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December 17, 2012

C-SPAN visits Special Collections

The M.E. Grenander Department of Special Collections and Archives was prominently featured on C-SPAN2's BOOKTV on the weekend of December 8-9. The program featured a discussion of the Grenander Department, the National Death Penalty Archive and the M. Watt Espy Papers. Our feature was part of C-SPAN's LCV (Local Content Vehicle) 2012 Cities Tour of all of America's state capitals. Albany, N.Y. is featured in December 2012.

Brian Keough

SUNY Albany Library Special Collections

Local Content page for Albany

December 13, 2012


Library Hours of Operation

The University Library (west end of the Podium) hours of operation will be as follows: 
December 21st through January 20th Monday - Friday, from 8:00 am to 6:00 pm, closed Saturdays, Sundays and Monday January 21st and opened 8:00 am to 8:00 pm on Tuesday January 22nd.  Note the building will also be closed on 12/25/12 and 1/1/13.

During the Limited Operations Period the Dewey & Science Library will be closed to the public 12/22/12 - 1/1/13.  The Science Library will be open Wednesday January 2nd through January 20th   Monday - Friday, from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm, closed Saturdays, Sundays and Monday January 21st and opened 8:00 am to 8:00 pm on Tuesday January 22nd.  

The Dewey Library will be open Wednesday January 2nd through January 20th Monday - Friday, from 8:30 am to 5:00 pm, closed Saturdays, Sundays and Monday January 21st and opened 8:30 am to 6:00 pm on Tuesday January 22nd. 

For additional information on the hours of operation for the Intersession period please consult the University Libraries web page

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 12/21/12 - 1/1/13 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 also note that calls cannot be forwarded to the University Library. Please be sure to make other arrangements to address personal or business related calls.  Should employees need to print; offices can purchase a Library Department Card 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 have an obligation to provide the appropriate environment for students and researchers.

  • Any questions or concerns about these arrangements can be addressed by Peter Recore-Migirditch, Assistant Director for Finance & Administration, 442-3563,

December 6, 2012

DATABASE OF THE MONTH - Testing & Education Reference Center

The Testing and Education Reference Center provides resources for high school, college, and graduate school preparation, including ebooks and online practice tests.  The database includes important information about each test, such as test dates and deadlines, test-taking tips and strategies, and articles about the test.  Graduate school tests covered are the GMAT, GRE, MCAT, LSAT, and MAT. Users need to set up a personal registration so that they can see their test scores and track their progress on practice tests.
The database also contains useful tools for international students.  There are ebooks and online practice tests for the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL), the Test of English for International Communication (TOEIC), and the U.S. Citizenship test.
The section devoted to career tools covers test preparation for careers such as teaching, real estate, accounting, law enforcement, social work, and many more.
In addition to resources for these specific tests, the Testing and Education Reference Center includes information about compiling a resume, learning basic computer skills, and college and scholarship search functions.

Testing & Education Reference Center is available to current students, faculty, and staff. Find it by selecting “Databases” on the University Libraries’ web site ( or access it directly at

For more help, please contact the Reference Desk at

December 5, 2012

Changes In UADelivery and Interlibrary Loan Services

During the Limited Operations Period Of the Intersession Energy Savings Initiative

**Dewey and Science Libraries will be CLOSED December 21st - January 1st**

**Interlibrary Loan CLOSED December 24th, 25th, 31st and January 1st**


Beginning Wednesday, December 19th items will NOT be sent to Dewey or Science Library for pick-up. They will be placed “On Hold” at the University Library Circulation Desk.

If you have items “On Hold” at Dewey Library or Science Library, please pick them up by Wednesday, December 19th.  

On Thursday, December 20th any items “On Hold” that have not been picked up will be shipped to the University (Main) Library where they will remain “On Hold”. You may pick up your items from the University (Main) Library Circulation Desk.

On Thursday, January 3rd, any items that were “On Hold” for you at the University Library will be shipped back to your regular pick up location. (Please allow for turnaround time.)


  • Office delivery services for Faculty; including the East Campus and College of Nanoscale Science & Engineering (CNSE). (This is due to closed buildings and reduced mail services during the Limited Operations Period of the Intersession Energy Savings Initiative.)

NOTE: Home delivery services for Distance Ed users and for Patrons with Disabilities will NOT be suspended.


While the Dewey and Science Libraries are closed, you may continue to place UA Delivery Services requests through ILLiad.  Library staff will make a run to Dewey Library on 12/27 and daily runs to the Science Library in order to pull material from the stacks so that it can be brought to the University Library for processing.  Please allow for longer turnaround times.

  • Book Delivery - You may submit requests for books from Dewey and Science Libraries. You will be able to pick those books up from the University (Main) Library.

NOTE: We will not fill requests for books from the University Library to be picked up at the University Library. 

  • Articles - Submit requests as usual.


(For UA Delivery information prior to and following the shutdown, call 518-442-3691 or 518-442-3517.  For information during the shutdown, call 518-442-3613.)




The Interlibrary Loan office will be staffed for regular business hours during the holidays, with the exception that the office will be closed on December 24th, 25th , 31st and January 1st. You may submit interlibrary loan requests as usual.  Due to the holiday closing of many libraries that lend us materials, please expect that it may take a bit longer than usual to fill your requests.

  • Books - You may submit requests for books as usual. However, during this period all books will be held at the University (Main) Library regardless of your normal pick location.

  • Articles - Submit requests as usual.

(For more information on Interlibrary Loan services, call 518-442-3613)





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