet of document materials, 6,000 feet of 8mm, Super-8, and 16mm motion picture film dating from the 1920s through the 1980s, 10 linear feet of audio materials, and over 30,000 photographic prints and negatives dating from the late 1800s.
Located on the 3rd floor of Lehman Hall, the Instructional Media and Technology Services department offers a wide range of facilities, services, and equipment to support the College’s curricular and co-curricular activities and events. Staff members oversee the Sloate Media Center, providing video and audio equipment and editing software to support students’ multimedia production efforts, while specialists in instructional technology also assist faculty in the effective use of technologies to enhance their teaching.
Barnard College Information Technology (BCIT) is responsible for managing and supporting the College’s IT infrastructure. Systems include email, calendars and other tools for collaboration using gBear, Barnard’s implementation of Google Apps for Education. In addition, we manage and support networked access to the Internet, database applications, administrative systems, and both wired and wireless networks throughout the campus. BCIT runs a Faculty/Staff Service Desk, manages computer labs, and offers computing services for Barnard College students. BCIT works in partnership with the other college departments to implement and support applications like course registration and online student services as well as enterprise systems and applications for faculty and administrative departments.
BCIT provides computing resources and support to all Barnard students through Student Computing Services. Student Computing Services assists students with a wide range of technological issues, including software installation, computer security, and network configuration; supports five computer labs that are accessible to all students; and helps disseminate information about technology through special events and workshops. Student Computing Services is located in the main computer lab in the Diana Center, Room 307. Both full-time staff and student technicians (known as Academic Computing Experts or “ACEs”) are available to troubleshoot computer and printer problems, help with technology questions, and provide general computing support. For computing assistance, students may contact Student Computing Services by phone, email, or in person. The four smaller labs are open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week during the academic year, and are located in the residence halls in Sulzberger, Plimpton, and 616 West 116th Street.
The Barnard Center for Research on Women promotes a dialogue between feminist scholarship and activism, and serves a community composed of faculty, students, staff, alumnae, community activists, artists, and scholars. Founded in 1971 to deepen Barnard’s longtime commitment to women’s equality, the Center has, in recent years, dedicated itself to examining how today’s women’s movements speak to and further those of the past, as well as the ways in which feminist struggles are inextricably linked to other movements for racial, economic, and social justice around the globe.
The Center accomplishes these goals by offering public lectures and conferences on a wide range of feminist issues and by publishing its tri-annual web journal, “The Scholar and Feminist Online.” These efforts fortify the Center’s role of fostering inquiry and advancing knowledge about women and keeping feminist issues at the forefront of college life. They also link Barnard to a diverse range of activist organizations and community groups throughout the city, a listing of which is available in the online BCRW Directory of Women’s and Social Justice Organizations.
Nowhere is this network more visible than in the Center’s lively, provocative and engaging programming. Hosting nearly a dozen ongoing series, the Center provides a public forum for intelligent and relevant discussions of women in Judaism, the future of feminism, the politics of women’s imprisonment, and feminist responses to today’s most controversial issues. Bringing together renowned scholars, artists, and community organizers, the nationally recognized annual “The Scholar and the Feminist” conference, now in its 33rd year, has, in recent years, explored the changing face of activism across generations, international feminist movements, and feminist responses to race and poverty.
Located in Room 101 Barnard Hall, the Center’s reading room and Resource Collection, which includes over 120 feminist periodicals, are open to members of the Barnard community and the general public. The Center also houses hundreds of rare, difficult-to-find feminist materials dating back to the early Second Wave of American Women’s Movements. This public archive of fliers, reports, newsletters, pamphlets, and conference programs provides an exciting glimpse into one of the most vibrant moments in the history of activism. In From the Collection, each semester student research assistants curate an online exhibition of the most interesting documents, organizing them around a theme of enduring importance.