LIB 501 is off to a great start!


The Library’s first credit-bearing course, LIB 501: Beyond Google: Research for College Success, began in Fall 2014 and continues to flourish.  LIB 501 currently runs as a one-credit topics course lasting seven and a half weeks.  Enrollment in spring increased 30% overall, and the Library faculty is pleased that the feedback based on internal assessment was universally positive.  Student comments confirmed the usefulness of the course to complete research assignments and some students even suggested that the course should be required, while others wished it had lasted longer.

The course provides students with foundational research skills needed to succeed in college, including how to develop well-thought out research strategies, effectively use library research tools and new media sources, and avoid plagiarism.  Learning outcomes include the ability to identify, locate, evaluate, and use appropriate information resources in keeping with academic integrity and ethical standards.  Students are assessed through a variety of measures, consisting of in-class exercises, quizzes, and a final cumulative project in the form of an annotated bibliography.

The Department of the Library believes the value of the course reaches well beyond skills necessary for college, but rather helps to create information literate citizens and lifelong learners.  We plan to regularize the course in the coming academic year with the goal to offer more advanced level and discipline-specific courses in the future.  Stay tuned!

Amy F. Stempler, Assistant Professor & Coordinator of Library Instruction


Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Research Guide

On March 8 annually, we celebrate International Women’s Day, and it’s with Women’s History month in mind that I draw your attention to the many academic resources we have at the CSI library for Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies (WGSS). Handily, I created an online research guide for WGSS, which highlights some of our many resources in one portal:

The opening page mentions a smattering of new titles that have come in this month (and more keep coming in, so stay tuned.) They include reference works, like the Sage Handbook of Feminist Theory, The Encyclopedia of Domestic Violence and Abuse, and many more. We also have numerous databases that feature WGSS journals, some of which directly address women and gender, while others do peripherally. Because WGSS is an interdisciplinary program where one can study women, gender, or sexuality, for instance, but more interestingly one can study the intersection of feminism and history, or queer identity and art, or gender identity in adolescent development, or masculinity in pop culture, etc. The books and databases cover a wide terrain. For instance, in American Memory one can review the Library of Congress’s digital archives, which are particularly strong on the woman’s suffrage movement, and contain books, manuscripts, pamphlets, photographs, scrapbooks, and multi-format materials ranging from 1848-1938. In Women and Social Movements one can study the history of women and social movements from 1600 to 2000, through archived documents, critical reviews, and teaching tools. For queer studies we have the LGBT Life with Full Text database, which provides access to hundreds of significant LGBT journals. For general scholarly research, JSTOR and Project Muse are strong in the humanities and social sciences. But because you might be studying feminism from a historical perspective (Historical Statistics of the United States), or through psychology (PsychINFO), communications (Communications and Mass Media Complete), nursing (CINAHL Complete), or current events (LexisNexis)…databases in these areas round out the selection.

And finally, you might not be aware of our two streaming video databases: Kanopy, and Films on Demand, both of which include WGSS titles in their holdings. Kanopy has the entire Killing Me Softly series, an interview with bell hooks, and numerous films on masculine codes. With 20,000 titles, Films on Demand holds enough works to warrant search terms. A quick search for “gender” in “titles” returns 229 feature-length films on that topic. To explore our streaming video collections, see the media section of the WGSS research guide, or here on our library’s website:

Happy exploring!

Anne Hays, Assistant Professor
Evening & Weekend Instruction Librarian

Archives College Assistant Leaves for Princeton

RomanHeadshotWhile the Library Archives and Special Collections exists to collect, preserve and make available research materials concerning the history of Staten Island political culture and public policy discourse, especially in the period since consolidation with New York City in 1898, as well as the history of the College of Staten Island and its predecessor institutions, the facility also has important secondary purposes. For instance, the archives serves as a learning lab for history students exploring methods for primary source research. The Archives and Special Collections also trains new generations of archivists and has served as an internship site for library school students from New York University, Rutgers University, and Queens College, as well as for history students from The College of Staten Island.

Of all the interns since the archives’ inception, Roman Yurchenko best exemplifies the way in which a student can benefit from career development opportunities. While Yurchenko was completing a bachelor’s degree in history, he volunteered at the archives to decide whether an archival career was right for him. He subsequently completed an internship in the archives and the Introduction to Archives course taught by the archivist. While completing his master’s degree in history at the College of Staten Island and his library science degree at the Palmer School of Library and Information Science, Yurchenko worked as a college assistant in the archives. During the time he worked in the archives, he integrated a significant portion of the final accretion of papers from the offices of former New York State Senator John Marchi and took the lead in digitizing and archiving audio recordings present in a range of collections.

This combination of education and experience proved a good foundation for obtaining a full time job. As preparation for entry-level jobs in the field, The Society of American Archivists recommends a graduate degree (in academic settings both a master’s degree in history and a master’s degree in library science are often preferred), an internship, and pre-professional experience.

Yurchenko’s academic interests in Eastern European, Eurasian, and Medieval Studies (his College of Staten Island thesis was titled, Medieval Kiev: An economic inquiry of trade and exchange systems of Viking-age Emporia) shaped his goal of becoming a specialist in Russian, Eurasian & Eastern European Studies materials.

Yurchenko began working in the Collection Development Department at Princeton University’s Firestone Library in February, specializing in Slavic Collections.

Introducing eMarketer: a Powerful Tool for Marketing Research Data

eMarketer is our newest database at the CSI Library.  This new database culls marketing research from different areas and provides expert reports, graphs, charts, and diagrams that are user-friendly and perfect for students to embed into their research assignments or presentations. It is perfect for any student or faculty member who seeks quantitative data to support marketing research.

eMarketer reports are compiled, analysed, and curated by eMarketer researchers. Reports are researched from over 3000 sources across many different facets of marketing research. Examples include advertising, business to business (B2B),  demographic marketing, Ecommerce, Email marketing, Media usage, Mobile marketing, Search engine optimization (SEO), Social media marketing, and video marketing.  Reports are also culled from a variety of different industries such as automotive, consumer products, financial services, media and entertainment, healthcare, retail, and the travel industry. Geographic coverage includes Asia-Pacific, Central & Eastern Europe, Latin America, Middle East, Africa, North America, and Western Europe.

eMarketer specializes in analysing the consumer habits in the digital world. Such reports include Internet usage,  social media usage, ecommerce spending, mobile device penetration and usage.  Reports provide benchmarks across many countries and regions in the world. This database also has a special feature called the “digital atlas”, that compares population data from different countries relating to Internet, broadband, mobile phone usage.

eMarketer staff conduct research and produce in-house reports, interviews, benchmarks, forecasts, and charts. All reports provide citations to the original sources and students may use these reports and embed all charts and diagrams into their PowerPoint presentations.

There are 2 ways of finding the information on eMarketer. The first way is the traditional “search engine” method where users enter search terms. Below is an example search of marketing research on Instagram and millennials and United States


The information can be saved in multiple formats (PDF, JPG, and XLS). It can also be emailed or shared via Social Media. Each chart contains the appropriate citations to the data’s original source so students can embed this chart into their research assignments or presentations.

Browsing by Topic

A powerful method in discovering marketing research is through browsing. For example, if a student is conducting marketing research on demographics such as age, gender, or ethnicity, they would select “demographic marketing” under topics. After obtaining the results, I could then further limit demographics by focusing on social media usage. This would give me a more refined list of results.



Users can further limit their results by focusing on a specific country (see the blue button “Change Countries”). Information is organized into many categories; reports, PPT, articles, charts, briefs, and interviews.


Whether you choose to “search” or “browse” eMarketer, you can obtain the same high quality material to support your marketing assignments, research projects, or class presentations. Browsing is a more powerful way to explore your topic because you can further limit by sub-topic, industry,  or geography.

For further information, please contact:

Mark Aaron Polger
Assistant Professor & First Year Experience Librarian

Infrastructure and Ecology at Freshkills Park

The Greener Library Committee was pleased to welcome representatives from Staten Island’s Freshkills Park on Thursday, December 4, 2014 in the Library’s Archives & Special Collections.  


Laura Truettner, Project Development Manager, addressed the infrastructure and ecological restoration of the landfill to park conversion, such as the capping of the mounds and the leachate treatment plant.  Cait Field, Research Program Manager, spoke about the ecological restoration of Freshkills and the scientific research program that is currently underway and growing.




(left photo): Creeks and wetlands wind through Freshkills Park, surrounded by lush forests



In an effort to reduce paper waste, the Greener Library Committee is also proud to announce the creation of notebooks for those needing scrap paper.  The notebooks, made from unclaimed and discarded printing paper, are available at the Reference Desk on the first floor of the Library.

-Amy F. Stempler, Assistant Professor & Coordinator of Library Instruction