Our Library Blog Has Moved

It’s been a long time (and after 316 posts) the Bank Street Library blog is moving to a new home on the  Bank Street Library website. It’s still a WordPress blog but it will now be a part of the Library’s homepage so we’re excited about that.

A walk down memory lane will show you that we started March 14, 2009 and our first post was on a Law & Order SUV film shoot in our stacks – what a day! Our last true post was on an upcoming Presidents’ Day holiday. We hope to see you soon at our new home.


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Presidents’ Day 2018


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Images: Free to Use

Although it’s always best to shoot and use your own photographs for assignments and independent studies sometimes it’s not possible.

The following three websites allow visitors to use and manipulate images without worrying about onerous copyright restrictions.


It’s free, high resolution, and there are “collections,” i.e., sets of photos on a theme. Unsplash has a nice clean feel. Citing or crediting is not required but greatly appreciated! In the example below the crediting is in the form of a clickable unsplash logo.

unsplash-logoFlorian Klauer


All images on Pexels are stock, and are licensed under the Creative Commons Zero (CC0) license. This means all pictures are completely free to be used for any legal purpose. If you like what you see, sign-up and make use of Pexel’s free online tools: chrome extension, Mac & Windows Apps, Photoshop plugin, and MS Office Add-Ins.



What makes Pixabay a little different from other free image sites is it’s search box. As you can see you have a lot of option to drill down to what you want. Sometimes you will find Shutterstock images in the mix as well.



Summing Up

Today there are options to include high quality images to help make an assignment “pop” without having to worry about copyright. But, be judicious, selective and ask the question “Do I really need this image?”


Davis, L., Park, J., Dantus, S., Davidson, C., Lafazan, B., & Petit, J. (2017). Marketing for the beginner: Resources from the ACRL Library Marketing and Outreach Interest Group. College & Research Libraries News78(11), 612-615.

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Permalinks & Document URLs

It is getting easier to share articles with students and colleagues, but there are a few things you need to know to make things go smoothly. The key is to look for Permalinks in EBSCO databases  and Document URLs in ProQuest.

EBSCO Databases

Below is how to find permalinks in EBSCO:

  1. Click the title of the article
  2. Find the Permalink icon on the bottom right of the article’s record (and click it)
  3. Copy and paste the Permalink in a document you’d like to share

Remind your reader that they should have their 14 digit library barcode (or access code) handy if they are off campus.

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Here’s how to find the same type of link in ProQuest, which is called a Document URL. You can find this link by searching for the Abstract/Details link in the short or full view of the article’s record.

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Have you got the right link?

Your link should start with the libproxy prefix. This prefix will allow readers off campus to login and enjoy the reading.


If you copy the web address of the article and it looks like the one below, it will not work.


Please contact us at librarian@bankstreet.edu if you are still having issues with links.

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Google Docs & Printing

Using Google docs to write an assignment is a popular option these days, but sometimes patrons run into a glitch when it comes to printing. That print icon sometimes work, and then again sometimes it doesn’t. Here’s how to manage this issue:

Work Around 1

Download your document as an MS Word Docx, and then print it from the desktop. You may have to do some reformatting before you hit the print button.

Work Around 2

This is probably the better option. Use these keystrokes to active the Library’s print dialog box.

MAC: Option+Command+P

This is the print dialog box you should see on a MAC. This is the window where you can also choose orientation (portrait or landscape), and two-sided printing (for most jobs choose “long edge”).

PC: Ctrl+Shift+P

On a PC the print dialog box looks a little different – see below. To do extra formatting explore options under Preferences. Make you sure you save your setting as you move between screens.


If you need further assistance please ask a librarian at the reference desk – we are more than happy to help you.



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eReserves Update

eReserves is a very convenient way for faculty to share readings with students, that are:

  • Chapters from books (the Library takes care of any copyright issues)
  • or journal articles that can’t be found through our databases.

Spoiler alert: There is a lot of clicking involved!

Tip: Use Firefox for best results. Chrome on a MAC also seems to work.

Step 1

  • Go to eReserves drop-down menu on the Library’s homepage
  • Select Course Pages.


Step 2

  • Click Electronic Reserves & Reserves Pages.


Step 3

  1. Click course pages by instructor
  2. From the pulldown menu select your instructor
  3. Hit Search.

Yes, the other tabs also work but most people find the instructor tab is the easiest.


Step 4

  • Check to see that you have the right class, sometimes an instructor has more than one class listed
  • Click the Course Number hyperlink.


Step 5

  1. Now type in the course page password. Your instructor should have emailed you the password. If you are experiencing any problems contact your instructor, alternatively ask reference librarians Peter or Grace.
  2. Select Accept.


Step 6

  • Click on the article you would like to read.


Step 7

Nearly there! Click the PDF icon. In this example it is “Child Life Assessment.”


Step 8

Read and Enjoy!


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August Hours 2017

The Library is open at reduced hours for the month of  August (Monday – Friday 9:00am – 5:00pm). Please note that we are open normal hours for all of Summer Session 2.

There are three energy conservation days (August 18, 21, 25), and Labor Day weekend (Monday, September 4) when the Library is closed. Normal hours resume Tuesday, September 5.

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Create & Email a Booklist

With every new iteration of the Library’s catalog Koha, we find we have to re-learn simple tasks such as creating and emailing booklists. It was with surprise and delight that this time around creating and emailing a booklist was kind of easy. Just remember, it’s all about “logging in and the cart.” Here’s what you need to do.


Start your booklist here

  1. Start your booklist here by typing in your topic
  2. Select the Find Books radio button
  3. Hit Go.

Log in to your account

  1. Login to your account (see Log in link – top right-hand corner). This activates a pop-up box.
  2. Type in your 14 digit library barcode
  3. Type in your password (the default is changeme)
  4. Hit Sign in.
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Select and add books to your cart

  1. Now that you are logged in (you’ll see your first name in blue with an exclamation mark next to it).
  2. Select books by checking boxes next to titles
  3. As you select books you will see a corresponding number in the Selected tab go up
  4. Once you are done, add your selection to the cart (in this example there are five books).
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The cart is ready for the next step: Emailing!

  1. You are logged in, you’ve selected some titles, and added them to a cart. Now it’s time to check the cart has items in it (see the number 5 next to the cart icon). Onwards!
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Preparing your cart

  1. This may seem redundant but re-select the books you want to email to yourself and others (the checkmarks must be blue)
  2. Now, tap the email icon.

Email the cart

  1. Type in the email address you would like the booklist to go to.
  2. Change the subject to something that is meaningful and will help you find the booklist at a later date.
  3. Now, all you have to do is hit send.

Check Your Email

If click the blue hyperlinks above in your email (highlighted in yellow), you’ll be taken to the item’s catalog record. You can also see the call numbers – remember, all the numbers and letters are important for finding items in the stacks.

It sounds like a lot of work but once you have down it, your book list can live on forever, especially if you leave a copy in the cloud of your choice.

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NYC Pride in the Library

Every year in June the Library mounts it’s annual NYC Pride display, and this year is no different.


As a way to keep things in one place the Library created a research guide devoted to LGBTQIA+ Resources. It includes:

  • books in print for children and adults
  • “must visit” websites and twitter feeds
  • help with navigating databases for more academic works.
  • links to articles and reports
  • a list of LGBTQIA+ terms.

LGBTQIA+ resources can be also be found in the following research guides:

Finally, we have a take-home pamphlet available from the reference desk.


Hope to see you at NYC Pride 2017.

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14 Digit Library Barcode

What Numbers Do I Use?

We are really hoping to see “single sign-on” for everything at Bank Street, but until then, this is what you need to know. Once you have your ID card and get a 14 digit library issued barcode it’s all plain sailing 🙂


  • Above is a typical ID card with a student’s ID number in the top left-hand corner.
  • Underneath the photo is the student’s full name


  • When you bring your ID card to the circulation desk, staff will place a 14 digit barcode on the back.
  • The numbers printed on the card are only useful for faculty.

Databases from Home

When asked for your 14 digit library barcode enter the 14 digits on the barcode on the back of your ID card (3). If you have been given a cohort access code enter that.

Renew & Place Holds on Books

Your username is your 14 digit library barcode (3). The password is changeme.


Your instructor will email you the password. Spoiler alert: there is a lot of clicking to do – keep at it and you’ll get there.


your username is the first part of your Bank Street email address. Usually it is the first letter of your first name and your last name (i.e., everything before the @ mark of your bankstreet email address). In the example about Joanne Student’s username would be jstudent (2). The password is your student ID, in the example above it would be 654123 (1).

If you are faculty, your username is the first part of your Bank Street email address. Your password is the 5 or 6 digit found on the back of your ID card (4).

Parents and guests ask for a print access card.


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