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The Greater New York Sports Chronology Professor Jeffrey Kroessler, our Circulation and Reference Librarian, has just published his latest book. To learn more about it, visit the Columbia University Press website.

Posted Tuesday, December 8, 2009 - 10:33am

The Lloyd Sealy Library is now providing reference help via texting!  Text us at 646-256-5199 every weekday, 8:30 am to 6 pm.  We offer extended texting hours on Wednesdays until 10 pm.

And the Library now has a mobile website at where you can check library hours, connect to EBSCOhost's mobile site (for searching Academic Search Complete, PsycInfo and other datbases), listen to our audio library tour, or watch our Sealy Library video on your iPhone, iPod Touch, Blackberry or other mobile device.

Posted Monday, December 7, 2009 - 12:02pm


The library is running a trial of Early English Books Online (EEBO), which contains about 100,000 of over 125,000 titles listed in Pollard & Redgrave's Short-Title Catalogue (1475-1640) and Wing's Short-Title Catalogue (1641-1700) and their revised editions, as well as the Thomason Tracts (1640-1661) collection and the Early English Books Tract Supplement. EEBO contains virtually every work printed in England, Ireland, Scotland, Wales and British North America and works in English printed elsewhere from 1473-1700. Subject areas covered include: English literature, history, philosophy, linguistics, theology, music, fine arts, education, mathematics, and science.


As we must always be selective in making resource purchases, those that are strongly supported by faculty and students stand a better chance of being purchased in the future. So please take the time to look at this collection and get back to me with any comments. This trial will make the collection available until December 31. Please send any comments to Nancy Egan, the Electronic Resources Librarian at

Posted Wednesday, December 2, 2009 - 10:36am

The Library is featuring trials of two new databases: Global Issues in Contextissues and countries form the core of this dynamic database, containing a wealth of resources, including scholarly and news sources, maps and videos, which explain the historical and contemporary conditions necessary to understand global issues, conflicts and events. GreenR (Global Reference on the Environment, Energy, and Natural Resources)offers authoritative content on the development of emerging green technologies and discusses issues on the environment, sustainability and more.GREENR is interactive and current, allowing users to navigate issues, organization and country portals. It's a one-stop site dedicated to studying sustainability and the environment.

Please email any comments to Nancy Egan at

Posted Monday, November 16, 2009 - 10:43am

EBSCOhost, the vendor for Academic Search Complete, PsycINFO, and others of our most popular databases, now provides an interface specifically for mobile devices like iPhones, Blackberries, and some Palm devices.  Access any of the EBSCOhost databases through the separate mobile device page and select the database you want to search.  Then search for articles (and in many cases read them) from anywhere you and your mobile device can access the Internet.

Posted Monday, November 9, 2009 - 1:35pm

The Lloyd Sealy Library will be open its regular hours this weekend, despite the bed bug treatment of other areas of Haaren Hall.

Saturday, Oct. 10 open 10am-6pm

Sunday, Oct. 11 open noon-5pm

Monday, Oct. 12, Columbus Day, closed

Posted Thursday, October 8, 2009 - 10:58am

We welcome our New Reference/Freshman Services librarian Marta Bladek, and congratulate her on successfully defending her English dissertation at the CUNY Graduate Center the day before she started!

Thanks to the Chancellor's Textbook Initiative, the Library now has a textbook collection of over 360 distinct titles, many in multiple copies. All volumes in the textbook collection are being cataloged and listed in the library catalog, CUNY+, and shelved behind the Reserve Desk on the lower floor of the Library. Textbooks can be borrowed for up to 3 hours, for use within the Library.

Check out the blog entries below for news about the Library’s “film noir” video tour and our experimental federated search (more news about that to come later!).

Posted Friday, September 4, 2009 - 2:14pm

Our exciting new movie!

Written and produced by Karen Okamoto. Directed, shot and edited by Amala Lane . Starring Jiaying Wang. Featuring Bethany Davis, Quantae D. Davis, Imran Siddiqui, Kathleen Collins, Larry Sullivan. And introducing Kimberly Teets, Paulo Pinho, Vivian Lake. Camera assistants: Anoah Levine, Dan Gallagher. Special effects by Dan Gallagher.

This has been a collaboration between the Lloyd Sealy Library and the Audio Visual Services of John Jay College.

Posted Thursday, August 27, 2009 - 3:53pm

Listen to Chief Librarian & Associate Dean Larry Sullivan talk about the library’s recently acquired Fraud and Swindles Collection, which includes an unpublished manuscript tell-all biography by William McMasters, Charles Ponzi’s press agent. Broadcast in a segment entitled ‘Books on Crooks’ on CUNY radio.

Posted Wednesday, July 29, 2009 - 9:22am

Do you want to search across all our databases? Or all databases for a subject area, e.g criminal justice or history? Try our new 360 Federated Search !

How federated search works:
A Federated Search searches across multiple library databases in one go. In the default basic search option, our federated search looks in the title field of each article (magazine, journal and newspaper articles) for the words you type in the search box. You can use the advanced search to search within the fulltext of the article, or in the subject headings, or in any other fields. The searching by subject enables searching across databases that specialize in certain disciplines, e.g. all our history databases, or all our criminal justice databases.

Is federated search a substitute for searching individual databases?
No, we don't think so! But it’s a good starting point. Individual databases allow you to control your search far more than federated search does. If you use only the federated search, you may miss important articles.

Do you like federated search?
Email your thoughts to libinfo at jjay dot cuny dot edu

Posted Tuesday, June 23, 2009 - 1:23pm