Students! The Library is Hiring for the Fall 2023 Semester

The library is looking for students interested in becoming College Assistants for the Fall 2023 semester. Interested students should email Administrative Specialist, Suraya Choudhury  or stop by the library during open hours to fill out an application.

See below for more information about the position.

Job Title: Library College Assistant – Hourly
Location: NYC College of Technology
Full/Part Time: Part-Time
Regular/Temporary: Regular
Contract Title: College Assistant
FLSA: Non-Exempt
Closing Date: Open until filled
Availability: 10-15 hours per week; daytime, evenings, and weekends

Campus Specific Information
The Ursula C. Schwerin Library at New York City College of Technology has positions available for College Assistants in the following operational units: Circulation Services, Multimedia Lab, Periodicals and Internet Lab.

General Duties
– Perform technical operations in areas including library circulation, collection processing, and maintenance
– Manage routine workflows during evening and weekend hours including the circulation cash register
– Provide service to library users in person and by phone: answer questions, enforce policies
– Uses online system to perform various tasks in both circulation and technical services
– Assist students with computer use, printing, scanners, and other technical support needs

Preferred Qualifications
– Must be prompt and responsible
– Prior work experience in a library is a plus
– Ability to multitask and follow complex instructions
– Demonstrated success working both individually and in collaborative environments –
– Excellent judgment and professionalism
– Strong interpersonal skills
– Knowledge of Microsoft Office

$15.61 per hour

City Tech Library Awarded American Libraries Association Building Library Capacity Grant

Turntable” by Andrew Malone is licensed under CC BY 2.0

The Ursula C. Schwerin Library was one of 17 libraries nationwide awarded an American Libraries Association (ALA) Building Library Capacity Grant. The $10,000 grant is intended to “improve technology access “broaden technology access, develop collections, provide digital instruction, increase staffing, and expand outreach, or maintaining or amplifying other existing service strategies or adding new ones.” Prof. and Interim Chief Librarian Anne Leonard, Prof. Monica Berger, and Prof. Junior Tidal co-wrote the grant proposal.

The grant will provide the City Tech community access to equipment that they can borrow. The focus is primarily on audio technology, including podcasting kits, a podcasting booth, for students and faculty to create their own podcasts, portable turntables to listen to the library’s vinyl LP collection, as well as funding to add more albums to the collection. The library is planning to collect student input for album recommendations, as to reflect the broad diversity of the City Tech community.

ALA has provided a list of grant awardees and projects.

For more information, contact either Profs. Anne Leonard, Monica Berger, or Junior Tidal.

The Library’s First Video Display – College Assistant Picks

Sign for the new video display.

The City Tech Library has a new display curated by College Assistants working in the library this summer. Films on the display are available for check out, and is located at the main entrance of the Ursula C. Schwerin Library.

There are a variety of films in the display, from major theatrical releases to independent documentaries, and everything in between.

The collection was developed under the guidance of Profs. Nora Almeida, Jen Hoyer, and Junior Tidal.

For more information, feel free to contact Prof. Junior Tidal.

Hop Hop Studies Committee Faculty & Staff Interest Meeting TODAY at 3PM Over Zoom

Hip Hop Studies Committee – Faculty & Staff Interest Group Meeting  

Date: Thursday, May 18, 2023  

Time: 3:00 PM via Zoom 

Hosted by the Diversity and Inclusion in the Curriculum & Education Committee (DICE) (Subcommittee of the College Council Curriculum Committee) and  

The Inclusion Diversity Equity and Access (IDEA) Committee of the General Education Committee. 

For Questions or Information, please contact Prof. Dionne Bennett at 

Books for Asian American Pacific Islander Month

Japanese Wave Pattern
Shisma, CC BY-SA 4.0, via Wikimedia Commons

May is Asian American Pacific Islander (AAPI) Heritage Month. Originally designated as a week by President Carter in 1978 and observed the following year, President George H. W. Bush designated it as a month in 1992.

The Ursula C. Schwerin Library has a book display to celebrate the month long observance. You can view the display in the coming weeks which features a variety of books from the library’s collection, including non-fiction, fiction, cookbooks, and more. Until then, the City Tech community may view the available books through this digital collection, which was curated by Prof. Junior Tidal and implemented by Jen Hoyer.

Additionally, the library has a streaming video collection that celebrates AAPI month, and the City Tech AAPI Faculty and Staff Association are hosting a number of events , including a film screening, a bystander intervention training to combat anti-Asian violence, and an art exhibit, to mark the occasion.

Streaming Films for Asian American Pacific Islander Heritage Month

May is AAPI month. City Tech students, staff, and faculty can celebrate with these streaming film selections:

Blue Bayou
As a Korean-American man raised in the Louisiana bayou works hard to make a life for his family, he must confront the ghosts of his past as he discovers that he could be deported from the only country he has ever called home.

Blue Bayou trailer


Alfred “Boogie” Chin is a talented high school basketball player from Queens, New York, who dreams of playing in the NBA. His parents, however, have a different plan for him: they want him to focus on getting a scholarship to an elite college instead. While already burdened with high expectations, he finds himself struggling more as he tries to navigate high school, a new girlfriend, and fierce on-court rivals.

Boogie trailer

Crazy Rich Asians

“Crazy Rich Asians” follows native New Yorker Rachel Chu (Constance Wu) as she accompanies her longtime boyfriend, Nick Young (Henry Golding), to his best friend’s wedding in Singapore. Excited about visiting Asia for the first time but nervous about meeting Nick’s family, Rachel is unprepared to learn that Nick has neglected to mention a few key details about his life. It turns out that he is not only the scion of one of the country’s wealthiest families but also one of its most sought-after bachelors. Being on Nick’s arm puts a target on Rachel’s back, with jealous socialites and, worse, Nick’s own disapproving mother (Michelle Yeoh) taking aim. And it soon becomes clear that while money can’t buy love, it can definitely complicate things.

Everything Everywhere All at Once

Grappling with the onset of middle age, a Chinese immigrant discovers that she can traverse across time and space. Teaming up with her alternate lives, the unlikely allies realize that they alone possess the power to protect the world from calamity, plunging them into the midst of an outlandish quest.

Everything Everywhere All At Once Trailer

Rising Against Asian Hate: One Day in March

Following the aftermath of the March 2021 mass shootings at three spas in Atlanta, this film chronicles how the Asian American community came together to fight back against hate. Offering a conversation about race, class and gender, the film takes a deep dive into this critical moment of racial reckoning, exploring the struggles, triumphs and achievements of AAPI communities.

Good Americans

This series traces the story of Asian Americans, spanning 150 years of immigration, racial politics, and cultural innovation. It is a timely look at the role that Asian Americans have played in defining who we are as a nation. During the Cold War years, Asian Americans are simultaneously heralded as a Model Minority, and suspected as the perpetual foreigner. It is also a time of ambition, as Asian Americans aspire for the first time to national political office.

Film screening (5/4) and bystander intervention (5/12) training Asian American Pacific Islander events for May

The newly formed City Tech Asian American Pacific Islander (AAPI) Faculty and Staff Association is sponsoring two events for May, which is AAPI Heritage Month.

Not Your Model Minority Film Screening
Thursday, May 4th at 3PM
Academic Complex Theater

As part of the RAAR: Rising Against Anti-Asian Racism program, funded by a Campus Climate Award, the AAPI Faculty & Staff Committee will be hosting a screening of the documentary film, Not Your Model Minority (30m) in the Academic Complex Theater on Thursday May 4th, at 3:00PM. The screening is open to the City Tech community.

Following the film will be a discussion, facilitated by Prof. Junior Tidal of the Library Department.

From the New Day Films catalog: Not Your Model Minority explores the myth and the intersections with past and present anti-Asian violence. The film reveals the ways the model minority myth has been used to create a wedge between communities of color, while also examining opportunities to build power towards addressing systemic racism in America.”

RSVP is not required but encouraged.

Trailer for Not Your Model Minority

Bystander Intervention Training
Wednesday, May 10th at 12PM


As part of the RAAR: Rising Against Anti-Asian Racism program, funded by a Campus Climate Award, the AAPI Faculty & Staff Committee will be hosting a virtual bystander training over on Wednesday, May 10th at 12PM over Zoom. Right to Be will be facilitating the training.

From the Right to Be page: “The one-hour, interactive training will teach you Right To Be’s 5Ds of bystander intervention methodology. We’ll start by talking about the types of disrespect that Asian and Asian American folks are facing right now — from microaggressions to violence — using a tool we call the “spectrum of disrespect.” You’ll learn what to look for and the positive impact that bystander intervention has on individuals and communities. We’ll talk through five strategies for intervention: distract, delegate, document, delay, and direct; and how to prioritize your own safety while intervening.”

The training is open to the City Tech community.

Dax Valdes will be facilitating the training.

Today is Right to Read Day

Right to Read Day is April 24th, 2023

National Library Week is this week, with the first Monday of the week declared as Right to Read Day, to celebrate the one year anniversary of the formation of the United Against Book Bans Campaign. The City Tech Library has celebrate Banned Books Week over the years, including Prof. Prince exploring the history of Banned Books Week in this post. There have been a record number of book bans this year due to recently passed legislation throughout the country.

How can YOU celebrate Right to Read Day?

Here are some tips to celebrate Right to Read Day:

  • Check out a banned book! The American Libraries Association has a list of banned books, with some titles in the City Tech collection.
  • Support the City Tech Library, and your local public library by writing letters of support.
  • Write your local representatives or local media
  • Join the United Against Book Ban campaign
  • Spread the word on the fight against book bans on social media using the #RightToRead hashtag. You can also customize your social media profile with an image that shows your support.

Spring recess hours and computer updates

The library will be open from 9AM to 5PM over spring recess, April 5th through the 13th. The Multimedia Resource Center will be closed during this time.

On Monday, April 10th, there is a scheduled computer update that morning until noon. Computers can still be used to access the Internet, databases, and other library resources, but they cannot be reserved or print until the update is completed.