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June 27, 2007

Minerva will be down tonight - 6/27/2007

Due to flooding in the ITS computer data center this afternoon, the Minerva online catalog will be unavailable until tomorrow morning. ITS will be restoring this and other services starting at 8am.

Thank you for your understanding and our apologies for any disruptions that this has caused.

June 13, 2007

UAlbany Libraries Open Two New Endowed Funds

Education and Social Sciences Areas to be Strengthened

ALBANY, NY (June 7, 2007)-- Two new endowed funds have been created for Albany’s University Libraries, one in support of materials in the Social Sciences, the other in support of materials in Education.

According to Library Dean and Director Frank D’Andraia, “These Funds will support two areas that are of great importance to the University at Albany. Both Education and the Social Sciences are our roots as well as significant areas for future study and research. It’s time for us to plan carefully for 21st century students and faculty.� Each fund has a goal of $250,000, to be realized by 2009.

The Libraries’ collections endowments are supported by faculty in various disciplines. Dean Susan Phillips, School of Education, applauded the opportunity to support the fund for materials in education. “It’s part of our proud heritage from the New York State College for Teachers that we are committed to preparing leaders in education—teachers, administrators, and beyond. We are honored to join the Libraries to support and enhance the curriculum in the School of Education.�

Stressing the importance for collaborative fund-raising efforts, Joan Wick-Pelletier, Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, supports the Libraries’ endowed funds for a variety of collections: “The College of Arts and Sciences has an investment in the University Libraries’ provision of effective tools used by both students and faculty in their research in the humanities, social sciences, and natural sciences and mathematics.�

These new endowments bring to a total nine endowments for UAlbany’s Libraries currently open for individual or class gifts. More endowment initiatives will be announced in fall 2007. Gifts to endowment can be made outright (cash), through a living trust, or a bequest in a will, by a paid-up life insurance/retirement plan gift, a real estate donation, or through a plan that gives a return to the donor (charitable gift annuity or a pooled income fund); or through a charitable remainder trust or charitable lead trust.

All such gifts present tax advantages, and you can combine a gift to realize significant tax advantages for you and your family. Contact Roberta Armstrong (518-442-3540) or Rarmstrong@uamail.albany.edu for more information.

The Libraries, University at Albany, State University of New York, 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.

June 5, 2007

Coming soon: New Version of Interlibrary Loan and Document Delivery Software

During the week of June 11th, the University Libraries will be upgrading OCLC/ILLiad, the request management software used for interlibrary loan and document delivery (including UA Delivery Services). On Tuesday, June 12th, the ILLiad software will be unavailable as we go live and test the new version, known as ILLiad 7.2. Testing will continue for at least the rest that week, but we expect that you will be able to place orders again on June 13th. Please plan your Interlibrary Loan and UA Delivery Services ordering accordingly. Look for our completely redesigned Web screens for ILLiad with new features such as forms for ordering videos, audio, dissertations, etc. and a place for receiving messages from the ILL Department. We hope that our new look will be more streamlined as you place your requests for materials owned in other libraries and in the University Libraries. Questions? Phone 518-442-3613, 518-442-3617 or
518-442-3612.

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