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


Welcome to the ‘New & Improved’ Kanopy Streaming!

In 2014, the CSI library was the first among CUNY libraries to subscribe to the Kanopy Streaming Video platform. Through this subscription, the library had access to over 200 streaming videos published by Media Education Foundation (MEF). In the fall of 2016, this access was increased exponentially to over thirteen thousand videos across multiple subject areas and an additional series, the Great Courses (TGC). The library is now planning to access the full academic collection, which has close to 30,000 documentary and independent film titles, with top producers such as the Criterion Collection, New Day Films, California Newsreel and PBS, to name a few. How are we able to provide access to over 30,000 film titles?

Kanopy was one of the first global film providers to offer a Patron Driven Acquisition (PDA) program, which allows free access to its collections and charges libraries based on one criterion, significant patron usage. The CSI library already has active e-book PDA programs, but Kanopy’s PDA operates somewhat differently in that after significant patron usage, libraries can decide whether to continue to lease access the video or purchase it outright, all while monitoring usage. Hence, this practice allows a library to make more precise purchasing decisions that balance student and faculty demand with a librarian’s subject expertise to make thoughtful and intentional decisions.

What else should you know about the Kanopy Streaming Video platform? Kanopy is an academic based streaming platform with a very user friendly interface and a player that is compatible with screen readers. Most of their videos are Closed Captioned (CC) with transcripts, and the company has made it a priority to CC any video not originally provided by the publisher. You can request this by hovering over the slashed CC icon located next to the title and clicking on the message which will take you to a request form. All videos have Public Performance Rights (PPR), so professors can feel free to show them to a group and/or create clips or playlists for segmented viewings. For those techies out there, connect Kanopy to your Roku device or set up television viewings. The most unique part of Kanopy is the film content, which tends to be independent and documentary in nature, with many foreign language titles. These are films that are hard to find other places. Hundreds of new and recently released videos are added each month. Recently, a faculty member requested the film Mosquita & Mari, and we were able to  provide it through Kanopy.

Feel free to explore the collection at http://csicuny.kanopystreaming.com/. You never know what we currently have access to or might have next!

–Professor Kerry Falloon

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.