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This is the last week to enter the UB Libraries’ Oscar Prediction Contest

Enter the UB Libraries’ Oscar Prediction Contest for a chance to win one of six $25 AMC Theatres Gift Cards!

Contest is open to all UB Students.  Participants predicting the highest number of categories correctly will be entered into the drawing for the prizes.

The 2015 University Libraries Oscar Contest – http://library.buffalo.edu/multimedia/oscar2015.php

Contest ends on February 20, 2015

 

The 2015 University Libraries Oscar Contest for UB Students

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Are you psychic? From the future? Just have plain old insider information on who will win this year’s Academy Awards? It doesn’t matter, you are still welcome to join the 3rd Annual University Libraries Oscar Contest!

Contest is open to all UB Students.  Participants predicting the highest number of categories correctly will be entered into the drawing for prizes. Six lucky winners from the drawing will each receive a $25 AMC Theatres Gift Card.

The 2015 University Libraries Oscar Contest – http://library.buffalo.edu/multimedia/oscar2015.php

Contest ends on February 20, 2015

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Book and Film of the Month for February

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The University Libraries and Undergraduate Academies are pleased to announce our “Book & Film of the Month” selections for February:

aint-no-makin-itBOOK: Ain’t No Makin’ It by Jay MacLeod

Jay MacLeod’s book examines two groups of men and the sociological conditions that mold their lives. Delving into the topics of class, poverty, and race, the men that MacLeod follows illustrate the realities of social inequality. With each new edition, MacLeod checks back in with the men to see how they are each doing. Still read in sociology classrooms today, this book shines a light on social inequality.

Copies are available in the Lockwood Library Book Collection:

http://catalog.lib.buffalo.edu/vufind/Record/001681009

 

 

 

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FILM: Startup.com

This aptly named documentary follows the Internet business craze in 2000. It trails two best friends, Kaleil and Tom, as they try to create a business with a simple idea- paying parking tickets online. They run into various problems, and this documentary takes a look at the highs and lows of creating, running, and selling an Internet business. Winner of numerous awards, this film gives a face to the people who tried to become millionaires during the Internet Bubble.

The DVD is available in the Silverman Multimedia Collection:

http://catalog.lib.buffalo.edu/vufind/Record/003451452

 

 

Both selections are part of our 48 Good Books and 48 Good Films initiatives; titles on these lists were chosen by UB faculty and staff members of the Undergraduate Academies Council to reflect the themes of the five Academies: Civic Engagement, Entrepreneurship, Global Perspectives, Research Exploration and Sustainability. Think of them as “unrequired” reading and viewing suggestions. All 48 Good Books and 48 Good Films are available in the UB Libraries.

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Order your streaming videos today!

Need a video for your class?  There is still time to order streaming videos from Swank Digital Campus and Kanopy Streaming Video for your Spring courses.  Swank Digital Campus offers a wide selection of feature films that can be embedded into your UBLearns courses.  Kanopy Streaming Video are more focused on documentary and educational films.  To request a film from Swank Digital Campus, please follow the “Requesting Swank Videos” link on the webpage.  Kanopy films may be used directly from their website.  Please contact the Multimedia Collections & Services department with any question or for more information.

Book and Film of the Month for January

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The University Libraries and Undergraduate Academies are pleased to announce our “Book & Film of the Month” selections for January:

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BOOK: A Dog’s Purpose

Taking an unexpected look at the human-pet relationship, this book details one dog’s lives. Throughout the book, one dog is reincarnated as a different dog usually of a different breed, gender, and circumstances. During each of these lives, the dog tries to find his purpose. A New York Times Best Seller, this moving book illuminates a new perspective on life.

Copies are available in the Lockwood Library Book Collection:

http://catalog.lib.buffalo.edu/vufind/Record/003315516

 

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FILM: The Cave of the Yellow Dog

This Mongolian-German film tells a familiar story – a young girl, Nansal, who finds a cute dog and takes him home. However, since Nansal’s family has recently had trouble with wolves attacking their sheep, her father does not want her to keep the dog. Set in the picturesque Mongolia, this film features many shots of the beautiful landscape. An award winner at the Cannes Film Festival, this film is enjoyable for people of all ages.

The DVD is available in the Silverman Multimedia Collection:

http://catalog.lib.buffalo.edu/vufind/Record/003451450

 

Both selections are part of our 48 Good Books and 48 Good Films initiatives; titles on these lists were chosen by UB faculty and staff members of the Undergraduate Academies Council to reflect the themes of the five Academies: Civic Engagement, Entrepreneurship, Global Perspectives, Research Exploration and Sustainability. Think of them as “unrequired” reading and viewing suggestions. All 48 Good Books and 48 Good Films are available in the UB Libraries.

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48 Good Books and Good Films Selections for December

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The University Libraries and Undergraduate Academies are pleased to announce our “Book & Film of the Month” selections for December:

 

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FILM:  Begone Dull Care

This is a short (8-minute), experimental, “visual music” animated film from 1949. Directors McLaren and Lambart used a drawn-on-film technique, painting colored shapes and scratching directly on the film stock to make a visual representation of the rhythms and variations of its jazz soundtrack, played by the great Canadian jazz pianist, Oscar Peterson. The film is preserved as a “masterwork” by the Audio-Visual Preservation Trust of Canada.

The DVD is available in the Silverman Multimedia Collection, First Floor, Capen:

 

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BOOK:  Eating Fire: Selected Poetry 1965-1995  by Margaret Atwood

An omnibus edition of three collections of poems by Margaret Atwood: Poems 1965-1975, Poems 1976-1986, and Morning in the Burned House. Through bus trips and postcards, wilderness and trivia, she reflects the passion and energy of a writer intensely engaged with her craft and the world.

Copies are available in the Lockwood Library Book Collection.

Both selections are part of our 48 Good Books and 48 Good Films initiatives; titles on these lists were chosen by UB faculty and staff members of the Undergraduate Academies Council to reflect the themes of the five Academies: Civic Engagement, Entrepreneurship, Global Perspectives, Research Exploration and Sustainability. Think of them as “unrequired” reading and viewing suggestions. All 48 Good Books and 48 Good Films are available in the UB Libraries.

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Be Seen. Be Heard. Be Noticed.

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As a student, you may need to prepare a presentation for class with visuals, or a poster for a conference, or need images, video and audio for a digital publication. The University Libraries are committed to supporting your UB educational experience, and are undergoing a pilot project that will provide two computers with a variety of multimedia software, as well as a variety of equipment to create multimedia files. Sign out a camera, or an accessory to make your cell phone a better recording device. Computing time and loanable equipment must be reserved ahead of time. Details are available on our web page.

The Multimedia Creation Lab is located on the South Campus, in the Health Sciences Library, Room 105 Abbott Hall, and the service is available to all current UB students.

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Kanopy Streaming Video is Here

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kanopyThe University Libraries are providing even more access to streaming videos to support classroom instruction. Kanopy Streaming Video is now available through a joint pilot project with other regional colleges.

Kanopy offers more than 6,500 films in a wide variety of subject areas and from several educational film distributors including these popular collections: Criterion Collection, Symptom Media, PBS, Green Planet Films, First Run Features, California Newsreel, BBCActive, NEVCO and German Film.

Create clips/playlists and embed any video or clip in UBlearns. Questions? Please contact Multimedia Collections and Services at lib-media@buffalo.edu.

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Faculty: Request Streaming Videos for your courses

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swankThe UB Libraries in partner with Swank Digital Campus is once again offering online streaming videos for faculty members. Pick any two films from Swank’s collection of more than 19,000 feature films, classic films, and documentaries to add to your course free of charge.  For more information, please visit the Digital Campus website.

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Good Book and Film for August

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The University Libraries and Undergraduate Academies are pleased to announce our “Book & Film of the Month” selections for August:

FILM:

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Based on a graphic novel of the same name, V for Vendetta is set in a near-future dystopian society in Britain where a “a shadowy freedom fighter plots to overthrow it with the help of a young woman” (IMDB.com). Released in 2006, the film has been nominated for numerous awards including the Art Directors Guild Production in Design Award (2007) and the Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy, & Horror Films Award (2007).

Directed by James McTeigue, V for Vendetta is available in the Silverman Library Multimedia Collection:http://catalog.lib.buffalo.edu/vufind/Record/003451371.

BOOK:

He, She and It

Published in 1991, He, She, and It is a winner of the Arther C. Clarke Award for Best Science Fiction in the United Kingdom. From Amazon.com:

“In the middle of the twenty-first century, life as we know it has changed for all time. Shira Shipman’s marriage has broken up, and her young son has been taken from her by the corporation that runs her zone, so she has returned to Tikva, the Jewish free town where she grew up. There, she is welcomed by Malkah, the brilliant grandmother who raised her, and meets an extraordinary man who is not a man at all, but a unique cyborg implanted with intelligence, emotions—and the ability to kill.”

Copies of He, She, and It are available in the Lockwood Library Book Collection (PS3556 .I4 H4) and on circulating Kindle e-readers.

Both selections are part of our 48 Good Books and 48 Good Films initiatives; titles on these lists were chosen by UB faculty and staff members of the Undergraduate Academies Council to reflect the themes of the five Academies: Civic Engagement, Entrepreneurship, Global Perspectives, Research Exploration and Sustainability. Think of them as “unrequired” reading and viewing suggestions.

All 48 Good Books and 48 Good Films are available in the UB Libraries.

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