Editing Wikipedia at City Tech Library

On Thursday, April 11th, City Tech Library hosted a Wikipedia editathon to celebrate our new LGBTQIA collection and increase representation of this subject area on Wikipedia. With the support of City Tech’s Gender & Sexuality Studies program and the Pride Club, we welcomed guest speaker Anthony Amiewalan, whose books can be found in our library collection. Anthony spoke about his art and gave a short reading from his latest book, Eddie & Alan, which he also donated a copy of to the library.

We were joined by members of Wikimedia NYC for a few hours of editing. Over the course of the afternoon we created 5 new Wikipedia articles and Wikidata items; we made 105 edits to a total of 17 articles; we added 20 references to the encyclopedia; and we contributed almost 6000 words. Using material from City Tech’s online databases and our print LGBTQIA collection, we edited articles about Ma-Nee Chacaby, Samuel Levi Jones, Tsweng Kwong Chi, GenderFail, D’Angelo Lovell Williams, and more. We created wikidata items about Alteronce Gumby and about Anthony Amiewalan and his creative work.

This event was organized by librarians Kel Karpinski and Jen Hoyer with support from Professor Laura Westengard and intern Jaida Clouden of Gender & Sexuality Studies. Participation in this Pride event was made possible due to generous funding from the New York City Council Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, Intersex, and Asexual Caucus and the Office of the Mayor, and supported by The LaGuardia and Wagner Archives.

Faculty Workshop, April 18, Get Organized! Zotero Basics

Zotero logo Get Organized! Zotero Basics
April 18, 3:30-4:30 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

Eclipse Today & A Message from the Vision Care Program

"JAXA/NASA Captures 2012 Annular Solar Eclipse" by NASA Goddard Photo and Video is licensed under CC BY 2.0.

JAXA/NASA Captures 2012 Annular Solar Eclipse” by NASA Goddard Photo and Video is licensed under CC BY 2.0.

There is a solar eclipse today. There may be free eclipse glasses at the Brooklyn Public Library located on Cadman Plaza.

See below for more information from the Vision Care Department.


A message from CityTech’s Vision Care Program’s Director, Steven Indelicato, regarding today’s solar eclipse:

Dear CityTech Community,

Everyone is excited to experience today’s solar eclipse!

This is when the Moon passes between the Earth and the Sun, thereby obscuring the view of the Sun from a small part of Earth.

In New York City, we will be experiencing a 90% partial solar eclipse. The last time we experienced a total eclipse was in 1925.

The eclipse is set to begin today in New York City at 2:10 p.m. EST and last until 4:36 p.m. EST, for a total of two hours and 26 minutes.

During this time, it is important to know how we can best protect our eyes to prevent damage.

Wearing eclipse glasses or certified solar viewers to meet the ISO 12312-2 international safety standard is a must.

Please be sure to visit your local New York City Public Library for free ISO certified glasses.  

Never look directly at the sun without proper eye protection (i.e., eclipse glasses or certified solar viewers), and understand that traditional forms of eye protection, such as sunglasses, do not provide adequate protection for an eclipse.

Failure to protect our eyes could lead to fatal vision problems, including retinal and ocular damage, which has the potential to cause irreversible blindness or partial vision loss.

So, have fun today as you enjoy this rare phenomenon, but always exercise caution!

For more information or questions, kindly send us an email at VisionCare@citytech.cuny.edu

City Tech Library is hiring! Access Services Librarian, Instructor or Assistant Professor

The library is currently accepting applications for the position of Access Services Librarian at the Instructor or Assistant Professor rank. The position is open until filled.


New York City College of Technology (City Tech), City University of New York, is the largest public baccalaureate college of technology in the Northeast. The college awards both associate and baccalaureate degrees that allow graduates to pursue careers in the architectural and engineering technologies, the computer, entertainment, and health professions, human services, advertising and publishing, hospitality, business, and law-related professions, as well as programs in career and technical teacher education.

The Ursula C. Schwerin Library at New York City College of Technology, CUNY, seeks a library faculty member at the Instructor or Assistant Professor rank to serve as Access Services Librarian. The Access Services Librarian will manage, support, and evaluate library circulation and reserve services, working with colleagues in the library, the college and university. The Access Services Librarian will also offer reference service and be responsible for designated areas of subject specialist work. All members of the library faculty must maintain a record of excellence in librarianship, scholarly achievement and publication and service. The Ursula C. Schwerin Library is committed to enhancing our diverse academic community by actively encouraging people with disabilities, minorities, veterans, and women to apply.

This is a twelve-month renewable appointment. The Assistant Professor is a tenure-track position. The Instructor will be expected to complete a second master’s degree or doctoral degree within five years of hire to be recommended for appointment as Assistant Professor.

The Access Services Librarian will:

  • Coordinate, develop, and evaluate all library material circulation services, policies, workflows, and procedures.
  • Serve as representative for Alma services in partnership with the CUNY Office of Library Services.
  • Formulate and implement circulation and reserves policies and procedures in response to evolving operational needs.
  • Manage and administer the library’s reserve services and maintain awareness of best practices in e-reserves management, implementing as future needs arise.
  • Coordinate and evaluate stacks maintenance operations in consultation with collection management and cataloging librarians.
  • Supervise training, workflow development, and scheduling for four to five technical support staff in a hybrid work environment, as well as for part-time library assistants.
  • Provide comprehensive reference consultation to members of the college community in person and online.
  • Develop and maintain knowledge of resources in general reference areas and degree fields.
  • Work as subject specialist in assigned areas to evaluate, select, and deselect library materials, with responsibilities including website content creation in areas of specialization, consultation with subject faculty regarding available resources and services, and support of information literacy and instruction.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.



Master’s degree in Library and Information Science (MLS/MLIS) or closely related discipline from an ALA-accredited institution

A second master’s degree OR doctorate is required for appointment as Assistant Professor; if appointed as Instructor, the candidate will be expected to complete an additional graduate degree within five years (CUNY tuition remission is available)


  • Experience in library access services or related field
  • Experience working in an academic or research library
  • Supervisory experience
  • An interest in scholarship or creative achievement appropriate for a tenure-track position
  • Strong analytical, organizational, planning, oral, and written communication skills
  • Background, experience, or degree in STEM fields, especially health sciences or engineering technologies
  • Experience with coordinating a service area composed of multiple team members
  • Engagement with current trends in scholarly communication, including open access publishing and open educational resources
  • Knowledge of assessment practices in libraries and higher education
  • Familiarity with Alma, OCLC, Springshare, or related products
  • Experience with systems migration projects
  • Excellent interpersonal and leadership skills, a commitment to collaboration and mutual respect, and the ability to work efficiently and effectively on shared projects and committees in a diverse library and college/university community


Instructor – $65,471-$74,417

Assistant Professor – $75,465 – $93,134

Salary commensurate with education and experience.

CUNY offers faculty a competitive compensation and benefits package covering health insurance, pension and retirement benefits, paid parental leave, and savings programs. We also provide mentoring and support for research, scholarship, and publication as part of our commitment to ongoing faculty professional development.

Visit www.cuny.edu, access the employment page, log in or create a new user account, and search for this vacancy using the Job ID or Title. Select “Apply Now” and provide the requested information.

Candidates should provide a cover letter, CV/resume, and statement of scholarly interests.


Open until filled, with review of resumes to begin on or after April 8, 2024.

Latin Music and Puerto Rican Migration To New York City


Many people migrated from Puerto Rico and elsewhere in Latin America to New York City in the late 19th century and 20th century. Once settled in New York City, these Latin American migrants profoundly influenced American music and culture, creating and flavoring music ranging from Big Band to Afro-Cuban jazz to hip hop to salsa. Although the resource linked above from TEACHROCK is geared toward instructors, students interested in this topic will find many links to sound clips, videos, podcasts, images, and other sources.

Another website to check out is New York Latin Culture Magazine’s  Latin Music in New York City From the Barrio to Lincoln Center (newyorklatinculture.com). This magazine has information about live Latin music, so check it out!

New from the Library: Clinical Nursing Skills in Video

City Tech Library provides access to Academic Videos on Online (AVON), and we’re thrilled that our subscription now includes a new channel: Clinical Nursing Skills in Video.

To access this channel directly: click here If you are off campus (or off City Tech wifi), you’ll be asked to log in first with your CUNYfirst login.

This channel contains 5 videos as of March 2024, with more to be added soon.

More about Clinical Nursing Skills in Video: (from their website) Clinical Nursing Skills in Video is a new and growing collection of regularly updated demonstration and training videos produced by ProQuest to help students improve their clinical skills. This ongoing resource will grow over the coming years and allows your patrons anytime, anywhere access to the latest resources available for nurse training so they can provide the best possible patient care. The skills demonstrated in this collection were selected and reviewed by an advisory board of licensed nurses, nursing educators, researchers, and librarians to ensure students are accessing videos displaying current best practice and meet current standards of clinical judgement and videos are peer-reviewed and accredited by the ANCC (American Nurses Credentialling Center). Whether a nursing student preparing to enter the clinical environment or an instructor looking to integrate a pediatric assessment video into their lesson on assessing special populations, Clinical Nursing Skills in Video offers essential visual examples for supporting the curriculum at all levels from undergraduate to professional.

City Tech Graduate Fair – Thursday, 4/11 at 11:30AM

City Tech’s Graduate School Fair will be held on Thursday, April 11 from 11:30 AM to 2:30 PM in the Academic Complex Lobby.

Over 100 graduate programs from more than two dozen graduate schools will be represented (e.g., New York University, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai,  Southern California Institute of Architecture, University at Albany, CUNY Graduate School of Public Health and Health Policy, Fordham University, Binghamton University, SUNY).

Podcasting workshop 4/8 (7-7:45 PM)

Learn how to podcast at City Tech library! We’re running two workshops.

When:  April 15, 7-7:45 PM
Library Multimedia Screening and Meeting Space, 4th Floor, Library Building

Are you interested in podcasting? Do you have a story you want to tell? Come to the workshop to learn the basics of podcasting, from recording to publishing using the library’s new podcasting kits that you can borrow.

This workshop was made in part through a grant from the American Libraries Association #CityTechSoundsGood | #CityTechSuenaBien project. 

For more information, contact Prof. Junior Tidal.


#CityTechSoundsGood Vinyl Listening Party, Thursday April 4th

This photograph depicts a black table with a record player and headphones sitting on it. The background shows abstract blue bars of light.
Record Player and Headphones. Nan Palmero from San Antonio, TX, USA, CC BY 2.0 <https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0>, via Wikimedia Commons

Join City Tech Library in the Library Building on Thursday, April 4 between 12:30 and 2pm for a vinyl listening party!

We’ll bring the record players, headphones, and a selection of the library’s vinyl record collection. All you need to do is show up, choose your favorite tunes to listen to, and spend a few minutes hanging out with good music.

Look for us in the Library Building, ground floor.

Can’t make it to our table during club hour? You can learn about the library’s #CityTechSoundsGood initiative, borrow a turntable and records from the library’s Multimedia Resource Center, or even recommend a something for the collection!