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September 5, 2014

Warning - Spear phishing attempt targets Library users


University Libraries was recently notified that other Universities are currently experiencing a spear phishing attempt that bases their messages on Library Services such as ILLiad, our interlibrary loan service.

Fraudulent messages are sent in an attempt to trick you into revealing personal information about yourself and/or your University computing account. If you have received this message or anything similar, you can safely ignore and delete it.

Spear phishing email messages appear to be from a trusted source.  The University at Albany will never ask you to reveal your password, or send you unsolicited links asking about yourself and/or your University computing account. Please ignore all such requests.

If you want to know more about recent phishing attempts that our campus has experienced, please check our Catch of the Day page for a sampling of phishing messages received by members of the campus community.

September 4, 2014

University Libraries Extend Online Research Assistance to 24/7

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University Libraries
University at Albany

NEWS RELEASE • FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
August 28, 2014

Contacts: Carol Lee Anderson, canderson@albany.edu, (518) 442-3546. Or Catherine Dwyer, cdwyer@albany.edu, (518) 442-3549.

 

University Libraries Extend Online Research Assistance to 24/7

UAlbany’s University Libraries have extended the hours of their online research service to 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year.  Called Ask Us 24/7, this free, online “virtual reference desk” is now available to UAlbany students, faculty and staff all the time. Professional reference librarians supply authoritative answers to such questions as “How do I prep for the GRE?” to “Where can I find statistics on employment?” 

“The University Libraries have already been providing text and chat reference services during the hours when our Reference Desks have been open--over 80 hours a week. With Ask Us 24/7, UAlbany students, faculty and staff now have access to research assistance every hour of the day and night.” said Debora Cheney, Associate Director for Public Services. “Faculty, students, and staff can simply visit our website at library.albany.edu/help/im to chat with a librarian -- 24/7 -- to get their research and reference questions answered.”

To access the Ask Us 24/7 service, visit library.albany.edu/help/im or click the gold-colored Ask Us! icon on any page of the University Libraries’ website.

 

URL for where this news release/information brief can be accessed on the library’s website.

 

Ask Us 24/7 is free and available anytime when conducting research or using our website,” said Catherine M. Dwyer, Head of Reference Services.

Around-the-clock staffing for the Ask Us 24/7 will be provided by UAlbany reference librarians, as well as by professional reference librarians from across New York State and across the country. 

Ask Us 24/7 is managed by the Western New York Library Resources Council (WNYLRC), a non-profit consortium of 90 member libraries and library systems serving Cattaraugus, Chautauqua, Erie, Genesee, Niagara, and Orleans counties. It is supported by WNYLRC and contributions from participating libraries. UAlbany’s participation is supported by our membership in CDLC, the Capital District Library Council.

Ask Us 24/7 is just one of the digital information services available from the UAlbany University Libraries, which includes a rich array of authoritative online resources including access to a large number of ebooks and ejournals. Visit library.albany.edu/db/ to start exploring the wealth of incredible resources the University Libraries acquires and provides to the UAlbany community.

Student Advisory Board - Call for Members

Student Advisory Board Members Wanted!
We Want to Hear from You!

 

Do you have ideas about how the Libraries could better serve you? If so, please consider joining the Libraries’ Student Advisory Board.

 

The Board advises the Dean and Director, Associate Directors, and Head of the Dewey Library on matters related to services to students. Examples of agenda items include the Libraries’ website, online resources, best ways to reach students, and selection of equipment and furniture.
The Board meets 2-3 times per semester and members are compensated for their time.

If you are interested in serving on the Board, fill out the form below and return it to the Reference or Circulation Desks in any of the Libraries by September 12, 2014.

We will contact you in September.

 

Library Renovations - September 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


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 (by the 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:

  • East entrance (by the bookstore)
  • West entrance (through the food court)

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


University Library Renovations


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.

 

August 28, 2014

Tag & Win! Library Orientation Events - who do you know?

 Tag and Win!

Check out the photo albums of our three orientation events-- International Student Reception, Explore Your Library & Win, and Great Dane Beginnings @ Your Library, on our Facebook page and tag people you know--friends, librarians, etc.

Tag photos by Friday, September 4. Taggers will be entered to win one of five awesome gift bags.

Did you take photos during the Great Dane Beginnings @ Your Library? Tweet them to @UAlbanyLibs!

August 26, 2014

iLearn - Learn to do it faster, better, smarter!


“Learn to do it faster, better, smarter!”


The Interactive Media Center (IMC) collaborated with University Librarians and is now offering iLearn Workshops. A one stop shop for your skill building needs. Learn to create it faster, design it better and research it smarter!

The workshop schedule is posted here:
http://library.albany.edu/ilearn
and on the University's Events Calendar:
http://events.albany.edu/cal/main/showMain.rdo

 

Many new workshops are offered as well as a return of favorites!
Listed below are a few examples:

Making Posters with PowerPoint
PowerPoint is famous as a presentation tool. But, we bet that you did not know it is a very good drawing tool, too. Discover how to make large posters by setting up custom sizes, manipulating shapes, setting special backgrounds, editing photos, and much more.   

Creating Surveys with Google Forms
Google Forms is a free and flexible form-building tool that is integrated with Google Drive, Google’s file storage service. Forms can be created and edited by multiple users. Learn to use Google Forms to create surveys, polls, registration forms and other instruments for collecting information. The class will cover creating, editing, sharing and connecting forms to a spreadsheet for data collection.

Build Your Bibliography Faster: Speed Citing Toolkit!
You’ve written your paper and now you need to prepare your bibliography but don’t have a lot of time.  In this workshop find solutions which provides a hands-on demonstration of several free and inexpensive citation tools. 

Design Your Own Webpage: Web Development Sequence
The Web Development Sequence is an opportunity for participants to design and build a Web site in a manner that replicates the steps a professional Web developer follows. Over the course of 4 sessions participants will take a Web site home page from basic concept to finished page. The main software tool is Adobe Dreamweaver.

Register on the web: http://library.albany.edu/ilearn
Walk-Ins welcomed. For more information contact: Regina Conboy, 442-3608 rconboy@albany.edu

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