Call for Papers: The Sixth Annual City Tech Science Fiction Symposium on Access and Science Fiction

The question guiding the Sixth Annual City Tech Science Fiction Symposium is: Who has access to the genre in terms of opportunities to create, enjoy, celebrate, identify with, and connect with others? Access, of course, is a shared concern of many historically marginalized and oppressed groups, including women, the disabled, LGBTQ+ persons, and the working class. Please refer to the Call for Papers for more details. 

Organizers Jill Belli, Wanett Clyde, Jason W. Ellis, Lucas Kwong, and A. Lavelle Porter invite proposals for 10-20 minute scholarly paper presentations or 40-60 minute panel discussions related to the topic of Access and SF. Please send a 250-word abstract with title, brief professional bio, and contact information to Jason Ellis (jellis@citytech.cuny.edu) by October 15, 2021

Issues of access were an important concern before the pandemic, but these were amplified and intensified in new ways, including library closings and book deserts. Reduced access to computers, Internet, and study spaces delayed or derailed important opportunities for many.

These issues with access before and during the pandemic extend to Science Fiction. William Gibson’s aphorism, “The future has arrived–it’s just not evenly distributed yet,” offers a conceptual lens for this. While Gibson’s use of the term “future” equates to the technoscientific, Science Fiction also represents many imagined futures, and those futures are not yet evenly distributed in terms of access to the genre for creators, readers, fans, and critics. 

Lack of access isn’t only a problem for those who might find enjoyment, meaning, and community through SF in the present; it may also affect the stories produced, the characters created, and the control of narratives. 

The Sixth Annual City Tech Science Fiction Symposium will investigate the theme of “Access and SF” and we will question together: what are the tensions between access and SF, what’s at stake and for whom, how to foster alliances, and how to achieve access for all. Also, Analog Science Fiction and Fact will announce the winner of their inaugural Analog Award for Emerging Black Voices at this year’s symposium. 

Topics with a connection to Access and SF include but are not limited to:

•    Access to Science Fiction for an Audience 

•    Access to Science Fiction as a Fan 

•    Access to Science Fiction as a Creator 

•    Access to Science Fiction as a Scholar 

•    Access to Science Fiction where Roles Collide 

•    Barriers to Access of Science Fiction for an Audience 

•    Barriers to Access to Science Fiction as a Creator 

•    Accessibility, Disability, and Science Fiction 

•    Technologies of Access and Accessibility that Relate to SF  

•    Access, Openness, and SF 

•    Affinity Politics and Intersectionality 

This event is free and open to the public as space permits: an RSVP will be included with the program when announced on the Science Fiction at City Tech website. Free registration will be required for participation. ​As with last year’s symposium, the on-going pandemic necessitates holding this year’s event online, too.

The Annual City Tech Symposium on Science Fiction is held in celebration of the City Tech Science Fiction Collection, an archival holding of over 600-linear feet of magazines, anthologies, novels, and scholarship. The City Tech Science Fiction Collection contains near-complete runs of major science fiction magazines and extensive holdings of science fiction anthologies, novels, and scholarship, including rare books and first editions. Additionally, there are significant selections of fringe texts, including mystery, horror, and the supernatural. It is housed in the Archives and Special Collections of the Ursula C. Schwerin Library. 

If you would like to inquire about the collection for research purposes, please read the library’s access policy for the City Tech Science Fiction Collection and contact Assistant Professor and Collections Management and Archives Librarian Wanett Clyde by phone at 718-260-5496 or email wclyde@citytech.cuny.edu.

Free or Fee: How Open Access Publishing Impacts Your Choices as an Author

Fee or Free FlyerCurious about open access? Want to better understand author fees or article processing charges for open access? This event from Mount Sinai’s Levy Library features international experts and leaders in open access and scholarly communications.

Date: Tuesday, October 5, 2021
Time: 3:00pm – 5:30pm

THE OPEN ACCESS PUBLISHING MODEL HAS USHERED NUMEROUS PRESSING QUESTIONS FOR ACADEMICS:

  • WHY ARE SOME JOURNALS OFFERING OR REQUIRING A FEE TO PUBLISH AN ARTICLE?
  • HOW DOES PAYING TO PUBLISH IMPACT THE PRESTIGE AND ACCESSIBILITY OF YOUR WORK?
  • WHAT IS A CREATIVE COMMONS LICENSE AND HOW DOES IT IMPACT THE DISSEMINATION OF YOUR WORK?
  • LEARN HOW OPEN ACCESS IS CHANGING HOW YOU PUBLISH YOUR RESEARCH, WHAT REQUIREMENTS FUNDING AGENCIES IMPOSE ON RESEARCHERS, AND WHO OWNS THE COPYRIGHT OF PUBLISHED WORKS.

 

Scholarly Publishing Workshops for Fall 2021

Here is our schedule of workshops for fall 2021 related to scholarly publishing. These workshops introduce tools, resources, and important knowledge that help faculty make informed choices about their scholarship and how to maximize the impact of their work.

Leveraging the Literature Review
October 8, 12-1 PM
Learn how to find target journals for publishing your work; get a quick bird’s eye view of your topic; review basics of using the library for the literature review; effectively use Google Scholar, citation managers, and link resolvers; quickly assess a journal and avoid predatory journals.
Faculty Fridays: Registration via Faculty Commons TBA

Demystifying Academic Works (Express Workshop: 30 minutes) 
October 19, 4-4:30 PM
What is Academic Works and how does it benefit you as a scholar? You will learn more about how and why publishers allow you to contribute to Academic Works and the many benefits to sharing your scholarship openly to you, your students, and the public.
Registration

Zotero Basics
Nov. 9, 3-4 PM
Attendees will learn the capabilities of this powerful, free open-source reference management software program. The session covers the functionalities of the Zotero client, adding the Zotero plugin to your browser, and importing citations to generate a bibliography. To maximize our workshop time, please download Zotero from https://www.zotero.org and create your username and password in the Zotero client software by going to EDIT > PREFERENCES > >SYNC
Registration

Google Scholar Profile (Express Workshop: 30 minutes)
Dec. 6, 11:30 AM -12:00 PM
Google Scholar Profiles provide an easy way for you to showcase your individual scholarship and, more importantly, easily examine who is citing your work and find citation counts.
Registration

ORCID ID: Author Identifier for Grants, Publication, and Reviewing (Express Workshop: 30 minutes)
Dec. 8, 10-10:30 AM
ORCID IDs are author identifiers. They are especially helpful to authors with names that are more common but they have other benefits including speedier registration in systems for submitting articles, reviewing, and grant applications. Grantees who use their ORCID when applying for a grant help to assure that funders connect your funding program to your scholarship. ORCID also helps potential funders to efficiently review your publications.
Registration

Zotero Basics
Dec. 9, 4-5 PM
Attendees will learn the capabilities of this powerful, free open-source reference management software program. The session covers the functionalities of the Zotero client, adding the Zotero plugin to your browser, and importing citations to generate a bibliography. To maximize our workshop time, please download Zotero from https://www.zotero.org and create your username and password in the Zotero client software by going to EDIT > PREFERENCES > >SYNC
Registration

Our Scholarly Publishing Clinic is available on-demand and during our office hour at 12 PM every last Thursday of the month. We provide one-on-one consultations as well as workshops that fit your schedule.

Find more scholarly communications and publishing support from the library on our website.

Questions? Contact Prof. Monica Berger, Library, at mberger@citytech.cuny.edu

April 8: Preprint Repositories: Taking Control of Our Work

This event is April 8 @ 3:30 pm – 5:00 pm

The LACUNY Scholarly Communications Roundtable and Junior Faculty Research Roundtable would like to welcome all CUNY faculty, staff, and students to our joint event on community-owned preprint repositories! 

Illustration of the role of preprints

Preprint Repositories: Taking Control of Our Work
Date: Thursday, April 8, 2021
Time: 3:30-5:00pm

Public demand for scholarly research skyrocketed in 2020, as people sought reliable and readily available information on COVID-19. Much of this need was met by preprints, scholarly papers that are released publicly prior to peer review and publication in a scholarly journal.

Many major preprint services have been bought by large corporations and are no longer run by members of the scholarly community. In response to this trend, our speakers describe what it means to run a community-owned repository for preprints.

Juan Pablo Alperin is the Associate Faculty Director of Research for the Public Knowledge Project, an initiative developing open source software for scholarly publishing. He will discuss PKP’s new Open Preprint Systems software, which helps localized repository managers share preprints.

Vicky Rampin is a co-founder of LISSA, the LIS Scholarship Archive, a disciplinary repository for library and information science scholarship. She will discuss the archive’s recent departure from the Center for Open Science in favor of a platform supporting community-owned infrastructure.

Register for this event

Image by SciELO. Licensed under CC BY 4.0.

More Black Foodways: Cookbooks and Memoirs

As a bookend to the library’s post on our Black foodways book collection, and this February’s African American Studies Department event on food justice with Tanya Denise Fields, we would like to highlight our books with a culinary focus. These books celebrate Black cuisines and chefs, explore the history and sociology of traditional dishes, and provide contemporary interpretations of classic recipes. Some of these books were purchased to support Emilie Boone’s interdisciplinary course, The Visual Culture & Art of African Diaspora Foodways.

As subject liaison for Hospitality Management, I keep an eye out for new books about and by Black chefs or related to Black food studies. Here’s a selection of some of our books in our collection (these are hard copy books, not ebooks). We look forward to preparing a future book display on this theme.

Honors Scholars Program Graduate School Fair Zoom Links

The following is a list of graduate schools that will host their own Zoom info session on December 3rd, 2020 from 4PM-5PM. Feel free to attend one of the listed graduate school’s info session to learn more about their school and programs. If a Zoom link does not work, please try to join via the Meeting ID in Zoom. There is also a downloadable version of this flyer.

FYI, the library has a guide to help you research graduate schools.
Graduate School NameProgram(s)Zoom Link
Baruch College Marxe School of Public and International AffairsMPA, Executive MPA, Master of International Affairs and Masters of Higher Ed Administrationhttps://baruch.zoom.us/j/81364233590?p- wd=NisvdkRVWVBGN2VNUlUyOG1Ed0dMQT09 (Meeting ID: 813 6423 3590 Passcode: Marxe)
Binghamton University, SUNYComputer Science, Electrical and Computer Engineering, Biomedical Engineering, and morehttps://binghamton.zoom.us/j/98583381604 (Meeting ID: 985 8338 1604)
Brooklyn College, CUNYAccounting, Adolescence Science Education, Science and Environmental Education, and morehttps://brooklyncollege.zoom.us/ j/92299673470?pwd=SllDVFd4VlA2TnN- 4RDV3VVJ3b2lldz09
(Meeting ID: 922 9967 3470 Passcode: 447058)
The City College of New York (CCNY), CUNYSustainability in the Urban Environmenthttps://ccny.zoom.us/j/96401749171 (Meeting ID: 964 0174 9171)
CCNY, CUNYBranding and Integrated Communications (BIC)https://ccny.zoom.us/j/93585511102
CCNY Spitzer School of Architecture, CUNYMaster of Architecture, Master of Landscape
Architecture and Master of Urban Planning (Urban Design)
https://ccny.zoom.us/j/97615610550
Craig Newmark Graduate School of Journalism at CUNY https://rb.gy/gzgzf1
(Meeting ID: 978 8472 3290 Passcode: CUNY)
The Graduate Center, CUNY30 Ph.D. programs and 15 master’s programshttps://gc-cuny.zoom.us/j/92716784809?p- wd=bSt1cFllYWhTZHdDYmVMdUthL1BRQT09 (Meeting ID: 927 1678 4809 Passcode: 404895)
City University of Graduate StudiesArchitecture, Business, Communication, Education, Humanities, and morehttps://zoom.us/meeting/register/tJIrcOurr- zgoG9TXjkEX7WJAw-_MkfBBnlo0
CUNY Graduate School of Public Health and Health Policy https://zoom.us/meeting/register/tJItcemurzM- jHd0g5KZL   c-jMe655WVUobI
CUNY School of Labor and Urban StudiesMA in Labor Studies, MA in Urban Studies, Advanced Certificates in Community Leadership, and morehttps://us02web.zoom.us/j/83366553553?p- wd=QTBtckpnem5zWDQxRVZLbWhVVUJVQT09 (Meeting ID: 833 6655 3553 Passcode: 752832)
CUNY School of Professional StudiesPsychology, Data Science, Business Management and Leadership, and morehttps://cunysps.zoom.us/j/95347391124 (Webinar ID: 953 4739 1124)
Hunter College School of Education, CUNYTeacher Education, Counseling and Applied Behavior Analysishttps://zoom.us/j/91486909940
(Meeting ID: 914 8690 9940)
John Jay College, CUNYCriminal Justice, Forensic Psychology, MPA, Security, Emergency Management, and morehttps://jjay-cuny.zoom.us/j/82897607677?p- wd=eXZYMnYvdnlnNTR6elZuUjNiRmxNdz09 (Meeting ID: 828 9760 7677 Passcode: John Jay)
Lehman College, CUNYComputer Science, Geographic Information Systems, Mathematics Instruction, and morehttps://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZ- 0tc-irpzwoH9CFmThvZFYk_8BXNRRVAO1x
Marist CollegeMBA, MS in Information Systems, and morehttps://marist-edu.zoom.us/meeting/register/ tZAkdu-orTwpEtEgcJyfbLBnZNzSRFcyPAUY
New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT)All STEM Graduate Programshttps://zoom.us/j/98586107922?pwd=UU1vdnh1UW9vc0dES3hkWDlZRnNrUT09
(Meeting ID: 985 8610 7922 Passcode: NJIT2021)
New York Institute of Technology (NYIT)Communication Arts, Digital Art & Design, UX/UI Design and Development, and morehttps://nyit.zoom.us/j/99887492547
(Meeting ID: 998 8749 2547 Passcode: 718198)
New York University (NYU)Programs in Educational Communications and Technology at NYU Steinhardthttps://rb.gy/cnc61q
NYU Game CenterMFA in Game Designhttps://nyu.zoom.us/j/94034751778
St. John’s UniversityMasters of Science in Integrated Advertising Communicationshttps://zoom.us/j/9039706542?pwd=YmNrM1cw- ck5wZzExd0dkUjNLL2VaQT09
(Passcode: Stjohns)
SUNY Downstate Health Sciences UniversityMedical Informaticshttps://zoom.us/j/190342293?pwd=YjJZYitxdTUx-
SUptT2YzWG5mNkpqdz09

(Meeting ID: 190 342 293 Passcode: 863454)
SUNY Downstate Health Sciences UniversityMidwifery (School of Health Professions)https://zoom.us/j/94807895191?pwd=cG-
JYU1FqaTY1dlFXZTE1ZllHOXZGZz09

(Meeting ID: 948 0789 5191 Passcode: 765160)
SUNY Downstate Health Sciences UniversityPhysical Therapyhttps://zoom.us/j/93332620805?pwd=SmpqTl-
M4WG8yVkNNMlM1S0dXQ0NRUT09

(Meeting ID: 933 3262 0805 Passcode: 352992)
SUNY New PaltzAll Programshttps://zoom.us/j/91949787500?pwd=RlQ4UE-
JleG9YamM4TU12TkRxS2x4Zz09

(Meeting ID: 919 4978 7500 Passcode: SUNYNP)

The Fifth Annual City Tech Symposium on Race and Science Fiction

The Fifth Annual City Tech Science Fiction Symposium on Race and Science Fiction will be held on Thursday, Nov. 19 from 9:00am-5:00pm online via Zoom Webinar.

To participate in this free event, attendees will need to (1) Signup for a free Zoom account here (if you don’t already have one), and (2) Register here to receive access instructions to the Zoom Webinar. Participants may register any time before or during the event!

For those who would like to watch the event without registering, you can join the YouTube Livestream here.

In addition to the Zoom Webinar Chat and YouTube Live Chat, join the event conversation with the event hashtag #CityTechSF and follow on Twitter @CityTechSF.

As indicated on the program, some symposium content is pre-recorded to offer more time for discussion on the day of the event. Pre-recorded content includes author readings and full paper presentations. Some of this content is in production and will be posted soon.

Visit the collection’s OpenLab page for participant bios, the full program and additional information.

CALL FOR DONATIONS TO LIBRARY BOOK SALE

Please donate to the Ursula C. Schwerin Library’s upcoming Fall Book Sale, which will be held on Wednesday, December 5, 2018, from 12:30-2:15 p.m. (location to be announced).  We will accept hardcover and softcover books (including paperbacks) in good condition.  These may include fiction, literature, travel, leisure reading, non-fiction of all sorts, and recently published textbooks.  We are also accepting DVDs, CDs and other media.  We cannot accept damaged or heavily annotated books and most technical manuals, directories, or handbooks over three years old.  We may select some donations for our library holdings if they meet the needs of our curricula.
 To arrange a donation, please contact Prof. Morris Hounion at mhounion@citytech.cuny.edu or at extension x5491.  All donations should be received by Monday, December 3.  We will acknowledge your donation with a thank-you letter but we cannot place dollar values on donated items.  Information about the Library’s Gifts Policy may be found at https://library.citytech.cuny.edu/about/policies/gifts.php