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May 31, 2009

Ph.D. Due Date is Today

Today is the summer fixed due date for Ph.D. candidates. If you are a Ph.D.candidate and have material due on this day, you must return or renew it. Please call the Circulation Desk at 442-3693 for more information.

May 28, 2009

Ph.D. Due date is Sunday

A reminder to all Ph.D. candidates that the summer fixed date for returning or renewing books is this coming Sunday, May 31, 2009. Ph.D. students are able to renew books a maximum of 8 times, and this can be done through your MyMinerva account. This fixed due date applies to Ph.D. candidates only. If you are a master's level student or other type of borrower, please view our circulation loan policy for applicable lending periods.

If you have any questions about loan periods, overdue fines, or renewing books, please contact our Circulation Desk at 442-3693.

May 26, 2009

Summer Session Library Hours

Please note our Summer Hours which begin today and run till August 14:

Monday through Thursday: Building hours: 8:00am - 10:00pm , Reference Desk will be staffed 1:00pm - 6:00pm

Friday: Building hours: 8:00am - 8:00pm, Reference Desk will be staffed 1:00pm - 5:00pm

Saturday: LIBRARY CLOSED

Sunday: Building hours: Noon - 7:00pm, Reference Desk will be staffed 1:00pm - 6:00pm

For the hours of the other libraries and exceptions to this schedule see the University Libraries' Hours Page.

May 22, 2009

Photo of the Week

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The contractors working on the Husted Hall rennovations had a message for the graduates!

Photo credit: Morris Stilson

May 21, 2009

Looking for a new career? Choose Librarianship!

According to U.S. News and World Report, librarian is considered one of the best careers in 2009.

Why is this? The report cites that librarians are expected to be more than their stereotype portrays: they are high-tech, problem solving, people-helping professionals. Librarians today are expected to apply Web 2.0 technologies all while helping people find the information they need. Plus, many librarians (myself included!) find the working environment “pleasant and the work hours reasonable��?.

There are various types of librarians as well. Public librarians and school librarians are most common, but special librarians take their profession to a more specialized area. An example of a special librarian would be a law librarian or a medical librarian. Even in these tough economic times, library positions in special libraries are still available and growing.

The median salary for a librarian hovers around $47,400 depending on the type of librarian you become. One needs a Masters in Information and/or Library Science from an ALA-accredited University, such as University at Albany.

If you want more information, ask our librarians – after all, they know best about the profession and are always welcoming new information professionals.

Blog post created by Jill Parsons

Congratulations, Jill!

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Dewey Library would like to congratulate Jill Parsons, our Sunday Reference Associate, who received her Master's of Science in Information Studies last week. She will be working a few Sundays this summer before she moves on to bigger things. Jill has written many posts for this blog as well as worked very hard on our library exhibits this year. Here she is next to the Child Abuse Awareness Month exhibit. Good luck, Jill!

Photo credit James Asare

May 19, 2009

Spend Some Time with a Librarian

Yes, the semester is over, but you may have summer projects, grant activities, or other research that needs to be completed. Dewey Librarians are still available to help you, both at the reference desk and by appointment.

Librarians are happy to help with your research project, we can help find the most relevant search terms in a given database and teach you advanced searching strategies, as well as help you set up database "alerts" to keep apprised of new publicatons on your topic of interest.

Contact a subject bibliographer today to set up an appointment:

Criminal Justice: Mary Jane Brustman: email: mbrustman@uamail.albany.edu, phone: 442-3540
Information Studies: Deborah Bernnard: email: dbernnard@uamail.albany.edu, phone: 442-3699
Public Administration and Policy: Dick Irving: email: diriving@uamail.albany.edu, phone: 442-3698
Social Welfare/Gerontology: Elaine Bergman email: ebergman@uamail.albany.edu, phone: 442-3695

May 15, 2009

Chris Masella, Dewey Circulation Supervisor, Recipient of University Libraries Award

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Chris Masella has been awarded the annual University Libraries Award for Outstanding Classified Staff Member. Chris began work at Dewey Library 12 years ago as a part-time clerk. Today he supervises all of the Dewey clerks and student staff and is responsible for circulation, reserves, interlibrary loan, UA Delivery, stack maintenance, and collection security. The award noted Chris’s outstanding performance, dedication to his work, knowledge of procedures and practices, and willingness to extend himself for the needs of patrons and the Libraries. He is an excellent teacher for new employees and a great (and very witty) colleague. Congratulations, Chris!

Photo credit: Morris Stilson

May 13, 2009

Congratulations, Graduates!

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The Dewey Library would like to wish those of you graduating this weekend the best of luck and success in your future endeavors.

Don't forget, as an alumnus, you are eligble to borrow books and more! Check out the alumni services we provide even after you graduate.

May 12, 2009

Interested in Academic Librarianship? Here's a Program for You!

Here at the University at Albany Libraries, you can augment your experience as an Information Science student. The libraries are one of the few Academic Research Libraries that participate in the ARL (Association of Research Libraries) Career Enhancement Program (CEP). This program provides participants with the opportunity to gain knowledge about and work experience in an academic research library.

The University at Albany libraries will host two of the CEP fellows this summer. Arturo Longoria is from the University at Texas at Austin and Sandra Baker Castro is from here at the University at Albany. They will be on campus from May 18 through July 25. To kick off their fellowships, they will attend the Eastern New York ACRL conference held this year at Hudson Valley Community College. Once on campus, they will gain work experience in various organizations within the University Libraries (Interlibrary Loan, Archives and Special Collections, Reference and User Education, Dewey Graduate Library, Acquisitions, and Preservation).

While here, they will also meet with various University and Library groups (Library Policy Group, Collections Personnel, Systems and Technical Services Personnel, Library Faculty, User Services Personnel, staff in the Library and University Community as well as Capital District Area College Library Directors).

Not only does the University at Albany offer degrees in its Information Science department, the University Libraries provide additional experiences to help you on your way to an enjoyable career.

Interested in Academic Librarianship? Here's a Program for You!

Here at the University at Albany Libraries, you can augment your experience as an Information Science student. The libraries are one of the few Academic Research Libraries that participate in the ARL (Association of Research Libraries) Career Enhancement Program (CEP). This program provides participants with the opportunity to gain knowledge about and work experience in an academic research library.

The University at Albany libraries will host two of the CEP fellows this summer. Arturo Longoria is from the University at Texas at Austin and Sandra Baker Castro is from here at the University at Albany. They will be on campus from May 18 through July 25. To kick off their fellowships, they will attend the Eastern New York ACRL conference held this year at Hudson Valley Community College. Once on campus, they will gain work experience in various organizations within the University Libraries (Interlibrary Loan, Archives and Special Collections, Reference and User Education, Dewey Graduate Library, Acquisitions, and Preservation).

While here, they will also meet with various University and Library groups (Library Policy Group, Collections Personnel, Systems and Technical Services Personnel, Library Faculty, User Services Personnel, staff in the Library and University Community as well as Capital District Area College Directors).

Not only does the University at Albany offer degrees in its Information Science department, the University Libraries provide additional experiences to help you on your way to an enjoyable career.

Blog post created by Judith Mueller

May 8, 2009

Photo of the Week

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We are finally starting to see some signs of spring at Dewey!

Photo credit: Morris Stilson

May 6, 2009

Summer Means Research... Research Means Grantseeking

The spring semester is coming to a close and some of you might be turning your focus to funding your research through grants over the summer. Dewey Library has many resources to help you find the right organization to submit your proposals to. Plus, our librarians are more than willing to help you with finding grants.

For starters, here are some print resources in the Dewey reference collection:


  • Annual Register of Grant Support: This book will give you a list of grant funders for all disciplines and specialties. REF AS 911 A2 A67

  • The Foundation Directory: Similar to the one above, this resource lists grant funding organizations by state. REF AS 911 A2 F65

  • Government Assistance Almanac: A yearly listing of federally-funded grants. REF HC110 .P63 G69

  • The International Foundation Directory: As the name suggests, grants that are funded through international organizations. REF HV 7 I57

  • Directory of Research Grants: Runs the gamut of U.S., federal and international grants available for research purposes. REF LB2338 D57X 2008 v. 1 and v. 2

  • The Grants Register: Considered “The Complete Guide to Postgraduate Funding Worldwide.��? REF LB2338 G7

  • Government Research Directory: Comparable to the Government Assistance Almanac REF Q179.98 G68

Dewey has many print resources to help you apply for grants. Here’s just a sample to check out:


  • The “How To��? Grants Manual: REF HG177 B38 1999

  • Proposal Planning and Writing: REF HG177.5 U6 M56

Also, check out the libraries Financial Aids and Grants page for more opportunities and information.

In addition to grant resources found at the library, the University provides a page on graduate student funding opportunities and proposal resources. Here you’ll find links to resources such as the National Science Foundation (NSF) Graduate Research Fellowship Program and the Lupus Foundation of America, Inc. There are also guides to proposal writing.

Be sure to check out the Accent on Research, a quarterly newsletter which contains graduate funding opportunities as well. Find out about faculty research opportunities as well as postdoctoral fellowships.

Let us know if you need help using these resources!

Blog post created by Jill Parsons

May 5, 2009

Do We Really Need Another "Tea Party?" Tax Policy Resources at Dewey

With income taxes due less than two weeks ago, the issue of taxes might still be on your mind. Did you ever want to learn more about our taxation policies here in the United States? Here are a few information sources that you can research to learn more.

For starters, you could check out the Federal Government’s Internal Revenue Services’ web page (http://www.irs.gov/). In particular interest is the “Understanding Taxes��? section written for both teachers and students. This section helps explain everything from the “Hows of Taxes��? (which explains the various terms and concepts) to the “Whys of Taxes (which explains the theory and history of taxes).

The 16th Amendment gave Congress the ability to mandate an income tax. This first income tax was 1 percent tax on net personal incomes above $3,000 with an additional 6 percent surtax on incomes over $500,000. You can learn more about the history of the income tax and see an example of the first income tax form from 1913 on the www.irs.gov web site.

Many public interest groups have been formed that claim to be nonpartisan taxation watchdog groups. But their mission statements can lead you to believe they lean towards the Republican Party side of the political spectrum. Some of these groups and their web sites are:
Federal


  • National Taxpayers Union: whose mission is to “helping to protect every single American’s right to keep what they’ve earned.��?

  • Americans for Tax Reform: “opposes all tax increases as a matter of principle��?.

  • FreedomWorks: “fights for lower taxes, less government and more economic freedom for all Americans.��?

New York State

  • The Citizens Budget Commission “is devoted to influencing constructive change in the finances and services of New York City and New York State government.��?

To see a list of more public interest groups, check out the Internet Resources page in the library’s Public Administration and Policy subject page.

Recently a number of anti taxation proponents staged “Tea Parties��?. These tea parties were reminiscent of the Boston Tea Party where people protested against the British government’s “taxation without representation��?. The current protest idea was started by Rick Santelli of CNBC when he expressed opposition to the White House Administration and Congress’ Stimulus Bill and budget. He called for a “Chicago Tea Party where advocates of the free-market system could join in a protest against out of control government spending.��? After that, activists began organizing the first nationwide “Tea Party��?. This first protest was held on February 27, 2009. A second nationwide protest was held on April 15th. To learn more about the April 15th protest, you might want to read the Tax Day Tea Party web site.

To see what resources on our taxation policy that we have here in the University at Albany Libraries you can search Minerva for anything with the Subject of ‘taxation’.)
A few items of interest here in Dewey Library are:


  • The Encyclopedia of Taxation and Tax Policy – Dewey Library / Reference: HJ 2305 E53 2005

  • Congressional Quarterly’s Desk Reference on the Federal Budget – Dewey Library / Reference: HJ 2051 W43 1998

  • The Law of Tax-Exempt Organizations – Dewey Library / Reference: KF 6449 H6 2007

  • The Theory of Taxation and Public Economics - Dewey Library / HJ 141 K36 2008

For more help on this topic, contact the Public Administration and Policy Bibliographer Dick Irving by phone at: 442-3698 or by email: rirving@uamail.albany.edu.

Blog post created by Judith Mueller

May 3, 2009

Final Workshop of the Spring 2009 Semester

Evidence Based Practice is the final free workshop that will be offered this spring at the Dewey Library.

Wednesday, May 6: 4:00pm Evidence Based Practice

If you would like to register for this class, stop by the reference desk, call us at 442-3691, or register online.

May 1, 2009

Photo of the Week

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Librarian Dick Irving handles a reference question by telephone.

You can reach us by phone, text message, instant message, e-mail, and of course in person.

Photo credit: Morris Stilson