July 15, 2010

"Words stored in books, available for free…"!

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Old Spice Guy on Libraries Thanks Old Spice guy!

July 14, 2010

Shimoda Delegation Annual Visit

Filed under: CCNY History,News — Tags: , , , — pam @ 7:48 am

The Hon. Naoki Ishii, Mayor of Shimoda, Japan, will lead a 14-member delegation in a visit to CCNY and the Library Archives on Wednesday, July 14th. The visitors come to honor CCNY founder Townsend Harris, who opened the first U.S. consulate in Japan (in photo). This the 24th delegation to visit the College to pay homage to Harris, and it coincides with the 150th anniversary of the visit of the first Japanese ambassador to New York.

The delegation, which includes civic officials and citizens of Shimoda, will tour the campus and stop in the Cohen Library Archives for a presentation on Harris and a viewing of the Harris memorabilia collection, and attend a luncheon with students from the Macaulay Honors College.

July 9, 2010

So what do Libraries and Costco have in common? Read on…

Filed under: News — Tags: , — pam @ 7:52 am

On July 8, the Library Copyright Alliance filed an amicus curiae brief with the Supreme Court of the United States in support of Costco Wholesale Corporation in Costco v. Omega.

Omega, a luxury watch manufacturer, claims Costco infringed its copyrights by importing authentic Omega watches from abroad rather than buying them from the US distributor at a higher price. LCA believes this case could diminish the legal provision that allows libraries to lend books.

The “first-sale doctrine” is the exception to the Copyright Act that allows any purchaser of a legal copy of a book or other copyrighted work to sell or lend that copy. However, the US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit ruled that the first-sale doctrine applied only to copies manufactured in the United States.

In its friend of the court brief, LCA asks the Supreme Court to reverse the Ninth Circuit Court’s decision and apply the first-sale doctrine to all copies manufactured with the lawful authorization of the holder of a work’s US copyright.

“One may wonder why the major library associations felt compelled to weigh in on a lawsuit between a big-box retailer and watch manufacturer,” said Charles Lowry, Executive Director of ARL. “How the Supreme Court interprets the first-sale doctrine could determine the extent to which libraries can continue to perform their historic function of lending books and other materials manufactured abroad to the public.”

The LCA asserts that this case is critically important to libraries and their users because a significant portion of US library collections consist of resources that were manufactured overseas. More than 200 million books in US libraries have foreign publishers. Additionally, many books published by US publishers were actually printed in other countries, and often these books do not indicate where they were printed. If a book does not specify that it was printed in the United States, a library would not know whether it could lend it without being exposed to a copyright lawsuit.

“Unless the Supreme Court reverses the Ninth Circuit decision, the ability of libraries to lend a substantial part of their collection to the public could be jeopardized, and libraries could be inhibited from continuing their historic role,” said Mary Ellen Davis, Executive Director of ACRL.

LCA believes it is critically important for the court to recognize the impact this case could have on library services to the public and to consider possible solutions.

“For almost 400 years, libraries in America have promoted democratic values by collecting and lending books and other materials to their users,” said Emily Sheketoff, Executive Director of the ALA Washington Office. “The LCA has a responsibility to ensure that a court case among two private corporations does not strip away the fundamental rights of the public to lawfully access materials at their libraries.”

The Library Copyright Alliance (LCA) consists of three major library associations—the American Library Association, the Association of Research Libraries, and the Association of College and Research Libraries. These three associations collectively represent over 300,000 information professionals and thousands of libraries of all kinds throughout the United States and Canada.

From the Association of Research Libraries website    / Karen W

July 8, 2010

Handy Checklist for CUNY Portal and Web Services

Filed under: News — Tags: — pam @ 11:21 am

Many services for students are available in the CUNY Portal. Students can login to the portal and also view important and timely University updates at cuny.edu/portal. Services include:

Blackboard. The web-based course management system utilized throughout CUNY.

CUNY Alert. Sign up to receive voice or text alerts about emergencies or weather-related closings at your campus. Receive messages by cell or home phone and email.

CUNYMall. Save money on everything–clothing, phones, computers, office supplies, entertainment and much more. Get promotional discounts, special discounts and free software.

CPE. All CUNY students must take the CUNY Proficiency Exam (CPE) which is offered twice a year, in March and October. The exam tests a student’s competency in those areas that CUNY faculty consider important for later success. View test resources, including sample exams, and obtain exam results.

Degreeworks. Degree audit program that organizes your transcript chronologically and by category, identifies courses you have completed and what courses you still need to fulfill graduation requirements.

ePermit. Request online approval to register for courses at CUNY campuses other than your home college.

eSims. The Electronic Student Information Management System allows you to register for classes and review your class schedule, unofficial tuition bill, financial aid award (if applicable) and grades.

Financial Aid Status. Apply for financial aid as a freshman or transfer student. Check the status of your financial aid application.

Status of Application for Admission. Learn the status of your admission to CUNY.


Academic Calendars. Find current, future and past academic calendars for the University and all CUNY campuses. Learn the dates for registration, start of classes, deadlines for adding and dropping classes, exam schedules and more.

Campus Help Desks. Contact the help desk at your campus via phone or email for assistance with portal login, email, Blackboard and other services.

JOBS: Find work as an undergraduate, a graduate student or recent graduate. Learn about job openings at various CUNY campuses and other opportunities, for example, in the CUNY/311 project or in the Federal Work Study program. Check out COPE (College Opportunity to Prepare for Employment), CAP (Counseling Assistantship Program) and get ready for CUNY’s Job Fairs.

Schedule of Classes. Find out which colleges are offering what classes and when. Information is available for both undergraduate and graduate courses.

TIPPS: The Transfer Information and Program Planning System (TIPPS) helps transfer students understand how their associate degrees will transfer to the senior colleges, learn about CUNY’s policies and discover different programs and courses.

July 1, 2010

Sci-Tech Database of the Month

Filed under: Digital Resources — Tags: , , , , — pam @ 11:56 am

The National Academies – the National Academy of Sciences, the National Academy of Engineering, the Institute of Medicine, and the National Research Council – are federally chartered honorary societies charged with the responsibility to “investigate, examine, experiment, and report upon any subject of science or art” when asked to do so by any agency or department of the United States government. As a result, the National Academies produce hundreds books every year summarizing the results of their investigations. Nearly all of these books are freely available in electronic format at the National Academies Press web site. Click on the National Academies Press logo to access this web site.

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