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.


North Campus HVAC Project Update

As reported earlier this month, Baruch College—in partnership with the Dormitory Authority of the State of New York (DASNY)—is working to upgrade the HVAC systems of the North Campus. An important piece of this $14 million capital project is replacing the cooling towers on the roofs of the Newman Vertical Campus (NVC) and the Information and Technology Building. These towers play a significant role in the maintenance of temperature.

Unfortunately, this work has been slightly delayed. Here is an update:

This past Saturday, Jan. 28, a street crane successfully removed the existing cooling towers of the Information and Technology Building (see image left). The downside of removal, however, is that there is no direct way to modulate the temperatures throughout the NVC and the Information and Technology Building while work is in progress.

Crane lifting temporary cooler in place

Be advised that campus engineers are doing their best to accommodate temperature-related complaints. The problem: When heat is reduced in one area, another area becomes even colder, and vice versa. Unfortunately, we anticipate that this situation will continue through this week, until the temporary chiller‒moved to accommodate the crane and other connections‒is back in operation.

Expected to be operational by Monday, Feb. 6, the temporary chiller will make it easier to modulate temperature. The first of the new cooling towers should be operational at the end of March or beginning of April, and the entire project is scheduled for completion this summer.

When completed, this upgrade will allow campus engineers to control the numerous components that balance the heating and air conditioning to the North Campus floors and rooms.

We apologize for any inconvenience and will continue to keep you apprised of developments.

Thank you for your patience and understanding.

Lisa Edwards
Assistant Vice President of Campus Facilities

How to Borrow a Calculator for the Spring 2015 Semester

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.)


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.

Electricity Peak Load Management Reduction Event – July 9, 2013

To:          Baruch College Community

From:      The Office of Campus Facilities and Operations


Electricity Peak Load Management Reduction Event

Tuesday, July 09, 2013

12:00 pm TO 6:00 pm

Baruch College is participating in The New York Power Authority’s Peak Load Management Program, which requires the curtailment of Electricity.

All departments must turn off all non-essential equipment such as lights, computers, printers, copy machines, etc. – Please note that this includes the equipment in the Library and the computing labs.

  • Escalator and Elevator service will be limited.
  • All windows must be closed.
  • Window AC set points should be raised to 77F.

Your cooperation is greatly appreciated.

If you have any questions or comments, please call the Office of Campus Facilities and Operations at

646-660-6030 or Buildings and Grounds Office at 646-660-6630.

Library Open Extended Hours to Help Students Make Up Work Due to Hurricane

Baruch College Library Open 24 Hours a Day for One Week (11/7-11/15)

Starting this evening (11/7), Baruch students studying for mid-term exams, as well as those looking to catch-up or get ahead of their studies given the disruption of Hurricane Sandy, will be able to find study and reading space 24 hours a day in the Newman Library for one week commencing this evening, Wednesday, November 7th and concluding Thursday night, November 15th when the library will close that evening (as it does for regularly scheduled hours) at midnight.  The service desks will close at their regularly scheduled times throughout the week.  Please visit the following page to confirm the hours of the various service desks:

Although the reference desk will close at its usual time, chat reference service is available 24 x 7 at

The College is extending hours to accommodate Baruch students who now have additional class meetings, assignments and exams loaded into the weeks before the end of the semester.  Your academic progress is a priority.  We hope that you and your families are well and recovering from the disastrous impact of the hurricane.

Library Will Reopen on Monday, November 5

The Newman Library will reopen on Monday, November 5 at 7:00 a.m. following the closure of the Baruch College campus since October 28 due to Hurricane Sandy.  The Library will be closed on Saturday, November 3 and Sunday, November 4.

Reserve a Group Study Room in Advance

Baruch College students may now use the Newman Library’s online Group Study Room Reservation Service to reserve a room up to one day in advance.  After logging in with a Baruch username and password, users see the availability of the rooms that hold 2-3 people and the rooms that hold 4-8 people.  For rooms that are marked “available” a reservation may be made for a period of up to 3 hours or until room closing time, whichever is shorter.  Only one reservation per user is permitted per day.  Users still need to charge out the room key at the circulation desk.  Reservations are automatically cancelled fifteen minutes after starting time if the key is not checked out at the circulation desk; the room is then made available to other users on a first-come, first-served basis.  For more information about the service, please visit the Newman Library’s circulation desk.

Borrow from Columbia, NYU, and NYPL via MaRLI

The New York Public Library, Columbia University, and New York University are piloting a lending program for faculty and graduate students. Cardholders from each institution, including CUNY faculty and graduate students, are invited to apply for borrowing privileges from all three research libraries through June 2012. CUNY applicants for MaRLI must:

  1. Obtain a current NYPL library card
  2. Apply for MaRLI specifying research interests (or an NYPL librarian consultant) to ensure eligibility and identify collections can meet specified needs
  3. Receive MaRLI approval by e-mail within 5 business days
  4. Validate a NYPL card with a MaRLI sticker by presenting
    • the approval email (in print or electronic form)
    • a NYPL card, and
    • another accepted form of ID at one of these NYPL locations:

Stephen A. Schwarzman Building Rose Main Reading Room (Bill Blass Reference Desk Room 315)
Science, Industry & Business Library (Lower Level Delivery Desk)
Library for the Performing Arts (Third Floor Print Delivery Desk)
Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture (Lower Level Delivery Desk)

5. Pick up additional MaRLI cards at NYU Bobst and Columbia Butler privileges offices