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December 21, 2011

Dewey Shutdown 12/22-1/2: What if I need something?

To further the Universities Intersession Energy Saving Initiative, Dewey and the Science Libraries will be closed from December 22, 2011 through January 2, 2012. These closings will impact the activities of both the UA Delivery and InterLibrary Loan services.

What if I need materials from Dewey or the Science Library during the Intersession?
While the Dewey and Science Libraries are closed, you may continue to place UA Delivery Services requests through ILLiad. Library staff will make runs to Dewey Library on 12/27 & 12/29 and daily runs to the Science Library in order to pull material from the stacks so that it can be brought to the University Library for you to pick up. Please allow for longer turnaround times that usual. During the intersession you can submit requests for articles as usual.

(For UA Delivery information prior to and following the shutdown, call 518-442-3691 or 518-442-3696. For information during the shutdown, call 518-442-3613.)

Will I be able to get materials through InterLibrary Loan?
The Interlibrary Loan office will be staffed for regular business hours during the holidays, with the exception that the office will be closed on December 24th. You may submit interlibrary loan requests as usual. Books requested through interlibrary loan will be available for pick up at the University Library. Due to the holiday closing of many libraries that lend us materials, please expect that it may take a bit longer than usual to fill your requests. Requests for articles can be submitted as uaual.

(For more information on InterLibrary Loan services, call 518-442-3613)

Where can I pick up materials that I have requested during the Intersession?
All requested materials can be picked up at the University Library’s Circulation Desk. The following services will be suspended between December 22nd and January 2nd:

  • UA Delivery and ILL shipments to Dewey and Science Libraries.

  • Office delivery services for Faculty. (This is due to closed buildings and no mail services during the Limited Operations Period of the Intersession Energy Savings Initiative.)

  • Home delivery services for Distance Ed users and for Patrons with Disabilities. (This is due to no mail services during the Limited Operations Period of the Intersession Energy Savings Initiative.)

What if I have items “On Hold��? at Dewey or the Science Library?
Please pick up any items that are being held for you at Dewey or the Science Library by Monday, December 20th. Any hold items that have not been picked up by this deadline will be shipped to the University Library, where may pick up your items from the Circulation Desk. On Monday, January 3rd, any items that remain “On Hold��? at the University Library will be shipped back to your regular pick up location. (Please allow for turnaround time.)

Regular UA Delivery & InterLibrary Loan services will resume on Monday, January 3, 2012.

Blog post created by Cary Gouldin and Lindsay VanBerkom

December 20, 2011

Stay Up-To-Date with a Social Welfare Blog

For most students, Intersession is a time for recovering from finals and final projects, celebrating the holidays, and perhaps earning some extra money at work. However, the spring semester is just around the corner and it’s always a good idea over break to have some mental awareness of what is going on in your field of study. For social welfare students, following a couple of social welfare blogs will keep you up-to-date and alert on social welfare issues during your time off from classes.

Internet Resources in Social Welfare
is a great online resource for social welfare students. Here there are many useful links to online social welfare resources including some relevant blogs. An RSS feed on relevant blogs from the National Association of Social Workers is included on the General tab of Internet Resources in Social Welfare. This feed comes from the website Social Work Blog. Recent articles from social welfare blogs are featured on the feed and they change on a regular basis. From the Social Work Blog main page it is possible to search blogs by category such as advocacy, international social work, and practice and professional development.

In addition to the National Association of Social Workers, there are several other associations and organizations with valuable blogs. Alliance for Children and Families produces the blog The Social Innovators . This blog focuses on the Obama administration’s solutions on issues such as poverty and how they affect non-profit organizations.

Your Mind Your Body is a blog produced by the American Psychological Association. This blog offers insights on healthy living and behaviors. A list of social welfare associations is available on Internet Resources in Social Welfare.

Several schools with social welfare programs also produce relevant blogs. Check out the following:

School of Social Work blog: From the University of Michigan this blog posts information on job opportunities and scholarships.

Social Work Immigration Alliance
is a blog from the University of Washington that focuses on immigrant rights and reform. Students, faculty, and community members are contributors.

India Study Abroad Trip Blog: This blog highlights the experiences of social welfare students from the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill on a trip to India. Social differences are explored and documented.

MSW @ USC Blog: Produced by the University of Southern California, this blog has everything from writing tips, to information on elder abuse, to discussions on discrimination.

Social Work Library @ Boston College: This blog is produced by the library at Boston College and touches on current events in the profession.

There are also several individual social welfare students blogging about their experiences in the field:

The Fat Social Worker
:Michelle is a social work student at NYU whose objective is to address issues regarding fat identity and other social welfare matters.

Michigan Girl’s Café: “A graduate student’s reflections on academics, careers, and social justice.��?

The Nudge Patrole: A social work student at UCLA, Laura writes about her experiences as a master’s student.

Also check out The Social Betterment Blog and its Top 50 Blogs by Social Work Professionalshttp://mastersofsocialwork.org/top-50-blogs-by-social-work-professionals.html. Other good resources for finding Social Work blogs include Social-work.org], MSWprograms.com], and Onlineschools.org].

To stay up-to-date on your favorite blogs you might want to subscribe to RSS feeds. What’s an RSS feed? An RSS feed allows you to receive the latest content from a website. It is possible to subscribe to the RSS feeds of many of the blogs mentioned. Whenever a new post is added, you will be alerted. The University at Albany has a brief explanation of RSS feeds and a list of feeds you can subscribe to at this institution.

If you have any further questions about social welfare blogs, please contact our social welfare bibliographer Elaine Lasda Bergman at ebergman@albany.edu or phone at 442-3695.

Blog post created by Katie Farrell

December 19, 2011

Don’t let overdue library books drain your wallet (that’s what tuition bills are for)

Turned in your last paper? Aced your final exams? Congrats! It’s time to get away for a little R & R. Don’t forget to return all your library books before you go.

Too late, you say?

Not to worry, you can renew and return books from off campus. To renew an item, simply go to Minerva and find the gray log-in box for MyMinerva located on the top right of the screen. Once you have logged on with your NetID, you can renew books, check due dates and view any fines or holds on your account. Detailed information on the Libraries’ renewal policies can be found on the Circulation web page.

If you would prefer to return a book, you can do so through the mail. Simply send the item via FedEx, UPS or USPS to:

University Library Circulation
University at Albany, SUNY
1400 Washington Ave., LI-118
Albany, NY 12222

Want to pay your existing fines so you can start next semester off fresh? Contact the Library at 518-442-3601 between 8:00 am and 4:00 pm on weekdays to make a credit card payment or to make arrangements to pay by personal check.

For more information about handling library transactions remotely, please contact the Dewey Library Circulation Desk at 518-442-3693 between 8:30 am and 5:00 pm on weekdays. Please do note that Dewey will be closed December 22 through January 2; for information during that period, please contact the University Library during the same hours at 518-442-3569.

Blog post created by Cary Gouldin

December 13, 2011

Copyright Corner: The Public Domain and Creative Commons Licenses

The Public Domain
Items that are not protected by copyright are said to be in the public domain. Items in the public domain may be freely copied and distributed with no permission from the author or creator. Copyright protection in the United States is of limited duration, and when copyright expires the work is in the public domain. Some publications, such as many U.S. government publications, are never protected by copyright and are always in the public domain so that the information that is created with tax dollars does not require license fees or royalties for use and distribution.

Commercial publishers, who are often the copyright holders for journal articles wish to charge royalties and license fees whenever possible so that they can profit from their publications.
Within the world of scholarly publishing we have special interests and needs when it comes to the distribution of our work and the work of our colleagues. While we try to take advantage of the services offered by commercial publishing businesses, we also wish our work to be widely read and used for the advancement of knowledge and art, with as few barriers as possible. We don’t necessarily wish our work to be in the public domain because we may wish our work to always be attributed to us.

Creative Commons Licenses
Creative Commons was created specifically for authors and other creators by lawyers so that their work would carry the message that it is available to be freely copied and distributed without permission. Typically a work that is protected by copyright and permission must be given for it to be copied and re-used will have a message indicating that it is protected, and who owns the copyright. A work that has a Creative Commons license may indicate very different terms regarding re-use and distribution of the work. The license may be used to indicate that the author/creator will allow copying and distribution, but that each copy must indicate who originally created the work. It may also stipulate that the work may be used/copied only if the work within which it will be placed will also be available for copying and distribution without permission.

Creativecommons.org/ explains all of the various licenses that may be used to help clarify what terms the author/creator wishes to explicitly make clear for subsequent readers/users of their work. This is a very different way to look at copyright and may be a useful alternative, especially for those who do not need to make a profit from their work and want a very wide distribution of their work and ideas.

If you would like more information or advice on copyright issues, please contact Lorre Smith in the University Libraries: lsmith@albany.edu, 442-3946.

Blog post created by Lorre Smith


Criminal Justice Faculty Spotlight: Alissa Pollitz Worden, Associate Professor

Get to know your faculty! This is the first in series of spotlights on the research interests and scholarship of the faculty of the School of Criminal Justice.

Dr. Alissa Pollitz Worden’s research focuses on a variety of topics, including the decision making processes of criminal justice actors, agencies and networks; the determinants of criminal justice policy; the connection between political climate and public policy; and public opinion regarding the causes of domestic violence and how domestic violence incidences should be handled. Her current research projects focus on police officer’s attitudes towards race and gender, theory and its relation to the study of criminal justice, and tracking change in domestic violence enforcement policies. Over time her projects have generated more than a million dollars in grant funding from various institutions, including the New York State Police/COPS, the National Institute of Justice, and the New York Office for the Prevention of Domestic Violence.

Dr. Worden earned a PhD in Political Science from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 1987 and taught at the University of Georgia and Michigan State University before coming to UAlbany in 1990.

Dr. Worden has written a number of book chapters that can be found at the Libraries:

Alissa Pollitz Worden and Andrew Davies. 2009. “Protecting Due Process Policies in a Punitive Era: An Analysis of Changes in Providing Counsel to the Poor.��? In Austin Sarat, editor, Studies in Law, Politics, and Society: Special Issue - New Perspectives on Crime and Criminal Justice. Volume 47: 71-114. (Dewey HV 7431 N48x 2009).

David E. Duffee, Alissa Pollitz Worden, and Edward Maguire. 2007. “Directions for Theory and Theorizing in Criminal Justice.��? In David E. Duffee and Edward Maguire, editors, Criminal Justice Theory. New York: Routledge. (Dewey HV 7419 C753 2007).

Alissa Pollitz Worden. 2007. “Courts and Communities: Toward a Theoretical Synthesis.��? In David E. Duffee and Edward Maguire, editors, Criminal Justice Theory. New York: Routledge. (Dewey HV 7419 C753 2007).

Several of her recent journal articles and reports can also be found in the Libraries’ collection:

Andrew Davies and Alissa Pollitz Worden. 2009. "State Politics and the Right to Counsel:
A Comparative Analysis"
. Law & Society Review 43(1). Available through Criminal Justice Abstracts with Full Text.

Bonnie E. Carlson and Alissa Pollitz Worden. 2005. “Attitudes and Beliefs about Domestic Violence: Results of a Public Opinion Survey: Definitions of Domestic Violence, Criminal Domestic Violence, and Prevalence.��? Journal of Interpersonal Violence 20(10). Available through SAGE Criminology Full Text Collection.

Alissa Pollitz Worden and Bonnie E. Carlson. 2005. “Attitudes and Beliefs about Domestic Violence: Results of a Public Opinion Survey: Beliefs about Causes.��? Journal of Interpersonal Violence 20(10). Available through SAGE Criminology Full Text Collection.

Alissa Pollitz Worden. 2000. “The Changing Boundaries of the Criminal Justice System: Redefining the Problem and the Response in Domestic Violence,��? in Charles Friel, editor, Boundary Changes in Criminal Justice Organizations: Volume 2, Criminal Justice 2000. National Institute of Justice. (GovDoc J 85 J 28.2:C 86/22/V.2 and ONLINE [http://permanent.access.gpo.gov/lps5244/Vol.%202/02g2.pdf]).


For assistance researching these and other criminal justice topics, contact subject specialist Mary Jane Brustman at mbrustman@albany.edu or 442-3540 or drop by the Reference Desk.

December 11, 2011

Dewey Workshops 12/12-12/16

This is the last week of fall workshops at Dewey and your last chance to attend the Social Welfare Research Seminar. Sign up today so you can enjoy your winter break!

Wednesday 12/14
3:00 pm: Social Welfare Research Seminar

If you’d like to sign up for this instruction session at Dewey you can do so online, in person at the reference desk, or by calling us at 442 3691.

December 9, 2011

Photo of the Week

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The days may be getting shorter but Dewey's stained glass really looks nice at dusk!

Photo credit: Morris Stilson

December 7, 2011

Library Help During the End of Semester

As another semester comes to a close it is again time to buckle down and begin to finish up all of your projects, and start to get ready for your finals. So don’t go it alone, the library can be helpful in all aspects of your end of semester school plans. From reference help, to document delivery, we have you covered. So don’t stress (even though it may seem impossible) and find out how the library can help you with projects and finals this semester.

As you begin to finish up end of the semester papers and projects there’s a good chance you will be doing some pretty in depth research. In that case make sure to check out the various ways to acquire those hard hitting articles and books that will be vital to your finals period. Don’t worry if there is an item at another library or even another campus. Our UA Delivery service allows you to request books from the uptown campus to be delivered to the Dewey Library, saving you a gas guzzling trip. Also, if we have a journal article that is only in print, you don't need to come to the library to photocopy it. Make a UA Delivery request for the article and we will scan the article and email it to you in PDF form. Beware procrastinators, if you make these requests late at night, they will be filled the next day!

Sometimes as the semester wraps up you need a little push in the right direction, in that case give our bibliographers a call and get a little help. If you feel you are having trouble or just need a good place to start these people are experts in their respective fields and can help you! They all have years of experience and trust me they are very nice people and are always willing to help. Here is the information for all of the subject bibliographers:

Elaine M. Lasda Bergman
Bibliographer for Dewey Reference, Social Welfare, and Gerontology
(518) 442-3695 (phone)
elasdabergman@albany.edu

Mary Jane Brustman
Bibliographer for Criminal Justice
(518)-442-3540
mbrustman@al;bany.edu

Deborah Bernnard
Bibliographer for Information Studies
(518) 442-3699
dbernnard@albany.edu

Richard Irving
Bibliographer for Political Science, Public Administration & Policy, and Law
(518) 442-3698
rirving@albany.edu

So, do not hesitate to call or email them and set up an appointment to get help for your most final projects or assignments. They are here to help and are happy to sit down and work through a problem with you.

There are tons of ways to contact the reference desk at the Dewey Library to get help, and there will always be a person just a call or click away. There is the old fashioned visit to the reference desk: consult the web page listing the hours for reference service. For you new age users here are a few of the other ways to contact us. Give us a call at 442-3691, send us an email through the Ask-A-Librarian service, instant message with a librarian, even text us a question at 265010 and make sure to start your message with ualibraries: (don't forget the colon!). So give us a call, an IM, a text, the possibilities are endless!

We know as the semester wraps up, everyone tends to get a little stressed out. Well stress certainly will not help you get your work done, so here are a few tips to help relieve stress and prepare for a successful finals period.

Organization is a key to reducing your stress level. Make sure you have all of your assignments in order and that you have all of the materials necessary to complete them. Keeping all of your notes, assignments, and other materials in one place can help to minimize the search for them later on.
Make use of the library study areas for you or your group to get together and enjoy a quiet study session. There are some rooms available for reservation in the Main and Science libraries.
•Beginning with a positive attitude is the first step to having a stress free middle of the term. Instead of starting of your midterm worrying about all your assignments, begin by getting organized and process your assignments one by one.
Leisure activities or hobbies are proven stress relievers and in the process you have fun and do something you enjoy. Whatever you do as far as hobbies or activities, make sure to schedule time to continue to do these things in the midst of your midterm studies.

Finally, as you prepare for your finals and projects you may want to spend a large amount of time in the library. For a complete list of library hours visit the library webpage to see the list of hours for all of the University libraries. Note that only the main library will have extended hours and Dewey and the Science libraries will not. You will see that for finals the main library will have 24 hour access from December 12-16. So check out all of the hours and plan accordingly. Good Luck, you can do it!

Blog post created by Benjamin Knowles

December 6, 2011

How to get published in Library and Information Science Literature

If research is one of your passions, chances are you will wish to publish the results of your current research projects. If so, the library and information science literature offers a broad range of publications in which to submit your research articles. With tips and useful resources, this blog will help you get a head start on the publication process.

Once you’ve decided that you want to publish, you must determine which journals publish in your research area. Ulrich’s International Periodicals Directory makes it easy to search for relevant journals. Here there is information on a wide variety of publications including academic, magazines, and e-journals. Ulrich’s also provides information on whether or not a journal is refereed or peer-reviewed. Through Ulrich’s it is possible to access Magazines for Libraries which lists periodical publications in library and information science. Magazines for Libraries provides updated reviews on the best publications available. For the latest information, you can subscribe to their RSS feed.

Since library and information science journals cover a broad spectrum of subjects including education, business, informatics, computer science, and public administration, it may be difficult to determine which journal is right for you. It may be helpful to search one of the information and library science databases to identify specific journals that publish in your research area. You may also wish to consult one of the journal ranking services to determine how influential a journal is. Check out our libguide for more information.

As a student, it may be beneficial to begin with a journal such as Library Student Journal. This journal is produced by library students from around the globe. Peer-reviewed research and literature reviews are published as well as more informal essays and editorials.
If a peer-reviewed journal seems to be too selective for your scholarship, remember that there are other types of publications within the discipline. You may wish to submit your articles to a non-peer-reviewed journal such as College and Research News, Library Media Connection, or Information Today.

Whichever publication you chose, find out what the requirements are for submission. Usually journals print requirements for submission in one issue of each print volume. You may find this information on the publication’s website. Also, a good rule of thumb is to only send your manuscript to one publication at a time.

Another avenue to seeing your scholarship in print is to present your research at conferences. Like peer-reviewed journals, conferences have an acceptance rate. Choose your topic carefully and make sure it is relevant to the conference you are submitting it to. Often the conference will publish a “proceedings��? in which all of the papers presented at the conference are published. Not all conferences publish proceedings, so be sure to investigate each individual conference.

Once you’ve found a home for your research, you can start writing! It’s important to find an appropriate match before you starting writing your manuscript. When you’re ready to write keep in mind that most manuscripts should contain the following elements:


    ntroduction
  • Literature Review

  • Methodology of research

  • Analysis and interpretation of data

  • Conclusion

You must also know how to correctly cite your sources. Library and information science literature typically cites in APA format. Consult the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (Dewey Reference BF 76.7 P83 2010) for guidelines on writing for scholarly publication.

The Dewey Library also has several resources on publishing in the library and information science profession. Check out these resources for more information:

Writing and publishing: the librarian's handbook. Carol Smallwood. Chicago, IL: American Library Association, 2010. Dewey Library Z 669.7 W75 2010

The librarian's guide to writing for publication. Rachel Singer Gordon. Lanham, Md.: Scarecrow Press, c2004. Dewey Library Z 669.7 G67 2004

First have something to say: writing for the library profession. Walt Crawford. Chicago, IL: American Library Association, c2003. Dewey Library Z 665 C776 2003

Jump start your career in library and information science. Priscilla K. Shontz. Lanham, Md.: Scarecrow Press, 2002. Dewey Library Z 682.35 V62 S47 2002

If you have any questions about publishing library and information science research please contact our information studies bibliographer Deborah Bernnard by phone at 442-3699 or email dbernnard@albany.edu.

Blog post created by Katherine Farrell and Deborah Bernnard

December 4, 2011

Dewey Instructional Sessions 12/5-12/9

This week is your last chance to attend our Introduction to Research Databases and Evidence Based Practice workshops. Sign up for these free opportunities!

Wednesday 12/7
3:00 pm: Introduction to Research Databases

Thursday 12/8
10 am: Evidence Based Practice

If you’d like to sign up for an instruction session at Dewey you can do so online, in person at the reference desk, or by calling us at 442 3691.