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Library Hours & Locations – Spring 2015 Update

Lockwood Library Now Open 24/7Beginning Monday, January 26, 2015, Lockwood Library will be open 24/7. Also, please note that due to renovations currently underway in Silverman Library (Capen), the 3rd floor of Silverman is closed, and the Cybrary has moved to the 2nd floor of Silverman.

The Science & Engineering Information Center and the Map Collection are now located in Lockwood Library, and a large silent study area is now available on Lockwood 3.

The changes in library hours and locations are part of The Heart of the Campus, the UB 2020 initiative to enhance the student learning experience. When construction is complete, the 3rd floor in Silverman will feature bright, flexible study areas to accommodate individuals and groups; a grand reading room; a state-of-the-art classroom; new spaces for creating, editing and viewing media; and new technology spaces.

Thank you for your patience as we make this transition.

Questions? Please feel free to ask at a library service desk or contact library@buffalo.edu

My Information Delivered, Part I: Google Alerts

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[The following blog post was written by Kristin E. Cangialosi, a graduate student in the Department of Library & Information Studies.]

Rather than searching Google for the information you want, why not have Google deliver the information to you?  By creating a Google Alert, you can receive emails when Google finds new results for any topic you are interested in!

1)      Start by going to https://www.google.com/alerts

2)      Type a keyword or two into the search box.  Before creating the alert, “Show options” will allow you to customize your alert settings.

3)      Several options are available to customize your alert settings such as how often, how many, and what types of results you want.  If you are already logged into your Google account, your email address will be listed.

4)      Create your alert, and start getting the search results you want delivered directly to your inbox!

Now that you have Google Alerts covered, stay tuned for our upcoming post, “My Information Delivered, Part 2: Database Notifications.”

 

Book & Film of the Month for March 2014

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The University Libraries and Undergraduate Academies are pleased to announce our “Book & Film of the Month” selections for March:

FILM:

The story of Mark Zuckerberg and his creation of Facebook, the global social network and revolution in personal communications, The Social Network is compelling viewing. Zuckerberg has become the youngest billionaire in history. But for this young entrepreneur, as this film laced with scathing wit and aching sadness vividly illustrates, success can also lead to dramatic personal and legal complications.

Directed by David Fincher and written by Aaron Sorkin, The Social Network was also Roger Ebert’s selection for the best film of the year, and was nominated for eight Academy Awards, and won three for Best Adapted Screenplay, Best Original Score, and Best Film Editing. Available in the Silverrman Library Multimedia Collection (DVD 2698: PN1997.2 .S63 2011).

BOOK:

The emergence of factories, railroads, and gunboats propelled the West’s rise to power in the nineteenth century, and the development of computers and nuclear weapons in the twentieth century secured its global supremacy. Now, at the beginning of the twenty-first century, many worry that the emerging economic power of China and India spells the end of the West as a superpower. In order to understand this possibility, we need to look back in time. Why has the West dominated the globe for the past two hundred years, and will its power last?

Ian Morris’ Why the West Rules-For Now: the patterns of history, and what they reveal about the future is a timely selection reflecting today’s headlines. The book won several literary awards, including the 2011 PEN Center USA Literary Award for Creative Nonfiction,[10] and was named as one of the books of the year by Newsweek, Foreign Affairs, Foreign Policy,The New York Times, and a number of other newspapers. It has been translated into 13 languages. Available in the Lockwood Library Book Collection (CB251 .M68 2011) and also on circulating Kindle e-readers.

Both selections are part of our 48 Good Books and 48 Good Films initiatives; titles on these lists were chosen by UB faculty and staff members of the Undergraduate Academies Council to reflect the themes of the five Academies: Civic Engagement, Entrepreneurship, Global Perspectives, Research Exploration and Sustainability. Think of them as “unrequired” reading and viewing suggestions.

All 48 Good Books and 48 Good Films are available in the UB Libraries.