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Updates from the Mina Rees Library | October 2022

~ Wednesday, October 26th from 6pm-7pm ~ 

Research & Collections of The New York Public Library

Mina Rees Library, Dissertation Reading Room, 1st Floor


Please join us on 10/26 for a special presentation about the robust research services and archival collections at The New York Public Library. We’ll hear from Rebecca Federman (General Humanities Reference and the Center for Research in the Humanities), Julie Golia (Manuscripts, Archives and Rare Books and Charles J. Liebman Curator of Manuscripts), and Chantal Lee (Art & Architecture Collection). This is a great opportunity to meet representatives from NYPL, and learn more about how the collections can benefit your research!


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NYPL Library Card Validation Stickers – Now Available at the Reference Desk (2nd Floor)


GC Students, Faculty, and Staff – Bring your New York Public Library (NYPL) card to the Reference Desk on the 2nd Floor (3pm-6pm, Monday-Friday) to obtain a validation sticker for additional NYPL privileges. The sticker will be added to your NYPL card (not the smaller fob), and will allow you to:


Check out books from the three NYPL research libraries (Schwarzman, Schomburg, Performing Arts) that would not normally leave the building. Enjoy 120-day loan periods on those items, and any books that arrive via ILL from NYPL’s RECAP collection. (If you have any questions about this, please email us –


Dissertation Office Drop-in Hours 

Weekly on Tuesdays/Wednesdays from 1-3pm

Tuesday October 18th, 1pm-3pm

Wednesday October 19th, 1pm-3pm


Zotero Drop-in Hours

Weekly on Mondays at 1pm

Monday, October 17th from 1pm-2pm


Scholarly Publishing Drop-in Hour

Tuesday, October 20th, 1pm-2pm


Journal Article Contracts: Understanding and Retaining Your Rights as an Author

Wednesday, October 26, 1pm-2pm

When you publish a journal article, you sign a copyright agreement. Do you know what you’re agreeing to when you sign it?


Different journals have different policies: Some journals require you to relinquish your copyright. (You then have to ask permission or even pay to share your article with students and colleagues!) Some journals allow you to retain some rights (e.g., the right to post online). Some journals leave copyright in your hands. (You simply give the journal a non-exclusive license to publish the article.)

How can you find out a journal’s policy? How can you negotiate your contract to make the most of your rights as a scholar, researcher, and author? Come learn how to preserve your rights to reproduce, distribute, and display the work you create.


A Note from the InterLibrary Loan Department:

We encourage you to place an interlibrary loan request for any materials (articles, books, chapters, and more) if you are seeking materials not available at the Mina Rees Library. Any questions? Email us at –