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September 26, 2007

Gerontology Subject Specialist

Elaine Lasda Bergman, currently the Reference Bibliographer at Dewey Library, is taking on a new role as Gerontology Subject Specialist starting this week.

Elaine has several years of experience as a reference librarian and bibliographer at University at Albany. She also has expertise in health care information from her work as manager of the library at the Healthcare Association of New York State. Elaine will be purchasing gerontology materials for the library as well as assisting researchers and doing presentations.

Elaine is available at ebergman@uamail.albany.edu phone: 442-3695


ILLiad Makes Requesting Materials Easy

UA Delivery and Interlibary Loan are two great ways to retreive that important, but inconveniently located item. Our system for making UA Delivery and Interlibrary Loan requests is called ILLiad. If you have never used ILLiad before, remember to set up your profile by clickiing on "First Time Users."

The UA Delivery service, (sometimes called "Document Delivery") allows you to obtain materials that are owned by the libraries. For example: you look up a journal in Minerva. You see we only have print access to the volume containing your article. Don't worry-- you do not have to make a trip to Dewey, Science or the University Library to photocopy this article! Simply log in to ILLiad, and click "Article" under "Submit a New Request." The first question will be: "Are you requesting an item owned by the University Libraries?" Select "yes" and enter the required information. Also, if your home library is the Dewey Library, you may also use UA Delivery to requests books from the uptown campus libraries, including from Storage. They will be held for you at Dewey. Usually it takes about 3 days for the book to arrive at your desginated library. You may submit up to 3 UA Delivery requests in one day.

You would place an Interlibrary Loan request when our libraries here at UA do not own the item, or it is not available. Again, log in to ILLiad, select the format of the item (Article, Book, etc.), then when the system asks you if we own the item, click "no." You do not have to tell us where to find the item, we locate other libraries in our networks, and request the material on your behalf! Depending on the item, it will be emailed to you or placed on hold at your designated pick-up library. It's best to plan ahead: many items are available from ILL within a couple of days, but it can take up to two or three weeks for some hard-to-locate items.

We are always glad to help with this process, so do not hesitate to write or call. For UA Delivery, contact the Dewey Library Reference Desk at 442-3691, for ILL, call the Interlibrary Loan office, at 442-3613.

September 24, 2007

Dewey Workshops, Seminars and Tours: Week of 9/24-9/28

Dewey Graduate Library offers short seminars, workshops and tours that can help you become more familiar with the library and help you get started on your research. Sign up in advance, either online, in person at the Reference Desk, or by calling 442-3691.

The following sessions are scheduled this week:


Tuesday:
2:00 PM: Criminal Justice Research Seminar

Wednesday:
1:00 PM: Conducting Research from Home
3:30 PM: Social Welfare Research Seminar

Thursday:
2:00 PM: Introduction to Research Databases
4:00 PM: Introduction to Westlaw


September 21, 2007

Welcome, Lindsay!

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The Dewey Library is pleased to announce the appointment of Lindsay Van Berkom as Assistant for Graduate Library Operations. In this capacity, Lindsay will be responsible for the day-to-day administrative operations of the Dewey Library. This means Lindsay will be the "go-to-gal" for building problems, office management, and a host of other organizational tasks that are essential to the effective functioning of the library. Lindsay previously was the Public Services Office Coordinator for the Olin Library at Cornell University and posesses a Bachelor's degree in Applied Economics and Management from Cornell University. Say hello to Lindsay if you see her around the library and campus!

September 19, 2007

Reference Question of the Week

Q: I am a returning grad student in Social Work who has been out of school for some time. I have been assigned a paper in my first class that asks for at least 12 "peer reviewed articles." How would I go about finding articles that are peer-reviewed?

A: When you go to search for articles through our "Database Finder" at http://library.albany.edu/databases/search.asp you can narrow the databases down by subject on the menu at the bottom of the screen. You can select Social Welfare from that list and it will provide you with a list of databases that are strong in your subject area.

To find peer reviewed articles, you will need to narrow down the search in the databases. For most Social Welfare topics the best place to start is in Social Work Abstracts. This database includes the 100 most important journals in the social welfare field. You can supplement this search with Social Services Abstracts (for human services literature generally) and PsycINFO (for psychology and psychiatry literature.)

Most databases have a feature to limit your search to Peer Reviewed (i.e. scholarly or research) articles. In Social Services Abstracts you can limit your search to Peer Reviewed after you complete your initial search. Just click on the green menu bar above your search results. In PsycINFO look for the “Limit Search��? feature. Limiting to Peer Reviewed is especially important when using general databases like EBSCO Academic Search Premier. There you can “Refine Search��? to retrieve only peer reviewed articles.

For further reference, we have a subject guide for social welfare that may be of help to you: http://library.albany.edu/subject/social_main.html .

Also, if you have any in depth questions about research, our Social Welfare Librarian would be happy to help.
Her contact information is as follows:
Mary Jane Brustman
Dewey Library 442-3517
mbrustman@uamail.albany.edu

September 17, 2007

Dewey Workshops, Seminars, and Tours: Week of 9/17-9/21

Dewey Graduate Library offers short seminars, workshops and tours that can help you become more familiar with the library and help you get started on your research. Sign up in advance, either online, in person at the Reference Desk, or by calling 442-3691.

The following sessions are scheduled this week:

Monday:
5:00 PM: Social Welfare Research Seminar

Tuesday:
2:00 PM: Minerva, UA Libraries' Online Catalog

Wednesday:
2:00 PM: Social Welfare Research Seminar

Thursday:
4:30 PM: Minerva, UA Libraries' Online Catalog

September 13, 2007

Borrow a Laptop at Dewey

Students, faculty and staff of the University at Albany may borrow laptop computers for use within the library. These computers are available for a four hour period, with no overnight lending. Users must also comply with Library laptop lending policies information technology policies. We hope you will enjoy using the laptops and find that they provide added flexiblity when you need to work in the library.

For more information about Laptop Lending at the University Libraries, see our online information about the service, stop by the Circulation Desk at Dewey, or call 442-3693. While you're at it, you may want to look at the Dewey Library's Computer Usage Policy.

September 10, 2007

Dewey Workshops, Seminars and Tours: Week of 9/10-9/14

Dewey Graduate Library offers short seminars, workshops and tours that can help you become more familiar with the library and help you get started on your research. Sign up in advance, either online, in person at the Reference Desk, or by calling 442-3691.

The following sessions are scheduled this week:

Monday:
2:00 PM: Research from Home
4:30 PM: Social Welfare Research Seminar

Tuesday:
3:00 PM: Introduction to Information Science Research
4:30 PM: Minerva, UA Libraries' Online Catalog

Wednesday:
2:00 PM: Social Welfare Research Seminar

September 5, 2007

Extended Hours at Dewey Library

Dewey Library is pleased to announce new, extended hours for Fall 2007. Generally, the Library is open as follows:

Monday through Thursday: 8:00 AM - 11:00 PM
Friday: 8:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Saturday: 10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Sunday: 12:00 Noon - 11:00 PM

For the library schedule on campus holidays, check here.

Although there will be Circulation services any time the library is open, there may or may not be a Reference Librarian available. Consult the Reference schedule for more information.

September 3, 2007

Dewey Workshops Seminars and Tours: Week of 9/3-9/7

Dewey Graduate Library offers short seminars, workshops and tours that can help you become more familiar with the library and help you get started on your research. Sign up in advance, either online, in person at the Reference Desk, or by calling 442-3691.

The following sessions are scheduled this week:

Monday:
Library Closed

Tuesday:
2:00 PM: Minerva, UA Libraries' Online Catalog
4:00 PM: Library Orientation Tour

Wednesday:
4:00 PM: Library Orientation Tour

Thursday:
3:00 PM: Minerva, UA Libraries' Online Catalog
6:00 PM: Conducting Research from Home

Friday:
1:00 PM: Library Orientation Tour