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February 1, 2017

David Hochfelder on the Human Toll of Urban Renewal

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February 13, 2017

Contact(s): Trudi Jacobson, Head, Information Literacy Department, tjacobson@albany.edu, (518) 442-3581; Rebecca Mugridge, Dean of University Libraries, rmugridge@albany.edu, (518) 442-3568.

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History Department's David Hochfelder on the Human Toll of Urban Renewal


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On the morning of March 27, 1962, thousands of families living in downtown Albany learned that through eminent domain the State of New York had "appropriated" their homes and businesses for the purposes of building the Empire State Plaza. The stories of the people this urban renewal project displaced are the focus of University at Albany's Dr. David Hochfelder's public research project, "98 Acres in Albany."

Dr. Hochfelder will reveal these people's stories at the next "Campus Conversations in Standish" on Wednesday, February 22, 2017, 12:35 to 1:30 p.m. in the Patricia and J. Spencer Standish Board Room at the University at Albany's Science Library (third level). Dr. Hochfelder, Associate Professor of History, will lead a discussion with a talk titled "98 Acres in Albany: Telling the Social History of Urban Renewal." The event is free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be provided.

Urban renewal was a hallmark of American life in the post-World War II years. An examination of Albany's own history provides examples and context, the most long-lasting in impact being the Empire State Plaza. "What I'd like audience members to come away with is how large-scale urban redevelopment projects changed the faces of America's cities after World War II, and how people at the time directly experienced these sweeping changes," says Dr. Hochfelder.

An expert on the history of United States business and technology, Professor Hochfelder also focuses on public history. He developed the popular undergraduate class "Introduction to Public History." The "98 Acres in Albany" project highlights his commitment to the field. The project's website may be found at https://98acresinalbany.wordpress.com/.

Dr. Hochfelder's discussion will be the second of the spring 2017 "Campus Conversations in Standish" series. Launched by the University at Albany Libraries in spring 2015, the highly-respected "Campus Conversations in Standish" are designed to showcase faculty research and expertise and to connect members of the UAlbany community in an exchange of ideas and perspectives. "Campus Conversations in Standish" are free and open to the public and are held in the Patricia and J. Spencer Standish Board Room on the third level of the University at Albany's Science Library.

About the University at Albany Libraries
The University Libraries comprise the University Library, the Science Library, and the Dewey Graduate Library. A member of the Association of Research Libraries (ARL), the 124 largest, most comprehensive research libraries in North America (www.arl.org/membership/list-of-arl-members), the University at Albany Libraries serve the University’s students, faculty, and staff to further their academic achievement and success, as well as the citizens of New York State, and scholars and researchers from around the world. For up-to-date information about the University Libraries, visit library.albany.edu

 





January 18, 2017

Criminalizing the LGBTQ Community

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January 18, 2017

Contacts: Trudi Jacobson, Head, Information Literacy Department,tjacobson@albany.edu, (518) 442-3581; Rebecca Mugridge, Dean of University Libraries, rmugridge@albany.edu, (518) 442-3568.

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Rockefeller College's Victor Asal:
"Criminalizing the LGBTQ Community and the Long Arm of the Religious State"

Dr. Victor Asal will lead the next "Campus Conversations in Standish" with a presentation titled "Criminalizing the LGBTQ Community and the Long Arm of the Religious State" on Wednesday, February 8, 2017 from 12:35 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. in the Patricia and J. Spencer Standish Board Room at the University at Albany's Science Library. The event is free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be served.

Dr. Asal is Chair of the Rockefeller College of Public Affairs & Policy's Department of Public Administration, and Associate Professor of Political Science. Dr. Asal's discussion will address the state of the LGBTQ community on the international level and how it features prominently in global discourse. A policy examination will offer insight and context to the discussion. "Given all the challenges that face the LGBTQ community, this presentation will give us a useful analytical overview of why legal treatment of the LGBTQ community varies so much from country to country and what might impact this in the future," explains Dr. Asal, who is also a university expert on terrorism, discrimination, and political violence.

In December 2016, Professor Asal and Udi Sommer released a book titled Legal Path Dependence and the Long Arm of the Religious State: Sodomy Provisions and Gay Rights across Nations and over Time. Published by SUNY Press, the text examines legal and cultural traditions surrounding state regulation of LGBTQ communities. It also develops a Gay Rights Index used to assess these findings.

Professor Asal has received numerous awards and recognitions including the 2015 CQ Press Award for Teaching Innovation from the American Political Science Association.

Launched by the University at Albany Libraries in spring 2015, “Campus Conversations in Standish” are designed to spotlight University at Albany faculty research and expertise and to connect members of the campus community and beyond in an exchange of ideas and perspectives. “Campus Conversations in Standish” are free and open to the public. They are held in the Patricia and J. Spencer Standish Board Room on the third level of the University at Albany’s Science Library.

About the University at Albany Libraries
The University Libraries comprise the University Library, the Science Library, and the Dewey Graduate Library. A member of the Association of Research Libraries (ARL), the 124 largest, most comprehensive research libraries in North America (www.arl.org/membership/list-of-arl-members), the University at Albany Libraries serve the University’s students, faculty, and staff to further their academic achievement and success, as well as the citizens of New York State, and scholars and researchers from around the world. For up-to-date information about the University Libraries, visit library.albany.edu

 





December 22, 2016

ILLiad Service Interruption on Tuesday, January 10, 2017


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December 22, 2016

Contacts: Timothy Jackson, Resource Sharing and Reserves Coordinator, tjackson@albany.edu, (518) 442-3613; Rebecca Mugridge, Dean of University Libraries, rmugridge@albany.edu, (518) 442-3568.

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ILLiad Service Interruption on Tuesday, January 10, 2017

ILLiad, the Libraries' interlibrary loan software, will be unavailable on Tuesday, January 10, from 11:00 am to 2:00 pm due to a software upgrade. Thank you for your patience while ILLiad is unavailable.

 

 

 

About the University at Albany Libraries
The University Libraries comprise the University Library, the Science Library, and the Dewey Graduate Library. A member of the Association of Research Libraries (ARL), the 124 largest, most comprehensive research libraries in North America (www.arl.org/membership/list-of-arl-members), the University at Albany Libraries serve the University’s students, faculty, and staff to further their academic achievement and success, as well as the citizens of New York State, and scholars and researchers from around the world. For up-to-date information about the University Libraries, visit library.albany.edu





December 7, 2016

Faculty Reserves Requests for Winter and Spring 2017 Semesters

The University Libraries are now accepting reserves requests from faculty for the winter and spring 2017 semesters. The Libraries recommend that faculty submit requests at least one week prior to the start of your class to ensure all requested materials are available by the first day of your class.


December 5, 2016

Therapy Dogs Help You Stress Less



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December 5, 2016

Contacts: Amanda Lowe, Lending & Access Services Associate amlowe@albany.edu, (518) 442-4424; Rebecca Mugridge, Dean of University Libraries, rmugridge@albany.edu, (518) 442-3568.

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Therapy Dogs Help You Stress Less


Photo for Therapy Dogs Finals 2016 Event Photo

The University Libraries invite all UAlbany students, faculty, and staff to experience a series of fall 2016 events meant to reduce student stress during finals. The kick-off event will be a Therapy Dogs visit on Wednesday, December 7, 1:00 pm–3:00 pm in the garden-level atrium of the Science Library.

The Schenectady Chapter of Therapy Dogs International will be bringing dogs to the Science Library that have been specially trained to comfort people experiencing stress. Therapy dogs are known for their ability to lower stress levels in a variety of educational settings, which is the reason they frequent campuses during exam times. Studies show that therapy dogs rival conventional stress management programs in reducing anxiety, stress, and depression.

"We're very excited to have the therapy dogs back again," says Amanda Lowe, University Libraries Lending & Access Services Associate. "They were here in October for midterms and we had a record turnout."

"The therapy dogs have become a staple in our stress reduction programming," says Dean of University Libraries Rebecca Mugridge. "It is one of my favorite University Libraries' traditions."

About the University at Albany Libraries
The University Libraries comprise the University Library, the Science Library, and the Dewey Graduate Library. A member of the Association of Research Libraries (ARL), the 124 largest, most comprehensive research libraries in North America (www.arl.org/membership/list-of-arl-members), the University at Albany Libraries serve the University’s students, faculty, and staff to further their academic achievement and success, as well as the citizens of New York State, and scholars and researchers from around the world. For up-to-date information about the University Libraries, visit library.albany.edu.

 

Amber Lannon and Pamela Harrison, "Take a Paws: Fostering Student Wellness With a Therapy Dog Program at Your University Library," Public Services Quarterly 11, no. 2 (2015): 14. doi: 10.1080/15228959.2014.984264     

 

 





Requesting Library Materials During Winter Break


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Requesting Library Materials During Winter Break

The Science and Dewey Libraries will be closed December 21 through January 2.

For periods when the Science and Dewey Libraries are closed to the public, library materials will be paged and held for pickup at the University Library. Please request needed materials via the library's catalog.

Delivery of library materials to the Science and Dewey Libraries will be suspended on December 20. Materials on hold for users at the Science and Dewey Libraries and not picked up by December 20 will be sent to the University Library for pickup.

The Science and Dewey Libraries will reopen, and all delivery services will resume, on January 3.

If you have questions about these services please call 442-3613.

About the University at Albany Libraries
The University Libraries comprise the University Library, the Science Library, and the Dewey Graduate Library. A member of the Association of Research Libraries (ARL), the 124 largest, most comprehensive research libraries in North America (www.arl.org/membership/list-of-arl-members), the University at Albany Libraries serve the University’s students, faculty, and staff to further their academic achievement and success, as well as the citizens of New York State, and scholars and researchers from around the world. For up-to-date information about the University Libraries, visit library.albany.edu





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