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January 17, 2007

New Library Safety Blog

The University Libraries want to keep the UAlbany community updated on safety awareness in our facilities. Check this blog for information on thefts, security incidents, and tips on how to keep yourself and your belongings safe while doing your research. Go to http://liblogs.albany.edu/libraryobserver to stay updated on the latest library safety news.

January 5, 2007

Library Services Affected by ITS data center infrastructure maintenance January 5-8, 2007

ITS will be upgrading the University network and making improvements to the University data center infrastructure on January 5-8, 2007. Access to many IT services will be affected, on campus and remotely, while this work is completed. These upgrades and improvements will provide the campus community with greater redundancy and faster network connections to enterprise IT services.

January 5, 3:00 p.m. - January 8, 8:00 a.m.

Several IT systems and administrative applications will be inaccessible for the duration of the upgrade including MyUAlbany, IAS, file server home directories and departmental shares. Work will begin at 3:00 p.m. Friday and conclude by 8:00 a.m. Monday.

January 6, 2007 8:00 a.m. - Noon:

All network services including email, web access, and long distance telephone services in select locations will be unavailable for this interval. During this time, you will only be able to access information available on your hard drive.

For a complete list of all affected services, please visit http://www.albany.edu/its and read our "Did You Know" announcement so you can schedule your workload accordingly.

It is important for ITS to schedule time for necessary upgrades, improvements and maintenance. After consulting with many offices, we have selected these dates to minimize inconvenience. We appreciate your patience as we continue to improve IT services for the UAlbany community.

On-campus and off-campus access to Minerva and assoicated resources will most likely be affected from 8:00 a.m. to Noon on Saturday, January 6th, however, intermittent interruptions may occur at other times. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.

January 3, 2007

Attention Ph.D. students and instructors!

The University Library has carrels open for the Spring 2007 semester. Carrels are loaned for one year at a time, up to two years total. Each carrel contains a desk, chair, bookshelf, wireless internet, and best of all is 100% free to UAlbany doctoral students and instructors. Carrels are a safe, quiet, and convenient study environment.

Please visit http://library.albany.edu/circ/carrels.html for more information, and library policies regarding carrel assignments. You may also apply for a carrel at the above link. You will be notified via e-mail when keys are available for pickup at Circulation.

January 2, 2007

Minerva Enhancements

The Online Public Interface Committee is happy to announce two enhancements to the Minerva catalog.

A browsable A-Z journal list is now available in Minerva. To access, click on Journals - Print and Online from either the main search screen of Minerva or the libraries' Web site. The list includes journals in all formats (print, online, microform) in all three libraries.

Minerva users can now simultaneously limit a search by language, date, collection or format, and library, using the Advanced Search option.

Database server replacement project slated for Thursday, Jan. 4

On Thursday January 4th we expect to replace the current database server. This will necessitate an estimated half day or more of down time, affecting some services, including ILLiad (InterLibrary Loan), Database Finder, Coloradow, Digital Collections, the Human Resource Management System, the online Faculty/Staff Directory, the Dewey Patron Authentication program, ALEPH Bulletins, Reference FAQs, the URL Clearinghouse, and web review.

Acquisition of Congressman Boehlert’s Papers

UAlbany Libraries Announce Acquisition of Congressman Boehlert’s Papers

ALBANY, NY (December 19, 2006)--The University at Albany’s Libraries have acquired the papers of U.S. Congressman Sherwood Boehlert (R-24th District). Mr. Boehlert recently retired, after serving in the U.S. Congress since first elected in 1982.

Congressman Boehlert’s papers will add significantly to UAlbany’s New York State Modern Political Archive. His papers include approximately 500 boxes, and stand as record of a long and productive career serving the people of New York. Among Mr. Boehlert’s many achievements was his chairmanship of the House Science Committee; he also served on committees on Transportation and Infrastructure. By appointment of the Speaker of the House, Congressman Boehlert served for eight years as a member of the Select Committee on Intelligence, where he was on the front line of important intelligence decisions faced by Congress. Early in 2003, the Speaker appointed Boehlert to serve on the newly created Select Committee on Homeland Security.

In addition to being a leader on science issues, Boehlert’s legislative experience and seniority made him one of the most influential Members of Congress. National Journal featured him as one of a dozen "key players" in the House. Time Magazine highlighted Congressman Boehlert as a power center on Capitol Hill. Congressional Quarterly regularly named Boehlert one of the 50 most effective lawmakers in Washington.

The New York State Modern Political Archive includes the papers from 23 former New York Congressional members and 41 legislators who served in the New York State Legislature. According to Brian Keough, head of the Libraries M.E. Grenander special collections and Archives, “This acquisition was completed to strengthen scholarly research and to support the long-term preservation and access to New York’s political history in one central location.� Contact Brian Keough for detailed information: 518-437-3931 or bkeough@uamail.albany.edu

Albany’s University Libraries are ranked as one of the top 100 research libraries in the United States by the Association of Research Libraries. 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’s Libraries, see the Website: http://library.albany.edu.

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