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March 23, 2016

Renowned Illustrator and UAlbany Alumna Marcia Brown to be Celebrated


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March 23, 2016


Contacts: Brian Keough, Head of the M.E. Grenander Department of Special Collections & Archives,bkeough@albany.edu ,(518) 437-3931; Rebecca Mugridge, Interim Dean and Director of Libraries, rmugridge@albany.edu, (518) 442-3568.


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Renowned Illustrator and UAlbany Alumna Marcia Brown to be Celebrated


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April 8, 2016, 2:00-5:00 PM
Patricia & J. Spencer Standish Board Room, Science Library (Third Level)

Albany, N.Y. (March 23, 2016) -- The University Libraries' M.E. Grenander Department of Special Collections & Archives will present a symposium on "Celebrating the Life of an Artist: Marcia Brown (1919-2015)" on Friday, April 8, 2016, from 2:00- 5:00 PM in the Patricia & J. Spencer Standish Board Room on the third floor of the Science Library on the UAlbany Uptown campus.

The UAlbany School of Education is co-sponsoring the event. Marcia Brown's original artwork will be on view. A reception will follow the program. Please RSVP for the event as space is limited. 

Brown graduated in 1940 from the New York State College for Teachers, a precursor of the University at Albany. An internationally renowned illustrator and author of children's books, Brown was a three-time winner of the Caldecott Medal, the American Library Association's highest award for excellence in children's book illustrations, for her books: Cinderella, or the Little Glass Slipper (1954); Once a Mouse (1961); and Shadow (1982); six more of her books are Caldecott Honor Books.

Anita Silvey, former editor of The Horn Book Magazine and author of 100 Best Books for Children and 500 Great Books for Teens, will be the keynote speaker. "We are delighted to have special guest Anita Silvey," says Brian Keough, Head of the M.E. Grenander Department of Special Collections & Archives.  "Anita Silvey has devoted 40 years to promoting books that turn the young--and families--into readers," says Keough. Silvey has appeared frequently on NPR, Today, 60 Minutes, and radio programs in the United States and Canada to talk about books for children and teenagers.  To celebrate Marcia Brown, Silvey will speak about her heartwarming and startling experiences gathering the stories for her book Everything I Need to Know I Learned from a Children's Book: Life Lessons from Notable People from all Walks of Life (2009). Some of Silvey's other books for children and young adults include Untamed: The Wild Life of Jane Goodall (2015), The Plant Hunters: True Stories of their Daring Adventures to the Far Corners of the Earth (2012), Henry Knox: Bookseller, Soldier, Patriot (2010), and I'll Pass for Your Comrade: Women Soldiers in the Civil War (2008).

Such topics as Brown's experience living in Connecticut, her incessant impulse to travel and the importance of historical children's literature as a primary source material for historians will be addressed by the program's other speakers, who will be:

Jeanne Lamb, New York Public Library
Dr. Kendra Howard Smith, Associate Professor of History, University at Albany
Dorothy Christiansen, former Head of the M.E. Grenander Department of Special Collections & Archives
David Mitchell, Curator, Miriam Snow Mathes Historical Children's Literature Collection
John Solum, Music Teacher and Friend of Marcia Brown

"Marcia Brown has left a lasting impression on the University Libraries," notes Interim Dean and Director of Libraries Rebecca Mugridge. "Her illustrations adorn the walls of our conference rooms. It is fitting that we have a celebration of her work and many accomplishments."

David Mitchell, Curator of the University's Miriam Snow Mathes Historical Children's Literature Collection, considers Brown an "artist who was literate. She was able to absorb the spirit of a story, and then choose a medium and work in a style that captured that spirit," says Mitchell.   

Ms. Brown named the University Libraries' M.E. Grenander Department of Special Collections & Archives as the repository of her life's work, including her correspondence, manuscripts, drawings, final art, books, and puppets.

Brian Keough, Head of the M.E. Grenander Department of Special Collections & Archives, describes the repository of Brown's life's work as "an astonishing look into the process of a gifted artist and storyteller," says Keough. Marcia Brown's style and spirit is evident in the variety of mediums she used to create her books, such as sketches, drawings, wood cuts, wood block prints, sketchbooks, and writings."

More information and program updates are on the Special Collections blog: http://liblogs.albany.edu/grenander/2016/02/celebrating_the_life_of_an_art.html

A member of the Association of Research Libraries (ARL)—the 124 largest, most comprehensive research libraries in North America—the University at Albany Libraries, which include the M.E. Grenander Department of Special Collections & Archives, provide research services, resources, and programs to the students, faculty, and staff at the University at Albany to facilitate their academic achievement and research success. 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 Libraries, visit http://library.albany.edu


 





March 22, 2016

History Department's Rick Fogarty on Historical Perspectives of Europe, Islam, and the Middle East


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March 22, 2016


Contacts:Trudi Jacobson, Head, Information Literacy Department, tjacobson@albany.edu, (518) 442-3581; Rebecca Mugridge, Interim Dean and Director of Libraries, rmugridge@albany.edu, (518) 442-3568.


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Campus Conversations in Standish:
"What Can 1916 Tell Us About 2016? Europe, Islam, and the Middle East"



Campus Conversations: Rick Fogarty

April 6, 2016, 12:35 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.
Patricia & J. Spencer Standish Board Room, Science Library (Third Level)


Albany, N.Y. (March 22, 2016) -- Rick Fogarty, Associate Professor of History and Associate Dean for General Education at the University at Albany will lead the next "Campus Conversations in Standish" with a presentation titled "What Can 1916 Tell Us About 2016? Europe, Islam, and the Middle East." Professor Fogarty will address this historically significant question on Wednesday, April 6, 2016 from 12:35 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. in the Patricia & J. Spencer Standish Board Room in UAlbany's Science Library. Professor Fogarty will deliver a brief presentation and then respond to questions from the audience. His research proves timely, as the crises in the Middle East feature prominently in the media and policy arenas. The event is free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be served.

"The Middle East is obviously a critical region in world politics and even in American domestic politics and many people's daily lives," explains Professor Fogarty. "I think most people know that. But what they may not know is how much of today's unrest and problems in the region have direct roots in the events of the First World War. I can tell you one thing: the fighters of the Islamic State claim they are still fighting the First World War, and this should get our attention. So if we really want to understand 2016, we ought to know something about 1916."

A devoted scholar and educator, Professor Fogarty has received a number of awards and recognitions, including the SUNY Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Faculty Service and the College of Arts and Sciences Dean's Award for Outstanding Achievement in Teaching.

The UAlbany Libraries launched "Campus Conversations in Standish" in spring 2015 to showcase faculty research and expertise and to connect members of the UAlbany community in an exchange of ideas and perspectives. Professor Fogarty's presentation will be the concluding installment of the spring 2016 semester series.

A member of the Association of Research Libraries (ARL)—the 124 largest, most comprehensive research libraries in North America—the University at Albany Libraries provide research services, resources, and programs to the students, faculty, and staff at the University at Albany to facilitate their academic achievement and research success. 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 Libraries, visit http://library.albany.edu


 





March 17, 2016

The Forgotten Struggle for Civil Rights in Albany, New York


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March 17, 2016


Contacts: Jodi Boyle, Supervisory Archivist, M.E. Grenander Department of Special Collections & Archives, jboyle@albany.edu,(518) 437-3932; Rebecca Mugridge, Interim Dean and Director of Libraries, rmugridge@albany.edu,(518) 442-3568.


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The Forgotten Struggle for Civil Rights in Albany, New York

March 21, 2016 at 7:00 pm
Patricia & J. Spencer Standish Board Room, Science Library (Third Level)


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(Albany, NY)—The UAlbany community will have the privilege on Monday, March 21 at 7:00 pm to learn about The Brothers, a forgotten, but substantially significant civil rights group in Albany in the late 1960s—and to meet in person some of the courageous people who formed it. A screening of the documentary film "The Brothers: The Forgotten Struggle for Civil Rights in Albany" will take place in the Patricia & J. Spencer Standish Board Room on the Third Level of the Science Library. A question-and-answer session with two original members of The Brothers, Earl Thorpe and Purcell McDowell, will follow the screening. Light refreshments will be served.

The event is presented by the University at Albany History Graduate Student Organization in collaboration with the University Libraries' M.E. Grenander Department of Special Collection & Archives, which holds the records of The Brothers.

"This is an opportunity to receive a local, firsthand account of the civil rights movement," says Brian Keough, Head of the M.E. Grenander Department of Special Collection & Archives. "It has been largely forgotten that the struggle for civil rights was very active right here in Albany and not just the Deep South." Keough will lead the post-screening question-and-answer session.

A member of the Association of Research Libraries (ARL)--the 124 largest, most comprehensive research libraries in North America--the University at Albany Libraries provide research services, resources, and programs to the students, faculty, and staff at the University at Albany to facilitate their academic achievement and research success. 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 Libraries, visit http://library.albany.edu.

 

 





March 8, 2016

Pedagogy Workshop on "Creating Transformative Learning Environments: Using the Whole Self to Teach and Learn about Racial Justice"


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March 9, 2016


Contacts: Deborah LaFond, Associate Librarian, dlafond@albany.edu, (518)442-3599; Rebecca Mugridge, Interim Dean and Director of Libraries, rmugridge@albany.edu, (518) 442-3568.


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Pedagogy Workshop on "Creating Transformative Learning Environments:
Using the Whole Self to Teach and Learn about Racial Justice"
March 9, 2016
1:30 pm–3:30 pm
Patricia & J. Spencer Standish Board Room, Science Library, Third Floor


Angelica Clarke and Loretta Pyles with captions

Albany, N.Y. (March 9, 2016) — "A pedagogy workshop titled "Creating Transformative Learning Environments: Using the Whole Self to Teach and Learn about Racial Justice," will be conducted on March 9, 2016 in the Patricia and J. Spencer Standish Board Room in the UAlbany Science Library.  The workshop is one in a series of events in "Continuing Critical Conversations through Transformative Teaching and Learning," a diversity transformation projectat the University at Albany.  The workshop will be co-facilitated by Loretta Pyles, Ph.D., Associate Professor in the School of Social Welfare at the University at Albany and Angelica Clarke, Executive Director of the Albany Social Justice Center in Albany, New York.

Throughout the workshop, UAlbany faculty, teaching assistants, and graduate students will co-create new knowledge and learn skills in consideration of issues of power, racialized police brutality, racial injustice on campuses, and social movements. This interactive workshop will use process as content, offering experiential immersion in practices and activities such as embodied learning, creative movement, and discussion.

"Coming face to face with racial injustice can overwhelm the body–mind–heart–spirit, rendering our ability to understand its complexity, consciously communicate, and act, ineffective," says Professor Pyles.  "These challenges require that we reinvigorate community action by learning evolving skills, where participatory and embodied approaches in the classroom can create transformational impact for racial justice. "

Please RSVP to Billie Franchini at bfranchini@albany.edu , or Deborah LaFond at dlafond@albany.edu , or Alex Pieterse at apieterse@albany.edu

About the Workshop Co-Facilitators:

Loretta Pyles, Ph.D., is Associate Professor in the School of Social Welfare. Dr. Pyles is author of Progressive Community Organizing: Reflective Practice in a Globalizing World, and co-editor of the recent book, Holistic
Engagement: Transformative Social Work Education in the 21st Century.

Angelica Clarke is Executive Director of the Albany Social Justice Center in Albany, New York. She is a community organizer whose interests include Women of Color empowerment, leadership development and creating mechanisms for Community Control in marginalized communities. She currently organizes against prisons, police violence and other forms of structural racism with an intersectional lens working with the group, Capital Area Against Mass Incarceration.

This workshop is sponsored by the diversity transformation project, "Continuing Critical Conversations Through Transformative Teaching and Learning," 2015 -2016, Diversity Transformation Speaker Series and Pedagogy Workshops. For more information about this and future events, see https://transformativeconversations.wordpress.com/

Co-sponsors include: The Department of Women's Gender, and Sexuality Studies, The Justice and Multiculturalism in the 21st Century Project (School of Criminal Justice), The Office of Sustainability, The University Libraries, The Institute for Teaching, Learning & Academic Leadership, The Office of Intercultural Student Engagement, The Office of Diversity and Inclusion, and a University at Albany Collaborative of faculty and staff from the School of Education, Departments of Africana Studies, Anthropology, Economics, Educational & Counseling Psychology, Educational Theory and Practice, Music and Theater, Philosophy, Political Science, Mathematics, Public Health, Women's, Gender & Sexuality Studies.

 

 

 

 

 

March 7, 2016

IEEE/IET Electronic Library (IEL): Over 2,800 IEEE-Approved Standards, and More


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March 7, 2016


Contacts: Michael Knee, Subject Librarian for Chemistry, Computer Science, Mathematics & Statistics, and Physics, mknee@albany.edu, (518) 437-3943; Rebecca Mugridge, Interim Dean and Director of Libraries, rmugridge@albany.edu, (518) 442-3568.


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Now on IEEE/IET Electronic Library (IEL):

Over 2,800 IEEE-Approved Standards—and More

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The University Libraries have substantially improved the online content it acquires from IEEE/IET (Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers/ Institution of Engineering and Technology). Now, on the IEEE/IET Electronic Library (IEL) database, UAlbany students, faculty, and staff will find over 2,800 IEEE-approved technology standards, all IEEE conference titles dating back to 1988 (1400+), all IET conference and seminar digests dating back to1994 (20+ titles), all IEEE full-text periodicals and transactions dating back to 1988 (179 titles), and all IET full-text journal publications dating back to 1994 (26 titles), including the IEEE and IET flagship magazines, IEEE Spectrum and Engineering & Technology (E&T).

The IEL database includes all the IEEE content to which the Libraries previously subscribed --the IEEE Computer Society Digital Library and the IEEE All-Society Periodicals Package.

Log in to IEL through the University Libraries' databases portal: library.albany.edu/db/name/ (Although "IEEE Xplore" appears on the interface, you will be in the IEL database).

"IEL will be particularly useful for finding information in the fields of computer science, computer engineering, physics, electronics engineering, information technology, informatics, circuits and robotics," says Michael Knee, Subject Librarian for Chemistry, Computer Science, Mathematics & Statistics, and Physics. "IEL is an essential resource for UAlbany faculty and students in the College of Engineering and Applied Sciences."

IEEE (pronounced "eye–triple–e") is a leading developer of international technology standards and is the world's largest technical professional association. Although chartered as the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, the association is now known simply as IEEE, because its membership extends beyond its core of electrical and electronics engineers, and includes computer scientists, computer engineers, physicists, software developers, information technology professionals, medical doctors, and more. The IET is one of the world's largest multidisciplinary engineering institutions reflecting the increasingly diverse nature of engineering in the 21stcentury.

On Thursday, April 7, 2016 from 2:00 pm – 3:30 pm on the University Library–side of the Lecture Center, the UAlbany community is encouraged to meet with a representative from IEEE. Ruth Wolfish, IEEE Client Services Manager, will be at UAlbany to share tips for getting the most from the IEL database, as well as to award prizes to all who successfully complete a "scavenger hunt" using the IEL database. IEEE merchandise will be given away to all who stop by.


 


 



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