Greetings from the Chief Librarian

wilmaAs we bring you the 9th issue of Library Newswire to your interface, we reflect with gratitude upon an eventful and successful year. Among the many new developments this issue features the implementation of LibGuides, embedding of librarians into courses, and patron driven acquisition of library materials. We also bring you updates from Interlibrary Loan, the Library Instruction program, online tutorials, and new faculty publications in our goodreads account. However, the most exciting initiative taking place as you read this is the redesign of our web site. With help from the Homepage Committee, our new Web Services Librarian, Prof. Valerie Forrestal, has given the Library’s web site a facelift which includes a mobile-friendly interface.

Given the security breach hiccup we had with the old web site, we had to prematurely launch the new web site on December 10, 2013. While our web site is 95% complete, we invite you to send us any constructive feedback at your earliest convenience. Professor Forrestal’s article will further discuss the new “personality” of the library web site.

This fall, three walk-in workshops were created for students to explore on their own. The workshops were entitled: “2013 NYC Election Guide to Online News and Opinion”; “Searching Google like a Pro”; and “Finding Primary Source Documents Using the World Wide Web, You Tube, and Films on Demand.”

“While our web site is 95% complete, we invite you to send us any constructive feedback at your earliest convenience.”

All three workshops were CLUE credited and were well attended. Not to leave faculty out of the loop, we plan to have library workshops for faculty in January 2014, during the last week of winter intersession –Jan 21, 22, & 23. Topics will include: “Managing your citations with RefWorks”; “Exploring and evaluating sources for your publications”; “Setting up journal alerts; and “Classroom assignments that get  students into the Archives.” As always, I encourage you to browse our list of new resources as possible to explore some newly acquired books that includes over 15,000 e-books, including 12,500 ebooks and reference works published by Springer and 3,000 eBooks published by Palgrave. In addition, we acquired Latino Literature, a resource that brings together over 800 poems, fiction, and plays by Chicano, Cuban, Puerto Rican, Dominican, and other Latino authors working in the United States. Two other new databases provided by CUNY include The Burney Collection Newspapers, a collection of 17th and 18th century English newspapers from London, British Isles, and colonies; and the National Geographic Magazine, 1888-1994.

Other highlights of activities in the Library include the fascinating exhibits currently on display this fall. In the Archives & Special Collections unit, you will find “Laura Del Prete: A Selection Exhibit,” a collage of mixed media created by a 2004 graduate of the College of Staten Island. In the Gallery which is located in the Volpe Rotunda is “Aesthetic History: Interpretations of Veteran Experience Through Art,” an exhibit co-sponsored by the Veterans Support Services. In addition, the Greener Library Committee held its bi-annual program in November and featured Ashley Dawson, Professor of English, who gave a passionate lecture on global climate justice and how it relates to the debt that has grown in the wake of the financial crisis of 2008. He gave several recommendations to help reduce the carbon footprint right here in our locale, on Staten Island.

On June 24th, 2013 the CUNY Board of Trustees voted to increase library fines from 10 cents per day to 25 cents per day. They also voted to increase Reserves fines from $1.20 per hour to between $5.00 and $15.00 per hour (specific to type of item). The Board of Trustees also voted to establish a uniform practice regarding faculty fines across the university. For several colleges, this will represent a change of policy. The College of Staten Island is one of them. Effective January 27, 2014, the College of Staten Island will implement these changes required by the Board of Trustees. Of course, all of these services and initiatives could not have been created or implemented without the talented, energetic, and dedicated involvement of all library faculty and staff members. As the end of the semester approaches, please do not hesitate to reach out to us via Chat, Email, or Facebook for any help you may need with your research.

Happy Holidays!

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