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August 28, 2014

Tag & Win! Library Orientation Events - who do you know?

 Tag and Win!

Check out the photo albums of our three orientation events-- International Student Reception, Explore Your Library & Win, and Great Dane Beginnings @ Your Library, on our Facebook page and tag people you know--friends, librarians, etc.

Tag photos by Friday, September 4. Taggers will be entered to win one of five awesome gift bags.

Did you take photos during the Great Dane Beginnings @ Your Library? Tweet them to @UAlbanyLibs!

August 26, 2014

iLearn - Learn to do it faster, better, smarter!

“Learn to do it faster, better, smarter!”

The Interactive Media Center (IMC) collaborated with University Librarians and is now offering iLearn Workshops. A one stop shop for your skill building needs. Learn to create it faster, design it better and research it smarter!

The workshop schedule is posted here:
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:

Making Posters with PowerPoint
PowerPoint is famous as a presentation tool. But, we bet that you did not know it is a very good drawing tool, too. Discover how to make large posters by setting up custom sizes, manipulating shapes, setting special backgrounds, editing photos, and much more.   

Creating Surveys with Google Forms
Google Forms is a free and flexible form-building tool that is integrated with Google Drive, Google’s file storage service. Forms can be created and edited by multiple users. Learn to use Google Forms to create surveys, polls, registration forms and other instruments for collecting information. The class will cover creating, editing, sharing and connecting forms to a spreadsheet for data collection.

Build Your Bibliography Faster: Speed Citing Toolkit!
You’ve written your paper and now you need to prepare your bibliography but don’t have a lot of time.  In this workshop find solutions which provides a hands-on demonstration of several free and inexpensive citation tools. 

Design Your Own Webpage: Web Development Sequence
The Web Development Sequence is an opportunity for participants to design and build a Web site in a manner that replicates the steps a professional Web developer follows. Over the course of 4 sessions participants will take a Web site home page from basic concept to finished page. The main software tool is Adobe Dreamweaver.

Register on the web:
Walk-Ins welcomed. For more information contact: Regina Conboy, 442-3608

August 15, 2014

Science Library - Detour Map

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.


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.

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:

  • East entrance (by the bookstore)
  • West entrance (through the food court)

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

University Library Renovations

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

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.


August 12, 2014

Great Dane Beginnings @ YourLibrary

Monday, August 25, 1:30-3:30
University Library

Celebrate the first day of classes - stop by the University Library and find out how you can use our resources to get your academic assignments completed better, faster, and smarter! We have loads of give-aways from our business partners who provide you with online authoritative content. Come and meet us and find out about services and facilities for your academic success.

August 4, 2014

Explore Your Library and Win!

Explore Your Library and Win!

Friday, August 22, 11am to 1pm

University Library

Bring some friends and go on a photo scavenger hunt in the University Library. Follow our treasure map and take photos in the University Library. Then show us your photos at the Reference Desk, tweet your favorite photo to @UAlbanyLibs, receive a UAlbany lanyard, and enter to win a Google Nexus 7 Tablet!

Welcome new students and welcome back returning students!

August 1, 2014

University Libraries Welcome International Students

International Students 2014

Location: University Library, first floor

Day/Date: Wednesday, August 20, 2014


The Dean and Director of the University Libraries, Subject Specialists, Reference Librarians and other library faculty welcome all incoming UAlbany international students at the University Library. The reception showcases the Libraries’ vast array of authoritative information resources and its teaching of critical evaluation skills. Support for this event provided by University Auxiliary Services.

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