Library News Blog
From the Spring 2015 Newsletter
Saundra Dancy, the Sealy Library Circulation Supervisor, celebrated her birthday on March 30 by retiring from John Jay College. She was aided and abetted in this decision by her husband, Darryl Dancy, who retired from John Jay’s Facilities Department during the previous month. While we wish them both well in their spring bower in Pennsylvania, the College will surely miss them.
Saundra arrived at the Library nearly twenty-five years ago upon the high recommendation of Margaret Schultze, for whom she had worked in Human Resources. Saundra’s bright spirit, ready smile and quick intelligence was immediately apparent. It wasn’t long before she had mastered the arcane details of library circulation: “unlinked item records,” “pick list,” “Aleph conversions,” “library stops,” “local patron,” “global records,” and so many others. Where Saundra always shined the brightest, however, was in her management skills.
The Library has a revolving crew of fifteen college assistants and four or five work-study students who zip in to work for a few hours between classes. Our students are subject to the vagaries of student life everywhere, plus dependent families, no previous work experience, and special immigrant status. At the center of the maelstrom, Saundra dependably orchestrated crises and continuity, going well beyond work responsibilities to mentor, cajole, encourage and help our John Jay students one after another. An indication of the influence she had on so many young lives was the number who flocked lovingly to her retirement party on March 20. Their tributes to Saundra Dancy and how she changed their lives were reminiscent of the things we usually hear at faculty retirements. The role Saundra played in the College was in the best spirit of our educational enterprise. We are grateful for her presence among us.
Posted Thursday, May 14, 2015 - 11:05am
From the Spring 2015 Newsletter
This loving couple, Nadyia Middleton and Miguel Onativia, both John Jay graduates, met, courted, and exchanged their first Valentine’s Day gifts in the Sealy Library.
When Miguel wanted to surprise Nadyia and ask her to marry him, of course it had to be in the Library. With the help of Jerylle Kemp, Director of Alumni Relations, and the fond participation of everyone present in the Sealy Library on December 13, Miguel and Nadyia became engaged (please notice the ring). In July they will married. (But not in the Library.)
Posted Thursday, May 14, 2015 - 11:02am
From the Spring 2015 Newsletter
Larry Sullivan’s review of the Morgan Library and Museum’s exhibition, “Gatsby to Garp: Modern Masterpieces from the Carter Burden Collection” was published in the Spring 2015 newsletter of the Society for the History of Authorship, Reading & Publishing (SHARP). His book review of Ruth Ahnert’s The Rise of Prison Literature in the Sixteenth Century (Cambridge University Press, 2013) was published in the same issue of the SHARP newsletter. He also gave the lecture “The Brownsville Boys: Jewish Gangsters of Murder, Inc.” in the Jewish Experience series at The Suffolk Y Jewish Community Center on March 27.
Kathleen Collins had a chapter entitled “The Rise of the ‘Foodie’ and the Role of Mass Media” published in The Routledge History of Food edited by Carol Helstosky (New York: Routledge, 2015).
Robin Davis presented “Taking Care of Digital Efforts: A Multiplanar View of Project Afterlives” at the Modern Language Association (MLA) Convention in Vancouver in January. She presented “The Internet is your business card” in April as part of the “Social Media: Finding a Platform” workshop organized by the Office for the Advancement of Research (OAR), as well as presenting “Who does the Internet think you are?” at the 2015 LACUNY Institute.
Marta Bladek was a presenter in the “Altmetrics: New Measures of Scholarly Impact” workshop organized by OAR in May.
Posted Thursday, May 14, 2015 - 10:58am
From the Spring 2015 Newsletter
In a 1916 Atlantic Monthly article, Samuel Crothers coined the term “bibliotherapy.” In 1970s America the use of books as therapy for prisoners became fashionable among rehabilitationists. Reading is always good, but researchers carried out few studies for outcomes. From the 1980s affective bibliotherapy caught on, especially among cognitive behavioralists, who based their practice mainly on the reading of moral fiction and self-help books with stories or models that could improve behavior among prisoners, the mentally ill, addicts, and others. In truth, the concept of reading for therapeutic behavioral modification reached back at least to the Middle Ages and even beyond.
A recent addition to Sealy Library’s Special Collections offers a prime example of bibliotherapy in early 19th century France. In 1819, French King Louis XVIII founded the Society for the Improvement of Prisoners. One of the Society’s first actions was to hold a competition for authors to write edifying fictional literature to distribute among prisoners. An anonymous donor provided 1000 francs as a prize for the winning novel. In 1821, the contest ended with a mere ten books passing the first cut. After further examination, only two novels were in competition: Antoine et Maurice (Paris, 1821) by Laurent de Jussieu (nephew of the famous French botanist) and Laurent, ou les Prisonniers by Jean-Marie Achard-James (Paris, 1821). Jussieu’s novel won the prize, perhaps because the protagonists in the novel were not already incarcerated, but received the light and reformed before their criminal behavior put them in prison. In Laurent, however, the protagonist was a convicted criminal and his moral actions while behind bars had an ameliorating effect on his imprisoned colleagues.
We were fortunate to obtain a first edition of Laurent, the only copy outside of France where one resides in the Bibliothèque Nationale de France and another in the Bibliothèque de Lyon. This most rare book once again showcases our international reputation for criminal justice materials.
Posted Thursday, May 14, 2015 - 10:51am
The Library’s first floor (Niederhoffer Lounge and Reserve Lab*) will be open continuously from 8:30am on May 11 until 6pm on May 23, 2015.
That's 250+ straight hours of open study space!
We wish you success on your finals.
Brought to you by your Student Council, your Library, and Public Safety.
* Please note that the stacks (bookshelves) and the second floor will not be open late outside of the posted hours (in bold on our Hours page). Books cannot be checked out outside of these hours.
Posted Wednesday, May 6, 2015 - 2:45pm
CUNY is building an institutional repository, CUNY Academic Works, dedicated to collecting and providing free access to the research, scholarship and creative work of the University. Faculty are encouraged to post their works here. Details of publishers’ self-archiving policies may be found on the SHERPA-RoMEO or in your publisher’s contract. In service to CUNY’s mission as a public university, content in Academic Works is freely available to all.
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Posted Wednesday, May 6, 2015 - 11:27am
The Lloyd Sealy Library now provides access to the IEEE Xplore® Digital Library.
IEEE Xplore® provides full text access to high quality technical literature in all areas including computer science and information technology. It contains more than 3 million full-text articles and documents, from IEEE journals, transactions, magazines, letters, conference proceedings, standards and IET (Institution of Engineering and Technology) publications.
Powerful search tools help you find the most relevant research quickly by title, author, abstract, affiliation and content type such as leading industry standards. A proven resource for computer science students. Some of the top searched terms are: cloud computing, image processing, data mining, and network security.
IEEE, a not for profit organization, is the world’s leading professional association for the advancement of technology. It publishes 170 journals and magazines each year and sponsors more than 1,200 annual conferences globally. Every month, IEEE adds more than 20,000 new documents including: more than 4,000 journal articles, more than 15,000 new conference papers, and over 40 new and revised standards.
Posted Friday, May 1, 2015 - 3:57pm
The Lloyd Sealy Library has a free trial of PsycTESTS, a database from the American Psychological Association. This database of psychology testing tools is useful alongside our other APA resources, like PsycINFO and PsycBOOKS.
More information from PsycTESTS:
PsycTESTS is a rapidly expanding database of measurement and instrumentation tools in the field of psychology. It is an authoritative source of structured information about various questionnaires, scales, assessment measures, personality tests, and rating systems, and while focused on contemporary instances of test use, has coverage that spans more than a century. PsycTESTS provides access to thousands of actual instruments, most of which are available for immediate download and use in teaching and research.
- More than 23,000 test records
- Over 16,000 actual instruments
- Updated monthly
- Coverage of tests dating back as far as 1896
- Perfectly complements the full suite of resources from the APA
What do you think of PsycTESTS? Send any feedback to Prof. Maureen Richards, Electronic Resources Librarian.
Posted Friday, April 24, 2015 - 5:06pm
April 12–18 is National Library Week 2015. All kinds of libraries celebrate—government, academic, public, school, and specialized. This year’s chairperson for the week is novelist David Baldacci, (The Collectors, First Family, The Escape, Memory Man), and this year’s theme is Unlimited Possibilities @ Your Library. We celebrate today’s libraries; they’re books and much more. Libraries are places of creativity, places where people meet to share their experiences, places to do research, to develop a hobby or a new interest, to use the internet, to get help with resumes and test-taking, places to pursue directions you never thought of taking. Libraries offer access to the services, tools, and technology essential to the economic and cultural lives of our communities.
What have you accomplished with the help of John Jay’s library and librarians? Did you research and write your term paper? Did you print it out in the library lab? Did you access library databases from home? Did you email, text, or call in a question? Did you find a reserve reading? Is the Library your everyday place for quiet study? Did you come upon a great new idea just by ruminating or contemplating? Let us in on your library experiences by tweeting to us at @johnjaylibrary!
Posted Tuesday, April 14, 2015 - 10:46am
Do you have a Library barcode sticker? All John Jay students & faculty should have one. The Library barcode sticker belongs on the back of your John Jay ID card.
Reasons to get a Library barcode sticker:
- You can only check out & renew books from the Library if you have one!
- It's also your ticket to more OneSearch results, so you'll be able to access more articles, ebooks, and more.
- If there's a problem with your usual login for library databases, you can use your barcode as a backup.
How do I get a Library barcode sticker?
Come to the Library and ask at the front desk (Circulation Desk). We'll happily give you a sticker and start up your Library account.
Online students: you can get a Library barcode sticker, too! Don't have a John Jay ID card? The next time you're on the John Jay campus, ask for your ID card at Public Safety.
Questions? Call us at 212-237-8246.
Posted Wednesday, March 4, 2015 - 11:46am