News from the CUNY Office of Library Services

MEC Library Reopens After $22 Million Rehab

September 25, 2014 | News

“Everything has that new car smell,” said Chief Librarian David Orenstein. “We are so happy to be back at what can be called a brand new library. This is not a mere renovation; it’s a re-imagination.” This re-imagination of space not only allows faculty and students greater opportunity to use a modern academic library to its fullest potential, but it also allows the Library’s team to enhance current services and advance new ones.

LaGuardia Community College Wins Sparks! Ignition Grant for Libaries

September 12, 2014 | News

The $25,000 award will enable LaGuardia Community College’s Library Media Resource Center and the Center for Teaching and Learning to develop an online cross-disciplinary guide that shows faculty how they can incorporate research and information literacy skill building into their coursework and class assignments. The guide will be an open web resource and made accessible to faculty nationally. Information literacy standards regarding information use and retrieval developed by the Association of College & Research Libraries will be used to guide curricular development.

FY15 Guidelines: Student Textbook Initiative Guidelines

September 5, 2014 | News

The University is again making funds available to our libraries to help defray the cost of textbooks and other course related materials for students. Student Textbook Initiative funds should be used specifically to support currently enrolled students in their coursework, and are not to be considered as substitute funding for the libraries. Indicated below are guidelines for how the funds should be spent. Please contact University Dean Curtis Kendrick if you have questions about these guidelines.

NMC Horizon Reports 2014: Higher Education and Library Editions

September 5, 2014 | News

NMC Horizon Report: 2014 Library Edition examines key trends that are likely to enter mainstream use in academic and research libraries within the next five years. One of the fastest growing trends will be an increasing focus on research data management for publications. Enhanced formats and workflows in electronic publishing have enabled experiments and simulation data to be represented by audio, video, and visualizations. These advancements are ultimately leading to more accurate subject search results and citations, and enabling libraries to more effectively curate and display relevant resources for patrons.

Graduate Center Archival Research Conference

September 4, 2014 | News

The Graduate Center Library is co-sponsoring the first Graduate Center Archival Research Conference this Friday, September 5th from 9:00 am – 3:30 pm. The conference will feature three sessions of student panels moderated by Graduate Center faculty, plus a roundtable featuring archivists and curators from the New York Public Library and the New York Historical Society discussing their collections and the opportunities for Graduate Center students to explore them.

Technology Workshop Series at Brooklyn College

September 4, 2014 | News

Brooklyn College Library/ Academic Information Technologies will be offering an array of library and technology workshops in Microsoft Office, SPSS, Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator, computer security and more. Workshops are given at different times, including weekends and evenings.

Interactive Discussion of Ebooks at the Metropolitan Museum of Art

July 3, 2014 | News

Join JSTOR and your colleagues at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York for a day of lively, interactive discussion about ebooks: from discovery and usage to acquisition and preservation.

METRO Spring 2014 Innovative Internship Recipients Announced

May 27, 2014 | News

Emily Kramer, Graduate Student. Emily will be working at Hostos Community College/CUNY to help bring together the Hostos Community College Archives and the Hostos Center for the Arts & Culture in the selection, organization, and preservation of ephemera and special collections material documenting the Hostos Center’s 30 years of cultural programming for the Latino and African-American communities of the South Bronx and wider metropolitan area. Hostos is partially matching METRO’s Innovative Internship stipend.

Seamus Scanlon wins the 2014 President’s Award

May 12, 2014 | News

Associate Professor Seamus Scanlon won the 2014 President’s Award for Outstanding Faculty Service in the Library for his work as the librarian at City College’s Center for Worker Education (

From Stale to Stellar: Practical Innovations for Teaching Information Literacy

April 21, 2014 | News

Are you looking to discuss practical ways to reinvigorate your instruction? Does your library want to try out a new instructional approach but could use some advice? Do you have experience related to gaming, flipped instruction, or other innovative practices to share? If so, please join us for an event organized by the City University of New York’s Information Literacy Advisory Council (LILAC) this Friday, April 25, 2014 at Brooklyn College.