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In a time when many students begin their research by Googling and turning to Wikipedia, valuable, authoritative content is often overlooked. Archival material is difficult to identify, find, and search on the Internet because only a small portion of this material has been digitized or have finding aids.
CUNY libraries subscribe to hundreds of research databases that give full-text access to peer-reviewed scholarly articles and full-length academic books. Moreover, the libraries have built unique collections of original documents that support historical and other kinds of research. These collections provide especially rich resources for students and faculty who are interested in researching topics on diversity and multiculturalism. In addition to peer-reviewed journals, libraries in CUNY provide access to a wide variety of resources such as archival material and specialized library databases. The library faculty and staff who develop these collections are experts at identifying hard to find resources that might otherwise go undetected.
The main purpose of this presentation will be to convey the depth and the richness of diversity-related special collections in CUNY schools, which faculty, students and staff may not be aware exists. This presentation celebrates the same values as the newly approved Association of College and Research Libraries Diversity Standards, which provides diversity guidelines for academic libraries. In particular this presentation is concerned with Standard 4, which states:
Librarians and library staff shall develop collections and provide programs and services that are inclusive of the needs of all persons in the community the library serves. (ACRL 2012 http://www.ala.org/acrl/standards/diversity)
CUNY’s libraries live up to this standard by providing a wide array of resources that support student and faculty research in topics that involve diversity, gender, cultural, LGBT, and multilingual issues.
In the first half of this 45-minute presentation, Professor Albarillo will give a short overview of general services that library special collections provide, focusing on the types of materials these departments collect, and the unique opportunities they provide for students to become familiar with and to use primary resources for class projects. Professor Albarillo will focus on archives and special collections that are part of CUNY and will identify papers and archival material of diverse individuals and organizations available in library special collections throughout the system.