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Be Seen. Be Heard. Be Noticed.

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As a student, you may need to prepare a presentation for class with visuals, or a poster for a conference, or need images, video and audio for a digital publication. The University Libraries are committed to supporting your UB educational experience, and are undergoing a pilot project that will provide two computers with a variety of multimedia software, as well as a variety of equipment to create multimedia files. Sign out a camera, or an accessory to make your cell phone a better recording device. Computing time and loanable equipment must be reserved ahead of time.  Details are available on our web page.

The Multimedia Creation Lab is located on the South Campus, in the Health Sciences Library, Room 105 Abbott Hall, and the service is available to all current UB students.

Welcome back, and welcome to new students!

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As we welcome you back to a new academic year, we also welcome your questions about library services and resources. Below are some important library links to help start you off on the right track:

  • Research Tips is an online tutorial that guides you through the research process from start to finish. Learn how to find books and journals, locate full-text articles, evaluate web sites, and more!
  • Course Reserves will help you locate the library item(s) that your instructor has placed on reserve for your course.
  • Student FAQs will help you find the answers to many common questions such as “Does the library have a copy of my textbook?” and “Can I print from my laptop?”. For answers to even more questions, try Help A-Z.

Still looking for answers? Ask a librarian! We’re available via email, instant message chat, phone, text and in-person. We look forward to working with you and helping you with all of your library service and research needs.

Best wishes for a productive academic year!

Goodbye, photocopiers! Hello, scanners!

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Change is coming to all University at Buffalo Libraries!

On Monday, August 4, all public photocopiers and James reader/encoders will disappear from all of our Libraries. That same day, scanning will be our new and only way of doing business – it’s free and green! The scanners will provide searchable-PDFs, Text-to-Voice, and other format options. They will also allow scans to be sent directly to the cloud, USB flash drives, or your email.

If you have questions or a copy card with a remaining balance, please stop by a library circulation desk for assistance. Non-UB affiliated patrons, please note that the copier card reader at the printer will be removed –please plan to make alternate arrangements for printing.

Our Fascination with Magic

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

David Blaine recently visited UB as part of the annual Distinguished Speaker Series.  For some, Blaine has revitalized the childhood wonder of magic where the seemingly impossible becomes possible.  Others criticize Blaine’s endurance stunts and decry that he is not a “real” magician.   I wonder if they are familiar with Harry Houdini’s work.

Our interest in magic is nothing new.  Sorcerers and conjurers have appeared in literature since the beginning of written word.  Magic was the answer when no other explanation fit the question, and millennia later we are still fascinated by it.  Characters from myths and legends, such as Merlin and the Delphic Oracle, appear time and time again in our storytelling just with different names and in reimagined worlds.

From the 1937 publication of J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Hobbit, or There and Back Again to the immense popularity of J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter series at the dawn of the 21st century, fantasy fiction has exploded into a prominent and prolific genre.  It seems as if the more we learn with scientific certainty, the more apt we are to disappear for a while into a world permeating with magic in awe of those enigmatic characters that evoke its power.

Many fictional fantasy stories filled with magical characters can be found at the UB Libraries, such as:

The UB Libraries’ collection also contains numerous titles about the historical, social, or literary aspects of magic for curious researchers, like:

If you are have any questions about finding books related to magic or any other topic, do not hesitate to ask a librarian.  The UB Libraries’ collection is extremely deep, and librarians can help you uncover delightfully unexpected titles from within.

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