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April 25, 2010

Dewey Workshops: Week of April 26 - 30

A couple more workshops remain for students who still need to fulfill the Social Welfare literacy requirement. If you have not registered yet, please do so ASAP. In addition to this week's workshop, there will be one more next week.

Wednesday 4/21:
2:00PM: Social Welfare Research Seminar


You can register for workshops with our Online Registration Form, at the Reference Desk, by sending email to Dewclass@albany.edu, or by calling the Reference Desk at 422-3691. If you find that you are unable to attend a class for which you have registered, please call the Reference Desk or send email to let us know.

April 18, 2010

Dewey Workshops: Week of April 19 - April 23

If you still need to fulfill the Social Welfare Information Literacy requirement in order to graduate, the Dewey Library is still offering several workshops as the semester draws to a close. This week:

Wednesday 4/21:
3:00PM: Social Welfare Research Seminar

Thursday 4/15:
4:30PM: Introduction to Research Databases

You can register for workshops with our Online Registration Form, at the Reference Desk, by sending email to Dewclass@albany.edu, or by calling the Reference Desk at 422-3691. If you find that you are unable to attend a class for which you have registered, please call the Reference Desk or send email to let us know.

April 16, 2010

Photo of the Week

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These statistical references contain data from the census and other official sources. Ask a reference librarian for more information

Photo credit:Morris Stilson

April 14, 2010

Count on Resources about the United States Census

A topic that has been at the forefront of the news in recent weeks is the United States’ decennial census. On the outset of each decade, the United States Census Bureau collects data in an effort to count every resident in the United States. An accurate and up-to-date count of the United States population serves two essential purposes. The first is to help apportion the approximately $400 billion in federal funds to communities across the country. These funds are used to help maintain and improve a vast array of social and economic programs and many other elements of the country’s infrastructure that require money for creation, development, and upkeep. The other essential function of the census is that when the state populations are updated, the data is then used to determine the representation of each state in the U.S. House of Representatives, allocate Congressional seats, the number of electoral votes for each state, and government program funding. As you can see, the census plays a vital role in both the economic and political development of the United States on a decennial basis.

While the census is often viewed as an endeavor of national importance, the results of the census will absolutely have a significant impact on a local level. Right here in the Albany community and the University at Albany, it is critical that everyone, especially on-campus and off-campus students who only reside in Albany while classes are in session, be accounted for by the U.S. Census Bureau.

On-campus students will receive Census forms in their residence halls during the week of April 12th, and UAlbany residence hall staff will distribute the forms and collect the completed ones for return to Census officials.

Off-campus students will receive a Census form in the mail. Only one form will be sent to each residency, so be sure that all of your roommates, if you have any, are represented on the form. Return the completed Census form in a self addressed stamped envelope by April 15th, 2010.

If you are interested in finding out more information about the Census, you can find a wealth of information and census statistics through the Libraries’ website. To get to the census data in our government documents online resources, click on “Research by Subject,��? then click “Government Information,��? followed by "Internet Resources – United States. On this page, scroll down until you reach the section on Census materials. You should be able to find nearly any piece of data from any of the previous censuses, starting with 2000 and going all the way back to the very first census in 1790.

Let’s say you were interested in the total population and social characteristics of the state capital of New York, based on the data from the 2000 census. You would first want to enter the American FactFinder . In the Fact Sheet box towards the top of the page, type in Albany and click “Go.��? Once you click on the link to Albany, be sure to click on the tab for the 2000 census, as the page defaults to data collected from the 2006-2008 American Community Survey and not the 2000 census. From there, you can find all of the pertinent data to satisfy your information needs.

The process for finding much older and highly specific data from previous censuses is just as easy as finding data from the 2000 census. As an example, let’s say you needed to find out the number of families in Suffolk County, Massachusetts, according to the 1790 census. The first step would be to enter the page for the 1790-2000 Census of Population and Housing, click on the link to the 1790 Census(, then click on the PDF link next to “Return of the whole number of persons within the several districts of the United States...". On the 21st page of the PDF document, you will find various detailed data, including the total number of families, for Suffolk County, Massachusetts and each town within the county.

The University Libraries have many books discussing the United States Census, its history, the process of collecting the data, and how to interpret the data. Some of these books include, but are not limited to, the following titles:

Anderson, Margo J. The American Census: a Social History. New Haven: Yale University Press, 1988.
University Library / HA 37 U55 A53 1988

Anderson, Margo J. Encyclopedia of the U.S. Census. Washington, DC: CQ, 2000.
Dewey Library / Reference HA 37 U55 C66 2000

Hillygus, D. Sunshine. The Hard Count: the Political and Social Challenges of Census Mobilization. New York: Russell Sage Foundation, 2006.
University Library / HA 181 H37 2006

Lavin, Michael R. Understanding the Census: a Guide for Marketers, Planners, Grant Writers, and Other Data Users. Kenmore, N.Y.: Epoch, 1996.
Dewey Library / Reference HA 37 U55 L38X 1995

Riche, Martha Farnsworth., and Deirdre Gaquin. The Who, What, and Where of America: Understanding the Census Results. Lanham, MD: Bernan, 2003.
Dewey Library / Reference HA 201.122 W46X 2003

If you have any questions or need assistance with conducting research with census data, please get in touch with a librarian at the Reference Desk. You can give us a call at 442-3691, send an email through the Ask-A-Librarian Service, or stop by the Reference Desk.


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April 13, 2010

Research on Caregiving and Caregivers

Social Gerontologists and other researchers are increasingly examining the effects of care giving to the elderly (as well as the chronically ill and disabled) upon health care professionals, family and loved ones. Finding helpful and informative resources on the many issues facing caregiving and caregivers can be a tricky process. Knowing where to look to find relevant and up-to-date information can be problematic, especially when looking for online resources. Hopefully, by the end of this blog entry, some of the ambiguity and confusion in finding the best resources on this topic will be clarified and provide assistance in getting your research on the right track.

A great resource for information related to researching caregiving issues is http://www.caregiver.org. Created and maintained by the Family Caregiver Alliance, this site provides information on a broad range of topics such as depression in caregivers, assistive technology , and a wealth of statistics pertaining to caregivers in the United States. Caregiver.org provides additional resources on all of the subject pages, making it a great place to start when looking at caregiver issues.

Another great resource readily available online is the quarterly newsletter published by the National Family Caregivers Association, is TAKE CARE! - Self Care for the Family Caregiver. According to their site, TAKE CARE! is written to provide information, insight, support, and knowledge all about caregivers. Each article draws on the experience, and the innate understanding of practicing family caregivers. Many of the articles are based on research and information drawn from academia, health care, and the social sciences. The NFCA recently published the Winter 2010 issue of Take Care!, and also provide access to past issues of the publication.

Abstracts in Social Gerontology is UA zlibraries’ main resource for locating journal articles and other information on caregiving. This database goes back to 1990 and comprehensively covers gerontology issues.

Another great resource for articles dealing with caregivers is PubMed or MEDLINE. MEDLINE is the database of the National Library of Medicine, and provides access to over 19 million citations for biomedical articles and life science journals. Although access to the PubMed version of MEDLINE is available for free on the web, the University Libraries also subscribes to the Ebsco version. The Ebsco MEDLINEincludes all of the same content that is in PubMed, but uses the more user-friendly Ebsco interface for searching.

In addition to the many resources and articles available online, there are also abundant materials available right here at the Dewey Library. Some of these materials include:

Burau, Viola Desideria., Hildegard Theobald, and Robert H. Blank. Governing Home Care: a Cross-national Comparison. Cheltenham: E. Elgar, 2007.
Dewey Library / HV 1451 B86 2007

Fine, Michael D. A Caring Society?: Care and the Dilemmas of Human Service in the Twenty-first Century. Basingstoke [England]: Palgrave Macmillan, 2007.
Dewey Library / HV 65 F56 2007

Retooling for an Aging America: Building the Health Care Workforce. Washington, D.C.: National Academies, 2008.
Dewey Library / RA 564.8 R48 2008

Shifren, Kim. How Caregiving Affects Development: Psychological Implications for Child, Adolescent, and Adult Caregivers. Washington, DC: American Psychological Association, 2009.
Dewey Library / BF 713 H69 2009

Szinova�?cz, Maximiliane, and Adam Davey. Caregiving Contexts: Cultural, Familial, and Societal Implications. New York: Springer Pub., 2008.
Dewey Library / HV 1451 C325 2008

If you find yourself in need of research assistance on a topic related to caregiving or social welfare in general, please contact Elaine Bergman, who is our Bibliographer for Reference, Social Welfare, and Gerontology. She can be reached by phone at 442-3695 or by sending an email to ebergman@uamail.albany.edu.

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April 11, 2010

Dewey Workshops: Week of April 12-16

There's still time to take one of our workshops that will help you become more familiar with the library and maximize your ability to effectively use our resources and services. This week's sessions:

Wednesday 4/14:
2:00PM: Introduction to EndNote

Thursday 4/15:
4:30PM: Conducting Research Online

You can register for workshops with our Online Registration Form, at the Reference Desk, by sending email to Dewclass@albany.edu, or by calling the Reference Desk at 422-3691. If you find that you are unable to attend a class for which you have registered, please call the Reference Desk or send email to let us know.

April 7, 2010

When the Book You Want Isn't On the Shelf

As you may or may not know, there is a collection of online forms available to all UAlbany students, faculty, and staff that can be used to request certain services from the libraries. Some of these services include requesting an item for library purchase, the UA Delivery of inter-campus books and articles, and Library Instruction and Reserve service forms for Faculty and Teaching Assistants. Here is an overview of some of these forms.

First is the On Order/In Processing Request Form Occasionally, Minerva will list the Loan Type and Status of a particular book as being “On Order,��? “In Processing,��? “In Cataloging Backlog,��? or “Under Consideration.��? If you are interested in checking out a book with one of these statuses previously listed, all you need to do is fill out the On Order/In Processing Request Form, and library staff will contact you when the book is available.

Next is the Recommendation for Library Purchase Form. As the name would suggest, patrons can use this form to recommend an item to be purchased by the University Libraries and added to the collection. Before submitting a recommendation for purchase, be sure to check Minerva to make sure the Libraries do not already own the item. Once submitted, your request will be sent to the appropriate subject specialist llibrarian for consideration.

Another form available to university members is the Not on Shelf Form. Users can complete and submit this form to report an item that is not on the shelf when or where Minerva indicates it should be available. Additionally, this form can also be used to request an item that is currently listed as being “On Order,��? “In Processing,��? “Under Consideration,��? and the like, much like the On Order/In Processing Form. Before submitting the Not on Shelf Form, be sure to ask for assistance at the Circulation Desk. Staff can determine if the item was recently returned, explore other possibilities, and double-check the shelf location.

One form that has migrated to being a feature within Minerva is the Recall Service. If there is a book or other library item that is currently checked out that you urgently need, make use of the “Recall this Item��? option within Minerva. To request a recall for an item, search for the item that is currently checked out in Minerva, and click the “Recall this Item��? option. Next, enter your Net ID and password and enter MyMinerva. From the Create Request Recall window, choose which of the three University Libraries where you would like to pick up the item, and enter the date at which the item is no longer needed. Once the request is completed, you will receive a notice when the item has been returned and is available for pick up. For more information on recalling an item, there is the Recall Services page, and for detailed instructions on how to complete the Recall Request within Minerva, please visit How to Recall Items Through the Minerva Online Catalog.

Please visit Request Forms under the Services tab of the University Libraries homepage for a complete list of all the library request forms, and remember to Ask-a-Librarian if you need assistance!

Blog post created by Matthew Laudicina

April 6, 2010

Now Available: Online Access to Public Policy Resources

CQ Press, a respected publisher of public policy and political resources, has recently made some of their printed resources, the Washington Information Directory 2009-2010, CQ’s Politics in America 2010, and the Political Handbook of the World 2009 Edition, available online and are now available to all UAlbany members. University Libraries will now offer current and future editions of these prublications in online format only. While the Minerva catalog entries for these resources do not currently provide access to their online editions, you can get to them through the CQ Press Electronic Library.

<Washington Information Directory 2009-2010
The Washington information Directory provides information on governmental and nongovernmental organization within the United States. Also contained within the WID is information on groups involved with war and conflict issues, including lobbying groups active in international affairs and anti-war movements, as well as information on new agencies and posts created in the latter half of 2008 and early 2009 in response to the financial crisis. In addition, the WID provides contact information for Congress and federal agencies, nongovernmental organizations, U.S. and foreign diplomats, Governors and other state officials, and policy groups, foundations and institutions.


CQ’s Politics in America 2010

This resource contains a broad range of information pertaining to the members of the U.S. Congress and their districts. Detailed profiles are created for each member of Congress, and data is collected regarding their constituencies, apportionment, and redistricting. Each member profile includes detailed descriptions of their congressional district as drawn for that term of Congress, as well as biographical information, committee assignments, contact information, election results, CQ Key Votes and Vote Studies, and interest group ratings.

Political Handbook of the World 2009 Edition.
This resource provides government and political information on countries from around the world. As with the printed handbook, the online edition contains a copious amount of information for each country profile, including its political status, physical size, population, major urban centers, heads of government and state, historical trends regarding the government and regime changes, constitutional history, leading and minor parties, alliances, party histories, recent national election results, legislative leaders, cabinet ministers, television coverage, and Internet usage.

If you have any questions about using these new online resources, or other research questions related to public policy, political science, or legal research, contact Subject Specialist Richard Irving (email: rirving@uamail.albany.edu, 442-3698). And as always, ask at the reference desk if you don't know where to start!

Blog post created by Matthew Laudiciina

April 4, 2010

Dewey Workshops: Week of April 5 - April 9

There is only one workshop this week, but there are still several more in upcoming weeks if you still need to fulfill the Social Welfare Information Literacy Requirement, or if you would like to learn how to more effectively and efficiently use library resources. This week's workshop:

Wednesday 4/7:
3:00PM:Evidence Based Practice

You can register for workshops with our Online Registration Form, at the Reference Desk, by sending email to Dewclass@albany.edu, or by calling the Reference Desk at 422-3691. If you find that you are unable to attend a class for which you have registered, please call the Reference Desk or send email to let us know.

April 2, 2010

Photo of the Week

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The Dewey Library extends a hearty congratulations to our student employee, Daniel Morales-Armstrong. Daniel won an Outstanding Senior Award, part of the President's Awards for Leadership. It is an honor to be included in this select group of awardees. Daniel's activities as Vice President of Fuerza Latina and the LSU Fraternity, as well as other leadership positions and academic achievements make him a worthy and fitting candidate for this award. Daniel graduates this May and will pursue a Master's Degree in Education at Harvard Graduate School for Education in the fall. Congratulations, Daniel!

Photo credit: Morris Stilson