Twelve-Thirty Talks and Writing Wednesdays

Whether you’re planning a paper or a garden, the library can help you cover ground

Are you looking for a unique learning experience this October? Twelve-thirty Talks or Writing Wednesdays at the library may fulfill that requirement.

On October 21, Dr. Jan L. Williams, Associate Professor of Accounting and Yale Gordon Chair for Distinguished Teaching will be discussing accounting as part of the library’s Twelve-Thirty Talks series.

Streambank native garden, two years after planting. Photo by Jeff La Noue
Streambank native garden, two years after planting.
Photo by Jeff La Noue

At the Twelve-Thirty Talks in September, sixteen people learned about native gardening. UB Sustainability Planner Jeff La Noue discussed how a native garden can attract butterflies, birds and help the environment, as well.

“My first big advice is to start small,” said La Noue. In order to be sustainable, your garden must be manageable.

“If you let nature do it, your neighbors are going to be mad at you,” added La Noue.

Are you a busy UB student? Then a native tree or bush may be better for your yard. They require little upkeep but are still good for the environment.

Are you wondering what to plant? La Noue recommends visiting Herring Run Nursery, located seasonally at 6131 Hillen Road. Staff can help with appropriate selections.

Are you looking for inspiration? Reference and Instruction Librarian Peter Ramsey recommends Paradise Lot , a book about two people who turned a junk yard into a permaculture garden.

You can find Paradise Lot and related books on Langsdale’s shelves and in the library catalog, as well.

Another October learning opportunity is Writing Wednesdays. The library and the Writing Center are partnering to bring you this educational experience.

Do you ever worry about your writing? Then you’re among even experienced writers.

“I have always experienced doubt about my own writing,” said Mia White, tutor for the Writing Center and writer for The UB Post.

White is working on an MFA in Creative Writing and Publishing Arts. Despite being in her final year of the program, she is still apprehensive about her writing at times.

White’s own self-doubt is part of the reason she likes working as a writing tutor. “Seeing students change their attitude about themselves is really rewarding,” she says.

“I’m not a writer,” White hears students say, quite often. “If students learn skills on their own, and start to see writing as a process, they may begin to realize this isn’t the case.”

White will be in the library from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. every Wednesday in October as a writing consultant. To make an appointment, please go to

“Bring an assignment sheet and whatever you have written – printed,” says White.

Do you like interactive workshops? Visit the Academic Learning Center to polish your professional prose. For details, check out the Achievement and  Learning Center  (ALC) online or in AC 113.

For the Writing Center’s Wednesday Walk-in Hours and Online Chat, please visit the Writing Center, also located online and in AC 113.

The Langsdale Library is located on the third floor of the Learning Commons.

Look out for more Twelve-Thirty Talks in November. Heather L. Pfeifer, Associate professor in the School of Criminal Justice, will speak about police reform and training.

Do you want to be ready for finals? Stay tuned for details about the library’s late night, coming up in December.

Library Insider

So many possible things after breakfast

Do you wonder what possibilities await at your library?

UB’s Langsdale Library opens at 8 a.m. on weekdays and 10 a.m. on weekends. Come on down, right after breakfast.

On April 2, there will be a citations workshop at the library.

But that’s not all.

One of the library’s popular Lunch-and-Learn’s is scheduled for the week of April 20. Heather L. Pfeifer, Associate Professor in the School of Criminal Justice, will be leading the session. To find out more, contact Mike Kiel at

Or visit the library April 30 for a long night of studying. The library will be open until 1:30 a.m.

“Unlimited possibilities @ your library” is the theme of this year’s National Library Week, celebrated April 12-18.

Unlimited possibilities at the library mean different things to different people.

“I think of the library as a place a student can explore an idea that they would not have the opportunity to explore otherwise,” Tracy Dimond, Graduate Teaching Assistant and writing student at UB, said.

“We have so many books they might not realize are academic,” Dimond added. “I hear people say ‘Oh, I can write my paper about that?’ I think that’s really cool. Music, sex, and gender are usually the big surprises.”

“Because I work at the circulation desk and as a writing instructor, I get an academic thrill when I see students start to make connections about different topics,” Dimond continued.

“When I see them in the process of thinking, writing, and learning, I get excited for them. It’s fun.”

“You can do anything at the library!” Kemi Kodja said, another student worker at Langsdale. “You can read, do your homework, hang out with your friends. You can eat or have a group meeting.”

Kodja likes to shelve books because she can jot down titles while she works.

“Like shopping for a book, only it’s free,” Kodja said. “I always have a pen and paper so I can write down titles.”

Kemi Kodja in Wonderland

Kodja is currently reading The Little Women Letters, a novel by Gabrielle Donnelly, which she found at Langsdale.

From an academic, standpoint, Reference and Instruction Librarian Pete Ramsey said the role of the librarian is to give people access to everything—because we want the possibilities hidden inside each person to come to fruition.

“So the unlimited possibilities of individual potential, when combined with what we, as a library, hope to do, can change the world,” Ramsey said.