Take part in Library Student Survey 2018

What does the Library mean to you? A place for you to study with friends? A book bank where you can find a kindred spirit? A battlefield in times of essay dues and project deadlines?

Your story matters to us! Tell us about your experience now to give us an opportunity to improve your experience.

Take part in Library Student Survey 2018

Win attractive prizes

If you have completed the Library Student Survey, we would like to offer a small gift – come to our Library front desk. You can also take part in a lucky draw to win attractive prizes below by submitting your email address at the end of the survey.

FIRST PRIZE, 1 winner: 20″ trolley luggage (Minecraft themed)

SECOND PRIZE, 3 winners: Bluetooth Speaker

THIRD PRIZE, 5 winners: Earbuds



Drs Santtila and Weslake present this film to prompt discussion about assessing the value of a creation, specifically, how that assessment iregards the creator’s character.  If a creator’s poor ethical choices are revealed over time, how do those affect criticism of the creation?

Movies prompt conversation, whether disagreement, emotion, or endorsement.

The list of titles and links below are a gateway to read about ethics, art, and criticism.  Later links also explore Manhattan’s history, architecture, or urban design.  Listen to more music by the movie’s composer.  Ask at the library for travelogues, memoirs, or novels about different boroughs.

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Planned Downtime of Online Resources

Most online library systems will be unavailable starting at 17 March (Saturday) 5 AM. This outage is due to University work on Bobst Library’s power supply.

Services affected include library catalog (BobCat), ejournals, ebooks and databases. Please plan your research accordingly. In the meantime, our library website will still be available.

We are expecting the above systems to be restored and available by 18 March (Sunday) 3 AM. The exact restoration time may vary depending on any technical issues that may arise.

For the most up-to-date information about the system status during the outage, visit our Libraries’ System Status Update Page.

We apologize for the inconvenience.

Data Visualization Books & Blogs

In the following weeks, we will continue to release a series of posts to introduce resources on statistical computing, data visualization and to help you catch up with the ever-changing industry trends.

We therefore present to you the Data Resources Mini Series – Not Just Buzzwords.

Source: https://xkcd.com/1945/
Cover image: William Playfair (1821) 

If you missed Library’s workshops on Data Visualization Toolkits and Tableau, the books and e-resources we recommend here can be a good start for an overview of data visualization – from principles, through practices, to techniques and reflections.Next time we will share resources to help you catch up with the ever-changing “data industries”.  Stay tuned!

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Recommended Titles on Data Visualization

  1. The Visual Display of Quantitative Information, by Edward R. Tufte
  2. The Elements of Graphing Data, by William S. Cleveland
  3. The Truthful Art: Data, Charts, and Maps for Communication, by Alberto Cairo
  4. The Big Book of Dashboards: Visualizing Your Data Using Real-World Business Scenarios, by Steve Wexler, Jeffrey Shaffer, and Andy Cotgreave

I have four books to recommend for data visualization that combine depth of statistical reasoning with aesthetically appealing images, good writing, and ample examples.

The first two – The Visual Display of Quantitative Information The Elements of Graphing Data – are all time classics. They are books that laid the foundations for the practitioners of the field; early works that are never outdated, even in the digital era. Edward Tufte has other great books which we left out of this list.

The Truthful Art is a very nice introductory reading to the general audience. It provides in-depth analysis & examination of pieces of visualizations, and interesting things like the same data presented in many ways. – Yun Dai, Educational Technologist for Data Services Continue reading

Try BobCat Beta now!

We are happy to announce the beta release of the new BobCat interface.

Click on ‘Try BobCat Beta’ tab on NYU Shanghai Library website

BobCat is NYU’s branded name for our Library discovery platform!

The new BobCat Beta interface has a modern look and feel, and offers new features in addition to all the features of the current interface (BobCat Classic). Both Classic and Beta will run simultaneously through the entire spring semester.

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Noteworthy Business Titles

  1. Redirect: changing the stories we live by, by Timothy D Wilson
  2. The Ideas Industry: How Pessimists, Partisans, and Plutocrats Are Transforming the Marketplace of Ideas, by Daniel W. Drezner
  3. Brotopia: Breaking Up the Boys’ Club of Silicon Valley, by Emily Chang
  4. Quirky: The Remarkable Story of the Traits, Foibles, and Genius of Breakthrough Innovators Who Changed the World, by Melissa A. Schilling
  5. Fifty Million Rising: The New Generation of Working Women Transforming the Muslim World by Saadia Zahidi

This month, we have titles for improving yourself, as well as understanding groups of people. Drezner’s book on the ideas industry is an interesting take on what drives a large part of business – the ideas industry. This book was a recommendation from a fellow colleague.

Another book published by our NYU family: Melissa Schiling is the Herzog Family Professor of Management, and Professor of Management & Organizations at NYU Stern School of Business. It was a pleasant surprise to learn the January’s 5 noteworthy business titles were appreciated. Share this with someone you’re thinking of! –– Edward Lim, Reference & Research Services Librarian for Business

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Literary Reading Series is Back Again!

Did you enjoy the Literary Reading Series last semester?

Or you haven’t heard of it?

Don’t miss it this spring semester!

Each semester, distinguished poets, writers and translators from around the world take part in the Literary Reading Series at NYU Shanghai. All the featured books are displayed in the Library’s Spotlight section.

Robin Hemley, for example, will be the first guest speaker to present this semester. His popular craft book, Turning Life into Fiction, has sold over 80,000 copies.

We will also have Tse Hao Guang, the author of Deeds of Light (2015), which shortlisted for the Singapore Literature Prize 2016, and Daryl Lim Wei Jie, a poet and critic. His work won him the Golden Point Award in English Poetry in 2015.

If you are interested in reading any of the 2018 Spring Literary Reading Series books that have been or will be presented on campus by authors, you can easily find their works in the Spotlight section. Feel free to browse and check out! Remember, you can keep the books up to two weeks and renew once.