The William and Anita Newman Library is pleased to announce the Baruch launch of CUNY Academic Works, a service that will greatly expand the reach of the scholarly and creative output of our faculty and students. This new service provides members of the Baruch community with an online platform where they can make their works of scholarship freely available online for the world to view and download. Not only will each work be given a stable, permanent location on the web, each work will also be indexed automatically by Google Scholar and by CUNY’s OneSearch system, thereby multiplying the likelihood of those works being readily discovered by searchers around the world.

Visit CUNY Academic Works at http://academicworks.cuny.edu/bb/. To learn how to contribute, see http://guides.newman.baruch.cuny.edu/cunyaw.

The Library has 800 TI-89 graphing calculators available for Baruch College students to borrow for the spring 2017 semester.  Students who are interested in borrowing a calculator must enter their Baruch email address on this online form:

Students will be selected at random from the list at 7:00 a.m. on February 6, 2017 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 until 8:00 p.m. on February 12 to pick up the calculator.  Calculators that are not picked up by that time will be distributed at the 2nd floor circulation desk on a first-come, first-served basis beginning at 9:00 a.m. on February 14.  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 February 6.

Today, we are updating the library home page with a redesigned search box that offers easier and more intuitive access to key library resources students and faculty want. Featuring a more modern, clean look, this new design draws on insights gained from a year’s worth of research into the preferences and habits of our users. With their participation in three rounds of usability testing, Baruch students played a central role in shaping the look and feel of the search box.

Old Design (2011 – 2016)

Old Library Search Box

 

 

New Design (2017)

Library Search Box 2017

 

 

A drop-down menu in the new design offers a clearer set of search options (as well as a few new choices):

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We hope you’ll give it a try and share with us any feedback you have about the new look.

 

 

 

The Project

Baruch College is undertaking a complete renovation and upgrade of the main student computer lab on the sixth floor of the Information and Technology Building at 151 East 25th Street. Work will begin on Wednesday, November 16, and is expected to last through Summer 2017. Our goal is to have the entire facility renovated by the start of classes in Fall 2017.  Although we regret the inconvenience students will experience during the renovation period, the College looks forward to providing an outstanding, new student-centered facility.

The new features of the lab will include:

  • An expansion of the total area of the lab with student seating extending to the windows through the removal of the interior wall on the north side of the floor
  • Easy access to the help desk, relocated to the entrance hall area
  • 6 new student collaboration rooms with special presentation and conferencing equipment
  • New computers at every seat plus new printers, scanners, and other equipment for student use
  • New furnishings— tables, chairs, and lounge seating— to support group work as well as individual work
  • Electrical outlets at every table
  • A bring-your-own-device area

Schedules and Accommodations: What to Expect

The renovation will be accomplished in two phases.

Phase one will start with the construction of a temporary wall to separate the lab’s north and south sides. Full-scale construction will then begin on the south side, while the north side remains open. Once the south side renovation is completed, the south side will reopen.

Phase two of the work will focus on the north side.

Note: While each side is under construction, lab computers will be relocated and available on various floors of the Newman Library. To accommodate extra use of the library, temporary additional seats will be available on each floor for the duration of the project.

The architectural renderings of the renovated lab are provided below.

 

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South side of the lab including collaboration rooms

 

 

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South side of the lab showing the help desk

 

 

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South side of the lab from above showing help desk and entrance

 

 

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North side of the lab with lounge seating and individual work stations from above

 

 

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Printer alcove and bring-your-own-device area

 

 

 

 

 

The 15th Annual CUNY IT Conference will be held on December 1 and 2 at the John Jay College of Criminal Justice.

The full conference program and registration information are available here.  Listed below are the sessions that include presentations by Baruch College faculty and staff.

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Thursday, December 1 at 1:00

“Technology Accessibility Task Force: An Update on Initiatives to Promote IT Accessibility Across CUNY”

Explores IT accessibility needs at CUNY and recent initiatives to promote accessibility tools and awareness at CUNY. Will highlight the new Accessibility website, recent surveys on needs in classrooms and other spaces, and recent initiatives to make IT more accessible to those with disabilities.

Arthur Downing, VP for Information Services and CIO, Dean of the Library, Baruch College

Caryn Giananti, Senior Research Analyst, Office of Institutional Research, CUNY Central

Carlos Herrera, Task Force Coordinator; Assistant Director, Services for Students with Disabilities, Queensborough Community College

Joseph Sherman, Accessibility Specialist, Office of Computing and Information Services, CUNY Central

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Thursday, December 1 at 2:15

“Redefining ‘Success’ in the Hybrid Course”

How have hybrid courses complicated traditional notions of success in a classroom? What are the challenges in comparing the “success” of a hybrid course with the “success” of a traditional course? Current and former Center for Teaching and Learning directors and the faculty liaison at Baruch College discuss how hybridizing has created shifts in assignment design, student learning outcomes and student self-perceptions of learning that challenge and redefine success.

Allison Lehr-Samuels, Director of the Center for Teaching and Learning (CTL), Baruch College

Kannan Mohan, Former Director of the CTL, Baruch College

Cheryl Smith, Faculty Liaison to CTL, Baruch College

Laurie Hurson, Hybrid Coordinator at the CTL, Baruch College

Lindsey Albracht, Hybrid Coordinator at the CTL, Baruch College

 

The Library has approximately 775 TI-89 graphing calculators available for Baruch College students to borrow for the fall 2016 semester.  Students who are interested in borrowing a calculator must enter their Baruch email address on this online form:

https://baruch.az1.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_6GnLCwZspRpkd2R

Students will be selected at random from the list at 7:00 a.m. on September 1, 2016 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 until 10:00 p.m. on September 8 to pick up the calculator.  Calculators that are not picked up by that time will be distributed at the 2nd floor circulation desk on a first-come, first-served basis beginning at 9:00 a.m. on September 9.  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 1.

The Library has approximately 540 TI-89 graphing calculators available for Baruch College students to borrow for the spring 2016 semester.  Students who are interested in borrowing a calculator must enter their Baruch email address on this online form.

Students will be selected at random from the list at 7:00 a.m. on February 4, 2016 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 until 10:00 p.m. on February 11 to pick up the calculator.  Calculators that are not picked up by that time will be distributed at the 2nd floor circulation desk on a first-come, first-served basis beginning at 10:00 a.m. on February 13.  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 February 4.

The Library has approximately 540 TI-89 graphing calculators available for Baruch College students to borrow for the fall 2015 semester.  Students who are interested in borrowing a calculator must enter their Baruch email address on this online form.

Students will be selected at random from the list at 7:00 a.m. on September 3, 2015 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 until 10:00 p.m. on September 10 to pick up the calculator.  Calculators that are not picked up by that time will be distributed at the 2nd floor circulation desk on a first-come, first-served basis beginning at 9:00 a.m. on September 11.  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.

The Library has approximately 540 TI-89 graphing calculators available for Baruch College students to borrow for the spring 2015 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.)

OR

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

Students will be selected at random from the list at 7:00 a.m. on February 4, 2015 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 until 10:00 p.m. on Tuesday, February 10 to pick up the calculator.  Calculators that are not picked up by that time will be distributed at the 2nd floor circulation desk on a first-come, first-served basis beginning at 9:00 a.m. on Wednesday, February 11.  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 February 4.

Baruch College faculty and staff are making four presentations at the 13th Annual CUNY IT Conference, which will be held on December 4 and 5, 2014.  The information regarding those sessions is provided below.  The full conference program and registration information may be found on the conference web site.

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E Pluribus Unum: Coordinating Digital Programs at Baruch College

(Federated Systems Track) – 12/4 @ 1:00 p.m.

Baruch College Library’s Digital Initiative builds bridges to connect disparate digital assets management solutions across campus. Faculty librarians outline their approach to establishing a campus-wide policy and workflow to collect, digitize, and ingest digital materials for user access and long-term preservation. Pioneers from the Office of Communications and Marketing discuss the challenges of this collaborative process, changes in practices, and the upcoming transformation of their photo library.

Speakers:
Arthur Downing
, Vice President for Information Services and Dean of the Library, Baruch College
Kimmy Szeto, Assistant Professor – Metadata Librarian, Newman Library, Baruch College
Jessica Wagner, Assistant Professor – Digital Initiatives Librarian, Newman Library, Baruch College
Jean Strong, Digital Communications Manager, Office of Communications, Marketing & Public Affairs, Baruch College
Amalia Reinhardt, Graphic Designer, Office of Communications, Marketing & Public Affairs, Baruch College

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Building Pedagogically-Sound and Technologically-Smart Hybrid Courses

(Pedagogies Track) – 12/5 @ 9:30 a.m.

Baruch’s Center for Teaching and Learning supports the College’s effort to bolster its online and hybrid course offerings with seminars that guide faculty through the process of transitioning from a face-to-face to a hybrid mode of instruction. Faculty members from multiple disciplines think, write, and talk through how hybridization may augment existing learning goals, the ideal architecture of online spaces, and how assignments and assessments should be reshaped.

Speakers:
Luke Waltzer
, Director, Center for Teaching and Learning, Baruch College
Kate O’Donoghue, Hybrid Coordinator, Center for Teaching and Learning, Baruch College
Debra Caplan, Assistant Professor of Theatre, Baruch College
Antonietta D’Amelio, Lecturer, Department of Modern Languages & Comparative Literature, Baruch College
Kannan Mohan, Associate Professor of Computer Information Systems, Baruch College

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Utilizing Technology to Foster and Empower Student Entrepreneurship Across CUNY

(Networking Track) – 12/5 @ 1:00 p.m.

The CUNY Center for Student Entrepreneurship (CSE) is a Baruch College led University-wide network to support/ encourage student entrepreneurship. The student Incubator “kicked-off” July 1, 2014. More broadly, technology is essential to link campus-based outposts with CSE to inform and engage interested students and faculty, culminating in an incubator/accelerator experience. This session will present convening, supporting and servicing elements, forming an emerging entrepreneurship technology platform across CUNY.

Speakers:
John Clark
, CUNY Central Office, Acting Executive Director, CUNY Center for Student Entrepreneurship, (CSE).
Edward Rogoff, Baruch College, Co-Academic Director, CSE
Stuart Schulman, Baruch College, Co-Academic Director, CSE
Christoph Winkler, Baruch College, Director, Technology, Innovation and Research, CSE
Edgar Troudt
, Kingsborough Community College, Director, Technology, CUNY Institute for Virtual Enterprise (IVE)

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Vocat 3.0: Ongoing Use and Future Development

(Tools Track) – 12/5 @ 2:15 p.m.

Since the release of the rebuilt Vocat in Spring 2014, evaluators have used the tool’s time-stamped annotations, peer review, server-side video processing, and video embeds in exciting ways. In this presentation, current Vocat users will share their innovative projects, and Center for Teaching and Learning staff will detail how current use is shaping ongoing development.

Speakers:
Luke Waltzer
, Director, Center for Teaching and Learning, Baruch College
Craig Stone, Educational Technology Specialist, Center for Teaching and Learning, Baruch College
Anderson Evans, Vocat Coordinator, Center for Teaching and Learning, Baruch College
Dennis Dolack, Writing and Communications Tutorial Coordinator, Student Academic Consulting Center, Baruch College
Julia Goldstein, Adjunct Professor, Communication Studies / Communication Fellow, Bernard L. Schwartz Communication Institute, Baruch College
Debra Hilborn, Adjunct Professor, Communication Studies; Communication Fellow / Bernard L. Schwartz Communication Institute, Baruch College