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December 1, 2017

"Stress Less Month" at the University Libraries

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November 30, 2017

Contacts: Amanda Lowe, Outreach & Marketing Librarian, amlowe@albany.edu, (518) 442-3552; Lauren Puzier, Dewey Graduate Library Reference & Projects Librarian, lpuzier@albany.edu, (518) 442-3689; Rebecca Mugridge, Dean of University Libraries, rmugridge@albany.edu, (518) 442-3568.

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University Libraries Launch “Stress Less Month”


By popular demand, the University Libraries will be expanding their end-of-semester “Stress Less” events into a full “Stress Less Month” for the fall 2017 semester. “Stress Less Month,” a series of activities and programs designed to combat student anxiety and fatigue, will run November 30 - December 19 and will take place at all three libraries.

This year’s schedule of events includes therapy dogs, a photo booth, and coffee breaks. A full listing can be found here: http://libguides.library.albany.edu/stresslessualbany. With fifteen different activities, the fall 2017 semester will include the Libraries’ largest “Stress Less” programming to-date.

"It's great to see more activities that help me stress less. The libraries listening to us about what we need is awesome,” says Cara McBride, a Criminal Justice major and member of the Class of 2018. “I love the coffee hours. It gives me a pick-me-up when I’m hard at work.”

The University Libraries first ran “Stress Less” final exams programming during the fall 2014 semester with “Stress Less UAlbany @ Your Libraries.”  “Stress Less” has grown over the course of the last three years, reaching hundreds of students in the process.

“When I started this campaign back in the fall of 2014, I had no idea that it would be become so successful,” says Amanda Lowe, Outreach & Marketing Librarian. “I'm really proud of where we are and where we can continue to take this in the future!”

For the second semester, the Dewey Graduate Library will host its own brand of “Stress Less Month” activities. A full listing can be found here: http://libguides.library.albany.edu/stresslessdewey.

"Like many graduate students, students on the downtown campus often work during the day while completing their graduate work on evenings and weekends,” says Cathy Dwyer, Director of Scholarly Communication and Head of the Dewey Graduate Library. “Providing ways for students to take a break and play with a puzzle, or have a cup of cocoa, or post an encouraging note to fellow students is a convenient and easy way to relieve this added pressure.”

Jizaya Gary, a Human Biology major and member of the Class of 2020, looked over the Dewey “Stress Less Month” calendar and quickly expressed interest in the aromatherapy stations. “I really need to do that,” Gary remarked.

“We’re thrilled to launch ‘Stress Less Month’,” says Rebecca Mugridge, Dean of University Libraries. “The University Libraries take great pride in our attention to student feedback. We’re happy to offer more end-of-semester programs to help the campus community perform well on finals.”

About 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 125 largest, most comprehensive research libraries in North America (www.arl.org/membership/list-of-arl-members), the UAlbany 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.

 





November 20, 2017

Therapy Dogs, November 30, 1:00-3:00 pm

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Contacts: Amanda Lowe, Outreach & Marketing Librarian, amlowe@albany.edu, (518) 442-3552; Rebecca Mugridge, Dean of University Libraries, rmugridge@albany.edu, (518) 442-3568.

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Therapy Dogs Kick Off “Stress Less Month”


Photo of Therapy Dogs for Stress Less Month Kickoff

Therapy dogs from nearby Schenectady will visit the UAlbany community on Thursday, November 30, 1:00–3:00 pm in the Science Library Atrium. The event marks the kickoff of “Stress Less Month,” a series of wellness programs sponsored by the University Libraries to relieve student anxiety and fatigue during final exams. All are welcome.

A fixture on college campuses during exams season, therapy dogs are known to reduce test anxiety. Recent studies indicate they also diminish feelings of depression and stress among students.1

According to Amanda Lowe, Outreach & Marketing Librarian, therapy dogs have become a University Libraries “Stress Less” staple. “I love hearing so many students say how happy they are when they see the dogs,” she says. “That's why we do it and that's what gets me excited.”

“Over the past three years, our ‘Stress Less’ programming has received such positive feedback that we decided to expand the series to a month this semester,” says Rebecca Mugridge, Dean of University Libraries. “I couldn't think of a better way to jumpstart the series than with therapy dogs.”

For more information on “Stress Less Month” activities, please visit the schedule here: libguides.library.albany.edu/stresslessualbany. We encourage you to follow along on social media as well with the official hashtag,#StressLessUAlbany.

About 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 125 largest, most comprehensive research libraries in North America (www.arl.org/membership/list-of-arl-members), the UAlbany 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.

1 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. 1 (2015): 13-22, doi: 10.1080/15228959.2014.984264.

 

 

 





October 26, 2017

How Climate Change Will Transform Our Mountain Environments in the 21st Century

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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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Dr. Mathias Vuille: How Climate Change
Will Transform Our Mountain Environments in the 21st Century


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Dr. Mathias Vuille, a prominent scholar on past, current, and future climate change in the tropics, will present on "Toward Mountains Without Snow and Ice: How Climate Change will Transform our Mountain Environments in the 21st Century" on Wednesday, November 8, 2017, 12:35–1:30 p.m. in the Science Library's Patricia and J. Spencer Standish Board Room. The event will be the third in the "Campus Conversations in Standish" series of the fall 2017 semester. Complimentary refreshments will be provided. All are welcome.

The implications of Dr. Vuille's talk are troubling. "Half of the world's population today depends on freshwater originating in mountains for agriculture, hydropower generation, drinking water supplies, sanitation, recreation, and industry," says Dr. Vuille. "Rapidly disappearing mountain snow cover and glaciers, combined with population growth, will have far-reaching implications and exacerbate social and political conflicts surrounding water around the globe."

Dr. Vuille is a professor in UAlbany's Department of Atmospheric and Environmental Sciences. He teaches courses on climate variability and predictability, climate change, paleoclimatology, and environmental science. 

Launched by the University Libraries in spring 2015, "Campus Conversations in Standish" raise awareness of UAlbany faculty research and expertise, and connect members of the UAlbany community and beyond in an exchange of ideas and perspectives. They are held two to three times per semester on selected Wednesdays, 12:35–1:30 p.m. in the Patricia and J. Spencer Standish Board Room on the third level of the Science Library. "Campus Conversations in Standish" are free and open to all.

About 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 125 largest, most comprehensive research libraries in North America (www.arl.org/membership/list-of-arl-members), the UAlbany 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 19, 2017

Libraries to Champion Open Access on October 26

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Contacts: Elaine Lasda, elasda@albany.edu  (518) 442-3695; Rebecca Mugridge, Dean of University Libraries, rmugridge@albany.edu, (518) 442-3568.

 

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Libraries to Champion Open Access on October 26


Open Access Week 2017 icon

The University Libraries will be celebrating Open Access Week with a full-day event on Thursday, October 26, 9:15 am–3:00 pm, in the Science Library's Patricia and J. Spencer Standish Board Room.

Open Access Week is an annual, global event. Members of the academic and research communities come together to discuss how removing access barriers to scholarly output could transform the way scientific inquiry and research are conducted. In 2017, Open Access Week runs from October 23rd through October 29th.

"By making scholarly materials openly accessible, researchers can facilitate the replication of important experiments, more readily identify collaborators, and break down disciplinary silos of knowledge," says Elaine M. Lasda, Subject Librarian for Social Welfare, Gerontology, and Reference at the Dewey Graduate Library. "Open access to scholarly output can raise the quality of research as well as heighten its impact and influence, not only in academic and research networks, but in society as a whole."

Keynote speakers will be Darren Chase and Shafeek Fazal of the Stony Brook University Libraries, who will share their experiences developing and implementing the Stony Brook University Open Access Policy. Dr. Johan Rooryck, from Leiden University, the Netherlands, will talk about his experience moving from proprietary publishing to open access publishing. Other topics will include Open Educational Resources (OERs) at UAlbany; an update on Scholars Archive, the UAlbany Libraries' open access repository; and a showcase of student work.

The event is free and open to the public. Lunch will be provided with support from University Auxiliary Services. For more information and to RSVP, visit our Open Access Day event page (http://scholarsarchive.library.albany.edu/open_access_week/).

About 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 125 largest, most comprehensive research libraries in North America (www.arl.org/membership/list-of-arl-members), the UAlbany 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 10, 2017

Cultural Heritage at Risk: In Defense of Civilization

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October 10, 2017

Contacts: Karen E. Kiorpes, Head, Alice Hastings Murphy Preservation Department, kkiorpes@albany.edu, (518) 437-3923; Rebecca Mugridge, Dean of University Libraries, rmugridge@albany.edu, (518) 442-3568.

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STATEWIDE CONFERENCE ON "CULTURAL HERITAGE AT RISK"


Cultural Heritage at Risk Conference Photo

The University Libraries, in cooperation with the University at Albany College of Emergency Preparedness, Homeland Security and Cybersecurity (CEHC), as well as the New York State Department of Education, will present a one day conference on "Cultural Heritage at Risk: In Defense of Civilization." The conference will be held on October 27, 2017, 8:00 am–4:00 pm in the Campus Center Ballroom. Students, faculty, and members of the cultural community in the Capital Region and beyond are welcome. The cost per attendee, which includes lunch, is $40. For more information and to register, please see: http://scholarsarchive.library.albany.edu/char/

This conference will bring together researchers in diverse areas of specialization whose commonality is the protection and preservation of cultural heritage, including irreplaceable artistic and historical collections, buildings and important local, national, and international sites. Speakers will promote awareness of the importance of cultural heritage, what is being done to protect it, how it can be done successfully, and where research data is needed.

"Fire and flood, acts of war, civil unrest, earthquakes, and terrorism test our ability to protect life and property" says Karen E. Kiorpes, Head of the Libraries’ Alice Hastings Murphy Preservation Department and organizer of the event. "The loss of historic sites, buildings, libraries, and museum collections means a loss of part of our collective cultural identity, undermining our understanding of who we are and where we come from."

Generous funding for this event is provided by a Conference Support Award from the University at Albany, discretionary funds from CEHC and the University Libraries, and the New York State Conservation/Preservation Grant program.

About 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 123 largest, most comprehensive research libraries in North America (www.arl.org/membership/list-of-arl-members), the UAlbany 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.

 





Save the Date: Open Access Day on October 26

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October 10, 2017

Contacts: Elaine Lasda, elasda@albany.edu  (518) 442-3695; Rebecca Mugridge, Dean of University Libraries, rmugridge@albany.edu, (518) 442-3568.

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Celebrate Open Access Week with the University Libraries

Open Access Week 2017 icon

The University Libraries, as centers of scholarly communication on campus, will be celebrating Open Access Week with a full day event on Thursday, October 26th, 9:15 am-3:00 pm in the Science Library's Patricia and J. Spencer Standish Board Room.

Open Access Week is an annual, global event during which members of the academic and research community come together to discuss how removing access barriers to scholarly output could transform the way scientific inquiry and research are conducted. In 2017, Open Access Week runs October 23–October 29.

Keynote speakers will be Darren Chase and Shafeek Fazal of the Stony Brook University Libraries, who will share their experiences developing and implementing the Stony Brook University Open Access Policy. Dr.Johan Rooryck from Leiden University, the Netherlands, will talk about his experience moving from proprietary publishing to open access publishing. Other topics will include Open Educational Resources (OERs) at UAlbany, an update on Scholars Archive, the UAlbany Libraries' open access repository, and a showcase of student work.  

The event is free and open to the public. Lunch will be provided. For more information and to RSVP, visit our Open Access Day event page (http://scholarsarchive.library.albany.edu/open_access_week/).

With Support from University Auxiliary Services

About 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 123 largest, most comprehensive research libraries in North America (www.arl.org/membership/list-of-arl-members), the UAlbany 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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