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Updated Spring Library Hours:

Monday-Friday: 9am-10pm

Saturday: 10am-8pm

Sunday: 12pm-8pm


New! Expanded Reference Desk Hours

Monday, Tuesday: 12pm-6pm

Wednesday, Thursday, Friday: 12pm-7pm




Scholarship for the Public Good: What We Value, How We Evaluate

Monday, 4/24 from 4-5pm EST


“Productive.” “Important.” “Influential.” Researchers chase these descriptors, which help secure jobs, grants, tenure, promotion, and acclaim. But how are these terms defined? Who decides when these qualities have been attained? Can they be communicated through metrics, and what biases are baked into attempts to do so? Further, how does prioritizing these qualities affect, and distort, the decision-making of individual researchers, hiring committees, evaluative bodies, and administrators? And what are some of the possibilities we can turn to instead?


The second event in the “Scholarship for the Public Good” series will feature three experts on these questions, in conversation with each other: Bianca C. Williams, Nicky Agate, and Alyshia Gálvez.


Hosted by the CUNY Graduate Center’s Mina Rees Library and the Provost’s Office, the “Scholarship for the Public Good” event series will examine these questions and more, and explore possible ways that everyone in the Graduate Center community—faculty, students, staff, and administrators—can foster a positive, public-minded ecosystem of scholarship.


An Overview of Library Resources

Wednesday, 5/10 from 1-2pm


This workshop will cover many topics related to the Library, and how to make the best use of available services. If you’re not able to attend, feel free to email to set up another time to meet.


Drop-In Sessions


Zotero Drop-In Help

Mondays from 1pm-2pm


Zotero is an open source citation software enabling users to easily collect, organize, cite and share. These one-on-one sessions are great for consummate users who need troubleshooting assistance or for new users.


Dissertation Drop-In Hours

Tuesdays/Wednesdays, 1-3pm


Have a last-minute concern about depositing your dissertation or thesis? The library’s Dissertation Office dedicates time for drop-in Zoom consultations most Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 1-3pm.


Scholarly Publishing Drop-In Hour

Thursday 4/20, 4-5pm


This drop-in session is for anyone with questions about scholarly publishing or other aspects of scholarly communication.


Data Management Drop-In

Tuesday 5/9, 2-3pm


Do you have reams of research data that you need to organize and document? Do you need to ensure that it is accessible to the public and/or preserved for the long term? Are you applying for a grant that requires you to create a data management plan? If so, then this drop-in session is for you.


Additional Resources


Read more about TRACFed, a new platform that is “a comprehensive collection of federal data, information primarily obtained through the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA).”


Feel free to explore the Grants & Funding databases which can assist in locating Fellowships, awards, and other forms of support.


Questions? Contact