Month: February 2010

ALA Conference Early Bird Registration

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The deadline for early registration to attend the ALA 2010 Annual Conference and Exhibition is coming!

March 5th is the last day to get the special discounted registration prices. Until March 5th, registration for students is only (amazingly) $95. The next round, Advance Registration (March 6th-May 14th) will bring that price up to $120 — so get in motion.

If you’re still worried about financing attendance or getting to DC, remember that you can get $100 in funding from the GSA and another $100 from LIS GSE. Also, we at UB ALA will be coordinating carpools and shared hotel rooms. It’s totally doable!

And don’t forget to check out the special events offered this year. I can’t be the only one dead set on Library Advocacy Day.


Tech Savvy 2010 Volunteering

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On Saturday, March 13, 2010, the American Association of University Women (AAUW) Buffalo Branch will be hosting their 5th annual Tech Savvy program at the University at Buffalo North Campus. Through workshops, speakers and other activities, this event aims to “inspire girls to pursue careers in science, technology, engineering and math.” With an expected audience of over 500 6th-9th grade girls and their families and teachers, it’s going to be a blast!

Read more about it here and here.

AAUW is looking for volunteers to help them manage this event, and, since multiple UB ALA members have already signed on, we’re hoping to generate interest and coordinate more volunteering. If you would like to donate some time (morning 7-12, or afternoon 11-5, or all day), please email Aimee Levesque (aml4 @ buffalo dot edu) with the information below by 10 AM, Thursday 2/25.

  1. Your phone number,
  2. Your T-shirt size,
  3. For those that graduated from college within the last two years (or will graduate within the next year), whether or not you are interested in a complimentary national AAUW membership (at a value of $66.50),
  4. If you need transportation from UB South Campus.

Hope to see you there!

Next Meeting and 2/3/10 Meeting Minutes

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Our next meeting will be this Wednesday, February 17th at 6:00 p.m. in Baldy 553. Please come and join us for some exciting times.

The meeting minutes for February 3, 2010 are now available. Check them out if you weren’t about to attend the last meeting.

Highlights Include:

  • Buffalo Wine & Cheese is tentatively dated for April 10th
  • Bake Sale to Help Haitian Libraries on March 4th in the Baldy Lobby
  • We will be taking a tour of the Western New York Children’s Psychiatric Center library this Thursday, February 18th at 2:30. Email ALA Secretary, Jessica Casamassa, at if you are interested in attending.

We hope to see you soon!

ALA Presidential Elections

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The ALA Presidential Elections are coming up quickly, and it’s important for all librarians (and library students) to take a moment and learn about who might be representing them at a national/international level. There are two candidates this year. Sara Kelly Johns, a school library media specialist from Lake Placid, and Molly Raphael, a public librarian from Portland, Oregon.

Sara envisions leading an ALA that:

  • “vigorously promotes the value of libraries to the public and decision-makers,”
  • “is open, transparent and encourages participation,”
  • “champions intellectual freedom, privacy and equal access to information,”
  • “creates diversity in our profession,”
  • “seeks equitable salaries and benefits for all library workers, and”
  • “provides targeted professional development and training, delivered in every possible format.”

Check out her qualifications and platform at

Molly’s priorities for ALA this year are:

  • “advocacy”
  • “diversity and inclusiveness”
  • “and defending our core values”

Learn more about her and her platform at

Remember, voting starts March 16 and goes through April 23.  Get involved!

Two Announcements

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CPC Tour and Brainstorming Event!

Last semester the ALA devoted much of our fundraising efforts to support the small library located at the Western New York Children’s Psychiatric Center. The CPC library is interesting due to its dual role as a school and recreational library that is also housed in a medical setting. If would like to read more about the CPC library, check out this link:

UB ALA will be conducting a tour of the CPC Library and facilities as well as the possibility of performing some much-needed maintenance since the library receives little funding and cannot afford a library staff. We have also been able to use hours at the CPC towards the Observation & Participation hours for SLMS in the past, however, they would need to be approved by Sue Janzcak.

The tour will be on Thursday, February 18th at 2:30 p.m. The WNY CPC is located at 1010 East & West Road in West Seneca and we are always open to setting up a carpool depending on interest. If you are interested or have any questions please email me at jessicacasamassa at yahoo dot com.

The Hollywood Librarian Showing and Networking Event!

Who has more cardholders than Visa?  Who has more outlets than McDonalds? Who move more items than FedEx?  Why librarians, of course : )

The UB Libraries and the DLIS Graduate Association invite you to the screening of the “Hollywood Librarian” on Saturday, February 20th in Student Union room 330.  The movie will start at 1p but doors will open at 12n.  Light refreshments will be served.  For more information on the film please go to

Gadgets and Gear: A Tech Gathering

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On Friday, May 7, 2010, WNYLRC (Western New York Library Resources Council) will be hosting a one-day conference at the Ramada Hotel & Conference Center in Getzville, NY – basically right around the corner! This gathering aims to explore the use of mobile electronics for libraries. There will be featured speakers, a technology expo with demonstrations, and a chance to win some of the gear on display. This is a great opportunity for professional development right in Buffalo. Not only will you be getting up-to-date on the newest and best mobile technology and discussing the dramatic impact these devices are having and will have on libraries, you’ll be networking with local librarians. For WNYLRC members*, the price is only $65 (non-members $100)!

Read more about it here: Gadgets and Gear: A Tech Gathering.

*A personal membership to WNYLRC grants you discounted prices to all of their conferences and workshops, of which there are many, and only costs $26/year.

PubMed Workshop at HSL

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Hello everyone!

Kerry Cotter and I (Elaine Dean) are presenting a workshop about PubMed, the biomedical database from the National Library of Medicine on Feb. 16 from 2pm-3pm at the Health Sciences Library on South Campus (Abbott Hall).  This workshop will provide a basic introduction to searching the database and about the features of the new user interface.  PubMed is a service of the federal government providing free access to over 19 million citations for biomedical and life science journals.  This valuable resource would be useful for the patrons of many different types of libraries, and we wanted to invite anyone who is interested to attend.

This is the official description of the workshop:

PubMed: Navigating the New Interface

Recently, PubMed, the biomedical database from the National Library of Medicine, changed its interface. This course will provide a general introduction to searching PubMed, and discuss some of the changes. Learn how to formulate a search strategy, use the medical subject headings (MeSH), manage the results of a search, save your searches with MyNCBI, and use other PubMed’s powerful search features.

This will be a small, hands-on class. If you are interested please register through the Teaching and Learning Center.

Many other interesting workshops are available through the Teaching and Learning Center.  You can learn more about upcoming offerings here.