CUNY is a member of the Inter-University Consortium for Political and Social Research. An international consortium of about 700 academic institutions and research organizations. ICPSR provides access to a vast data archive of more than 500,000 files of research in the social sciences and hosts 16 specialized collections of data in education, aging, criminal justice, substance abuse, terrorism and other fields. Access to many of these materials has now become available through the CUNY library catalog.
The purpose of the CUNY/DOE LIbraries working group will be to come to a better understanding of how the two library systems work, and seek to provide better support for students as they make the transition from high school to college.
University Dean for Libraries and Information Resources Curtis Kendrick has been appointed chair of the Mouse Program Committee. Mouse is an innovative youth development organization that empowers underserved students to provide technology support and leadership in their schools, supporting their academic and career success.
From March 1-10, 2010, Kenneth Schlesinger, Chief Librarian of Lehman College, participated in a Global Archives Management visiting delegation of archivists to Johannesburg and Cape Town, South Africa. Sponsored by People to People Citizen Ambassador Programs, the program’s objective was to tour leading archival repositories and meet with South African colleagues. The visit helped to enlarge the delegation’s understanding of how archives are managed around the world.
Tinamarie Vella, access services manager at the CUNY Graduate School of Journalism Research Center, won the library profession’s highest award for emerging talent. As an ALA 2011 Emerging Leader, Ms. Vella is one of 83 promising young librarians from across the nation to be recognized for their potential for leadership and their contributions to the profession.
Barbara Gray, director of research for the New York Times, has been appointed as interim chief librarian of the CUNY Graduate School of Journalism. As the chief librarian, Gray will direct the School’s Research Center and coordinate instruction in research methods at all levels of the curriculum. A member of the J-School faculty since 2008, Gray will also teach courses in research methods in the core Craft of Journalism I and II classes.
Library faculty from Brooklyn College and the New York City College of Technology have put together a rich program in celebration of Open Access Week 2010. Events include speaker panels from academe, student and general advocacy groups, and performances from artists in music, film and digital media. From Monday, Oct. 18 through Thursday, Oct. 21 at both colleges we will examine the role that open access publishing plays in the tenure process, the accessibility and findability of open access publications, what is involved in publishing through open access, how to advocate for it and how to use it in teaching. For more details, see: http://library.brooklyn.cuny.edu/about/events/media/cuny_open_access_week.pdf. All events are free and open to everyone.
Somewhere along the way, students and educators will confront the question of copyright. They will need to know when republishing material that floats freely in the digital space constitutes “fair use” or violates copyright law. To help them make informed decisions, CUNY has developed a new site called ©opyright @ CUNY.
METRO has launched a new grant program that will subsidize the digitization of approximately 600,000 pages from METRO library collections focused on metropolitan New York history and culture. The deadline for letters of interest is August 15, 2010.
If you use P2P programs, we want you to be aware of certain personal risks, including the potential for both criminal and civil liability if you copy and distribute materials without permission of the copyright owner. Attached is the File Sharing and Copyright Infringement Advisory from the University Office of General Counsel, University CIO and the University Information Security Office.