2/22/2017

Libraries as Radical Places

In 2016 the Joint Chiefs of Storytime Underground, a collective of children's librarians, stated "Librarianship is not a neutral profession, and libraries are not neutral spaces." This was specifically in response to criticisms of book displays related to the Black Lives Matter movement, but it also highlighted the ongoing role libraries play as champions for social justice, inclusiveness, and equal access.


Libraries haven't always been inclusive spaces (see here and here for examples), so groups like We Need Diverse Books, CritLib,  Radical Librarians Collective, and Que(e)ry Librarians bring awareness to social justice issues.  

A group of librarians created a #LibrariesResist resource list for information professionals and the public to promote "free, unbiased and accessible sharing of all types of information."
Recently, libraries, museums, and cultural and scientific organizations took part in the #DayofFacts Twitter campaign on February 17, to support the *shocking notion* that facts matter.



Are these radical actions? It shouldn't be outrageous or controversial for libraries to be places of learning and provide access to all, regardless of race, age, gender identity, national origin, religion, sexual orientation or disability.


2/20/2017

RED Talks: Research Engagement Day

Join Langsdale for RED Talks, an exchange of research and knowledge, highlighting the hard work of faculty and graduate students.


Don't miss this opportunity to learn about and engage with the research efforts of UB faculty and graduate students. RED Talks is an opportunity for faculty and graduate students to share their research with the UB community.

The event will take place Wednesday, Feb. 22. Join us on the 12th floor of the John and Frances Angelos Law Center from 2:30 - 5 p.m. for faculty talks. From 5 - 6 p.m., there will be a reception for everyone. Graduate students will share their research from 6 - 7 p.m.

Visit RED Talks on the new Langsdale Events Page to view the faculty program, archived RED Talks, and other upcoming events.

2/08/2017

A Beautiful Day in the 'Gayborhood'

these presentations put the "power" in Powerpoint!
 Natalie may have seemed like the most studious and reserved person in her study group, but after spending time in Langsdale Special Collections, she was dishing the dirt like a millennial-age Hedda Hopper.

"Tea" being spilled.

2/03/2017

Spring Workshop Schedule

Welcome Back UB!

Achievement & Learning Services wants to share our workshop schedule with you! We have a lot of exciting things scheduled already and we have even more to come. Below you’ll find our schedule for math group tutorials, computer skills workshops, and placement test preparations. We’ll also have our learning and success skills workshops to share with you soon. Keep tuned for those!

Follow the linked dates to RSVP and reserve your seat.

Group Tutorials for Math & Stats
Group tutorials are scheduled based on student demand. Their topics are also determined by student need. If you’re enrolled in OPRE, HSMG, PUAD, or MATH courses, and you and your fellow students have questions about statistics, contact the ALC to request a group tutorial.

OPRE 202

OPRE 315

OPRE 505

Upper-Division Writing Placement Test Preparation
Get tips and strategies to prepare for the Upper-Division Writing Placement Test. The test is required of all UB students registering for Practicum in Writing (WRIT 200) or Advanced Expository Writing (WRIT 300). You are allowed to take the test only once, and this free workshop will help you prepare.


Computer Skills Workshops
Due to their demand and in-depth focus, Excel 1 and 2 workshops are fee-based. $10/UB Students; $20/UB staff and alumni; $40/General public.

Adobe Creative Cloud Basics
Explore Adobe Creative Cloud using the basic tools, panels, and functions of Adobe InDesign, Photoshop, and Illustrator. Learn about setting up, saving, and packaging documents appropriately and explore the functions and usability of each program.
Saturday, Feb. 4          10 – 1 p.m.
*This workshop is full, but keep an eye out for future dates.

Excel 1
Easily manipulate tables of information – contact lists, schedules, budgets, and more – for presentation and analysis. Learn to sort alphabetically, chronologically, large to small, etc.; use basic formulas to add, subtract, multiply, and divide; and format and print with headers, footers, and grid lines.

Excel 2
Perform more complex calculations in several tables. Create multi-step formulas and replicate patterns of numbers, dates, etc. without typing. Use pivot tables and functions to summarize your data (count, find average, and locate maximum and minimum values) and display your results in charts and graphs.


1/27/2017

New DVDs at Langsdale


Did you know that Langsdale Library offers a list of all of our newest DVDs? We do! Each month we'll post an update letting you know about a few select titles, but there are far too many to mention here so be sure to check out our comprehensive online list. There is an RSS feed to the list, so you can subscribe and be updated when new materials get listed each month.

New DVDs at Langsdale:

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"A stagecoach hurtles through the wintry Wyoming landscape. Bounty hunter John Ruth and his fugitive Daisy race toward the town of Red Rock, where Ruth will bring Daisy to justice. Losing their lead on the blizzard, they seek refuge at Minnie's, a stagecoach stopover on a mountain pass. When they arrive at Minnie's, they are greeted not by the proprietor but by four unfamiliar faces. As the storm overtakes the mountainside stopover, our travelers come to learn they may not make it to Red Rock."
 
 
 
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"A biopic of Steve Jobs that takes us behind the scenes of the digital revolution in order to paint a portrait of the man at its epicenter. The story unfolds backstage at three iconic product launches, ending in 1998 with the unveiling of the iMac."
 
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"Chi-Raq is a modern day adaptation of the ancient Greek play 'Lysistrata' by Aristophanes. After the murder of a child by a stray bullet, a group of women led by Lysistrata organize against the on-going violence in Chicago's South Side, creating a movement that challenges the nature of race, sex and violence in America and around the world."
 
 

These are just a few of the many new DVDs at your Langsdale Library! To see the complete listing of new DVDs check out our list right here! If you want to receive updates when new materials get listed each month, you can subscribe to the list through the RSS feed.
 

New Materials at Langsdale!


Did you know that Langsdale Library offers a list of all of our newest materials? We do! Each month we'll post an update letting you know about a few select titles, but there are far too many to mention here so be sure to check out our comprehensive online list. There is an RSS feed to the list, so you can subscribe and be updated when new materials get listed each month.

 

New Materials at Langsdale:
They can't kill us all : Ferguson, Baltimore, and a new era in America's racial justice movement
 
 
"A behind-the-scenes account of the #blacklivesmatter movement shares insights into the young men and women behind it, citing the racially charged controversies that have motivated members and the economic, political, and personal histories that inform its purpose."
 
Beyond the skills gap : preparing college students for life and work
 
"How can educators ensure that young people who attain a postsecondary credential are adequately prepared for the future? Matthew T. Hora and his colleagues explain that the answer is not simply that students need more specialized technical training to meet narrowly defined employment opportunities. Beyond the Skills Gap challenges this conception of the "skills gap," highlighting instead the value of broader twenty-first-century skills in postsecondary education. "
 
 
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"Whether you have a few minutes or a few days, 100 Things To Do In Baltimore Before You Die explores the must-see and must-do in Charm City."

 
 

These are just a few of the many new books, movies, and games at your Langsdale Library. To see the complete listing of new materials check out our list right here! If you want to receive updates when new materials get listed each month, you can subscribe to the list through the RSS feed.

 
 
 


1/26/2017

Try Out Oxford University Press

Oxford University Press is at Langsdale for a limited time!



Langsdale is hosting trials for four Oxford University Press resources up until February 16. You can find them here, as well as on our Databases page. Check out the right hand column to see what's new or available for a limited time.

At Oxford Reference Online, you can find some of Oxford University Press' most well-known and visited titles from their Encyclopedias and Companions and from selected partner publishers' scholarly works.

Oxford African American Studies Center is the most comprehensive collection of over 10,000 scholarly articles that focus on the lives and events that shaped African American and African history and culture.

Oxford Bibliographies Online provides accurate and reliable resources on a variety of academic topics, written by academic experts, that guide faculty and students through the current scholarship.

Social Explorer is a demographic data visualization and research website that engages the public with society and science through dynamic maps and customizable reports.

Check out these resources while they're available at Langsdale and let a librarian know what you think!