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January 30, 2011

Workshops, Tours, and Seminars 1/31-2/4

Each week during the semester, the Dewey Library offers a variety of workshops, seminars, and tours to help you utilize library resources more effectively and learn about the many services available to you through our library.
Register in advance for these events by stopping by the reference desk, calling 442-3691, emailing dewclass@albany.edu, or you can register online.

This week the following sessions are offered:

Orientation Tour: Tuesday, February 1, 4:30pm
Social Welfare Research Seminar: Wednesday, February 2, 1:00pm
Introduction to Research Databases: Thursday, February 3, 3:00pm

January 28, 2011

Photo of the Week: New Head of Dewey Library

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There have been some administrative changes at in the University Libraries and one of the results is that Deborah Bernnard, our Information Studies Bibliographer and User Education Librarian has been promoted to the Head of the Dewey Library. She will also continue her bibliographer and instruction responsibilities. Mary Jane Brustman, the former head of Dewey has not left the university -- she is now stationed uptown as Associate Director for Public Services. We are confident Deborah will keep the Dewey Library running smoothly.

Photo credit: Morris Stilson

January 26, 2011

Ph.D. Due Date is Monday

A reminder to all Ph.D. candidates that the winter fixed date for returning or renewing books is this coming Monday, January 31, 2010. 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.

January 25, 2011

Notable Books: Newberry and Caldecott Book Awards

The American Library Association (ALA) is an organization committed to improving libraries and librarianship. To achieve this task, they focus on a number of key action areas, including diversity, literacy, and education and lifelong learning. Their motto is “The best reading, for the largest number, at the least cost,��? and to this end they sponsor a variety of book awards each year (ALA, 2011).

You can view a full list of this year’s ALA youth media award winners at their website , but you may already be familiar with a few of them from your own childhood, or from the books you read to your children or grandchildren. Those familiar gold and silver badges on the covers of children’s books are the marks of the Newbery and Caldecott award winners and honorable mentions.

The Newbery, named after an eighteenth-century British bookseller and instituted in 1922, is awarded by the ALA to books they believe to represent the most distinguished writing in children’s literature for that year (ALA, 2011). This year’s winner is Moon over Manifest by Clare Vanderpool, and the honor books are Turtle in Paradise, Heart of a Samurai, Dark Emperor and Other Poems of the Night, and One Crazy Summer.

The Caldecott Medal, awarded since 1938 to children’s books with the most distinguished illustrations, is named after an English illustrator (ALA, 2011). This year’s winner is A Sick Day for Amos McGee by Philip C. Stead and illustrated by Erin E. Stead. The honor books are Dave the Potter: Artist, Poet, Slave and Interrupting Chicken.

Whether you are building a library collection within a school, public, or other children’s library – including the library in your home – keep an eye out for the gold and silver badges of ALA honor.

American Library Association (2011). ALA. Retrieved from http://www.ala.org

Blog post created by Lauren Stern

January 23, 2011

Tours, Workshops, and Seminars 1/24-1/28

If you are a new student and unfamiliar with the Dewey Library, or if you are a returning student and would like a refresher, the Dewey Library is offering several Orientation Tours this week. An orientation tour can help you better understand the services and resources available to you here at Dewey.

The orientation tours will be held:

Tuesday, January 25: 4:30pm
Wednesday, January 26: 10:00am
Thursday January 27: 3:00pm

In addition ths library will be offering a session of the Social Welfare Research Seminar on Tuesday, January 25th at 10:00am.

Register in advance for these events by stopping by the reference desk, calling 442-3691, emailing dewclass@albany.edu, or you can register online.

January 21, 2011

Photo of the Week

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It looks like we're having a "real" winter this year! If you can brave the roads, the Dewey Library usually open-- even when classes are cancelled. Call 442-SNOW for more information about campus closings.

Photo credit: Morris Stilson

January 19, 2011

Welcome (Back)!

The staff of the Dewey library would like to extend a welcome to new students and welcome back to those of you who are returning. A new semester brings new assignments, papers, projects, presentations and research. The Dewey Library is her to help you efficiently locate the materials you need to accomplish these tasks.

Once again, the Dewey Library will also offer a series of workshops throughout the semester to help you achieve your goals. Check out the online registration form where you can see the schedule or check here on Monday's for the coming week's offerings.

We stand ready to help you with any library related questions or concerns, please stop by, call us at 442-3691, or email us at dewref@albany.edu. We're looking forward to getting to know you this semester!