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July 29, 2016

Life Magazine Archives Now Online


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July 29, 2016



Contacts: Mary Van Ullen, Director of Collections, mvanullen@albany.edu, (518) 442-3559; Rebecca Mugridge, Interim Dean of Libraries, rmugridge@albany.edu, (518) 442-3568.


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Life magazine archives

Life Magazine—Every Issue—Now Online

 


Albany, N.Y. (July 29, 2016)—Every issue of Life magazine, the iconic publication of twentieth century America, has been digitized and placed online in a database called the Life Magazine Archive. The Life Magazine Archive has just been acquired by the University at Albany Libraries for UAlbany students, faculty, and staff. The archives include the first issue in November of 1936 to the last in December of 2000—more than 2,200 issues. Each issue is available in a comprehensive, searchable cover-to-cover format (PDF).

The Life Magazine Archive can be accessed directly at http://library.albany.edu/db/resource/?id=4229.

Published by Time Inc., Life magazine featured story-telling through documentary photographs and informative captions. Each issue visually and powerfully depicted national and international events and topical stories, providing intimate views of real people and their real life situations. The Life Magazine Archive will be invaluable to researchers of twentieth century current events, politics and culture, as well as those interested in the history of business, advertising, and popular culture.

"Our collection of print issues of Life magazine has been heavily used by students and researchers over the years, and we are pleased to be able to provide the digital archives of this important photojournalism magazine," notes Mary Van Ullen, Director of Collections for the University at Albany Libraries.

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 research 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 at Albany Libraries, visit library.albany.edu.


 





July 27, 2016

Access to Science Library as Campus Center Renovations Progress


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July 27, 2016


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Access to Science Library as Campus Center Renovations Progress

The hallway to the Science Library on the east side of the garden, next to the Barnes & Noble Bookstore, is open. Passage to the Science Library on the west side of the garden is closed until Campus Center construction is completed in mid-2017. Science Library entrances/exits at the Podium Level remain open.

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July 6, 2016

University Libraries Welcomes EOP Summer Program Students


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July 6, 2016


Contacts: Dr. Carol Anne Germain, Subject Librarian for Informatics, Information Studies & Sociology, cgermain@albany.edu, (518) 442-3590; Rebecca Mugridge, Interim Dean of Libraries, rmugridge@albany.edu, (518) 442-3568.


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University Libraries Welcomes EOP Summer Program Students

Albany, N.Y. (July 6, 2016) - The University Libraries welcomes all incoming University at Albany Educational Opportunity Program (EOP) students, who arrived on campus July 3. The EOP class of 2020 represents the largest to date, with 256 freshmen enrolled.

The EOP summer students will work closely with Dr. Carol Anne Germain, Subject Librarian for Informatics, Information Studies & Sociology. Their library experience will include hands-on workshops related to research skills and information literacy. EOP students will spend a significant amount of time working in the University Libraries, engaged in study meetings each night while on campus for the summer.

Dr. Germain says, "I welcome the newest EOP family members to the University Libraries - they are always a delight!"

"The University Libraries have a longstanding commitment to the EOP summer program," says Interim Dean of Libraries Rebecca Mugridge. "I look forward to meeting this year's class and wish them a warm welcome to the University at Albany."

A member of the Association of Research Libraries (ARL)--the 124 largest, most comprehensive research libraries in North America--the University at Albany Libraries provide research services, resources, and programs to the students, faculty, and staff at the University at Albany to facilitate their academic achievement and research success. The Libraries serve the University's community, the citizens of New York State, and scholars and researchers from around the world. For up-to-date information about the University Libraries, visit http://library.albany.edu

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June 24, 2016

Resolved: Problem Logging in to "My Library Account"


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June 24, 2016


Contacts: Jane Kessler, Head, Reference & Research Services, jkessler@albany.edu, (518) 442-3830; Rebecca Mugridge, Interim Dean of Libraries, rmugridge@albany.edu, (518) 442-3568.


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Problem Resolved!
Firefox My Library Account Problem

June 24, 2016—Firefox users may now log in successfully to "My Library Account" from the University Libraries' website. Online patrons will no longer receive an error message stating "Your connection is not secure" as reported on May 18. The University Libraries thank you for your patience.

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June 13, 2016

University Library's Interactive Media Center Undergoing Facility Upgrades


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June 13, 2016

Contacts: Peter Recore-Migirditch, Director of Finance and Administration, prm@albany.edu, (518) 442-3563; Rebecca Mugridge, Interim Dean of Libraries, rmugridge@albany.edu, (518) 442-3568.

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University Library's Interactive Media Center Undergoing Facility Upgrades




Interactive Media Center Service Desk



Albany, N.Y. (June 13, 2016)—The University Libraries continue to upgrade its facilities throughout the summer. The Interactive Media Center (IMC) on the Library's lower level is up next for refurbishment.

"In response to the increasing demands for the services provided by the Interactive Media Center we are investing in a new service desk, erecting landscape walls [moveable, fabric partitions] to provide more convenient storage of equipment, and an office space for additional IMC staff. The renovation of this space will not only improve the functionality of this service but it will be an attractive and inviting space for users," says Peter Recore-Migirditch, Director of Finance and Administration for the University Libraries. "I appreciate everyone's cooperation as we continue to upgrade facilities."

"We are excited about the installation of a new service desk," says Regina Conboy, Head of the Interactive Media Center. "With the new desk and supporting components, we'll be able to house our loaner equipment nearby. The new desk will also provide space for one-on-one technical consultations." The IMC's old service desk was demolished and removed on Wednesday, June 8. Its new service desk will be installed between July 5 and 7.

From June 13 to 15 the carpet where the old desk was located will be repaired. On Wednesday, June 15, landscape walls will be installed inside the Interactive Media Center. The installation will begin at approximately 8:30 AM and is projected to end on June 16. The new landscape walls will create a storage room and staff office.

Students and faculty can expect elevated noise levels on the lower level, but no additional disruptions. The Interactive Media Center desk remains open throughout construction, with full services available.

For more information relating to the University Libraries renovation projects, follow the hashtag #UAlbanyLibsReno on Twitter or Instagram.

A member of the Association of Research Libraries (ARL)—the 124 largest, most comprehensive research libraries in North America—the University at Albany Libraries provide research services, resources, and programs to the students, faculty, and staff at the University at Albany to further their academic achievement and research success. The Libraries serve the University's community, 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.




June 6, 2016

L. A. Theatre Works Collection: Streaming Audio from the Nation's Premiere Radio Theatre Company


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Contacts: Gerald T. Burke, Subject Librarian for Art, English, Music, Philosophy, & Theatre, gburke@albany.edu, (518) 442-3592; Rebecca Mugridge, Interim Dean of Libraries, rmugridge@albany.edu, (518) 442-3568.


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L.A. Theatre Works

L. A. Theatre Works Collection: Streaming Audio from the Nation's Premiere Radio Theatre Company

Albany, N.Y. (June 6, 2016)—The University at Albany Libraries are pleased to announce a new online resource for students, faculty, and staff:  L.A. Theatre Works Collection, a database of streaming audio recordings of more than 300 important plays and dramatic works produced by L.A. Theatre Works, the nation's premiere radio theater company.  The L.A. Theatre Works Collection may be accessed directly by clicking: http://search.alexanderstreet.com/radr.

Performed by an international array of leading actors—including UAlbany alumni, Harold Gould in Julius Caesar and playwright Stephen Adly Guirgis performing in his Jesus Hopped the "A" Train—the collection presents classics of the Western canon as well as modern works by American luminaries, originally commissioned plays, and high profile docudramas by both renowned and emerging playwrights. Scholarly commentary from experts adds background and contextual information for the plays.

Following a month-long trial period earlier this year, Andi Lyons, Director of the Theatre Program, Professor of Theatrical Design and Technology, and Resident Lighting Designer at the University at Albany commented, "Now that the trial period is over, I just wanted to say that this collection from LA Theatre Works generated more discussion about, and general interest in, the library's holdings for theatre than any single thing in memory."

The Collection's appeal reaches beyond the theatre arts, however. "Although a drama collection, students of literature, women's studies, English, and history will also find the collection to be of tremendous scholarly value," says Jerry Burke, Subject Librarian for Art, English, Music, Philosophy, & Theatre.

Funded by the Mellon Foundation, plays are chosen that specifically address important issues in the humanities, arts, social sciences, medicine, hard sciences, law, and other fields. Specialized indexing at the track level for over half of the recordings allows one to search for and find segments of plays that dramatically address these subjects and issues.

Examples of plays in the collection are:

  • Julius Caesar, William Shakespeare's classic tale of duplicity, betrayal and murder, performed by UAlbany alumnus Harold Gould, Stacy Keach, JoBeth Williams, and Kelsey Grammer;
  • Our Lady of 121st Street, written and performed by UAlbany alumnus Stephen Adly Guirgis, Laurence Fishburne, and Orlando Jones, who portray a group of childhood friends brought together years later by a funeral.
  • Arthur Miller's The Crucible performed by Richard Dreyfuss, Michael York and Ed Begley, Jr., which mirrors the anti-Communist hysteria of the 1950s through the lens of the seventeenth-century Salem, Massachusetts witch trials;
  • Reginald Rose's classic study of persuasion and power, Twelve Angry Men, starring Hector Elizondo, Richard Kind and Dan Castellaneta;
  • The Cherry Orchard, Anton Chekhov's timeless story of an aristocratic Russian family's fading fortunes and struggle to maintain their status in a changing world, starring Marsha Mason, Charles Durning, and Jennifer Tilly;
  • The Great Tennessee Monkey Trial, a docudrama originally commissioned by L.A. Theatre Works about the seminal 1925 Scopes trial, starring Ed Asner, Mike Farrell and Sharon Gless.

A member of the Association of Research Libraries (ARL)—the 124 largest, most comprehensive research libraries in North America—the University at Albany Libraries provide research services, resources, and programs to the students, faculty, and staff at the University at Albany to further their academic achievement and research success. The Libraries serve the University's community, the citizens of New York State, and scholars and researchers from around the world. For up-to-date information about the University Libraries, visit http://library.albany.edu

 

 




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