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April 25, 2016

Winning Designs of 2016 "Trashion Fashion" on Display in the Science Library


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April 25, 2016


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


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Winning Designs of 2016 "Trashion Fashion"


on Display in the Science Library Through April



Trashion Fashion 2016

Science Library Atrium

Albany, N.Y. (April 25, 2016)—The winning designs of UAlbany's third annual Trashion Fashion show will be on display in the atrium of the Science Library through the end of April 2016.

The annual Trashion Fashion show is a creative and fun opportunity for students to showcase their artistic side, while raising and practicing environmental awareness. Students are challenged to design an outfit made up of recycled or reusable materials. The competition was held this year on April 7 in the Campus Center Ballroom, 8:30-11:30 pm, and drew the largest turn-out yet, with at least two hundred attendees.

"The Trashion Fashion show is an exciting event at UAlbany,"says Mary Ellen Mallia, Ph.D, Director of UAlbany's Office of Environmental Sustainability. "Trashion Fashion invites competitors to find creative uses for items diverted from the waste stream while exposing just how much waste comes through our daily lives. The goal is to foster a generation of mindful consumers and creators who will change the way the world sees waste."

Student organizations, living areas, individual submissions, and campus offices submitted a total of eleven entries. The biggest rivalry was between the Quads and the on-campus Apartments whose residents competed valiantly for the coveted Green Dane Cup. This year, the judges awarded "Best Design" to the Apartments, however, Indian Quad won "Fan Favorite." UAlbany's student groups, including the Earth Tones, the UAlbany Salsa Club, and Phenomenal Voices highlighted UAlbany's musical and dancing talent by performing throughout the fashion show.

"We are pleased to showcase the winners from this year's Trashion Fashion show" says Rebecca Mugridge, Interim Dean of Libraries. "It demonstrates the University Libraries' commitment to Go Green initiatives on campus and Earth Day celebrations." This is the second year the show's winning designs have been on display in the Science Library. The Libraries' GO GREEN, DANES board on Pinterest (https://www.pinterest.com/ualibraries/) is another example of its Go Green support.

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

 

April 21, 2016

Dr. Gary Kleppel - The Emergent Agriculture


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April 21, 2016


Contacts: Sue Kaczor, Subject Specialist for Biology, Atmospheric & Environmental Science, General Science and Science Reference, Liaison to the School of Public Health skaczor@albany.edu (518) 437-3942; Rebecca Mugridge, Interim Dean of Libraries, rmugridge@albany.edu .


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Science Library Colloquia Series

Dr. Gary Kleppel - The Emergent Agriculture:

Farming, Sustainability and the Return of the Local Economy


 




Gary Kleppel


May 3, 2016

11:00 am–12:00 pm


Patricia & J. Spencer Standish Board Room, Science Library

Free and Open to All

Albany, N.Y. (April 21, 2016)—There's a revolution underway in the American food system. Disenchanted with industrial agriculture, the corporate farming model driven largely by profit and greed, the American farmer is looking to a better way to produce our nation's food supply. Industrial agriculture spews tons of pollutants into the water and air, abuses people and livestock, and wastes valuable resources.

Dr. Gary S. Kleppel, Professor of Biological Sciences at the University at Albany will address how American agriculture is being transformed on May 3 at 11:00 a.m. in the Science Library's Patricia & J. Spencer Standish Board Room. The program is free and open to all.

"Most of the food that most Americans eat comes from an industrial system of agriculture that is neither safe, nor ethical, nor sustainable," says Professor Kleppel, former longtime Director of UAlbany's Biodiversity, Conservation, and Policy program and newly-awarded recipient of the 2016 President's Award for Exemplary Public Engagement. According to Dr. Kleppel, a new, sustainable, locally-based food system is emerging that is:

  • Stable in the face of economic uncertainty;
  • Resilient in the face of environmental change;
  • Grounded in stewardship of the land, and in attaching value to food and the crafts involved in producing it;
  • Respectful of the dignity of farmers, consumers and livestock.

Dr. Kleppel is author of the The Emergent Agriculture: Farming, Sustainability and the Return of the Local Economy (2014). Copies of Dr. Kleppel's book will be available for purchase.

Dr. Kleppel's talk reinvigorates the Science Library Colloquia Series, which provides an opportunity for the UAlbany community to meet with authors who have published books in the sciences. Since 2001, the Science Library Colloquia Series has hosted more than twenty scientists and journalists, including Eric Block, (University at Albany Department of Chemistry), Garlic and other Alliums (2010); Victor Chase, Shattered Nerves: How Science is Solving Modern Medicine's Most Perplexing Problem (2006); Eric R. Kandel, In Search of Memory (2006); and David Baron, The Beast in the Garden (2004).

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

 


April 14, 2016

The Return of the Therapy Dogs!

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April 14, 2016


Contacts: Amanda Lowe, Lending and Access Services Associate, amlowe@albany.edu, (518) 442-3612; Rebecca Mugridge, Interim Dean of Libraries, rmugridge@albany.edu, (518) 442-3568.


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The University Libraries Are Pleased to Announce

the return of the

Therapy Dogs!


First Page Photo of Therapy Dogs News Release

April 21, 2016

1 pm–3 pm

Science Library Atrium (garden level)


Albany, N.Y. (April 14, 2016)—Students. Faculty. Staff. Remember to give yourself a break during finals. Experience the healing powers of therapy dogs at the Science Library Atrium (garden level) on Thursday, April 21, 1pm–3pm. Therapy dogs are specially trained to comfort people who are feeling stressed. As these photos from previous years attest, therapy dogs from the Schenectady Chapter of Therapy Dogs International are well trained indeed:


Therapy dogs, girl kneeling, two girls sitting


Therapy dogs with girl in peace cap, boy seated


Therapy dogs with group, boy kneeling

 

 





April 13, 2016

University Libraries to Re-Examine Library Hours On Twitter Chat


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April 13, 2016


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


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University Libraries to Re-Examine Library Hours On Twitter Chat


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Albany, N.Y. (April 13, 2016)—The University Libraries invite the UAlbany community to provide feedback on current library hours during a Twitter chat on Wednesday, April 20, 4:00 pm–5:00 pm. Students, faculty, and staff are encouraged to join the conversation. Re-evaluating the University Libraries' current hours has been proposed by the University Libraries' Student Advisory Board, a voluntary and invaluable group of UAlbany students.

Once logged into your Twitter account, search for the hashtag #UAlbanyLibsHRS. Then follow along or participate in the discussion. Afterwards, the chat will be archived and published online. The University Libraries' Twitter "handle" or account is @UAlbanyLibs and direct messages are welcome regarding building hours; remember to include the #UAlbanyLibsHRS hashtag in your message.

"Hearing feedback from students and faculty regarding the libraries' current hours is important to the University Libraries," says Peter Recore-Migirditch, Director of Finance and Administration for the University Libraries. "The Twitter chat will be helpful in developing a survey we plan to offer in the fall 2016 semester on library hours and users' needs."

"Reaching out and connecting to students and faculty is of the utmost importance to the University Libraries," explains Interim Dean of Libraries Rebecca Mugridge. "I believe that a Twitter chat is an excellent opportunity to further develop our connections and dialogue with the UAlbany community."

Current hours of operation for all three of the University Libraries may be found here: http://library.albany.edu/about/hours?source=widget

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

 

April 5, 2016

An Evening of Poetry with Dr. Leonard A. Slade, Jr.

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April 5, 2016


Contacts: Amanda Lowe, Lending and Access Services Associate, amlowe@albany.edu, (518) 442-3612; Rebecca Mugridge, Interim Dean and Director of Libraries, rmugridge@albany.edu, (518) 442-3568.


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An Evening of Poetry with Dr. Leonard A. Slade, Jr.


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An Evening of Poetry with Dr. Leonard A. Slade, Jr.

Tuesday, April 19, 2016, at 6:30 p.m.
University Library


Albany, N.Y. (April 5, 2016) -- University at Albany Professor of Africana Studies and award-winning poet Leonard A. Slade, Jr. will read a selection of his poetry at the University Library on Tuesday, April 19, 2016, at 6:30 p.m. This event comes as part of the University Libraries' celebration of National Poetry Month. The reading will take place in the first floor northeast wing of the University Library. The event is free and open to the UAlbany community and to the public.

Dr. Slade is a distinguished poet and scholar. His many awards include the Ragdale Artists' Fellowship, the Northeast Modern Language Association Fellowship, the Southern Conference on African American Studies' Poetry Book Award, and two National Association for Equal Opportunity in Higher Education awards. In 2015, the Southern Conference on African American Studies named its annual poetry prize the "Leonard A. Slade, Jr. Poetry Prize" in Dr. Slade's honor.

"People are hungry for truth, beauty, love and joy," says Dr. Slade. "Poetry gives us all those things."

Dr. Slade is also a University at Albany Collins Fellow (2005), a University at Albany Foundation Citizen Academic Laureate (2007), and a University at Albany adjunct Professor of English. Under Slade's leadership as chair of the Department of Africana Studies, the University at Albany's Master's Degree Program in Africana Studies was ranked number two in the U.S. three years in a row (2005, 2006, and 2007). The oldest of nine children, Dr. Slade grew up on a 75-acre family farm in Conway, N.C. His parents, Elisabeth and Leonard Slade, Sr., sent all nine children to college.

"The University Libraries take great pride in celebrating National Poetry Month," explains Interim Dean and Director of Libraries, Rebecca Mugridge. "We are pleased to showcase Dr. Slade and his award winning poetry."

Dr. Slade's books of poetry include Nobody Knows (2015), God Put a Rainbow in the Sky (2014), Chasing the Wind (2012), Sweet Solitude (2010), Triumph (2010), Jazz After Dinner (2006), For the Love of Freedom (2000), Elisabeth (1999), Lilacs in Spring (1998), Neglecting the Flowers (1997), Fire Burning (1996), Pure Light (1996), Magic Mirror (1996), Vintage(1995), The Whipping Song (1993), I Fly Like a Bird (1992), Another Black Voice, a Different Drummer (1988) and The Beauty of Blackness (1988). Dr. Slade is at work on his 19th collection of poetry.

Amanda Lowe, the Libraries' Lending and Access Services Associate and organizer of the event notes that Dr. Slade's students give him high praise. "Students are always asking for his books," she says.

Some of Dr. Slade's books will be available for purchase following the reading and he will be available to sign copies.

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.

 





March 23, 2016

Renowned Illustrator and UAlbany Alumna Marcia Brown to be Celebrated


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March 23, 2016


Contacts: Brian Keough, Head of the M.E. Grenander Department of Special Collections & Archives,bkeough@albany.edu ,(518) 437-3931; Rebecca Mugridge, Interim Dean and Director of Libraries, rmugridge@albany.edu, (518) 442-3568.


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Renowned Illustrator and UAlbany Alumna Marcia Brown to be Celebrated


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April 8, 2016, 2:00-5:00 PM
Patricia & J. Spencer Standish Board Room, Science Library (Third Level)

Albany, N.Y. (March 23, 2016) -- The University Libraries' M.E. Grenander Department of Special Collections & Archives will present a symposium on "Celebrating the Life of an Artist: Marcia Brown (1919-2015)" on Friday, April 8, 2016, from 2:00- 5:00 PM in the Patricia & J. Spencer Standish Board Room on the third floor of the Science Library on the UAlbany Uptown campus.

The UAlbany School of Education is co-sponsoring the event. Marcia Brown's original artwork will be on view. A reception will follow the program. Please RSVP for the event as space is limited. 

Brown graduated in 1940 from the New York State College for Teachers, a precursor of the University at Albany. An internationally renowned illustrator and author of children's books, Brown was a three-time winner of the Caldecott Medal, the American Library Association's highest award for excellence in children's book illustrations, for her books: Cinderella, or the Little Glass Slipper (1954); Once a Mouse (1961); and Shadow (1982); six more of her books are Caldecott Honor Books.

Anita Silvey, former editor of The Horn Book Magazine and author of 100 Best Books for Children and 500 Great Books for Teens, will be the keynote speaker. "We are delighted to have special guest Anita Silvey," says Brian Keough, Head of the M.E. Grenander Department of Special Collections & Archives.  "Anita Silvey has devoted 40 years to promoting books that turn the young--and families--into readers," says Keough. Silvey has appeared frequently on NPR, Today, 60 Minutes, and radio programs in the United States and Canada to talk about books for children and teenagers.  To celebrate Marcia Brown, Silvey will speak about her heartwarming and startling experiences gathering the stories for her book Everything I Need to Know I Learned from a Children's Book: Life Lessons from Notable People from all Walks of Life (2009). Some of Silvey's other books for children and young adults include Untamed: The Wild Life of Jane Goodall (2015), The Plant Hunters: True Stories of their Daring Adventures to the Far Corners of the Earth (2012), Henry Knox: Bookseller, Soldier, Patriot (2010), and I'll Pass for Your Comrade: Women Soldiers in the Civil War (2008).

Such topics as Brown's experience living in Connecticut, her incessant impulse to travel and the importance of historical children's literature as a primary source material for historians will be addressed by the program's other speakers, who will be:

Jeanne Lamb, New York Public Library
Dr. Kendra Howard Smith, Associate Professor of History, University at Albany
Dorothy Christiansen, former Head of the M.E. Grenander Department of Special Collections & Archives
David Mitchell, Curator, Miriam Snow Mathes Historical Children's Literature Collection
John Solum, Music Teacher and Friend of Marcia Brown

"Marcia Brown has left a lasting impression on the University Libraries," notes Interim Dean and Director of Libraries Rebecca Mugridge. "Her illustrations adorn the walls of our conference rooms. It is fitting that we have a celebration of her work and many accomplishments."

David Mitchell, Curator of the University's Miriam Snow Mathes Historical Children's Literature Collection, considers Brown an "artist who was literate. She was able to absorb the spirit of a story, and then choose a medium and work in a style that captured that spirit," says Mitchell.   

Ms. Brown named the University Libraries' M.E. Grenander Department of Special Collections & Archives as the repository of her life's work, including her correspondence, manuscripts, drawings, final art, books, and puppets.

Brian Keough, Head of the M.E. Grenander Department of Special Collections & Archives, describes the repository of Brown's life's work as "an astonishing look into the process of a gifted artist and storyteller," says Keough. Marcia Brown's style and spirit is evident in the variety of mediums she used to create her books, such as sketches, drawings, wood cuts, wood block prints, sketchbooks, and writings."

More information and program updates are on the Special Collections blog: http://liblogs.albany.edu/grenander/2016/02/celebrating_the_life_of_an_art.html

A member of the Association of Research Libraries (ARL)—the 124 largest, most comprehensive research libraries in North America—the University at Albany Libraries, which include the M.E. Grenander Department of Special Collections & Archives, 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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