Spotlight on online resources for International Women’s Day

The library has a wide variety of online resources that celebrate the contributions of women and gender diverse people, and that look at the issues that impact women’s lives. Looking for material to add to your syllabus, sources to cite in your assignments, or just a good read? Check out some of these databases! If you’re off campus, you’ll be prompted to log in with your CUNY login when you click on any of the links below.

Women and Social Movements in the United States,1600-2000 includes primary and secondary sources that help us understand women’s history in the United States, and specifically the contributions that women have made to social movements. It also includes book, film, and website reviews, notes from the archives, and teaching tools. In addition to regular search tools, you can browse this collection by person or social movement. And, explore curated sets of primary sources that can support your research or teaching, such Writings by Black Women Suffragists, 1831-1965, which includes more than 1,900 items written by about 150 Black women suffragists.

North American Women’s Drama contains 1,517 plays by 330 playwrights. Written by women in the United States and Canada from Colonial times to the present, many of these works are rare, hard to find, or out of print. Almost a quarter of the collection consists of previously unpublished plays. 

Gale OneFile: Contemporary Women’s Issues provides information on issues that impact women around the globe. I love how Gale OneFile includes a topic finder that helps visualize connections between material included in my search results; clicking on “topic finder” on the home screen takes me to a search box that will provide me with a visual depiction of my search results, for example from this search for “maternal health”:

This image shows the results of a topic finder search for "maternal health" in the database Gale OneFile: Contemporary Women’s Issues. Colored bubles represent different sub-topics, including child health, mental health, medical care, maternal mortality, weekly new research, pregnant women, and public health.

Gale OneFile: Gender Studies includes material about gender studies, family and marital issues, and more. This database also provides the visually-based topic finder; this time, I started my search instead with the Subject Guides and searched for “health,” which helped me find subject guides for Personal Care Products and Wellness Programs. There’s so much to explore in these databases.

Students! The Library is Hiring for the Spring ’23 Semester

The library is looking for students interested in becoming College Assistants for the FSpring 2023 semester. Interested students should email Administrative Specialist, Suraya Choudhury  or stop by the library during open hours to fill out an application. See below for more information about the position.

Job Title: Library College Assistant – Hourly
Location: NYC College of Technology
Full/Part Time: Part-Time
Regular/Temporary: Regular
Contract Title: College Assistant
FLSA: Non-Exempt
Closing Date: Open until filled
Availability: 10-15 hours per week; daytime, evenings, and weekends

Campus Specific Information
The Ursula C. Schwerin Library at New York City College of Technology has positions available for College Assistants in the following operational units: Circulation Services, Multimedia Lab, Periodicals and Internet Lab.

General Duties
– Perform technical operations in areas including library circulation, collection processing, and maintenance
– Manage routine workflows during evening and weekend hours including the circulation cash register
– Provide service to library users in person and by phone: answer questions, enforce policies
– Uses online system to perform various tasks in both circulation and technical services
– Assist students with computer use, printing, scanners, and other technical support needs

Preferred Qualifications
– Must be prompt and responsible
– Prior work experience in a library is a plus
– Ability to multitask and follow complex instructions
– Demonstrated success working both individually and in collaborative environments –
– Excellent judgment and professionalism
– Strong interpersonal skills
– Knowledge of Microsoft Office

$15.61 per hour

Spotlight on: Videos from the Banyan Archive

City Tech Library has access to AVON (Academic Video Online), which features over 66,000 titles across subject areas including anthropology, business, counseling, film, health, history, music, and more. We’ve been exploring those lately and wanted to put a spotlight on the Banyan Archive channel.

This thumbnail image for this video collection shows a number of still images from videos in the collection, along with the title "Caribbean Studies in Video: The Banyan Archive"

The Banyan Archive, located in Trinidad & Tobago, has digitized hundreds of hours of film footage spanning decades of events and interviews. You can head straight to their collection at this link. Explore musical performances, dance, documentary, and so much more! Banyan was founded in 1974 and has collected a wealth of video documenting life and culture across the Caribbean.

Excited to explore other video channels on AVON? Here are a few other places to start:

Scholarly Publishing Workshops, Spring 2023 dates and times

These workshops support your publishing and teach how to make yourself more visible and how to document the impact of your work.

Get Evidence! Scholarly Metrics for Your PARSE and CV
April 4, 11:00 AM-12:00 PM
Covers Google Scholar Profile for citations and Google Scholar for journal rankings, Scimago for journal rankings, Altmetric Attention Scores for social media, and download reports from Academic Works (and other repositories). We’ll also touch on finding individual journal acceptance rates as well as Journal Impact Factors. The workshop will briefly address books and book chapters as well.

Get Organized! Zotero Basics
Tuesday, April 25, 3:30-4:30 PM
Attendees will learn the capabilities of this powerful, free open-source reference management software program. The session covers the functionalities of the Zotero client, adding the Zotero plugin to your browser, and importing citations to generate a bibliography. To maximize our workshop time, please download Zotero from and create your username and password in the Zotero client software by going to EDIT > PREFERENCES > >SYNC

Author Identifier (ORCID) for Publishing and Grantsmanship
(Express Workshop: 30 minutes)
Thursday May 4, 3:00-4:00 PM  
ORCID IDs are author identifiers. They are especially helpful to authors with names that are more common but they have other benefits including speedier registration in systems for submitting articles, reviewing, and grant applications. Grantees who use their ORCID when applying for a grant help to assure that funders connect your funding program to your scholarship. ORCID also helps potential funders to efficiently review your publications.

Who Is This Weird Publisher? Avoiding Predatory Journals and Conferences
Tuesday May 16, 2:30-3:30 PM
Predatory journals and conferences are a hot topic but frequently misunderstood. We’ll debunk some myths and learn more about predatory journal and conference characteristics as well as how to thoughtfully evaluate a journal or conference before submitting. This workshop will include hands-on activities.

Our Scholarly Publishing Clinic is available on-demand and during our office hour at 4 PM every first Tuesday of the month. We provide one-on-one consultations as well as workshops that fit your schedule. Find more scholarly communications and publishing support from the library on our website. Questions? Contact Prof. Monica Berger

Wakanda Forever! Tár! New Films in Swank for Spring 2023

There are numerous new films for the spring 2023 semester through the library’s electronic resource, Swank, including recent theatrical releases, Oscar nominees (like Everywhere, Everything, All At Once), and timely documentaries. City Tech students and faculty can access Swank on or off-campus using your CUNYfirst credentials.

Below are some highlights. For more information about these films, Swank, or other streaming films available to the City Tech community, reach out to Prof. Junior Tidal.

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International Mother Language Day Performance Tuesday 2/21 @ 1PM Rm. L-632

As a space dedicated to language, the Writing Center looks forward to celebrating International Mother Language Day on Tuesday, Feb. 21st from 1pm-3pm in Library Building Room 632. This day marks the importance of multilingual education and the value of  bringing more languages into public life. To celebrate, we will have a line-up of performances/readings in mother languages  by students, faculty, and staff, as well as  time for attendees to share if they are inspired to do so. Refreshments will be provided. If you would like to perform, please reach out to  

At the City Tech Writing Center, we want to celebrate the linguistic diversity that currently inhabits our campus with more than 85 different languages spoken. Languages contain ways of knowing and being that express visions of the world from a particular community. By celebrating our Mother Tongues, we contribute to building inclusive knowledge societies and preserving cultural heritage that might otherwise be lost. 

New and Noteworthy Open Educational Resources

Every month, the City Tech Library’s Open Educational Resources team gathers the latest and most noteworthy OER to share with the learning community at the college. The field of open educational resources is constantly expanding and we attempt to include materials relevant to each department at City Tech throughout our work. In addition to publishing our findings on the OER at City Tech website, we distribute our monthly selections to our colleagues in the library who share them with the academic departments they work with.

Cover image of Data Analysis in the Psychological Sciences: A Practical, Applied, Multimedia Approach

Open educational resources (OER) are teaching and learning materials freely available for everyone to use. They are typically openly-licensed to allow for re-use and modification by instructors. Materials may consist of a complete course, course modules, assignments, tests, quizzes, textbooks, videos, etc.

Cover image of Gendered Lives: Global Issues textbook

On occasion, we will spotlight a focused collection of resources that we find particularly useful for current teaching and learning. Last semester, OER librarian Cailean Cooney created a reading list to help support faculty working with open resources and using open educational practices. “Selections include some grounding texts, discussions of pedagogy and OER, access and equity, OER and policy, critiques of OER, and resources to connect faculty with research related to OER. All are openly licensed.” We have also shared a collection of LGBTQ+ free and open resources, curated by librarian Jo Thompson, as well as resources on trauma-informed practices in teaching.

We are here to showcase emerging and interesting open educational resources, so please contact OER librarian Cailean Cooney at if you know of any resources or would like to know more about the OER initiatives at City Tech that include our fellowship, workshops, and faculty support.

Free Cece screening & Filmmaker Q&A Thursday, Feb. 23 @ 12:45


Free Cece flyer

Through a Black, Race and Ethnic Studies Initiative grant, the African American Studies and Gender & Sexuality Studies programs are sponsoring a screening of Free Cece at the Academic Complex. There will be a question and answer event with the filmmaker along with refreshments. RSVP using the link below.

WHEN: Thursday, Feb. 23, 2023, from 12:45 p.m. to 3 p.m.

WHERE: The Theater at City Tech, Academic Complex, 285 Jay St., Brooklyn, NY 11201.