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Defend Freedom. Read Banned Books.

Thu, 22 Sep 2016 17:30:25 -0500

NEWS RELEASE • FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 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. University Libraries - University At Albany Defend Freedom. Read Banned Books. 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[...]



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

Wed, 21 Sep 2016 15:19:41 -0500

NEWS RELEASE • FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 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. University Libraries - University At Albany Rockefeller College's Julie Novkov on the Vital Importance of the Supreme Court 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. Comments (0) [...]



Bloomberg Terminal Now at the University Library

Mon, 19 Sep 2016 13:50:31 -0500

NEWS RELEASE • FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 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. University Libraries - University At Albany Bloomberg Terminal Now at the University Library 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. Comments (0) [...]



A Great Dane Welcome @ Your Libraries

Tue, 23 Aug 2016 17:59:40 -0500


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NEWS RELEASE • FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

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

Tue, 23 Aug 2016 16:52:27 -0500

NEWS RELEASE • FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE  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. University Libraries - University At Albany Student Borrowing Policies Improved 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. Comments (0) [...]



University Libraries to Host International Students Reception on August 23

Thu, 11 Aug 2016 09:17:40 -0500


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NEWS RELEASE • FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

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


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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.








Brush Up Your Skills on PrepSTEP

Wed, 10 Aug 2016 16:06:19 -0500


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NEWS RELEASE • FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

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


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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.








Streaming Video from PBS

Wed, 03 Aug 2016 10:17:07 -0500


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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.








Life Magazine Archives Now Online

Fri, 29 Jul 2016 13:32:29 -0500

NEWS RELEASE • FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 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. University Libraries - University At Albany 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.   Comments (0) [...]



Access to Science Library as Campus Center Renovations Progress

Wed, 27 Jul 2016 12:10:05 -0500

LIBRARY RENOVATIONS UPDATE University Libraries - University At Albany     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.     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 accordin[...]



University Libraries Welcomes EOP Summer Program Students

Wed, 06 Jul 2016 15:46:02 -0500


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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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Resolved: Problem Logging in to "My Library Account"

Fri, 24 Jun 2016 15:30:12 -0500


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LIBRARY SERVICES ALERT • FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

June 24, 2016


Contacts: Jane Kessler, Head, Reference & Research Services, jkessler@albany.edu, (518) 442-3830; Rebecca Mugridge, Interim Dean of Libraries, rmugridge@albany.edu, (518) 442-3568.


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Problem Resolved!
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June 24, 2016—Firefox users may now log in successfully to "My Library Account" from the University Libraries' website. Online patrons will no longer receive an error message stating "Your connection is not secure" as reported on May 18. The University Libraries thank you for your patience.

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University Library's Interactive Media Center Undergoing Facility Upgrades

Mon, 13 Jun 2016 09:44:17 -0500

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. University Libraries - University At Albany University Library's Interactive Media Center Undergoing Facility Upgrades 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. Comments (0) [...]



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

Mon, 06 Jun 2016 09:50:49 -0500

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. University Libraries - University At Albany 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 tria[...]



New Chairs for the University and Dewey Libraries

Mon, 16 May 2016 12:02:39 -0500

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. University Libraries - University At Albany New Chairs for the University and Dewey Libraries Seating Limited at University Library Week of May 16 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       Comments (0) [...]

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