New Calculator Loan

The library has recently received 30 advanced graphing calculators from the CUNY Office of Library Services.  They are now available for loan to currently enrolled City Tech students. Two models, TI-83 Plus and TI-89 Titanium, allow students to perform such functions as basic math, calculus, engineering, graphs, finance, matrices, and statistics.
The loan period for these calculators is one day. For more details of the calculator loan, please contact the library’s circulation desk.

Library Technology News – Fall 2009

Library Technology News ‚Äď Fall 2009
The library continues to make strides in upgrading its computer technology and equipment. Here are some highlights:

  • 4th Floor – 18 New Computers Installed
    o 18 new Dell OptiPlex 760 computers with wide screen monitors have been installed in the public area to replace the old models.
    o The upgrade will improve the response time of the library online catalog and databases.
  • Internet Lab – New Printer Installed
    o A new HP network printer has been installed to replace the Dell printer.
    o This high-performance workgroup laser printer with ultra-fast print speeds will improve the printing service in the Internet lab.
  • Electronic Classroom – Classroom ResponseCard Systems Implemented
    o 30 clickers have been purchased and piloted in several library classes.
    o The web version of clickers is also available in the Electronic Classroom.
  • Group Study Room – Workstations Reconfigured
    o 5 workstations with the following configurations have been installed in the group study rooms on the 5th floor:
    ¬†¬†¬†¬† Ôāß Microsoft Office suite is now available.
    ¬†¬†¬†¬† Ôāß USB fash drives can be used on these workstations.
  • New Library Web Server Installed
    o A new Dell PowerEdge server has been installed and is now in service.
    o The new server is equipped with state of the art web technologies and will greatly enhance the library web site and related services.
  • 5th Floor ‚Äď Electrical Outlets Available on Student Study Carrels
    o 12 library student study carrels have been equipped with electrical outlets for the convenience of library laptop users.
  • Library LCD TV Display System Purchased
    o The display system, to be installed on the 4th floor, will be used to promote the library events and increase awareness of the library collections and services.

Wireless Network Access Requirement

Dear City Tech Library Wireless Network Users:
To access City Tech wireless network, you are required to have the most updated anti-virus software installed on your computer. If your anti-virus software is dated, please update it before you access the wireless network.
If you do not have any anti-virus program installed on your computer, you can download Symantec Anti-Virus software for free from the CUNY Portal (https://portal.cuny.edu/portal/site/cuny/index.jsp?epi-content=LOGIN, and then go to “CUNY Mall” –> “Software) Center”).
To learn how to access City Tech wireless network in library, please go to:
http://library.citytech.cuny.edu/instruction/how/wireless.php

CINAHL: A Resource for Health Professionals

Come take a closer look at a familiar tool! At Thursday’s workshop, we’ll explore strategies for finding journal articles in CINAHL, an essential database for nursing and the health professions.¬† Topics covered include basic to advanced searching using keywords and CINAHL Headings and applying limiters for more precise results.¬† We’ll also discuss how CINAHL search strategies can be used in the EBSCO interface of MEDLINE.¬† All faculty are invited to attend.

Date & time: Thursday, March 26, 1-2 p.m.
Location: A540, the library’s e-classroom
Participants are encouraged to RSVP to Prof. Joan Grassano at jgrassano [at] citytech.cuny.edu
The complete schedule of faculty workshops for the Spring 2009 semester can be found here.

reference@citytech:wealth of words

Have you seen these recent additions to the reference collection? Find them by call number or ask a librarian for assistance. (Reference books are for in-library use only.) Enjoy!!

Brewer’s Dictionary of Phrase & Fable
REF PN43.B65 2005
The New Partridge Dictionary of Slang and Unconventional English
REF PE3721.P325 2006
The Oxford Dictionary of American Quotations
REF PN6081.A623 2006
(Also available in Oxford Reference Online Premium)
Oxford Dictionary of Phrase, Saying, and Quotation
REF PN6080.O945 2006
Shorter Oxford English Dictionary on Historical Principles
REF PE1625.S47 2007

If online books are your preference, take a look at the many general and subject-specific dictionaries at Oxford Reference Online Premium and Oxford Language Dictionaries Online.

Welcome, Prof. Maura Smale!

Maura SmaleThe library department welcomes Assistant Professor Maura Smale. Maura comes to City Tech with an MA and PhD in anthropology from NYU, an MLIS from Pratt, and a BA from The University of Chicago. Her previous library experience includes work as an adjunct at Brooklyn College, where she was a reference and instruction librarian.
Besides teaching experience (anthropology, NYU), Maura was Project Manager/Online Editor for American Express Publishing (Food and Wine, Travel and Leisure, etc.) and Production Supervisor for Disney Online. Before that she engaged in archaeological fieldwork. She has a number of publications in print or in press–in archaeology and library resource management.
At City Tech, as Information Literacy Librarian and Coordinator of Library Instruction, Maura will lead library efforts to expand and enhance the work we do in these areas.