New Databases: March 2018

The NYU Libraries regularly acquires new databases. Take a look at the new databases we added to our collection in March 2018:

  • Manupatra is India’s premier legal information resource. It is the largest content aggregator of Indian and International material, linking primary information, secondary material and proprietary analytical content. (For access to materials click “IP Users Click here” under the sign in fields).
  • Nineteenth-Century American Drama: Popular Culture and Entertainment, 1820-1900 includes a wide variety of works such as historical plays, melodramas, political satires, minstrel shows, comic operas, musical extravaganzas, parlor entertainments, adaptations of novels, and many others.
  • Service Newspapers of World War Two is a digital resource that reveals the story of war as told by the newspapers that brought information, entertainment and camaraderie to the forces at home and overseas. Explore over 200 titles from key nations across the globe that took part in the world-changing conflict.
  • Vault Career Intelligence provides insights into potential employers, including organizational culture, pros and cons of working at a firm, etc. Vault also has a series of “Best of” employer lists across different industries and functions. Vault’s ebook “Guides” provide information about careers, including work environment, education requirements, a day in the life, and career outlook.

Timbuktu and Beyond: The Past, Present and Future of West African Manuscript Collections (4/11 at 6:30pm, Bobst)

Timbuktu and Beyond: The Past, Present and Future of West African Manuscript Collections

A fundamental source for the history of West Africa lies in rich archival collections, most famously the manuscript libraries of Timbuktu. Documents from the Mali and Songhai Empires and the centuries before European colonial rule offer a vital window into the region’s complex ties to the wider Muslim world, and to cultures and polities in Africa, Europe, and the Middle East. The participants will discuss their experiences with West African documents, as well as the challenges of consulting and protecting these renowned archives of human history.
Wednesday, April 11 | 6:30-8:00PM (doors at 6pm)
Tamiment Library (10th floor, Elmer Holmes Bobst Library)
Open to the public | Light refreshments


  • Ousmane Kane, Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal Professor of Islamic Religion and Society, Harvard Divinity School; author of  Beyond Timbuktu: An Intellectual History of Muslim West Africa (Harvard UP, 2016)
  • Michael Gomez, Professor of History, New York University; author of African Dominion: A New History of Empire in Early and Medieval West Africa (Princeton UP, 2017)
  • Alexandra Huddleston, photographer and photojournalist; author of 333 Saints: A Life of Scholarship in Timbuktu (Kyoudai, 2013)
(Co-sponsored by New York University’s Elmer Holmes Bobst Library, Middle Eastern & Islamic Studies Department, History Department, Africana Studies Department, and Medieval & Renaissance Center, with support from Long Island University’s Palmer School of Library and Information Science.)

Annual Fales Lecture: “Quipus, Quipolas, and Hrönir in Eighteenth- and Nineteenth-Century Europe” (4/4 at 6pm, Bobst)

The Annual Fales Lecture:  “Quipus, Quipolas, and Hrönir in Eighteenth- and Nineteenth-Century Europe”

The annual Fales Lecture in English and American Literature will be delivered by Galen Brokaw, Associate Professor and Head of Modern Languages and Literatures at Montana State University. Professor Brokaw is a scholar of Colonial Latin America and Early Modern Spain, New World historiography, and Indigenous Latin American cultures. The author of A History of the Khipu (Cambridge UP, 2010), Professor Brokaw will lecture on “Quipus, Quipolas, and Hrönir in Eighteenth- and Nineteenth-Century Europe”. His presentation discusses the emergence of the quipu, a knotted string device used by the Incas to record information, as a physical object in the European imagination, and places this emergence in the broader context of European thought. 
Wednesday, April 4, at 6:00 PM 
Fales Library & Special Collections
New York, NY 10012
Please RSVP if you plan to attend.  We look forward to seeing you there!

March 20th unCOMMON Salon — Poisonous Skies: Acid Rain and the Globalization of Pollution

NYU’s Rachel Rothschild presents the March edition of our unCOMMON Salon series.

Poisonous Skies: Acid Rain and the Globalization of Pollution

Hear the untold story of how acid rain changed ideas about the threat fossil fuels posed to the global environment, the attempts of the coal industry to discredit scientific research on the problem, and how we might learn from acid rain’s history to better approach environmental threats like climate change.  

Tuesday, March 20th | 6:00 pm
Bobst Library, Room 745 (Floor 7, Avery Fisher Center)
Open to the Public | Light refreshments will be served


Rachel Rothschild is a current Furman Academic Scholar at New York University’s School of Law. She previously served on the faculty of NYU’s Gallatin School of Individualized study after receiving her Ph.D. in History from Yale University with distinction.  

Her current book project, Poisonous Skies: Acid Rain and the Globalization of Pollution, will be –published next year by the University of Chicago Press.


This Salon is sponsored by the Bobst Library Reference Departments (Business & Government Documents, Coles Science Center, and Social Sciences & Humanities Reference Center) 

Pursuing Patents & Copyrighting Code (3/19, 5-7pm): An expert panel on what you need to know

How does your innovation become a patent?  Do you need to copyright your programming code? Learn from our panel of experts:

  • Michael Knox, Engineer in Residence in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering and inventor on 13 U.S. patents
  • Anne Hassett, Executive Director of NYU Law’s Engelberg Center on Innovation Law and Policy
  • Christopher Snyder, Business Development Manager for NYU’s Office of Industrial Liaison
  • April Hathcock, Scholarly Communications Librarian, lawyer, and expert on copyright and authors’ rights.
  • This event will also feature student moderator Richard Vo, President of Patent Pending. 

Please REGISTER to attend the event. Note: The NYU MakerSpace is located at 6 MetroTech Center in Brooklyn

Gallery Exhibition & Opening Reception (3/22, 6-8pm): “Our Troubled Youth” from Artist & Curator: Leah DeVun

Gallery Exhibition & Opening Reception

Opening Reception: March 22, 6- 8 PM 

“Our Troubled Youth” from Artist & Curator: Leah DeVun

In an age of Facebook, Instagram, and other forms of online networking, and at a moment when definitions of “friendship” are undergoing rapid change, “Our Troubled Youth” traces a complicated history of friendship before social media — through the artist’s personal archive of 1980s and 90s punk ephemera, through items from the Fales Library collection, and through an installation of original photographs and video. While many recent exhibitions and publications have focused on punk, there’s been less attention given to the friendships and epistolary traditions that were at the heart of the scene. This show centers on these (coded feminine) aspects of punk in the form of confessional letters, mail art, and embarrassing expressions of fandom. The exhibition also keeps in focus how the word “friendship” has long operated as a euphemism for queer bonds. Queer friendships were also at the heart of New York’s punk arts and nightlife communities, a history of social networks that is encapsulated in the Fales Library. Through these multiple conduits, “Our Troubled Youth” pictures an underground narrative of friendship, while also considering how archives function to create both personal and official histories.

On View From: March 22 – May 31 (M-F: 10:00 – 5:00)

Tracey/Barry Gallery @ The Fales Library

70 Washington Square South, Third Floor

New York, NY 10012

Contact: Liz Verrelli | | 212-992-9744

Library Catalog Gets a New Look and Features!—Beta Release 3/5/18

A beta release of the new BobCat, the library catalog, is available for trial March 5th.

The interface has a modern look and feel, offering new features in addition to all the features of the current interface (BobCat Classic). Both Classic and Beta will run simultaneously throughout the spring semester.

What’s new in BobCat Beta?

  • Responsive design is mobile-friendly.
  • Search experience improvements with a single-search bar, collection- scoping, and an update to the advanced search features.
  • Virtual Browse is a new discovery feature in beta
  • Filters & facets have new features and look.
  • Item details screens were updated.
  • Search history is more robust
  • Report issuesor just tell us you think about the new BobCat, right from the interface.

Please note, a beta version is a test phase before the release of the final product. BobCat Beta is close to the final product, but there may be bugs or features that aren’t available yet.

You may see changes to the interface during beta. As we get feedback, we’ll be making improvements.   

How do I try out BobCat Beta?

Starting March 5th you’ll see a new tab for BobCat Beta in the resource search tool on the

BobCat beta tab on library website homepage.
You can get to BobCat Beta from the yellow tab on the Libraries’ website.

What’s the Timeline?

BobCat Beta will be available throughout the spring semester. The new interface will replace BobCat Classic before the fall semester.