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August 31, 2011

School of Social Welfare Computer/Information Literacy Requirements

It’s hard to believe that the fall 2011 semester is already here! In addition to attending classes, those of you in the Social Welfare program must also fulfill information literacy requirements here at the Dewey Library. All Social Welfare students must take the Social Welfare Research Seminar and one additional class. The Social Welfare Research Seminar will provide you with a general overview of using social welfare materials in the library. You will learn about basic library services and resources that will save you a lot time while conducting social welfare research in the future. This seminar is required within your first 15 credit hours in the program. Once you take the Social Welfare Research Seminar, you must attend another class within the first 31 credit hours. You have your choice of topics for the advanced seminar but the librarians at Dewey recommend certain classes for certain concentrations.

MACRO Concentration:
Introduction to Federal Public Policy Research: You will become familiar with finding the legal authority for a policy, sources for legislative history, and sources evaluating federal public policies.

Nonprofit Organizations-Information Sources: Learn about print, online, and internet sources related to nonprofit organizations

Direct Practice Concentration:
Introduction to Research Databases: Learn the basics on how to effectively search our databases.

Evidence Based Practice: You will learn how to find and evaluate resources of clinical social work
practice.

Introduction to Information Resources for Gerontology: Overview of key resources related to
gerontological social work and relevant reference works and databases will be covered.

All students can benefit from Introduction to Research Databases. This workshop will give you a well-rounded knowledge base of the available library resources. Attending this class will improve your researching skills, making you a better student here at the University at Albany.

If you have any questions, please contact our Social Welfare bibliographer, Elaine Lasda Bergman by email or phone 442-3695.

Blog post created by Katie Farrell

August 30, 2011

Orientation Tours 8/29-9/2

If you’re a new student or want to reacquaint yourself with the Dewey Library then you will want to go on an orientation tour. These tours will help you become familiar with library resources, materials, services, and equipment. You will gain a basic understanding of where everything is located in the library and find out how to get help when you need it.

The following tours are being held this week:
Monday 8/29: 2:00 pm
Tuesday 8/30: 2:00 pm
Wednesday 8/31: 1:00 pm

If you’d like to sign up for a tour or instruction session at Dewey you can do so online, in person at the reference desk, or by calling us at 442 3691. We hope to see you there!

August 15, 2011

Dewey Employee Receives IFW

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On July 14th, 2011 Xiaoai Ren received an Initiatives for Women (IFW) Award from the Karen R. Hitchcock New Frontiers Scholarship Fund. We are very proud of Xiaoai and her achievement. She has worked at the Dewey Graduate Library for over 6 years! She is a valuable part of the Dewey Family and has done an outstanding job while working here. She is dedicated, reliable, and almost always available at a moment’s notice. Xiaoai has
worked at the Circulation Desk and the Reference Desk; taught End Note classes, given library tours, and has coordinated the Dewey Journal Project for the past several years. She also opens and closes the library on weekends or when regularly scheduled staff become unavailable. The aforementioned is just a small portion of all the work Xiaoai has done for us.

Xiaoai is pursuing a Ph.D. in Informatics. The award she received will be used for her doctoral research. Her project is a case study of three New York Public Library Systems. She will analyze service decision-making processes in these organizations through the lens of classic decision-making theories: Rational Choice theory and Garbage-can decision model. Findings will contribute to a better understanding of public library systems, decision-making theories, and their application in non-profit organizations.

If you see Xiaoai, please congratulate her and commend her for a job well done!

Blog post and photo by Lindsay Van Berkom

August 8, 2011

Going Mobile In the Library

OK, everyone with a “smart��? mobile device raise your hand! As you may have noticed mobile devices have become enormously popular in recent years, and with the expansion of national and global networks, connecting to the Web and other users has become increasingly easy through the use of these devices. In a recent study, it was found that 35% of adults in America own a Smartphone, with a quarter of those people using it as their primary web surfing device. In past studies only about 20% of adults owned a Smartphone, that’s a 15% increase in a very short time!*

So what does this mean for you, and more importantly what does it mean for the library and its services. It means we have to follow suit and develop mobile technologies for use in and outside of the library. Lucky for you Smartphone users the University has developed a mobile website specifically for you! The site allows you to view basic information like library hours, directions to the library, and staff directories. You can access the catalog for the library, email or text a librarian and even go on EBSCO’s mobile site. Make sure to go and check out the site on your mobile device to see all the features available to you. Even better, use the QR code below to jump right to the site!

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The University Libraries are not the only library service that utilizes mobile technology, check out these major library vendors and see what their applications have to offer!

EBSCO Mobile: Download the app for various types of smart phones and operating systems to access the EBSCO databases and services wirelessly. This app is made to translate top a smaller screen size, and allows you to access EBSCO databases anywhere at any time. Of course it also provides the same user-friendly and easy-to-use search experience that is available online, and familiar to many students, faculty, and staff.


WorldCat Mobile
: This mobile app allows you to Search for books, music, movies, games and more available at libraries all right from your phone at any time! The application provides a basic interface that allows you to search specific items or even within genres. It provides helpful suggestions as well as popular searches to guise you in your search. As always it is a familiar format translated to a smaller screen size for easy, instant access at all times.

Scopus/SciVerse Mobile Applications
Scopus/SciVerse mobile appluications give you access to trusted databases and indexes wherever you happen to be. The allow you to access the latest abstracts and articles from two of the most recognized and trusted databases, SciVerse Scopus and SciVerse ScienceDirect. There are applications available for various platforms and devices giving you freedom to choose the services that are right for you.

So there you have it, do not be caught without the information you need, get one of these apps or explore the University mobile site and be connected to the mobile movement. As these technologies become more popular keep your eyes open for the newest library related apps to enhance your user experience.

For help with mobile apps, contact the Reference Desk at 442-3691 or dewref@albany.edu, or stop by in person.

Blog post created by Benjamin Knowles

August 3, 2011

The Job Search: Consider All the Options

Guest Blogger Katie Farrell provides us her thoughts on the job search process. Check out her previous posts regarding staying sane while searching for jobs and navigating the job interview process, turning down a job offer and dealing with rejection.

If you’re like me then when you graduated your main focus was looking for a full-time job. In the past, this has been the natural progression: go to school and then land full-time work. But in this tough job market, it is very likely that you will have to consider other options.


  1. Look for part-time work: A part-time job may not be ideal but it offers a paycheck and valuable experience for your resume. Also, there is always the possibility of it leading to a full-time position down the road.

  2. Consider temporary work: Temporary jobs can offer great experience. Many times, temporary work is not advertised like full or part-time jobs so reach out to your contacts and see if they have anything available on a temporary basis. I personally received a temporary job where I did my internship in graduate school which has recently led to a permanent part-time job. It’s definitely a step in the right direction.

  3. Look outside of your field: Although you went to school for something specific, chances are you have a lot of talents that can be used in many ways. I’ve seen many people limit themselves to their field of choice, completely ignoring other possibilities. Don’t do this. Think of what you can offer and apply for different kinds of jobs. It may be intimidating to leave a field that you’re familiar with but at some point, you will need a job, any job. Embrace the possibilities and you never know where they will take you.

The job market is tough and I can definitely attest to this. However, if you’re savvy and are willing to think outside of the box, something will come your way. I’m happy to announce that I have a part-time job at the Albany Public Library and will be returning to the University Libraries as a temporary part-time reference librarian. I still haven’t landed a full-time job but combined, these two opportunities offer full-time hours. I am very grateful for these opportunities and am excited to see where they lead. Be flexible and creative and you too will find a job!


August 1, 2011

New Look, Better Functionality for Library Database Page

Did you know that the “Databases and Indexes��? page on the library website has gotten an extreme makeover! Though we did not need the help of Ty Pennington[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cMJ6jSL77A4], the website will have a totally new look worthy of a few screams and shouts. We know you will like some of the new features of the page, and we want to make sure you use this page to its fullest potential. So read on and become best friends with the new “Databases and Indexes��? page!

The new “Databases page has many of the features you are used to, along with a few new ones. The page allows you to select a subject from the list, this has changed very little. However you can now click on a small arrow next to some topics and subtopics will appear to narrow your search. Along the top of the page there are tabs that allow you to “Browse by Subject��?, “Search by Name��? and explore “Other Formats��? when looking for databases and indexes. The “Other Formats��? are also available as links along the bottom of each tabbed page. The links at the bottom of the page in a blue bar will allow you to refine your search b by format such as dissertations, images and E-books. It also allows you to find subject bibliographers by library and subject. These features will allow you to narrow your search and get the best possible results in a shorter time as well as get further help if you need it.

We figured we would give you a preview/walk through of the new site by doing a basic search in a given subject area, in this case we will use Information and Library Science. There is a step by step tour after the jump...

Here is the main page; you will see the Information and Library Science link, with the subtopics open underneath it.

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After clicking the “Information and Library Science" link we are brought to the subject specialist page and a list of resources within and outside of the University libraries.

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I am looking for scholarly articles in this subject area so I click on the “LISTA (with full text)��? link to begin searching for articles and I am transported to the familiar EBSCO main page.

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If I decide I know what database or index I want to search in I can look for it by name in the “Search by Name��? tab on the top of the main page. In this tab I can either use one of the suggested databases below the search bar or look for my own.

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In this case I am looking for Ulrich’s International Periodicals Directory. You will see as you begin to type possibilities and ultimately your database will be on a drop down menu below the search.

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You can also browse databases using the alphabet links to the right of the search bar.

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Next I have decided I am interested in finding resources in different formats, in this case
E-Books. I click on the “Other Formats��? link to see a list of the different formats available for research.

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Next I click the “E-books��? link and am sent to a list of E-book resources available to me through the library.

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Finally I am unsure of some of the resources and I want some recommendations for further reading in this subject area. For this I will need to use the blue bar at the bottom of the page to find a subject specialist.

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I can look by specific library; in this case I am interested in the Dewey library subject specialists. I am sent to a page with the three University Libraries and all of their subject specialists listed by library.

I decide I would rather just be linked to the subject specialist for Information and Library Science. For this I click on the link reading “By Subject��?, and am sent to an alphabetical list of subjects where I scroll down to Information and Library Science.

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If you would like an in-person tour of the new Databases page, please feel free to drop by the reference desk or make an appointment with one of the librarians. You can do this by calling 442-3691 or emailing dewref@albany.edu. Also be on the look out for our schedule of workshops in the fall which provide instruction in how to use library databases.

Blog post created by Benjamin Knowles