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January 31, 2012

What is the State of the Union Address?

Last Tuesday, January 24th, President Obama delivered his State of the Union address. He focused on the economy, unemployment, education reform, American energy, and the end of the Iraq War. This address was the 91st State of the Union address in U.S. history. After the address, Indiana Governor, Mitch Daniels gave the Republican response.

The State of the Union address has a rich history and the formal basis for the address is in the Constitution. The first State of the Union address was delivered by George Washington in 1790. Back then it was called the Annual Message and was a formal speech given by the President to Congress. Today, the State of the Union address isn’t just a speech for Congress; it’s a way for the President to speak directly to the American people. Now, it is given in late January in the House Chamber, although the date and place have changed over the years. Since 1976, TV networks have provided a slot for the opposing party to respond immediately after the address.

The University Libraries have several resources on the State of the Union address including past speeches. Check out the following:
State of the union: presidential rhetoric from Woodrow Wilson to George W. Bush. Edited by Deborah Kalb, Gerhard Peters, & John T. Woolley. Washington D.C.: CQ Press, c2007.
University Library Reference J 81.4 S73 2007

The president’s speeches: beyond “going public.��? Matthew Eshbaugh-Soha. Boulder, Colo: Rienner, 2006.
University Library JK 585 E 74 2006

Addressing the state of the union: the evolution and impact of the president’s big speech. Donna R. Hoffman & Allison D. Howard. Boulder Colo: Lynne Rienner Publishers, 2006.
University Library JK 587 H65 2006

The State of the Union messages of the Presidents, 1790-1966. Edited by Fred L. Israel. New York: Chelsea House, 1966.
University Library / J 81 C66

The view from the White House; a study of the Presidential State of the Union messages. Seymour H. Fersh. Washington: Public Affairs Press, 1961.
University Library / JK 587 F4

There is also online access to State of the Union addresses from 1992-2011.

If you have any questions about how to find additional resources on the State of the Union address, please contact our bibliographer for Political Science and Public Administration & Policy, Richard Irving. You can email him at rirving@albany.edu or give him a call at (518) 442-3698.

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January 29, 2012

Tours and Workshops, 1/30/12-2-3/12

Library workshops and seminars can help you get a jump on library research. Sign up for them early in the semester, while there is still plenty of room in the classes, and before the due dates of those large research projects are imminent. For general library research, we strongly suggest taking Introduction to Library Databases. Social welfare students are required to take the Social Welfare Research Seminar. If you are a social welfare student and you are taking a social policy course, or public policy student not familiar with public policy research, you will not want to miss Introduction to Federal Public Policy.

This week’s schedule:

Wednesday, 2/1

1:00 pm: Introduction to Library Databases
3:00 pm: Social Welfare Research Seminar
4:30 pm: Introduction to Federal Public Policy

Thursday, 2/2
2:00 pm: Introduction to Library Databases

You can register for a tour or session online, in person at the Dewey Reference Desk, or by calling 442-369.

January 26, 2012

New Look for Dewey Periodicals

Did you know the Dewey Library has a collection of print periodicals for browsing and reading? Browsing should be much easier with the new configuration of the current periodicals area thanks to the installation of some new shelving. Previously, journals were stored in what are known as "bankers boxes", making it difficult to scan the shelves for titles of interest.Here is how the old shelving appeared:

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The new shelving allows for the front cover of the most current issue to be displayed, allowing for a more user-friendly view of the current periodical collection. Previous current issues (usually the past year or so), are located by lifting up the display shelf. Here is the view of the new shelving:


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Let us know what you think of the new look! Do you find it easier to use? Are there other ways we can make the Dewey Library more accomodating to the needs of the downtown campus community? Feel free to leave a comment below.

Photo credit: Morris Stilson

January 24, 2012

Loan Forgiveness Programs for Social Workers

Many of you are finishing up your MSW programs this summer and are thinking about where to apply once you graduate. At the same time, you may be facing varying amounts of debt in the form of student loans that will need to be repaid upon graduation. Fortunately, there are some state and federal programs that offer loan forgiveness to social workers, usually for working in underserved locations or critical specialties. This is a great way to get a break on your loans while at the same time receiving some great work experience in the field.

NYS Licensed Social Worker Loan Forgiveness Program
The NYS Licensed Social Worker Loan Forgiveness Program offers assistance in paying back graduate school loans to licensed social workers working in critical human service areas in fields such as health, mental health, substance abuse, aging, HIV/AIDS and child welfare or in communities with multilingual needs. Qualifying social workers receive up to $26,000 in aid to be paid out in annual disbursements of up to $6,500. To be eligible for the program, you must be a U.S. citizen or qualifying non-citizen who has been a legal resident of New York State for at least one year and be professionally licensed to practice in the state. You must have an outstanding balance on an eligible student loan and have at least one year of full-time employment as a licensed social worker in a critical human service area. More information and the application can be found on the Higher Education Services Corporation website. Keep in mind the due date for applying for this program is March 15, 2012.

Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program
The Federal Department of Education offers forgiveness of qualifying federal loans to full-time employees of public service organizations. Public service organizations include all federal, state and local government organizations and agencies and a broad range of non-profit organizations. Under the terms of the program, you may qualify for forgiveness of the remaining balance of your loan after you have made 120 qualifying payments. Non-defaulted loans made under the Direct Loan Program are eligible for this program, including Federal Direct Stafford Loans, Federal Direct Unsubsidized Stafford Loans, Federal Direct PLUS Loans and Federal Direct Consolidation Loans. Loans made under other federal programs can qualify if they are consolidated under a Direct Consolidation Loan. More information and the steps to take in order to obtain this benefit can be found on the Federal Student Aid website.

National Health Services Corp Loan Repayment Program

The NHSC’s loan repayment program offers aid to primary medical, dental and mental and behavioral health providers working in communities in need. Participants commit to a two-year term of service at a NHSC-approved site, after which, they will receive a loan payment. Payment amounts are based on a site’s HPSA sore and the number of hours worked, among other things. After the initial two-year term has been completed, participants can apply to continue their service and receive additional loan payments. Qualified applicants must be licensed to practice in a NHSC-eligible discipline, work at a NHSC-approved site and have outstanding, qualifying educational loans. More information and NHSC-approved job posting can be found on the NHSC [http://nhsc.hrsa.gov/loanrepayment/index.html] website. The application period for this program runs from December 13, 2011 through May 15, 2012.

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January 22, 2012

Dewey Workshops 1/23 – 1/27

We are offering two orientation tours of the library this week. Tours will cover basic library policies and procedures including circulation, interlibrary loan, UA delivery and accessing print and electronic resources. We are also offering our Introduction to Federal Public Policy Research workshop which will cover finding the legal authority for a policy, sources for legislative history, and sources evaluating federal public policies. The hour long session will be half lecture and half hands-on searching of electronic databases.

This week’s schedule:

Wednesday, 1/25

4:00 pm: Orientation Tour

Thursday, 1/26
3:00 pm: Orientation Tour
4:30: Introduction to Federal Public Policy Research

You can register for a tour or session online, in person at the Dewey Reference Desk, or by calling 442-369.