December 22, 2009

Happy holidays!

Filed under: News — pam @ 8:50 am

snowman14Enjoy the break! Just a reminder that the CCNY Libraries will be closed from 5 p.m., Wednesday, December 23rd, through Sunday, January 3rd. Intersession hours begin Monday, January 4th.

December 17, 2009

CCNY & ARTstor Collaborate

Filed under: Digital Resources — Tags: — pam @ 9:49 am

g-artstor-logo and The City College Libraries are working together to share nearly 1,900 very high resolution images of works in the college’s art collection through the ARTstor Digital Library. The collection in ARTstor consists of objects acquired by The City College from its founding in 1847 to the present day, whether by purchase, commission, or gifts from alumni, faculty, and friends of the college. These include ancient artifacts, plaster casts, and murals, as well as prints, drawings, and paintings from the 19th and 20th centuries. The collection also encompasses contemporary holdings, such as the David and Lenore Levy Collection of Contemporary Photography, which includes photographs by Manuel Alvarez Bravo, Marilyn Bridges, Lucien Clergue, Elliott Erwitt, Andreas Feininger, Larry Fink, Sally Gall, Ralph Gibson, Mary Ellen Mark, Joel Meyerowitz, Dorothy Norman, and Gilles Peress, among others. Also represented are works acquired through Percent for Art, a program of The City of New York Department of Cultural Affairs, which aims to bring public art to New York City’s civic architecture and public spaces. Percent for Art projects at The City College include works by contemporary artists such as Romare Bearden, Yeou Jui Cho, Lisa Dinhofer, April Gornik, Keith Haring, Susan Kaprov, Mary Ann Unger, and Kay WalkingStick.

Access ARTstor.

Find the art collection on Flickr.

December 4, 2009

CWE Librarian a Winner!

Filed under: News,Popular — Tags: , , — pam @ 8:17 am

seamusThe American Library Association has named Prof. Seamus Scanlon, Librarian at the Center for Worker Education Library, one of 10 winners of the 2009 Carnegie Corporation of New York/New York Times I Love My Librarian Award.

The I Love My Librarian Award encourages library users to recognize the accomplishments of exceptional public, school, college, community college, or university librarians. The awards program demonstrates how librarians are improving the lives of the people in their communities.

Overall, 3,200 library users nationwide nominated a librarian.  A selection committee made up of librarians and representatives from The New York Times and Carnegie Corporation of New York selected the 10 winners.

For his win, Prof. Scanlon received $5,000 and was honored at an awards ceremony December 3 at The New York Times building.

Congratulations, Seamus!

American Libraries Inside Scoop.

More information.

December 3, 2009

Off to Archer City, TX

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staylorShea Taylor, Instructor and Chief of the Reference Division in Cohen Library, is one of eight graduate students selected by the English Department to attend a writer’s retreat in Archer City, Texas, from Dec 11-17. Ms. Taylor is earning her second master’s degree in creative writing at CCNY.

Archer City is home to Pulitzer-prize author Larry McMurty who is known for such novels as Lonesome Dove, The Last Picture Show, and the screenplay for Brokeback Mountain.

This is the second time a library faculty member has been selected to attend the writer’s retreat. In 2007, Seamus Scanlon,  CWE librarian, created an exhibit based on his experience in Archer City. To learn more about the creative writing process at CCNY and the Archer City retreat, click here:  http://www.ccny.cuny.edu/library/Exhibitions/creative_writing/index.html

December 2, 2009

Sci-Tech Database of the Month

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top_leftIEL – the IEEE/IET Electronic Library – is available through the IEEE Xplore portal.  It provides full text for the journals, transactions, and magazines of the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (US) and the Institution of Engineering and Technology (UK), as well as full text of conference papers of both IEEE and IET, plus IEEE standards. Most of the material is scholarly peer-reviewed material, but news and general interest magazine articles are also available. The range of coverage is the late 1950s – present. Both IEEE and IET often publish their materials jointly with many other professional societies, so the content is not limited to electrical and electronic engineering. Click on the IEEE Xplore logo to access this database.

December 1, 2009

In Memoriam, Grace-Ellen McCrann

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gmccrann It is with profound sadness that the City College of New York Libraries announce the passing of Grace-Ellen McCrann on November 30, 2009.

From the first day that Prof. Grace-Ellen McCrann joined the library faculty at CCNY she made an impact. Her outsized personality and total dedication to user services constantly pushed us all to upgrade both physical and virtual collections and the pathways to their use.

Prof. McCrann spent her first year with us as an adjunct in the Reference Division, moving into the full-time Government Documents Librarian position in September 2001. Although she brought to the position some experience from the State Library of North Carolina, working with government documents had not been her specialty. But anyone who encountered her would never know that. She brought zeal and passion to her position, becoming a goodwill ambassador for documents, encouraging everyone to consider them a primary source for almost any subject. Prof. McCrann went to great lengths to demystify documents and make them accessible to all users, and her enthusiasm for them was contagious.

Prof. McCrann is well known in cyberspace for her resource collections series, Government Views of . . . which includes web pages on the Iraq war, SARS, the Rosenberg Spy Case and D-Day, that have been linked to by hundreds of libraries, government agencies and educational institutions.

She is also the author of numerous articles and book chapters that are heavily reliant on the use of government information, as well as its management and preservation. Prof. McCrann was most recently working on a book chapter on using online documents to help offset library budget cuts and an article on digital preservation of online documents. She recently curated the exhibit currently on view in the Cohen Library Atrium, The Cold War: Two Superpowers and their Spheres-of-Influence.

During four of her nine years at CCNY, Prof. McCrann also held the title of Reference Division Chief, holding both positions while earning her second master’s degree in information science through SUNY’s Empire State College. She earned her MLS from North Carolina Central University where she was elected to Beta Phi Mu, and her BA in communications from Seton Hall where she was a National Merit Scholar.

Prof. McCrann was an integral part of the library’s information literacy program, teaching in the freshman inquiry series as well as a wide array of political science, legal studies, international studies and public policy sessions. She particularly enjoyed teaching and took great pains to add resources targeted to class topics to her web pages on the library “Research by Subject” web site, where she developed pages for American Studies, Government Publications, International Studies, Law & Legal Studies, Political Science and Public Policy and Public Affairs.

Prior to joining the CCNY library faculty, Prof, McCrann held positions at the New Jersey Historical Society, the Librarian’s Yellow Pages, District of Columbia Public Library, the State Library of North Carolina and the New Hanover Public Library in Wilmington, NC. In her pre-librarian days, she worked in marketing for several companies, including New York’s WOR radio.

She was a member of the American Library Association in both RUSA – Reference Users Association and GODORT – National Government Documents Round Table, the Association of College and Research Libraries, various local and regional library associations, and the New York Library Club where she served as Vice President.

Donations in Prof. McCrann’s memory may be made to: The Grace-Ellen McCrann Memorial Library Fund at the City College Libraries, 160 Convent Ave., New York, NY 10031.

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