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May 31, 2013

Social Welfare Research Seminar Summer Sessions

Advanced Standing social welfare students: the first of the required library seminars are offered through most of June. Here is the schedule:
  • Monday June 3, 10:30AM
  • Wednesday June 5, 10:30AM
  • Monday June 17, 10:30AM
  • Wednesday June, 19 9:30AM
  • Monday June 23, 10:00AM
  • Wednesday June 26, 10:00AM
  • Monday July 1, 10:30AM
  • Wednesday July 3, 10:30AM
To register, drop by the Dewey Library Reference Desk, Call 442-3691, or register online. If you have questions about the library requirements for social welfare students, please contact Elaine Lasda Bergman, the library's social welfare subject specialist, elasdabergman@albany.edu.

May 15, 2013

Alumni Services at the Library

With graduation just around the corner you may have some questions about your library privileges after you get your diploma. This blog will tell you what you need to know!

Can I borrow books?
You are entitled to borrowing privileges at all three University at Albany Libraries. You must register in person at the circulation desk at any library and provide photo identification. It is encouraged that you visit during regular business hours. (8 a.m. - 5 p.m., Mon. - Fri.). You can borrow up to 25 items with a thirty day loan period. Materials can be renewed twice.

Can I use the databases?
You can register to use two databases at home (Academic Search and Business Source) and can visit the library to access any of the databases the University Libraries subscribe to on a public computer.

Can I use the wireless?
Wireless at the University Libraries can only be accessed by current students, faculty, and staff. Access to public computers is available with a guest log-in.

Can I get research assistance from a librarian?
Alumni are encouraged to use our Ask-A-Librarian email service or stop by the reference desk.

How can I stay current on the latest software programs and trends?
Sign up for a free technology class in our Interactive Media Center any time after graduation.

For more information please visit our alumni services page or stop by the reference desk. We wish you success in all of your future endeavors!

Blog post created by Kathryn Farrell

May 14, 2013

Social Work Licensure Information

In New York State in order to become a “Licensed Master Social Worker” you must meet the age, education, training, and examination requirements. With graduation fast approaching many social welfare students may be preparing themselves for the examination portion of the licensure process. The licensing exam is administered by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB). Luckily there are a lot of resources to help you prepare!

NYSED.gov has a LMSW License Requirements page that explains the general requirements, fees, and other practical information. In order to take the examination, Forms 1 and 2 must be completed, a fee of $294 must be paid to the New York State Education Department, education and application materials must be approved.

To actually take the exam you must register directly with the ASWB. The ASWB provides information on the content of the exam and it is possible to purchase exam study guides, online practice exams, and group review practice exams . The New York State Chapter of the National Association of Social Workers also has information on the licensing exam. Their YouTube channel has four videos on social work licensure and practice in New York.

The University at Albany’s School of Social Welfare (SSW) regularly invites the NYSED Secretary for the State Board to SSW to present directly to students on licensing requirements. Information on these presentations can be found on the MSW listserv and in the SSW Student Lounge (Richardson 003). There are also several resources available at the Dewey Library to help you prepare for the exam.

Check out the following items!
Masters social work licensing examination: Study guide. Association of Social Work Boards. Culpeper, VA: ASWB, c2010.
Dewey Library Reserves HV 40.52 M37X 2010. Please note that this is a 72 hour loan.

This is your passbook for social worker: Test preparation study guide: Questions & answers. Syosset, N.Y.: National Learning Corp., c2009.
Dewey Library Reserves HV 11.5 T55X 2009. Please note that this is a 72 hour loan.

Study guide: A guide for candidates preparing for the ASWB social work examination. Association of Social Work Boards. Culpeper, VA: ASWB, c2007.
Dewey Library Reserves HV 11.5 S78X 2007. There are three copies of this material. One is a three hour loan and the other two loan for 48 hours.

If you need more help locating resources on the licensing exam please contact our social welfare bibliographer Elaine Lasda Bergman by phone at 442-3695 or email: elasdabergman@albany.edu.

Blog post created by Kathryn Farrell

May 12, 2013

Final Dewey Workshop of the Year

You have one last chance to fulfill those information literacy requirements this semester! You might just learn a thing or two while you’re at it, like the ins and outs of doing research in social welfare. See you there!

Class schedule for this week:

Monday, 5/13

10:00 am - Social Welfare Research Seminar

To register for a class, check out our website, give us a call at 442-3691 or stop by the Reference Desk.

Blog post created by Cary Gouldin

May 8, 2013

Study Spaces at the Dewey Library

It’s the time of year when exams, last minute projects and collaborative assignments are due. A trip to the Dewey Library can help you accomplish everything you need by the end of the semester!

The first floor of the Dewey Library has fifteen computers and several tables and chairs for studying. There is also the circulation desk for checking out materials and the reference desk for research assistance.

The lower level of the Dewey Library consists of a quiet information commons where you can use the library computers in silence. Need to work in a group? A stairway in the information commons leads to the group study area of the Dewey Library. Here, you can work on group projects at the tables and computers. There is also a whiteboard that can be used by checking out a dry erase marker at the circulation desk.

Whether it’s a quiet place to concentrate, an area for group work, or assistance with research, the Dewey Library is here to meet all of your study needs. Stop by the reference desk if you have any questions!

May 7, 2013

Influence of Interest Groups

The effect of the NRA on gun control legislation makes interest groups a popular topic in today’s news. The Concise Oxford Dictionary of Politics (Online / JA 61 C665 2003 WWW) defines interest groups as “Organizations seeking to advance a particular sectional interest or cause, while not seeking to form government or part of a government. The term is often used interchangeably with pressure group, and is being supplanted by non-governmental organization. Interest groups may occasionally contest elections as a tactic to influence political parties, but they usually rely on a variety of campaigning and lobbying methods to influence government policy.”

For a general overview on interest groups The Oxford Handbook of American Political Parties and Interest Groups (Dewey Library Reference JK 2261 O75 2010) is a good resource. This non-circulating copy can be located in the Dewey reference collection. Also in the reference collection is The New York State Directory (Dewey Library Reference JK 3430 N53X) which lists interest groups by subject area.

The New York State Joint Commission on Public Ethics is responsible for the regulation and underlying legislation when it comes to interest groups in New York. This commission ensures compliance with New York’s lobbying laws and discloses specific information on organizations attempting to influence governmental issues. Advice, guidance, training, education, investigations, and enforcement are all part of the commission’s responsibilities.

Project Vote Smart is an independent source of information when it comes to politics. Its goal is to inform voters about the truth on governmental issues. Their website provides a list of national special interest groups which reports on performance evaluations from special interest groups. Interest groups are categorized based on their mission statements.

In addition to the reference books already mentioned, there are several books at the University Libraries with more information on interest groups. Check out the following!

Interest groups in American politics: Pressure and power. Anthony J. Nownes. New York: Routledge, 2013.
University Library JK 1118 N68 2013

The Oxford handbook of New York State government and politics. Edited by Gerald Benjamin. New York: Oxford University Press, c2012.
Dewey Library Reference JK 3416 O94 2012

Governing New York State. Edited by Robert F. Pecorella and Jeffrey M. Stonecash. Albany: State University of New York Press, c2012.

An introduction to the policy process: Theories, concepts, and models of public policy making. Thomas A. Birkland.
Dewey Library JK 468 P64 B58 2011
Armonk, N.Y.: M.E. Sharpe, c2011.The government and politics of New York State. Joseph F. Zimmerman. Albany: State University of New York Press, c2008.
University Library Reserves JK 3451 Z54X 2008

New York State government. Robert B. Ward. Albany, NY: Rockefeller Institute Press, c2006.
Dewey Library JK 3416 W37 2006

If you have any questions about finding relevant materials at the Dewey Library, please contact our public administration and policy bibliographer Richard Irving. He can be reached by phone at 442-3698 or email.

Blog post created by Kathryn Farrell

May 5, 2013

Workshops @ Dewey May 6-10


Want to learn more about evidence passed practice? Join us for an advanced seminar on resources that will help you understand and implement evidence based practice, including how to find and evaluate research information.

This week’s schedule:

Thursday, 5/9

3:00 pm - Evidence Based Practice

To register for a class, check out our website , give us a call at 442-3691 or stop by the Reference Desk.

Blog post created by Cary Gouldin

May 1, 2013

Check out Our Collections on Microform!

The Dewey Library has several microform collections that are available for viewing. Don’t know how to use the microfilm/fiche readers? Stop by the reference desk and a reference librarian can help you. It’s even possible to save to .PDF on your flash drive!

Minerva, the library’s online catalog, is the most effective way to search for microforms at the Dewey Library. It is possible to limit your search by format to microforms and by library in the Advanced Search option. It is easiest to find microform periodicals, newspapers, dissertations, serials, and monographs by searching by title.

Using our microfilm readers, you can review the content of these resources and either print them out or save them in PDF format to your flash drive.

Although not a comprehensive list, the following collections are a part of the microform materials at the Dewey Library.

The Complete Oral Arguments of the Supreme Court of the United States [microform]
Dewey Library Law KF 101 U54X

Crime and Juvenile Delinquency [microform]
Dewey Library Microfiche HV 6025 C75X
This collection includes a selection of important titles from the National Council on Crime and Delinquency Library, founded in 1921.

NCJRS Microfiche Collection [microform]
Dewey Library Microfiche HV 6001 N25X
This collection consists of the National Criminal Justice Reference Service documents on crime and law enforcement.

Census information
and dissertations are also available in microform. Please stop by the reference desk if you need any assistance accessing these materials!

Blog post created by Kathryn Farrell.