Research Roundup

Kimberly Abrams’s recent conference presentation:

  • Abrams, K., Tidal, J. (2018, November). Optimizing Library Marketing with Short Links.  Presented at the Library Marketing and Communications Conference, Saint Louis, MO.

Kimberly Abrams worked with Profs. Nora Almeida and Junior Tidal to procure a PSC-CUNY grant for a wayfinding study and are currently analyzing findings. She is writing an article based on the Optimizing Library Marketing with Short Links presentation at LMCC.  And she is also working with Prof. Marissa Moran of the Law and Paralegal Studies Department at City Tech to study the impact of discipline-specific information literacy acquisition via LibGuides.

Nora Almeida’s recent publications and conference presentations include:

This year Nora was the PI on a PSC CUNY Research Grant to fund a library wayfinding study she conducted in Fall 2018 with colleagues Kim Abrams and Junior Tidal. Her article “Living Archives in the Anthropocene” which she co-authored with Jen Hoyer from the Brooklyn Public Library is forthcoming in a special issue of the Journal of Critical Library and Information Studies. She is also working on an edited book project called the Social Movement Archive (Litwin Books) in collaboration with Jen Hoyer.

Monica Berger’s recent conference presentations include:

Monica is writing a scholarly book on predatory publishing to be published by the Association of College and Research Libraries. Her book “unpacks” key problems in scholarly publishing. Predatory publishing is contextualized: low quality and vanity academic publishing have always existed and fraudulent scholarship is published in respected journals. Other chapters cover the topic’s history, characteristics, the research on various stakeholders, and predatory publishing as a problem of the Global South (less developed countries). The final part of the book explores existing solutions to predatory publishing and and how librarians can teach authors how to identify quality venues for publishing.

Cailean Cooney’s recent publications and conference presentations include:

  • Forthcoming article, “But What Do The Students Think: Results of the CUNY Cross-Campus Zero-Textbook Cost Student Survey” in Open Praxis
  • Building a culture of open pedagogy from the platform up. Presented with Amanda Almond, Jill Belli, and Jeremy Seto at Open Education Global, Delft, the Netherlands. April 2018.
  • Infusing user-centered approaches into Open Educational Resources (O.E.R.) initiatives. Presented with Andrew McKinney at Designing for Digital (D4D) in Austin, TX. March 2018.

Cailean is currently analysing results from a usability study about open educational resources on City Tech’s OpenLab platform and is preparing to present a workshop at the OLC Innovate Conference this April about how to build universal design into college OER initiatives. In January she gave an invited presentation with CUNY colleagues, Megan Wacha and Jean Amaral, about librarians leading campus OER initiatives at Yeshiva University Library.


Anne Leonard recently published “Place-Based Learning across the Disciplines: A Living Laboratory Approach to Pedagogy,” co-authored with Prof. Karen Goodlad of City Tech’s Hospitality Management department, in InSight: A Journal of Scholarly Teaching. She is working on a book chapter about interdisciplinary place-based learning and information literacy for a forthcoming book on virtual place-based learning in an urban learning environment. In December 2018 she earned a 200-hour Certified Yoga Teacher certification.

Maura Smale’s recent publications and conference presentations include:

Maura will present results from her fellowship leave research on undergraduate reading attitudes and practices at the Association of College & Research Libraries conference in April 2019. During the 2018-2019 academic year she is working with research partner Prof. Mariana Regalado of Brooklyn College to collect data on the student research process in composition courses, and looks forward to analyzing and beginning to share results this coming summer.

Junior Tidal’s recent publications and conference presentations include:

This year, Junior has two forthcoming book chapters. The first looks at the history of the library’s intranet for in the book, Libraries that Learn: Keys to Managing Organizational Knowledge. The other chapter, “Is Anybody Out There? Using Application Statistics and Web Analytics to Assess Social Media Reach, will be published in the book, Social Media for Communication and Instruction in Academic Libraries. He has also submitted a PSC-CUNY grant to examine students’ emotional responses when using the Onesearch discovery tool.

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