What’s New in The Library Spring 2024

Welcome to a new semester! We have a lot of great new things happening at the library and wanted to share some updates.

The library is open and all of our in person services are up and running. Come visit us on the 4th floor of the Library Building 9:00am-8:00pm Monday-Thursday, 9:00am-7:00pm Friday, 10:00am-5:00pm Saturday. We also have virtual reference support available 24×7 through our chat service: Ask us!

Books and More

As of January 18th, 2024, books can be borrowed from any CUNY library for 16 weeks plus 2 renewals (totaling 48 weeks each). The new loan time reflects the CUNY SUNY borrowing and lending partnership.  You can search SUNY’s library collection in OneSearch and borrow books like you borrow CUNY books using CLICS.

Need something we don’t have? Interlibrary Loan(ILL) has expanded its services! Faculty, staff, and students can all request books not available at CUNY through ILL—this includes textbooks. We also fill article and individual book chapter requests and deliver them electronically. ILL is great for scholarly research and course assignments.

You may place textbooks, required readings, and films for your courses in the Library’s Reserve Collection for your students to use in the library. Please place your requests as soon as possible as we purchase on a first-come, first-served basis. Request materials to be placed on reserve using this form. Email us questions or your department textbook list of required textbooks: NYCCTCirculation@citytech.cuny.edu

Did you know that City Tech Library subscribes to current magazines? These are available for use during library open hours; read more on the library blog about what’s available and how to access these at our Periodicals Desk.

#CityTechSoundsGood #CityTechSuenaBien is here! We’re shopping for records and we want to hear your suggestions – let us know here. The library will soon be lending portable turntables and podcasting kits. Check LibraryBuzz to learn more.

New Electronic Resources

The library is thrilled to provide access to Fashion and Race, a database that provides access to an incredible collection of resources curated by Kimberly M. Jenkins, an expert in the fashion world who is known for her diversity and equity work. Access the database onsite or offsite at http://cityte.ch/fashion. You’ll be prompted to set up your own login the first time you sign in, and then you can use that any time you return to the database.

Don’t forget to use your City Tech email to sign up for (or renew) your free access to the New York Times and Wall Street Journal. Access expires after a period of time for both students and faculty, but you can always renew it by heading back to the links shared here for free access to the CUNY community.

Library Instruction Offerings 

Are you assigning papers or projects that require library research? You can request a library instruction session for your in-person or online synchronous class.

Are you teaching asynchronously or want your students to learn research skills at their own pace? Share the library’s tutorials and research guides with your students. The library is automatically embedded in Blackboard courses and you can add library widgets to your OpenLab site. Contact your library subject specialist to find out more about subject-specific resources and support for your asynchronous class. For general questions about library instruction, contact Prof. Rachel Jones, library instruction coordinator.

Workshops and Events

The Library offers workshops for faculty, students, and other members of the City Tech community. Our workshops cover a wide range of topics, including basic research skills, finding articles in databases, using other libraries, open access journals, and evaluating websites.

Workshops are open to all City Tech faculty and staff! For a list of current offerings, and to RSVP, please check here.

Open Educational Resources

Identify open and free resources to support teaching, browse your colleagues’ contributions, and much more via the OER at City Tech site. Follow our blog for New & Noteworthy OER available in your discipline.

Questions about assigning OER and other zero-cost resources, creating, and sharing your OER with a wider audience? Contact Cailean Cooney at ccooney@citytech.cuny.edu. You can also request a tailored workshop by filling out this form.

Support for Scholarly Publishing 

The library can support your research and scholarship—we regularly offer a publishing workshop series. This semester, learn: how to get evidence for your PARSE and CV to document the impact of your work; how to use Zotero, a free citation management tool that has many cool features; how to set up your ORCID author ID which helps funders and others easily find your scholarship and separates you from others who share your name. Our final workshop, part of the college’s Publication Support series, is on open publishing resources from CUNY and City Tech library that facilitate authoring preprints, open access monographs and journals, open textbooks, OER, and more.

In addition to our Scholarly Publishing Clinic, a monthly office hour for virtual consultations on the first Tuesday of the month at 3 PM, consultations are available on demand. Contact Monica Berger at monica.berger11@citytech.cuny.edu. Learn more about how the library supports scholarly publishing.

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