I am pleased to bring you updates from last academic year and highlights of new resources and services in the CSI Library. First and foremost, I am happy to report that we successfully recruited two library faculty members for the positions of Electronic Resources Librarian and Evening/Weekend Instruction Librarian. These two new librarians have expanded our reach in many dramatic ways, the results of which you have certainly already felt or seen. Their bios are available in this newsletter, and you will see why.
Highlights of new initiatives implemented in 2014/2015 include the introduction of OneSearch – our new federated search to CUNY Libraries’ resources that retrieves a variety of resource types with a single search; the introduction of semester-long calculator loans – a resounding success; the creation of the Technology Support Center – a dedicated space for laptop and calculator loans, as well as support for printing and other library technology issues; and the implementation of an Events Calendar (htttp://www.lbrary.csi.cuny.edu/events) that lists exhibits and programs taking place in the Library – check it out!
We strengthened our collections in the new programmatic areas at CSI, namely TESOL, East Asian Studies, Arabic Studies, Physician Assistant, and Legal Studies. In addition, the collections for programs under review for accreditation—namely, Social Work, Electrical Engineering, Computer Science, Physical Therapy, and Nursing—all received special attention. As such, our journal holdings increased by 11,455 unique titles and our book collection expanded by 57,000 titles, primarily in e-book format.
Looking ahead, we have several exciting projects to roll out this year. The first is CUNY’s institutional repository, Academic Works @ CUNY, which went live this semester. A team of librarians here at CSI will be in touch with you (students, faculty, and staff) to get you hooked on depositing your works into this open access repository. The second is the Blackboard/Library Integration Project, which we have been yearning for since BB was implemented. It’s been a treat for us to create a webpage that provides key access points to library resources—now available to you directly in Blackboard! More information about these two projects are detailed in articles on the following pages. In addition, we have been in pilot mode with NJVID, a video repository program, which aims to provide ample storage for live-streaming multimedia and interactive tutorials. This has been a spirited collaborative project between Media Services and Offices of Technology Systems that we hope will become a staple at CSI.
As always, I do encourage you to explore some of our databases. Two new e-resources recently added were E-Marketer (a database that provides insights and trends relating to digital marketing, media and commerce) and Euromonitor: Research Monitor (a business reference database offering high quality research on industries, countries and consumers worldwide). We were also able to augment the following resources with additional titles: Ebrary, IEEE Xplore, Films on Demand, JStor, Springer Link eBooks, and Salem Press. Go on, explore to your heart’s content!
That’s all from me for now. I trust that you are having a productive semester so far!