Friday, January 25, 2013

First Presbyterian of Albany celebrates 250th birthday

From the Times Union:

As it celebrates its 250th anniversary, First Presbyterian Church is notable for many things beyond its longevity.

Founding Father Alexander Hamilton worshiped there. Large Tiffany stained-glass windows grace the church. Members sometimes meet for services in Washington Park...

First Presbyterian's brownstone Romanesque landmark at State and Willett streets, its fourth location, dates from 1883...

Earlier this month, a refurbished diorama with models of the four churches in a display case was unveiled at a Sunday service as parishioners sang "Happy Birthday" and shared cake. All three previous churches have been torn down.

The anniversary events kick off on Sunday at the Albany Institute of History & Art with a lecture by former assemblyman and historian Jack McEneny. Church officials recently donated to the Institute a 1790 church penny. The church forged 1,000 of the coppers and each member was given four to be used as "communion tokens" in a long-held Scottish tradition. The penny predated the start of the U.S. Mint by two years. A similar penny sold for $115,000 at auction in 2012.

[The diorama will also be on display at the Institute.]

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

AAUP Publishes New Guidelines on Librarians

From Inside Higher Ed:

The American Association of University Professors has updated guidelines for librarians to reflect their changing roles as teachers and researchers. The joint Statement on Faculty Status of College and University Librarians now includes language on technology in the library and recommends that institutions adequately compensate librarians for the 12-month cycles in which they typically work.

Friday, January 11, 2013

Flu vaccine clinic Saturday

The Albany County Department of Health will offer a special flu vaccine clinic this Saturday, Jan. 12, at its office at 175 Green St., next to the Department of Motor Vehicles in Albany.

The clinic will be open from 9 a.m. until noon and is available to all Albany County residents over 6 months of age. You can call 518 447-4589 for an appointment; walk-ins also are welcome.

To make an appointment for a flu vaccine during the week, call 518 447-4589 from 8:30 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.

The Health Department accepts most insurance plans and will bill Medicare Part B for individuals aged 65 and older. Individuals should bring proof of residence and their insurance card to their appointment. If the insurance plan is not accepted, the cost of the flu vaccination is $25 payable at the time of service. For those without insurance who are unable to pay the full cost, a sliding-fee scale will be used.

Wednesday, January 09, 2013

The Sound of Silence in the National Library

From BoingBoing:

The Library of Congress occupies three massive and ornate buildings in the center of Washington, D.C. But those edifices house just part of the collection, which spans hundreds of miles of shelves across many less-interesting buildings, and extends to media beyond books.

To find the heart of the nation's audiovisual memory, I took a lovely drive in October along ever smaller highways heading southwest from Washington, D.C., to Culpeper, Virginia, where sound recordings, films, and video reside in temperature-controlled vaults beneath Mount Pony.

Passing historical sites like Manassas (where Bull Run is located) , and watching the landscape shift rapidly from government buildings and commercial high rises to strip malls to farms and antique stores, it felt as if I traveled through time as well as distance on the 75-mile trip.

But the library's Culpeper facility is firmly rooted in the 21st century, and its existence owes much to the latter half of the 20th. While the focus is on what's buried inside, it's hard to ignore the beauty of the setting, its landscaping, and the building's architecture; it's the best use of concrete that I've ever seen in interior design, and I say that completely unironically.

Thursday, January 03, 2013

New Albany Board of Education officers

Alexandra Streznewski is the new president of the City School District of Albany Board of Education. Streznewski, beginning her third year on the board, was selected unanimously by her peers Wednesday night. She served as board secretary in 2012.

The board members also selected Ginnie Farrell as the vice president for 2013, and Rose Brandon, Th.D., as secretary. Dr. Brandon served as vice president for the past three years and was elected to a second four-year term in November along with former President Dan Egan. Dr. Brandon and Egan were sworn in to begin their second terms Wednesday night.

Read more.

Wednesday, January 02, 2013

Albany School District Board of Education meets tonight

The City School District of Albany Board of Education will meet tonight, Wednesday, Jan. 2, at Albany High School, 700 Washington Ave. There is a reception for newly elected board members at 6:45 p.m., followed by the meeting at 7 p.m. in the north cafeteria.

The meeting will include the election of board officers for the 2013 calendar year. You can find the full agenda in the Upcoming Events section at, and in the Board of Ed section.