The University Libraries are Here to Help, even After Graduation!
A common misconception among many newly degreed students is that once they have graduated, their alma mater can no longer help the with their future endeavors. Wrong! In addition to the many services provided by the Alumni Association, such as Career Services from Alumni and Test Preparation Courses for the GRE, LAST, and GMAT standardized tests, the University Libraries offer many different services to help support the hard-working and dedicated members of our prestigious Alumni Association.
Our newest service that is available to University Alumni is that we now subscribe to two research databases designed for alumni use. It is important to note that in order to access these databases, alumni must first register for a username and password from the University at Albany Alumni Online Community. The first of these databases is Academic Search – Alumni Edition . This multidisciplinary database, which is specifically designed to meet the research needs of the post-graduate professional, allows alumni to search for full text articles from over 3,300 journals. The other database is Business Source – Alumni Edition . Specializing in the research of all areas of business, this database is similarly designed to satisfy the research needs of the post-college business professional, and provides full text access to over 1,400 business magazines and journals. A comprehensive list of databases and sources available for alumni can be found on the Alumni Services – Database List.
University alumni are entitled to borrowing privileges from each of our three libraries. Alumni are granted a 30 day loan period for circulating books, can check out up to 25 items at a time, and items that are checked out may be renewed twice. Registration for Alumni Borrowing Privileges can be completed at the circulation desk at any of our three libraries. Since the library has to verify your status in the University Registrar’s Alumni database, it is recommended you come to the library to register during regular business hours, when staff with access to the database is available.
The Interactive Media Center, located in room B41 of the University Library, frequently hosts classes and workshops on a variety of technology related topics. Some of the topics covered in these sessions include image and text scanning, creating PDF files, web design, video digitizing, and Adobe Photoshop applications. Each class is 100% free to all UAlbany students, faculty, staff, and alumni. Alumni can register for a workshop via the Class Schedule and Registration Form. Walk-ins are also welcome, so if you decide at the last minute to attend a workshop, feel free to swing by the Interactive Media Center whenever a class is in session!
Lastly is the Ask-A-Librarian Email Reference Service. Alumni are encouraged to fill out the Ask-A-Librarian form with any and all of their information questions. One of our talented librarians will respond to your query in a timely fashion. A great resource when you need a detailed and expedient answer to a question from a trained professional!
For more information on the many services the University Libraries provide for UAlbany alum, please visit the University Libraries Alumni Services page.
Blog post created by Matthew Laudicina