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December 29, 2017

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UNIVERSITY LIBRARIES • ANNOUNCEMENT

December 29, 2017

Contacts: Timothy Jackson, Resource Sharing and Reserves Coordinator, (518) 442-3613, tjackson@albany.edu Rebecca Mugridge, Dean of University Libraries, rmugridge@albany.edu, (518) 442-3568.

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Saturday, January 13, 2018, 12:00 a.m. – midafternoon

Blackboard and Electronic Reserves will be unavailable on Saturday, January 13, 2018, 12:00 a.m. – midafternoon due to system maintenance. Thank you for your patience while Blackboard and Electronic Reserves are unavailable.

About the University at Albany Libraries
The University Libraries comprise the University Library, the Science Library, and the Dewey Graduate Library. A member of the Association of Research Libraries (ARL), the 124 largest, most comprehensive research libraries in North America (www.arl.org/membership/list-of-arl-members), the University at Albany 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

 





December 1, 2017

"Stress Less Month" at the University Libraries

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NEWS RELEASE • FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

November 30, 2017

Contacts: Amanda Lowe, Outreach & Marketing Librarian, amlowe@albany.edu, (518) 442-3552; Lauren Puzier, Dewey Graduate Library Reference & Projects Librarian, lpuzier@albany.edu, (518) 442-3689; Rebecca Mugridge, Dean of University Libraries, rmugridge@albany.edu, (518) 442-3568.

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University Libraries Launch “Stress Less Month”


By popular demand, the University Libraries will be expanding their end-of-semester “Stress Less” events into a full “Stress Less Month” for the fall 2017 semester. “Stress Less Month,” a series of activities and programs designed to combat student anxiety and fatigue, will run November 30 - December 19 and will take place at all three libraries.

This year’s schedule of events includes therapy dogs, a photo booth, and coffee breaks. A full listing can be found here: http://libguides.library.albany.edu/stresslessualbany. With fifteen different activities, the fall 2017 semester will include the Libraries’ largest “Stress Less” programming to-date.

"It's great to see more activities that help me stress less. The libraries listening to us about what we need is awesome,” says Cara McBride, a Criminal Justice major and member of the Class of 2018. “I love the coffee hours. It gives me a pick-me-up when I’m hard at work.”

The University Libraries first ran “Stress Less” final exams programming during the fall 2014 semester with “Stress Less UAlbany @ Your Libraries.”  “Stress Less” has grown over the course of the last three years, reaching hundreds of students in the process.

“When I started this campaign back in the fall of 2014, I had no idea that it would be become so successful,” says Amanda Lowe, Outreach & Marketing Librarian. “I'm really proud of where we are and where we can continue to take this in the future!”

For the second semester, the Dewey Graduate Library will host its own brand of “Stress Less Month” activities. A full listing can be found here: http://libguides.library.albany.edu/stresslessdewey.

"Like many graduate students, students on the downtown campus often work during the day while completing their graduate work on evenings and weekends,” says Cathy Dwyer, Director of Scholarly Communication and Head of the Dewey Graduate Library. “Providing ways for students to take a break and play with a puzzle, or have a cup of cocoa, or post an encouraging note to fellow students is a convenient and easy way to relieve this added pressure.”

Jizaya Gary, a Human Biology major and member of the Class of 2020, looked over the Dewey “Stress Less Month” calendar and quickly expressed interest in the aromatherapy stations. “I really need to do that,” Gary remarked.

“We’re thrilled to launch ‘Stress Less Month’,” says Rebecca Mugridge, Dean of University Libraries. “The University Libraries take great pride in our attention to student feedback. We’re happy to offer more end-of-semester programs to help the campus community perform well on finals.”

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.

 





November 20, 2017

Therapy Dogs, November 30, 1:00-3:00 pm

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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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Therapy Dogs Kick Off “Stress Less Month”


Photo of Therapy Dogs for Stress Less Month Kickoff

Therapy dogs from nearby Schenectady will visit the UAlbany community on Thursday, November 30, 1:00–3:00 pm in the Science Library Atrium. The event marks the kickoff of “Stress Less Month,” a series of wellness programs sponsored by the University Libraries to relieve student anxiety and fatigue during final exams. All are welcome.

A fixture on college campuses during exams season, therapy dogs are known to reduce test anxiety. Recent studies indicate they also diminish feelings of depression and stress among students.1

According to Amanda Lowe, Outreach & Marketing Librarian, therapy dogs have become a University Libraries “Stress Less” staple. “I love hearing so many students say how happy they are when they see the dogs,” she says. “That's why we do it and that's what gets me excited.”

“Over the past three years, our ‘Stress Less’ programming has received such positive feedback that we decided to expand the series to a month this semester,” says Rebecca Mugridge, Dean of University Libraries. “I couldn't think of a better way to jumpstart the series than with therapy dogs.”

For more information on “Stress Less Month” activities, please visit the schedule here: libguides.library.albany.edu/stresslessualbany. We encourage you to follow along on social media as well with the official hashtag,#StressLessUAlbany.

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.

1 Amber Lannon and Pamela Harrison, "Take a Paws: Fostering Student Wellness with a Therapy Dog Program at Your University Library," Public Services Quarterly 11, no. 1 (2015): 13-22, doi: 10.1080/15228959.2014.984264.

 

 

 





October 26, 2017

How Climate Change Will Transform Our Mountain Environments in the 21st Century

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Contacts: Trudi Jacobson, Head, Information Literacy Department,tjacobson@albany.edu, (518) 442-3581; Rebecca Mugridge, Dean of University Libraries, rmugridge@albany.edu, (518) 442-3568.

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Dr. Mathias Vuille: How Climate Change
Will Transform Our Mountain Environments in the 21st Century


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Dr. Mathias Vuille, a prominent scholar on past, current, and future climate change in the tropics, will present on "Toward Mountains Without Snow and Ice: How Climate Change will Transform our Mountain Environments in the 21st Century" on Wednesday, November 8, 2017, 12:35–1:30 p.m. in the Science Library's Patricia and J. Spencer Standish Board Room. The event will be the third in the "Campus Conversations in Standish" series of the fall 2017 semester. Complimentary refreshments will be provided. All are welcome.

The implications of Dr. Vuille's talk are troubling. "Half of the world's population today depends on freshwater originating in mountains for agriculture, hydropower generation, drinking water supplies, sanitation, recreation, and industry," says Dr. Vuille. "Rapidly disappearing mountain snow cover and glaciers, combined with population growth, will have far-reaching implications and exacerbate social and political conflicts surrounding water around the globe."

Dr. Vuille is a professor in UAlbany's Department of Atmospheric and Environmental Sciences. He teaches courses on climate variability and predictability, climate change, paleoclimatology, and environmental science. 

Launched by the University Libraries in spring 2015, "Campus Conversations in Standish" raise awareness of UAlbany faculty research and expertise, and connect members of the UAlbany community and beyond in an exchange of ideas and perspectives. They are held two to three times per semester on selected Wednesdays, 12:35–1:30 p.m. in the Patricia and J. Spencer Standish Board Room on the third level of the Science Library. "Campus Conversations in Standish" are free and open to all.

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.

 





October 19, 2017

Libraries to Champion Open Access on October 26

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Contacts: Elaine Lasda, elasda@albany.edu  (518) 442-3695; Rebecca Mugridge, Dean of University Libraries, rmugridge@albany.edu, (518) 442-3568.

 

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Libraries to Champion Open Access on October 26


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The University Libraries will be celebrating Open Access Week with a full-day event on Thursday, October 26, 9:15 am–3:00 pm, in the Science Library's Patricia and J. Spencer Standish Board Room.

Open Access Week is an annual, global event. Members of the academic and research communities come together to discuss how removing access barriers to scholarly output could transform the way scientific inquiry and research are conducted. In 2017, Open Access Week runs from October 23rd through October 29th.

"By making scholarly materials openly accessible, researchers can facilitate the replication of important experiments, more readily identify collaborators, and break down disciplinary silos of knowledge," says Elaine M. Lasda, Subject Librarian for Social Welfare, Gerontology, and Reference at the Dewey Graduate Library. "Open access to scholarly output can raise the quality of research as well as heighten its impact and influence, not only in academic and research networks, but in society as a whole."

Keynote speakers will be Darren Chase and Shafeek Fazal of the Stony Brook University Libraries, who will share their experiences developing and implementing the Stony Brook University Open Access Policy. Dr. Johan Rooryck, from Leiden University, the Netherlands, will talk about his experience moving from proprietary publishing to open access publishing. Other topics will include Open Educational Resources (OERs) at UAlbany; an update on Scholars Archive, the UAlbany Libraries' open access repository; and a showcase of student work.

The event is free and open to the public. Lunch will be provided with support from University Auxiliary Services. For more information and to RSVP, visit our Open Access Day event page (http://scholarsarchive.library.albany.edu/open_access_week/).

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.

 




October 10, 2017

Cultural Heritage at Risk: In Defense of Civilization

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October 10, 2017

Contacts: Karen E. Kiorpes, Head, Alice Hastings Murphy Preservation Department, kkiorpes@albany.edu, (518) 437-3923; Rebecca Mugridge, Dean of University Libraries, rmugridge@albany.edu, (518) 442-3568.

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STATEWIDE CONFERENCE ON "CULTURAL HERITAGE AT RISK"


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The University Libraries, in cooperation with the University at Albany College of Emergency Preparedness, Homeland Security and Cybersecurity (CEHC), as well as the New York State Department of Education, will present a one day conference on "Cultural Heritage at Risk: In Defense of Civilization." The conference will be held on October 27, 2017, 8:00 am–4:00 pm in the Campus Center Ballroom. Students, faculty, and members of the cultural community in the Capital Region and beyond are welcome. The cost per attendee, which includes lunch, is $40. For more information and to register, please see: http://scholarsarchive.library.albany.edu/char/

This conference will bring together researchers in diverse areas of specialization whose commonality is the protection and preservation of cultural heritage, including irreplaceable artistic and historical collections, buildings and important local, national, and international sites. Speakers will promote awareness of the importance of cultural heritage, what is being done to protect it, how it can be done successfully, and where research data is needed.

"Fire and flood, acts of war, civil unrest, earthquakes, and terrorism test our ability to protect life and property" says Karen E. Kiorpes, Head of the Libraries’ Alice Hastings Murphy Preservation Department and organizer of the event. "The loss of historic sites, buildings, libraries, and museum collections means a loss of part of our collective cultural identity, undermining our understanding of who we are and where we come from."

Generous funding for this event is provided by a Conference Support Award from the University at Albany, discretionary funds from CEHC and the University Libraries, and the New York State Conservation/Preservation Grant program.

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 123 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.

 





Save the Date: Open Access Day on October 26

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NEWS RELEASE • FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

October 10, 2017

Contacts: Elaine Lasda, elasda@albany.edu  (518) 442-3695; Rebecca Mugridge, Dean of University Libraries, rmugridge@albany.edu, (518) 442-3568.

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Celebrate Open Access Week with the University Libraries

Open Access Week 2017 icon

The University Libraries, as centers of scholarly communication on campus, will be celebrating Open Access Week with a full day event on Thursday, October 26th, 9:15 am-3:00 pm in the Science Library's Patricia and J. Spencer Standish Board Room.

Open Access Week is an annual, global event during which members of the academic and research community come together to discuss how removing access barriers to scholarly output could transform the way scientific inquiry and research are conducted. In 2017, Open Access Week runs October 23–October 29.

Keynote speakers will be Darren Chase and Shafeek Fazal of the Stony Brook University Libraries, who will share their experiences developing and implementing the Stony Brook University Open Access Policy. Dr.Johan Rooryck from Leiden University, the Netherlands, will talk about his experience moving from proprietary publishing to open access publishing. Other topics will include Open Educational Resources (OERs) at UAlbany, an update on Scholars Archive, the UAlbany Libraries' open access repository, and a showcase of student work.  

The event is free and open to the public. Lunch will be provided. For more information and to RSVP, visit our Open Access Day event page (http://scholarsarchive.library.albany.edu/open_access_week/).

With Support from University Auxiliary Services

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 123 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.

 





October 5, 2017

Paul Grondahl: A Biographer's and Ghostwriter's Tale

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October 6, 2017

Contacts: Trudi Jacobson, Head, Information Literacy Department,tjacobson@albany.edu, (518) 442-3581; Rebecca Mugridge, Dean of University Libraries, rmugridge@albany.edu, (518) 442-3568.

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Paul Grondahl: A Biographer's and Ghostwriter's Tale

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Paul Grondahl, the award-winning journalist, biographer, and Director of UAlbany's New York State Writers Institute, will present on "How the Standish Room and the Corning Tower Got Their Names: A Biographer's and Ghostwriter's Tale" on Wednesday, October 18, 2017, 12:35–1:30 p.m. in the Science Library's Patricia and J. Spencer Standish Board Room. The event will be the second in the "Campus Conversations in Standish" series of the fall 2017 semester. Complimentary refreshments will be provided. All are welcome.

The title of Grondahl's talk is pertinent to its setting—the Standish Room on the third floor of the Science Library. "Many visitors probably don't give a thought about who the room is named for," says Grondahl. "I also imagine that plenty of folks have no idea why the tallest building in Albany is named the Corning Tower. I hope my talk will raise awareness about investigating the stories behind the names we see on buildings all over campus."

While sharing his thoughts on the writing craft, as well as some local history, Grondahl hopes that "those who attend will come to realize that everyone has a story worth telling."

Launched by the University Libraries in spring 2015, "Campus Conversations in Standish" raise awareness of UAlbany faculty research and expertise, and connect members of the UAlbany community and beyond in an exchange of ideas and perspectives. They are held two to three times per semester on selected Wednesdays, 12:35–1:30 p.m. in the Patricia and J. Spencer Standish Board Room on the third level of the Science Library. "Campus Conversations in Standish" are free and open to all.

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 123 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 26, 2017

Campus Conversations in Standish: Laura Wittern-Keller, PhD on October 4

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September 27, 2017

Contacts: Trudi Jacobson, Head, Information Literacy Department, tjacobson@albany.edu, (518) 442-3581; Rebecca Mugridge, Dean of University Libraries, rmugridge@albany.edu, (518) 442-3568.

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Laura Wittern-Keller, PhD:
A Historian's Perspective on Challenged Presidential Actions, the Supreme Court, and the U.S. Constitution

 


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The Department of History's Laura Wittern-Keller, PhD will lead the first "Campus Conversations in Standish" of the fall 2017 semester with a discussion titled "The Supreme Court vs. The President: How the Court Decides the Constitutionality of Challenged Presidential Actions."

The event will take place on Wednesday, October 4, 2017, 12:35–1:30 p.m. in the Science Library's Patricia and J. Spencer Standish Board Room. All are welcome. Complimentary refreshments will be provided.

According to Dr. Wittern-Keller, the issue of whether a president is acting constitutionally is not new in America's history. "Objections to presidential actions have arisen many times in our history, but only in a few of those cases has the Supreme Court gotten involved," says Dr. Wittern-Keller. "When it did, in a 1952 case that questioned Truman's abilities as commander-in-chief during the Korean War, it set a precedent that is still followed today. We will discuss what that precedent says and how it has been applied ever since to see what the justices might consider if another challenge case were to arise." says Dr. Wittern-Keller.

A dedicated educator and scholar, Dr. Wittern-Keller is the author of Freedom of the Screen: Legal Challenges to State Film Censorship, 1915-1981 (2008) and the co-author of The Miracle Case: Film Censorship and the Supreme Court (2008). She writes the blog, "An Engaged Professor" at engagedprofessor.blogspot.com/.

Launched by the University Libraries in spring 2015 and held two to three times per semester, "Campus Conversations in Standish" raise awareness of UAlbany faculty research and expertise, and connect members of the UAlbany community and beyond in an exchange of ideas and perspectives. "Campus Conversations in Standish" are free and open to the public and are always held on selected Wednesdays, 12:35 – 1:30 p.m. in the Patricia and J. Spencer Standish Board Room on the third level of the Science Library.

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 123 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.

 





August 21, 2017

A Great Dane Welcome @ Your Library on August 28

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August 22, 2017

Contacts: Amanda Lowe, Marketing & Outreach 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 Host Fourth Annual "A Great Dane Welcome @ Your Library"


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The University Libraries will host its fourth annual “A Great Dane Welcome @ Your Library” on Monday, August 28, 1:30 - 3:30 pm at the outside entrance to the University Library.

The "welcome" event is for all University at Albany students. It provides an opportunity to become acquainted with all the University Libraries' resources, services and facilities that support academic success. Learn about our wide-ranging online databases, PAWS (Personalized Assistance With Searching), Ask Us 24/7, Library Zones, collaborative study rooms, iLearn workshops, and the IMC center. Choose from a selection of leisure-reading books donated by library staff, as well as items donated by library vendors ranging from pens, bags, Post-it notes, and much more!

"'A Great Dane Welcome @ Your Library' stands out as one of my favorite University Libraries traditions," says Rebecca Mugridge, Dean of University Libraries. "I look forward to personally welcoming students to the Libraries."

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 123 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.

 





August 10, 2017

International Students Reception on August 21

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August 10, 2017

Contacts: Yu-Hui Chen, Subject Librarian for Education and East Asian Studies, ychen@albany.edu, (518) 442-3586; Rebecca Mugridge, Dean of University Libraries, rmugridge@albany.edu, (518) 442-3568.

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University Libraries to Host International Students Reception on August 21


International Students Reception Photo

The University Libraries will welcome all incoming University at Albany international students on Monday, August 21, 2017, 4:00 – 5:15 pm. The reception will take place on the uptown campus on the first floor of the University Library. Light refreshments will be served. The reception is co-sponsored by University Auxiliary Services and the Office of International Student and Scholar Services.

"The International Students Reception is one of my favorite University Libraries' traditions," says Dean of University Libraries Rebecca Mugridge. "I look forward to joining the campus community in welcoming our international students to the University at Albany."

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 123 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.





June 26, 2017

Redesign of Science Library

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June 26, 2017

Contacts: Kabel Nathan Stanwicks, Head of Access Services, kstanwicks@albany.edu, 442-3578 ; Rebecca Mugridge, Dean of University Libraries, rmugridge@albany.edu, 442-3568.

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Redesign of Science Library

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The periodicals on the second level of the Science Library are scheduled to be moved to the Science Library's lower level beginning Monday, June 26. The move is part of a redesign of the Science Library—primarily its second level—that is anticipated to continue throughout the summer.

Library users will still be able to access the Science Library's print collections by using the Libraries' paging service. The paging service is accessed through the Library's online catalog. After finding a library item in the online catalog, click "All Items" to check its current status, and select the "Request this item" link at the far right of the screen.

Users may also request an item by visiting a circulation desk and talking with a staff member. Journal articles can be requested through the Libraries' ILLiad service and using the article request form.

Please check back for frequent updates. We appreciate your patience at this time

About the University at Albany Libraries
The University Libraries comprise the University Library, the Science Library, and the Dewey Graduate Library. A member of the Association of Research Libraries (ARL), the 123 largest, most comprehensive research libraries in North America (www.arl.org/membership/list-of-arl-members), the University at Albany 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 UniversityLibraries, visit library.albany.edu

June 14, 2017

Progress Report: Single Service Desk Construction

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June 22, 2017

Contacts: Deborah Bernnard, Director of Public Services,dbernnard@albany.edu,(518)442-3561; Rebecca Mugridge, Dean of University Libraries, rmugridge@albany.edu, (518) 442-3568.

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Progress Report: Single Service Desk Construction

Construction of the University Library’s new single-service Reference and Circulation desk continues.

Watch its progress on the time-lapse video created by David Dickinson, the Libraries' Interactive Media Center Training Specialist: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iT_VrrCVML0&feature=youtu.be.

While renovations are underway, Circulation and Reference services will be provided to the left of the lobby entrance--where the current Reference desk is now. Reference services will not move across the first floor as announced previously.

The Libraries anticipate no interruption of service during this period. We appreciate your cooperation as we enhance our facility.

 

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June 12, 2017

One Point of Service: Reference and Circulation Desks to be Combined


Model of Single Service Desk

This summer the University Library's Reference and Circulation desks will be joined together so that in the future, students, faculty, and staff will receive public library services at one service point. Currently, library users must go to separate desks for certain library services—for example to the Circulation desk for checkout and return of laptops, and to the Reference Desk for research guidance.

The new, single service desk will be installed at the entrance of the University Library—roughly where the current Circulation desk stands now.

The ITS Help Desk, currently located on the Lecture Center concourse (LC27) will also be joining the University Library's public service desk.

"This project will assist us in streamlining our services, as well as enhance the space on the University Library's first floor," says Rebecca Mugridge, Dean of University Libraries. "We are excited to improve our visitors' experience."

The renovation is scheduled to begin the week of June 12, 2017 and to continue throughout the summer; the new, single service desk is scheduled to be completed in August 2017.

Temporarily, while renovations are underway, Circulation services will be provided where the current Reference desk is now—off to the left of the lobby entrance. Reference services will move to a glass-enclosed office across the first floor—off to the right of the lobby entrance. The ITS Help Desk will remain in its current location (LC27) until the new desk is ready in August.

The Libraries anticipate no interruption of service during this period. We appreciate your cooperation as we enhance our facility.

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The University Libraries comprise the University Library, the Science Library, and the Dewey Graduate Library. A member of the Association of Research Libraries (ARL), the 123 largest, most comprehensive research libraries in North America (www.arl.org/membership/list-of-arl-members), the University at Albany 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

 

May 2, 2017

Advanced Student Photography Exhibition at University Library

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May 5, 2017

Contacts: Regina Conboy, Head, Interactive Media Center, rconboy@albany.edu, (518) 442-3608; Rebecca Mugridge, Dean of University Libraries, rmugridge@albany.edu, (518) 442-3568.

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Advanced Student Photography Exhibition at University Library

 


IMC Student Photography Exhibition Photo

A collaboration between the University Libraries and the Department of Art and Art History will come to fruition when an exhibition of advanced student photography opens on May 5. Titled Finding Our Way: Student Work from Art 444 Advanced Photography, the exhibition will be held in the University Library's Interactive Media Center (lower level). An impromptu conversation between Danny Goodwin, Associate Professor of Art, and Regina Conboy, Head, Interactive Media Center stimulated the idea for this University at Albany collaboration.

Art 444 Advanced Photography focuses on traditional chemical-based black and white photography, as well as digital photography. The exhibition will feature a single, limited edition photograph from each student's final project. To ensure their longevity and to encourage sustainable artistic practices, all works in the exhibition will be printed on cotton rag paper using archival pigment inks and presented on museum board.

"As a comprehensive, public research university, the production of new, distinctive creative works is one of the most important things we do at the undergraduate level," says Professor Goodwin. "I’m delighted to have worked alongside this group this semester."

"The University Libraries champion our students' work," says Dean of University Libraries Rebecca Mugridge. "In addition to supporting our faculty and students, we celebrate their achievements. We are proud to display our students’ art work in the Interactive Media Center."

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 124 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.

 





April 24, 2017

Therapy Dogs at Science Library May 2

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April 24, 2017

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

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Therapy Dogs at Science Library May 2


Therapy Dogs Spring 2017 photo

Therapy Dogs from nearby Schenectady will be making their soothing presence known in the Science Library atrium on Tuesday, May 2, 1:00–3:00 p.m. The program will be the first of the University Libraries' Stress Less UAlbany @ Your Libraries spring 2017 series.

A staple on college campuses during exam seasons, therapy dogs have developed a reputation for alleviating test anxiety. Recent studies indicate they also diminish feelings of depression and stress.1 All students, faculty and staff are welcome.

"The therapy dogs are definitely something I look forward to during finals," says Rachel Szeliga, a senior and Biology major. "I always do my best to see them, because it's a great break from studying. Twice a year is not enough!"

"I look forward to the therapy dogs program each semester," says Rebecca Mugridge, Dean of University Libraries. "It's an event that brings the entire campus together."

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 124 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.

  1. Amber Lannon and Pamela Harrison, "Take a Paws: Fostering Student Wellness with a Therapy Dog Program at Your University Library," Public Services Quarterly 11, no. 1 (2015): 13-22 (Review of the Literature), doi: 10.1080/15228959.2014.984264.




April 21, 2017

Special Collections & Archives to Digitize History of U.S. Executions

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April 21, 2017

Contacts: Brian Keough, Head of Special Collections & Archives, bkeough@albany.edu, (518) 437-3931; Rebecca Mugridge, Dean of University Libraries, rmugridge@albany.edu, (518) 442-3568.

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Special Collections & Archives to Digitize History of U.S. Executions

The University Libraries are pleased to announce that the M.E. Grenander Department of Special Collections & Archives was recently awarded a $157,775 grant to digitize and make freely available via the Web primary source materials that document the history of legal executions in the United States from 1608 to 2002. The grant will support the conversion to digital format of the papers of M. Watt Espy, Jr. The grant was conferred by the Council on Library and Information Resources (CLIR). Brian Keough, Head of Special Collections & Archives, will lead the project.

"Digitization increases the visibility of unique resources," says Dean of University Libraries Rebecca Mugridge. “We are proud that Special Collections & Archives has received this prestigious grant to raise awareness of this aspect of our nation’s history." Click here to learn more.


Note card from Executions Archives

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 124 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.

 





April 13, 2017

Monuments Men Screening at the University Libraries

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April 13, 2017

Contacts: Karen Kiorpes, Head, Alice Hastings Murphy Preservation Department, kkiorpes@albany.edu, (518) 437-3923; Rebecca Mugridge, Dean of University Libraries, rmugridge@albany.edu, (518) 442-3568.

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Monuments Men Screening at the University Libraries


Monuments Men Photo

A screening of Monuments Men, the riveting documentary about German art plunders during WWII and the work of the Allies to save our cultural heritage, will occur on Friday, April 28, 2017, noon-1:00 p.m. in the Cobb Room (lower level, B43) of the University Libraries. Complimentary popcorn will be provided.

During WWII the Nazis plundered some of the world's greatest art works as they tore across Europe. Learn how the Allies tracked down these priceless works, what they saved, and what is still missing to this day.

The screening is being organized by the Libraries' Alice Hastings Murphy Preservation Department in concert with "Preservation Week," a project sponsored by the American Library Association to highlight the importance of preserving our cultural heritage whether it be paintings, sculpture, sound recordings, manuscripts, books, or buildings. "Preservation Week" has occurred annually since 2005. This year's "Preservation Week" is April 23-29, 2017.  

"I am looking forward to the screening of Monuments Men," says Dean of University Libraries Rebecca Mugridge. "I find that the themes of the film connect with the message of 'Preservation Week.' These values are vital to an academic library."


Preservation Week logo

 

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 124 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.

 





March 15, 2017

New Online Resource: American Antiquarian Society Historical Periodicals Collection

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March 15, 2017

Contacts: Mary Van Ullen, Director of Collections, mvanullen@albany.edu, (518) 442-3559; Rebecca Mugridge, Dean of University Libraries, rmugridge@albany.edu, (518) 442-3568.

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New Online Resource:
American Antiquarian Society Historical Periodicals Collection

 


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UAlbany students, faculty, and staff may now view thousands of digitized newspapers, images, and documents from the Colonial Era through the Civil War and Reconstruction on the American Antiquarian Society (AAS) Historical Periodicals Collection database. The database may be accessed here: http://library.albany.edu/db/resource/?id=4238.

Subject Librarian Jesús Alonso-Regalado notes that the "AAS Historical Periodicals Collection database provides digital access to a comprehensive collection of American periodicals published between 1684 and 1912."

Alonso-Regalado further notes that this acquisition drew strong faculty interest and support. "The American Antiquarian Society digital collection provides the University at Albany community with access to one of the most comprehensive historical newspaper collections in the world," says Dr. Christopher L. Pastore, Assistant Professor of History. "This resource creates an infinite number of new possibilities for original research on early American topics, including, among others, the history of American politics, race, class, gender, religion, and the environment. The acquisition of this collection will enrich our American history courses and expand the research possibilities for both our faculty and students at all levels."  

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 124 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.

 





March 10, 2017

Dr. Lawrence Schell to Speak on Eliminating Native American Health Disparities

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March 10, 2017

Contacts: Trudi Jacobson, Head, Information Literacy Department, tjacobson@albany.edu, (518) 442-3581; Rebecca Mugridge, Dean of University Libraries, rmugridge@albany.edu, (518) 442-3568.

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Dr. Lawrence Schell to Speak on Eliminating
Native American Health Disparities


Lawrence Schell photo

Dr. Lawrence Schell, Director of the University at Albany's Center for the Elimination of Minority Health Disparities will present on "Minority Health Disparities: The Case of Native Americans" on Wednesday, March 29, 2017, 12:35–1:30 p.m. in the Science Library's Patricia and J. Spencer Standish Board Room. Free and open to the public, the event will be the last in the "Campus Conversations in Standish" series of the spring 2017 semester. Complimentary refreshments will be provided. The Patricia and J. Spencer Standish Board Room is on the third level of the University at Albany's Science Library.

Professor Schell, who is also a Professor of Anthropology and a Professor of Epidemiology and Biostatistics at the University at Albany, will deliver a brief presentation on Native American health disparities before leading a discussion on the topic. His talk comes at a time when minority health disparities are gaining national attention. In April 2016, the Center for the Elimination of Minority Health Disparities received a $10 million National Institutes of Health grant to examine minority health disparities in the northeast United States.

"This semester's 'Campus Conversations in Standish' series revolved around the theme of communities," says Rebecca Mugridge, Dean of University Libraries."Dr. Schell's presentation addresses an alarming challenge to an underrepresented community."

Launched by the University Libraries in spring 2015, "Campus Conversations in Standish" is designed to showcase UAlbany faculty research and expertise and to connect members of the UAlbany community and beyond in an exchange of ideas and perspectives. "Campus Conversations in Standish" are free and open to the public and are always held from 12:35 to 1:30 p.m. in the Patricia and J. Spencer Standish Board Room on the third level of the University at Albany's Science Library.

About the University at Albany Libraries
The University Libraries comprise the University Library, the Science Library, and the Dewey Graduate Library. A member of the Association of Research Libraries (ARL), the 124 largest, most comprehensive research libraries in North America (www.arl.org/membership/list-of-arl-members), the University at Albany 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.

 





March 8, 2017

Blackboard and Electronic Reserves Unavailable Tuesday, March 14

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UNIVERSITY LIBRARIES • ANNOUNCEMENT

March 8, 2017

Contacts: Timothy Jackson, Resource Sharing and Reserves Coordinator, (518) 442-3613, tjackson@albany.edu; Rebecca Mugridge, Dean of University Libraries, rmugridge@albany.edu, (518) 442-3568.

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Tuesday, March 14, 8:00 AM – 4:00 PM

Blackboard and Electronic Reserves will be unavailable from 8:00 AM to 4:00 PM on Tuesday, March 14, because of system maintenance. Thank you for your patience while Blackboard and Electronic Reserves are unavailable.

About the University at Albany Libraries
The University Libraries comprise the University Library, the Science Library, and the Dewey Graduate Library. A member of the Association of Research Libraries (ARL), the 124 largest, most comprehensive research libraries in North America (www.arl.org/membership/list-of-arl-members), the University at Albany 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

 





February 28, 2017

Take a "Paws" from Midterms with the Therapy Dogs

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UNIVERSITY LIBRARIES • ANNOUNCEMENT

February 27, 2017

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

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Take a "Paws" from Midterms with the Therapy Dogs


Photo of therapy dogs midterms 2017

When: Thursday, March 2, 2017
Where: Science Library Atrium (Ground Floor)
Time: 1:00–3:00 PM

 

 

About the University at Albany Libraries
The University Libraries comprise the University Library, the Science Library, and the Dewey Graduate Library. A member of the Association of Research Libraries (ARL), the 124 largest, most comprehensive research libraries in North America (www.arl.org/membership/list-of-arl-members), the University at Albany 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

 





February 1, 2017

David Hochfelder on the Human Toll of Urban Renewal

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February 13, 2017

Contact(s): Trudi Jacobson, Head, Information Literacy Department, tjacobson@albany.edu, (518) 442-3581; Rebecca Mugridge, Dean of University Libraries, rmugridge@albany.edu, (518) 442-3568.

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History Department's David Hochfelder on the Human Toll of Urban Renewal


David Hochfelder Photo

On the morning of March 27, 1962, thousands of families living in downtown Albany learned that through eminent domain the State of New York had "appropriated" their homes and businesses for the purposes of building the Empire State Plaza. The stories of the people this urban renewal project displaced are the focus of University at Albany's Dr. David Hochfelder's public research project, "98 Acres in Albany."

Dr. Hochfelder will reveal these people's stories at the next "Campus Conversations in Standish" on Wednesday, February 22, 2017, 12:35 to 1:30 p.m. in the Patricia and J. Spencer Standish Board Room at the University at Albany's Science Library (third level). Dr. Hochfelder, Associate Professor of History, will lead a discussion with a talk titled "98 Acres in Albany: Telling the Social History of Urban Renewal." The event is free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be provided.

Urban renewal was a hallmark of American life in the post-World War II years. An examination of Albany's own history provides examples and context, the most long-lasting in impact being the Empire State Plaza. "What I'd like audience members to come away with is how large-scale urban redevelopment projects changed the faces of America's cities after World War II, and how people at the time directly experienced these sweeping changes," says Dr. Hochfelder.

An expert on the history of United States business and technology, Professor Hochfelder also focuses on public history. He developed the popular undergraduate class "Introduction to Public History." The "98 Acres in Albany" project highlights his commitment to the field. The project's website may be found at https://98acresinalbany.wordpress.com/.

Dr. Hochfelder's discussion will be the second of the spring 2017 "Campus Conversations in Standish" series. Launched by the University at Albany Libraries in spring 2015, the highly-respected "Campus Conversations in Standish" are designed to showcase faculty research and expertise and to connect members of the UAlbany community in an exchange of ideas and perspectives. "Campus Conversations in Standish" are free and open to the public and are held in the Patricia and J. Spencer Standish Board Room on the third level of the University at Albany's Science Library.

About the University at Albany Libraries
The University Libraries comprise the University Library, the Science Library, and the Dewey Graduate Library. A member of the Association of Research Libraries (ARL), the 124 largest, most comprehensive research libraries in North America (www.arl.org/membership/list-of-arl-members), the University at Albany 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

 





January 18, 2017

Criminalizing the LGBTQ Community

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January 18, 2017

Contacts: Trudi Jacobson, Head, Information Literacy Department,tjacobson@albany.edu, (518) 442-3581; Rebecca Mugridge, Dean of University Libraries, rmugridge@albany.edu, (518) 442-3568.

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Rockefeller College's Victor Asal:
"Criminalizing the LGBTQ Community and the Long Arm of the Religious State"

Dr. Victor Asal will lead the next "Campus Conversations in Standish" with a presentation titled "Criminalizing the LGBTQ Community and the Long Arm of the Religious State" on Wednesday, February 8, 2017 from 12:35 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. in the Patricia and J. Spencer Standish Board Room at the University at Albany's Science Library. The event is free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be served.

Dr. Asal is Chair of the Rockefeller College of Public Affairs & Policy's Department of Public Administration, and Associate Professor of Political Science. Dr. Asal's discussion will address the state of the LGBTQ community on the international level and how it features prominently in global discourse. A policy examination will offer insight and context to the discussion. "Given all the challenges that face the LGBTQ community, this presentation will give us a useful analytical overview of why legal treatment of the LGBTQ community varies so much from country to country and what might impact this in the future," explains Dr. Asal, who is also a university expert on terrorism, discrimination, and political violence.

In December 2016, Professor Asal and Udi Sommer released a book titled Legal Path Dependence and the Long Arm of the Religious State: Sodomy Provisions and Gay Rights across Nations and over Time. Published by SUNY Press, the text examines legal and cultural traditions surrounding state regulation of LGBTQ communities. It also develops a Gay Rights Index used to assess these findings.

Professor Asal has received numerous awards and recognitions including the 2015 CQ Press Award for Teaching Innovation from the American Political Science Association.

Launched by the University at Albany Libraries in spring 2015, “Campus Conversations in Standish” are designed to spotlight University at Albany faculty research and expertise and to connect members of the campus community and beyond in an exchange of ideas and perspectives. “Campus Conversations in Standish” are free and open to the public. They are held in the Patricia and J. Spencer Standish Board Room on the third level of the University at Albany’s Science Library.

About the University at Albany Libraries
The University Libraries comprise the University Library, the Science Library, and the Dewey Graduate Library. A member of the Association of Research Libraries (ARL), the 124 largest, most comprehensive research libraries in North America (www.arl.org/membership/list-of-arl-members), the University at Albany 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

 





December 5, 2016

Therapy Dogs Help You Stress Less



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December 5, 2016

Contacts: Amanda Lowe, Lending & Access Services Associate amlowe@albany.edu, (518) 442-4424; Rebecca Mugridge, Dean of University Libraries, rmugridge@albany.edu, (518) 442-3568.

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Therapy Dogs Help You Stress Less


Photo for Therapy Dogs Finals 2016 Event Photo

The University Libraries invite all UAlbany students, faculty, and staff to experience a series of fall 2016 events meant to reduce student stress during finals. The kick-off event will be a Therapy Dogs visit on Wednesday, December 7, 1:00 pm–3:00 pm in the garden-level atrium of the Science Library.

The Schenectady Chapter of Therapy Dogs International will be bringing dogs to the Science Library that have been specially trained to comfort people experiencing stress. Therapy dogs are known for their ability to lower stress levels in a variety of educational settings, which is the reason they frequent campuses during exam times. Studies show that therapy dogs rival conventional stress management programs in reducing anxiety, stress, and depression.

"We're very excited to have the therapy dogs back again," says Amanda Lowe, University Libraries Lending & Access Services Associate. "They were here in October for midterms and we had a record turnout."

"The therapy dogs have become a staple in our stress reduction programming," says Dean of University Libraries Rebecca Mugridge. "It is one of my favorite University Libraries' traditions."

About the University at Albany Libraries
The University Libraries comprise the University Library, the Science Library, and the Dewey Graduate Library. A member of the Association of Research Libraries (ARL), the 124 largest, most comprehensive research libraries in North America (www.arl.org/membership/list-of-arl-members), the University at Albany 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.

 

Amber Lannon and Pamela Harrison, "Take a Paws: Fostering Student Wellness With a Therapy Dog Program at Your University Library," Public Services Quarterly 11, no. 2 (2015): 14. doi: 10.1080/15228959.2014.984264     

 

 





November 8, 2016

Welcome Visiting Scholar Rong Xiao



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November 8, 2016


Contact: Rebecca Mugridge, Dean of University Libraries, rmugridge@albany.edu, (518) 442-3568.


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University Libraries Welcome
Visiting Scholar Rong Xiao

 


Rong Xiao Photo

The University Libraries welcome its first Institute for International Visiting Scholars, visiting librarian Rong Xiao.

In support of the University President's initiative to expand the University at Albany's international reach, Yu-Hui Chen, PhD, Subject Librarian for Education and East Asian Studies initiated a collaboration between the University Libraries and the Center for International Education and Global Strategy to recruit librarians from overseas to attend the Center's newly established Institute for International Visiting Scholars (IIVS). Dr. Chen developed a proposal for the Libraries to host an international visiting librarian for the fall 2016 semester. The program allows the visiting librarian to gain an understanding of how American libraries operate by observing many facets of our operation and taking field trips to other libraries. In addition, the visiting librarian will take part in seminars and other cultural activities hosted by IIVS.

Ms. Xiao works at the Library of Southwestern University of Finance and Economics (SWUFE) in Chengdu, Sichuan Province (China). Ms. Xiao received a Bachelor's degree in English for Economics and Trade and a Masters of Business Administration degree from the Southwestern University of Finance and Economics.

"I am enjoying the environment at the University Libraries," says Ms. Xiao. "My dean at SWUFE expects me to get a good understanding of how U.S. libraries operate and the differences between U.S. libraries and libraries in China." Ms. Xiao comments favorably on the Libraries' zones for collaborative, quiet, and silent study, noting that the study spaces provide a good opportunity for people to work longer and more comfortably.

"We are pleased to host Ms. Xiao as a visiting librarian this semester," says Dean of University Libraries Rebecca Mugridge. "We believe that her visit will provide both the library and the campus community with meaningful exposure to diverse perspectives. This, in turn, will enrich our learning environment."

About the University at Albany Libraries
The University Libraries comprise the University Library, the Science Library, and the Dewey Graduate Library. A member of the Association of Research Libraries (ARL), the 124 largest, most comprehensive research libraries in North America (www.arl.org/membership/list-of-arl-members), the University at Albany 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

 





October 5, 2016

2016 Presidential Election: An Historian's Perspective


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October 5, 2016


Contacts: Trudi Jacobson, Head, Information Literacy Department, tjacobson@albany.edu, (518) 442-3581; Rebecca Mugridge, Dean of University Libraries, rmugridge@albany.edu, (518) 442-3568.


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2016 Presidential Election: An Historian's Perspective




Carl Bon Tempo Photo

Dr. Carl Bon Tempo, Associate Professor of History, will present "Election 2016: An Historical Perspective" on Wednesday, October 19, 2016, 12:35 p.m.–1:30 p.m., in the Science Library's Patricia and J. Spencer Standish Board Room. The event is free and open to all. Complimentary light refreshments will be served.

Professor Bon Tempo will deliver a brief presentation and then facilitate a discussion around the issues. The highly-contested 2016 election has been the subject of unprecedented coverage and record turn-outs. A look at historical currents will offer insight and context to this year's race.

"Obviously, the 2016 election has so far proven to be an extraordinary event and is on the minds of most Americans. My goal in this talk is to provide some historical perspective on the election and the candidates," says Professor Bon Tempo. "Hopefully, I will be able to help our community better understand some of the dynamics at play and where this election sits in the longer history of American politics."

An accomplished scholar and educator, Professor Bon Tempo has received numerous awards and recognitions, including the College of Arts and Sciences Dean's Award for Outstanding Achievement in Teaching.

The event will be the second in the series of "Campus Conversations in Standish" of the 2016-2017 academic year. The University Libraries launched "Campus Conversations in Standish" in spring 2015 to call attention to University at Albany faculty research and expertise and to connect members of the UAlbany community in an exchange of ideas and perspectives. All "Campus Conversations in Standish" are held in the Patricia and J. Spencer Standish Board Room on the third floor of the Science Library at the University at Albany and are free and open to the public.

About the University at Albany Libraries
The University Libraries comprise the University Library, the Science Library, and the Dewey Graduate Library. A member of the Association of Research Libraries (ARL), the 124 largest, most comprehensive research libraries in North America (www.arl.org/membership/list-of-arl-members), the University at Albany 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

October 4, 2016

University Libraries to Celebrate Open Access Week. Jerry Sheehan of the White House OSTP to be Keynote Speaker


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October 18 , 2016


Contacts: Elaine Lasda Bergman, Subject Librarian for Social Welfare and Reference, elasdabergman@albany.edu,(518)442-3695; Rebecca Mugridge, Dean of University Libraries, rmugridge@albany.edu,(518)442-3568.


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University Libraries to Celebrate Open Access Week
Jerry Sheehan of the White House OSTP to be Keynote Speaker

Jerry Sheehan of the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) will be the keynote speaker at the University Libraries' celebration of Open Access Week. The event will be held on Tuesday, October 25, 10:00 am–2:00 pm, in the Science Library's Patricia and J. Spencer Standish Board Room and is free and open to the public. Lunch will be served with support provided by UAlbany's University Auxiliary Services. Please RSVP if you plan to attend.


Open Access Week is an annual global event during which members of the academic and research communities come together to discuss how removing existing barriers to accessing scholarly research could transform the way research and scientific inquiry is conducted. Open Access Week runs from October 24 to October 30 in 2016.

Mr. Sheehan, the OSTP's Assistant Director of Scientific Data and Information will address the implementation of the public access policy for accessing data from all federally grant-funded research projects. Other topics will include: Open Educational Resources (OERs), Scholars Archive (UAlbany's open access digital repository), and an update on SUNY-wide open access initiatives.

"As a center of scholarly communication on the UAlbany campus, the Libraries encourage and support open access initiatives," says Rebecca L. Mugridge, Dean of University Libraries. "It's important for all researchers to understand the implications of federal mandates regarding open access to research data, and our keynote speaker will be addressing the implementation of this policy."

Tentative Schedule

10:00 am Check in and Coffee
10:15 am Welcome and Introduction
10:25 am Lindsay Van Berkom,University Libraries, University at Albany
Scholars Archive Snapshot: Showcase Your Research
10:45 am Jerry Sheehan, White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP)
Opening Science: Increasing Access to Federally Funded Research
Noon Lunch
1:00 pm Elaine Lasda Bergman,University Libraries, University at Albany and
Julie Cuccio Slichko, Information Technology Services, University at Albany
OERs - A Game Changer for Higher Ed
1:30 pm Jessica Clemons, SUNY ESF, SUNY Council of Library Directors
SUNY-wide Open Access Initiatives

About the University at Albany Libraries
The University Libraries comprise the University Library, the Science Library, and the Dewey Graduate Library. A member of the Association of Research Libraries (ARL), the 124 largest, most comprehensive research libraries in North America (www.arl.org/membership/list-of-arl-members), the University at Albany 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 28, 2016

Rebecca Mugridge Appointed Dean of University Libraries


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September 28, 2016


Contacts:Rebecca Mugridge, Dean of University Libraries, rmugridge@albany.edu, (518) 442-3568.


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Rebecca Mugridge Appointed Dean of University Libraries

 


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Albany, N.Y. (September 28, 2016)—Rebecca Mugridge was appointed Dean of University Libraries effective August 26, 2016. Interim President James Stellar officially announced Mugridge's appointment in an e-mail distributed to University at Albany faculty and staff.

Mugridge has served in the capacity of Interim Dean & Director of the University Libraries since July 2015. She joined the University at Albany Libraries in 2013 as Associate Director for Technical Services and Library Systems. Prior to her appointment at the University at Albany, she held positions at a number of academic libraries, including The Pennsylvania State University, Yale University, Robert Morris University, and the University of Pittsburgh.

"When I arrived in Albany, I saw a university library system with immense potential," Mugridge explains. "I'm grateful and excited to be leading an ARL institution. My vision is to continue the current initiatives undertaken by the University Libraries, while also expanding our reach in the campus community. Collaborative efforts with faculty and students are among my top priorities." 

Mugridge received her Master of Library Science degree from the University of Pittsburgh in 1991. She also earned an M.B.A. from Robert Morris University in 1998. Outside of the University Libraries, Mugridge enjoys traveling, exploring upstate New York, reading, and spending time with her dogs and cats.

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 124 largest, most comprehensive research libraries in North America, the University at Albany 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 22, 2016

Defend Freedom. Read Banned Books.


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September 22, 2016


Contacts: Amanda Lowe, Lending and Access Services Associate, amlowe@albany.edu, (518) 442-4424; Rebecca Mugridge, Dean of University Libraries, rmugridge@albany.edu, (518) 442-3568.


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Defend Freedom. Read Banned Books.


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Albany, N.Y. (September 28, 2016)—Attempts occur far too frequently to ban such books as The Catcher in the Rye, 1984, Bridge to Terabithia, and Beloved. The University Libraries encourage the UAlbany community to resist censorship by reading passages from their favorite banned books at a Banned Books Read-Out. The Banned Books Read-Out will be held at the University Library on Wednesday, September 28, 2016, from 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm in the Current Periodicals Room (lower level). A discussion about censorship will be led by Amanda Lowe, University Libraries Lending and Access Services Associate. The event coincides with Banned Books Week, an annual event that celebrates the freedom to read. For lists of frequently challenged books, see: www.ala.org/bbooks/frequentlychallengedbooks/childrensbooks.

Banned Books Week, which is traditionally held during the last week of September (September 25–October 1 in 2016), 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, journalists, professors, students, librarians, booksellers, publishers, 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 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 while drawing attention to the harms of censorship.

"The University Libraries are very excited to be able to hold this event again," says Amanda Lowe, University Libraries Lending and Access Services Associate. "Being able to have honest conversations about intellectual freedom issues, like censorship, are very important. I'm glad that we are providing our students and faculty with a time and place to do that."

"Last year's Banned Books Read-Out was a resounding success," says Dean of University Libraries, Rebecca Mugridge. "I'm looking forward to once again seeing our students and faculty celebrate the First Amendment and academic freedom through the reading of banned books."

If you are positive that you would like to read at the event, please email Amanda Lowe at amlowe@albany.edu so she can put you on the list of readers. We ask that passages take no longer than five minutes to read. If you are uncertain about whether you would like to read, bring a passage—any additional reading spots will be available for sign-up on the night of the event. If you choose not to read, come anyway! Participate by listening and joining discussions on censorship and intellectual freedom.

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 124 largest, most comprehensive research libraries in North America, the University at Albany 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 21, 2016

Rockefeller College's Julie Novkov on the Vital Importance of the Supreme Court



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September 21, 2016


Contacts: Trudi Jacobson, Head, Information Literacy Department, tjacobson@albany.edu, (518) 442-3581; Rebecca Mugridge, Dean of University Libraries, (518) 442-3568, rmugridge@albany.edu.


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Rockefeller College's Julie Novkov on the
Vital Importance of the Supreme Court




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Albany, N.Y. (September 28, 2016) — Dr. Julie Novkov, Chair of the Department of Political Science at the Rockefeller College of Public Affairs & Policy, and also a professor of Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies will address "The Supreme Court's 2016 Term: Interesting Times" on Wednesday, September 28, 2016 from 12:35 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. in the Science Library's Patricia and J. Spencer Standish Board Room. The event is free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be served.

While most recent political conversations have focused on the upcoming presidential election, the future of the Supreme Court remains a significant issue. Professor Novkov will deliver a brief presentation and then lead a discussion of the issues.

"Since that Wednesday immediately precedes the first Monday in October when the fall Supreme Court session begins, the timing is perfect," explains Professor Novkov. "With an open seat, an upcoming election, and some significant issues likely to be on the docket, there's a lot going on."  

Professor Novkov will inaugurate the first in the series of "Campus Conversations in Standish" of the 2016-2017 academic year. The University Libraries launched "Campus Conversations in Standish" in spring 2015 to call attention to University at Albany faculty research and expertise and to connect members of the UAlbany community in an exchange of ideas and perspectives. All Campus Conversations are held in the Patricia and J. Spencer Standish Board Room on the third floor of the Science Library at the University at Albany and are free and open to the public.

Professor Novkov is the author of Racial Union: Law, Intimacy, and the White State in Alabama, 1865-1954, The Supreme Court and the Presidency: Struggles for Supremacy, and Constituting Workers, Protecting Women: Gender, Law, and Labor in the Progressive Era and New Deal Years. She was awarded the Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Teaching in 2014.

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 124 largest, most comprehensive research libraries in North America, the University at Albany 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 19, 2016

Bloomberg Terminal Now at the University Library


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September 19, 2016


Contacts: Christian Poehlmann, Subject Librarian for Business & Economics, cpoehlmann@albany.edu, (518) 442-3582; Rebecca Mugridge, Dean of University Libraries, rmugridge@albany.edu, (518) 442-3568.


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Bloomberg Terminal Now at the University Library


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Albany, N.Y. (September 19, 2016) —A prized Bloomberg Terminal is now available at the University Library. University at Albany students, faculty, and staff can access live coverage of financial markets and securities, including data on a variety of asset classes, ranging from fixed incomes to derivatives, all in a single platform. In addition, the Bloomberg Terminal features information relating to equities, commodities, and foreign exchange. The economic and corporate data found on the Terminal is used frequently by professionals when trading on the market. Patrons are asked to inquire at the University Library's reference desk for the Terminal's location and use.

"Universities around the world use Bloomberg to bring the real world of finance into the classroom," says Chris Poehlmann, Subject Librarian for Business and Economics. "It gives students access to the same information platform used by businesses, financial institutions, and government. It's an essential tool in helping University at Albany maintain its place in top tier MBA programs."

The Bloomberg Terminal also provides the option for UAlbany students to become Bloomberg Certified, a credential that is highly valued by many companies.

In addition to financial information, the Bloomberg Terminal allows individuals to research companies and their contact information. This feature will enable students to network and connect with potential employers, including University at Albany alumni.

"The addition of the Bloomberg Terminal adds to our institution's competitive advantage," explains Rebecca Mugridge, Dean of University Libraries. "Our students are performing at a high level in the business and finance arenas. We are pleased to offer this resource to further enhance their experience."

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 124 largest, most comprehensive research libraries in North America, the University at Albany 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.





August 23, 2016

A Great Dane Welcome @ Your Libraries


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August 23, 2016


Contacts: Carol L. Anderson, Reference Librarian, (518) 442-3546, canderson@albany.edu; Rebecca L. Mugridge, Interim Dean of Libraries, (518) 442-3568, rmugridge@albany.edu.


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A Great Dane Welcome @ Your Libraries


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Albany, N.Y. (August 29, 2016) — The University Libraries will host its third annual "A Great Dane Welcome @ Your Library" on Monday, August 29, from 1:30 pm to 3:30 pm outside of the entrance to the University Library.

The "welcome" and "welcome back" event is for all University at Albany students. It is an opportunity to find out about the resources, services, and programs the University Libraries provide in support of academic success. Learn about our phenomenal online reference databases, PAWS (Personalized Assistance with Searching), Ask Us 24/7, Library Zones, collaborative study rooms, iLearn classes, and Mac Lab. Choose from a selection of leisure reading—books donated by library staff—as well as giveaways donated by library vendors ranging from pens, bags, and Post-it notes to car chargers, water bottles, and much more.

"Last year's 'A Great Dane Welcome @ Your Library' was a remarkable success," notes Rebecca Mugridge, Interim Dean of Libraries. "I'm delighted to continue the University Libraries' tradition of welcoming students to campus."  

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 124 largest, most comprehensive research libraries in North America, the University at Albany 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.





Student Borrowing Policies Improved


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 August 23, 2016


Contacts: Kabel Stanwicks, Head of Access Services, (518) 442-3578, kstanwicks@albany.edu; Rebecca Mugridge, Interim Dean of Libraries, (518) 442-3568, rmugridge@albany.edu.


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Student Borrowing Policies Improved


New Circulation Policy Photo

Albany, N.Y. (August 23, 2016) —Beginning today, all University at Albany students will see their due dates for borrowed books simplified and renewal limits increased. These are two of several improvements the University at Albany Libraries will be making to its borrowing policies in the months ahead.

Going forward, all students will have just three fixed due dates for circulating book loans: December 1, May 1, and September 1.

Loans for media items, such as DVDs and audio CDs will also change. Students will be able to borrow from the media collection for seven days. However, in order to provide fair and equal access to all, media will now be recallable.  

In addition, students will be able to check out up to 250 books from the circulating collection — an increase of over 200 books for undergraduates. Renewal limits will increase for all borrowers. More information about the University Libraries' updated loan policies may be found here: library.albany.edu/circ/

These improvements in the University Libraries' loan policies reflect a university-wide initiative to promote undergraduate research efforts. "Many undergraduates write a senior thesis or conduct higher level research," notes Kabel Stanwicks, Head of Access Services. "In lengthening the undergraduate loan period we are demonstrating that we recognize this and wish to be more in line with the ongoing efforts of the Provost's and Vice-Provost's offices to enhance undergraduate research opportunities."

"We are pleased to announce the revisions to our circulation policy," says Rebecca Mugridge, Interim Dean of Libraries. "As we enter a new academic year, the University Libraries look forward to assisting undergraduate students even further with their research."

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 124 largest, most comprehensive research libraries in North America, the University at Albany 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.





August 11, 2016

University Libraries to Host International Students Reception on August 23


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August 12, 2016


Contacts:Yu-Hui Chen, Subject Librarian for Education and East Asian Studies, ychen@albany.edu, (518) 442-3586; Rebecca Mugridge, Interim Dean of Libraries, (518) 442-3568, rmugridge@albany.edu.


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University Libraries to Host International Students Reception on August 23


International Students Reception photo

Albany, N.Y. (August 23, 2016) —The University Libraries will welcome all incoming University at Albany international students on Tuesday, August 23, 2016, from 4:00 to 5:15 PM. The reception will take place on the uptown campus in the University Library. Light refreshments will be served. The reception is co-sponsored by University Auxiliary Services and the Office of International Student and Scholar Services.

"The International Students Reception is one of my favorite University Libraries' traditions," says Interim Dean of Libraries Rebecca Mugridge. "I look forward to joining the campus community in welcoming our international students to the University at Albany."

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 124 largest, most comprehensive research libraries in North America, the University at Albany 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.





August 10, 2016

Brush Up Your Skills on PrepSTEP


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August 10, 2016


Contacts: Mary K. Van Ullen, Director of Collections, mvanullen@albany.edu, (518)442-3559; Rebecca L. Mugridge, Interim Dean of Libraries, rmugridge@albany.edu, (518) 442-3568.


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Brush Up Your Skills on PrepSTEP


PrepStep

Albany, N.Y. (August 10, 2016) —Grammar tutorials. Practice exams for the GREs.  EBooks on workplace communication. These are some of the many tools the University at Albany community now has online access to on the PrepSTEP platform.

PrepSTEP provides online resources to help build academic success as well as workplace preparedness. Several resources are available in Spanish. The University at Albany community may start using PrepSTEP by clicking here: http://library.albany.edu/db/resource/?id=4233.

Registration is required to access learning materials and to save individual practice tests.

"Adding a platform such as PrepSTEP is invaluable to the University Libraries," says Mary Van Ullen, Director of Collections at the University Libraries. "It offers University at Albany students a variety of resources."

"Our students ask for review programs and test preparation resources," explains Rebecca Mugridge, Interim Dean of Libraries. "PrepSTEP is just the right tool for them."

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 124 largest, most comprehensive research libraries in North America, the University at Albany 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.





August 3, 2016

Streaming Video from PBS


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NEWS RELEASE • FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

August 3, 2016


Contacts: Mary K. Van Ullen, Director of Collections, mvanullen@albany.edu, (518) 442-3559; Rebecca Mugridge, Interim Dean of Libraries, (518) 442-3568, rmugridge@albany.edu.


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Streaming Video from PBS


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Albany, N.Y. (August 3, 2016) — A curated collection of highly respected documentary films and series from the Public Broadcasting Service (PBS) is now accessible in streaming video to UAlbany students, faculty, and staff. The PBS Video Collection Second Edition may be accessed directly by clicking here: http://library.albany.edu/db/resource/?id=4232.

The PBS Video Collection delivers over 200 videos, spanning documentaries and series, in one online platform. The titles cover a range of academic disciplines, including history, science and technology, diversity studies, business, and current events. Familiar programs such as NOVA, Frontline, and American Experience are included, as well as films by Michael Wood and Ken Burns.

"The addition of The PBS Video Collection is significant because of its wide scope," says Mary Van Ullen, Director of Collections at the University at Albany Libraries. "It is a great resource for students and faculty in a variety of programs."

"Streaming videos are an integral part of libraries in the 21st century," explains Rebecca Mugridge, Interim Dean of Libraries. "The PBS Video Collection allows us to provide streaming media from an authoritative and familiar outlet."

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 124 largest, most comprehensive research libraries in North America, the University at Albany 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.





July 29, 2016

Life Magazine Archives Now Online


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July 29, 2016



Contacts: Mary Van Ullen, Director of Collections, mvanullen@albany.edu, (518) 442-3559; Rebecca Mugridge, Interim Dean of Libraries, rmugridge@albany.edu, (518) 442-3568.


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Life magazine archives

Life Magazine—Every Issue—Now Online

 


Albany, N.Y. (July 29, 2016)—Every issue of Life magazine, the iconic publication of twentieth century America, has been digitized and placed online in a database called the Life Magazine Archive. The Life Magazine Archive has just been acquired by the University at Albany Libraries for UAlbany students, faculty, and staff. The archives include the first issue in November of 1936 to the last in December of 2000—more than 2,200 issues. Each issue is available in a comprehensive, searchable cover-to-cover format (PDF).

The Life Magazine Archive can be accessed directly at http://library.albany.edu/db/resource/?id=4229.

Published by Time Inc., Life magazine featured story-telling through documentary photographs and informative captions. Each issue visually and powerfully depicted national and international events and topical stories, providing intimate views of real people and their real life situations. The Life Magazine Archive will be invaluable to researchers of twentieth century current events, politics and culture, as well as those interested in the history of business, advertising, and popular culture.

"Our collection of print issues of Life magazine has been heavily used by students and researchers over the years, and we are pleased to be able to provide the digital archives of this important photojournalism magazine," notes Mary Van Ullen, Director of Collections for 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 124 largest, most comprehensive research libraries in North America, the University at Albany Libraries serve the University's students, faculty, and staff to further their academic achievement and research 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 at Albany Libraries, visit library.albany.edu.


 





July 27, 2016

Access to Science Library as Campus Center Renovations Progress


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LIBRARY RENOVATIONS UPDATE


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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



July 27, 2016

Access to Science Library as Renovations to Campus Center Proceed

Science Library entrances/exits at the Podium Level remain open. The hallway to the Science Library on the east side garden level, next to the Barnes & Noble Bookstore, is open. Passage to the Science Library on the west side garden level is closed until Campus Center construction is completed in mid-2017.

December 16, 2015

Access to Science Library Changes as Campus Center Renovations Progress

As of December 21st, there will be a major change in entrance/exit to the Science Library on the Garden Level west side entrance. The hallway leading through the Campus Center between the 518 Market to the SEFCU office will be closed until the end of construction in mid-2017. Passage to the Science Library on the east side of the garden, next to the Barnes & Noble Bookstore, remains open. The entrances/exits at the Podium Level remain open.

Entrance to the Science Library - Update 3

 

 

July, 8 2015

Science Library Renovation Updates

As of Tuesday, July 7, there has been a change in entrance/exit to the Science Library on the Garden Level east side entrance.  The hallway leading from the Campus Center past the Barnes & Noble Bookstore is now open for travel to the Science Library. Passage on the west side of the garden remains open near the 518 Market and SEFCU. Entrance/exit from the Podium Level remains open.

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 (hallway next to 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



 

July 8, 2015

Construction of group study rooms, carpet replacement

Renovation work continues in the University Library.

Six group study rooms are under construction on the first floor north. The University Library will have a total of nine new group study rooms on the first floor when Fall 2015 classes begin.

The Presidents’ Reading Room on the second floor was closed to remove old carpet. Installation of new carpet is almost complete.

Work is just about complete on the new building entrance doors.   



 


June 19, 2015


Electrical shutdown



  • Tuesday, June 23 -- Third floor

  • Friday, June 26 -- Second floor


The power will be shut down for an entire day on floors 2 & 3. 


The existing electrical panels in all the electrical closets must be replaced as part of the University Library’s project to upgrade electric services. Work on the first floor will take place at night after the University Library closes.


 



 


June 12, 2015


Library Renovations - June Updates


Entrance doors - removal and replacement, June 17 - June 30

Demolition and replacement of the exterior doors in the main entrance of the University Library will begin on Wednesday June 17th at 8 am.  This work will take approximately eight to thirteen days and the work will take place from 8 am to 4 pm. 

The project involves:

·         Demolition of the two center doors Wednesday 6/17 - Friday 6/19. This work will create a fair amount of noise and some dust.

·         During the replacement of the doors the main entrance will continue to be used for people to enter/exit the building. Two doors will remain operational at all times. 

If the construction and work noise is bothersome, our recommendations for alternative places to work:



  • 2nd and 3rd floors for quiet study--remember there’s many more additional outlets up there now.

  • Borrow a laptop from Lending services desk if you need a computer

  • 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



 


May 11, 2015

CEILING AND ELECTRICAL WORK CONTINUE, MAY 11-15

Ceiling & electrical work continues this week in the southwest wing on the first floor and in the area of the Circulation desk. 

Note the following:

  • Main entrance lighting work has been completed. All the light palms are now equipped with LED lighting.
  • Removal of the lifts will take place either Tuesday or Wednesday.  One of the main entrance doors will be removed in order to take the lifts out of the building
  • Ceiling Crew: their work is expected to conclude at the end of the week.
  • Lighting work: Installation of the building lighting controls will not start until finals are over.  Most of this work will take place inside the electrical closets and will involve changing out the electrical panels.  There will be some planned electrical disruptions when the panels are installed.  More information on this project will be forthcoming once the work starts.
  • Front Doors:  There was a delay in production of the doors and the new delivery date is June 5, 2015.  Work on cutting the façade and removing the old doors will not start until the new doors are on site.

Recommendations to students for alternative places to work:

  • 2nd and 3rd floors for quiet study--remember there’s many more additional outlets up there now.
  • Borrow a laptop from Lending services desk if they need a computer
  • 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

 

 

April 27, 2015

RENOVATION WORK CONTINUES ON THE FIRST FLOOR

The ceiling and electrical work continues this week on the first floor in the southwest wing.  Anticipated completion date: Friday 5/1/15.

Note the following:

  • Lighting work in the Main Entrance will continue through the week.
  • Ceiling Crew: Work will also take place in the Circulation desk and staff areas. 

Recommendations to students for alternative places to work:

  • 2nd and 3rd floors for quiet study--remember there’s many more additional outlets up there now.
  • Borrow a laptop from Lending services desk if you need a computer
  • 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

 

 

April 23, 2015

PRESIDENTS' READING RE-OPENS

The Presidents’ Reading Room re-opened this morning following the completion of electrical work (more outlets!) and work on the ceiling lights. While work was underway in the Presidents’ Reading Room, the tables were refinished and are now back in the room. We are pleased to provide an upgraded space for your use. New carpet has been ordered for this space and the anticipated installation is early summer 2015.

First floor, southwest wing: Work as has resumed and will result in installation of a ceiling grid over the reference collection and installation of some electrical outlets on the columns. Anticipated completion date for this work is May 1.


 


 



 


April 21, 2015

RENOVATIONS UNDERWAY IN THE PRESIDENTS' READING ROOM

The ceiling & electrical work will continue for this week in the President’s Reading Room on the second floor.  It is anticipated that by Friday 4/24/15 the wing will be completed unless there are some unexpected delays.

Note the following:

  • Cleaning the Main Entrance Window Ledges: while the lifts are present the window ledges will be cleaned.
  • President’s Reading Room Electrical Outlets: two duplex outlets will be installed on the 8 columns within the room providing 32 plugs for users to access electricity.  The electricians plan on finishing the work on Friday 4/24/15.
  • Ceiling Crew: it is anticipated their work in the President’s Reading Room will be done on Wednesday, 4/22/15.  They will resume work on the first floor lobby and the southwest wing over the Reference collection.
  • President’s Reading Room Tables: the refinished tables will be moved back into the room at the end of the week or beginning of next week.
  • President’s Reading Room Carpet: new carpet has been ordered for this space with an anticipated installation time frame for early summer 2015.

Recommendations to students for alternative places to work:

  • 2nd and 3rd floors for quiet study--remember there’s many more additional outlets up there now.
  • Borrow a laptop from Lending services desk if they need a computer
  • 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


 



 


April 13, 2015


Renovation work continues - Presidents’ Reading Room Closed


The Presidents’ Reading Room on the second floor is closed through April 27, 2015, as electricians work on the lighting. While this work is taking place, the tables in the Presidents' Reading Room have been sent for refinishing.

The electricians are using scissor lifts in the Presidents’ Reading Room to reach the lights and are also performing lighting work in the first floor outer lobby vestibule.

Thank you for your patience as we work to improve your library building. Coming soon: more electrical outlets and more wifi access. We are also repairing, replacing and cleaning the building furnishings to make the facilities more comfortable and attractive for you.


 Recommendations to students for alternative places to work:



  • B-Level for additional spaces/tables for groups to work

  • 2nd and 3rd floors for quiet study--remember there’s many more additional outlets up there now.

  • Borrow a laptop from Lending services desk if they need a computer

  • Science Library: Information Commons

  • Science Library for quiet study spaces

  • Science Library--reserve a group study room in advance


 



 


April 7, 2015

 

University Library Renovations - April 7 update

Monday, April 6 - Friday April 10:

  • Ceiling and electrical work in the northwest wing of the first floor will continue. It is anticipated that by Friday, 4/10, the wing will be completed
  • Ceiling and electrical work over the Circulation desk will continue through 4/10

Thursday, April 9:

  • The tables in the President’s Reading Room will be removed to have the tops refinished

Monday, April 13:

  • The President’s Reading Room will be closed to the public for ceiling and electrical work to begin. It is anticipated that this work will be completed by 4/27

We appreciate your understanding and flexibility as this important work is completed.

Recommendations to students for alternative places to work:

  • 2nd and 3rd floors for quiet study--remember there are many more additional outlets up there now.
  • Borrow a laptop from Lending services desk if they need a computer
  • 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

 

 

March 30, 2015

 

University Library Renovations - March 30 update

ELECTRICAL OUTLETS: all the outlets in the northeast wing are FUNCTIONING! The outlets on the columns near the new book display are also active.

Monday, March 30:

  • Crews will begin ceiling and electrical work in the northwest wing, just in front of the Computer Room, LI-137A, as well as along the wall on the south side of the north wing. Plastic sheeting will again be erected . An open pathway will be maintained along the south side of the wing leading to the Computer Room, LI-137A and to the back of the wing near the west windows
  • The hallway to the north side elevator will not be obstructed and can continue to be used for access to the elevator
  • Work will be done in the lobby area in front of the Circulation desk but it is not expected to stop traffic through this area

Tuesday, March 31:

  • The DVDs will be relocated to their original location in the north wing this afternoon

 

Lounge chairs and tables will be relocated back to the east end of the wing within the next week.
Scanners will be returned to their first floor location soon.

Recommendations to students for alternative places to work:

  • 2nd and 3rd floors for quiet study--remember there are many more additional outlets up there now.
  • Borrow a laptop from Lending services desk if they need a computer
  • 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

 

 

March 25, 2015


University Library Renovations - March 25 update


Friday, March 27: The ceiling and electrical work in the north wing, behind the plastic sheeting, will be completed.



Monday, March 30:



  • Crews will begin ceiling and electrical work in the northwest wing, just in front of the Computer Room, LI-137A, as well as along the wall on the south side of the north wing. Plastic sheeting will again be erected but access to the Computer Room and librarian offices will be maintained.

  • The DVDs will be relocated to their original location in the north wing.

  • Crews will also begin ceiling work in the lobby around the Circulation desk, with most of the work being done in the early morning.


Friday, April 10-Thursday, April 23 (approximately): Crews will begin ceiling work in the President’s Reading Room. This area will be closed to users at this time. More information to come.


Recommendations to students for alternative places to work:



  • 2nd and 3rd floors for quiet study--remember there are many more additional outlets up there now.

  • Borrow a laptop from Lending services desk if they need a computer

  • 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

 

 

March 20, 2015

University Library Renovations - March 20 update

Friday, March 20 : Some of the work in the south wing (reference stacks area) will be completed by this afternoon.

Monday, March 23 : Crews will continue their work in the north wing, behind the plastic sheeting.

We appreciate your patience as we clean the furniture, hope you’re enjoying the 400+ new electrical outlets on the 2nd and 3rd floors!

Recommendations of alternative places to work:

  • 2nd floor and 3rd floor for quiet study--remember there are 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.

 

 

March 13, 2015

University Library Renovations - March 13 update

Saturday, March 14: Crews will be working until noon in the first floor south wing. The crew will block off sections they are working in and users will have to move to alternate space.


Monday through Friday, March 16-20: The ceiling crew and electricians will be concentrating all their time working in the south wing during Spring Break. The goal is to complete the entire wing during this period.


Alternative study space locations are listed in the March 9 update below.

 


 



 


March 9, 2015

 

University Library Renovations - March 9 update

Renovation work continues in the first floor north east wing and is projected to take two weeks. Equipment and collections have been relocated while work takes place in this area.

  • Photocopier - available in Periodicals Room on B-Level (basement)
  • Scanners - relocated temporarily to Periodicals Room on the former periodicals desk
  • DVD’s - moved but still available in the north east wing
  • New books - all are on the shelves on the second and third floors of the University Library


Other renovation news:


  • Renovation work in the first floor north east wingwill be completed Monday, March 9. The ever-popular group study areawill be available by the end of the day. However, the new outlets are not yet "live."

  • Work on the second floor is complete and another 200 electrical outlets are "live" and ready for use.

  • This past weekend, extensive work took place in the south wing, preparing the area for the electricians who will work in the south wing during spring break.

Recommendations for alternative places to study:

  • B-Level for additional spaces/tables for groups to work
  • 2nd and 3rd floors for quiet study--remember there’s many more additional outlets up there now.
  • Science Library: Information Commons
  • Science Library for quiet study spaces
  • Science Library--reserve a group study room in advance

 

March 4, 2015

University Library Renovations - March 4 update

  • First floor north east wing: work continues. Expected completion date is 3/6/15.  Once the work is done the wing will be open for use.  Note that the electrical outlets will NOT be activated at this time.
  • Second Floor work completed 3/3/15.  Currently all the electrical outlets on the second floor are activated.  More new outlets!
  • First floor south wing: This area will be closed as the ceiling crew works Saturday 3/7/15 6am to 6pm & Sunday 3/8/15 from 6:00 am to Noon. 

Note: this work will be noisy with drilling taking place at regular intervals - every 5 minutes a hole will be drilled when they install the ceiling struts. 

Alternative workspaces while renovation work takes on Saturday March 7 & Sunday March 8:
-- User Room, first floor, LI 137
-- borrow a laptop at the lending desk
-- Information Commons workstations in Current Periodicals & Periodicals
-- Science Library Information Commons

 



 



 


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 devices...no 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 http://www.albany.edu/facilities/projects/projectmaps_upacad.html


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.


 






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July 6, 2016

University Libraries Welcomes EOP Summer Program Students


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LIBRARY SERVICES ALERT • FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

July 6, 2016


Contacts: Dr. Carol Anne Germain, Subject Librarian for Informatics, Information Studies & Sociology, cgermain@albany.edu, (518) 442-3590; Rebecca Mugridge, Interim Dean of Libraries, rmugridge@albany.edu, (518) 442-3568.


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University Libraries Welcomes EOP Summer Program Students

Albany, N.Y. (July 6, 2016) - The University Libraries welcomes all incoming University at Albany Educational Opportunity Program (EOP) students, who arrived on campus July 3. The EOP class of 2020 represents the largest to date, with 256 freshmen enrolled.

The EOP summer students will work closely with Dr. Carol Anne Germain, Subject Librarian for Informatics, Information Studies & Sociology. Their library experience will include hands-on workshops related to research skills and information literacy. EOP students will spend a significant amount of time working in the University Libraries, engaged in study meetings each night while on campus for the summer.

Dr. Germain says, "I welcome the newest EOP family members to the University Libraries - they are always a delight!"

"The University Libraries have a longstanding commitment to the EOP summer program," says Interim Dean of Libraries Rebecca Mugridge. "I look forward to meeting this year's class and wish them a warm welcome to the University at Albany."

A member of the Association of Research Libraries (ARL)--the 124 largest, most comprehensive research libraries in North America--the University at Albany Libraries provide research services, resources, and programs to the students, faculty, and staff at the University at Albany to facilitate their academic achievement and research success. The Libraries serve the University's community, the citizens of New York State, and scholars and researchers from around the world. For up-to-date information about the University Libraries, visit http://library.albany.edu

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June 13, 2016

University Library's Interactive Media Center Undergoing Facility Upgrades


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NEWS RELEASE • FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

June 13, 2016

Contacts: Peter Recore-Migirditch, Director of Finance and Administration, prm@albany.edu, (518) 442-3563; Rebecca Mugridge, Interim Dean of Libraries, rmugridge@albany.edu, (518) 442-3568.

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University Library's Interactive Media Center Undergoing Facility Upgrades




Interactive Media Center Service Desk



Albany, N.Y. (June 13, 2016)—The University Libraries continue to upgrade its facilities throughout the summer. The Interactive Media Center (IMC) on the Library's lower level is up next for refurbishment.

"In response to the increasing demands for the services provided by the Interactive Media Center we are investing in a new service desk, erecting landscape walls [moveable, fabric partitions] to provide more convenient storage of equipment, and an office space for additional IMC staff. The renovation of this space will not only improve the functionality of this service but it will be an attractive and inviting space for users," says Peter Recore-Migirditch, Director of Finance and Administration for the University Libraries. "I appreciate everyone's cooperation as we continue to upgrade facilities."

"We are excited about the installation of a new service desk," says Regina Conboy, Head of the Interactive Media Center. "With the new desk and supporting components, we'll be able to house our loaner equipment nearby. The new desk will also provide space for one-on-one technical consultations." The IMC's old service desk was demolished and removed on Wednesday, June 8. Its new service desk will be installed between July 5 and 7.

From June 13 to 15 the carpet where the old desk was located will be repaired. On Wednesday, June 15, landscape walls will be installed inside the Interactive Media Center. The installation will begin at approximately 8:30 AM and is projected to end on June 16. The new landscape walls will create a storage room and staff office.

Students and faculty can expect elevated noise levels on the lower level, but no additional disruptions. The Interactive Media Center desk remains open throughout construction, with full services available.

For more information relating to the University Libraries renovation projects, follow the hashtag #UAlbanyLibsReno on Twitter or Instagram.

A member of the Association of Research Libraries (ARL)—the 124 largest, most comprehensive research libraries in North America—the University at Albany Libraries provide research services, resources, and programs to the students, faculty, and staff at the University at Albany to further their academic achievement and research success. The Libraries serve the University's community, 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.




June 6, 2016

L. A. Theatre Works Collection: Streaming Audio from the Nation's Premiere Radio Theatre Company


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NEWS RELEASE • FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

June 6, 2016


Contacts: Gerald T. Burke, Subject Librarian for Art, English, Music, Philosophy, & Theatre, gburke@albany.edu, (518) 442-3592; Rebecca Mugridge, Interim Dean of Libraries, rmugridge@albany.edu, (518) 442-3568.


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L.A. Theatre Works

L. A. Theatre Works Collection: Streaming Audio from the Nation's Premiere Radio Theatre Company

Albany, N.Y. (June 6, 2016)—The University at Albany Libraries are pleased to announce a new online resource for students, faculty, and staff:  L.A. Theatre Works Collection, a database of streaming audio recordings of more than 300 important plays and dramatic works produced by L.A. Theatre Works, the nation's premiere radio theater company.  The L.A. Theatre Works Collection may be accessed directly by clicking: http://search.alexanderstreet.com/radr.

Performed by an international array of leading actors—including UAlbany alumni, Harold Gould in Julius Caesar and playwright Stephen Adly Guirgis performing in his Jesus Hopped the "A" Train—the collection presents classics of the Western canon as well as modern works by American luminaries, originally commissioned plays, and high profile docudramas by both renowned and emerging playwrights. Scholarly commentary from experts adds background and contextual information for the plays.

Following a month-long trial period earlier this year, Andi Lyons, Director of the Theatre Program, Professor of Theatrical Design and Technology, and Resident Lighting Designer at the University at Albany commented, "Now that the trial period is over, I just wanted to say that this collection from LA Theatre Works generated more discussion about, and general interest in, the library's holdings for theatre than any single thing in memory."

The Collection's appeal reaches beyond the theatre arts, however. "Although a drama collection, students of literature, women's studies, English, and history will also find the collection to be of tremendous scholarly value," says Jerry Burke, Subject Librarian for Art, English, Music, Philosophy, & Theatre.

Funded by the Mellon Foundation, plays are chosen that specifically address important issues in the humanities, arts, social sciences, medicine, hard sciences, law, and other fields. Specialized indexing at the track level for over half of the recordings allows one to search for and find segments of plays that dramatically address these subjects and issues.

Examples of plays in the collection are:

  • Julius Caesar, William Shakespeare's classic tale of duplicity, betrayal and murder, performed by UAlbany alumnus Harold Gould, Stacy Keach, JoBeth Williams, and Kelsey Grammer;
  • Our Lady of 121st Street, written and performed by UAlbany alumnus Stephen Adly Guirgis, Laurence Fishburne, and Orlando Jones, who portray a group of childhood friends brought together years later by a funeral.
  • Arthur Miller's The Crucible performed by Richard Dreyfuss, Michael York and Ed Begley, Jr., which mirrors the anti-Communist hysteria of the 1950s through the lens of the seventeenth-century Salem, Massachusetts witch trials;
  • Reginald Rose's classic study of persuasion and power, Twelve Angry Men, starring Hector Elizondo, Richard Kind and Dan Castellaneta;
  • The Cherry Orchard, Anton Chekhov's timeless story of an aristocratic Russian family's fading fortunes and struggle to maintain their status in a changing world, starring Marsha Mason, Charles Durning, and Jennifer Tilly;
  • The Great Tennessee Monkey Trial, a docudrama originally commissioned by L.A. Theatre Works about the seminal 1925 Scopes trial, starring Ed Asner, Mike Farrell and Sharon Gless.

A member of the Association of Research Libraries (ARL)—the 124 largest, most comprehensive research libraries in North America—the University at Albany Libraries provide research services, resources, and programs to the students, faculty, and staff at the University at Albany to further their academic achievement and research success. The Libraries serve the University's community, the citizens of New York State, and scholars and researchers from around the world. For up-to-date information about the University Libraries, visit http://library.albany.edu

 

 




May 16, 2016

New Chairs for the University and Dewey Libraries

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NEWS RELEASE • FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

May 16, 2016


Contacts: Peter Recore-Migirditch, Director of Finance and Administration, prm@albany.edu, (518) 442-3563;; Rebecca Mugridge, Interim Dean of Libraries, rmugridge@albany.edu, (518) 442-3568.


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New Chairs for the University and Dewey Libraries

Seating Limited at University Library Week of May 16


New Herman Miller Chairs

Albany, N.Y. (May 16, 2016)—662 new Herman Miller chairs will arrive at the University Library on Monday, May 23 to replace all the Library's hard, wooden chairs.

It is important for the UAlbany community to know that from May 16 to May 23 no seating will be available on the third and second floors of the University Library. This includes the private study carrels. Scholars will need to use the first and lower-level floors of the University Library from May 16 to May 23.

In late June, all the lounge chairs in the first floor northeast group study room will be replaced with new purple lounge chairs. Less seating will be available in the first floor northeast group study room during the month of June, from the time the purple lounge chairs are removed sometime after graduation until the new purple lounge chairs arrive in late June.

The University Libraries apologize to the UAlbany community for this inconvenience.

"Replacing this quantity of chairs is quite an undertaking, which is why I scheduled this upgrade during a less hectic time of the academic year," says Peter Recore-Migirditch, Director of Finance and Administration for the University Libraries. "I appreciate everyone's cooperation while this transition takes place."

"Some of the feedback we've received from students has been related to furniture," notes Interim Dean of Libraries Rebecca Mugridge. "We are pleased to have this upgrade."

Other planned improvements for the University Library include a new service desk for the Interactive Media Center (IMC) and four additional white boards for the first floor group study rooms.

The Dewey Library's lower level study space will also be getting new chairs, as well as new carpeting.

For more information relating to the University Libraries' renovation projects, follow the hashtag #UAlbanyLibsReno on Twitter or Instagram.

A member of the Association of Research Libraries (ARL)--the 124 largest, most comprehensive research libraries in North America--the University at Albany Libraries provide research services, resources, and programs to the students, faculty, and staff at the University at Albany to further their academic achievement and research success. The Libraries serve the University's community, the citizens of New York State, and scholars and researchers from around the world. For up-to-date information about the University Libraries, visit http://library.albany.edu

 

 

 

May 5, 2016

Extended Hours for Final Exams are HERE!




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Friday, April 29th - Sunday, May 15th

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April 25, 2016

Winning Designs of 2016 "Trashion Fashion" on Display in the Science Library


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April 25, 2016


Contacts: Carol Lee Anderson, Reference Librarian canderson@albany.edu (518) 442-3546; Rebecca Mugridge, Interim Dean of Libraries, rmugridge@albany.edu .


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Winning Designs of 2016 "Trashion Fashion"


on Display in the Science Library Through April



Trashion Fashion 2016

Science Library Atrium

Albany, N.Y. (April 25, 2016)—The winning designs of UAlbany's third annual Trashion Fashion show will be on display in the atrium of the Science Library through the end of April 2016.

The annual Trashion Fashion show is a creative and fun opportunity for students to showcase their artistic side, while raising and practicing environmental awareness. Students are challenged to design an outfit made up of recycled or reusable materials. The competition was held this year on April 7 in the Campus Center Ballroom, 8:30-11:30 pm, and drew the largest turn-out yet, with at least two hundred attendees.

"The Trashion Fashion show is an exciting event at UAlbany,"says Mary Ellen Mallia, Ph.D, Director of UAlbany's Office of Environmental Sustainability. "Trashion Fashion invites competitors to find creative uses for items diverted from the waste stream while exposing just how much waste comes through our daily lives. The goal is to foster a generation of mindful consumers and creators who will change the way the world sees waste."

Student organizations, living areas, individual submissions, and campus offices submitted a total of eleven entries. The biggest rivalry was between the Quads and the on-campus Apartments whose residents competed valiantly for the coveted Green Dane Cup. This year, the judges awarded "Best Design" to the Apartments, however, Indian Quad won "Fan Favorite." UAlbany's student groups, including the Earth Tones, the UAlbany Salsa Club, and Phenomenal Voices highlighted UAlbany's musical and dancing talent by performing throughout the fashion show.

"We are pleased to showcase the winners from this year's Trashion Fashion show" says Rebecca Mugridge, Interim Dean of Libraries. "It demonstrates the University Libraries' commitment to Go Green initiatives on campus and Earth Day celebrations." This is the second year the show's winning designs have been on display in the Science Library. The Libraries' GO GREEN, DANES board on Pinterest (https://www.pinterest.com/ualibraries/) is another example of its Go Green support.

A member of the Association of Research Libraries (ARL)—the 124 largest, most comprehensive research libraries in North America—the University at Albany Libraries provide research services, resources, and programs to the students, faculty, and staff at the University at Albany to further their academic achievement and research success. The Libraries serve the University's community, the citizens of New York State, and scholars and researchers from around the world. For up-to-date information about the University Libraries, visit http://library.albany.edu

 

April 21, 2016

Dr. Gary Kleppel - The Emergent Agriculture


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Contacts: Sue Kaczor, Subject Specialist for Biology, Atmospheric & Environmental Science, General Science and Science Reference, Liaison to the School of Public Health skaczor@albany.edu (518) 437-3942; Rebecca Mugridge, Interim Dean of Libraries, rmugridge@albany.edu .


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Science Library Colloquia Series

Dr. Gary Kleppel - The Emergent Agriculture:

Farming, Sustainability and the Return of the Local Economy


 




Gary Kleppel


May 3, 2016

11:00 am–12:00 pm


Patricia & J. Spencer Standish Board Room, Science Library

Free and Open to All

Albany, N.Y. (April 21, 2016)—There's a revolution underway in the American food system. Disenchanted with industrial agriculture, the corporate farming model driven largely by profit and greed, the American farmer is looking to a better way to produce our nation's food supply. Industrial agriculture spews tons of pollutants into the water and air, abuses people and livestock, and wastes valuable resources.

Dr. Gary S. Kleppel, Professor of Biological Sciences at the University at Albany will address how American agriculture is being transformed on May 3 at 11:00 a.m. in the Science Library's Patricia & J. Spencer Standish Board Room. The program is free and open to all.

"Most of the food that most Americans eat comes from an industrial system of agriculture that is neither safe, nor ethical, nor sustainable," says Professor Kleppel, former longtime Director of UAlbany's Biodiversity, Conservation, and Policy program and newly-awarded recipient of the 2016 President's Award for Exemplary Public Engagement. According to Dr. Kleppel, a new, sustainable, locally-based food system is emerging that is:

  • Stable in the face of economic uncertainty;
  • Resilient in the face of environmental change;
  • Grounded in stewardship of the land, and in attaching value to food and the crafts involved in producing it;
  • Respectful of the dignity of farmers, consumers and livestock.

Dr. Kleppel is author of the The Emergent Agriculture: Farming, Sustainability and the Return of the Local Economy (2014). Copies of Dr. Kleppel's book will be available for purchase.

Dr. Kleppel's talk reinvigorates the Science Library Colloquia Series, which provides an opportunity for the UAlbany community to meet with authors who have published books in the sciences. Since 2001, the Science Library Colloquia Series has hosted more than twenty scientists and journalists, including Eric Block, (University at Albany Department of Chemistry), Garlic and other Alliums (2010); Victor Chase, Shattered Nerves: How Science is Solving Modern Medicine's Most Perplexing Problem (2006); Eric R. Kandel, In Search of Memory (2006); and David Baron, The Beast in the Garden (2004).

A member of the Association of Research Libraries (ARL)—the 124 largest, most comprehensive research libraries in North America—the University at Albany Libraries provide research services, resources, and programs to the students, faculty, and staff at the University at Albany to further their academic achievement and research success. The Libraries serve the University's community, the citizens of New York State, and scholars and researchers from around the world. For up-to-date information about the University Libraries, visit http://library.albany.edu

 


April 14, 2016

The Return of the Therapy Dogs!

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Contacts: Amanda Lowe, Lending and Access Services Associate, amlowe@albany.edu, (518) 442-3612; Rebecca Mugridge, Interim Dean of Libraries, rmugridge@albany.edu, (518) 442-3568.


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The University Libraries Are Pleased to Announce

the return of the

Therapy Dogs!


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April 21, 2016

1 pm–3 pm

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Albany, N.Y. (April 14, 2016)—Students. Faculty. Staff. Remember to give yourself a break during finals. Experience the healing powers of therapy dogs at the Science Library Atrium (garden level) on Thursday, April 21, 1pm–3pm. Therapy dogs are specially trained to comfort people who are feeling stressed. As these photos from previous years attest, therapy dogs from the Schenectady Chapter of Therapy Dogs International are well trained indeed:


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April 13, 2016

University Libraries to Re-Examine Library Hours On Twitter Chat


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Contacts:Carol Lee Anderson, Associate Librarian, canderson@albany.edu, (518) 442-3546; Rebecca Mugridge, Interim Dean of Libraries, rmugridge@albany.edu .


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Albany, N.Y. (April 13, 2016)—The University Libraries invite the UAlbany community to provide feedback on current library hours during a Twitter chat on Wednesday, April 20, 4:00 pm–5:00 pm. Students, faculty, and staff are encouraged to join the conversation. Re-evaluating the University Libraries' current hours has been proposed by the University Libraries' Student Advisory Board, a voluntary and invaluable group of UAlbany students.

Once logged into your Twitter account, search for the hashtag #UAlbanyLibsHRS. Then follow along or participate in the discussion. Afterwards, the chat will be archived and published online. The University Libraries' Twitter "handle" or account is @UAlbanyLibs and direct messages are welcome regarding building hours; remember to include the #UAlbanyLibsHRS hashtag in your message.

"Hearing feedback from students and faculty regarding the libraries' current hours is important to the University Libraries," says Peter Recore-Migirditch, Director of Finance and Administration for the University Libraries. "The Twitter chat will be helpful in developing a survey we plan to offer in the fall 2016 semester on library hours and users' needs."

"Reaching out and connecting to students and faculty is of the utmost importance to the University Libraries," explains Interim Dean of Libraries Rebecca Mugridge. "I believe that a Twitter chat is an excellent opportunity to further develop our connections and dialogue with the UAlbany community."

Current hours of operation for all three of the University Libraries may be found here: http://library.albany.edu/about/hours?source=widget

A member of the Association of Research Libraries (ARL)—the 124 largest, most comprehensive research libraries in North America—the University at Albany Libraries provide research services, resources, and programs to the students, faculty, and staff at the University at Albany to further their academic achievement and research success. The Libraries serve the University's community, the citizens of New York State, and scholars and researchers from around the world. For up-to-date information about the University Libraries, visit http://library.albany.edu

 

April 5, 2016

An Evening of Poetry with Dr. Leonard A. Slade, Jr.

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Contacts: Amanda Lowe, Lending and Access Services Associate, amlowe@albany.edu, (518) 442-3612; Rebecca Mugridge, Interim Dean and Director of Libraries, rmugridge@albany.edu, (518) 442-3568.


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An Evening of Poetry with Dr. Leonard A. Slade, Jr.


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An Evening of Poetry with Dr. Leonard A. Slade, Jr.

Tuesday, April 19, 2016, at 6:30 p.m.
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Albany, N.Y. (April 5, 2016) -- University at Albany Professor of Africana Studies and award-winning poet Leonard A. Slade, Jr. will read a selection of his poetry at the University Library on Tuesday, April 19, 2016, at 6:30 p.m. This event comes as part of the University Libraries' celebration of National Poetry Month. The reading will take place in the first floor northeast wing of the University Library. The event is free and open to the UAlbany community and to the public.

Dr. Slade is a distinguished poet and scholar. His many awards include the Ragdale Artists' Fellowship, the Northeast Modern Language Association Fellowship, the Southern Conference on African American Studies' Poetry Book Award, and two National Association for Equal Opportunity in Higher Education awards. In 2015, the Southern Conference on African American Studies named its annual poetry prize the "Leonard A. Slade, Jr. Poetry Prize" in Dr. Slade's honor.

"People are hungry for truth, beauty, love and joy," says Dr. Slade. "Poetry gives us all those things."

Dr. Slade is also a University at Albany Collins Fellow (2005), a University at Albany Foundation Citizen Academic Laureate (2007), and a University at Albany adjunct Professor of English. Under Slade's leadership as chair of the Department of Africana Studies, the University at Albany's Master's Degree Program in Africana Studies was ranked number two in the U.S. three years in a row (2005, 2006, and 2007). The oldest of nine children, Dr. Slade grew up on a 75-acre family farm in Conway, N.C. His parents, Elisabeth and Leonard Slade, Sr., sent all nine children to college.

"The University Libraries take great pride in celebrating National Poetry Month," explains Interim Dean and Director of Libraries, Rebecca Mugridge. "We are pleased to showcase Dr. Slade and his award winning poetry."

Dr. Slade's books of poetry include Nobody Knows (2015), God Put a Rainbow in the Sky (2014), Chasing the Wind (2012), Sweet Solitude (2010), Triumph (2010), Jazz After Dinner (2006), For the Love of Freedom (2000), Elisabeth (1999), Lilacs in Spring (1998), Neglecting the Flowers (1997), Fire Burning (1996), Pure Light (1996), Magic Mirror (1996), Vintage(1995), The Whipping Song (1993), I Fly Like a Bird (1992), Another Black Voice, a Different Drummer (1988) and The Beauty of Blackness (1988). Dr. Slade is at work on his 19th collection of poetry.

Amanda Lowe, the Libraries' Lending and Access Services Associate and organizer of the event notes that Dr. Slade's students give him high praise. "Students are always asking for his books," she says.

Some of Dr. Slade's books will be available for purchase following the reading and he will be available to sign copies.

A member of the Association of Research Libraries (ARL)—the 124 largest, most comprehensive research libraries in North America—the University at Albany Libraries provide research services, resources, and programs to the students, faculty, and staff at the University at Albany to further their academic achievement and research success. The Libraries serve the University's community, the citizens of New York State, and scholars and researchers from around the world. For up-to-date information about the University Libraries, visit http://library.albany.edu.

 





March 23, 2016

Renowned Illustrator and UAlbany Alumna Marcia Brown to be Celebrated


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March 23, 2016


Contacts: Brian Keough, Head of the M.E. Grenander Department of Special Collections & Archives,bkeough@albany.edu ,(518) 437-3931; Rebecca Mugridge, Interim Dean and Director of Libraries, rmugridge@albany.edu, (518) 442-3568.


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Renowned Illustrator and UAlbany Alumna Marcia Brown to be Celebrated


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April 8, 2016, 2:00-5:00 PM
Patricia & J. Spencer Standish Board Room, Science Library (Third Level)

Albany, N.Y. (March 23, 2016) -- The University Libraries' M.E. Grenander Department of Special Collections & Archives will present a symposium on "Celebrating the Life of an Artist: Marcia Brown (1919-2015)" on Friday, April 8, 2016, from 2:00- 5:00 PM in the Patricia & J. Spencer Standish Board Room on the third floor of the Science Library on the UAlbany Uptown campus.

The UAlbany School of Education is co-sponsoring the event. Marcia Brown's original artwork will be on view. A reception will follow the program. Please RSVP for the event as space is limited. 

Brown graduated in 1940 from the New York State College for Teachers, a precursor of the University at Albany. An internationally renowned illustrator and author of children's books, Brown was a three-time winner of the Caldecott Medal, the American Library Association's highest award for excellence in children's book illustrations, for her books: Cinderella, or the Little Glass Slipper (1954); Once a Mouse (1961); and Shadow (1982); six more of her books are Caldecott Honor Books.

Anita Silvey, former editor of The Horn Book Magazine and author of 100 Best Books for Children and 500 Great Books for Teens, will be the keynote speaker. "We are delighted to have special guest Anita Silvey," says Brian Keough, Head of the M.E. Grenander Department of Special Collections & Archives.  "Anita Silvey has devoted 40 years to promoting books that turn the young--and families--into readers," says Keough. Silvey has appeared frequently on NPR, Today, 60 Minutes, and radio programs in the United States and Canada to talk about books for children and teenagers.  To celebrate Marcia Brown, Silvey will speak about her heartwarming and startling experiences gathering the stories for her book Everything I Need to Know I Learned from a Children's Book: Life Lessons from Notable People from all Walks of Life (2009). Some of Silvey's other books for children and young adults include Untamed: The Wild Life of Jane Goodall (2015), The Plant Hunters: True Stories of their Daring Adventures to the Far Corners of the Earth (2012), Henry Knox: Bookseller, Soldier, Patriot (2010), and I'll Pass for Your Comrade: Women Soldiers in the Civil War (2008).

Such topics as Brown's experience living in Connecticut, her incessant impulse to travel and the importance of historical children's literature as a primary source material for historians will be addressed by the program's other speakers, who will be:

Jeanne Lamb, New York Public Library
Dr. Kendra Howard Smith, Associate Professor of History, University at Albany
Dorothy Christiansen, former Head of the M.E. Grenander Department of Special Collections & Archives
David Mitchell, Curator, Miriam Snow Mathes Historical Children's Literature Collection
John Solum, Music Teacher and Friend of Marcia Brown

"Marcia Brown has left a lasting impression on the University Libraries," notes Interim Dean and Director of Libraries Rebecca Mugridge. "Her illustrations adorn the walls of our conference rooms. It is fitting that we have a celebration of her work and many accomplishments."

David Mitchell, Curator of the University's Miriam Snow Mathes Historical Children's Literature Collection, considers Brown an "artist who was literate. She was able to absorb the spirit of a story, and then choose a medium and work in a style that captured that spirit," says Mitchell.   

Ms. Brown named the University Libraries' M.E. Grenander Department of Special Collections & Archives as the repository of her life's work, including her correspondence, manuscripts, drawings, final art, books, and puppets.

Brian Keough, Head of the M.E. Grenander Department of Special Collections & Archives, describes the repository of Brown's life's work as "an astonishing look into the process of a gifted artist and storyteller," says Keough. Marcia Brown's style and spirit is evident in the variety of mediums she used to create her books, such as sketches, drawings, wood cuts, wood block prints, sketchbooks, and writings."

More information and program updates are on the Special Collections blog: http://liblogs.albany.edu/grenander/2016/02/celebrating_the_life_of_an_art.html

A member of the Association of Research Libraries (ARL)—the 124 largest, most comprehensive research libraries in North America—the University at Albany Libraries, which include the M.E. Grenander Department of Special Collections & Archives, provide research services, resources, and programs to the students, faculty, and staff at the University at Albany to facilitate their academic achievement and research success. The Libraries serve the University's community, the citizens of New York State, and scholars and researchers from around the world. For up-to-date information about the University Libraries, visit http://library.albany.edu


 





March 22, 2016

History Department's Rick Fogarty on Historical Perspectives of Europe, Islam, and the Middle East


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March 22, 2016


Contacts:Trudi Jacobson, Head, Information Literacy Department, tjacobson@albany.edu, (518) 442-3581; Rebecca Mugridge, Interim Dean and Director of Libraries, rmugridge@albany.edu, (518) 442-3568.


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Campus Conversations in Standish:
"What Can 1916 Tell Us About 2016? Europe, Islam, and the Middle East"



Campus Conversations: Rick Fogarty

April 6, 2016, 12:35 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.
Patricia & J. Spencer Standish Board Room, Science Library (Third Level)


Albany, N.Y. (March 22, 2016) -- Rick Fogarty, Associate Professor of History and Associate Dean for General Education at the University at Albany will lead the next "Campus Conversations in Standish" with a presentation titled "What Can 1916 Tell Us About 2016? Europe, Islam, and the Middle East." Professor Fogarty will address this historically significant question on Wednesday, April 6, 2016 from 12:35 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. in the Patricia & J. Spencer Standish Board Room in UAlbany's Science Library. Professor Fogarty will deliver a brief presentation and then respond to questions from the audience. His research proves timely, as the crises in the Middle East feature prominently in the media and policy arenas. The event is free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be served.

"The Middle East is obviously a critical region in world politics and even in American domestic politics and many people's daily lives," explains Professor Fogarty. "I think most people know that. But what they may not know is how much of today's unrest and problems in the region have direct roots in the events of the First World War. I can tell you one thing: the fighters of the Islamic State claim they are still fighting the First World War, and this should get our attention. So if we really want to understand 2016, we ought to know something about 1916."

A devoted scholar and educator, Professor Fogarty has received a number of awards and recognitions, including the SUNY Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Faculty Service and the College of Arts and Sciences Dean's Award for Outstanding Achievement in Teaching.

The UAlbany Libraries launched "Campus Conversations in Standish" in spring 2015 to showcase faculty research and expertise and to connect members of the UAlbany community in an exchange of ideas and perspectives. Professor Fogarty's presentation will be the concluding installment of the spring 2016 semester series.

A member of the Association of Research Libraries (ARL)—the 124 largest, most comprehensive research libraries in North America—the University at Albany Libraries provide research services, resources, and programs to the students, faculty, and staff at the University at Albany to facilitate their academic achievement and research success. The Libraries serve the University's community, the citizens of New York State, and scholars and researchers from around the world. For up-to-date information about the University Libraries, visit http://library.albany.edu


 





March 17, 2016

The Forgotten Struggle for Civil Rights in Albany, New York


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March 17, 2016


Contacts: Jodi Boyle, Supervisory Archivist, M.E. Grenander Department of Special Collections & Archives, jboyle@albany.edu,(518) 437-3932; Rebecca Mugridge, Interim Dean and Director of Libraries, rmugridge@albany.edu,(518) 442-3568.


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The Forgotten Struggle for Civil Rights in Albany, New York

March 21, 2016 at 7:00 pm
Patricia & J. Spencer Standish Board Room, Science Library (Third Level)


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(Albany, NY)—The UAlbany community will have the privilege on Monday, March 21 at 7:00 pm to learn about The Brothers, a forgotten, but substantially significant civil rights group in Albany in the late 1960s—and to meet in person some of the courageous people who formed it. A screening of the documentary film "The Brothers: The Forgotten Struggle for Civil Rights in Albany" will take place in the Patricia & J. Spencer Standish Board Room on the Third Level of the Science Library. A question-and-answer session with two original members of The Brothers, Earl Thorpe and Purcell McDowell, will follow the screening. Light refreshments will be served.

The event is presented by the University at Albany History Graduate Student Organization in collaboration with the University Libraries' M.E. Grenander Department of Special Collection & Archives, which holds the records of The Brothers.

"This is an opportunity to receive a local, firsthand account of the civil rights movement," says Brian Keough, Head of the M.E. Grenander Department of Special Collection & Archives. "It has been largely forgotten that the struggle for civil rights was very active right here in Albany and not just the Deep South." Keough will lead the post-screening question-and-answer session.

A member of the Association of Research Libraries (ARL)--the 124 largest, most comprehensive research libraries in North America--the University at Albany Libraries provide research services, resources, and programs to the students, faculty, and staff at the University at Albany to facilitate their academic achievement and research success. The Libraries serve the University's community, the citizens of New York State, and scholars and researchers from around the world. For up-to-date information about the University Libraries, visit http://library.albany.edu.

 

 





March 8, 2016

Pedagogy Workshop on "Creating Transformative Learning Environments: Using the Whole Self to Teach and Learn about Racial Justice"


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March 9, 2016


Contacts: Deborah LaFond, Associate Librarian, dlafond@albany.edu, (518)442-3599; Rebecca Mugridge, Interim Dean and Director of Libraries, rmugridge@albany.edu, (518) 442-3568.


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Pedagogy Workshop on "Creating Transformative Learning Environments:
Using the Whole Self to Teach and Learn about Racial Justice"
March 9, 2016
1:30 pm–3:30 pm
Patricia & J. Spencer Standish Board Room, Science Library, Third Floor


Angelica Clarke and Loretta Pyles with captions

Albany, N.Y. (March 9, 2016) — "A pedagogy workshop titled "Creating Transformative Learning Environments: Using the Whole Self to Teach and Learn about Racial Justice," will be conducted on March 9, 2016 in the Patricia and J. Spencer Standish Board Room in the UAlbany Science Library.  The workshop is one in a series of events in "Continuing Critical Conversations through Transformative Teaching and Learning," a diversity transformation projectat the University at Albany.  The workshop will be co-facilitated by Loretta Pyles, Ph.D., Associate Professor in the School of Social Welfare at the University at Albany and Angelica Clarke, Executive Director of the Albany Social Justice Center in Albany, New York.

Throughout the workshop, UAlbany faculty, teaching assistants, and graduate students will co-create new knowledge and learn skills in consideration of issues of power, racialized police brutality, racial injustice on campuses, and social movements. This interactive workshop will use process as content, offering experiential immersion in practices and activities such as embodied learning, creative movement, and discussion.

"Coming face to face with racial injustice can overwhelm the body–mind–heart–spirit, rendering our ability to understand its complexity, consciously communicate, and act, ineffective," says Professor Pyles.  "These challenges require that we reinvigorate community action by learning evolving skills, where participatory and embodied approaches in the classroom can create transformational impact for racial justice. "

Please RSVP to Billie Franchini at bfranchini@albany.edu , or Deborah LaFond at dlafond@albany.edu , or Alex Pieterse at apieterse@albany.edu

About the Workshop Co-Facilitators:

Loretta Pyles, Ph.D., is Associate Professor in the School of Social Welfare. Dr. Pyles is author of Progressive Community Organizing: Reflective Practice in a Globalizing World, and co-editor of the recent book, Holistic
Engagement: Transformative Social Work Education in the 21st Century.

Angelica Clarke is Executive Director of the Albany Social Justice Center in Albany, New York. She is a community organizer whose interests include Women of Color empowerment, leadership development and creating mechanisms for Community Control in marginalized communities. She currently organizes against prisons, police violence and other forms of structural racism with an intersectional lens working with the group, Capital Area Against Mass Incarceration.

This workshop is sponsored by the diversity transformation project, "Continuing Critical Conversations Through Transformative Teaching and Learning," 2015 -2016, Diversity Transformation Speaker Series and Pedagogy Workshops. For more information about this and future events, see https://transformativeconversations.wordpress.com/

Co-sponsors include: The Department of Women's Gender, and Sexuality Studies, The Justice and Multiculturalism in the 21st Century Project (School of Criminal Justice), The Office of Sustainability, The University Libraries, The Institute for Teaching, Learning & Academic Leadership, The Office of Intercultural Student Engagement, The Office of Diversity and Inclusion, and a University at Albany Collaborative of faculty and staff from the School of Education, Departments of Africana Studies, Anthropology, Economics, Educational & Counseling Psychology, Educational Theory and Practice, Music and Theater, Philosophy, Political Science, Mathematics, Public Health, Women's, Gender & Sexuality Studies.

 

 

 

 

 

March 7, 2016

IEEE/IET Electronic Library (IEL): Over 2,800 IEEE-Approved Standards, and More


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March 7, 2016


Contacts: Michael Knee, Subject Librarian for Chemistry, Computer Science, Mathematics & Statistics, and Physics, mknee@albany.edu, (518) 437-3943; Rebecca Mugridge, Interim Dean and Director of Libraries, rmugridge@albany.edu, (518) 442-3568.


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Now on IEEE/IET Electronic Library (IEL):

Over 2,800 IEEE-Approved Standards—and More

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The University Libraries have substantially improved the online content it acquires from IEEE/IET (Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers/ Institution of Engineering and Technology). Now, on the IEEE/IET Electronic Library (IEL) database, UAlbany students, faculty, and staff will find over 2,800 IEEE-approved technology standards, all IEEE conference titles dating back to 1988 (1400+), all IET conference and seminar digests dating back to1994 (20+ titles), all IEEE full-text periodicals and transactions dating back to 1988 (179 titles), and all IET full-text journal publications dating back to 1994 (26 titles), including the IEEE and IET flagship magazines, IEEE Spectrum and Engineering & Technology (E&T).

The IEL database includes all the IEEE content to which the Libraries previously subscribed --the IEEE Computer Society Digital Library and the IEEE All-Society Periodicals Package.

Log in to IEL through the University Libraries' databases portal: library.albany.edu/db/name/ (Although "IEEE Xplore" appears on the interface, you will be in the IEL database).

"IEL will be particularly useful for finding information in the fields of computer science, computer engineering, physics, electronics engineering, information technology, informatics, circuits and robotics," says Michael Knee, Subject Librarian for Chemistry, Computer Science, Mathematics & Statistics, and Physics. "IEL is an essential resource for UAlbany faculty and students in the College of Engineering and Applied Sciences."

IEEE (pronounced "eye–triple–e") is a leading developer of international technology standards and is the world's largest technical professional association. Although chartered as the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, the association is now known simply as IEEE, because its membership extends beyond its core of electrical and electronics engineers, and includes computer scientists, computer engineers, physicists, software developers, information technology professionals, medical doctors, and more. The IET is one of the world's largest multidisciplinary engineering institutions reflecting the increasingly diverse nature of engineering in the 21stcentury.

On Thursday, April 7, 2016 from 2:00 pm – 3:30 pm on the University Library–side of the Lecture Center, the UAlbany community is encouraged to meet with a representative from IEEE. Ruth Wolfish, IEEE Client Services Manager, will be at UAlbany to share tips for getting the most from the IEL database, as well as to award prizes to all who successfully complete a "scavenger hunt" using the IEL database. IEEE merchandise will be given away to all who stop by.


 


 



February 23, 2016

Provost James Stellar on the Unconscious Brain, Decision-making, and Learning


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February 23, 2016


Contacts: Trudi Jacobson, Head, Information Literacy Department, tjacobson@albany.edu (518) 442-3581; Rebecca Mugridge, Interim Dean and Director of Libraries, rmugridge@albany.edu (518) 442-3578


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Provost James Stellar:

The Unconscious Brain, Decision-making, and Learning

March 2, 2016, 12:35 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.

Patricia and J. Spencer Standish Board Room, Science Library


Photo of Provost James Stellar

Albany, N.Y. (February 23, 2016) — Dr. James Stellar, University Provost, will present "Your Brain: Unconscious Decision-making and How it Affects Your Life and Learning" on Wednesday, March 2, 2016 from 12:35 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. in the Patricia and J. Spencer Standish Board Room of the University at Albany's Science Library.

Professor Stellar will deliver a brief presentation and then take questions from the audience. His research comes at a time when the question of how students learn features prominently in the education arena.

An eminent behavioral neuroscientist, prior to joining the University at Albany in 2015 Dr. Stellar served as Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs at Queens College of the City University of New York (CUNY), and Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at Northeastern University.

The event will be the second of the 2016 UAlbany Libraries' "Campus Conversations in Standish" series. Launched in spring 2015, "Campus Conversations in Standish" is designed to showcase faculty research and expertise and to connect members of the UAlbany community in an exchange of ideas and perspectives.

The event is free and open to the public. The Patricia and J. Spencer Standish Board Room is on the third level of the Science Library at the University at Albany.

A member of the Association of Research Libraries (ARL)—the 124 largest, most comprehensive research libraries in North America—the University at Albany Libraries provide research services, resources, and programs to the students, faculty, and staff at the University at Albany to facilitate their academic achievement and research success.

 

 

February 19, 2016

Rarely Seen Materials from the 1800s Now Online

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February 19, 2016


Contacts: Gerald T. Burke, Subject Librarian for Art, English, Music, Philosophy, & Theatre, gburke@albany.edu, (518) 442-3592; Rebecca Mugridge, Interim Dean and Director of Libraries, rmugridge@albany.edu, (518) 442-3568.


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Rarely Seen Materials from the 1800s Now Online


Nineteenth Century Collections Online

Albany, N.Y. (February 19, 2016)–Letters, maps, photographs and other primary source materials from the 1800s—many unknown until as recently as the 1980s—are available to examine online via Nineteenth Century Collections Online (NCCO), a new database that has just been acquired by the University Libraries. UAlbany students, faculty, and staff may view NCCO directly by clicking http://gdc.galegroup.com/gdc/ncco?p=NCCO&u=albanyu (or via the "Databases" link or tab on the University Libraries' home page http://library.albany.edu).

NCCO's content—some of it exceedingly rare—is sourced from some of the world's preeminent libraries and archives, including the British Library, Oxford University, the National Archives (UK), and the U.S. National Archives and Records Administration.  Materials such as autobiographies of Britain's working class, dispatches from U.S. consuls in Japan, music manuscripts from British musical theatres, and the previously unknown publications of British and French women writers, will be sure to ensconce all scholars firmly in the 19th century.

Digital scholars will be excited to learn that NCCO facilitates data mining and textual analysis.  Researchers may download scanned text as OCR (Optical Character Recognition) text files to mine independently. Textual analysis tools, public and private tagging, an annotation feature, Zotero compatibility, and social media sharing help users to organize their research and to share their findings with colleagues, fellow students, and the entire NCCO community.

"We are pleased to meet the requests of our faculty and students for these valuable primary source materials," says Gerald Burke, Subject Librarian for Art, English, Music, Philosophy, & Theatre at the University at Albany Libraries. "This database also complements the subscription we have to the Eighteenth Century Collections Online (ECCO) database."

"I use ECCO daily for my book in progress and to write all of my articles," says Wendy R. Roberts, NEH Long Term Fellow at the Massachusetts Historical Society and Assistant Professor in the Department of English at the University at Albany. "Without it, I would not be able to produce research pertinent to my field."

Richard Barney, Ph.D., Associate Professor in the Department of English at the University at Albany agrees. "I use ECCO constantly, both for teaching and my research, but, as often is the case, there are authors whose publication histories cross the line into 1800," he says "Thus, having NCCO on hand is crucial for being thorough in my work, while making it less necessary to depend on libraries elsewhere to find what I need. NCCO will make it possible to be more efficient in completing my articles or book manuscripts. The prospect of adding NCCO to the library is a genuinely exciting one."

The UAlbany Libraries have purchased access to four NCCO collections:



  • British Politics and Society
    Includes the papers of British statesmen, Home Office records, ordnance surveys, working class autobiographies, and other unique collections. British Politics and Society is a remarkable resource for scholars looking to explore the political and social history of Britain. Source libraries are the British Library, Oxford University, and The National Archives, Kew.



  • Asia and the West: Diplomacy and Cultural Exchange
    Features primary source collections related to international relations between Asian countries and the West during the 19th century. These invaluable documents—many never before available—include government reports, diplomatic correspondences, periodicals, newspapers, treaties, trade agreements, NGO papers, and more. Documents are sourced from The National Archives, Kew; The National Archives, United States; and other collections.



  • British Theatre, Music, and Literature: High and Popular Culture
    Features a wide range of primary sources related to the arts, from playbills and scripts to operas and complete scores. These rare documents, many of them never before available, are sourced from the British Library and other institutions. Curation is by experts in British arts history. It covers more than a century, and encompasses both the Georgian and Victorian theatre.



  • European Literature, 1790-1840: The Corvey Collection
    The Corvey Collection is one of the most important collections of British Romantic-era writing in existence. The extent of its scholarly significance is indicated by the considerable number of rare publications by British writers (and women writers in particular, whose works comprise over 1,000 of the titles) who were active during the Romantic period. In addition to English-language literary texts, the Corvey Collection of European Literature also includes 3,658 works in French (including more than 500 by women) and 2,653 works in German. While well-known authors are represented in the collection, their works are far outnumbered by those of historically neglected and marginalized authors.



February 9, 2016

Professor Rabi Musah on the Dangers and Suppression of Legal Plant Highs


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February 24, 2016


Contacts: Trudi Jacobson, Head, Information Literacy Department, tjacobson@albany.edu (518) 442-3581; Rebecca Mugridge, Interim Dean and Director of Libraries, rmugridge@albany.edu (518) 442-3578


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Chemistry Department's Rabi Musah on the Dangers and

Suppression of Legal Plant Highs


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Albany, N.Y. (February 24, 2016) Rabi Musah, Director of the University at Albany's Center for Achievement, Retention and Student Success (CARSS), and Associate Professor of Chemistry, will present "Smokes, Chews and Brews: The Dangers and Crackdown on Legal Plant Highs" on Wednesday, February 24, 2016 from 12:35 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. in the Standish Room of the University at Albany's Science Library.

Professor Musah will deliver a brief presentation and then lead a discussion of the issues. This comes at a time when the debate over regulating psychoactive plants has resurfaced with intensity.

A dedicated scholar and educator, Professor Musah has received numerous awards and recognitions, including the Chancellors Award for Excellence in Teaching and Service. Information on her research can be found at the Musah Research Lab.

The event will be the first of the 2016 UAlbany Libraries' "Campus Conversations in Standish" series. Launched in spring 2015, "Campus Conversations in Standish" is designed to showcase faculty research and expertise and to connect members of the UAlbany community in an exchange of ideas and perspectives.

The event is free and open to the public. The Patricia and J. Spencer Standish Board Room is on the third level of the Science Library at the University at Albany.

A member of the Association of Research Libraries (ARL), the 125 largest research libraries in North America, the University Libraries provide research services, resources and facilities to assist the University at Albany's faculty, students, and staff in achieving academic and research success.

 

 

January 26, 2016

"Transformative Teaching and Learning" Events Continue at UAlbany January 28-29, 2016


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January 26, 2016


Contacts: Deborah LaFond, Associate Librarian, dlafond@albany.edu, (518)442-3599; Rebecca Mugridge, Interim Dean and Director of Libraries, rmugridge@albany.edu, (518) 442-3568.


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"Transformative Teaching and Learning" Events Continue at UAlbany January 28-29, 2016

Albany, N.Y. (January 26, 2016) - "Continuing Critical Conversations through Transformative Teaching and Learning," a University at Albany diversity transformation project, will launch its 2016 series of speakers and pedagogy workshops with a two-day conference titled "Anti-Oppression and Transformative Praxis: Sharing Classroom Strategies, Considering Curriculum Innovation." The conference will be held on January 28-29, 2016 in the Patricia and J. Spencer Standish Board Room on the Third Level of the Science Library at the University at Albany.

Day 1 of the conference--January 28, 2016, 3:30 pm-5:00pm--will open in the Standish Board Room with two distinguished Keynote Speakers from SUNY College at Oneonta: Kathleen O'Mara, Ph.D. and Betty Wambui, Ph.D. Dr. O'Mara will speak on "Sexuality Matters, and is Not a Unitary Category" and Dr. Wambui will address "Marginal Communities, Knowledges and Sustainabilities." To learn more about these scholars and "diversity workers," see Dr. O'Mara's bio here: http://www.oneonta.edu/academics/africlat/omara.html and Dr. Wambui's here: http://www.oneonta.edu/academics/africlat/Wambui.html.

Day 2 of the conference--January 29, 2016, 10:00am-1:30pm--will begin at 10:00 am in the Standish Board Room with a poster session of a collaborative of UAlbany faculty, who will share examples of their efforts to create transformative teaching and classroom and campus dialogue. UAlbany faculty from a variety of disciplines will present including faculty from the School of Education, Educational & Counseling Psychology, Educational Theory and Practice, Departments of Africana Studies, Economics, Mathematics and Statistics, Music and Theater, Philosophy, Political Science, Women's, Gender & Sexuality Studies, and the University Libraries. A lunchtime discussion on curriculum innovation will follow the poster session at 12:00 pm-1:30 pm. Lunch will be served. Reservations for lunch are required. Please RSVP for lunch and discussion by January 26 to Deborah LaFond dlafond@albany.edu.  

"Continuing Critical Conversations through Transformative Teaching and Learning" events are sponsored by: The University Libraries; Women's, Gender & Sexuality Studies; Africana Studies; The Justice and Multiculturalism in the 21st Century Project (School of Criminal Justice); UUP Albany Chapter; The Office of Sustainability; The Institute for Teaching, Learning & Academic Leadership; The Office of Intercultural Student Engagement; The New York State Writer's Institute; the Office of Diversity and Inclusion; and other collaborative members across a variety of departments at the University.

For more information about this and future events, see https://transformativeconversations.wordpress.com/

 

 

January 25, 2016

Save the Dates: Spring 2016 Campus Conversations in Standish


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January 25, 2016


Contacts:Trudi Jacobson, Head, Information Literacy Department, tjacobson@albany.edu, (518) 442-3581; Rebecca Mugridge, Interim Dean and Director of Libraries, rmugridge@albany.edu, (518) 442-3568.


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Save the Dates: Spring 2016

Campus Conversations in Standish


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Albany, N.Y. (January 25, 2016) -- The University Libraries are pleased to announce this semester's Campus Conversations in Standish schedule:





  • Rabi Musah, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Chemistry, University at Albany.

    Smokes, Chews and Brews: The Dangers and Crackdown on Legal Plant Highs


    February 24, 2016. 12:35 pm - 1:30 pm




  • James Stellar, Ph.D., Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost, University at Albany.

    Your Brain: Unconscious Decision-making and How it Affects Your Life and Learning


    March 2, 2016. 12:35 pm -1:30pm



  • Rick Fogarty, Ph.D., Associate Professor, History, University at Albany.

    What Can 1916 Tell Us About 2016? Europe, Islam, and the Middle East

    April 6, 2016. 12:35 pm-1:30pm








All Campus Conversations will be held in the Patricia and J. Spencer Standish Board Room, located on the third floor of the Science Library at the University at Albany.


Launched in spring 2015, Campus Conversations in Standish showcases faculty research and expertise and also connects members of the UAlbany community in an exchange of ideas and perspectives.


"The Campus Conversations in Standish series provides a unique opportunity for faculty to interact with the community beyond the classroom," says Interim Dean Rebecca Mugridge. "The University Libraries take great pleasure in facilitating these discussions."







December 16, 2015

Library Renovations - December 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


December 16, 2015

Access to Science Library Changes as Campus Center Renovations Progress

As of December 21st, there will be a major change in entrance/exit to the Science Library on the Garden Level west side entrance. The hallway leading through the Campus Center between the 518 Market to the SEFCU office will be closed until the end of construction in mid-2017. Passage to the Science Library on the east side of the garden, next to the Barnes & Noble Bookstore, remains open. The entrances/exits at the Podium Level remain open.

Entrance to the Science Library - Update 3

 

 

July, 8 2015

Science Library Renovation Updates

As of Tuesday, July 7, there has been a change in entrance/exit to the Science Library on the Garden Level east side entrance.  The hallway leading from the Campus Center past the Barnes & Noble Bookstore is now open for travel to the Science Library. Passage on the west side of the garden remains open near the 518 Market and SEFCU. Entrance/exit from the Podium Level remains open.

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 (hallway next to 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


 

July 8, 2015

Construction of group study rooms, carpet replacement

Renovation work continues in the University Library.

Six group study rooms are under construction on the first floor north. The University Library will have a total of nine new group study rooms on the first floor when Fall 2015 classes begin.

The Presidents’ Reading Room on the second floor was closed to remove old carpet. Installation of new carpet is almost complete.

Work is just about complete on the new building entrance doors.   

 

June 19, 2015

Electrical shutdown

  • Tuesday, June 23 -- Third floor
  • Friday, June 26 -- Second floor

The power will be shut down for an entire day on floors 2 & 3. 

The existing electrical panels in all the electrical closets must be replaced as part of the University Library’s project to upgrade electric services. Work on the first floor will take place at night after the University Library closes.

 

 

June 12, 2015

Library Renovations - June Updates

Entrance doors - removal and replacement, June 17 - June 30
Demolition and replacement of the exterior doors in the main entrance of the University Library will begin on Wednesday June 17th at 8 am.  This work will take approximately eight to thirteen days and the work will take place from 8 am to 4 pm. 
The project involves:
·         Demolition of the two center doors Wednesday 6/17 - Friday 6/19. This work will create a fair amount of noise and some dust.
·         During the replacement of the doors the main entrance will continue to be used for people to enter/exit the building. Two doors will remain operational at all times. 
If the construction and work noise is bothersome, our recommendations for alternative places to work:

  • 2nd and 3rd floors for quiet study--remember there’s many more additional outlets up there now.
  • Borrow a laptop from Lending services desk if you need a computer
  • 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

 

May 11, 2015

CEILING AND ELECTRICAL WORK CONTINUE, MAY 11-15

Ceiling & electrical work continues this week in the southwest wing on the first floor and in the area of the Circulation desk. 

Note the following:

  • Main entrance lighting work has been completed. All the light palms are now equipped with LED lighting.
  • Removal of the lifts will take place either Tuesday or Wednesday.  One of the main entrance doors will be removed in order to take the lifts out of the building
  • Ceiling Crew: their work is expected to conclude at the end of the week.
  • Lighting work: Installation of the building lighting controls will not start until finals are over.  Most of this work will take place inside the electrical closets and will involve changing out the electrical panels.  There will be some planned electrical disruptions when the panels are installed.  More information on this project will be forthcoming once the work starts.
  • Front Doors:  There was a delay in production of the doors and the new delivery date is June 5, 2015.  Work on cutting the façade and removing the old doors will not start until the new doors are on site.

Recommendations to students for alternative places to work:

  • 2nd and 3rd floors for quiet study--remember there’s many more additional outlets up there now.
  • Borrow a laptop from Lending services desk if they need a computer
  • 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

 

 

April 27, 2015

RENOVATION WORK CONTINUES ON THE FIRST FLOOR

The ceiling and electrical work continues this week on the first floor in the southwest wing.  Anticipated completion date: Friday 5/1/15.

Note the following:

  • Lighting work in the Main Entrance will continue through the week.
  • Ceiling Crew: Work will also take place in the Circulation desk and staff areas. 

Recommendations to students for alternative places to work:

  • 2nd and 3rd floors for quiet study--remember there’s many more additional outlets up there now.
  • Borrow a laptop from Lending services desk if you need a computer
  • 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

 

 

April 23, 2015

PRESIDENTS' READING RE-OPENS

The Presidents’ Reading Room re-opened this morning following the completion of electrical work (more outlets!) and work on the ceiling lights. While work was underway in the Presidents’ Reading Room, the tables were refinished and are now back in the room. We are pleased to provide an upgraded space for your use. New carpet has been ordered for this space and the anticipated installation is early summer 2015.

First floor, southwest wing: Work as has resumed and will result in installation of a ceiling grid over the reference collection and installation of some electrical outlets on the columns. Anticipated completion date for this work is May 1.

 

 

 

April 21, 2015

RENOVATIONS UNDERWAY IN THE PRESIDENTS' READING ROOM

The ceiling & electrical work will continue for this week in the President’s Reading Room on the second floor.  It is anticipated that by Friday 4/24/15 the wing will be completed unless there are some unexpected delays.

Note the following:

  • Cleaning the Main Entrance Window Ledges: while the lifts are present the window ledges will be cleaned.
  • President’s Reading Room Electrical Outlets: two duplex outlets will be installed on the 8 columns within the room providing 32 plugs for users to access electricity.  The electricians plan on finishing the work on Friday 4/24/15.
  • Ceiling Crew: it is anticipated their work in the President’s Reading Room will be done on Wednesday, 4/22/15.  They will resume work on the first floor lobby and the southwest wing over the Reference collection.
  • President’s Reading Room Tables: the refinished tables will be moved back into the room at the end of the week or beginning of next week.
  • President’s Reading Room Carpet: new carpet has been ordered for this space with an anticipated installation time frame for early summer 2015.

Recommendations to students for alternative places to work:

  • 2nd and 3rd floors for quiet study--remember there’s many more additional outlets up there now.
  • Borrow a laptop from Lending services desk if they need a computer
  • 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

 

 

April 13, 2015

Renovation work continues - Presidents’ Reading Room Closed

The Presidents’ Reading Room on the second floor is closed through April 27, 2015, as electricians work on the lighting. While this work is taking place, the tables in the Presidents' Reading Room have been sent for refinishing.
The electricians are using scissor lifts in the Presidents’ Reading Room to reach the lights and are also performing lighting work in the first floor outer lobby vestibule.
Thank you for your patience as we work to improve your library building. Coming soon: more electrical outlets and more wifi access. We are also repairing, replacing and cleaning the building furnishings to make the facilities more comfortable and attractive for you.

 Recommendations to students for alternative places to work:

  • B-Level for additional spaces/tables for groups to work
  • 2nd and 3rd floors for quiet study--remember there’s many more additional outlets up there now.
  • Borrow a laptop from Lending services desk if they need a computer
  • Science Library: Information Commons
  • Science Library for quiet study spaces
  • Science Library--reserve a group study room in advance

 

 

April 7, 2015

 

University Library Renovations - April 7 update

Monday, April 6 - Friday April 10:

  • Ceiling and electrical work in the northwest wing of the first floor will continue. It is anticipated that by Friday, 4/10, the wing will be completed
  • Ceiling and electrical work over the Circulation desk will continue through 4/10

Thursday, April 9:

  • The tables in the President’s Reading Room will be removed to have the tops refinished

Monday, April 13:

  • The President’s Reading Room will be closed to the public for ceiling and electrical work to begin. It is anticipated that this work will be completed by 4/27

We appreciate your understanding and flexibility as this important work is completed.

Recommendations to students for alternative places to work:

  • 2nd and 3rd floors for quiet study--remember there are many more additional outlets up there now.
  • Borrow a laptop from Lending services desk if they need a computer
  • 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

 

 

March 30, 2015

 

University Library Renovations - March 30 update

ELECTRICAL OUTLETS: all the outlets in the northeast wing are FUNCTIONING! The outlets on the columns near the new book display are also active.

Monday, March 30:

  • Crews will begin ceiling and electrical work in the northwest wing, just in front of the Computer Room, LI-137A, as well as along the wall on the south side of the north wing. Plastic sheeting will again be erected . An open pathway will be maintained along the south side of the wing leading to the Computer Room, LI-137A and to the back of the wing near the west windows
  • The hallway to the north side elevator will not be obstructed and can continue to be used for access to the elevator
  • Work will be done in the lobby area in front of the Circulation desk but it is not expected to stop traffic through this area

Tuesday, March 31:

  • The DVDs will be relocated to their original location in the north wing this afternoon

 

Lounge chairs and tables will be relocated back to the east end of the wing within the next week.
Scanners will be returned to their first floor location soon.

Recommendations to students for alternative places to work:

  • 2nd and 3rd floors for quiet study--remember there are many more additional outlets up there now.
  • Borrow a laptop from Lending services desk if they need a computer
  • 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

 

 

March 25, 2015

University Library Renovations - March 25 update

Friday, March 27: The ceiling and electrical work in the north wing, behind the plastic sheeting, will be completed.

Monday, March 30:

  • Crews will begin ceiling and electrical work in the northwest wing, just in front of the Computer Room, LI-137A, as well as along the wall on the south side of the north wing. Plastic sheeting will again be erected but access to the Computer Room and librarian offices will be maintained.
  • The DVDs will be relocated to their original location in the north wing.
  • Crews will also begin ceiling work in the lobby around the Circulation desk, with most of the work being done in the early morning.

Friday, April 10-Thursday, April 23 (approximately): Crews will begin ceiling work in the President’s Reading Room. This area will be closed to users at this time. More information to come.

Recommendations to students for alternative places to work:

  • 2nd and 3rd floors for quiet study--remember there are many more additional outlets up there now.
  • Borrow a laptop from Lending services desk if they need a computer
  • 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

 

 

March 20, 2015

University Library Renovations - March 20 update

Friday, March 20 : Some of the work in the south wing (reference stacks area) will be completed by this afternoon.

Monday, March 23 : Crews will continue their work in the north wing, behind the plastic sheeting.

We appreciate your patience as we clean the furniture, hope you’re enjoying the 400+ new electrical outlets on the 2nd and 3rd floors!

Recommendations of alternative places to work:

  • 2nd floor and 3rd floor for quiet study--remember there are 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.

 

 

March 13, 2015

University Library Renovations - March 13 update

Saturday, March 14: Crews will be working until noon in the first floor south wing. The crew will block off sections they are working in and users will have to move to alternate space.


Monday through Friday, March 16-20: The ceiling crew and electricians will be concentrating all their time working in the south wing during Spring Break. The goal is to complete the entire wing during this period.


Alternative study space locations are listed in the March 9 update below.

 

 

 

March 9, 2015

 

University Library Renovations - March 9 update

Renovation work continues in the first floor north east wing and is projected to take two weeks. Equipment and collections have been relocated while work takes place in this area.

  • Photocopier - available in Periodicals Room on B-Level (basement)
  • Scanners - relocated temporarily to Periodicals Room on the former periodicals desk
  • DVD’s - moved but still available in the north east wing
  • New books - all are on the shelves on the second and third floors of the University Library

Other renovation news:

  • Renovation work in the first floor north east wingwill be completed Monday, March 9. The ever-popular group study areawill be available by the end of the day. However, the new outlets are not yet "live."
  • Work on the second floor is complete and another 200 electrical outlets are "live" and ready for use.
  • This past weekend, extensive work took place in the south wing, preparing the area for the electricians who will work in the south wing during spring break.

Recommendations for alternative places to study:

  • B-Level for additional spaces/tables for groups to work
  • 2nd and 3rd floors for quiet study--remember there’s many more additional outlets up there now.
  • Science Library: Information Commons
  • Science Library for quiet study spaces
  • Science Library--reserve a group study room in advance

 

March 4, 2015

University Library Renovations - March 4 update

  • First floor north east wing: work continues. Expected completion date is 3/6/15.  Once the work is done the wing will be open for use.  Note that the electrical outlets will NOT be activated at this time.
  • Second Floor work completed 3/3/15.  Currently all the electrical outlets on the second floor are activated.  More new outlets!
  • First floor south wing: This area will be closed as the ceiling crew works Saturday 3/7/15 6am to 6pm & Sunday 3/8/15 from 6:00 am to Noon. 

Note: this work will be noisy with drilling taking place at regular intervals - every 5 minutes a hole will be drilled when they install the ceiling struts. 

Alternative workspaces while renovation work takes on Saturday March 7 & Sunday March 8:
-- User Room, first floor, LI 137
-- borrow a laptop at the lending desk
-- Information Commons workstations in Current Periodicals & Periodicals
-- Science Library Information Commons

 

 

 

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 devices...no 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 http://www.albany.edu/facilities/projects/projectmaps_upacad.html

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.

 

October 22, 2015

Public Radio's Rosemary Armao on New Money, New Media and the 2016 Elections

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October 22, 2015

Contacts: Carol L. Anderson, Associate Librarian, Reference, canderson@albany.edu, (518) 442-3546; Rebecca Mugridge, Interim Dean and Director of the University Libraries, rmugridge@albany.edu, (518) 442-3568.

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Public Radio's Rosemary Armao on New Money, New Media and the 2016 Elections

Rosemary Armao,  Director of the University at Albany’s Journalism Program and WAMC Public Radio panelist will present on “The 2016 Elections: What Happens When New Money Converges with New Media Technology”  on Wednesday, November 4, 2015 from 12:35 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. in the Standish Room of the University at Albany’s Science Library.

 Professor Armao will deliver a brief presentation, followed by a discussion. Given that Election Day will have been just the day before on November 3, the event is sure to be lively, as well as timely.   

A dedicated investigative reporter, Professor Armao is heard frequently on WAMC Northeast Public Radio’s “Roundtable” and “The Media Project.”  To learn more about Professor Armao, read her curriculum vitae

The event will be the second in the UAlbany Libraries’ “Campus Conversations in Standish” series.  Launched in spring 2015, “Campus Conversations in Standish” is designed to showcase faculty research and expertise and to connect members of the UAlbany community in an exchange of ideas and perspectives.

 “Freedom of the press and how people get the information they need to make informed decisions at the polls is closely related to the role of libraries in a democracy,” says Rebecca L. Mugridge, Interim Dean and Director of the University Libraries. “First amendment issues, censorship, and academic freedom are and always have been of vital importance to libraries.”   

The event is free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be served. The Patricia and J. Spencer Standish Board Room is on the third level of the Science Library at the University at Albany.

October 19, 2015

Celebrate Open Access Week with the University Libraries


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October 9, 2015

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

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Celebrate Open Access Week with the University Libraries

Open Access Week is an annual global event in which members of the academic and research community come together to discuss how removing existing barriers to accessing scholarly research could transform the way research and scientific inquiry is conducted. This year, Open Access Week runs from October 19th through October 25th.


The University Libraries, as a center of scholarly communication on campus, will be celebrating Open Access Week with an event in the Science Library’s Standish Room from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Tuesday, October 20th.


Speakers for the event will be Dr. P.D. Magnus and Paul Rapp, Esq. Dr. Magnus is a member of the Philosophy faculty at the University at Albany and is also the author of forall x, an open access introductory textbook on formal logic. Rapp is an attorney who specializes in intellectual property law. Rapp writes about issues related to copyright for his blog, Rapp on This, which is featured on the website of Metroland, a weekly newspaper in the Capital District.


Attendees will also have the opportunity to learn more about the University Libraries’ Scholars Archive, an institutional repository for faculty scholarship which currently features work by Dr. Magnus and many other contributors.


“The University Libraries support open access by supporting events such as Open Access Week and providing a trusted digital repository, Scholars Archive, in which faculty and students can archive the products of their research, including journal articles, book chapters, data, and other digital resources,” says Rebecca Mugridge, Interim Dean and Director of the University Libraries. “We hope that Open Access Week events will foster discussion about the importance of open access to research and data among administrators, faculty, and students across the university.”


The event is free and open to the public. Lunch will be provided. Please RSVP if you plan to attend.

Tentative Schedule
10:00am               Check in and Coffee
10:10am               Welcome and Introduction
10:25am               Prof. P.D. Magnus, Department of Philosophy, University at Albany
“Academia and Open Education” 
11:25am               Open Access Video “What is Open Access?”
11:30am               Lunch     *** Lunch will be served for all those who RSVP ***
12:30pm               Introduction
12:35pm               Paul Rapp Esq., Copyright and Intellectual Property Attorney,
                             “Open Sesame: Negotiating Access to Your Research and
Publications”
1:35pm                 Scholars Archive Snapshot: Showcase Your Research Demonstration of UAlbany’s Institutional Repository

August 26, 2015

Yes. You Can Talk in the University Libraries. Find Out Where. Find Your Zone


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August 26, 2015

Contacts: Lindsay Van Berkom, Operations & Scholars Archive Administrator, 442-3517; LVanBerkom@albany.edu; Rebecca L. Mugridge,  Interim Dean and Director of Libraries, 442-3568, rmugridge@albany.edu

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Yes. You Can Talk in the University Libraries. Find Out Where. Find Your Zone

Library Zones

Recognizing that not all scholars need quiet all the time, the University Libraries have established color-coded noise-level zones, or clearly designated areas within the University Libraries where one of three noise levels is permitted.

The three noise levels are collaborative (converse in normal tones), quiet (occasional quiet discussion), and silent (strictly for silent study).

To further communication, all areas within all three of the University Libraries--the University Library, the Science Library and the Dewey Graduate Library--are now color-coded either Green, Yellow or Red to visually identify which level of noise is permitted--green for collaborative, yellow for quiet, and red for silent.

Green = Collaborative (converse in normal tones)
Yellow = Quiet (occasional quiet discussion)
Red = Silent (strictly for silent study).

 

The University Libraries have also placed building maps of Library Zones online (http://library.albany.edu/zones), where the UAlbany community can see how each library has been zoned.

 

April 21, 2015

Stress Less UAlbany @ Your Libraries

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April 21, 2015

Contacts: Amanda Lowe, Information Commons Evening Coordinator, 442-3612, amlowe@albany.edu; Debora Cheney, Director of Public Services, 442-3540, dcheney@albany.edu

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Stress Less UAlbany @ Your Libraries

Stress Less Photo 1

The UAlbany Libraries will provide stress-reducing activities during finals from May 4 - May 14, 2015. Yoga sessions, cartoon shorts, puzzles, board games, and cookies and coloring are some of the events planned. The activities and events will be known collectively as Stress Less UAlbany @ Your Libraries. See the listing below for events, dates, times and locations. In addition to the events and activities, stress balls will be made available at the University Library’s Circulation Desk.

The May 4 - May 14, 2015 Stress Less UAlbany @Your Libraries activities will coincide with extended hours during finals at the University and Science Libraries. For extended hours, see http://library.albany.edu/about/hours?source=widget.

 

Stress Less UAlbany @Your Libraries
May 4 - 10, 2015

Monday
May 4

Tuesday
May 5

Wednesday
May 6

Thursday
May 7

Sunday
May 10

Puzzle Corner Jigsaw, Word Search, Sudoku, Crossword
(Board games also available)
8pm - 6:00 am
University Library, North Side, 1st Floor

Puzzle Corner Jigsaw, Word Search, Sudoku, Crossword
(Board games also available)
8pm - 6:00 am
University Library, North Side, 1st Floor

Puzzle Corner Jigsaw, Word Search, Sudoku, Crossword
(Board games also available)
8pm - 6:00 am
University Library, North Side, 1st Floor

Puzzle Corner Jigsaw, Word Search, Sudoku, Crossword
(Board games also available)
8pm - 6:00 am
University Library, North Side, 1st Floor


Yoga with Christine
8 pm - 9 pm
15-minute rolling sessions
University Library, North Side, 1st Floor

Throwback Thursday #tbt: Cartoon Shorts from Late 90s/Early 2000s
11 pm - 1 am
University Library, North Side, 1st Floor

Puzzle Corner Jigsaw, Word Search, Sudoku, Crossword
(Board games also available)
8pm - 6:00 am
University Library, North Side, 1st Floor

More...
May 11 - 17, 2015

 

Monday
May 11

 

Tuesday
May 12

 

Wednesday
May 13

 

Thursday
May 14

 

Fri.
May 15

Puzzle Corner Jigsaw, Word Search, Sudoku, Crossword
(Board games also available)
8pm - 6:00 am
University Library, North Side, 1st Floor

Yoga with Christine
8 pm - 9 pm
15-minute rolling sessions
University Library, North Side, 1st Floor

Coffee Break
@ 10 pm
University Library Foyer

Midnight Minute:
“Shake it Off”
One Minute Dance Party at Midnight
Entire University Library

Puzzle Corner Jigsaw, Word Search, Sudoku, Crossword
(Board games also available
8pm - 6:00 am
University Library North Side, 1st Floor

Coffee Break
@ 10 pm
University Library Foyer, 1st Floor

Midnight Minute: “Shake it Off” -
One Minute Dance Party at Midnight
Entire University Library

When You Were Young Wednesday: Cookies and Coloring
10 pm - 2am
University Library, North Side, 1st Floor

 

Midnight Minute: “Shake it Off”
One Minute Dance Party at Midnight
Entire University Library

 

 

Puzzle Corner
Jigsaw, Word Search, Sudoku, Crossword
(Board games also available)
8pm - 6:00 am
University Library North Side, 1st Floor

 

 

April 13, 2015

Stress Less UAlbany @ Your Libraries kick-off event

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April 13, 2015

Contacts: Amanda Lowe, Information Commons Evening Coordinator, 442-3612; Debora Cheney, Director of Public Services, 442-3540, dcheney@albany.edu

Therapy Dogs at the Science Library on April 23

Therapy Dogs 2015

A “Therapy Dogs” event on April 23 will officially launch Stress Less UAlbany @ Your Libraries, a multitude of stress-reducing events and activities the UAlbany Libraries will be providing during finals.
Therapy dogs from the Schenectady Chapter of Therapy Dogs International will work their healing magic on April 23, 2015 from 1pm - 3 pm in the Science Library Atrium (garden level).

Therapy dogs are specially trained and socialized by volunteers to provide comfort to people who are ill or experiencing stress. Studies of Animal-Assisted Therapy (AAT), the official terminology for therapy dogs, suggest that therapy animals lower stress levels in humans in a variety of settings, including colleges and universities. What is more, therapy dogs rival conventional stress management programs in reducing anxiety, depression, and even pain. 1

“The University Libraries are pleased to host the therapy dogs,” says Amanda Lowe, Information Commons Evening Coordinator. “Interacting with therapy dogs provides a stress-relieving study break for stressed-out UAlbany students completing final projects and studying for exams. Therapy dogs are always enthusiastically received on campus.”
After the April 23 event, Stress Less UAlbany @ Your Libraries will gain momentum with more stress-reducing activities and events such as yoga, puzzles, and cartoon shorts, beginning on Monday, May 4 and continuing through Thursday, May 14.
“Therapy Dogs” will be the only Stress Less UAlbany @ Your Libraries event that will take place at the Science Library. All remaining Stress Less UAlbany @ Your Libraries events and activities will be held at the University Library.
In addition to events and activities, stress balls will be available at the University Library’s Circulation Desk.

The Stress Less UAlbany @Your Libraries activities will coincide with extended hours during finals at the University and Science Libraries. For details, see:  http://library.albany.edu/about/hours?source=widget.  


1  Lannon, A., & Harrison, P. (2015). Take a paws: Fostering student wellness with a therapy dog
program at your university library. Public Services Quarterly, 11(1), 13-22. DOI: 10.1080/15228959.2014.984264

 

 

 

 

March 3, 2015

Research PubMed: A New iLearn Workshop - Thursday, March 26th

Research PubMed:  A New iLearn Workshop
Thursday, March 26th, 10:30 -11:30 a.m. University Library, LI b48

iLearn and the IMC

 

This workshop introduces participants to PubMed/Medline database from the National Library of Medicine. Participants will practice basic and advanced searches, and learn about Medical Subject Headings (MeSH) used in medical literature. The participants will learn useful strategies and helpful tips to navigate in the world of medical literature making the journey from a database record to a full text journal article in a record time!

Sign up today!  http://library.albany.edu/ilearn

February 24, 2015

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

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February 24, 2015

Contacts: Trudi Jacobson, Head, Information Literacy Department tjacobson@albany.edu, 442-3581
Debora Cheney, Director of Public Services, 442-3540, dcheney@albany.edu

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 jkessler@albany.edu  (518) 442-3830; Debora Cheney, Director of Public Services dcheney@albany.edu (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 (http://library.albany.edu/db/resource/?id=4176).  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 (http://library.albany.edu/db/resource/?id=4186) 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 http://library.albany.edu/db/name/ 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. lsmith@albany.edu; 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

http://www.cmsimpact.org/fair-use/best-practices/code-best-practices-fair-use-opencourseware


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

http://www.cmsimpact.org/fair-use/best-practices/code-best-practices-fair-use-poetry


Code of Best Practices in Fair Use for Poetry

http://www.cmsimpact.org/fair-use/best-practices/code-best-practices-fair-use-academic-and-research-libraries


Code of Best Practices in Fair Use for Poetry

http://www.cmsimpact.org/fair-use/best-practices/code-best-practices-fair-use-poetry


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

http://www.cmsimpact.org/fair-use/best-practices/code-best-practices-fair-use-media-literacy-education


Code of Best Practices in Fair Use for Online Video

http://www.cmsimpact.org/fair-use/best-practices/code-best-practices-fair-use-online-video


Documentary Filmmakers' Statement of Best Practices in Fair Use

http://www.cmsimpact.org/fair-use/best-practices/documentary-filmmakers-statement-best-practices-fair-use


Set of Principles in Fair Use for Journalism

http://www.cmsimpact.org/fair-use/best-practices/set-principles-fair-use-journalism


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

http://www.cmsimpact.org/fair-use/best-practices/statement-fair-use-images-teaching-research-and-study


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

http://www.cmsimpact.org/fair-use/best-practices/statement-best-practices-fair-use-orphan-works-libraries-archives


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

http://www.cmsimpact.org/fair-use/best-practices/society-cinema-and-media-studies-statement-fair-use-best-practices-media-stu


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

http://www.cmsimpact.org/fair-use/best-practices/society-cinema-and-media-studies-statement-best-practices-fair-use-teaching-


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

http://www.cmsimpact.org/fair-use/best-practices/code-best-practices-fair-use-scholarly-research-communication


Best Practices in Fair Use of Dance-related Materials

http://www.cmsimpact.org/fair-use/best-practices/best-practices-fair-use-dance-related-materials


Also see the Library Guide on copyright for more information: http://libguides.library.albany.edu/copyright

February 20, 2015

UAlbany Libraries' Information Literacy Department Launches Instructional Website

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NEWS RELEASE • FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
February 20, 2015

Contacts: Trudi Jacobson, tjacobson@albany.edu, (518) 442-3581
Allison Hosier, ahosier@albany.edu, (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-- http://library.albany.edu/infolit 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 http://library.albany.edu/infolit or through the library’s homepage (http://library.albany.edu) 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 devices...no 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 http://www.albany.edu/facilities/projects/projectmaps_upacad.html

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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University at Albany

NEWS RELEASE • FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
February 2, 2015

Contacts: Jane Kessler, Associate Librarian, 442-3830, jkessler@albany.edu; Debora Cheney, Director of Public Services, 442-3540, dcheney@albany.edu

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 (http://library.albany.edu/db/resource/?id=4186):


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: http://library.albany.edu/db/resource/?id=4186



January 26, 2015

iLearn Workshops schedule announced



iLearn Workshops schedule announced

iLearn Workshops

A one stop shop for your skill building needs

The workshop schedule is posted here: http://library.albany.edu/ilearn  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:

Getting Started with WordPress for the Classroom & Personal Use
This workshop is an overview of how WordPress works. Discussion includes how to start a WordPress account, setup a site, and the differences between WordPress.com and WordPress.org.

Introduction to EndNote
Endnote saves you countless hours of time and frustration by automatically creating bibliographies and inserting in-text citations to papers.  This hands-on workshop will cover building and managing an EndNote library of references and creating a bibliography and in-text citations.

Maximizing Your Research Impact for Graduate Students and Faculty
Academics who publish (or hope to publish) scholarly research find measuring the impact and influence of their work helps others understand its value within one’s department, institution, even throughout the discipline. In this workshop, learn how to generate unique author identifiers using ORCID and Researcher ID, and how they are used.  Discover indicators such as the Journal Impact Factor, the h-index, and altmetrics, and their significance. We will also discuss issues like choosing the best journal for your research, and scholarly networking through tools such as Mendeley.

Making Posters with PowerPoint
Discover how to make large posters by setting up custom sizes, manipulating shapes, setting special backgrounds, editing photos, and much more.

Register on the web: http://library.albany.edu/ilearn
Walk-Ins welcomed. For more information contact: Regina Conboy, 442-3608 rconboy@albany.edu

 

December 9, 2014

University Library Alternate Work Environment Intersession Energy Savings Initiative 2014/15



Library Hours of Operation


The University Library (west end of the Podium) hours of operation will be as follows: 

December 19th through January 20th Monday - Friday, from 8:00 am to 6:00 pm, closed Saturdays, Sundays and Monday January 20th. The building will be open on Tuesday January 20nd 8:00 am to 8:00 pm.  Note the building will also be closed on 12/25/14 and 1/1/15.


During the Limited Operations Period the Dewey & Science Library will be closed to the public 12/19/13 - 1/4/14.  The Science Library will be open Monday January 5th through January 20th   Monday - Friday, from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm, closed Saturdays, Sundays and Monday January 19th.   The building will be open on Tuesday January 20th 8:00 am to 8:00 pm.  


The Dewey Library will be open Monday January 5th through January 20th Monday - Friday, from 8:30 am to 5:00 pm, closed Saturdays, Sundays and Monday January 19th.  The building will be open on Tuesday January 20th 8:30 am to 6:00 pm. 


For additional information on the hours of operation for the Intersession period please consult the University Libraries web page http://library.albany.edu/about/hours


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 12/19/14 - 1/4/15 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 note that phone calls cannot be forwarded to the University Library. 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 has 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, prm@albany.edu

December 8, 2014

200 New Electrical Outlets Added to the University Library.

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NEWS RELEASE • FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
December 8, 2014

Contacts: Carol Lee Anderson, canderson@albany.edu (518) 442-3546

Responding to users' repeated requests for more electrical outlets in the University Library, 200 new electrical outlets have been installed around the perimeter of the third floor of the University Library.

Renovation work in the University Library will continue 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.

Power Outlets Man

Electrical upgrades will take place at the University Library Monday-Friday during the hours of 7:00 am - 3:30 pm only.

 

"We appreciate everyone's cooperation and tolerance for the noise and disruption while this work is being done," says Peter Recore-Migirditch, Assistant Director for Finance & Administration at the University Libraries. "I think I can assure you that the inconvenience will be worth it in the end for our users."

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 January 2015.

December 1, 2014

UAlbany Libraries Commit Further to Sustainability

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NEWS RELEASE • FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
December 1, 2014

Contacts: Carol Lee Anderson, canderson@albany.edu (518) 442-3546


Two new water stations that make it easy to refill a reusable water bottle have been installed on the first floor of the University Library--one near the reference desk and one near the north elevator.  The water is filtered as well, tasting just as good as, if not better than, bottled water that is sold commercially. Refilling water bottles reduces the number of plastic bottles sent daily to landfills.  

Liss Water Refill

Grad Student Liss Bussen refills her water bottle with filtered water at one of the University Library’s new water refill stations.

"I looked at the water refill station at Liberty Terrace last August and was so impressed that I immediately contacted Mary Ellen Mallia," Director of UAlbany’s Office of Environmental Sustainability, “about installing water refill stations in the University Libraries” says Carol Lee Anderson, Reference Librarian at the UAlbany Libraries.   The Office of Environmental Sustainability and the Facilities Energy Office provided the financial support and expertise for the installation of the water refill stations.

Water Fountain


"The Dewey Graduate Library at UAlbany's downtown campus had a water refill station installed last year," says Peter Recore-Migirditch, Assistant Director for Finance & Administration at the University Libraries. "We are planning to get water refill stations installed in the Science Library as well."




"It takes 1000 years for a plastic water bottle to degrade in a landfill," says Dr. Mallia. "I am pleased that the UAlbany Libraries provide more options for the campus community to refill their reusable water bottles."

Landfill of Plastic

  • Only one out of five plastic water bottles are recycled. The other four bottles contribute to three billion pounds of waste from plastic water bottles.
  • Seventeen million barrels of oils are used annually to produce plastic water bottles.

Source:  http://www.onlineeducation.net/bottled_water

 

September 4, 2014

University Libraries Extend Online Research Assistance to 24/7

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NEWS RELEASE • FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
August 28, 2014

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

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

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