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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 http://www.buffalo.edu/digitalchallenges.html.

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.

Library Hours & Locations – Spring 2015 Update

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lockwood-24-7Beginning Monday, January 26, 2015, Lockwood Library will be open 24/7. Also, please note that due to renovations currently underway in Silverman Library (Capen), the 3rd floor of Silverman is closed, and the Cybrary has moved to the 2nd floor of Silverman.

The Science & Engineering Information Center and the Map Collection are now located in Lockwood Library, and a large silent study area is now available on Lockwood 3.

The changes in library hours and locations are part of The Heart of the Campus, the UB 2020 initiative to enhance the student learning experience. When construction is complete, the 3rd floor in Silverman 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.

Questions? Please feel free to ask at a library service desk or contact library@buffalo.edu

Historical Film Collection Digitization

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Far in the stacks of University Archives is a cache of over 600 films relating to the history of the university, its programs, facilities, and student life. Because of preservation concerns, much of the collection has not been viewed in almost two decades.  This winter, Archives embarked on a pilot project to have three films digitized not only for preservation, but most importantly, to provide access to these little seen treasures.

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Still from film of 1964 Spring Weekend festivities

Choosing which films to digitize was a challenging process, complicated by the thin documentation available for most of the films.  The majority have brief label titles on the film cans, such as “Perspectives,” “Untitled,” or even “Camp film, misc. outtakes, and junk”!  Questionable label titles, along with the degradation expected of 50+ year old magnetic film, can make the digitization process a matter of faith.  About half of the films have no labeled date, but of those that do, the earliest is from the 1930s and titled “Campus Scenes.”  This film, along with one recording the events of the 1964 Moving Up Day/Spring Weekend activities, and a circa 1964 film of the reactor on South Campus (recently decommissioned) were digitized.  All three are black and white, silent, 16 mm films.

Although just shy of two and half minutes, “Scenes of Main Street campus and downtown buildings” offers a glimpse of Hayes Hall and its surrounds, students, and the Medical School building at Washington and High streets.  Samuel Capen himself even makes an appearance.  “1964 Spring Weekend (Moving Up Day)” is the longest film at 8 minutes.  It includes the Moving Up Day fashion Show, voting for Spring Weekend Queen (and winner, Mary Lou Thompson), float construction and parade (including a fire breathing dragon, Don Quixote, and the Garden of Eden), and a concert featuring the Serendipity Singers.  For the curious, the third film shows interior views of the Western New York Nuclear Research Center just a few years after it began operating.

Digitizing film for use, accessibility, and preservation is an expensive undertaking, and University Archives welcomes alumni and community support in partnering in this worthy effort to save, protect, and share university history.  Donations can be made online and are integral in our ability to continue and expand this project.

Digitized films are part of the University Libraries Digital Collections and can be viewed here: http://digital.lib.buffalo.edu/cdm/landingpage/collection/LIB-UA020

 

Loan of Dylan Thomas Manuscripts to Wales Featured in AtBuffalo

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Top: UB Poetry Collection Curator Michael Basinski views UB’s photos of Dylan Thomas and his wife, Caitlin. Bottom: Associate Curator James Maynard tours the “Dylan” exhibition at the National Library of Wales with exhibitions officer Jaimie Thomas. Photographs by Lauren Newkirk Maynard.

The winter 2015 issue of AtBuffalo features a cover story on the Poetry Collection’s loan of manuscripts to Wales for the Dylan Thomas centenary and the curators’ experience visiting the joint exhibitions at the National Library and the Dylan Thomas Centre.

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