City Tech Library Faculty Scholarship and Research

Junior Tidal and I presented at Emerging Learning Design a presentation entitled “What’s Mine is YOURLS.”  In addition, we also published an article by the same title in the proceedings issue of The Emerging Learning Design Journal.  The presentation and article examine the way a short link manager can act as an electronic resource management tool. We are also working on an article that utilizes short links as a means to track library resource promotion.
My recent research concerns critical librarianship, communities of practice, and instructional technology. A new book chapter titled “Interrogating the Collective: #Critlib and the Problem of Community” is forthcoming in the book The Politics of Theory and the Practice of Critical Librarianship, edited by Karen P. Nicholson and Maura Seale. I presented on community and “living archives” at the 2017 Libraries and Archives in the Anthropocene Colloquium with Brooklyn Public Library archivist, Jen Hoyer. I also completed a usability study to assess Library Research Guides with City Tech Librarian Junior Tidal. We presented our study findings at the 2017 Evidence Based Librarianship in Practice conference and our co-authored paper, Mixed Methods, Not Mixed Messages: Improving Libguides with Student Usability Data was published in the December 2017 issue of the Journal of Evidence Based Librarianship in Practice. Additionally, an article I co-authored with Julia Pollack, a Librarian and Instructional Technologist, on embedded librarianship at CUNY was published in the journal Communications in Information Literacy.
This year I also published several creative nonfiction essays including “The Size of Rhode Island in the literary journal Ghost Proposal and “The Blackout” in The Offing. 
My scholarly focus continues to be on scholarly communications and specifically on predatory publishing.  I gave a paper on predatory publishing at the Association of Research and College Libraries Conference in March 2017 that was published as part of the conferences proceedings. This fall, I gave an invited talk at York College on this topic as well.
I presented with John Carey (Hunter College) at Libraries and Archives in the Anthropocene, a colloquium held at New York University in May 2017. Our presentation, “Open Scholarship and Climate Change: The Imperative for a New Information Ecosystem for the Anthropocene,” drew connections between challenges in responding to climate change and the commodification of scholarship and research.  Working on predatory publishing, I found strong commonalities to plagiarism and academic integrity.  I gave a paper at the CUNY-Wide Conference on Academic Integrity held at Eugenio María de Hostos Community College  in September 2017. I took a deep dive into the topic, considering research on student and scholarly plagiarism in its many forms and the discourse on this topic. Questions related to intentionality, pedagogy, information literacy, and the Global South connect the two topics.
I published an article in the International Review of Research in Open and Distributed Learning, entitled “What Impacts do OER Have on Students? Students Share Their Experiences with a Health Psychology OER at New York City College of Technology.” I presented and co-facilitated a workshop at the Northeast OER Summit, UMASS Amherst, and presented with CUNY colleagues on my research at the CUNY IT Conference.
During 2016 I took a one-year sabbatical leave. After being a part of the Living Lab for several years, my curiosity about place-based learning had deepened. I researched place-based learning through intentional, observant, reflective walking, culminating in a 500-mile journey. Upon my return, I wrote and presented on the integration of the information literacy frame searching as strategic exploration into place-based experiential learning. Once back at City Tech in January 2017, I took on the role of interim chief librarian and department chair for one semester – an intense learning experience I value.
In 2017 I executive produced the documentary film New Yorkers in Uniform: From World War One to Today. The film discusses the life and time of Thomas Michael Tobin, a first lieutenant in the Quartermaster Corps during the First World War. Lieutenant Tobin was stationed in St. Nazaire France, where he helped run the port. Mr. Tobin had been a port warden in New York City prior to the war and had a long civic career in Yonkers, New York from the early 1900s until his death in 1966. For our film, we also interviewed student veterans at New York City College of Technology (CUNY). Our objective was to explore the similarities and differences veterans of different generations have faced over the past century from the time of the First World War until today.
This year I am continuing to analyze and write up the results of my sabbatical research from Spring 2017, a qualitative study of CUNY students’ attitudes and practices around their required course reading. With my longtime research partner Mariana Regalado of Brooklyn College I have an edited volume in press (American Library Association) on serving commuter students in academic libraries, and we look forward to its publication later this year. While on sabbatical I also completed our visual website to accompany Mariana’s and my work on the scholarly habits of CUNY students: Finding Places, Making Spaces (
During the 2016 calendar year, I published and presented a few pieces of research. I published a chapter called “The Promise and Perils of Open-Source” for The LITA Leadership Guide: The Librarian as Entrepreneur, Leader, and Technologist, edited by Dr. Carl Antonucci and Sharon Clapp. I have also written another book chapter titled “Case: Study Developing An Academic Library’s Mobile Website,” for Robin Canuel’s and Chad Crichton’s Mobile Technology and Academic Libraries: Innovative Services for Research and Learning. I gave an invited teleconference presentation on the open-source analytics program called Piwik to the University System of Maryland and Affiliated Institutions Google Analytics Forum. For the 16th Annual CUNY IT Conference, I participated in a panel presentation called “Accessibility in the Time of Limited Resources,” with several CUNY librarians.
For works in progress, I am writing two encyclopedia articles for the Encyclopedia of Racial Violence. Edited by Prof. Douglas Flowe of Washington University in St. Louis, this encyclopedia will be published by ABC-CLIO. I am writing about an entry on the DC Snipers and Snow Riot of 1835. I will also present on the library’s Banned Book display for the SLS Banned Books Symposium at Mount Saint Mary College later this spring.
Based on experimental results and existing resources, Yi Chen (our library’s IT Associate) and I explored and identified a variety of major contributing factors to the email notice issue. We elaborated the troubleshooting process, and how to find the solution to the issue. We also suggested recommendations based the lessons learned from the project experience. Our work should be instructive for libraries solving the similar problems. Our article can be found here: Investigation of the Email Notice Issue in Aleph.
Recently, a book inventory project was done at Ursula C. Schwerin Library. Based on the best practice, I elaborated the cost-effective inventory process, proper hand-held inventory device choosing, and inventory exception handling regarding a variety of related issues, including missing, mis-shelving, on-going shelf reading, and varied inventory exceptions. Inventory could greatly reduce user frustration by providing more accurate information regarding the library collection for users. I suggested useful recommendations based on the lessons learned from the project experience at the 2017 ELUNA Conference.  Xu, G. (2017), “A Cost-Effective Book Inventory: Hand-Held Inventory Device Choosing and Statistical Analysis”, in ELUNA 2017 Conference, Schaumburg, IL, May 9–12, Ex Libris.

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