NYPL’s SimpleE App – the easy portal to free e-books and audio books

While on the move this summer, why not enjoy listening or reading e-books via your iPad, iPhone, or iPod device?  Are you a card holder of the New York Public Library? Have you heard about their amazing SimpleE app? Sign up for a library card with your public library and gain access to 300,000 free e-books and audio books that you can download to your mobile devices.  This resource has lots of children’s books, as well as loads of fiction and non-fiction for young adults and adults in all the genres.  I encourage you to look up SimpleE in your APP store or GooglePlay.  SimpleE is an app you will never have to uninstall!  NYPL frequently visits the CSI campus during the semester and they always have a full table of interesting items about the various services and resources of NYPL.

–W. Jones

Get your Tech Gadget Here!

Picture of Vengo machineThis spring, we were pleased to welcome another service point to the Library that provides technology accessories. Vengo is a kiosk that sells items such as flash drives, ear phones, and phone chargers for iPhones and Androids. Payment for any of these products is done through one’s credit or debit card and automatic refunds are available if product is not delivered. Two of these kiosks were installed in the 1L building, one by the Cyber Cafe on the first floor and the other on the second floor. Numerous requests for flash drives on a daily basis led us to identifying this kiosk, which is now also available at several CUNY colleges. We welcome any feedback on accessing the Vengo kiosk – just email us HERE.

-W.Jones

Event: Narrative Visions of the Willowbrook State School

On Thursday, May 11th, from 2:30 to 3:30pm, the CSI Library’s Archives presents Dr. Obiora N. Anekwe. (1L room 216, Archives)

Unheard Voices of Willowbrook image by Doctor Obiora N. Anekwe

Unheard Voices of Willowbrook, c. 2014
Photograph/Mixed Media on Paper 16 by 24 inches
Original image of building photographed by Dr. Obiora N. Anekwe

Dr. Anekwe wrote the book, Narrative Visions of the Willowbrook State School: An Artistic Survey in Bioethics and Special Education (Ethically Speaking Press, 2016) “to tell stories through art for countless children with special needs who were negatively affected by the former Willowbrook State School.” Dr. Anekwe holds master’s degrees from Tuskegee, Columbia, and Pace Universities in addition to a doctorate in education from Auburn University.

This is a CC CLUE event, and all are welcome.

LIB102 Beyond Google: Research for College Success exceeds goals

Our 1-credit course, LIB102: “Beyond Google: Research for College Success,” set another record in terms of enrollment this academic year with an increase of 50% (119 in Fall of 2016 and 171 in Fall of 2017).  This academic year, we were able to offer three of the five sections as hybrid courses. Although targeted to first-year students as a foundational course for their academic success, the course is open to any student who wants to learn key methods as well as tools to identify, locate, and evaluate information. Other gains from this course includes learning how to develop and refine an academic research or topic/question and learning; citing sources properly; and learning how to think critically about information and communications. For more information about our Fall 2017 sections, please visit http://www.library.csi.cuny.edu/courses/

–W.Jones

Publishing Black Lesbian and Gay Literature: an evening with Lisa C. Moore

Lisa C. MooreOn Wednesday, March 29th, the College of Staten Island welcomed Lisa C Moore, the the founder and editor of RedBone Press. Moore greeted a packed room of around 100 students, faculty, and staff who attended the program. Professor Brim took the stage with her and conducted a casual interview, before turning the room over to student questions. She discussed a wide array of issues and complexities surrounding publishing black lesbian and gay literature, including reception from the black community, reception from the queer community, the trials and travails of dealing with the mainstream publishing industry, complexities around getting bookstores to carry RedBone’s books, and what it’s like to be a pioneer in the field. RedBone Press is notable for being the publisher of otherwise hard to find black gay and lesbian novels, but the press has also republished works of significance that might otherwise have gone out of print (Brother to Brother is an example).

For me, the most compelling part of Moore’s story was how she got started. After being told by publishers that there was no market for black lesbian short stories, Moore founded her own press because she knew it wasn’t true (she was right! RedBone’s first publication, does your mama know, has been reprinted numerous times and won two LAMBDA Literary Awards). This kind of gumption and courage is inspiring to me as a person who studies the ways in which DIY or counter-cultural publishing models fill a gap in establishment publishing practices. As a small press created specifically to counter a dearth of existing black gay and lesbian publishing, Moore is practicing the spirit of “if you don’t see it, make it yourself” ideology familiar to me from DIY literary spaces. Around midway through the audience q&a, one student asked Moore if she sees herself as a role model. This is the singular moment when Moore lost her words; it took some prompting from Professor Brim for her to acknowledge that she probably is seen as a role model by others. Later in the evening, another student raised her hand and declared, “You really are a role model!” CSI was honored to have her visit with us.

Read RedBone books for free at the CSI Library:

The Library’s guide to books on Black Gay & Lesbian Publishing: read it HERE

The event was sponsored by Women Gender & Sexuality Studies Program, the Division of Humanities and Social Sciences, the Bertha Harris Women’s Center, International Studies Program, Department of Media Culture, Department of Social Work, Department of English, American Studies Program, the LGBTQ Resource Center, Department of the Library, and the Center for Career and Professional Development. You can see the flier for the event HERE

–by Prof Anne Hays