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February 24, 2015

Campus Conversations in Standish: NASA's Search for Life Beyond the Earth

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University at Albany

February 24, 2015

Contacts: Trudi Jacobson, Head, Information Literacy Department, 442-3581
Debora Cheney, Director of Public Services, 442-3540,

Campus Conversations in Standish: NASA’s Search for Life Beyond the Earth

Dr. John W. Delano - Professor

Dr. John W. Delano, Distinguished Teaching Professor Emeritus, Collins Fellow, and Associate Dean, College of Arts and Sciences, will briefly present the latest results from research in geochemistry, planetary science, and astronomy bearing on the search for life beyond earth. The presentation takes place on Wednesday, March 11 from 12:35 pm -1:30pm in the Science Library’s Standish Board Room on the Uptown Campus. Light refreshments will be served.

Dr. Delano presented “Is Anyone Else Out There?” at TEDxAlbany 2011.

NASA’s Search for Life Beyond the Earth premieres Campus Conversations in Standish, a new series showcasing UAlbany’s research and creative talents and sponsored by the UAlbany University Libraries.

UAlbany Libraries Deliver The Wall Street Journal Online

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February 24, 2015

Contacts: Jane Kessler, Associate Librarian  (518) 442-3830; Debora Cheney, Director of Public Services (518) 442-3540

UAlbany Libraries Deliver The Wall Street Journal Online

The University at Albany community now has 24-hour, online access to the full text of The Wall Street Journal at (  Online access is through the ProQuest Newsstand database. Coverage is from 1984 forward.
The Wall Street Journal is the leading daily financial newspaper in the U.S. It is an indispensable resource for all types of business and financial news, feature articles, opinions, career guidance and much more” says Chris Poehlmann, Subject Librarian for Business and Economics.

“We are very pleased that this subscription, combined with our subscription to ProQuest Historical Newspapers ( provides our users with online access to The Wall Street Journal from 1889 to the present” said Jane Kessler, the Associate Librarian who oversees the reference collection at the University Library.

Find The Wall Street Journal under the “Databases by Name” section of the University Libraries’ website at the Wall Street Journal -- ProQuest Newsstand link.



February 23, 2015

University Libraries to Celebrate Fair Use Week 2015 -- February 23-27, 2015

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February 20, 2015

Contact: Lorre Smith, Subject Librarian for Anthropology, Geography & Planning, Linguistics and Sociology.; 437-3946

University Libraries to Celebrate Fair Use Week 2015 -- February 23-27, 2015

Fair Use Week 2015

The University at Albany Libraries are celebrating a fundamental right of libraries and scholars--fair use--during Fair Use Week 2015. Fair Use Week 2015 will be celebrated February 23-27, 2015.

Fair Use Week is an annual celebration of the doctrine of fair use and fair dealing. It celebrates the important role fair use plays in achieving the Constitutional purpose of intellectual property rights in the US: to promote the progress of science and the useful arts. The flexible nature of the fair use doctrine has permitted copyright to adapt to new technologies and changes. Similarly, in Canada, fair dealing is a critical right of the user intended to facilitate balance in copyright law and accommodate freedom of expression.

Your own participation in Fair Use Week 2015 may also include reading and bookmarking the various fair use best practices statements and guides which have been recently developed for various groups. This is an excellent way to learn more about fair use and how our fair use rights can be used within different contexts.

Code of Best Practices in Fair Use for OpenCourseWare

The Code of Best Practices in Fair Use for Academic and Research Libraries

Code of Best Practices in Fair Use for Poetry

Code of Best Practices in Fair Use for Poetry

The Code of Best Practices in Fair Use for Media Literacy Education

Code of Best Practices in Fair Use for Online Video

Documentary Filmmakers' Statement of Best Practices in Fair Use

Set of Principles in Fair Use for Journalism

Statement of the Fair Use of Images for Teaching, Research, and Study

Statement of Best Practices In Fair Use of Collections Containing Orphan Works for Libraries, Archives and Other Memory Insitutions

Society for Cinema and Media Studies' Statement of Fair Use Best Practices for Media Studies Publishing

Society for Cinema and Media Studies' Statement of Best Practices in Fair Use in Teaching for Film and Media Educators

Code of Best Practices in Fair Use for Scholarly Research in Communication

Best Practices in Fair Use of Dance-related Materials

Also see the Library Guide on copyright for more information:

February 20, 2015

UAlbany Libraries' Information Literacy Department Launches Instructional Website

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February 20, 2015

Contacts: Trudi Jacobson,, (518) 442-3581
Allison Hosier,, (518) 442-3574

UAlbany Libraries’ Information Literacy Department Launches Instructional Website

Citation examples. Plagiarism prevention. Tutorials for faculty to assign to students. Strategies to help students from feeling overwhelmed. These are some of the instructional resources the UAlbany Libraries’ Information Literacy department provides on its Instruction and Tutorials redesigned website-- The new design highlights instructional materials and other educational opportunities offered by the department to help empower the UAlbany community to become confident users and creators of information.

Information Literacy Website - Photo 1


Users can access these materials through student- or faculty-centered portals links at the left side of the main page.  A dynamic slide display on the main page exhibits key tenets of information literacy, such as critical thinking, evaluating sources, and assessing the value of information.  Photos on the main page link directly to information about the Information Literacy department’s Metaliteracy badging project, online instructional materials, the Libraries’ iLearn Workshops, and citation help.  The Metaliteracy badging project includes self-paced interactive quests and challenges, through which individuals learn how to produce, evaluate, select, and share information in ways that are useful. These badges can later be displayed on digital portfolios or platforms such as LinkedIn. Instructional materials focus on library navigation and resource selection and use.   iLearn Workshops are delivered at the University Library by librarians and Interactive Media Center staff on subjects ranging from Photoshop basics, to making posters, to maximizing one’s scholarly research impact using ORCID and Researcher ID. Citation help includes a “When and Why to Cite Sources” tutorial and a guide to citation generators.


Information Literacy Website - Photo 2

“The Information Literacy Department has developed a number of resources for faculty and students to help them become more effective in their use of library and information sources,” says Debora Cheney, Associate Director for Public Services. “The new Information Literacy home page provides an important gateway to these resources.  We hope faculty and students will explore and use this web page to discover and learn about the resources and services offered by the Information Literacy Department.”

The website can be accessed directly at or through the library’s homepage ( by clicking the Instruction and Tutorials link at the left side of the homepage or under the Research and Assistance tab at the top of the homepage.

Library Renovations - February Updates

Dewey Library
Expected Completion: TBD


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.


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.

Dewey Library Renovations

September 4, 2014

Dewey Library Signage

A signage & way finding package has been designed by Plant Department.  At this time we are waiting for the signs to be manufactured and to be informed of an installation schedule.


Science Library Renovations

November 21, 2014

Campus Center Expansion Update - Science Library Updates

As of Wednesday, November 19, there has been a change in egress to the Science Library on the Garden Level east side entrance.  The hallway leading from the Campus Center past the Barnes & Noble Bookstore will be closed off and a wall will be constructed near the entrance to the connector wing preventing travel up that hallway.  The connector wing doors leading into that corridor will be locked.  The east/west doors in the connector wing will remain open as will the entrance into the Science Library.  There will be signs posted on the connector wing doors indicating which doors are locked.

The hallway being blocked off will be used Barnes & Noble storage until June 2015.  The blocking of this hallway does not violate any fire codes and egress from the Science Library is maintained through the Parents Garden.



September 4, 2014

Campus Center Expansion affects Science Library access

Access from the east side of the Campus Center is a constantly changing.  Temporary signage that informs pedestrians how to get to the Campus Centeris in place.  With classes in session, Campus Center ground level doors should stay open according to the semester schedules.  Access on the west side has opened up a bit as the concrete work outsidethe entrance near the Education building has been completed.  Unfortunately the concrete work does not meet the quality standards expected and this will be torn out and re-done which will necessitate closing that area sometime in the near future.

The University Libraries has requested a better campus map illustrating how to get back and forth to the University Library & the Science Library and better identification of how to get to the bus stop that has been relocated behind the Social Science building.  We have also sent some very good suggestions for signage to the Plant Dept. to use in directing traffic to the Science Library.  Plant has acknowledged the need to improve the way-finding signage and the printable map and it is expected to be addressed in the coming weeks.

The excavation work on the east side is fully underway and the ground has been excavated near the Science Library Shipping & Receiving dock to make way for the new dock at the Campus Center.  The curved concrete wall adjacent to the Science Library Shipping & Receiving dock will be removed and (eventually) the roadway will be extended to the new dock.  Within the next few weeks the road leading to the Science Library Shipping & Receiving dock will be closed for a short period of time in order to run a gas line down the road.

The excavation work has prevented the use of the emergency exit door leading from the Campus Center Basement East (CCBE) to the ground level.  Scaffolding will be erected to create a “bridge” from the CCBE through the east side connector wing to the Campus Center directing people into the Parents Fountain area as a means of escape in case of an emergency.

The east side of the Campus Center is where all the activity will take place for many months to come.  The excavation work is allowing for all the utilities to be run, a tunnel to be constructed to connect with the existing tunnel complex, and to modify the Barnes & Noble Bookstore storage room.


September 4, 2014

Preservation Lab, Science Library

In conjunction with the renaming of the Preservation Lab to the Alice Hastings Murphy Preservation Department, the Preservation Department is to be spruced up in preparation for the dedication of the space on October 10th.  The vestibule hallway will be painted, the wood door entering the office space will be refinished, the hallway fire door will be painted and an automatic door holder installed.   Signage throughout the building will be updated to reflect the change in the name of the department.


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:

  • West entrance (through the food court)

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

University Library Renovations



February 20, 2015

University Library Renovations - February update

On Monday, February 23, work will begin on 1st floor North wing starting at 7:00 a.m. Areas where work is taking place will be cordoned off.  As the week progresses, work will continue back toward the computer lab, LI 137.

    • The noisiest work (drilling, etc.) will mostly be done before 10:00 a.m. each day
    • Work will continue throughout the day
    • Work should move more quickly than on 2nd and 3rd floors, but we are still not sure what the completion time line is

Recommendations of alternative places to work:

  • 2nd floor (nearly completed) and 3rd floor for quiet study--remember there’s many more additional outlets up there now.
    • Need a computer? Borrow a laptop from Lending services desk
  • B-Level for additional spaces/tables for groups to work
  • Science Library: Information Commons
  • Science Library for quiet study spaces
  • Science Library--reserve a group study room in advance - note that all reservations must be made in person at the Science Library circulation desk.





January 26, 2015

University Library Renovation Update

Renovation work in the University Library continues as the second floor is wired for additional electrical outlets and wireless access points. To limit noise, renovation work will only take place Monday through Friday between the hours of 7:00 am - 3:30pm.

Although University Library users are welcome to use the second floor while work is underway during the specified time period (Monday through Friday, 7:00am to 3:30pm), quieter study spaces are available on the University Library's lower level (B) and on the third floor, which is quieter now that the electrical outlets installation has been completed. The Science Library also has quiet study spaces.

Work on the second floor will continue through April 2015.



December 1, 2014

University Library Renovation - Electrical Outlets on Third Floor, ready!

Breaking news! All the perimeter electrical outlets recently installed on the third floor are powered up.  That means 200 NEW electrical outlets near the study carrels, by the windows. Please use and enjoy, you are seeing benefits of the renovation project.

On Friday 11/28 the electricians worked on running additional outlets in the LI-316 private study carrel area.

The electricians are now working on the second floor through January 2015. Library users are welcome to use the second floor while wiring and new outlets are installed, although quieter study space is available on the third floor, in the basement, and at the Science Library.


November 21, 2014

University Library Renovation - Update

Renovation work continues and people in the University Library have undoubtedly heard the drilling taking place as outlets and wiring are put in. Additional electrical outlets have been installed on the third floor and work is underway installing more electrical outlets on the second floor. Wiring work is also taking place on the first floor.

We are hoping that the new electrical outlets on the third floor will be "live" and have electricity by the start of final exams on December 11.

Building entrance door replacement is scheduled to take place in February 2015.


September 4, 2014

University Library Renovation Phase I

The installation of electrical outlets on the basement to the third floor has been underway since the start of the summer.  Additional electrical outlets have been installed in the Current Periodicals Reading Room and the basement purple study area. Electrical outlets were installed in the IMC above the height of the work stations allowing for more convenient access to plug in more crawling on the floor to plug in!

Work on the Third Floor has gained some good momentum as the technicians have become familiar with the various components involved in dropping the ceiling to install cable trays and ceiling tiles to run electrical lines out to the perimeter of the floor.  This work is very labor intensive and time consuming and work on this floor will continue throughout the fall semester.  If using the third floor and it’s noisy, relocate to another section of the building if the noise interrupts studying.  If a book is needed and the shelves are blocked, please request assistance from the technicians who will move the equipment. Although the work is somewhat disruptive, the end result of dramatically increasing the number of electrical outlets throughout the building is well worth the inconvenience.

Once the third floor is done, the work will shift to the second floor. 



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.


February 6, 2015

Online Access to Digitized Archives of Seven Major U.S. Newspapers

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February 2, 2015

Contacts: Jane Kessler, Associate Librarian, 442-3830,; Debora Cheney, Director of Public Services, 442-3540,

Just Acquired: Online Access to Digitized Archives of Seven Major U.S. Newspapers


The UAlbany community now has online access to the digital archives of seven major United States newspapers through the University Libraries’ subscription to ProQuest Historical Newspapers (

Boston Globe 1872-1982

Chicago Tribune 1849-1990

Detroit Free Press 1831-1922

New York Times 1851-2010

Los Angeles Times 1881-1990

Wall Street Journal 1889-1996

Chicago Tribune - Giant Leap Forward


Washington Post 1877-1997

Every issue of each newspaper includes the complete paper, cover-to-cover, with full-page and article images in easily downloadable PDF format. Researchers may search over 20 different article types to find exactly
Stories spanning multiple newspaper pages are threaded together, appearing as one continuous image and further improving readability.  What is more, users can cross what they are seeking, including:

  • News
  • Editorials
  • Letters to the Editor
  • Obituaries
  • Birth and Marriage Announcements
  • Stock Photos
  • Advertisements

-search all newspapers in the collection, making it possible to read how each paper reported a specific news event--for example, the assassination of President John F. Kennedy in 1963.  

Chicago Tribune - Kennedy

"This is going to make undergraduate and graduate research in U.S. history so much better and easier. The University Libraries have just opened up a world of topics for our students." says Associate Professor Carl Bon Tempo of the University at Albany's History Department.

"We've had the historical New York Times through ProQuest for several years. We've seen how valued it is by our users and are very pleased to add other major U. S. newspapers" said Jane Kessler, the Associate Librarian who oversees the reference collection at the University Library.

Find ProQuest Historical Newspapers on the University Libraries' website at:

University Libraries' Mobile Website.
University Libraries YouTube Page.
The University Libraries' Pintrest site!
University Libraries' Twitter Feed.
University Libraries' Facebook Page.