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Book & Film of the Month for December 2014

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

FILM:  Begone Dull Care

This is a short (8-minute), experimental, “visual music” animated film from 1949. Directors McLaren and Lambart used a drawn-on-film technique, painting colored shapes and scratching directly on the film stock to make a visual representation of the rhythms and variations of its jazz soundtrack, played by the great Canadian jazz pianist, Oscar Peterson. The film is preserved as a “masterwork” by the Audio-Visual Preservation Trust of Canada.

The DVD is available in the Silverman Multimedia Collection:

BOOK:  Eating Fire: Selected Poetry 1965-1995  by Margaret Atwood

An omnibus edition of three collections of poems by Margaret Atwood: Poems 1965-1975, Poems 1976-1986, and Morning in the Burned House. Through bus trips and postcards, wilderness and trivia, she reflects the passion and energy of a writer intensely engaged with her craft and the world.

Copies are available in the Lockwood Library Book Collection:

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.

Fall break and holiday hours

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With the fall break and Thanksgiving 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 Thursday, November 27, 2014 in observance of Thanksgiving.

We wish everyone a safe and enjoyable break!

Introduction to University Archives

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The University Archives, established in 1964 by President Clifford C. Furnas, is the repository of the historically valuable records of the State University of New York at Buffalo and its predecessor, the University of Buffalo (1846-1962). The University Archives collects the records of all academic departments at UB, all university and student publications, and pursues the private papers of administrators, faculty members, and other individuals closely associated with the University. Rich historical collections complement the current or past research interests of faculty or document regional organizations and events. The University Archives supports the teaching, research, and service missions of the university by acquiring, organizing and promoting the use of these special archival collections.

Finding materials in University Archives:

You can search for items in Archives in 2 ways: Finding Aids and the Library Catalog.

Finding Aids

A finding aid is a document created by archivists that provides a description of the contents of archival collections, similar to the way a table of contents outlines the subject matter of a book. In archival research, the finding aid is perhaps the most useful point of access to a collection.

By using a finding aid, a researcher gains an understanding of a collection as a whole, sees the relationships between its different parts, and locates portions of the collection important to their research.

Finding aids usually include narrative portions that describe the history of the collection as well as how the collection is arranged and a container list of the collection’s contents. Other things researchers can learn from finding aids include the size of the collection; key search terms; additional biographical or historical information about the main topic of the collection; and sometimes other collections that may be of related interest.

The University Archives and The Poetry Collection provide access to our finding aids through our website. You can search by keyword and browse all finding aids here:

This is a snapshot of the collection overview from the finding aid for the Campus Unrest at the State University of New York at Buffalo Records. This collection is located in the University Archives.

This is the container list from the finding aid for the Campus Unrest at the State University of New York at Buffalo Records. The container list provides a brief description of the contents of each folder as well as the dates of the material.

Special Collections encourages researchers to explore the appropriate finding aid to become familiar with any collection you want to access before your visit.

Library Catalog

When searching for items in Special Collections (University Archives, the Poetry Collection, or the Rare and Special Books Collection), it’s helpful to fine-tune your search in the online catalog. A search for “campus unrest” will return many results, many of which are not held in Special Collections:

Limiting your search to the Special Collections location—and adding other filters, such as “Collection” and “Format”—will make it easier to find what you’re looking for:

Remember that limiting your search by year of publication / creation will help when searching historical collections. You can add all of these filters in the Advanced Search tab from the catalog home page:

Using Archival Materials

Because of their uniqueness, archival materials require special handling.  Reading Room attendants may ask that a book cradle or supports are used or gloves worn when viewing items.  No food or drink is allowed in the Reading Room, and permission is required to take images of collection materials.  Before visiting University Archives, patrons should familiarize themselves with department policies at

Quick Facts


Location: 420 Silverman Library, Capen Hall

Hours: Monday thru Friday, 9:00 to 5:00


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

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.”