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CUNY Academic Works Monthly Report: May 2017

A snapshot of CUNY Academic Works

A snapshot of CUNY Academic Works

During the month of May, CUNY Academic Works grew by 238 new items and 48,708 new downloads!

The five most downloaded works in May include:

  1. Media Representation of Asian Americans and Asian Native New Yorkers’ Hybrid Persona
    Series: Dissertations and Theses at the CUNY Graduate Center
  2. Training a New Trick Using No-Reward markers: Effects on Dogs’ Performance and Stress Behaviors
    Series: Student Theses at Hunter College
  3. The Growth of Incarceration in the United States: Exploring Causes and Consequences
    Series: Publications and Research at John Jay College of Criminal Justice
  4. New York City Drunk Driving After Uber
    Series: Publications and Research at the CUNY Graduate Center
  5. Birthing, Blackness, and the Body: Black Midwives and Experiential Continuities of Institutional Racism
    Series: Dissertations and Theses at the CUNY Graduate Center

Please note that, with one exception, May’s top downloads were all authored by CUNY students! This is no surprise. Students’ unpublished dissertations and theses have a higher per item download count over any other type of content. As of this date, nine schools collect dissertations and theses in CUNY Academic Works: Baruch College, City College of New York, College of Staten Island, CUNY Graduate School of Journalism, CUNY School of Public Health, CUNY Graduate Center, Hunter College, John Jay College of Criminal Justice, and Queens College. Some of these schools started collections as part of a longstanding requirement (with an opt-out option), and others started their collections because a student requested it. Watch this space for more information about students works in CUNY Academic Works. In the meantime, you may be interested in reading Roxanne Shirazi’s recent post on the GC Library’s blog, Dissertations and Theses Year-in-Review, 2016-17.

CUNY Academic Works Monthly Report: April 2017

A snapshot of CUNY Academic Works

A snapshot of CUNY Academic Works

During the month of April, CUNY Academic Works grew by 218 new items and 48,090 new downloads!

The five most downloaded works in April include:

  1. New York City Drunk Driving After Uber
    Series: Publications and Research at the CUNY Graduate Center
  2. The Influence of Anti-Semitism on United States Immigration Policy with Respect to German Jews During 1933-1939
    Series: Master’s Theses at City College of New York
  3. Media Representation of Asian Americans and Asian Native New Yorkers’ Hybrid Persona
    Series: Dissertations and Theses at the CUNY Graduate Center
  4. The Growth of Incarceration in the United States: Exploring Causes and Consequences
    Series: Publications and Research at John Jay College of Criminal Justice
  5. Reframing School Dropout as a Public Health Issue
    Series: Publications and Research at Hunter College

CUNY Academic Works in the News

When CUNY researchers share their work with a wider public, this includes journalists interested in fact-based reporting. Therefore, it should come as no surprise that April’s top two downloads have the additional distinction of being cited in the news!

A doctoral candidate in the Graduate Center’s Economics Program, Jessica Lynn Peck, found that NYC has seen a 25 to 35 percent decrease in alcohol-related crashes since 2011. Both the Miami Herald and The Economist cited her working paper, “New York City Drunk Driving After Uber,” bringing scores of new readers to it (including some from Uber and even the U.S. Department of Transportation!).

A 2011 master’s thesis from former City College student and current CUNY Graduate Center student Barbara L. Bailin examines the influence of anti-semitism on United States immigration policies and was recently cited by Ingrid Anderson (Boston University) in a piece for The Conversation. An independent (and open access!) source of news and perspectives from the academic and research community, the story was then picked up by other outlets such as Salon, Alternet, Business Insider, and Observer. These are wonderful examples of how publicly accessible research can be translated into publicly accessible language.

Best Practice when Setting up ILL Accounts in Aleph

The best practice when setting up ILL accounts in Aleph is to set up individual accounts (patron status “32.ILL”) for individual ILL borrowers. Having all ILL loans go out under one individual account is not a good practice for several reasons. For example, it is not technically possible in Aleph for a single account to have unlimited loans. There are several advantages to individual accounts:

  • ILL borrowers (the libraries making the request, not their patrons) would receive all patron notices and billing for un-returned items
  • Borrowing Libraries would have a “bill” or lost materials notices to hand their patrons
  • The notices can be targeted to a specific individuals at the borrowing organizations, for better communication
  • Fewer ILL loans to the same account means one is less likely to hit a ‘limit’
  • Several CUNY libraries may lend to the SAME borrower, but only one account is maintained. The work is thus distributed.

You can get more information, including a sample list of such accounts already set up in Aleph, on the OLS Support Site.

CUNY Academic Works Reaches 500,000 Downloads

CelebrationAlmost two short years since its launch, content in CUNY Academic Works has been downloaded over 500,000 times! These downloads come from every state and every country and represent the local and global impact of making CUNY’s research, scholarship, and creative works publicly accessible to all. As the repository continues to grow, we only expect to see the download rate rise. Stay tuned!

 

Subscribing to OLS-managed discussion lists

The Office of Library Services owns and manages 17 library-related discussion lists. They are all listed on the OLS Support Site. Membership is restricted to CUNY librarians and library staff, though some are private and place further restrictions on subscribers.

If you’re newly employed at one of our 31 libraries or simply want to be better informed, you can subscribe to a discussion list by emailing listserv@listserv.cuny.edu with the following subject line:

SUBSCRIBE listName yourName (schoolName)

* Note that the directory of lists on the OLS Support Site includes list names.

For example, if I wanted to join the CUNY-ILL list, I would send a blank email to listserv@listserv.cuny.edu (from the email address I want subscribed) with the subject line:

SUBSCRIBE CUNY-ILL Alevtina Verbovetskaya (OLS)

To unsubscribe from a list, the command is similar—but even simpler:

UNSUBSCRIBE listName

The request will then be fulfilled by a list owner and you will get a confirmation of your subscription.

For more information about library-related discussion lists at CUNY, as well as how to access the archives and interact with the lists, please see the OLS Support Site

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