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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.


 


 



February 23, 2016

Provost James Stellar on the Unconscious Brain, Decision-making, and Learning


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February 23, 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) 442-3578


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Provost James Stellar:

The Unconscious Brain, Decision-making, and Learning

March 2, 2016, 12:35 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.

Patricia and J. Spencer Standish Board Room, Science Library


Photo of Provost James Stellar

Albany, N.Y. (February 23, 2016) — Dr. James Stellar, University Provost, will present "Your Brain: Unconscious Decision-making and How it Affects Your Life and Learning" on Wednesday, March 2, 2016 from 12:35 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. in the Patricia and J. Spencer Standish Board Room of the University at Albany's Science Library.

Professor Stellar will deliver a brief presentation and then take questions from the audience. His research comes at a time when the question of how students learn features prominently in the education arena.

An eminent behavioral neuroscientist, prior to joining the University at Albany in 2015 Dr. Stellar served as Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs at Queens College of the City University of New York (CUNY), and Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at Northeastern University.

The event will be the second of the 2016 UAlbany Libraries' "Campus Conversations in Standish" series. Launched in spring 2015, "Campus Conversations in Standish" is designed to showcase faculty research and expertise and to connect members of the UAlbany community in an exchange of ideas and perspectives.

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

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.

 

 

February 19, 2016

Rarely Seen Materials from the 1800s Now Online

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February 19, 2016


Contacts: Gerald T. Burke, Subject Librarian for Art, English, Music, Philosophy, & Theatre, gburke@albany.edu, (518) 442-3592; Rebecca Mugridge, Interim Dean and Director of Libraries, rmugridge@albany.edu, (518) 442-3568.


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Rarely Seen Materials from the 1800s Now Online


Nineteenth Century Collections Online

Albany, N.Y. (February 19, 2016)–Letters, maps, photographs and other primary source materials from the 1800s—many unknown until as recently as the 1980s—are available to examine online via Nineteenth Century Collections Online (NCCO), a new database that has just been acquired by the University Libraries. UAlbany students, faculty, and staff may view NCCO directly by clicking http://gdc.galegroup.com/gdc/ncco?p=NCCO&u=albanyu (or via the "Databases" link or tab on the University Libraries' home page http://library.albany.edu).

NCCO's content—some of it exceedingly rare—is sourced from some of the world's preeminent libraries and archives, including the British Library, Oxford University, the National Archives (UK), and the U.S. National Archives and Records Administration.  Materials such as autobiographies of Britain's working class, dispatches from U.S. consuls in Japan, music manuscripts from British musical theatres, and the previously unknown publications of British and French women writers, will be sure to ensconce all scholars firmly in the 19th century.

Digital scholars will be excited to learn that NCCO facilitates data mining and textual analysis.  Researchers may download scanned text as OCR (Optical Character Recognition) text files to mine independently. Textual analysis tools, public and private tagging, an annotation feature, Zotero compatibility, and social media sharing help users to organize their research and to share their findings with colleagues, fellow students, and the entire NCCO community.

"We are pleased to meet the requests of our faculty and students for these valuable primary source materials," says Gerald Burke, Subject Librarian for Art, English, Music, Philosophy, & Theatre at the University at Albany Libraries. "This database also complements the subscription we have to the Eighteenth Century Collections Online (ECCO) database."

"I use ECCO daily for my book in progress and to write all of my articles," says Wendy R. Roberts, NEH Long Term Fellow at the Massachusetts Historical Society and Assistant Professor in the Department of English at the University at Albany. "Without it, I would not be able to produce research pertinent to my field."

Richard Barney, Ph.D., Associate Professor in the Department of English at the University at Albany agrees. "I use ECCO constantly, both for teaching and my research, but, as often is the case, there are authors whose publication histories cross the line into 1800," he says "Thus, having NCCO on hand is crucial for being thorough in my work, while making it less necessary to depend on libraries elsewhere to find what I need. NCCO will make it possible to be more efficient in completing my articles or book manuscripts. The prospect of adding NCCO to the library is a genuinely exciting one."

The UAlbany Libraries have purchased access to four NCCO collections:



  • British Politics and Society
    Includes the papers of British statesmen, Home Office records, ordnance surveys, working class autobiographies, and other unique collections. British Politics and Society is a remarkable resource for scholars looking to explore the political and social history of Britain. Source libraries are the British Library, Oxford University, and The National Archives, Kew.



  • Asia and the West: Diplomacy and Cultural Exchange
    Features primary source collections related to international relations between Asian countries and the West during the 19th century. These invaluable documents—many never before available—include government reports, diplomatic correspondences, periodicals, newspapers, treaties, trade agreements, NGO papers, and more. Documents are sourced from The National Archives, Kew; The National Archives, United States; and other collections.



  • British Theatre, Music, and Literature: High and Popular Culture
    Features a wide range of primary sources related to the arts, from playbills and scripts to operas and complete scores. These rare documents, many of them never before available, are sourced from the British Library and other institutions. Curation is by experts in British arts history. It covers more than a century, and encompasses both the Georgian and Victorian theatre.



  • European Literature, 1790-1840: The Corvey Collection
    The Corvey Collection is one of the most important collections of British Romantic-era writing in existence. The extent of its scholarly significance is indicated by the considerable number of rare publications by British writers (and women writers in particular, whose works comprise over 1,000 of the titles) who were active during the Romantic period. In addition to English-language literary texts, the Corvey Collection of European Literature also includes 3,658 works in French (including more than 500 by women) and 2,653 works in German. While well-known authors are represented in the collection, their works are far outnumbered by those of historically neglected and marginalized authors.



February 9, 2016

Professor Rabi Musah on the Dangers and Suppression of Legal Plant Highs


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February 24, 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) 442-3578


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Chemistry Department's Rabi Musah on the Dangers and

Suppression of Legal Plant Highs


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Albany, N.Y. (February 24, 2016) Rabi Musah, Director of the University at Albany's Center for Achievement, Retention and Student Success (CARSS), and Associate Professor of Chemistry, will present "Smokes, Chews and Brews: The Dangers and Crackdown on Legal Plant Highs" on Wednesday, February 24, 2016 from 12:35 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. in the Standish Room of the University at Albany's Science Library.

Professor Musah will deliver a brief presentation and then lead a discussion of the issues. This comes at a time when the debate over regulating psychoactive plants has resurfaced with intensity.

A dedicated scholar and educator, Professor Musah has received numerous awards and recognitions, including the Chancellors Award for Excellence in Teaching and Service. Information on her research can be found at the Musah Research Lab.

The event will be the first of the 2016 UAlbany Libraries' "Campus Conversations in Standish" series. Launched in spring 2015, "Campus Conversations in Standish" is designed to showcase faculty research and expertise and to connect members of the UAlbany community in an exchange of ideas and perspectives.

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

A member of the Association of Research Libraries (ARL), the 125 largest research libraries in North America, the University Libraries provide research services, resources and facilities to assist the University at Albany's faculty, students, and staff in achieving academic and research success.

 

 

January 26, 2016

"Transformative Teaching and Learning" Events Continue at UAlbany January 28-29, 2016


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January 26, 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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"Transformative Teaching and Learning" Events Continue at UAlbany January 28-29, 2016

Albany, N.Y. (January 26, 2016) - "Continuing Critical Conversations through Transformative Teaching and Learning," a University at Albany diversity transformation project, will launch its 2016 series of speakers and pedagogy workshops with a two-day conference titled "Anti-Oppression and Transformative Praxis: Sharing Classroom Strategies, Considering Curriculum Innovation." The conference will be held on January 28-29, 2016 in the Patricia and J. Spencer Standish Board Room on the Third Level of the Science Library at the University at Albany.

Day 1 of the conference--January 28, 2016, 3:30 pm-5:00pm--will open in the Standish Board Room with two distinguished Keynote Speakers from SUNY College at Oneonta: Kathleen O'Mara, Ph.D. and Betty Wambui, Ph.D. Dr. O'Mara will speak on "Sexuality Matters, and is Not a Unitary Category" and Dr. Wambui will address "Marginal Communities, Knowledges and Sustainabilities." To learn more about these scholars and "diversity workers," see Dr. O'Mara's bio here: http://www.oneonta.edu/academics/africlat/omara.html and Dr. Wambui's here: http://www.oneonta.edu/academics/africlat/Wambui.html.

Day 2 of the conference--January 29, 2016, 10:00am-1:30pm--will begin at 10:00 am in the Standish Board Room with a poster session of a collaborative of UAlbany faculty, who will share examples of their efforts to create transformative teaching and classroom and campus dialogue. UAlbany faculty from a variety of disciplines will present including faculty from the School of Education, Educational & Counseling Psychology, Educational Theory and Practice, Departments of Africana Studies, Economics, Mathematics and Statistics, Music and Theater, Philosophy, Political Science, Women's, Gender & Sexuality Studies, and the University Libraries. A lunchtime discussion on curriculum innovation will follow the poster session at 12:00 pm-1:30 pm. Lunch will be served. Reservations for lunch are required. Please RSVP for lunch and discussion by January 26 to Deborah LaFond dlafond@albany.edu.  

"Continuing Critical Conversations through Transformative Teaching and Learning" events are sponsored by: The University Libraries; Women's, Gender & Sexuality Studies; Africana Studies; The Justice and Multiculturalism in the 21st Century Project (School of Criminal Justice); UUP Albany Chapter; The Office of Sustainability; The Institute for Teaching, Learning & Academic Leadership; The Office of Intercultural Student Engagement; The New York State Writer's Institute; the Office of Diversity and Inclusion; and other collaborative members across a variety of departments at the University.

For more information about this and future events, see https://transformativeconversations.wordpress.com/

 

 

January 25, 2016

Save the Dates: Spring 2016 Campus Conversations in Standish


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January 25, 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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Save the Dates: Spring 2016

Campus Conversations in Standish


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Albany, N.Y. (January 25, 2016) -- The University Libraries are pleased to announce this semester's Campus Conversations in Standish schedule:





  • Rabi Musah, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Chemistry, University at Albany.

    Smokes, Chews and Brews: The Dangers and Crackdown on Legal Plant Highs


    February 24, 2016. 12:35 pm - 1:30 pm




  • James Stellar, Ph.D., Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost, University at Albany.

    Your Brain: Unconscious Decision-making and How it Affects Your Life and Learning


    March 2, 2016. 12:35 pm -1:30pm



  • Rick Fogarty, Ph.D., Associate Professor, History, University at Albany.

    What Can 1916 Tell Us About 2016? Europe, Islam, and the Middle East

    April 6, 2016. 12:35 pm-1:30pm








All Campus Conversations will be held in the Patricia and J. Spencer Standish Board Room, located on the third floor of the Science Library at the University at Albany.


Launched in spring 2015, Campus Conversations in Standish showcases faculty research and expertise and also connects members of the UAlbany community in an exchange of ideas and perspectives.


"The Campus Conversations in Standish series provides a unique opportunity for faculty to interact with the community beyond the classroom," says Interim Dean Rebecca Mugridge. "The University Libraries take great pleasure in facilitating these discussions."







December 16, 2015

Library Renovations - December Updates


Dewey Library
Expected Completion: TBD

 

Science Library
Expected Completion: Late 2016
The much awaited Campus Center expansion projects are underway. Access to the Science Library will be affected in varying ways throughout the project.

 

University Library
Expected Completion: Spring 2015
This renovation project will add more electrical outlets throughout the building, additional Wireless Access Points (WAPS) for improved connectivity, new front doors and additional lighting controls.


Dewey Library Renovations


September 4, 2014

Dewey Library Signage

A signage & way finding package has been designed by Plant Department.  At this time we are waiting for the signs to be manufactured and to be informed of an installation schedule.

 

Science Library Renovations


December 16, 2015

Access to Science Library Changes as Campus Center Renovations Progress

As of December 21st, there will be a major change in entrance/exit to the Science Library on the Garden Level west side entrance. The hallway leading through the Campus Center between the 518 Market to the SEFCU office will be closed until the end of construction in mid-2017. Passage to the Science Library on the east side of the garden, next to the Barnes & Noble Bookstore, remains open. The entrances/exits at the Podium Level remain open.

Entrance to the Science Library - Update 3

 

 

July, 8 2015

Science Library Renovation Updates

As of Tuesday, July 7, there has been a change in entrance/exit to the Science Library on the Garden Level east side entrance.  The hallway leading from the Campus Center past the Barnes & Noble Bookstore is now open for travel to the Science Library. Passage on the west side of the garden remains open near the 518 Market and SEFCU. Entrance/exit from the Podium Level remains open.

November 21, 2014

Campus Center Expansion Update - Science Library Updates

As of Wednesday, November 19, there has been a change in egress to the Science Library on the Garden Level east side entrance.  The hallway leading from the Campus Center past the Barnes & Noble Bookstore will be closed off and a wall will be constructed near the entrance to the connector wing preventing travel up that hallway.  The connector wing doors leading into that corridor will be locked.  The east/west doors in the connector wing will remain open as will the entrance into the Science Library.  There will be signs posted on the connector wing doors indicating which doors are locked.

The hallway being blocked off will be used Barnes & Noble storage until June 2015.  The blocking of this hallway does not violate any fire codes and egress from the Science Library is maintained through the Parents Garden.

 

 

September 4, 2014

Campus Center Expansion affects Science Library access

Access from the east side of the Campus Center is a constantly changing.  Temporary signage that informs pedestrians how to get to the Campus Centeris in place.  With classes in session, Campus Center ground level doors should stay open according to the semester schedules.  Access on the west side has opened up a bit as the concrete work outsidethe entrance near the Education building has been completed.  Unfortunately the concrete work does not meet the quality standards expected and this will be torn out and re-done which will necessitate closing that area sometime in the near future.

The University Libraries has requested a better campus map illustrating how to get back and forth to the University Library & the Science Library and better identification of how to get to the bus stop that has been relocated behind the Social Science building.  We have also sent some very good suggestions for signage to the Plant Dept. to use in directing traffic to the Science Library.  Plant has acknowledged the need to improve the way-finding signage and the printable map and it is expected to be addressed in the coming weeks.

The excavation work on the east side is fully underway and the ground has been excavated near the Science Library Shipping & Receiving dock to make way for the new dock at the Campus Center.  The curved concrete wall adjacent to the Science Library Shipping & Receiving dock will be removed and (eventually) the roadway will be extended to the new dock.  Within the next few weeks the road leading to the Science Library Shipping & Receiving dock will be closed for a short period of time in order to run a gas line down the road.

The excavation work has prevented the use of the emergency exit door leading from the Campus Center Basement East (CCBE) to the ground level.  Scaffolding will be erected to create a “bridge” from the CCBE through the east side connector wing to the Campus Center directing people into the Parents Fountain area as a means of escape in case of an emergency.

The east side of the Campus Center is where all the activity will take place for many months to come.  The excavation work is allowing for all the utilities to be run, a tunnel to be constructed to connect with the existing tunnel complex, and to modify the Barnes & Noble Bookstore storage room.

 

September 4, 2014

Preservation Lab, Science Library

In conjunction with the renaming of the Preservation Lab to the Alice Hastings Murphy Preservation Department, the Preservation Department is to be spruced up in preparation for the dedication of the space on October 10th.  The vestibule hallway will be painted, the wood door entering the office space will be refinished, the hallway fire door will be painted and an automatic door holder installed.   Signage throughout the building will be updated to reflect the change in the name of the department.

 

August 15, 2014

Science Library Detour Map

Science Detour Map

Podium Level - Open throughout construction

  • West entrance (Education/Dutch Quad side) leads to a stairway to the Garden Level

Campus Center (Garden Level) - Will be closed at times during construction

  • West entrance (through the food court)

Podium Level - Open throughout construction

  • East entrance (Physics/Indian Quad side) leads to the Information Commons, and an elevator and stairway to the Garden Level

Campus Center (Garden Level) - Will be closed at times during construction

  • East entrance (hallway next to Bookstore)

Barrier Free Access

All floors of the Science Library are accessible by elevators located on the south end of the building.
Podium level, East Entrance (Physics/Indian Quad side) - Open throughout construction:

  • Enter Science Library (Information Commons) through doors opposite elevator.
  • Access Garden Level by using elevator to the left of entrance from podium level

Campus Center Lower (Garden) Level Entrances - Will be closed at times during construction:

  • West entrance (through the food court)

Hover over the paw prints and handicap signs to view more information.

 


University Library Renovations


 

July 8, 2015

Construction of group study rooms, carpet replacement

Renovation work continues in the University Library.

Six group study rooms are under construction on the first floor north. The University Library will have a total of nine new group study rooms on the first floor when Fall 2015 classes begin.

The Presidents’ Reading Room on the second floor was closed to remove old carpet. Installation of new carpet is almost complete.

Work is just about complete on the new building entrance doors.   

 

June 19, 2015

Electrical shutdown

  • Tuesday, June 23 -- Third floor
  • Friday, June 26 -- Second floor

The power will be shut down for an entire day on floors 2 & 3. 

The existing electrical panels in all the electrical closets must be replaced as part of the University Library’s project to upgrade electric services. Work on the first floor will take place at night after the University Library closes.

 

 

June 12, 2015

Library Renovations - June Updates

Entrance doors - removal and replacement, June 17 - June 30
Demolition and replacement of the exterior doors in the main entrance of the University Library will begin on Wednesday June 17th at 8 am.  This work will take approximately eight to thirteen days and the work will take place from 8 am to 4 pm. 
The project involves:
·         Demolition of the two center doors Wednesday 6/17 - Friday 6/19. This work will create a fair amount of noise and some dust.
·         During the replacement of the doors the main entrance will continue to be used for people to enter/exit the building. Two doors will remain operational at all times. 
If the construction and work noise is bothersome, our recommendations for alternative places to work:

  • 2nd and 3rd floors for quiet study--remember there’s many more additional outlets up there now.
  • Borrow a laptop from Lending services desk if you need a computer
  • B-Level for additional spaces/tables for groups to work
  • Science Library: Information Commons
  • Science Library for quiet study spaces
  • Science Library--reserve a group study room in advance

 

May 11, 2015

CEILING AND ELECTRICAL WORK CONTINUE, MAY 11-15

Ceiling & electrical work continues this week in the southwest wing on the first floor and in the area of the Circulation desk. 

Note the following:

  • Main entrance lighting work has been completed. All the light palms are now equipped with LED lighting.
  • Removal of the lifts will take place either Tuesday or Wednesday.  One of the main entrance doors will be removed in order to take the lifts out of the building
  • Ceiling Crew: their work is expected to conclude at the end of the week.
  • Lighting work: Installation of the building lighting controls will not start until finals are over.  Most of this work will take place inside the electrical closets and will involve changing out the electrical panels.  There will be some planned electrical disruptions when the panels are installed.  More information on this project will be forthcoming once the work starts.
  • Front Doors:  There was a delay in production of the doors and the new delivery date is June 5, 2015.  Work on cutting the façade and removing the old doors will not start until the new doors are on site.

Recommendations to students for alternative places to work:

  • 2nd and 3rd floors for quiet study--remember there’s many more additional outlets up there now.
  • Borrow a laptop from Lending services desk if they need a computer
  • B-Level for additional spaces/tables for groups to work
  • Science Library: Information Commons
  • Science Library for quiet study spaces
  • Science Library--reserve a group study room in advance

 

 

April 27, 2015

RENOVATION WORK CONTINUES ON THE FIRST FLOOR

The ceiling and electrical work continues this week on the first floor in the southwest wing.  Anticipated completion date: Friday 5/1/15.

Note the following:

  • Lighting work in the Main Entrance will continue through the week.
  • Ceiling Crew: Work will also take place in the Circulation desk and staff areas. 

Recommendations to students for alternative places to work:

  • 2nd and 3rd floors for quiet study--remember there’s many more additional outlets up there now.
  • Borrow a laptop from Lending services desk if you need a computer
  • B-Level for additional spaces/tables for groups to work
  • Science Library: Information Commons
  • Science Library for quiet study spaces
  • Science Library--reserve a group study room in advance

 

 

April 23, 2015

PRESIDENTS' READING RE-OPENS

The Presidents’ Reading Room re-opened this morning following the completion of electrical work (more outlets!) and work on the ceiling lights. While work was underway in the Presidents’ Reading Room, the tables were refinished and are now back in the room. We are pleased to provide an upgraded space for your use. New carpet has been ordered for this space and the anticipated installation is early summer 2015.

First floor, southwest wing: Work as has resumed and will result in installation of a ceiling grid over the reference collection and installation of some electrical outlets on the columns. Anticipated completion date for this work is May 1.

 

 

 

April 21, 2015

RENOVATIONS UNDERWAY IN THE PRESIDENTS' READING ROOM

The ceiling & electrical work will continue for this week in the President’s Reading Room on the second floor.  It is anticipated that by Friday 4/24/15 the wing will be completed unless there are some unexpected delays.

Note the following:

  • Cleaning the Main Entrance Window Ledges: while the lifts are present the window ledges will be cleaned.
  • President’s Reading Room Electrical Outlets: two duplex outlets will be installed on the 8 columns within the room providing 32 plugs for users to access electricity.  The electricians plan on finishing the work on Friday 4/24/15.
  • Ceiling Crew: it is anticipated their work in the President’s Reading Room will be done on Wednesday, 4/22/15.  They will resume work on the first floor lobby and the southwest wing over the Reference collection.
  • President’s Reading Room Tables: the refinished tables will be moved back into the room at the end of the week or beginning of next week.
  • President’s Reading Room Carpet: new carpet has been ordered for this space with an anticipated installation time frame for early summer 2015.

Recommendations to students for alternative places to work:

  • 2nd and 3rd floors for quiet study--remember there’s many more additional outlets up there now.
  • Borrow a laptop from Lending services desk if they need a computer
  • B-Level for additional spaces/tables for groups to work
  • Science Library: Information Commons
  • Science Library for quiet study spaces
  • Science Library--reserve a group study room in advance

 

 

April 13, 2015

Renovation work continues - Presidents’ Reading Room Closed

The Presidents’ Reading Room on the second floor is closed through April 27, 2015, as electricians work on the lighting. While this work is taking place, the tables in the Presidents' Reading Room have been sent for refinishing.
The electricians are using scissor lifts in the Presidents’ Reading Room to reach the lights and are also performing lighting work in the first floor outer lobby vestibule.
Thank you for your patience as we work to improve your library building. Coming soon: more electrical outlets and more wifi access. We are also repairing, replacing and cleaning the building furnishings to make the facilities more comfortable and attractive for you.

 Recommendations to students for alternative places to work:

  • B-Level for additional spaces/tables for groups to work
  • 2nd and 3rd floors for quiet study--remember there’s many more additional outlets up there now.
  • Borrow a laptop from Lending services desk if they need a computer
  • Science Library: Information Commons
  • Science Library for quiet study spaces
  • Science Library--reserve a group study room in advance

 

 

April 7, 2015

 

University Library Renovations - April 7 update

Monday, April 6 - Friday April 10:

  • Ceiling and electrical work in the northwest wing of the first floor will continue. It is anticipated that by Friday, 4/10, the wing will be completed
  • Ceiling and electrical work over the Circulation desk will continue through 4/10

Thursday, April 9:

  • The tables in the President’s Reading Room will be removed to have the tops refinished

Monday, April 13:

  • The President’s Reading Room will be closed to the public for ceiling and electrical work to begin. It is anticipated that this work will be completed by 4/27

We appreciate your understanding and flexibility as this important work is completed.

Recommendations to students for alternative places to work:

  • 2nd and 3rd floors for quiet study--remember there are many more additional outlets up there now.
  • Borrow a laptop from Lending services desk if they need a computer
  • B-Level for additional spaces/tables for groups to work
  • Science Library: Information Commons
  • Science Library for quiet study spaces
  • Science Library--reserve a group study room in advance

 

 

March 30, 2015

 

University Library Renovations - March 30 update

ELECTRICAL OUTLETS: all the outlets in the northeast wing are FUNCTIONING! The outlets on the columns near the new book display are also active.

Monday, March 30:

  • Crews will begin ceiling and electrical work in the northwest wing, just in front of the Computer Room, LI-137A, as well as along the wall on the south side of the north wing. Plastic sheeting will again be erected . An open pathway will be maintained along the south side of the wing leading to the Computer Room, LI-137A and to the back of the wing near the west windows
  • The hallway to the north side elevator will not be obstructed and can continue to be used for access to the elevator
  • Work will be done in the lobby area in front of the Circulation desk but it is not expected to stop traffic through this area

Tuesday, March 31:

  • The DVDs will be relocated to their original location in the north wing this afternoon

 

Lounge chairs and tables will be relocated back to the east end of the wing within the next week.
Scanners will be returned to their first floor location soon.

Recommendations to students for alternative places to work:

  • 2nd and 3rd floors for quiet study--remember there are many more additional outlets up there now.
  • Borrow a laptop from Lending services desk if they need a computer
  • B-Level for additional spaces/tables for groups to work
  • Science Library: Information Commons
  • Science Library for quiet study spaces
  • Science Library--reserve a group study room in advance

 

 

March 25, 2015

University Library Renovations - March 25 update

Friday, March 27: The ceiling and electrical work in the north wing, behind the plastic sheeting, will be completed.

Monday, March 30:

  • Crews will begin ceiling and electrical work in the northwest wing, just in front of the Computer Room, LI-137A, as well as along the wall on the south side of the north wing. Plastic sheeting will again be erected but access to the Computer Room and librarian offices will be maintained.
  • The DVDs will be relocated to their original location in the north wing.
  • Crews will also begin ceiling work in the lobby around the Circulation desk, with most of the work being done in the early morning.

Friday, April 10-Thursday, April 23 (approximately): Crews will begin ceiling work in the President’s Reading Room. This area will be closed to users at this time. More information to come.

Recommendations to students for alternative places to work:

  • 2nd and 3rd floors for quiet study--remember there are many more additional outlets up there now.
  • Borrow a laptop from Lending services desk if they need a computer
  • B-Level for additional spaces/tables for groups to work
  • Science Library: Information Commons
  • Science Library for quiet study spaces
  • Science Library--reserve a group study room in advance

 

 

March 20, 2015

University Library Renovations - March 20 update

Friday, March 20 : Some of the work in the south wing (reference stacks area) will be completed by this afternoon.

Monday, March 23 : Crews will continue their work in the north wing, behind the plastic sheeting.

We appreciate your patience as we clean the furniture, hope you’re enjoying the 400+ new electrical outlets on the 2nd and 3rd floors!

Recommendations of alternative places to work:

  • 2nd floor and 3rd floor for quiet study--remember there are many more additional outlets up there now.
  • Need a computer? Borrow a laptop from Lending services desk
  • B-Level for additional spaces/tables for groups to work
  • Science Library: Information Commons
  • Science Library for quiet study spaces
  • Science Library--reserve a group study room in advance - note that all reservations must be made in person at the Science Library circulation desk.

 

 

March 13, 2015

University Library Renovations - March 13 update

Saturday, March 14: Crews will be working until noon in the first floor south wing. The crew will block off sections they are working in and users will have to move to alternate space.


Monday through Friday, March 16-20: The ceiling crew and electricians will be concentrating all their time working in the south wing during Spring Break. The goal is to complete the entire wing during this period.


Alternative study space locations are listed in the March 9 update below.

 

 

 

March 9, 2015

 

University Library Renovations - March 9 update

Renovation work continues in the first floor north east wing and is projected to take two weeks. Equipment and collections have been relocated while work takes place in this area.

  • Photocopier - available in Periodicals Room on B-Level (basement)
  • Scanners - relocated temporarily to Periodicals Room on the former periodicals desk
  • DVD’s - moved but still available in the north east wing
  • New books - all are on the shelves on the second and third floors of the University Library

Other renovation news:

  • Renovation work in the first floor north east wingwill be completed Monday, March 9. The ever-popular group study areawill be available by the end of the day. However, the new outlets are not yet "live."
  • Work on the second floor is complete and another 200 electrical outlets are "live" and ready for use.
  • This past weekend, extensive work took place in the south wing, preparing the area for the electricians who will work in the south wing during spring break.

Recommendations for alternative places to study:

  • B-Level for additional spaces/tables for groups to work
  • 2nd and 3rd floors for quiet study--remember there’s many more additional outlets up there now.
  • Science Library: Information Commons
  • Science Library for quiet study spaces
  • Science Library--reserve a group study room in advance

 

March 4, 2015

University Library Renovations - March 4 update

  • First floor north east wing: work continues. Expected completion date is 3/6/15.  Once the work is done the wing will be open for use.  Note that the electrical outlets will NOT be activated at this time.
  • Second Floor work completed 3/3/15.  Currently all the electrical outlets on the second floor are activated.  More new outlets!
  • First floor south wing: This area will be closed as the ceiling crew works Saturday 3/7/15 6am to 6pm & Sunday 3/8/15 from 6:00 am to Noon. 

Note: this work will be noisy with drilling taking place at regular intervals - every 5 minutes a hole will be drilled when they install the ceiling struts. 

Alternative workspaces while renovation work takes on Saturday March 7 & Sunday March 8:
-- User Room, first floor, LI 137
-- borrow a laptop at the lending desk
-- Information Commons workstations in Current Periodicals & Periodicals
-- Science Library Information Commons

 

 

 

February 20, 2015

University Library Renovations - February update

On Monday, February 23, work will begin on 1st floor North wing starting at 7:00 a.m. Areas where work is taking place will be cordoned off. As the week progresses, work will continue back toward the computer lab, LI 137.

    • The noisiest work (drilling, etc.) will mostly be done before 10:00 a.m. each day
    • Work will continue throughout the day
    • Work should move more quickly than on 2nd and 3rd floors, but we are still not sure what the completion time line is

Recommendations of alternative places to work:

  • 2nd floor (nearly completed) and 3rd floor for quiet study--remember there’s many more additional outlets up there now.
    • Need a computer? Borrow a laptop from Lending services desk
  • B-Level for additional spaces/tables for groups to work
  • Science Library: Information Commons
  • Science Library for quiet study spaces
  • Science Library--reserve a group study room in advance - note that all reservations must be made in person at the Science Library circulation desk.

 

 

 

 

January 26, 2015

University Library Renovation Update

Renovation work in the University Library continues as the second floor is wired for additional electrical outlets and wireless access points. To limit noise, renovation work will only take place Monday through Friday between the hours of 7:00 am - 3:30pm.


Although University Library users are welcome to use the second floor while work is underway during the specified time period (Monday through Friday, 7:00am to 3:30pm), quieter study spaces are available on the University Library's lower level (B) and on the third floor, which is quieter now that the electrical outlets installation has been completed. The Science Library also has quiet study spaces.

Work on the second floor will continue through April 2015.

 

 

December 1, 2014

University Library Renovation - Electrical Outlets on Third Floor, ready!

Breaking news! All the perimeter electrical outlets recently installed on the third floor are powered up.  That means 200 NEW electrical outlets near the study carrels, by the windows. Please use and enjoy, you are seeing benefits of the renovation project.

On Friday 11/28 the electricians worked on running additional outlets in the LI-316 private study carrel area.

The electricians are now working on the second floor through January 2015. Library users are welcome to use the second floor while wiring and new outlets are installed, although quieter study space is available on the third floor, in the basement, and at the Science Library.

 

November 21, 2014

University Library Renovation - Update

Renovation work continues and people in the University Library have undoubtedly heard the drilling taking place as outlets and wiring are put in. Additional electrical outlets have been installed on the third floor and work is underway installing more electrical outlets on the second floor. Wiring work is also taking place on the first floor.

We are hoping that the new electrical outlets on the third floor will be "live" and have electricity by the start of final exams on December 11.

Building entrance door replacement is scheduled to take place in February 2015.


 

September 4, 2014

University Library Renovation Phase I

The installation of electrical outlets on the basement to the third floor has been underway since the start of the summer.  Additional electrical outlets have been installed in the Current Periodicals Reading Room and the basement purple study area. Electrical outlets were installed in the IMC above the height of the work stations allowing for more convenient access to plug in devices...no more crawling on the floor to plug in!

Work on the Third Floor has gained some good momentum as the technicians have become familiar with the various components involved in dropping the ceiling to install cable trays and ceiling tiles to run electrical lines out to the perimeter of the floor.  This work is very labor intensive and time consuming and work on this floor will continue throughout the fall semester.  If using the third floor and it’s noisy, relocate to another section of the building if the noise interrupts studying.  If a book is needed and the shelves are blocked, please request assistance from the technicians who will move the equipment. Although the work is somewhat disruptive, the end result of dramatically increasing the number of electrical outlets throughout the building is well worth the inconvenience.

Once the third floor is done, the work will shift to the second floor. 

 

 

July 18, 2014

Renovation work underway in the Interactive Media Center

Electricians will be working in the IMC installing conduit and electrical outlets for all the computer workstations. The work starts on Monday, July 21 and will take approximately four days. All workstations will have electrical outlets at desk height, making it easier to plug in equipment. Regina Conboy, Head of Interactive Media Center, is coordinating the work so some computers are available to users while the electricians are working in the IMC.

 

May 30, 2014

More electrical outlets and more wireless access

Phase I Renovation work started this week in the University Library.  The work is expected to end in April 2015.
The work will include the following:

  • Drop Ceiling: A drop ceiling will be installed on floors 1 - 3 that follows the grid pattern of the ceiling tiles.  The drop ceiling is necessary to hide the wiring that will be run for data, electrical outlets, and lighting fixtures.
  • Electrical Outlets: On floors 1 - 3 electrical outlets will be installed along the perimeter of each floor.  In the basement Purple Lounge and the Current Periodicals reading room outlets will be installed on columns.  In the IMC outlets will be moved to a height above the workstations to facilitate easier access.  In the First Floor southwest wing (where the reference collection is located) electrical outlets will be installed on the interior columns as well as the perimeter.
  • Wireless Access Points (WAPS): Along with the new electrical outlets WAPS will be installed on floors 1- 3 to boost bandwidth within the building.
  • Lighting Controls: A Siemans control system is being installed to enable lights throughout the building to be controlled in a way that will promote energy efficiency and more precise control.  This will allow lights in sections of the building to be turned on & off rather than only being able to turn all the lights on a floor on & off.
  • Front Entrance Door Replacement: All four exterior doors will be replaced with lighter doors equipped with better locking hardware.  This will include installing two 40” wide doors in the center of the entrance; one of which  will be equipped with an automatic door opener and a SUNYCard control.  The other two doors will be 32.5” wide.

 

Drop Ceiling: Constructing the drop ceiling will require the installation of over 10,000 ceiling anchors which requires each anchor to be drilled into the Portland cement of the light palms.  Consequently, this is going to generate intermittent noise throughout the day.  The first installation of the drop ceiling will take place on the Third Floor north side near the women’s bathroom where  a small grid section will be installed in order to perfect the installation technique.  Once the technique is mastered the installation will move to the First Floor Reference and Information Commons areas with the intention of getting the south wing completed before the fall semester starts.  Work over service point desks will be scheduled early in the morning in order to avoid service interruptions.  Work on the ceiling will continue throughout the academic calendar and I will send out updates as the construction progresses to each area.

Lighting Controls:  This work will be fairly quiet as most of the work will be done in electrical closets.  It will require the lights on half a floor to be turned off when the connections are made.  The system will not use motion detectors or utilize light harvesting but both can be added if desired.  The system will enable the lighting to be reduced on each floor but provide enough light to walk through the floor safely.   The control system can provide several “pre-programmed” schedules for turning lights on and off.  The entire building will not have to illuminated all night to accommodate the cleaning of the building; lights on each floor will be able to be turned off in sections as the floor is cleaned.

Front Entrance Door Replacement: This will be noisy and somewhat dusty as the concrete façade will be cut for the center doors.  The other doorways will not require concrete being cut but will have new lighter doors with better hardware installed.  The plan is to replace two doorways at a time (estimated to take 2 weeks to replace 2 doors) and direct users to the doors that are not under construction thereby keeping the main entrance in use through the construction process. 

Information regarding Phase I of the University Library’s renovation project is available at http://www.albany.edu/facilities/projects/projectmaps_upacad.html

As with any construction project that takes place while the building is occupied there will be some disruptions and inconveniences. Please contact Assistant Director Peter Recore-Migirditch if you have questions or comments regarding the construction.

 

October 22, 2015

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

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October 22, 2015

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

October 19, 2015

Celebrate Open Access Week with the University Libraries


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October 9, 2015

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

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Celebrate Open Access Week with the University Libraries

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


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


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


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


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


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

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

August 26, 2015

Yes. You Can Talk in the University Libraries. Find Out Where. Find Your Zone


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August 26, 2015

Contacts: Lindsay Van Berkom, Operations & Scholars Archive Administrator, 442-3517; LVanBerkom@albany.edu; Rebecca L. Mugridge,  Interim Dean and Director of Libraries, 442-3568, rmugridge@albany.edu

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Yes. You Can Talk in the University Libraries. Find Out Where. Find Your Zone

Library Zones

Recognizing that not all scholars need quiet all the time, the University Libraries have established color-coded noise-level zones, or clearly designated areas within the University Libraries where one of three noise levels is permitted.

The three noise levels are collaborative (converse in normal tones), quiet (occasional quiet discussion), and silent (strictly for silent study).

To further communication, all areas within all three of the University Libraries--the University Library, the Science Library and the Dewey Graduate Library--are now color-coded either Green, Yellow or Red to visually identify which level of noise is permitted--green for collaborative, yellow for quiet, and red for silent.

Green = Collaborative (converse in normal tones)
Yellow = Quiet (occasional quiet discussion)
Red = Silent (strictly for silent study).

 

The University Libraries have also placed building maps of Library Zones online (http://library.albany.edu/zones), where the UAlbany community can see how each library has been zoned.

 

April 21, 2015

Stress Less UAlbany @ Your Libraries

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April 21, 2015

Contacts: Amanda Lowe, Information Commons Evening Coordinator, 442-3612, amlowe@albany.edu; Debora Cheney, Director of Public Services, 442-3540, dcheney@albany.edu

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Stress Less UAlbany @ Your Libraries

Stress Less Photo 1

The UAlbany Libraries will provide stress-reducing activities during finals from May 4 - May 14, 2015. Yoga sessions, cartoon shorts, puzzles, board games, and cookies and coloring are some of the events planned. The activities and events will be known collectively as Stress Less UAlbany @ Your Libraries. See the listing below for events, dates, times and locations. In addition to the events and activities, stress balls will be made available at the University Library’s Circulation Desk.

The May 4 - May 14, 2015 Stress Less UAlbany @Your Libraries activities will coincide with extended hours during finals at the University and Science Libraries. For extended hours, see http://library.albany.edu/about/hours?source=widget.

 

Stress Less UAlbany @Your Libraries
May 4 - 10, 2015

Monday
May 4

Tuesday
May 5

Wednesday
May 6

Thursday
May 7

Sunday
May 10

Puzzle Corner Jigsaw, Word Search, Sudoku, Crossword
(Board games also available)
8pm - 6:00 am
University Library, North Side, 1st Floor

Puzzle Corner Jigsaw, Word Search, Sudoku, Crossword
(Board games also available)
8pm - 6:00 am
University Library, North Side, 1st Floor

Puzzle Corner Jigsaw, Word Search, Sudoku, Crossword
(Board games also available)
8pm - 6:00 am
University Library, North Side, 1st Floor

Puzzle Corner Jigsaw, Word Search, Sudoku, Crossword
(Board games also available)
8pm - 6:00 am
University Library, North Side, 1st Floor


Yoga with Christine
8 pm - 9 pm
15-minute rolling sessions
University Library, North Side, 1st Floor

Throwback Thursday #tbt: Cartoon Shorts from Late 90s/Early 2000s
11 pm - 1 am
University Library, North Side, 1st Floor

Puzzle Corner Jigsaw, Word Search, Sudoku, Crossword
(Board games also available)
8pm - 6:00 am
University Library, North Side, 1st Floor

More...
May 11 - 17, 2015

 

Monday
May 11

 

Tuesday
May 12

 

Wednesday
May 13

 

Thursday
May 14

 

Fri.
May 15

Puzzle Corner Jigsaw, Word Search, Sudoku, Crossword
(Board games also available)
8pm - 6:00 am
University Library, North Side, 1st Floor

Yoga with Christine
8 pm - 9 pm
15-minute rolling sessions
University Library, North Side, 1st Floor

Coffee Break
@ 10 pm
University Library Foyer

Midnight Minute:
“Shake it Off”
One Minute Dance Party at Midnight
Entire University Library

Puzzle Corner Jigsaw, Word Search, Sudoku, Crossword
(Board games also available
8pm - 6:00 am
University Library North Side, 1st Floor

Coffee Break
@ 10 pm
University Library Foyer, 1st Floor

Midnight Minute: “Shake it Off” -
One Minute Dance Party at Midnight
Entire University Library

When You Were Young Wednesday: Cookies and Coloring
10 pm - 2am
University Library, North Side, 1st Floor

 

Midnight Minute: “Shake it Off”
One Minute Dance Party at Midnight
Entire University Library

 

 

Puzzle Corner
Jigsaw, Word Search, Sudoku, Crossword
(Board games also available)
8pm - 6:00 am
University Library North Side, 1st Floor

 

 

April 13, 2015

Stress Less UAlbany @ Your Libraries kick-off event

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April 13, 2015

Contacts: Amanda Lowe, Information Commons Evening Coordinator, 442-3612; Debora Cheney, Director of Public Services, 442-3540, dcheney@albany.edu

Therapy Dogs at the Science Library on April 23

Therapy Dogs 2015

A “Therapy Dogs” event on April 23 will officially launch Stress Less UAlbany @ Your Libraries, a multitude of stress-reducing events and activities the UAlbany Libraries will be providing during finals.
Therapy dogs from the Schenectady Chapter of Therapy Dogs International will work their healing magic on April 23, 2015 from 1pm - 3 pm in the Science Library Atrium (garden level).

Therapy dogs are specially trained and socialized by volunteers to provide comfort to people who are ill or experiencing stress. Studies of Animal-Assisted Therapy (AAT), the official terminology for therapy dogs, suggest that therapy animals lower stress levels in humans in a variety of settings, including colleges and universities. What is more, therapy dogs rival conventional stress management programs in reducing anxiety, depression, and even pain. 1

“The University Libraries are pleased to host the therapy dogs,” says Amanda Lowe, Information Commons Evening Coordinator. “Interacting with therapy dogs provides a stress-relieving study break for stressed-out UAlbany students completing final projects and studying for exams. Therapy dogs are always enthusiastically received on campus.”
After the April 23 event, Stress Less UAlbany @ Your Libraries will gain momentum with more stress-reducing activities and events such as yoga, puzzles, and cartoon shorts, beginning on Monday, May 4 and continuing through Thursday, May 14.
“Therapy Dogs” will be the only Stress Less UAlbany @ Your Libraries event that will take place at the Science Library. All remaining Stress Less UAlbany @ Your Libraries events and activities will be held at the University Library.
In addition to events and activities, stress balls will be available at the University Library’s Circulation Desk.

The Stress Less UAlbany @Your Libraries activities will coincide with extended hours during finals at the University and Science Libraries. For details, see:  http://library.albany.edu/about/hours?source=widget.  


1  Lannon, A., & Harrison, P. (2015). Take a paws: Fostering student wellness with a therapy dog
program at your university library. Public Services Quarterly, 11(1), 13-22. DOI: 10.1080/15228959.2014.984264

 

 

 

 

March 3, 2015

Research PubMed: A New iLearn Workshop - Thursday, March 26th

Research PubMed:  A New iLearn Workshop
Thursday, March 26th, 10:30 -11:30 a.m. University Library, LI b48

iLearn and the IMC

 

This workshop introduces participants to PubMed/Medline database from the National Library of Medicine. Participants will practice basic and advanced searches, and learn about Medical Subject Headings (MeSH) used in medical literature. The participants will learn useful strategies and helpful tips to navigate in the world of medical literature making the journey from a database record to a full text journal article in a record time!

Sign up today!  http://library.albany.edu/ilearn

February 24, 2015

Campus Conversations in Standish: NASA's Search for Life Beyond the Earth

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NEWS RELEASE • FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
February 24, 2015

Contacts: Trudi Jacobson, Head, Information Literacy Department tjacobson@albany.edu, 442-3581
Debora Cheney, Director of Public Services, 442-3540, dcheney@albany.edu

Campus Conversations in Standish: NASA’s Search for Life Beyond the Earth

Dr. John W. Delano - Professor

Dr. John W. Delano, Distinguished Teaching Professor Emeritus, Collins Fellow, and Associate Dean, College of Arts and Sciences, will briefly present the latest results from research in geochemistry, planetary science, and astronomy bearing on the search for life beyond earth. The presentation takes place on Wednesday, March 11 from 12:35 pm -1:30pm in the Science Library’s Standish Board Room on the Uptown Campus. Light refreshments will be served.

Dr. Delano presented “Is Anyone Else Out There?” at TEDxAlbany 2011.

NASA’s Search for Life Beyond the Earth premieres Campus Conversations in Standish, a new series showcasing UAlbany’s research and creative talents and sponsored by the UAlbany University Libraries.

UAlbany Libraries Deliver The Wall Street Journal Online

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February 24, 2015

Contacts: Jane Kessler, Associate Librarian jkessler@albany.edu  (518) 442-3830; Debora Cheney, Director of Public Services dcheney@albany.edu (518) 442-3540

UAlbany Libraries Deliver The Wall Street Journal Online

The University at Albany community now has 24-hour, online access to the full text of The Wall Street Journal at (http://library.albany.edu/db/resource/?id=4176).  Online access is through the ProQuest Newsstand database. Coverage is from 1984 forward.
The Wall Street Journal is the leading daily financial newspaper in the U.S. It is an indispensable resource for all types of business and financial news, feature articles, opinions, career guidance and much more” says Chris Poehlmann, Subject Librarian for Business and Economics.

“We are very pleased that this subscription, combined with our subscription to ProQuest Historical Newspapers (http://library.albany.edu/db/resource/?id=4186) provides our users with online access to The Wall Street Journal from 1889 to the present” said Jane Kessler, the Associate Librarian who oversees the reference collection at the University Library.

Find The Wall Street Journal under the “Databases by Name” section of the University Libraries’ website http://library.albany.edu/db/name/ at the Wall Street Journal -- ProQuest Newsstand link.

 

 

February 23, 2015

University Libraries to Celebrate Fair Use Week 2015 -- February 23-27, 2015

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February 20, 2015

Contact: Lorre Smith, Subject Librarian for Anthropology, Geography & Planning, Linguistics and Sociology. lsmith@albany.edu; 437-3946

University Libraries to Celebrate Fair Use Week 2015 -- February 23-27, 2015

Fair Use Week 2015

The University at Albany Libraries are celebrating a fundamental right of libraries and scholars--fair use--during Fair Use Week 2015. Fair Use Week 2015 will be celebrated February 23-27, 2015.

Fair Use Week is an annual celebration of the doctrine of fair use and fair dealing. It celebrates the important role fair use plays in achieving the Constitutional purpose of intellectual property rights in the US: to promote the progress of science and the useful arts. The flexible nature of the fair use doctrine has permitted copyright to adapt to new technologies and changes. Similarly, in Canada, fair dealing is a critical right of the user intended to facilitate balance in copyright law and accommodate freedom of expression.

Your own participation in Fair Use Week 2015 may also include reading and bookmarking the various fair use best practices statements and guides which have been recently developed for various groups. This is an excellent way to learn more about fair use and how our fair use rights can be used within different contexts.

Code of Best Practices in Fair Use for OpenCourseWare

http://www.cmsimpact.org/fair-use/best-practices/code-best-practices-fair-use-opencourseware


The Code of Best Practices in Fair Use for Academic and Research Libraries

http://www.cmsimpact.org/fair-use/best-practices/code-best-practices-fair-use-poetry


Code of Best Practices in Fair Use for Poetry

http://www.cmsimpact.org/fair-use/best-practices/code-best-practices-fair-use-academic-and-research-libraries


Code of Best Practices in Fair Use for Poetry

http://www.cmsimpact.org/fair-use/best-practices/code-best-practices-fair-use-poetry


The Code of Best Practices in Fair Use for Media Literacy Education

http://www.cmsimpact.org/fair-use/best-practices/code-best-practices-fair-use-media-literacy-education


Code of Best Practices in Fair Use for Online Video

http://www.cmsimpact.org/fair-use/best-practices/code-best-practices-fair-use-online-video


Documentary Filmmakers' Statement of Best Practices in Fair Use

http://www.cmsimpact.org/fair-use/best-practices/documentary-filmmakers-statement-best-practices-fair-use


Set of Principles in Fair Use for Journalism

http://www.cmsimpact.org/fair-use/best-practices/set-principles-fair-use-journalism


Statement of the Fair Use of Images for Teaching, Research, and Study

http://www.cmsimpact.org/fair-use/best-practices/statement-fair-use-images-teaching-research-and-study


Statement of Best Practices In Fair Use of Collections Containing Orphan Works for Libraries, Archives and Other Memory Insitutions

http://www.cmsimpact.org/fair-use/best-practices/statement-best-practices-fair-use-orphan-works-libraries-archives


Society for Cinema and Media Studies' Statement of Fair Use Best Practices for Media Studies Publishing

http://www.cmsimpact.org/fair-use/best-practices/society-cinema-and-media-studies-statement-fair-use-best-practices-media-stu


Society for Cinema and Media Studies' Statement of Best Practices in Fair Use in Teaching for Film and Media Educators

http://www.cmsimpact.org/fair-use/best-practices/society-cinema-and-media-studies-statement-best-practices-fair-use-teaching-


Code of Best Practices in Fair Use for Scholarly Research in Communication

http://www.cmsimpact.org/fair-use/best-practices/code-best-practices-fair-use-scholarly-research-communication


Best Practices in Fair Use of Dance-related Materials

http://www.cmsimpact.org/fair-use/best-practices/best-practices-fair-use-dance-related-materials


Also see the Library Guide on copyright for more information: http://libguides.library.albany.edu/copyright

February 20, 2015

UAlbany Libraries' Information Literacy Department Launches Instructional Website

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February 20, 2015

Contacts: Trudi Jacobson, tjacobson@albany.edu, (518) 442-3581
Allison Hosier, ahosier@albany.edu, (518) 442-3574

UAlbany Libraries’ Information Literacy Department Launches Instructional Website

Citation examples. Plagiarism prevention. Tutorials for faculty to assign to students. Strategies to help students from feeling overwhelmed. These are some of the instructional resources the UAlbany Libraries’ Information Literacy department provides on its Instruction and Tutorials redesigned website-- http://library.albany.edu/infolit The new design highlights instructional materials and other educational opportunities offered by the department to help empower the UAlbany community to become confident users and creators of information.

Information Literacy Website - Photo 1

 

Users can access these materials through student- or faculty-centered portals links at the left side of the main page.  A dynamic slide display on the main page exhibits key tenets of information literacy, such as critical thinking, evaluating sources, and assessing the value of information.  Photos on the main page link directly to information about the Information Literacy department’s Metaliteracy badging project, online instructional materials, the Libraries’ iLearn Workshops, and citation help.  The Metaliteracy badging project includes self-paced interactive quests and challenges, through which individuals learn how to produce, evaluate, select, and share information in ways that are useful. These badges can later be displayed on digital portfolios or platforms such as LinkedIn. Instructional materials focus on library navigation and resource selection and use.   iLearn Workshops are delivered at the University Library by librarians and Interactive Media Center staff on subjects ranging from Photoshop basics, to making posters, to maximizing one’s scholarly research impact using ORCID and Researcher ID. Citation help includes a “When and Why to Cite Sources” tutorial and a guide to citation generators.

 

Information Literacy Website - Photo 2

“The Information Literacy Department has developed a number of resources for faculty and students to help them become more effective in their use of library and information sources,” says Debora Cheney, Associate Director for Public Services. “The new Information Literacy home page provides an important gateway to these resources.  We hope faculty and students will explore and use this web page to discover and learn about the resources and services offered by the Information Literacy Department.”

The website can be accessed directly at http://library.albany.edu/infolit or through the library’s homepage (http://library.albany.edu) by clicking the Instruction and Tutorials link at the left side of the homepage or under the Research and Assistance tab at the top of the homepage.

Library Renovations - February Updates

Dewey Library
Expected Completion: TBD

 

Science Library
Expected Completion: Late 2016
The much awaited Campus Center expansion projects are underway. Access to the Science Library will be affected in varying ways throughout the project.

 

University Library
Expected Completion: Spring 2015
This renovation project will add more electrical outlets throughout the building, additional Wireless Access Points (WAPS) for improved connectivity, new front doors and additional lighting controls.


Dewey Library Renovations


September 4, 2014

Dewey Library Signage

A signage & way finding package has been designed by Plant Department.  At this time we are waiting for the signs to be manufactured and to be informed of an installation schedule.

 

Science Library Renovations


November 21, 2014

Campus Center Expansion Update - Science Library Updates

As of Wednesday, November 19, there has been a change in egress to the Science Library on the Garden Level east side entrance.  The hallway leading from the Campus Center past the Barnes & Noble Bookstore will be closed off and a wall will be constructed near the entrance to the connector wing preventing travel up that hallway.  The connector wing doors leading into that corridor will be locked.  The east/west doors in the connector wing will remain open as will the entrance into the Science Library.  There will be signs posted on the connector wing doors indicating which doors are locked.

The hallway being blocked off will be used Barnes & Noble storage until June 2015.  The blocking of this hallway does not violate any fire codes and egress from the Science Library is maintained through the Parents Garden.

 

 

September 4, 2014

Campus Center Expansion affects Science Library access

Access from the east side of the Campus Center is a constantly changing.  Temporary signage that informs pedestrians how to get to the Campus Centeris in place.  With classes in session, Campus Center ground level doors should stay open according to the semester schedules.  Access on the west side has opened up a bit as the concrete work outsidethe entrance near the Education building has been completed.  Unfortunately the concrete work does not meet the quality standards expected and this will be torn out and re-done which will necessitate closing that area sometime in the near future.

The University Libraries has requested a better campus map illustrating how to get back and forth to the University Library & the Science Library and better identification of how to get to the bus stop that has been relocated behind the Social Science building.  We have also sent some very good suggestions for signage to the Plant Dept. to use in directing traffic to the Science Library.  Plant has acknowledged the need to improve the way-finding signage and the printable map and it is expected to be addressed in the coming weeks.

The excavation work on the east side is fully underway and the ground has been excavated near the Science Library Shipping & Receiving dock to make way for the new dock at the Campus Center.  The curved concrete wall adjacent to the Science Library Shipping & Receiving dock will be removed and (eventually) the roadway will be extended to the new dock.  Within the next few weeks the road leading to the Science Library Shipping & Receiving dock will be closed for a short period of time in order to run a gas line down the road.

The excavation work has prevented the use of the emergency exit door leading from the Campus Center Basement East (CCBE) to the ground level.  Scaffolding will be erected to create a “bridge” from the CCBE through the east side connector wing to the Campus Center directing people into the Parents Fountain area as a means of escape in case of an emergency.

The east side of the Campus Center is where all the activity will take place for many months to come.  The excavation work is allowing for all the utilities to be run, a tunnel to be constructed to connect with the existing tunnel complex, and to modify the Barnes & Noble Bookstore storage room.

 

September 4, 2014

Preservation Lab, Science Library

In conjunction with the renaming of the Preservation Lab to the Alice Hastings Murphy Preservation Department, the Preservation Department is to be spruced up in preparation for the dedication of the space on October 10th.  The vestibule hallway will be painted, the wood door entering the office space will be refinished, the hallway fire door will be painted and an automatic door holder installed.   Signage throughout the building will be updated to reflect the change in the name of the department.

 

August 15, 2014

Science Library Detour Map

Science Detour Map

Podium Level - Open throughout construction

  • West entrance (Education/Dutch Quad side) leads to a stairway to the Garden Level

Campus Center (Garden Level) - Will be closed at times during construction

  • West entrance (through the food court)

Podium Level - Open throughout construction

  • East entrance (Physics/Indian Quad side) leads to the Information Commons, and an elevator and stairway to the Garden Level

Campus Center (Garden Level) - Will be closed at times during construction

  • East entrance (by the bookstore)

Barrier Free Access

All floors of the Science Library are accessible by elevators located on the south end of the building.
Podium level, East Entrance (Physics/Indian Quad side) - Open throughout construction:

  • Enter Science Library (Information Commons) through doors opposite elevator.
  • Access Garden Level by using elevator to the left of entrance from podium level

Campus Center Lower (Garden) Level Entrances - Will be closed at times during construction:

  • West entrance (through the food court)

Hover over the paw prints and handicap signs to view more information.


University Library Renovations


 

 

February 20, 2015

University Library Renovations - February update

On Monday, February 23, work will begin on 1st floor North wing starting at 7:00 a.m. Areas where work is taking place will be cordoned off.  As the week progresses, work will continue back toward the computer lab, LI 137.

    • The noisiest work (drilling, etc.) will mostly be done before 10:00 a.m. each day
    • Work will continue throughout the day
    • Work should move more quickly than on 2nd and 3rd floors, but we are still not sure what the completion time line is

Recommendations of alternative places to work:

  • 2nd floor (nearly completed) and 3rd floor for quiet study--remember there’s many more additional outlets up there now.
    • Need a computer? Borrow a laptop from Lending services desk
  • B-Level for additional spaces/tables for groups to work
  • Science Library: Information Commons
  • Science Library for quiet study spaces
  • Science Library--reserve a group study room in advance - note that all reservations must be made in person at the Science Library circulation desk.

 

 

 

 

January 26, 2015

University Library Renovation Update

Renovation work in the University Library continues as the second floor is wired for additional electrical outlets and wireless access points. To limit noise, renovation work will only take place Monday through Friday between the hours of 7:00 am - 3:30pm.


Although University Library users are welcome to use the second floor while work is underway during the specified time period (Monday through Friday, 7:00am to 3:30pm), quieter study spaces are available on the University Library's lower level (B) and on the third floor, which is quieter now that the electrical outlets installation has been completed. The Science Library also has quiet study spaces.

Work on the second floor will continue through April 2015.

 

 

December 1, 2014

University Library Renovation - Electrical Outlets on Third Floor, ready!

Breaking news! All the perimeter electrical outlets recently installed on the third floor are powered up.  That means 200 NEW electrical outlets near the study carrels, by the windows. Please use and enjoy, you are seeing benefits of the renovation project.

On Friday 11/28 the electricians worked on running additional outlets in the LI-316 private study carrel area.

The electricians are now working on the second floor through January 2015. Library users are welcome to use the second floor while wiring and new outlets are installed, although quieter study space is available on the third floor, in the basement, and at the Science Library.

 

November 21, 2014

University Library Renovation - Update

Renovation work continues and people in the University Library have undoubtedly heard the drilling taking place as outlets and wiring are put in. Additional electrical outlets have been installed on the third floor and work is underway installing more electrical outlets on the second floor. Wiring work is also taking place on the first floor.

We are hoping that the new electrical outlets on the third floor will be "live" and have electricity by the start of final exams on December 11.

Building entrance door replacement is scheduled to take place in February 2015.


 

September 4, 2014

University Library Renovation Phase I

The installation of electrical outlets on the basement to the third floor has been underway since the start of the summer.  Additional electrical outlets have been installed in the Current Periodicals Reading Room and the basement purple study area. Electrical outlets were installed in the IMC above the height of the work stations allowing for more convenient access to plug in devices...no more crawling on the floor to plug in!

Work on the Third Floor has gained some good momentum as the technicians have become familiar with the various components involved in dropping the ceiling to install cable trays and ceiling tiles to run electrical lines out to the perimeter of the floor.  This work is very labor intensive and time consuming and work on this floor will continue throughout the fall semester.  If using the third floor and it’s noisy, relocate to another section of the building if the noise interrupts studying.  If a book is needed and the shelves are blocked, please request assistance from the technicians who will move the equipment. Although the work is somewhat disruptive, the end result of dramatically increasing the number of electrical outlets throughout the building is well worth the inconvenience.

Once the third floor is done, the work will shift to the second floor. 

 

 

July 18, 2014

Renovation work underway in the Interactive Media Center

Electricians will be working in the IMC installing conduit and electrical outlets for all the computer workstations. The work starts on Monday, July 21 and will take approximately four days. All workstations will have electrical outlets at desk height, making it easier to plug in equipment. Regina Conboy, Head of Interactive Media Center, is coordinating the work so some computers are available to users while the electricians are working in the IMC.

 

May 30, 2014

More electrical outlets and more wireless access

Phase I Renovation work started this week in the University Library.  The work is expected to end in April 2015.
The work will include the following:

  • Drop Ceiling: A drop ceiling will be installed on floors 1 - 3 that follows the grid pattern of the ceiling tiles.  The drop ceiling is necessary to hide the wiring that will be run for data, electrical outlets, and lighting fixtures.
  • Electrical Outlets: On floors 1 - 3 electrical outlets will be installed along the perimeter of each floor.  In the basement Purple Lounge and the Current Periodicals reading room outlets will be installed on columns.  In the IMC outlets will be moved to a height above the workstations to facilitate easier access.  In the First Floor southwest wing (where the reference collection is located) electrical outlets will be installed on the interior columns as well as the perimeter.
  • Wireless Access Points (WAPS): Along with the new electrical outlets WAPS will be installed on floors 1- 3 to boost bandwidth within the building.
  • Lighting Controls: A Siemans control system is being installed to enable lights throughout the building to be controlled in a way that will promote energy efficiency and more precise control.  This will allow lights in sections of the building to be turned on & off rather than only being able to turn all the lights on a floor on & off.
  • Front Entrance Door Replacement: All four exterior doors will be replaced with lighter doors equipped with better locking hardware.  This will include installing two 40” wide doors in the center of the entrance; one of which  will be equipped with an automatic door opener and a SUNYCard control.  The other two doors will be 32.5” wide.

 

Drop Ceiling: Constructing the drop ceiling will require the installation of over 10,000 ceiling anchors which requires each anchor to be drilled into the Portland cement of the light palms.  Consequently, this is going to generate intermittent noise throughout the day.  The first installation of the drop ceiling will take place on the Third Floor north side near the women’s bathroom where  a small grid section will be installed in order to perfect the installation technique.  Once the technique is mastered the installation will move to the First Floor Reference and Information Commons areas with the intention of getting the south wing completed before the fall semester starts.  Work over service point desks will be scheduled early in the morning in order to avoid service interruptions.  Work on the ceiling will continue throughout the academic calendar and I will send out updates as the construction progresses to each area.

Lighting Controls:  This work will be fairly quiet as most of the work will be done in electrical closets.  It will require the lights on half a floor to be turned off when the connections are made.  The system will not use motion detectors or utilize light harvesting but both can be added if desired.  The system will enable the lighting to be reduced on each floor but provide enough light to walk through the floor safely.   The control system can provide several “pre-programmed” schedules for turning lights on and off.  The entire building will not have to illuminated all night to accommodate the cleaning of the building; lights on each floor will be able to be turned off in sections as the floor is cleaned.

Front Entrance Door Replacement: This will be noisy and somewhat dusty as the concrete façade will be cut for the center doors.  The other doorways will not require concrete being cut but will have new lighter doors with better hardware installed.  The plan is to replace two doorways at a time (estimated to take 2 weeks to replace 2 doors) and direct users to the doors that are not under construction thereby keeping the main entrance in use through the construction process. 

Information regarding Phase I of the University Library’s renovation project is available at http://www.albany.edu/facilities/projects/projectmaps_upacad.html

As with any construction project that takes place while the building is occupied there will be some disruptions and inconveniences. Please contact Assistant Director Peter Recore-Migirditch if you have questions or comments regarding the construction.

 

February 6, 2015

Online Access to Digitized Archives of Seven Major U.S. Newspapers

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February 2, 2015

Contacts: Jane Kessler, Associate Librarian, 442-3830, jkessler@albany.edu; Debora Cheney, Director of Public Services, 442-3540, dcheney@albany.edu

Just Acquired: Online Access to Digitized Archives of Seven Major U.S. Newspapers

 

The UAlbany community now has online access to the digital archives of seven major United States newspapers through the University Libraries’ subscription to ProQuest Historical Newspapers (http://library.albany.edu/db/resource/?id=4186):


Boston Globe 1872-1982


Chicago Tribune 1849-1990


Detroit Free Press 1831-1922


New York Times 1851-2010


Los Angeles Times 1881-1990


Wall Street Journal 1889-1996



Chicago Tribune - Giant Leap Forward



 

Washington Post 1877-1997

Every issue of each newspaper includes the complete paper, cover-to-cover, with full-page and article images in easily downloadable PDF format. Researchers may search over 20 different article types to find exactly
Stories spanning multiple newspaper pages are threaded together, appearing as one continuous image and further improving readability.  What is more, users can cross what they are seeking, including:

  • News
  • Editorials
  • Letters to the Editor
  • Obituaries
  • Birth and Marriage Announcements
  • Stock Photos
  • Advertisements

-search all newspapers in the collection, making it possible to read how each paper reported a specific news event--for example, the assassination of President John F. Kennedy in 1963.  

Chicago Tribune - Kennedy

"This is going to make undergraduate and graduate research in U.S. history so much better and easier. The University Libraries have just opened up a world of topics for our students." says Associate Professor Carl Bon Tempo of the University at Albany's History Department.

"We've had the historical New York Times through ProQuest for several years. We've seen how valued it is by our users and are very pleased to add other major U. S. newspapers" said Jane Kessler, the Associate Librarian who oversees the reference collection at the University Library.




Find ProQuest Historical Newspapers on the University Libraries' website at: http://library.albany.edu/db/resource/?id=4186



January 26, 2015

iLearn Workshops schedule announced



iLearn Workshops schedule announced

iLearn Workshops

A one stop shop for your skill building needs

The workshop schedule is posted here: http://library.albany.edu/ilearn  and on the University's Events Calendar

Many new workshops are offered as well as a return of favorites!
Listed below are a few examples:

Getting Started with WordPress for the Classroom & Personal Use
This workshop is an overview of how WordPress works. Discussion includes how to start a WordPress account, setup a site, and the differences between WordPress.com and WordPress.org.

Introduction to EndNote
Endnote saves you countless hours of time and frustration by automatically creating bibliographies and inserting in-text citations to papers.  This hands-on workshop will cover building and managing an EndNote library of references and creating a bibliography and in-text citations.

Maximizing Your Research Impact for Graduate Students and Faculty
Academics who publish (or hope to publish) scholarly research find measuring the impact and influence of their work helps others understand its value within one’s department, institution, even throughout the discipline. In this workshop, learn how to generate unique author identifiers using ORCID and Researcher ID, and how they are used.  Discover indicators such as the Journal Impact Factor, the h-index, and altmetrics, and their significance. We will also discuss issues like choosing the best journal for your research, and scholarly networking through tools such as Mendeley.

Making Posters with PowerPoint
Discover how to make large posters by setting up custom sizes, manipulating shapes, setting special backgrounds, editing photos, and much more.

Register on the web: http://library.albany.edu/ilearn
Walk-Ins welcomed. For more information contact: Regina Conboy, 442-3608 rconboy@albany.edu

 

December 9, 2014

University Library Alternate Work Environment Intersession Energy Savings Initiative 2014/15



Library Hours of Operation


The University Library (west end of the Podium) hours of operation will be as follows: 

December 19th through January 20th Monday - Friday, from 8:00 am to 6:00 pm, closed Saturdays, Sundays and Monday January 20th. The building will be open on Tuesday January 20nd 8:00 am to 8:00 pm.  Note the building will also be closed on 12/25/14 and 1/1/15.


During the Limited Operations Period the Dewey & Science Library will be closed to the public 12/19/13 - 1/4/14.  The Science Library will be open Monday January 5th through January 20th   Monday - Friday, from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm, closed Saturdays, Sundays and Monday January 19th.   The building will be open on Tuesday January 20th 8:00 am to 8:00 pm.  


The Dewey Library will be open Monday January 5th through January 20th Monday - Friday, from 8:30 am to 5:00 pm, closed Saturdays, Sundays and Monday January 19th.  The building will be open on Tuesday January 20th 8:30 am to 6:00 pm. 


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


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 12/19/14 - 1/4/15 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.

  • Please note that phone calls cannot be forwarded to the University Library. 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 by contacting Library Accounting (442-3572) ahead of time and use the UniPrint service.

  • 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 has 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, Assistant Director for Finance & Administration, 442-3563, prm@albany.edu

December 8, 2014

200 New Electrical Outlets Added to the University Library.

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NEWS RELEASE • FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
December 8, 2014

Contacts: Carol Lee Anderson, canderson@albany.edu (518) 442-3546

Responding to users' repeated requests for more electrical outlets in the University Library, 200 new electrical outlets have been installed around the perimeter of the third floor of the University Library.

Renovation work in the University Library will continue as the second floor is wired for additional electrical outlets and wireless access points. To limit noise, renovation work will only take place Monday through Friday between the hours of 7:00 am - 3:30pm.

Power Outlets Man

Electrical upgrades will take place at the University Library Monday-Friday during the hours of 7:00 am - 3:30 pm only.

 

"We appreciate everyone's cooperation and tolerance for the noise and disruption while this work is being done," says Peter Recore-Migirditch, Assistant Director for Finance & Administration at the University Libraries. "I think I can assure you that the inconvenience will be worth it in the end for our users."

Although University Library users are welcome to use the second floor while work is underway during the specified time period (Monday through Friday, 7:00am to 3:30pm), quieter study spaces are available on the University Library's lower level (B) and on the third floor, which is quieter now that the electrical outlets installation has been completed. The Science Library also has quiet study spaces. Work on the second floor will continue through January 2015.

December 1, 2014

UAlbany Libraries Commit Further to Sustainability

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December 1, 2014

Contacts: Carol Lee Anderson, canderson@albany.edu (518) 442-3546


Two new water stations that make it easy to refill a reusable water bottle have been installed on the first floor of the University Library--one near the reference desk and one near the north elevator.  The water is filtered as well, tasting just as good as, if not better than, bottled water that is sold commercially. Refilling water bottles reduces the number of plastic bottles sent daily to landfills.  

Liss Water Refill

Grad Student Liss Bussen refills her water bottle with filtered water at one of the University Library’s new water refill stations.

"I looked at the water refill station at Liberty Terrace last August and was so impressed that I immediately contacted Mary Ellen Mallia," Director of UAlbany’s Office of Environmental Sustainability, “about installing water refill stations in the University Libraries” says Carol Lee Anderson, Reference Librarian at the UAlbany Libraries.   The Office of Environmental Sustainability and the Facilities Energy Office provided the financial support and expertise for the installation of the water refill stations.

Water Fountain


"The Dewey Graduate Library at UAlbany's downtown campus had a water refill station installed last year," says Peter Recore-Migirditch, Assistant Director for Finance & Administration at the University Libraries. "We are planning to get water refill stations installed in the Science Library as well."




"It takes 1000 years for a plastic water bottle to degrade in a landfill," says Dr. Mallia. "I am pleased that the UAlbany Libraries provide more options for the campus community to refill their reusable water bottles."

Landfill of Plastic

  • Only one out of five plastic water bottles are recycled. The other four bottles contribute to three billion pounds of waste from plastic water bottles.
  • Seventeen million barrels of oils are used annually to produce plastic water bottles.

Source:  http://www.onlineeducation.net/bottled_water

 

September 4, 2014

University Libraries Extend Online Research Assistance to 24/7

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August 28, 2014

Contacts: Carol Lee Anderson, canderson@albany.edu, (518) 442-3546. Or Catherine Dwyer, cdwyer@albany.edu, (518) 442-3549.

 

University Libraries Extend Online Research Assistance to 24/7

UAlbany’s University Libraries have extended the hours of their online research service to 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year.  Called Ask Us 24/7, this free, online “virtual reference desk” is now available to UAlbany students, faculty and staff all the time. Professional reference librarians supply authoritative answers to such questions as “How do I prep for the GRE?” to “Where can I find statistics on employment?” 

“The University Libraries have already been providing text and chat reference services during the hours when our Reference Desks have been open--over 80 hours a week. With Ask Us 24/7, UAlbany students, faculty and staff now have access to research assistance every hour of the day and night.” said Debora Cheney, Associate Director for Public Services. “Faculty, students, and staff can simply visit our website at library.albany.edu/help/im to chat with a librarian -- 24/7 -- to get their research and reference questions answered.”

To access the Ask Us 24/7 service, visit library.albany.edu/help/im or click the gold-colored Ask Us! icon on any page of the University Libraries’ website.

 

URL for where this news release/information brief can be accessed on the library’s website.

 

Ask Us 24/7 is free and available anytime when conducting research or using our website,” said Catherine M. Dwyer, Head of Reference Services.

Around-the-clock staffing for the Ask Us 24/7 will be provided by UAlbany reference librarians, as well as by professional reference librarians from across New York State and across the country. 

Ask Us 24/7 is managed by the Western New York Library Resources Council (WNYLRC), a non-profit consortium of 90 member libraries and library systems serving Cattaraugus, Chautauqua, Erie, Genesee, Niagara, and Orleans counties. It is supported by WNYLRC and contributions from participating libraries. UAlbany’s participation is supported by our membership in CDLC, the Capital District Library Council.

Ask Us 24/7 is just one of the digital information services available from the UAlbany University Libraries, which includes a rich array of authoritative online resources including access to a large number of ebooks and ejournals. Visit library.albany.edu/db/ to start exploring the wealth of incredible resources the University Libraries acquires and provides to the UAlbany community.

University Libraries' Mobile Website.
University Libraries YouTube Page.
The University Libraries' Pintrest site!
University Libraries' Twitter Feed.
University Libraries' Facebook Page.