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John Jay College of Criminal Justice

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From the Fall 2014 newsletter

Larry Sullivan’s review of the Morgan Library and Museum’s exhibition, Edgar Allan Poe: Terror of the Soul was published in the Spring 2014 newsletter of the Society for the History of Authorship, Publishing, and Authorship (SHARP). His review of the Morgan Library’s exhibition Marcel Proust and Swann’s Way: 100th Anniversary appeared in the Spring 2013 sharp newsletter.

Ellen Belcher completed her dissertation Embodiment of the Halaf: Sixth Millennium Figurines from Northern Mesopotamia and graduated with a Ph.D. from the Art History and Archaeology Department of Columbia University on October 15, 2014. In January 2014, she presented the paper “Identifying Late Halaf in the Syrian Jazirah” at the annual conference of the British Association of the Ancient Near East at Reading, UK. With Karina Croucher (Bradford University, UK), she co-presented the paper “Exchanges of Identity in Prehistoric Figurines” at the 9th International Congress on the Archaeology of the Ancient Near East, in Basel, Switzerland on June 9, 2014. She delivered another talk on “Identifying Female in the Halaf: Prehistoric Agency and Modern Interpretations” at the European Association of Archaeologists Annual Conference in Istanbul, Turkey on September 12, 2014.

Marta Bladek published “Bibliometrics Services and the Academic Library: Meeting the Emerging Needs of the Campus Community” in College & Undergraduate Libraries (21.3/4).

Julie Turley’s short story “Testing” appeared in the summer 2014 issue of Gambling the Aisle. Her story “Night People” is in the current issue of the literary journal Phantom Drift.

Jing Si Feng, Maureen Garvey, and Louis Muñoz joined us as adjunct librarians. Marilyn Rivera joined our Technical Services Department on a full-time basis.

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Posted Monday, December 15, 2014 - 12:31pm

Detail from Lawes’ edition of “Fairburns Abstract of the New Metropolitan Police Act, Passed June 19th, 1829...”

Detail from Lawes’ edition of “Fairburns Abstract of the New Metropolitan Police Act, Passed June 19th, 1829...”

From the Fall 2014 newsletter

New York Police Commissioner William Bratton has consistently stated that he follows Sir Robert Peel’s nine principles of policing. These ethical standards of policing were set forth in early nineteenth century England and include the idea of community policing, the proper use of force, the protection of citizens, and proper and civilized ways that the police interact with the public. Peel, the “father of modern policing,” was Prime Minister of Great Britain twice and a politician and statesman all of his life. Peel created London’s police force in 1829. The first police were almost immediately termed “Bobbies” or less generously, “Peelers.” The creation of the police force was promulgated in “The Metropolitan Police Act of 1829.” This information is not new to historians of England or of the police. But we have found in the Warden Lewis Lawes of Sing Sing Archives in the Lloyd Sealy Library a unique “grangerized” edition of “Fairburns Abstract of the New Metropolitan Police Act, Passed June 19th, 1829...” This is an extra-illustrated copy of a common pamphlet. The term “grangerize” comes from James Granger (1723-76), whose five-volume Biographical History of England included many blank leaves so purchasers could illustrate the volume to their own liking. The technique was used as early as the 17th century, but the term “grangerized” stuck. Our fascinating copy includes Warden Lawes’s bookplate (with the prison librarian bearing Lawes’s likeness), a manuscript from Peel, an illustration of a “Metropolitan Police Man,”, five steel engravings of Peel, and a colored engraving of a “Bobbie” questioning a young street urchin that he accuses of loitering (left). This outstanding little book illustrates once again the treasures found in the Special Collections Division of the Lloyd Sealy Library.

—Larry E. Sullivan, Chief Librarian

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Posted Monday, December 15, 2014 - 12:27pm

Sign that says Charge your device here! with several outlets

Recently installed in 2018: A charging table with Qi (wireless charging), USB ports, and outlets. 

Find this charging table in the Niederhoffer Lounge (first floor).

Check out Lightning and Micro-USB chargers at the Reserve Desk or Reference Desk.



Charging table, 4 chairs, near books

Our charging table is located on the library's upper level by the scanners.

Tech specs: 4 Apple Lightning, 3 USB-C, 4 outlets.


Charging hub at Lloyd Sealy Library

Charging hubs are now on multiple tables throughout the library!

Tech specs: power outlets and USB outlets.

Check out Lightning and Micro-USB chargers at the Reserve Desk or Reference Desk.


In a recent In-Library Use Survey, students gave us the lowest ratings for power outlet availability in the Library. It was a big problem. So Prof. Karen Okamoto (ILL Librarian) put in a Tech Fee proposal, compared different products, and now have many more outlets for students to use. Power up, John Jay!

Updated March 7, 2018

Posted Tuesday, November 18, 2014 - 3:44pm

Due to necessary electrical work in Haaren Hall, the Library building will be closed on Sunday, October 26, 2014.

All online resources will remain available but may suffer brief interruptions.

From 12pm to 5pm on Sunday, a John Jay librarian and lab assistant will be available for consultation in room 1404N, the computer lab in North Hall.

In addition, from 12pm to 5pm on Sunday, you can contact a librarian...

  • by phone: 212-237-8246
  • by text: 917-746-6391
  • by email
  • on chat

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Posted Wednesday, October 22, 2014 - 9:26am

Screenshot of Digital Loeb Classical Library

The Digital Loeb Classical Library is an interconnected, fully searchable, perpetually growing, virtual library of Greek and Latin literature including all the classics. The Lloyd Sealy Library has the full print collection (located by the Niederhoffer Lounge), but now you can access the Digital Loeb Classical Library — from anywhere you have access to the internet.

From Aeschylus to Aristotle, Herodotus to Homer, the Loeb Classical Library has long been the trusted resource for reading Greek & Latin literature in the original side by side with the modern-day English translation. 

Go to the Digital Loeb Classical Library

Posted Tuesday, October 14, 2014 - 3:41pm

Introducing 'Lil Jay!

Celebrate John Jay College of Criminal Justice's 50th Anniversary with Li'l Jay! Whether he is studying hard, serving students, or out in the world spreading fair-minded ideals, Li'l Jay embodies the John Jay spirit and is a fierce advocate for justice.

Check out authentic 50th Anniversary editions of Li'l Jay from the Library for a week at a time. Ask for a Li'l Jay at the Reserve Desk and check him out using your John Jay ID. Then snap some pics of Li'l Jay anywhere and with anyone, sharing using the hashtags #jjcliljay and #jjc50!


  • Check Li'l Jay out for a week at a time from the Library Reserve Desk. (If he's overdue, you'll get a library fine of $1.00/day.) Take good care of him! 
  • Share Li'l Jay on social media with the John Jay community using #jjcliljay and #jjc50.
  • Each week, the best Li'l Jay pic will be featured on the John Jay College home page
  • Exercise your creativity, your ingenuity, and, naturally, your good taste. Would you want your grandmother to see it? If not, don't share. These pics may be used for promotional purposes. 
  • These rules are printed on Li'l Jay's carrying box. 

Happy snapping! 

Posted Tuesday, August 19, 2014 - 2:25pm

The CUNY+ Catalog is undergoing a scheduled upgrade to serve you better. The catalog contains records for our books, ebooks, and other media holdings. The upgrade is overseen by the CUNY Office of Library Services.

Search is not available July 10–12, 2014.

Renewals and item requests are not available July 10–24, 2014. All items that would have had a due date during this interval have been given extended loan periods and are now due July 25 or later.

You will still be able to check out and return books at the Library's Circulation Desk during open hours. Please note that during the upgrade period, the circulation status of books as shown in the catalog will not be up to date and may be incorrect.

We are sorry for any inconvenience! The upgraded catalog will be more reliable and offer you better service.

Access to digital resources like academic journals is not affected. Note that the John Jay Library offers thousands of ebooks that you can read anywhere at any time.

Posted Thursday, July 10, 2014 - 12:39pm

Due to restricted budgets, the library has had to make difficult decisions about our database offerings and will no longer subscribe to Rosetta Stone. We regret any inconvenience this causes. (Updated July 2016)


Archived information:

It's the perfect time to catch up on reading and learn a new language! Have you ever regretted not taking the time to learn your ancestral language? Are you planning a vacation and wishing you could converse like a local?   Or, are you a linguaphile looking for your next challenge?

Now, anyone with a current John Jay email address can use the Rosetta Stone Library Solution to study up to 30 languages. Key features include:

  • 50 hours of foundational instruction
  • Core lessons to build reading, writing, speaking and listening skills
  • Focused activities to refine grammar, vocabulary, pronunciation

To access Rosetta Stone from any device, click the link above, or:

> Go to the library website at lib.jjay.cuny.edu

> Select Rosetta Stone from the dropdown menu of popular databases or from the A–Z list of databases.

> If you have not already set up a user account, set one up by entering a valid email address and selecting a password. Enter the language you wish to study when prompted. Then click on the "First Time Users" link to make sure your device is compatible.

> Click Launch Rosetta Stone and start learning.


After you have set up your account, you can continue building your language skills anytime and anywhere you have internet access by following these steps:

 > Return to Rosetta Stone from any device through the link on the library website (see above).

 > Enter the email and password you used when you created your account and enter the language you wish to study when prompted.

Languages offered: Arabic • Dari • Dutch • English (American and British)  • Farsi • French • German • Greek • Hebrew • Hindi  • Indonesian • Irish • Italian • Japanese • Korean • Latin • Mandarin • Pashto • Polish • Portuguese • Russian • Spanish (Latin America and Spain) • Swahili  • Swedish • Tagalog • Turkish • Urdu • Vietnamese 

Please keep in mind that although you can access your account from any device --including smartphones and tablets -- you must always sign in through the link on the library website. You cannot access this product through apps.

Enjoy and please provide the Library with your feedback, or contact us if you have any questions.

Posted Monday, July 7, 2014 - 2:02pm

The Digital National Security Archive provides access to primary documents relating to US foreign and military policy since 1945. These documents are  from the National Security Archive, a  non-profit research organization founded in 1985 by  journalists and scholars to check rising government secrecy.        

The  database contains over 95,000 records --  more than 650,000 pages --  of original documents most of which  were formerly classified and unavailable.  Although the documents may be available in Presidential collections or other archives, this database allows you to cross-search across all  documents by collection, subject  or  date  or to search the full text  by keywords.

Currently the database contains the following 41 collections:

  • Latin America Collection Set – 9 collections
  • Asia Collection Set – 9 collections
  • Middle East Collection Set – 5 collections
  • Human Rights Collection Set – 6 collections
  • Intelligence and Policy Collection Set – 12 collections
  • Cold War Collection Set – 7 collections

During this one month trial the entire collection can be accessed at https://trials.proquest.com/trials/trialSummary.action?view=subject&trialBean.token=IMUPK60J9OVT0M6QV444.

Please contact marichards@jjay.cuny.edu with any questions or comments.



Posted Tuesday, June 3, 2014 - 4:34pm

Books on the history of women police officers

See our exhibit case of resources related to the history of women police officers and the International Association of Women Poice in the Library's Niederhoffer Lounge, lower level.

A brief history of women police officers from 1845 to the 1970s

Female police officers have come a long way since the days of women police matrons. In the mid-19th century, women in law enforcement were limited to caring for women inmates and did not have the authority to make arrests. But the 20th century brought around incredible progress.

The first policewomen

Among the first policewomen, two stand out. In 1908, Lola Baldwin of Portland, Oregon was sworn in with an official badge, thereby becoming the first policewoman (Myers, 1995, p. 22; Duffin, 2010, p. 28). She had been working on behalf of unwed mothers and prisoners and in 1909 convinced the city council of Portland to establish the Department of Public Safety for the Protection of Young Girls and Women, which she directed. 

Others contend that the honor of becoming the first policewoman goes to Alice Stebbins Wells of Los Angeles (Higgins, 1951, p. 824). She was given the authority to arrest suspects, was responsible for the supervision of dance halls, skating rinks, penny arcades and theaters, and maintained a bureau for women seeking advice. Wells would go on to make a strong impact nationally as she toured and spoke on the value of introducing women as police officers in many local communities. In 1915, the National Association of Policewomen organized with Ms. Stebbins Wells as the first president. The objectives of the association included disseminating information on the work of women police and seeking better training and higher educational standards. 

Selections from the IAWP archives
(click for large)

Professional women police

By the mid-20th century, another star among women police had risen. Lois Lundell Higgins was a Chicago policewoman who headed the Crime Prevention Bureau in Chicago during the 1950s and 1960s. She had a charismatic personality, was well educated with a master’s degree in Social Work, and was acclaimed for her work in crime prevention, particularly among juveniles. In 1956, Ms. Higgins and other policewomen re-established the International Association of Policewomen but renamed it the International Association of Women Police or IAWP.* Membership was limited to women who were sworn police officers, and biannual conferences were held starting in 1958.  Ms. Higgins became the association’s first president, a position she held until 1964. By the 1950s, women were starting to be assigned to investigative and undercover roles like their male colleagues. It was a time of transition—Ms. Higgins, for instance, was not in favor of women officers having roles expanded beyond focusing on troubled women and juveniles. The loss of women’s bureaus was also a contentious issue during this decade because it resulted in a temporary stagnation of women rising in rank; on the other hand, policewomen were becoming more integrated into police work previously done only by men (Hassell, Archbold, and Schulz, 2011, p. 24).

Exhibit in Niederhoffer Lounge

“Breaking the Brass Ceiling”

Police departments were still appointing their first female officers during the 1950s and 1960s. By 1959, women officers in New York numbered 243 but only constituted 1% of the force. Progress was slow as civil service promotion for NYC policewomen did not occur until the 1960s. By 1969, there were no longer separate entry requirements for male and female officers, but there continued to be discrepancies in salaries for years. 

The modern era began during the 1970s when women were being accepted as police officers, not just policewomen (Hassell, et al., 2011, p. 128). “…The policewoman of the 1970s made greater strides toward equality among her male peers than at any other time in history” (Duffin, 2010, p. 198). During that era, some female officers won notable discrimination lawsuits and the right to patrol their own beats. 

While the fight for equality for women has been ongoing for decades, progress has clearly been made. The public is more accepting of female police officers and the number of women in the police forces across the nation has steadily increased. Changes have come if a male former chief of police could comment that “women brought a different contribution to policing than men…women officers are more compassionate in the ways they do their job….[but] this happens only if they do not get co-opted into being police women rather than police women” (Duffin, 2010, p. 249). 

*John Jay College Library has the holdings of the International Association of Women Police (IAWP) in its Special Collections. A finding aid is available. Appointments must be made in advance to view these items.


  • Duffin, A. (2010). History in blue: 160 years of women police, sheriffs, detectives, and state troopers. New York: Kaplan Publishing.
  • Hassell, K. D., Archbold, C.A., & Schulz, D.M. (2011). Women & policing in America: Classic & contemporary readings. Frederick, MD: Wolters Kluwer Law & Business.
  • Higgins, L. (1951). Historical background of policewomen’s service. Journal of Criminal Law and Criminology of Northwestern University School of Law, 41 (6), 822-833.
  • Myers, G. E. (1995). A Municipal mother: Portland’s Lola Green Baldwin, America’s first policewoman. Corvallis, OR: Oregon State University Press.

Tania Colmant-Donabedian, spring 2014

Book list

Book or movie title Call number**
A Municipal mother: Portland’s Lola Greene Baldwin, America’s first policewoman HV 8023 .M94 1995
Women in public and private law enforcement HV 8023 .S27 2002
Policewomen who made history: breaking through the ranks HV 8023 .S66 2010
Women at Ground Zero: stories of courage and compassion  HV6432.7 .W65 2002
Detective: the inspirational story of the trailblazing woman cop who wouldn't quit HV7911 .B86 A3 2006
Gender and community policing: walking the talk HV7936 .C83 M6 1999
Policing and gendered justice: examining the possibilities HV8023 .C67 2009
History in blue: 160 years of women police, sheriffs, detectives, and state troopers HV8023 .D84 2010
A different shade of blue: how women changed the face of police work HV8023 .E57 2009
 Policewomen: a history HV8023 .S44 2014
Women in charge: policing, gender and leadership HV8023 .S54 2003
Lady Cop: true stories of policewomen in America's toughest city HV8023 .T38 1987
Police women: Life with the Badge HV8023 .W45 2005
Women and policing in America: classic and contemporary readings HV8023 .W555 2011
The Invisible Woman: gender, crime, and justice HV9950 .B45 2007
Women and the criminal justice system HV9950 .V38 2011
Doing justice, doing gender: women in legal and criminal justice occupations /  Reserve HV9950 .M3 2007
Sleuthing Mary Shanley DVD-649
Blue Steel (starring Jamie Lee Curtis) DVD-799
Tea and justice DVD-952
Women police in a changing society: back door to equality Ebook + HV8023 .N37 2008
Breaking the brass ceiling: women police chiefs and their paths to the top Ebook + HV8139 .S33 2004

** All call numbers are located in the Stacks upstairs except for:

  • Ebook (search title in CUNY+)
  • Reserve (see Reserve Desk)
  • DVD (ask at Circulation Desk)

Posted Wednesday, May 7, 2014 - 10:57am