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6th Annual BMCC Library's Can You Haiku? Contest
Professor Dorothea Coiffe-Chin, started the BMCC Library's Can You Haiku? Contest six years ago and continues to coordinate and co-judge it every year since under the auspices of BMCC's Asian Heritage Committee. Her co-judge this year was Professor Rifat Salam of the Social Sciences Department.

Eligible entrants had to conform to the rules of this year's contest: each poem must be an original haiku in the 5-7-5- format and must contain any variation of the word learn. We have so many talented people at BMCC who entered, but the judges could declare only two winners and one runner-up/honorable mention.

After reading all the 76 eligible entries, they found three haiku to be the best. Here are the 2 winning haiku poems & 1st runner-up/honorable mention:

The winners are:

Snowflakes fall upward
beyond the high-rise window
Our cat thinks they're birds

-E. Brunn (BMCC Student)

up-down; subways runs
zombies like passengers on
welcome to New York

-K. L. Phudong (BMCC student)

1st runner-up/ honorable mention:
spring term near over
love of learning is the path
grades are coming up!

-M. Vosik (BMCC Faculty)


Education Materials Display

Prof. Susan Thomas worked with Kimberly Ray, Assistant Professor in Teacher Education, who put together a display highlighting student work in ECE 304, Toddler Care Curriculum and Program Planning. The display includes students' Education Material Projects and handmade Toddler books, emphasizing tactile experiences for toddlers.



Fall 2010 Newsletter

New Library Scanner

A self-service scanner was made available at no cost for patrons of the BMCC Library. The Scanner offers Full-color, grayscale, or black & white reproductions up to 600 DPI, and saves files in a variety of formats.



5th Annual BMCC Library's Can You Haiku? Contest
Professor Dorothea Coiffe-Chin, started the BMCC Library's Can You Haiku? Contest five years ago and continues to coordinate and co-judge it every year since under the auspices of BMCC's Asian Heritage Committee. Her co-judge this year was Professor Leo Theinert, a fellow librarian.

134 haiku poems were entered in the contest: 93 were hand written entries, 41 were submitted online. The Can You Haiku? Contest is open to all who are part of the BMCC community (students, staff, faculty, & administration).

Eligible entrants had to conform to the rules of this year's contest: each poem must be an original haiku in the 5-7-5- format and must contain any variation of the word learn. We have so many talented people at BMCC who entered, but the judges could declare only two winners and one runner-up/honorable mention.

The winners are:

I looked at the snow
Learning to cover the truth
With beauty of lies

-K. Saenko (BMCC student)

Time runs so quickly
Crazy life changes her style
Learning to be wise

-Y.N. Saleh (BMCC Student)

1st runner-up/ honorable mention:
I've learned at twilight
that the pale road fades faster
than I'd ever thought!

-R. Jorif (BMCC Faculty, English Dept)


Feb. 10, 2010: BMCC Closing at 12:00 PM
The college is closed as of noon today. Please call 212-220-8000 for information on weather-related closings.


Library Catalog Testing: 1/27/10
There may be brief service interuptions, including CUNY+ access.



BMCC Students: Make $5 Fast!
Students: Can you come to the Library sometime between Nov. 9 - Dec. 15th? You'll probably be studying here anyway, right - so why not make $5 giving feedback on the Library website?

Email: OR

Space is limited, so reply soon if you're interested!


Art 21 - Art in the Twenty-First Century
Tuesday, Oct. 13, 9:00 a.m.-10:30 a.m.
Location: Hudson Room
Free and Open to All Members of the College Community.

BMCC Library and Media Arts & Technology Present: A Screening of Episode One (from Season 5) of the Emmy-nominated PBS Series.

"Compassion," screening of DVD featuring artists Carrie Mae Weems, William Kentridge, and Doris Salcedo.This episode features artists whose works explore the possibility of understanding and reconciling past and present, while exposing injustice and expressing tolerance for others.

Prints by William Kentridge and a stereopticon device to view them in 3-D will be on hand!

The Center for Ethnic Studies will screen Episode 3, "Transformations," on Monday, October 26, at noon, in the Richard Harris Terrace.

Visit or log on to Blackboard BMCC ART_21 page for more information.


Extra Hours for Quiet Study at BMCC: May 12 - May 22
The Richard Harris Terrace is available from 12 midnight to 2 AM to BMCC Students for quiet study.

Note: The Library (S410), Quiet Study Area (S430), and other areas on campus are not accessible after midnight.


Winner of Picture Asian Heritage Photo Contest
Congratulations to BMCC Staff Member, Ruru Rusmin, winner of the Picture Asian Heritage Photo contest!

Winner of the Picture Asian Heritage Photo Contest
Winning Photo: Ruru Rusmin

Can You Haiku? Contest Winners
Judges Dorothea Coiffe and Linda Wadas selected the following winners out of 219 entries:

I am so in love
with joy, happiness, even
In love with anger

P.R. Patel (BMCC Student)

Boy, I am hungry
I need new books to read, too
Please let me win this

E.I. Aponte (BMCC student)

1st runner-up/honorable mention:
Little dumplings sit
Waiting for a customer
Listen for the bell !

V. Roe (BMCC Faculty)

Thanks to everyone who entered the contest!

Yes We Can! Book Event

Students and faculty are invited to a BMCC Library sponsored slideshow and talk--about the photography book (currently #15 on the NYT bestseller hardcover nonfiction list): Yes We Can: Barack Obama's History-Making Presidential Campaign by Scout Tufankjian (Powerhouse 2009). For more information, video, and photos, visit our Facebook.

Tuesday, April 21, 3:00-4:00 p.m., Hudson Room

Book for sale, author will sign
Light refreshments provided
Please RSVP to Susan Thomas:


 BMCC Library on Facebook
You can now find us on Facebook! Friend us for updates on Library events, contests, and walk-in classes.

Library Contests
In honor of Asian Heritage Month, the BMCC Library is sponsoring a photo contest. All members of the BMCC community are encouraged to submit up to 5 original photos interpreting the theme of Asian Heritage by 4/21/09. learn more....

Also in honor of Asian Heritage Month, the Library is holding its 4th annual Can You Haiku? Contest. The winner will receive a $25 Barnes and Noble gift card, and will attend the Asian Heritage Dinner. Learn more and enter the contest.


We received 119 haiku poems for the Haiku to the Chief! Contest , of which two were unsigned -leaving 117 to judge.

Here are the winning poems of the Contest, held in celebration of BMCC's 2009 African Heritage Month :

Finally he came
Historic in ev'ry way
To lead us forward
T. Fuchs (BMCC Student)

It was in the plan
For us to see a black man
In that old White House
M. Cooper (BMCC Faculty)

This haiku received honorable mention:

We, the people stand
Pride, strength, humble honesty
Change has come today
J. Sarfraz (BMCC Student)

Walk-In Library Classes

Librarians will be offering a series of Walk-In lectures throughout the Spring 2009 semester to orient students in finding books and articles, researching with Google and Google Scholar, and specific library resources for Faculty. Check the schedule to find a Walk-In lecture to meet your needs.


New Look for the Library Website

There's a new look for the Library website - our re-design incorporates the results of a Student Usability Study, and the ideas and suggestions of the Library Web Committee and staff. New developments will be ongoing, with the goal of making the Library website the best it can be.



Upgrade to Latest Version of E-Reserves

Library E-Reserves now has the latest version of software installed, with improved layout, design, and new features. Contact Flor Hernandez at if you are a faculty member who would like to learn more about Library E-Reserves.


Can You Haiku? Poetry Contest Winners!

There were 210 haiku entries; 165 hand written entries and 45 submitted via the library's online link. Winners were selected by Professors Dorothea Coiffe and Linda Wadas. Congratulations to all who participated!

The 2 Winning Poems:

The sound of wind blows
While he whispers in my ear
Is it love or fear?

- K. Hicks

Deprived of my sleep
As you lay beside me
I don't regret yet.

- M. Garcia

The First Runner-Up:

Water rushes past
Your face is washed away
I must look again

- R. Jorif


Can You Haiku? Poetry Contest
Help us celebrate BMCC's 20th Annual Asian Heritage Month, by entering the Can You Haiku? Contest! Haiku is a traditional Japanese poem of three lines with seventeen syllables in total- consisting of 5, 7, 5 syllables respectively.

Professors Dorothea Coiffe and Linda Wadas will be judging the entries - winners will receive a $25 gift card for Barnes & Noble and may attend BMCC's 20th Annual Asian Heritage Month Dinner on April 11, 2008.



New Trial Databases page
Now you can see all our trial databases on one page:

Try out all the new databases the Library is considering purchasing, and give your feedback to Dan Dubei, our new Electronic Resources Librarian (


Library Improvements

See anything different around the library? There have been several new additions including new carpet, new desks, chairs, and improved shelving in the Reference Area. Enjoy our bright new space for studying and learning and stay tuned for even more improvements throughout the Fall and Spring semester.


Quiet Study Area Closed
Due to furniture removal and rug cleaning, the Quiet Study area will be closed from Saturday, June 16 to Saturday June 23, 2007. We apologize for any inconvenience.


Looking At: Jazz
The A. Philip Randolph Memorial Library, in collaboration with the Tribeca Performing Arts Center, hosts a Looking at: Jazz screening March 13, 2007. Learn about the the Jazz Swing Era through documentaries, performance clips, and discussions.

For more information, go to:
Tribeca Film Institute


Nature and Science Magazine Online

Nature and Science magazine, two core journals in the fields of Science and Technology, are now available online. Until now, faculty and library users have not been able to access the full content of current issues online.

Science is now available on the Library's databases page or (from on campus) and off campus after users log-on for access. Full-text article content is available from 1997 to the present. Nature full text content from 1950- present is now available: We also have access from 1997 - 1 year ago through EBSCO.

Communication Studies - A Sage Collection Online
Communication Studies contains the full-text of 19 journals published by SAGE and participating societies, with some journals going back 23 years, and encompassing over 5,000 articles. The database covers subjects like Journalism, Public Opinion, Political Communication, Mass Communication, Interpersonal Communication, Cultural Studies, Intercultural Communication, Television and Film Studies, Media Studies, Business Communication, Organizational Communication, Written Communication, Rhetoric, and Literacy Studies.


E-Audio Books Help You Travel In Style
The Library now subscribes to e-AudioBooks through NetLibrary. They are accessible anywhere on campus, including your office and Murray Street; and off-campus (after registering on a campus computer).

e-AudioBooks can be downloaded to most computers or portable devices that support Windows Media Player or the RealPlayer (MP3 players, but not iPods). More on supported devices:

The collection features a language series and core collection of non-fiction, mysteries, fiction, and other titles. Each audiobook can be checked out for 21 days; a maximum of ten audiobooks can be checked out at a time. For a more information, visit:

BMCC Library Survey - Tell Us How We're Doing!
The library survey helps us know how we're satisfying Faculty and student needs, as well as identifying any room for improvement.The survey only takes about 5-10 minutes to fill in, it's online, and best of all, it will help us identify needs in our collection, services, and equipment. Go to:

Enhanced CUNY+ Records
CUNY+ now has enhanced records for many books. In addition to the call number and bibliographic information, you can now find tables of contents, summaries, cover images, author notes, and first chapters.

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