• Thumbnail(Déjà vu? This post is a very slight reworking of a post by Shawn(ta) Smith-Cruz that appeared yesterday on the Graduate Center Library blog.)

    Now that the first batch of dissertations is available in <a […]

  • Hi all,

    Here’s a bit of follow-up on the issue of space in the institutional repository. I heard from Greg Gosselin that the CUNY contract with Digital Commons currently allows for 30 terabytes — it’ll be a long time before we fill that up!


  • The future isonesearch_logo here! The library is delighted to debut a powerful new search tool called OneSearch (still in beta, meaning we’re still customizing it and chasing some bugs).

    When you use OneSearch, you search simultaneously across most of the library’s databases, including the library catalog, JSTOR, Academic OneFile, PubMed/MEDLINE, ScienceDirect, SpringerLink, and many others. (More precisely: OneSearch searches both the library catalog and a huge index that includes millions of records for e-books, journal articles, news articles, and more. So, no, it’s not actually simultaneously searching a whole bunch of library databases. Rather, it’s searching an index that includes most of what’s in our databases.)


    Needless to say, a search across that much information can lead to a huge number of results. Happily, OneSearch offers many options for refining your search and helping you find exactly what you want. After you do a search, you’ll have the opportunity to limit your search by resource type, topic, date range, and more. Here are some of the options you’ll see:

    refine results

    Also, OneSearch gives very clear, prominent information about where a book is located and whether it is currently available:


    Furthermore, it indicates whether the full text of an article is available, and, if so, shows a preview right there on the results screen and also provides a link to open the text in a new window (if not, there’s a link to request the item through interlibrary loan):


    Does OneSearch provide “one-stop shopping” for library research?

    Not quite. OneSearch is a powerful and convenient tool that searches across an incredible amount of content, but it doesn’t include everything. One limitation to be especially aware of is its limited knowledge of books: OneSearch includes all books in the CUNY-wide library catalog and many books indexed by other databases, but it does not include all books in WorldCat. So, if you want to search the full universe of books, it’s still worth searching WorldCat separately. Also, OneSearch doesn’t include all of the search features of our other databases.

    Therefore, if you’re engaged in advanced, subject-specific research, you will probably still want to use our individual databases (e.g., PsycINFO, SocIndex, ERIC, Scopus). OneSearch is a great place to start your search — to get a sense of what’s out there, to cast a broad net, to round up a first batch of resources. But we in the library think of it as “first-stop shopping” rather than “one-stop shopping.”

    Let us know what you think!

    We’re still setting up OneSearch, testing it, and figuring out its strengths and weaknesses. And we’d very much like your feedback as well! If you use it, please click the green “feedback” tab inside OneSearch to let us know what you think.

  • Thumbnail(Déjà vu? This post is a very slight reworking of a post I wrote yesterday for the Graduate Center Library blog.)

    They’re here! All Graduate Center dissertations and theses from 2014 (thus far) are now in <a […]

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    Our first batch of goodies is ready! All dissertations and theses from 2014 (thus far) are now in Academic Works, the Graduate Center’s new open access institutional repository. Some of them are open access (i.e., freely available) now, and the others will become open access at the end of the author’s chosen embargo period (generally six months, one year, or two years).

    Browse this incredible batch of intellectual output by department or en masse. Or scan a few of these works (all of them already open access), which I’ve cherry-picked for having especially engaging, curiosity-sparking titles:

    An Equine-Facilitated Prison-Based Program: Human-Horse Relations And Effects On Inmate Emotions And Behaviors by Keren Bachi, Ph.D. in Social Welfare
    The Fight Over John Q: How Labor Won and Lost the Public in Postwar America, 1947-1959 by Rachel Burstein, Ph.D. in History
    Acting Wide Awake: Attention and the Ethics of Emotion by Jacob Davis, Ph.D. in Philosophy
    Occupy Mall Street? How the Court Conditioned Public Space Where People Go by Anthony Maniscalco, Ph.D. in Political Science
    Wearing Your Heart on Your Sleeve: The Effects of Conspicuous Compassion on Identity Signaling and Charitable Behavior by Zoe Rogers, Ph.D. in Business
    Clue, Code, Conjure: The Epistemology of American Detective Fiction, 1841-1914 by Jennifer Weiss, Ph.D. in English
    Aging Out of the Spectrum of Cultural Visibility by Darthea M. Miller, M.A. in Liberal Studies
    Backward C inside a Circle: Free Culture in Zines by Alycia Sellie, M.A. in Liberal Studies (and a GC librarian, to boot!)
    The Arena and Stadium Experience: The Individual, the Venue and the Culture Industry by Anthony Paul Sparacino, M.A. in Liberal Studies

    October graduates, your dissertations and theses will appear in Academic Works soon. And moving forward, all theses and dissertations will appear shortly after each graduation.

    Added benefit of going open access: If your thesis or dissertation is open access in Academic Works, you’ll receive monthly readership reports detailing how often your work has been downloaded, what search terms led readers to your work, etc. (And I’ve already heard from 2014 graduates who are surprised and delighted by how much their dissertation or thesis has been downloaded!) So, not only does going open access help you find a broader audience and make a greater impact — it also helps you see and track that impact!

  • Jill Cirasella replied to the forum topic New Science OER in the group Group logo of Open Education at CUNYOpen Education at CUNY 2 weeks, 6 days ago

    Very, very cool — congratulations, Lisa!

  • Jill Cirasella wrote a new post, Now Hiring: Adjunct Reference Librarian, on the site Graduate Center Library Blog 1 month, 2 weeks ago

    The Graduate Center Library seeks an Adjunct Reference Librarian to work 12 hours/week in the Fall 2014 semester. Hours will be 4-8 p.m. three days per week (a subset of Mon, Tues, Wed, Thurs), with some flexibility. The position will continue through January 27, 2015 and total 225 hours.

    Responsibilities include in-person and online reference service and a variety of assigned projects. These projects may include teaching graduate-level research workshops, writing and editing content for the library website/blog, creating and improving internal documentation, creating instructional materials about open access, helping with e-resources management, and/or developing expertise with the library’s digitization equipment.

    QUALIFICATIONS: MLS from an ALA-accredited program is required, as are a strong public-service orientation and expertise with a wide range of library databases. Also required are attention to detail, excellent oral and written communication skills, and the ability to learn quickly, work independently, meet deadlines, and apply critical thinking skills to library tools, systems, and problems. Previous reference experience and familiarity with CUNY are strongly preferred. Comfort with a wide range of technologies, including LibGuides, QuestionPoint, WordPress, Excel, and Access, is also preferred.

    To apply, send a resume, short cover letter, and the names and contact information of three references to Jill Cirasella, Associate Librarian for Public Services and Scholarly Communication, at ref@gc.cuny.edu. Review of applications will begin August 11, 2014 and continue until the position is filled.

    The Graduate Center, CUNY is an equal opportunity/affirmative action/IRCA/Americans with Disabilities Act employer.

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  • Jill Cirasella wrote a new post, Catalog Outage Starting July 10, on the site Graduate Center Library Blog 2 months, 3 weeks ago

    UPDATE: As of July 21, the upgrade is complete, and the catalog is fully functional again.

    The library catalog and circulation system will be upgraded in July, and there will be limited catalog functionality between July 10 and July 24:

    From July 10 to July 12, the catalog will not be available at all — you will not even be able to search for books.  During that time, use WorldCat to determine if the library owns an item.
    From July 12 to July 24, searches will be possible, but you will not be able to renew or request books via the catalog.  During that time, use Interlibrary Loan to request books from other libraries, including books held at other CUNY libraries.
    Full functionality is scheduled to return on July 24.

    To avoid problems, it’s a good idea to return or renew your checked-out books now. You will be able to check out books from the Graduate Center Library throughout the upgrade, but it will be a slightly slower transaction.

  • Application Deadline Extended: There’s still time to apply to be CUNY’s first Scholarly Communications Librarian! The deadline is now Monday, July 28, 2014.

    Summary of Posting:

    The City University of New […]

  • Jill Cirasella and Profile picture of Nancy EganNancy Egan are now friends 3 months, 1 week ago

  • Because of required work on the Graduate Center’s electrical systems, the GC Library website and servers will be down beginning at 8pm on Friday, June 20. Library services should be restored by noon on Saturday. (Note that all IT services will be down during this time, including GC email.)

    During the outage, use the library’s back-up site, http://gclibraryisdown.org, to reach a variety of library resources, including the library catalog and library chat. Unfortunately, interlibrary loan and off-campus access to GC databases will not be available. However, a subset of databases are always accessible (with a CUNY library barcode) on the CUNY site: http://www.cuny.edu/libraries/j-and-r.html.

    Because of the outage, the library itself will close at 8pm on Friday, June 20 and remain closed on Saturday, June 21 and Sunday, June 22.  The library will reopen at 10am on Monday, June 23.

    The library will continue to rely on its back-up site, http://gclibraryisdown.org, until later in the week.  When we return to our usual site, http://library.gc.cuny.edu, it will have a new look and feel (which we have been previewing on http://gclibraryisdown.org).

    [caption id="attachment_2417" align="alignnone" width="410"]Use gclibraryisdown.org Use the library’s back-up site — http://gclibraryisdown.org — whenever there are problems with the main library site.[/caption]

  • Big news for open access supporters and excellent librarians eager for a new adventure: CUNY is hiring a Scholarly Communications Librarian!

    CUNY is the largest urban public university in the United States, and […]

  • ThumbnailAuthors of traditional textbooks and articles published in traditional scholarly journals generally have to sign over their copyright to the publisher. Not so for authors who publish with open access […]

  • ThumbnailWhen educators write a traditional textbook, they generally have to sign their copyright over to the publisher. When they write an open access textbook or produce some other kind of open educational resource, […]

  • Just a reminder that we’ll be having an end-of-year Scholarly Communications Roundtable meeting and election on Wednesday, June 4 at 10am. The meeting will be held at the Graduate Center, in Room C196.05 […]

  • It will be! We’re doing a phased roll-out, and we don’t have the infrastructure set up yet for student submissions. (Right now, dissertations and theses will go into the repository, but not via self-submission.) […]

  • The Chronicle of Higher Education recently ran a column by Graduate Center Interim President Chase Robinson about the Graduate Center’s recent string of high-profile hires and overall success recruiting prominent and innovative faculty. One reason the Graduate Center is so appealing to potential hires, he says, is its “public character”:

    “Hire after hire has responded to the mission that the Graduate Center volubly affirms: to create and disseminate knowledge, through research, teaching, and public events, for the public good.”

    Knowledge that is created and disseminated for the public good of course does more good when it reaches more people. How can the Graduate Center make sure its research, teaching, and public events reach as broad a public as possible? The answer should be obvious to all regular readers of this blog: by making its research output, instructional materials, and public programming freely available online whenever possible!  
    In other words, the Graduate Center can help its community fulfill its mission by promoting open access both in theory and in practice.
    How can the GC do these two things? It can do the first by promoting conversation about scholarly communications and open access (which it does in many ways, including employing a scholarly communications librarian (that’s me!) and supporting JustPublics@365). And it can do the second by giving its faculty, staff, and students a place to easily and quickly make their works open access. And that brings me to…
    Drumroll, please!

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    The Graduate Center Library invites you to take a sneak peek at the Graduate Center’s brand new open access repository, Academic Works:

    [caption id="attachment_2564" align="aligncenter" width="572"]Snapshot of Graduate Center Academic Works The Graduate Center’s new open access institutional repository: Academic Works[/caption]

    So far, Academic Works includes only a small handful of publications, but soon it will be teeming with articles, book chapters, conference papers, dissertations, master’s theses, and other scholarly and creative works by Graduate Center faculty, students, and staff. (Look for the dissertations and theses of February 2014 graduates to appear soon!) Curious what a thriving open access institutional repository looks like? Prowl around UMass Amherst’s ScholarWorks, University of California’s eScholarship, or Digital Commons @ University of Nebraska-Lincoln.

    To clarify a commonly confused point: Only the GC community will be able to upload works to GC’s Academic Works. But everyone everywhere will be able to access and download them (those that aren’t embargoed, anyway).

    We’re still finalizing the site and instructions, but if you’re a Graduate Center faculty member, you’re welcome to start submitting your scholarly and creative works to the repository! (We’re doing a phased launch, and for self-submissions we’re starting with faculty only. But it will be ready to accept GC student self-submissions in the near future. Dissertations and theses will go into the repository in batches after graduation, not via self-submission.) Contact Jill Cirasella, Associate Librarian for Public Services and Scholarly Communication, to learn more.

    To the broader CUNY community: The rest of CUNY will be launching an institutional repository in the near future. So if you’re at CUNY but not affiliated with the Graduate Center, you’ll have a repository of your own soon!

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