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October 22, 2015

Public Radio's Rosemary Armao on New Money, New Media and the 2016 Elections

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October 22, 2015

Contacts: Carol L. Anderson, Associate Librarian, Reference, canderson@albany.edu, (518) 442-3546; Rebecca Mugridge, Interim Dean and Director of the University Libraries, rmugridge@albany.edu, (518) 442-3568.

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Public Radio's Rosemary Armao on New Money, New Media and the 2016 Elections

Rosemary Armao,  Director of the University at Albany’s Journalism Program and WAMC Public Radio panelist will present on “The 2016 Elections: What Happens When New Money Converges with New Media Technology”  on Wednesday, November 4, 2015 from 12:35 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. in the Standish Room of the University at Albany’s Science Library.

 Professor Armao will deliver a brief presentation, followed by a discussion. Given that Election Day will have been just the day before on November 3, the event is sure to be lively, as well as timely.   

A dedicated investigative reporter, Professor Armao is heard frequently on WAMC Northeast Public Radio’s “Roundtable” and “The Media Project.”  To learn more about Professor Armao, read her curriculum vitae

The event will be the second in the UAlbany Libraries’ “Campus Conversations in Standish” series.  Launched in spring 2015, “Campus Conversations in Standish” is designed to showcase faculty research and expertise and to connect members of the UAlbany community in an exchange of ideas and perspectives.

 “Freedom of the press and how people get the information they need to make informed decisions at the polls is closely related to the role of libraries in a democracy,” says Rebecca L. Mugridge, Interim Dean and Director of the University Libraries. “First amendment issues, censorship, and academic freedom are and always have been of vital importance to libraries.”   

The event is free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be served. The Patricia and J. Spencer Standish Board Room is on the third level of the Science Library at the University at Albany.

October 19, 2015

Celebrate Open Access Week with the University Libraries


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October 9, 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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Celebrate Open Access Week with the University Libraries

Open Access Week is an annual global event in which members of the academic and research community come together to discuss how removing existing barriers to accessing scholarly research could transform the way research and scientific inquiry is conducted. This year, Open Access Week runs from October 19th through October 25th.


The University Libraries, as a center of scholarly communication on campus, will be celebrating Open Access Week with an event in the Science Library’s Standish Room from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Tuesday, October 20th.


Speakers for the event will be Dr. P.D. Magnus and Paul Rapp, Esq. Dr. Magnus is a member of the Philosophy faculty at the University at Albany and is also the author of forall x, an open access introductory textbook on formal logic. Rapp is an attorney who specializes in intellectual property law. Rapp writes about issues related to copyright for his blog, Rapp on This, which is featured on the website of Metroland, a weekly newspaper in the Capital District.


Attendees will also have the opportunity to learn more about the University Libraries’ Scholars Archive, an institutional repository for faculty scholarship which currently features work by Dr. Magnus and many other contributors.


“The University Libraries support open access by supporting events such as Open Access Week and providing a trusted digital repository, Scholars Archive, in which faculty and students can archive the products of their research, including journal articles, book chapters, data, and other digital resources,” says Rebecca Mugridge, Interim Dean and Director of the University Libraries. “We hope that Open Access Week events will foster discussion about the importance of open access to research and data among administrators, faculty, and students across the university.”


The event is free and open to the public. Lunch will be provided. Please RSVP if you plan to attend.

Tentative Schedule
10:00am               Check in and Coffee
10:10am               Welcome and Introduction
10:25am               Prof. P.D. Magnus, Department of Philosophy, University at Albany
“Academia and Open Education” 
11:25am               Open Access Video “What is Open Access?”
11:30am               Lunch     *** Lunch will be served for all those who RSVP ***
12:30pm               Introduction
12:35pm               Paul Rapp Esq., Copyright and Intellectual Property Attorney,
                             “Open Sesame: Negotiating Access to Your Research and
Publications”
1:35pm                 Scholars Archive Snapshot: Showcase Your Research Demonstration of UAlbany’s Institutional Repository

October 15, 2015

Facilitating Classroom Dialogues on the Dismantling of Race and Racism - October 21st, 2:00-3:30 - Campus Center Assembly Hall -

Please Join Us!
Continuing Critical Conversations
Through Transformative Teaching  a and Learning

Diversity Transformation Pedagogy Workshop Series, 2015-16

 

Facilitating Classroom Dialogues on the Dismantling of Race and Racism

When: Wednesday, October 21, 2015,  2:00 pm - 3:30pm,
Where:  Assembly Hall, Campus Center

Presenter: Alex Pieterse, Ph.D., Associate Professor
Educational & Counseling Psychology, University at Albany

Alex Petersephd, PHD
This workshop will examine how the structure of racism impacts interactions that occur within a classroom setting and will provide participants with an approach to discussing race that draws on naturally occurring events, and that decreases the tension that tends to accompany discussions of race and racism.

Sponsored by: A University at Albany collaborative of faculty and staff from: The School of Education; School of Public Health; Departments of Africana Studies, Anthropology, Economics, Educational & Counseling Psychology, Educational Theory and Practice, Music and Theater, Philosophy, Political Science, and Women’s, Gender & Sexuality Studies; The Office of Sustainability; The University Libraries; The Institute for Teaching, Learning & Academic Leadership; and The Office of Intercultural Student Engagement.  Co-Sponsored by:  The University Libraries, The Justice and Multiculturalism in the 21st Century Project (School of Criminal Justice); University Auxiliary Services, and The Office of Diversity and Inclusion.
Contact Deborah LaFond dlafond@albany.edu or Alex Pieterse at apieterse@albany for more info. Open Event.

Diversity Transformation Award Projects Website 
http://www.albany.edu/diversityandinclusion/diversity-transformation-fund-awards-2015-16.php

October 6, 2015

New Group Study Rooms and Mac Lab to be Unveiled


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October 5, 2015

Contact(s): Rebecca Mugridge, Interim Dean and Director of the University Libraries, rmugridge@albany.edu, (518) 442-3568.  Carole Sweeton, Interim Chief Information Officer, csweeton@albany.edu, (518) 442-3761.

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New Group Study Rooms and Mac Lab to be Unveiled

The UAlbany community is invited to attend the official “ribbon cutting” of the University Library’s new group study rooms and new Mac Lab on Friday, October 9, 2015 between 4:00 and 5:00. The event--included in Homecoming 2015 -- will take place on the first floor of the northwest wing of the University Library.


Nine group study rooms and forty-one iMac computers have been newly-installed on the first floor of the University Library bringingsignificant upgrades to the University Library’s Information Commons. The group study rooms and Mac Lab are a collaborative project of the University Libraries and UAlbany’s department of Information Technology Services (ITS). “We worked very hard over the summer to bring these facility and service upgrades online,” says Rebecca Mugridge, Interim Dean and Director of the University Libraries. “This project showcases the strength of our partnership for the benefit of students.”


The University Library is the only place on campus where Macs are publicly available to students, faculty and staff.


Each of the nine new group study rooms is equipped with a whiteboard and a flat screen television monitor. Six are glass-enclosed. Users can beam text and image files, as well as audio and video, from their laptop, tablet or smartphone to the television screen. Sharing the display is not limited to the users in the room.  Users can share the display with other users located somewhere else in the University Libraries or on campus.

 

The nine new group study rooms bring the total to twenty-nine group study rooms that are now available to students at the University Library and the Science Library. An added enhancement this semester is the ability to reserve a group study room using the University’s Event Management System (EMS). More registration information is here: http://library.albany.edu/services/groupstudy

 

The Mac Lab is next to the group study rooms on the first floor of the University Library in a computer room that was originally a gift of Raymond E. Benenson, Ph.D. and June Benenson, M.A. ’81. The room’s forty-one iMac computers are a significant increase over the twelve Macs previously housed in the Information Commons.  The  iMacs have a 21.5 inch display, 16Gb of RAM (4 times more RAM than the previous Macs), an updated operating system (10.10.4 Yosemite) and are installed with myriad software, including Adobe Web Premium Suite, Python and Final Cut Pro. To see the full list, click here: Mac Lab software

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