We hope you enjoy the Spring 2019 edition of LibWire!
Inside this issue:
Greetings from the Chief Librarian
Congratulations to Our College Assistants
Retirement of Professor Christina Miller
In Memoriam: Robert Machalow, York’s Longest-Serving Chief Librarian
In Memoriam: George M. Bailey, York’s First Chief Librarian
Changing Roles of Academic Librarians in the Era of Open Science
Is This Journal Peer Reviewed? Using EBSCO to Find Out
York College Library's IT Project Deployment
Tablet Circulation Policy
Plant Revitalization Project
Not Just Cataloging
York Common Reader: This I Believe
Revolution in the Rearview: A Look Back at the 60s
York College Library in 2018-2019
York College Library remains a vital organ of the campus, the intellectual heart of the college; it is a repository of scholarship where all aspects of the student experience, especially studying and learning, intersect. Library faculty and staff remain committed to supporting the educational mission of the college and the evolving curricula. This includes providing dependable access to a supportive learning environment that meets the instructional and research needs of both faculty and students. It is an integral part of everyday services to welcome all library users regardless of cultural, ethnic, academic, or economic backgrounds.
The role of the Library is to support students’ success by demonstrating how to master information seeking skills, how to use scholarly resources, and discern valuable research. In our continued efforts to support student learning, the Library provides remote access to electronic resources, offers research services at the Reference Desk, and teaches Information Literacy classes. The Library faculty’s commitment to meet the research needs of the college’s growing and diverse population of graduate and undergraduate students remains strong. During the past academic year (2018-2019), the Library experienced many budgetary and personnel challenges, nevertheless we were undeterred in our efforts to deliver quality services to our users. Likewise, the Library’s Higher Education Assistant, College Laboratory Technician, and College Assistants have worked tirelessly both behind the scenes and on the front lines to ensure students receive the updated and expanded services they deserve.
The Library’s Information Literacy instruction program continues to grow and remains very active. Information Literacy is the set of skills required to identify, retrieve, organize, and analyze information and are critically important for success in research and beyond. Over the past academic year, the Library Department partnered with classroom faculty and the General Education Assessment Committee (GEAC) to directly measure students’ learning outcomes. The Library offered several information literacy sessions for English and Biology courses where students were given pre- and post-instruction assessments to measure the effectiveness of instruction. The results were then shared and analyzed with GEAC. Since assessment is a holistic and ongoing process, the Library will continue to collaborate with the committee and other departments to continually monitor how we can best make a positive impact on student success.
As York College offers more graduate programs, the Library must employ creative solutions to adapt accordingly in its role as an active learning environment. To address growing space concerns, we relocated furniture and reconfigured bookshelves to provide greater accommodation for students’ study space needs, including increasing collaborative shared spaces and quiet individual areas to study. Equally important, the Library continues to advocate for a vibrant, technologically-rich physical space for students. Our partnership with Information Technology (IT), Student Development, and the Student Government Association (SGA) remains very strong. During the past academic year, the Library received 80 computers from the SGA, bringing the total number of public space computers to just over 200. Additionally, the IT department added 20 surface tablets, in addition to 20 laptops, for students to borrow from the Library Circulation Desk. These computers will enable more students to conduct research and complete assignments in a timely manner, as well as offer flexibility for students working in groups throughout the campus. Student Development continues to ensure that we were able to offer extended hours during final examination periods by financially supporting the “study til midnight” tradition at York College. The Library is very grateful for Vice President Vincent Banrey’s continued support and generosity.
Thank you to all of the departments that continue to support and help us serve the students better, including Academic Affairs, Student Development, the Student Government Association, Public Safety, Buildings and Grounds, and Campus Planning. We are grateful for your continued support. I would like to express my heartfelt gratitude to the Library faculty and staff for the tireless and invaluable work that they continue to do. Particularly commendable is the spirit of teamwork seen throughout our Library personnel. Please know that I truly appreciate your dedication.
Congratulations and Best Wishes to the Class of June 2019! We look forward to welcoming back returning students and meeting freshmen in fall 2019. Best wishes for a restful summer holiday season!
—Professor Njoki Kinyatti, Chief Librarian