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February 27, 2013

Get the Most out of the Library: Guides for Faculty and Grad Students

guides.jpgIn an effort to make navigating the library easier for our patrons, we have been working on a series of Library Guides targeted to different segments of the UAlbany community.These guides can be found in the “Services for” section of the “Library Services” tab on our homepage.

Our most recent is the Faculty Library Guide. The guide’s homepage features a list of the key resources and services that faculty use the most, including database access, interlibrary loan and UA Delivery, and the Libraries’ eBook collection. It also has a section to help new faculty navigate the library. The “Teaching” tab features the various ways the library can support your teaching, including electronic and traditional reserves, course-related library instruction and a variety of teaching related resources in our print and electronic collections.

The “Research” tab has four subpages that are chock full of information to support your research needs. Learn how to keep current on research in your field using RSS feeds and alert services in databases from vendors such as EBSCOhost, ProQuest and ScienceDirect. It also has information on blogs and wikis by academics for academics. The “Organize & Share Research” subpage has information on tools like CiteULike and Connotea that help you organize and manage your references, and social networking tools like LinkedIn and Faculty Row to help you connect with others in your field. The “Promotion and Tenure Support” subpage features information on tools that help you track the influence and impact of your research, like Microsoft Academic and Scholarometer.

The Graduate Student Library Guide is one-stop-shopping for grad students in all fields. It has information on finding print and electronic resources in the library, tools to help you manage your references and the highlights library services that grad students use the most. There is a tab for teaching assistants that has information on course reserves, using Blackboard, and requesting course related library instruction for your class.

We hope these highlights have tempted you to check out the guides for yourself. Once you have, please take a few minutes to let us know how we did. Please visit the feedback box on the right-hand side of each guide’s homepage to let us know what you think.For more information on these guides and the Libraries’ services and resources stop by the
reference desk.

Blog post by Cary Gouldin

February 26, 2013

New Guide to Assist with Evidence Based Practice in Social Work


Heirarchy.gifWe are pleased to announce a great new resource for Social Welfare students: the Evidence Based Social Work Practice LibGuide! Bibliographer Elaine Lasda Bergman has pulled together resources from the Libraries’ collection and the internet to help you understand and implement evidence based practice.

Using the best evidence to determine appropriate treatments, interventions, and social care is a critical skill for social work students and those in the field. In addition, completing social welfare research assignments here at UAlbany often requires a student to locate and evaluate evidence based research and make assessments about the validity and efficacy of treatments and interventions based on evaluating published research. This guide helps provide users with an understanding of basic precepts about evidence based practice, how to locate evidence, and how to evaluate research for quality and validity.

To get you started, the guide highlights the “Hierarchy of Evidence” to help you understand and evaluate research done by others as well as design your own study. The “Basic Resources” tab has a list of both print and online reference resources that will help you understand research methodology and medical and psychological terminology, including Dictionary of Statistics and Methodology and SAGE Handbook of Mixed Methods in Social and Behavioral Research.

Need help finding journal articles for your project or paper? Check out the “PsycInfo Search Tips” tab for information on performing effective searches in the PsycInfo database. This page covers issues such as how to use the database thesaurus and searching by methodology type. The guide also has a page listing free web resources, including search engines like SUMsearch and Trip Database, research clearinghouses and practice guidelines from organizations like the National Association of Social Workers and the American Psychiatric Association.

The guide’s “Evaluating the Evidence” tab has a list of critical appraisal tools to help you evaluate a research study, a key part of evidence based practice. Covering both general and subject specific tools from leading journals and websites, this tab is an essential resource for practitioners.

For more information on this guide and evidence based social work practice, contact Elaine Lasda Bergman (442-3695; elasdabergman@albany.edu) or stop by the reference desk.

Blog post created by Cary Gould

February 24, 2013

Dewey Workshops 2/25-3/1

As February comes to an end, it is a reminder that spring is near and time to fulfill the social welfare information literacy requirements before it’s too late!

This week’s schedule:

Tuesday, 2/26
3:00 pm: ICPSR, Data and Statistical Resources

Thursday, 2/28
10:00 am: Introduction to Federal Public Policy Research

Friday, 3/1
10:00 am: Evidence Based Practice

You can register for a workshop online, in person at the Dewey Reference Desk, or by calling 442-3691.

February 22, 2013

Photo of the Week: Kindles for Loan

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Check out our Kindle! Here a user demonstrates how to connect to the WiFi on our Kindle Paperwhite. A recent blog post provides the information and policies about borrowing the Dewey Kindle.

February 20, 2013

Copyright Corner: What are the Rights in Copyright?

As the title of this blog post suggests, there is more than one right for the creators of original works in U.S. copyright law. There are six. Below are brief presentations of each of the six rights.

The first right is to reproduce the copyrighted work. The law states that once something is created and recorded in a fixed tangible medium, the original creator has the exclusive right to make copies.

The second is to prepare derivative works based on the original work. An example of this would be that if I prepare a brief overview of my research in a conference and it is printed in the conference proceedings document, I would have the exclusive right to prepare a full published journal article using the information in my conference presentation.

The third is to distribute copies of the copyrighted work to the public by sale or other transfer of ownership, by rental, lease or lending. If I own the copyright I’m the only one who can legitimately make copies and distribute them. Examples of such distribution might be through sales or contract/license agreements.

The fourth right is to perform the copyrighted work publicly. An example would be the right to perform a play in a public space, and this performance right would be for any performance, such as audiovisual works or dance.

The fifth is the right to display the work. This right could apply to works of art, choreography, photography or other types of work that could be on display or in an exhibit.

The sixth right is to perform works by digital audio transmission. An example of this would be to stream mp3 files using the web.

The text of the rights in the copyright law are available on the Library of Congress web site, Title 17, Chapter 1, Section 106.

These rights are somewhat limited by Section 107 of Title 17, Chapter 1, which is the section called “Limitations on Exclusive Rights: Fair Use”;. Section 107 outlines the circumstances under which the rights to make copies, distribute copies, perform works or exhibit works may be exercised by people in non-profit or educational institutions. The circumstances in the fair use section are limited, but are broad enough to provide the right to make and distribute copies that are used in education on a daily basis. A fair use can be made of copyrighted materials without purchase from the creator or without permission, license or rental, or other contractual agreement.

If you have questions about copyright issues, please contact librarian Lorre Smith, 437-3946 or by email at lsmith@albany.edu.

Blog post created by Lorre Smith

February 19, 2013

Reauthorizing VAWA

The Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act of 2013 (VAWA) was introduced in the Senate in late January. According to the New York Times, on February 4, a motion to “proceed to consideration of measure” was agreed upon in the Senate as well as a motion to “proceed to measure” was considered in the Senate. The next step is for the bill to be passed in the Senate.

VAWA was originally passed by Congress in 1994 (Seghetti & Bjelopera, 2012, p. 4). This act created measures that protected women including better investigations and prosecutions of sex acts. VAWA was passed as a necessary response to increased violence against women. In 2000, VAWA was reauthorized through the Victims of Trafficking and Violence Protection Act (Seghetti & Bjelopera, 2012, p. 12). More protections for battered immigrants, new programs for elderly and disabled women, and a program for victims requiring transitional housing were among the reauthorization changes.

Congress also reauthorized VAWA in 2005 and 2011. The 2011 act was amended and passed in April 2012 (Kandel, 2012, p. 16). This year, the discussion of reauthorizing VAWA has been proposed. One of the most highly contested issues within the 2013 reauthorization act is the provision that American Indian women who are assaulted by non-Indian men can go to tribal courts which do not have jurisdiction over people not living on Indian land (Weisman, 2012). According to a BJS Statistical Profile, American Indian women are victims of violent crimes at a much higher rate than non-Indian women (Smith & Thompson, 2012. p. 4). Other new initiatives extend coverage to gay and lesbian victims and battered immigrant women.

If the 2013 reauthorization act is passed in the Senate, it will then need to be passed by the House of Representatives before being signed into law. For more information on VAWA, please read the articles referenced above:

Kandel, W. Immigration provisions of the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA). Congressional Research Service (2012).

Seghetti, L. & Bjelopera, J. The Violence Against Women Act: Overview, legislation, and federal funding. Congressional Research Service (2012).

Smith, J. & Thompson, R. Tribal criminal jurisdiction over non-Indians in S. 1925, the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) reauthorization. Congressional Research Service (2012).
Weisman, J. (2013, February 4). Violence act returns in test of republicans’ appeal to women.
New York Times, Retrieved from www.nytimes.com.
There are also several books at the Dewey Library related to violence against women. For relevant materials check out the following books:

The batterer as parent: addressing the impact of domestic violence on family dynamics. Lundy Bancroft, Jay G. Silverman, Daniel Ritchie. Thousand Oaks, Calif.: SAGE, c2012.
Dewey Library HV 6626.2 B25 2012

Structural violence: hidden brutality in the lives of women. Joshua M. Price. Albany: State University of New York Press, c2012.
New Books Display Dewey Library HV 6250.4 W65 P724 2012

The political economy of violence against women. Jacqui True. New York: Oxford University Press, c2012.
Dewey Library HV 6250.4 W65 T78 2012

Violence against women: myths, facts, controversies
. Walter S. DeKeseredy. Toronto; Tonawanda, NY: University of Toronto Press, c2011.
Dewey Library HV 6250.4 W65 D428 2011

Gendered justice: intimate partner violence and the criminal justice system. Venessa Garcia and Patrick McManimon. Lanham, Md.: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, c2011.
Dewey Library HV 6626 G36 2011

For more information on VAWA, please contact our criminal justice bibliographer Richard Irving. He can be reached by phone at 442-3698 or email.

February 17, 2013

Workshops at Dewey 2/18-2/22

If you still need to fulfill your information literacy requirements or just want to learn more about our library resources, this week is a good week to do so! We are offering Introduction to Research Databases, Social Welfare Research Seminar, and Introduction to Federal Public Policy Research.

This week’s schedule:

Wednesday, 2/20
1:00 pm: Introduction to Research Databases
3:00 pm: Social Welfare Research Seminar

Thursday, 2/14
10:00 am: Introduction to Federal Public Policy Research

You can register for a workshop online, in person at the Dewey Reference Desk, or by calling 442-3691.

February 13, 2013

Check Out Our Kindle!


Students, faculty, and staff in good standing can now check out a Kindle Paperwhite 3G at the Dewey circulation desk. Before checkout, the Kindle Agreement and Inventory Form must be signed. This form goes over the borrowing procedures at the University Libraries. What are the borrowing procedures, you ask? This blog will tell you all you need to know about checking
out a Kindle at the Dewey Library.

The Kindle can be checked out for 14 days and fines accrue at $15 a day with a maximum fine of $45. If the Kindle is not returned within 72 hours, it is considered “Lost” and the fine will be to replace the Kindle. We also recommend that you inspect the Kindle before checking out because there is a fine for damage. If there is damage the library will determine whether or not the damage is from misuse or normal wear and tear.

So now that you’ve signed the agreement form and checked out the Kindle, how do you use it? Before using the device, you must register the Kindle with your Amazon account. You may then download Kindle content on to the device.
To register the Kindle:
1. Turn the Kindle on.
2. Choose a language; tap OK
3. Tap Get Started
4. Tap Set up Wi-Fi later
5. Register Account: choose Use an existing Amazon account or Create a new one
6. Patron must enter his/her Amazon account email address and password, then select Register.
7. Will ask to connect to Facebook and Twitter or to Connect Later (Default: Choose Connect Later)
8. Follow brief tutorial
9. Tap the Home button.
To load purchased content on the Kindle:
1. Tap Cloud to see content in Patron’s Kindle library.
2. Tap title to download to device
3. Tap device to see content downloaded to Kindle Paperwhite
4. Enjoy using the Kindle!

When the Kindle is returned, it is deregistered and all content is deleted. If you have any questions on how to use the Kindle, please stop by the reference or circulation desk!

Blog post created by Kathryn Farrell

February 10, 2013

Library Workshops 2/11- 2/14


This week we are once again offering Introduction to Federal Public Policy Research and Introduction to Research Databases. We are also offering our Evidence Based Practice workshop.

This week’s schedule:

Wednesday, 2/13
2:00 pm: Evidence Based Practice
4:30 pm: Introduction to Federal Public Policy Research

Thursday, 2/14
4:00 pm: Introduction to Research Databases

You can register for a workshop online [], in person at the Dewey Reference Desk, or by calling 442-3691.

February 6, 2013

Discover the Interactive Media Center

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Tucked away in the basement of the University Library is a valuable yet often overlooked resource: the Interactive Media Center. Their knowledgeable staff can assist you with many projects, from web design and digital video production to PowerPoint presentations and image editing. The IMC Lab is equipped with both Macs and PCs that are equipped with a plethora of software not found on Information Commons computers, like Handbrake and GarageBand. The lab also has several scanners, making this an ideal location to work on a variety of projects, including making or editing web sites, images, video, audio, and presentations.

The A/V Playback Area is a convenient location for listening to and viewing media. All audio playback stations are equipped with headphones and patrons can borrow extra headphones and splitters so that two or more people can listen to one program. This area is also equipped with DVD players, VHS players, cassette players, and turntables.

The IMC also offers free classes to all members of the UAlbany community. Learn to design a professional looking website, edit digital sound and video files and manipulate digital images. Learn the basics of working with Dreamweaver, Microsoft Illustrator and PowerPoint or learn how to write HTML/XHTML. Check the IMC’s website for the class schedule and to sign up for a class.

The IMC has a long list of equipment that you can borrow using your SUNYCard, including video cameras, sound equipment, and portable hard drives. They even have equipment for recording telephone interviews and transcribing audio recordings.

For more information on the IMC, check out their website , give them a call at 518-442-3088, or visit them in the basement of the University Library.

Blog post created by Cary Gouldin

February 5, 2013

College and Research Libraries Switches to Online Only Format

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In January, the Association of College & Research Libraries announced that College & Research Libraries, its scholarly research journal, will be transitioning to an online-only publishing model by January 2014. According to ACRL President Steven J. Bell, this move is an “acknowledgement of the academic reader’s preference for the e-journal” that will allow them to better manage journal resources and expenses.

In 2011, the journal became a fully open access publication, removing the six month embargo it had previously imposed on all online articles. While they did not suspend their print publication at the time, then editor Joseph Branin did indicate that the fate of the print journal was tied to their efforts to “prudently reduce and control costs.”

Current editor Scott Walter called this move an exciting opportunity: “we will be able to enhance the connections between research reported in C&RL and other research and research-based continuing education programs provided through ACRL. We will work with a wider range of ACRL members to explore the potential that C&RL has to anchor a broader portal promoting access to basic and applied scholarship in academic and research libraries."

The November 2013 issue of the journal will be the last published in print.
Blog post created by Cary Gouldin

February 3, 2013

Library Workshops 2/4-2/8


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. This week the Dewey Library is offering several workshops that will help you get off to a good start this semester. 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:

Tuesday, 2/5
3:00 pm: Social Welfare Research Seminar

Wednesday, 2/6
3:00 pm: Introduction to Research Databases
4:30 pm: Introduction to Federal Public Policy Research

Thursday, 2/7
2:00 pm: Introduction to Research Databases

You can register for a workshop online, in person at the Dewey Reference Desk, or by calling 442-3691.

February 1, 2013

Photo of the Week: President Jones Visits Dewey


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The University at Albany's new President, Dr. Robert J. Jones and his wife Dr. Lynne Hassan Jones stopped by the Dewey Graduate Library on their whirlwind tour of all three University campuses last Wednesday, January 23. Here you can see Campus Archivist Geoffrey Williams describing the Dewey Library's trademark historical murals and stained glass windows. Dewey staff were excited to meet the President and his wife, and wish him success in his new position.

The University at Albany TV Channel has a video which gives tour highlights, and also one that depicts Dr.Jones talking about his background and vision for the Unviersity.