Library Update for Fall 2020

Although the Library building is not anticipated to be open this semester, we are still here to help.

You can reach us using our 24/7 chat reference service, which is available on the homepage or through our “contact us” page.

Most of our materials are also available 24/7 through our databases, open-access platforms, and ebooks. Access to these online resources are available using your SLAS/FLAS log in. Search for ebooks, articles, and other online materials using OneSearch, our one-stop search tool available on the Library’s home page.

Access specific databases for articles and ebooks using our A-Z list.

Find subject and course-specific research guides.

“Resources for Learning and Teaching Remotely” guide

For Students:

Student Services Webpage

Library faculty have developed a collection of videos and interactive tutorials to teach information literacy concepts and skills:

Instructional Videos

Online Tutorials

For Faculty:

If you would like to request Remote Library Instruction for your class, please fill out the online request form. Library faculty can provide a variety of synchronous and asynchronous forms of instruction, depending on your needs and research assignments.

Faculty Services Webpage. Please note links to our Reserves Request, Materials Request, and Video Request forms.

To learn more about Open Educational Resources (OER), please visit our OER guide or contact OER Coordinator, Prof. Christina Boyle: christina.boyle@csi.cuny.edu

One challenge discussed in a previous email is the lack of access to print materials, especially textbooks, while the Library is closed. In addition to adopting OER, we also hope that faculty assigned or will allow use of older editions of textbooks that can be purchased at a much lower cost. Faculty can also scan and upload required chapters of their assigned textbooks into Blackboard using the guidance outlined by the CUNY Copyright Committee. We will do our best to purchase electronic alternatives to print material, but unfortunately, e-textbooks are not readily available to libraries for institutional licenses. See our statement online.

In addition to checking our homepage for updates, please visit our News and Events Blog, featuring such articles as: Updates to OneSearch and Create PDFs on your SmartPhone with These Free Apps .

Please don’t hesitate to contact us, we are still here to help.

I wish you all the best for a safe and productive semester.

By Amy F. Stempler