Mina Rees Library Scholarship | Part I

We’d like to share some of the highlights of this year’s scholarly achievements by Graduate Center Library faculty and staff. There are so very many updates to share that we’ll be following up with another post soon! 

We’re excited to announce that Silvia Cho (Interlibrary Loan Supervisor) received the 2019 ​ALA RUSA-STARS Publication Recognition Award for her co-authored chapter, Sharing Digital Collections and Content, in Library Information and Resource Sharing: Transforming Services and Collections (edited by Mina Rees Library colleague Beth Posner!). Silvia also co-organized two discussion panels with Prof. Araceli Tinajero, of CCNY and the GC’s Bildner Center for Western Hemisphere Studies along with Paloma Celis Carbajal of the New York Public Library, in February and October 2020.  

And in 2019-20, Jill Cirasella (Associate Librarian for Scholarly Communication and Digital Scholarship) brought her expertise in open access and author-friendly publication contracts to two conferences in disciplines outside the field of library and information science. Jill presented in August 2019 at the Dance Studies Association Annual Conference, delivering the talk “Scholarly Sight Lines: Toward Unobstructed Access to Dance Scholarship,” developed in collaboration with CUNY colleague Megan Wacha. Check out the (openly-licensed) slides here

Cirasella was also part of a panel, “Book Contracts: A Primer on Key Clauses, with Guiding Principles for Authors,” at the American Historical Association Annual Meeting in January 2020. The focus of her comments was the “grant of rights” section of book publication contracts. 

Stephen Klein (Digital Services Librarian) is currently serving on the Planning, Steering and Graduate Student Awards committees for NYC Digital Humanities (NYCDH). He also coordinates the speakers and handles administrative duties for the Digital Preservation Interest Group hosted by the Metropolitan New York Library Council (METRO).

Klein will also be featured in our upcoming Mina Rees Library Conversation Series, in a discussion with GC Doctoral student Micki Kaufman about her project, Quantifying Kissinger

Alycia Sellie (Associate Librarian for Collections and Associate Professor) presented the talk “Ebooks with DRM are not Books: Arguments Against Purchasing Restricted Texts for Libraries,” at Pratt Institute Libraries in February. Prof. Sellie has written on the topic in previous articles – The Walled Gardens of Ebook Surveillance: A Brief Set of Arguments Against DRM in Libraries (2015); The Rights of Readers and the Threat of the Kindle (2011). 

Exciting news for Mina Rees Library scholarly achievements – and more to come, in a follow-up post.

About the Author

Elvis Bakaitis is currently the Head of Reference at the Mina Rees Library. They're also proud to serve on the University LGBTQ Council, and as a board member of CLAGS: The Center for LGBTQ Studies.