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Stress Relief Days in the UB Libraries

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stress-dogsComing soon! 

Therapy dogs, snacks, games, and music will be returning to the Health Sciences Library and Lockwood Library during Spring 2015 Stress Relief Days. This semester, we’ll be offering two locations and two different dates. Hope you’ll join us!


May 4, 5 & 6:   Health Sciences Library - Room B-15, Lower level

  • Monday, May 4th, 11 a.m. – 2 p.m.
  • Tuesday, May 5th, 11 a.m. – 2 p.m.
  • Wednesday, May 6th, 11 a.m. – 2 p.m.

May 11, 12 & 13:  Lockwood Memorial Library – Staff Lounge, Basement

  • Monday, May 11th, 11 a.m. – 2 p.m.
  • Tuesday, May 12th, 11 a.m. – 2 p.m.
  • Wednesday, May 13th, 11 a.m. – 2 p.m.


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2015 UB Student Writing Awards

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Congratulations to the winners of the 2015 UB Student Writing Awards! A reception honoring undergraduate and graduate student award winners took place April 15, 2015 in Special Collections, 420 Capen Hall, North Campus.


The Friends of the University Libraries Undergraduate Poetry Prize

Alex Hunt

The Academy of American Poets Prize

Max Crinnin
Honorable Mention: Alison Fraser

The Dan Liberthson Poetry Prize Graduate Student Prize

Kristina Marie Darling

Undergraduate Prize for Library-Supported Research

Jack Ding

The Arthur Axlerod Memorial Award

Edward Spangenthal and Sarah Grimaldi
Honorable Mentions: Cathryn Piersa, Corey Klino, Alex Hunt, Angelina Bruno, Cassandra Norris

The Scribblers Prize

Amanda Kelley
Honorable Mention: Cathryn Piersa

The Albert Cook, Mac Hammond and John Logan Prize

Emily Anderson, Satya S. Gundu, Amanda McLaughlin
Honorable Mentions: Conor Patrick Clarke, Kristina Marie Darling, Alex Hunt

The English Department Essay Contest

Alex Hunt
Honorable Mention: Edward Spangenthal

The Joyce Carol Oates Fiction Prize

Emily Anderson
Honorable Mentions: Veronica Wendy and Monica Lippens

The English Department Prize in Creative Non-Fiction

Rebecca Tong
Honorable Mention: Angelina Bruno

The George Knight Houpt Prize

Alex Hunt

Composition Program’s Student Prizes

Courtney Santasero
Honorable Mentions: Joon Seo Youk and Miranda Scamacca

Composition Program’s Syllabus Prizes

Shosuke Kinugawa
Honorable Mention: Nicholas Frangipane


Judges: Marie Elia, Carrie Bramen, Andrew Stott, Micahel Basinski, David Schmid, Steve McCaffery, Judith Goldman, Christina Milletti, Nicholas Frangipane, Dustin Parrot, Fremio Sepulveda, Kate Caccavaio, Cheryl Emerson, Cindi Tysick, Joshua Flaccavento, Dimitri Anastasopoulos, Edric Mesmer, Karen Mac Cormack, and Jang Wook Huh

Thank you to Randy Schiff, Nicole Lazaro, Doug Basford, Denise Wolfe, Marie Elia, Cindi Tysick, and Linda Gould for all their help with the writing awards. A special thanks to H. Austin Booth, Vice Provost for University Libraries, for her continuing support of the University Libraries Poetry Prizes. Reception sponsored by the University Libraries.

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University Libraries Proposed Cancellations

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The University Libraries have identified the following subscriptions (journals, serials, databases) for potential cancellation, effective January 2016:

List of Cancellations (HTML)

These cancellations are made necessary by the rising costs of scholarly information (journals, books, and databases) and by the need to cull lesser-used materials in order to buy new items that are in high demand.

Some full-text content will still be available, however, via third-party (database) providers. Please see our list of electronic journals to check the availability of any particular title.

We are also confident that our Delivery+ program and purchase-on-demand operations will allow us to provide material quickly when you need something we do not own.

The University Libraries uses a variety of factors to identify cancellations, including use, cost and impact.

We welcome your feedback. To ensure that your feedback is factored into decision-making, please email me directly using the address below by May 8, 2015.

On behalf of the University Libraries, I would like to thank you for your continuing support and understanding.

H. Austin Booth
Vice Provost for University Libraries

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Law Library Scholarship Salon with Samantha Barbas

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Law Library Scholarship Salon with Samantha BarbasPlease join the Law Library on Tuesday, March 31, 2015 from 2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m., for its first Scholarship Salon. This flagship event will feature SUNY Buffalo Law Associate Professor Samantha Barbas who will be discussing her upcoming book, The Laws of Image. This free event will take place in the 2nd Floor Reading Room of the Charles B. Sears Law Library at the University at Buffalo (North Campus) and is open to all.

From the publisher, Stanford University Press:

Americans have long been obsessed with their images—their looks, public personas, and the impressions they make. This preoccupation has left its mark on the law. The twentieth century saw the creation of laws that protect your right to control your public image, to defend your image, and to feel good about your image and public presentation of self. These include the legal actions for invasion of privacy, libel, and intentional infliction of emotional distress. With these laws came the phenomenon of “personal image litigation”—individuals suing to vindicate their image rights.

The Laws of Image tells the story of how Americans came to use the law to protect and manage their images, feelings, and reputations. In this social, cultural, and legal history, Samantha Barbas ties the development of personal image law to the self-consciousness and image-consciousness that has become endemic in our media-saturated culture of celebrity and consumerism, where people see their identities as intertwined with their public images. The laws of image are the expression of a people who have become so publicity-conscious and self-focused that they believe they have a right to control their images, to manage and spin them like actors, politicians, and rock stars.

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Student Life Research

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“These records should not only preserve the story of growth… They should also capture something of the color of the changing human procession that winds its way down through the endless reach of time…”

— Samuel P. Capen, Foreword to the IRIS yearbook, 1927


The core mission of University Archives is to collect and maintain historical records of the university.  Documents regarding student life are some of the richest and most insightful resources in the University Archives’ holdings.  Some of our records regarding student activities, events, clubs, and publications are listed below:

Finding and using materials in the Archives is different from the general library collections.  Helpful research tips:

**DONATIONS WANTED!  The University Archives is always looking for additional material to add to our collection.  To donate materials (scrapbooks, photographs, diaries, memorabilia, etc.) relating to student life at UB, contact the Archives at or (716) 645-2916.