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September 30, 2014

Open Access Week Celebration 2014

University at Albany University Libraries

Open Access Week Celebration 2014

Tuesday, October 21, 10:00am - 2:00pm

Science Library, Standish Room, 3rd Floor

Registration is now closed!

Open Access Week 2014 is a global event that encourages wider participation in making Open Access a new norm in scholarship and research. Open Access to information - the free, immediate, online access to the results of scholarly research, and the right to use and reuse those results as needed - has the power to transform the way research and scientific inquiry are conducted.  Join us in this year's celebration!



10:00am Welcome by Dean and Director of Libraries Dr. Mary Casserly


Dr. Philip Eppard, University at Albany, Chair of the Department of Information Studies , will provide an introduction for the keynote:


"Got Data? Building a Sustainable Environment for Data-Driven Innovation." Dr.  Francine Berman R.P.I. Computer Science Department, currently serves as co-Chair of the National Academies Board on Research Data and Information (BRDI), Dr. Berman is Chair of Research Data Alliance/U.S. and Co-Chair of RDA's leadership Council. 


11:30am Lunch will be served for program participants.


1:00pm The University Libraries will celebrate the launch of the Scholars Archive open access repository, with a talk by Cornell University Digital Scholarship Fellow Jim DelRosso: "Getting the Most Out of Your Open Access Repository." Dr. Abebe Rorissa, Department of Information Studies will provide a speaker introduction and describe the UAlbany Provost's Fellows Program, an essential element of the Scholars Archive beginnings.   A series of demonstrations and highlights of Scholars Archive repository services will follow Mr. DelRosso's talk.



Please RSVP so we know who will be attending the lunch at:


Registration is now closed!

September 5, 2014

Warning - Spear phishing attempt targets Library users

University Libraries was recently notified that other Universities are currently experiencing a spear phishing attempt that bases their messages on Library Services such as ILLiad, our interlibrary loan service.

Fraudulent messages are sent in an attempt to trick you into revealing personal information about yourself and/or your University computing account. If you have received this message or anything similar, you can safely ignore and delete it.

Spear phishing email messages appear to be from a trusted source.  The University at Albany will never ask you to reveal your password, or send you unsolicited links asking about yourself and/or your University computing account. Please ignore all such requests.

If you want to know more about recent phishing attempts that our campus has experienced, please check our Catch of the Day page for a sampling of phishing messages received by members of the campus community.

September 4, 2014

University Libraries Extend Online Research Assistance to 24/7

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August 28, 2014

Contacts: Carol Lee Anderson,, (518) 442-3546. Or Catherine Dwyer,, (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 to chat with a librarian -- 24/7 -- to get their research and reference questions answered.”

To access the Ask Us 24/7 service, visit 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 to start exploring the wealth of incredible resources the University Libraries acquires and provides to the UAlbany community.

Student Advisory Board - Call for Members

Student Advisory Board Members Wanted!
We Want to Hear from You!


Do you have ideas about how the Libraries could better serve you? If so, please consider joining the Libraries’ Student Advisory Board.


The Board advises the Dean and Director, Associate Directors, and Head of the Dewey Library on matters related to services to students. Examples of agenda items include the Libraries’ website, online resources, best ways to reach students, and selection of equipment and furniture.
The Board meets 2-3 times per semester and members are compensated for their time.

If you are interested in serving on the Board, fill out the form below and return it to the Reference or Circulation Desks in any of the Libraries by September 12, 2014.

We will contact you in September.


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