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Library Day

An annual celebration of research, scholarship, and the work of library faculty, staff, and students.

Winners of the Hunter College Libraries Research Paper Competition

100-Level Undergraduate Winners

1st Place:
Allison Busch, In Search of Some Water That Isn't So Smeary, submitted by Professor Winkelstein-Duveneck

2nd Place:
Alex Yu, The Uphill Battle of Fighting Vaccine Myths, submitted by Professor Cheng

Upper-Level Undergraduate Winners

1st Place:
Thomas Mistler, The Pen, Sword, and Ratio: An Examination of Caesar’s Prose in Book Seven of the Bellum Gallicum, submitted by Professor Clayton

2nd Place
Morgan Loschiavo, The Role of Parent Relationships in Adolescent Cancer Survivors' Identity Development, submitted by Professor Ford

Graduate-level Winners

1st Place: 
Beatrice Johnson, Maya Blue and Marshmallows: Artists in Quarantine 1596 and 2020, submitted by Professor Klich

2nd Place (tie)
Noa Wesley, Revolution on Harlem’s 125th Street: Street Photography in the 1960s, submitted by Professor Pelizzari

2nd Place (tie):
Garrett Heater, The Unintentional Creation of a Modern Heroine: Reinterpreting Strindberg’s Miss Julie Through the Feminist Lens, submitted by Professor Kalb

Professional Development: Celebrating Growth

Library faculty and staff took advantage of the array of remote-learning professional development opportunities during this pandemic year. Click on a name to see what that person accomplished this past year.

Several really excellent continuing ed classes at Columbia:

  • Post-Traumatic Growth: Deepening Skills to Help Clients Heal
  • Post-Election Debrief: Understanding the Broad Implications
  • Anti-oppressive Clinical Work with LGBTQ+ People of Color

Quite a few webinars with ACRL, my favorites of which included:

  • ACRL IS : Management & Leadership: The Practical Application of the Theories Behind Team Building
  • ACRL ILFSC : Connecting Justice to Frameworks: Information Literacy in Social Work
  • ACRL: Privies, Pumping, and Prayer: Negotiating Private Needs in Public Spaces

The Council for Social Work Education Annual Conference including an afternoon at the National Social Work Librarians' Annual Meeting

And in an effort to keep my historical research moving along:

  • Hunter College Faculty Winter Writing Retreat
  • National Center for Faculty Development and Diversity's 14 Day Writing Challenge

“All these offerings have helped keep me abreast of best practices, hopefully better customer service skills when we return to public setting, knowledge of software to assist students and be more efficient at work, helped give me resources for displaced students out of work as well as ideas to find tasks and meaningful work for student workers from home.” 


  • Certificate course in Customer Service 
  • Adobe illustrator Tutorial with Tony Harmer (15 chapters including, hands on work and quiz review) 
  • CIS  Training MS Bootcamp all levels completed 
  • Excel 
  • Outlook 
  • Word 
  • Powerpoint 

ACRL webinars from around the world on how libraries coped with COVID and addressed reopening (Use for my committee work on the Facilities committee) 

REALM webinars and literature readings on understanding COVID-19 - (Use for my committee work on the Facilities committee and real life!) 

METRO webinars - BIOPIC webinars/meetings  ( keeping my sanity and learning how to better deal with racism and micro aggressions that may present themselves at work) 


1. National Network of Libraries of Medicine, February 2021 

Building Reference Skills for Nursing and Allied Health Research 

4 Medical Library Association CE credits 

A three-week long course covering advanced searching in PubMed and use of other online resources available through the NNLM.  The CE credits go toward maintaining my AHIP certification (Academy of Health Information Professionals), administered through the Medical Library Assn. 

2.  Medical Library Association, March 2021 

One at a time: Databases in systematic reviews and expert searching series - #1 PubMed.  (webinar) 

3. UKSG (United Kingdom Serials Group), February 2021 

The importance and use of digital primary sources in teaching and research (webinar) 


“Attending these professional development opportunities provided valuable support as I was preparing my syllabus for an online LIB 100 class fall 2020 semester. I was fully prepared before the semester started!” 

  • Hunter Center for Online Learning Course Creation Workshop 
  • ACERT Faculty Working Group (Active Learning Activities) 
  • CUNY Online Teaching Essentials one month course. 


Adina attended Accessing Higher Ground: Accessible Media, Web, Technology Virtual Conference 2020 

"The following courses, in addition to ACERT's lunchtime seminars and the tech workshops from the Center for Online Learning, have helped me transition to online instruction for LIBR 100 and for my visits to classes in English and Romance Languages. Thanks to these professional development opportunities, to my interactions with colleagues in the Libraries and throughout Hunter, and to my co-teaching experience with Sarah Ward, I have become a better teacher over the past year." 

  • Hunter Center for Online Learning Course Creation Workshop 
  • ACUE Course in Effective Online Teaching Practices 

Over the course of 2020 I took a suite of courses in data science in R on datacamp:  

  • Introduction to R 
  • Intermediate R 
  • Introduction to Tidyverse 
  • Introduction to Data Visualization with ggplot2 
  • Data Manipulation with dplyr 
  • Correlation and Regression in R 
  • Cleaning Data in R 
  • Introduction to importing Data in R 
  • Intermediate Data Visualization with ggplot 2 
  • Joining Data with dplyr 
  • Exploratory Data Analysis in R 
  • Working with Dates and Times in R 
  • Exploratory Data Analysis in R 
  • Intermediate Importing Data in R 
  • Introduction to Writing Functions in R 

My goal was to gain familiarity with R so that I could work with a R package called "litsearchr" that can be used for query development in systematic reviews: 

I took a CUNY Online Teaching Essentials course over the summer that helped me improve my (co-taught with Jennifer Newman) online, asynchronous LIBR 100 class. The work we did in this class was so practical and applicable to my work that it definitely improved my teaching this year

Virtual Library Day 2021


Library day is a time for us to recognize and celebrate the work of the people in our libraries; the people who work to make library resources available and discoverable, the people who work to make the libraries clean and safe, the people who teach about library resources and research methods, and the people who engage our libraries to learn about our resources and use them to produce new works of creativity and knowledge. 
The COVID-19 crisis magnified a perennial problem for libraries: making our online work and resources even more visible and accessible. The members of our department tackled this problem with characteristic creativity and vigor, engaging more online visitors in chat interactions than ever before, delivering unprecedented amounts of online instruction and consultations, and expanding the scope and reach of our online content. We engaged in new partnerships in teaching and research and produced leading scholarship in numerous areas of librarianship.
Enjoy learning about the nature and impact of some of the hidden and not-so-hidden work that took place in our libraries this year. There was not time or space enough to collect all examples, so please let us know if we left out a person, project, or resource you would like to see more of in this celebration.

Acting Chief Librarian Clay Williams

Acting Deputy Chief Librarian, John Pell

Librarians' Increased Engagement with Students: The Numbers

Hunter Librarians Online Engagement Efforts 

Hunter Librarians responded to the campus closures at the start of the pandemic by pouring an unprecedented amount of time and effort into engaging online library visitors in Ask-A-Librarian chat sessions. Hunter Librarians expected, and saw, increased demand for online reference services following the campus closures and rose meet it for visitors to Hunter Libraries Online and for library visitors all over the world. Hunter Librarians participate in an international network which enables them to respond to chat requests from visitors to online libraries at other colleges, universities, and communities. Through this network, Hunter Librarians engaged online visitors in numbers never seen before. These increased efforts at online engagement during this difficult period demonstrate Hunter Libraries devotion to supporting- through all possible means- the vital learning and research that takes place in libraries.  

A bar chart showing increase student and librarian engagement in chat reference.

Hunter Librarians Meeting Students Where They Are

In addition to the increase in chat reference questions answered by Hunter Librarians during the past year, we also increased our instructional interactions with students. The chart below shows the total number of classes and the total number of one-on-one research consultations for both 2019 and 2020. Overall, our total classes and consultations for 2020 increased 16% over 2019. The one-on-one consultations alone increased 56% from 2019-2020. What this means is that students still needed individual research help during the pandemic, perhaps more than before, and the flexibility and availability of our librarians allowed for a huge expansion of these research appointments. This effort allowed us to truly meet students at their point of need, and reach more students than we had previously been able.

chart comparing instruction and research consultations between 2019 and 2020

A Celebration of Faculty Research

The following playlist of videos highlights some of the research conducted by Hunter College faculty and staff members over the past year. If you click the list icon at the top, you can see a list of the videos included in the playlist. Watch them all or explore what interests you!

Librarian Collaborations: Celebrating Student Work

Librarians frequently work with instructors for individual classes to support their students' research projects. These collaborations often extend over the course of a semester, with a librarian "embedded" into the course, or available for research support and consultations for the students as needed.

The tabs in this box contain examples of the products of some of those collaborations.

ASIAN 210: Linh An and John Pell

Linh An's Asian Studies class (ASIAN 210) worked with John Pell on problems involved in the identification, retrieval, and ethical use of media related to anti-Asian discrimination in the United States.

The students worked in groups to propose exhibits focusing on the themes of the class. The items below include excerpts from their proposals as well as links to their slide shows featuring their research and proposed exhibits.

Koala Group Exhibit: Recurrence of the "Asian Menace": The History of Asian Immigration, Germs, and Diseases

"The Koala Exhibit explores prevalence of disease rhetoric in American’s anti-immigration history. In particular, Asians immigrants have often been labeled as diseased. The exhibit takes the viewer back in time to explore the mistreatment of Asian Immigrants starting from the late 19th century."

Slide from presentation titled "Exhibit 10: History Repeating Itself"

Huskies Group Exhibit: Spreading from the East

"Throughout history, Asian Americans have been viewed as a threat in consequence of being labelled as diseased / contaminated and have been generalized to fit harmful stereotypes. These viewpoints are prevalent in the ways that Asian American groups are treated—in the end, they are seen as threats and treated negatively. Asian groups are consistently dehumanized and blamed for several events such as epidemics. Furthermore, despite different Asian groups presenting different threats to society, the consequences are applied to all groups. In this exhibition, the many issues that certain Asian groups have faced throughout their time in the U.S. are brought to light. These issues are often forgotten but are crucial in that the prejudices against Asian American groups can repeat. This exhibit looks closely at the experiences of three Asian groups—Chinese, Filipinos, and Japanese."

Title slide for presentation: Spreading from the East

Snakes Group Exhibit: Asian American Racialization: The Silent Prejudice

"The rationale behind this project is to help people better understand and imagine the racialization Asian Americans experience throughout generations, persisting from the times of oriental immigration to the Americas all the way to the present ...

Our goal is to spread a message that Asian Americans are not merely a model minority group who are void of problems and struggles; instead, they are a group that is often overlooked, neglected, and subject to tremendous hate and scrutiny. Through this exhibit, we will underline the idea that Asian bodies in America experience a racialization through generations."

Title slide from presentation: Asian American Racialization: The Silent Prejudice


CHEM 378: Frida Kleiman and Iris Finkel

Iris Finkel, the Web and Digital Initiatives Librarian, supports faculty and students working on digital assignments. For the past five years, Iris has collaborated with Professor Frida Kleiman to guide students in her CHEM 378, Biochemistry Lab classes working on a Wikipedia assignment. For this assignment students gain research and writing skills and contribute to a resource available to the public. The WikiEdu Dashboard is used to develop and monitor the assignment. 

ARTH 780: Nebayat Avciouglu and Iris Finkel

This semester, spring 2021, Iris built an Omeka site for students in Professor Nebayat Avciouglu’s ArtH780 - Istanbul from Empire to Post-modernism class to develop the online exhibit Istanbul: Sites of Knowing. During a previous semester, Iris facilitated a Google Maps project for Professor Avciouglu’s students. 

Screen shot of "Women and Gardens" page with image from online Istanbul exhibit

Celebrating Each Other

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