Remote Access System Downtime on June 2

18 05 2017

On Friday, June 2, remote access to licensed library content will be interrupted while BCTC udpates the EZproxy software on our server. Work will begin at 9 am and should be done by 11 am. During the period of downtime, we will need to use temporary workarounds for common tasks both on and off campus:

Access to Databases on Campus

  1. Go to our A-Z list of databases and right mouse click on the one you want to use; from the list of options you’ll see, select the one that will copy the link address
  2. Paste the URL in the browser and then remove the EZproxy prefix, the part of the URL that begins with
  3. After removing the EZproxy prefix from the URL, you can then safely navigate to the database (as long as you are on campus)

Off Campus Access to Databases

  1. Go to the list of databases and e-resources centrally purchased by CUNY and use the links there:
  2. Once you select a database from this page, you’ll need to use your Baruch library number (AKA your “barcode”) to log in

Searching On or Off Campus for Books 

  1. Either use OneSearch (select “Books + Articles + Videos” in our search bar) or use this unproxied URL for the library catalog:


Reference Advice Beyond Our Research Guides

18 05 2017

If you’ve got a stumper question on a business topic and our research guides don’t seem to have a relevant answer and there are no other librarians around to ask for advice, you might find these business FAQ sites from various libraries to be helpful:

If you’ve got any go-to spots online for business research help, please add them in the comments to this blog post.

ISBNs for Baruch College Publications

18 05 2017

I’ve added a new entry in the Library Services wiki about who to contact if we get any questions related to the minting of new ISBNs for Baruch College publications.

Selected Videos Being Removed from Counseling and Therapy

11 05 2017

In mid-June, one of the many companies that provides psychotherapy and counseling videos to the Counseling and Therapy database (from Alexander Street Press) is pulling all their content from that database to put it on their own subscription database (these videos are all from Luckily for us, we have access to nearly all of those same videos via Kanopy, another streaming video database we have.

Remote Access Problem with

3 05 2017

At the moment, remote access to (formerly known as Dismal Scientist) is not working. I’ve got a support request in to the vendor and will report back when remote access is working again. On campus access is unaffected.

Database Trial: UN iLibrary

12 04 2017

Description (from the vendor)

The United Nations iLibrary is the first comprehensive global search, discovery, and viewing source for digital content created by the United Nations.

It provides librarians, information specialists, scholars, students, policy makers, influencers and the general public with a single digital destination for seamlessly accessing publications, journals, data, and series published by the United Nations Secretariat, and its funds and programs.

More info (pdf)


Trial ends

12 June 2017


On and off campus.


Please share with any faculty who might be interested and recommend they use the trial feedback form (also linked to on the Trials tab on the databases page).

Feedback Needed on New Interface for OneSearch

10 04 2017

This spring the CUNY Office of Library services (CUNY OLS) is asking all CUNY library staff to help kick the tires of the new interface for OneSearch, which has been running in parallel since last fall as CUNY OLS has been setting it up. As feedback rolls in this spring, CUNY OLS will fix any bugs and begin to customize the interface for each campus in selected ways.

Please take a look at the new interface, compare it to the old one, run test searches in each, and share any issues or concerns you have with Mike Walkman or with me.

Current interface:

New interface:

What is the CUNY OLS timeline?

  • June 2017
    • Soft rollout of new interface. Old interface is removed and new one replaces it.
    • Concentrated efforts on identifying and fixing bugs and customizations (CUNY-wide and local)
  • August 2017
    • Official rollout

What is new?

  • Designed to work equally well in mobile screens as well as larger ones
  • URLs are no longer session based (this means you can copy and paste URLs in the address bar to return to a search or a found item)
  • Modern design that is less cluttered and overwhelming
  • Options that were hidden away behind tabs and drop down menus are now much more visible
  • More opportunities to customize the interface

What customizations haven’t yet been made?

  • Local branding (campus logos, campus color schemes)
  • Labeling of functions and options to match the current interface

All Library Systems Back Up

10 04 2017

The planned maintenance work that impacted a number of different library systems has been completed. All systems are working again.

Selected Library Systems Down on April 10

9 04 2017

On Monday, April 10, between 9 am and 2 pm, CUNY CIS will be doing maintenance on servers that will directly impact a number of key library systems.

Systems that will be affected

SFX: The Find It! button in our databases and the View Now button in OneSearch will not be able to connect you to full text.

Library catalog: You won’t be able to connect to the catalog at all.

OneSearch: The “View Now” button will not be able to connect to full text. Although you will be able to use OneSearch as as a replacement for the library catalog to find records, you will not be able to get real-time information on availability (i.e., you won’t be able to know if an item is checked out), to renew loans, or to request items.

These systems, which are locally hosted or hosted on vendor servers, will not be affected: Remote access to databases, interlibrary loan, LibGuides, study room reservations.


Books: Run your search in OneSearch (select “Books + Articles + Videos” in the search bar) but remember that real-time availability info will not be working.

Articles: Use a specific library database for subject searches or use the Journals search system for known-item searches.

As soon as the system is back up, look for an email on CULIBS and a blog post here.

Database Trial: HeinOnline Government, Politics and Law for Academics

5 04 2017

Description (from the vendor)

Coverage from inception of both U.S. statutory materials, U.S. Congressional Documents and more than 2,400 scholarly journals, all of the world’s constitutions, all U.S. treaties, collections of classic treatises and presidential documents, and access to the full text of state and federal case law powered by Fastcase.

More info (pdf)

Trial ends

30 September 2017


On and off campus.


Please share with any faculty who might be interested and recommend they use the trial feedback form (also linked to on the Trials tab on the databases page).