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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.





September 19, 2016

Bloomberg Terminal Now at the University Library


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September 19, 2016


Contacts: Christian Poehlmann, Subject Librarian for Business & Economics, cpoehlmann@albany.edu, (518) 442-3582; Rebecca Mugridge, Dean of University Libraries, rmugridge@albany.edu, (518) 442-3568.


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Bloomberg Terminal Now at the University Library


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Albany, N.Y. (September 19, 2016) —A prized Bloomberg Terminal is now available at the University Library. University at Albany students, faculty, and staff can access live coverage of financial markets and securities, including data on a variety of asset classes, ranging from fixed incomes to derivatives, all in a single platform. In addition, the Bloomberg Terminal features information relating to equities, commodities, and foreign exchange. The economic and corporate data found on the Terminal is used frequently by professionals when trading on the market. Patrons are asked to inquire at the University Library's reference desk for the Terminal's location and use.

"Universities around the world use Bloomberg to bring the real world of finance into the classroom," says Chris Poehlmann, Subject Librarian for Business and Economics. "It gives students access to the same information platform used by businesses, financial institutions, and government. It's an essential tool in helping University at Albany maintain its place in top tier MBA programs."

The Bloomberg Terminal also provides the option for UAlbany students to become Bloomberg Certified, a credential that is highly valued by many companies.

In addition to financial information, the Bloomberg Terminal allows individuals to research companies and their contact information. This feature will enable students to network and connect with potential employers, including University at Albany alumni.

"The addition of the Bloomberg Terminal adds to our institution's competitive advantage," explains Rebecca Mugridge, Dean of University Libraries. "Our students are performing at a high level in the business and finance arenas. We are pleased to offer this resource to further enhance their experience."

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.





August 23, 2016

A Great Dane Welcome @ Your Libraries


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August 23, 2016


Contacts: Carol L. Anderson, Reference Librarian, (518) 442-3546, canderson@albany.edu; Rebecca L. Mugridge, Interim Dean of Libraries, (518) 442-3568, rmugridge@albany.edu.


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A Great Dane Welcome @ Your Libraries


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Albany, N.Y. (August 29, 2016) — The University Libraries will host its third annual "A Great Dane Welcome @ Your Library" on Monday, August 29, from 1:30 pm to 3:30 pm outside of the entrance to the University Library.

The "welcome" and "welcome back" event is for all University at Albany students. It is an opportunity to find out about the resources, services, and programs the University Libraries provide in support of academic success. Learn about our phenomenal online reference databases, PAWS (Personalized Assistance with Searching), Ask Us 24/7, Library Zones, collaborative study rooms, iLearn classes, 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, and Post-it notes to car chargers, water bottles, and much more.

"Last year's 'A Great Dane Welcome @ Your Library' was a remarkable success," notes Rebecca Mugridge, Interim Dean of Libraries. "I'm delighted to continue the University Libraries' tradition of welcoming students to campus."  

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.





Student Borrowing Policies Improved


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 August 23, 2016


Contacts: Kabel Stanwicks, Head of Access Services, (518) 442-3578, kstanwicks@albany.edu; Rebecca Mugridge, Interim Dean of Libraries, (518) 442-3568, rmugridge@albany.edu.


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Student Borrowing Policies Improved


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Albany, N.Y. (August 23, 2016) —Beginning today, all University at Albany students will see their due dates for borrowed books simplified and renewal limits increased. These are two of several improvements the University at Albany Libraries will be making to its borrowing policies in the months ahead.

Going forward, all students will have just three fixed due dates for circulating book loans: December 1, May 1, and September 1.

Loans for media items, such as DVDs and audio CDs will also change. Students will be able to borrow from the media collection for seven days. However, in order to provide fair and equal access to all, media will now be recallable.  

In addition, students will be able to check out up to 250 books from the circulating collection — an increase of over 200 books for undergraduates. Renewal limits will increase for all borrowers. More information about the University Libraries' updated loan policies may be found here: library.albany.edu/circ/

These improvements in the University Libraries' loan policies reflect a university-wide initiative to promote undergraduate research efforts. "Many undergraduates write a senior thesis or conduct higher level research," notes Kabel Stanwicks, Head of Access Services. "In lengthening the undergraduate loan period we are demonstrating that we recognize this and wish to be more in line with the ongoing efforts of the Provost's and Vice-Provost's offices to enhance undergraduate research opportunities."

"We are pleased to announce the revisions to our circulation policy," says Rebecca Mugridge, Interim Dean of Libraries. "As we enter a new academic year, the University Libraries look forward to assisting undergraduate students even further with their research."

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.





August 11, 2016

University Libraries to Host International Students Reception on August 23


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August 12, 2016


Contacts:Yu-Hui Chen, Subject Librarian for Education and East Asian Studies, ychen@albany.edu, (518) 442-3586; Rebecca Mugridge, Interim Dean of Libraries, (518) 442-3568, rmugridge@albany.edu.


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University Libraries to Host International Students Reception on August 23


International Students Reception photo

Albany, N.Y. (August 23, 2016) —The University Libraries will welcome all incoming University at Albany international students on Tuesday, August 23, 2016, from 4:00 to 5:15 PM. The reception will take place on the uptown campus in the University Library. Light refreshments will be served. The reception is co-sponsored by University Auxiliary Services and the Office of International Student and Scholar Services.

"The International Students Reception is one of my favorite University Libraries' traditions," says Interim Dean of Libraries Rebecca Mugridge. "I look forward to joining the campus community in welcoming our international students to the University at Albany."

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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