Barnard College was founded in 1889 as a women's college affiliated with Columbia University – and it still is to this day. Famous women such as Suzanne Vega, Patricia Highsmith and Anna J. Schwartz earned their degrees here. When Columbia University began admitting women in 1983 (!), Barnard College chose not to integrate, but to remain an independent institution instead. Students from Columbia University may participate in lectures at Barnard College, but do not earn a degree from the school. Lisa Norberg, Dean of the Barnard Library and Academic Information Services, considers this to be a positive thing: The female students are much more self confident and have a number of female role models in the school's alumnae and professors.
Three things that I find particularly exciting at the library are:
1. The Personal Librarian Program
2. Teaching the use of data and media production
Barnard College recently added an Empirical Reasoning Lab where Heather Van Volkinburg (Data Librarian) supports students in using statistics software and in calculating and handling data. She also assists faculty in identifying assignments involving data collection so that students will learn how to handle data.
Another relatively new area is Instructional Media and Technology Services (IMATS). Here Alexis Seeley and Miriam Neptune (Instructional Media Specialist) familiarize students and faculty with filming, film and photo editing, audio recordings, as well as how to create and use wikis and blogs. They accompany projects and film, for example, performing art classes in order to document their progress.
The "Understanding Library Impacts protocol" developed by Derek Rodriguez is also interesting. In order to measure this impact, the college's learning objectives and the learning objectives formulated by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation are linked to library offerings. A survey conducted among students investigates which library offerings are needed to achieve the learning objectives. This assessment strategy is still in its early stages and has been conducted in the History department so far - but it shall be expanded.
Tom's Diner. Seinfeld was also filmed there.