Students at work in the library

By the Numbers

Library Use

  • Items circulated
  • Reserve items used
  • Questions answered
  • Items borrowed from other libraries
  • Online journals and serials
  • Visits to the Libraries' website


  • Total print volumes
  • Print volumes added in FY09
  • Microforms added in FY09
  • Print journals and serials
  • Online journals and serials
University Libraries

Major Highlights

The M.E. Grenander Department of Special Collections and Archives made available for the first time digitized issues of the University at Albany's student newspaper from 1916-1985.

The Libraries hosted two statewide conferences: the 10th annual Research New York and the History of SUNY 60th Anniversary.

Information Commons in the Dewey Library was expanded and Macintosh computers were added to the Commons in the University Libraries.

The Libraries implemented an Instant Message/Text Us  reference service as part of its newly redesigned Web site.

Awards and Recognition

Trudi Jacobson received the American College and Research Libraries' Miriam Dudley Instruction Librarian Award for her outstanding contributions to the advancement of information literacy.
Carol Anne Germain was awarded the American Library Association's Library Research Round Table Ingenta Research Award to support her doctoral research.

Deborah M. LaFond, associate librarian and social science bibliographer, was elected by her peers to lead the African Librarians Council of the African Studies Association.

Win Shih, head of library systems, was named a Frye Leadership Institute Fellow for 2009.

The UAlbany Libraries held its 35th Annual Recognition Luncheon to celebrate the service of faculty and staff.


Travel grants from the American Library Association, the Spanish Institute for Foreign Trade and the Spanish Association of Publishers Guilds supported acquisitions of materials at book fairs in Spain and Mexico.

The New York State Department of Education provided $126,000 for the preservation of library collections.

The New York State Archives Documentary Heritage Program provided support to process the records of political activist groups associated with environmental issues.

University Auxiliary Services funding aided Library Palooza, a welcoming for freshmen and transfer students, and the UA Role Models Read, a project highlighting books that have influenced role models at UAlbany.