OER LibGuide cover

Finding Open Educational Resources (textbooks, courseware, and ancillary materials which can be freely used, reused, and remixed) can be a daunting task. On the one hand, searching for OERs is tantamount to trying to find a needle in a needle-stack. OERs are still relatively novel pedagogical tools. As a result, some disciplines, and even specific courses, are over-represented. On the other hand, finding a quality OER resource can be like searching in a void — materials, that is quality materials, may not exist or may not be easily discovered. Adding to this frustration is the fact that OERs are as diverse as the disciplines which seek to employ them. There is no “one size fits all” OER.

Enter the Hunter Library’s OER office and our showcase OER repository "Open Educational Resources (OER): A Libguide". Faculty are encouraged to use the guide as a portal to OER resources found within Hunter, the Hunter Libraries, the CUNY system, and beyond. Opening sections provide an overview of what OERs are, what they can do, and how they have impacted pedagogy and student achievement, as well as highlighting OER workshops and webinars which first time OER users may find helpful. Our extensive resource section includes CUNY and SUNY OER platforms and repositories, multiple OER ‘finders,’ textbook collections, journals, media, courseware, and OER materials available through a number of public institutions. In addition, discipline specific modules highlight OER materials — from courseware and textbooks, to syllabi and lab manuals — available for use in OER and ZTC (Zero Textbook Cost) courses. The guide similarly features OER efforts undertaken by Hunter faculty, with links to resources for developing and adopting OER materials, Hunter faculty testimonials, OER grant opportunities, and the educational technologists over at Hunter’sTechnology and Teaching Learning Group (TTLG). Faculty can also find white papers, surveys, and peer-reviewed journal articles discussing OER adoption and creation, OER’s impact on student outcomes, and text-book cost reduction.

Copyright is an omnipresent concern when discussing OERs, and here too "Open Educational Resources (OER): A Libguide" canoffer assistance. Digital pedagogical tools have served to complicate copyright concerns. How much of a book can one post as a PDF on a course website or in Blackboard without violating copyright? Can I use modules, videos, images or audio that I find on the web, and if I do, how do I know they are from a reputable source? What are Creative Commons licenses and how do they correlate to copyright? Moreover, do I need one when I produce my own OER materials? The guide’s “Copyright and Intellectual Property” section can help address these concerns.

Building the guide is an ongoing process. As it continues to grow, the OER office plans to add more discipline specific modules, links to more non-textbook OER materials, and a page devoted to OER platform evaluation. Significantly, developing the guide is also a collaborative process. Finding, assessing and disseminating OER materials cannot succeed without faculty input. The OER office is always on the lookout for faculty partners willing to vet resources featured on the LibGuide, write reviews, and provide testimonials on OER pedagogy, course development, and OER adoption.

"Open Educational Resources (OER): A Libguide" is likewise a starting point for an ongoing dialog between faculty and library staff. Hunter’s OER Librarians can help navigate the often confusing OER landscape. We spend all day combing through OER materials, corresponding with OER Librarians at various institutions, and talking with professors who have experience using OER materials across a variety of disciplines. If you need to find a reputable, quality OER resource, we can assist you. The library’s OER team can also help vet OER resources with the aid of the library’s knowledgablesubject librarians. Their expertise can be put to use evaluating OER materials against other non-OER resources currently being used — an invaluable service given the potentially overwhelming plethora of available OER materials. Where no suitable OER resources exist, the OER librarians can help put faculty in touch with Hunter’s educational technologists who can assist in course design, development, and technical support. We can find comparable pedagogical platforms, evaluate technology options, and aid in adapting extant OER resources to fit the needs of a specific course or courses.

Though digital pedagogy, digital tools, and OER materials represent a paradigm shift in the way education is provided, the library continues to be the faculty’s guide to available resources and information technologies. If you’re interested in getting started with OERs, evaluating resources, or need assistance from our knowledgable staff please check out the LibGuide, and email the library’s OER office at

by Scott Lipkowitz, OER Adjunct

Posted Tuesday, January 22, 2019 - 5:09pm under OER.


JSTOR users at institutions that also subscribe to Artstor may encounter a colorful surprise: some search results on JSTOR are now displaying image results from the Artstor Digital Library.

This feature is in pilot stage. Currently, some 840,000 images are available in the JSTOR image search, and the number will grow as we obtain the rights to display more. Image search on JSTOR is not intended to replace search on the Artstor Digital Library; rather, it is designed to enhance research on JSTOR, and not every search query will surface images.

Try JSTOR image search for yourself! If you are at one of the 1,400+ institutions that subscribes to both JSTOR and Artstor, conduct some searches to see relevant Artstor images surfaced at the top of your JSTOR search results. Some fruitful terms to get you started include New York tenements, Alfred Hitchcock, wetlands, and Santa Claus, and aquarium.

source: (accessed 14 Jan 2019)

Posted Monday, January 14, 2019 - 10:33am under Artstor, JSTOR, images.

See this Hunter College collection of video interviews with artists available as a Public Collection on Artstor - guests include Peter Saul, Joan Semmel, Fred Wilson, and many more:

Image of Bernhardt and Beattie Video




Posted Monday, September 17, 2018 - 2:19pm under Kossak Painting, Hunter College, artists, interviews, painters.


Wall Street Journal header in black. In blue lettering it reads "Read ambitiously." 

In a world where education and career opportunities are more competitive than ever, the need for you to obtain broader perspectives on a variety of global business issues is a necessity. Which is why The City University of New York has joined The Wall Street Journal in a collaboration that will provide students and faculty full access to the Journal.  The Journal provides career advice  and  ties real-world examples into what you learn,  giving you the opportunity to enhance your educational experience and stay ahead .


You can use your school-sponsored WSJ membership to:


• Research topics relevant to your courses and careers

• Save and share pertinent articles with other students

• Follow companies and industries that interest you

• Track real-time stories and trends

• Enjoy the most engaging coverage of arts, culture and life


Activate your school-sponsored Journal membership by going to:



Posted Thursday, March 22, 2018 - 2:30pm under newspapers, wall street journal, online access.

The Hunter College Libraries acquired a new database called The HistoryMakers (login required), "an archive of filmed oral history interviews of contemporary African Americans who have shaped modern history and made significant contributions to history, politics, education, law, arts, science, business, the military, and sports."

It is now available for use by Hunter College faculty, staff, and students - find it in the Databases list on our website.

Homepage of The HistoryMakers website with images of prominent African Americans

Posted Wednesday, November 15, 2017 - 9:17am under databases, new databases, oral history, history, african americans.

We know that you need to find textbooks, articles, and more for your classes. We've got good news for you.

The Hunter College Libraries announce the launch of our new Reserves service. Thus far, the new system has garnered positive reviews, for its ease of use and improved access to materials. 

Springshare Reserves allows users access to books, e-books, linked journal articles, scanned documents and audio visual materials. Moreover, materials may be searched in several ways including by Course, Instructor, Term and Subject. Looking for Course Materials? Try our new Reserves system.  

Image of Reserves home page



Posted Tuesday, August 22, 2017 - 7:51am under reserves, course reserves, textbooks.

We now have access to the full Life Magazine archive online. Find it in our Databases list under the letter L. It includes full page scans from the magazine from 1936-2000, with all the advertisements and all context indexed and searchable. 

Visual researchers, take note! This is an excellent place for 20th Century American research.

A search for SPAM yielded this gem from 1940:

SPAM advertisement with George Burns and Gracie Allen

Posted Friday, June 2, 2017 - 9:00am under magazines, life, online, new databases, databases.

image by flickr user A L,

Start finding those overdue library books! From November 14-23, CUNY Libraries are offering an Overdue Book Amnesty period. What does that mean? It means you can bring back your overdue books without having to pay your fines! 

Be aware that amnesty does not apply to all library fines and fees. It applies only to books from the circulating stacks and does not include any of the following:

  • Recall fines (i.e., fines for late return of a recalled book)
  • Existing/outstanding fines (i.e., unpaid overdue fines from books returned in the past)
  • Lost book replacement fees
  • Damaged books
  • Reserve books
  • Equipment (laptops, audio recorders, etc.)

Not sure if you have overdue books? Check your account now!

Log in to your OneSearch account with your CUNY Login credentials.

Posted Friday, November 4, 2016 - 1:58pm under overdue, fines, amnesty, books.


by Dr. Louise Sherby, Hunter College Archives & Special Collections

On May 19, 1887, the Queen of Hawai'i, Queen Kapi'olani, was on a trip from Hawai'i to London for Queen Victoria's celebration of her golden jubilee.  On her way, she stopped in New York City and visited the Normal College (what we now know as Hunter College).  

Photo by J.J. Williams, Hawai'i State Archives

Prof. Colette Higgins, Professor of History at Kapi'olani Community College, is using her sabbatical this year to "travel in her footsteps" and on Friday, May 13, 2016, she and her husband visited our Archives & Special Collections. We actually found very little in our archives on her visit but were able to give her some pictures of what the buildings would have looked like in 1887. 

Prof. Higgins is blogging about her trip across America and her voyage on the Queen Mary to England.  If you would like to see what she is writing about as she and her husband travel by train and ship on this trip, here is a link to her blog entry about her visit to Hunter College:


She's trying to reacquaint Hawai'i with the history of Queen Kapi'olani and her importance to the islands and how this trip influenced her.  Below is a copy of a description written by one of the Queen's travel companions of her visit to NY and Normal College and a couple short newspaper articles reporting on her trip. Enjoy!

Excerpt taken from pages 19-10 in A Short Description of QUEEN KAPIOLANI’S Voyage to England to Attend THE JUBILEE CELEBRATION OF QUEEN VICTORIA OF ENGLAND In The Year 1887  By James W. L. McGuire, Copied from the original in the possession of his daughter, Mrs. Friedricka A. Barringer, Kaneohe. March, 1957; this typed copy is at the Hawaii State Archives).




Posted Thursday, May 19, 2016 - 10:00am under archives, hawaii, history, normal college.

By Cheryl Branche, MLS, MD and Ajatshatru (A.J.) Pathak, MLS, MPH, Health Professions Library

On Friday, April 15, 2016, approximately 15 members of the Library Association of the City University of New York (LACUNY) toured the Dag Hammarskjöld Library at the United Nations headquarters in New York City. Dr. Kanu Nagra of the Borough of Manhattan Community College and Alexandra de Luise from Queens College organized the tour. Six Hunter College librarians attended. In addition to Hunter College, Borough of Manhattan Community College, Bronx Community College, LaGuardia Community College and Queens College were represented. Ramona Kohrs, the United Nations library outreach and development coordinator, led the guests on a very interesting, useful and informative tour of the Dag Hammarskjöld Library.

The Dag Hammarskjöld Library is dedicated to serving the information needs of the member states’ delegates and the Secretariat staff. The Dag Hammarskjöld Library offers:

  • Professional information research support to the United Nations community, especially the United Nations member state missions and delegates. (No members of the public are allowed to use the library facility at the United Nations. There was a little let down as we learned that the United Nations was under much more security since 9/11 and that public access was very severely restricted as was access to the library and its holdings.)
  • The Dag Hammarskjöld Library offers a comprehensive collection of United Nations documentation since 1945, including print and e-resources related to the work and interests of the United Nations. The major database and the online catalog,UNBISnet, contains United Nations’ documents, speech citations since 1983 and voting records for both the Security Council and the General Assembly.
  • Member States on Record includes documents related to the action of each member state at the United Nations and maybe accessed here.
  • Business intelligence and journals may be found online also.
  • The self-service research guides describe United Nations’ documents of the General Assembly and Security Council and include special chapters on human rights, international law, peacekeeping, environment, disarmament, and the United Nations’ budget.

Ramona Kohrs, the outreach and development coordinator of the U.N. Library, showed us the different floors of the library and explained the collections and resources of the library. First, we were introduced to the main floor of the library (i.e., second floor of library building). The main floor of the library has computer terminals, study tables, an information desk, and a rich collection of books, periodicals, and documents concerning international affairs. Materials are available in all six official languages of the United Nations (Arabic, Chinese, English, French, Russian, and Spanish).

Photo 1: View of the second floor of the Dag Hammarskjöld Library

Photo 2: Ramona Kohrs (facing the camera), the outreach and development coordinator of the U.N. Library, speaking to CUNY Librarians about collections and resources of the 2nd floor of Dag Hammarskjöld Library.

Afterwards, we went to the map collection. The Dag Hammarskjöld Library’s map collection is extensive. The collection contains historical, contemporary, and digital maps. Many maps are government issued, some are created by the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), and others are National Geographic maps. More than 80,000 maps from countries around the world and in different languages are stored here.

Next, we went to the basement area, which holds more than 10 million documents, including League of Nations treaties and other older items. Ramona shared that the U. N. has a photo library, an audio visual library, and an archive library. Ramona informed us that the U.N. documents after 1980 are available via online catalog. The documents before 1980 may be searched using the card catalog.

Photo 3: Ramona Kohrs showing a book to CUNY librarians in the basement floor of the library

Photo 4: Ramona Kohrs showing a picture book to CUNY librarians in the basement floor of the library.

Later, we went to the library computer lab to attend presentations given by members of U.N. library staff. The presentations were focused on client services units, research guides, Ask DAG, and the digitization features of the library. The U.N. Library is digitizing documents from 1945 to 1992 in the six official languages of the U.N. Three million of the 17 million documents have been digitized. (The library is looking for interns, who can assist with the digitization project). The presenters represented a cross-section of the world’s population. One presenter was from Norway; another from Israel, another from the United States and one from Germany. Light refreshments were served.

Finally, we went to a reading room of the U. N. Library, which housed the original card catalog.

Photo 5: A view of a Dag Hammarskjold Library reading room.

Photo 6:  Photo of Hunter College librarians taken in a Dag Hammarskjold library reading room. (see card catalog behind the librarians).

Afterwards, several librarians visited the bookstore.

The tour of the Dag Hammarskjöld Library was well organized, educational, interesting and enjoyable. Many thanks to LACUNY and the United Nations library staff.

N. B.: Political science students at Hunter College may benefit greatly from a tour of the Dag Hammarskjöld Library at the United Nations.


Dag Hammarskjöld Library

Library E-mail:

Telephone: 212-963-3000



M-F pAM-5:30PM

From mid-September to December: M-F 9am -6PM


United Nations Library

United Nations Headquarters

First Avenue at 46th Street

Reading Room: #L-105

New York, New York 10017

Factoid: In 1959, the Ford Foundation made at $6.3 million grate for the establishment of the Dag Hammarskjöld Library.



Posted Tuesday, May 17, 2016 - 2:06pm under UN, librarians, field trip.