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June 28, 2010

Summer Means Research... Research Means Grantseeking

It’s summer and some of you might be turning your focus to funding your research through grants. 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 Europa 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
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: HG177 B38 2003
Proposal Planning and Writing: Oversized HG 177.5 U6 M56 2008
Guide to effective grant writing : how to write an effective NIH grant application: RA 11 D6 Y36 2005

Also, check out the library’s Financial Aids and Grants page for more opportunities and information.

In addition to grant resources found at the library, UAlbany has its own Office of Research and which has information on graduate student funding opportunities and proposal resources.

Be sure to check out the latest issue of 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! Drop by the Reference Desk, call us at 442-3691, or email us.

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June 25, 2010

Dewey Library Closed for Next Few Days

As you may or may not have heard, many buildings on the Downtown Campus will be closed on Monday due to a plumbing repair issue. This closure includes Hawley Hall, where the Dewey Library is located.

Dewey Library will close at 2:00pm today (Friday, June 25). We are scheduled to reopen Tuesday, June 29. The Dewey Library will be closed Saturday, Sunday and Monday.

As a result, we have to RELOCATE the Social Welfare Research Seminar scheduled for Monday, June 28 at 11:00am. It will now be held on the uptown campus, in the University Library, room B-14. The seminar will still run from 11:00-12:30. We apologize for this inconvenience.

June 23, 2010

Social Welfare Licensing Exam

Many social welfare students who finished their studies in May or this summer will be taking the licensing exam offered by the Association of Social Work Boards.

The ASWB Masters exam is a four hour multiple choice exam that tests social work knowledge. 170 questions are administered although only 150 are scored. In order to become a licensed social worker, this exam must be taken. There are no set dates or times for the exam and an appointment must be made at a test center in order to register.

The New York State licensing procedures require passage of this exam to practice in the state.

The Library has a study guide available for borrowing on reserve three hour loan: Association of Social Work Boards. Study guide :a guide for candidates preparing for the ASWB social work examination. VA : ASWB 2007. Dewey Library Reserves / HV 11.5 S78X 2007.

If you are interested in locating materials to help you brush up on topics for the exam, please contact our Elaine Bergman, our Social Welfare Bibliographer (phone: 442-3695, ebergman@uamail.albany.edu)

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June 21, 2010

Get the Scoop on the Dewey Website -- and Ice Cream, Too!

It's summer, the Dewey Library Website has been redesigned, and Dewey Library staffers think that's as good a reason as any to have ice cream!

Come to Dewey Library Wednesday, June 23 from Noon - 1:30pm for FREE ice cream!

If you like, while you're here, you can find out about the improvements to the Dewey site, learn about its features, and ask us any questions about the site (or any other library topic) that you may have. We hope you'll like the new layout and design of the Dewey site and that you will be able to find the information you need quickly and easily.

We hope you'll take a break out of your hot summer and join us for ice cream on Wednesday!

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June 16, 2010

Job Searching: Criminal Justice

If you a Criminal Justice student who is interested in learning more about what you can do with your degree, look no further. With a degree in criminal justice you can work in a number of different occupations. Some occupations require additional studying. A few are as follows:


  • Law Enforcement Administration

  • Correctional Administration

  • Research and Teaching

  • Lawyer

  • Paralegal

  • Corrections Officer

  • Judge

  • Police, Detective, FBI, DEA, U.S. Marshal, INS, Customs Inspector

  • Private Detective, Investigator

  • Probation Officer

  • Court Reporter

Professional associations are very good places to look for information about different careers. There are many different associations for the various criminal justice careers. There is a comprehensive list of criminal justice associations on the library’s Criminal Justice research guide.

Both the University Library and Dewey Library have a number of excellent reference books that might provide you with some helpful career guidance:

Criminal Justice and Criminology : a career guide to local, state, federal and academic positions by James F. Anderson, Nancie Jean Mangels, and Laronistine Dyson – Dewey Library / HV 9950 A54X 2003

Federal Law Enforcement Careers : profiles of 250 high-powered positions and tactics for getting hired by Thomas H. Ackerman – University Library / Reference: HF 5381 A3544X 2006

FBI Careers : the ultimate guide to landing a job as one of America’s finest by Thomas H. Ackerman – University Library / Reference: HF 5381 A354X 2006

Opportunities in Law Enforcement and Criminal Justice Careers by James Stinchcomb – University Library / Reference: HF 5381 S86X 2003

Great Jobs for Criminal Justice Majors by Stephen Lambert and Debra Regan – University Library / Reference: HF 5381 L2537X 2001

Career Opportunities in Forensic Science by Susan Echaore-McDavid and Richard A. McDavid – University Library / Reference: HF 5381 E62X 2008

For more information about Criminal Justice careers, see the School of Criminal Justice’s Careers in Criminal Justice web page. When you are ready to begin searching for a job in a particular field,don't forget to look at their job search strategies.

If you have any questions about researching Criminal Justice careers, you can also contact Mary Jane Brustman, our subject specialist for Criminal Justice. Feel free to contact her at mbrustman@uamail.albany.edu, or by phone at 442-3540.

June 14, 2010

Job Searching: Public Administration and Policy

Public administration and public policy students and alumni have the benefit of the Office of Career and Alumni Programs to help them throughout their time at UAlbany and to make a smooth transition to the work world once their degree is completed. In addition, most public policy students are aware of the MPP Listserv, but if you are not, you can subscribe online and get regular emails about job listings and other important notices.

Dewey Library has some other resources that may supplement the work of this office and provided you with additional helpful information in your career search.

Some books that may be helpful include:

Careers in Government / Mary Elisabeth Pitz. (1999).
Location Dewey Library / Reference: JK 716 P58 1999

Job-Hunting Online : a Guide to Job Listings, Message Boards, Research Sites, the UnderWeb, Counseling, Networking, Self-assessment Tools, Niche Sites / Mark Emery Bolles & Richard Nelson Bolles. (2008).
Location Dewey Library / Reference: HF 5382.75 U6 B65 2008

What Color is Your Parachute? / Richard Nelson Bolles (2010).
Dewey Library / Reference: HF 5382.7 B64

Insider’s Guide to Finding a Job in Washington : Contacts and Strategies to Build your Career in Public Policy / Bruce Maxwell. (2000).
Location Dewey Library / Reference: HF 5382.75 U62 W356 2000

Real People Working in Government / Blythe Camenson.
(1998).
Location Dewey Library / Reference: JK 716 C32 1998

Many times professional associations can be helpful in the job search process. The American Society for Public Administration is the main professional association for this subject area.

The Riley Guide has a number of good resources that are starting points for locating jobs in public administration. In addition, AdministrationJobs has a variety of resources on all types of administrative positions, including those in public administration.

In addition, public administration job seekers may wish to look up the New York State Department of Civil Service and USAJobs, the Federal civil service website .

The Dewey Library Reference section also contains many directories that can be helpful for public administration job seekers. We have directories for state, federal, and local government agencies, lobby firms, think tanks, and advocacy organizations. Stop by the reference desk and we’ll be glad to help you locate and use these resources!

June 9, 2010

Job Searching: Library and Information Studies

Aside from libraries, there are many settings in which someone with a MSIS can be employed. The Dewey Library has a wide collection of resources for job seeking by Information Studies students and alumni.

The Library and Information Studies research guide has a tab on Employment that provides many email subscription lists, job listing websites and other useful resources for obtaining jobs listings. In addition, take a look at the Associations tab because many professional associations maintain job listings and other professional development and career seeking resources.

There are numerous books for information professionals providing job seeking tips, advice and strategies. Here are a few of them:
Resume writing and interviewing techniques that work : a how-to-do-it manual for librarians / Robert R. Newlen. (2006)
Dewey Library / Z 682.35 V62 N49 2006

Career opportunities in library and information science / Allan Taylor, James Robert Parish (2009).
University Library / Reference: HF 5381 T383X 2009

What’s the alternative? : career options for librarians and info pros / Rachel Singer Gordon.
(2008.)
Dewey Library / Z 682.35 V62 G68 2008

Don’t forget that there are many general career resources on the Careers section of the Online Reference page, and many general books listed in Minerva on resume writing, interview skills, etc.

Remember, if you would like help in locating material on job seeking or careers for information professionals, call us at 442-3691, email us, or send us an Instant Message.

June 8, 2010

Additional Social Welfare Research Seminar Added to Summer Schedule

An additional Social Welfare Research Seminar has been added to the summer schedule to accomodate Advanced Practice Students. This Seminar will be held on Monday, June 28, 2010 at 11:00am. To register, please drop by the Reference Desk, call 442-3691, or use our online registration form.

June 7, 2010

Job Searching: Social work

http://library.albany.edu/help/im/For students who graduated in May, the next few months are often a period that is devoted full time to job searching. The Dewey Library has many resources that can assist with your search, and for the next few weeks we will focus on resources for each program on the downtown campus separately.

We recommend the Social Welfare subject guide as a starting point for many searches, and job searching is no different. On the page titled Getting Started in Social Welfare Research, there is a tab for Career and Education Resources . You will find both print and online sources for preparing for your job search as well as seeking jobs. In addition, check out the Professional Development tab on the Internet Resources page. This page provides a comprehensive list of professional associations related to Social Work. Such associations often run job listing websites and email lists, and provide programming and information to help keep current in your field.

If you would like to find a job in New York State, you might want to check out the web page for the New York State Chapter of the National Association of Social Workers (NASW). Information about nearby states such as Massachusetts and Vermont are also listed on the Career and Education Resources page.

General career information, such as resume writing and interview tips, job listings and internships are available in the Career Resources section of our Online Reference page.

The Dewey Library has other materials such as resume writing guides, examination manuals and other assistance for your job search. If you do a subject search for “Human Services – Vocational Guidance��? in Minerva http://minerva.albany.edu, you will have a good start on items of interest. And don’t forget, we are always happy to help both current students and alumni, so email us, send us an Instant Message, call us (442-3691), or drop by the reference desk and Ask A Librarian!

June 2, 2010

Having Trouble Traveling to a Conference or Seminar? Try an Online Webinar!

Summer is right around the corner, and that means the season for fun-filled vacations and activities is upon us. It is to be expected that these seasonal activities might and shall present challenges when it comes to being able to make it to various conferences and seminars, not to mention the costs for travelling to various conference locales. For those in the field of Information Studies, conferences and seminars are highly valuable for its participants, as they provide prime opportunities for intellectual exploration and enlightenment. If you find yourself having trouble attending conferences and seminars due to financial, time and/or travel constraints, you might be interested in “attending��? a webinar. Short for Web-based Seminar, a webinar is a presentation, lecture, workshop or seminar that is transmitted over the Internet. Unlike simply browsing a journal article or web site, a webinar also features interactive elements that help them achieve some of the personal interaction elements that used to be unique to conferences and seminars.

The following is a list of upcoming webinars offered by various Library organizations, such as the American Library Association, the Association of College and Research Libraries, and the Special Libraries Association.

Instructional Design for Online Teaching and Learning: An ACRL Online Seminar
When: June 28 – July 30
Description: In this four week hands-on course the intellectual focus will be on using good instructional design and Web page design principles. Participants will also be introduced to Web-based Teaching techniques and materials using standard Web pages and the Moodle LMS.

Copyright and the Library Part 1: The Basics Including Fair Use: An ACRL e-Learning Online Course
When: September 13 – October 1
Description: In this course, students will learn to think in terms of U.S. copyright law. Students will focus on building understanding of current copyright law, creating a “copyright palette��? for their libraries, and assessing a library’s legal risk with regard to current U.S. copyright law. Additionally, students will build an understanding of the Fair Use clause, as well as how to legally apply fair use in the library, classroom, and broader campus environments.


Successful Budgeting in Academic Libraries: An ACRL e-Learning Online Course
When: October 11-30
Description: An essential skill for managers is the ability to develop and manage a budget. However, many new managers are ill-prepared for this responsibility, since they may have received little, if any, education on budgeting while in library school. This ACRL e-Learning course will teach participants essential budgeting skills, including how to develop and manage a budget and how to write a persuasive budget request. Participants will be introduced to common budget and financial control practices, as well as finance-related terminology and principles used in higher education. As part of the coursework, participants will conduct an informational interview with a financial officer within their library or institution. Finally, participants will create a budget for a potential program or service in their library, as well as a budget request. The course will include weekly multimedia lessons; structured forum discussions; and weekly chat sessions with the instructor. Full participation in course discussions and a completed budget and proposal will earn participants a certificate of completion.

Electronic Collection Development for the Academic E-Library: An ACRL Online Seminar
When: May 31 – July 2
Description: In this hands-on course you will learn to create an academic e-library collection development plan for free and fee-based Web-accessible resources for a patron community of your choice. Students will focus on developing a collection plan for one library patron group of their choice. Patron groups may include: faculty, students, researchers, general public, subject specialists, etc. This collection plan will be developed in five parts. Each part includes lecture, discussion and hands-on activities that will step participants through creating or assessing a collection plan for developing a e-library collection.

Exploring the Mystery of Library Instruction: New Thinking for Your Information Literacy Initiative
When: May 25 – July 8
Description: Seminar leaders Steven Bell and John Shank, co-founders of the Blended Librarians Online Learning Community, invite you to join them for a three-part online webcast series geared to academic librarians who feel their instruction or information literacy efforts are static and in need of some fresh ideas. “Exploring the Mystery of Library Instruction��? uses the metaphor of the mystery as a vehicle for sharing new ideas designed to reinvigorate an information literacy initiative. Over the course of the three sessions, described below in more detail, Steven and John will introduce attendees to three important concepts that can provide new ways of thinking about and practicing information literacy programming and instruction. Join Steven and John, who have presented dozens of face-to-face and virtual sessions on these topics, to learn more about design thinking, user experience and blended librarianship. They will share their experience in how to apply these three ideas to explore the mystery of how to develop an innovative approach to information literacy that will engage faculty as partners and connect with students as learners.

Marketing Ideas That Work in Academic Libraries: Pecha Kucha Presentations
When: July 13
Description: This webcast, offered by ACRL's Marketing Academic and Research Libraries Committee, will provide basic hands-on marketing strategies for academic librarians. Learn about practical ways to market your library and hear from academic librarians who have won national marketing awards. Pecha kucha presentations capture the essence of a topic in a short and rapid fire format. During this webcast, six academic librarians will share their marketing success stories. Time will be included for a Q&A session to answer questions and network with presenters and other attendees.

Published Source Collection: Research Techniques, Part I
When: August 2 – 20
Description: Although there are practices and tools in common, effective intelligence research involves distinct considerations, frameworks, techniques, strategy, and resources from general business research. This online course presents and examines these essential aspects to the Published Source Collection (aka literature research or secondary research) function of the Intelligence Process. In this (Part 1) course we will discuss key techniques and resources, as well as trends in intelligence, content and technology that affect intelligence research. Topics covered include: devising research strategies, research to support human intelligence gathering and intelligence analysis, traditional and non-traditional resources types and selection, Web monitoring tools and more. This course includes an exercise and discussions involving intelligence research to support analysis.

Using Technology: Connecting People with Knowledge
When: July 12 – 30
Description: At the end of this course, participants will identify and summarize the evolving relationship between knowledge and technology. Participants will determine leadership perceptions about knowledge management, knowledge services, and information technology. Participants will also relate the role of the external application service provider and the impact on enterprise-wide IT delivery. Participants will consider managing service provision for both users seeking traditional support for information management, knowledge management, and strategic learning and those identified as digital natives.

It is important to note that, although the cost is less than attending an in-person conference, there are required fees for participants of each of these webinars. Be sure to account for any associated costs before you sign up for any of these webinars.

For more information on any of these webinars, please click on its title, which will take you to their official website.

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