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July 18, 2014

University Library: Renovation Underway - Renovation work underway in the Interactive Media Center

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

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.


June 27, 2014

Anna Radkowski-Lee Graduate Student Assistantship Available

The University Libraries' Systems Department is seeking a graduate student for September 2014 through May 2015 to work 15-20 hours per week to assist with the implementation of the open source VuFind library resource portal for our ALEPH catalog, Minerva. Graduate Assistantship provides salary and tuition waiver for 9 credits per semester. For more information see the job posting. Review of applications will begin immediately, ending at close of business on August 15, 2014. Interviews will be held the week of August 18, 2014.

Job posting for this position:

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May 20, 2014

The Interactive Media Center Offers Free Summer Classes

The IMC, Interactive Media Center offers short classes in multi-media and web design applications. These classes are free and open to the public during the month of July.

In addition, we are hosting an “Equipment Walk-in Open House” on Monday, July 14th.



The schedule is posted at:

and on the University's Events Calendar:


New classes offered this summer include:

Equipment Walk-in Open House

Stop in any time between 1:00 p.m. and 3:00 p.m. on Monday, July 14th 

This 2-hour open house is an opportunity to discover what equipment the IMC has and how it works.  We will have our camcorders, tripods, microphones, audio equipment, and lighting devices available for examination and trying. Bring your questions. This is a great hands-on opportunity.    

Making Posters with Microsoft Publisher

Thursday, July 17th at 1:00 p.m. 

Making Posters with PowerPoint

Thursday, July 17th at 3:00 p.m.

Web Design Walk-In: Individual Assistance

Stop in anytime between 1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m on Wednesday, July 30th

This Web design drop-in session is your opportunity to find answers to your Web questions that may not be addressed in our other classes. Stop in anytime during the session to discuss Web design, Cascading Style Sheets, SEO, HTML5, and much more. Expect to talk over your projects and ideas with others who are working on Web sites, too.   

Register on the web:

Walk-Ins welcomed.

For more information contact: Regina Conboy, 442-3608

May 12, 2014

Thefts reported, keep your belongings with you

UPD has stepped up on campus patrols due an increase of theft reports. Deputy Chief of Police - Operations, Aran C. Mull says, “We have required more frequent patrols through the library by our patrol folks. This does include our canine officers and the canine is a pretty good conversation opener, giving us the opportunity to talk with the students about issues of concern - such as not leaving their property unattended due to the increased risk of theft during this time of year. “

Protect Your Belongings - and ours too! If you go for a coffee, or need to nip out to talk to someone on your cell, or leave the library for any other reason:

  1. Please don’t leave your textbooks, iPod, laptop or library equipment/resources unattended

  2. Back up your work after each session.  Copy files to a flashdrive and store that drive separately from your computer or email files as attachments or save to your S drive. If your laptop goes missing, you will at least have access to all your data. Please back up your files so that you don’t lose a semester’s or a year’s worth of research and writing.

  3. If you find an item someone has left behind, please turn it in at the library circulation desk as soon as possible. Thanks!

If you see something that may be suspicious, trust your instincts and call UPD immediately. In an emergency dial 9-1-1 or call (518) 442-3131 or pick up a Blue Light or Red phone on campus. If you haven’t already done so, please take a moment to program the UPD number into your cell phone - (518) 442-3131. IF YOU SEE SOMETHING, SAY SOMETHING.

Our thanks to UPD for ensuring our safety and security at UAlbany.

May 12, 2014

May 1, 2014

Extended Hours for Spring 2014

The University Libraries are excited to offer Extended Hours for final exams from 8:00am Friday, May 2nd through 8:00pm Friday, May 16th.

During the Libraries’ Extended Hours, the University Library will be open:

•             8:00am Friday, May 2 - 1:00am Saturday, May 3

•             9:00am Saturday, May 3 - 1:00am Sunday, May 4

•             24 hours/day from 9:00am Sunday, May 4 through 1:00am Sunday, May 11

•             24 hours/day from 9:00am Sunday, May 11 through 8:00pm Friday, May 16

The Science Library will remain open until 1:00am Sunday-Thursday and 8:00pm Friday-Saturday.

Circulation services, desktop PCs, laptops, group study rooms, headphones, reserve materials, and IMC access will be available ALL hours that the Libraries are open. The Science Library and the University Library combined offer more than 200 PCs and 12 Macs maintained by ITS, quiet study space throughout the buildings, and Group Study Rooms equipped with a PC, table, chairs, a dry erase board, and wireless Internet access.

Having trouble finding a good place to study?  Ask the staff at the circulation desk for suggestions!  If you have any questions, please contact us at (518) 442-3569. 

Good luck with final exams!

University Library Extended Hours - Spring 2014
Science Library Extended Hours - Spring 2014

March 26, 2014

DSM Library

The University Libraries are pleased to announce access to the DSM Library online for University at Albany students, faculty and staff. DSM-5 is the most comprehensive resource for clinical practice available to today's mental health clinicians and researchers of all orientations. DSM-5 is used to diagnose and classify mental disorders, and is the product of more than 10 years of effort by hundreds of international experts in all aspects of mental health.

The DSM Library includes DSM-5, DSM-5 Handbook of Differential Diagnosis, and DSM-5 Clinical Cases. It also contains PDF files of the complete DSM archives: DSM-IV-TR, DSM-IV, DSM-III-R, DSM-III, DSM-II, DSM-I

Access is available through the Databases page or Minerva, the library catalog

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