What’s New in the Library: Spring 2021

Access Library Resources from Home 

This past summer, CUNY Libraries migrated to a new, modern library systems platform that changed how we access library resources from off campus.

As a reminder, all faculty and students should use CUNY login credentials to login to library databases from off campus and to the My Library Account link on the library website.

There is no longer a need for students and faculty to activate their ID before logging into library databases from off campus. All registered students and faculty with active CUNY login credentials can use library resources.

We also wanted to highlight the preferred name option! Update your CUNYfirst account to ensure that your preferred name is associated with your library account.

Ask a Librarian 24X7 Chat Reference Service

Need help? Just Ask us! 

We miss seeing you at the Ask a Librarian desk but the City Tech Library is here to help you with your research.

Connect with City Tech librarians online:

Monday – Thursday 10:00am-7:00pm & Friday 10:00am-5:00pm

If you miss us during these hours, you can connect to other librarians 24/7. We can help your research strategy, finding sources for a project, and evaluating information, citations, and more! See you in cyberspace! 

Prefer to get in touch via email? Write to us: asknycctref@cuny.libanswers.com 

Circulation FAQs 

Have questions related to library materials? Check out our Circulation FAQs or contact the Circulation Department: NYCCTCirculation@CityTech.cuny.edu

Want to return the mountain of library books you borrowed last year? The Library book Drop has been moved downstairs to just inside the 60 Tillary Street entrance of NYCCT.  Any CUNY Library book, and CD, DVD, or VHS that is in a case, may be placed in the Book Drop. 

Library Workshops

This semester we’re offering some exciting new virtual workshops for students, faculty, and staff! Whether you need help with citations, an upcoming job search, or just want to learn something new (like what algorithmic autofictions are about), we’ve got something for you. Registration information will be on the library website soon!

Library Subject Specialists

Are you assigning papers or projects that require library research? Contact your library subject specialist to find out more and schedule a library instruction session for your students.

Teaching asynchronously? Share the library’s tutorials and research guides with your students. For general questions about library instruction, contact Anne Leonard, library instruction coordinator.

Beyond the Main Search Box

While the library’s main search box is usually the typical starting point, our research guides are a great tool to find discipline specific databases, ebook recommendations, and search tips. Find them on our website or embedded in your Blackboard courses.


City Tech faculty librarians have been producing new episodes of the City Tech Stories podcast during the pandemic. City Tech Stories highlights news and happenings around campus. Over the 2020 fall semester, we talked about library services during the COVID-19 emergency, interviewed historian and educator Maya Marie about her work with the Kingsborough Community College Urban Farm, and discussed our favorite books, films, and music. The episodes can be heard through the City Tech Library blog, SoundCloud, or wherever you listen to podcasts. 

OER workshops / Updates 

O.E.R. workshops will be conducted remotely over Zoom. Part-time faculty who participate will be compensated at their hourly non-teaching adjunct rate for their time.

  • Introduction to O.E.R. & the Open Textbook Library
    Offered two dates:
    Wednesday, Feb. 24, from 2 – 3:30 PM
    Tuesday, March 2, from 10 – 11:30 AM
    RSVP via this form.

    Learn about open educational resources (O.E.R.) and how to get started locating open learning materials in your discipline, including the Open Textbook Library, “a catalog of free, peer-reviewed, and openly-licensed textbooks” developed at the University of Minnesota. Participants are encouraged to bring questions, and no level of familiarity with O.E.R. is required.

    Faculty will also have the option to review a textbook related to their discipline for a $250 stipend.
  • Peer Review & the O.E.R. Landscape
    Offered two dates:
    Tuesday, March 23, from 10 – 11:30 AM
    Wednesday, March 24, from 2 – 3:30 PM
    RSVP via this form.

    Examine existing and possible approaches to peer review, evaluating open educational materials, and scholarly engagement around O.E.R. creation. Participants will explore some current models from the Open Textbook Library, MERLOT, and Rebus Community. Participants are encouraged to bring questions, and no level of familiarity with O.E.R. is required.
  • Creating & Customizing O.E.R.
    Offered two dates:
    Tuesday, April 20, from 10 – 11:30 AM
    Wednesday, April 21, from 2 – 3:30 PM
    RSVP via this form.

    Learn how to get started with customizing and creating O.E.R. Participants will learn tips and best practices, platform publishing venues, and ways to showcase work. Participants are encouraged to bring questions, and no level of familiarity with O.E.R. is required. 

Need Something We Don’t Have?

Interlibrary Loan is continuing to fill article and individual book chapter requests and deliver them electronically. Ill is great for scholarly research and course assignments.

Please note: Because many other libraries are closed across the country, we may not be able to fill all requests, but we will try our best!

Questions? Email us: interlibraryloan@citytech.cuny.edu 

Support for Scholarly Publishing 

Do you need help with any aspect of scholarly publishing? Our Scholarly Publishing Clinic is available for virtual consultations. Learn how to pick the best journal or publisher for your article or book, retain rights as an author, create a Google Scholar profile or search alert, use Academic Works and citation managers, and more. 

Office hours are by appointment every last Thursday of each month this semester at 12 PM via Zoom or phone.

Email Prof. Monica Berger to schedule your consultation and discuss your preferences for shared communication. Use this form to give us advance notice of your question. Don’t forget that you can also reach out to your subject liaison in the library. We’ll be announcing this semester’s workshops soon so stay tuned!

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Have questions about library resources and services but not sure how to reach us? Want to make sure you get the latest updates about changing policies, upcoming library workshops, new resources, and digital tools available through the library? 

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