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January 26, 2015

iLearn Workshops schedule announced



iLearn Workshops schedule announced

iLearn Workshops

A one stop shop for your skill building needs

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

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

Getting Started with WordPress for the Classroom & Personal Use
This workshop is an overview of how WordPress works. Discussion includes how to start a WordPress account, setup a site, and the differences between WordPress.com and WordPress.org.

Introduction to EndNote
Endnote saves you countless hours of time and frustration by automatically creating bibliographies and inserting in-text citations to papers.  This hands-on workshop will cover building and managing an EndNote library of references and creating a bibliography and in-text citations.

Maximizing Your Research Impact for Graduate Students and Faculty
Academics who publish (or hope to publish) scholarly research find measuring the impact and influence of their work helps others understand its value within one’s department, institution, even throughout the discipline. In this workshop, learn how to generate unique author identifiers using ORCID and Researcher ID, and how they are used.  Discover indicators such as the Journal Impact Factor, the h-index, and altmetrics, and their significance. We will also discuss issues like choosing the best journal for your research, and scholarly networking through tools such as Mendeley.

Making Posters with PowerPoint
Discover how to make large posters by setting up custom sizes, manipulating shapes, setting special backgrounds, editing photos, and much more.

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

 

Library Renovations - January 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


November 21, 2014

Campus Center Expansion Update - Science Library Updates

As of Wednesday, November 19, there has been a change in egress to the Science Library on the Garden Level east side entrance.  The hallway leading from the Campus Center past the Barnes & Noble Bookstore will be closed off and a wall will be constructed near the entrance to the connector wing preventing travel up that hallway.  The connector wing doors leading into that corridor will be locked.  The east/west doors in the connector wing will remain open as will the entrance into the Science Library.  There will be signs posted on the connector wing doors indicating which doors are locked.

The hallway being blocked off will be used Barnes & Noble storage until June 2015.  The blocking of this hallway does not violate any fire codes and egress from the Science Library is maintained through the Parents Garden.

 

 

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:

  • West entrance (through the food court)

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


University Library Renovations


 

 

January 26, 2015

University Library Renovation Update

Renovation work in the University Library continues as the second floor is wired for additional electrical outlets and wireless access points. To limit noise, renovation work will only take place Monday through Friday between the hours of 7:00 am - 3:30pm.


Although University Library users are welcome to use the second floor while work is underway during the specified time period (Monday through Friday, 7:00am to 3:30pm), quieter study spaces are available on the University Library's lower level (B) and on the third floor, which is quieter now that the electrical outlets installation has been completed. The Science Library also has quiet study spaces.

Work on the second floor will continue through April 2015.

 

 

December 1, 2014

University Library Renovation - Electrical Outlets on Third Floor, ready!

Breaking news! All the perimeter electrical outlets recently installed on the third floor are powered up.  That means 200 NEW electrical outlets near the study carrels, by the windows. Please use and enjoy, you are seeing benefits of the renovation project.

On Friday 11/28 the electricians worked on running additional outlets in the LI-316 private study carrel area.

The electricians are now working on the second floor through January 2015. Library users are welcome to use the second floor while wiring and new outlets are installed, although quieter study space is available on the third floor, in the basement, and at the Science Library.

 

November 21, 2014

University Library Renovation - Update

Renovation work continues and people in the University Library have undoubtedly heard the drilling taking place as outlets and wiring are put in. Additional electrical outlets have been installed on the third floor and work is underway installing more electrical outlets on the second floor. Wiring work is also taking place on the first floor.

We are hoping that the new electrical outlets on the third floor will be "live" and have electricity by the start of final exams on December 11.

Building entrance door replacement is scheduled to take place in February 2015.


 

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.

 

December 29, 2014

Ask Us 24/7



The University Libraries' Ask Us 24/7 instant message service will be unavailable Saturday January 3, 2015 from 12:01am through 3pm while our service provider does maintenance on the system.
Ask Us 24/7 instant message service will resume after 3pm on January 3, 2015 and in person reference service will be available at the University Library on Monday January 5, 2015 from 12:00pm-5:00pm.
We are sorry for any inconvenience.

December 16, 2014

Requesting Library Materials during Energy Savings Initiative


The Science and Dewey Libraries will be closed December 19 through January 4. Library materials will be paged and held for pickup at the University Library. Please request materials via UA Delivery (illiad.albany.edu), by phone (442-3569), or by email (send title, call number, and location to circulation@albany.edu).

Materials on hold for users at Science and Dewey should be picked up by December 17. Holds not picked up by December 17 will be sent to the University Library for pickup.

Office delivery services for faculty will be suspended during the Energy Savings Initiative.

Science and Dewey Libraries will reopen, and all delivery services will resume, on January 5.

If you have questions about these services please call 442-3613.

 

December 9, 2014

University Library Alternate Work Environment Intersession Energy Savings Initiative 2014/15



Library Hours of Operation


The University Library (west end of the Podium) hours of operation will be as follows: 

December 19th through January 20th Monday - Friday, from 8:00 am to 6:00 pm, closed Saturdays, Sundays and Monday January 20th. The building will be open on Tuesday January 20nd 8:00 am to 8:00 pm.  Note the building will also be closed on 12/25/14 and 1/1/15.


During the Limited Operations Period the Dewey & Science Library will be closed to the public 12/19/13 - 1/4/14.  The Science Library will be open Monday January 5th through January 20th   Monday - Friday, from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm, closed Saturdays, Sundays and Monday January 19th.   The building will be open on Tuesday January 20th 8:00 am to 8:00 pm.  


The Dewey Library will be open Monday January 5th through January 20th Monday - Friday, from 8:30 am to 5:00 pm, closed Saturdays, Sundays and Monday January 19th.  The building will be open on Tuesday January 20th 8:30 am to 6:00 pm. 


For additional information on the hours of operation for the Intersession period please consult the University Libraries web page http://library.albany.edu/about/hours


University Library Alternate Work Environment: Intersession Energy Savings Initiative

University employees coming to the University Library to do their work during the Limited Operations Period 12/19/14 - 1/4/15 should expect the following conditions:



  • Normal level heat at 68 degrees and standard office environment lighting

  • Use of the Group Study space on the first floor north side of the building where there are tables and chairs in an open setting with windows. The Library will not provide private office space, supplies, or access to staff areas.

  • Please note that phone calls cannot be forwarded to the University Library. Be sure to make other arrangements to address personal or business related calls.  Should employees need to print; offices can purchase a Library Department Card by contacting Library Accounting (442-3572) ahead of time and use the UniPrint service.

  • Wireless access in certain spaces to connect to the Internet via your own wireless cards or laptops with integrated wireless.

  • Personal Belongings: while working in public areas do not leave valuables unattended due to the risk of theft.

  • Lunch Location: University personnel can use the basement level Staff Lounge, LI-B005, to eat lunch.  The lounge has a microwave, vending machines, and casual seating.

  • Please keep in mind the University Library is open for business and has an obligation to provide the appropriate environment for students and researchers.

  • Any questions or concerns about these arrangements can be addressed by Peter Recore-Migirditch, Assistant Director for Finance & Administration, 442-3563, prm@albany.edu

December 8, 2014

200 New Electrical Outlets Added to the University Library.

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NEWS RELEASE • FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
December 8, 2014

Contacts: Carol Lee Anderson, canderson@albany.edu (518) 442-3546

Responding to users' repeated requests for more electrical outlets in the University Library, 200 new electrical outlets have been installed around the perimeter of the third floor of the University Library.

Renovation work in the University Library will continue as the second floor is wired for additional electrical outlets and wireless access points. To limit noise, renovation work will only take place Monday through Friday between the hours of 7:00 am - 3:30pm.

Power Outlets Man

Electrical upgrades will take place at the University Library Monday-Friday during the hours of 7:00 am - 3:30 pm only.

 

"We appreciate everyone's cooperation and tolerance for the noise and disruption while this work is being done," says Peter Recore-Migirditch, Assistant Director for Finance & Administration at the University Libraries. "I think I can assure you that the inconvenience will be worth it in the end for our users."

Although University Library users are welcome to use the second floor while work is underway during the specified time period (Monday through Friday, 7:00am to 3:30pm), quieter study spaces are available on the University Library's lower level (B) and on the third floor, which is quieter now that the electrical outlets installation has been completed. The Science Library also has quiet study spaces. Work on the second floor will continue through January 2015.

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