Greetings from the Chief Librarian

Greetings All and Happy Spring!

As always, it gives me great pleasure to bring you all the good news taking place in the Library, including highlights of forthcoming activities in the CSI Library.

CUNY’s support of library materials with the CUNY Textbook Financial Initiative Fund, was a big welcome to expand the resources available for undergraduate students.  It has also been exciting to see that there has been a gradual increase in the use of one of newest e-resources, Films on Demand, since we acquired it last October.  This resource brings over 16,000 videos and video-clippings of all genres in film to your desktop.  At your leisure, do click on our A to Z list of databases to find what else we have available. The calculator collection was boosted by 10 additional TI-80 graphing calculators to help decrease the number of “turn-aways” of algebra and calculus students.   If you have not been on the second floor of the Library in a semester, you have missed the new construction of five additional group study rooms.  Two of the five rooms have been designed for graduate students to facilitate graduate seminars as well as collaborative study. The spaces are larger than the older ones, and are equipped with LED lighting, a 12’x 4’ white board and enough outlets to support the various mobile devices. As soon as the furniture ordered for the group study rooms arrives, they will be made available to the public.  Let’s hope this happens before the upcoming final examinations.

Part of the Library’s role in an academic institution is to find ways of supporting the college’s general education curriculum, as well as those in the majors. Our weekly library instruction workshops continue to be well attended, albeit attendance is voluntary.  Designed for 100 level courses without research components, it also offers a self-assessment quiz at the end of the session that students can print out and share with their instructors.  With this underway since fall 2011, we have turned our attention to integrating a pre- and post-test for ENG 151 library instruction sessions.  A pilot of this was implemented this spring and we hope to see supporting evidence of those students who participated in the library workshops.   Through our good relations with the former Dean of Humanities and

Social Sciences, Dr. Joan Hartman, we received a sterling donation of books from the estate of late Nance Dersofi, Professor of Italian Renaissance at Bryn Mawr.  The collection includes Italian, Greek, English, and Latin literature and literary criticism. Though most of the collection is from ancient, medieval and the early modern period, there is also a good representation of 19th century and contemporary poetry.  Professors from the Department of World Languages and Literatures were asked to assess the collection and they ascertained, without a doubt, that this gift will enhance the present collection that we are currently building to support the new baccalaureate program in Italian Studies.

What else is new? The CSI Library had a successful year recruiting new faculty to the Library.  In addition to the two faculty who joined us last September, i.e. the First Year Experience Librarian and the Evening/Weekend Instruction Librarian, we were able to complete two other searches last fall that resulted in the hiring of Valerie Forrestal as the Web Services Librarian and Kerry A. Falloon as the Acquisitions Librarian.  We feel fortunate to have been able to have these lines replaced shortly after the positions were vacated.  You can read more about these two dynamic ladies in the pages ahead.  While we rejoice in our new additions, it was bitter sweet to say farewell to Dr. Linda Jones Roccos who retired this past February.  During her 15 years at CSI, she gave outstanding contributions to the CSI Library, the College, and the Library Association of CUNY (LACUNY), many of which I have written up for an article in this issue.

As always, we have a number of exciting events taking place in the Library. On April 24, 20103, the traveling exhibit “Remember Willowbrook,” which is currently touring the states at the moment and will end its tour at the College of Staten Island.  The exhibit will remain available in the Library Gallery until May 3, 2013.   On April 30, 2013, a presentation by the Greener Library Committee will feature “An Afternoon with Dr. Alan Benimoff.” Professor Benimoff, a geologist, will discuss his groundbreaking research on Hurricane Sandy and what should be done to protect Staten Island from future storms.  On May 9, 2013, the winning photographs from the competition “As I See It: Staten Island through the Lenses of CSI Students” will be exhibited through summer 2013. Last year’s photographs were amazing.  Let’s see what this year brings!

If you have not discovered our Research Guides, please check them out on the homepage.  What you may not realize is that most of the guides have had a face-lift due to a new management software we acquired.  Find your discipline and revel in the wealth of resources acquired to support your learning, teaching, and research at CSI.  If there is one you need that is not on the list, do not hesitate to send me the topic so that we can include it immediately.

Here’s to a productive and successful 2013 spring semester!


Wilma L. Jones, Ph.D.
Professor and Chief Librarian