Happy 2015 and Langsdale's Winter Hours

Happy 2015! Here at Langsdale, we're less about New Year's resolutions and are more geared toward evolution: namely, we are dedicated to the continued intellectual development of our patrons with regards to their learning and achievement, even when classes aren't in session. That's why the library is fully staffed in January, and we've got leisure reading, DVDs, reference assistance, internet access, and inter-library loans to keep you busy all during January. Come visit us Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.  The library will be closed on January 9th for a staff development day, and again on Monday, January 19th in observance of Martin Luther King Jr.'s birthday. Spring Semester hours will begin on January 26th: 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday, and 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. See you soon.


The New Guy at Langsdale


                                            Getting to know Kyle Breneman

Langsdale recently welcomed its new integrated digital services librarian. Of course, we were quick to ask a few nosey questions.

Link: What do you consider to be your hometown?
Breneman: I grew up in Mount Joy, a small town in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania.

Link: What was your first job?
Breneman: Bussing tables at a local restaurant.  I started when I was a junior in high school.  Within a few months, I had the dubious honor of being promoted to short-order cook.

Link: What are your hobbies?
Breneman: Predictably, I love reading.  I also really enjoy camping, hiking, kayaking/canoeing and just generally exploring beautiful outdoor spaces.  My wife and I have a dream of through-hiking the Appalachian Trail once our kids have grown and moved out of the house.

Link: What are some of your favorite books?
Breneman: The Three Musketeers, by Alexandre Dumas, At the Back of the North Wind, George MacDonald, Long Day’s Journey Into Night, by Eugene O’Neill, Almost anything by Madeleine L’Engle, also Rodney Stark’s nonfiction.

Link: Movies? TV shows?
Breneman: Movie – The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, TV show – Downton Abbey

Link: Do you have a collection of any sort?
Breneman: I have a small, dormant stamp and coin collection.  If I were very wealthy, I would collect old cars, especially from the ‘20s, ‘30s, ‘40s.

Link: What are some of your favorite foods?
Breneman: Vietnamese rice, when made with bacon.  All kinds of quiche.  Cookies and cream ice cream.  Chocolate cake with caramel icing.  

Link: What do you like best about UB so far?
Breneman: That it has a bee for a mascot, that it’s in the middle of a vibrant city and that it has such a great team of librarians.

Link: What do you like best about Baltimore?
Breneman: Hum.  I’m not sure yet.  I’m excited to explore all that the city has to offer, once the weather gets a bit warmer.  (Suggestions for what we must do/see are welcome!)  I’m also thrilled to be back on the east coast, close to Lancaster, D.C., and Philadelphia.

Link: For your  a.m. fix, do you prefer tea or coffee?
Breneman: Definitely tea, especially orange tea or Lady Grey.

Link: If I didn’t work in a library, I’d probably….
Breneman: Be either a history or an English professor.


Gifts from the past

Find out what's so special about Special Collections, in the UB Post's Library Insider  

Stop worrying about the Internet, we are all more informed

Do you feel overwhelmed by the amount of information on available to you through the internet?  According to a research study by the Pew Research Center, most Americans like having easy access to information and do not have a problem with information overload.  In fact, most survey respondents felt that the access to information provided by the Internet helped to keep them better informed, especially in terms of global and national events.

I don’t think these results are very surprising.  A fair amount of attention has been given to information overload in recent years, but people have developed a host of different ways to cope.  For example, when a search on Google returns several million results, how often do you look past the first 10 results?   For most people, the answer is not very often, and we aren’t likely to be overwhelmed by 2 million of results if we have trained ourselves to simply ignore 1,999,990 of them. Of course, when analyzing this survey, it is important to keep in mind that people believing something is true, does not necessarily make it so. 

One really interesting finding from the breakdown of the results is that the younger adults in the survey did not feel as strongly about the internet making people better informed.  That aspect would certainly be worth exploring further.   Is it that some of the younger people in the survey never really knew what it was like not to have access to the internet, so things don’t seem so much different today than they did when they were children?  Or perhaps they have just come to the realization that looking at cat pictures might not make people smarter.

Despite the headlines about the Internet is making us better informed, I wonder if the main takeaway from this survey should be that people are simply becoming more and more comfortable living in world of ubiquitous access to information.


Coffee Break '14

Yes, it's that time of year again!  The end is in sight, but you still have all of those final term papers and tests to get through - ugh!

To help you power through to the finish line and make the grade, the Langsdale Library will be offering FREE, yes FREE, coffee and hot chocolate this week from 8:30am - 6pm, Monday - Thursday.

Come in to warm up, say hello, and get in those study hours!



This time of year, faculty and staff at Langsdale take a moment to think about what they are thankful for:


Making a spectacle of ourselves.

Experimental Literature at Langsdale
Display Case Curated by Tim Paggi (MFA Spring '15)
Our inaugural library display in our new Learning Commons home combines our outreach to students and expertise and special interests of the staff. This display of our library hidden gems has been created by Tim Paggi. Tim is an academic triple threat, close to earning his MFA, teaching a section of WRIT 100 and working as a student assistant in the Book and Document Delivery department here at Langsdale.

Here Tim provides us with a brief introduction to his display;

Drawing from Langsdale's wide literary selection, this display is organized under the broad theme of the "experimental." These works challenge the conventions of traditional thought, and introduce readers to a variety of new, and often fun, approaches to reading. Included in this selection is work by the canonical avant-garde (beat William Burroughs, absurdist Eugene Ionesco), as well as surprising, obscure finds (conceptual poet Mei-Mei Bersenbrugge, prison-poet Shaka N'Zinga).

Also included in the display are examples of Concrete Poetry, Found Poetry, Alt-Lit Internet Poems and Speculative Fiction. Check it out!

Please visit and check out this display, that’s right, feel free to choose a book from the display and check it out on you library Bee Card.



Events at the Library and Movie Notice

Langsdale Library would like to make you aware of a couple of fantastic events coming up. This is a bit of a short notice, but for those of you checking the blog between now and 12:30 p.m., there is a Lunch and Learn with Carol Molinari from the school of Health and Human Services at 12:30 p.m. in Langsdale Library Room #319 today (Thursday, November 20th, 2014). For those of you who do not know, that is the room to your right just as you are entering the library.

This lunch and learn promises to be fantastic, as Carol Molinari will discuss a study that she conducted with students in UB’s Healthcare Management program on the effects of a structured mindfulness meditation exercise on online learning. 

More details about the event are here.

Carol Molinari’s biography is here:

Did you miss Carol’s lecture today? You can still support the library. If you are tired, stressed, or pulling an all-nighter, come to the first floor of Langsdale Library (third floor of the Learning Commons) during finals week. We will be providing FREE coffee and hot chocolate to students on Monday, December 1st-Thursday, December 4th from 8:30 a.m.-6 p.m. More details about the event are here.

Don’t drink coffee or hot chocolate? Are the lectures too poorly timed for you? Langsdale Library still has services for you. If you are a movie buff, we would like to make you aware of a new movie we have on shelf:

Obvious Child-Are you having romantic or professional problems? Are you still figuring out your love life or career path? Do you need cheering up for some other reason? Are Jenny Slate and Jake Lacy among your favorite actors? Do you just love a good comedy? If you said yes to any of the above, Obvious Child is the perfect movie for you. It is about a Brooklyn comedian who has a one-night stand and ends up pregnant on the worst Valentine’s Day of her life after getting dumped and fired. After all this happens, she has to face independent adulthood for the first time in her life. Feel free to check it out after Monday, November 24th, when I will be done with it. A more detailed description of the movie is here:

-Elizabeth Mason, Part-Time Metadata Librarian, Langsdale Library