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November 28, 2006

University Library to open 24/7 for Final Exams

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

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

November 27, 2006

Science Writers' Colloquia Series - Dale Peterson

The Science Writers' Colloquia Series presents Dale Peterson, author of Jane Goodall: The Woman Who Redefined Man (Houghton Mifflin, 2006).

Wed. December 6
4:00 p.m.
Standish Room,
3rd floor, Science Library
Catered reception and book signing to follow

For more information, contact: Barbara Via, at 518-591-8150.

November 17, 2006

Revised Hours for University Libraries on Tuesday, November 21

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

University Library 8:00 am - 11:00 pm

Science Library 8:00 am - 11:00 pm

Dewey Library 8:00 am - 9:30 pm

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

Have a safe and restful Thanksgiving!

November 15, 2006

Laptop Lending Service at the University Libraries

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

November 7, 2006

Safari Tech Books Trial

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

Safari Tech Books can be access on campus at No password is required. The trial will end November 26, 2006. Send comments to Michael Knee

November 1, 2006

Acquisition of Ronald B. Stafford Papers

Contact: Roberta Armstrong

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

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

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

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

The Ronald Stafford Papers were transferred to the University at Albany Libraries in January 2006. The papers consist of correspondence, letters, memorandum, meeting minutes, press releases, legislative memorandum, newsletters, writings, photographs, clippings reprints, and other archival resources. Contact Brian Keough for detailed information: 518-437-3931 or

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