What’s New in the Library Spring 2020 Edition

Whether you’re looking for support for your own research or want to learn some new skills, the library has lots of great services, programs, and resources to help you survive the semester.

The Library is Wherever you Already Are

No matter what platform you’re using, library resources are automatically available in your course.

Using Blackboard?

The City Tech Library on your course menu links to a research guide that covers research basics and includes citation resources, multi-disciplinary databases, and more.

Using OpenLab? 

The Library Tools widget is available in new OpenLab courses by default. This widget allows you to search for library sources from within your course and has a direct link to our main website and 24X7 “Ask a Librarian” chat service.

Don’t see the widgets you want in OpenLab or interested in adding subject specific resources to your course site? Learn more about custom integration options and write to Prof. Nora Almeida for assistance. 

Eresource Highlights

Workshops & Events for Everyone!

All workshops will be held in Room 441A in the library. RSVP to save your spot: nprince@citytech.cuny.edu

Digital Privacy: A Hands-on Workshop Learn more about privacy and take control of your digital identity! In this hands-on workshop, City Tech faculty, students, and staff will learn how to protect themselves against surveillance and unwanted data collection.

  • Thursday, April 30, 2020, 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM

Introduction to OMEKA Join us to see how you can create online exhibits using OMEKA. Open to City Tech faculty, students, and staff! Come with your images and descriptions of your project and we will build the beginnings of a professional online display.

  • Monday, March 2, 2020, 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM
  • Wednesday, March 4, 2020, 11:30 AM – 12:30 PM

Workshops for Students

LinkedIn and Resume Writing Workshop for students Make a lasting impression with a potential employer. Your resume and social media presence are the place to begin.

  • Thursday, March 5, 2020, 3:00 PM – 4:00 PM
  • Wednesday, May 6, 2020, 4:00 PM – 5:00 PM

Tech You Can Borrow from the Library: Workshop for students This 45-minute workshop will highlight the different technologies we have available for loan to students, how the loan process works, what you can use this technology for, and what happens to your data after you return it.

  • Wednesday, February 19, 2020 1:00 PM –  2:00 PM

Citation Workshops for students: APA and MLA, Use ZoteroBib to Create Your Sources Quickly Learn the fundamentals of using the APA and the MLA styles. ZoteroBib generates citations and build a bibliography list in any of the popular styles, including APA and MLA instantly!

  • Wednesday, February 26, 2020, 3:00 PM – 4:00 PM
  • Thursday, March 26, 2020, 4:00 PM – 5:00 PM

Research Help for your Paper: Drop-in sessions for students Are you looking for research help with that final paper or assignment of the semester? If so, come to the Ursula C. Schwerin Library on these dates for our special drop-in sessions.

  • Monday, May 4, 2020, 12:30 PM – 2:00 PM
  • Thursday, May 7, 2020, 3:30 PM – 5:00 PM
  • Friday, May 8, 2020, 2:00 PM – 3:30 PM

Services for Students!

Laptop Loans

Borrow laptops from Multimedia for a period of 1 week.

Chat Reference

Chat with a librarian for help with research 24X7. Contact us via the library home page, or here: http://cityte.ch/ask.   


Need to take a short break or quickly step out of the library but don’t want to drag your laptop with you? Use the new lockers located outside of the Internet Lab, set a combination and then your belongings are secure until you return.

For Faculty!

Open Educational Resources

Want to learn more about open educational resources (OER) and cost-free course materials, and how they can support your curriculum? Are you unsatisfied with the subject coverage, cultural relevance, or currency of the course materials you’re assigning? 
The library can introduce you to resources and opportunities to develop open educational resources for your course!

Open Textbook Library Workshop – open to all faculty! a workshop about the Open Textbook Library, “a catalog of free, peer-reviewed, and openly-licensed textbooks” developed at the University of Minnesota. Other topics will include: an introduction to Open Educational Resources (OER), and how to find openly-licensed resources in your field. Participants are encouraged to bring questions, and no level of familiarity with OER is required.  Part-time faculty members will be eligible for a paid stipend for completing a review of an openly-licensed textbook.

  • Date:  3/2/2020
  • Time: 12- 1:00 PM
  • Location:  Room L540

Open Data and Inquiry Workshop – open to all faculty! Would you like to use Open Data in your classroom but just don’t know where to begin? Then join us at the Introduction to Open Data and Inquiry workshop. This workshop will introduce the fundamentals of Open Data, how to find it and incorporate it into your curriculum. Participants are encouraged to bring questions, and no level of familiarity with Open Data is required.

  • Date: Tuesday, March 17th
  • Time: 2 – 3:30 pm
  • Location: L432 (Library Projection Room) 

Course Reserves

We encourage you to consider placing materials in our collection in the City Tech Library catalog on reserve. These requests must be made well in advance of the start of term. Plan now for Fall 2020! You can also loan or donate your copy of the textbook or other required readings. Placing titles on reserve allows for greater access to these limited materials

Workshops and Scholarship Support for Faculty

Academic Works Posting Parties Learn how CUNY’s institutional repository can help maximize your research impact! Bring your files, including conference presentations and we’ll guide you through the process of posting your work. 

Zotero for Faculty (Two-part series)

Part I Introduction: In this hands-on workshop, attendees will learn the capabilities of this powerful, free open-source reference management software program. The session covers creating an account, adding Zotero to your browser, and importing citations to generate a bibliography. Participants are encouraged to bring their own laptop. 

Part II Intermediate: In this hands-on workshop, attendees will learn how to use Zotero to organize research-related bibliographic information. We’ll cover adding citations, notes, and tags as well as managing your workflow with collections. We will also learn how to insert Zotero citations into Word documents. Participants are encouraged to bring their own laptop. 

“The Librarian Is In”: Scholarly Publishing Clinic Get help with your scholarly publishing! Learn how to pick the best journal or publisher for your article or book, retain rights as an author, create a Google Scholar profile or search alert, use Academic Works and citation managers, and more. 

  • Office hours: last Thursday of each month this semester at 12 PM in room L543a. We can also work with you by appointment individually, in a small group, or visit your department.  
  • Don’t forget that you can also reach out to the subject specialist in the library.
  • Please RSVP using the form found at  http://cityte.ch/scholpubclinic 

Paid Instructional Design and Information Literacy Internship

The New York City College of Technology (CUNY) Library seeks a graduate student in an LIS or Digital Humanities program for an instructional design and information literacy internship. The ideal candidate will have proficiency with instructional technology platforms and be comfortable with workshop facilitation. 

In consultation with the library’s instruction team and members of the English Department, this candidate will conduct research, help design and conduct focus groups to learn more about information literacy priorities for first year students, and develop digital tutorials and research guides. The intern will gain experience with instructional technology and qualitative research methods. Candidates will have the opportunity to work in a busy academic library setting and design resources for a diverse, multilingual student population.

Send a CV and cover letter detailing relevant experience to: nalmeida@citytech.cuny.edu

  • Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. 
  • Internship Duration March-June 
  • $20 per hr
  • Approx 8 hrs per week
  • Flexible schedule during business hours