You may have noticed that in the weeks leading up the 2016 Presidential Election, the Birnbaum Library has displayed books by and about the leading candidates, political parties and the electoral process. Our core values include democracy, diversity, intellectual freedom, and social responsibility[i]. Therefore, our goal in selecting material was to be as balanced and impartial as possible and to encourage students to take seriously their rights as citizens. When shortly after the display went up two books attributed to Donald Trump were turned backside-front so that his familiar pout no longer greeted onlookers, we respected the freedom of expression exercised by the anonymous culprit. However, when a few days later the Trump books disappeared altogether, we were reminded of recent incidences of college students demanding censorship[ii]. As we conclude our fruitless search for the missing books, we are left with no choice but to reorder them. The unintended consequence of an act of vandalism and suppression of speech: more royalties for Donald Trump.
Sarah Cohn and Gina Levitan joined the Birnbaum Library staff this September as Instructional Services Librarians. Sarah and Gina join Jennifer Rosenstein, First Year Outreach Services Librarian, in the Instructional Services department and will design, facilitate and evaluate Information Literacy and library research instruction sessions for Pace students, faculty and staff.
Sarah has a BA in Political Science from the University of Oregon and an MLIS from CUNY Queens College. She comes to Pace from Manhattan College where she was an Assistant Librarian for Information Services. Sarah also worked at the International Culinary Center as an Assistant Librarian, and prior to going to library school, she worked for 10 years as a pastry chef in restaurants in New York and Washington, D.C . She is currently pursuing her MA in Liberal Studies at the CUNY Graduate Center. A California native, Sarah now lives in Brooklyn with her cat, Esperanza.
Before coming to Pace, Gina was the Research Services Librarian at Sarah Lawrence College. She has a MLIS and MA from Long Island University and NYU, and her research interests include critical library pedagogy, media studies, and historical newspapers. She’s a native New Yorker and a big fan of NY1.
Please stop by the Instructional Services Office outside room E101 and welcome Sarah and Gina to Pace!
You may have noticed a spaceship-looking object in the Collaborative Learning Room on the second floor of the Birnbaum Library. This new acquisition, called the Laptop Collaboration Theater, seats up to 10 people and can accommodate multiple laptops. Students can now make a reservation online to use any of the CLR’s three group study spaces: http://pace.libcal.com/booking/birnbaum
The Mortola Library in Pleasantville also has its own Laptop Collaboration Theater (on the first floor). To book it, please go to http://pace.libcal.com/booking/blueroom.
The Birnbaum Library Faculty Talks Series this semester features Environmental Studies and Science Prof. Melanie Dupuis reading from her book Dangerous Digestion: The Politics of American Dietary Advice on Tuesday, November 15 at 10:30 AM; and Women’s and Gender Studies Prof. Emily Bent discussing her research on girls’ activism through social media on Wednesday, December 7 at 12:10 PM. Join us for both events in the Birnbaum Library Fishbowl.
Want to know more about the history of Pace? The Birnbaum Library currently has three displays that delve into the university’s history. On the first floor in the library foyer, you’ll find our newest display case, filled with newspaper clippings and artifacts from bygone eras; as you proceed to the second floor, check out the six framed photographs depicting the NYC campus location at different stages over the last century; and when you reach the second floor, take in the slide presentation on the LCD screen above the display table. Thanks to archivist Ellen Sowchek for providing the material.
To keep a library operating efficiently requires regular housekeeping. Recently, in the course of inventorying a storage and gift book room, librarians at the Birnbaum Library discovered a trove of rare books. Highlights include two first edition copies of Upton Sinclair’s The Jungle; a signed first edition of Edna St. Vincent Millay’s The Buck in the Snow and Other Poems; a first edition of Robert Frost’s Mountain Interval, notable for its typographic errors; a first edition of William Faulkner’s The Town, complete with dust jacket; and many more, including books dating from the 17th, 18th, and 19th centuries. Most of the books were acquired by donation over many years and have yet to be processed, and we are currently adding to the new collection by identifying rare books in the circulating collection to be relocated. Stay tuned for more information, as we hope to make the collection accessible soon.