New York City College of Technology has a new open access publishing agreement with the American Chemical Society

While City Tech Library has had a subscription to ACS Publications for several years, we’re happy to share that our agreement with the American Chemical Society now allows CUNY authors to publish open access with no additional charges.

What does this mean? CUNY authors who submit manuscripts to an ACS publication will, after acceptance of their manuscript, be given the option to make their article available open access at no extra cost upon publication. Open access publishing sometimes incurs an additional charge to the author (an article processing charge or APC); this new agreement with ACS removes that fee for CUNY authors.

This agreement only applies to submitting corresponding authors who are affiliated with institutions listed on the agreement details page. See a full list of eligible ACS publications at this link.

This new publishing arrangement provides more City Tech faculty with options to share their research immediately upon publication and meet funder requirements for open access.

Use Artstor? It’s time to move to JSTOR!

Smiling Figure. 7th-8th century. Ceramic, H. 18 11/16 x W. 11 3/4 x D. 6 1/4 in. @metmuseum.

Artstor is now available in its new home on JSTOR! When you search JSTOR, you will find Artstor’s 2+ million licensed images and more than 1,700 additional primary source collections alongside JSTOR’s vast collection of books, journal articles, and research reports. And, with JSTOR’s unique Workspace tool, you can easily save, organize, and teach with Arstor images alongside other JSTOR content in one convenient workflow.

On August 1, 2024, the legacy Artstor website will be retired. If you use Artstor, you’re invited to get started on JSTOR now – check out the Artstor on JSTOR welcome page for everything you need to make your move. If you’ve never used Artstor before, now is a great time to try it out. Visit the Artstor on JSTOR LibGuide, or jump right in with an image search

Visit City Tech Library’s JSTOR subscription to get started.

Interested in more info about teaching with visual material? Explore JSTOR’s Learning to Look blog and check out their YouTube playlist for getting started with Artstor images in JSTOR.

Editing Wikipedia at City Tech Library

On Thursday, April 11th, City Tech Library hosted a Wikipedia editathon to celebrate our new LGBTQIA collection and increase representation of this subject area on Wikipedia. With the support of City Tech’s Gender & Sexuality Studies program and the Pride Club, we welcomed guest speaker Anthony Amiewalan, whose books can be found in our library collection. Anthony spoke about his art and gave a short reading from his latest book, Eddie & Alan, which he also donated a copy of to the library.

We were joined by members of Wikimedia NYC for a few hours of editing. Over the course of the afternoon we created 5 new Wikipedia articles and Wikidata items; we made 105 edits to a total of 17 articles; we added 20 references to the encyclopedia; and we contributed almost 6000 words. Using material from City Tech’s online databases and our print LGBTQIA collection, we edited articles about Ma-Nee Chacaby, Samuel Levi Jones, Tsweng Kwong Chi, GenderFail, D’Angelo Lovell Williams, and more. We created wikidata items about Alteronce Gumby and about Anthony Amiewalan and his creative work.

This event was organized by librarians Kel Karpinski and Jen Hoyer with support from Professor Laura Westengard and intern Jaida Clouden of Gender & Sexuality Studies. Participation in this Pride event was made possible due to generous funding from the New York City Council Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, Intersex, and Asexual Caucus and the Office of the Mayor, and supported by The LaGuardia and Wagner Archives.

New from the Library: Clinical Nursing Skills in Video

City Tech Library provides access to Academic Videos on Online (AVON), and we’re thrilled that our subscription now includes a new channel: Clinical Nursing Skills in Video.

To access this channel directly: click here If you are off campus (or off City Tech wifi), you’ll be asked to log in first with your CUNYfirst login.

This channel contains 5 videos as of March 2024, with more to be added soon.

More about Clinical Nursing Skills in Video: (from their website) Clinical Nursing Skills in Video is a new and growing collection of regularly updated demonstration and training videos produced by ProQuest to help students improve their clinical skills. This ongoing resource will grow over the coming years and allows your patrons anytime, anywhere access to the latest resources available for nurse training so they can provide the best possible patient care. The skills demonstrated in this collection were selected and reviewed by an advisory board of licensed nurses, nursing educators, researchers, and librarians to ensure students are accessing videos displaying current best practice and meet current standards of clinical judgement and videos are peer-reviewed and accredited by the ANCC (American Nurses Credentialling Center). Whether a nursing student preparing to enter the clinical environment or an instructor looking to integrate a pediatric assessment video into their lesson on assessing special populations, Clinical Nursing Skills in Video offers essential visual examples for supporting the curriculum at all levels from undergraduate to professional.

#CityTechSoundsGood Vinyl Listening Party, Thursday April 4th

This photograph depicts a black table with a record player and headphones sitting on it. The background shows abstract blue bars of light.
Record Player and Headphones. Nan Palmero from San Antonio, TX, USA, CC BY 2.0 <>, via Wikimedia Commons

Join City Tech Library in the Library Building on Thursday, April 4 between 12:30 and 2pm for a vinyl listening party!

We’ll bring the record players, headphones, and a selection of the library’s vinyl record collection. All you need to do is show up, choose your favorite tunes to listen to, and spend a few minutes hanging out with good music.

Look for us in the Library Building, ground floor.

Can’t make it to our table during club hour? You can learn about the library’s #CityTechSoundsGood initiative, borrow a turntable and records from the library’s Multimedia Resource Center, or even recommend a something for the collection!

LGBTQIA Wikipedia Edit-a-thon at City Tech Library

We’re excited to edit wikipedia with the new LGBTQIA collections at City Tech Library! Join us in person on April 11th to learn about these great new materials at City Tech Library; to learn about editing Wikipedia; and to help increase representation of LGBTQIA individuals and issues online.

Event Details:

  • Date: Thursday, April 11, 2024
  • Time: Editing: drop in from 12:30-3:30pm, followed by a reception to celebrate the library’s LGBTQIA collection from 4-5pm
  • Location: City Tech Library Multimedia Screening and Meeting Space (L432), 300 Jay Street, Brooklyn, NY 11201
  • Technology: Feel free to bring your own device; we’ll also have laptops and tablets available for use.

What We’ll Do Together

We’ll kick this event off with a short talk by Anthony Amiewalan, whose books we’re excited to have in our LGBTQIA collection.

Following that, we’ll give a brief introduction to editing Wikipedia and an overview on how attendees can get started.

We’ll spend time editing Wikipedia until 3:30pm; please feel free to drop in and edit any time between 12:30 and 3:30pm.

Afterwards, attendees are welcome to join us from 4 to 5pm for a reception celebrating the library’s new LGBTQIA collection — and celebrating all our hard work editing Wikipedia!

More Info

Interested in attending, but not a CUNY student or faculty? Please get in touch

All attendees will be subject to Wikimedia NYC’s Code of Conduct and the Technical Code of Conduct. Check out the page for this event on Wikipedia.

Participation in this Pride event is made possible due to generous funding from the New York City Council Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, Intersex, and Asexual Caucus and the Office of the Mayor, and supported by The LaGuardia and Wagner Archives.

City Tech Library now subscribes to Critical AI Journal

City Tech Library is excited to now subscribe to Critical AI, an interdisciplinary journal rooted in critical methods from the humanities, social sciences, and arts. Access this online journal now by clicking on this link to our library catalog; you can then click a link for online access that will allow you to log in with your CUNYfirst ID as City Tech faculty, staff, or student.


As stated on their website:

Critical AI works with technologists, scientists, economists, policy makers, health professionals, teachers, community organizers, legislators, lawyers, and entrepreneurs who share the understanding of interdisciplinary research as a powerful tool for building and implementing accountable technology in the public interest. Open to ideas born of new interdisciplinary alliances; design justice principles; antiracist, decolonial, and democratic political practices; community-centered collaborations; experimental pedagogies; and public outreach, Critical AI functions as a space for the production of knowledge, research endeavors, teaching ideas, and public humanities that bears on the ongoing history of machine technologies and their place in the world. Critical AI is legible to scholars across disciplines as well as to interested readers outside the academy. At the broadest level, its mission is to widen circles of scholarship across disciplines and national borders, encourage informed citizens, and activate a democratic culture through which the research, implementation, and evaluation of digital technologies is undertaken in dialogue with scholars, students, citizens, communities, policy makers, and the public at large.

The first issue of Critical AI came out in October 2023. Read it now through City Tech Library!

Spotlight on: Material Connexion

Material Connexion is a database that the City Tech Library provides access to. You can get started at or by searching for it on the A-Z Database list.

By searching Material Connexion, you can learn about the properties of various types of materials and search for physical materials using filters like their sustainability, impact resistance, availability, and processing. They’ve just redesigned their database interface, so it’s worth checking out!

After searching and filtering from the main page of the database, selecting a result will open a pop up where you can click to “learn more”:

When you open the full result for a type of material, you can explore more details about its properties, processing, and sustainability. You can also check out more images of the material. Information provided for these search results comes straight from the manufacturer or supplier.

Questions? Feel free to ask a librarian!

Listen to NPR’s archive through the Gale Literature Resource Center

Logo of National Public Radio, showing the letters n, p, r

Image: National Public Radio logo, ™/®National Public Radio, Public domain, via Wikimedia Commons

Did you know that, in addition to thousands of full-text literary sources and associated reference material, Gale Literature Resource Center provides access to an audio archive from NPR. Head over to to begin exploring; if you’re off campus, you’ll be asked to first use your CUNY login before accessing the database.

Search the main search box for “national public radio” to start browsing:

Or, head to the advanced search page and search “national public radio” in the Publisher field:

Your results can be filtered by topic, or you’ll have an opportunity to search within these results:

Or, use the following links to arrive straight at the recording archive of a few notable NPR shows; these links will also require that you sign in with your CUNY login if you’re off campus:

All Things Considered, 1999 to the present 

Talk of the Nation, 1996 – 2013 

Fresh Air, 2009 to the present 

Weekend Edition on Saturday and Sunday (2000 to the present) 

Happy listening!

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Image: Radio, Stefan Kühn, CC0, via Wikimedia Commons

Borrow Current Magazines from the City Tech Library

Did you know that City Tech library subscribes to current magazines? These are available for use during library open hours; read more on the library website about how to access these at our Periodicals Desk.

What’s available for you to read? 

Anyone with a City Tech ID can access these magazines, but they’ll be most relevant to students in law & paralegal studies, dental hygiene & restorative dentistry, and vision care technology. We currently subscribe to:

  • Journal of Dental Technology
  • Journal of Periodontology
  • Clinical Advances in Periodontics
  • 20/20
  • Eyecare Business
  • Facts & Findings: the official publication of the National Association of Legal Assistants
  • National Paralegal Reporter

Do you have questions about finding current magazines to read? Ask a librarian!