When Humanity Fails

The Sandra Kahn Wasserman Jewish Studies Center and Hillel have arranged for the Newman Library to host “When Humanity Fails“, an exhibition on loan from the Afikim Foundation.  As the exhibition web site notes, “One Soul: When Humanity Fails exhibition fills the growing schism that is arising between the dying generation of survivors and the new generation of youth that is struggling to comprehend the depths of evil that abounded in the Holocaust. While Holocaust education has certainly grown in importance, the method by which it is taught focuses on the death and destruction without teaching students about the lessons that can be learned and how their emotional and intellectual responses can be channeled into constructive action and awareness.” The exhibition will be on display in the Engelman Reading Room through December 2, 2014.

Link to the Exhibition Web Site


This week the library is launching a new search tool called OneSearch. With OneSearch, you can go to the yellow search bar on the library website and search for books, articles, DVDs, CDs, and reports all in one place. In the past, you’d have to run separate searches to do that, but now you can use one tool to find a wide variety of sources.

OneSearch brings together:

  • listings from the library catalog for all the:
    • books, DVDs, and CDs we own,
    • journals, magazines, and newspapers we have in print or microfilm,
    • journals, magazines, and newspapers we have in e-formats;
  • a huge article database that represents the majority of all the articles from journals, magazines, and newspapers that we have in full-text online.

This new search service also represents a major upgrade over our previous  “Articles” search on the old search bar. You can still run articles-only searches from the search bar by using the “Articles” tab, but results now will be served up by our improved OneSearch engine.

As you search, it’s recommended that you sign in using your library ID number (found on the lower right side of your Baruch ID card) so that you can:

  • see all the possible search results,
  • request copies of books held at other CUNY libraries,
  • renew the loan period for any books you’ve checked out.

We think you’re going to find OneSearch an efficient way to search across a wide range of sources, especially when you’re not sure where to begin your search. As you use the service, we’d love to hear to what you think of it. Please share your experiences with it by using the green “feedback” button found on every page in OneSearch.

The library will be open continuously from 7 am on October 14 through 11:59 pm on October 24. Only currently enrolled Baruch College students may remain in the library between the hours of midnight and 7 am.

For details on library hours throughout the semester, go to the Hours page on the library website.

The library will be closed on Monday, October 13, 2014, for Columbus Day. We will re-open on October 14 for regular hours.  For details on library hours throughout the semester, go to the Hours page on the library website.

Newman Library has received a special set of documents that provide insight into the military junta that once governed Argentina.  Agustín Rossi, Argentina’s current Minister of Defense, presented the documents to David Birdsell, Dean of the School of Public Affairs, as a gift to the Newman Library.  The gift includes the six-volume set, Actas de la Dictadura, which records the meetings of the junta leadership (1976–1983).  In addition, there is a pamphlet, Lista Negras, that reproduces the lists of artists, musicians, journalists, writers, academics, and other intellectuals who were persecuted by the government for their supposed Marxist views.   The books will be display in the Library’s Engelman Reading Room through October 31.  After the exhibition, the documents will be available for use in the Archives and Special Collections Division.

The significance of the documents and the importance of their being available through the Newman Library are discussed  in the press release from the Ministry of Defense.


Agustín Oscar Rossi (left) and David Birdsell

The Library has approximately 540 TI-89 graphing calculators available for Baruch College students to borrow for the fall 2014 semester.  Students who are interested in borrowing a calculator must enter their names on a list in ONE of the following ways:

1.  Text the word “calculator” to 877877 and reply to the request for your Baruch e-mail address.  (Message and data rates may apply.)


2.  Enter your Baruch e-mail address on this online form.

Students will be selected at random from the list on September 3, 2014 and notified by e-mail to come to the circulation desk to pick up the calculator.  Students who are selected from the waiting list will have one week from the sending of the e-mail message to pick up the calculator.  Calculators that are not picked up within the week will be distributed at the 2nd floor circulation desk on a first-come, first-served basis.  Each student may only submit one entry to the waiting list.  Multiple entries will result in disqualification from the calculator loan process.  Entries must be submitted by 7:00 a.m. on September 3.

Update 09/03/2014 (8:50 a.m.): The calculator waiting list for Fall 2014 is now closed and the students who have been randomly chosen from the waiting list to receive a calculator will contacted by the Library’s Access Services Division via their Baruchmail addresses.

Baruch College is undertaking an important study aimed at aligning our Library spaces with the changing needs of our users. The ultimate goal is to create a framework for phased renovation, adapting to the changing trends in how we teach and learn in a 21st century academic environment, that will enable increased collaborative and individual study, provide new and enhanced learning technologies and library services, and provide greater flexibility and choice of places to study and do work while maximizing the utilization of our space resources.

One of the critical first steps in exploring opportunities for improvement is to understand users’ needs and preferences. Over the next 3 months, we will conduct a number of activities aimed at better understanding these needs, including:

  1. Interviews and Workshops
  2. Online Library Performance Survey for Students, Faculty and Staff
  3. Observational Studies

Invitations for participation in these activities will be sent to members of the Baruch Community  shortly. Your input and support will be essential to the success of this transformational initiative.

Due to essential electrical repairs in the Library & Technology Building there will be no network services, including Internet access and wifi service, in that building and the Annex Building on Thursday, May 15th, beginning at 6:00 p.m. Network services are planned to be restored in the building by 8:00 a.m. on the 16th. The building will remain open, its usual hours during the service outage. The library will be open until midnight and circulation services will remain open as previously scheduled until 10:00 p.m. On the rest of the campus network services will operate as normal. The labs on the 6th floor of the Vertical Campus will be open until 11:30 p.m., because the main computing lab in the Library building will be closed during the outage. On Friday, May 16th the library will open at 7:00 a.m. and remain open continuously for final examinations until 11:59 p.m. on May 23rd.

The Newman Library will be closed for periods of time during spring break to allow for repairs due to damage from last year’s water main break.  The schedule below is based on estimates from the contractors.  We may have to make adjustments if the work schedule requires.  Please check the #Alert message at the top of the Library’s home page or the Twitter feed from CIOBARUCH for the latest status.

Monday 4/14: CLOSED

Tuesday 4/15: Open from 9:00 AM to 6:00 PM ONLY

Wednesday 4/16: Open ONLY from 4:00 PM to 12:00 AM

Thursday 4/17: Open normal hours (7:00 AM to 12:00 AM)

Friday 4/18: Open normal hours (7:00 AM to 12:00 AM)

Please note that currently enrolled Baruch College students have access to the other CUNY libraries.

The Information and Technology Building (151 East 25th Street) is scheduled to be closed from 9:00 p.m. to 9:00 a.m. on four consecutive Thursdays: March 06; 13; 20 and 27. This is due to electrical repair work to be done as a result of the east 26th Street water main break in March 2013. The repairs will require a complete power shut down, which will affect all building systems.  On those Thursdays, to prepare for the loss of power, computer systems, wifi service, and Internet access will start to shut down at 6:00 p.m.  The reference desk will remain open until 9:00.  However, the circulation and laptop loan desks will close at 6:00 along with the student computing lab on the 6th floor.  Currently enrolled Baruch students may use labs on the 6th floor of the Newman Vertical Campus across the street.  We regret the inconvenience caused by these necessary repairs.