Greetings from the Chief Librarian

wilmaGreetings and Happy Spring!  Finally, after what has been a long and harsh winter, the weather we have all been longing for is definitely here.  Nevertheless, it has been quite an exciting semester for us.  First of all, the Library’s new mobile friendly web site—which debuted in December of 2013 has received nothing but praise and constructive criticisms, much to our delight.  Many of you, our loyal users, responded to our “We need your feedback!” survey and your comments were not in vain.  Our Web Services Librarian, Assistant Professor Valerie Forrestal, has addressed all comments, working in consultation with the Homepage Design Group.  The site is still in the last phase of development, such as adding aesthetics and reworking some code, i.e., adding a splash of color where needed, including subcategories, and, of course, the remaining bells and whistles.

Next, our biggest news, is the approval of our library course, LIB 501: Beyond Google: Research for College Success, by the College Curriculum Committee on March 7, 2014. Two sections of this course will debut as a topics course in the Fall of 2014 as a one-credit, one-hour course for seven and a half weeks.  Five librarians, led by Assistant Professor Amy Stempler, Coordinator of Library Instruction, worked on the design of this course as a face-to-face course with a plan for a hybrid and fully online phase within the next two years.  The reception of this course from a small group of faculty and staff has been gratifying and we look forward to a burgeoning enrollment of first year students. Upperclassmen are also welcome.  In keeping with the culture of assessment, it is our goal to develop a longitudinal study that will include retention and graduation rates of the students who take this course.

“Our biggest news, is the approval of our library course, LIB 501: Beyond Google: Research for College Success, by the College Curriculum Committee on March 7, 2014.”

On April 1st, contributors to the college newspaper, The Banner, printed a special edition of the paper called The Banana.  The first article on the front page featured the Library in an entertaining article entitled “CSI Library runs out of Books.”  Yes, “no fooling!”  We were flattered that the CSI Library is not only regarded as the center of intellectual learning and discourse for our students, but also one that is held in high regards for attracting an audience as a leading piece of their April Fool’s day newspaper edition.

“In 2012, we owned 190,000 e-books and in 2014, we now have 223,000
e-books.”  

Quite the contrary, the Library is bursting at the seams with books. Let me say, more specifically, bursting with e-books.  Having completed a self-study for 2000-2012, it was noted that in 2000, the CSI Library had zero e-books owned by the CSI Library, excluding what was freely linked to our website that existed in the public domain.  However, in 2012, we owned 190,000 e-books and in 2014, we now have 223,000 e-books.  You can read and download e-books directly from our catalog through E-brary, EBSCO E-Book Collection, and Palgrave Connect E-Books for all disciplines, Gale Virtual Reference Library, Early American Imprints, LWW Nursing Book Collection for nursing and allied health e-books, Oxford Reference and Salem Press E-books for history, literature and science e-reference books, and SpringerLink E-books for science and social sciences e-books.

“Our newest acquisition is the New York Times Academic Pass, a collaborative effort with the Office of Library Services and all CUNY Libraries.

Our newest resource, just this April, is the acquisition of the New York Times Academic Pass via a collaborative effort with the Office of Library Services and all CUNY Libraries.  Access to this title is available to all CUNY students, faculty and staff for a yearlong subscription to the New York Times Digital using their cuny.edu email account.  This subscription will be renewed annually 52 weeks from the date of your activation. For more information about signing on to this exciting new product, please see the article below entitled, “The New York Times at your Fingertips!”

We offered several CLUE workshops in April; “Local data sources for NYC”,  “Using RefWorks”, “Using government information sources,” “Introduction to the Archives,” “Using Interlibrary Loan” and “Using Google Scholar.” 

As always, numerous events and programs are taking place in the Library.  We offered several workshops this April, several of which were back by popular demand.  These included “Local data sources for New York City,” “Using RefWorks to manage your citations,” “Using government information sources online,” “Introduction to the Archives,” “Using Interlibrary Loan to your advantage,” and “Using Google Scholar effectively.”  I am pleased to report that all the workshops were modestly attended by students and faculty.  Please note that our “Introduction to the Library’s Resources and Services” workshop is still being held on Tuesdays and Thursdays through May 1, 2014.

“Our newly renovated group study rooms are proving to be a welcome just-in-time addition.  The usage statistics show an increase of 36% in usage from FY 2013 to FY 2014 (to date).” 

This semester, the Library co-sponsored several programs of “Conversations on Education,” spearheaded by the Dean of Education, Dr. Kenneth Gold. We also co-sponsored the “Dean’s Symposium,” spearheaded by the Dean of Humanities and Social Sciences, Dr. Nan Sussman.  As a complement to the program, a selective bibliography on each topic was created by a librarian and distributed at the program.  Currently in the Volpe Rotunda is a Holocaust Remembrance exhibition entitled “One Soul: When Humanity Fails.”  The exhibition is the first in a series that explores the Holocaust and it includes four built-in interactive audio/videos.  This travelling exhibit is owned by the Afikim Foundation and will be available through May 2, 2014.

Lastly, our newly renovated group study rooms are proving to be a welcome just-in-time addition.  The usage statistics show an increase of 36% in usage from FY 2013 to FY 2014 (to date). These rooms are equipped with whiteboards and numerous data and electrical outlets to provide our students with the appropriate environment for collaborative learning.  Two of these rooms have been equipped exclusively for graduate students and are furnished with a variety of furniture for the rooms to be reconfigured for multipurpose use.

I hope that you are having a great semester so far and that you will visit us soon, if you haven’t done so yet.  Do take advantage of our Chat Reference and Interlibrary Loan services which are available 24/7 to fulfill your research needs.  And, please do not forget to register for your New York Times Academic Pass!

Here’s wishing you the best for a successful semester and a wonderful summer ahead.

Cheers!

Wilma L. Jones, Ph.D.
Associate Dean & Chief Librarian