Grad Students! Come Have Breakfast at Dibner in Brooklyn

The Bern Dibner librarians invite you to join us for breakfast on Thursday, February 2nd, 2017,  in room LC 400!

Come have breakfast, discuss your projects with us, and take care of any research to-do list items. We’ll have engineering librarians as well as representatives from NYU Data Services  who can help get you (re)oriented to our resources, get you started with citation management tools, and help you get the most out of our collections and services.

This informal event is taking place from 9:30 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. You can come and go as you please during that time.

Please note, LC 400 is on the 4th floor of the Dibner Library building, in Brooklyn.

Looking forward to seeing you there!

NYC Digital Humanities Week 2017 is Coming Up!

Just what is NYC Digital Humanities Week? A set of free events and workshops from February 6th through February 9th, sponsored by The New York City Digital Humanities collective—a group that “brings together New York-area scholars and members of the GLAM (galleries, libraries, archives, museums) community to talk about, experiment with, collaborate on, teach and learn about, and generally commune around the digital humanities.”

Anyone who wants to learn more about Digital Humanities and meet our local community of practitioners and students is invited to the second annual NYC DH Week. The kickoff gathering is on Monday, February 6th, from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the CUNY Grad Center.

All week, there will be dozens of workshops throughout the city, including offerings by NYU Libraries’ own Zach Coble, Sarah DeMott, and Nick Wolf.

Other workshops included Advanced Text Analysis, Building Mobile Narratives and Games Using ARIS, and Social Network Analysis for Humanities, to name just a few.

All workshops and events are free, and we strongly recommend that you RSVP.

Data Services Adds Georeferenced Soviet Maps

The results of a crowd-sourced georectification project within Data Services have come to fruition as the NYU Spatial Data Repository has now released its rectified collection of topographic maps of Saudia Arabia and nearby regions. Produced by the Soviet military in 1978 at a 1:100,000 scale, the maps were compiled through a combination of aerial intelligence and on-the-ground observation. These maps are part of an endeavor, unknown in its extent at the time, that has been described as one of the “most comprehensive global topographic mapping project ever undertaken.”1 Among their striking features are the close detail available on each sheet.

The cities of Dhahran and Al Khobar in Saudia Arabia
The cities of Dhahran and Al Khobar in Saudia Arabia

Data Services team members and friends gathered for two sessions over the last few months to georectify the maps in the open-source GIS software QGIS. Using bounding coordinate information listed on the maps, 441 map tiles were rectified and reprojected so that they could be displayed and used in GIS software alongside other raster and vector layers in standard WGS 84 (i.e. the World Geodetic System 1984, the standard spatial reference system).

Although human settlement features can be found in detail throughout the collection, they also describe a range of environmental features with hundreds of distinguished land and land-use types from categories of agriculture to forest, grass, soil types, and even five types of sand. Coastal areas can be compared to current coastlines to measure erosion and sea-level changes. Not conversant in Russian? An in-depth technical manual prepared by the U.S. Army in English, and available with the collection, will be your guide. To view the collection with spatial preview, click here.


1 Alexander J. Kent and John M. Davies, “Hot Geospatial Intelligence from a Cold War: The Soviet Military Mapping of Towns and Cities.” Cartography and Geographic Information Science 40:3 (2013): 248.

BobCat Has One Less Tab!

In an effort to make our databases and articles more accessible and easier to search, NYU Libraries has eliminated the Databases A-Z tab in BobCat and coupled it with the content from our Articles & Databases tab. See the screenshots below.

figure-1_homepage-tabs_oldOur former display on the Libraries website. 

Furthermore, we’ve revamped our databases interface, making it a simple matter of switching between our complete, alphabetized list of NYU Libraries’ databases (the new Databases A-Z tab) and the databases that have been curated by subject (the new Articles & Databases tab). So, it takes one less click to get you the materials you need!

figure-3_databases-a-to-z_newOur new Databases A-Z interface.

figure-4_all-databases-by-subject_newOur new Articles & Databases interface. 

You’ll notice a slightly updated appearance of the interface, and we hope you like it.

If you have any questions about the new presentation of our electronic resources, please don’t hesitate to fill out the feedback form on the new page. We welcome your thoughts.

Tips for Saving Money on Course Materials

Welcome back! We can help you save money on course materials. For the Spring 2017 semester, the Libraries has placed hundreds of titles on sale at the Bookstore on Course Reserve. So make sure to check BobCat’s Course Reserve tab before you buy, as we have hundreds of print and e-book titles readily available. It’s not hard to find materials on Course Reserve.

If you don’t see the material you need in Course Reserves, we might still have what you need. Simply search in the Books & More tab to see if the material is in our collection. And if you still can’t find what you need, search E-ZBorrow for books. You can request books from 50 nearby libraries for delivery within 4-6 days. All E-ZBorrow books have a 12 week loan period.

Need more help with Course Reserve materials or BobCat? Ask a Librarian!

New Databases: December 2016

The Libraries regularly adds new databases to BobCat.  Take a look at the new databases we acquired in December 2016:

  • Textual History of the Bible Online provides a cross-searchable platform with available information regarding the textual history, textual character, translation techniques, manuscripts, and the importance of each textual witness for each book of the Hebrew Bible, including its deutero-canonical scriptures.  In addition, it includes articles on the history of research, the editorial histories of the Hebrew Bible, as well as other aspects of text-critical research and its auxiliary fields, such as papyrology, codicology, and linguistics.
  • The online version of the Dead Sea Scrolls Electronic Library Non-Biblical Texts is added to the Dead Sea Scrolls Electronic Library.   This collection provides users with a comprehensive tool for the study of the non-biblical texts from the Judean Desert (the “Dead Sea Scrolls”).