BWRC Annual Conference: Sea Level Rise and Brooklyn’s Jamaica Bay Communities

The Brooklyn Waterfront Research Center invites the City Tech community to join its virtual annual conference, held this Friday, May 13th, 9am-4pm.

This year marks the ten-year anniversary of Superstorm Sandy, a time when many of the city’s coastal vulnerabilities became glaringly apparent. Since then New York has taken major strides in making the coastline more resilient, yet immediate and long-term risks associated with global climate change and sea-level rise remain. Recent research on sea-level rise outlines the possibility, some would say probability, of the inundation, by the end of the century, of vulnerable communities along the Brooklyn waterfront, especially those along Jamaica Bay.

This full-day conference will explore these possibilities and the questions they raise for Jamaica Bay: What is the science behind sea level rise predictions? How will sea level rise affect the communities surrounding Jamaica Bay? What actions are underway and what further actions are being planned to mitigate these impacts? The main question the conference will address is: What can be done if none of the planned measures prevents the inundation of Jamaica Bay’s vulnerable neighborhoods? Leading these explorations will be local officials, community activists, business leaders, scientists, and academics.

Registration is free.

BWRC Annual Conference Program

Celebrate Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month at City Tech with a documentary and panel discussion this Friday and next!

May is Asian American & Pacfific Islander (AAPI) Heritage Month

The New York City College of Technology (City Tech) Asian American Pacific Islander (AAPI) group is proud to celebrate Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month this May. We are planning two events on Zoom. The first event is the sharing of a documentary composed of works by students, faculty, and staff on Asian American heritage and experience. The second event is a panel discussion by Asian American community leaders on Asian American issues, particularly the recent anti-Asian violence and hate. Your attendance at these two events is greatly appreciated and is essential in showing support for the AAPI community.  Learn more.

City Tech Writer documentary on City Tech’s Asian community during COVID-19.
Friday, May 13, 10-11:00 AM

City Tech Writer Documentary on City Tech's Asian Community during COVID-19
City Tech Writer Documentary on City Tech’s Asian Community during COVID-19

RSVP to watch the City Tech Writer Documentary this Friday, May 13 at 10-11am!

Panel Discussion Friday, May 20, 10-11:30 AM

Dr. Russell Jeung Professor of Asian American Studies, San Francisco State University and Co-Founder of the Stop AAPI Hate

Joyce Moy Former Executive Director of the Asian American and Asian Research Institute City University of New York

Vanessa Leung and Anita Gundanna Co-Executive Directors of the Coalition for Asian American Children + Families

RSVP for the panel discussion.

Workshop, May 16, 4-5 PM, Who is this Weird Publisher? Avoiding Predatory Journals and Conferences

Think. Check. SubmitWho is this Weird Publisher? Avoiding Predatory Journals and Conferences
Monday May 16, 2022, 4-5 PM
Predatory journals and conferences are a hot topic but frequently misunderstood. We’ll debunk some myths and learn more about predatory journal and conference characteristics as well as how to thoughtfully evaluate a journal or conference before submitting. This workshop will include hands-on activities.


Our Scholarly Publishing Clinic is available on-demand and during our office hour at 4PM 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

Saturday Hours during finals!

Need a quiet space to study for a final exam or to work on a project? The City Tech Library has you covered! 

In addition to our regular weekday hours, we’ll be open the next 2 Saturdays–May 14th and May 21th–from 12pm-4pm.

Working on a research project or paper? We can help you find sources, integrate research into a paper or project, create perfect citations, and more.

Visit us at the Ask a Librarian desk or get in-depth help during our drop in research paper help sessions:

May 12th 1-3pm

May 13th 9-11am

May 16th 2-4pm

Need help outside of these hours? Just ask us! Chat reference is available 24X7


Workshop, May 13, 12-1 PM, Increasing your Visibility as a Scholar (Faculty Fridays)

open access infographicIncreasing your Visibility as a Scholar (Faculty Fridays)
Friday, May 13, 2022, 12-1:00 PM
Learn how to improve the impact of your scholarship or creative works and your overall profile as an academic. We’ll cover how you can increase your visibility using Google Scholar Profiles, Academic Works and other open access platforms to share your work, and ORCID IDs. We will also touch on using personal websites and social media to promote your scholarship.
Registration from Faculty Commons

Library Book Sale, Tuesday May 10 at 12:30PM

Image depicting the library book sale on Tuesday, May 10th at the Tillary entrance at noon.
The book sale will take place on Tuesday, May 10th from 12:30PM to 2:00PM.

The City Tech library is having it’s first post-pandemic book sale, next Tuesday, May 10th at 12:30PM. It will be located near the college’s Tillary Street entrance close to the elevators. We will have a selection of donated textbooks, hardcover books, paperbacks, and media available. Remaining books from the sale will be available in front of the Borrow and Return desk in the library on the 4th floor of the Library Building.

For more information, contact Prof. Junior Tidal.

Celebrate Asian American Pacific Islander Month with these streaming films

May is Asian Pacific Islander American (AAPI) Month and the library has a number of streaming films that you can watch with your City Tech credentials. These are just a select few films that are available. In addition to these, the library also has a number of physical media that members of the City Tech community may borrow from the library’s media collection.

The City Tech community is also celebrating the release of the next issue of the City Tech Writer, which focuses on the experiences of Asian-American faculty and students’ experiences during the pandemic. Check out our recent podcast episode with Prof. Kwong, who is editing this year’s digital issue.

Another resource to check out is the American Pacific American Heritage site, a joint collaboration between the Library of Congress and National Archives and Records Administration.


Call Her Ganda

This documentary explores the murder of Jennifer Laude, a Filipino transwoman by a U.S. marine in the Philippines. It takes a hard look of the role of US imperialism.

Chinese Exclusion Act

This PBS produced documentary looks at the history of the U.S. Chinese Exclusion Act, which made it illegal for Chinese nationals to enter the United States in the late 1800s.

Resistance at Tule Lake

This documentary looks at Japanese internment camps during World War II, where Japanese immigrant and Japanese-American were imprisoned, and where one incarcerated group who protested and resisted. A must watch for a little known and forgotten event in American history.


Asian Americans

Produced by PBS, this 5 part documentary series examines the rich history of Asian Americans. Produced in 2020, the series won a Peabody Award in 2021.


Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry

This documentary focuses on exiled Chinese artist, Ai Weiwei. Wewei was critical of the Chinese government over the death of several students in a 2008 earthquake.

Crazy Rich Asians

This romantic comedy stars Constance Wu, Awkwafina, Ken, Jeong, Michelle Yeoh, and many others. Based on a book of the same name by Kevin Kwan, the film focuses on a New York professor meeting her boyfriend’s family in Singapore.

Eat Drink Man Woman

Eat Drink Man Woman is a dramedy directed by Ang Lee. It focuses on a Taiwanese family and the difficult transition from tradition to modernity.

Jiro Dreams of Sushi

This documentary focuses on Sukibayashi Jiro, a renown sushi chef known for his Michelin star restaurant set in a Tokyo subway station. It was placed on the 2014 American Libraries Association Notable Films for Adults list, described as “An aging sushi chef demonstrates that mastery comes from lifelong dedication to improving one’s craft.”

For other media resources, questions, or concerns, contact Prof. Junior Tidal

Holocaust Remembrance Day

Holocaust memorial, Berlin; image by John C. Watkins V via Wikimedia Commons

Today is Yom HaShoah, Holocaust Martyrs’ and Heroes’ Remembrance Day. We pause to remember those lost. May their memory be a blessing.

In October-November 2023 “Americans and the Holocaust,” a traveling exhibit sponsored by the American Library Association and United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, will be coming to New York City College of Technology. Please check this space for further details and news about events.

Don’t Miss Out! Register now for Library Workshops


Last chance to register for the final workshop offerings for the Spring  Semester 2022. These workshops are the last in the series and they will help any student succeed with their research papers and projects. At the end of each workshop there will be an “Ask Me Anything” (AMA). Please feel free to submit your questions in advance, if you are not able to attend.

Additional questions? Reach out to Prof. Prince @

The entire workshop series are recommended, but they are designed to be stand-alone.


APA  & MLA Citation Workshop

This workshop teaches the importance of documenting sources when incorporating other’s research into your own. Learn the fundamentals of using the APA & MLA style.

When: Thursday, May 5, 2022, 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM

Where: Zoom

Audience: students

Register now, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting. Conducted by:  Prof. Nandi Prince


Power Searching: What you need to know

Are you spending hours at your computer trying to find sources? Join us to maximize your searches! This workshop will provide tips to do advanced searching and do it efficiently. We will also cover how to organize your results.

When: Friday, May 6, 2022, 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM

Where: Zoom

Audience: all

Register here, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting. Conducted by: Prof. Nandi Prince


Research Help for Your Paper: Drop-In sessions

Are you looking for research help with that final paper or assignment of the semester? If so, join us on these dates for our special drop-in sessions.

Thursday, May 12, 2022, 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM

Friday, May 13, 2022, 9:00 AM – 11:00 AM

Monday, May 16, 2022, 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM

Where: A441 (4th floor in the library)

Audience: students

Conducted by:  Prof. Nandi Prince


Use Zotero to Create Your Reference List Quickly

Need a refresher on how to create a bibliography when you write? We can help. Learn how to export your completed bibliography to your paper. Zotero generates citations and builds a bibliography list in any of the popular styles, including APA and MLA instantly.

When: Monday, May 9, 2022, 4:00 PM – 5:00 PM

Where: Zoom

Audience: students

Register here, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting. Conducted by:  Prof. Nandi Prince

Scholar on Campus Honoring Profs. Samaroo and Norouzi, May 4

Scholar on Campus 2022
City Tech’s annual Scholar on Campus is next week, Wednesday May 4, 2022. 

This event honors both the 2022-2023 Scholar on Campus, Professor Diana Samaroo and the 2020-2021 Scholar on Campus, Professor Hamid Norouzi.Please join us on Wednesday, May 4, 2022 for a celebratory hors d’oeuvre reception at 5:00 pm in the lobby of the New Academic Building (285 Jay Street). The reception will be followed by the Scholar on Campus presentations at 6:00 pm in A105.

If you would like to attend the reception and/or presentations in person or virtually, please fill out this form.

For colleagues and friends who will be attending virtually, the Zoom link is:

Meeting ID: 826 3509 7443
Passcode: 748325

For non-CUNY visitors, please adhere to the City Tech visitors’ policy.

Please join us in congratulating Profs. Samaroo and Norouzi on this tremendous honor. Learn more about their accomplishments.