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March 23, 2007

Patricia Stocking Brown Fund Initiated

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

Albany, NY (March 21, 2007)--UAlbany Libraries announce a new fund, to support researchers in the M.E. Grenander Department of Special Collections & Archives. The fund, The Patricia Stocking Brown Fund for Feminist Social Justice Research in University Libraries, was initiated by Women's Studies Professor Bonnie B. Spanier, Biology Professor Emeritus Stephen C. Brown, and others in recognition of Dr. Patricia Brown's lifelong commitment to researching and teaching about women and social justice, particularly in her areas of science and medicine.

"The name of the fund is intended to represent the broad scope and intent of 'feminisms,' meaning efforts to eliminate all forms of social injustice and inequities," says Professor Stephen Brown. "We've got terrific materials in the archives, and we want to encourage scholars, particularly young scholars, to access these materials." Brian Keough, head of the M.E. Grenander Department of Special Collections & Archives, agrees. "The Department of Special Collections has archive and manuscript materials that document the history of the women and men in New York who have made significant contributions to movements for progressive social change since 1900. This is very rich territory for students and scholars."

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

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

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March 19, 2007

ITS Outage March 30 - April 2

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

Library services affected by the maintenance include:

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

and possibly


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

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

We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.

March 5, 2007

BioMedCentral Membership Expires on April 1st

Effective April 1, 2007, the contract between SUNY and BioMedCentral (BMC) will expire. The contract was negotiated by the SUNY Council on Access and Collections (SCAC), and supported by a two-year grant from the Joint Labor/Management Committee of United University Professions, the Governor's Office of Employee Relations, and a subsidy from the SUNY University and Health Science Center Libraries. The contract enrolled all SUNY four-year colleges, and university and health science centers as BMC members. During the membership period which ran from April 2005 to March 2007, SUNY faculty and researchers were entitled to submit an unlimited number of research papers to BMC open access journals without incurring article processing fees. Instead, the cost was covered by a $12,500 per year membership fee.

Forty-five articles were published under these terms yielding a cost per article of approximately $555.00.

The contract was not renewed because a change in the pricing model used by BMC would lead to significantly higher costs (over $1200 per article) without any benefits for a consortial arrangement. Individual institutions that wish to renew their memberships should contact BMC directly.

For information about the BMC's new pricing model, see:

March 1, 2007

UA Science Library's Colloquia Series - March 7, 2007

Victor Chase , author of Shattered Nerves: How Science is Solving Modern's Most Perplexing Problems, takes us on a journey into a new medical frontier, where sophisticated, state-of-the-art medical devices repair and restore failed sensory and motor systems. In a compelling narrative that reveals the intimate relationship between technology and the physicians, scientists, and patients who bring it to life, Victor D. Chase explores groundbreaking developments in neural technology. Chase is a science and technology writer who has written for a variety of publications including Air & Space , IBM's Think Research , MIT's Technology Review , Nature Medicine, Popular Science,Science Digest, National Forum, R&D Magazine, Mechanical Engineering, and Environmental Health Perspectives.

When: March 7th, 2007, 7:00pm

Where: The Standish Room, 3rd Floor of the Science Library

Notes: This event is free and open to the public. There will be a book signing and catered reception to follow.

For more information, contact:

Barbara Via, at 518-591-8150

UA Libraries Journals, Standing Orders and Databases To be Cancelled as of January 1, 2008

The University Libraries anticipate an acquisitions budget shortfall of $475,000 for FY08. Therefore, we are preparing to implement the second level of budget reduction strategies that were developed in the spring of 2006 by the Libraries' bibliographers and the faculty in their assigned departments.

Message from Dean D'Andraia

Titles to be Cancelled as of January 1, 2008

Titles Cancelled as of January 1, 2007

How to Read the Cancellation List

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