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Instructional Innovation Program: Feb. 17-18, 2015

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StudentwithTabletHow will the classroom experience change over the next decade? The University Libraries and UB Instructional Technology invite you to join us for a two-day program on instructional innovation, part of our 2014-2015 Digital Challenges Series:

Teaching and Learning in the Classroom of the Future

February 17, 2015 / 9:30 am – 3 pm / 145 Student Union, UB North Campus

Dr. Kathleen Gradel (SUNY Fredonia) will discuss the needs of “born digital” students. Local educators Jen Kinyon (Nardin Academy), Karen Kondrick (Ripley CSD), and Chris Edwards (Ellicottville CSD) will share the latest technologies employed in today’s classrooms. In the afternoon, UB Professor Sam Abramovich will discuss the ways in which teaching and learning could evolve over the next 10 years. Reflections from a panel of UB educators, Professor James Milles (Law), Dr. John Tomaszewski (Pathology and Anatomical Science), and PhD candidate Jeremiah Grabowski (GSE) will follow.

UB Instructional Technology Fair 2015

February 18, 2015 / 10 am – 3 pm / Student Union Atrium, UB North Campus.Sony, Verizon, Dell and other vendors will exhibit the latest products and services in the educational technology marketplace.Maker Space will feature practical experimentation with 3D printing and other technologies, along with a “Tech Salon” staffed by experts from the Tools of Engagement Project (SUNY) and UB Accessibility Resources who will offer assistance and advice on using universal design, social media, mobile apps, presentation tools and more.

View the full schedule and register at

Both events are free and open to the public.

Poetry Collection Co-Sponsoring Frost Documentary Screening at Hallwalls 1/29

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On Thursday, January 29 at 7:30 pm, Hallwalls Contemporary Arts Center will be screening Shirley Clarke’s Academy Award-winning film documentary “Robert Frost: A Lover’s Quarrel with the World” (1963, 52 minutes). General admission is $8, $6 students and seniors, $5 Hallwalls members, and all proceeds benefit Hallwalls, which is located at 341 Delaware Avenue, Buffalo, NY 14202 (716-854-1694).

This latest installment in Hallwalls’ series of restored classics by Shirley Clarke (“The Connection,” “Ornette: Made in America,” and “Portrait of Jason”) is being co-sponsored by the Poetry Collection, which is home to both the Victor E. Reichert Robert Frost Collection as well as the Hallwalls Collection, documenting 40 years of Hallwalls’ history in slides, video and audio tapes, printed ephemera, and other materials.

The Heart of the Campus

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The Heart of the Campus renovations are in process, and the third floor of the Oscar A. Silverman Library in Capen Hall is closed until November 2015 to allow its transformation into a new, vibrant, student-centered learning space. In December and January, study spaces, collections and services will move to Lockwood Library, and the Silverman Cybrary will move to the second floor of Capen. Lockwood Library is the 24/7 library location for 2015 beginning at the start of the Spring semester on January 26, 2015.

When construction is complete, the third floor will feature bright, flexible study areas to accommodate individuals and groups; a grand reading room; a state-of-the-art classroom; new spaces for creating, editing and viewing media; and new technology spaces.

Thank you for your patience as we make this transition.

Please feel free to ask at a service desk or contact if you have questions or comments.

Court of Appeals Decision in Georgia State Copyright Case

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The 11th Circuit Court of Appeals released their ruling in the case of Cambridge University Press  et. al. v. Patton on Friday (10/17/2014). This case is more popularly known as the Georgia State Copyright Case or the Georgia State E-Reserves Case.

To recap the case so far on April 15, 2008 Cambridge University Press, SAGE Publications, and Oxford University Press filed suit against Georgia State University in District Court regarding the library’s e-reserve practices and instructors posting of copyrighted material to course management systems. On May 11, 2012 Judge Evans handed down her opinion which found only five of the ninety-nine cases initially brought before the court to be infringing and awarded fees and costs to Georgia State. Judge Evans analysis included a weighting of the four Fair Use factors outlined in Section 107 of the Copyright Code. She also attempted to establish a bright line rule of 10% or 1 chapter of book when determining amount. The publishers appealed the ruling to the Circuit Court.

The Circuit Court ruling vacated Judge Evans’s ruling and sent the case back to the District Court level. Their finding was that while Judge Evans was correct to analysis each infringement separately her methodology was flawed. In their opinion the judges laid out the District Court applied a mechanistic instead of holistic analysis, should not have established a bright line for amount, and did not always weight market effect equally with the other three factors.

The University Libraries will continue to monitor this case as more rulings are expected in coming years.

Professors and Their Pets

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The librarians at Lockwood are planning an exhibit, and UB faculty are invited to help. The exhibit, Professors and Their Pets, will coincide with the Libraries’ Stress Relief Days, planned for Lockwood Library and the Health Sciences Library December 8, 9 and 10th. The exhibit showcasing professorial pets will open on December 1, 2014 in the Lockwood lobby.

What we need:

  • One digital photo of you and your pet, or just your pet (300dpi preferred but we can accept lower resolutions)
  • A brief description of your pet (maximum 100 words)


Biff (2)“This is Biff. He came from the Buffalo City Animal Shelter in 2003. Biff enjoys sleeping, staring at birds, chicken liver pâté, and running around the house at top speeds in the middle of the night for no apparent reason. Biff lives with librarian Molly Poremski.”

If you’d like your furry (or not so furry, as the case may be) friend included in Lockwood Library’s exhibit, please email the photo and description to Molly Poremski, by November 10, 2014.

Please note: for promotion of the exhibit, we may use your photo on the UB Libraries’ social media. If you’d like to opt out of that, just let us know when you submit your photo.

Thanks for considering!