Upcoming Events at the Library

Heather Booth Film ScreeningOn Tuesday, November 21st at 2:30pm and 5:30pm, the Library will be hosting screenings of the film Heather Booth: Changing the World in the Library Theater (Room 1L-103). (More Info)

This newest film by critically acclaimed filmmaker Lilly Rivlin traces the ongoing legacy of activist and community organizer Heather Booth. In telling the story of Heather’s life and work, the film presents an overview of 50 years of the progressive movement, as well as a manual on how to become an organizer. Learn more at: http://heatherbooththefilm.com/resources

This event is co-sponsored by the Bertha Harris Women’s Center.

2017 CSI Author Talks sponsored by Library Archives and Special CollectionsOn Tuesday, November 28th at 2:30 PM, Library 1L-216k, the Archives & Special Collections unit of the Library is pleased to host a series of author talks to give College of Staten Island authors an opportunity to discuss their book-length publications. The panel will feature Rev. Dr. Kathleen M. Cumiskey, Timothy Gray, Susan Smith-Peter, and Miguel Aragón. (More Info)

For full event information, see:  http://www.library.csi.cuny.edu/2017-csi-author-talks/

Both events are CC CLUE certified.


LGBTQ History Month Film Festival

October is LGBTQ History Month, and this year we are proud (pun intended!) to announce our sponsorship and participation in the first annual LGBTQ History Film Festival!

The festival kicks off today with a screening of The Laramie Project at 2:30pm in the Library Theater. The screening includes a moderated discussion with Professor Edward Miller from the Media Culture Department. This event is PG-CLUE certified, so please join us!

The film festival runs all month in October to coincide with National Coming Out Day on October 11th, and celebrate LGBTQ History Month. The four films we selected are as follows:

October 3rd, 2:30-4:30pm, 1L-103 Library Theater / The Laramie Project

October 10th, 2:30-4:30pm, 1C-211 Bijou Lounge / Pride

October 17th, 2:30-4:30pm, 1P-223 / A Jihad for Love

October 24th, 2:30-4:30pm, 1L-102 Library Theater / Deep Run

(LGBTQ History Film Festival at CSI is co-sponsored by: Office of Student Life — LGBTQ Resource Center, Department of the Library, Department of Media Culture, and Campus Activities Board in partnership with Pluralism & Diversity, Women’s Gender and Sexuality Studies, the Department of Creative Arts, and Department of History.)

Open Education at CSI

We are very excited to announce our campus’s role in the CUNY OER initiative. During the 2017-18 academic year, the College of Staten Island plans to convert 13 courses with 53 sections into zero cost classes using Open Educational Resources. This semester, the library has adopted open educational resources (OER) for all of its sections of LIB102, a credit-bearing course that teaches students research skills using the library. And next semester, courses in Biology, Economics, and ESL English will follow suit. We hope that this large coordinated effort to create and sustain zero cost classes for our students is merely the beginning of a larger campaign to transform the way our students experience college.

But let’s take a step back for a minute and talk about OER. “Open educational resources (OER) are free and openly licensed educational materials that can be used for teaching, learning, research, and other purposes” (Creative Commons). Textbooks are often prohibitively expensive for students—students may have to make the tough choice between spending hundreds of dollars on books for a single course, or attempting to learn without the book. The CSI Library purchases textbooks for a two-hour reserve checkout, making those readings technically free, but admittedly students cannot make notes in these copies, nor can they read them from home. An OER textbook is one that its author has published under an open license, which allows users to access the book for free (digitally), and allows educators to revise, retain, remix, reuse, and redistribute the work for free. OER imagines a world where high quality educational materials are free for students, libraries, and professors, removing that expense as a barrier to learning. And indeed, “Studies show that 93% of students who use OER do as well or better than those using traditional materials, since they have easy access to the content starting day one of the course” (SPARC).

What does it take to transform a course from traditional materials to OER? At the lower-barrier end of OER adoption, the solution can be as simple as switching textbooks from a traditional one to an OER one, choosing a text that closely mimics the one you had been using, and then teaching the course the same way you’ve always taught it. But because OER texts are generally digital texts, the sky is the limit in terms of transmitting OER materials through digital technology. Professors can combine text with video, audio, interactive multimedia lesson plans, quizzes, and more. One can pull a variety of OER materials into one’s Blackboard course to deliver it seamlessly to students. Professors can also use OER building tools to author their own books, and share those books back to the ever-growing OER community.

Curious to learn more? Check out this guide to OER resources collected by the CSI Library. And feel free to reach out with questions!

–Asst Professor & Instruction Librarian / OER Liaison Anne Hays

100 Years of Women’s Suffrage in New York State

In honor of 2017 marking the 100th anniversary of women’s suffrage in New York, the Library was proud to host an exhibit and a series of events at the CSI Library this past semester, and will continue programming throughout the academic year.  The exhibit, Women on the March: Celebrating the 100th Anniversary of Women’s Suffrage in New York, was on display in the Library Gallery in March and April and will return next semester with added content related to issues of race and intersectionality.  In addition to multiple classes coming to the Library for guided tours of the exhibit, the Library also partnered with Donna Scimeca, Coordinator of the CORE Program, to devote COR 100 lectures on the Women’s Suffrage Movement in New York around Women’s History Month in March.

The Library also hosted a film series, including the two-part Ken Burns’ documentary, “Not for Ourselves Alone: The Story of Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Susan B. Anthony”; a film screening and discussion of, “Ida B. Wells: A Passion for Justice,” a biography of the crusading journalist, anti-lynching campaigner, and black suffragette; a screening of the HBO film, “Iron Jawed Angels,” the dramatized story of Alice Paul and Lucy Burns; and a film screening and discussion of the documentary short, “Inez Milholland ~ Forward Into Light,” which tells the story of American icon and native New Yorker, Inez Milholland.

Our last event of the semester featured two guest speakers for the talk, “The Suffrage Movement on Staten Island.” Cara Dellatte, Reference Archivist at the New York Public Library presented, “The Abolition Movement Transforms: Bridging the gap from Anti-Slavery Politics into the Women’s Suffrage movement,” and Gabriella Leone, Assistant Archivist at the Staten Island Museum presented, “When Suffrage Took Flight: Tactics of Staten Island’s Suffragists, 1910 – 1917.”

I am also pleased to announce that I am representing the College of Staten Island in the CUNY Women’s Suffrage Centennial Coalition, which recently partnered with the New York Women’s Suffrage Commission lead by Lt. Governor Kathy Hochul.

Lastly, along with Professor Catherine Healey, I created a research guide and calendar of events to promote library resources and all related programming both on and off campus:


Stay tuned for more events in the Fall!

–by Professor Amy Stempler

Fake News– How the Library Can Help

Deciding What’s True: the Rise of Political Fact-Checking. Staten Island Stacks – 3rd Floor (PN4784 .O24 G73 2016)

Do you need help getting a grasp on the explosion of the “fake news” phenomenon? The Library can help.

The library world has always advocated for and trained students and citizens to think critically about their information sources. We even have a long-standing phrase for it–information literacy!

But with social media playing a greater role in our lives, and with the emergence of intentionally fictional news, the stakes seem more urgent now. We really need to be able to distinguish between hoax, satire, and clickbait sources, and also still assess the value of more legitimate information. The Library has resources you can use.

We have a Research Guide that includes useful information for everyone; definitions of the different ways questionable information can be presented to us, checklists we can use to assess sources we find, information on confirmation bias and filter bubbles, fact-checking sites, and further resources for faculty or higher level students who may want to delve deeper.

The Library also runs workshops in the Fall and Spring semesters. Check back in the Fall to see when the ‘Fake News’ workshop is scheduled. We also have a brief online tutorial on the subject with a quiz. Students can email their results directly to their professor. Faculty can assign this and other online quizzes.

If you are really interested in learning how to find and evaluate information sources, we also have a 1 credit course, LIB 102 “Beyond Google: Research for College Success”. We run 5 sections at different times, some of them hybrid.

And of course, don’t forget, it’s a library; search our holdings for books and articles on the subject. A phrase search for “fake news” in OneSearch yields over 12,000 results. Look in the book catalog for “social media” and news, or fake news, or false news, etc. For instance, I just found Deciding What’s True: the Rise of Political Fact-Checking in American Journalism by Lucas Graves, published in 2016. Sounds good!​

–by Professor Maureen Garvey