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List of New Additions at the Libraries

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The Burglary (Book) by Betty MedsgerEach week, the UB Libraries provide an updated list of recently acquired material.  The New Additions list provides access to new titles added to the University Libraries.New books, journals, and government documents in all formats, including electronic, are included.

The list is refreshed each Monday with items remaining on the list for two weeks.

You can view the list from off the UB Libraries web site or directly at

We Have A Map For That…

UB Libraries’ Map CollectionWith over 320,000 maps and more than 500 atlases, the UB Libraries’ Map Collection is Western New York’s largest and most comprehensive collection of maps and related materials. Within New York State, the Libraries’ Map Collection ranks first in size among universities and colleges, second only to the New York Public Library for research collections.

A wide range of current and historic topographic maps for the U.S., Canada and the world, at scales ranging from 1:24,000 to 1:1,000,000, are available in the Map Collection. Thematic maps, illustrating features such as population, geology, landforms and water resources, are available for all parts of the world, and topographic maps from the 1940s-1960s reflect how borders changed during the 20th century.

The Map Collection is located in Room 316 on the 3rd floor of Capen Hall inside the Silverman Library and is open 9 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.  It is closed Saturday and Sunday.

Gifts of maps, atlases and other cartographic materials are always welcome, and anyone interested in donating materials can contact:

David J. Bertuca
Map Librarian
(716) 645-1332

Call for Authors: Open SUNY Textbooks

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Open SUNY textbooksThe Open SUNY Textbooks program is seeking authors interested in writing an open textbook. We invite you to consider submitting a brief proposal by January 31, 2014 to publish your textbook. If selected, you will receive an award of $3,000 upon the completion of all work.

The program offers copy editing, and some graphic and instructional design support at no cost. All Open SUNY Textbooks are published online and made freely available at the Open SUNY Textbooks website. Authors are also eligible to earn royalties on the sales of an optional print-on-demand edition of their textbook (some support for print-on-demand publishing is available, upon request).

More informationOpen SUNY Textbooks Call for Authors (.doc)
Website: Open SUNY Textbooks
Submissions: Online Proposal Form
Deadline for proposals: January 31, 2014

The Open SUNY Textbooks program is made possible thanks to a SUNY Innovative Instruction Technology Grant and the support of SUNY Libraries.

Prospective authors from the University at Buffalo can contact Charles Lyons for more information:

Charles Lyons
Electronic Resources Librarian
University at Buffalo
520 Lockwood Library, Buffalo, NY 14260
716-645-7703 |

The Best Books of 2013

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Did you know that all of the books on The New York Times The 10 Best Books of 2013 are available in the UB Libraries? They include:

By Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie.
The FlamethrowersThe Flamethrowers
By Rachel Kushner.
The GoldfinchThe Goldfinch
By Donna Tartt.
Life After LifeLife After Life
By Kate Atkinson.
Tenth of DecemberTenth of December
By George Saunders.
After the Music StoppedAfter the Music Stopped
By Alan S. Blinder.
Days of FireDays of Fire
By Peter Baker.
Five days at MemorialFive days at Memorial
By Sheri Fink.
The SleepwalkersThe Sleepwalkers
By Christopher Clark.
By Sonali Deraniyagala.

What were some of your favorite books from 2013?

Copyright and Course Reserve News

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Google Books

Judge Chin handed down a decision in Author’s Guild vs. Google. He found Google’s scanning and display of books still under copyright to be fair use. The center of the judge’s reasoning appeared to be that the way the snippets were displayed preserved the value of the copyright owner’s work while expanding access to books,  preserving existing texts, and creating opportunities for text mining and other data focused analysis. In Judge Chin’s final analysis he found Google’s book scanning project to be a transformative use of the existing books in both format and application.

An appeal by the Author’s Guild is expected.

Harvard Business Review

The Harvard Business Review is continuing to restrict the use of their content in classrooms. Recently they closed off print, download, and direct linking to some of the most popular articles in that journal. This concedes with a new push to sell classroom licenses to business schools.

Course Reserve staff would like to take this opportunity to inform instructors that classroom and course reserve use of Harvard Business Review materials is not covered by the library’s current license. Instructors should either purchase their own license to use these materials or select alternate readings for their students’ use.

Course Reserve Web Site

The Ordering System for Course Reserve was updated this week. It now uses a single log in, your UBIT login, and instructors may designate proxies to place orders on their behalf. Please email our Course Reserve Supervisor ( if you encounter any problems with the Ordering System.