Wall Street Journal online — free access

image of the wall street journal newspaperCUNY’s Office of Library Services has arranged for all members of the college community to get free access to the digital Wall Street Journal for the year. All you need is an email address ending in “cuny.edu” and you can view the paper on any computer or on your mobile devices using the WSJ mobile apps in less than 5 minutes.

Go to https://partner.wsj.com/enter-redemption-code/CUNYnd5wtb6z and register.  Detailed instructions are provided below.  Faculty and staff will have one year of free access; students should automatically have access until their expected graduation date. If you have a current JSW subscription call 1-800-JOURNAL (1-800-568-7625) to receive a partial credit.  You can also access the subscription sign-up link and instructions on the library website by using the “Wall Street Journal Online” entry on our Databases A-Z list. The CSI library also has a separate subscription that will allow you to access historical WSJ articles from 1984 to the present. You can use the Databases A-Z link and click on the “Wall Street Journal [ProQuest]” title. No registration is needed for this access.

How to get the Wall Street Journal Online:

  • Go to https://partner.wsj.com/enter-redemption-code/CUNYnd5wtb6z.
  • Enter your full name and CSI email address.
  • Then select your status (Student, Staff, or Professor) under “Account Type.”
  • Pick your password. It can be whatever you chose, it doesn’t need to match any other CSI or CUNY accounts. On your regular devices, this password can be automatically saved after you enter it once.
  • You must agree to the policies and agreements, which have been approved by CUNY Legal, but you do NOT need to accept the email updates and offers.
  • Read on your desktop or download the free Wall Street Journal official app through the Apple App Store or Google Play. You will need to enter your account information when you first use the App.

For any questions on access or assistance using this resource in your classes, please contact the CSI library. We will be glad to help in any way we can!

Interim Chief Librarian Amy Stempler

Interview with Mark Aaron Polger, co-author of Engaging Diverse Learners

Cover of the book Engage Diverse LearnersThis is an interview with Mark Aaron Polger, co-author of Engaging Diverse Learners: Teaching Strategies for Academic Librarians ( Libraries Unlimited / ABC-CLIO, 2017). He co-authored the book with Scott Sheidlower. Anne Hays, fellow librarian at the College of Staten Island, conducted the interview.

AH: Can you give us your elevator pitch on what your book is about?

MAP: The book I co-wrote is a “how to” guide on teaching strategies to help foster student engagement in the Information Literacy classroom.

AH: When you were doing research for the book, what was the most interesting thing you learned?

MAP: The most interesting thing I learned was that there were so many different definitions to student engagement and it meant different things to different people. I also learned that librarians use a variety of teaching techniques to engage their students. I also learned that student engagement does not always lead to learning.

AH: During the long writing process, did anything in particular keep you inspired to write?

MAP: We were inspired by our curiosity to discover what other librarians do in the classroom to promote engagement in the class. Having a collaborator helps because we often shared ideas and we learned from our interviews with other librarians. It inspired to think differently about our teaching, to try different techniques, and to get outside our comfort zone.

AH: What was the hardest part of writing the book?

MAP: Having a co-author who is a friend can pose some challenges. We have different personalities and teach differently. I use theatrics, performance, and exaggeration in my classes and my co-author uses humor and shock. In addition, we both have busy lives so writing together and consolidating different chapters may result in 2 different “voices”. This can be a challenge when trying to write a book with a cohesive “voice”.

AH: What was the best part of writing the book?

MAP: The best part of writing the book was the research involved and my understanding of student engagement. I read about different learning theories and when applied to different teaching techniques, I felt like it came together. I also learned that many librarians experiment with their teaching and that it’s always a work in progress. There is no “right way” to teach.

AH: If a publisher asked you to write a sequel, is there anything you didn’t put in this book that you would like to add?

MAP: I think if I had to write a sequel, I think perhaps writing about the outcomes of student engagement can be addressed. I think it would be interesting to discover whether an engaged class means they will learn better, get better grades, graduate with a higher GPA. Librarians do not conduct a lot of longitudinal research because we do have access to our students progress over a 5 or 10 year period of time. That would be interesting to follow students’ academic paths to see their progress.

AH: Is there anything else you’d like to say to your fans?

MAP: Student engagement depends on so many external factors that we must not blame ourselves if our class is seen as a fail. Student engagement involves the right mixing of ingredients and if something is off balance, then students might not be engaged. It’s not the end of the world. Librarians are fortunate that we teach many one-shots and with practice, I think our teaching gets better.

On a completely separate topic, I wanted to plug the upcoming book I’m working on. I’m currently finishing another book (this time as solo author) on a Library Marketing Guidebook for Beginners. I’m hoping to complete it this Spring.

AH: Can’t wait to read it! Thanks for the interview!

[Mark Aaron Polger is the First Year Outreach Librarian at the College of Staten Island Library]

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