Argentina’s Minister of Defense Gives Newman Library Documents about the Former Dictatorship

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.

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Agustín Oscar Rossi (left) and David Birdsell

New Collection of Books on Turkish History and Culture

The Newman Library has acquired a new collection of books on Turkish history and culture through a grant from the Institute of Turkish Studies.  The titles were selected by students in the Baruch College Turkish Student Association.  The books are available for loan and are currently on display in the Engelman Reading Room on the second floor of the Library.

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New Online Resource: Mango Languages – Language Leaning Program

The Newman Library has licensed Mango Languages for all students, faculty, and staff.  This interactive learning program teaches practical conversation and cultural awareness. The 45 languages offered include: Arabic (Levantine), Chinese (Cantonese), Chinese (Mandarin), Croatian, Czech, Danish, Dari, Dutch, Farsi (Persian), Finnish, French, French (Canadian), German, Greek, Haitian Creole, Hawaiian, Hebrew, Hindi, Indonesian, Irish, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Norwegian, Pashto, Pirate, Portuguese (Brazil), Russian, Slovak, Spanish (Latin America), Tagalog, Tamil, Thai, Turkish, Ukrainian, Urdu and Vietnamese. There is also a mobile app that users can download to learn a language on the go.

You do not have to create an account to use this database. However, if you want to track your progress, you should create a personal account.

Online Exhibit on the History of the Ticker

The Ticker, the official newspaper of Baruch College, is celebrating its 80th anniversary this year. As is often the case with school publications, the Ticker began humbly, but has risen over the years to a well-respected, award winning newspaper.

This on-line exhibit uses pictures, advertisements and testimonials to provide a glimpse into each decade up to the present. Preserving the memories of the college and serving as a unifying force to a dispersed college campus, the Ticker has become a source of pride to the entire Baruch College community.

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Lexicon, 2008 (Baruch College Archives)

First Known Photo of Ticker staff
Microcosm 1934 (Courtesy of C.C.N.Y. Archives)

Newman Library Joins The Center for Research Libraries

The Newman Library has joined the prestigious Center for Research Libraries (CRL), a consortium of 240-plus university, college, and independent research libraries that acquires and preserves newspapers, journals, documents, archives, and other traditional and digital resources from a global network of sources.

Most of the materials acquired are from outside of the United States, and many are from the emerging regions of the world: Africa, Eastern Europe, the Middle East, Southeast Asia, South Asia, and Latin America. CRL is based in Chicago and governed by a Board of Directors drawn entirely from the higher education community.  Membership provides Baruch College students and faculty with access to the Center’s approximately five million publications, archives, and collections and one million digital resources.  These research materials in the humanities, sciences, and social sciences, housed at the CRL facility in Chicago, are available through interlibrary loan.

The benefits of a CRL membership include: unlimited access to CRL collections, automatic 90-day loan periods with 90-day renewals, third-day delivery on the vast majority of interlibrary loans, and an array of cooperative acquisition programs and user services designed to facilitate scholarly research and support collection-development activities.

CRL members have unlimited access to a collection of materials selected over five decades by subject specialists from North America’s foremost universities and colleges.

Collection highlights include:

  1. Largest collection of circulating newspapers in North America
    • 6,500 international newspapers
    • 2,500 U.S. newspapers, many dating to the colonial era
    • 2,000 ethnic titles indexed by language, state, culture, etc.
  2. More than 38,000 international journals rarely held in U.S. libraries
  3. More than 800,000  doctoral dissertations
  4. Area Studies: Major collections from Africa, Latin America, Middle East, Europe, Asia, and Southeast Asia, and in subjects such as human rights.