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February 27, 2011

Dewey Workshops 2/28-3/4

Every week throughout the semester the ever helpful Dewey Library offers a variety of workshops, seminars, and tours to familiarize you with the many resources and services it offers within the library. So save yourself some time on your next paper or assignment and come to one of the workshops at the Dewey Library!

Register in advance for the workshops-- don’t worry, it's easy! You can stop by the reference desk, give us a call at 442-3691, shoot us an email at dewclass@albany.edu, or for you high tech people, you can register online.

Listed below are the classes offered this week:
- Social Welfare Research Seminar: Wednesday, March 2nd, 1 PM
- ICPSR, Data and Statistical Resources: Wednesday, March 2nd, 6 PM
- Finding Reliable Information Online: Thursday, March 3rd, 3 PM
- Introduction to Federal Public Policy Research: Thursday, March 3rd, 4:30 PM

Blog post created by Ben Knowles

February 25, 2011

Internet Access Interruption Tomorrow

Due to a planned Internet access interruption, the Dewey Library will have power and will open as usual at 10:00 am on Saturday, Februrary 26 but there will not be data network connectivity until 12:00 pm. Dewey will not be able to provide access to the World Wide Web, Databases, Minerva, Email, Ereserves or Interlibrary loan services.

February 23, 2011

Our Online Reference Collection Provides Quick Answers

Did you know that in 2008 it was estimated that there were over 180 million websites (Source: Digital Inspiration) on the internet? Now try to imagine what that number is over three years later! How are we supposed to navigate through all of those websites? Never fear brave students, the University Libraries have gathered resources from the ever expanding World Wide Web for all of your research needs. Both free websites and online reference resources to which the library subscribes can be found under the Online Reference section on the main library page.

One of the most helpful categories is the Style Guides section on the main list of resources. This section will become your best friend, especially if you are having to cite various sources, or need to brush up on your citation styles. This section gives you helpful guides for various styles, there are even citation generators included here.

Statistical sites may seem boring to many but they are really very interesting and can be a powerful tool for research. The Statistical Sources section offers resources such as the U.S. Census Bureau, and the Statistical Abstract of the United States. These resources include basic census data, but they can also tell you how much a gallon of gas cost in 1990 ( just $1.16!) or a loaf of bread in 2000 (only .99!).

These are just a few of the sections that would be helpful for researching various topics. There are also numerous resources for your everyday use such as car price guides, weather reports, book reviews, and even travel information. So check out these helpful resources before you jump into the bottomless pit of the World Wide Web!

If you have any question about locating or using some of these basic reference resources please stop by the Reference Desk, call us at 442-3691, or Ask A Librarian!

Blog post created by Benjamin Knowles

February 22, 2011

LIS News Highlights Best Library Blogs of 2011

If you are a library student and want to keep current on the latest happenings in the library world, LIS News, is a great place to start. This collaborative blog brings together news and items of significance regarding libraries, publishing, and other areas of interest.

Of particular interest is a recent blog post by LISNews founder Blake Carber, where he lists his top ten LIS blogs of 2011. These blogs come from a diverse group of librarians and there is even a blog on the list for library students.

And when you want to follow up with more detail on a topic you read about in the blogs, don't forget the Dewey Library's information studies and library science collection contains many up-to-date resources that can help you with this task.

February 20, 2011

Workshops and Seminars 2/21-2/25

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:

Social Welfare Research Seminar: Tuesday, February 22, 10:00am
Federal Public Policy Resources, Thursday, February 24, 10:00am

February 18, 2011

Another New Face At Dewey!

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If you're ever in the library on Saturdays, you will see a new face at the Reference Desk. Dewey Library welcomes Benjamin Knowles as our Saturday Reference Associate. Ben is a student in the Information Studies Program here at the University at Albany. Feel free to ask him any of your library research questions!

Photo credit: Morris Stilson

February 15, 2011

Dewey Workshops: Testimonial

For those of you who may be doubting the utility of this workshop, here is one student's reaction after having attended a session:

Thank you so much. I have to say that initially I was not looking forward to these seminars but having been through them I find them extremely useful. I was able to put the first one to work right away. Now I am wishing I had them my first year when I was not matriculated. I appreciate the practical nuts and bolts kind of stuff mixed with the instruction on how to do quality research. Thank you for providing this.

Remember, the schedule of workshops availablle online and a paper copy is available at the Reference Desk. To register, stop by the Reference Desk, call 442-3691, email dewclass@albany.edu, or use our online registration form.

February 13, 2011

Workshops and Seminars 2/14-2/18

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:

Introduction to ICPSR: Tuesday, February 15, 2:00pm
Evidence Based Practice: Wednesday, February 16, 2:00pm
Federal Public Policy Research: Wednesday, February 16, 4:30pm
Introduction to Research Databases: Thursday, Feburary 17, 3:00pm

February 11, 2011

Photo of the Week: Another New Face at Dewey

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Dewey Library welcomes Carrie Dunham-La Gree to the Dewey Library team. You will see her at the reference desk on Thursdays here at Dewey. Carrie is based uptown where she also works on their reference desk and teaches information literacy classes.

February 9, 2011

Laptop Lending: It's No Fairy Tale

Once upon a time in a land far, far away, there was a student who was writing a paper in the library. (Actually, it was last week, and actually, the land was Albany. Anyways.) Woe is me, thought the fair student, I need the portability of a laptop but alas – my coin purse is empty.

“FEAR NOT!��? cried a librarian, leaping out from behind the circulation desk. “Laptops we have a-plenty, for rental and free!��? Never having seen a librarian leap, the student was initially confused – but curious. “Pray tell, how long may I rent your device? Must I work the campus as a vassal?��?

“Nay, dear patron, this device I bequeath unto you for the term of four hours,��? the librarian replied.

“Be- bequeath?��? the student asked, “What? Enough already, can I please just borrow the laptop?��?

The librarian blinked. “Certainly. The laptops are loaded with Windows XP Pro and include a DVD/CD read/write drive, mouse, power cord, battery, USB port, and internal wireless card. Files must be saved to a removable external drive. CD-R and DVD-R disks can be purchased at the University Library and wireless printing is available. For additional questions, please ask at the circulation desk or visit the University Libraries' Website.��?

Blog post created by Lauren Stern

February 8, 2011

Presidential Libraries: Vital to Public Policy Research

Presidential libraries are more than a memorial or time capsule; they also represent an invaluable tool for research. For example, in Wainess’s examination of the health care reform actions of the 1970s (“The ways and means of national health care reform, 1974 and beyond,��? available from the CINAHL Plus database), he used the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Library as a source of primary documents that gave him insight into the political processes and machinations surrounding an on-going political issue that is still making headlines. As Schick stated in his book Records of the Presidency: Presidential Papers and Libraries from Washington to Reagan, “the personal and public papers of the presidents are crucial to the understanding of this country’s history; they are a direct reflection of the problems and pressures that have been faced by the nation’s chief executives��? both in years past and in years to come.

Historically, many presidents have saved their documents, but Franklin D. Roosevelt was the first president to develop the idea of an official presidential library and Ronald Reagan was the first president to be required by law to have his documents stored within a presidential library, funded privately but maintained by the National Archives. The Ronald Reagan Presidential Library will be celebrating Reagan’s centennial birthday event shortly, featuring both in-person and video tributes from world leaders and live music. In a reflection of the increasingly digital environment that presidential libraries have embraced, for those unable to visit the event in person there will be a live video feed available.

Those interested in using the invaluable primary resources of the presidential libraries can find maps of the presidential libraries, visiting information, and links to visit the libraries digitally at the website of the National Archives]. Additional information and locations to access presidential documents online include:

If you would like more information on Presidential policies you may wish to contact Dick Irving, our Public Policy, Political Science, Public Administration and Law Bibliograhper. He can be reached at 442-3698 or ririving@uamail.albany.edu. Also check out our new display on presidential libraries in the main room of the Dewey Library and pick up a bibliography of many more print and online resources.

Blog post created by Lauren Stern

February 6, 2011

Workshops and Seminars, 2/7-2/11

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:

Introduction to Resources in Information Science: Tuesday, February 8, 3:00pm
Introduction to Research Databases: Wednesday, February 9, 2:00pm
Introduction to Federal Public Policy Research: Wednesday, February 9, 4:30pm
Finding Reliable Information Online: Thursday, February 10, 3:00pm
Evidence Based Practice: Friday, February 11, 3:00pm

February 4, 2011

Photo of the Week: A New Face Around Dewey

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Dewey Library welcomes Greg Baron our team. Greg will helping out here at the Dewey circulation and reference desks several days a week. He will also be doing some reference work uptown. If you see Greg, please stop by and welcome him.

Photo credit: Morris Stilson

February 2, 2011

New at the Interactive Media Center: Internet Marketing Workshop

Have you been to the Interactive Media Center lately? Not only do they provide cameras, scanners, and lots of other goodies, but you can also take classes. Not another class, you’re thinking, I’m already taking too many! No sweat: no tests, no grades, no homework, and there’s just one class session. Oh yes – and it’s free! Learn only the skills and software tips you need, and get on with your life.

We also have some super top secret insider info for you: there’s a brand new class being offered this semester called “Internet Marketing: Making the Web and Your Web Site Work for You.��? The great people at the IMC want to teach you to “discover how to harness the power of social networks (such as Facebook), blogs, and other modern Internet media to drive visitors to your site. Also learn about creating and maintaining the message for your site's marketing programs.��?

Browse the full course listing to see if anything sparks your interest and to register. You can fill out the form online, stop in at the Interactive Media Center, or call 442-3608. If any of the class times don’t work for you, round up three friends and the IMC will create a special session for your group (subject to staff and facility availability).

Blog post created by Lauren Stern

February 1, 2011

Dewey Library Will Be Closed Weds, February 2.

Due to the inclement weather: On Feb. 2 the University Library only will be open as usual. Some services will be curtailed. The Science Library and Dewey Library will be closed for the day. Students who had registered for the Social Welfare Research Seminar will have to select an alternate session to attend.

Terrorism: New Additions to the Dewey Collection

The color-coded terrorist threat warning system implemented during the Bush administration will soon become extinct, but unfortunately it’s not because terrorism has followed the path of the dinosaurs. Terrorism continues to be a concern for many in the US, including UAlbany students.

A wide variety of recent criminal justice and political science books are available at the UA Libraries, including a 2010 publication by faculty member David Bayley, The Police in War: Fighting Insurgency, Terrorism, and Violent Crime . Professor Bayley’s book examines terrorism from a criminal justice perspective, examining the role of police and police training in Iraq, Afghanistan, Somalia, Haiti, and other countries.

From a theoretical discussion of imagery that compares terrorism with cloning (Cloning Terror: The War of Images, 9/11 to the Present by W. J. T. Mitchell to an examination of the ethics of governmental response to terrorism (Because it is Wrong: Torture, Privacy and Presidential Power in the Age of Terror by Charles and Gregory Fried to a case study about a 1997 NYPD raid that prevented a potentially catastrophic suicide bombing (Seven Shots: An NYPD Raid on a Terrorist Cell and its Aftermath by Jennifer C. Hunt )you’ll find a wide variety of resources to help you dig a little deeper into the criminal, political, ethical, and theoretical issues surrounding terrorist actions and government reactions.

To view all of the books on terrorism available at Dewey that have been published since 2009, you can visit this list of terrorism materials created on January 30th using the Minerva catalog.

If you are interested in researching the various aspects and implications of terrorism, you may wish to make an appointment with our Criminal Justice Bibliographer, Mary Jane Brustman. You can call her at 442-3540 or email her at mbrustman@uamail.albany.edu.

Blog post created by Lauren Stern