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Holiday Hours

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With the holiday approaching, don’t forget to check the library hours before heading to campus. Building and reference hours for each library are available on the library web site under the About Us drop-down menu.

Please note that all University Libraries will be closed on Friday, July 4, 2014 in observance of Independence Day.

A Mid-Summer’s Night

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

On most summer evenings, Elizabethan plays are performed at “Shakespeare Hill” in Delaware Park (Buffalo, NY).  Shakespeare in Delaware Park has been organizing free theatrical performances since its founding in 1976, and is one of the largest outdoor Shakespeare festivals in the United States.

Two different plays will be performed this summer for the organization’s 39th season: Henry V and A Comedy of ErrorsHenry V, one of William Shakespeare’s history plays, focuses on a brief period of time during the king’s reign in 1415. Meanwhile, A Comedy of Errors is filled with multiple instances of mistaken identity that lead to a myriad of mishaps, mayhem, and hilarity.

Each play will run for about four weeks, with individual performances beginning at 7:30pm every Tuesday through Sunday during the following dates.

Henry V: June 19 – July 13

A Comedy of Errors: July 24 – August 17

So grab your lawn chair, pack a picnic basket, and head over to Delaware Park to enjoy the merriment and rapture of Shakespearean storytelling performed upon an outdoor stage under the mid-summer night’s sky.

Dean of Undergraduate Education Research Conference Scholarships Spring 2014

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Dr. Andy Stott, Dean of Undergraduate Education, is pleased to announce the establishment of twelve (12) scholarships designed to allow *eligible undergraduate researchers, from across the University at Buffalo, to attend the 2014 National University at Buffalo Undergraduate Research Conference on Friday, July 25, 2014 at the Conference Center – Niagara Falls (CCNF).

Interested undergraduate students who are actively engaged in faculty-supervised research and creative activities are encouraged to apply for this funding. Students who are interested must submit:

1)    The title of their research/creative study

2)    The name and department of their faculty mentor, and

3)    An abstract no more than 100 words in length

Those chosen for this award will have their Conference registration paid, in full for Friday – July 25, 2014. On this day, each awardee will experience a professional conference that includes:

1)    Transportation to and from the CCNF

2)    Attending keynote addresses and meals

3)    Networking with other student researchers from across the country

4)    Attending a Graduate School Recruitment Fair

5)    Conducting a 15-minute presentation (Prezi or PowerPoint) of your research/creative activity, to an audience of your peers, followed by a brief 5-minute question and answer session.

Submissions are due by: June 23, 2014 and must be completed by accessing the following link:                        

Note: Please be sure to have the approval of your faculty mentor, prior to submitting your research title and abstract.

Book and Film of the Month for June 2014

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

motorcycleFILM:  The Motorcycle Diaries

In 1952, 23-year-old medical student Ernesto de la Serna (Gael García Bernal), later better known as Ernesto ‘Che’ Guevara, decides to postpone his last semester to accompany friend Alberto (Rodrigo de la Serna) on an 8,000-km motorcycle trip through South America, starting from their home in Buenos Aires. Their quest is to see things they’ve only read about in books, finishing in Venezuela on the other side of the continent. But the travelers wrestle with an unreliable motorbike, a continual lack of money, their raging libidos, and Alberto’s asthma. A chance encounter with a pair of Communists in the Chilean desert and an extended stay at the San Pablo Leper Colony in Peru profoundly affects what each will want to do with his life and the bond each has with the other.

Silverman Library Multimedia Collection:


completeessaysBOOK:  The Complete Essays by Michel de Montaigne

In 1572 Montaigne retired from public life and began the reading and writing which were to develop into “assays” of his thoughts and opinions. Nobody in Western civilization had ever tried to do what Montaigne set out to do. In a vivid, contemporary style he surprises us with entertaining quotations; he moves swiftly from thought to thought, often digressing from an idea only to return to it triumphantly, having caught up with it elsewhere, and in so doing leads the reader along the criss-cross paths of a journey of discovery. Montaigne set out to discover himself. What he discovered instead was the human race.

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.