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August 26, 2015

Yes. You Can Talk in the University Libraries. Find Out Where. Find Your Zone


Minerva - UAlbany Libraries

NEWS RELEASE • FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
August 26, 2015

Contacts: Lindsay Van Berkom, Operations & Scholars Archive Administrator, 442-3517; LVanBerkom@albany.edu; Debora Cheney, Associate Director of Public Services, 442-3540, dcheney@albany.edu

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Yes. You Can Talk in the University Libraries. Find Out Where. Find Your Zone

Library Zones

Recognizing that not all scholars need quiet all the time, the University Libraries have established color-coded noise-level zones, or clearly designated areas within the University Libraries where one of three noise levels is permitted.

The three noise levels are collaborative (converse in normal tones), quiet (occasional quiet discussion), and silent (strictly for silent study).

To further communication, all areas within all three of the University Libraries--the University Library, the Science Library and the Dewey Graduate Library--are now color-coded either Green, Yellow or Red to visually identify which level of noise is permitted--green for collaborative, yellow for quiet, and red for silent.

Green = Collaborative (converse in normal tones)
Yellow = Quiet (occasional quiet discussion)
Red = Silent (strictly for silent study).

 

The University Libraries have also placed building maps of Library Zones online (http://library.albany.edu/zones), where the UAlbany community can see how each library has been zoned.  

 

August 21, 2015

A Great Dane Welcome @ Your Library


Minerva - UAlbany Libraries

NEWS RELEASE • FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
August 21, 2015

Contacts: Carol Anderson, Reference Librarian, canderson@albany.edu, 442-3546; Debora Cheney, Associate Director of Public Services, 442-3540, dcheney@albany.edu

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A Great Dane Welcome @ Your Library

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The University Libraries will host “A Great Dane Welcome @ Your Library,” a “welcome” and “welcome back” event for all University at Albany students.   “A Great Dane Welcome @ Your Library” will be held on Wednesday, August 26, from 1:30pm to 3:30pm outside the entrance to the University Library.

A “Great Dane Welcome @ Your Library” will be all about library-related information and gifts.  Learn about University Libraries services and resources that promote academic success such as our phenomenal online databases, PAWS (Personalized Assistance with Searching), Ask Us 24/7, and our new Library Zones and soon-to-be-unveiled collaborative study rooms and Mac Lab. Choose from a selection of leisure reading--books donated by library staff--as well as giveaways donated by library vendors ranging from pens, bags, post-it notes, toys and much more.

 

Scheduled Public Website Downtime for Monday, August 24, 2015


On Monday, August 24, 2015 between 7AM and 8AM, there will be periods of downtime for the Libraries' public website, http://library.albany.edu/, and other library web services. We are sorry for this inconvenience. Please plan accordingly.

August 14, 2015

University Libraries Welcome International Students


International Students 2014


Location: University Library, first floor

Day/Date: Monday, August 24, 2015

3:30-4:30pm

The Interim Dean and Director of the University Libraries, Subject Specialists, Reference Librarians and other library faculty welcome all incoming UAlbany international students at the University Library. The reception showcases the Libraries’ vast array of authoritative information resources and its teaching of critical evaluation skills. This event is co-sponsored by University Auxiliary Services and International Student & Scholar Services.

July 13, 2015

ILLiad Service Interruptions on Tuesday, July 14 and Wednesday, July 15

Minerva - UAlbany Libraries


NEWS RELEASE • FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
July 13, 2015


Contacts: Timothy Jackson, Resource Sharing and Reserves Coordinator, 442-3613, tjackson@albany.edu

ILLiad Service Interruptions on Tuesday, July 14 and Wednesday, July 15

ILLiad may be temporarily unavailable on Tuesday, July 14 and Wednesday, July 15 because of a software upgrade. Thank you for your patience while ILLiad is unavailable.

July 8, 2015

Library Renovations - July Updates


Dewey Library
Expected Completion: TBD

 

Science Library
Expected Completion: Late 2016
The much awaited Campus Center expansion projects are underway. Access to the Science Library will be affected in varying ways throughout the project.

 

University Library
Expected Completion: Spring 2015
This renovation project will add more electrical outlets throughout the building, additional Wireless Access Points (WAPS) for improved connectivity, new front doors and additional lighting controls.


Dewey Library Renovations


September 4, 2014

Dewey Library Signage

A signage & way finding package has been designed by Plant Department.  At this time we are waiting for the signs to be manufactured and to be informed of an installation schedule.

 

Science Library Renovations


July, 8 2015

Science Library Renovation Updates

As of Tuesday, July 7, there has been a change in entrance/exit to the Science Library on the Garden Level east side entrance.  The hallway leading from the Campus Center past the Barnes & Noble Bookstore is now open for travel to the Science Library. Passage on the west side of the garden remains open near the 518 Market and SEFCU. Entrance/exit from the Podium Level remains open.

November 21, 2014

Campus Center Expansion Update - Science Library Updates

As of Wednesday, November 19, there has been a change in egress to the Science Library on the Garden Level east side entrance.  The hallway leading from the Campus Center past the Barnes & Noble Bookstore will be closed off and a wall will be constructed near the entrance to the connector wing preventing travel up that hallway.  The connector wing doors leading into that corridor will be locked.  The east/west doors in the connector wing will remain open as will the entrance into the Science Library.  There will be signs posted on the connector wing doors indicating which doors are locked.

The hallway being blocked off will be used Barnes & Noble storage until June 2015.  The blocking of this hallway does not violate any fire codes and egress from the Science Library is maintained through the Parents Garden.

 

 

September 4, 2014

Campus Center Expansion affects Science Library access

Access from the east side of the Campus Center is a constantly changing.  Temporary signage that informs pedestrians how to get to the Campus Centeris in place.  With classes in session, Campus Center ground level doors should stay open according to the semester schedules.  Access on the west side has opened up a bit as the concrete work outsidethe entrance near the Education building has been completed.  Unfortunately the concrete work does not meet the quality standards expected and this will be torn out and re-done which will necessitate closing that area sometime in the near future.

The University Libraries has requested a better campus map illustrating how to get back and forth to the University Library & the Science Library and better identification of how to get to the bus stop that has been relocated behind the Social Science building.  We have also sent some very good suggestions for signage to the Plant Dept. to use in directing traffic to the Science Library.  Plant has acknowledged the need to improve the way-finding signage and the printable map and it is expected to be addressed in the coming weeks.

The excavation work on the east side is fully underway and the ground has been excavated near the Science Library Shipping & Receiving dock to make way for the new dock at the Campus Center.  The curved concrete wall adjacent to the Science Library Shipping & Receiving dock will be removed and (eventually) the roadway will be extended to the new dock.  Within the next few weeks the road leading to the Science Library Shipping & Receiving dock will be closed for a short period of time in order to run a gas line down the road.

The excavation work has prevented the use of the emergency exit door leading from the Campus Center Basement East (CCBE) to the ground level.  Scaffolding will be erected to create a “bridge” from the CCBE through the east side connector wing to the Campus Center directing people into the Parents Fountain area as a means of escape in case of an emergency.

The east side of the Campus Center is where all the activity will take place for many months to come.  The excavation work is allowing for all the utilities to be run, a tunnel to be constructed to connect with the existing tunnel complex, and to modify the Barnes & Noble Bookstore storage room.

 

September 4, 2014

Preservation Lab, Science Library

In conjunction with the renaming of the Preservation Lab to the Alice Hastings Murphy Preservation Department, the Preservation Department is to be spruced up in preparation for the dedication of the space on October 10th.  The vestibule hallway will be painted, the wood door entering the office space will be refinished, the hallway fire door will be painted and an automatic door holder installed.   Signage throughout the building will be updated to reflect the change in the name of the department.

 

August 15, 2014

Science Library Detour Map

Science Detour Map

Podium Level - Open throughout construction

  • West entrance (Education/Dutch Quad side) leads to a stairway to the Garden Level

Campus Center (Garden Level) - Will be closed at times during construction

  • West entrance (through the food court)

Podium Level - Open throughout construction

  • East entrance (Physics/Indian Quad side) leads to the Information Commons, and an elevator and stairway to the Garden Level

Campus Center (Garden Level) - Will be closed at times during construction

  • East entrance (hallway next to Bookstore)

Barrier Free Access

All floors of the Science Library are accessible by elevators located on the south end of the building.
Podium level, East Entrance (Physics/Indian Quad side) - Open throughout construction:

  • Enter Science Library (Information Commons) through doors opposite elevator.
  • Access Garden Level by using elevator to the left of entrance from podium level

Campus Center Lower (Garden) Level Entrances - Will be closed at times during construction:

  • West entrance (through the food court)

Hover over the paw prints and handicap signs to view more information.

 


University Library Renovations


 

July 8, 2015

Construction of group study rooms, carpet replacement

Renovation work continues in the University Library.

Six group study rooms are under construction on the first floor north. The University Library will have a total of nine new group study rooms on the first floor when Fall 2015 classes begin.

The Presidents’ Reading Room on the second floor was closed to remove old carpet. Installation of new carpet is almost complete.

Work is just about complete on the new building entrance doors.   

 

June 19, 2015

Electrical shutdown

  • Tuesday, June 23 -- Third floor
  • Friday, June 26 -- Second floor

The power will be shut down for an entire day on floors 2 & 3. 

The existing electrical panels in all the electrical closets must be replaced as part of the University Library’s project to upgrade electric services. Work on the first floor will take place at night after the University Library closes.

 

 

June 12, 2015

Library Renovations - June Updates

Entrance doors - removal and replacement, June 17 - June 30
Demolition and replacement of the exterior doors in the main entrance of the University Library will begin on Wednesday June 17th at 8 am.  This work will take approximately eight to thirteen days and the work will take place from 8 am to 4 pm. 
The project involves:
·         Demolition of the two center doors Wednesday 6/17 - Friday 6/19. This work will create a fair amount of noise and some dust.
·         During the replacement of the doors the main entrance will continue to be used for people to enter/exit the building. Two doors will remain operational at all times. 
If the construction and work noise is bothersome, our recommendations for alternative places to work:

  • 2nd and 3rd floors for quiet study--remember there’s many more additional outlets up there now.
  • Borrow a laptop from Lending services desk if you need a computer
  • B-Level for additional spaces/tables for groups to work
  • Science Library: Information Commons
  • Science Library for quiet study spaces
  • Science Library--reserve a group study room in advance

 

May 11, 2015

CEILING AND ELECTRICAL WORK CONTINUE, MAY 11-15

Ceiling & electrical work continues this week in the southwest wing on the first floor and in the area of the Circulation desk. 

Note the following:

  • Main entrance lighting work has been completed. All the light palms are now equipped with LED lighting.
  • Removal of the lifts will take place either Tuesday or Wednesday.  One of the main entrance doors will be removed in order to take the lifts out of the building
  • Ceiling Crew: their work is expected to conclude at the end of the week.
  • Lighting work: Installation of the building lighting controls will not start until finals are over.  Most of this work will take place inside the electrical closets and will involve changing out the electrical panels.  There will be some planned electrical disruptions when the panels are installed.  More information on this project will be forthcoming once the work starts.
  • Front Doors:  There was a delay in production of the doors and the new delivery date is June 5, 2015.  Work on cutting the façade and removing the old doors will not start until the new doors are on site.

Recommendations to students for alternative places to work:

  • 2nd and 3rd floors for quiet study--remember there’s many more additional outlets up there now.
  • Borrow a laptop from Lending services desk if they need a computer
  • B-Level for additional spaces/tables for groups to work
  • Science Library: Information Commons
  • Science Library for quiet study spaces
  • Science Library--reserve a group study room in advance

 

 

April 27, 2015

RENOVATION WORK CONTINUES ON THE FIRST FLOOR

The ceiling and electrical work continues this week on the first floor in the southwest wing.  Anticipated completion date: Friday 5/1/15.

Note the following:

  • Lighting work in the Main Entrance will continue through the week.
  • Ceiling Crew: Work will also take place in the Circulation desk and staff areas. 

Recommendations to students for alternative places to work:

  • 2nd and 3rd floors for quiet study--remember there’s many more additional outlets up there now.
  • Borrow a laptop from Lending services desk if you need a computer
  • B-Level for additional spaces/tables for groups to work
  • Science Library: Information Commons
  • Science Library for quiet study spaces
  • Science Library--reserve a group study room in advance

 

 

April 23, 2015

PRESIDENTS' READING RE-OPENS

The Presidents’ Reading Room re-opened this morning following the completion of electrical work (more outlets!) and work on the ceiling lights. While work was underway in the Presidents’ Reading Room, the tables were refinished and are now back in the room. We are pleased to provide an upgraded space for your use. New carpet has been ordered for this space and the anticipated installation is early summer 2015.

First floor, southwest wing: Work as has resumed and will result in installation of a ceiling grid over the reference collection and installation of some electrical outlets on the columns. Anticipated completion date for this work is May 1.

 

 

 

April 21, 2015

RENOVATIONS UNDERWAY IN THE PRESIDENTS' READING ROOM

The ceiling & electrical work will continue for this week in the President’s Reading Room on the second floor.  It is anticipated that by Friday 4/24/15 the wing will be completed unless there are some unexpected delays.

Note the following:

  • Cleaning the Main Entrance Window Ledges: while the lifts are present the window ledges will be cleaned.
  • President’s Reading Room Electrical Outlets: two duplex outlets will be installed on the 8 columns within the room providing 32 plugs for users to access electricity.  The electricians plan on finishing the work on Friday 4/24/15.
  • Ceiling Crew: it is anticipated their work in the President’s Reading Room will be done on Wednesday, 4/22/15.  They will resume work on the first floor lobby and the southwest wing over the Reference collection.
  • President’s Reading Room Tables: the refinished tables will be moved back into the room at the end of the week or beginning of next week.
  • President’s Reading Room Carpet: new carpet has been ordered for this space with an anticipated installation time frame for early summer 2015.

Recommendations to students for alternative places to work:

  • 2nd and 3rd floors for quiet study--remember there’s many more additional outlets up there now.
  • Borrow a laptop from Lending services desk if they need a computer
  • B-Level for additional spaces/tables for groups to work
  • Science Library: Information Commons
  • Science Library for quiet study spaces
  • Science Library--reserve a group study room in advance

 

 

April 13, 2015

Renovation work continues - Presidents’ Reading Room Closed

The Presidents’ Reading Room on the second floor is closed through April 27, 2015, as electricians work on the lighting. While this work is taking place, the tables in the Presidents' Reading Room have been sent for refinishing.
The electricians are using scissor lifts in the Presidents’ Reading Room to reach the lights and are also performing lighting work in the first floor outer lobby vestibule.
Thank you for your patience as we work to improve your library building. Coming soon: more electrical outlets and more wifi access. We are also repairing, replacing and cleaning the building furnishings to make the facilities more comfortable and attractive for you.

 Recommendations to students for alternative places to work:

  • B-Level for additional spaces/tables for groups to work
  • 2nd and 3rd floors for quiet study--remember there’s many more additional outlets up there now.
  • Borrow a laptop from Lending services desk if they need a computer
  • Science Library: Information Commons
  • Science Library for quiet study spaces
  • Science Library--reserve a group study room in advance

 

 

April 7, 2015

 

University Library Renovations - April 7 update

Monday, April 6 - Friday April 10:

  • Ceiling and electrical work in the northwest wing of the first floor will continue. It is anticipated that by Friday, 4/10, the wing will be completed
  • Ceiling and electrical work over the Circulation desk will continue through 4/10

Thursday, April 9:

  • The tables in the President’s Reading Room will be removed to have the tops refinished

Monday, April 13:

  • The President’s Reading Room will be closed to the public for ceiling and electrical work to begin. It is anticipated that this work will be completed by 4/27

We appreciate your understanding and flexibility as this important work is completed.

Recommendations to students for alternative places to work:

  • 2nd and 3rd floors for quiet study--remember there are many more additional outlets up there now.
  • Borrow a laptop from Lending services desk if they need a computer
  • B-Level for additional spaces/tables for groups to work
  • Science Library: Information Commons
  • Science Library for quiet study spaces
  • Science Library--reserve a group study room in advance

 

 

March 30, 2015

 

University Library Renovations - March 30 update

ELECTRICAL OUTLETS: all the outlets in the northeast wing are FUNCTIONING! The outlets on the columns near the new book display are also active.

Monday, March 30:

  • Crews will begin ceiling and electrical work in the northwest wing, just in front of the Computer Room, LI-137A, as well as along the wall on the south side of the north wing. Plastic sheeting will again be erected . An open pathway will be maintained along the south side of the wing leading to the Computer Room, LI-137A and to the back of the wing near the west windows
  • The hallway to the north side elevator will not be obstructed and can continue to be used for access to the elevator
  • Work will be done in the lobby area in front of the Circulation desk but it is not expected to stop traffic through this area

Tuesday, March 31:

  • The DVDs will be relocated to their original location in the north wing this afternoon

 

Lounge chairs and tables will be relocated back to the east end of the wing within the next week.
Scanners will be returned to their first floor location soon.

Recommendations to students for alternative places to work:

  • 2nd and 3rd floors for quiet study--remember there are many more additional outlets up there now.
  • Borrow a laptop from Lending services desk if they need a computer
  • B-Level for additional spaces/tables for groups to work
  • Science Library: Information Commons
  • Science Library for quiet study spaces
  • Science Library--reserve a group study room in advance

 

 

March 25, 2015

University Library Renovations - March 25 update

Friday, March 27: The ceiling and electrical work in the north wing, behind the plastic sheeting, will be completed.

Monday, March 30:

  • Crews will begin ceiling and electrical work in the northwest wing, just in front of the Computer Room, LI-137A, as well as along the wall on the south side of the north wing. Plastic sheeting will again be erected but access to the Computer Room and librarian offices will be maintained.
  • The DVDs will be relocated to their original location in the north wing.
  • Crews will also begin ceiling work in the lobby around the Circulation desk, with most of the work being done in the early morning.

Friday, April 10-Thursday, April 23 (approximately): Crews will begin ceiling work in the President’s Reading Room. This area will be closed to users at this time. More information to come.

Recommendations to students for alternative places to work:

  • 2nd and 3rd floors for quiet study--remember there are many more additional outlets up there now.
  • Borrow a laptop from Lending services desk if they need a computer
  • B-Level for additional spaces/tables for groups to work
  • Science Library: Information Commons
  • Science Library for quiet study spaces
  • Science Library--reserve a group study room in advance

 

 

March 20, 2015

University Library Renovations - March 20 update

Friday, March 20 : Some of the work in the south wing (reference stacks area) will be completed by this afternoon.

Monday, March 23 : Crews will continue their work in the north wing, behind the plastic sheeting.

We appreciate your patience as we clean the furniture, hope you’re enjoying the 400+ new electrical outlets on the 2nd and 3rd floors!

Recommendations of alternative places to work:

  • 2nd floor and 3rd floor for quiet study--remember there are many more additional outlets up there now.
  • Need a computer? Borrow a laptop from Lending services desk
  • B-Level for additional spaces/tables for groups to work
  • Science Library: Information Commons
  • Science Library for quiet study spaces
  • Science Library--reserve a group study room in advance - note that all reservations must be made in person at the Science Library circulation desk.

 

 

March 13, 2015

University Library Renovations - March 13 update

Saturday, March 14: Crews will be working until noon in the first floor south wing. The crew will block off sections they are working in and users will have to move to alternate space.


Monday through Friday, March 16-20: The ceiling crew and electricians will be concentrating all their time working in the south wing during Spring Break. The goal is to complete the entire wing during this period.


Alternative study space locations are listed in the March 9 update below.

 

 

 

March 9, 2015

 

University Library Renovations - March 9 update

Renovation work continues in the first floor north east wing and is projected to take two weeks. Equipment and collections have been relocated while work takes place in this area.

  • Photocopier - available in Periodicals Room on B-Level (basement)
  • Scanners - relocated temporarily to Periodicals Room on the former periodicals desk
  • DVD’s - moved but still available in the north east wing
  • New books - all are on the shelves on the second and third floors of the University Library

Other renovation news:

  • Renovation work in the first floor north east wingwill be completed Monday, March 9. The ever-popular group study areawill be available by the end of the day. However, the new outlets are not yet "live."
  • Work on the second floor is complete and another 200 electrical outlets are "live" and ready for use.
  • This past weekend, extensive work took place in the south wing, preparing the area for the electricians who will work in the south wing during spring break.

Recommendations for alternative places to study:

  • B-Level for additional spaces/tables for groups to work
  • 2nd and 3rd floors for quiet study--remember there’s many more additional outlets up there now.
  • Science Library: Information Commons
  • Science Library for quiet study spaces
  • Science Library--reserve a group study room in advance

 

March 4, 2015

University Library Renovations - March 4 update

  • First floor north east wing: work continues. Expected completion date is 3/6/15.  Once the work is done the wing will be open for use.  Note that the electrical outlets will NOT be activated at this time.
  • Second Floor work completed 3/3/15.  Currently all the electrical outlets on the second floor are activated.  More new outlets!
  • First floor south wing: This area will be closed as the ceiling crew works Saturday 3/7/15 6am to 6pm & Sunday 3/8/15 from 6:00 am to Noon. 

Note: this work will be noisy with drilling taking place at regular intervals - every 5 minutes a hole will be drilled when they install the ceiling struts. 

Alternative workspaces while renovation work takes on Saturday March 7 & Sunday March 8:
-- User Room, first floor, LI 137
-- borrow a laptop at the lending desk
-- Information Commons workstations in Current Periodicals & Periodicals
-- Science Library Information Commons

 

 

 

February 20, 2015

University Library Renovations - February update

On Monday, February 23, work will begin on 1st floor North wing starting at 7:00 a.m. Areas where work is taking place will be cordoned off. As the week progresses, work will continue back toward the computer lab, LI 137.

    • The noisiest work (drilling, etc.) will mostly be done before 10:00 a.m. each day
    • Work will continue throughout the day
    • Work should move more quickly than on 2nd and 3rd floors, but we are still not sure what the completion time line is

Recommendations of alternative places to work:

  • 2nd floor (nearly completed) and 3rd floor for quiet study--remember there’s many more additional outlets up there now.
    • Need a computer? Borrow a laptop from Lending services desk
  • B-Level for additional spaces/tables for groups to work
  • Science Library: Information Commons
  • Science Library for quiet study spaces
  • Science Library--reserve a group study room in advance - note that all reservations must be made in person at the Science Library circulation desk.

 

 

 

 

January 26, 2015

University Library Renovation Update

Renovation work in the University Library continues as the second floor is wired for additional electrical outlets and wireless access points. To limit noise, renovation work will only take place Monday through Friday between the hours of 7:00 am - 3:30pm.


Although University Library users are welcome to use the second floor while work is underway during the specified time period (Monday through Friday, 7:00am to 3:30pm), quieter study spaces are available on the University Library's lower level (B) and on the third floor, which is quieter now that the electrical outlets installation has been completed. The Science Library also has quiet study spaces.

Work on the second floor will continue through April 2015.

 

 

December 1, 2014

University Library Renovation - Electrical Outlets on Third Floor, ready!

Breaking news! All the perimeter electrical outlets recently installed on the third floor are powered up.  That means 200 NEW electrical outlets near the study carrels, by the windows. Please use and enjoy, you are seeing benefits of the renovation project.

On Friday 11/28 the electricians worked on running additional outlets in the LI-316 private study carrel area.

The electricians are now working on the second floor through January 2015. Library users are welcome to use the second floor while wiring and new outlets are installed, although quieter study space is available on the third floor, in the basement, and at the Science Library.

 

November 21, 2014

University Library Renovation - Update

Renovation work continues and people in the University Library have undoubtedly heard the drilling taking place as outlets and wiring are put in. Additional electrical outlets have been installed on the third floor and work is underway installing more electrical outlets on the second floor. Wiring work is also taking place on the first floor.

We are hoping that the new electrical outlets on the third floor will be "live" and have electricity by the start of final exams on December 11.

Building entrance door replacement is scheduled to take place in February 2015.


 

September 4, 2014

University Library Renovation Phase I

The installation of electrical outlets on the basement to the third floor has been underway since the start of the summer.  Additional electrical outlets have been installed in the Current Periodicals Reading Room and the basement purple study area. Electrical outlets were installed in the IMC above the height of the work stations allowing for more convenient access to plug in devices...no more crawling on the floor to plug in!

Work on the Third Floor has gained some good momentum as the technicians have become familiar with the various components involved in dropping the ceiling to install cable trays and ceiling tiles to run electrical lines out to the perimeter of the floor.  This work is very labor intensive and time consuming and work on this floor will continue throughout the fall semester.  If using the third floor and it’s noisy, relocate to another section of the building if the noise interrupts studying.  If a book is needed and the shelves are blocked, please request assistance from the technicians who will move the equipment. Although the work is somewhat disruptive, the end result of dramatically increasing the number of electrical outlets throughout the building is well worth the inconvenience.

Once the third floor is done, the work will shift to the second floor. 

 

 

July 18, 2014

Renovation work underway in the Interactive Media Center

Electricians will be working in the IMC installing conduit and electrical outlets for all the computer workstations. The work starts on Monday, July 21 and will take approximately four days. All workstations will have electrical outlets at desk height, making it easier to plug in equipment. Regina Conboy, Head of Interactive Media Center, is coordinating the work so some computers are available to users while the electricians are working in the IMC.

 

May 30, 2014

More electrical outlets and more wireless access

Phase I Renovation work started this week in the University Library.  The work is expected to end in April 2015.
The work will include the following:

  • Drop Ceiling: A drop ceiling will be installed on floors 1 - 3 that follows the grid pattern of the ceiling tiles.  The drop ceiling is necessary to hide the wiring that will be run for data, electrical outlets, and lighting fixtures.
  • Electrical Outlets: On floors 1 - 3 electrical outlets will be installed along the perimeter of each floor.  In the basement Purple Lounge and the Current Periodicals reading room outlets will be installed on columns.  In the IMC outlets will be moved to a height above the workstations to facilitate easier access.  In the First Floor southwest wing (where the reference collection is located) electrical outlets will be installed on the interior columns as well as the perimeter.
  • Wireless Access Points (WAPS): Along with the new electrical outlets WAPS will be installed on floors 1- 3 to boost bandwidth within the building.
  • Lighting Controls: A Siemans control system is being installed to enable lights throughout the building to be controlled in a way that will promote energy efficiency and more precise control.  This will allow lights in sections of the building to be turned on & off rather than only being able to turn all the lights on a floor on & off.
  • Front Entrance Door Replacement: All four exterior doors will be replaced with lighter doors equipped with better locking hardware.  This will include installing two 40” wide doors in the center of the entrance; one of which  will be equipped with an automatic door opener and a SUNYCard control.  The other two doors will be 32.5” wide.

 

Drop Ceiling: Constructing the drop ceiling will require the installation of over 10,000 ceiling anchors which requires each anchor to be drilled into the Portland cement of the light palms.  Consequently, this is going to generate intermittent noise throughout the day.  The first installation of the drop ceiling will take place on the Third Floor north side near the women’s bathroom where  a small grid section will be installed in order to perfect the installation technique.  Once the technique is mastered the installation will move to the First Floor Reference and Information Commons areas with the intention of getting the south wing completed before the fall semester starts.  Work over service point desks will be scheduled early in the morning in order to avoid service interruptions.  Work on the ceiling will continue throughout the academic calendar and I will send out updates as the construction progresses to each area.

Lighting Controls:  This work will be fairly quiet as most of the work will be done in electrical closets.  It will require the lights on half a floor to be turned off when the connections are made.  The system will not use motion detectors or utilize light harvesting but both can be added if desired.  The system will enable the lighting to be reduced on each floor but provide enough light to walk through the floor safely.   The control system can provide several “pre-programmed” schedules for turning lights on and off.  The entire building will not have to illuminated all night to accommodate the cleaning of the building; lights on each floor will be able to be turned off in sections as the floor is cleaned.

Front Entrance Door Replacement: This will be noisy and somewhat dusty as the concrete façade will be cut for the center doors.  The other doorways will not require concrete being cut but will have new lighter doors with better hardware installed.  The plan is to replace two doorways at a time (estimated to take 2 weeks to replace 2 doors) and direct users to the doors that are not under construction thereby keeping the main entrance in use through the construction process. 

Information regarding Phase I of the University Library’s renovation project is available at http://www.albany.edu/facilities/projects/projectmaps_upacad.html

As with any construction project that takes place while the building is occupied there will be some disruptions and inconveniences. Please contact Assistant Director Peter Recore-Migirditch if you have questions or comments regarding the construction.

 

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