Workshop: Collaborative Annotation

Tuesday, March 3. 12:15-1:30 PM. Rosenthal Classroom 225.

What do your students learn from their assigned reading? How do you know? In this workshop, Emerging Technologies and Digital Scholarship Librarian Leila Walker will show how collaborative annotation tools can help cultivate critical reading habits and develop close reading skills, and indicate where students might need extra guidance to understand the material.

Faculty will leave the workshop with a basic understanding of the tools and a draft lesson plan involving collaborative annotation.

Welcome Our New OER Faculty Fellows!

The Queens College Library is pleased to announce the Spring 2020 OER Faculty Fellows! These seventeen fellows represent a wide range of academic disciplines and pedagogical approaches, but they are all committed to developing open educational resources that will improve the educational experience of Queens College students.

Faculty Fellows will help Queens College students succeed by reducing the financial burden of high-cost textbooks and generating high-quality alternatives that are up-to-date, accessible, innovative, and pedagogically responsible. The Queens College Libraries and the Center for Teaching and Learning will help fellows find, create, evaluate, and implement zero-cost and/or open materials for a course that will run in Summer or Fall 2020.

Thanks to a generous grant from the State of New York, OER initiatives at Queens College have saved our students more than $500,000 in the past three years.

For more information on how open educational resources and zero-textbook cost materials help our students, visit the Guide to Open Educational Resources and Zero Textbook Cost Materials.

Scheduled Downtime: OneSearch, Classic Catalog and Find-It Not Available December 14-15

All centrally-hosted library services (OneSearch, Classic Catalog and Find it! @ CUNY) will be intermittently unavailable while the CUNY Office of Computing & Information Services migrates applications and services from the 57th St. data center to the new Hudson St. data center on December 14–15, 2019.

What does this mean for me?

Over the weekend, you may experience problems with:

  • viewing library account details like current loans and due dates
  • renewing items
  • placing intra-CUNY holds requests (CLICS)
  • accessing full-text journal articles and ebooks through OneSearch
  • viewing whether a book is available or checked out

The Classic Catalog will be completely unavailable during the migration. OneSearch will allow searching and viewing results, but no real-time data or full-text links will be available. Also, Find it! @ CUNY links will not work in WorldCat or databases.

Classic Catalog will be completely unavailable during the migration.
OneSearch will not have real-time data, but you can still search the collections.

How will I do my research?

Databases with full-text article and ebook access will still be available from our A-Z list. If you are looking for a specific article, your best bet is to use the library’s Journal Finder. Simply enter the journal title to see a list of databases that provide full-text access. And you will still be able to search the library’s collections using OneSearch (only real-time data like whether a book is checked out will be affected) or find full-text articles using Google Scholar.

Can I still check out books?

Yes, the library will have manual checkouts in place when the systems are down over the weekend.

Applications will go down at 6:00 AM on Saturday, December 14, 2019. The maintenance window officially ends at 6:00 PM on Sunday, December 15, 2019, though we are hopeful that the library systems will be up long before then. We apologize for any inconvenience these disruptions may cause at this moment in the semester.

(text by Stephen Klein, Digital Services Librarian, Graduate Center CUNY)

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Opening Reception: Mathematical Art

Monday, December 16. 11AM-1PM.

Working with computational software, 3D printing, and their own creativity, QC students have been making an array of artwork under the direction of Professor Christopher Hanusa. Come meet the artists and check out their creations!

This event is on Level 3 of Rosenthal Library, near Room 300i.

News from Special Collections and Archives

This semester, Fellows and student interns in the Libraries’ Special Collections and Archives created a variety of new finding aids. These tools make it easier than ever to discover and interact with our unique historical materials.

Processed by Graduate Archives Fellow Jeanie Pai. This collection documents performing arts related events and programs associated with Queens College from 1938 to 2004. This includes activities from the early days of the college, such as the Orchestral Society and Choral Society; the Colden Center (founded in 1960); and the Kupferberg Center for the Arts. The collection contains photographs, invitations, memos, brochures, programs, and other printed ephemera.

Processed by Graduate Archives Intern Max Thorn. Alumnus Steven Errera (‘69, BA in Economics) was a notable figure in energy trading beginning in the late 1970s and early 1980s. Among the records are marketing materials created or collected by Errera for the New York Mercantile Exchange and the broader energy futures market; his business correspondence; materials from conferences and seminars at which he presented; and collected publications covering the energy futures market, many of which quote Errera.

Queens College Yearbooks and Bulletins

Undergraduate intern Reign McConnell made finding aids for our yearbooks and course bulletins, two of our most-used collections. 

Archives Fellow Jeanie Pai created an online finding aid for the Aaron Copland School of Music records. This collection had been processed in 2017 but was previously only available as a PDF. 

Pardon our Noise!

Construction work is underway on Level 3, as we make a beautiful new home for our Special Collections and Archives.

We are sorry for the disturbance. Floor levering and bookshelf installation projects will go on through December 5, and will be noisy. Other work continues through December 16, but should not be as loud.

We remind everyone that quiet study, including Brody pods and study carrels, is available on Levels 4, 5, and 6, and is open to all our students. Thanks for your understanding as we build a better Rosenthal Library!

Finals Week: 24 Hour Library Access

Rosenthal Library will be open 24 hours a day for finals week!

Here are the details:

Beginning Friday, December 13, Rosenthal Library will remain open continuously until 8 pm on Friday, December 20.

Access to Rosenthal Library will be granted to Queens College and CUNY students who provide valid ID, which will be checked at the library entrance.

As an alternative form of ID, QC students may provide their EMPLID ID number and an official State ID card. Other CUNY students must provide a valid CUNY ID to be granted access to the library. There will be no exceptions.

Prior to midnight, students will have use of the entire library. After midnight, Public Safety officers will direct everyone to the first three floors of the building.

We hope this makes studying more convenient and wish you the best of luck on your final exams!