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November 14, 2014 Council Meeting @SUNY Albany / Re: Campus Updates
« on: November 10, 2014, 04:40:58 PM »
A new Multimedia Creation Lab provides UB students with tools to create and edit videos, podcasts and other digital media projects. The Lab includes workspaces for digital editing, and the online reservation system makes it easy to borrow digital cameras, audio recorders, and other multimedia equipment.

The UB Libraries Stress Relief Days received the 2014 Western New York Library Resources Council Outstanding Library Program Award.  From the WNYLRC website:  “One of the possible guidelines for inclusion in this award is the ‘creation of a new or enhanced service model that can be emulated by other libraries…’ and Stress Relief Days has done just that.”

A new digital collection, Veterans and Armed Forces, features materials from the University Archives relating to the University at Buffalo, student veterans, the Reserve Officers’ Training Corps, and efforts undertaken by the University in response to wars and conflicts of the 20th and 21st centuries. Documentation includes photographs, manuscripts, posters and brochures chosen from various collections donated to the Archives by members of the Western New York and campus community, faculty, academic departments and the Office of the President.

Brian Detweiler was recently hired as the Law Library’s Student Services Librarian.  Brian has a JD from Notre Dame Law School and an MLS from UB's Library School. He has worked as an attorney for the Legal Aid Society of Rochester and, most recently, as the Faculty Services Librarian at St. Mary's Law School in San Antonio, TX.

Elliot McNally has joined the staff of the Poetry Collection as project archivist to catalog the editorial and business records of eleven little literary magazine archives. The project is funded by a $150,600 grant from the Council on Library and Information Resources (CLIR).

Sept. 23, 2011 @ Cortland / Re: Campus Updates
« on: September 15, 2011, 10:37:46 AM »
SAVE THE DATE!   For a symposium sponsored by the University at Buffalo Libraries:


   When: Monday, November 14, 2011

   Where: University at Buffalo's Center for Tomorrow

   9 a.m. - 4 p.m.


   Featured speakers include:

Francine Berman / Rensselear Polytechnic Institute
"Got Data? The Role of Digital Information in Shaping 21st Century Research"

Barry Smith / SUNY Distinguished Professor, University at Buffalo
"Ontologies: What Librarians Need to Know"

Lisa Johnston / University of Minnesota Libraries
The Libraries' Role in Research Data Management: A Case Study from the University of Minnesota

More information will be sent out via SUNYLA-L in early October, so stay tuned!


H. Austin Booth was named Vice Provost for University Libraries, effective August 5, 2011. Ms. Booth joined the UB Libraries in 1997 and previously served as director of collections and co-director of the university’s Arts & Sciences Libraries.  She was named interim associate vice president for the UB Libraries in June, 2010, and has overseen several new initiatives designed to improve delivery of information resources. She has also focused on increasing the number of locally-created digital collections and developed an e-book purchase-on-demand program as well as a collaborative purchase-on-demand program across SUNY.

Lori Widzinski is the newly-appointed Head, Multimedia Collections and Services. Her duties include managing the Arts & Sciences Multimedia Center on the North campus and the Digital Media Resources Center located in the Health Sciences Library on the South campus.

Sciences librarian A. Ben Wagner’s article, “Tips from the Experts: Searching Inorganic Substances in SciFinder,”was published in Issues in Science and Technology Librarianship (Winter 2011). Chemical Abstracts Service (CAS) invited Ben to serve as the featured guest presenter for a webinar that will focus on the use of SciFinder’s substance search options to locate inorganic compounds and related information. The webinar will be broadcast at 2 p.m. on Thursday, September 22, 2011 at 2 p.m. (Eastern) and will be available for on-demand viewing after Sept. 27th in CAS Learning Solutions:

Sharon Murphy, subject librarian and liaison with the School of Nursing, has received her 5-year renewal for membership in the Academy of Health Information Professionals at the Distinguished Member Level from the Medical Library Association. Congratulations, Sharon!

The inaugural issue of UB Libraries Today ( received a “Best of Show” award in the Calendars/Newsletters (Print) category from the Library Administration and Management Association of the American Library Association. The award recognizes outstanding efforts in the area of library public relations.

June 15, 2011 @ Plattsburgh / University at Buffalo - Campus Updates
« on: June 14, 2011, 10:54:06 AM »
Kathleen O'Brien has been appointed Data & Assessment Officer for the UB Libraries. She will work on various data analysis and assessment projects under the direction of the Office of the Associate Vice President for University Libraries.

Diane Wasik was recently appointed as Library Clerk 2 in the Law Library's cataloging department.

Michael Basinski, Curator of the Poetry Collection, received a 2011 Chancellor's Award for Professional Service.

Elizabeth Adelman, Associate Director and Head of Collections for the Law Library, received a Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Librarianship.

During the renovation of historic Hayes Hall on the UB South Campus, the Architecture & Planning Library (APL) has moved into a temporary new home in the Health Sciences Library (HSL). The renovation project is scheduled for completion in 2013/14.

March 11, 2011 @ Dutchess / Re: Campus Updates
« on: March 11, 2011, 10:20:14 AM »
Associate Librarian Laura Taddeo and Stacy Hubbard, Associate Professor in the UB English Department, have received an NEH grant to support five reading, viewing and discussion programs featuring the documentary “Louisa May Alcott: The Woman Behind Little Women” and the companion biography of the same name.  Laura and Stacy will collaborate with area libraries and historical societies to develop the outreach programs in the coming months. 

Our e-book purchase-on-demand pilot program is underway.  Records for over 50,000 as-yet-not-purchased e-books have been added to our catalog; the Libraries purchase a particular title after it's been downloaded twice for a short-term loan. We're excited about this patron-driven approach to collection development; the pilot should provide plenty of data for analysis.

The Libraries recently introduced two new discipline-specific versions of our Library Skills Workbook—a health-sciences version and a music version.  We now have four versions of the workbook: these two, the original, and an engineering version.

Amazon Kindles are now available in the UB Libraries. Our Kindles are pre-loaded with current bestsellers, award-winners and more, and students, faculty and staff can try them out during the e-book reader pilot project.

November 19, 2010 @ Onondaga / Re: Campus Updates
« on: November 18, 2010, 05:38:36 PM »
The search for a new University at Buffalo president is underway. Current president, John Simpson, plans to retire January 15, 2011.

The UB Libraries have unveiled a new version of the BISON catalog and students and faculty are encouraged to offer comments on the new system. The catalog uses VuFind software to offer interesting new ways to search and browse results, and includes the option of texting a call number to your phone:

Three newly refurbished collaborative study rooms are available in Lockwood Library:

The Spectrum, UB's student newspaper, has been added to the Libraries' digital collections, covering the years 1950-1957:

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