The faculty of the Kurt R. Schmeller Library at Queensborough Community College is committed to disseminating research and scholarship as widely as possible. We believe that Open Access to scholarship is critical for scholarly communication and the future of libraries. Further, we assert this is central to CUNY’s mission of public education.
Curtis Kendrick, University Dean for Libraries and Information Resources at CUNY, and the panel of CUNY and New York City librarians will discuss the “high school to college” transition issues and the new community of practice model that addresses barriers to college success. Panelists will also look at the Common Core school reform and share viewpoints on college readiness that have emerged from a pilot project that brought together college and school librarians, professors, and teachers across three disciplines for discussion, relationship building, and collaborative curricular revision.
Learning about library education in the U.S. attracted delegates from five of Georgia’s academic libraries to visit CUNY’s Office of Library Services. The five library directors, accompanied by two interpreters from the U.S. Department of State Department, arrived on January 31st, 2013, to exchange notes on librarianship, in Georgia and the United States.
Hunter College Libraries are profiled in this month’s METRO’s Member Spotlight. Among the highlights: a redesigned main floor of Wexler Library, Hunter College’s main library on 68th Street, re-opens in late Spring 2013. The renovation is part of the Hunter College’s $45 million campaign to modernize its campus facilities.
An article about CUNY’s Critical Thinking Skill Initiative (College & Research Library News) was ranked No. 1 on LOEX Currents’ list of recommended readings for February, 2013. The Critical Thinking Skills Initiative, a Verizon-grant funded program, was piloted at LaGuardia Community College and the CUNY School of Professional Studies in 2011. Students who successfully completed the pilot showed improved performance on the ETS iSkills assessment test and received grades that far exceeded similar courses in the past. The Critical Thinking Skills Initiative is the brainchild of Curtis Kendrick, University Dean for Libraries and Information Resources at CUNY. LOEX is an educational clearinghouse that distributes an e-mail current awareness service to librarians.
“Archives, Books and Databases for Scholarly Research” is a one-hour instructional course on the primary source materials in the New York Public Library’s historical research library. The course is co-sponsored by the CUNY Graduate Center Mina Rees Library and led by two NYPL librarians, who will present an overview of the books and specialized periodicals, as well as databases, in the Library’s general collection. The collection supports research in both American and European history, anthropology, political sciences and other research interests in the humanities and social sciences. “Archives, Books and Databases for Scholarly Research” is geared towards graduate students but may be appropriate for upper level undergraduates as well. All CUNY students have complete access to the NYPL’s collections.
There appears to be some uncertainty within the University as to which individuals have the authority to sign contracts and which contracts require approval by the Office of the General Counsel. This memorandum is intended to clarify the rules pertaining to these issues and where appropriate to change them so as to achieve consistency and eliminate unnceccessary delays while ensuring proper oversight.
Madeline Ford, library director at Hostos Community College, said the grant will help increase understanding and respect about Islam. She observed that many students lead insular lives, and the more opportunity they have to consider different points of view, the more enlightened they will be as citizens of the world. “The mission of the library and college has always been to prepare students to become global citizens, and this award will help them access resources that develop their understanding and appreciation of Muslim cultures.”
“I very much appreciate receiving the LACUNY grant,” said Professor Smale, who will be using the funds to attend the ACRL National Conference in Indianopolis. “I’ve been a member of the CUNY Games Network—a group of CUNY faculty and staff who use games in teaching—for four years now, and it’s an honor to bring our work and the work that I’ve done in our library at City Tech to a national conference.”
“I am very humbled,” said Professor Cramer, upon winning the 2012 NYLA/GIRT Mildred Lowe Award. “I found my niche when I started working with government documents and to be recognized for that work is humbling.” She also expressed gratitude to those who helped advance her career, particularly to Stephanie Walker, head librarian at Brooklyn College. “A lot of special collections these days are being squeezed out, but we have a director who understands the importance of the documents collection and the people who work there. I am grateful to have a staff that cares about the collection as much as I do.”