Processing 2020/21: Community Reflections

Timely, online programming presented by the Queens College Library’s Special Collections and Archives in Collaboration with Queens Memory.

All programs will be livestreamed on– no account login necessary.

Documenting a Pandemic: What We’ve Learned

Tuesday, October 5th from 4:00pm-5:30pm

Members of the Queens Memory Project will discuss lessons from the COVID-19 Project, and how they worked together as a team to incorporate the diverse voices of our borough and campus into the archives during this momentous period in history. Livestreamed on

Chair: Annie Tummino, Assistant Professor, Head of Special Collections and Archives, Queens College


  • Meral Agish, Queens Memory Community Coordinator;
  • Obden Mondesir, Associate Director of the Barnard Archives and Adjunct Instructor, Queens College Graduate School of Library and Information Studies;
  • Dacia Metes, Queens Public Library Digital Archives Manager;
  • Jo-Ann Wong, Librarian, Queens Public Library, Hunters Point.

Surviving & Thriving: Black and Latinx Faculty, Staff, and Students on Campus

Tuesday, October 19th from 4:00pm-5:30pm

What does it take for Black and Latinx faculty, staff, and students to not only survive but thrive in higher education? Join us for a roundtable discussion and presentation of oral history clips from the archives. Livestreamed on

Co-sponsored by the Queens College SEEK Program and Black Latinx Faculty Staff Association. 

Chair: Obden Mondesir, Associate Director, Barnard Archives and Adjunct Instructor in the Queens College Graduate School of Library and Information Studies.


  • Norka Blackman-Richards, Director of the Queens College Percy E. Sutton SEEK Program;
  • Marco Navarro, Lecturer in English and Director of The Writing Center, Queens College;
  • Nathaniel Smith, Director of NYC Men Teach at The City University of New York, Queens College.

Art and Archives: Creativity During COVID-19

Tuesday November 16 from 4:00pm-5:30pm

How do art and archives intersect? In this roundtable discussion, member of the Queens College community will discuss creative projects undertaken during COVID-19, and their connections to primary sources and archival repositories. Livestreamed on

Chair: Annie Tummino, Assistant Professor, Head of Special Collections and Archives, Queens College


  • Edisa Weeks, Director of DELIRIOUS Dances and Acting Chair of the Queens College Department of Drama, Theatre & Dance;
  • Members of the What Will the Neighbors Say? Investigative Theatre Company, Artists-In-Residence at Queens College.

Learn more about Queens College Library’s Special Collections and Archives

The Queens Memory Project is a collaboration of Queens College Library and Queens Public Library.

QC Research Highlights: Queens College and the Pandemic

Welcome to QC Research Highlights!  

QC Research Highlights is a monthly blog series featuring work from Queens College (QC) authors in CUNY Academic Works. Fascinating, important research is happening here at QC and we want you to know about it! Sometimes (but not always) this series may feature several works on related topics; other times it will simply feature a few works of interest. 

All the works featured in this series are available to read and download for free from CUNY Academic Works. 

Queens College and the Pandemic 

In the midst of the long public health emergency of COVID-19, scientists and scholars from all disciplines have done important research to help us better understand both the virus itself and the social effects of the pandemic. CUNY faculty have been very active in these efforts.  

CUNY Academic Works, CUNY’s institutional repository, has a collection highlighting COVID-19 research by CUNY Authors.   

Important research has been carried out across CUNY, but for the purposes of this blog post, I would like to point out some research by Queens College (QC) authors in particular. 

Medicine and Public Health 

John Dennehy (Biology), led a team of researchers developing a protocol to detect COVID-19 in wastewater, which was adopted by the New York City Department of Environmental Protection to monitor the prevalence of COVID in New York City. Aside from John Dennehy, authors credited in these articles included QC graduate and undergraduate students Kristin Cheung, Anna Gao, Sherin Kanoly, Michelle Markman, and Kaung Myat Sun, as well as other researchers from across CUNY. This research was also featured in QC’s Big Ideas series, and the library has created a guide to further resources

Or, you can check out the articles here: 

Hongwei Xu (Sociology) worked with collaborators to study the relationship between the SARS outbreak in the early 2000s and the health behaviors of adults in China. This research has implications for the study of health behavior around COVID. 

Social Effects of the Pandemic 

QC faculty have also examined the social and economic effects of the pandemic.  

Cliff Chen (Education and Community Programs), along with graduate students Elena Byrne, and Tanya Vélez studied the impact of the pandemic on families with children, showing the greater impact of the pandemic on lower-income families and families of color: 

Daisuke Akiba (Division of Education) has written about anti-Asian racism in schools during the pandemic, recommending some steps schools can take to protect Asian-American students. 

The tech industry has profited during the pandemic. ShinJoung Yeo (Media Studies) examined the relationship between tech companies and health care in the context of COVID-19: 

Teaching and Learning during the Pandemic 

Of course, QC faculty have also spent the pandemic teaching.  

Bradley W. Bergey (Secondary Education and Youth Services) addressed remote pedagogy during the pandemic in: 

The library’s own Leila Walker wrote about how remote instruction combines the classroom with more private spaces in: 

Annie Tummino, also of the library, worked with partners at the Queens Public Library to host virtual events on social justice, including a roundtable on xenophobia during COVID-19. Together, they created a poster about this experience: 

This is one of a new series of blog posts featuring faculty publications in CUNY Academic Works. Academic Works is a service of the CUNY Libraries dedicated to collecting and providing access to the research, scholarship, and creative and pedagogical work of the City University of New York. In service to CUNY’s mission as a public university, content in Academic Works is freely available to all. 

If you would like to share your research in Academic Works, please see this guide to Academic Works, or contact  

Free Film Screening Series: Queer Cinema at QC!

Please join us for Queer Cinema at QC!

We will kick off this monthly film screening series on Wednesday, September 8th, at 6pm with the film Kiki!

“Kiki fluidly combines interviews on-the-street and dance-floor scenes to create an exhilarating, multifaceted portrait of ballroom participants, a number of whom are L.G.B.T. activists. Kiki is also an indelible, must-see ode to gay New York.”

Kiki Flyer Fall 2021Join us for a queer flick, some fun and a chance to win a prize!

This film screening is open to everyone on Zoom, but only the first (50) fully vaccinated Queens College students may join us on campus! Masks are required. Seating will be distanced.

Registration Required

At home, or on campus, Kiki is sure to excite and educate!!! Seeya there!

Learn more about LGBTQI+ history by browsing the library’s Queer Collection.

Queer Cinema at QC is made possible because of the generous support of the New York City Council through the office of Daniel Dromm (District 25), the Office of Speaker Corey Johnson, and LaGuardia Community College, in partnership with the Queens College Office of Student Development and Leadership, the Queens College Libraries and The Summit at Queens College. Other sponsors include the Women and Gender Studies Programs at Queens College; the Gender, Love & Sexuality Alliance/GLASA at QC; the CUNY Office of Student Inclusion Initiatives; and the Division of Student Affairs.

Queens College is a proud CUNY LGBTQI+ Consortium member.

Welcome the Library’s CUNY Recovery Corps 2021 Summer Interns

The Queens College Libraries (QCL) welcomes three amazing interns, Amy Sukhoo, Daysi Tiban, and Natalie Zeng, from the CUNY Recovery Corps Summer 2021 Internship program.   The internship is for six weeks (July 6 – August 14, 2021) and each intern works with a different team in the library. 

Amy Sukhoo: Access Services

Amy Sukhoo is a Senior at Queens College.  She has attended Queens College from 2019 to 2021 after attending the City College of New York from 2017 to 2019. During summer 2021, she is interning for the Queens College Libraries in the Access Services Department. Her internship is part of the CUNY Recovery Corps, which aims to help rebuild the community due to COVID-19. She has previous experiences as an accounting intern, office assistant, childcare assistant, and tutor. She seeks out new opportunities as an upcoming graduate. 

Daysi Tiban: Research Services

Daysi Tiban is a Junior at Queens College majoring in accounting and minoring in economics. She is currently working for CUNY Recovery Corps at the Queens College Libraries. Part of her responsibilities include working with the Queens College Libraries website and updating information through research. As a current junior in college and continuing to work towards her degree, she plans to engage in more extracurricular activities and is open-minded to new learning opportunities.

Natalie Zeng: Web and Digital Services

Natalie Zeng is a Junior at Queens College who is interning at Queens College Libraries, majoring in Design and minoring in Anthropology.  She expects to graduate in May 2022. Natalie is very passionate about user experience/user interface (UX/UI) and loves to learn new concepts involving design. Natalie’s current project as an intern is to work on the heuristic evaluation by using comparative website research. In the past, she has involved herself in internships with Cognizant and coding programs such as Kode with Klossy and Girls Who Code to expand her knowledge.

QCL is very excited to have our interns and look forward to working with them this summer!

The Queens College Library buildings are set to reopen August 16, 2021

Library Hours 

  • Rosenthal Library:
    • August 16th – 29th
      • Monday – Friday: 9AM – 5PM
      • Saturday and Sunday: Closed
    • August 30th – December 21st
      • Monday – Thursday: 8AM – 9PM
      • Friday: 9AM – 5PM
      • Saturday and Sunday: Closed
      • Exceptions:
        • September 7th – 8th and 15th – 16th: 9AM – 5PM
        • September 6th, October 11th and November 25th – 26th: Closed 

  • Music Library:
    • Monday-Friday: 10AM – 4:45PM
    • Saturday and Sunday: Closed
    • Exceptions:
      • September 6th, October 11th and November 25th – 26th: Closed 

For information on library services currently available, visit our Remote Library Services page.


  • Do I need a reservation to come into the library?
    Yes, you must use our Reservation System to enter the library. The Reservation System will open August 9, 2021.
  • Will a QC ID be required to enter?
    Yes, everyone MUST have a QCard ID to enter campus. If you need a replacement or new ID card, visit Queens College Helpdesk and open a ticket.
  • Can other CUNY patrons use the library?
    No;  only current QC students, faculty and staff will  be able to access the library.
  • Will all floors be open?
    Floors 2, 3, 4, & 5 are anticipated to be open.
  • Will computers be available? 
    A limited number of computers will be available on level 2.
  • Will I be able to check out reserve books?
    Yes, we will allow reserve books to go out on a limited basis.
  • Will book stacks be open?
    Stacks will be open for browsing.
  • Will students be able to study where they want to? 
    Students will be able to study in all available open spaces. 
  • Will study rooms or study carrels be available?
    While the group study rooms will not be available, study carrels will be available on levels 4 and 5.
  • Will everyone need to use the stairs? 
    Elevators will be available with a limit of two (2) people per elevator.

Faculty Opportunity: OER Fellowships

The Library welcomes applications for the OER Faculty Fellowship program, now in its fourth year, for the 2021-2022 cohort! Applications are due by August 1, 2021.

Fellows will participate in a four-part seminar series that will guide them through the process of finding, creating, evaluating, and implementing open and/or zero-cost materials for a course that will run in Spring or Fall 2022. The fellowship carries a $2000 stipend for the creation of a single-section course.

Fellowship Requirements

Both full-time and part-time faculty are eligible for the fellowship. Applicants are expected to clear their participation with their department chair prior to applying. If you are interested in converting a course with multiple sections from a pricey textbook to a free, open alternative, please contact Leila Walker at prior to applying, as an alternative arrangement involving multiple instructors and course leads may be more appropriate than an individual fellowship.

Faculty fellows commit to:

  • Actively participate in an OER fellowship seminar in Fall 2021, which will consist of four units with synchronous and asynchronous elements
  • Develop a fully OER or ZTC course (materials due January 10, 2022)
    Teach at least one section of the OER or ZTC course in Fall 2021 or Spring 2022
  • Submit course materials to our institutional repository, CUNY Academic Works
  • Write a brief (200-500 word) end-of-fellowship narrative (due June 6, 2022)

Opportunities for Large-Scale Projects

The Library is also interested in partnering with course leads for those courses with multiple sections and high enrollments to develop high-quality course materials at a lower cost. The fellowship would offer training and a $2000 stipend for course leads, as well as a $500 stipend for faculty and adjuncts the first time they teach a section of a course using the zero-textbook-cost materials. We have had several successes with multiple section courses, including the creation of an OER lab manual for Biology under the guidance of Prof. Nathalia Holtzman, and the transition from an expensive homework system to a free, open-source alternative under the guidance of Prof. Chris Hanusa in the Math Department.

More Information

More information about how open educational/zero cost resources support teaching and learning can be found in our Guide to Open Educational Resources and Zero Textbook Cost.

More information about our fellowship program can be found on our OER Faculty Fellowships page!

If faculty have any questions or would like to learn more about OER, they are encouraged to contact our OER coordinator, Dr. Leila Walker, Digital Scholarship Librarian at

Congratulations and Welcome!

We are very excited to congratulate Professor Yearwood and Max Thorn on their recent promotions. Congratulations!

Simone Yearwood, Interim Associate Dean & Chief Librarian

Simone Yearwood
Simone Yearwood, Interim Associate Dean & Chief Librarian

We are pleased to announce that effective July 6, Simone L. Yearwood will serve as Interim Associate Dean and Chief Librarian of the Benjamin S. Rosenthal Library.

We warmly welcome Simone Yearwood, a Queens College (QC) alumna, to her new position. Simone earned a BA in Sociology in 2004, a Master’s in Library Science in 2007, and a Master of Arts, Urban Affairs in 2009. An Associate Professor of Library, Simone began working at Queens College in 2011. In her current role as Deputy Chief Librarian, Simone represents the Library at all levels (campus, university, and national) on issues and policies relating to research and scholarly delivery and communication. She has leadership, management, policy, budget, planning, and implementation responsibilities. Her research focuses on information literacy, cross-training of library staff, patron-driven acquisitions, user experience, and leadership. In addition, she teaches an introduction to librarianship course and a research methods course as an adjunct associate professor for the Graduate School of Library and Information Studies at Queens College. Many of us know Simone through her exemplary service as chair of the QC Academic Senate and as a member of the Strategic Plan Steering Committee.

Max Thorn, Substitute Instruction Librarian

Max Thorn
Max Thorn, Substitute Instruction Librarian

We are pleased to welcome Max Thorn as a full-time Substitute Instruction Librarian.

Max joined Queens College Library (QCL) on July 6, 2021, as the Substitute Instruction Librarian.  He received his Master of Library Science in 2020 from Queens College Graduate of Library and Information Studies program with a Certificate in Archives and the Preservation of Cultural Materials. Max received a Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy and a Minor in English, Religion from Colorado College (Colorado Springs).

Max came to QCL as an Archives Instruction Graduate Fellow in spring 2019 where he created and led document analysis exercises for the Civil Rights Movement collection to teach archival literacy skills to undergraduate students. In the fall of 2019, Max was a Processing Intern for QCL where he surveyed and arranged a mixed media alumnus collection in addition to digitizing selected slides from the collection.

Max was able to use the skills he developed as an Instruction Fellow when he began as an Instruction Adjunct in 2019 at Queens College Library. His primary duties included teaching research and information literacy workshops for first-year students and leading workshops for faculty librarians on new pedagogy and curriculum. Max also assisted in revising the English 110 curriculum for an online environment blending synchronous and asynchronous instruction sessions.

We offer Max a warm welcome to the full-time position. Your remarkable skills will be a great addition to our team and the library. We look forward to a mutually beneficial relationship.

Thank You and Good Luck!

The Queens College Library has been fortunate to have a wonderful staff and leadership.  As such, we are always happy to see the growth even if it means that people will move on to new opportunities.   As this academic year comes to a close, we say thank you and good luck to three colleagues.     

Kristin Hart, Chief Librarian and Associate Dean

Kristin Hart
Kristin Hart, Chief Librarian and Associate Dean

We congratulate current Chief Librarian Kristin Hart on her appointment as University Dean for Libraries and Information Resources. In her new position, Kristin will facilitate collaboration across CUNY libraries; improve online access to information resources for students, faculty, and staff; continue the smooth roll out of CUNY’s new library service platform, Alma, which went live in August 2020; maximize the value of our CUNY-wide collection of scholarly, electronic resources; and build on, accelerate, and scale the progress that CUNY has made advancing open educational resources and scholarly communications.  

At Queens College, Kristin focused on setting strategic priorities for the Library in line with emerging trends in academic librarianship, reimagining the Library as space, fostering traditional and emerging forms of research and information literacy, reenergizing relationships with key partners, and steering the Library through the coronavirus pandemic. Our loss is the University’s gain, and we wish Kristin every conceivable success and look forward to collaborating with her as she begins her new role at CUNY. 

Jennifer Oates, Ph.D., Head of Music Library, Associate Professor

Jennifer Oates
Jennifer Oates, Ph.D., Head of Music Library, Associate Professor

After 18 years as the Head of the Queens College Music Library, Dr. Jennifer Oates will be leaving us to join Carrol College in Helena, Montana as the new Library Director. During her time with Queens College, Jennifer specialized in user experience, while educating and empowering others, in addition to fostering connections among diverse populations.  Her leadership style included team building, mentorship, and innovative problem-solving. At the Music Library, Jennifer was able to implement operational excellence working with a diverse staff to create a dynamic team that was fully committed to developing inclusive, positive user experiences and fostering community. 

We would like to thank Jennifer for her dedication to Queens College and the Music Library and wish her success in her future role. 

Obden Mondesir, Adjunct Outreach Archivist

Obden Mondesir
Obden Mondesir, Adjunct Outreach Archivist

Obden Mondesir has served as the Adjunct Outreach Archivist for Special Collections and Archives for the past two years. In this role, he conducted over 25 oral histories for the SEEK History and COVID-19 Projects and represented the archives in a variety of public speaking engagements (see a sampling of his work at We wish him well in his new role as Associate Director of the Barnard Archives.

Cochrane Library

Cochrane Library (ISSN 1465-1858) is a collection of databases that contain different types of high-quality, independent evidence to inform healthcare decision-making.

Queens College Library provides access to:

  1. Cochrane Library
  2. Cochrane Clinical Answers
  3. Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews
  4. The Cochrane Central Registrar of Controlled Trials Database

Cochrane Library is available via the following portals:

Please note that you will be prompted to sign into the Queens College Library’s proxy to access content. You may sign into the proxy using your CUNYCredentials, the same that you use for Blackboard. The following FAQ provides more information on how to sign into proxy. 

Access is valid from May 17th, 2021 through December 31st, 2021. Users are advised to complete the Electronic Resources Access Form or email us at, should they encounter any issues. 

SCA Lightning Talk: Disruption, Transition, Adaptation

Wondering what Special Collections and Archives (SCA) has been up to during the pandemic? Check out our recorded lighting round for the New York Archives Conference, “Disruption, Transition, Adaptation: Archivists Working Under COVID-19” featuring staff, interns, and fellows associated with the department over the last year and a half. I’m very proud of our work during this time, as well as how we supported each other as a team.  

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