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July 31, 2012

Find Us on Facebook, Twitter

For many of us, social networking has become an essential part of our lives. According to a Pew Research Center survey. 65% of adult internet users report using social networking sights like Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn. By far the most popular, Facebook has, for many, become an essential communication tool: from births and marriages to vacations and new jobs, it almost seems like nothing is official until it has been posted on Facebook.

A survey conducted by the Pew Center in February found that most Facebook users get more support from their Facebook friends than they give. For example, users clicked the “like” button on a friend’s content an average of 14 times but had friends “like” their content an average of 20 times. Similarly, the average users sent 9 personal messages but received 12. The study also found that the more friends a user has, the more they get out of Facebook.

Get more out of your Facebook experience (and give a little in return) by liking the University Libraries’ Facebook page. Learn about news and events, workshops, research tips, and fun facts. You can even search the Libraries’ catalog and get research assistance from a librarian directly from our page!

While not as universal as Facebook, Twitter’s popularity continues to increase. According to a Pew survey, 15% of online adults are Twitter users, up from 13% last year. The number who Tweet on a typical day (8%) has doubled since last year and quadrupled since 2010. A trend setter, Dewey Library has been Tweeting since 2008. Follow us (@UAlbanyDeweyLib) to stay abreast of Library events and activities, workshops and blog posts.

Social networking and the University Libraries, two of life’s essentials.

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July 24, 2012

Summer Reading List: Public Administration and Policy

Looking for something interesting to read this summer? Look no further than Dewey’s public administration and policy collection! We have a host of interesting and compelling books to keep your brain from atrophying while you relax on the beach. Here are some suggestions to get you started:

Anticipating Madam President.jpgAnticipating Madam President edited by Robert P. Watson and Ann Gordon. Boulder, CO: Lynne Rienner, c2003. University Library / JK 524 A77 2003.

Madam President? The question is not if, but rather when the United States will elect a female president—but that may be the only certainty involved in shattering this most visible glass ceiling in U.S. society. Who will be included in the field of candidates for Madam President, and why? How will she have to position herself for a viable run at the Oval Office? Once in office, will she encounter gender-based biases in her handling of military and foreign affairs? Will Madam President blend seamlessly with the long line of Mr. Presidents—or will the very nature of the presidency be irrevocably changed?

Anticipating Madam President's insightful blend of analysis and personal profiles illustrates the realities of women in the upper echelons of public life, as well as the challenges likely to face a woman in one of the world's most powerful political positions.

African Americans and the Presidency.jpgAfrican Americans and the Presidency: The Road to the White House edited by Bruce A. Glasrud and Cary D. Wintz. New York, NY: Routledge, 2010. University Library / E 185.96 A455 2010.

African Americans and the Presidency explores the long history of African American candidates for President and Vice President, examining the impact of each candidate on the American public, as well as the contribution they all made toward advancing racial equality in America. Each chapter takes the story one step further in time, through original essays written by top experts, giving depth to these inspiring candidates, some of whom are familiar to everyone, and some whose stories may be new. African Americans and the Presidency provides anyone interested in African American history and politics with a unique perspective on the path carved by the predecessors of Barack Obama, and the meaning their efforts had for the United States.

Women Work and Politics.jpgWomen, Work, and Politics: The Political Economy of Gender Inequality by Torben Iversen and Frances Rosenbluth. New Haven CT: Yale University Press, c2010. University Library / HQ 1236 I96 2010.

Looking at women's power in the home, in the workplace, and in politics from a political economy perspective, Torben Iversen and Frances Rosenbluth demonstrate that equality is tied to demand for women's labor outside the home, which is a function of structural, political, and institutional conditions. They go on to explain several anomalies of modern gender politics: why women vote differently from men; why women are better represented in the workforce in the United States than in other countries but less well represented in politics; why men share more of the household work in some countries than in others; and why some countries have such low fertility rates. The first book to integrate the micro-level of families with the macro-level of national institutions, Women, Work, and Politics presents an original and groundbreaking approach to gender inequality.

The Litigation State: Public Regulation and Private Lawsuits in the U.S.
by Sean Farhang. Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press, c2010. Dewey Library / KF 8840 F374 2010.

Farhang reveals that private lawsuits, functioning as an enforcement resource, are a profoundly important component of American state capacity. He demonstrates how the distinctive institutional structure of the American state--particularly conflict between Congress and the president over control of the bureaucracy--encourages Congress to incentivize private lawsuits. Congress thereby achieves regulatory aims through a decentralized army of private lawyers, rather than by well-staffed bureaucracies under the president's influence. The historical development of ideological polarization between Congress and the president since the late 1960s has been a powerful cause of the explosion of private lawsuits enforcing federal law over the same period.

Using data from many policy areas spanning the twentieth century, and historical analysis focused on civil rights, The Litigation State investigates how American political institutions shape the strategic design of legislation to mobilize private lawsuits for policy implementation.

Myth of Voter Fraud.JPGThe Myth of Voter Fraud by Lorraine C. Minnite. Ithaca NY: Cornell University Press, 2010. University Library / JK 1994 M66 2010.

In The Myth of Voter Fraud, Lorraine C. Minnite presents the results of her meticulous search for evidence of voter fraud. She concludes that while voting irregularities produced by the fragmented and complex nature of the electoral process in the United States are common, incidents of deliberate voter fraud are actually quite rare. Based on painstaking research aggregating and sifting through data from a variety of sources, including public records requests to all fifty state governments and the U.S. Justice Department, Minnite contends that voter fraud is in reality a politically constructed myth intended to further complicate the voting process and reduce voter turnout.

She refutes several high-profile charges of alleged voter fraud, such as the assertion that eight of the 9/11 hijackers were registered to vote, and makes the question of voter fraud more precise by distinguishing fraud from the manifold ways in which electoral democracy can be distorted. Effectively disentangling misunderstandings and deliberate distortions from reality, The Myth of Voter Fraud provides rigorous empirical evidence for those fighting to make the electoral process more efficient, more equitable, and more democratic.

After the Rubicon: Congress, Presidents, and the Politics of Waging War
by Douglas L. Kriner. Chicago, IL: University of Chicago Press, c2010. University Library / JK 585 K75 2010.

When the United States goes to war, the nation’s attention focuses on the president. As commander in chief, a president reaches the zenith of power, while Congress is supposedly shunted to the sidelines once troops have been deployed abroad. Because of Congress’s repeated failure to exercise its legislative powers to rein in presidents, many have proclaimed its irrelevance in military matters.

After the Rubicon challenges this conventional wisdom by illuminating the diverse ways in which legislators influence the conduct of military affairs. Douglas L. Kriner reveals that even in politically sensitive wartime environments, individual members of Congress frequently propose legislation, hold investigative hearings, and engage in national policy debates in the public sphere. These actions influence the president’s strategic decisions as he weighs the political costs of pursuing his preferred military course.

Marshalling a wealth of quantitative and historical evidence, Kriner expertly demonstrates the full extent to which Congress materially shapes the initiation, scope, and duration of major military actions and sheds new light on the timely issue of interbranch relations.

Family Politics.jpgFamily Politics: The Idea of Marriage in Modern Political Thought by Scott Yenor. Waco, TX: Baylor University Press, c2011. University Library / HQ 518 Y46 2011.

Family Politics traces the treatment of the family in the philosophies of leading political thinkers of the modern world. What is family? What is marriage? In an effort to address contemporary society's disputes over the meanings of these human social institutions, Scott Yenor carefully examines a roster of major and unexpected modern political philosophers--from Locke and Rousseau to Hegel and Marx to Freud and Beauvoir. He lucidly presents how these individuals developed an understanding of family in order to advance their goals of political and social reform. Through this exploration, Yenor unveils the effect of modern liberty on this foundational institution and argues that the quest to pursue individual autonomy has undermined the nature of marriage and jeopardizes its future.

Before Roe v. Wade: Voices that Shaped the Abortion Debate Before the Supreme Court’s Ruling
edited by Linda Greenhouse and Reva Siegel. New York: Kaplan Pub., c2010. Dewey Library / KF 3771 B44 2010.

Perhaps no other court case in history has been discussed as much as Roe v. Wade. Now, for the first time, Before Roe v. Wade presents the most important documents concerning the case, collected in a single volume, in order to shed light on what this infamous case has come to mean in our society.
In this ground breaking book, Linda Greenhouse, a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist who covered the Supreme Court for 30 years for The New York Times, and Reva Siegel, a Yale law professor, collect the most significant briefs that were presented to the Supreme Court, as well as important documents from the period leading up to the decision, and from the immediate aftermath. The book gives readers a better understanding of the context in which the Court decided the case, who the lawyers were presenting the briefs, and what their arguments focused on. The material collected for this book will reveal that the story of Roe v. Wade is more multi-dimensional than is commonly understood today.

The Tea Party.gifThe Tea Party: A Brief History by Ronald P. Formisano. Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press, 2012. University Library / JK 2391 T43 F67 2012.

The Tea Party burst on the national political scene in 2009-2010, powered by right-wing grassroots passion and Astroturf big money. Its effect on electoral politics and the political process is undeniable, but the message, aims, and staying power of the loosely organized groups seem less clear. In this concise book, American political historian Ronald P. Formisano probes the remarkable rise of the Tea Party movement during a time of economic crisis and cultural change and examines its powerful impact on American politics.

A confederation of intersecting and overlapping organizations, with a strong connection to the Christian fundamentalist Right, the phenomenon could easily be called the Tea Parties. The American media’s fascination with the Tea Party—and the tendency of political leaders who have embraced the movement to say and do outlandish things—not only has fueled the fire driving the movement, but has diverted attention from its roots, agenda, and the enormous influence it holds over the Republican Party and the American political agenda. Looking at the Tea Party's claims to historical precedent and patriotic values, Formisano locates its anti-state and libertarian impulses deep in American political culture as well as in voter frustrations that have boiled over in recent decades. He sorts through the disparate goals the movement’s different factions espouse and shows that, ultimately, the contradictions of Tea Party libertarianism reflect those ingrained in the broad mass of the electorate.

Who Are the Criminals.jpgWho Are the Criminals?: The Politics of Crime Policy from the Age of Roosevelt to the Age of Reagan by John Hagan
. Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press, c2010. Dewey Library / HV 6789 H24 2010.

How did the United States go from being a country that tries to rehabilitate street criminals and prevent white-collar crime to one that harshly punishes common lawbreakers while at the same time encouraging corporate crime through a massive deregulation of business? Why do street criminals get stiff prison sentences, a practice that has led to the disaster of mass incarceration, while white-collar criminals, who arguably harm more people, get slaps on the wrist--if they are prosecuted at all? In Who Are the Criminals?, one of America's leading criminologists provides new answers to these vitally important questions by telling how the politicization of crime in the twentieth century transformed and distorted crime policymaking and led Americans to fear street crime too much and corporate crime too little.

John Hagan argues that the recent history of American criminal justice can be divided into two eras--the age of Roosevelt (roughly 1933 to 1973) and the age of Reagan (1974 to 2008). A focus on rehabilitation, corporate regulation, and the social roots of crime in the earlier period was dramatically reversed in the later era. In the age of Reagan, the focus shifted to the harsh treatment of street crimes, especially drug offenses, which disproportionately affected minorities and the poor and resulted in wholesale imprisonment. At the same time, a massive deregulation of business provided new opportunities, incentives, and even rationalizations for white-collar crime--and helped cause the 2008 financial crisis and subsequent recession.

Blog post created by Cary Gouldin

July 17, 2012

Take a Closer Look at Dewey’s Reference Collection


Not many people think of the reference collection of their library as a place to find exciting reading. Sure, if you need to know the definition of “pusillanimous” or the date of the Defenestration of Prague, the reference section is the place to go, but if you want to learn aboutjob opportunities in Gerontology or the ins and outs of managing legal information,you are out of luck, right?

Wrong!

In addition to the dictionaries, thesauri and encyclopedias that you expect, Dewey Library has a multitude of subject specific reference resources that provide in depth information on all aspects of you field. They are ideal for laying the foundations for a larger research project. Going to a conference or job interview? Browse our reference collection to bone up on hot topics in your field so that you can contribute to any discussion and make a lasting impression.

Here are some recent additions to the collection that might interest you:

Water Politics and Policy.jpgEncyclopedia of Water Politics and Policy in the United States edited by Steven L. Danver and John R. Burch, Jr. Washington, DC: CQ Press, c2011. Dewey Library / Reference: HD 1694 A5 E265 2011.

This comprehensive resource looks at the issues and controversies surrounding water in the United States. A diverse group of over 100 scholars have provided their research and analysis of why water is so significant, tracing its impact on issues like national and state boundaries, western migration, urbanization, and the economy. This volume chronicles the origins of present-day water problems, political conflicts, the impact of legislation and court decisions on the use of water resources, the major projects undertaken across the country, and what experts are proposing be done to preserve this basic component of the environment. In addition to historical coverage, the volume also addresses many current environmental issues including acid rain, agriculture, climate change, mining, erosion, levees and dams, pollution, urbanization, and wastewater treatment.

Corporate Libraries.jpgBest Practices for Corporate Libraries edited by Sigrid E. Kelsey and Marjorie J. Porter. Santa Barbara, CA: Libraries Unlimited, c2011. Dewey Library / Reference: Z 675 C778 B47 2011.

This book showcases current practices in corporate library functions and suggests best practices for current librarians. It also examines some of the changes in librarianship that have arisen from changes in how information is provided and how corporations are now organized. Topics covered include library service functions, return on investment, measurements and evaluation, collaboration, communication and outreach in corporations, managing changes in the corporation and in the library, and legal issues such as intellectual property concerns. Drawing from the experience of 25 contributors, the book includes chapters covering corporate libraries in the United States, United Kingdom, India, Barbados, and Nigeria.

JOBSEARCH.jpgJob Search Handbook for People with Disabilities by Daniel J. Ryan. Indianapolis, IN: JIST Works, c2011. Dewey Library / Reference: HV 1568.5 R93 2011.

This extensive handbook shows people with disabilities how to overcome obstacles they encounter when searching for employment. Readers learn how to identify their strengths, explore career options, and navigate the hidden job market. They also gain tips for writing resumes, cover letters, and other forms of job search communication, as well as guidance for performing well in interviews. The handbook also features helpful information on employment laws and the rights they provide. It teaches readers when and how to disclose disabilities to a potential employer and lends additional guidance for success on the job.

Corrections.jpgCorrections edited by William J. Chambliss. Los Angeles, CA: SAGE, c2011. Dewey Library / Reference: HV 8665 C674 2011.

This book offers an in-depth look at the correctional system, outlining arguments both for and against the laws, policies and practices that make up the system, from parole and probation to the application of the death penalty. The 20 included chapters, written by eminent scholars and experts in the fields of criminology, police science, law, sociology, psychology, and other disciplines, take on such contested topics as what the goals of the correctional system should be, how those goals should be achieved, who should make these decisions and how to balance the goals of the correctional system with the civil rights of the inmates. Prison conditions and the treatment of prisoners, as well as the changing definition of cruel and unusual punishment, are also examined.

Federal Terms.jpgA Guide to Federal Terms and Acronyms
edited by Don Philpott. Lanham, MD: Government Institutes, c2010. Dewey Library / Reference: JK 421 G84 2010.

Navigating government documents is a task that requires considerable knowledge of specialized terms and acronyms. This required knowledge nearly amounts to knowing a completely different language. To those who are not fluent, the task can be overwhelming, as federal departments fill their documents with acronyms, abbreviations, and terms that mean little or nothing to the outsider. A Guide to Federal Terms and Acronyms aims to simplify the situation. It presents a glossary of key definitions, common terms, acronyms and abbreviations used by each major Federal Government agency. It is accessible, organized in a logical, easy-to-use format. Users can look up terms and acronyms by department or subject matter, making this a quick reference for translating government language. This is an essential tool for anyone who works with federal government information.

Blog post created by Cary Gouldin

July 6, 2012

Summer Reading List: Criminal Justice

Looking for a good mystery to add to your summer reading list? Check out the Lizzie Stuart series, written by UAlbany criminal justice professor Frankie Bailey. Lizabeth Stuart is a criminal justice professor and crime historian (with a Ph.D. from UAlbany) whose career as an amateur sleuth begins while she is on vacation in Cornwall, England. All five mysteries in this series can be found at the University Library.

Deaths Favorite Child.jpgDeath’s Favorite Child by Frankie Y. Bailey. Johnson City, TN: Silver Dagger Mysteries, c2000. University Library / PS 3552 A368 D43 2000.

African-American crime historian Lizzie Stuart has spent most of her life in Drucilla, Kentucky. When her grandmother dies, Lizzie decides it is time for a vacation. She joins her friend Tess for a week in Cornwall, England, in the resort town of St. Regis. Lizzie finds her vacation anything but restful when she becomes an eyewitness to a murder and the probable next victim.

A Dead Man’s Honor
by Frankie Y. Bailey. Johnson City, TN: Silver Dagger Mysteries, c2001. University Library / PS 3552 A368 D426 2001.

Professor Stuart is spending a year in Virginia researching a lynching that her grandmother witnessed as a young girl, and ghosts seem to be haunting her dreams and her waking hours. When another professor at the university is murdered, she endangers herself by becoming involved in an investigation that could uncover police corruption.

Old Murders.jpgOld Murders by Frankie Y. Bailey. Johnson City, TN: Silver Dagger Mysteries, c2003. University Library / PS 3552 A368 O54X 2003.

If you think life in a small Southern town is boring, then you’ve never been to Gallagher, Virginia. While a bitter battle for the heart of downtown Gallagher is brewing between an out-of-town multimillionaire real estate developer and a local entrepreneur, it’s discovered that a local artist is missing. At the same time, a story of a 50-year-old murder resurfaces and someone wants to make sure the truth about the case is buried forever..

You Should Have Died on Monday by Frankie Y. Bailey. Johnson City, TN: Silver Dagger Mysteries, c2007. University Library / PS 3552 A368 Y68 2007.

Criminal justice professor Lizabeth Stuart investigates her paternity and her long-lost mother's checkered past in Bailey's fourth mystery, a story rich in history. Raised by her grandparents in Drucilla, KY, Lizzie never knew her mother, Becca Hayes, who abandoned her at birth. Now 39 years old and on the verge of engagement to her boyfriend, police officer John Quinn, Lizzie is especially determined to understand her past. With help from Quinn and PI Kyle Sheppard, she connects her mother to Chicago gangster Nick Mancini, who was stabbed to death in 1969. After 22-year-old Becca, who was Nick's girlfriend and the chief suspect, disappeared without a trace, musician Robert Montgomery confessed to the crime. Decades later, Lizzie's effort to track down the key players in this drama takes her from her home in Gallagher, VA to Chicago, Wilmington, NC and finally New Orleans.

Forty Acres.jpgForty Acres and a Soggy Grave by Frankie Y. Bailey. Johnson City, TN: Silver Dagger Mysteries c2011. University Library / PS 3552 A368 F67X 2011.

Sometimes the person you love isn't the person you thought you knew. Crime historian Lizzie Stuart and her fiancé, John Quinn, travel to a farm on the Eastern Shore of Virginia for a weekend gathering of his old West Point buddies. Amid Mexican migrant laborers and struggling black farmers, money, politics, and war mix with too many secrets from the past and too many lies in the present, and the weekend turns deadly.

Blog post created by Cary Gouldin