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The catalog, CUNY+ has been experiencing significant problems during the first days of the spring semester. The university systems librarian has apologized for the state of affairs, and has assured us that the problem has been identified, and a fix to restore normal service is being applied. We expect the catalog to return to normal by the latest, Thursday 5 pm, January 29th. Until the catalog returns, we cannot identify with accuracy the call numbers, locations and circulating status of books in the library. UPDATE: CUNY+ is back. Service should now be normal according to the CUNY director of library systems. Here at John Jay it does seem slow, but working.


Posted Thursday, January 29, 2009 - 9:52am


The latest version of Classified Information, the Lloyd Sealy Library newsletter has just been published.


Posted Thursday, January 15, 2009 - 4:53pm


Eighteenth Century Collection Online.  Access the digital images of every page of 150,000 books published during the 18th Century. With full-text searching of approximately 26 million pages, it allows new methods of access to critical information in the fields of history, literature, religion, law, fine arts, science and more.

The Making of the Modern World.  Goldsmiths'-Kress Library of Economic Literature 1450-1850 provides digital facsimile images on every page of 61,000 works of literature on economic and business published from 1450 through 1850. Full-text searching on more than 12 million pages provides unparalleled access to this vast collection of material on commerce, finance, social conditions, politics, trade and transport.

The Economist Historical Archive 1843-2003 is the fully searchable complete facsimile edition of The Economist, the weekly paper which is essential reading for anyone engaged in politics, current affairs and all aspects of business and trade worldwide. In 8,000 issues and more than 600,0000 pages, EHA offers full-color images, multiple search indexes, topic and area supplements and surveys, together with a gallery of front covers and a selection of exportable financial tables.

Faulkner Security Management Practices provides reports written by industry practitioners and technical writers on topics like facility security, IT and network security, financial and legal security, business continuity, biometrics, risk and crisis management, public safety, personnel security and security technology. About a dozen new reports are added every month.

Faulkner Advisory for Information Technology Studies provides reports on topics like wireless communications, data networking, security, streaming media, government IT topics, healthcare IT topics, information management, the internet and web. Types of reports include technology tutorials, marketplace insights, product face-offs, product and service profiles, standards reports, comparison and selection guides, and more.


Posted Tuesday, December 23, 2008 - 4:29pm


Dong Dong Feng is the lucky and knowledgeable winner of our Second Annual Freshman Library Quiz!

A copy of the quiz was given to all freshmen in their information packets at Orientation Day. All students that answered at least 10 out of 13 questions about the library correctly were entered into a drawing for an iPod. The drawing took place on Thursday October 30th in the North Hall cafeteria, 12:30. Dong Dong Feng’s name was pulled from the box by Chief Librarian Dr. Larry Sullivan. Musical accompaniment was generously provided by Dr. Ben Lapidus of the Music Department (thank you Ben!).

The photograph shows the Chief Librarian Dr. Larry Sullivan reading the name of our Quiz winner.

Chief Librarian Dr. Larry Sullivan reading the name of our Quiz winner.


Posted Friday, October 31, 2008 - 11:31am


SMP provides reports written by industry practitioners and technical writers on topics like facility security, IT and network security, financial and legal security, business continuity, biometrics, risk and crisis management, public safety, personnel security and security technology. About a dozen new reports are added every month.

FAITS provides reports on topics like wireless communications, data networking, security, streaming media, government IT topics, healthcare IT topics, information management, the internet and web.  Types of reports include technology tutorials, marketplace insights, product face-offs, product and service profiles, standards reports, comparison and selection guides, and more.

Please forward any comments to Nancy Egan at negan@jjay.cuny.edu.


Posted Tuesday, October 28, 2008 - 10:07am


CUNY+, the online library catalog shared by all the City University Libraries, has been experiencing technical difficulties this week.  Several attempts have been made to fix the problem and tonight more work will be done on the system from 11 p.m. to 1 a.m., so CUNY+ will be unavailable at that time.  We apologize for any inconvenience.


Posted Thursday, September 11, 2008 - 4:56pm


Psychoanalytic Electronic Publishing contains the complete FULL TEXT of twenty-six premier psychoanalytic journals, complete versions of fifty-six classic psychoanalytic texts and all twenty-four volumes of the Standard Edition of the Complete Psychological Works of Sigmund Freud. It covers from 1871 to 2005. This trial will be available until Oct. 2, 2008.

Counseling and Psychotherapy Transcripts, Client Narratives, and Reference Works is a searchable collection containing real transcripts of therapy and counseling sessions and first-person narratives illuminating the experience of mental illness and its treatment, as well as reference works to contextualize the primary material. New material is added on a biweekly basis and, when complete, the database will contain more than 2,000 session transcripts, 40,000 pages of client narratives, and 25,000 pages of secondary reference material. The database currently includes approximately 42,400 pages of material, including more than 9,000 pages of session transcripts, more than 14,000 pages of client narratives, and more than 18,000 pages of secondary reference material. This trial will be available until Oct. 29, 2008.

Please send comments to Nancy Egan at negan@jjay.cuny.edu


Posted Wednesday, September 3, 2008 - 1:16pm


The Library has added a few databases to its already extensive list. You can now find: Westlaw Campus Research and New Palgrave Dictionary of Economics. The library has also purchased the Dictionary of Old English A-G and the Dictionary of Old English Corpus. These last two can only be found in the CUNY+ catalog.

Some of the old familiar databases have changed. The Ebsco databases now have a different interface. Searching concepts are essentially the same, but the new interface makes narrowing down results more user friendly and efficient. This new version also allows for visual searching. Philosopher’s Index is now available on the Ebsco platform and Mental Measurements Yearbook and Project Muse have also changed their interfaces. In addition, the Web of Science now offers citation mapping—a visual representation of a citation search.

Nancy Egan is now the Electronic Resources Librarian (and still the Media Librarian) so if you have any questions or would like training on any of our databases, wish to request a trial of a database, or would like to make comments on a current trial, please contact her at negan@jjay.cuny.edu


Posted Tuesday, September 2, 2008 - 2:20pm


At the end of the summer, CUNY+, the CUNY Libraries online catalog, migrated to a new version. You probably did not notice a big change except for the slightly different color scheme. But there has been a nice improvement: when you use CLICS to request a book from another CUNY library now, you no longer need to specify which library it should come from; the system will make the choice for you. Just select the title you want and then click on Title Request in the orange bar. One word of caution: the system at present is not defaulting to “John Jay” as the pickup library, so make sure to select John Jay if that’s where you want the book sent.


Posted Tuesday, August 26, 2008 - 3:03pm


The Library welcomes Prof. Karen Okamoto as our newest Reference Librarian. Prof. Maria Kiriakova, our Collection Development Librarian will be on sabbatical for Fall, 2008. Prof. Gretchen Gross will be Interim Collection Development Librarian. And Prof. Nancy Egan is now our Electronic Resources Librarian, but still, also, Media Librarian.

Kristin Chong is the new Assistant to the Chief Librarian/Department Secretary.

Contact information for everyone is, or shortly will be, on the Library Staff pages.


Posted Tuesday, August 26, 2008 - 2:57pm


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