Newman Library Contributes to ITHAKA S+R’s Study of Business Instruction

Logo of ITHAKA S+RThe Newman Library is one of sixteen institutions nationwide that participated in a research study of the teaching practices and needs of instructors teaching in business and business related disciplines.  The final report of the study, Teaching Business: Looking at the Support Needs of Instructors, has been published by ITHAKA S+R, which organized the project.  Three of our business librarians, Ryan Phillips, Louise Klusek and Charles Terng conducted faculty interviews, analyzed the responses, and wrote a report of their findings that were incorporated in the final report from ITHAKA S+R.  The report of the Newman Library team, Supporting the Changing Practices of Teaching in Business, will also help guide the development and delivery of library services to the College’s Zicklin School of Business.

Newman Library Becomes the Home of an Important Research Collection in Technical Analysis

TAEF LogoThe Technical Analysis Educational Foundation, Inc. (TAEF) has placed its research collection on long-term loan in the Newman Library of Baruch College.  The collection includes nearly 7,000 publications that constitute a significant portion of the body of knowledge of technical analysis, which considers the empirical information derived from the activities of buyers and sellers in an open auction market. The holdings consist of books, historical texts, journals, investment advisory letters, recordings, electronic and digital media, chart books, and photographs. The collection continues to grow through new acquisitions and donations.

Through its partnership with Baruch College, the TAEF is able to make this collection available to a diverse community of users. The collection will benefit both professionals and new entrants to technical analysis.  In addition to supporting instruction and research at Baruch College, many of the books are available to other institutions through interlibrary loan.  Items published prior to 1930, advisory letters, journals, newspapers, pictures, sound recordings, and unbound books cannot be borrowed, but may be consulted on site in the Newman Library by appointment. The holdings may be searched via the catalog on the Newman Library’s website.

The collection includes books by the earliest generation of analysts and writers in this country who formulated and expanded the field of technical analysis – William Peter Hamilton and Robert Rhea of Dow Theory; Richard W. Schabacker on the principles of charting; Humphrey B. Neill on contrarian opinion; Harold M. Gartley, a leading stock market analyst of the 1930s; Alexander H. Wheelan on point and figure charting; and William D. Gann, Ralph Nelson Elliott, and Richard D. Wyckoff, who created technical theories that remain in use today. A large number of the Dow Theory letters of the late Richard Russell are part of the collection.  The books of leading modern technicians such as Gerald B. Appel, Constance M. Brown, Alexander Elder, Humphrey E. D. Lloyd, Gregory L. Morris, John J. Murphy, Martin J. Pring, Robert R. Prechter, Victor Sperandeo, and Martin E. Zweig are included. These materials set forth the principles and theories of technical analysis that are of value to both professional investment managers and new members of the field.

The library also contains possibly the finest collection of books and writings dealing with the cyclicality of financial markets, physical sciences, human cultural activities, weather, biological rhythms, planetary activity, and natural phenomena. These publications present the findings of extensive research going back decades. The materials were originally compiled by the Foundation for the Study of Cycles established in 1941 and are currently owned by the CMT (Chartered Market Technician) Association.

Additional information is posted on the TAEF collection website.

About the Technical Analysis Educational Foundation, Inc. (taeducation.org)

The Technical Analysis Educational Foundation, Inc. (TAEF) was established in March 1993, as a New York Not-for-Profit Corporation, then known as the Market Technicians Association Educational Foundation, but renamed in January 2018.  The original mission of the foundation was to create and fund educational programs in the field of Technical Analysis. This mission has expanded to include the creation and support of a complete Technical Analysis curriculum that is now being taught in colleges and universities for academic credit. According to its website (taeducation.org), the foundation “unites industry experts from around the globe to develop comprehensive lectures, course outlines, and study materials designed for students new to technical analysis.”

About Baruch College (baruch.cuny.edu)

Baruch College provides students with the skills, knowledge, and perspectives to pursue their aspirations in today’s global environment. A leading college within The City University of New York (CUNY), Baruch is also listed among the nation’s top public institutions for academic excellence, affordability, student success, and value. Its three schools educate more than 18,000 students who represent one of the most diverse college campuses in the country. Strong career and support services drive Baruch’s national recognition as an engine for social and economic mobility. Through executive education, continuing studies, international partnerships, public events, and arts programming, Baruch stands out as an intellectual and cultural resource for New York City and the world.

Frank Donnelly, Geospatial Data Librarian, Authors Timely Book on US Census

Book Cover of Donnelly's Exploring the U.S. CensusFrank Donnelly, Geospatial Data Librarian and Associate Professor in the Newman Library has authored: Exploring the U.S. Census: Your Guide to America’s Data, which has just been published by SAGE.

According to the publisher’s description, “Exploring the U.S. Census gives social science students and researchers alike the tools to understand, extract, process, and analyze data from the decennial census, the American Community Survey, and other data collected by the U.S. Census Bureau. Donnelly’s text provides a thorough background on the data collection methods, structures, and potential pitfalls of the census for unfamiliar researchers, collecting information previously available only in widely disparate sources into one handy guide. Hands-on, applied exercises at the end of the chapters help readers dive into the data. Along the way, the author shows how best to analyze census data with open-source software and tools. Readers can freely evaluate the data on their own computers, in keeping with the free and open data provided by the Census Bureau. By placing the census in the context of the open data movement, this text makes the history and practice of the census relevant so readers can understand what a crucial resource the census is for research and knowledge.”

 

Sculpture by Charlie Kaplan is Installed Permanently in Newman Library

Soaring, a sculpture by Charlie KaplanArtist Charlie Kaplan’s monumental work Soaring, 2018, made of Bianco Puro Carrara marble, now graces the entrance to Baruch College’s William and Anita Newman Library for the enjoyment of the campus community.

At an installation ceremony on October 15, the Los Angeles-based artist spoke of his enthusiasm to place one of his art works on permanent display at Baruch, and how he hopes the sculpture will provide inspiration, especially to students.

“I could not be more pleased to have one of my pieces at an institution like Baruch than any place I could think of,” explained Kaplan. “The idea that this College has more social mobility than any other institution of its kind in the country is just the kind of place I would want one of my pieces to be.”

Charlie Kaplan: Bring Art into Your Life

For more than 40 years, Kaplan worked in his family’s business. Through his business career, he pursued a “growing passion to make sculpture, first in wood, then metal, before finding his true calling in carving stone,” according to his website.

In an interview at the installation, Kaplan expressed hope that Soaring, 2018 will move Baruch students to pursue a lifelong interest in art, and perhaps even as a career or hobby.

“I truly feel that this artwork can help inspire students to realize that a college education is more than just a degree,” said Kaplan. “I am hoping having a piece that they could look at and study can encourage them there are other journeys as well.”

In September 2018, Kaplan had his first New York institutional solo exhibition— Pleasing Curves: Sculpture by Charlie Kaplan—at Baruch College’s Mishkin Gallery. Learn more about the Mishkin Gallery exhibition and the artist’s distinctive approach to working with stone.


Text is reprinted from the Baruch College News Announcement

Robotic Self-Service Book Loan Kiosk Increases Student Access to Newman Library Materials

Robotic Book Loan Kiosk

Newman Library’s Book Loan Kiosk

Baruch College students are now able to borrow course textbooks from a new robotic loan kiosk on the first floor of the Information & Technology Building.  The kiosk is located across from the Subotnick Financial Services Center and next to a student lounge area.

The kiosk holds 210 duplicate copies of the most heavily circulated textbooks from the Library’s reserve desk.  Baruch students are able to borrow from the kiosk at any time that the building is open.  This includes hours when the library’s circulation desk is closed and during midterm and final exam periods when the library is open 24 hours.  The robotic shelving system in the kiosk ensures that when an item is returned it is immediately re-shelved and available for loan to another student.  Receipts for the borrowing and return transactions are sent to the user via email.  The loan period and overdue fines are the same as for borrowing reserve textbooks over the counter.  The kiosk was funded by the student technology fee and the textbooks were funded by the Baruch College Association.

The glass front on the kiosk lets users see how the robotic arm retrieves and re-shelves books.  Step-by-step instructions on how to borrow and return items are provided on the kiosk’s touchscreen.  The instructions also appear on the covers of the books displayed through the glass on the front of the kiosk.  These special book covers were designed by undergraduate students in the College’s New Media Arts program. In addition, there is a two-minute video that shows how to operate the kiosk.

Museum of American Finance Features a Special Collection in the Newman Library

Blumenthal headshotOn the 90th anniversary of the Stock Market Crash of 1929 former New York Times reporter Ralph Blumenthal, a Distinguished Lecturer in the Newman Library, will deliver a talk at the Museum of American Finance about how cash-starved municipalities issued their own bills and coins using examples from the Baruch Archives.  His presentation, “Crash! The Stock Market Collapse of 1929 and the Rise of Fake Money (Scrip)” will be followed by a Q&A session.

Admission is $5, but students and members of the Museum of American Finance may attend at no cost.  This event will be held on Tuesday, October 29, 2019 (12:30 PM to 1:30 PM) at 48 Wall Street, 5th Floor.

Register on the Museum’s web site.

 

How to Borrow a Calculator from the Newman Library for Spring 2020

graphing calculatorThe Library has 1,110 TI-89 graphing calculators available for Baruch College students to borrow for the spring 2020 semester.  Students who are interested in borrowing a calculator must enter their Baruch email address on the calculator distribution entry form.

Students will be selected from the list at random at 7:00 a.m. on February 3, 2020 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 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 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 3.

FDR Presidential Library and Newman Library Co-Sponsor a Symposium

Gulick's Organization Chart of Federal AgenciesOn Sunday, April 28, 2019, the Roosevelt Library and the Baruch College Newman Library of the City University of New York will commemorate the 80th anniversary of FDR’s 1939 reorganization of the executive branch. The symposium, “Making Democracy Work: FDR’s Bitter Struggle to Modernize the Presidency” — at 2:00 p.m. in the Henry A. Wallace Center at the FDR Presidential Library and Home — is based on Baruch’s historic collection of the papers of one of FDR’s administrative geniuses, Luther Halsey Gulick III. Panelists will include Susan Dunn, Massachusetts Professor of Humanities at Williams College, David B. Woolner, Senior Fellow and Resident Historian of the Roosevelt Institute, and Kenneth Meier, Distinguished Scholar in Residence, Department of Public Administration and Policy at American University. The discussion will be moderated by Ralph Blumenthal, Distinguished Lecturer at Baruch College’s Newman Library.

Free public event but space is limited. Registration required.

The event will be live streamed.

Baruch Student Theses Are Read Worldwide via the Library’s Academic Works Repository

World map showing locations of thesis downloads

Map of Downloads of Baruch Student Theses

Academic Works is the CUNY Libraries’ open repository for providing access to the research, scholarship and creative works of faculty, students and staff.  Undergraduate Student Theses constitute one category of documents in Academic Works.  There were 85 Baruch undergraduate student theses in Academic Works in Calendar Year 2018, including 10 additions during that period.  The total number of downloads of the theses in 2018 was 8,343.  The top 5 theses in terms of number downloads are listed in the table below.

  1. Sherese Francis, “African vibrations : the percussive approach in hip-hop music” (Music & Journalism) – 1,107 downloads
  2. Kyle Beard, “English/Indian relations in colonial New England, 1617-1676” (History) – 897 downloads
  3. Rachel Viliusis, “The Emergence of Psychology and the Creation of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein: An Examination of Innovation and Narration” (English) – 500 downloads
  4. Patrycja J. Koszykowska, “The Rise of Right-Wing Populism in Poland: Comparative Analysis of Social Structure and Party Strategy” (History) – 472 downloads
  5. Martin Stankiewicz, “The Warsaw Uprising of 1944 : why did it fail?” (History) – 461 downloads

One of the benefits of depositing items in Academic Works is the ability to allow users across the globe to discover them through a web search.  In 2018 Baruch Undergraduate Student Theses were downloaded from Academic Works by users in 130 countries (See the world map above for the distribution.)  The 20 countries outside the United States where the most downloads occurred are:

  1. United Kingdom (1,234)
  2. Canada (252)
  3. India (239)
  4. France (212)
  5. Germany (173)
  6. Poland (111)
  7. Australia (100)
  8. Brazil (93)
  9. Russian Federation (90)
  10. China (88)
  11. Italy (88)
  12. Argentina (87)
  13. Spain (83)
  14. Netherlands (72)
  15. Japan (64)
  16. Nigeria (64)
  17. Chile (52)
  18. Indonesia (51)
  19. Iran (48)
  20. Singapore (48)

Beyond CUNY the following educational institutions recorded the largest number of downloads in 2018:

  1. Cornell University (15)
  2. North Carolina Research and Education Network (15)
  3. New York University (12)
  4. U.S. Department of Education (12)
  5. Georgia Department of Education (11)
  6. Harvard University (10)
  7. London Grid for Learning Trust (10)
  8. University of Bath (10)
  9. University of Cambridge (10)
  10. Erasmus Universiteit Rotterdam (9)

In addition to educational institutions, student theses were downloaded in organizations from other sectors.  Examples are :

  • Commercial:  General Motors, Korbank, SA, AVAST Software, TDI Power.
  • Non-Profit:  Institut National de la Recherche Agronomique (France), Stark Portage Area Computer Consortium (OH), RAND Corporation, Corporation for Education Network Initiatives in California (CENIC).
  • Government:  Bureau of Land Management, Environmental Protection Agency, National Government of Kenya, Department of Homeland Security.
  • Military:  U.S. Army Intelligence and Security Command, DoD Network Information Center, Navy Network Information Center.

 

Portable Assistive Technology to Borrow in Newman Library

portable text reader in library

OrCam Text Reader

The Newman Library has added a set of portable assistive technology devices to help ensure that all library users have access to the collections and services we offer.  Each item was selected in consultation with the College’s Office of Services to Students with Disabilities.  The devices are available only for use within the Newman Library by all current CUNY students, faculty, and staff.  Items are loaned at the access services loan desk on the 2nd floor of the library and must be returned before that desk closes for the day.  To avoid incurring an overdue fine borrowers should check with the library desk staff regarding the time that an item is due to be returned at the time that it is borrowed.

The following are the devices available for loan at the time of this post.  Other devices will be added based on recommendations from library users and the Office of Services to Students with Disabilities.

  • Audio Technica Noise-Cancelling headphones
  • Dell Latitude – software includes Dragon Naturally Speaking, ZoomText/ZoomText Fusion, Jaws for Windows, OpenBook
  • Explore 5 Video Magnifier – used to magnify text
  • Focus 40 Braille Display – Braille input device
  • iPad – has built-in assistive technology
  • MacBook Pro – software includes Kurzweil 3000, Dragon Speaking Naturally
  • ORCAM My Reader – allows users to take photos and device will read back text or describe items
  • Orion TI-84 Talking Graphing Calculator – talking version of standard TI-84
  • Rock Adapted Joystick – alternative to a standard mouse
  • Roger FM System (includes Pen, Table Mic & Mylink with headphones) – used to amplify/hear voice
  • Ruby 7 HD Video Magnifier – used to magnify text
  • Samsung Galaxy Tab – has built-in assistive technology
  • UbiDuo – pair of screens with integrated keyboards for real-time face-to-face interaction
  • Victor Reader Stream- used to amplify sound
  • Wave Rollerball – alternative to a standard mouse
  • ZoomText Large Print Keyboard- keyboard has oversized keys