From the Desk of the
Sybil has become synonymous with Multiple Personality Disorder (MPD).
Maureen Dowd's New York Times op-ed piece in January used Sybil
as an eponymic in discussing an opinion of President Clinton's dual personality.
Before John Jay faculty member Flora Rheta Schreiber published her book
Sybil, only about 75 cases of MPD had been diagnosed. Since
1973 an estimated 40,000 cases have surfaced. We can assume that
the book was at least partially responsible for this epidemic. A
professional association for the study of MPD was formed and a movie starring
Sally Field was made on Sybil's life.
Schreiber died, her papers, including those on Sybil, were bequeathed to
John Jay. Housed in Sealy Library's Special Collections, the collection
remained in quiescence, awaiting its day on the scholarly fields of battle.
That day has come. MPD has come under attack from a variety of sources,
not least the anti-Freudians. A number of scholarly writings recently
published question the very existence of MPD.
has brought numerous scholars to our door. One box of Schreiber's
papers had remained sealed to protect Sybil's real name. Now that
all three principals in the case are deceased (Schreiber, psychiatrist
Cornelia Wilbur, and Sybil), and Sybil’s name had been revealed elsewhere,
John Jay decided to open these papers to qualified researchers.
The value of the collection lies in the impact Schreiber's papers will
make on the reception of MPD theories.
emphasize too much the importance for scholarly endeavors of special and
unique collections such as the Schreiber Papers. Although such
materials are not used as often as the latest trendy monograph, their contribution
to scholarly research is invaluable and enduring, and we actively search
out such collections. Criminal justice research does not rest solely
on the most current print or electronic media; historical material plays
a pivotal role in much of our field. Future publications on
Sybil will testify to the value of such special collections.
LEXIS-NEXIS Now Available
Library, along with other CUNY libraries, now subscribes to the powerful
LEXIS-NEXIS Academic UNIVerse database. This database is an
extremely valuable addition to Library resources for John Jay. It
is World Wide Web-based, user-friendly and printing and/or downloading
of entire documents is possible.
UNIVerse provides full-text access to legal materials
(federal, state, law reviews, legal news sources), newspapers, wire services,
transcripts, legislative news sources, and congressional testimony.
It also includes topical areas related to medicine, biography, government
and politics, industry, and business reference sources.
of Academic UNIVerse is similar to but does not include all of the
publications and search services previously available through traditional
LEXIS-NEXIS (for example, Shepardizing is not possible!). Access
to the traditional L/N product is limited but still available via a password
system in the Library. Consult at the Reference Desk for traditional access.
is much easier with this product and is done with a series of fill-in boxes
(forms). Boolean searching is used, and you may request that the
search terms appear within the same sentence or paragraph. Search
tips are provided. A helpful Search Guide to Academic UNIVerse
can be found at the Harvard Web site (http://hplus.harvard.edu/help/universe.html).
UNIVerse can be accessed from any computer on campus that is connected
to the World Wide Web. On the Sealy Library home page (see address
above), select “Licensed Electronic Resources” from the initial screen
and scroll down the page to the link for LEXIS-NEXIS. If you have
trouble accessing this service or you are prompted for a password.
can get access to all the Library’s licensed electronic resources from
home by setting up an account on the CUNY libraries proxy server.
See directions for remote access below.
on Remote Access
and homes, people sit down to computers, and library-licensed information
floods in via remote access. How good is it? How well does
it meet researchers’ needs? Often, results are uneven, but the University
and this library are working to improve the usefulness of what is available
to you remotely.
Server: An innovation since last summer is the proxy server,
which makes it immaterial whether faculty use a computer at home, in the
office or in the library. Currently, Lexis-Nexis full-text
is available; see article above for a description. Increasing numbers of
databases will be delivered this way -- presently under consideration are
the scholarly JStor and Chadwyck-Healey's Periodicals Contents
databases, also available by proxy server, have some articles in full text
and others with just citations. There are four listed together under
Searchbank on the library's homepage: Expanded Academic, Business and
Company, Health Reference and Books in Print with Reviews.
databases and Lexis-Nexis are available from home to faculty who
register on the proxy server by sending their name, campus address, SS#
and library barcode to email@example.com.
Wait two business days for confirmation.
Reference, ILL, and Book Renewal: Faculty can ask
reference questions and initiate interlibrary loan from home via email;
book renewals will be available soon by e-mail and presently can be made
by phone. Addresses are: ILL -- nanjj@cunyvm,
Reference questions -- refjj@cunyvm,
Book renewals --Ext.8263.
with Seventeen Databases: CUNY+ has long been available from home
computers for faculty and students, including all seventeen databases on
its total of four screens. These are a mix of citation and abstract
databases covering many disciplines.
be additional try-outs of electronic products. If you would like
to affect future decisions about what products are bought, we welcome suggestions
and comments. Products currently being tested are often available
from home and always available throughout the campus. You can reach
the test site from the library's homepage by clicking on Licensed
Electronic Resources and then "Trials" at the bottom of the list.
Sources in CUNYPLUS
As World Wide Web sources
become increasingly important in research, library users need to be able
to find the locations of important websites in their library's catalog.
CUNY librarians met last fall and agreed on policies and procedures for
cataloging World Wide Web resources. While we will make no attempt
to "catalog the Internet," we will catalog those resources that we subscribe
to (i.e., pay real money for) as well as those free resources that we would
collect if they were available in print, and Web versions of materials,
such as government documents, that we already have in our collection.
The databases that the
University pays for through licensing agreements are indicated as CUNY
Web Resource and the call number is: "Access from CUNY Internet workstations."
Databases for which our Library has licensing agreements will be indicated
as John Jay Web Resource and the call number is "Access from John
Jay Internet workstations." Material on the Web which is free is denoted
Web Resource and the call number is "Access through the World Wide
Web." The URL, of course, is provided in all cases.
the library does not actually collect multimedia products, occasionally,
books purchased by the library arrive accompanied by a CDROM. To
date, we have unintentionally managed to build a collection of over two
dozen CDROMs. The books are put on the shelves as usual, but the
CDROMs are kept behind the Reserve Desk. They can be borrowed for three
days at a time.
Some of the
titles merely contain the printed text of the book in electronic format,
but others add another dimension to the subject such as software and audio.
The software titles include a Java tutorial, a trial edition of J++ and
items include three music CDs accompanying the Garland Encyclopedia
of World Music, which feature the music of Southeast Asia, Australia
and the Pacific Islands, and Africa. We also have an anthology of
African-American spoken word and music, which includes poetry, speeches,
spirituals and folk music. For those interested in role-playing,
there is an interactive simulation of criminal sentencing entitled "Crime
and punishment." Anyone who would like to browse through the CDROMs
can do so at the Reserve Desk.
Subject Guide to Electronic
and variety of information sources available to users of the Sealy Library
is burgeoning. The library faculty have created a database with a
new user interface to help make our users aware of what is available.
Information Resources by Subject is available as a link from the
Library’s web page or at http://www.lib.jjay.cuny.edu/infosources/
. Over 90 different indexes, full-text sources, and statistical
resources are listed by subject, whether the resource is accessed through
CUNY+, on the Library’s CD-ROM network, or over the Web. For each
resource there is a short description and an indication that the source
is available only in the Library, from any John Jay College Internet connection,
or throughout CUNY. Resources with no indication of a limit are freely
available to anyone over the Web.
The aim is
to alert users to the wide range of electronic sources available on numerous
subjects and to enable them to link directly to these sources.
as in the past, the Library will be offering classes in its electronic
classroom. Due to budget and staff considerations, we must always limit
the number of classes that we offer.
our experiences with students working on library research projects, we
have developed a list of classes that we intend to target, because we believe
students in these classes will benefit the most from library instruction.
They includes a number of lower level courses as well as at least one upper
level course required for every baccalaureate major offered at John Jay.
We believe that the list is comprehensive enough to ensure that we reach
an optimal number of John Jay College students at the most appropriate
points in their academic careers.
is the list of courses targeted for library instruction, and faculty teaching
them are urged to take advantage of the opportunity they represent. This
list can be supplemented to accommodate any particular needs of the majors.
COM 110 CHE 321
CSL 112 PAD 340
GOV 435 ENG 102
PAD 348 PSC 401
FIS 104 PAD 360
SEC 405 FRC 101
CRJ/PAD/PSY 715 FOS 791
these classes, the Library offers six half-hour sessions a week which are
open to all patrons on a walk-in basis. These cover a broad range of information
systems, including the World Wide Web. Schedules of these are available
at the reference desk.
It is recognized
that individual faculty may wish to instruct their classes themselves in
the use of particular electronic resources. The Library classroom may be
booked for this purpose, time and space permitting.
in technology have made more information available in various formats,
it has also changed the nature of research and requires more search sophistication,
and accessing this information requires special skills. We ask that
any faculty committed to ensuring that their students be instructed in
information literacy and library technology comply with the following procedures
when planning a library class:
of the above guidelines is to make the best use of the Library’s resources
and to provide students with a foundation in the access, evaluation, and
use of information in its great variety of forms. We look forward
to working with you in these sessions.
Contact Tony Simpson (x8242) as early in the semester
as possible to schedule a class time. We are able to teach classes during
the first ten weeks of the semester, or until April 15th this spring.
Your class should have a specific written assignment
and should be instructed in advance as to how the library class will help
Contact the librarian assigned to teach your
class at least one week prior to the class meeting (the librarian
will be equally conscientious in trying to contact you). You can
exchange ideas about the assignment and the appropriate sources for
use with it.
Windows” in the Library
of George Kelling's well-known 1996 book, Fixing Broken Windows:
Restoring Order and Reducing Crime in Our Communities,(on library Reserve:
HV 8141 .K45 1996) is that by addressing minor neighborhood problems we
prevent larger problems and thereby create a consensus on what is acceptable
in the neighborhood.
If we substitute
this library for the neighborhood in this scenario, we see why it matters
if students eat lunch in the stacks, why students should not put soda or
water bottles on computers and wood furniture, and why vandalism and theft
should not go unreported and unpunished. The concern is not only the behavior
and the damage in itself; it is what it says about the community and what
it contributes to the consensus. Presumably we share the consensus
that we are here to learn, that we value the tools and the climate for
learning, and that this is not just an anonymous public building we are
all passing through.
of behavior that flout the values and tools of our common purpose make
it easier for others to do the same, make it seem pointless and difficult
to subscribe to the learning community, and work to diminish our consensus.
Reserve Textbook Policy
financial constraints, the Library cannot purchase textbooks for placement
on reserve. Titles which have long-term value as part of the library’s
permanent collection will be purchased for reserve, but textbooks which
are superceded quickly by new editions will not. There will naturally
be exceptions in special cases. It is suggested that instructors
needing to have a class textbook available in the library acquire a gratis
copy from the book’s publisher and that copy can be kept on reserve for
as long as it is needed.
Book Sale Coming Up
Benefit Book Sale will take place this spring; the date will be announced.
Bring your unneeded books to the Library Circulation Desk, clearly marked
for the sale, if you wish to donate them. Any questions about donations
or volunteering to help out at the sale should be addressed
to Jane Davenport at x8236 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Library Hours, Spring 1999
Monday - Thursday..........................................9am
Saturday, starting 2/20.......................................11am
” starting 3/13.......................................10am - 6pm
” 5/15 & 5/22.......................................10am - 8pm
Sunday, starting 3/7...........................................11am
” 5/16 & 5/23.......................................11am - 7pm
Fri. - Mon., 2/12 - 2/15............................................closed
Wed., 3/31 & Thurs., 4/1..................................10am
4/3, 4/ 4, & 4/11........................................................closed
4/5 – 8.............................................................10am
5/29, 30, 31..............................................................closed
Larry Sullivan, Chief
Librarian, 8265, lesjj@cunyvm
Brooks, Reference, 8261, mbbjj@cunyvm
Jane Davenport, Collection Development, 8236,
Dunham, Associate Librarian for Public Services, 8256, janjj@cunyvm
Nancy Egan, Reference,
Interlibrary Loan, 8269, nanjj@cunyvm
Dolores Grande, Serials, 8235, dmgjj@cunyvm
Marlene Kandel, Cataloger, Coordinator for Technical
Services, 8237, mkkjj@cunyvm
Katherine Killoran, Reference, Circulation, 8263,
Maria Kiriakova, Reference, 8260, mvkjj@cunyvm
Bonnie Nelson, Associate Librarian for Information
Systems, 8267, brnjj@cunyvm
Ellen Sexton, Reference, Reserve, 8258, easjj@cunyvm
Antony Simpson, Reference, Library Instruction,
Jane Theile, Executive Assistant to the Chief,
Tara Bremer, Systems Adjunct; Jane Dorfman, Nancy Farrell, Lory
Gallo, Eileen Gatti, Catherine Stern, Reference Adjuncts
Full-Time Support Staff
Dee Dee Aikens: Interlibrary
Battle: Cataloging, 8230
Dancy: Circulation, 8224
Michelle Dutton: Acquisitions, 8230
Anne Kovac, Juana Polanco: Serials, 8230
Editor: Jane Davenport