Support open access to taxpayer-funded research!

Open Access
There’s a petition that began recently to ask the White House to require academic and scientific research funded by federal dollars to be made available for all to read free of charge. This is called open access publishing, and support for open access has been growing in the scholarly and library community over the past several decades.
Here at the City Tech Library we’re big fans of open access publishing, and have held many events over the years. We’ve even pledged to publish our own research open access whenever possible. When research is published open access everyone — students, patients, researchers who don’t work at a wealthy university, you, and me — can read it free of charge, and use it to teach, learn, and innovate.
Help support open access to federally-funded research! Head over to the White House website and sign the petition. The petition has until June 19th to reach 25,000 signatures, which guarantees an official response from the Administration (which is currently considering a bill called the Federal Research Public Access Act).
For more details about the issues surrounding open access publishing, check out this short video, and great website. There’s also the open access publishing network on the CUNY Academic Commons — if you’re interested in more discussion and action about open access publishing, please join us!

Extended Library Hours Begin Today!

Prague Astronomical Clock via WIkimedia

Just a reminder, the library will be open for extended hours until May 25th. Check the hours listed below, or refer to the library website for more information.
Fridays, May 11 and May 18: 9am-9pm
Saturdays, May 12 and May 19: 9am-5pm
Mondays – Thursdays, May 14 – 17 and May 21 – 24: 9am-10:30pm
Friday, May 25, open 9am-5pm

Where the wild things were

Children’s literature lost a legend today: Maurice Sendak, author and illustrator of Where the Wild Things Are, died. He was 83 years old.
If you’ve never read any of his books (or have and would like to re-read them today in his honor), you’ll be glad to know the City Tech library has multiples copies of Mr. Sendak’s books. Find these books in the children’s collection across from the Circulation Desk on the 4th floor:
Where the Wild Things Are In the Night Kitchen Outside Over There
Mr. Sendak was considered the most important children’s book artist of the 20th century. He died today, May 8, 2012, after complications after a stroke he suffered four days ago. For more information on his life and accomplishments, see today’s piece in The New York Times. If you have some time, consider listening to his interviews on NPR’s Fresh Air with Terry Gross. (Warning: The interview from September 2011 is a tear-jerker. I recommend having tissues nearby.)