New Guide to Fair Use in Education

Copyright, designed to protect the legal rights of creators of ideas, texts, images and other media, can be confusing, and fair use of materials for educational purposes can be difficult to assess. A new guide to fair use of all types of media for education was released earlier this month by the Center for Social Media at American University, created in consultation with a legal advisory team. “The Code of Best Practices in Fair Use for Media Literacy Education” explains the issues in a concise and lucid manner, and is available in its entirety here:

City Tech Sixth Annual Poster Session

Faculty Poster Session

The library recently participated in City Tech’s Sixth Annual Poster Session. Our display, entitled Partners in Scholarship, Teaching, and Pedagogy, presents how the library supports faculty and student research. Tools such as the website, electronic resources, CLICs, and Interlibrary loan are useful for both scholarship and research.

Faculty Poster Session

HighWire Journals in Ebsco Databases

Links to the 326 journals in Stanford’s open access HighWire are now available in Ebsco databases. Many of these journals are in science but there are a considerable number of titles in the social sciences, humanities, and other areas. HighWire offers 2,029,167 articles free of charge.
In Ebsco, look for “Check Highwire Press for Full Text.” Note that many HighWire titles have embargoes that limit users from access to current content. 

Obama Profiled in Oxford African American Studies Center

oaasc1To mark a very special moment in our nation’s history, the Oxford African American Studies Center has been updated to commemorate Barack Obama’s groundbreaking victory in this year’s presidential election. In a moving essay that examines President-Elect Obama’s historic achievement alongside other watershed moments in African American history, Editor in Chief Henry Louis Gates celebrates and honors the undeniable impact of November 4, 2008. [from NYLINK’s Check It Out]

Student Workshops @ the Library

City Tech students: come to the library and learn research strategies to help you complete your college assignments better and faster!
Good Googling: How to Evaluate Websites
November 19, 5-5:45pm
Research without Tears
November 20, 1-1:45pm
Finding Newspaper and Magazine Articles in LexisNexis
December 3, 5-5:45pm
Finding Journal and Magazine Articles in EBSCO
December 4, 1-1:45pm
Workshops are open to all City Tech students, and are held in the library classroom (Rm A540, enter Atrium 4th fl).
For more information, contact Prof. Maura Smale, or 718-260-5748, or visit:

Shelly Silver's in complete world

In case you missed Shelly Silver’s screening of in complete world, the independent artist and filmmaker has graciously donated a copy of the film to the City Tech library’s multimedia collection. The film is a provocative series of vignettes, shot on the streets of New York, asking New Yorkers about the state of their lives, their society, and their government. The film should be available for viewings within the next few weeks. For more information about the film and Shelly Silver, please visit her website here.

Using RefWorks to Manage References – A Workshop for Faculty

All City Tech faculty are invited to attend a library workshop on RefWorks, a bibliographic citation management tool available to all City Tech faculty. With RefWorks it’s easy to import references from online databases, organize your references into folders by topic or project, insert references into your documents, and generate a bibliography formatted in a variety of citation styles, including MLA, APA, and Chicago.
This workshop will be held on Wednesday, November 12, from 10-10:45am in the library classroom, A540. Please RSVP to Maura Smale at msmale[at]
The complete schedule of faculty workshops for the Fall 2008 semester can be found here.

New! Pop Culture Universe

Pop Culture Universe
Pop Culture Universe

Check out our new resource, Pop Culture Universe. It covers [from the publisher’s website] ”new technology (iPods, gaming, gadgets)…Internet memes and chatspeak…movies, TV, radio…music…comics and graphic novels…sports and pastimes…fads, fashion, and fast food.” And it has tools for instructors to incorporate popular culture into the classroom as well as resources for student work.
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Bananas, Rum, Buildings, and Stories: New Books at the City Tech Library

Selected new books in the library’s collection are featured on the new bookshelves that wrap around the staircase to the 4th floor. And yes, you can check out any of the books in the new books display. You’ll also find fiction and other leisure reading in this section, including new titles in Spanish and Russian. Check back often — our new book display will be updated regularly with the latest new releases. This month, our new book selections illustrate three themes:

Globalization: Rum, Bananas, and Coffee

The History of the World in Ten Cocktails by Wayne Curtis
And a Bottle of Rum
by Wayne Curtis
An American History by Virginia Scott Jenkins
Bananas: An American History
by Virginia Scott Jenkins
The History of Coffee and How it Transformed our World by Mark Pendergrast
Uncommon Grounds
by Mark Pendergrast

Architecture of Cities and Countries

Buildings of Pittsburgh by Franklin Toker
Buildings of Pittsburgh
by Franklin Toker
Bali Houses by Gianni Francione
Bali Houses
by Gianni Francione

Immigrant Fiction

Monkey King by Patrician Chao
Monkey King
by Patricia Chao
Inheritance by Lan Samantha Chang
by Lan Samantha Chang
Unaccustomed Earth by Jhumpa Lahiri
Unaccustomed Earth
by Jhumpa Lahiri