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February 7, 2014

The University at Albany Libraries now has access to Web of Science!


Web of Science provides you with quick, powerful access to the world's leading citation databases. Its authoritative, multidisciplinary content covers over 12,000 of the highest impact journals worldwide.  Web of Science includes topics in the sciences, social sciences and humanities. It is the electronic equivalent of the Arts & Humanities Citation Index, Social Sciences Citation Index, and Science Citation Index.  Using Web of Science, registered users can create citation alerts for articles of interest.  When you create a citation alert, you will be notified whenever the document has been cited by a new article. Registered users can also create customized search settings that can be saved so that they are available each time you begin a search session.

The Libraries also subscribe to Journal Citation Reports (JCR), available on the Web of Science platform. Journal Citation Reports offers a systematic, objective means to critically evaluate the world's leading journals, with quantifiable, statistical information based on citation data. By compiling articles' cited references, JCR helps to measure research influence and impact at the journal and category levels, and shows the relationship between citing and cited journals.




Web of Science also offers ResearcherID, a feature that provides the global research community with an invaluable index to accurate author identification and information. By assigning a unique identifier to each author who participates, ResearcherID expressly associates each researcher with his or her published work -- standardizing and clarifying author names and citations and making information searches more straightforward and relevant.


 


EndNote Web

Web of Science also includes access to EndNote Web.  Create an account by registering and you will be able to



  • Store up to 50,000 references

  • Format bibliographies in 20 of the most popular bibliographic styles

  • Import references from many of the Libraries' most popular research databases


 


The Related Records function uses citation linking functionality in Web of Science to create a search for references that share citations with your record, allowing you to find research more relevant to your work than a typical topic or author search could.


 

April 13, 2012

Extended Hours Spring 2012

Extended Hours have been announced! The University Libraries is excited to continue offering its extended hours for finals week from Friday, May 4th - Thursday, May 16th. Circulation services will be available ALL hours that the libraries are open, as well as access to our laptops, headphones, and reserve materials. The Science Library and the University Library combined offer more than 200 PCs and 12 Macs maintained by ITS, quiet study space throughout the buildings, and many Group Study Rooms - all equipped with a PC, table, chairs, a dry erase board, and wireless Internet access.

The University Library will be open:
         Sunday                        9:00am - 24 Hours
Monday-Thursday*                --- 24 Hours ---
          Friday               24 Hours - 1:00am (Saturday morning)
       Saturday                       9:00am - 1:00am

The Science Library will be open:
         Sunday                        11:00am - 1:00am
Monday-Thursday*          8:00am - 1:00am
          Friday                       8:00am - 8:00pm
       Saturday                       9:00am - 8:00pm

*The Science Library will close at 6:00pm, and the University Library will close at 8:00pm on Thursday, May 16th.

We welcome any questions, comments, suggestions, or ideas for improvement. Please contact Shawn Marosek at smarosek@albany.edu or 442-3612.

Spread the word!

May 5, 2011

Reminder! -- Libraries Food and Drink Policy

The consumption of non-alcoholic beverages in covered containers is permitted in the University at Albany Libraries except in areas where “No Beverages Allowed� signs are posted. The consumption of snack-sized foods is permitted in designated areas. Full meals, food deliveries, food parties and group meals are prohibited.

March 1, 2011

Come visit the Writing Center @ the Library

For more information, see http://www.albany.edu/writing/

December 13, 2010

Energy Savings Initiative - Winter 2010-2011

UNIVERSITY LIBRARY ALTERNATE WORK ENVIRONMENT
INTERSESSION ENERGY SAVINGS INITIATIVE
2010/11
Library Hours of Operation

The University Library (west end of the Podium) hours of operation will be as follows: 
December 20 – January 18, Monday – Friday, from 8:00am to 6:00pm and closed Saturdays and Sundays.  Note the building will also be closed on 1/18.

 

The Science Library will be open December 20 & 21 from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm and Dewey Library will be open 8:30 am – 5:00 pm.  Both facilities will be closed from December 22 through January 2.  The Science Library will be open from January 5 through January 18 Monday – Friday, from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm and closed Saturdays and Sundays.   The Dewey Library will be open from January 5 through January 18 Monday – Friday, from 8:30 am to 5:00pm and closed Saturdays and Sundays.  Both Libraries will be closed Monday January 18th.

 

For additional information on the hours of operation for the Intersession period please consult the University Libraries web page http://library.albany.edu/  

 

University Library Alternate Work Environment: Intersession Energy Savings Initiative
University employees coming to the University Library to do their work during the Limited Operations Period 12/22/10 – 1/2/11 should expect the following conditions:

 

  • Normal level heat at 68 degrees and standard office environment lighting
  • Use of the Group Study space on the first floor north side of the building where there are tables and chairs in an open setting with windows. The Library will not provide private office space, supplies, or access to staff areas.
  • Calls cannot be forwarded to the University Library. Please be sure to make other arrangements to address personal or business related calls. Should employees need to print, offices can purchase a Library Department Card and use the UniPrint service available in the University Library.
  • Wireless access in certain spaces to connect to the Internet via your own wireless cards or laptops with integrated wireless.
  • Personal Belongings: while working in public areas do not leave valuables unattended due to the risk of theft.
  • Lunch Location: University personnel can use the basement level Staff Lounge, LI-B005, to eat lunch.  The lounge has a microwave, vending machines, and casual seating.
  • Please keep in mind the University Library is open for business and have an obligation to provide the appropriate environment for students and researchers.
  • Any questions or concerns about these arrangements can be addressed by Peter Recore-Migirditch, Business & Facilities Manager, 442-3563, prm@uamail.albany.edu

 

June 21, 2010

New Dewey Webpage and Ice Cream Social

New Dewey Webpage and Ice Cream Social on Wednesday, June 23, from 12-1:30
Come to Dewey Library on the downtown campus for free ice cream, Dewey pencils
and a demo of the new webpage. Outside in front of the Dewey building. Inside the
library if it rains.

http://library.albany.edu/dewey

April 27, 2010

A Lecture by Eric Block, the Carla Rizzo Delray Distinguished Professor in the University at Albany Department of Chemistry

In commemoration of its 10th anniversary, the University at Albany Science Library invites you to a lecture by Eric Block, the Carla Rizzo Delray Distinguished Professor in the University at Albany Department of Chemistry:

Garlic and Other Alliums: The Lore and the Science

May 4, 2010, at 4 p.m. in the Science Library Standish Room.

Refreshments will be served.

Professor Block will speak about the science and lore of garlic, onions, and other species in the Allium genus, the subject of his newly published book. He has studied Allium chemistry for more than 30 years and has discovered numerous unusual compounds, many with striking biological activity, formed when these plants are cut or used in cooking. He will attempt to connect the historic discussion of alliums with our present day scientific understanding of these plants. Block has been a John Simon Guggenheim Foundation Fellow and the recipient of a number of other awards. His research has been continually funded by the National Science Foundation for over 30 years. Professor Block received his Ph.D. from Harvard University, and has been a member of the University at Albany faculty since 1981.

April 19, 2010

Spring 2010 Extended Hours

Extended Hours have been announced! The University Libraries is excited to continue offering its extended hours for finals week from Sunday, May 2nd – Thursday, May 13th. Circulation services will be available ALL hours that the libraries are open, as well as access to our laptops, headphones, and reserve materials. The Science Library and the University Library combined offer more than 200 PCs and 12 Macs maintained by ITS, quiet study space throughout the buildings, and many Group Study Rooms - all equipped with a PC, table, chairs, a dry erase board, and wireless Internet access.


The University Library will be open:
Sunday 9:00am - 24 Hours
Monday–Thursday --- 24 Hours ---
Friday 24 Hours - 1:00am (Saturday morning)
Saturday 9:00am - 1:00am


The Science Library will be open:
Sunday Noon - 1:00am
Monday–Thursday 8:00am - 1:00am
Friday 8:00am - 10:00pm
Saturday 9:00am - 8:00pm


The libraries will close at 8:00pm on Thursday, May 13th.


We welcome any questions, comments, suggestions, or ideas for improvement. Please contact me at JGoldstein@uamail.albany.edu or 442-3588.


Spread the word!

March 17, 2010

Writing Center at the Library

WRITING CENTER at the LIBRARY hours – Sundays 3pm-6pm (on 3/21/10
5pm-8pm). At the University Library, 1st floor South Information Commons.
For more information, check with the Writing Center at

http://www.albany.edu/writing/or with the Reference Librarian.

January 21, 2010

Guide on Haiti Covering Current Information about the Earthquake

Guide on Haiti covering current information about the Earthquake, news, country profile information, resources provided by organizations, how to find books and other scholarly materials.

December 14, 2009

University Library Alternate Work Environment Intersession Energy Savings Initiative 2009/2010

Library Hours of Operation


The University Library (west end of the Podium) hours of operation will be as follows: 
December 17 – January 19, Monday – Friday, from 8:00am to 6:00pm and closed Saturdays and Sundays.  Note the building will also be closed on 12/25, 1/1, & 1/18.


The Dewey & Science Library will be closed from December 23 through January 3.


For additional information on the hours of operation for the Intersession period please consult the University Libraries web page http://library.albany.edu/  


University Library Alternate Work Environment: Intersession Energy Savings Initiative
University employees coming to the University Library to do their work during the Limited Operations Period 12/23/09 – 1/3/10 should expect the following conditions:


  • Normal level heat at 68 degrees and standard office environment lighting
  • Use of the Group Study space on the first floor north side of the building where there are tables and chairs in an open setting with windows. The Library will not provide private office space, supplies, or access to staff areas.
  • The Computer user room LI-137A, providing 46 computer work stations, will be available for University employees to use for their work. Please do not bring food or beverages into this room.  The phone (2-3543) in this room is programmed for on-campus calls but can also be used for outside & long distance calls as long as a PAC number is used. To access off- campus: dial 9, then number, and then enter your PAC code.  Please do NOT forward your office phones to the Computer user room phone.  Printing will be available at no charge for University personnel conducting business in this location.
  • Wireless access in certain spaces to connect to the Internet via your own wireless cards or laptops with integrated wireless.
  • Personal Belongings: while working in public areas do not leave valuables unattended due to the risk of theft.
  • Lunch Location: University personnel can use the basement level Staff Lounge, LI-B005, to eat lunch.  The lounge has a microwave, vending machines, and casual seating.
  • Please keep in mind the University Library is open for business and have an obligation to provide the appropriate environment for students and researchers.
  • Any questions or concerns about these arrangements can be addressed by Peter Recore-Migirditch, Business & Facilities Manager, 442-3563, prm@uamail.albany.edu

 

November 30, 2009

Fall 2009 Extended Hours

The University and Science Libraries will offer the following extended hours from 9am on Sunday, December 6th through 8pm on Wednesday, December 16th. 

Circulation Services will be operating during all hours the libraries are open and will be staffed by at least one full-time staff member and student assistants.


The University Library - Including Periodicals and the IMC will be open:
Sunday                                 9:00am - 24 Hours
Monday–Thursday             --- 24 Hours ---
Friday                                  24 Hours - 1:00am
Saturday                              9:00am - 1:00am

 

The Science Library will be open:
Sunday                            Noon - 1:00am 
Monday–Thursday          8:00am - 1:00am 
Friday                             8:00am - 10:00pm
Saturday                         9:00am - 8:00pm


The hours are also posted on the library hours page: http://library.albany.edu/about/hours/

June 12, 2009

Carol Anne Germain honored with LRRT Award

Carol Anne has been awarded the annual Ingenta Research Award from the American Library
Association’s Library Research Round Table. The award recognizes the significance and quality of Carol Anne’s doctoral research in “Maintaining persistent scholarship: an analysis of the accessibility rate of cited
electronic resources within doctoral dissertations� and provides funding support. Congratulations, Carol Anne!

June 5, 2009

Wonder what’s new in the University Libraries’ collections?

Check the New Titles list in Minerva, a recently added feature. The list is available by clicking on the last tab on the main Minerva search screen, labeled 'New Titles'. The list is in call number order, and will be available monthly. The previous month's list will also be available. Clicking on an individual title will take you to the Minerva record.

Minerva - Library Catalog


Minerva New Titles


The red arrow points to the 'New Titles' tab. Click here to go directly to the New Titles list.

May 28, 2009

Winifred Kutchukian, 2009 University Award for Excellence in Professional Service

Ms. Winifred Kutchukian.

Ms. Winifred Kutchukian is a part-time instructional support assistant
assigned to the University Libraries¹ interlibrary borrowing unit where she
provides critical service in coordinating and processing a very large volume
of requests for research materials not available in the University¹s
collection. Winnie is an alumna of UAlbany, and throughout her 18 years with
the Libraries she has served in a variety of roles and functions. Her
colleagues know her as a very dedicated and thoughtful professional who has
well developed customer services abilities and a broad knowledge of
interlibrary loan trends and issues. She works to find solutions, resolve
issues, and strengthen the ability of the Libraries to achieve excellence in
interlibrary loan operations. Her many suggestions for expediting
interlibrary loan requests have enabled the Libraries truly to put global
resources within easy reach of students and faculty in a timely and
expeditious manner. The high quality of her work has directly enhanced the
Libraries reputation for service and as one of the top 100 research
libraries in the U.S. In addition to her notable performance in her core
assignment, Ms. Kutchukian is valued for her service on many committees,
task forces, and special project initiatives. Her talents have particularly
benefited the Libraries Diversity Committee. We take great pride in
recognizing Ms. Winifred Kutchukian as an exemplary member of the
professional staff and one of the 2009 recipients of the President¹s Award
for Excellence in Professional Service.



May 15, 2009

Mellon Librarian Recruitment Program Intern

Brianna Rogers will be the University at Albany Libraries’ third summer visitor this year. Brianna is a second-year undergraduate student at Johnson C. Smith University in Charlotte, North Carolina, and a participant in The Mellon Librarian Recruitment Program funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. Brianna started her internship yesterday in the University Library’s Circulation and Media Services Department. In the near future, she will also be working in the Dewey Graduate Library.

Brianna enjoys baking brownies and chocolate chip cookies and spending time with her black kitty named Princess. Her other hobbies include watching funny movies such as Meet the Parents and listening to music artists, John Legend and Destiny’s Child. Her work experience includes working in the Johnson C. Smith Library as a Student Assistant; serving as a Program Assistant at O.D. Heck; and, assisting shoppers at BJ’s Wholesale Club and Old Navy.

A little bit of information about the Mellon Librarian Recruitment Program…(from http://www.oberlin.edu/library/mellon/ )

The Mellon Librarian Recruitment Program began in June 2003 when Oberlin College received funding from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. The purpose of the Mellon Librarian Recruitment Program is to encourage talented and diverse undergraduates to pursue jobs in libraries.

The program aims to increase the number of librarians available to fill the projected national shortage of librarians due to retirements. Expanding the racial and ethnic diversity of librarians is also an objective of the program. Currently, the percentage of people of color working in libraries is not proportionate to the number of people of color nationally.

Through experience in and multifaceted exposure to library work, students will become aware of the variety of options available to them in this evolving career field.

The following libraries cooperatively participate in the program with Oberlin:

  • Occidental College
  • Swarthmore College
  • Wellesley College
  • The Robert W. Woodruff Library at the Atlanta University Center
  • Johnson C. Smith University
  • Saint Augustine's College

  • Mellon Foundation Funds Librarian Recruiting Program Coordinated by Oberlin College
  • The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation has awarded a new grant in the amount of $500, 000 to continue and expand a cooperative program designed to recruit undergraduates from diverse backgrounds into the library profession. The initiative has involved the libraries of Johnson C. Smith University, Oberlin, Occidental, Saint Augustine’s, Swarthmore and Wellesley colleges, and the Robert W. Woodruff Library of the Atlanta University Center. The project builds on two earlier grants from the Foundation awarded in June 2003 and December 2004 under the project title “Recruiting to the Library Profession.
  • The program will continue to promote librarianship as a potential career choice for large numbers of undergraduates. The intensive internship opportunities, graduate library school scholarships, and programming about important issues in librarianship remain essential features of the program.
  • Leadership development will be an integral part of the program. Studies show that a wave of librarians will soon retire from management and leadership positions within the profession, so there is a very strong need to recruit talented individuals who are interested in pursuing leadership positions in libraries. The grant will continue to focus on recruiting students from the four federally-defined minority groups (African Americans, Asian Americans, Latinos, and Native Americans), since they remain significantly underrepresented within librarianship.
  • The grant project will again be directed by Ray English, Director of Libraries at Oberlin. The project coordinator will be Tonya Briggs.

The program consists of:
  • Internships for undergraduates
  • Academic library jobs for college graduates
  • Scholarships for library science graduate program students
  • Programs that focus on library careers, trends and issues
  • Internships for undergraduates
  • Undergraduate students at colleges that participate in the Mellon program may apply for internships that include a course about libraries, what librarians do, and leadership skills. Students also work on projects that give them experience working in libraries.
  • Academic library jobs for college graduates
  • College graduates may apply for a full-time, one year position working at a college library in order to gain work experience and exposure to possible careers in librarianship.

May 8, 2009

ARL Career Enhancement Program Fellowships

The University at Albany Libraries will host two graduate students who are pursuing their MSIS degrees. Arturo Longoria is from the University of Texas at Austin School of Information Science and Sandra Baker Castro is pursuing her MSIS at the University at Albany. Both will complete the ARL (Association of Research Libraries) Career Enhancement Program here from May 18, 2009 – July 25, 2009.


Overview *
The ARL Career Enhancement Program, funded by the Institute for Museum and Library Services and ARL member libraries for 2009, 2010 and 2011, offers MLS graduate students from underrepresented groups an opportunity to jump-start their careers in research libraries by providing a robust fellowship experience in an ARL member library.


This program reflects the commitment of ARL members to provide practical experience to MLS graduate students from underrepresented groups and to create a diverse research library community that will better meet the new challenges of global competition and changing demographics.



How fellows qualify to participate in this program

The ARL Career Enhancement Program was created to provide MLS graduate students from underrepresented groups with an opportunity to jump-start their careers in research libraries by providing real-world practical experience. All applicants must possess the following qualifications:



  1. be a member of an underrepresented group as defined by the US Census Bureau:
    American Indian or Alaska Native, Asian, Black or African American, Hispanic or Latino, Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander

  2. be a degree-seeking MLS student who has completed a minimum of 12 credit hours by June 1, 2009, and whose graduation date is after the completion of the fellowship (Applicants who will graduate before completing the fellowship or who have earned an MLS degree prior to the application deadline will not be accepted.)

  3. have a genuine interest in pursuing a career in research libraries




Fellowship Experience & Overview
An ARL Career Enhancement Program Fellow will have a unique opportunity to create a meaningful, practical experience in an ARL library. Each fellow is matched with a host institution-based on interest and availability-that can best provide a rich and rewarding fellowship experience.


In the Career Enhancement Program, each fellow will experience:


  • a six- to twelve-week internship experience in an ARL library;

  • a stipend and funding for housing,

  • travel and tuition for career-related study;

  • an opportunity to work with other LIS MLS graduate students in a cohort environment (up to three fellows can be assigned to the same institution);

  • academic credit for the practical experience (fellow is responsible for arranging this program component with their home institution);

  • a mentoring (mentors at host institutions receive special training) relationship with a professional librarian while on campus for the fellowship.




Host Institutions & Matching
The ARL member libraries listed below have agreed to provide each fellow with a rewarding fellowship experience. Not all applicants are accepted in the rigorous selection process. Those who are accepted into the program will be matched with a host institution based on:



  • interest - each fellow is asked to write about their interests in the application essay, and

  • timing - each fellow is asked to designate which semester they are interested in completing the fellowship
  • (spring, summer, fall).




In order to provide each fellow with a rich experience, the review committee, composed of representatives from each host institution, will match fellows based on the best combination of the aforementioned elements. Fellows are asked to be flexible and willing to participate in the program based on the committee's matching, not the fellow's institutional interest.




The host institutions are: University at Albany (SUNY), University of Arizona, University of California (San Diego), Columbia University, University of Kentucky, National Library of Medicine, North Carolina State University, University of Washington.


*Source: Association of Research Libraries.


April 22, 2009

University Library Spring 2009 Extended Hours


University Library Spring 2009 Extended Hours

Sunday, May 3 – Thursday, May 14
The Library will be open and staffed 24 hours/day, 5 days/week
Open: Sunday 5/3 9:00 AM Close: Friday 5/8 1:00 AM (Sat morning)
Open: Saturday 5/9 9:00 AM Close: Saturday 5/9 1:00 AM (Sun morning)
Open: Sunday 5/10 9:00 AM Close: Thursday 5/14 8:00 PM


The hours listed above are for the building including access to the collection, circulation, the Interactive Media Center, and Periodicals. For other service points’ hours, see http://library.albany.edu/about/hours/


Science Library Spring 2009 Extended Hours
Sunday, May 3 – Thursday, May 14


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*On Thursday, May 14th the library will be closing at 8:00 PM


The hours listed above are for the building including circulation and access to the collection. For other service points’ hours, see http://library.albany.edu/about/hours/

February 5, 2009

Trial of Access World News Research Collection

The University Libraries currently have trial access, through April 30, 2009, to Access World News Research Collection, which includes complete electronic editions of thousands of authoritative U.S. and global news sources, such as newspapers, broadcast transcripts, newswires, video clips and news blogs. The Albany Times Union is included. See our database trials page (http://library.albany.edu/databases/trials.html) for access.

January 30, 2009

Africana Librarians Council Elects LaFond

Deborah M. LaFond Associate Librarian and Social Science Bibliographer, has been elected by her peers to lead the African Librarians Council (ALC) of the African Studies Association (ASA).

Ms LaFond assumes her new duties as Vice Chair/Chair Elect of the ALC this month, moves up to Chair in the fall 2009, and concludes her term as an officer of the Council in the fall of 2011.

The Africana Librarians Council was founded in 1957 as part of the African Studies Association under the name Archives/Libraries Committee. The ALC continues today as an ASA-sponsored organization. For more information on this organization please see: http://www.library.upenn.edu/collections/africa/ALC/

Membership in the Council is open to all members of the African Studies Association who are concerned with providing Africana resources. Many ALC members are librarians and bibliographers affiliated with ARL Libraries. The African Librarians Council next national meeting will be held at Duke University in the spring of 2009.

Please join me in congratulating Deborah LaFond on her election as Vice Chair/Chair Elect of this noteworthy professional organization.


Frank D’Andraia,
Dean & Director of Libraries,
University at Albany, State University of New York

UA Librarian Receives National Award

Please join me in congratulating Trudi E. Jacobson, for she has won the Association of College & Research Libraries’ 2009 Miriam Dudley Instruction Librarian Award. Ms Jacobson holds the rank of Librarian and heads the UA Libraries User Education Program.

The Miriam Dudley Award was first bestowed in 1984, making Trudi Jacobson the 25th recipient of this prestigious honor. The Miriam Dudley Award recognizes librarians who have made especially significant contributions to the advancement of instruction in a college or research library environment. The award honors Miriam Dudley, whose pioneering efforts in the field of bibliographic instruction led to the formation of the ACRL Instruction Section (formerly ACRL Bibliographic Instruction Section). The Miriam Dudley Award is administered by the Instruction Section of ACRL.

Trudi Jacobson will be honored by ACRL during the ALA Annual Conference scheduled for Chicago, Illinois this July. In addition to the ceremonies associated with the award, Ms Jacobson will receive a prize of $1000. Elsevier is the underwriter of the Miriam Dudley Instruction Librarian Award.

To secure the Dudley Award, nominees should have achieved distinction in one or more of the following areas:
• Planning and implementation of an academic instruction program in a library environment that has served as a model for other programs nationally or regionally
• Production of a body of research and publication that has a demonstrable impact on the concepts and methods of teaching and information-seeking strategies in a college or research institution
• Sustained participation in organizations, at the regional or national level, devoted to the promotion and enhancement of academic instruction in a library environment
• Promotion, development, and integration of education for instruction in ALA accredited library schools or professional continuing education programs that have served as models for other courses and programs

Trudi E. Jacobson has distinguished herself as an extraordinary librarian, instructor, and scholar. She is an asset to the UA Libraries in every sense. Her significant contributions to the Libraries, the University, the SUNY system, and her profession, underscore why she was selected for this notable ACRL award. It’s with great pleasure that I share this exceptionally good news with the UA and SUNY Library communities.

Previous Miriam Dudley Instruction Librarian Award Recipients:
2008 – Craig Gibson
2007 – Debra L. Gilchrist
2006 – Mary Jane Petrowski
2005 – Ilene F. Rockman
2004 – William Miller
2003 – Loanne Snavely
2002 – Randy Hensley
2001 – Patricia Iannuzzi
2000 – Carol Collier Kuhlthau
1999 – Mary Reichel
1998 – Lori Arp
1997 – Patricia Senn Breivik
1996 – Barbara A. MacAdam
1995 – Lizabeth (Betsy) Wilson
1994 – Cerise Oberman
1993 – Hannelore Rader
1992 – Betsy Baker
1991 – Carla Stoffle
1990 – Joan Ormondroyd
1989 – Maureen Pastine
1988 – Sharon Hogan
1987 – Evan Ira Farber
1986 – Virginia Tiefel
1985 – Carolyn Kirkendall
1984 – Thomas Kirk


Frank D’Andraia,
Dean & Director of Libraries,
University at Albany, State University of New York

January 14, 2009

Welcome to the new University Libraries Website!

University Libraries launched its new website (http://library.albany.edu) on January 14, 2009. Based upon “Drupal,� a popular open source content management system , the revamped site has been developed based on three premises:


• Faster access
• Fewer clicks to resources
• Improved navigation methodologies with a consistent look and feel


Some additional new features you will find on the main portal’s site page include:

• Ask a Librarian (“Ask reference librarians questions using IM, text, e-mail and more…�)
• Easy Connectivity to Tutorials, Tours and Tips for Research
• Improved access to Databases, Journals, UA Delivery Services …
• A virtual Portal to our ever-burgeoning online resources and services.


The previous version of Libraries’ website will continue to be available throughout the semester, which can be accessed from a link near the bottom of the new, improved site. Please be aware, however, that content of the old site will no longer be updated.


Finally, we are eager to know what you think about the changes. As with all library services, we are committed to better access for our users and are constantly interested in thoughtful comments and feedback (http://library.albany.edu/comments).

December 10, 2008

Intersession Energy Savings Initiative

Library Hours of Operation

The University Library (west end of the Podium) hours of operation will be as follows:  December 22 – January 2, Monday – Friday, from 8:00am to 5:00pm (closed on 12/25 and 1/1) January 5 – January 16, Monday – Thursday, 8:00am to 6:00pm, Fridays 8:00am to 5:00pm.  Closed Saturdays and Sundays.


The Dewey & Science Library will be closed from December 20 through January 4.
For additional information on the hours of operation for the Intersession period please consult the University Libraries web page http://library.albany.edu/  
While the Science & Dewey libraries will be closed to the public, arrangements have been made to retrieve materials from these facilities upon request. For additional information on retrieval options, please call 442-3569 or check at http://liblogs.albany.edu/deweyblog/2008/12/ua_delivery_during_phase_i_of.html


There will be no interruption to electronic article delivery services ( ILL and UA Delivery) during the period. However, due to seasonal shutdowns in many research libraries, Interlibrary Loan article turnaround time may in some cases be slower than normal.


University Library Alternate Work Environment: Intersession Energy Savings Initiative
University employees coming to the University Library to do their work during the Phase I Limited Operations Period should expect the following conditions:

  • A warm space and standard office environment lighting

  • Use the Group Study space on the first floor north side of the building where there are tables and chairs in an open setting with windows. The Library will not provide private office space, supplies, or access to staff areas.

  • The Computer User Room LI-137A, providing 46 computer work stations, will be available for University employees to use for their work. Please do not bring food or beverages into this room.  The phone (2-3543) in this room is programmed for on-campus calls but can also be used for outside & long distance calls as long as a PAC number is used. To access off campus: dial 9, then number, and then enter your PAC code.  Please do NOT to forward your office phones to the Computer User Room phone.  Printing will be available at no charge for University personnel conducting business in this location.

  • Private phone calls: A phone in the Customized Search Service office (2-3575) will be available to make private local & long distance business calls using a PAC number.  The key to the Customized Search Service is kept at the Circulation Desk and will be lent to university employees.

  • Personal Belongings: while working in public areas do not leave valuables unattended due to the risk of theft.

  • Lunch Location: University personnel can use the basement level Staff Lounge, LI-B005, to eat lunch.  The lounge has a microwave, vending machines, and casual seating.

  • Please keep in mind the University Library is open for business and have an obligation to provide the appropriate environment for students and researchers.


Any questions or concerns about these arrangements can be addressed by Peter Recore-Migirditch, Business & Facilities Manager, 442-3563, prm@uamail.albany.edu

August 28, 2008

UA Libraries Journal, Standing Order and Database Cancellations

The University Libraries are implementing the 3rd level of the budget reduction strategies that were developed in the spring of 2006 by the Libraries' bibliographers and the faculty in their assigned departments, as well as additional titles identified this summer.
Message from Dean D'Andraia
FY09 Budget Reduction Strategies
    3rd Level Budget Reduction Strategies
    Additional Titles to be Cancelled
Titles Cancelled as of January 1, 2008
Titles Cancelled as of January 1, 2007
How to Read the Cancellation Lists


Contact Your Bibliographer

June 5, 2008

Library faculty recipients of Excellence Awards

Excellence in Librarianship
karen_brown.jpg Karen E. K. Brown*, University Libraries
Karen Brown is the Preservation Librarian for UAlbany. She has been a faculty member since 2001, and was recently promoted to Associate Librarian. Ms. Brown's work encompasses all facets of the preservation of library materials. She manages the preservation laboratory, repairs and conserves the Libraries' collections, and directs and coordinates broader preservation initiatives involving other departments within the University Libraries. Karen is also an active participant in digital initiatives, and she serves as the Libraries' resident expert on disaster preparedness and response. Ms. Brown has authored four book chapters and five articles, including two articles about preservation assessment published in Library Resources and Technical Services, a prestigious refereed journal. She also co-authored a special publication, "Integrating Preservation Activities," part of a series published by the Association of Research Libraries recognized as a reliable source for best practices and information on their topics. She is currently working on a six-part online workshop on the Fundamentals of Preservation. Finally, Karen's commitment to excellence is reflected in her service, at levels of the University, to the profession, and in the community. She is a wonderful representative for the institution in these many contexts.
*Chancellor's Award Recipient

Excellence in Professional Service
candace_merbler.jpg Candace Merbler*, University Libraries
Ms. Candace Merbler's contribution to the University extends over nearly three decades. Starting as a classified employee, she moved to the first of a series of professional assignments in the University Libraries in 1980, following receipt of her B.A. in sociology. Since 1993, she has been a Reference Support Associate. She is widely admired for her dedication and service to students and faculty patrons. She has also worked very hard to find solutions, resolve issues, and strengthen Library operations and services. Candy's career is also marked in unusual ways by a sustained pattern of campus-wide service in a variety of appointed and elected assignments, often in leadership roles. She has served on more than 100 committees and councils, including as chair for several. Among the most important of these is her service in the University Senate, her service as Co-Chair of the Advisory Committee on Campus Safety, and her election as Treasurer, Vice President for Professionals, and President of the Albany Chapter of United University Professions. Ms. Merbler is a strong advocate for the University's faculty and professional staff, and a positive force for quality and fairness throughout the institution. In many respects her work has been held up as a model for other UUP campus chapters.
*Chancellor's Award Recipient

May 1, 2008

University Libraries Coffee Break


GOOD LUCK WITH FINAL EXAMS!

Coffee courtesy of the University Libraries and University Auxiliary Services will be available in the Foyer of the University Library and the Barnes & Noble Reading Room in the Science Library on

Wednesday, May 7 from 10am to Noon
&
Thursday, May 8 from 10am to Noon

Enjoy!

April 25, 2008

2008 Library faculty recipients University awards for Excellence

President George M. Philip has announced Candace Merbler has been selected to receive this year’s University award for Excellence in Professional Service. This prestigious honor is based on a recommendation from a peer review committee that examined a nomination statement together with other testimony and materials documenting performance over a sustained period. Philip wrote “While we take great pride in the accomplishments and dedication of all UAlbany faculty and staff, we are especially proud and grateful for the attainments and commitment of those individuals who are exemplars in research, teaching, and service in academic, professional, librarianship, and support positions.�

Excellence Award recipients will be recognized at a public ceremony and reception in the Campus Center Ballroom on Monday, May 5, at 3:30 pm.

President George M. Philip has announced Karen E.K. Brown has been selected to receive this year’s University award for Excellence in Librarianship. This prestigious honor is based on a recommendation from a peer review committee that examined a nomination statement together with other testimony and materials documenting performance over a sustained period. Philip wrote “While we take great pride in the accomplishments and dedication of all UAlbany faculty and staff, we are especially proud and grateful for the attainments and commitment of those individuals who are exemplars in research, teaching, and service in academic, professional, librarianship, and support positions.�

Excellence Award recipients will be recognized at a public ceremony and reception in the Campus Center Ballroom on Monday, May 5, at 3:30 pm.

Award for Outstanding Classified Staff Employee

Nancy Tessitore is the 2008 recipient of the University Libraries’ AWARD FOR OUTSTANDING STAFF MEMBER. This award is given annually by the Libraries to recognize an exceptional Civil Service employee who enhances the work environment by fostering a positive attitude with a spirit of cooperation and creativity in support of the University Libraries’ mission and goals.

Recipients of the award must have been employed by the Libraries as a permanent Civil Service staff member for a minimum of three (3) consecutive years on a full- or part-time basis and need to have demonstrated characteristics and contributions worthy of recognition.

The 2008 AWARD FOR OUTSTANDING STAFF MEMBER jury, a volunteer committee, was composed of the following individuals: Brian S. Doubleday, Lisa Fenton, Morris L. Stilson, Gloria Herkowitz, Carol H. Jewell, and Elaine Moody (2007 recipient of the award). Anna Z. Radkowski-Lee, the Library personnel officer, is an ex-officio member of the Committee.

In bringing the name of Nancy Tessitore forward, the Committee stated the following: “Nancy has been a mentor to many, not just to those she has supervised, but to many new employees, even those who outrank her. She always has a positive attitude, which strengthens the morale of all. She used to do all of the word processing in various units; she was, in essence, the secretary, even though at the time she did not hold that civil service grade. She is always willing to learn new things, and to teach others various procedures. It is significant that she currently performs work previously done only by professionals: adding volumes and copies to sets and series, resolving circulation snags, doing collection transfers, copy cataloging English language monographs, and maintaining collection statistics. Technical Services work changes constantly, and Nancy has always shown herself to be a flexible and valuable employee. She always encourages people, is helpful, and non-judgmental. From years ago, typing innumerable card sets to currently being the most prolific copy cataloger in the Cataloging Services Department, Nancy has always liked her job. She is a great manager. Her opinions are highly valued and respected.� Nancy began her career with the University Libraries in September, 1966.

The AWARD FOR OUTSTANDING STAFF MEMBER was established in 2007. The first recipient was Elaine Moody. This award is underwritten by library supporters and alums.

April 7, 2008

University Library Spring 2008 Extended Hours

Sunday, April 27–Sunday, May 4

Open 24 hours from Noon on Sunday through 1AM on Saturday, and from 9AM on Saturday to 1AM on Sunday.
Sunday, May 4–Thursday, May 15

Open 24 hours from 9AM on Sundays through 1AM on Saturdays, and from 9AM on Saturdays to 1AM on Sundays. Extended hours end at 11PM on May 15.

Service Desk Hours

Reference

http://library.albany.edu/hours/ulibrefspring.html

Circulation
April 27–May6
Monday–Thursday: 8am–3am
Friday: 8am–1am
Saturday: 9am–1am
Sunday: Noon–3am
May 7–May 15
Monday–Friday: 8am–1am
Saturday: 9am¬–1am
Sunday: Noon–1am
*The library will close at 11pm on Thursday, May 15.

Periodicals, Microforms, and the Interactive Media Center
http://library.albany.edu/hours/perimcspring.html


March 24, 2008

Minerva, Our Libraries' Catalog, Will Be Down

Minerva, our libraries' catalog, will be down from 9 to 11 pm on Tuesday, 3/25, for maintenance.
Please go to our redirect page to get the online catalog information.
Thank you for your understanding and our apologies for any disruptions that this has caused.

December 4, 2007

Extended Hours During Final Exam Period

University Library Only

Open: December 10, Monday through Friday December 14 - open 24 hours/day

Close: at 1:00am on Friday night (Saturday morning)

Reopen: Saturday morning at 9:00am and close Saturday night (Sunday morning) at 1:00am

Reopen: Sunday morning at 9:00am – open 24 hours until close at 8:00pm on Tuesday, Dec. 18 (Last day of finals)

NOTE: Circulation Services are available only until 1:00am on days when the library is open 24 hours

Good Luck!

October 10, 2007

What’s Cool about the University Libraries?

If you are a University at Albany student, we invite you to enter our Film Shorts competition, and you’ll have the chance to share your opinion. In fact, winning entries will be mounted on the University Libraries’ Web site for all to see.

We are looking for films of up to 5 minutes that highlight what you think is cool about one or all of the libraries. And we definitely encourage creativity (though take a look at the contest rules for the guidelines). The Interactive Media Center has equipment and software that will help you to create your film.

Deadline for entries is December 10, 2007, with the winning entries selected by the end of February, 2008. Winning entries will be posted on the University Libraries’ website. There will be prizes and an award ceremony for the winning entries.

Film Shorts competition documents & forms:

Competition Rules & Entry Form

Film Shorts Filming of Staff Permission Form

University Libraries Film Shorts Competition Release


October 9, 2007

New online tutorial available: Finding Scholarly Journal Articles

This tutorial defines what a Scholarly Journal Article is, and how you can use the Libraries' tools to find one. Created and narrated by Trudi Jacobson.

Access the tutorial here (requires flash player): http://library.albany.edu/usered/DatabaseFinder/scholarly.swf

August 30, 2007

LabMaps is now up and running!

LabMaps, is now up and running! These maps show the public computers (the ITS-managed “Info Commons� computers) in all three libraries-- and indicate which computers are available. To check on location of rooms, please look at Where are the PC's.

August 9, 2007

ILS upgrade - Minerva downtime Aug.10-12

The University Libraries will be upgrading its Integrated Library System this weekend (Aug. 10-12). The public catalog, Minerva, will be unavailable starting at 5 pm Friday, Aug.10 until sometime midday Saturday, Aug. 11 after which it will be available with limited functionality. Patrons will be able to search the catalog, but will not be able to renew materials, place holds or recalls, or change personal information. Additionally, the "Find It" feature in the OPAC and selected databases will not be available. Patrons should expect error messages if they use it.

The upgrade is planned to be completed by late Sunday evening, at which time a new version of the Minerva catalog will become functional.

During the upgrade process circulation functions (check-out, return, etc.) will be done manually. Patrons will still be able to access e-journals via the Database Finder.

We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause, and ask that you plan your work accordingly.

August 7, 2007

Library Palooza 2007

Welcome to new and returning students! More information...

July 20, 2007

Serials Solutions 360 Link

In an effort to improve service to our users, the University Libraries have made a change in the OpenURL link resolver used for searching for full-text items in databases and journals. When you perform a search in one of the library databases, such as Ebsco Academic Search Premier, instead of the SFX button, you will see a button labeled "Find It" next to each article citation. Clicking on this button will provide users with any full-text options for the article.

In Minerva, the University Libraries online catalog, the full view record contains the "Find It" button. If you are searching for a particular journal, the "Find It" button will provide full-text options for the journal.

Additional information regarding the Serials Solutions 360 Link software is available at: http://www.serialssolutions.com/ss_360_link.html

Please call, email or stop by the Reference Desk if you have questions.

Jane Kessler
Senior Assistant Librarian, Reference

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.

May 15, 2007

UNIX Mail outage affecting Library Services

The UNIX (Webmail) outage is affecting many services of the Libraries that use the UNIX email system to send out email notices such as ALEPH, ILLiad, UADelivery, etc.

Resumption of limited email service is expected late on Tuesday, May 15 for faculty/staff and late on Wednesday, May 16 for students. Limited service will include the ability to send and receive new messages. Access to messages received prior to this time will be available later this week.

Full email service and restoration of prior mail folders and messages is expected to take several days. However, email messages received between 9:00pm Friday, May 11 and 10:00 am Monday, May 14 are irretrievable.

ITS has been posting updates about the outage here: http://www.albany.edu/its/emailoutage.htm.

May 9, 2007

UAlbany Libraries Announce Acquisition of Hal Gould’s Papers

UAlbany Libraries Announce Acquisition of Hal Gould’s Papers
M.E. Grenander Department of Special Collections and Archives Adds to Collection of
Significant Alumni

ALBANY, NY (May 8, 2007)--The University at Albany’s Libraries today celebrated the acquisition of the papers of Harold “Hal� Gould ’47, the accomplished theatre, film, and television actor who has been recognized with five Emmy nominations, an Obie, a Los Angeles Drama Critics’ Circle Award, and an ACE Cable TV Award for his extensive and varied roles.

Harold Gould, born Harold Goldenstein in 1923, enrolled in the New York State College for Teachers (NYSCT) in 1941. He postponed his education in 1943 to serve in WWII. He earned numerous commendations, including the Purple Heart and the American Service Medal. He returned to NYSCT, and earned his Bachelor’s degree in 1947, and later earned a Ph.D. from Cornell in 1953.

Gould’s career includes Broadway roles in such plays as John Guare’s House of the Blue Leaves, Neil Simon’s Fools, and Jules Feiffer’s Grown Ups. Gould is most widely known for his roles on the TV shows, “The Mary Tyler Moore Show,� “Rhoda,� and “The Golden Girls.� His film roles range from “The Sting� (1973) through “Freaky Friday� (2003) and ‘English as a Second Language� (2005). He performed a one-man theatre role, Freud, nationwide, which was highly acclaimed. He was awarded a Los Angeles Drama Critics’ Circle Award for his role as Ezra Pound in Incommunicado.

The May 8 celebration included Hal Gould’s former classmates, who also celebrated surpassing the goal of $200,000 for “The Greatest Generation Fund for the Libraries,� an endowment created and supported by individuals and classes 1940-1949.

According to Frank D’Andraia, Dean and Director of Albany’s Libraries, “This acquisition, together with our oral history with Hal and Lea Gould, adds considerably to our historical record of the New York State College for Teachers (1941-1947). Mr. Gould’s personal papers also provide context and give insight to his distinguished theatrical career.� Contact Brian Keough, head of the Libraries’ M.E. Grenander Special Collections and Archives, for detailed information about the Gould collection: 518-437-3931 or bkeough@uamail.albany.edu

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.

April 16, 2007

New in Minerva

What's New in Minerva:

* The Call number search displays the title after the call number.

* The GovDoc call number search also displays the title.

* More cross references display.

* The Search Option of "Computer Software" now includes software shelved in the book stacks, as well as in our media collections. (Previously it consisted solely of software in our media collections.)

* The "Brief Recs" button as a result of a Title or Series Browse search may hold helpful information for you. Try searching "Garland Shakespeare bibliographies." (You do not see "Brief Recs" buttons if you perform a keyword search.)

* All monographic series titles are now indexed in both Series and Title Browse. (Until now Title Browse lacked some monographic series titles.)

April 4, 2007

More Minerva Downtime April 7-9, 2007

The Library catalog, Minerva, will be unavailable beginning at 5:15 pm on Saturday, April 7 and lasting until early morning Monday, April 9 due to re-indexing. We apologize for any inconenience this may cause.

April 3, 2007

Safari Tech Books Online

Access to Safari Tech Books Online http://proquest.safaribooksonline.com/ is now available for the University at Albany community. Safari Tech Books Online is a joint venture of O'Reilly Media and The Person Technology Group. Our collection contains about 150 online books on a variety of computing, programming, and information technology subjects from publishers like O'Reilly, Addison Wesley, Sams, Prentice Hall, Que, Microsoft Press, and Peachpit Press. Our collection can be searched on the Safari Web site http://proquest.safaribooksonline.com/ by selecting "my content" in the search area, or individual books can be accessed using Minerva.

Minerva Downtime April 3, 2007

ITS will be applying a patch to the Oracle server today at 5:15. The Library catalog, Minerva, will be unavailable from 5:15 to 7:00 pm. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.

March 23, 2007

Patricia Stocking Brown Fund Initiated

Patricia Stocking Brown Fund Initiated
New Fund Supports Researchers in Feminist Social Justice

Albany, NY (March 21, 2007)—UAlbany Libraries announce a new fund, to support researchers in the M.E. Grenander Special Collections and Archives. The fund, The Patricia Stocking Brown Fund for Feminist Social Justice Research in University Libraries, was initiated by Women’s Studies Professor Bonnie B. Spanier, Biology Professor Emeritus Stephen C. Brown, and others in recognition of Dr. Patricia Brown’s lifelong commitment to researching and teaching about women and social justice, particularly in her areas of science and medicine.
“The name of the fund is intended to represent the broad scope and intent of ‘feminisms,’ meaning efforts to eliminate all forms of social injustice and inequities,� says Professor Stephen Brown. “We’ve got terrific materials in the archives, and we want to encourage scholars, particularly young scholars, to access these materials.� Brian Keough, head of the Grenander Special Collections and Archives, agrees. “The Department of Special Collections has archive and manuscript material that documents the history of the women and men in New York who have made significant contributions to movements for progressive social change since 1900. This is very rich territory for students and scholars.�

Applications for the award may come from graduate or undergraduate students who wish to use this material for a project (class paper or project; media project; research for dissertation or publication; other use as defined by applicant). Awards may be given twice per year: $100 for an undergraduate student recipient; $500 for a graduate student recipient. The first award(s) will be given in fall 2007. A full description can be found here.

Donors are encouraged to support this fund, in memory of Dr. Patricia Stocking Brown, who died from breast cancer in 2004. A pledge form, including return address information, can be found here. Please contact Roberta Armstrong (518-442-3540 or Rarmstrong@uamail.albany.edu) or Brian Keough (518-437-3931 or Bkeough@uamail.albany.edu) for additional 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.

March 19, 2007

ITS Outage March 30 - April 2

Planned maintenance for the existing computing center is progressing and will result in a significant loss of service during the first weekend of spring break. The outage will begin late on March 30 when we close at 5. The biggest impact will be on Saturday, March 31.

Library services affected by the maintenance include:

Minerva
Email (both Outlook and Unix mail)
Listservs hosted @albany
ICPSR
MyUAlbany

and possibly

Uniprint.

These services will be unavailbale for the duration of the outage.

No library due dates will be assigned from Friday, March 30 at 5 pm until Monday, Apr 2 at 9 am to reduce inconvenience to our users during scheduled network maintenance. Any items currently on loan with a due date during this period will be automatically revised.

We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.

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.

December 12, 2006

Scheduled Maintenance - Minerva 12/23-24

The Library catalog, Minerva, will be unavailable for use on December 23 and 24, 2006. Scheduled maintenance will take place during this time. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.

December 8, 2006

Universal Human Rights Month

Read the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and learn about the history of Universal Human Rights Month on this new page http://library.albany.edu/reference/services/hottopics/humanrightsmonth.htm from the University Libraries.

December 4, 2006

Architecture Competition Deadline extended

UA Undergraduates invited to participate in creative competitions – submissions due February 26, 2007

UA undergraduates are invited to participate in a competition to write a short story, a play, or a piece of hypertext fiction; or to enter the visual competition submitting digital video, or interactive game. The competitions are held in conjunction with the year-long celebration and exploration of the architectural significance of the University at Albany’s Edward Durell Stone campus, http://www.albany.edu/chats/architecture/.

All submissions are due February 26, 2007, and winners will be announced April 4, 2007. Qualified entrants are current University at Albany undergraduate students at the time of judging. Collaborative submissions are encouraged for all categories, with a maximum of five persons collaborating on a submission.

Suggested themes for submissions include:

  • How do individuals and/or groups experience the architectural spaces of the UAlbany campus and other spaces?
  • What are the relationships of architecture, community, and the experience of space?
  • What are some of the critical, historical and perceptual issues of architecture and visual culture?
  • How does architecture and visual design either integrate a community or alienate individuals from a community?
  • Is architecture art?
  • Does architecture shape your attitude and experiences in your day-to-day life?

Interested in entering the visual competition category? Contact The Interactive Media Center of the University Library which supports the creation of multimedia projects and the digital design of presentations, publications and Web sites.

Competition rules, submission guidelines, and additional information are available at http://www.albany.edu/chats/architecture/architecturecompetition.html, or pick up a flyer in the lobby of the University Library. More information is available from Carol L. Anderson, Associate Librarian, canderson@uamail.albany.edu (518-442-3546).

November 28, 2006

University Library to open 24/7 for Final Exams

Starting Tuesday, December 12, the Library will be open 24 HOURS for studying. The building will be open for use, but Circulation, Periodicals, and Media departments will close at their usual times. These building hours extend until the morning of December 21. The only exceptions are December 15th and 16th, a Friday and Saturday, when the Library will close at 1am.

Many thanks go to the Student Association for providing the funding and input on this initiative. Please contact the Library at 442-3569 with any additional questions.

November 17, 2006

Revised Hours for University Libraries on Tuesday, November 21

Please note that the University Libraries will be open as follows on Tuesday, November 21:

University Library 8:00 am - 11:00 pm

Science Library 8:00 am - 11:00 pm

Dewey Library 8:00 am - 9:30 pm

The Libraries had previously planned to close at 5 pm based on an error in the review of the schedule of classes for the day. Since evening classes are in session, the Libraries will offer most services until the hours noted above. Reference services will close at 5 pm at the University Library. For more details, see the Library Hours web page at http://library.albany.edu/hours

Have a safe and restful Thanksgiving!

November 15, 2006

Laptop Lending Service at the University Libraries

Laptops are now available at each of the three libraries for loan to University at Albany students, faculty, and staff. Laptops may be borrowed for four hours or until 30 minutes before the library's closing, whichever is less. Laptops include wireless internet access, CD/DVD drive, both battery and power cord, mouse, Microsoft Office, and other software. More details are available online at http://library.albany.edu/circ/laptops.html Please note that files must be saved to an external drive (USB/jump/flash drive is recommended) and that wireless printing is not yet available. Go to the circulation desk at any of the Libraries to complete a laptop lending agreement and to borrow a laptop today! Use is restricted to the building where the laptop was borrowed. There is no overnight lending. Special fine policies are in effect.

November 7, 2006

Safari Tech Books Trial

The University Libraries is hosting a trial for Safari Tech Books. Safari Tech Books is joint venture of O'Reilly Media and the Pearson Technology Group. These two publishers account for over half of all IT books published. The collection contains over 3,700 titles from over 20 imprints such as O'Reilly, Addison Wesley, New Riders, Prentice Hall, and Sams. It covers some of the latest technologies like Java, Web development, enterprise computing, and XML.

Safari Tech Books can be access on campus at http://proquest.safaribooksonline.com/?uicode=albany/. No password is required. The trial will end November 26, 2006. Send comments to Michael Knee mknee@uamail.albany.edu.

November 1, 2006

Acquisition of Ronald B. Stafford Papers

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Roberta Armstrong
518-442-3540
Rarmstrong@uamail.albany.edu

UAlbany Libraries Announce Acquisition of Ronald B. Stafford Papers
M.E. Grenander Department of Special Collections and Archives Adds to Significant Collection

ALBANY, NY (November 1, 2006)--The University at Albany’s Libraries have acquired a significant addition to its important New York State Modern Political Archive.

Brian Keough, head of the M.E. Grenander Special Collections and Archives, today announced the acquisition of the Ronald B. Stafford Papers, approximately 225 cubic feet of material documenting Mr. Stafford’s 40 years in the New York State Senate and in public life. “This is a significant addition to our collection that includes the personal papers of 41 former members of the New York State Senate and Assembly and 22 former US Congressional members,� says Keough.

Elected to the New York State Senate in 1965 to represent the 45th District, Ronald B. Stafford represented the North Country for a 37-year Senate career which included membership on several committees. He ended his career as chairman of the powerful Finance Committee. Stafford, a Republican, was the first chairman of the Senate’s Higher Education Committee. During his Senate career, he chaired the Senate Finance Committee, Higher Education Committee, Codes Committee, and the Judiciary Committee. In 1974, as Chairman of the Senate’s Higher Education Committee he helped shape and create the Tuition Assistance Program (TAP), a landmark program that opened access to college for New Yorkers who would otherwise have been unable to afford opportunities in higher education . He was a protector of the environment through his involvement in Adirondack Park affairs. Stafford was instrumental in bringing the 1980 Olympic Winter Games to Lake Placid, and in 1974 was appointed chairman of the New York State 1980 Olympic Winter Games Commission. He remained a leading figure in the Senate and in NYS politics throughout his career and until his death in 2005.

The Ronald Stafford Papers were transferred to the University at Albany Libraries in January 2006. The papers consist of correspondence, letters, memorandum, meeting minutes, press releases, legislative memorandum, newsletters, writings, photographs, clippings reprints, and other archival resources. 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.

October 30, 2006

New in Minerva

The University Libraries are pleased to announce the addition of cover images, reviews, excerpts, summaries and tables of content to selected records for books in Minerva, the libraries online catalog. Users will see the cover image in both the brief and full view records of search results. To see the additional information, simply click on the cover image or link. Updates will occur weekly.

This enhanced content is provided by Syndetic Solutions and is funded by the SUNY Office of Library and Information Services.

Dewey Hours Changing November 1, 2006

The Dewey Library will now be open from 8:00 am - 9:30 pm, Monday through Thursday, effective November 1, 2006.

October 25, 2006

Information Commons Celebration - Free iPod

Celebrate the New Information Commons in the Science Library

The Information Commons is a collaboration of Information Technology Services and the University Libraries.

Please join us.

Date: Monday, October 30
Time: 1:00-4:00 pm
Where: Atrium, Science Library

Information and refreshments provided!
Free raffle drawing — 1st prize 2GB iPod

October 23, 2006

Fall issue of Library Update and Developement Update available

The Fall 2006 issue of Library Update and the September 2006 of Development Update are now available. Library Update is a semi-annual newsletter published to inform faculty about University Libraries' collections and services.

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September 21, 2006

Reminder: September 30 due date for PhD borrowers

The September 30 fixed due dates for PhD student borrowers is approaching. Please return or renew books by that date to avoid overdue fines. Instructions for online renewal are located on our website at http://library.albany.edu/circ/renewbooks.html
Please note that the Libraries have reduced hours on September 30; visit the Hours page for details at http://library.albany.edu/hours/

September 7, 2006

UA Libraries Journals, Standing Orders and Databases Cancelled as of January 1, 2007

The University Libraries have been informed that the acquisitions budget for FY07 will be $250,000 less than needed to support acquisitions at last year’s level. In response to this shortfall we are implementing the lowest of the three budget reduction strategies that were developed last spring by the Libraries’ bibliographers and the faculty in their assigned departments. We have finalized the list of cancellations with our subscription agents and they will take effect on January 1, 2007.

Cancellation List

How to Read the Cancellation List

Message from Dean D'Andraia

Contact Your Bibliographer

September 6, 2006

New Information Commons in Science Library

The Information Commons, located on the first floor of the Science Library, offers a variety of research and technical resources in an environment that fosters collaboration and creativity. 60 new computers provide a full suite of software as well as Internet access. For more information, visit our Web site at http://library.albany.edu/infocommons/.

August 9, 2006

Capital Punishment Clemency Petitions Digitized

The Capital Punishment Clemency Petitions Collection has been digitized and links to PDF files of the petitions are available from the finding aid for the collection at http://library.albany.edu/speccoll/findaids/apap214.htm.

Unlike judicial proceedings, claims raised in clemency petitions are free of procedural defaults that can mask error, unfairness, or irrationality in a given death sentence. Petitions thus can reveal what the sentencing authority may not have known because of attorney error, prosecutorial misconduct, newly discovered evidence, or other reasons. As part of his work with The Constitution Project, William J. Bowers established the Capital Punishment Clemency Petitions Collection Collection at the National Death Penalty Archive in the M.E. Grenander Department of Special Collections and Archives. This collection comprises approximately 150 clemency petitions in death penalty cases, from almost two dozens jurisdictions. It is the initial installment in a collection that attempts to gather all death penalty clemency petitions filed in the United States during the modern era of capital punishment.

The University Libraries’ M.E. Grenander Department of Special Collections and Archives is collaborating with the Capital Punishment Research Initiative of the School of Criminal Justice to maintain and grow the National Death Penalty Archive (NDPA). Additional information about the NDPA and a complete list of collections is available at http://library.albany.edu/speccoll/ndpa.htm.

June 30, 2006

Student Competitions Celebrating ARCHITECTURE AT ALBANY

UA Undergraduates invited to participate in creative competitions – submissions due October 10, 2006

UA undergraduates are invited to participate in a competition to write a short story, a play, or a piece of hypertext fiction; or to enter the visual competition submitting digital video, or interactive game. The competitions are held in conjunction with the year-long celebration and exploration of the architectural significance of the University at Albany’s Edward Durell Stone campus, http://www.albany.edu/chats/architecture/.

All submissions are due October 10, 2006, and winners will be announced November 15, 2006. Qualified entrants are current University at Albany undergraduate students at the time of judging. Collaborative submissions are encouraged for all categories, with a maximum of five persons collaborating on a submission.

Suggested themes for submissions include:

  • How do individuals and/or groups experience the architectural spaces of the UAlbany campus and other spaces?
  • What are the relationships of architecture, community, and the experience of space?
  • What are some of the critical, historical and perceptual issues of architecture and visual culture?
  • How does architecture and visual design either integrate a community or alienate individuals from a community?
  • Is architecture art?
  • Does architecture shape your attitude and experiences in your day-to-day life?

Interested in entering the visual competition category? Contact The Interactive Media Center of the University Library which supports the creation of multimedia projects and the digital design of presentations, publications and Web sites.

Competition rules, submission guidelines, and additional information are available at http://www.albany.edu/chats/architecture/architecturecompetition.html, or pick up a flyer in the lobby of the University Library. More information is available from Carol L. Anderson, Associate Librarian, canderson@uamail.albany.edu (518-442-3546).

May 31, 2006

Spring 2006 Issue of Library Update

The Spring 2006 issue of Library Update is now available. Library Update is a semi-annual newsletter published to inform faculty about University Libraries' collections and services.

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May 10, 2006

UA Libraries’ Acquisitions Budget Reduction – List of Titles to be Cancelled

UA Libraries Budget Reduction Strategies FY07

Over the past month the Libraries’ bibliographers and their assigned departments have worked to develop strategies to reduce their FY07 acquisitions expenditures. Many of these strategies included canceling journal, standing order, and database subscriptions.

We are aware that many faculty work in interdisciplinary subject areas and we do not want to inadvertently cancel materials that you use but that are charged to another department’s library budget. Therefore, the list of journal, standing order, and database titles to be cancelled is now available for your review.

Please review the list by June 16, 2006 and contact your bibliographer if you have any questions or concerns. Cancellations will be placed with our subscription agents over the summer and will take effect on January 1, 2007.

Cancellation List

How to Read the Cancellation List

Contact Your Bibliographer

May 8, 2006

University Library Open Until 3 A.M. May 10-17

The University Library will remain open until 3:00am daily starting Wednesday, May 10, to provide a comfortable, quiet environment for study during final exam period. In a unique partnership with the Student Association, security officers will remain in the building after its normal 1 am closing to provide two additional hours of convenient, secure study space until 3:00am from May 10 – May 17. Group study space on the first and basement floors as well as quiet study space on the second and third floors will be available. Photocopiers, UniPrint, general use PCs, will be available for self-service during extended hours. Reference, Circulation, Reserves, and Interactive Media Center operations and services and use of the Public Computing User Room (LI 137) will end at their normal times. Details are available on the University Library hours web page.

Only the University Library on the Podium will have these special extended hours; the Science and Dewey Libraries will close at their regular times. The University Libraries looks forward to a long-term partnership with the Student Association to offer special services to meet the needs of UAlbany students.

March 24, 2006

UAlbany Libraries Acquire Joseph E. Persico Papers

The University at Albany has acquired the papers of author Joseph E. Persico, the best-selling writer of Roosevelt’s Secret War, Edward R. Murrow: An American Original, The Imperial Rockefeller, and co-author of former Secretary of State Colin Powell's autobiography My American Journey, as well as other acclaimed works of history and biography.

Persico's personal and professional papers, documents, memorabilia, and speeches, many written during his 11 years as a speechwriter for Governor and later Vice President Nelson Rockefeller, will be stored in the University at Albany Libraries' M.E. Grenander Department of Special Collections & Archives. The collection will serve as a resource for scholarly research on Persico's literary career, and on the subjects of his many works. Persico is a 1952 graduate of the University.

In recognition of Persico's career accomplishments, service, and donations to UAlbany, the University has established an annual Joseph E. Persico '52 Scholarship for undergrads and the Joseph E. Persico '52 Fellowship Fund for graduate students of American history.

The collection, totaling some 40 cubic feet, includes original long-hand manuscripts and revised versions of the author’s books; correspondence with editors and publishers at Random House, Simon Schuster, Viking and McGraw Hill and with fellow authors; interviews conducted for The Imperial Rockefeller, a biography of the New York governor and U.S. vice president; correspondence and memos between the governor and Persico; interviews with prosecutors, defense lawyers, victims and relatives for his book Nuremberg: Infamy on Trial; correspondence relating to his book on President Franklin D. Roosevelt; interviews with American secret agents who penetrated Germany during World War II for the writing of Piercing the Reich; and original drafts of numerous articles and book reviews written for the New York Times, Washington Post, Wall Street Journal, American Heritage, and Military History Quarterly.

The collection also includes videos and tapes of Persico's media appearances, as well as tapes of interviews with dozens of subjects, among them Senator Daniel Patrick Moynihan, Bob Woodward, Arthur Goldberg, William Safire, Richard Helms, William J. Casey, William F. Buckley, and John Huston.

The University's Web site features a press release about this acquisition and a video clip of Joseph Persico.

March 17, 2006

LIBQUAL+ Survey: Tell the UA Libraries what you think....

LibQUAL LIBQUAL+ Survey. Tell the UA Libraries what you think.... From March 20th to March 31st, the Libraries will be administering the LIBQUAL+ user survey. If you receive an email message inviting you to participate, please connect to the Web site indicated and invest ten minutes in taking the survey. Your feedback will make a big difference.

LibQUAL+(TM) is a standardized survey that libraries use to solicit, track, understand, and act upon users’ opinions of service quality. The survey is a rigorously tested Web-based instrument that can be used to help libraries assess and improve library services, change organizational culture, and market the library. The goals of LibQUAL+(TM) are to help libraries better understand user perceptions of service quality and to foster a culture of excellence in providing library services.

For questions or comments, contact Gregg Sapp, Head of the Science Library. gsapp@uamail.albany.edu, 518-437-3951.

March 15, 2006

UA Libraries Begin the Acquisitions Budget Reduction Process

The University Libraries are about to begin the process of reducing the acquisitions budget by up to $500,000. Frank D’Andraia, Dean and Director of Libraries sent out the following message to all Deans and Directors:

The cost of information continues to increase at a rate faster than the Libraries’ budget. Currently, our costs exceed our ability to pay and a shortfall is expected this year and next. Although the Libraries’ budget for next year is not expected to be identified until May or later, we must notify vendors about renewals by late summer. In order to assure that you and your faculty are consulted on how to achieve the necessary economies, I have asked our bibliographers to begin contacting their assigned departments about reducing spending patterns for next year. The Libraries anticipate that without a budget increase the acquisitions budget shortfall will be $450,000 - $500,000 in FY06-07. We have identified reduction targets for each department according to three tiers. The first reduction target will yield $300,000, the second $400,000 and the third $500,000. The level of reduction we implement will depend upon the new budget.

Thank you in advance for your assistance. Please feel free to contact your bibliographer, Mary Casserly, Assistant Director for Collections and User Services, or me if you have any question or need any additional information.

March 13, 2006

Libraries Acquire 1884 Drawing of Willett Street Campus

The University Libraries' M.E. Grenander Department of Special Collections and Archives recently acquired a hand-colored presentation drawing from 1884 of the Willett Street campus, one of the University at Albany's first buildings.

The Willett Street building was located at 82-96 Willett Street and faced Washington Park. The building’s architect was Frank J. Wright of the Albany firm of Ogden & Wright and this illustration of the planned campus building appeared in the architecture publication American Architecture and Building News.

Additional information about the Willett Street and other campus buildings is available in the Campus Buildings Historical Tour at http://library.albany.edu/speccoll/campusbuildings/.

Willett Street campus
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February 13, 2006

Development Update Issues Now Available Online

Two new issues of Development Update are now available, December 2005 and February 2006. Read about the latest donor events, news from the M.E. Grenander Department of Special Collections and Archives, and more.

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January 11, 2006

Study Carrels Available

A limited number of study carrels are available for use through August 2006. The University Library provides closed study carrels for use by University at Albany doctoral candidates and faculty, with priority given to PhD students conducting dissertation research. More information about study carrels and an online application form are available at http://library.albany.edu/circ/carrels.html.

Ph.D. Students: Return or Renew Items by January 31

Borrowers with Ph.D. status have a fixed due date of January 31, 2006, for items with regular loan period. Please renew online through MyMinerva or return all items by that date to avoid overdue fines. Instructions for online renewal are available at http://library.albany.edu/circ/renewbooks.html. Renewed items are due May 31, 2006. Contact Circulation Services at 442-3569 with questions.

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