OneSearch, the main search box on the Libraries' website, is a great place to begin your research. Watch this short video for an introduction to OneSearch Basics and learn about some of the tools and features that can help you find what you need.
Image of Statue of Liberty by William Warby on Wikimedia Commons, Creative Commons Attribution 2.0 Generic.
Celebrate National Immigrant Heritage month by learning more about the heritage of fellow students. Search OneSearch for print books and online resources.
Until the Hunter College Libraries reopen and you can browse the shelves yourself, you can request books to pick up from the Cooperman Library or the Zabar Art Library using the Book Request Form. Remember to follow the Hunter College General Safety Guidelines before picking up your book(s).
The New Colossus
Not like the brazen giant of Greek fame,
With conquering limbs astride from land to land;
Here at our sea-washed, sunset gates shall stand
A mighty woman with a torch, whose flame
Is the imprisoned lightning, and her name
Mother of Exiles. From her beacon-hand
Glows world-wide welcome; her mild eyes command
The air-bridged harbor that twin cities frame.
"Keep, ancient lands, your storied pomp!" cries she
With silent lips. "Give me your tired, your poor,
Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free,
The wretched refuse of your teeming shore.
Send these, the homeless, tempest-tost to me,
I lift my lamp beside the golden door!"
November 2, 1883
Link to 1,900 e-books on LGBTQIA+ topics, covering biography, fiction, history, sociology, and more. All that's required is your Hunter College NetID login for full on-line access.
Between May 31 and June 1st, 1921, a prosperous African American community in Tulsa, Oklahoma was viciously attacked by a white mob. Hundreds of residents were killed, over a thousand homes were destroyed and successful businesses were obliterated. President Biden visited the area to discuss what happened with survivors and current residents, the first time a president has done so.
For more information about this atrocity, try a search for 'Tulsa Race Massacre' in the OneSearch field on the Hunter College Libraries homepage. Over 1200 results were returned that included the search term Tulsa riot, the term commonly used in the past. An article title in the search results attests to the significance of this change in term usage “Library of Congress Changes Subject Heading of the Tulsa Race Riot to the Tulsa Race Massacre" (login with NetID and password required). See the blog post on the Library of Congress' website that illustrates how news sources at the time handled coverage, Tulsa Race Massacre: Newspaper Complicity and Coverage.
For a contemporary interactive article on the New York Times website, see What the Tulsa Race Massacre Destroyed. (Sign up for a free New York Times Academic Pass with your Hunter College email address.)
Image: “Tulsa’s Terrible Tale Is Told,” The Chicago Whip (Chicago, IL), June 11, 1921, p. 1. as shown on the blog post, Tulsa Race Massacre: Newspaper Complicity and Coverage.
We invite you to explore our Virtual Library Day Celebration for 2021. Library Day is a chance each year for the Hunter College Libraries to celebrate student, staff, and faculty research and creative accomplishments. This year and in 2020, we kept up the celebration in an online format, and also used the opportunity for our department to call out our own accomplishments for the year.
We are proud to have maintained a high level of service during the Covid-19 pandemic, and we look forward to celebrating Library Day 2022 in person (we hope)!
The semester is nearly over, but we know you're still working hard. Ask a Librarian is available for you whenever you need it. 3 am? Ask a librarian. 9pm? Ask a librarian. Need more in-depth help with a research question or problem? Schedule a one-on-one consultation with a librarian. The link below will take you to our 24/7 chat service, as well as the form to schedule a one-on-one consultation.
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As part of this year's virtual Library Day, we took a look at some of our faculty librarian research and found an impressive breadth of projects addressing many aspects of librarianship in association with a variety of subject areas. Check out the playlist to learn about projects related to our archives, special collections, classroom teaching, research services, departmental organization and more. This diverse selection of projects touches upon history, healthcare, art, social work, and other topics you may be surprised to learn about- we know we were!
Like many of us, Hunter College Libraries went through some changes last year. We experienced transitions in library leadership, an international pandemic, and the dramatic introduction of new ways of working. We stuck together through it all and developed new ways of organizing ourselves and our work. We drew on leadership across the libraries through expanded definitions of department membership and committee structures. We grew together as an organization in ways that we could not anticipate.
In a new article in Portal, two members of Hunter Libraries share the resilience and ingenuity in Hunter Libraries that they saw practiced during this challenging time. You can find Stephanie Margolin and Malin Abrahamsson's article "An “Anti-Handbook Handbook” for Unexpected Changes in a Library Organization" through Hunter Libraries' subscription databases. We hope you will give it a read and share your thoughts on the challenges and rewards of working toward a shared sense of purpose in challenging circumstances.
Today I’m teaching
And will be reaching
smart and prudent.
With no room to gather in,
They’ll listen to my blather in
Their own private spaces.
A “Gallery” of faces.
by Lisa Finder, Associate Professor, Electronic Resources Librarian, Liaison to the Department of Africana, Puerto Rican, and Latino Studies, and poet
Post by Lisa Finder, Associate Professor, Electronic Resources Librarian, and Liaison to the Department of Africana, Puerto Rican, and Latino Studies
It is said that April showers bring May flowers. This saying may have originated with the following short poem that the English poet Thomas Tusser wrote in 1557.
Sweet April showers
Do spring May flowers
The Academy of American poets designated April as National Poetry Month in 1996. This year we observe the 25th anniversary of this celebration. Notably, four United States presidents included poetry in their inauguration ceremonies: John F. Kennedy, Bill Clinton, Barack Obama, and Joseph Biden. The first poet to participate was 87 year-old Robert Frost who read “The Gift Outright” at JFK’s inauguration. This year, Poet Laureate Amanda Gorman recited her poem, “The Hill We Climb” at President Biden’s inauguration.
To find information about a particular poem, the database, Gale Literature, is an excellent resource. You can find it by starting at the library home page https://library.hunter.cuny.edu/ then selecting the databases tab. You will see an alphabetical list of our subscribed databases. For information about Langston Hughes’ poem, “I too,” enter that title into the search box.
This is a recording of Langston Hughes commenting on and reading his poem. Below is the text:
By Langston Hughes
I, too, sing America.
I am the darker brother.
They send me to eat in the kitchen
When company comes,
But I laugh,
And eat well,
And grow strong.
I’ll be at the table
When company comes.
Say to me,
“Eat in the kitchen,”
They’ll see how beautiful I am
And be ashamed—
I, too, am America.