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September 25, 2015

UAlbany's Scholars Archive Joins Digital Commons of SUNY



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September 24, 2015


Contact(s): Lindsay Van Berkom, Scholars Archive Administrator, lvanberkom@albany.edu, (518) 442-3517; Rebecca Mugridge, Interim Dean and Director of the University Libraries, rmugridge@albany.edu, (518) 442-3568.


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UAlbany's Scholars Archive Joins Digital Commons of SUNY

The University Libraries are pleased to announce that Scholars Archive has joined the Digital Commons of SUNY.  The Digital Commons of SUNY is a new, open access (freely available) platform of the research, scholarship, and publications of five SUNY colleges and universities. The University at Albany joins Buffalo State College, SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry, SUNY Plattsburgh, and The College at Brockport in this collaborative endeavor to make our faculty’s and students’ scholarship widely visible and easily accessible to researchers around the world.


Digital Commons of SUNY  comprises “a growing collection of peer-reviewed journal articles, book chapters, dissertations, working papers, conference proceedings, and other original scholarly work.” It also includes the Information Literacy Portal to support Open SUNY information literacy instruction.


“Sharing and expanding the impact of your research with Scholars Archive and Digital Commons of SUNY is as easy as e-mailing your CV”, says Rebecca Mugridge, Interim Dean and Director of the University Libraries. To get started, contact Lindsay Van Berkom, the Scholars Archive Administrator, at scholarsarchive@albany.edu.


About Digital Commons of SUNY. (2015). Retrieved from http://suny.researchcommons.org/about.html

September 3, 2015

University Library Gets Much-Needed Upgrades. More to Come.

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September 3, 2015

Contacts: Peter Recore-Migirditch, Assistant Director for Finance & Administration, 442-3563, prm@albany.edu; Rebecca Mugridge, Interim Dean and Director of the University Libraries, rmugridge@albany.edu, 442-3568.

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University Library Gets Much-Needed Upgrades. More to Come.

600 new electrical outlets and better Wi-Fi -- these are two of the significant upgrades the University Library has endured over the past several months. “UAlbany students told us repeatedly that they could not find available electrical outlets in the University Library. We are pleased that recent renovations have addressed those concerns,” says Rebecca L. Mugridge, Interim Dean and Director of the University Libraries. Wi-Fi on the first, second, and third floors of the University Library also received a substantial boost.  “To improve network connectivity and reliability, 61 wireless access points were added to the existing network and 11 existing access points were replaced with newer models,” says Michael J. Sweeney, Head of Library Systems.

The University Library is one of three University Libraries. The other two are the Science Library, also on the uptown campus, and the Dewey Graduate Library on the downtown campus.

Refurbishments to the University Library include:   

  • 600 new electrical outlets;
  • Improved Wi-Fi;
  • Centralized printing;  
  • Lighter entrance doors;
  • Upholstered furniture cleaned;
  • New tables with outlets for recharging portable devices in the Periodicals Room;
  • New carpeting in the President’s Reading Room;
  • Refurbished tables in the President’s Reading Room;
  • Lighting control system installed.
Desktop Chargers

Other improvements to the University Library include a centralized printing area on the north side of the first floor, tables in the lower-level Periodicals Room with outlets for recharging portable devices, and cleaning of all upholstered furniture. What is more, you will no longer need the strength of a massive lineman to open the University Library’s front doors-- the heavy entrance doors were replaced by lighter doors over the summer.

News that is especially applauded by library staff for its environmental sustainability is the installation of a new lighting control system in the University Library. “The new lighting system will save enormous amounts of energy,” says Peter Recore-Migirditch, Assistant Director for Finance & Administration, who is also overseeing the renovations. “We have control of all the lights in the building from a desktop computer. We no longer have to keep the lights on 24/7 to accommodate the custodial schedule.”
Soon-to-be-unveiled on the first floor are a new Mac Technology Zone and nine collaborative study rooms.
The University Libraries wish to especially thank our students. “Construction work in the building was at times noisy and inconvenient. We are grateful for the patience of our students, and believe their patience has paid off.” says Mugridge.

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