Library Instruction Update


Library Instruction Update

by Professor Amy F. Stempler, Coordinator of Library Instruction

LIB 501 is now formally LIB 102

In fall 2015, the College’s Undergraduate Curriculum committee approved of the Library’s topic course, LIB 501: Beyond Google: Research for College Success, to become regularized and to be officially listed in the CSI college catalog as LIB 102.  The one-credit course, which runs for seven and a half weeks, continues to thrive.  Enrollment across our eight sections has steadily increased and we are pleased that feedback based on internal assessment has been universally positive.  We look forward to another year of promoting student success through teaching information literacy skills and helping students learn the necessary foundations for academic research.

Starting in the 2016-2017 academic year, there are exciting changes ahead for the Library Instruction Program.

 CC CLUE Library Workshops

This fall, the Library Instruction Program will offer regular CC CLUE workshops on select topics such as “Introduction to MLA Citation Style and Avoiding Plagiarism”, “Getting Your Research Done“, “Evaluating Web Sites”. Workshops run from mid September through the end of November. Keep an eye for more CC CLUE workshops for the Spring 2017. Students can register at

Librarians have also developed interactive online tutorials using Guide on the Side, an open-access software created by the University of Arizona Libraries.  These tutorials include built-in assessment tools to measure learning outcomes and have user-friendly interfaces for students to use easily. They can be accessed at

Collaboration with Writing Across the Curriculum (WAC)

The Library is also pleased to have collaborated with the English Department’s Writing Program and WAC Fellow, Kevin Hughes, to pilot a new initiative for English 151 courses.  Hughes developed the website Writing for Research at CSI, which helps students plan their research and writing assignments prior to coming in for Library Instruction.  The website includes helpful guides related to picking a topic, developing a good research question, and evaluating information sources.  This flipped-classroom model should help improve student’s learning objectives and make for a more productive instruction session.  Learn more at:


The DSM-5 eBook!

DSM-5_3DThe DSM-5 eBook!

by Professor Christine McEvilly, Electronic Resources Librarian

The American Psychiatric Association’s Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, 5th edition (DSM-5) is the primary resource used by American mental health professionals, social workers, and researchers to “diagnose and classify mental disorders.” This resource is now available online at the CSI Library Web Site. The easiest way to gain access to this e-book is to simply type in DSM-5 into our catalog search box.

DSM-5 is supported by Ebook Central reader which allows you to search the full text of the book, or browse for specific chapters using menus on the left. After 5 minutes of reading, or if you choose a download option, you will be asked to log-in to your College of Staten Island SLAS or FLAS account—the same account you use to access library resources off campus or to log into library computers. You will be asked to sign in even if on campus. More information is available in our “Ebook Central help guide” which is linked in the DSM-5 database entry.

If you wish to read offline, you can borrow the book for a day. Choose “Full Download” and follow the instructions to get your free software. It is the same software that the NYPL uses for their e-books, and since all CSI community members can get an NYPL card, why not go to their website for information on how to use your mobile devices, PCs, and tablets for all your pleasure reading needs?

The DSM-5 is a vital guide not just for clinicians, but for researchers defining their studies, students learning about mental health, and even for patients who wish to better understand their diagnoses. The library is happy to have a new way to provide such a vital resource to the CSI community.


Interview with Professor Valerie Forrestal about her new book Knowledge Management for Libraries.

Knowledge Management for Libraries Interview with Professor Valerie Forrestal about her new book Knowledge Management for Libraries. It was published in August 2015 by Rowman and Littlefield Publishers

by Professor Mark Aaron Polger, First Year Experience Librarian

Valerie Forrestal is the Web Services Librarian and an Assistant Professor at the College of Staten Island, City University of New York. Her education includes an MA in Media Production from Emerson College, an MLIS from Rutgers University, and an MS in Service-Oriented Computing from Stevens Institute of Technology. Valerie is very active in the New Jersey library community as she has presented at many conferences on technology, user experience, and mobile services. Valerie specializes in web development, social media, technology planning, and innovation in libraries and higher education.

MAP: What is your book about ?

VF: Knowledge Management for Libraries is about how libraries can use different kinds of software to collect and share information among staff members. It gives step-by-step instructions on how to implement tools for communication, collaboration, and file sharing, along with best practices for planning, design, and promoting usage. The book not only talks about technology solutions, but also discusses the ways in which applying knowledge management techniques in an organization can vastly improve efficiency and decision making by streamlining access to a department or organization’s collected knowledge.

MAP: What were some of the challenges involved in writing the book?

VF: The book series (Library Technology Essentials) that Knowledge Management for Libraries is a part of was dropped by the publisher at the last minute. Luckily the editor decided to pitch the series to another publisher, who decided to pick up all 12 volumes. The new publisher decided to keep the original publication date though, so the timeline for writing was quite brief (7 months to be exact). When my book came out, it turns out the publisher had used the wrong type set in printing, so it was riddled with typos, and subsequently got pulled from Amazon. Thankfully everything was sorted out and the book was available again in about a week, but I was still pretty embarrassed about all the messed up copies that were shipped out to readers.

MAP: What did you learn in the book writing process?

VF: Honestly, with any sort of long-term project, like writing or getting a degree, you just have to keep at it. There will be many days when you don’t feel like doing the work, but you have to force yourself to just get something done every day so you at least keep moving forward. To me, the hardest part about writing is getting words on paper. You have to make yourself write, and if you’re not having a stellar inspiration day, you can always edit it later. Speaking of editing, I have some advice on that too: don’t take it personally. Some of the comments I received on my first draft made me break down in tears. But I picked myself up and forged ahead, and the book is better because of those edits. It’s pretty much impossible to write an entire book and have every word be perfect. There will always be room for improvement, but those suggestions will only make the final product (that bears your name) even better.

MAP: What could other web / systems librarians take from your book and apply to their library web sites/ library intranet web sites?

VF: Besides the step-by-step guides, there are also case studies and best practices that could be applied to any technology implementation project. I tried to pepper in a little project management and software engineering basics so the concepts could be applied outside the world of knowledge management software. There are also handy references for assessing different kinds of software, and delving deeper into any of the systems mentioned in the book.



iPads Now Available at the CSI Library

5494900_sd.jpg;maxHeight=550;maxWidth=642iPads Now Available at the CSI Library

by Professor Valerie Forrestal, Web Services Librarian

Currently enrolled College of Staten Island students may borrow an iPad for use in the library for a period of two hours. iPads can be checked out from the Library Technology Support Center in room 109A on the 1st floor of the library.

Aside from the usual apps on the iPad, they are also pre-loaded with the following additional apps:

  •     Dropbox
  •     Google Earth
  •     Google Translate
  •     Kahn Academy
  •     Microsoft Word
  •     Microsoft Excel
  •     Microsoft Powerpoint
  •     NY Times

Users are welcome to download apps with their own iTunes account, but these apps will automatically be removed from the device when it is checked back in.

Please feel free to provide us [at the Technology Support Center] with suggestions for apps that you find useful for courses that should be one of the pre-loaded apps. Any app that will increase efficiency and productivity are welcome.

Borrowers must have a valid CSI ID card to use one for either 4 hours or 3 days. iPads must be returned in the same condition as when it went out. Users assumes all responsibility and will be liable for any damage to iPad while checked out in your name.

Please note that if a borrowed iPad is damaged or lost, the borrower will be held responsible for the repair or replacement cost of the iPad. For example, if an iPad is returned with a cracked screen, the borrower is subject to a $49 screen repair fee. Unpaid fees will result in loss of library privileges at CSI and CUNY.




CuPL – CUNY Libraries Branch Out!

CuPL – CUNY Libraries Branch Out!

by Professor Mark Aaron Polger, First Year Experience Librarian



CuPL: CUNY Libraries Branch Out is a collaborative effort between librarians at the City University of New York, and librarians in the public libraries throughout NYC. The goal is to enhance use of systems across institutions and make current, former, and future students aware of local resources for academic research success as well as lifelong learning.

cupl-sept2016In celebration of September as “Library Card Signup Month”, staff from the Richmondtown Branch of the New York Public Library (NYPL) system came on September 27th to promote their branch, give away free swag, provide information about NYPL services, and sign up new library cards.  Library patrons who sign up will have access to branches across Staten Island, Manhattan, and the Bronx. Brooklyn and Queens have their own public library system separate from NYPL.

The event was festive as over a hundred people signed up for  library cards and there were many giveaways. Photos were taken and posted to Facebook and Instagram and many students were very happy. Moving forward, the CSI Library hopes to continue the tradition of having the NYPL branches on Staten Island visit the library rotunda more frequently. This public library partnership is very important since so many of our students are unaware of the differences between academic and public libraries and how they complement each other.

The NYPL first came to visit the CSI Library in Spring 2016 and after this September visit, we have decided that they will be making regular visits twice a semester promoting library cards and public library usage. We look forward to seeing them back the second week of December.