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    The Graduate Center Library is pleased to introduce Donna Davey, our new adjunct reference librarian. Donna will be the reference librarian on duty (available at the reference desk, by phone at 212-817-7077, […]

  • Jill Cirasella wrote a new post, The Internet’s Own Boy @ BMCC, 3-5pm, on the site Graduate Center Library Blog 6 days, 1 hour ago

    The Internet’s Own Boy
    Friday, October 24, 3-5pm
    Borough of Manhattan Community College, Rm N780
    Snacks will be served. RSVP not required.
    Brought to you by the LACUNY Scholarly Communications […]

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    Next week (October 20-26, 2014) is Open Access Week, an annual global event promoting open access as a new norm in scholarship and research. At the Graduate Center, we’re celebrating Open Access Week […]

  • Next week (October 20-26, 2014) is Open Access Week, an annual global event promoting open access as a new norm in scholarship and research. Here at the Graduate Center, we’re celebrating Open Access Week with a workshop about understanding and preserving your rights as an author and an invitation to watch The Internet’s Own Boy, a documentary about information activist Aaron Swartz, at BMCC.

    You Know What You Write, But Do You Know Your Rights?
    Understanding and Protecting Your Rights As an Author

    Tuesday, October 21st, 1-2pm
    Graduate Center Library, Room C196.05 (concourse level inside library)
    When you publish a journal article, you sign a copyright agreement. Do you know what you’re agreeing to when you sign it? Different journals have different policies: Some journals require you to relinquish your copyright. (You then have to ask permission or even pay to share your article with students and colleagues!) Some journals allow you to retain some rights (e.g., the right to post online). Some journals leave copyright in your hands. (You simply give the journal a non-exclusive license to publish the article.)
    How can you find out a journal’s policy? How can you negotiate your contract to make the most of your rights as a scholar, researcher, and author? Come learn how to preserve your rights to reproduce, distribute, and display the work you create.
    Led by Jill Cirasella, Associate Librarian for Public Services and Scholarly Communication at the Graduate Center. Open to students, faculty, staff, and anyone from the CUNY community who has questions about their rights as authors, open access publishing, or scholarly communication.
    Eventbrite - Introduction to Author's Rights
    Can’t make it? Want a preview of what’s covered? See the materials from the previous authors’ rights event.

    The Internet’s Own Boy
    Friday, October 24, 3-5pm
    Borough of Manhattan Community College, Rm N780
    Snacks will be served. RSVP not required.
    Brought to you by the LACUNY Scholarly Communications Roundtable
    This documentary examines the life and contribution of internet and information activist Aaron Swartz. Swartz penned the Guerrilla Open Access Manifesto in 2008, two years after he freed the Library of Congress’s bibliographic data by posting it on OpenLibrary (LoC charges for access to this data) and the same year he liberated public court documents from expensive fee-based access through PACER (there are now Chrome and Firefox plugins called RECAP that provide a means for free downloading from the database). Come honor the life of Swartz and discuss ways that his work might be built upon and continued by those of us in the library and higher education communities.
    For more information, please contact the co-chairs of the LACUNY Scholarly Communications Roundtable: Jean Amaral (jamaral@bmcc.cuny.edu) and Karen Okamoto (kokamoto@jjay.cuny.edu)

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  • Ah, thanks for prompting me to do this, Karen! I made an OA Week 2014 category (and applied it to your post) and set it so anything with that category will appear on this page: […]

  • Comics @ CUNY: Exploring the Role of Comic Books in Teaching and Research
    Date: Thursday, October 9, 10-11:30 AM
    Location: CUNY Graduate Center — Room C197
    Registration link: http://goo.gl/z18Jy4

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    In this panel, CUNY scholars and professors will discuss how they have utilized mainstream superhero comics as well as other graphic narratives and memoirs in teaching students about writing, identities, literacies, art and language, as well as introduce their research on comic books and manga. Stop by and meet CUNY colleagues who share your interest in working with comic books.


    Stafford Grégoire (Assistant Professor of English, LaGuardia Community College) earned his Baccalaureate at Hunter College (1992) and his Ph.D. from University of California, Berkeley (May 2004). He uses comic books, graphic novels and other visually inflected literature to teach composition.
    Maggie Galvan (PhD candidate in English at The Graduate Center, City University of New York) Forthcoming work includes “From Kitty to Cat: Kitty Pryde and the Phases of Feminism,” a chapter in the book, The Ages of The X-Men (McFarland, 2014) and “Thinking through Thea: Alison Bechdel’s Representations of Disability,” a chapter in the book, Feats of Clay: Disability and Graphic Narrative (Palgrave Macmillan). Ms. Galvan  will discuss how archives of comics are essential to the teaching of comics through a short discussion of The Rise of Graphic Archives course that she taught (at NYU in Spring 2014) and how the space of the archive figures in her own work on comics and visual culture.
    Jonathan W. Gray (Associate Professor of English, John Jay College) specializes in African American Literature and American Literature and culture from WWII to the present. His current book project, Illustrating the Race: Representing Blackness in American Comics, investigates how twin notions of illustration-the creative act of depiction and the political act of bringing something to the public’s attention-function in the comic books and graphic novels published since the Black Panther made his debut in 1966 in Fantastic Four #52. Dr. Gray will present on teaching the first graduate course devoted to Comics and Graphic Novels at the CUNY Graduate Center.
    Geoff Klock (Assistant Professor of English, Borough of Manhattan Community College) is author of How to Read Superhero Comics and Why, Imaginary Biographies: Misreading the Loves of the Poets, and the upcoming The Future of Comics, The Future of Men: Matt Fraction’s Casanova. He spoke at the Met, got a grant to study Kill Bill, and made a Hamlet video that got 38,000 views on YouTube. He is on Facebook, Twitter and Tumblr, and you should go find him there.

    Details: https://www.facebook.com/events/738292936241913

    Event contacts: Ann Matsuuchi (amatsuuchi@lagcc.cuny.edu) and Steven Ovadia (sovadia@lagcc.cuny.edu)

  • Thumbnail(Déjà vu? This post by Stephen Klein and Polly Thistlethwaite originally appeared on the Graduate Center Library blog.)

    An increasing number of dissertations and theses at the Graduate Center include […]

  • 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
    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 1 month, 1 week ago

    Very, very cool — congratulations, Lisa!

  • Jill Cirasella wrote a new post, Now Hiring: Adjunct Reference Librarian, on the site Graduate Center Library Blog 2 months, 1 week 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 3 months, 2 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 […]

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