QC Library Hosts Earth Day Wikipedia Edit-a-Thon

This Earth Day, please join the QC Library for a climate changed-themed Wikipedia Edit-a-Thon!

No experience editing Wikipedia is needed – We’ll teach you everything you need to know.  If you’ve never edited Wikipedia before, this is your chance! Edit-a-thons provide a fun atmosphere and support from experts as we all work together to add references, expand articles, and improve the world’s biggest encyclopedia. This edit-a-thon will be digital, but Wikipedians and librarians will still be available with support, guidance, and suggested topics. Help ensure that climate issues are well-represented on Wikipedia. If you’re like us, you find yourself consulting Wikipedia on a regular basis! Wikipedia thrives on the participation of its editors; if you’ve ever added a reference or made a correction, no matter how small, you’ve made this resource better for everyone! However, as with most voluntary projects, Wikipedia tends toward systematic bias including corporate, racial, and gender bias, mostly because its editor base is not diverse enough. That’s one reason new editors are so important.

Edit-a-thons are also really fun! We’ll teach you the best strategies for ensuring your edits stick around, walk you through all the things you need to know, and cheerlead for you every step of the way. Bring a friend! While we can’t offer free refreshments in this online format, we can offer support and good company as we edit and create articles on climate change and climate justice. The entire Queens College community is welcome! We’ll be working all week, so please join for as much or as little as your schedule allows.

The Edit-a-Thon will kick off on April 22nd . Register on the Libray’s event page. We will meet in Zoom to introduce the edit-a-thon and get the edits started, but the edit-a-thon will continue through the week on Discord or Slack. We’ll meet again on April 30 to celebrate our work.

If you can’t make the April 22nd event but would still like to participate throughout the week, let us know! Contact Associate Professor Nancy Foasberg.

We hope to see you there!

QC Makerspace Open by Appointment

Calling all QC tinkerers, crafters, re-users, and makers: The QC Makerspace, a hands-on learning lab inside the Benjamin Rosenthal Library, is now OPEN by appointment on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays throughout the Spring semester. Be sure to make an appointment at least a day in advance. After making an appointment, you’ll receive an invitation to campus with information about the QC health screening process. Then come in a build something! 

In the Makerspace you can explore and access equipment you probably won’t have access to elsewhere: 3D printing hardware and software, various hand tools and power tools, electronics components, and digital fashion equipment. 

For more information, check out the QC Makerspace website: http://qcmaker.space/  

Celebrating Diversity: Greek American Heritage Month

March is Greek American Heritage Month!  To support the celebration, we are featuring several exemplary ebooks and streaming videos available via the Benjamin S. Rosenthal online library.  Greek American scholars and students study the complexities of Greek immigrant assimilation within American ethnic identity.   Currently, over 2.5 million Americans are of Greek descent. New York has the highest concentration of Greek Americans and Queens College the most of any college at 1500!    

Queens College offers courses that touch on Greek American Studies, either through the Center for Byzantine & Modern Greek Studies or in the Modern Greek language and literature program of the European Languages and Literatures department

We are proud of our growing collection of books, films, and more in Greek American studies!  Below are some highlights from our collection.  To learn more, please see our Greek American Studies libguide.

EBOOKS

Contours of White Ethnicity Popular Ethnography and the Making of Usable Pasts in Greek America by Yiorgos Anagnostou 

“Yiorgo Anagnostou explores the construction of ethnic history and reveals how and why white ethnics selectively retain, rework, or reject their pasts. Challenging the tendency to portray Americans of European background as a uniform cultural category, the author demonstrates how a generalized view of American white ethnics misses the specific identity issues of particular groups as well as their internal differences.”

The religion of ethnicity : belief and belonging in a Greek-American community by Gary A. Kunkelman 

“The integrative role of religion has been a recurrent theme of sociological and anthropological theory. This role is apparent in the Greek-American community; religion functions as a cement of the social fabric. Indeed, it would be hard to overestimate the role of Greek Orthodoxy in joining people of Greek ancestry into a community and reinforcing their sense of ethnic identity. The nature of ethnic identity and the church’s role in fostering and sustaining it are subjects of this study, first published in 1990.”

Greek Americans : struggle and success by Moskos, Peter C. and Moskos, Charles C.

“This is an engrossing account of Greek Americans–their history, strengths, conflicts, aspirations, and contributions. This is the story of immigrants, their children and grandchildren, most of whom maintain an attachment to Greek ethnic identity even as they have become one of this country’s most successful ethnic groups.”

STREAMING VIDEOS

Maria by Callas (1 hour, 58 minutes, 2017)

“Tom Volf’s MARIA BY CALLAS is the first film to tell the life story of the legendary Greek/American opera singer completely in her own words. Told through performances, TV interviews, home movies, family photographs, private letters and unpublished memoirs—nearly all of which have never been shown to the public—the film reveals the essence of an extraordinary woman who rose from humble beginnings in New York City to become a glamorous international superstar and one of the greatest artists of all time.”

Queens College Music Library has Launched Online Exhibits

By Michael Deering

The Queens College Music Library is excited to launch their new Online Exhibit, today, March 22, 2021! The exhibit is one part of the Music Library’s goal to broaden repertoire selections. To this end, the exhibit features the musical contributions of composers, performers, and researchers from underrepresented communities. It also features work and stories from the Aaron Copland School of Music community. 

This exhibit will be updated each month with a new focus. For March, we are focusing on a few amazing women in music, including Dr. Samantha Ege who will be livestreaming a lecture in partnership with ACSM on March 24th at 2 PM. It will be aired live and will remain available on Youtube.

To stay up to date with our new exhibits be sure to follow the Music Library’s social media page(s).

Limited Library Reopening February 2– Study Spaces and Course Materials Pickup

Rosenthal Library will reopen on a limited basis for the Spring semester, starting February 2, 2021— COVID protocols permitting. We will be offering individual study spaces, pick-up and drop-off of course materials for select courses, and access to computers Monday-Friday from 10am – 5pm.

At this time printing, group study rooms, and the library’s physical collections are not yet available. Library research help is online–connect with us at https://qc-cuny.libanswers.com/index.

Reservations can be booked up to one week in advance through our online booking system. For more information, please see our FAQ: https://qc-cuny.libanswers.com/faq/326823.  Please continue to watch your email for COVID-related updates on the library reopening.

You must make a reservation to come to the library, at least 1 day in advance of your visit. You must make a separate reservation for each library visit. Please follow these steps:

    1. Go to the reservation system (https://qc-cuny.libcal.com/r/) and book your day
    2. You will receive a notice to confirm your email, please confirm
    3. After your booking is approved, you will receive an email invite 24 hours before your visit to get on campus, from Proxyclick
    4. Complete the Proxyclick steps to receive the QR code needed to get on campus

Please note:

    • ​​You must book a full day pass for study space or computer use, no matter how long you plan to use the library
    • Book a 30-minute appointment to drop off library materials or pick up course materials. Remember, there is no need to come to campus to return library materials: all materials are being automatically renewed
    • You must book at least 24 hours in advance (no same day bookings) 
    • You will receive information from Proxyclick 24 hours before your reservation.  You MUST complete this step to gain access to campus

Questions: Text us at 646-956-3707 or email us at questions@qc-cuny.libanswers.com