Welcome new faculty!

Welcome to City Tech! Here’s some information about the City Tech library for anyone who is a new member of the instructional staff. Fall library hours are 9am – 8pm Monday through Thursday, and 9am-5pm Friday. When you have questions about anything research- or library-related, ask a librarian via 24/7 chat or email, or visit us on campus and stop by the reference desk whenever we are open. The City Tech library is on the 4th floor of the Library building.

Use OneSearch to search for books, eBooks, journal articles, and other media in our libraries and across all CUNY libraries. Find scholarly articles, book chapters, streaming media, and much more in the library’s databases. If you need a specific article or journal, you can browse journals by title. All electronic resources are available remotely; use your CUNYFirst credentials to log in and search. Use your City Tech email address to set up free digital newspaper subscriptions to the New York Times and the Wall Street Journal.

Need something we don’t have? Use CLICS to request books from other CUNY libraries. For books, articles and other media that CUNY libraries do not own, use interlibrary loan .

Library instruction and class visits to the library: Get to know the library subject specialist for your department. If your course has an assignment requiring library research, contact your subject specialist or use this form to request a library class. Take a moment to familiarize yourself with the library class visit policy. All sections of ENG 1101 visit the library for an information literacy lesson and introduction to college-level research. Library instruction for other courses is by the instructor’s request. The library offers remote and in-person workshops as well as subject guides and tutorials that you and your students can use to learn on your own time.

The library supports scholarly publishing. Academic Works is the CUNY-wide institutional repository for scholarly works. Watch for announcements about scholarly publishing workshops that take place throughout the academic year.

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Check out our FAQ for more, and hope to see you in the library soon!

Prof. Anne Leonard, Interim Chief Librarian, Fall 2022

Come work with us! Seeking part-time librarian for Fall 2022

The City Tech Library seeks to hire a Reference and Instruction Librarian for in-person part-time work during the Fall 2022 semester. City Tech is a comprehensive college in downtown Brooklyn, offering associate and baccalaureate degrees in technology and health related degree programs, other career-oriented degrees and liberal arts transfer degrees in its Schools of Arts and Sciences, Technology and Design, and Professional Studies. The adjunct reference and instruction librarian will be responsible for providing high quality reference service in person and online, for teaching in-person library instruction classes, and for contributing to reference- and instruction-related projects.

Applicants should have experience working in an academic library, experience providing in-person and online library reference, experience with library instruction, the ability to work as part of a team of diverse individuals, and excellent communication skills.

Possible shifts during the Fall 2022 semester may be scheduled between 9am-5pm Monday through Friday. The successful candidate will be able to work around 15 hours per week over 2 or 3 weekdays. Applicants must have an ALA-accredited MLIS; an additional graduate degree is required for appointment at the rank of Assistant Professor.

Applicants should send a cover letter and CV by email to Prof. Anne Leonard at aleonard@citytech.cuny.edu. The position is open until filled, and review of applications will begin immediately. Preference is given to applications submitted before August 2.

For information about compensation rates, please see CUNY’s salary schedules for non-teaching adjuncts.

Summer reading, summer writing

Librarians and classroom faculty alike look forward to summer as a time to move forward with writing projects of all kinds. Two recent books in the genre of academic writing habits caught my eye recently: Write No Matter What by Joli Jensen and Air & Light & Time & Space by Helen Sword.  Taking its title from a Charles Bukowski poem, Air & Light & Time & Space draws on interviews Sword conducted with 100 productive peers in all disciplines and from institutions around the world. Normally, reading about the productivity habits of exemplary scholars with stellar publication records would make me wish to close the book and take a long nap. Yet their tales of  learning to research, write, and persevere through complex projects read more like charming anecdotes from our best mentors and less like lifestyles of the impossibly disciplined. Sword models building a “house of writing” by plotting  your own four cornerstones: Behavioral, Artisanal, Social, and Emotional.  Your writer-self then tailors writing strategies to capture your strengths and develop weaker areas. Imagine plotting each of these attributes on an x-y axis, then drawing a line between points to make (hopefully) a symmetrical diamond shape.

BASE diagram
My BASE shows relative strengths in behavioral and artisanal habits, room for improvement in social and emotional habits

I plotted my own BASE and I did not get a symmetrical shape! I discovered that while I have confidence in my behavioral and artisanal habits, I am less sure of my social and emotional writing habits. Attention to these areas should improve the quality and quantity of my writing. Try mapping your own BASE to learn more about amplifying your writing habits and skills.
write no matter what by joli jensenJoli Jensen’s Write No Matter What: Advice for Academics offers familiar advice, practical tools, and unrelenting myth-busting for academic writers. Although I may have heard variations on her advice before, I’ve never encountered so much help presented in such a straightforward, un-clichĂ©d way. This book is dense with usable tools, support strategies, and effective ways to disable the productivity-impeding stories we tell ourselves.
It’s tough to pick just one favorite bit of advice or exploded myth from this book, so I’ll offer a few that I am trying out this summer: debunking the “one more source” myth we tell ourselves keeps us from actually starting to write. We’re sure that the lit review will be better with just “one more source.” With the sheer volume of scholarship and the myriad channels through which we can explore the work in and adjacent to our fields, a perfect literature review is a dangerous fantasy. Quit reviewing and begin writing. Tough medicine for librarians in particular.
A new favorite strategy: leave room in your daily(!) writing routine to find your way back to a productive place. Rather than write to the point of exhaustion, wrap up the day’s writing while you still have a little something left, and leave the door open so you can find your way in the next day. Perhaps this is a sticky note to yourself about something interesting to finish working out, or a written invitation (using comments in Word, maybe?) to pursue a particularly juicy idea.
Not long ago, the New York Times published an article on procrastibaking, or baking to feel productive despite the urgent need to accomplish “real work.” Perhaps reading books like these falls under the category of procrastireading. Yet unlike baking, where we can consume and enjoy the result of our efforts one time only, we can apply the lessons of these books to current and future writing projects.
Good luck with your summer writing projects, everyone. Got some good writing advice to share? Tell us about it in the comments!

DACA information from CUNY’s Citizenship Now!

The information below was distributed by City Tech President Hotzler earlier today. It was first released by CUNY Citizenship Now!
Find Legal Help
Many DACA recipients may be eligible for another immigration option to get a work permit or even a green card. Talk to an authorized immigration services provider to understand your legal options.
For CUNY Students, Faculty and Staff please contact CUNY Citizenship Now! at 212-652-2055 or email us your questions at citizenshipnowinfo@cuny.edu.
DACA and Other Resources

No New DACA Applications
Effective September 5, 2017, the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) will no longer accept new applications for Deferred Action for Childhood arrivals (DACA). This means that DACA, an Obama administration program granting legal protection and work authorization for certain undocumented immigrants brought to the U.S. before age 16, will terminate by March 5, 2018.
Validity of Work Authorization Issued Under DACA

  • For individuals with either initial or renewal applications pending as of September 5, 2017, USCIS will continue to process those applications on a case-by-case basis.
  • DACA recipients with work authorization that will expire between now and March 5, 2018, will have until October 5, 2017to apply for a two-year renewal.
  • DACA recipients whose work authorization expires on or after March 6, 2018cannot get an extension, but will keep their benefit until their card expires.

Validity of Social Security Numbers, Driver’s Licenses and State IDs
A Social Security number is unique to each individual and valid for life. For employment purposes, the social security must be accompanied by a work authorization. For other purposes like banking, housing, and filing taxes, you should continue to use your social security number. If you have not obtained a social security number, you should do so immediately.
Driver’s licenses or state identification cards issued with your DACA work authorization, will remain valid until your work authorization expires.
WARNING: Travel Abroad on Advance Parole
USCIS will no longer grant DACA recipients permission to travel abroad through Advance Parole. All pending advance parole applications will be closed and all fees will be refunded.
For DACA recipients who have already been granted advance parole, but have not traveled, please speak to an immigration attorney about potential risks.
Enforcement Risk After DACA Expires
To date, the Department of Homeland Security’s position is that it will not proactively use information provided by DACA applicants for enforcement unless an individual presents certain security risks. If you have ever had contact with any law enforcement, please consult an immigration attorney about your individual risk.

Dibner Library at NYU-Poly to restrict access May 6-20

Between May 6 -20, the final exam period at NYU-Poly, the Dibner Library will be closed to people other than NYU-Poly students and faculty.  City Tech Library’s membership in ALB (Academic Libraries of Brooklyn) permits access to participating member libraries around Brooklyn, and any current City Tech student, faculty or staff member may obtain an ALB card at our library’s circulation desk. Have more questions about ALB? Post a comment here, or ask a reference librarian!

Faculty workshop: Using ILLiad for Interlibrary Loan

All City Tech faculty are welcome at tomorrow’s workshop, Using ILLiad for Interlibrary Loan. The workshop will be held at 1 pm in the library’s small e-classroom on the 4th floor.
Participants will learn how to register for ILLiad accounts, how to place requests for books and articles and how to and retrieve articles sent electronically, and how to use Find It! to request articles not available from the library’s subscriptions. Questions are encouraged!

Interlibrary loan for students coming July 1

As of July 1, the City Tech Library provides Interlibrary Loan (ILL) services for students who need articles that cannot be obtained from the library’s print and electronic collections. Most articles are delivered to ILL users’ accounts as PDFs that can be downloaded and printed. Students may sign up for an ILL account here and begin placing requests immediately. Student users may have up to 5 active requests at one time.
Students are encouraged to use CLICS to request books that are available in other CUNY libraries but not at City Tech. Reference librarians are happy to help students locate books elsewhere in the biblio-universe.

Summer Reading: The New Yorker’s 20 Under 40 List

Recently, The New Yorker published its annual summer fiction issue. This year, the summer fiction issue recognizes 20 promising and talented fiction writers under the age of 40. The editors’ note about the selection of these emerging talents reflects on a similar list from 1999 that included Jhumpa Lahiri, Michael Chabon, and Junot DĂ­az, all writers whose literary accomplishments since 1999 have certainly lived up to their early promise.
Happily, the City Tech library’s collection includes a number of works by these talented writers. Tell us about your favorite emerging fiction writers in the comments.

Rivka Galchen, Atmospheric Disturbances
Gary Shteyngart, Absurdistan
Gary Shteyngart, The Russian Debutante's Handbook
Wells Tower, Everything Ravaged, Everything Burned
Nicole Krauss, Man Walks into a Room (an eBook)
ZZ Packer, Drinking Coffee Elsewhere
Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, The Thing Around Your Neck
Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Half of a Yellow Sun
Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Purple Hibiscus

Poem in Your Pocket Day – Thursday, April 29

Tomorrow is Poem in Your Pocket Day! To take part, simply choose a favorite poem to carry with you throughout the day and share it with friends, classmates, colleagues, neighbors, and family.
This year, Mayor Bloomberg’s office is encouraging New Yorkers to participate in a Poetweet. Contribute your best short verse to @NYCMayorsOffice via Twitter. The rules are simple: keep it clean and under 140 characters.
Not sure what poem to select? Visit poets.org to browse by first line, title theme, or author, or check out a book from the library’s poetry book display near the staircase on the 4th floor.