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Looking Ahead

By Caroline Buff

Here are some highlights of what we’re working on for the spring:


You’ve probably already noticed that librarians don’t sit out at the main desk anymore.  The desk is staffed by support staff and student workers, who can help students borrow materials, and with technical questions.  When students have a research question, support staff notify a librarian, who sits down and works with the student.  This new service model frees up librarians to focus more of their time on helping students with research, and teaching classes.


Librarians have more time now to meet with classes.  If you’d like instruction for the spring, please send me an email to let me know.  I’m working with faculty member Matt Farron on developing instruction for his online classes.  Contact me if you’d like me to develop instruction for your online class.


Everything is coming off of reserve at the end of the semester.  If you have a personal item on reserve, please pick it up by the start of the spring semester.  Items that are not picked up may be discarded.  If you want something on reserve for the spring, please get it to us during faculty institute week. 

New to the library

A selection of new books, organized by call number

A selection of new books, organized by call number


Caroline Buff
Research and Instruction Librarian
Begley 116


In addition to editing the Begley Buzz, I oversee the library's research and instruction services, including Ask Us 24/7 online research help.  I can work with you to integrate library content into your in-person or online courses.

Contact me to explore options. 

One County One Book

Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates has been chosen as the 2019 One County, One Book title for Schenectady County.

Begley Library will be offering programming on this book, in conjunction with Schenectady County Public Library. Look for more information in the spring semester.

Happy Holidays!

photo of relaxing by the fireplace

Wishing you a happy and relaxing holiday!

As a reminder, Begley Library's winter break hours are:

Monday, Dec. 24 - Monday, Jan. 21


Day Open Close
Tuesday, Dec. 25 CLOSED  
Tuesday, Jan. 1 CLOSED  
Monday, Jan. 21 CLOSED  
Monday 8:30 AM 4:30 PM
Tuesday 8:30 AM 4:30 PM
Wednesday 8:30 AM 4:30 PM
Thursday 8:30 AM 4:30 PM
Friday 8:30 AM 4:30 PM
Saturday CLOSED  
Sunday CLOSED  


Library computers shut down 15 minutes before the library closes.

Librarians are available for in-person research consultations 8:30am-closing, Monday-Friday