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November 8, 2016

Welcome Visiting Scholar Rong Xiao



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November 8, 2016


Contact: Rebecca Mugridge, Dean of University Libraries, rmugridge@albany.edu, (518) 442-3568.


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University Libraries Welcome
Visiting Scholar Rong Xiao

 


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The University Libraries welcome its first Institute for International Visiting Scholars, visiting librarian Rong Xiao.

In support of the University President's initiative to expand the University at Albany's international reach, Yu-Hui Chen, PhD, Subject Librarian for Education and East Asian Studies initiated a collaboration between the University Libraries and the Center for International Education and Global Strategy to recruit librarians from overseas to attend the Center's newly established Institute for International Visiting Scholars (IIVS). Dr. Chen developed a proposal for the Libraries to host an international visiting librarian for the fall 2016 semester. The program allows the visiting librarian to gain an understanding of how American libraries operate by observing many facets of our operation and taking field trips to other libraries. In addition, the visiting librarian will take part in seminars and other cultural activities hosted by IIVS.

Ms. Xiao works at the Library of Southwestern University of Finance and Economics (SWUFE) in Chengdu, Sichuan Province (China). Ms. Xiao received a Bachelor's degree in English for Economics and Trade and a Masters of Business Administration degree from the Southwestern University of Finance and Economics.

"I am enjoying the environment at the University Libraries," says Ms. Xiao. "My dean at SWUFE expects me to get a good understanding of how U.S. libraries operate and the differences between U.S. libraries and libraries in China." Ms. Xiao comments favorably on the Libraries' zones for collaborative, quiet, and silent study, noting that the study spaces provide a good opportunity for people to work longer and more comfortably.

"We are pleased to host Ms. Xiao as a visiting librarian this semester," says Dean of University Libraries Rebecca Mugridge. "We believe that her visit will provide both the library and the campus community with meaningful exposure to diverse perspectives. This, in turn, will enrich our learning environment."

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

 





October 5, 2016

2016 Presidential Election: An Historian's Perspective


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October 5, 2016


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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2016 Presidential Election: An Historian's Perspective




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Dr. Carl Bon Tempo, Associate Professor of History, will present "Election 2016: An Historical Perspective" on Wednesday, October 19, 2016, 12:35 p.m.–1:30 p.m., in the Science Library's Patricia and J. Spencer Standish Board Room. The event is free and open to all. Complimentary light refreshments will be served.

Professor Bon Tempo will deliver a brief presentation and then facilitate a discussion around the issues. The highly-contested 2016 election has been the subject of unprecedented coverage and record turn-outs. A look at historical currents will offer insight and context to this year's race.

"Obviously, the 2016 election has so far proven to be an extraordinary event and is on the minds of most Americans. My goal in this talk is to provide some historical perspective on the election and the candidates," says Professor Bon Tempo. "Hopefully, I will be able to help our community better understand some of the dynamics at play and where this election sits in the longer history of American politics."

An accomplished scholar and educator, Professor Bon Tempo has received numerous awards and recognitions, including the College of Arts and Sciences Dean's Award for Outstanding Achievement in Teaching.

The event will be the second in the series of "Campus Conversations in Standish" of the 2016-2017 academic year. The University Libraries launched "Campus Conversations in Standish" in spring 2015 to call attention to University at Albany faculty research and expertise and to connect members of the UAlbany community in an exchange of ideas and perspectives. All "Campus Conversations in Standish" are held in the Patricia and J. Spencer Standish Board Room on the third floor of the Science Library at the University at Albany and are free and open to the public.

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

October 4, 2016

University Libraries to Celebrate Open Access Week. Jerry Sheehan of the White House OSTP to be Keynote Speaker


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October 18 , 2016


Contacts: Elaine Lasda Bergman, Subject Librarian for Social Welfare and Reference, elasdabergman@albany.edu,(518)442-3695; Rebecca Mugridge, Dean of University Libraries, rmugridge@albany.edu,(518)442-3568.


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University Libraries to Celebrate Open Access Week
Jerry Sheehan of the White House OSTP to be Keynote Speaker

Jerry Sheehan of the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) will be the keynote speaker at the University Libraries' celebration of Open Access Week. The event will be held on Tuesday, October 25, 10:00 am–2:00 pm, in the Science Library's Patricia and J. Spencer Standish Board Room and is free and open to the public. Lunch will be served with support provided by UAlbany's University Auxiliary Services. Please RSVP if you plan to attend.


Open Access Week is an annual global event during which members of the academic and research communities come together to discuss how removing existing barriers to accessing scholarly research could transform the way research and scientific inquiry is conducted. Open Access Week runs from October 24 to October 30 in 2016.

Mr. Sheehan, the OSTP's Assistant Director of Scientific Data and Information will address the implementation of the public access policy for accessing data from all federally grant-funded research projects. Other topics will include: Open Educational Resources (OERs), Scholars Archive (UAlbany's open access digital repository), and an update on SUNY-wide open access initiatives.

"As a center of scholarly communication on the UAlbany campus, the Libraries encourage and support open access initiatives," says Rebecca L. Mugridge, Dean of University Libraries. "It's important for all researchers to understand the implications of federal mandates regarding open access to research data, and our keynote speaker will be addressing the implementation of this policy."

Tentative Schedule

10:00 am Check in and Coffee
10:15 am Welcome and Introduction
10:25 am Lindsay Van Berkom,University Libraries, University at Albany
Scholars Archive Snapshot: Showcase Your Research
10:45 am Jerry Sheehan, White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP)
Opening Science: Increasing Access to Federally Funded Research
Noon Lunch
1:00 pm Elaine Lasda Bergman,University Libraries, University at Albany and
Julie Cuccio Slichko, Information Technology Services, University at Albany
OERs - A Game Changer for Higher Ed
1:30 pm Jessica Clemons, SUNY ESF, SUNY Council of Library Directors
SUNY-wide Open Access Initiatives

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




September 28, 2016

Rebecca Mugridge Appointed Dean of University Libraries


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September 28, 2016


Contacts:Rebecca Mugridge, Dean of University Libraries, rmugridge@albany.edu, (518) 442-3568.


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Rebecca Mugridge Appointed Dean of University Libraries

 


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Albany, N.Y. (September 28, 2016)—Rebecca Mugridge was appointed Dean of University Libraries effective August 26, 2016. Interim President James Stellar officially announced Mugridge's appointment in an e-mail distributed to University at Albany faculty and staff.

Mugridge has served in the capacity of Interim Dean & Director of the University Libraries since July 2015. She joined the University at Albany Libraries in 2013 as Associate Director for Technical Services and Library Systems. Prior to her appointment at the University at Albany, she held positions at a number of academic libraries, including The Pennsylvania State University, Yale University, Robert Morris University, and the University of Pittsburgh.

"When I arrived in Albany, I saw a university library system with immense potential," Mugridge explains. "I'm grateful and excited to be leading an ARL institution. My vision is to continue the current initiatives undertaken by the University Libraries, while also expanding our reach in the campus community. Collaborative efforts with faculty and students are among my top priorities." 

Mugridge received her Master of Library Science degree from the University of Pittsburgh in 1991. She also earned an M.B.A. from Robert Morris University in 1998. Outside of the University Libraries, Mugridge enjoys traveling, exploring upstate New York, reading, and spending time with her dogs and cats.

The University at Albany 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, 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.





September 22, 2016

Defend Freedom. Read Banned Books.


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September 22, 2016


Contacts: Amanda Lowe, Lending and 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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Defend Freedom. Read Banned Books.


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Albany, N.Y. (September 28, 2016)—Attempts occur far too frequently to ban such books as The Catcher in the Rye, 1984, Bridge to Terabithia, and Beloved. The University Libraries encourage the UAlbany community to resist censorship by reading passages from their favorite banned books at a Banned Books Read-Out. The Banned Books Read-Out will be held at the University Library on Wednesday, September 28, 2016, from 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm in the Current Periodicals Room (lower level). A discussion about censorship will be led by Amanda Lowe, University Libraries Lending and Access Services Associate. The event coincides with Banned Books Week, an annual event that celebrates the freedom to read. For lists of frequently challenged books, see: www.ala.org/bbooks/frequentlychallengedbooks/childrensbooks.

Banned Books Week, which is traditionally held during the last week of September (September 25–October 1 in 2016), highlights the value of free and open access to information. Banned Books Week is a way to bring together the book community at large—everyone from authors, journalists, professors, students, librarians, booksellers, publishers, and readers of every shape and size. Ultimately it is a celebration of people joining together to show their shared support of the freedom to seek and express ideas, even if those same ideas are considered by some to be unorthodox or unpopular. Banned Books Week expands efforts across the country to eliminate the removal or restricted access to books while drawing attention to the harms of censorship.

"The University Libraries are very excited to be able to hold this event again," says Amanda Lowe, University Libraries Lending and Access Services Associate. "Being able to have honest conversations about intellectual freedom issues, like censorship, are very important. I'm glad that we are providing our students and faculty with a time and place to do that."

"Last year's Banned Books Read-Out was a resounding success," says Dean of University Libraries, Rebecca Mugridge. "I'm looking forward to once again seeing our students and faculty celebrate the First Amendment and academic freedom through the reading of banned books."

If you are positive that you would like to read at the event, please email Amanda Lowe at amlowe@albany.edu so she can put you on the list of readers. We ask that passages take no longer than five minutes to read. If you are uncertain about whether you would like to read, bring a passage—any additional reading spots will be available for sign-up on the night of the event. If you choose not to read, come anyway! Participate by listening and joining discussions on censorship and intellectual freedom.

The University at Albany 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, 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

September 21, 2016

Rockefeller College's Julie Novkov on the Vital Importance of the Supreme Court



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September 21, 2016


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


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Rockefeller College's Julie Novkov on the
Vital Importance of the Supreme Court




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Albany, N.Y. (September 28, 2016) — Dr. Julie Novkov, Chair of the Department of Political Science at the Rockefeller College of Public Affairs & Policy, and also a professor of Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies will address "The Supreme Court's 2016 Term: Interesting Times" on Wednesday, September 28, 2016 from 12:35 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. in the Science Library's Patricia and J. Spencer Standish Board Room. The event is free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be served.

While most recent political conversations have focused on the upcoming presidential election, the future of the Supreme Court remains a significant issue. Professor Novkov will deliver a brief presentation and then lead a discussion of the issues.

"Since that Wednesday immediately precedes the first Monday in October when the fall Supreme Court session begins, the timing is perfect," explains Professor Novkov. "With an open seat, an upcoming election, and some significant issues likely to be on the docket, there's a lot going on."  

Professor Novkov will inaugurate the first in the series of "Campus Conversations in Standish" of the 2016-2017 academic year. The University Libraries launched "Campus Conversations in Standish" in spring 2015 to call attention to University at Albany faculty research and expertise and to connect members of the UAlbany community in an exchange of ideas and perspectives. All Campus Conversations are held in the Patricia and J. Spencer Standish Board Room on the third floor of the Science Library at the University at Albany and are free and open to the public.

Professor Novkov is the author of Racial Union: Law, Intimacy, and the White State in Alabama, 1865-1954, The Supreme Court and the Presidency: Struggles for Supremacy, and Constituting Workers, Protecting Women: Gender, Law, and Labor in the Progressive Era and New Deal Years. She was awarded the Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Teaching in 2014.

The University at Albany 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, 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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