Intern Report #4

Have you ever gotten the giggles during a class? I did once, during a seminar, when our professor showed us a video that was at least 20 years out of date. The student next to me started giggling too, and then the two of us just couldn’t stop. It was very rude of us, I know. But the video was just so bad. The music! The script! The outfits!

My assignment, as instructional design intern, is to help the library faculty develop and refine online tools, including videos, that will engage City Tech students. While working on this, I’ve spent some time watching videos produced by college and university libraries. There are great ones out there that we can learn from. But there are also many that demonstrate what to avoid, such as distracting music or awkward scripts.

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National Library Week Without Libraries

Image Credit: Hafuboti, CC-BY-SA 4.0

This week is National Library Week, a time when we (mostly library workers and a small subset of library enthusiasts) reflect on the social importance of libraries and library services and pause to appreciate library workers (today is actually National Library Workers Day–shout out to all of my colleagues working from home to support City Tech students). Some of you might think it’s odd to celebrate libraries during a moment when a public health crisis has prompted most libraries to close their doors and cancel face-to-face programs. Or perhaps, in the wake of this crisis, some of you have a new appreciation for libraries (and other spaces that we take for granted, like public parks or schools) which play an important role in connecting people and providing free spaces to gather and learn.

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Virtual Research Support

Have a research assignment for your course and want support from the library? 

We are currently working to expand asynchronous instructional resources and also are piloting some new virtual instruction options including virtual office hours and virtual instruction sessions. 

For more information about these and other options to support ENG1101, ENG1121, and COM1330 students, contact Anne Leonard, coordinator of Library Instruction. For discipline-specific options, contact the subject specialist for your department. We want to hear from you to make sure that you have the tools you need.

Access Library Resources from Home

Make sure your students aren’t missing out on all of the subscription resources the library has to offer. This 38 second video contains step-by-step instructions for connecting from off-campus:

For questions about remote access, consult our FAQs.

Access Materials Beyond our Collection

Interlibrary Loan continues to fill article and individual book chapter requests and deliver them electronically. Please consider ILL for your own research as well as for your students’ research and assignments.

Virtual Library Orientation

Want to introduce your students to library basics? Use our online Library Orientation website which is modular and has a built in quiz.

The Library is Already in Your Course

No matter what platform you’re using, library resources are available wherever you already are. Find subject specific research guides with databases, citation help, and more on the library website, Blackboard and OpenLab. 

Using Blackboard?

Use the City Tech Library on your course menu link to access 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 students 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.

Ask a Librarian 24X7 Chat Reference Service

We’ll miss students at the Ask a Librarian desk but the City Tech Library still offers one-on-one research help with students via chat. Just Ask us! 

Connect with City Tech librarians online:

  • Monday – Thursday: 9am – 10:30pm
  • Friday: 9:00 am – 7pm
  • Saturday: 9:00 – 5:00pm

If you miss us during these hours, you can connect to other librarians 24/7.

Intern Report #3

Virtual book cartoon

The City Tech Library has always been available to students as a physical space for study and research. Now, while acting as a remote resource during the Covid-19 quarantine, how can the library best support City Tech students? Providing online materials is more important than ever, so my current assignment is to work with library faculty on updating and expanding the library’s virtual tutorials. The first phase of this project has been evaluating the strengths and weaknesses of the library’s tutorials currently available here and here.

The second phase has been researching what kinds of online tutorials are provided by other libraries. I looked at the websites of libraries in the CUNY and SUNY systems, and then academic libraries nationwide, to find the best examples available. The quality and content of academic libraries’ instructional videos vary widely. Some are innovative and entertaining, but others are repetitive and dull. By watching these online tutorials, we are learning what works and what doesn’t from other libraries. The next phase of the project will be taking what we’ve learned to develop new online resources for City Tech students. Stay tuned!

Textiles and Fashion Technology: A Virtual Book Display

This month, the City Tech Library is featuring some ebooks and electronic resources on fashion and textile design in a new virtual book display format. Enjoy these books and thousands of others available on the Library Website.

Book of the Month

Print Make Wear Book cover
Print, Make, Wear: Creative Projects for Digital Textile Design

This book features 14 original projects that will inspire you to create your own digitally printed textile designs. Digital techniques are inspired by traditional handcrafts such as patchwork and embroidery.

From the Catalog

Selected e-resources

Bloomsbury Fashion Central
Includes Fairchild books, Berg Fashion Library, Bloomsbury Fashion Video Archive, and Fashion Photography Archive. Available through May 31, 2020.

Fairchild Books
Fashion-related books and textbooks on topics including fashion marketing. Includes the Berg Fashion Library, the Fashion Photography Archive, and Fashion Business Cases.

Ebook Central
ProQuest has partnered with more than 100 publishers to support libraries in providing unlimited access to Ebook Central holdings for all patrons through mid-June – at no extra charge. All books have automatically converted to unlimited access for that period, helping to provide curriculum and research support.