2020 UAlbany Discover U.S. Libraries

 Incoming Program
  • Albany, NY, United States
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Founded in 1844, the University at Albany is New York State’s oldest publicly founded university. Located in New York’s capital city, it is the premier public research University in the Capital Region and offers a world of opportunity to over 17,300 students, including 1,800 international students from more than 90 countries. UAlbany’s location in the state capital of New York provides students with limitless opportunities for public service and research through which you can gain experience, test your skills, and prepare to launch brilliant careers. The excellence of a UAlbany education is recognized by many independent sources. UAlbany is ranked among the top universities in Forbes’ “America’s Best Public Colleges,” and U.S. News & World Report consistently ranks many of our graduate programs among the top 50 in the United States, including clinical psychology, criminal justice, library and information studies, public affairs, public health, sociology, and social work.

Application Deadline

Forthcoming

Program Start

Forthcoming

Program End

Forthcoming

City

Albany, New York, United States

Program Term

  • Summer

Language of Instruction

English

Program Details

Program

The UAlbany Discover U.S. Libraries Training is an exploration of library management, practice, and service. During this two-week training, you will learn about public, academic, school, special, and government libraries in the United States.  You will also gain understanding of important trends in the field of library and information science. The program features lectures, hands-on exercises, and site visits in Albany, the New York State Capitol; New York City, Boston, and Washington D.C. You will visit the New York State Museum, the oldest and largest state museum in the United States; and many other cultural and historical sites throughout Northeast USA.

Registration Begins on December 15.

This training is suitable for anyone interested in library systems and information science. We especially welcome librarians and graduate students.

New York State Capitol Building

Your training will feature visits to:

  • The New York State Library, Albany, New York
  • The New York State Museum, Albany, New York
  • Columbia University Library, Albany, New York
  • The New York Public Library, New York City, New York
  • The Library of Congress, Washington, D.C.
  • The Smithsonian Museums, Washington, D.C.
  • The Harvard University Libraries, Cambridge, Massachusetts 
  • The University at Albany Libraries, Albany, New York
  • Local Public Libraries, Capital Region of New York State
  • Ellis Island & the Statue of Liberty, New York City, New York
  • Multiple Historical Landmarks Throughout New York, Massachusetts
  • & Washington D.C.

Program Leader

Picture of Dr. Yu-Hui Chen

Your program leader and instructor will be Dr. Yu-Hui Chen, librarian and professor for the University at Albany Libraries. Dr. Chen holds three graduate degrees (M.S. in Education, M.L.S. in Library Science, and M.S. in Information Science) and a doctoral degree in Information Science from the University at Albany.  She has been active in library professional associations. She served as Treasurer for the Board of Directors of the Eastern New York Chapter of Association of College & Research Libraries (ACRL) from 2008 to 2016.  She has also served on the Executive Committee, Advisory Council, Scholarly Communication Committee and co-chaired the Research Committee of ACRL Educational and Behavioral Sciences Section (EBSS). Currently, she co-chairs the Awards Committee of ACRL/EBSS. In 2014, Dr. Chen received the University at Albany  President’s Excellence Award in Librarianship and the State University of New York Chancellor’s Excellence Award in Librarianship.  She has presented research projects pertaining to Web usability, academic library Web portals, information literacy, and international students at national and international conferences.  Her publications have appeared in the Journal of the American Society for Information Science & Technology, Libraries and the Academy, College & Research Libraries, Library & Information Science Research, and The Internet and Higher Education

Program Advisor

Rachel Moody

Your program advisor is Rachel Moody, Director of International Academic Partnerships and International Academic Advising. Ms. Moody is responsible for the administrative components associated with your training. 

Housing

Hotel Room Example

Throughout Discover U.S. Libraries, you will stay at reputable hotels in Albany, New York; New York City; Washington D.C.; and Boston, Massachusetts. Your housing is included in the program fee. Each of your hotels will include breakfast, a fitness center, wireless internet, and other amenities.   

Meals

Picture of the State Quad Dining Hall

While some meals are included in the program fee, you will be responsible for most of your meals. In each of the cities, during your stay, your hotel will be located near a diverse selection of restaurants. During your time in Albany, you will also be able to eat at the University at Albany dining centers. The opening and closing reception meals are included in the program.   

Transportation

Picture of the UAlbany Shuttle Bus

Transportation and admission to and from all program related venues and Albany public transportation are included in the program fee. This includes shuttle service to and from the Albany International and John F. Kennedy Airports, charter bus service to all venues related to the training and cultural excursions, air travel from Washington, D.C. to Boston, Massachusetts, and unlimited access to local bus service in New York State’s capital region. 

Summer 2020 Costs

Washington, D.C.; USA

The Discover U.S. Libraries Training Program Fee is $4,400. This fee includes the following:

  1. Hotel accommodations in Albany, New York (Breakfast Included)
  2. Hotel accommodations in New York City, New York (Breakfast Included)
  3. Hotel accommodations in Washington, D.C. (Breakfast Included)
  4. Hotel accommodations in Boston, Massachusetts (Breakfast Included)
  5. Transportation to and from the Albany International Airport and the John F. Kennedy Airport
  6. Local Public Transportation
  7. Bus and Air transportation to all program related sites in Albany, New York City, Washington, D.C., and Boston
  8. Global health insurance (Mandatory) through United Health Care
  9. Lectures and training materials
  10. Admission fees to all program related venues and cultural tours
  11. Opening and closing receptions
  12. Some meals 

Click on the duration tab for application and payment deadlines.

Eligibility

This training is suitable for anyone interested in library systems and information science. We especially welcome librarians and graduate students. While there are no restrictions, please note that all lectures will be delivered in English.

Travel Documents

If you are not eligible to participate in the ESTA visa waiver program, a visa may be required. Please contact your home institution for more information regarding the visa application process. Please let us know whether you require an invitation letter. 

University at Albany, State University of New York

Scholarships and Discounts

If you are a member of an organization that is sending 5 or more persons to this training, you may be eligible for a discount. Please contact the program advisor for more information.

Library of Congress, Washington, D.C. 

Program Advisor

Moody, Rachel

rsmoody@albany.edu

Program Dates

Sunday, July 19, 2020 to Saturday, August 1, 2020

Boston, Massachusetts

Important Deadlines & Program Itinerary

December 15

Online Registration Begins

April 30

Application Deadline: $400 Non-refundable deposit is due. After this date a $200 late application fee is applied.

May 30

Late Application Deadline: Non-refundable late application fee of $200 and the $400 non-refundable deposit are due.
June 15 Total payment and all application forms are due.
June 15 The last day to cancel your registration and receive a 100% refund, not including the deposit or any late registration fees.

July 1

The last day to cancel your registration and receive a 50% refund, not including the deposit or any late registration fees. After this date, no refund is available.

July 19

Day 1:

  • Arrival Day
July 20 Day 2:

  • Opening Ceremony
  • Seminar: Public Libraries in the U.S.
  • Public Library Tour
July 21 Day 3:

  • Seminar: American Libraries and Academic Librarianship
  • Cultural Excursion
July 22 Day 4:

  • Guided Academic Library Tour
  • Seminar: School and Special Libraries
July 23 Day 5:

  • Seminar: Library Leadership & Management
  • New York State Library Tour
  • New York State Museum Tour
  • Depart for New York City
July 24 Day 6:

  • New York Public Library Tour (New York City)
  • Columbia University Tour
July 25 Day 7:

  • Exploring New York City Culture and History
July 26 Day 8:

  • Depart for Washington, D.C.
July 27 Day 9:

  • Visit the Library of Congress
  • Exploration of Washington, D.C. 
July 28 Day 10;

  • Visit the Smithsonian Museums
  • Depart for Boston, Massachusetts
July 29 Day 11:

  • Harvard University Tour
  • Explore sites in Boston, Massachusetts
  • Depart for Albany, New York
July 30 Day 12:

  • Seminar: Library Assessment
  • Seminar: Library Website Design and Testing
  • Cultural Excursion
July 31 Day 13:

  • Seminar: Information Literacy & Library Marketing
  • Closing Reception
August 1 Day 14:

  • Departure Day
*Schedules are tentative and subject to change

About UAlbany

Founded in 1844, the University at Albany is New York State’s oldest publicly founded university. Located in New York’s capital city, it is the premier public research University in the Capital Region and offers a world of opportunity to over 17,300 students, including 1,800 international students from more than 90 countries. UAlbany’s location in the state capital of New York provides students with limitless opportunities for public service and research through which you can gain experience, test your skills, and prepare to launch brilliant careers. The excellence of a UAlbany education is recognized by many independent sources. UAlbany is ranked among the top universities in Forbes’ “America’s Best Public Colleges,” and U.S. News & World Report consistently ranks many of our graduate programs among the top 50 in the United States, including clinical psychology, criminal justice, library and information studies, public affairs, public health, sociology, and social work.

The University at Albany enrolls students in nine degree-granting schools and colleges including its Colleges of Arts and Sciences, Engineering and Applied Sciences, and Emergency Preparedness, Homeland Security and Cybersecurity; the Nelson A. Rockefeller College of Public Affairs & Policy; and its Schools of Business, Criminal Justice, Education, Public Health, and Social Welfare.

The Campuses

The Uptown Campus, the University’s main campus, is located at 1400 Washington Avenue in Albany, and has been described as “a distinctive work of modern art.” Home to many of the University’s Schools and Colleges, including the Colleges of Arts and Sciences, and the Schools of Business, Criminal Justice, and Education.

Uptown Campus

The Uptown Campus also features the Performing Arts Center, the University Art Museum, and the Campus Center. The hub of student activity, the Camps Center includes lounges, meeting and dining rooms, a ballroom, a cafeteria, banking facilities, a convenience store, a Barnes & Noble bookstore, and a variety of both fast-food and healthy food options.

Outdoor recreational facilities include lighted tennis courts, basketball and volleyball courts, and several multipurpose playing areas, including a turf field for student recreational and intramural use. Indoor athletic facilities are dominated by the SEFCU Arena. With an arena seating capacity of nearly 4,800, the facility is home to NCAA Division I Great Dane basketball, and also houses a running track, a modern fitness center, a fully equipped athletic training complex. The Physical Education Center includes a pool, locker rooms, weight and wrestling rooms, a dance studio, and basketball, handball and squash courts. The facilities also include a 8,500-seat multi-sports stadium, home to football and men’s and women’s soccer.

Downtown Campus

The Downtown Campus, located at 135 Western Avenue in Albany, served from 1909-66 as the main campus. It houses the Rockefeller College of Public Affairs & Policy, the College of Emergency Preparedness, Homeland Security and Cybersecurity, the School of Criminal Justice, and the School of Social Welfare, as well as the College of Engineering and Applied Sciences.

Health Sciences Campus

The Health Sciences Campus, a former pharmaceutical complex located at One University Place in Rensselaer, is one of the region’s booming bioscience research and high-tech centers. Its academic anchor is the School of Public Health, and its research facilities include the Cancer Research Center, home to the Gen*NY*Sis Center for Excellence in Cancer Genomics, and the Center for Functional Genomics.

Airport Information

The International Student and Scholar Services (ISSS) office arranges pick up for semester and year-long exchange and study abroad students from the Albany International Airport on one designated day. More information regarding this service is available after acceptance to your program.

Many of our international students arrive in the U.S. at John F. Kennedy (JFK) International Airport in New York City or Newark (EWR) International
Airport in New Jersey. If you are coming from Asia, we advise you to book your flight through Chicago (ORD), Detroit (DTT), or other airports with good connections to Albany. If you are continuing by airplane to Albany, use only a direct, non-stop connecting flight from your arrival airport to Albany.

If you arrive at one of the New York City or New Jersey airports, you have to plan your own transportation to Albany. Further information regarding travel to Albany is available here.

Train information

The Amtrak station is 15 minutes from campus and is easily accessible from NYC. Further information regarding train travel to Albany is available on the Amtrak website.

General Travel Advice

Further information regarding travel to Albany is available here.

At UAlbany, you won’t just live – you’ll thrive. Get involved in our 250+ clubs and organizations, root on our 18 NCAA Division I athletics teams, and explore off campus in our great college town or further afield in the great outdoors. Whatever you’re passionate about, you’ll find it here.

NOTE: As of January 1, 2019 the University at Albany will be a tobacco and smoke-free campus, proudly joining more than 1,800 tobacco and smoke-free colleges and universities across the United States. Smoking and other tobacco use will be prohibited on campus. Additional information on UAlbany’s tobacco-free policy and cessation resources (programs to assist in quitting smoking) are available on the UAlbany tobacco and smoke-free campus website.

Campus Recreation
Campus Recreation provides diverse, stimulating, and engaging recreational opportunities that enrich the UAlbany experience. We empower our community to lead healthy lifestyles by fostering an environment that supports physical, mental, and social growth. See the facilities schedules, browse group exercise and wellness programs, join intramural sports teams and open recreation events, or explore the outdoors

Athletics
Cheer on our Division I sports teams! UAlbany’s intercollegiate athletics program excels at the NCAA Division I level, producing competitive teams, successful coaches, and outstanding student-athletes recognized for their accomplishments both on the field and in the classroom. The University sponsors 18 varsity sports for men and women. Visit the DANEger Zone for student tickets.

Student Association

UAlbany’s Student Association is the recognized undergraduate student government on campus which was officially established in 1923, and has been operating in its current form since 1977. Student Association exists in order to provide and foster opportunities beyond those offered in the formal curriculum. The Student Association provides concerts, speakers, comedy shows, multicultural and gender programming, funds more than 200+ student groups, organizations, Student Legal Services, and Dippikill, an 847 acre wilderness retreat complete with cabins, campsites and a pond located in the heart of the Adirondacks. In addition, the Student Association represents the interests of the student body to the faculty, administration, and government.

Clubs and Organizations
UAlbany has more than 200 student clubs and organizations in which you can participate, as well as a wide variety of cultural, musical, and artistic events.

Find organizations, attend events, and track your involvement on the MyInvolvement website.

For a complete list of events, Visit the UAlbany GO website.

Each semester, the Center for International Education & Global Strategy (CIEGS) holds multiple events to assist our international students in becoming comfortable here at UAlbany. Some past events have included day trips to Boston and New York City, local apple picking, ski outings and holiday celebrations. There are multiple clubs, sports teams and athletic events!

View the programs and events listings on the International Student and Scholar Services web page.

In addition, UAlbany has more than 200 student clubs and organizations in which you can participate, as well as a wide variety of cultural, musical, and artistic events.

The University at Albany enjoys a strategic location in the City of Albany. The capital of the State of New York offers something for everyone, the center of a region remarkable for its natural and cultural resources. The Capital Region includes the cities of Albany, Schenectady and Troy, and has a population of approximately 838,000. Within a short distance are the Berkshires, the Catskills and the Adirondacks, the largest wilderness area east of the Mississippi River. Major ski areas such as Killington, Gore, Hunter, Bromley, Stratton and Mt. Snow are within easy commuting distance. Saratoga Springs, 25 miles to the north, is internationally known as a sports, concert, and cultural center, and features outstanding thoroughbred and harness racing at Saratoga Race Track.

Four major malls and shopping centers, including Crossgates, Stuyvesant Plaza and Colonie Center, fall within one mile of campus. Albany nightlife is active with concerts, movies, theater, dancing, and nearly every kind of restaurant or eatery imaginable.