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.

Great Books for Black History Month

Africana Studies Librarian and Professor James Tasato Mellone has curated a special display of important works on African-American history and culture. Check them out on Level 3, near the Research Office, and bring one home!

The Library has extensive collections in African-American studies. You can learn more about what’s available by visiting the Research Office, consulting the Africana Studies Guide, or contacting Prof. Mellone at

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.