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September 21, 2018

University Libraries Spotlight Banned Books Week

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September 21, 2018

Contacts: Amanda Lowe, Outreach & Marketing Librarian, amlowe@albany.edu, (518) 442-3552; Rebecca Mugridge, Dean of University Libraries, rmugridge@albany.edu, (518) 442-3568.

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University Libraries Spotlight Banned Books Week


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The University Libraries will draw attention to the harms of censorship during Banned Books Week (September 23-29, 2018) with a number of programs and events.

On Monday, September 24, 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m., the University Libraries will hold a “Banned Books Read-Out” on the academic podium in front of the University Library. Members of the campus community are invited to read passages from their favorite banned books. For lists of challenged books, see: http://www.ala.org/bbooks/frequentlychallengedbooks.

In addition, a screening of the film, Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, will take place on Wednesday, September 26 at 5:30 p.m. in the University Library’s Cobb Room (B43). A conversation on censorship, Harry Potter, and banned books will follow.

These events coincide with Banned Books Week, an annual event that celebrates the freedom to read. Traditionally held during the last week of September, it highlights the value of free and open access to information. Banned Books Week is a way to bring together the book community at large-- everyone from authors, librarians, journalists, teachers, students, publishers, booksellers, and readers of every shape and size. Ultimately it is a celebration of people joining together to show their shared support of the freedom to be able to seek and express ideas, even if those same ideas are considered by some to be unorthodox or unpopular. Banned Books Week expands efforts across the country to eliminate the removal or restricted access to books, drawing attention to the harms of censorship.


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About the University at Albany Libraries
The University at Albany Libraries comprise the University Library, the Science Library, and the Dewey Graduate Library. A member of the Association of Research Libraries (ARL), the 125 largest, most comprehensive research libraries in North America (www.arl.org/membership/list-of-arl-members), the UAlbany Libraries serve the University's students, faculty, and staff to further their academic achievement and success, as well as the citizens of New York State, and scholars and researchers from around the world. For up-to-date information about the University Libraries, visit library.albany.edu.

 





September 18, 2018

Advance Open Access with the University Libraries



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NEWS RELEASE • FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

September 18, 2018


Contacts: Lindsay Van Berkom, Scholars Archive Administrator, lvanberkom@albany.edu, (518) 442-3517; Rebecca Mugridge, Dean of University Libraries, rmugridge@albany.edu, (518) 442-3568.


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Advance Open Access with the University Libraries


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Open Access Week is an annual global event during which members of the academic and research communities come together to discuss how removing access barriers to scholarly output could transform the way scientific research is conducted in the future. Open Access Week in 2018 is October 22-28.


The University Libraries will be celebrating Open Access Week with a full-day event in the Science Library's Patricia and J. Spencer Standish Board Room on Thursday, October 25, 9:15 am-3:15pm. The event is free and open to the public. A light breakfast and full lunch will be provided.


Nick Shockey, Director of Programs & Engagement at SPARC (Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition), will discuss ways to foster an open access culture on campus and SPARC's efforts to promote and support advances in open access. Sebastian Karcher, Associate Director of the Qualitative Data Repository at the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs at Syracuse University, will talk about his experience developing a data repository. Other programming will include a panel discussion with the UAlbany Provost's Open Educational Resources (OER) Faculty Fellows, TED-style Scholars Archive updates, and a roundtable discussion of scholarly communication topics.


For more information and to RSVP, visit the Libraries' Open Access Day (http://scholarsarchive.library.albany.edu/open_access_week/) event page.



With thanks for the generous support of University Auxiliary Services



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About the University at Albany Libraries
The University at Albany Libraries comprise the University Library, the Science Library, and the Dewey Graduate Library. A member of the Association of Research Libraries (ARL), the 125 largest, most comprehensive research libraries in North America (www.arl.org/membership/list-of-arl-members), the UAlbany Libraries serve the University's students, faculty, and staff to further their academic achievement and success, as well as the citizens of New York State, and scholars and researchers from around the world. For up-to-date information about the University Libraries, visit library.albany.edu.


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