Library News Blog
From Monday November 18th until Sunday November 24th, you can pick up one of our in-library use surveys and tell us what you think about the library. The survey will be distributed throughout the day or you can pick one up from our circulation or reference desk and drop it off on your way out. We offer prizes, too!
Posted Wednesday, November 13, 2019 - 1:25pm
What are you watching for Halloween? Here are some suggestions from the Library’s collections.
Chains. (2009). Dir. Lewis, S. Ten minute prize winning horror/sci fi short. Life underground in a dystopian future where the punishment for wasting water is death.
Wild Rose. (2004). Dir. Byoung-a, H. In Korean, animated. Five minutes. A girl meets her mother's ghost in a graveyard.
The Tell-Tale Heart. (1958). Dir. Yurdin, C. 23 minutes. A dramatic telling of Edgar Allan Poe’s story performed by a single actor. In black and white.
The Day of the Dead. (1999). Dir. 25 minutes, mostly English langauge. The character Death shows us around a Mexican village and cemetery, where graves are decorated and turned into works of art, with flowers, personal objects, food, offerings and thousands upon thousands of candles.
Horror Noire: A History of Black Horror. (2019). Dir. Burgin, X. African Americans and Hollywood horror movies.
Birth of the Living Dead. (2013). Dir. Kuhns, R. About making Romero’s 1968 movie Night of the Living Dead.
Vampire clay. (2017). Dir. Umezawa, S. In Japanese. A possessed pile of clay terrorizes students at an art school. Comic-horror.
100 Bloody Acres. (2012). Dir. Ryan, J. Two brothers in the Australian outback run an organic blood and bone fertilizer business using dead car crash victims, but lately supply has been running low…
Eddie: The Sleepwalking Cannibal. (2013). Dir. Dobbin, M. A cereal-obsessed art student turns into a ravenous sleepwalking cannibal at night…
Alléluia. (2014). Dir. Du Welz, F. A lonely-hearts serial killer. From Belgium, in French.
The Tragedy of Macbeth. (2016). Dir. O'Brien, S. Stratford Festival production of the Shakespeare classic. A witch-strewn horror of murderous ambition as Macbeth and his wife conspire to seize the throne of Scotland.
The Phantom of the Opera. (1925). Dir. Chaney, L. Silent film, black and white. A disfigured madman falls in love with an opera understudy.
Halley. (2013). Dir. Hoffman, S. a night guard with a decomposing body. Scores high on the horror scale. A slow exploration of mortality, loneliness, despair. In Spanish.
FEATURES ONLY ON DVD
Get Out! (2017). Dir. Peele, J. A black man goes to visit his white girlfriend’s family in the countryside; what can possibly go wrong? Comic-horror. DVD #1498.
A girl walks home alone at night. (2015). Dir. Amirpour, A. Iranian vampire film. DVD # 1507.
What horrors can you find in our video collections?
Posted Thursday, October 31, 2019 - 3:01pm
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Note: This does not apply to any new fines incurred on reserve items.
Don't wait. This is a one-time offer from November 1, 2019 until December 1, 2019. Seriously.
Posted Wednesday, October 30, 2019 - 1:15pm
We are thrilled to announce the John Jay Community now has access to 300-plus contemporary documentaries streaming on Film Platform. If you are looking for recently made, well-received documentaries on important issues, you’re going to like this new collection. Subject matter includes human rights, crime, genocide, the environment, psychology, politics, disability studies, African-American studies, Asian studies, Jewish studies, sociology. Many of these films were shown, and won prizes, at prestigious international film festivals.
Posted Thursday, October 24, 2019 - 10:39am
1984 was published seventy years ago. Since then, George Orwell’s warning about a totalitarian future has been praised and condemned; it has been required reading and banned. In recognition of Banned Books Week, the library offers a special program about this controversial book in the library classroom.
Thursday, September 26, 1:40 to 3 pm.
Posted Monday, September 23, 2019 - 12:25pm
Over the summer, our IT Academic Applications Director and our technical team of college assistants worked incredibly hard and quickly to replace all the Library’s computer hardware updating our operating systems to the newer and faster Windows 10. We hope you notice the difference when you use our computers this fall semester. As always we welcome your feedback and questions.
Posted Tuesday, August 27, 2019 - 4:07pm
Recommended reading, selected by John Jay librarians.
Susan Opotow and Zachary Baron Shemtob, New York after 9/11. New York: Fordham University Press, 2018.
Available at John Jay at Stacks HV6432.7.N485 2018
For those of us here on that horrific day, 9/11 is still very much present. But it has been almost 20 years. Susan Opotow (Professor of Sociology at John Jay) and Zachary Baron Shemtob have put together a collection of essays analyzing how memory becomes history. Of particular interest are contributions by architect Daniel Libeskind on his thinking behind the master plan for Ground Zero, and Michael Arad on his design for the memorial. Other chapters discuss the long term health impacts, surveillance of Muslims, and the 9/11 Museum.This volume gives historians, urbanists, and New Yorkers much to consider, as many of the issues the editors raise remain controversial and in play. Jeffrey A. Kroessler
Benjamin Dreyer, Dreyer’s English: An Utterly Correct Guide to Clarity and Style. New York: Random House, 2019.
Available to borrow from several CUNY libraries. Place a request through OneSearch.
If you’re looking to improve your writing or answer and re-answer those perennial questions about em dashes and proper pluralizing, this book serves as a style guide that can sit on the shelf right alongside your Fowler’s and Strunk & White. The difference with Dreyer’s is that it’s also an entertaining read, even if you’re not a confirmed grammar geek who read every page like it’s a cliffhanger as I did. As one who eschews the serial (a.k.a. Oxford) comma, I was deemed a godless savage by the author 24 pages in. But that did not diminish my newfound devotion to Dreyer who insists that sentences can begin with “but.” This is a language lover’s book and a witty, authoritative reference rolled into one. Kathleen Collins
Tim Maughan, Infinite Detail. New York: Farrar, Straus & Giroux, 2019.
Available in print, ebook, and audiobook formats from NYPL. Not yet available to borrow through CUNY libraries.
Maughan’s novel takes place in the near future and less-near future, before and after a cataclysmic event that “eats the Internet,” leaving all networked devices unusable. Several storylines intersect in this ominous meditation on how heavily modern life depends on functional networks and software, and how precarious this situation may be. Part of the story fixates on the logistical infrastructure of the global economy, a fictional extension of Maughan’s tech journalism, including his 2015 BBC story, “The Invisible Network That Keeps the World Running,” about his time aboard a container ship. If, like me, you enjoy dystopian fiction, infrastructure studies, and alarmist takes on the “Internet of things,” you will find Infinite Detail to be a pageturner. Robin Davis
Posted Tuesday, April 23, 2019 - 5:29pm
Selected transcripts from the Lloyd Sealy Library’s trial transcripts collection have been digitized from microfilm. The full collection consists of the verbatim typewritten proceedings of 3,326 court cases, held in various courts of New York County, which included Manhattan and the Bronx until 1914. Over 150 of these trial transcripts were digitized as part of the Library's 2007 “Crime in New York 1850-1950” digital project, which also published a digital index that offers searching and browsing by defendants, judges, attorneys, and charges.
First page of People of the State of New York v Augusta Crisanti (Trial #1063), one of the newly-digitized trial transcripts
This spring, with funding from the Library and several researchers, a further 483 trial transcripts were digitized. The Library is currently processing them to be made available in the Digital Collections. Aminata Bangura, Ellen Belcher, Kathleen Collins, Omar Rivera, and Ellen Sexton have begun collating the digitized materials. Robin Davis and Sajan Ravindran set up a metadata migration for these materials. Tania Colmant-Donabedian provided researcher support.
Posted Tuesday, April 23, 2019 - 5:22pm
New in the Digital Collections
We’ve recently digitized the Fuld Collection, which consists of 57 photographs of police officers modeling their uniforms as well as some photos of police accessories. Each photograph is identified on the back with its country name. Many of these countries are identified by their colonial names. Possibly these uniforms are of colonial troops. A few dates on the back of the photos refer to the 1930s. These photographs were perhaps collected through connections made during Dr. Fuld's research for his dissertation, which was later published as Police Administration: A Critical Study of Police Organizations in the United States and Abroad, available to check out from the Stacks at call number HV7935 .F7 1971.
Hover for image titles. Click to see hi-res photos on our Digital Collections site.
Dr. Leonhard Felix Fuld was the author of several works on public administration, police administration, and civil service. He was educated at Columbia University and taught at Baruch College, among other institutions. His philanthropy primarily benefitted many institutions providing education for nurses. Dr. Fuld lived with his sister, Florentine, at 130 East 110th Street until her death in 1953, after which he lived in Trenton on Fuld Street. He helped establish training academies for the New York City, Rochester, and Washington police forces. He established the Cities Service School for Security Salesman as well as teaching in at Baruch School of Business and Public Administration (at that time part of City College of New York). Fuld’s fortune was said to come from Harlem real estate and the stock market. In 1958, the Leonhard Felix Fuld Investment Foundation portfolio was created, consisting of one share of stock from every company sold on the New York Stock Exchange. Upon his death, this investment portfolio was given to the Wharton School of University of Pennsylvania, allowing students to attend stockholder’s meetings and obtain financial reports.
From the finding aid prepared by Ellen Belcher, Special Collections Librarian
Posted Tuesday, April 23, 2019 - 5:18pm
Still from Crime + Punishment, available on DVD
Available in AVON streaming videos
Our AVON collection of streaming films from Proquest/Alexander Street continues to grow, with the addition of David Attenborough’s stunning documentaries Blue Planet and Blue Planet II and other BBC natural history series.
Did you know you can explore international art house cinema in AVON? It includes films that have won awards at major film festivals — Cannes, Berlin, Busan, Locarno, BAFTA, as well as the U.S. Golden Globes, Sunshine and Academy Awards. Spanish language works include Ariel award winners from the Mexican Academy of Film. You can search and browse these films using the AVON awards index.
Recently added to our Films on Demand streaming collection
The Cannibal on Bus 1170: Rethinking Moral Panics. 2019. (7 minutes). ShortCuts TV.
White fright. 2019. (30 minutes). In 2015, the people of Islamberg, NY, discovered that a Tennessee minister was plotting the deadliest attack on US soil since 9/11 against their village. White Fright cross-examines the US’s inconsistent system of national security, the media’s role in exacerbating terrorist threats, and the failure to protect vulnerable communities from racist attacks.
Returning citizens. 2017. (60 minutes). Focuses on a group of individuals released from prison who are looking for a second chance.
Dark money. 2018. (90 minutes). PBS. Dark Money examines the influence of untraceable corporate money on our elections and elected officials.
Recently added to our Docuseek2 streaming collection:
Between the lines. 1997. (21 minutes). A documentary about women who cut themselves.
Capturing the flag. 2018. (76 minutes). Explores voter suppression in North Carolina as witnessed by four activists.
When abortion was illegal. 2002. (67 minutes). Documents devastating experiences of abortion during the early and mid-20th century in the U.S.
BaddDDD Sonia Sanchez. 2015. DVD-1536 Poet and activist, leader in the 1960s Black Arts Movement. “I want to tell people how I became this woman with razor blades between her teeth.”
Sweet crude. 2009. DVD-1537 Documentary on the Niger delta.
Rezoning Harlem. 2010. DVD-1534 Harlem community members fight a 2008 rezoning.
Inocente. 2012. 40 minutes. DVD-1531 A homeless, undocumented 15 year old girl becomes an artist.
Girlfight. 2004. DVD-1532 Director Karyn Kusama’s feature film debut.
Crime + punishment. 2018. DVD-1539 Chronicles the struggles of a group of Black and Latino NYPD whistleblower police officers, amidst a landmark class action lawsuit over illegal policing quotas.
Maria in Nobody’s Land. 2010. DVD-1540 Three women leave abusive husbands and travel from El Salvador overland towards the U.S.
Grace, Milly, Lucy—child soldiers. 2010. DVD-1541 Documents the post-conflict life of Ugandan girls.
Please explore our film & video collections via our updated guide.
Posted Tuesday, April 23, 2019 - 5:10pm