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Book and Film of the Month for September 2014

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

FILM:  The Corporation

08This film undertakes an in-depth psychological examination of this corporate “person” through various case studies. These studies illustrate that, in its behavior, the corporation typically acts like a dangerously destructive psychopath, without a conscience. Furthermore, we observe the profound threats this psychopath poses for our world and our future, but also what people with courage, intelligence and determination can do to stop this behavior.

Silverman Library Multimedia Collection:


BOOK:  The Prince

22“The Prince” is the most controversial book about winning power – and holding on to it – ever written. Machiavelli’s tough-minded, pragmatic argument that sometimes it is necessary to abandon ethics to succeed made his name notorious. Yet his book has been read by strategists, politicians and business people ever since as the ultimate guide to realpolitik.

Copies are available in the Lockwood Library Book Collection: and on all 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.

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!

The Unexpected, the New, and the Forgotten

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

There are still a few weeks of summertime left!  Why not use that time to see something unexpected, create something new, or experience something forgotten?  And of course, enjoying what Buffalo has to offer does not need to end because the academic calendar starts anew.  These, and many other, activities and events last well into autumn.

Mummies of the World Exhibition

At the Buffalo Museum of Science, see human and animal mummies from all over the world dating back to 4,500 years ago.  This exhibit also features tools used for the scientific and ritual processes of mummification.  While the ancient Egyptian mummies may be the most notorious, you will be amazed to learn about the many cultures that practiced mummification.  This exhibit is available until 9/21/14.

Western New York Book Arts Center Workshops

Whether you are a bibliophile, an artist, or just curious to learn something new, create a piece of book art at one of the hands-on workshops offered by the Western New York Book Arts Center.  Workshops are offered year round in four main areas of book arts: letterpress, papermaking, screen printing, and bookbinding.  Learning a book art at one of their workshops may inspire a lifelong creative hobby!

Buffalo Niagara Heritage Village

Immerse yourself to see firsthand how the history of the Niagara frontier still influences today’s society. Step into the 19th century and purchase some wares at the local general store.  Tour the village and meet people who share what day-to-day life is like during simpler times.  Walk down Main Street to visit the barber, the watchmaker, or even the pharmacist.  Learn about the history of Amherst by experiencing it!