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 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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New on the Shelf: “Colormute” and Looking Ahead to Black History Month 2015

In deference to upcoming Black History Month (October!), we’re highlighting a recent arrival on our shelves from Mica Pollock. “Colormute”, an American Educational Research Association award-winning collection of case studies and anthropological analyses, articulates some of the fundamental questions around race, racial labels, and legacies of systemic racism in the classroom. Pollock’s ethnographic study in a California City high school turns the term “color-blind”, so often invoked in conversations about a “post-racial America”, to gesture towards the problem of “color-muteness”, or lack of intersectional and practical dialogue, around race in secondary education settings. This book serves as an excellent starting point for educators, critical race thinkers and general readers alike, and is a reliable catalyst for beginning prescient and crucial conversations between peers and students.

On the shelf:

Pollock, M. (2004). Colormute: Race talk dilemmas in an American school. Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press.
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Books About Banned Books

It’s “Banned Book” week. Below is a bibliography of what we have on the topic of Books-About-Banned-Books (docx). All are available for check-out. Please see our display opposite the reference desk, and visit The American Library Association (ALA) website on Banned and Challenged Books.


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Full Text Finder

Index A-Z, also known as Find a Journal (and sometimes Online Journal Finder) just got better and it’s now called Full Text Finder. You can still use it to find out where a journal resides. i.e., in print and/or online, along with coverage. To get to the page below, type your query (YC Young Children) into the Library’s homepage search box, make sure you have checked the Find a Journal radio button and hit Go.

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In the example above YC: Young Children can be found online in three databases (EBSCOhost’s Education Resource Complete, Education Source, and ProQuest) and it’s also available in print.

We can now browse journals just like we can articles. In the image below we start from the Publications page and click on an area of interest. In this case Education which has 2,259 journals.

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Once we have some results we can start checking off some delimiters, such as the all important Peer Reviewed Journals. We can explore teaching & instruction, and Resource Type (journals). We can also use the Publisher delimiter. There are lots of options.

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It’s quite easy to get lost on a busy screen – but never fear, help is at hand. In the screenshot below:

  1. There are four delimiters which can be used to drill down to areas of interest. Remember if you don’t like a delimiter you can “X” out of it.
  2. There are 65 publications that fit your criteria.
  3. This is the title of the journal.
  4. This journal “lives” in four databases, and is not available in print.
  5. ProQuest appears to be the best option as it’s coverage is slightly better than the others.

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Although we love the simplicity of Index A-Z, we are slowly getting to like Full Text Finder give it a try and tell us what you think.

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