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New Online Resource: American Antiquarian Society Historical Periodicals Collection

Wed, 15 Mar 2017 14:10:53 -0500

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NEWS RELEASE • FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

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.

 








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

Fri, 10 Mar 2017 15:34:53 -0500

NEWS RELEASE • FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 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. University Libraries - University at Albany Dr. Lawrence Schell to Speak on Eliminating Native American Health Disparities 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.   Comments (0) [...]



Blackboard and Electronic Reserves Unavailable Tuesday, March 14

Wed, 08 Mar 2017 17:01:45 -0500

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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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Blackboard and Electronic Reserves Unavailable
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

 








Take a "Paws" from Midterms with the Therapy Dogs

Tue, 28 Feb 2017 09:00:31 -0500

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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


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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

 








David Hochfelder on the Human Toll of Urban Renewal

Wed, 01 Feb 2017 16:47:05 -0500

NEWS RELEASE • FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 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. University Libraries - University at Albany History Department's David Hochfelder on the Human Toll of Urban Renewal 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   Comments (0) [...]



Criminalizing the LGBTQ Community

Wed, 18 Jan 2017 16:39:17 -0500

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



ILLiad Service Interruption on Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Thu, 22 Dec 2016 12:59:12 -0500


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NEWS RELEASE • FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

December 22, 2016

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

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ILLiad Service Interruption on Tuesday, January 10, 2017

ILLiad, the Libraries' interlibrary loan software, will be unavailable on Tuesday, January 10, from 11:00 am to 2:00 pm due to a software upgrade. Thank you for your patience while ILLiad is 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








Faculty Reserves Requests for Winter and Spring 2017 Semesters

Wed, 07 Dec 2016 14:10:53 -0500

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December 7, 2016

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The University Libraries are now accepting reserves requests from faculty for the winter and spring 2017 semesters. The Libraries recommend that faculty submit requests at least one week prior to the start of your class to ensure all requested materials are available by the first day of your class.





Therapy Dogs Help You Stress Less

Mon, 05 Dec 2016 14:51:58 -0500

NEWS RELEASE • FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 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. University Libraries - University at Albany Therapy Dogs Help You Stress Less 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          Comments (0) [...]



Requesting Library Materials During Winter Break

Mon, 05 Dec 2016 13:19:54 -0500


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December 5, 2016

University Libraries - University At Albany

Requesting Library Materials During Winter Break

The Science and Dewey Libraries will be closed December 21 through January 2.

For periods when the Science and Dewey Libraries are closed to the public, library materials will be paged and held for pickup at the University Library. Please request needed materials via the library's catalog.

Delivery of library materials to the Science and Dewey Libraries will be suspended on December 20. Materials on hold for users at the Science and Dewey Libraries and not picked up by December 20 will be sent to the University Library for pickup.

The Science and Dewey Libraries will reopen, and all delivery services will resume, on January 3.

If you have questions about these services please call 442-3613.

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



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Welcome Visiting Scholar Rong Xiao

Tue, 08 Nov 2016 11:22:26 -0500

NEWS RELEASE • FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE November 8, 2016 Contact: Rebecca Mugridge, Dean of University Libraries, rmugridge@albany.edu, (518) 442-3568. University Libraries - University at Albany University Libraries Welcome Visiting Scholar Rong Xiao   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   Comments (0) [...]



2016 Presidential Election: An Historian's Perspective

Wed, 05 Oct 2016 15:35:08 -0500

NEWS RELEASE • FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 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. University Libraries - University At Albany 2016 Presidential Election: An Historian's Perspective 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 Comments (0) [...]



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

Tue, 04 Oct 2016 14:53:49 -0500

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



Rebecca Mugridge Appointed Dean of University Libraries

Wed, 28 Sep 2016 16:01:49 -0500


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NEWS RELEASE • FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

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.



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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.alban[...]

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