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"Stress Less Month" at the University Libraries

Fri, 01 Dec 2017 10:14:15 -0500

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. University Libraries - University At Albany 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.   Comments (0) [...]



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

Mon, 20 Nov 2017 15:29:47 -0500

NEWS RELEASE • FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contacts: Amanda Lowe, Outreach & Marketing Librarian, amlowe@albany.edu, (518) 442-3552; Rebecca Mugridge, Dean of University Libraries, rmugridge@albany.edu, (518) 442-3568. University Libraries - University At Albany Therapy Dogs Kick Off “Stress Less Month” 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.       Comments (0) [...]



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

Thu, 26 Oct 2017 14:05:12 -0500

NEWS RELEASE • FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 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. University Libraries - University At Albany Dr. Mathias Vuille: How Climate Change Will Transform Our Mountain Environments in the 21st Century 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.   Comments (0) [...]



Libraries to Champion Open Access on October 26

Thu, 19 Oct 2017 15:07:12 -0500

NEWS RELEASE • FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contacts: Elaine Lasda, elasda@albany.edu  (518) 442-3695; Rebecca Mugridge, Dean of University Libraries, rmugridge@albany.edu, (518) 442-3568.   University Libraries - University At Albany Libraries to Champion Open Access on October 26 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.   Comments (0) [...]



Cultural Heritage at Risk: In Defense of Civilization

Tue, 10 Oct 2017 12:37:24 -0500

NEWS RELEASE • FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 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. University Libraries - University At Albany STATEWIDE CONFERENCE ON "CULTURAL HERITAGE AT RISK" 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.   Comments (0) [...]



Save the Date: Open Access Day on October 26

Tue, 10 Oct 2017 12:10:02 -0500

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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

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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.

 








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

Thu, 05 Oct 2017 12:19:08 -0500

NEWS RELEASE • FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 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. University Libraries - University At Albany Paul Grondahl: A Biographer's and Ghostwriter's Tale 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.   Comments (0) [...]



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

Tue, 26 Sep 2017 16:11:01 -0500

NEWS RELEASE • FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 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. University Libraries - University At Albany Laura Wittern-Keller, PhD: A Historian's Perspective on Challenged Presidential Actions, the Supreme Court, and the U.S. Constitution   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.   Comments (0) [...]



A Great Dane Welcome @ Your Library on August 28

Mon, 21 Aug 2017 17:15:01 -0500

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NEWS RELEASE • FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

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.

 








International Students Reception on August 21

Thu, 10 Aug 2017 11:00:59 -0500

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NEWS RELEASE • FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

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


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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.








Redesign of Science Library

Mon, 26 Jun 2017 09:47:07 -0500

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NEWS RELEASE • FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

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




Progress Report: Single Service Desk Construction

Wed, 14 Jun 2017 09:02:05 -0500

NEWS RELEASE • FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 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. University Libraries - University at Albany 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.   NEWS RELEASE • FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE June 12, 2017 One Point of Service: Reference and Circulation Desks to be Combined 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. This page will be updated frequently as construction progresses so please bookmark it. 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 University Libraries, visit library.albany.edu   Comments (0) [...]



Advanced Student Photography Exhibition at University Library

Tue, 02 May 2017 15:06:04 -0500

NEWS RELEASE • FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 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. University Libraries - University At Albany Advanced Student Photography Exhibition at University Library   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.   Comments (0) [...]



Therapy Dogs at Science Library May 2

Mon, 24 Apr 2017 16:36:20 -0500

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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


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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.







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

Fri, 21 Apr 2017 18:20:26 -0500

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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.


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About the University at Albany Libraries
The University at Albany Libraries comprise the University Library, the Science Library, and the Dewey Graduate Library. A member of the Association of Research Libraries (ARL), the 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.

 



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