EBSCO Discovery Service (Trial)

We’re pretty excited about a new product called EBSCOhost Discovery Service (EDS). It has the ability to “search everything” the Library subscribes to, or owns (except ProQuest). Yes, that’s right:

  • Books in the stacks
  • eBooks
  • databases
  • topic specific YouTube videos
  • Library Research Guides
  • EBSCO’s Research Starters.

And all from one user interface. We would like you to explore on campus and at home. Let us know what you think, and tell us about any glitches or links that don’t work.

If you are off campus you can still look at what EDS has to offer, but you won’t be allowed to download anything unless you are logged in with your 14 digit library barcode (or access code).

There are two opportunities to login, the first is at the top of the EDS search page (look for the yellow strip), and second when you click an item to download.

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Illustrators & APA

So, you’ve been asked to write an annotated bibliography for your Early Childhood Curriculum class. There are some fantastic books you want to add to your bibliography and you really want to shout the praises of an illustrator. You’ve just discovered that APA doesn’t seem to care about illustrators like other citation styles do, e.g.,  MLA. What should you do?


Solution 1

Remember, APA is a just a way to retrieve a book, and the easiest way to do that is through the author (Sonia Manzano). The best way to manage the illustrator is to write about them (Marjorie Priceman) in your annotation.

Manzano, S. (2015). Miracle on 133rd Street. New York, NY. Atheneum Books for Young Readers.

“Marjorie Priceman, the illustrator of this picture book really brings to life the message of the author…”

Solution 2

Or you could do this. If the illustrator’s name is on the cover or title page you can add it next to the author’s (there’s no need to mention the different roles – you’ll be doing that in your annotation anyway). This option is for picture books where the illustrator’s work is very important.

Manzano, S., & Priceman, M. (2015). Miracle on 133rd Street. New York, NY. Atheneum Books for Young Readers.

“Marjorie Priceman, the illustrator of this picture book really brings to life the message of the author…”

For more on this topic read APA Style Blog’s post on “How to Cite an Illustrated Book.”

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Printing With PaperCut

Quietly, overnight without any warning PaperCut upgraded itself – so, it looks a little different but deep down it’s still the same old PaperCut.

Once you have sent your print job to the copier you need to activate it by either tapping the card reader on the copier:


Or, typing in your Username and Password (use the touch screen or the pull-out keyboard).


Everything is automatic if you have done everything correctly (and your account is current). You should see a screen like this:


Now relax and let the copier print your job. Finally, Log Out as a courtesy to others.



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Library Website Use Questionnaire

Please help us by taking our really, super, short, fun Library Website Use Questionnaire. Our plan is to gather information from patrons far and wide (onsite and offsite) and to make our website the best we possibly can.

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Summer Reading Wall 2015

It’s become a Bank Street Library tradition, thanks to Archivist Lindsey Wyckoff, to put up a Summer Reading Wall. Here’s what our patrons young and old read over the summer break.

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WorldCat & IMPs

In the “old days” once a thesis was submitted to the library it was bound and placed in the stacks. Most were able to circulate, i.e., loaned out for two weeks at a time to students and faculty. Occasionally, other academic institutions would request a thesis through inter-library loan. Hmm… you are probably wondering how they found out about a particular thesis. The answer is simple; either through:

  1. Bank Street Library’s online catalog (which can be accessed by anyone in the world with an internet connection). OR
  2. WorldCat, a union catalog that itemizes the collections of 72,000 libraries in 170 countries (which can also be accessed by anyone in the world with an internet connection).

We have thesis records dating back to 1953 and to prove it, below is an example from our online catalog. It’s pretty basic: title, author, and call number T 1953 B193b.
The WorldCat record is also very bare bones. There’s a link to request the item through inter-library loan – Request item.
Up until mid-2012 things continued in the same way. Theses were submitted to the Library in print (a back-up copy in the locked area, and a circulating copy in the stacks). Below is a Bank Street Library online record for T 2012 B458m.
Here is the same item in WorldCat. The record looks fuller but you still have to locate the physical item to read it (or request it through inter-library loan).
Since mid-2012 records now include a link to the digital version of the thesis. The thesis is no longer a physical item but is a digital object (PDF) residing on a server. You can download the thesis to your preferred device, and read it anywhere in the world for free. All you have to do is “Click here to access online.”
Below is the same record in WorldCat. The link to read the full text item is below the record in a box called “Find a copy online.”
Once you click the link under “Links to this itemd2mguk73h8xisw.cloudfront.net you are in! And, just to prove we really do have IMPs in print, below is a photo of T 1953 B193b and T 2012 B458m.


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Dia De Los Muertos: In Memoriam & in the Classroom

November 1, 2015 will mark Dia de Los Muertos (Day of the Dead), a 3,000 year old Mexican holiday honoring the dead. A tradition deriving from the confluence of Aztec ritual and Spanish Catholicism, Dia de Los Muertos is a widely-celebrated moment in the Mexican and broader Latin American experience, and is meant to memorialize the dead by celebrating our loved ones as they lived, thereby suggesting a powerful continuum between birth, youth, adulthood, death, and the afterlife.

Whether you are interested in bringing the colorful treasures of this holiday into your classroom, are interested in making marigolds to be handed out at El Museo del Barrio’s November 1 celebration, interested in drawing your own calaveras (decorative skeletons) or are hoping to bring an ofrenda to one of New York’s many cultural institutions, Dia de Los Muertos is a tradition brimming with learning possibilities and an excellent occasion to honor our departed loved ones. A few of these opportunities and handy resources are detailed below.

Childrens’ books currently on our bookshelves offering historical context and visual engagement with the holiday include: El Dia De Los Muertos by Bob Barner; El Festival de las Calaveras by Luis San Vincente; Marina Molina and the Days of the Dead by Kathleen Krull; My Familia Calaca by Cynthia Weill

***Also, check out our small exhibit of DoD childrens’ books, on display now in Bank Street Library, and the colorful papel picado donated by Bank Street student Julie Donnadieu!***

Super Sabado: Museo del Barrio’s Day of The Dead Celebration

CalState Los Angeles’ well-curated Dia de Los Muertos LibGuide, a handy resource for bringing DoD into your classroom

Want to engage your students by building your own Day of the Dead altars? Check out this how-to from The Mija Chronicles!

For an important social justice orientation with the holiday, consider Mano a Mano: Mexican Culture Without Borders’ Day of the Dead tribute to Mexican journalists murdered in Mexico in the past year


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