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The Unexpected, the New, and the Forgotten

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[The following blog post was written by Kristin E. Cangialosi, a graduate student in the Department of Library & Information Studies.]

There are still a few weeks of summertime left!  Why not use that time to see something unexpected, create something new, or experience something forgotten?  And of course, enjoying what Buffalo has to offer does not need to end because the academic calendar starts anew.  These, and many other, activities and events last well into autumn.

Mummies of the World Exhibition

At the Buffalo Museum of Science, see human and animal mummies from all over the world dating back to 4,500 years ago.  This exhibit also features tools used for the scientific and ritual processes of mummification.  While the ancient Egyptian mummies may be the most notorious, you will be amazed to learn about the many cultures that practiced mummification.  This exhibit is available until 9/21/14.

Western New York Book Arts Center Workshops

Whether you are a bibliophile, an artist, or just curious to learn something new, create a piece of book art at one of the hands-on workshops offered by the Western New York Book Arts Center.  Workshops are offered year round in four main areas of book arts: letterpress, papermaking, screen printing, and bookbinding.  Learning a book art at one of their workshops may inspire a lifelong creative hobby!

Buffalo Niagara Heritage Village

Immerse yourself to see firsthand how the history of the Niagara frontier still influences today’s society. Step into the 19th century and purchase some wares at the local general store.  Tour the village and meet people who share what day-to-day life is like during simpler times.  Walk down Main Street to visit the barber, the watchmaker, or even the pharmacist.  Learn about the history of Amherst by experiencing it!

Book and Film of the Month for August 2014

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

FILM:

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:

Published in 1991, He, She, and It is a winner of the Arthur 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.

Goodbye, photocopiers! Hello, scanners!

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Change is coming to all University at Buffalo Libraries!

On Monday, August 4, all public photocopiers and James reader/encoders will disappear from all of our Libraries. That same day, scanning will be our new and only way of doing business – it’s free and green! The scanners will provide searchable-PDFs, Text-to-Voice, and other format options. They will also allow scans to be sent directly to the cloud, USB flash drives, or your email.

If you have questions or a copy card with a remaining balance, please stop by a library circulation desk for assistance. Non-UB affiliated patrons, please note that the copier card reader at the printer will be removed –please plan to make alternate arrangements for printing.