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May 11, 2014

Workshops for the Week of May 11th



This is it, your last chance to take our Social Welfare Research Seminar this semester!

Wednesday, May 14
2:00 pm - Social Welfare Research Seminar
For more information or to register for a class, visit our web site or contact the reference desk at 244-3691.

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May 4, 2014

Workshops for the Week of May 4th

We are offering two sessions of our Social Welfare Research Seminar and one session of our Evidence Based Practice workshop this, the second to last week of the semester. If you have been thinking of taking either of these classes, sign up now before it is too late.

Class schedule for the week:

Wednesday, May 7
1:00 pm - Social Welfare Research Seminar
3:00 pm - Evidence Based Practice

Friday, May 9
2:30 pm - Social Welfare Research Seminar

For more information or to register for a class, visit our web site or contact the reference desk at 244-3691.

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April 30, 2014

New and Awesome Reference Books!

We have recently added more reference books to the collection on subjects of interest to the downtown campus, including social security, criminal psychology, medical terminology, and children’s literature. Below are some highlights that might interest you.


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Cart’s Top 200 Adult Books for Young Adults Two Decades in Review by Michael Cart. Chicago ALA Editions, an imprint of the American Library Association, 2013. Online / Z 1037 C335 2013 WWW.

Michael Cart, former YALSA president and the best-selling author of Young Adult Literature: From Romance to Realism, applies his expertise as one of the nation’s leading experts on YA literature to identify exceptional adult books that will satisfy a variety of young adults’ recreational reading tastes. His roundup of high-quality titles covers a wide range of genres, from graphic novels and real-life adventures to romance and speculative fiction, and includes numerous read-alikes and related-titles lists, making it a great tool for both collection development and readers’ advisory. This resource makes finding a great book easy, with multiple indexes and thorough annotation.


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Destination Dissertation: A Traveler’s Guide to a Done Dissertation by Sonja K. Foss and William Waters. Lanham: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, c2007. Online / LB 2369 F59 2007 WWW.

Dissertations aren't walls to scale or battles to fight; they are destinations along the path to a professional career. Destination Dissertation is a handbook that helps students successfully develop and complete their dissertations. It uses travel as a metaphor, framing the process as an exciting trip of 29 steps that can be completed in less than nine months. Designed for use by students in all disciplines and for both quantitative and qualitative dissertations, the book shows concrete and efficient processes for completing those parts of the dissertation where students tend to get stuck, from conceptualizing a topic to editing the final work. It includes a wealth of real-life examples from throughout the dissertation process, such as creating the proposal and coding data. This time-tested method comes from the authors' successful work at the Denver-based Scholars' Retreat.

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Employment and Work by Susanne M. Bruyere and Linda Barrington. Thousand Oaks, CA; London: SAGE, c2012. Online / HD 7255 B78 2012 WWW.

This volume in The SAGE Reference Series on Disability explores issues facing people with disabilities in employment and the work environment. With a balance of history, theory, research, and application, specialists set out the findings and implications of research and practice for those whose current or future work involves the care and/or study of those with disabilities, as well as for the disabled themselves. This volume sets out the fundamentals of the topic, accompanied by compiled data and statistics, recommended further readings, a guide to organizations and associations, and other annotated resources, thus providing the ideal introductory platform and gateway for further study.

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Encyclopedia of Street Crime in America edited by Jeffrey Ian Ross. Thousand Oaks, CA; London: SAGE, 2013. Online / HV 6789 E53 2013 WWW.

Street crime has changed over past decades, especially with the advent of surveillance cameras in public places. However, criminals have found ways to adapt. This encyclopedic reference focuses primarily on urban lifestyle and its associated crimes, ranging from burglary to drug peddling to murder to new, more sophisticated forms of street crime and scams. This traditional A-to-Z reference has significant coverage of police and courts and other criminal justice sub-disciplines while also featuring thematic articles on the sociology of street crime. This volume includes 175 signed entries providing in-depth coverage of street crime in America; cross-references and suggestions for further reading; a thematic reader’s guide that groups related entries by broad topic areas; a detailed Index for convenient search-and-browse capabilities; a chronology providing a historical perspective of the topic; and annotated appendices providing sources of data and statistics.

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Guide to the White House Staff by Shirley Anne Warshaw. Los Angeles: Sage Reference, CQ Press, 2013. Dewey Library / Reference: JK 552 W37 2013.

This work examines the evolution and current role of the White House staff. In eight thematically-arranged chapters, it provides a study of executive/legislative relations, organizational behavior, policy making, and White House-cabinet relations. It introduces the first members of the White House staff and details the need, statutory authorization, and funding for staff expansion and addresses the creation of the Executive Office of the President (EOP) and a formal White House staff in 1939. It also explores the statutes, executive orders, and a succession of reorganization plans that have helped shape and refine the EOP, tracing the evolution of White House staff from FDR to Obama and the specialization of staff across policy and political units. This resource explores how presidential transitions have operated since Eisenhower created the position of chief of staff and explains the expansion of the president's in-house policy-making structures, beginning with national security and continuing with economic and domestic policy.

April 27, 2014

Workshops for the Week of April 27th

This week is your last opportunity this semester to take our Introduction to Research Databases class. Learn search strategies and techniques that will cut down the amount of time you spend doing research and enable you to get more accurate and comprehensive results.

The full schedule of classes for this week is:

Monday, April 28
10:00 am - Evidence Based Practice

Tuesday, April 29
2:00 pm - Evidence Based Practice

Wednesday, April 30
1:00 pm - Introduction to Research Databases

For more information or to register for a class, visit our web site or contact the reference desk at 244-3691.

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April 20, 2014

Workshops for the Week of April 20th


This week we are offering Evidence Based Practice, an hour-long advanced seminar that focuses on how to find and evaluate information for clinical practice in social welfare.

Wednesday, April 23
2:30 pm - Evidence Based Practice

For more information or to register for a class, visit our web site or contact the reference desk at 244-3691.

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April 13, 2014

Workshops for the Week of April 13th


There are only five weeks left in the semester! Start working out your research muscles now and you will be in tip-top shape by semester’s end, ready to tackle those final papers and projects. Learn the basics of social welfare research, including an introduction to search strategies, key library resources and online sources, in our Social Welfare Research Seminar. Those looking for a more advances class can learn to find and evaluate information for clinical practice in our Evidence Based Practice class.

This week’s schedule:

Wednesday, April 16
1:30 pm - Social Welfare Research Seminar

Thursday, April 17
10:00 am - Evidence Based Practice

For more information or to register for a class, visit our web site or contact the reference desk at 244-3691.

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April 9, 2014

We asked. You answered. We heard!

We asked you how Dewey is doing and you gave us answers! Now we would like to take a little time to follow up on some of the comments you provided……

 

We asked what could we do better at Dewey?

Your responses

Our Solutions

“Having a drinking water facility”

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This was a popular response given by many library users. We are very excited to announce that based on your recommendations, we have installed a new drinking water fountain!! The fountain also has a bottle filler! Fortunately, the library was recently gifted some money by an alumni donor which was to cover some of the cost to purchase and install the water fountain. The new drinking water fountain is located in the same hallway as the restroom.

“The library is freezing! Please increase the heating”

We try to keep temperatures at a comfortable level. There are campus regulations that we have to follow for heat settings. The targeted temperature for the winter is 68°F. Because Dewey Library is in a building over 100 years old, it can be hard to maintain targeted temperatures and sometimes equipment does fail. With that said, your feedback is welcomed and can help us to identify when there might be a problem. The heating and cooling conditions are consistently monitored by the Facilities Department. They also take preventative steps in order to ensure targeted and comfortable temperatures are met. 

“A  better hole puncher would be nice”

We have several hole punchers and staplers. We have a hole puncher near the SUNY card machine and we have an electric stapler at the black and white printer station located on the first floor. We have others with different capacities that we keep behind the Reference and Circulation Desks. Simply ask our staff at one of the desks and someone will be happy to get one for you.

“Have clean toilets/bathrooms maybe?”

We have placed toilet seat covers in the bathroom and we try to keep an air freshener in there. We’ve also posted reminders for library users to clean up after themselves. This is another area where we work with the Facilities Department to help keep a clean and comfortable environment. Reporting issues to library staff can help to keep us aware of problems that need to be addressed. 

“Provide tissues”

We do provide tissues. You can find them located on the Reference Desk.

 

We asked what do we do well?

Below are some of your responses:

“Professionalism” 

“Courteous receptionist”

“Lots of books!”

“Comfy and quiet environment”

“Great response with Interlibrary Loans!”

“friendly patrons”

“Chris, Dick, and Ryan are golden gods”

“……..and Leslie is great too”

 

We truly appreciate the positive feedback. It is reassuring for us to know that we are meeting the needs of our library users. Most importantly we want to provide a welcoming environment where you will feel comfortable doing your work and confident that you will be able to get the help and/or services you need in order to do your research. 


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April 6, 2014

Workshops for the Week of April 6th

We are offering our Evidence Based Practice workshop this week. Learn how to efficiently find and evaluate information for clinical social work. Sign up early as these classes tend to fill up!

Wednesday, April 9
2:00 pm - Evidence Based Practice

For more information or to register for a class, visit our web siteor contact the reference desk at 244-3691.

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March 30, 2014

Workshops for the Week of March 30th

This week you have another opportunity to take our ever popular Social Welfare Research Seminar. Learn the basics of effective research in the social welfare field, including using the Libraries’ web page, field specific databases and online resources:

Thursday, April 3
10:00 am - Social Welfare Research Seminar

For more information or to register for a class, visit our web site or contact the reference desk at 244-3691.

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March 23, 2014

Workshops for the Week of March 23rd


There are several workshop options for social welfare students this week. The Social Welfare Seminar provides an introduction to the resources and search strategies that are essential to social welfare research. Our advanced seminar, Evidence Based Practice, builds on this introduction and focus on finding and evaluating information for clinical practice. Open to students from all fields, Introduction to Research Databases focuses on finding books, articles and other resources through our many research databases.

Here is this week’s full schedule:

Monday, March 24
10:00 am - Social Welfare Research Seminar

Wednesday, March 26
4:00 pm - Introduction to Research Databases

Friday, March 28
2:00 pm - Evidence Based Practice

For more information or to register for a class, visit our web site [http://libguides.library.albany.edu/DeweyWorkshops] or contact the reference desk at 244-3691.

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March 16, 2014

Workshops for the Week of March 16th


Come one, come all to the Dewey classroom, where you will learn research skills that will amaze friends and delight party guests (or, at least, your professors)! Master the manipulation of our research databases to find information quickly and efficiently in our Introduction to Research Databases class. Discover the ancient secret of finding and evaluating information for clinical social work in our Evidence Based Practice workshop. Acquire the skill and knowledge needed to suss out information on nonprofit organizations and their activities using print, electronic and online resources. All this knowledge can be yours for free; all you have to do is sign up!

This week’s schedule is:

Wednesday, March 19
1:00 pm - Introduction to Research Databases
3:00 pm - Evidence Based Practice

Friday, March 21
3:00 pm - Nonprofit Organizations - Information Sources

For more information or to register for a class, visit our web site or contact the reference desk at 244-3691.

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March 9, 2014

Workshops for the Week of March 9th

This week, we are offering a plethora of workshops to take your research skills from adequate to excellent! Our ICPSR, Data and Statistical Resources workshop is ideal for those interested in qualitative methods as well as those planning on using government statistics and data. The Social Welfare Research Seminar is on introduction to the using Libraries’ web page, research databases and other library resources for research in social welfare.

This week’s full schedule is:

Tuesday, March 11
10:00 am - Nonprofit Organizations - Information Sources
2:00 pm - Social Welfare Research Seminar

Wednesday, March 12
6:00 pm - ICPSR, Data and Statistical Resources

Thursday, March 13
4:30 pm - Nonprofit Organizations - Information Sources

For more information or to register for a class, visit our web site or contact the reference desk at 244-3691.

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March 2, 2014

Workshops for the Week of March 2nd


Learn how to find information regarding nonprofit organizations and their activities, including print, electronic and online sources with our workshop Nonprofit Organizations - Information Sources. This 60 minute, hands-on session will take place in the Dewey classroom this Wednesday. We are also offering our popular Evidence Based Practice workshop this week, which will teach your how to find and evaluate information for clinical social work practice.

This week’s schedule:

Wednesday, March 5

4:30 pm - Nonprofit Organizations - Information Sources

Friday, March 7
3:30 pm - Evidence Based Practice

For more information or to register for a class, visit our web site or contact the reference desk at 244-3691.

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February 23, 2014

Workshops for the Week of February 23rd


This Wednesday we are offering our Introduction to Research Databases workshop, designed to teach you how to effectively and efficiently search any database, from Academic Search Compete to Social Work Abstracts to PAIS International to Minerva, the Libraries’ catalog. Also on the menu for Wednesday is out Evidence Based Practice seminar, which will focus on how to find and evaluate research information for clinical social work practice.

Wednesday, February 26
1:00 pm - Introduction to Research Databases
3:00 pm - Evidence Based Practice

For more information or to register for a class, visit our web site or contact the reference desk at 244-3691.

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February 16, 2014

Workshops for the Week of February 16th

Take a workshop at Dewey this week and learn how to find the information you need quickly and efficiently. Our Social Welfare Research Seminar will introduce you to key resources and search strategies in the field, while our advanced seminar, Evidence Based Practice, will show you how to find and evaluate research information for clinical social work practice. For those interested in public policy, we are offering our Introduction to Federal Public Policy Research, which will cover resources for finding the legal authority for a policy, legislative history and evaluating federal public policies.

Wednesday, February 19
1:00 pm - Evidence Based Practice

Thursday, February 20
2:00 pm - Social Welfare Research Seminar

Friday, February 21
10:00 am - Introduction to Federal Public Policy Research

For more information or to register for a class, visit our web site or contact the reference desk at 244-3691.

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February 13, 2014

Dewey Library Closing Early

Due to the inclement weather, the Dewey Graduate Library will close at 5:00pm, today February 13, 2014. Unless otherwise specified, the library will have normal hours tomorrow. Stay warm!

February 9, 2014

Workshops for the Week of February 9th


There are a lot of things happening in the happening in the Dewey classroom this week. Our ICPSR, Data and Statistical Resources workshop provides an introduction to government, not-for-profit and commercial sources of data and statistical information. It will also cover the ICPSR data repository. We are also offering our ever popular Social Welfare Research Seminar, which provides an overview to the libraries’ social welfare resources along with an introduction to efficient and time saving search strategies.

This week’s class schedule:

Tuesday, February 11
10:00 am - Introduction to Federal Public Policy Research
3:00 pm - ICPSR, Data and Statistical Resources

Wednesday, February 12
2:00 pm - Social Welfare Research Seminar

Thursday, February 13
4:30 pm - Introduction to Federal Public Policy Research

For more information or to register for a class, visit our web site or contact the reference desk at 244-3691.

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February 2, 2014

Workshops for the Week of February 2nd


Join us in the Dewey classroom for our Introduction to Federal Public Policy Research workshop. This session will cover sources for finding the legal authority for a policy, legislative history and evaluating federal public policies. We are also offering our Social Welfare Research Seminar which provides an introduction to doing social welfare research, including research databases, the Libraries’ web site and online resources.

See below for the full schedule offerings this week.

Wednesday, February 5
2:00 pm - Social Welfare Research Seminar
4:00 pm - Orientation Tour of Dewey Graduate Library
4:30 pm - Introduction to Federal Public Policy Research

For more information or to register for a class, visit our web site or contact the reference desk at 244-3691.

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January 26, 2014

Workshops for the Week of January 26th

Whether you are new the downtown campus or gearing up to tackle your dissertation or thesis, a tour of Dewey Library is a smart way to start off your semester. You have two opportunities this week to learn about library services like interlibrary loan and UA Delivery, learn the ins and outs of using the libraries’ website and become familiar with the libraries’ resources like electronic journals, government documents and our law collection.

Wednesday, January 29
4:00 pm - Orientation Tour of Dewey Graduate Library

Thursday, January 30
9:30 am - Orientation Tour of Dewey Graduate Library

For more information or to register for a class, visit our web site or contact the reference desk at 244-3691.

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January 2, 2014

Returning and Renewing Library Books during Break

Circ Image.jpgFinally, the stress, pain and sleep deprivation of the end-of-semester crunch are over. It’s time to relax and catch up on all the TV episodes that have been piling up on your DVR. Wait, what about the book you forgot to return to the Libraries? What a headache! If you don’t return it soon, you are going to start racking up the fines.

Don’t stress out! You can renew and return books from off campus. To renew an item, simply click on the “My Library Account” link on the left of the Libraries’ homepage. Once you have logged on with your NetID, you can check due dates, renew books, 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 20 through January 1; for information during that period, please contact the University Library during the same hours at 518-442-3569.

December 19, 2013

Accessing Library Materials over Break


Happy Holidays.jpgAs the semester draws to a close and exhausted student’s flee campus for the comfort and relaxation of home, the University Libraries are getting ready for a little down time of our own. Dewey and the Science Library will be closed from December 20th to January 1st. The University Library will be closed December 25th and January 1st. These closing necessitate a change in certain services:

UA Delivery and Interlibrary Loan Items on Hold

Beginning Wednesday, December 18th items will NOT be sent to Dewey or Science Library for pick-up. They will be placed “On Hold” at the University Library Circulation Desk.
On Thursday, December 19th any items “On Hold” at Dewey or Science that have not been picked up will be shipped to the University Library where they will remain “On Hold”. You may pick up your items from the University Library Circulation Desk.
On Thursday, January 2nd, any items that were “On Hold” for you at the University Library will be shipped back to your regular pick up location. (Please allow for turnaround time.)

Office Delivery

Office delivery services for Faculty, including the East Campus and College of Nanoscale Science & Engineering (CNSE), will be suspended from December 20th through January 1st due to closed buildings and reduced mail services during the Limited Operations Period of the Intersession Energy Savings Initiative. (NOTE: This does NOT include home delivery services for Distance Ed users and for Patrons with Disabilities.)

Submitting UA Delivery Requests for Materials from Dewey and Science Libraries

While the Dewey and Science Libraries are closed, you may continue to use our UA Delivery Services. Library staff will make runs to the two libraries based on the demand. Requested items will be brought to the University Library for processing. Please allow for longer turnaround times.

Book Delivery - You may submit requests for books from Dewey and Science Libraries. You will be able to pick those books up from the University Library.

Articles - Submit requests as usual.

Submitting Interlibrary Loan Requests

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 25th and January 1st. You may submit interlibrary loan requests as usual. 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.
Books - You may submit requests for books as usual. However, during this period all books will be held at the University Library regardless of your normal pick location.

Articles - Submit requests as usual.

Normal schedules for all services will resume on Thursday, January 2nd.

For information on Interlibrary Loan and UA Delivery services during the shutdown, call 518-442-3613. For information regarding library services and research help, contact the reference desk at 442-3691 or dewref@albany.edu.

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December 8, 2013

Dewey Workshops 12/9- 12/13



Dewey Library is offering a single workshop this week:

Friday, December 13, we are offering the Social Welfare Research Seminar at 2:30pm.

This is the final workshop for the Fall 2013 semester. For more information, call 442-3691, stop by the reference desk, or register online .

December 1, 2013

Dewey Workshops 12/2- 12/6



Dewey Library is offering a single workshop this week:

Wednesday, December 4, we are offering the Social Welfare Research Seminar at 2:00pm.
For more information, call 442-3691, stop by the reference desk, or register online.

November 24, 2013

Dewey Workshops 11/25-11/29



The Dewey Library is offering a single workshop due to the holiday weekend.

Monday, Nov. 25 we are offering Resources for Evidence Based Practice at 10:00am.

For more information, call 442-3691, stop by the reference desk, or register online.

November 17, 2013

Dewey Workshops 11/18-11/22


The Dewey Library is offering several workshops this week. For more information, call 442-3691, stop by the reference desk, or register online.

Tuesday, November 19:
10:00 AM Non-Profit Organizations - Information Sources

Wednesday, November 20:
1:00 PM Social Welfare Research Seminar
3:30 PM Introduction to Research Databases

Thursday, November 21:
10:00 AM Resources for Evidence Based Practice

Friday, November 22:
10:00 AM- Non-Profit Organizations - Information Sources

November 10, 2013

Dewey Workshops 11/11-11/15


The Dewey Library is offering several of the advanced workshops this week. For more information, call 442-3691, stop by the reference desk, or register online
Tuesday, November 12:
4:30 PM Non-Profit Organizations - Information Sources

Wednesday, November 13:
3:30 PM Resources for Evidence Based Practice

Thursday November 14:
4:30 PM Non Profit Organizations - Information Sources

November 3, 2013

Dewey Instruction Sessions: 11/4- 11/8

There are NO instruction sessions this week. Don’t forget our subject specialists are available for appointments if you need research assistance.

Social Welfare
Elaine Lasda Bergman
442-3695
elasdabergman@albany.edu

Criminal Justice or Public Administration and Policy
Richard Irving
442-3698
rirving@albany.edu

Information Studies
Deborah Bernnard
442-3699
debernnard@albany.edu

October 27, 2013

Workshops at Dewey 10/28-11/1

This week we are offering our ICPSR, Data and Statistical Resources workshop. This will be the last time this semester this Seminar is offered: Tuesday October 29th at 2:00pm.

Also offered this week is Evidence Based Practice on Wednesday October 30th at 1:00pm .

These seminars fill up fast so don’t forget to sign up either online, on the Dewey library website or in person at the reference desk, or by calling us at 442-3691.

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October 20, 2013

Workshop at Dewey 10/21-10/25

This week Dewey is offering three seminars.

Evidence Based Practice:  Monday, October 21 at 10:00am

Social Welfare Research Seminar: Wednesday, October 23 at 2:30pm

Introduction to Research Databases: Wednesday, October 23 at 12:30pm

Don’t forget 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. 

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October 13, 2013

Workshop at Dewey 10/14-10/18


This week Dewey is adding another seminar called ICPSR, Data and Statistical Resources,  which will provide you with the knowledge to research statistical information and xplore the ICPSR repository site.  This seminar is only offered twice! Once this week on Monday, October 14 at 6:00pm and two weeks after this date on Tuesday, October 29 at 2:00pm

Also offered this week is the Introduction to Research Databases workshop. This course can benefit you because it will teach you how to use Minerva our online catalog as well as bibliographic databases to effectively research your desired topic. Introduction to research Databases is offered Wednesday, October 16 at 1:00pm.

The Social Welfare Research Seminar is offered Monday, October 14 at 3:00pm.

The last Seminar offered this week is Introduction to Federal Public Policy ResearchThursday, October 15 at 10:00am and Friday, October 18 at 10:00am. This will be the LAST  time Introduction to Federal Public Policy Research will be offered this semester. 

You can sign up for any session online, in person at the reference desk, or by calling us at 442-3691. 

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October 11, 2013

Take a Photo for the DowntownDane Project!

Help Welcome the Downtown Dane! 


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The UAlbany Downtown Dane is here and is curious about our campus community. Come help show the Dane what 

our campus is all about! The UAlbany Downtown Campus will be home to a 4-foot Great Dane statue awarded as part of the Great Dane Project.


The "Downtown Dane" will be covered in photos that celebrate the Downtown campus and our surrounding community.

Here’s how YOU can help:

(1) Snap a picture (day, night, color, b/w) on the downtown campus that shows just how awesome this community is. Get creative with your camera!

(2)LIKE UAlbany Downtown Dane on Facebook!

(3) Upload your creative picture & the name of your UAlbany program.

(4) Your picture could be featured on the Dane FOREVER!

(5) Spread the word, please! Deadline has been extended till MONDAY OCTOBER 14!






October 6, 2013

Workshops at Dewey 10/7-10/11


Dewey is offering two new seminars this week, Introduction to Federal Public Policy Research and Evidence Based Practice.

These seminars will guide you into finding sources through electronic databases on evaluated research information on either Public policies or clinical social work.

Introduction to Federal Public Policy Research; is offered twice this week:

*Tuesday, October 8 at 4:30pm, and

*Thursday, October 10 at 4:30pm

Evidence Based Practice is offered

*Wednesday, October 9 at 3:00pm


Also another Social Welfare Research Seminar is offered this week,

Wednesday, October 9 at 12:30pm

To sign up for an instruction session at Dewey you can go online, sign up in person at the reference desk, or by calling us at 442-3691. 


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September 27, 2013

Ph.D. Due Date is Monday, Sept. 30

A reminder to all Ph.D. candidates that the summer fixed date for returning or renewing books is this coming Monday, September 30, 2012. Ph.D. students are able to renew books a maximum of 8 times, and this can be done through your My Library Account. This fixed due date applies to Ph.D. candidates only. If you are a Master's level student or other type of borrower, please view our circulation loan policy for applicable lending periods.

If you have any questions about loan periods, overdue fines, or renewing books, please contact our Circulation Desk at 442-3693.

September 6, 2013

A Warm Welcome to Aurora Becker!

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You may notice a new face around here on Sunday afternoons... Meet Aurora Becker, our new Sunday Reference Associate. She is a current student in the Information Studies program here at the downtown campus. She will be here to answer all your reference questions on Sundays. She will also be here during the week to teach some of the library seminars. If you see Aurora, stop by and welcome her!

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September 4, 2013

The Libraries' Homepage Gets a Facelift!

The University Libraries’ homepage has a fresh new look for the fall semester! The handy quick search box has been moved to the top of the page to make finding databases, journals and books faster and easier.

We have also simplified the process of finding electronic course materials by merging the eReserves system with Blackboard, the University’s course management system. You can access your Blackboard account through the link on the left side of our homepage, just log in with your NetID and password.

You will notice that some of the quick links on the left side of the page have been updated to make finding resources easier. For example, we added a link to CitationFox, our handy APA and MLA citation guides. We also added a “My Library Account” link so you can check due dates, renew items and see if you have any outstanding fines.

Over the past year we have worked hard to compile a series of user guides designed to help different segments of the UAlbany community - distance learners, graduate students and users with disabilities to name a few - get the most out of their library experience. Links to these guides are now located in the “Resources For” section on the lower left side of the homepage.

For more information on using the Libraries’ website, stop by the Reference Desk or call 442-3691.

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August 26, 2013

New to the Downtown Campus? Take an Orientation Tour!

Welcome, new and returning students! If you would like to know more about the Dewey Library's services, resources and facilities, come take an orientation tour! They are offered the first two weeks of class:

Wednesday, August 28 at 1:00pm
Thursday, August 29 at 2:00pm
Wednesday, September 4 at 4:00pm
Thursday, September 5 at 4:00pm

If you would like to sign up for a tour, please stop by the Reference Desk,call 442-3691 or email us.

August 21, 2013

Former Head of Dewey Retires

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Over the summer, we bid adieu to longtime librarian and former head of the Dewey Library Mary Jane Brustman. Mary Jane worked at the University Libraries for 30 years, and for much of that time was the bibliographer for Social Welfare and Criminal Justice here at Dewey. For several years she was also head of the Dewey Library but was quickly promoted in 2008 to Assistant Director for Public Services.

Mary Jane will be spending her winters in the desert and her summers in the mountains. We wish her well!

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 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.

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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.

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April 28, 2013

What's Happening in the Dewey Classroom this Week?


It’s end of semester crunch time! Save time and lower your stress levels by learning how do library research more efficiently. Our Introduction of Research Databases will teach you basic strategies as well as tips and tricks that can be used in any database to get you better results faster. Our Evidence Based Practice workshop will teach you how to find and evaluate research information for clinical social work practice.

Class schedule:

Wednesday, 5/1
1:00 pm - Evidence Based Practice

Thursday, 5/2
2:00 pm - Introduction to Research Databases

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

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April 21, 2013

Dewey Workshops this Week, April 22-26


We are offering our Introduction to Information Resources for Gerontology workshop this week for the second and final time this semester. Get a basic overview of key resources in gerontological social work, including the important features of key reference works and databases, search strategies and tips for discovering useful books, articles and websites on the aged.

Our class schedule this week:

Wednesday, 4/24

1:00 pm - Introduction to Information Resources for Gerontology

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

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April 14, 2013

Classes @ Dewey April 15-19

Prepare for the end-of-the-semester crunch by strengthening your research skills with our Introduction to Research Databases workshop. This session will cover strategies for selecting databases, identifying search terms, conducting effective searches and navigating the results. We are also offering our Evidence Based Practice workshop, which will help you find and evaluate research information for clinical social work practice.

This week’s schedule:

Tuesday, 4/16

3:00 pm - Evidence Based Practice

Wednesday, 4/17
2:00 pm - Introduction to Research Databases

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


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April 7, 2013

Dewey Workshops for the Week of April 8th

This Wednesday, we are offering our Evidence Based Practice workshop, an hour-long session that will focus on finding and evaluating research information for clinical social work practice. The prerequisite for this workshop is the Social Welfare Research Seminar.

Class schedule:

Wednesday, 4/10
1:00 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.
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March 31, 2013

Workshops @ Dewey April 1-5

Hey, Social Welfare students, don’t wait to the last minute to fulfill those information literacy requirements! Take our Social Welfare Research Seminar this week and not only will you be able to check another thing off your to do list, but you will also learn search strategies that will save you time and give you better results.

This week’s schedule:

Wednesday, 4/3
1:00 pm - 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.

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March 24, 2013

Workshops at Dewey March 25-29


We are offering our Introduction to Information Resources in Gerontology for the first time this semester. Learn about key resources in the field, including reference works and databases. This class is a must for anyone planning a career in gerontological social work.

The class schedule for the week:

Wednesday, 3/27

3:00 pm - Introduction to Information Resources for Gerontology

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

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March 17, 2013

Classes at Dewey March 18-22

Take our Social Welfare Research Seminar this week and learn how to use the Libraries’ print and electronic resources for Social Welfare research. You will also be introduced to a variety of web resources in the field.

This week’s schedule:

Monday, 3/18
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.

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March 10, 2013

Dewey Workshops for the Week of March 11th.


We are offering our Nonprofit Organizations - Information Sources workshop twice this week. Learn about print, electronic and online resources for finding information about nonprofits and their activities in this hour-long, hands on workshop. You can also take out evidence Based Practice workshop this week.

The class schedule for this week is:

Wednesday, 3/13
10:00 am - Nonprofit Organizations - Information Sources
3:00 pm - Evidence Based Practice

Friday, 3/15
10:00 am - Nonprofit Organizations - Information Sources

To register for a class, check out our website, give us a call at 442-3691 or stop by the Reference Desk.
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March 3, 2013

What's Happening in the Dewey Classroom This Week?

This week is your last opportunity this year to take our ICPSR, Data and Statistical Resources workshop. This session will introduce you to a library resource providing government, nonprofit and commercial data and statistical information and teach you how to search it efficiently and effectively. We are also offering our Social Welfare Research Seminar and our Nonprofit Organizations - Information Sources workshop.

This week’s schedule:

Wednesday, 3/6

11:00 am - ICPSR, Data and Statistical Resources
4:30 pm - Nonprofit Organizations - Information Sources

Thursday, 3/7
10:00 am - Social Welfare Research Seminar
4:30 pm - Nonprofit Organizations - Information Sources

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


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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 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 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.

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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.

January 30, 2013

Tomorrow is Ph.D. Due Date for Library Materials

Returning Books.jpgAttention Ph.D. students! The winter fixed date all checked out materials is tomorrow, January 31, 2013. Avoid racking up overdue fines by returning your items to one of the libraries. Still need a book or DVD? You can renew it via My Library Account on our website. Ph.D. students are able to renew an item up to 8 times.

If you have any questions about loan periods, overdue fines, or renewing books, please contact our Circulation Desk at 442-3693.

January 29, 2013

Display: National Wise Health Consumer Month

healthcare display 005.jpgFebruary is National Wise Health Consumer Month which inspired this month’s library display on health care. Come to the Dewey Library and see the display located by the front entrance. It features information on the Affordable Care Act, relevant resources available at the library, and a fact sheet that you can take with you.

The Affordable Care Act was signed into law on March 23, 2010 and last year on June 28th the Supreme Court upheld the law. Many parts of the law will take effect this year, including more funding to Medicaid to improve preventative health coverage and increased Medicaid payments to primary care doctors. A complete timeline can be found online, with most items in effect by 2015. It is also possible to read the full text of the law online.
The Dewey Library has several resources regarding the Affordable Care Act and health care issues in general. Stop by the display for a list of compiled resources!

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January 28, 2013

Dewey Tours 1/28 - 2/1

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.
This week’s schedule:

Wednesday, 1/30
4:00 pm: Orientation Tour

Thursday, 1/31
4:00 pm: Orientation Tour

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

December 12, 2012

Finals Week Extended Hours Uptown


To accommodate your library needs during finals the University Library and Science Library on the uptown campus is extending its hours. The following schedule is when the libraries will be open:

University Library

Friday, December 7-Thursday, December 20
Sunday: 9:00am-24 Hours
Monday-Thursday: 24 Hours
Friday: 24 Hours - 1:00am (1am Sat)
Saturday: 9:00am - 1:00am (1am Sun)
The University Library closes at 8:00pm on Thursday, December 20.

Science Library
Sunday: 11:00am-1:00am
Monday-Thursday: 8:00am-1:00am
Friday: 8:00am-8:00pm
Saturday: 9:00am-8:00pm
The Science Library closes at 6:00pm on Thursday, December 20th.


The Dewey Library Hours are as follows:

Monday - Thursday: 8:30am -11:00pm
Friday: 8:30am - 7:00pm
Saturday: 10:00am - 6:00pm
Sunday 1:00pm-9:00pm

Please note that on Thursday, December 20, Dewey will be open from 8:30am - 5:00pm, and will shut down during the first part of the Interssion from Friday, December 21 to January 1.

More information on when the libraries are open is available online . Good luck studying and remember to stop by the reference desk for any research assistance!

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December 9, 2012

Workshops at Dewey: 12/10-12/14

The final class of the semester will be our Social Welfare Research Seminar. This 90 minute session will give you an introduction to using library databases, the library web page, and other Internet resources for research in social welfare.

Wednesday, 12/12

1:00 p.m. Social Welfare Research Seminar

More information can be found online or by stopping by the Reference Desk.

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December 2, 2012

Workshops at Dewey: 12/3-12/7

With the end of the semester fast approaching, it is time to start working on those end-of-semester projects. Now is the perfect time to improve your research skills with our Introduction to Research Databases workshop. This session will introduce important concepts needed to effectively search any database. Minerva, the online catalog, as well as specific databases and platforms will also be demonstrated.

Here is the complete schedule of classes for the week:

Wednesday, 12/5

2:00 p.m. Evidence Based Practice

Thursday, 12/6

4:00 p.m. Introduction to Research Databases

More information can be found online or by stopping by the Reference Desk.

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November 25, 2012

Workshops at Dewey: 11/26-11/30

This week we are offering our Introduction to Resources for Gerontology workshop for the second and last time this semester. This course provides a basic overview of key resources related to gerontological social work. It will focus on key reference works and databases, search strategies and tips for uncovering useful articles, web sites, and books about the aged.

Wednesday, 11/28
4:00 p.m. Introduction to Information Resources for Gerontology

To register for a class, call 442-3691, visit our registration page, or stop by the Reference Desk.

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November 18, 2012

Dewey Workshops: 11/19 - 11/23

Need help with your Social Welfare research? Take our Social Welfare Research Seminar offered this Wednesday. This seminar will give you an introduction to using library databases, the library web page, and other Internet resources for research in social welfare.

Wednesday, 11/21
10:00 a.m. Social Welfare Research Seminar

For more information on this and other workshops, check out our website.

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November 11, 2012

Dewey Workshops: 11/12-11/16


You have two opportunities to take our Using the Libraries’ Website to Access Information workshop this week. Learn about Minerva, the online catalog, research databases and other online resources including interlibrary loan and UA Delivery.

This week’s schedule is:

Tuesday, 11/13
10:00 a.m. Evidence Based Practice

Wednesday, 11/14
2:00 p.m. Using the Libraries’ Website to Access Information

Thursday, 11/15
1:30 pm Using the Libraries’ Website to Access Information

For more information on these and other workshops, check out our website.


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November 4, 2012

Dewey Workshops: 11/5-11/9

This Friday, we are offering our Nonprofit Organizations - Information Sources workshop. This hands-on workshop will provide an overview of print, online and Internet sources of information regarding nonprofit organizations and their activities.

Our class schedule this week is:

Tuesday, 11/6
3:00 p.m. ICPSR, Data and Statistical Resourcesr

Friday, 11/9
10:00 a.m. Nonprofit Organizations - Information Sources

To register for one of these classes, call 442-3691, visit our registration page, or stop by the Reference Desk.

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October 28, 2012

Workshops at Dewey: 10/29-11/2

This week we are offering our Introduction to Resources for Gerontology workshop for the first time this semester. This course provides a basic overview of key resources related to gerontological social work. It will focus on key reference works and databases, search strategies and tips for uncovering useful articles, web sites, and books about the aged.

This week’s class schedule:

Monday, 10/29

5:30 p.m. ICPSR, Data and Statistical Resources

Wednesday, 10/31

2:00 p.m. Introduction to Information Resources for Gerontology

Friday, 11/2

10:00 a.m. Introduction to Federal Public Policy Research

More information can be found online or by stopping by the Reference Desk.

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October 21, 2012

Dewey Workshops: 10/22-10/26

We are offering several classes at Dewey this week, including our Evidence Based Practice workshop, an advanced research seminar focuses on how to find and evaluate research information for clinical social work practice. Students must have completed the Social Welfare Research Seminar before signing up for this class.

Here is Dewey’s complete class schedule for the week:

Wednesday, 10/24
1:00 p.m. Using the Libraries’ Website to Access Information
4:30 pm Nonprofit Organizations - Information Sources

Thursday, 10/25
10:00 a.m. Evidence Based Practice

Friday, 10/26

10:00 a.m. ICPSR, Data and Statistical Resources

To register for one of these classes, call 442-3691, visit our registration page , or stop by the Reference Desk.

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October 14, 2012

Dewey Workshops: 10/15-10/19

This week, we are offering our Social Welfare Research Seminar, one of the required workshops for social welfare students. This 90 minute workshop will provide an introduction to using library databases, the library web page, and other Internet resources for research in social welfare.

This week’s workshop schedule is as follows:

Monday, 10/15
2:00 p.m. Social Welfare Research Seminar
10:00 a.m. Nonprofit Organizations - Information Sources

Wednesday, 10/17
4:00 p.m. Introduction to Research Databases

Thursday, 10/18

11:00 a.m. ICPSR, Data and Statistical Resources

For more information on these and other workshops, check out our website.

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October 9, 2012

Multiculturalism and Justice Series


On Friday, October 12, Victor Streib, J.D. will be presenting a lecture, “Death to the Women and Children” in the Standish Room, Science Library at 4:00 pm. The lecture is part of the Justice and Multiculturalism in the 21st Century project sponsored by the School of Criminal Justice. Dean Streib is the former Dean and Professor Emeritus at the Northern Ohio University School of Law. He is acknowledged to be one of the foremost experts on the application of the death penalty sentence to women and juveniles. Not only has he published numerous journal articles and books on the death penalty, but he also co-authored the principal brief arguing against the death penalty in Thompson v. Oklahoma 487 U.S. 815 (1987). In Thompson the Supreme Court prohibited the execution of individuals under the age of sixteen at the time of the crime. His work was also heavily cited in another Supreme Court case, Roper v. Simmons, 543 U.S. 551 (2005) in which the court did away with the death penalty for offenders under the age of 18 at the time of the crime.

Dean Streib’s lecture is associated with the announcement of his donation of his personal papers to the National Death Penalty Archive at the University at Albany. Several of his books are available at the University Libraries including; Juvenile Justice in America (1978), Death Penalty for Juveniles(1987), and The Fairer Death: executing women in Ohio(2006).

Each of the series of lectures in the Justice and Multiculturalism in the 21st Century project’s series is followed by a film on a related topic the following week. The Execution of Wanda Jean will be shown on Friday, October 19, at 7:30 pm at Page Hall. This documentary film depicts the clemency appeal of mentally-impaired death row inmate Wanda Jean Allen. The failure of the appeal resulted in her execution on January 11, 2001. Wanda Jean Allen was the first black women to be executed in the United States since 1954. University at Albany professors Vivien Ng and James Acker will lead a discussion of the issues surrounding the case immediately following the film.

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October 7, 2012

Dewey Workshops: 10/8-10/12

The Libraries’ website is chock-full of information, tools and resources designed to help you get the most out of your time at UAlbany. Our Using the Libraries’ Website to Access Information workshop, taking place this Thursday, will teach you how to effectively search Minerva, find articles in our databases, access books and other materials from other libraries and much more.

Our class schedule this week is:

Wednesday, 10/10
3:00 p.m. Evidence Based Practice
5:30 p.m. ICPSR, Data and Statistical Resources

Thursday, 10/11
1:30 p.m. Using the Libraries’ Website to Access Information
4:30 p.m. Nonprofit Organizations - Information Sources

To register for one of these classes, call 442-3691, visit our registration page, or stop by the Reference Desk.

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October 4, 2012

Open Access Week 2012 Events



The University at Albany Libraries are celebrating Open Access Week 2012 with exhibits and a program of activities on Tuesday October 23.

Open Access Week, a global event now entering its 6th year, is an opportunity for the academic and research community to continue to learn more about the potential benefits of Open Access, to share what they’ve learned with colleagues, and to help inspire wider participation in making Open Access a new norm in scholarship and research. Open Access to information - the free, immediate, online access to the results of scholarly research, and the right to use and re-use those results as needed - has the power to transform the way research and scientific inquiry are conducted. It has direct and widespread implications for academia, medicine, science, industry, and society as a whole.

Tuesday October 23, 11-2:30pm

All events held in the Standish Room, 3rd Floor, Science Library

11:00 - 12:00
Lightning Round Presentations: Join us for several exciting and thought-provoking lightning round sessions on a variety of issues concerning the Open Access movement. Q&A to follow sessions

12:00 - 1:00pm Buffet Lunch, R.S.V.P. Irina Holden iholden@albany.edu by October 19, 2012

1:00 - 2:30pm Talk entitled “Preservation and Research Data at Binghamton University Libraries” by Edward Corrado, Director of Library Technology, Binghamton University


Edward M. Corrado is Director of Library Technology at Binghamton University where he provides leadership for information technologies and digital initiatives, as well as overall direction, administration and management of computer resources, systems, and networking in the Libraries. Corrado is a long-time advocate for the use of Open Source Software in libraries and has presented at local, state, national, and international conference on the topic.

Co - sponsored by the Eastern New York Chapter Association of College and Research Libraries (ENY/ACRL)

Organizers wish to thank University Auxiliary Services for its generous support of these programs.

For futher information regarding open access week: http://www.openaccessweek.org/
For further information regarding open access see the Open Access Directory: http://oad.simmons.edu/oadwiki/Main_Page

September 30, 2012

Workshops at Dewey 10/1-10/5

Among our offerings this week is our ICPSR, Data and Statistical Resources workshop, which will provide an introduction to government, not-for-profit and commercial sources of data and statistical information as well as the ICPSR data repository site. This workshop is ideal for students who are interested in quantitative methods and who will be using government statistics and data.

This week’s class schedule is as follows:

Tuesday, 10/2
10:00 a.m. Introduction to Federal Public Policy Research

Wednesday, 10/3

10:00 a.m. ICPSR, Data and Statistical Resources
3:00 p.m. Social Welfare Research Seminar

For more information on these and other workshops, check out our website.

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Ph.D. Students: Renew or Return Books Today

Today is the summer fixed due date for Ph.D. candidates who have checked out library materials. If you are a Ph.D.candidate and have material due on this day, you must return or renew it. Please call the Circulation Desk at 442-3693 for more information.

September 28, 2012

Ph.D. Due Date is Sunday

A reminder to all Ph.D. candidates that the summer fixed date for returning or renewing books is this coming Sunday, September 30, 2012. Ph.D. students are able to renew books a maximum of 8 times, and this can be done through your MyMinerva account. This fixed due date applies to Ph.D. candidates only. If you are a Master's level student or other type of borrower, please view our circulation loan policy for applicable lending periods.

If you have any questions about loan periods, overdue fines, or renewing books, please contact our Circulation Desk at 442-3693.

September 23, 2012

Dewey Workshops: 9/24 - 9/28

Workshops on some additional topics are being offered this week. Evidence-based practice is gaining importance in social work circles. In the Evidence Based Practice Seminar, you will learn how to do specialized research to locate evidence based sources. Public Policy research is also an area that may require using specialized databases, searching techniques and other resources. Anyone needing to locate and understand Federal policy will benefit from the Introduction to Federal Public Policy Resources.

Wednesay 9/26:
1:00-2:00PM: Evidence Based Practice
4:00-5:00PM: Introduction to Federal Public Policy Resources

Thursday 9/27:
2:30-3:30PM: Introduction to Research Databases
4:30-5:30PM: Introduction to Federal Public Policy Resources

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. We hope to see you there!

September 16, 2012

Dewey Workshops: Week of 9/17 - 9/21

Again this week, we are offering our Introduction to Research Databases workshop and the Social Welfare Research Seminar. Taking these workshops early in the semester will help you when it is "crunch" time: you will not have to try to figure out the library website and resources when time is critical to find the research you need.

Monday 9/17,2:00-4:00PM Social Welfare Research Seminar

Wednesday 9/19,3:30-4:30PM Introduction to Research Databases

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.

September 9, 2012

Dewey Workshops: Week of 9/10 - 9/14

The workshops at Dewey provide you with tips and tricks on how to make the most out of using our library resources for research and assignments. Come to our Introduction to Research Databases workshop and learn the basics on how to effectively search our databases. This session will help you save a lot of time in the future. This is also the first week of our Social Welfare Research Seminar. This seminar will introduce you to relevant resources in the social welfare field.

Wednesday 9/12,1:00-3:00PM Social Welfare Research Seminar

Thursday 9/15,4:00-5:00PM Introduction to Research Databases

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.

September 2, 2012

More Tours Scheduled

Library Orientation tours continue to be available this week for those who are new to campus or who wish to reaquaint themselves with what is offered here at the Dewey Graduate Library.

The following tours are being held this week:
Wednesay 9/5: 4:00 pm
Thursday 9/6: 1:00 pm

If you’d like to sign up for a tour or instruction session at Dewey you can do so online, in person at the reference desk, or by calling us at 442 3691. We hope to see you there!

August 28, 2012

Library Tours Available

Are you new to the downtown campus, or if not, would you like to better familiarize yourself with the resources and services at the Dewey Library? Consider taking an Orientation Tour. These tours will help you become familiar with library resources, materials, services, and equipment. You will gain a basic understanding of where everything is located in the library and find out how to get help when you need it.

The following tours are being held this week:
Wednesay 8/29: 4:00 pm
Thursday 8/30: 1:00 pm

If you’d like to sign up for a tour or instruction session at Dewey you can do so online, in person at the reference desk, or by calling us at 442 3691. We hope to see you there!

May 13, 2012

Dewey Workshops for the Week of May 14 - 18

We have one final workshop this semester: Social Welfare Research Seminar. This session will introduce you to using databases, the libraries' webpage, and other online resources in social welfare.

This week's schedule is as follows:

Monday, 5/14:
1:00 pm: Social Welfare Research Seminar

You can sign up for a class by visiting the Reference Desk, calling us at 442-3691, or visiting our registration page.

Blog post by Cary Gouldin

May 6, 2012

Dewey Workshops, May 7 - 11

This is your last opportunity of the semester to take out Evidence Based Practice Seminar. This hour-long session will focus on how to find and evaluate research information for clinical social work practice. To take this workshop, you must have already completed our Social Welfare Research Seminar.

This week’s class schedule is as follows:

Wednesday, 5/9:
3:30 pm: Evidence Based Practice

You can sign-up for this class on our website, call 442-3691, or stop by the Dewey Reference Desk.

Blog post created by Cary Gouldin
 

April 29, 2012

Workshops at Dewey for the week of April 30 - May 4

We are offering our Introduction to Information Resources for Gerontology workshop this week for the second and final time this semester. Get a basic overview of key resources in gerontological social work, including the important features of key reference works and databases, search strategies and tips for discovering useful books, articles and websites on the aged. We are also offering the last session of our Introduction to Research Databases workshop.

The schedule of classes for this week is:

Wednesday, 5/2:
1:00 pm: Introduction to Information Resources for Gerontology
3:00 pm: Introduction to Research Databases

For more information or to sign up for a session, visit the Reference Desk, call us at 442-3691, or visit our registration page.

Blog post created by Cary Gouldin

April 22, 2012

Workshops at Dewey: April 23 - 27

This week is your second-to-last opportunity to take our Social Welfare Research Seminar, an introduction to using library databases, the libraries’ webpage, and other online resources for research in social welfare.

This week’s schedule of classes is as follows:

Wednesday, 4/25:
4:00 pm: Social Welfare Research Seminar

You can sign up for this class by visiting the Reference Desk, calling us at 442-3691, or visiting our registration page.

Blog post by Cary Gouldin

April 15, 2012

Dewey Workshops: April 16 - 20

Prepare for the end-of-the-semester crunch by strengthening your research skills with our Introduction to Research Databases workshop. This session will cover strategies for selecting databases, identifying search terms, conducting effective searches and navigating the results. We are also offering our Evidence Based Practice workshop, which will help you find and evaluate research information for clinical social work practice.

The schedule for this week is as follows:

Tuesday, 4/17:
1:00 pm: Evidence Based Practice

Thursday, 4/19:
2:00 pm: Introduction to Research Databases

To sign up for a session, visit the Reference Desk, call us at 442-3691, or visit our registration page.

Blog post by Cary Gouldin

April 8, 2012

Workshops at Dewey for the week of April 9 - 13

We are offering our Evidence Based Practice workshop again this week, along with our Using the Libraries’ Website to Access Information workshop, which is an introduction to searching our online catalog, Minerva, and research databases. It will also include an overview of our online reference resources, subject-specific research guides and interlibrary loan and UA delivery services.

This week’s workshop schedule is:

Monday, 4/9:
2:00 pm: Evidence Based Practice

Wednesday, 4/11:
3:00 pm: Using the University Libraries’ Website to Access Information

You can sign up for a class by visiting the Reference Desk, calling us at 442-3691, or visiting our registration page.

Blog post by Cary Gouldin

April 1, 2012

Dewey Workshops for the week of April 2 - 6

This Friday, we are offering our Evidence Based Practice workshop, an hour-long session that will focus on finding and evaluating research information for clinical social work practice. The prerequisite for this workshop is the Social Welfare Research Seminar.

The schedule for this week is as follows:

Friday, 4/6:
10:00 am: Evidence Based Practice

Please visit the workshop page on our website for a complete schedule or to register for a class. Hard copies of the schedule are also available at the Dewey Reference Desk.

Blog post by Cary Gouldin


March 25, 2012

Dewey Workshops, March 26 - 30

This week we are offering our Introduction to Information Resources in Gerontology for the first time this semester. This class provides a basic overview of key resources related to gerontological social work, including key reference works and databases. The class will also include searching strategies and tips for uncovering useful articles, websites and books about the aged. We are only offering this workshop one other time this semester, so take advantage of the opportunity while you can.

The schedule for this week is:

Wednesday, 3/28:
3:00 pm: Introduction to Information Resources for Gerontology

You can sign up for this class by visiting the Reference Desk, calling us at 442-3691, or visiting our registration page.

Blog post created by Cary Gouldin

March 18, 2012

Dewey Workshops, March 19 - 23

It’s a great week to learn to use the Libraries’ website effectively! Our Using the Libraries’ Website to Access Information workshop will cover searching in Minerva and databases, online reference, subject specific research guides and other online information sources. We are also offering a morning session of our Evidence Based Practice workshop.

This week’s workshop schedule is as follows:

Thursday, 3/22:

10:00 am: Evidence Based Practice
2:00 pm: Using the University Libraries’ Website to Access Information

You can sign up for a class by visiting the Reference Desk, calling us at 442-3691, or visiting our registration page.

Blog post created by Cary Gouldin

March 11, 2012

Dewey Workshops for the week of March 12 - 16

It’s a busy week in the Dewey classroom! We are offering our Using the Libraries Website to Access Information workshop, which includes an introduction to Minerva, research databases and other online resources. UA Delivery and Interlibrary Loan will also be covered. We are offering two Nonprofit Organizations – Information Sources sessions this week, and one Social Welfare Research Seminar, a 90 minute session that will cover using library databases, the libraries’ webpage and other online resources for research in social welfare.

This week’s class schedule:

Wednesday, 3/14:
3:00 pm: Using the University Libraries’ Website to Access Information
4:30 pm: Nonprofit Organizations - Information Sources

Thursday, 3/15:
4:00 pm: Social Welfare Research Seminar

Friday, 3/16:
10:00 am: Nonprofit Organizations – Information Sources

Please visit the workshop page on our website to register for a class, call 442-3691, or stop by the Reference Desk.

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March 7, 2012

Dewey Celebrates Women’s History Month

Check out our Women’s History Month display in the case by the front door, which honors the accomplishments of women in the fields of Criminal Justice, Information Science, Public Policy and Administration, and Social Welfare. We have also compiled a bibliography of some of the University Libraries’ resources related to female practitioners in these fields as well as how these fields affect women across the country and around the world. Be sure to grab a copy next time you are in the Library.


Blog post created by Cary Gouldin

March 4, 2012

Dewey Workshops for the week of March 5 - 9

This week’s offerings include the workshop Introduction to Research Databases, which will introduce the important concepts and strategies needed to effectively search any database. Other classes taking place this week are ICPSR, Data and Statistical Resources; Evidence Based Practice; and Nonprofit Organizations – Information Sources, which will provide an overview to print, online and internet sources of information regarding nonprofit organizations and their activities.

Classed offered this week are as follows:

Wednesday, 3/7:
10:00 am: ICPSR, Data and Statistical Resources
3:00 pm: Evidence Based Practice

Thursday, 3/8:
3:00 pm: Introduction to Research Databases
4:30 pm: Nonprofit Organizations - Information Sources

You can register for a session online, by phone at 442-3691, or by stopping by the Reference Desk.

Blog post by Cary Gouldin

February 26, 2012

Library Research Seminars 2/27/12 - 3/2/12

We are once again offering ICPSR this week and Evidence Based Practice, as well as the Introduction to Research on Nonprofit Organizations class. This class will be of interest to social welfare students who need a second elective seminar to complete their information literacy requirement.

This week’s schedule:

Monday, 2/27

7:30 pm: Introduction to ICPSR

Wednesday, 2/29
1:00 pm: Evidence Based Practice
4:30 pm: Introduction to Research on Nonprofit Organizations

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

Dewey Seminars 2/20/12 - 2/24/12

Students this week have a couple of opportunities to learn about the ICPSR data collection. Researchers in many social science fields will find this workshop useful.

This week’s schedule:
Monday, 2/20
3:00 pm: Social Welfare Research Seminar

Tuesday, 2/21
3:00 pm: Introduction to ICPSR

Thursday, 2/23
5:30 pm: Introduction to ICPSR

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

February 12, 2012

Library Seminars: 2/13-2/17

Two offerings this week, the general Introduction to Library Databases class -- suitable for students of all disciplines, and Evidence Based Practice, which is geared towards social welfare students with a clinical practice concentration.

This week’s schedule:

Thursday, 2/16
1:00 pm: Introduction to Library Databases

Friday, 2/17
4:00 pm: Evidence Based Practice

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

February 5, 2012

Library Workshops and Seminars 2/6-2/10

The library seminars are in full swing, and there are lots of options to choose from this week. By taking one of these seminars, you will spend less time trying to figure out how to use library databases, online journals, and other resources when you actually need them. You can dive right in and find what you need, instead of clicking around to figure how things work -- a huge timesaver!

This week’s schedule:

Wednesday, 2/8

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

Thursday, 2/9
2:00 pm: Navigating the Library's Website

Friday, 2/10
10:00 am: Introduction to Federal Public Policy

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

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 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.

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 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 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.

November 27, 2011

Dewey Instructional Sessions 11/28-12/2

It’s crunch time! Save some time by learning how to effectively use our EDiscover database or fulfill your Social Welfare Research Seminar requirement.

Tuesday 11/29
2:30 pm: eDiscover

Wednesday 11/30
1:00 pm: Social Welfare Research Seminar

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.

November 23, 2011

Happy Thanksgiving

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The Dewey Graduate Library will be closed on Thursday November 24 and Friday November 25 in observance of the Thanksgiving holiday. The Library will reopen for regular hours on Saturday November 26.

November 20, 2011

Dewey Workshops 11/21-11/25

Because of Thanksgiving break we are only offering the workshop Evidence Based Practice this week. Fulfill your advanced research seminar requirement before filling up on turkey!

Tuesday 11/22
10 am: Evidence Based Practice

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.

November 13, 2011

Dewey Workshops 11/14-11/18

Once again we are offering the workshops Introduction to Research Databases, Introduction to Information Resources for Gerontology, and University Libraries’ Website. Come and take advantage of these free workshops!
Tuesday 11/15
2:30 pm: Introduction to Research Databases

Wednesday 11/16
2:00 pm: Introduction to Information Resources for Gerontology
3:30 pm: University Libraries’ Website

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.

November 6, 2011

Dewey Instructional Sessions 11/7-11/11

The workshops Nonprofit Organizations-Information Sources and the Social Welfare Research Seminar are once again being offered this week. Sign up before the end of the semester!

Monday 11/7
4:30 pm: Nonprofit Organizations-Information Sources

Tuesday 11/8
10 am: Social Welfare Research Seminar

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.

October 30, 2011

Dewey Workshops 10/31-11/4

If you haven’t attended any Dewey workshops but find yourself struggling with research then checking out our Introduction to Research Databases session will really help. Learn the best ways to search our databases and save yourself some time as the semester workload piles up.

Wednesday 11/2
3:00 pm: Introduction to Research Databases

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.

October 24, 2011

Open Access Week 2011 Events

The University at Albany University Libraries and the Eastern New York Chapter of the Association of College and Research Libraries are celebrating Open Access Week 2011 with exhibits and a program of activities on the afternoon of Wednesday October 26.

For a brief introduction to open access you may wish to watch a video created at UAlbany Libraries.

What does open access have to do with copyright? When scholars write an article for publication they are often asked by the publisher to transfer all copyrights so that the publisher has exclusive rights for copying and distribution of the article. The publisher then collects all royalties from journal sales, and holds all rights for any subsequent use, with the exception of fair use rights. In the system of scholarly communication that we now have, that often times results in the publishers charging subscription fees for publications that make them unaffordable and that create barriers to access for those who wish to read the scholarly articles. Open access publishing allows scholarly articles and other scholarly work to be available for no cost over the internet.

Open Access Week 2011 is the fifth annual global celebration of open access, which allows for free access to information and to the enhance ability for students and scholars to get the information they need for their work.

Wednesday October 26 - three programs to celebrate Open Access at the University at Albany.

12:00 – 1:30pm Brown bag lunch and discussion of open access
Science Library
Standish Room, 3rd Floor

Bring a lunch and the libraries will provide drinks. Discussion moderator will be Irina Holden, Information Literacy and Science Outreach Librarian. Co – Sponsored by Eastern New York Chapter Association of College and Research Libraries (ENY/ACRL)

R.S.V.P Lorre Smith lsmith@albany.edu by October 21, 2011 for the luncheon

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2:00 – 3:30pm “Open Science, Free Software, and Citizen Astronomers�
Dr. David Hogg
Science Library
Standish Room, 3rd Floor

Being open in scientific research--sharing code and ideas before publication, for example--can yield huge direct benefits for scientific investigators. This is most true when ideas are cheap but execution is expensive; these conditions are met in most (but not all) scientific fields. One of the big side effects of extreme openness is that it makes it easy for outsiders (non-traditionally trained or self-trained) scientists to contribute meaningfully to research. Dr. Hogg will give examples from work by his group. A reception will follow the talk in the Standish Room.

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4:00 - 4:45:
Tour of College of Nanoscale Sciences and Engineering

The College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering (CNSE) of the University at Albany - State University of New York (SUNY) is a global education, research, development and technology deployment resource dedicated to preparing the next generation of scientists and researchers in nanotechnology.
R.S.V.P. Lorre Smith lsmith@albany.edu to reserve a spot on the tour by October 21, 2011.

Thanks to University Auxiliary Services for its generous support of these programs.

For more information regarding open access be sure and check these resources

* Open Access Week
*Peter Suber's Online Access Information Page

For more information on our activities here at UAlbany, please check our online schedule of events.

October 23, 2011

Dewey Instruction Sessions 10/24-10/27

This week we’re again offering the workshops: University Libraries’ Website, Nonprofit Organizations-Information Sources, and ICPSR, Data and Statistical Resources. We’re also offering Introduction to Information Resources for Gerontology. This workshop is useful for those going in to the aging profession. An overview of key resources related to gerontological social work and relevant reference works and databases will be covered.
The following sessions are scheduled this week:

Wednesday 10/26
1:00 pm: Introduction to Information Resources for Gerontology
2:30 pm: University Libraries’ Website

Thursday 10/27
4:30 pm: Nonprofit Organizations-Information Sources
5:30 pm: ICPSR, Data and Statistical Resources

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.

October 21, 2011

Cookie Reception!!!

The Dewey Library held a cookie reception on October 13 to celebrate the improvements made to its Group Study Peristyle and Electronic Classroom. Both rooms got new furniture, the Group Study area got a fresh coat of paint, and the classroom received an LCD monitor to replace the old projector. Here are a couple of photos of the event:

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Photo credit: Morris Stilson

October 16, 2011

Dewey Instruction Sessions 10/17-10/21

If you still haven’t attended the Social Welfare Research Seminar, this week is a great week to do so. We are also offering our Nonprofit Organizations-Information Sources workshop.

The following sessions are scheduled this week:
Wednesday 10/19
1:00 pm: Social Welfare Research Seminar
4:30 pm: Nonprofit Organizations-Information Sources

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.

October 9, 2011

Dewey Workshops 10/10-10/14


For the first time this week we are offering the workshop Nonprofit Organizations-Information Sources. Here, you will learn about print, online, and internet sources related to nonprofit organizations. Most of this workshop will allow you to learn while you personally search for relevant sources. Also offered this week: EDiscover, Evidence Based Practice, and ICPSR, Data and Statistical Resources.
The following sessions are scheduled this week:

Tuesday 10/11
2:30 pm: eDiscover

Wednesday 10/12
3:00 pm: Evidence Based Practice
4:30 pm: Nonprofit Organizations-Information Sources

Friday 10/14
11:00 am: ICPSR, Data and Statistical Resources

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.

October 2, 2011

Dewey Workshops 10/3-10/10/7

This week we are again offering our Federal Public Policy and Social Welfare Research Seminar workshops. We are also offering our University Libraries’ Website workshop and ICPSR, Data and Statistical Resources workshop. The University Libraries’ Website workshop will introduce you to the resources available on the library’s website such as the online catalog, research databases, UA Delivery, and Interlibrary Loan. The ICPSR, Data and Statistical Resources workshop will cover government and other not for profit sources of data and statistical resources on the Web.

The following sessions are scheduled this week:
Monday 10/3
4:30 pm: Federal Public Policy

Tuesday 10/4
2:00 pm: ICPSR, Data and Statistical Resources

Wednesday 10/5
2:00 pm: University Libraries’ Website
6:00 pm: ICPSR, Data and Statistical Resources

Friday 10/7
10:00 am: Social Welfare Research Seminar

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.

September 30, 2011

Ph.D. Due Date is today

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Today is the fall fixed due date for Ph.D. candidates to return or renew their books. Avoid library overdue fines by renewing your books on MyMinerva or by bringing them back to the library today. Ph.D. students are able to renew books a maximum of 8 times, and this can be done through your MyMinerva account. This fixed due date applies to Ph.D. candidates only.

If you are a Master's level student or other type of borrower, please view our circulation loan policy for applicable lending periods.

If you have questions, please call the Dewey circulation desk at 442-3693. The Dewey Library appreciates your cooperation.

Photo credit: Morris Stilson

September 28, 2011

Ph.D. Due Date is Friday

A reminder to all Ph.D. candidates that the summer fixed date for returning or renewing books is this coming Friday, September 30, 2009. Ph.D. students are able to renew books a maximum of 8 times, and this can be done through your MyMinerva account. This fixed due date applies to Ph.D. candidates only. If you are a Master's level student or other type of borrower, please view our circulation loan policy for applicable lending periods.

If you have any questions about loan periods, overdue fines, or renewing books, please contact our Circulation Desk at 442-3693.

September 25, 2011

Dewey Instruction Sessions 9/26-9/30

Introduction to Research Databases and our EDiscover workshops are being offered again this week. We are also offering our Evidence Based Practice workshop which is an advanced research seminar. Here, you will learn how to find and evaluate resources of clinical social work practice. In order to sign up for this class, you must have completed the Social Welfare Research Seminar.

The following sessions are scheduled this week:
Monday 9/26
1:30 pm: eDiscover
3:00 pm: Evidence Based Practice

Tuesday 9/27
2:30 pm: Introduction to Research Databases

Wednesday 9/28
3:30 pm: Introduction to Research Databases

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.

September 18, 2011

Dewey Workshops 9/19-9/23

We are once again offering our Introduction to Research Databases and Social Welfare Research Seminar workshops. In addition to these workshops, we’re also offering a workshop on the database eDiscover. This is a database, much like Google, that searches multiple databases at UAlbany. This workshop will help you better understand how to find the best results while searching this large and sometimes overwhelming database.

The following sessions are scheduled this week:
Monday 9/19
2:00 pm: Introduction to Research Databases
Tuesday 9/20
2:30 pm: EDiscover
Wednesday 9/21
1:00 pm: Introduction to Research Databases
3:00 pm: Social Welfare Research Seminar

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.

September 11, 2011

Dewey Instruction Schedule 9/12-9/16

This week we have a lot of useful and interesting sessions at Dewey. Come to our Introduction to Research Databases workshop and learn the basics on how to effectively search our databases. This session will help you save a lot of time in the future. This is also the first week of our Social Welfare Research Seminar. This seminar will introduce you to relevant resources in the social welfare field.

The following sessions are scheduled this week:
Tuesday 9/13
2:00 pm: Introduction to Research Databases

Wednesday 9/14
2:00 pm: Social Welfare Research Seminar
4:30 pm: Federal Public Policy Research

Thursday 9/15
4:30 pm: Federal Public Policy Research

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.

September 4, 2011

Dewey Workshops 9/5-9/9

If you missed our first week of orientation tours, you can still catch one this week. Also, our Introduction to Federal Public Policy Research workshop will introduce you to helpful resources on this subject. You will become familiar with finding the legal authority for a policy, sources for legislative history, and sources evaluating federal public policies. This hour long session will begin with a lecture on relevant resources and end with hands-on searching.


The following sessions are scheduled this week:
Tuesday 9/6
3:00 pm: Orientation Tour

Wednesday 9/7
1:00 pm: Orientation Tour
4:30 pm: Federal Public Policy Research

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

September 2, 2011

Improvements to Group Study Area and Classroom

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The Group Study area in Dewey Library has been in dire need of a makeover. Over the Summer, we removed the old furniture and replaced it with new furniture. The new chairs and tables are easy to move around so that groups can arrange a work space that is fitting and appropriate for their needs. In order to brighten up the room, we added some fresh paint, with a pop of color, to the walls and ceiling. We also had the floors buffed and polished for added finesse. The next time you are in Dewey Library we would love for you to check out this improved space. We hope the room is inviting and welcoming for your group study needs.
The Group Study area can be found on the lower level of Dewey Library in the basement peristyle, which is just off of the mezzanine area; across from the Electronic Classroom. There are four Information Commons computers in this room. We also plan to add a white board, which can be useful for group discussions.

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The Dewey Electronic Classroom also received an upgrade over the Summer. We now have a 55� monitor, which will be used by our teaching staff for instructing library courses. In addition, a few new tables were added to the room in order to replace old, mismatched tables. Sign up for a class today for an opportunity to experience our newly, updated and modernized classroom.

Blog post and photos by Lindsay Van Berkom>

August 30, 2011

Orientation Tours 8/29-9/2

If you’re a new student or want to reacquaint yourself with the Dewey Library then you will want to go on an orientation tour. These tours will help you become familiar with library resources, materials, services, and equipment. You will gain a basic understanding of where everything is located in the library and find out how to get help when you need it.

The following tours are being held this week:
Monday 8/29: 2:00 pm
Tuesday 8/30: 2:00 pm
Wednesday 8/31: 1:00 pm

If you’d like to sign up for a tour or instruction session at Dewey you can do so online, in person at the reference desk, or by calling us at 442 3691. We hope to see you there!

August 15, 2011

Dewey Employee Receives IFW

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On July 14th, 2011 Xiaoai Ren received an Initiatives for Women (IFW) Award from the Karen R. Hitchcock New Frontiers Scholarship Fund. We are very proud of Xiaoai and her achievement. She has worked at the Dewey Graduate Library for over 6 years! She is a valuable part of the Dewey Family and has done an outstanding job while working here. She is dedicated, reliable, and almost always available at a moment’s notice. Xiaoai has
worked at the Circulation Desk and the Reference Desk; taught End Note classes, given library tours, and has coordinated the Dewey Journal Project for the past several years. She also opens and closes the library on weekends or when regularly scheduled staff become unavailable. The aforementioned is just a small portion of all the work Xiaoai has done for us.

Xiaoai is pursuing a Ph.D. in Informatics. The award she received will be used for her doctoral research. Her project is a case study of three New York Public Library Systems. She will analyze service decision-making processes in these organizations through the lens of classic decision-making theories: Rational Choice theory and Garbage-can decision model. Findings will contribute to a better understanding of public library systems, decision-making theories, and their application in non-profit organizations.

If you see Xiaoai, please congratulate her and commend her for a job well done!

Blog post and photo by Lindsay Van Berkom

August 3, 2011

The Job Search: Consider All the Options

Guest Blogger Katie Farrell provides us her thoughts on the job search process. Check out her previous posts regarding staying sane while searching for jobs and navigating the job interview process, turning down a job offer and dealing with rejection.

If you’re like me then when you graduated your main focus was looking for a full-time job. In the past, this has been the natural progression: go to school and then land full-time work. But in this tough job market, it is very likely that you will have to consider other options.


  1. Look for part-time work: A part-time job may not be ideal but it offers a paycheck and valuable experience for your resume. Also, there is always the possibility of it leading to a full-time position down the road.

  2. Consider temporary work: Temporary jobs can offer great experience. Many times, temporary work is not advertised like full or part-time jobs so reach out to your contacts and see if they have anything available on a temporary basis. I personally received a temporary job where I did my internship in graduate school which has recently led to a permanent part-time job. It’s definitely a step in the right direction.

  3. Look outside of your field: Although you went to school for something specific, chances are you have a lot of talents that can be used in many ways. I’ve seen many people limit themselves to their field of choice, completely ignoring other possibilities. Don’t do this. Think of what you can offer and apply for different kinds of jobs. It may be intimidating to leave a field that you’re familiar with but at some point, you will need a job, any job. Embrace the possibilities and you never know where they will take you.

The job market is tough and I can definitely attest to this. However, if you’re savvy and are willing to think outside of the box, something will come your way. I’m happy to announce that I have a part-time job at the Albany Public Library and will be returning to the University Libraries as a temporary part-time reference librarian. I still haven’t landed a full-time job but combined, these two opportunities offer full-time hours. I am very grateful for these opportunities and am excited to see where they lead. Be flexible and creative and you too will find a job!


July 18, 2011

Dealing with Rejection

Guest Blogger Katie Farrell provides us her thoughts on the job search process. Check out her previous posts regarding staying sane while searching for jobs and navigating the job interview process, and turning down a job offer .

If you’re looking for a job, chances are you’ve dealt with rejection. Whether you scored an interview and thought you nailed it or received a generic rejection letter with no interview, rejection can be difficult to deal with especially if it keeps happening over several months. Since December, I’ve dealt with my share of rejection and although it hurts every time, there are things that make it more bearable. Here are some tips when it comes to dealing with rejection and moving on.

1.) Give yourself fifteen minutes: When you first hear the news, it’s okay to freak out. Cry, scream, throw things (but don’t break anything valuable), or do whatever you need to do to get out those emotions. But only do it for fifteen minutes. Rejection is hard and it’s not good to keep all of your angst bottled up inside. If you give yourself fifteen minutes to just feel really upset about things, chances are, you’ll feel a lot better when that time is up.

2.) Talk to someone: Talk about how you feel with someone you trust and know won’t judge you. Sometimes you just need someone to listen to you when you’re upset. Pick someone who will make you feel better about yourself and remind you of your good qualities. Just make sure you talk to these people after your fifteen minutes of freaking out are over.

3.) Treat yourself: Whether it’s buying a delicious cupcake or watching your favorite movie, treat yourself to something small that will make you feel better. Applying for jobs is hard work and although you didn’t get the job, you still need to reward yourself for the effort.

4.) Exercise: Now that you’ve indulged yourself, it’s time to get moving! For me, a good run is a great way to burn off some steam and clear my head. Studies have shown that exercise helps decrease stress and rejection is pretty stressful. Do whatever kind of exercise you like. If exercising is too intimidating, go out for a walk and clear your head. Trust me, you’ll feel much better when you do.

5.) You’re not alone: This may sound terrible but I feel a little better knowing that I’m not the only one struggling to find a job. It reminds me that it’s not because I’m an unattractive job candidate, it’s just that there are so many applicants for every open position. Knowing this helps me put things in perspective and reminds me that there are a lot of smart and talented people that deserve jobs out there; there just aren’t enough jobs.

6.) Move on: It’s especially hard to move on if you were convinced you would be offered the job and then were told that they had chosen someone else. It may feel like you hit a plateau and have no more energy to keep applying. If this is the case, give yourself a day to reflect and come to terms with the rejection but after that, you have to keep going! Rework your cover letter, look over your resume again, and start searching for more jobs. It’s okay to feel upset when you’re rejected, just don’t let it consume you.

Rejection is the hardest part of the job search but it happens to everyone. Just remember that you’re not alone. Keep applying and good luck!

July 7, 2011

It’s Okay to Say No

Guest Blogger Katie Farrell provides us her thoughts on the job search process. Check out her previous posts regarding staying sane while searching for jobs and navigating the job interview process.

In today’s competitive job market and unrelenting recession it doesn’t seem like a good idea to reject a job offer. But that’s exactly what I did a couple months ago and I’m here to tell you that sometimes it’s better to say no.

I did not have the experience this particular employer was looking for and was very surprised when they called me for an interview. Not sure of what the job was (I apply for so many jobs sometimes I forget individual job descriptions), I looked at the job description again and my heart sank. The job itself seemed like a terrible fit for me and I did not have the specific qualifications they wanted. The closer the interview was, the more I was convinced I would crash and burn. And crash and burn I did (or so I thought).

I admit I went into the interview with negative thoughts, so I was already biased but when I was actually at the interview, I didn’t have a good connection with the interviewers and the feeling in my gut only became worse. When they asked me specifics about my qualifications, I felt uncomfortable because it was very obvious to me I did not have what they were looking for. However, I plodded along with my answers, feeling more uneasy with every response. Those were some of the longest 40 minutes of my life.

When I left the interview, I felt defeated, not because I knew I blew a great opportunity but because I felt like I did a bad job and even though the position was not one I was interested in, I still wanted to make a good impression. I was convinced I wouldn’t get the job but told myself that if for some odd reason they offered it to me, I would decline the offer (but I was completely convinced I wouldn’t have to deal with this situation). I’d like to also point out that this job was not only a bad fit for me but it only lasted a year and a half and required me to move 4 hours away to a significantly smaller city.

Surprisingly, they called me the next day. I had my speech all planned for when they told me they had selected another candidate. However, that is not what I heard on the phone. They were making me an offer! My head started spinning and I could barely hear what was happening. Here, someone on the other end of my phone was offering me something that I had wanted for so long, a full-time job with a paycheck. All I had to do was say yes and my goal at finding employment would have been met. It would have been so easy to say yes but I knew in my gut that I couldn’t accept this offer. There were so many reasons that I couldn’t accept this job but the one I relied on the most was this overwhelming feeling that told me not to take the job. I was once told by someone that if you are ever in a position where you must decline an offer, just say, “Thank you for the opportunity but this just isn’t a good fit for me.� And that is exactly what I said. It wasn’t offensive, it didn’t go into detail, but it got my point across and I’m so thankful I heard that advice. I later wrote them a formal thank you letter, never explaining why I didn’t take the job, just reiterating the fact that I was thankful for the opportunity and it was a very difficult decision to make.

At first I questioned my decision. Why would I not take the only job I was offered after months of searching? It felt backward and some days I was convinced I would never get another job offer again. But when I pictured myself at that job, I knew I had made the right decision. I know not everyone can afford to decline a job offer but if your gut is telling you no and you can wait a little longer, then declining the offer may be a good idea. Now that I’ve had more time to reflect, I am positive that I made the right decision and want to let everyone know that sometimes saying no is the best solution.

Blog post created by Katie Farrell

June 13, 2011

Job Search Strategies: How to Prepare for the Interview

Guest blogger and IST alumnus Katie Farrell provides more tips for job seekers as she conducts her own job search....

Until my last semester of graduate school I didn’t know that research needed to be done before an interview. I knew you needed to go over possible interview questions and come up with some answers but I had no idea how to really prepare myself. Luckily, a UAlbany professor outlined some simple ways to have the best interview possible. Here are some tips that I’ve learned in class and from my own post-graduation interviews.

1.) Research the location: I was initially skeptical when I first heard this suggestion but my first interview question after graduate school asked me what I knew about the town where the organization was located. It always looks good if you know some specifics and I was relieved I had done some research beforehand.

2.) Research the organization: You should definitely have an understanding of the organization where you’re interviewing. This knowledge will not only help you answer specific questions, it will give you an idea of what it’s like to work there.

3.) Dress the part: If you have a suit, wear it. If not, men should wear a shirt and tie and women should wear something conservative and professional. Avoid low cut shirts.

4.) Make a list of your strengths and weaknesses: Don’t hand this to the people interviewing you but writing this down will help you remember what adjectives to use when they ask why you’re a good candidate for the job. With the weaknesses, be honest but make sure you don’t reveal anything that sends up red flags. Also, don’t say something cliché such as “I work too hard.� Tailor your answers to whatever job you’re applying for.

5.) Ask questions: My dad once told me, “Remember you’re not the only one being interviewed; you’re also interviewing them.� You as much as the people interviewing you, have a lot to learn during the interview. Prepare some specific questions you have about the organization beforehand. If you think you’ll forget them, bring them to the interview. Make sure the questions actually help your understanding of the organization and work environment so if you’re lucky enough to get a job offer, you’ll be more informed when making your decision (yes, you have a choice whether or not to accept the offer).

6.) Be yourself: I know it sounds cliché but it’s your greatest strength. The people who interview you definitely want to know your qualifications but a huge part is just getting to know you as a person. Interviewers want to know if you will gel with the organizational culture. Let your best qualities shine through; these unique talents will be what set you apart.

These tips have all helped me feel confident and prepared on every interview I’ve gone on. I hope they do the same for you and good luck!

June 10, 2011

Welcome, Class of 1956!

The Dewey Graduate Library bids a hearty welcome to the Class of 1956 as it celebrates its reunion with a dinner here at Dewey. Back in the day, the Hawley Building, where Dewey Library is housed, was the student center for activities, much like the campus center is on the main campus today.

June 8, 2011

Lecture on the History of Dewey

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Campus Archivist Geoff Williams (center of the photograph) recently gave a talk on the history of the Dewey Library murals and stained glass windows for Albany OASIS, an educational program sponsored by UAlbany geared toward the over-50 set. If you're interested in learning more about the history of our beautiful building check out our About the Dewey Library page.

Photo credit: Morris Stilson

May 30, 2011

Ph.D. Students: Return or Renew Books Today

Today is the summer fixed due date for Ph.D. candidates who have checked out library materials. If you are a Ph.D.candidate and have material due on this day, you must return or renew it. Please call the Circulation Desk at 442-3693 for more information.

May 26, 2011

Ph.D. Due Date is Tuesday

A reminder to all Ph.D. candidates that the winter fixed date for returning or renewing books is this coming Tuesday, May 31, 2011. Ph.D. students are able to renew books a maximum of 8 times, and this can be done through your MyMinerva account. This fixed due date applies to Ph.D. candidates only. If you are a master's level student or other type of borrower, please view our circulation loan policy for applicable lending periods.

If you have any questions about loan periods, overdue fines, or renewing books, please contact our Circulation Desk at 442-3693.

May 19, 2011

Staying Sane During the Job Search

UAlbany IST Graduate Katie Farrell will be guest blogging on job search tips and strategies this summer. Here is her first installment:

With the recent graduation at the University at Albany there are several people entering the work force, many for the first time. It’s no secret that the economic climate is bleak and finding a job can be a difficult endeavor. As a graduate from the University at Albany in December 2010 who is still without a job, I’ve discovered first-hand just how difficult finding a job can be. This post will hopefully help you stay sane during this unpredictable and sometimes depressing journey.

1.) Stay in contact with professionals in your field: This may seem like a no-brainer, but once you’re done with school and left alone to job hunt, it’s easy to lose touch with those valuable contacts you made while in school. Whether they are valuable internship mentors, professors, or past co-workers, keep in periodic contact. These people are interested in your future and may have some job leads that you would otherwise be unaware of. It’s also a great way to stay on top of what’s going on in your field of choice.

2.) Attend conferences: If you can afford to attend conferences, do it! This is a great way to network and meet those working in your field. Getting your name out there and seeing what’s available is never a bad idea. Conferences are also a great way to continue your education. You’ll be on top of the latest trends in your field, making you more marketable.

3.) Create a new email account: Now that you’re done with school, your professional sounding school email will no longer be available to you. If your current email is anything but professional, you definitely need to create a new one. Typically, firstname.lastname@emailaddress.com is an appropriate address. I created a new email account only to be used when I applied for jobs. This made it easier to separate my personal correspondences from my professional ones and made sure I didn’t delete anything important (I accidentally deleted a very important email because it ended up in my personal account where I often get a lot of junk). Having a separate email address just for job applications also makes your inbox less cluttered and more manageable.

4.) Join a list-serv: List-servs in your field of choice are often a great a great way to learn of job openings. Subscribe to as many relevant list-servs as possible and pretty soon your inbox will be full of job opportunities.

5.) Apply for jobs regularly: It’s easy to fill your day with absolutely nothing if you’re unemployed. Make applying for jobs your number one priority. Applying for jobs is its own occupation and requires a lot of work. Dedicate a large portion of your day to working on your resume and tailoring your cover letter to specific openings you’ve found.

6.) Do something you love:
Are there things that you enjoy but never had time to do them when you were in school? Now is the time to pay attention to your long lost interests. It’s important to stay busy applying for jobs but you also have to do something for yourself that makes you happy. Maybe you like to build model airplanes or read books on ancient history. Make sure you take the time to do these things. They will keep your spirits up during the grueling job process.

More tips to come. Happy job hunting!

Blog post created by Katie Farrell

May 17, 2011

Summer Hours at Dewey

For those of you still around during the summer, here is information about Dewey Hours:

Intersession Hours:
Monday-Friday 8:30am-6:00pm
Saturday-Sunday CLOSED
*** Friday, May 20th the Dewey Library will open at 10:30am due to maintenance work****

Summer Session Hours: May 23-August 12
Monday-Thursday 8:30am-8:00pm
Friday 8:30am-6:00pm
Saturday CLOSED
Sunday Noon-7:00pm

Exceptions Monday, May 30 and Monday July 4 the library will be closed.

May 4, 2011

Criminal Justice Lecture Tomorrow

An open invitation to all Criminal Justice Students, or any student for that matter! You are invited to the 10th annual Michael J. Hindelang Lecture brought to you by the Hindelang Criminal Justice Research Center and the School of Criminal Justice. The event is being held on Thursday May 5th 2011 from 1:30 P.M. until 4:30 P.M. at the Recital Hall in the Performing Arts Center at the Uptown Campus. The lecture will feature David Garland who is a professor of Sociology and Law at New York University and acclaimed author of many books, including “Peculiar Institution: America’s Death Penalty in an Age of Abolition�. Following the lecture a panel discussion will be held including criminal justice experts, with a reception to follow the discussion as well. If you need any other information contact Giza Lopes or Andy Davies at 518-591-8715 or email hindelang.lecture@gmail.com.

The Hindelang Criminal Justice Research Center was founded in 1972, back then it was named the Criminal Justice Research Center. It was renamed after the founder Michael J. Hindelang died in 1982. The center is located on the uptown campus and has been affiliated with the school since 1983. The Hindelang Center is primarily concerned with conducting quality research in the many fields of criminal justice. The center also developed policy recommendations as well as disseminated research results through publications in many scholarly journals. The development of student researchers is another goal of the Hindelang Center and over the years it has employed over 100 graduate research assistant. For more information on the Hindelang Center and this event make sure to visit their website.

David Garland is a distinguished professor at New York University and has been the recipient of numerous awards over the course of this academic career. To name a few: J.S. Guggenheim Fellow from 2006 until 2007, an honorary Visiting Professor at Edinburgh University from 1998 until the present, and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh. He has also published several books, his most recent is “Peculiar Institution: America’s Death Penalty in an Age of Abolition�, he also wrote “The Culture of Control: Crime and Social Order in Contemporary Society� in 2001. He has also published articles in numerous journal, far too many to list here. He is the founding editor of both the Edinburgh Law Review and Punishment and Society: The International Journal of Penology. He is an expert in the field of criminal justice and has focused many of his publications on capital punishment and imprisonment.

So if any of this stuff looks interesting to you, or you would like to read up a little before the lecture, the library has you covered. As for David Garland specifically, the library owns six of his books including “Peculiar Institution: America’s Death Penalty in an Age of Abolition� (University Library HV 8699 U5 G36 2010), which is being highlighted at this event. To find a complete list of his books, do a search in Minerva for his name. Make sure to select Author (last name first) from the list on the left and enter his name Garland, David. Then simply choose his name from the list of results and you will see a list of his books as well as where to find them.

If you would like to find more books on the topic of capital punishment and imprisonment, you are a simple Minerva search away from finding all of the books you will ever need on the topic! To find a huge list of books on capital punishment and imprisonment simply get on to Minerva and click on the “Full Catalog� tab along the top. On the list to the left select title/Subject Key Words, and enter “capital punishment� in the search bar. This will generate a list of hundreds of books on the topic for you to browse. Entering the record for a specific book will tell you where to find it. Another way to search for these books is to run the same search but from the list in the left, choose Subject begins with… this will bring up a list of subject headings, when you click on one it will bring up a list of all of the books we have on that certain topic. This second search allows you to browse more specific subjects, such as particular states or regions of the world. Also if you view the full record for any of the books you will be able to select subject headings to find books with similar topics as the one you are viewing.

Enjoy the lecture and these resources related to it, do not miss out on this opportunity to hear a great lecture and meet some of the foremost experts in the criminal justice field.

Blog post created by Benjamin Knowles

April 24, 2011

Dewey Workshops 4/25 – 4/29

April 27 is a marvelous date. Did you know?

- Both Samuel Morse and Ulysses S. Grant were born on this date.
- In 1983, Nolan Ryan became the strike-out king [http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/vault/gallery/featured/GAL1154952/6/7/index.htm] after hitting number 3,509.
- Is Freedom Day in South Africa, a holiday commemorating the first general election in 1994, which marked the end of apartheid.
- On Wednesday, April 27 at 3pm, Dewey library will hold a Social Welfare Research Seminar! This workshop is an introduction to library resources for social welfare students, including databases and selected Internet resources.

Sign up now! Stop by the reference desk, call 442-3691, email dewclass@albany.edu, or register online (sorry, Mr. Morse, telegraphs not accepted).

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April 17, 2011

Dewey Workshops 4/18 – 4/22

April 18 is a remarkable day. Did you know?

- In 1775, Paul Revere took a midnight ride.
- An earthquake [http://www.sfmuseum.org/hist10/06timeline.html] struck San Francisco in 1906, sparking a fire that raged unchecked for three days.
- There will be an Evidence Based Practice workshop for social welfare students at 10am on April 18, 2011! Learn to find and evaluate research information (Prerequisite: Social Welfare Research Seminar).

Sign up now so you can ace that final project. Stop by the reference desk, call 442-3691, email dewclass@albany.edu, or register online.

Blog post created by Lauren Stern

April 14, 2011

LibQUAL+ Survey – Voice your opinion AND enter to win a free iPad2!

Are you a current UAlbany student, faculty, or staff member? Then we want to hear from you! Voice your opinion and help influence the future of the UA Libraries by filling out the quick LibQUAL+ Survey Your responses will be anonymous and confidential.

After completing the survey, if you submit your email address (which will not be associated with your responses), you will be entered to win an iPad2!

Have questions? Check out the FAQ or contact Mary F. Casserly at mcasserly@uamail.albany.edu or Carol L. Anderson at canderson@uamail.albany.edu or 518-442-3546.

Blog post created by Lauren Stern

April 9, 2011

Dewey Workshops 4/11 – 4/15

Historically, April 13 is an amazing day. Did you know?

- It’s Thomas Jefferson’s birthday.
- In 1796, the first Indian elephant arrived in the US.
- The Challenger 5 space shuttle returned from its mission in 1984
- At 1pm on April 13, 2011 there will be an Introduction to Information Resources workshop for gerontology students! This course provides a basic overview of key resources, including reference works, databases, and search tips.

Researching a paper about gerontological social work? Stop by the reference desk, call 442-3691, email dewclass@albany.edu, or register online .

Blog post created by Lauren Stern

April 3, 2011

Dewey Workshops 4/4 – 4/8

A lot of awesome things have happened on April 8. Did you know?

- It’s Buddha’s birthday.
- The 17th Amendment [http://www.ourdocuments.gov/doc.php?flash=old&doc=58#] was ratified on April 8, 1913.
- There will be an Evidence Based Practice seminar at 11am on April 8, 2011! Learn to find and evaluate research information for clinical social work practice (Prerequisite: Social Welfare Research Seminar).

Sign up now! Stop by the reference desk, call 442-3691, email dewclass@albany.edu, or register online.

Blog post created by Lauren Stern

March 27, 2011

Dewey Workshops: 3/28 - 4/1

We here at the Dewey Library, to be frank, we’ve got "class"-- maybe "classes" would be a better way to say it! These classes will help you become familiar with the library and all it has to offer as far as resources and services. There are different classes each week, so be on the lookout for topics you are interested in or need help in, we’ve got you covered.

We have a few ways for you to sign up; you can pick whichever is easiest for you. Come ask about classes at the reference desk, call us at 442-3691, send us an email at dewclass@albany.edu, or sign up online .

Below are the classes available this week:
- Introduction to Information Resources for Gerontology: Wednesday, March 30th, 3:30 PM

Blog post created by Benjamin Knowles

March 20, 2011

Dewey Workshops 3/21 - 3/25

Attention all Students, Faculty, and Staff, your library is here to help! The library offers classes every week to help you use all of the resources and services we have to offer. These classes cover many fields and subject areas and are designed to help you get the most out of your library, so sign up today!

We have a few ways for you to sign up for the classes, so no excuses, get to it! You can visit us at the reference desk, call us at 442-3691, email us at dewclass@albany.edu, or do a quick online registration].

Here are the classes we are offering this week:
- Social Work Research Seminar: Thursday, March 24th, 3:30 PM

Blog post created by Benjamin Knowles

March 13, 2011

Dewey Workshops 3/14 - 3/18

Question: How can I learn about using the services and resources at the library for my classes and spend less time looking in the wrong places for information in my field?

Answer: By signing up for one of the weekly instructional seminars at the Dewey Library of course! These seminars will speed up your research and help you find all the right information using library resources and stop you from looking in the wrong place. You will find all of the information you need to sign up for these classes listed below.

Make sure to sign up in advance as these classes fill up on a first come first serve basis. To sign up either visit us at the reference desk, give us a call at 442-3691, send us an email at dewclass@albany.edu, or simply register online.

Below are the classes available for this week:
- Evidence Based Practice: Tuesday, March 15th, 3PM
- Non Profit Organizations - Information Sources: Wednesday, March 16th, 10 PM
- Non Profit Organizations - Information Sources: Friday, March 18th, 10 PM

Blog post created by Benjamin Knowles

March 6, 2011

Dewey Workshops 3/7 - 3/11

One of the many services offered to you through the Dewey Library is classes meant to inform you on various resources within the Library. These classes are offered every week throughout the semester to help you to use all of the resources and services available in the library. Below you will find all the information you will need about these classes, so sign up and knock your next assignment out of the park!

Registering in advance for these classes is always recommended. You can always stop by the reference desk, give us a ring at 442-3691, email us at dewclass@albany.edu, or register online from the comfort of your own home.

Here are the classes we are offering this week:

- Evidence Based Practice: Monday, March 7th , 10 AM
- Introduction to Research Databases: Wednesday, March 9th, 2 PM
- Non Profit Organizations - Information Sources: Wednesday, March 9th, 4:30 PM
- Introduction to Research Databases: Thursday, March 10th, 3 PM
- Non Profit Organizations - Information Sources: Thursday, March 10th, 4:30 PM
- ICPSR, Data and Statistical Resources: Friday, March 11th, 10 AM

Blog post created by Benjamin Knowles

February 27, 2011

Dewey Workshops 2/28-3/4

Every week throughout the semester the ever helpful Dewey Library offers a variety of workshops, seminars, and tours to familiarize you with the many resources and services it offers within the library. So save yourself some time on your next paper or assignment and come to one of the workshops at the Dewey Library!

Register in advance for the workshops-- don’t worry, it's easy! You can stop by the reference desk, give us a call at 442-3691, shoot us an email at dewclass@albany.edu, or for you high tech people, you can register online.

Listed below are the classes offered this week:
- Social Welfare Research Seminar: Wednesday, March 2nd, 1 PM
- ICPSR, Data and Statistical Resources: Wednesday, March 2nd, 6 PM
- Finding Reliable Information Online: Thursday, March 3rd, 3 PM
- Introduction to Federal Public Policy Research: Thursday, March 3rd, 4:30 PM

Blog post created by Ben Knowles

February 25, 2011

Internet Access Interruption Tomorrow

Due to a planned Internet access interruption, the Dewey Library will have power and will open as usual at 10:00 am on Saturday, Februrary 26 but there will not be data network connectivity until 12:00 pm. Dewey will not be able to provide access to the World Wide Web, Databases, Minerva, Email, Ereserves or Interlibrary loan services.

February 20, 2011

Workshops and Seminars 2/21-2/25

Each week during the semester, the Dewey Library offers a variety of workshops, seminars, and tours to help you utilize library resources more effectively and learn about the many services available to you through our library.
Register in advance for these events by stopping by the reference desk, calling 442-3691, emailing dewclass@albany.edu, or you can register online.

This week the following sessions are offered:

Social Welfare Research Seminar: Tuesday, February 22, 10:00am
Federal Public Policy Resources, Thursday, February 24, 10:00am

February 18, 2011

Another New Face At Dewey!

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If you're ever in the library on Saturdays, you will see a new face at the Reference Desk. Dewey Library welcomes Benjamin Knowles as our Saturday Reference Associate. Ben is a student in the Information Studies Program here at the University at Albany. Feel free to ask him any of your library research questions!

Photo credit: Morris Stilson

February 13, 2011

Workshops and Seminars 2/14-2/18

Each week during the semester, the Dewey Library offers a variety of workshops, seminars, and tours to help you utilize library resources more effectively and learn about the many services available to you through our library.
Register in advance for these events by stopping by the reference desk, calling 442-3691, emailing dewclass@albany.edu, or you can register online.

This week the following sessions are offered:

Introduction to ICPSR: Tuesday, February 15, 2:00pm
Evidence Based Practice: Wednesday, February 16, 2:00pm
Federal Public Policy Research: Wednesday, February 16, 4:30pm
Introduction to Research Databases: Thursday, Feburary 17, 3:00pm

February 6, 2011

Workshops and Seminars, 2/7-2/11

Each week during the semester, the Dewey Library offers a variety of workshops, seminars, and tours to help you utilize library resources more effectively and learn about the many services available to you through our library.
Register in advance for these events by stopping by the reference desk, calling 442-3691, emailing dewclass@albany.edu, or you can register online.

This week the following sessions are offered:

Introduction to Resources in Information Science: Tuesday, February 8, 3:00pm
Introduction to Research Databases: Wednesday, February 9, 2:00pm
Introduction to Federal Public Policy Research: Wednesday, February 9, 4:30pm
Finding Reliable Information Online: Thursday, February 10, 3:00pm
Evidence Based Practice: Friday, February 11, 3:00pm

February 2, 2011

New at the Interactive Media Center: Internet Marketing Workshop

Have you been to the Interactive Media Center lately? Not only do they provide cameras, scanners, and lots of other goodies, but you can also take classes. Not another class, you’re thinking, I’m already taking too many! No sweat: no tests, no grades, no homework, and there’s just one class session. Oh yes – and it’s free! Learn only the skills and software tips you need, and get on with your life.

We also have some super top secret insider info for you: there’s a brand new class being offered this semester called “Internet Marketing: Making the Web and Your Web Site Work for You.� The great people at the IMC want to teach you to “discover how to harness the power of social networks (such as Facebook), blogs, and other modern Internet media to drive visitors to your site. Also learn about creating and maintaining the message for your site's marketing programs.�

Browse the full course listing to see if anything sparks your interest and to register. You can fill out the form online, stop in at the Interactive Media Center, or call 442-3608. If any of the class times don’t work for you, round up three friends and the IMC will create a special session for your group (subject to staff and facility availability).

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February 1, 2011

Dewey Library Will Be Closed Weds, February 2.

Due to the inclement weather: On Feb. 2 the University Library only will be open as usual. Some services will be curtailed. The Science Library and Dewey Library will be closed for the day. Students who had registered for the Social Welfare Research Seminar will have to select an alternate session to attend.

January 30, 2011

Workshops, Tours, and Seminars 1/31-2/4

Each week during the semester, the Dewey Library offers a variety of workshops, seminars, and tours to help you utilize library resources more effectively and learn about the many services available to you through our library.
Register in advance for these events by stopping by the reference desk, calling 442-3691, emailing dewclass@albany.edu, or you can register online.

This week the following sessions are offered:

Orientation Tour: Tuesday, February 1, 4:30pm
Social Welfare Research Seminar: Wednesday, February 2, 1:00pm
Introduction to Research Databases: Thursday, February 3, 3:00pm

January 26, 2011

Ph.D. Due Date is Monday

A reminder to all Ph.D. candidates that the winter fixed date for returning or renewing books is this coming Monday, January 31, 2010. Ph.D. students are able to renew books a maximum of 8 times, and this can be done through your MyMinerva account. This fixed due date applies to Ph.D. candidates only. If you are a master's level student or other type of borrower, please view our circulation loan policy for applicable lending periods.

If you have any questions about loan periods, overdue fines, or renewing books, please contact our Circulation Desk at 442-3693.

January 23, 2011

Tours, Workshops, and Seminars 1/24-1/28

If you are a new student and unfamiliar with the Dewey Library, or if you are a returning student and would like a refresher, the Dewey Library is offering several Orientation Tours this week. An orientation tour can help you better understand the services and resources available to you here at Dewey.

The orientation tours will be held:

Tuesday, January 25: 4:30pm
Wednesday, January 26: 10:00am
Thursday January 27: 3:00pm

In addition ths library will be offering a session of the Social Welfare Research Seminar on Tuesday, January 25th at 10:00am.

Register in advance for these events by stopping by the reference desk, calling 442-3691, emailing dewclass@albany.edu, or you can register online.

January 19, 2011

Welcome (Back)!

The staff of the Dewey library would like to extend a welcome to new students and welcome back to those of you who are returning. A new semester brings new assignments, papers, projects, presentations and research. The Dewey Library is her to help you efficiently locate the materials you need to accomplish these tasks.

Once again, the Dewey Library will also offer a series of workshops throughout the semester to help you achieve your goals. Check out the online registration form where you can see the schedule or check here on Monday's for the coming week's offerings.

We stand ready to help you with any library related questions or concerns, please stop by, call us at 442-3691, or email us at dewref@albany.edu. We're looking forward to getting to know you this semester!

December 20, 2010

Dewey Library Bids Farewell to Reference Associate

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If you've been at the Dewey Library on a Sunday during the Fall Semester, you have probably seen the smiling face of our Reference Associate, Katie Farrell, at the Reference Desk. Katie is a graduate student who recently completed her Masters in Information Studies here at UAlbany. As a result, she will be leaving this student postion. Katie has been an indispensable member of the staff here, having written many blog posts, developed slides for the slide show, and of course, helping library patrons at the Reference Desk. All of us at the Dewey Library wish her well!

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December 15, 2010

Intersession Energy Savings Initiative

Please be aware that the Dewey and Science Libraries will be CLOSED December 22nd– January 2nd as a part of the campus Energy Savings Initiative. This closure will also affect UA Delivery and Interlibrary Loan services.

If you have UA DELIVERY & INTERLIBRARY LOAN ITEMS ON HOLD, please pick them up by Monday, December 20th. On Tuesday, December 21st, any items “On Hold� that have not been picked up will be shipped to the University (Main) Library where they will remain “On Hold�. You may pick up your items from the University (Main) Library Circulation Desk. On Monday, January 3rd, any items that were “On Hold� for you at the University Library will be shipped back to your regular pick up location. (Please allow for turnaround time.)

SUSPENDED SERVICES DEC 16th – Jan 2nd:

  • UADelivery 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.)

SUBMITTING UA DELIVERY REQUESTS FOR MATERIAL FROM DEWEY AND SCIENCE DECEMBER 22nd- JANUARY 2nd
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 processing. Please allow for longer turnaround times.

  • Book Delivery – You may submit requests for books from Dewey and Science Libraries. You will be able to pick those books up from the University (Main) Library. NOTE: We will not fill requests for books from the University Library to be picked up at the University Library.
  • Articles – Submit requests 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.)

SUBMITTING INTERLIBRARY REQUESTS DECEMBER 22nd - JANUARY 2nd

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. 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.

  • Books – You may submit requests for books as usual. However, during this period all books will be held at the University (Main) Library regardless of your normal pick location.
  • Articles – Submit requests as usual.

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

REGULAR UA DELIVERY & INTERLIBRARY LOAN SERVICES WILL RESUME ON MONDAY, JANUARY 3rd 2010

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November 28, 2010

Dewey Workshops: 11/29-12/3

Are you an MSW student that still needs to sign up for a Social Welfare Research Seminar? Sign up for this week’s Dewey Workshop! Meet a graduation requirement and sharpen your research skills just in time for finals week.

Wednesday, December 1:
3:00 PM: Social Welfare Research Seminar

You can register for classes with our Online Registration Form, at the Reference Desk, by sending email to Dewclass@albany.edu, or by calling the Reference Desk at 422-3691. If you find that you are unable to attend a class that you have registered for, please call the Reference Desk or send an email to let us know.

November 24, 2010

Happy Thanksgiving!

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The Dewey Library staff wishes you a restful and enjoyable Thanksgiving break. Dewey will be closed on Thursday, November 25 and Friday, November 26. We will reopen with regular hours on Saturday, November 27.

November 14, 2010

Dewey Workshops: 11/15-11/19

Calling all MSW students: have you signed up for a Social Welfare Research Seminar yet? It’s required for graduation and the end of the semester will be here before you know it. Rather spend your free time in December shopping for the holidays? Then come to this week’s Dewey Workshop!

Wednesday, November 17:
3:00 PM: Social Welfare Research Seminar

You can register for classes with our Online Registration Form, at the Reference Desk, by sending email to Dewclass@albany.edu, or by calling the Reference Desk at 422-3691. If you find that you are unable to attend a class that you have registered for, please call the Reference Desk or send an email to let us know.

November 7, 2010

Dewey Workshops: 11/8-11/12

Is your favorite price free? Need help finding quality resources online? Then be sure to sign up for a Dewey Workshop. It’s free, it’s fast, and we want to save you a spot.

Tuesday, November 9:
3:30 PM: Finding Reliable Information Online

Wednesday, November 10:
6:00 PM: Introduction to Information Resources for Gerontology

You can register for classes with our Online Registration Form, at the Reference Desk, by sending email to Dewclass@albany.edu, or by calling the Reference Desk at 422-3691. If you find that you are unable to attend a class that you have registered for, please call the Reference Desk or send an email to let us know.

October 31, 2010

Dewey Workshops: 11/1-11/5

The beginning of the semester is a whirlwind and the end of the semester can be just as crazy. Why not take advantage of the calm before the storm to sign up for a Dewey Workshop? In a very short amount of time you can fine-tune your research skills to make sure you ace that final research project.

Monday, November 1:
3:00 PM:Social Welfare Research Seminar

Wednesday, November 3:
3:00 PM: Social Welfare Research Seminar
6:00 PM: Introduction to ICPSR

Thursday, November 4:
4:30 PM: Nonprofit Organizations – Information Sources

Friday, November 5:
11:00 AM: Introduction to EndNote

You can register for classes with our Online Registration Form, at the Reference Desk, by sending email to Dewclass@albany.edu, or by calling the Reference Desk at 422-3691. If you find that you are unable to attend a class that you have registered for, please call the Reference Desk or send an email to let us know.

October 25, 2010

Dewey Workshops: 10/25-10/29

Librarians can teach you tips, tricks and shortcuts to finding the best and most relevant resources for your assignments and projects. Attend one of our workshops at Dewey to learn advanced database searching and other strategies. This week we are offering the following sessions:

Monday, October 25:
4:00 PM: Social Welfare Research Seminar
5:30 PM: Introduction to ICPSR

Tuesday, October 26:
2:00 PM: Introduction to ICPSR
4:30 PM: Not-for-Profit Information Sources

Wednesday, October 20:
10:00 AM: Introduction to ICPSR
2:00 PM: Not-for Profit Information Sources

You can register for classes with our Online Registration Form, at the Reference Desk, by sending email to Dewclass@albany.edu, or by calling the Reference Desk at 422-3691. If you find that you are unable to attend a class that you have registered for, please call the Reference Desk or send email to let us know.

October 17, 2010

Dewey Workshops: 10/18-10/22

The midterm point in the semester is here, and time to spend doing research is at a premium. Learn the most efficient ways of locating the information you need by attending one of the Dewey Library workshops. This week we are offering the following sessions:

Monday, October 18:
11:00 PM: Introduction to EndNote

Tuesday, October 19:
3:00 PM: Resources for Information Science Research

Wednesday, October 20:
2:00 PM: Not-For-Profit Organization Resources
3:30 PM: Evidence Based Practice

You can register for classes with our Online Registration Form, at the Reference Desk, by sending email to Dewclass@albany.edu, or by calling the Reference Desk at 422-3691. If you find that you are unable to attend a class that you have registered for, please call the Reference Desk or send email to let us know.

October 5, 2010

October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month

In October of 1981, the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence held its first annual “Day of Unity� in order to raise awareness of the horrors of domestic violence. In October of 1987, the NCADV broadened the scope of the annual event and proclaimed the first Domestic Violence Awareness Month. In 1989, the United States Congress lent the imprimatur of the Federal Government to October’s designation as Domestic Violence Awareness Month.

Although estimates of the prevalence of domestic violence in the United States vary, a 2000 study cited by the American Bar Association has it that “Approximately 1.3 million women and 835,000 men are physically assaulted by an intimate partner annually in the United States.�

A 1990 article from the Journal of the American Medical Association highlighted women’s vulnerability to domestic violence, calling it “the leading cause of injury to women between the ages of 15 and 44, more common than automobile accidents, muggings, and cancer deaths combined.�

Throughout the month of October, the Dewey Library will feature an informational display on the resources we offer for students researching domestic violence (in the glass display case near the front door). The materials on display will be accompanied by a bibliography listing books, journal articles, and websites available to Dewey’s patrons. Included will be materials appropriate for students in the Criminal Justice, Social Welfare, and Public Administration and Policy programs, as well as information sources for anyone with an interest in the problem of Domestic Violence and how to fight it. Be sure to check out the display and feel free to take one of the bibliographies to aid you in your research at the Dewey Library.

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October 3, 2010

Dewey Workshops 10/4-10/8

Get a leg up on your upcoming research papers and sign up for a free workshop at Dewey today. These workshops will help you become familiar with the library resources that pertain to your area of research, which will allow you to conduct your research more efficiently and save you time when you need to work on any future research projects and papers.

Tuesday, October 5:
4:00 PM: Introduction to EndNote

Wednesday, October 6:
4:30 PM: Introduction to Federal Public Policy Resources

Thursday, October 7:
9:00 AM: Social Welfare Research Seminar
11:00 AM: Finding Information Online

You can register for classes with our Online Registration Form, at the Reference Desk, by sending email to Dewclass@albany.edu, or by calling the Reference Desk at 422-3691. If you find that you are unable to attend a class that you have registered for, please call the Reference Desk or send email to let us know.

September 26, 2010

Workshops and Seminars: 9/27/10-10/1/10

A wide variety of workshops and seminars are offered by the Dewey Library throughout the semester. Here are this week's offerings. Pick up the complete schedule from the library Reference Desk or view it online.

  • Finding Information Online

  • Wednesday, September 29, 2:00pm: Evidence Based Practice

  • Thursday, September 30, 11:00am: Introduction to EndNote

  • Thursday, September 30, 2:00pm:Introduction to Research Databases

You can register for workshops with our Online Registration Form, at the Reference Desk, by sending email to Dewclass@albany.edu, or by calling the Reference Desk at 422-3691.

September 19, 2010

Library Workshops and Seminars: 9/20/10-9/24/10

A wide variety of workshops and seminars are offered by the Dewey Library throughout the semester. Here are this week's offerings. Pick up the complete schedule from the library Reference Desk or view it online.

  • Tuesday, September 21, 10:00am: Social Welfare Research Seminar

  • Wednesday, September 22, 4:00pm: Library Services and Resources

  • Friday, September 24, 2:00pm: Library Services and Resourcse

You can register for workshops with our Online Registration Form, at the Reference Desk, by sending email to Dewclass@albany.edu, or by calling the Reference Desk at 422-3691.

September 12, 2010

Library Seminars and Workshops: 9/13/10-9/17/10

There are many library workshops and seminars this week. Students are encouraged to attend one or more of these workshops to familiarize themselves with what the library has to offer.


  • Monday, September 13, 10:00am: Library Orientation Tour

  • Tuesday, September 14, 4:00pm: Library Services and Resources

  • Wednesday, September 15, 2:00pm: Social Welfare Research Seminar

  • Thursday, September 16, 4:00pm: Introduction to Research Databases

  • Friday, September 17, 11:00am: Resources for Information Science Research

You can register for workshops with our Online Registration Form, at the Reference Desk, by sending email to Dewclass@albany.edu, or by calling the Reference Desk at 422-3691.

September 5, 2010

Library Workshops and Seminars: Week of 9/6/10-9/10/10

Have you been out of school for a number of years? Are you unsure where to start with library research? Did you do undergraduate work at a smaller college which did not have as many options on the library's website? Do you just need a refresher or maybe to learn how to make better use of what the library has to offer? If so, our workshops can be just the thing to get you started. The investment of an hour at the beginning of the semester familiarizing yourself with the library can save you untold hours as the semester progresses.

This week we are offering the following workshops:

Tuesday, September 7, 4:00 pm: Library Services and Resources. This workshop is a basic overview of the online resources and services you can find at the library's website. It is not recommended for MSW students looking to fulfill the information literacy requirement.

Wednesday, September 8, 10:00am: Introduction to Research Databases. This workshop will teach you how to locate scholarly journal articles and other materials using the library databases. You will learn advanced searching skills and strategies that will help you in your research.

You can register for workshops with our Online Registration Form, at the Reference Desk, by sending email to Dewclass@albany.edu, or by calling the Reference Desk at 422-3691.

August 29, 2010

Library Orientation Tours

Throughout the year, the Dewey Graduate Library offers tours, seminars and workshops for you to learn about the library and discover strategies for using library resources more effectively. You can register for workshops with our Online Registration Form, at the Reference Desk, by sending email to Dewclass@albany.edu, or by calling the Reference Desk at 422-3691.

This week we are offering a walk-through Orientation Tour of the library on the following days this week:


  • Tuesday, August 31: 3:00 pm
  • Friday, September 3: 10:00 am

    The schedule for all tours, workshops and seminars is available online, or pick up a paper copy at the Reference Desk. You can also check back here on teh blog on Monday mornings for the week's offerings. If you find that you are unable to attend a class for which you have registered, please call the Reference Desk or send email to let us know.

July 21, 2010

Dewey Library Ice Cream Social

Dewey Library recently celebrated the redesign of it's website with an Ice Cream Social. This redesign brings the site's design more in line with the rest of the University Libraries' web pages and migrates the site to a content management system. Here are a few pictures from the Ice Cream Social:

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Mary Jane Brustman explains the new features of the Dewey Library Website to guests.

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Morris Stilson serves up the goods to faculty and students.

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Students enjoy the picnic tables outside the library as well as some tasty ice cream!

Photo credit: Dewey Library Staff

June 28, 2010

Summer Means Research... Research Means Grantseeking

It’s summer and some of you might be turning your focus to funding your research through grants. Dewey Library has many resources to help you find the right organization to submit your proposals to. Plus, our librarians are more than willing to help you with finding grants.
For starters, here are some print resources in the Dewey reference collection:
• Annual Register of Grant Support: This book will give you a list of grant funders for all disciplines and specialties. REF AS 911 A2 A67
• The Foundation Directory: Similar to the one above, this resource lists grant funding organizations by state. REF AS 911 A2 F65
• Government Assistance Almanac: A yearly listing of federally-funded grants. REF HC110 .P63 G69
• The Europa International Foundation Directory: As the name suggests, grants that are funded through international organizations. REF HV 7 I57
• Directory of Research Grants: Runs the gamut of U.S., federal and international grants available for research purposes. REF LB2338 D57X 2008
• The Grants Register: Considered “The Complete Guide to Postgraduate Funding Worldwide.� REF LB2338 G7
• Government Research Directory: Comparable to the Government Assistance Almanac REF Q179.98 G68

Dewey has many print resources to help you apply for grants. Here’s just a sample to check out:
• The “How To� Grants Manual: HG177 B38 2003
• Proposal Planning and Writing: Oversized HG 177.5 U6 M56 2008
• Guide to effective grant writing : how to write an effective NIH grant application: RA 11 D6 Y36 2005

Also, check out the library’s Financial Aids and Grants page for more opportunities and information.

In addition to grant resources found at the library, UAlbany has its own Office of Research and which has information on graduate student funding opportunities and proposal resources.

Be sure to check out the latest issue of Accent on Research, a quarterly newsletter which contains graduate funding opportunities as well. Find out about faculty research opportunities as well as postdoctoral fellowships.

Let us know if you need help using these resources! Drop by the Reference Desk, call us at 442-3691, or email us.

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June 25, 2010

Dewey Library Closed for Next Few Days

As you may or may not have heard, many buildings on the Downtown Campus will be closed on Monday due to a plumbing repair issue. This closure includes Hawley Hall, where the Dewey Library is located.

Dewey Library will close at 2:00pm today (Friday, June 25). We are scheduled to reopen Tuesday, June 29. The Dewey Library will be closed Saturday, Sunday and Monday.

As a result, we have to RELOCATE the Social Welfare Research Seminar scheduled for Monday, June 28 at 11:00am. It will now be held on the uptown campus, in the University Library, room B-14. The seminar will still run from 11:00-12:30. We apologize for this inconvenience.

June 21, 2010

Get the Scoop on the Dewey Website -- and Ice Cream, Too!

It's summer, the Dewey Library Website has been redesigned, and Dewey Library staffers think that's as good a reason as any to have ice cream!

Come to Dewey Library Wednesday, June 23 from Noon - 1:30pm for FREE ice cream!

If you like, while you're here, you can find out about the improvements to the Dewey site, learn about its features, and ask us any questions about the site (or any other library topic) that you may have. We hope you'll like the new layout and design of the Dewey site and that you will be able to find the information you need quickly and easily.

We hope you'll take a break out of your hot summer and join us for ice cream on Wednesday!

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May 31, 2010

Today is the Ph.D. Due Date

Today is the summer fixed due date for Ph.D. candidates who have checked out library materials. If you are a Ph.D.candidate and have material due on this day, you must return or renew it. Please call the Circulation Desk at 442-3693 for more information.

May 28, 2010

Ph.D. Due Date is Monday

A reminder to all Ph.D. candidates that the winter fixed date for returning or renewing books is this coming Monday, May 31, 2010. Ph.D. students are able to renew books a maximum of 8 times, and this can be done through your MyMinerva account. This fixed due date applies to Ph.D. candidates only. If you are a master's level student or other type of borrower, please view our circulation loan policy for applicable lending periods.

If you have any questions about loan periods, overdue fines, or renewing books, please contact our Circulation Desk at 442-3693.

May 2, 2010

Final Workshop at Dewey Library This Week

The final workshop for the Spring Semester is being offered this week. If you did not get a chance to take the seminars you need to graduate, please contact our User Education Librarian, Deborah Bernnard (dbernnard@uamail.albany.edu, 442-3699).

Tuesday 5/4:
1:00PM: Evidence Based Practice

There will be a few sections of the Social Welfare Research Seminar offered in June, and the schedule for the fall will be available in August.

You can register for workshops with our Online Registration Form, at the Reference Desk, by sending email to Dewclass@albany.edu, or by calling the Reference Desk at 422-3691. If you find that you are unable to attend a class for which you have registered, please call the Reference Desk or send email to let us know.

April 25, 2010

Dewey Workshops: Week of April 26 - 30

A couple more workshops remain for students who still need to fulfill the Social Welfare literacy requirement. If you have not registered yet, please do so ASAP. In addition to this week's workshop, there will be one more next week.

Wednesday 4/21:
2:00PM: Social Welfare Research Seminar


You can register for workshops with our Online Registration Form, at the Reference Desk, by sending email to Dewclass@albany.edu, or by calling the Reference Desk at 422-3691. If you find that you are unable to attend a class for which you have registered, please call the Reference Desk or send email to let us know.

April 18, 2010

Dewey Workshops: Week of April 19 - April 23

If you still need to fulfill the Social Welfare Information Literacy requirement in order to graduate, the Dewey Library is still offering several workshops as the semester draws to a close. This week:

Wednesday 4/21:
3:00PM: Social Welfare Research Seminar

Thursday 4/15:
4:30PM: Introduction to Research Databases

You can register for workshops with our Online Registration Form, at the Reference Desk, by sending email to Dewclass@albany.edu, or by calling the Reference Desk at 422-3691. If you find that you are unable to attend a class for which you have registered, please call the Reference Desk or send email to let us know.

April 11, 2010

Dewey Workshops: Week of April 12-16

There's still time to take one of our workshops that will help you become more familiar with the library and maximize your ability to effectively use our resources and services. This week's sessions:

Wednesday 4/14:
2:00PM: Introduction to EndNote

Thursday 4/15:
4:30PM: Conducting Research Online

You can register for workshops with our Online Registration Form, at the Reference Desk, by sending email to Dewclass@albany.edu, or by calling the Reference Desk at 422-3691. If you find that you are unable to attend a class for which you have registered, please call the Reference Desk or send email to let us know.

April 4, 2010

Dewey Workshops: Week of April 5 - April 9

There is only one workshop this week, but there are still several more in upcoming weeks if you still need to fulfill the Social Welfare Information Literacy Requirement, or if you would like to learn how to more effectively and efficiently use library resources. This week's workshop:

Wednesday 4/7:
3:00PM:Evidence Based Practice

You can register for workshops with our Online Registration Form, at the Reference Desk, by sending email to Dewclass@albany.edu, or by calling the Reference Desk at 422-3691. If you find that you are unable to attend a class for which you have registered, please call the Reference Desk or send email to let us know.

March 28, 2010

Workshops at Dewey: Week of 3/29 – 4/2

Spring Break is here! Why not spend part of your vacation with us and sign up for a free workshop at Dewey today. These workshops will help you use the library more efficiently and save you time when you need to work on research projects and papers.

Monday 3/29:
10:00 AM: Introduction to Federal Public Policy Research

Tuesday 3/30:
10:00 AM: Non-Profit Organizations

You can register for classes with our Online Registration Form, at the Reference Desk, by sending email to Dewclass@albany.edu, or by calling the Reference Desk at 422-3691. If you find that you are unable to attend a class that you have registered for, please call the Reference Desk or send email to let us know.

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March 21, 2010

Instruction Sessions: Week of 3/22 – 3/26

Dewey Graduate Library offers short workshops, seminars, and tours with the goal of helping you get started with your research. If you are researching a topic in Social Welfare, need more information regarding the basics of copyright, or would like to learn more about using the citation software program EndNote, you should highly consider attending one of this week’s free workshops.

The following sessions are scheduled this week:

Wednesday 3/24:
3:30 PM: Social Welfare Research Seminar
6:00 PM: Copyright Basics

Thursday 3/25:
1:00 PM: Using EndNote

Friday 3/26:
10:00 AM: Evidence Based Practice

You can register for classes using our online form, in person at the Reference Desk, by calling 442-3691, or by sending an email to dewclass@albany.edu. Please call the Reference Desk or send us an email if you are unable to attend a class for which you are registered.

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March 17, 2010

Copyright Corner

EVENT: “Basics of Copyright for Students and Professionals�
March 24, 6:00pm – 7:00pm
Dewey Library, Dewey Classroom

This session will provide basic copyright information including the bundle of rights that make up copyright and the four "Fair Use" factors. Participants will be introduced to resources that will provide practical information for all who use copyright-protected materials:
• What does the copyright law actually say?
• What are “orphan works�
• What is the Creative Commons?
• What can I use for my classes?
• How do I ask permission to use the work of others?
• How do I find out who owns the copyright?
• What rights do I have?
• What is the TEACH Act?
• What is the public domain?

These questions will be discussed and the various resources used to answer them will be reviewed in the session.

Register for this session at the Dewey Library Reference Desk, either in person or by calling 442-3691, or you can also register online.

Instructor Lorre Smith has served as the copyright education librarian at the University at Albany since 1998 and provides independent session as well as in-class sessions tailored to the needs of the class. To book Lorre for your class call 437-3946 or email lsmith@uamail.albany.edu

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March 14, 2010

Workshops at Dewey: Week of 3/15 – 3/19

Get a leg up on your upcoming research papers and sign up for a free workshop at Dewey today. These workshops will help you become familiar with the library resources that pertain to your area of research, which will allow you to conduct your research more efficiently and save you time when you need to work on any future research projects and papers.

Wednesday 3/17:
3:00 PM: Evidence Based Practice

Thursday 3/18:
1:00 PM: Introduction to ICPSR

Friday 3/19:
10:00 AM: Introduction to Information Resources for Gerontology

You can register for classes with our Online Registration Form, at the Reference Desk, by sending email to Dewclass@albany.edu, or by calling the Reference Desk at 422-3691. If you find that you are unable to attend a class that you have registered for, please call the Reference Desk or send email to let us know.

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March 7, 2010

Workshops at Dewey: Week of 3/8 – 3/12

Sign up for a free workshop at Dewey today and learn how the library can help you with your research papers. These workshops are designed to help you become familiar with the many library resources that are relevant to your area of research, which will allow you to conduct your research more efficiently and greatly reduce the stress and difficulty often associated with the research process.

Monday 3/8:
6:00 PM: Introduction to ICPSR

Tuesday 3/9:
4:30 PM: Conducting Research Online

Wednesday 3/10:
11:00 AM: Introduction to ICPSR
2:00 PM: Non-Profit Organizations: Information Sources

Thursday 3/11:

10:00 AM: Evidence Based Practice

There are several ways to register for a Dewey Workshop. You can use our Online Registration Form, sign up at the Reference Desk, send an email to Dewclass@albany.edu, or call the Reference Desk at 422-3691. If you find that you are unable to attend a class that you have registered for, please call the Reference Desk or send email to let us know.

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February 21, 2010

Instruction Sessions: Week of 2/22/10 - 2/26/10

Dewey Graduate Library offers short seminars, workshops, and tours that can help you get started on your research. The purpose of each workshop is to provide participants an overview of the many library services and resources that can help in the research process. The entire paper writing experience can be made much simpler and far less frustrating when you are able to quickly and easily find the necessary information. You can register for classes using our online form , in person at the Reference Desk, by sending an email to dewclass@albany.edu, or by calling 442-3691. If you intend on attending a workshop, be sure to register in advance.

The following sessions are scheduled this week:

Tuesday:
4:30PM: Conducting Research Online

Wednesday:

12:30PM: Evidence Based Practice
2:00PM: Introduction to EndNote
4:30PM: Federal Public Policy

Thursday:
3:00 PM: Information Science Resources

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February 16, 2010

Fair Use and Politics: "Wireside Chat" with Lawrence Lessig

Upcoming event on copyright: Wireside Chat with Lawrence Lessig
On February 25th, 2010, Open Video Alliance’s first Wireside Chat kicks off with a live webcast of a talk by Lawrence Lessig. Professor Lessig will deliver a talk on fair use and politics in online video from Harvard Law School in Cambridge, MA.

In conjunction with the Cambridge event, the Open Video Alliance is hosting live webcast screenings in cities around the world, including the University at Albany. For more details and to make a reservation for the UAlbany screening, contact Lorre Smith, lsmith@uamail.albany.edu.

Lessig’s talk will explore copyright in a digital age, and the importance of a doctrine like fair use. Fair use allows limited use of copyrighted material without requiring permission from the rights holders, and is essential for commentary, criticism, news reporting, remix, research, teaching and scholarship with video. As a medium, online video will be most powerful when it is fluid, like a conversation. Like the rest of the internet, online video must be designed to encourage creative expression and political participation, not just passive consumption.

Lessig is the author of the semina Code and Other Laws of Cyberspace, and many other important works. For much of his career, Professor Lessig focused his work on law and technology, especially as it affects copyright. His current work addresses “institutional corruption� relationships which are legal, even currently ethical, but which weaken public trust in an institution. Lessig serves on the boards of Creative Commons, MAPLight, Brave New Film Foundation, Change Congress, The American Academy, Berlin, Freedom House and iCommons.org.

Event: Wireside Chat with Lawrence Lessig: Albany
What: Lecture via webcast
Start Time: Thursday, February 25 at 6:00pm
End Time: Thursday, February 25 at 7:30pm
Where: University Library Cobb Room

Please RSVP to Lorre Smith: lsmith@uamail.albany.edu

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February 14, 2010

Instruction Sessions: Week of 2/15/10 - 2/19/10

This week, Dewey is offering free workshops for gerontology students, as well as assistance in researching Federal Public Policy, and how to conduct general research using our databases.

Tuesday:

12:30PM: Introduction to Research Databases
2:00PM: Gerontology

Wednesday:
2:00PM: Federal Public Policy

Thursday:
4:30PM: Federal Public Policy

There are several ways to register in advance for a workshop. You can register for classes online, in person at the Reference Desk, by calling the Reference Desk at 422-3691, or by sending an email to dewclass@albany.edu If you find that you are unable to attend a class that you have registered for, please call the Reference Desk or send an email to let us know.

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February 7, 2010

Instruction Sessions: Week of 2/8/10 - 2/12/10

Throughout the semester, Dewey Graduate Library offers short seminars, workshops, and tours that can help you get started on your research. These workshops are designed to help students, faculty, and staff use library resources effectively and efficiently. Most of the workshops offer hands on practice and cover subject specific and general information resources. You can register for classes using our online form, in person at the Reference Desk, by sending an email to dewclass@albany.edu, or by calling 442-3691. Advanced registration for workshops is strongly suggested.

The following sessions are scheduled this week:

Monday:

11:00AM: Evidence Based Practice

Wednesday:

2:00PM: Social Welfare Research Seminar

Thursday:

1:00 PM: Introduction to EndNote

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January 31, 2010

Instruction Sessions: Week of 2/1/10 - 2/5/10

This week, Dewey is offering free workshops for social welfare students, plus how to conduct general research using our databases.

Tuesday:

10:00AM: Introduction to Research Databases

Wednesday:
2:00PM: Social Welfare Research Seminar

Thursday:
4:00PM: Evidence Based Practice

Friday:
11:00AM: Introduction to Research Databases

You can register in advance for classes online, in person at the Reference Desk, by calling the Reference Desk at 422-3691, or by sending an email to dewclass@albany.edu. If you find that you are unable to attend a class that you have registered for, please call the Reference Desk or send an email to let us know.

January 30, 2010

Ph.D. Due Date for Library Materials

Today is the winter fixed due date for Ph.D. candidates. If you are a Ph.D.candidate and have material due on this day, you must return or renew it. Please call the Circulation Desk at 442-3693 for more information.

January 27, 2010

Ph.D. Due Date is Sunday

A reminder to all Ph.D. candidates that the winter fixed date for returning or renewing books is this coming Sunday, January 31, 2009. Ph.D. students are able to renew books a maximum of 8 times, and this can be done through your MyMinerva account. This fixed due date applies to Ph.D. candidates only. If you are a master's level student or other type of borrower, please view our circulation loan policy for applicable lending periods.

If you have any questions about loan periods, overdue fines, or renewing books, please contact our Circulation Desk at 442-3693.

January 24, 2010

This Week's Orientation Tours

This week, we will be offering orientation tours for those of you who would like an overview of the library and its services. An orientation tour can help save you time when you are under the gun because you will already be familiar with what the library has to offer and where it is located.

The orientation tours will be held as follows:

Monday: 9:30am
Tuesday: 4:00pm
Wednesday: 10:00am
Thursday: 5:00pm
Friday: 10:00am

In addition there will be one section of the Social Welfare Resarch Seminar on Monday, January 25 at 11:00am.

Pick up a schedule for all of our classes at the Reference Desk, or look at the schedule online. Register in advance online, by phone (442-3691), or in person at the library.

January 14, 2010

Sign Up For A Tour

At the beginning of each semester, the Dewey Graduate Library offers orientation tours of the library. A tour will give you a quick overview of the location of resources, equipment, and services offered by the library. This information can save you time when it comes time to do that big research project. Check here every Monday morning for the workshops and tours we will offer each week during the spring semester.

Thursday, January 21:
10:00am: Orientation Tour

Advance registration is strongly suggested for all Dewey workshops and tours. You can register by stopping by the reference desk, calling 442-3691, emailing dewclass@albany.edu, oregister online.

December 23, 2009

Happy Holidays

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Enjoy your winter break, and remember the Dewey Library is closed today, December 23, 2009 until Sunday, January 3, 2010. On January 4, 2010, the library will open at 8:30 AM and Intersession Hours will be in effect.

See you next year!

December 21, 2009

Campus Energy Savings Initiative Means Dewey Library Shutdown

Reminder: Dewey and Science Libraries will be CLOSED December 23rd – January 3th, InterLibrary Loan CLOSED December 24th and December 31st**

This closure will affect UA Delivery and Interlibrary loan. Please see our previous blog posting on this topic.

December 13, 2009

Final Workshop for the Semester Offered Wednesday

The final workshop offered this semester is the Social Welfare Research Seminar offered on Wednesday, December 16 at 10:00am.

There will not be any workshops offered during the Intersession. The Spring schedule will be available in January. If you have any questions, please e-mail dewclass@albany.edu or call the Reference Desk at 442-3691.


December 7, 2009

Changes In UADelivery & InterLibrary Loan Services During the Limited Operations Period Of the Intersession Energy Savings Initiative

**Dewey and Science Libraries will be CLOSED December 23rd – January 3th**
**InterLibrary Loan CLOSED December 24th and December 31st**

UADELIVERY & INTERLIBRARY LOAN ITEMS ON HOLD
If you have items “On Hold� at Dewey Library or Science Library, please pick them up by Friday, December 18th.
On Tuesday, December 22nd, any items “On Hold� that have not been picked up will be shipped to the University (Main) Library where they will remain “On Hold�. You may pick your items up from the University Library Circulation Desk.

On Monday, January 4th, any items that were “On Hold� for you at the University Library will be shipped back to your regular pick up location. (Please allow for turnaround time.)

SUSPENDED SERVICES DEC 18th – Jan 3rd


  • UADelivery 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.)

SUBMITTING UADELIVERY REQUESTS FOR MATERIAL FROM DEWEY AND SCIENCE DECEMBER 23TH- JANUARY 3rd

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 12/28 & 12/30 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 processing. Please allow for longer turnaround times.


  • Book Delivery – You may submit requests for books from Dewey and Science Libraries. You will be able to pick those books up from the University Library.
  • NOTE: We will not fill requests for books from the University Library to be picked up at the University Library.
  • Articles – Submit requests 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.)

SUBMITTING INTERLIBRARY REQUESTS DECEMBER 23TH- JANUARY 3rd

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 and December 31st. You may submit interlibrary loan requests as usual. 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.
(For more information on InterLibrary Loan services, call 518-442-3613)

REGULAR UADELIVERY & INTERLIBRARY LOAN SERVICES WILL RESUME ON MONDAY, JANUARY 4TH 2010

December 6, 2009

Dewey Workshops: December 7 - December 11

For those last minute projects, you need to be as efficient as possible. Learn how to save time by taking one of our workshops.

Wednesday, December 9:
2:00pm: Conducting Research from Home

Thursday, December 10:
1:00pm: Introduction to EndNote


Register for a class using the online registration form, by calling 442-3691, by emailing dewclass@albany.edu, or dropping by in person at the Reference Desk.

November 29, 2009

Dewey Workshops: November 30 - December 4

If you are a Social Welfare student who needs Information Literacy credit, or simply need to get up to speed on how to use the library, there are still some slots available in some workshops. Check the schedule and register for a class using the online registration form, by calling 442-3691, by emailing dewclass@albany.edu, or dropping by in person at the Reference Desk.

This week we are offering the following sessions:

Wednesday, December 2:
2:00pm: Introduction to EndNote

Thursday, December 3:

10:00am: Conducting Research Online

November 25, 2009

Happy Thanksgiving

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For those of you who celebrate the holiday, have a happy Thanksgiving. The Dewey Library will be closed Thursday, November 26, and Friday, November 27. We will once again be open for our regular hours beginning Saturday, November 28.

November 22, 2009

Dewey Workshops Week of November 23- November 27

There are only a few weeks left in the semester, but there are still some slots available in some workshops. Check the schedule and register for a class using the online registration form, by calling 442-3691, by emailing dewclass@albany.edu, or dropping by in person at the Reference Desk.

This week we are offering Evidence Based Practice at 2:00pm on Mondday, November 23.

November 15, 2009

Dewey Workshops: Week of November 16 - November 20

There are only a few weeks left in the semester, but there are still some slots available in some workshops. Check the schedule and register for a class using the online registration form, by calling 442-3691, by emailing dewclass@albany.edu, or dropping by in person at the Reference Desk.

This week we are offering Introduction to EndNote at 3:00pm on Wednesday, November 18.

November 8, 2009

Dewey Workshops: Week of November 9-November 13

Don't forget to register for a workshop to help you with the "crunch" of late semester research projects! For the final time this semester, Information Resources in Gerontology will be offered on Wednesday. You may also find the EndNote class helpful in organizing your bibliographies, footnotes and references cited.

Monday, November 9:

4:00pm: Social Welfare Research Seminar

Wednesday, November 11:
Information Resources in Gerontology

Thursday, November 12:
Introduction to EndNote

Register for a class using the online registration form, by calling 442-3691, by emailing dewclass@albany.edu, or dropping by in person at the Reference Desk.

November 1, 2009

Dewey Workshops: Week of November 2- November 6

There is still time to take a workshop here at Dewey! These workshops can help you become familiar with library resources and services, database searching techniques, and other tips and tricks to help make your library research more efficient. We have several sections of Nonprofit Organizations- Resources offered this week.

Tuesday, November 3:
10:00am: Evidence Based Practice

Wednesday, November 4:
4:30pm: Nonprofit Organizations- Resources

Thursday, November 5:
2:00pm: Nonprofit Organizations- Resources

Friday, November 6:
10:00am: Nonprofit Organizations, Resources

Register for a class using the online registration form, by calling 442-3691, by emailing dewclass@albany.edu, or dropping by in person at the Reference Desk.

October 25, 2009

Instruction Sessions: Week of 10/26/09 - 10/30/09

Dewey Graduate Library offers short workshops, seminars, and tours with the goal of helping you get started with your research. You can register for classes using our online form, in person at the Reference Desk, or by calling 442-3691.

The following sessions are scheduled this week:

Monday:

3:00 PM: ICPSR

Wednesday:
3:00PM: Introduction to EndNote

Thursday:

4:30 PM: Non-profit Information Sources

Friday:

11:00 AM: Introduction to Research Databases

October 18, 2009

Instruction Sessions: Week of 10/19/09 - 10/23/09

Throughout the semester, Dewey Graduate Library offers short seminars, workshops, and tours designed to help you get started with your research. You can register for classes using our online form, in person at the Reference Desk, or by calling 442-3691.

The following sessions are scheduled this week:

Monday:

10:00 AM: Information Science Drop In Session

Tuesday:
12:30 PM: Introduction to Research Databases
2:00 PM: ICPSR

Wednesday:
3:00PM: Evidence Based

Thursday:
10:00 AM: Federal Public Policy

Friday:
11:00 AM: ICPSR

October 11, 2009

Instruction Sessions: Week of 10/12/09 - 10/16/09

Dewey Graduate Library offers seminars, workshops, and tours, frequently during the semester that can help you get your research on the right track. You can register for classes using our online form ), in person at the Reference Desk, or by calling 442-3691.

The following sessions are scheduled this week:

Monday:
2:00 PM: Introduction toFederal Public Policy

Tuesday:
2:00 PM: Social Welfare Research Seminar

Wednesday:
2:00PM: Introduction to Research Databases

Thursday:
1:00 PM: Using EndNote

October 4, 2009

Instruction Sessions: Week of 10/5/09 - 10/9/09

Throughout the semester, Dewey Graduate Library offers seminars, workshops, and tours that can help you get started with your research. You can register for classes using our online form, in person at the Reference Desk, or by calling 442-3691.

The following sessions are scheduled this week:

Tuesday:
1:00 PM: Conducting Research Online

Wednesday:
2:00PM: Social Welfare Research Seminar

Thursday
4:00 PM: Evidence Based Practice

September 27, 2009

Instruction Sessions: Week of 9/28/09 - 10/2/09

Dewey Graduate Library offers short seminars, workshops, and tours that can help you get started on your research. You can register for classes using our online form, in person at the Reference Desk, or by calling 442-3691.

The following sessions are scheduled this week:
Monday:
10:00 AM: Federal Public Policy Resources
Wednesday:
1:00 PM: Conducting Research Online
3:00PM: Social Welfare Research Seminar

September 20, 2009

Instruction Sessions: Week of 9/21/09 - 9/25/09

Dewey Graduate Library offers short seminars, workshops, and tours that can help you get started on your research. You can register for classes using our online form, in person at the Reference Desk, or by calling 442-3691.

The following sessions are scheduled this week:

Tuesday:
3:00 PM: Information Science Drop In Session
Wednesday:
1:00 PM:Resources in Gerontology
2:00PM: Criminal Justice Research Session – Drop In
4:30PM: Federal Public Policy
Thursday:
1:00 PM: EndNote

September 15, 2009

Dewey Birthday Party Tomorrow!

Join us tomorrow, September 17, 2009 at 2:00pm to celebrate the 100th anniversary of Hawley Hall and the 30th anniversary of the Dewey Graduate Library. Refreshments will be served and Geoffrey Williams, University Archivist, will be on hand to share some of the building’s storied history with guests.

We hope to see you at this event!

September 14, 2009

Happy Birthday Dewey Library!

September 2009 is an auspicious month for the Dewey Library. This month marks the 100th anniversary of the Hawley building on campus and the 30th anniversary of the dedication of the Dewey Graduate Library.
We invite you to celebrate with us on September 17th at 2:00pm – University Archivist Geoff Williams will provide an interesting and lively talk about the history of the downtown campus, the murals and stained glass windows and provide interesting stories about how the Dewey Graduate Library came to be. Refreshments will be served.

You may want to look at the Dewey Library Blog for some brief posts on the history of the campus, Hawley Hall and the Dewey Library. In addition, please check out our display on the main floor of Dewey by the front door, which has a plethora of images and descriptions of the building, the library, and students of yore.
Classes at what is now called the “Downtown Campus� began on September 8, 1909, but the formal dedication of the campus was on October 28th of that year. Commissioner of Education Dr. Andrew Sloan Draper, in his address, said the school would be “a pedagogical college. It is to give a liberal training to men and women who will be teachers. It is not intended that it shall grow into a state university.� The goal of the school would be to “teach, study and investigate and try to add to the sum of pedagogical knowledge and experience.� (French, p. 148)

The Dewey Graduate Library for Public Affairs and Policy was dedicated in 1979, upon the formation of the Rockefeller College of Public Policy. There was an effort by a campus leader to name all of the buildings on campus after notable New York State Politicians, so the library was named after Governor Thomas, E. Dewey, “the Father of SUNY.� However the proposal met with criticism, so the proposal was abandoned for the buildings. This is why the “Dewey Library� is in “Hawley Hall.�

Post created by Elaine Bergman with significant content provided by Geoffrey Williams

September 13, 2009

Instruction Sessions: Week of 9/14/09 - 9/18/09

Dewey Graduate Library offers short seminars, workshops, and tours that can help you get started on your research. You can register for classes using our online form, in person at the Reference Desk, or by calling 442-3691.
The following sessions are scheduled this week:

Monday:
1:00 PM: Criminal Justice Research Session – Drop In
Wednesday:
2:00 PM: Social Welfare Research Seminar
4:00PM: Introduction to Research Databases
Thursday:
4:00 PM: Social Welfare Research Seminar

September 7, 2009

Instruction Sessions: Week of 9/7/09 - 9/11/09

Dewey Graduate Library offers short seminars, workshops, and tours that can help you get started on your research. You can register for classes using our online form, in person at the Reference Desk, or by calling 442-3691.

The following sessions are scheduled this week:

Tuesday:
4:00 PM: Orientation Tour
Wednesday:
2:00 PM: Social Welfare Seminar
4:00PM: Orientation Tour
Friday:
11:00 AM: Introduction to Research Databases

August 30, 2009

Orientation Tours: Week of 8/31- 9/4

The Dewey Library would like to welcome all new and returning students to campus. We know you'll soon be working on research, papers, assignments and presentations and we like to help! One of the ways you can be more efficient in your research is to become familiar with the library before you need to use it. We are offering Orientation Tours this week and next to help you become familiar with our building and resources.

This week's tours:

Wednesday, September 2, 10:00am
Thursday, September 3, 10:00am

Advance registration for the tours is suggested. You may register online, in person at the Reference Desk, or by calling 442-3691.

August 27, 2009

Orientations, Workshops and Instruction Sessions at Dewey

The Dewey Library offers many instructional programs during the semester. These include library tours and orientations, workshops on general library topics (such as how to conduct research from home or use library bibliographic databases) and subject specific seminars geared towards the schools here at Dewey. You can view the schedule for these events online, or you can pick up a print copy at the reference desk in the library. Please register in advance for an instructional session, either from the online schedule and registration page, by phone at 442-3691, or in person at the library reference desk. All classes are held in the mezzanine classroom which is in the back of the lower level, and up a short staircase, near the group study peristyle.

For more information on the classes offered at the Dewey Library, email us at dewclass@albany.edu, or post a comment on this blog.

August 24, 2009

Welcome Reception for International Students

The University Libraries will be holding an International Students Reception on August 26. It will be held in the North Information Commons Group Study area of the Main Library at 3:15 pm. All new and returning international students are welcome to enjoy refreshments and talk with the librarians about research projects and ways we can assist you with your studies. Librarians from all three libraries will be on hand, including Dewey Library Bibliographers. We look forward to meeting you!

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July 3, 2009

Happy Independence Day

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Even though it's supposed to be a rainy weekend, enjoy the holiday!

June 23, 2009

Adirondacks: Recreation and Regulation

If you’re into camping and exploring the backwoods of New York State, then come check out our new display at the Dewey Library. For the summer months, we are featuring the Adirondack Park and public parks policy. Take a resource handout on the Adirondack Park and other links for hiking and camping in general.
If you decide to visit any of our local or national parks this summer, be safe and have fun!

June 19, 2009

Welcome Milne School Alumni

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The Dewey Library would like to welcome the Milne High School class of 1954 for their 55th reunion this weekend. The Milne High School was located here on the downtown campus, formerly the New York State College for Teachers, and served as a "teacher training environment" for the college students. There is a Milne High Alumni website which includes an informative page about the Milne School's history.

June 9, 2009

Alumni: Sharpen your Networking Skills!

The University at Albany is sponsoring a reception for alumni which will also provide tips on how to take better advantage of networking opportunities. This event will be held this coming Thursday, June 11, at Alumni House from 5:45pm - 7:45pm. Online registration is available, or contact the University Alumni Association for more information.

May 26, 2009

Summer Session Library Hours

Please note our Summer Hours which begin today and run till August 14:

Monday through Thursday: Building hours: 8:00am - 10:00pm , Reference Desk will be staffed 1:00pm - 6:00pm

Friday: Building hours: 8:00am - 8:00pm, Reference Desk will be staffed 1:00pm - 5:00pm

Saturday: LIBRARY CLOSED

Sunday: Building hours: Noon - 7:00pm, Reference Desk will be staffed 1:00pm - 6:00pm

For the hours of the other libraries and exceptions to this schedule see the University Libraries' Hours Page.

May 21, 2009

Congratulations, Jill!

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Dewey Library would like to congratulate Jill Parsons, our Sunday Reference Associate, who received her Master's of Science in Information Studies last week. She will be working a few Sundays this summer before she moves on to bigger things. Jill has written many posts for this blog as well as worked very hard on our library exhibits this year. Here she is next to the Child Abuse Awareness Month exhibit. Good luck, Jill!

Photo credit James Asare

May 15, 2009

Chris Masella, Dewey Circulation Supervisor, Recipient of University Libraries Award

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Chris Masella has been awarded the annual University Libraries Award for Outstanding Classified Staff Member. Chris began work at Dewey Library 12 years ago as a part-time clerk. Today he supervises all of the Dewey clerks and student staff and is responsible for circulation, reserves, interlibrary loan, UA Delivery, stack maintenance, and collection security. The award noted Chris’s outstanding performance, dedication to his work, knowledge of procedures and practices, and willingness to extend himself for the needs of patrons and the Libraries. He is an excellent teacher for new employees and a great (and very witty) colleague. Congratulations, Chris!

Photo credit: Morris Stilson

May 13, 2009

Congratulations, Graduates!

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The Dewey Library would like to wish those of you graduating this weekend the best of luck and success in your future endeavors.

Don't forget, as an alumnus, you are eligble to borrow books and more! Check out the alumni services we provide even after you graduate.

May 3, 2009

Final Workshop of the Spring 2009 Semester

Evidence Based Practice is the final free workshop that will be offered this spring at the Dewey Library.

Wednesday, May 6: 4:00pm Evidence Based Practice

If you would like to register for this class, stop by the reference desk, call us at 442-3691, or register online.

April 29, 2009

Faculty Due Date is Today

All factulty who have checked books out of the library must either return or renew them today. Please contact the library Circulation desk at 442-3693 with any questions.

April 26, 2009

Free Workshops Offered at Dewey Library the Week of April 27-May 1, 2009

This week’s workshops offered at Dewey Library include Conducting Research from Home and Introduction to EndNote.

If you like doing research from home while wearing your pajamas, you might just want to take the Conducting Research from Home workshop. You can access all sorts of important research works, full text databases, and scholarly internet sites all from the comfort of your own home.

If you are doing research and would like some help with your bibliographic references or citations, you might like to take our Introduction to EndNote workshop. EndNote helps you manage your references and helps you create your bibliography as you write your paper. This workshop will take you through the basic features of the software, how to import citations from databases, as well as how to use EndNote with the Microsoft Word software.

Tuesday April 28th
10.00 am – Conducting Research from Home

Wednesday April 29th
2.00 pm – Introduction to EndNote

To check out the workshops offered at Dewey, see the online listing. All classes are held in the classroom in Dewey Library’s basement. You can register for these classes one of the following ways:

•Online at http://library.albany.edu/dewey/forms/class_registration_spring06.html
•At the Reference Desk
•By calling the Reference Desk at 422-3691
•By sending email to Dewclass@albany.edu

If you find that you are unable to attend a class that you have registered for, please call the Reference Desk or send email to let us know.

April 19, 2009

Last Chance to Take Social Welfare Research Seminar

This week, we will be offering the final Social Welfare Research Seminar of the Semester on Wednesday, April 22, at 2:00pm. Social Welfare students who have not yet taken this required seminar should sign up at their earliest convenience.

Sign up for this workshop in person at the Reference Desk, by callilng 442-3691, using our online registration form, or by emailing dewclass@albany.edu.

April 12, 2009

Dewey Workshops April 13-17

This week’s workshops offered at Dewey Library include the Social Welfare Research Seminar, and Introduction to Research Databases.

Social Welfare students, if you graduate this May and haven’t yet taken the Social Welfare Research Seminar yet, there is a chance to take it this week, on Monday at 11:00 am.

We are also offering Introduction to Research Databases this Tuesday at 3:00 pm, and again on Wednesday at 3:30pm. This workshop will teach you how to use the databases more efficiently when doing your research.

Monday April 13th
11:00 am – Social Welfare Research Seminar

Tuesday April 14th
3:00 pm- Introduction to Research Databases

Wednesday April 15th
3:30 pm- Introduction to Research Databases

To check out the workshops offered at Dewey, see the online listing. All classes are held in the classroom in Dewey Library’s basement. You can register for these classes one of the following ways:

•Online at http://library.albany.edu/dewey/forms/class_registration_spring06.html
•At the Reference Desk
•By calling the Reference Desk at 422-3691
•By sending email to Dewclass@albany.edu

If you find that you are unable to attend a class that you have registered for, please call the Reference Desk or send email to let us know.

April 5, 2009

Free Workshops Offered at Dewey Library the Week of April 6-10

This week’s workshops include Conducting Research from Home and Introduction to Information Resources for Gerontology.

If you like doing research from home in the middle of the night, you might just want to take the Conducting Research from Home workshop. You can access all sorts of important research works, full text databases, and scholarly internet sites all from the comfort of your own home.

Anyone interested in learning more about gerontological social work might like to take the Introduction to Information Resources for Gerontology workshop. Here you will learn about the key resources and databases related to gerontological social work. You will also learn about search strategies and tips for finding useful articles, web sites, and books about the elderly.

Tuesday April 7th
10:00 am – Conducting Research from Home

Friday April 10th
10:00 am - Introduction to Information Resources for Gerontology

To check out the workshops offered at Dewey, see the online listing. All classes are held in the mezzanine classroom in Dewey Library’s basement. You can register for these classes one of the following ways:

• Online at http://library.albany.edu/dewey/forms/class_registration_spring06.html
• At the Reference Desk
• By calling the Reference Desk at 422-3691
• By sending email to Dewclass@albany.edu

If you find that you are unable to attend a class that you have registered for, please call the Reference Desk or send email to let us know.

March 29, 2009

Free Workshops at Dewey 3/30-4/3

Time is running short -- sign up for a free workshop at Dewey today. These workshops will help you use the library more efficiently and save you time when you need to work on research projects, papers, etc.

Wednesday 3/25:
2:00pm: Evidence Based Practice

Tuesday 3/31:
2:30pm: Conducting Research from Home

Wednesday 4/1:
2:00pm: Evidence Based Practice

You can register for classes online at the Reference Desk, by calling the Reference Desk at 422-3691, or by sending email to Dewclass@albany.edu. If you find that you are unable to attend a class that you have registered for, please call the Reference Desk or send email to let us know.

Stay tuned for even more workshops coming up in April!

March 22, 2009

Workshops at Dewey 3/23-3/27

There is only one workshop this week at Dewey:

Wednesday, 3/25:
2:00pm: Evidence Based Practice

You can register for classes online, at the Reference Desk, by calling the Reference Desk at 422-3691, or by sending email to Dewclass@albany.edu. If you find that you are unable to attend a class that you have registered for, please call the Reference Desk or send email to let us know.

March 15, 2009

Free Workshops week of 3/16/-3/20 2009

This week, Dewey is offering three workshops on research and citation software.

Monday 3/16:
10:00am: Social Welfare Research Seminar

Tuesday 3/17:
11:00am: Conducting Research from Home

Wednesday 3/18:
2:00pm: Introduction to Endnote

You can register for classes online, at the Reference Desk, by calling the Reference Desk at 422-3691, or by sending email to Dewclass@albany.edu. If you find that you are unable to attend a class that you have registered for, please call the Reference Desk or send email to let us know.

March 8, 2009

Free Workshops week of 3/9 – 3/13 2009

This week, Dewey is offering free workshops for information science and gerontology students, plus how to conduct general research using our databases.

Tuesday 3/10:
3:00pm: Introduction to Research Sources in Information Science

Wednesday3/11:
2:00pm: Introduction to Information Resources in Gerontology

Thurssday 3/12:
4:30pm: Introduction to Research Databases
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ou can register for classes online , at the Reference Desk, by calling the Reference Desk at 422-3691, or by sending email to Dewclass@albany.edu. If you find that you are unable to attend a class that you have registered for, please call the Reference Desk or send email to let us know.

March 1, 2009

Free Workshops week of 3/2-3/6 2009

http://library.albany.edu/dewey/forms/class_registration_spring06.htmlThis week, we are featuring workshops for those in the social welfare and public administration majors. Plus, for everyone, learn how to use Endnote, a citation style software.

Tuesday 3/3:
10:00am: Social Welfare Research Seminar
4:30pm: Nonprofit Organizations – Information Sources

Wednesday 3/4:
2:00pm: Introduction to Endnote

Thursday 3/5:
4:30pm: Nonprofit Organizations – Information Sources

Friday 3/6:
10:00am: Nonprofit Organizations – Information Sources

You can register for classes online, at the Reference Desk, by calling the Reference Desk at 422-3691, or by sending email to Dewclass@albany.edu. If you find that you are unable to attend a class that you have registered for, please call the Reference Desk or send email to let us know.

February 22, 2009

Dewey Workshops -- Week of February 23-27, 2009

If you are a social welfare student doing research on clinical social work practice, you can get help by taking Evidence Based Practice offered this Tuesday at 10:00 am.

For help with doing federal public policy research, we suggest you take the Introduction to Federal Public Policy Research workshop offered this week on Tuesday at 4:30 pm, Thursday at 4:30 pm, and on Friday at 10:00 am.

If you want to learn how to use EndNote® to easily compile your bibliographies, we are offering the Introduction to EndNote® workshop on Wednesday at 2:00 pm.

If you need help with your research in general, try taking Introduction to Research Databases offered Wednesday at 3:30 pm, and Thursday at 3:00 pm.

Tuesday February 24, 2009
10:00 am – Evidence Based Practice
4:30 pm – Introduction to Federal Public Policy

Wednesday February 25, 2009
2:00 pm - Introduction to EndNote®
3:30 pm – Introduction to Research Databases

Thursday February 26, 2009
3:00 - Introduction to Research Databases
4:30 – Introduction to Federal Public Policy

Friday February 27, 2009
10:00 am - Introduction to Federal Public Policy

To check out the workshops offered at Dewey, see the online listing. All classes are held in the classroom in Dewey Library’s basement. You can register for these classes online, at the Reference Desk, by calling the Reference Desk at 422-3691, or by sending email to Dewclass@albany.edu. If you find that you are unable to attend a class that you have registered for, please call the Reference Desk or send email to let us know.


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February 15, 2009

Social Welfare Research Seminars Offered This Week at Dewey Library

Social Welfare students if you graduate this May and haven’t yet taken the Social Welfare Research Seminar yet, we suggest that you sign up as soon as possible since these workshops fill up fast. This week we are offering the Social Welfare Research Seminar on Tuesday at 2:00 pm, and Thursday at 10 am.

Tuesday February 17, 2009
2:00 pm - Social Welfare Research Seminar

Thursday February 19, 2009
10:00 am – Social Welfare Research Seminar

To check out the workshops offered at Dewey, see the online listing. All classes are held in the classroom in Dewey Library’s basement. You can register for these classes online, at the Reference Desk, by calling the Reference Desk at 422-3691, or by sending email to Dewclass@albany.edu. If you find that you are unable to attend a class that you have registered for, please call the Reference Desk or send email to let us know.


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February 12, 2009

Franklin Delano Obama?

Next time you’re at Dewey, look at the new display in the case. This time around, we are showcasing President Franklin Delano Roosevelt’s policies and early comparisons to Obama. Also, make sure to check out the information on the Dewey Murals, which were funded by a grant from the Works Progress Administration (WPA). In the next week or so, we will post about William VanIngen and the painting of the Dewey murals.
Feel free to take a resource handout on FDR as well!

February 8, 2009

Free Workshops Offered at Dewey: Week of February 9-13, 2009

Information Science students doing research might want to take the Introduction to Research Sources in Information Science workshop offered on Tuesday at 10:00 am.

If you want to learn how to use EndNote® to easily compile your bibliographies, we are offering the Introduction to EndNote® workshop on Wednesday at 2:00 pm.

Are you a social welfare student doing research on clinical social work practice? You can get help by taking Evidence Based Practice offered this Wednesday at 4:00 pm.

Social Welfare students, if you graduate this May and haven’t yet taken the Social Welfare Research Seminar yet, we suggest that you sign up as soon as possible since these seminars fill up fast. This week’s Social Welfare Research Seminar is offered on Thursday at 2:00 pm.

Tuesday February 10, 2009
10:00 am – Introduction to Research Sources in Information Science

Wednesday February 11, 2009
2:00 pm - Introduction to EndNote®
4:00 pm – Evidence Based Practice

Thursday February 12, 2009
2:00 pm – Social Welfare Research Seminar

To check out the workshops offered at Dewey, see the online listing. All classes are held in the classroom in Dewey Library’s basement. You can register for these classes online, at the Reference Desk, by calling the Reference Desk at 422-3691, or by sending email to Dewclass@albany.edu. If you find that you are unable to attend a class that you have registered for, please call the Reference Desk or send email to let us know.

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February 1, 2009

Free Workshops Offered at Dewey Library the Week of February 2-6, 2009

This week’s workshops offered at Dewey Library include Introduction to ICPSR (Inter-University Consortium for Political and Social Research), Social Welfare Research Seminar, and Introduction to Research Databases.

Social Welfare and Criminal Justice students interested in research might be interested in learning more about how to use the ICPSR database. ICPSR’s mission statement is “ICPSR provides leadership and training in data access, curation, and methods of analysis for a diverse and expanding social science research community.� We are offering the workshop Introduction to ICPSR on Wednesday at 1:00 pm, and on Friday at 10:00 am.

Social Welfare students if you graduate this May and haven’t yet taken the Social Welfare Research Seminar yet, we suggest that you sign up as soon as possible since these seminars fill up fast. This week’s Social Welfare Research Seminar is offered on Wednesday at 4:00 pm.

If you are doing research and would like some pointers on how to use our databases, take Introduction to Research Databases offered this Thursday at 4:00 pm.

Wednesday February 4th
1:00 pm – Introduction to ICPSR
4:00 pm - Social Welfare Research Seminar

Thursday February 5th
4:00 pm- Introduction to Research Databases

Friday February 6th
10:00 am - Introduction to ICPSR

To check out the comnplete schedule of workshops offered at Dewey, see the online listing. All classes are held in the classroom in Dewey Library’s basement. You can register for these classes online, at the Reference Desk, by calling the Reference Desk at 422-3691, or by sending email to Dewclass@albany.edu. If you find that you are unable to attend a class that you have registered for, please call the Reference Desk or send email to let us know.


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January 30, 2009

Ph.D. Due Date is today.

Today is the winter fixed due date for Ph.D. candidates. If you are a Ph.D.candidate and have material due on this day, you must return or renew it. Please call the Circulation Desk at 442-3693 for more information.

January 28, 2009

Saturday is Due Date for Ph.D. Candidates

A reminder to all Ph.D. candidates that the winter fixed date for returning or renewing books is this coming Saturday, January 31, 2009. Ph.D. students are able to renew books a maximum of 8 times, and this can be done through your MyMinerva account. This fixed due date applies to Ph.D. candidates only. If you are a master's level student or other type of borrower, please view our circulation loan policy for applicable lending periods.

If you have any questions about loan periods, overdue fines, or renewing books, please contact our Circulation Desk at 442-3693.

January 21, 2009

Orientation Tours Available

Come learn about the Dewey library's collections, where they are located, and the services we provide at one of our Orientation Tours being held this week and next week. This tour will help acquaint you with the location of many library resources such as reference materials, new books, and the circulating collection, as well as show you where to find the group study area, a place to go for assistance with your research questions, and the microfilm reader. This quick overview of what the library has to offer will save you time down the road when you need to locate important resources for that research paper, thesis, or presentation.

Orientation Tours will be held on the following dates:

Thursday, January 22: 3:30pm
Friday, January 23: 3:30pm
Monday, January 26: 9:30am
Tuesday, January 27: 9:30am

You can sign up for a tour at the reference desk, by calling 442-3691, or register online. You can also view our workshop schedule for the spring semester online, or pick up a print copy at the reference desk.

December 19, 2008

Dewey Closed for Two Weeks

The Dewey Library, like the rest of the Downtown Campus, will be closed from Saturday December 20, 2009 to reopen on Monday, January 5, 2009. However, the University Library at the Main Campus will be open and limited paging services will be available so that you can access needed Dewey materials during the shutdown. Please be aware that from January 5, through the rest of intersession, Dewey will be open but will only be heated to 60 degrees.

This reduction in hours and temperature is due to the current state budget crisis, and we apologize for this inconvenience to our patrons.

December 15, 2008

UA Delivery during Phase I of Energy Savings Initiative

**Dewey and Science Libraries will be CLOSED December 20th – January 4th**

Here are the details about obtaining materials from Dewey and Document Delivery during the closure:

BOOK DROP

  • The Dewey Library after-hours book drop will not be available. Patrons must return books at the University Library uptown.

ITEMS ON HOLD

  • If you have items “On Holdâ€? at Dewey Library or Science Library, please pick them up by Thursday, December 18th.

  • On Friday, December 19th, any items “On Holdâ€? that have not been picked up will be shipped to the University (Main) Library where they will remain “On Holdâ€?. You may pick your items up from the University Library Circulation Desk.

  • On January 5th, any items that were “On Holdâ€? for you at the University Library will be shipped back to your regular pick up location.

SUSPENDED SERVICES DEC 17th – Jan 4th

  • UADelivery and ILL shipments to Dewey and Science Libraries.

  • Office delivery services for Faculty. (This is due to closed buildings and no mail services during Phase 1 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 Phase 1 of the Intersession Energy Savings Initiative.)

MAKING UA DELIVERY REQUESTS FOR MATERIAL FROM DEWEY AND SCIENCE DECEMBER 17TH- JANUARY 4TH

  • While Dewey and Science are closed, library staff will make weekly runs to Dewey Library 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 processing. Please allow for longer turnaround times.

  • Book Delivery – You may submit requests for books from Dewey and Science Libraries. You will be able to pick those books up from the University Library.
    NOTE: We will not fill requests for books from the University Library to be picked up at the University Library.

  • Articles – Submit requests as usual.


REGULAR UA DELIVERY SERVICES WILL RESUME ON JANUARY 5TH

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December 10, 2008

Stress Management During Finals Week

No doubt this next week or so is going to bring on the pressure among students. We’re here to remind you to keep your cool and make sure you take care of yourself during finals time. This means eating a well-balanced diet and maybe getting a little exercise in there. Even just a walk away from your computer can do wonders for your stress levels and will have you coming back to your terms papers refreshed and ready to tackle the next pages.

E-campustours.com has some basic relaxation techniques for those students buried in the books. There are exercises that include deep breathing, muscle relaxation and meditation. Such exercises and mini-breaks can keep your stress levels at bay.

If you need some last-minute studying tips, there are a number of websites dedicated to your doing your best on those final exams. Places such as www.studytips.org, and studyguides.net offer everything from time management to ways of concentrating so you don’t waste time.

Lastly, don’t forget the resources that the Library has for you. For those last-minute citation blunders, check out our online style guides for APA, Chicago and MLA style. And, as always, Ask A Librarian! when you need any sort of research assistance.

The Dewey Staff wishes everyone best of luck on their exams and final projects!

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December 8, 2008

End of Semester Help

While there are no more workshops this semester here at Dewey Library, the subject specialists are here to help you with your last minute tasks. Subject specialists are available by appointment for in-depth research assistance.

For help with Criminal Justice research, contact Mary Jane Brustman at 442-3517 or mbrustman@uamail.albany.edu

For help with Information Studies, contact Deborah Bernnard at 442-3699 or dbernnard@uamail.albany.edu

For help with Political Science, Public Administration & Policy, or Law, contact Richard Irving at 442-3698 or rirving@uamail.albany.edu

For help with Social Welfare or Gerontology, contact Elaine Lasda Bergman at 442-3695 or ebergman@uamail.albany.edu

December 1, 2008

Last Chance -- Workshops for Fall 2008 Semester

Dewey Library will be holding the final three workshops of the Fall 2008 Semester this week. This is your last chance to get a workshop in before the winter break.

Tuesday 12/2:
3:30pm: Conducting Research From Home

Wednesday 12/3:
10:00am: Minerva, the University Libraries' Online Catalog

Thursday 12/4
3:30pm: Introduction to EndNote

To register for a class, sign up online, at the Reference Desk, by calling the Reference Desk at 422-3691, or by sending email to dewclass@albany.edu.

November 23, 2008

Dewey Workshop: 11/24- 11/28

A reminder to those who have signed up for the final Social Welfare Research Seminar: it will be held this week: Tuesday, 11/25 at 4:30 pm.

For Social Welfare students who were unable to sign up for the seminar, please contact our Instruction Librarian, Deborah Bernnard at 442-3699 or email her: dbernnard@uamail.albany.edu

We at Dewey hope everyone has an excellent break!
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November 19, 2008

Librarian by Day...

The new Dewey display is up! This time around we are featuring librarian stereotypes, both then and now. The traditional librarian stereotype is of a woman wearing a tight bun in her hair, geek-like glasses and conservative clothing. Today’s stereotype? The traditional look on the outside but perhaps showing a little more cleavage, giving way to a slight preview of her true inner “wild child�.

In reality, librarians are highly-trained professionals and style themselves to fit their own personalities. Librarians today sport anything from conservative suits to tattoos and body piercings. They are both men and women specializing in research, electronic information and a host of other skills, such as website building, electronic cataloging and administration of many information environments. Also, you may not know this, but librarians need a Masters degree in information science to become professionals in their field.

We urge you to stop by the Dewey Display case, immediately to your right when you enter the library. You will find a host of images, books and articles pertaining to librarian stereotypes. You’ll even see the Nancy Pearl (http://www.nancypearl.com/) action figure (complete with “amazing push-button Shushing action�! ) Also, feel free to take a resource handout to discover blogs, films and other resources on librarians.

Now…shush!

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November 16, 2008

Need a Dewey Workshop? There's Still Time!

This week’s Dewey workshop is Using the Web to Communicate and Collaborate. This session will teach you the ins-and-outs of blogs, wikis and RSS. The workshop will be held Wednesday, November 19 at 3:30pm.

Want to register? Sign up online , at the Reference Desk, by calling the Reference Desk at 422-3691, or by sending email to dewclass@albany.edu.

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November 11, 2008

Mock Election Results!

In case you missed the board near the Dewey Reference desk, the results of the mock election are in. 58% of you voted for the Obama/Biden ticket, as did the American public earlier last week. 22% of you vote for the McCain/Palin ticket and 12% voted “other� (Ralph Nader, Ryan Gill). The remaining 8% voted for Jill Parsons who was the creator for the exhibit.

Thanks for voting! We hoped everyone enjoyed our display and learned more about HAVA and elections in general.
Stay tuned in the next couple weeks for a brand new display! We don’t want to give it away, but it has a little something to do with glasses…

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November 10, 2008

Workshops at Dewey: Week of 11/-10- 11/15

Dewey Library will be hosting two workshops this week:
Tuesday 11/11:
11:00am: Conducting Research From Home

Wednesday 11/12:
4:30pm: Evidence Based Practice

To register for either class (or both), sign up online, at the Reference Desk, by calling the Reference Desk at 422-3691, or by sending email to dewclass@albany.edu.

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October 1, 2008

New Display at Dewey

Election season is in full swing. Want to learn more about voting and HAVA, the Help America Vote Act? Then make sure to check out the brand new display at the Dewey Library in front of the circulation desk.

The Help America Vote Act is a Federal Law to enable electronic voting machines and enact voting standards for each election. There are a few controversies surrounding HAVA, so make sure to take a look at the news headlines and images in the display case. Want to learn more? Pick up the HAVA resource guide at the display.

Also, you will discover many resources for you to take advantage of, including voter registration forms (in both English and Spanish), and a bibliography of important sources for HAVA information. Be sure you’re registered for this upcoming historical presidential election!

Finally, you will definitely want to take part in Dewey Library’s Unofficial Presidential Election. Cast your vote at the ballot box and vote for who you want to be President! We will reveal the results here at the Dewey Blog when the election is over. (Unlike the real election you do not have to be a citizen to participate!)

Tell us, what do you think of our display? Leave a comment on this blog or stop by the Reference Desk!

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September 28, 2008

Sign Up for a Dewey Workshop

Can you believe September is over this week? Just in case you missed some of our earlier workshop sessions this month, take a look at what is available this week at Dewey:

Tuesday 9/30:
Introduction to Federal Public Policy Research: 2:00pm

Wednesday 10/1:
Social Welfare Research Seminar: 2:00pm
Conducting Research from Home: 4:00pm

Friday 10/3:
Introduction to Westlaw Campus: 1:00pm.

Remember to register for these classes online or at the Dewey Reference Desk. You can stop by or give us a call at 442-3691.

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September 21, 2008

This Week At the Dewey Library

Here is a listing of the workshops at Dewey for the week of 9/22-9/26 2008. There is a great variety of free workshops listed for this week, including how to use Westlaw Campus, as well as classes in criminal justice research. Take a look:

Monday 9/22:
Criminal Justice Research Seminar: 1:00pm
Conducting Research from Home: 4:30pm

Tuesday 9/23:
Introduction to Research Databases: 10:00am

Wednesday 9/24:
Introduction to Research Sources in Information Science: 3:00pm
Introduction to Research Databases: 4:30pm

Thursday 9/25:
Introduction to EndNote: 3:00pm
Introduction to Westlaw Campus: 4:30pm

Remember, you can register for these classes online or at the Dewey Reference Desk. You can stop by or give us a call at 442-3691.

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September 14, 2008

This Week at the Dewey Library

Here is a listing of the workshops at Dewey for the week of 9/15-9/19 2008. This week, we are highlighting how to use research databases, Minerva and EndNote. There are also specific seminars for those in the Information Science and Social Welfare tracks. Take advantage of these free workshops and get the most out of your research.

Monday 9/15:
Introduction to Research Databases: 4:30pm

Tuesday 9/16:
Introduction to Research Sources in Information Science: 11:00am

Wednesday 9/17:
Minerva: The University at Albany’s Online Catalog: 10:00am
Social Welfare Research Seminar: 4:30pm

Thursday 9/18:
Conducting Research from Home: 10:00am

Friday 9/19:
Introduction to EndNote: 10:00am

Remember to register for these classes at online or at the Dewey Reference Desk. You can also stop by and register in person, or give us a call at 442-3691.

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September 7, 2008

Dewey Workshops Help Students With the Research Process

Need help finding information with that first big research assignment? If so, remember to check out Dewey Library’s annual workshops. There are new workshops offered every week, so make sure to check back here for a listing of our upcoming, free sessions. There is an online listing of all the workshops being offered at the library, as well as some helpful research handouts. Printed copies of the workshop schedule are available at the Reference Desk. And, don’t forget to register online, in person at the Dewey Reference desk, or by calling us at 442-3691 to secure your spot!

This week’s classes are as follows:

Monday 9/8:
Introduction to Research Sources in Information Science: 3:00pm

Wednesday 9/10:
Introduction to Research Databases: 11:00am
Social Welfare Research Seminar: 2:00pm
Minerva, University at Albany’s Online Catalog: 4:30pm

Thursday 9/11:
Minerva, University at Albany’s Online Catalog: 3:30pm

Friday 9/12:
Introduction to Westlaw Campus: 1:00pm.

For more information about Dewey Library’s instructional offerings, email Dewclass@albany.edu or call the Reference Desk at 442-3691.

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August 31, 2008

Take Time to Learn About the Library Now

Librarians and staff at Dewey offer many instruction sessions to help you make better use of library resources. We recommend taking one or more classes early in the semester, before time to finish important assignments and research is at a premium. Here are the workshops offered this week at Dewey:

TUESDAY:

  • 2:00 pm: Conducting Research from Home
  • WEDNESDAY:

  • 10:00 am: Introdution to Research Databases

  • 2:00 pm: Social Welfare Research Seminar

  • 4:30 pm: Orientation Tour
  • THURSDAY:

  • 3:30 pm: Minerva,UA Libraries' Online Catalog

  • 4:30 pm: Orientation Tour
  • FRIDAY:

  • 10:00am: Orientation Tour
  • If you would like to sign up for one of these classes, drop by the Reference Desk, call 442-3691, or register online.

    August 28, 2008

    Look What We Did While You Were Away!

    We were busy here at Dewey Library during the summer break. We have expanded our Information Commons area and we now provide ITS consultant help.

    The University at Albany Information Commons consists of the three University Libraries and Information Technology Services (ITS) working together to bring you the latest and greatest hardware and software. The Information Commons area provides a location with convenient access to both important research resources (provided by the libraries) and critical software and technology (provided by ITS).

    What has changed at Dewey over the summer is that we have consolidated into our building the ITS User Room that used to be in the basement of Draper Hall. Downstairs at Dewey, we've added 16 new computers and additional tables and seating. We also have put computers in the study area that is located in the peristyle across from the classroom.

    All the new computers downstairs have the ITS supplied software that has previously only been available on the main floor at Dewey and at other locations on campus. This software includes the full Microsoft Office suite, DreamWeaver, PhotoShop, SPSS, and a wide variety of other programs.

    ITS consultants will be available upstairs in Dewey Library to answer your technology questions. They can be found by the upstairs printer during the following hours:
    Monday through Thursdays 2pm -8pm
    Fridays 2pm – 5pm
    Sundays 2pm – 6pm

    Reference librarians will continue to be available to answer questions about research and library materials according to the fall reference schedule.

    Our goal is to continually provide better service for you. We hope this partnership will make the use of library and ITS resources more convenient for you and that we will be better able to provide you with the assistance you need to use those resources.

    Blog post created by Judith O. Mueller

    August 24, 2008

    Welcome to the Library -- Let Us Show You Around!

    Greenings and a hearty welcome to new members of the downtown campus community! The Dewey Library staff looks forward to helping with your research and studies throughout your time at our campus. Also, welcome back to the returning students and faculty – we’ve made a few changes at the Dewey Library to provide more services and resources – we invite you to look at some summer blog postings about new e-books and databases .

    The Dewey Library offers Orientation Tours during the beginning of the semester for anyone who is new to the campus or who would like a refresher on what Dewey has to offer. This week the Orientation Tours will be held: Tuesday, August 26 at 11:00am and Thursday, August 28 at 3:30pm.

    To sign up for a tour, drop by the reference desk, call us at 442-3691, or register online. While you’re there take a look at our full instruction schedule.

    Regardless of whether you take a tour, feel free to stop by the reference desk, introduce yourself and get to know our friendly staff We’re happy to answer questions and want to help you learn your way around our library and it's (sometimes confusing) collection of resources. We’re glad you’re here, and we’re here to help!

    August 5, 2008

    Goodbye, Mike!

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    The Dewey Library bids farewell to Michael V. Daly, Sunday Reference Associate. In addition to manning the Reference Desk on Sunday afternoons, Mike has been a prodigious contributor to the blog. His final posting will appear later this week. We wish Mike continued success in all of his endeavors.

    July 11, 2008

    Dewey Library Closed at 2:30 pm, Friday, July 11, 2008

    Due to unforeseen circumstances, Dewey Library will close today at 2:30 pm. We will reopen on Sunday at noon.

    July 1, 2008

    InfoCommons Expanded

    Dewey Library has expanded its InfoCommons!

    What is the Info Commons? The three University Libraries and Information Technology Services (ITS) have entered into a partnership to provide access to your technology and information needs in the new InfoCommons areas at each library. The Information Commons areas provide a location with convenient access to both important research resources (traditionally provided by the libraries) and critical software and technology (traditionally provided by ITS).

    How have we changed things at Dewey? Downstairs, we've added 16 new computers and additional tables and seating. The group study area, located in the peristyle, is also equipped with computer workstations.

    All the new computers have the full complement of software that has been available on the main floor and at other locations on campus, including the full Microsoft Office suite, DreamWeaver, PhotoShop, SPSS, and a wide variety of other programs.

    ITS consultants will be available at the Dewey Library to answer your technology questions on Monday through Thursdays from 4pm -8pm, and on Sundays from 12pm – 7pm during the summer sessions. Reference librarians will continue to be available to answer questions about research and library materials according to the summer reference schedule.

    We hope this partnership will make the use of library and ITS resources more convenient for students and other members of the campus community, and that we will be better able to provide you with the assistance you need to use those resources.

    As a result of the expansion of computer services at Dewey, the ITS User Room in the basement of Draper Hall is now closed.

    June 12, 2008

    Dewey Main Entrance, Book Drop Inaccessible during Renovation

    Beginning Friday, June 13, 2008 and for the next several weeks, activities related to the Husted Hall renovation project will make the Dewey Library's main entrance and our after-hours Book Drop unavailable for use. The library will still be accessible when entering via Draper Hall.

    We urge everyone to return their books during normal library hours. Please contact Christopher Masella, our Circulation Supervisor (442-3369), if any issues arise because the Book Drop is not available. We appreciate your patience and thank you for your cooperation as the Husted project moves forward.

    June 1, 2008

    Barb Via, Former Head of Dewey Library, Retires

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    This spring, longtime Dewey librarian Barbara Via retired from her position as University Libraries Assistant Director for Graduate and Science Libraries and Circulation. Barbara is a 29 year veteran of the University Libraries -- she came to Dewey as a reference librarian in 1979, and later served as Library Science bibliographer and Head of Dewey Library (2000-2006).

    Barbara was a leader in local and regional library organizations and an expert on library and information science periodicals. Over the years she became known for her commitment to library users, her intelligence and forward- looking ideas, her friendliness, and her warm, but effective, management style. Although she will continue to work part-time on some special projects uptown, Dewey Library staff already misses her!

    May 27, 2008

    Library Clerk Receives Ph.D.

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    Congratulations to Louis Yapo, our multi-talented library clerk, who was awarded his Doctorate of Arts in Humanistic Studies at the May 17 Commencement here at UAlbany. We bid "Doctor" Louis a fond farewell and best wishes in his future endeavors!

    May 25, 2008

    Library Closed Today

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    In observance of the Memorial Day Holiday, the Dewey Graduate Library is closed Monday, May 26, 2008. We hope everyone enjoys the holiday weekend!

    April 27, 2008

    Only Two Workshops Left!

    Dewey will be offering the final two informational workshops for graduate students this week. If you are a Social Welfare student needing to fulfill the information literacy requirement, you may want to use this opportunity to complete the workshop before the end of the semester. Sign up in person at the Dewey reference desk, call 442-3691, or register online.

    This weeks classes:

    Thursday:
    2:00 PM: Introduction to Online Research Databases

    Friday:
    11:00 AM: Conducting Research from Home

    April 20, 2008

    Dewey Instruction Sessions: Week of 4/21-4/25

    There is still time to sign up for a workshop at the Dewey Library. A brief instruction session will help you make the most out of your time -- a resource that is growing increasingly limited as we approach the end of the semester. Here are the classes offered this week:

    Wednesday:
    4:30 PM: Evidence Based Practice

    Thursday:
    2:00 PM: Conducting Research from Home

    If you would like to sign up for one of these classes, drop by the Reference Desk, call 442-3691, or register online.

    April 13, 2008

    No Workshops this Week

    There are no instruction sessions at the Dewey Library this week. If you need research assistance, please stop by the Reference Desk or make an appointment with a bibliographer:

    Public Policy and Public Administration: Dick Irving
    Information Studies: Deborah Bernnard
    Social Welfare and Criminal Justice: Mary Jane Brustman
    Gerontology: Elaine Lasda Bergman

    April 6, 2008

    Confused about Endnote?

    Come to the Dewey Library session on Using EndNote this Thursday, April 10, at 4:30pm.

    EndNote is citation management software -- which means it can help you generate a correctly formatted bibliography and footnotes, and generally manage references you are using for that important research paper.

    To sign up for Using EndNote, drop by the Reference Desk, call us at 442-3691, or use our online form.

    March 30, 2008

    No Workshops 3/31- 4/4

    There are no instruction sessions at the Dewey Library this week. If you need research assistance, please stop by the Reference Desk or make an appointment with a bibliographer:

    Public Policy and Public Administration: Dick Irving
    Information Studies: Deborah Bernnard
    Social Welfare and Criminal Justice: Mary Jane Brustman
    Gerontology: Elaine Lasda Bergman

    March 26, 2008

    New Faculty Publication

    Bibliographer Dick Irving reccomends Bruce Miroff’s new book, The Liberals' Moment: The McGovern Insurgency and the Identity Crisis of the Democratic Party ( University Library JK 2316 M45 2007), for anyone interested in the history of presidential campaigns.

    There is a review of Professor Miroff’s book in The Times Union http://www.timesunion.com/AspStories/story.asp?storyID=654282.

    Don't forget , students and faculty based downtown can have books delivered to Dewey from the Main Library using our Document Delivery system.

    March 23, 2008

    Workshops at Dewey: Week of 3/24 -3/28

    Even though classes are suspended this week, the Dewey Library will still be offering several instructional workshops. You can read descriptions of the sessions and sign up online, or if you wish, stop by the Reference Desk to pick up a printed copy of the schedule and register. You can also register by phone at 442-3691.

    This week's schedule is as follows:

    Monday:
    4:00 PM Social Welfare Research Seminar

    Wednesday:
    10:00 AM Federal Public Policy Resources

    Thursday:
    10:00 AM Nonprofit Organizations -- Resources

    March 16, 2008

    Workshops at Dewey: Week of 3/17 -3/21

    Have you been meaning to sign up for one of our instructional sessions, but for one reason or another were unable to do so? Fear not! There is still time to take one of our workshops. You can read descriptions of the sessions and sign up online, or if you wish, stop by the Reference Desk to pick up a printed copy of the schedule and register. You can also register by phone at 442-3691.

    This week's schedule is as follows:

    Tuesday:
    4:30 PM Non-profit Information Resources

    Wednesday:
    2:00 PM Evidence Based Practice

    Thursday:
    2:00 PM Introduction to EndNote
    6:00 PM Conducting Research from Home

    March 9, 2008

    Workshops at Dewey: Week of 3/10 - 3/14

    Today marks the halfway point of the semester! The end-of-semester "crunch time" is just around the corner. Sign up for an instruction sesson at the Dewey Library -- it will save you time when it matters most. You can read descriptions of the sessions and sign up online, or if you wish, stop by the Reference Desk to pick up a printed copy of the schedule and register. You can also register by phone at 442-3691.

    This week's schedule is as follows:

    Tueseday:
    4:30 PM Introduction to Federal Public Policy

    Wednesday:
    2:00 PM Evidence Based Practice

    Thursday:
    2:00 PM Using the Web to Communicate and Collaborate
    6:00 PM Conducting Research from Home

    March 2, 2008

    Workshops at Dewey: Week of 3/3 -3/7

    The halfway point of the semester is almost upon us, and the end-of-semester "crunch time" will be here before you know it. Sign up for an instruction sesson at the Dewey Library now, so that you won't have to spend time learning your way around library resources when you really need to be pinpointing essential information. You can read descriptions of the sessions and sign up online, or if you wish, stop by the Reference Desk to pick up a printed copy of the schedule and register. You can also register by phone at 442-3691.

    This week's schedule is as follows:

    Tuesday:
    3:00 PM Conducting Research from Home

    Wednesday:
    4:00 PM Evidence Based Practice

    Thursday:
    2:00 PM Introduction to EndNote
    4:20 PM Introduction to Federal Public Policy Resources

    February 24, 2008

    Workshops at Dewey: Week of 2/25/08 - 2/29/08

    Workshops and instructional sessions focus on a specific aspect of how to use the Dewey Library. These presenatations may be oriented to an academic subject, or deal with a specific category of resources at the library. The class will usually take about an hour, which is time well spent: if you learn how to use the resources now, you will not have to try to figure them out on your own when you are under the gun to finish some important research. Sign up for one or more sessions online, in person at the Reference Desk, or call 442-3691.

    This Week's Workshops:

    Monday:

    4:30PM Social Welfare Research Seminar

    Tuesday:

    3:00PM Introduction to Resources in Information Science
    4:30PM Introduction to EndNote

    Thursday:

    2:00PM Introduction to Research Databases
    4:00PM Using the Web to Communicate and Collaborate

    February 17, 2008

    Workshops at Dewey: Week of 2/18/08 -2/22/08

    Workshops and instructional sessions focus on a specific aspect of how to use the Dewey Library. These presenatations may be oriented to an academic subject, or deal with a specific category of resources at the library. The class will usually take about an hour, which is time well spent: if you learn how to use the resources now, you will not have to try to figure them out on your own when you are under the gun to finish some important research. Sign up for one or more sessions online, in person at the Reference Desk, or call 442-3691.

    This Week's Workshops:

    Wednesday:

    2:00PM Introduction to Resources in Criminal Justice

    Thursday:

    4:30PM Evidence Based Practice

    Friday:

    11:00AM Introduction to Research Databases

    February 10, 2008

    Dewey Workshop Schedule: Week of 2/11/08 -2/15/08

    Workshops and instructional sessions focus on a specific aspect of how to use the Dewey Library. These presenatations may be oriented to an academic subject, or deal with a specific category of resources at the library. The class will usually take about an hour, which is time well spent: if you learn how to use the resources now, you will not have to try to figure them out on your own when you are under the gun to finish some important research. Sign up for one or more sessions online, in person at the Reference Desk, or call 442-3691.

    This Week's Workshops:

    Tuesday:

    4:30PM: Conducting Research from Home

    Wednesday:

    4:00PM: Social Welfare Research Seminar

    Thursday:

    1:00PM Introduction to EndNote
    6:00PM Introduction to Research Databases

    February 4, 2008

    Dewey Workshop Schedule: Week of 2/4/08 -2/8/08

    Workshops and instructional sessions focus on a specific aspect of how to use the Dewey Library. These presenatations may be oriented to an academic subject, or deal with a specific category of resources at the library. The class will usually take about an hour, which is time well spent: if you learn how to use the resources now, you will not have to try to figure them out on your own when you are under the gun to finish some important research. Sign up for one or more sessions online, in person at the Reference Desk, or call 442-3691.

    This Week's Workshops:

    Monday:

    1:00PM: Introduction to Westlaw

    Tuesday:

    2:00PM: Minerva, the University at Albany's Online Catalog
    4:30PM: Introduction to Westlaw

    Wednesday:

    2:00PM Social Welfare Research Seminar
    4:30PM Minerva, the University at Albany's Online Catalog

    Thursday:

    3:30PM: Minerva, the University at Albany's Online Catalog
    6:00PM Introduction to Research in Information Science

    January 31, 2008

    Dewey Welcomes Judy Mueller

    The Dewey Library is pleased to announce the addition of Judith Mueller to our staff as a temporary, part-time assistant librarian. If Judy looks familiar, this is probably because she has been a volunteer at Dewey for several years, and has recently received her MSIS at UAlbany's School of Information Studies. In addition to her MSIS, Judy has a background in technical writing and computing. She has also earned an MS in Technical Writing from RPI; and a BA in English from the State University at Potsdam. If you see Judy at the Reference Desk, stop by to say hi and welcome her!

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    Assistant Librarian Judy Mueller

    The Dewey Library also bids a fond farewell to Healther Shalhoub, who has moved on to a position at Empire State College.

    December 19, 2007

    Enjoy the Winter Break

    Today is the first day of Intersession -- we at the Dewey Library wish you a restful and enjoyable Winter Break. During the break, we will be open Monday through Friday from 8:00am -5:00pm. We will be closed weekends, as well as the December 24 and 25, January 1, and January 21 holidays. Librarians will continue to be available during this period for one-on-one appointments as well as for brief consultations in person, e-mail, and phone (442-3691).

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    December 10, 2007

    Dewey Workshops, Seminars and Tours: Week of 12/10 -12/14

    Dewey Graduate Library offers short seminars, workshops and tours that can help you become more familiar with the library and help you get started on your research. Sign up in advance, either online, in person at the Reference Desk, or by calling 442-3691.

    The following sessions are scheduled this week:

    Monday:
    2:00 PM: Social Welfare Research Seminar

    December 3, 2007

    Dewey Workshops, Seminars and Tours: Week of 12/3-12/7

    Dewey Graduate Library offers short seminars, workshops and tours that can help you become more familiar with the library and help you get started on your research. Sign up in advance, either online, in person at the Reference Desk, or by calling 442-3691.

    The following sessions are scheduled this week:

    Tuesday:
    11:00 AM: Introduction to Federal Public Policy Resources

    Thursday:
    4:00 PM: Conducting Research from Home

    November 26, 2007

    Dewey Workshops, Tours, and Seminars: Week of 11/26-/11/30

    Dewey Graduate Library offers short seminars, workshops and tours that can help you become more familiar with the library and help you get started on your research. Sign up in advance, either online, in person at the Reference Desk, or by calling 442-3691.

    The following sessions are scheduled this week:

    Tuesday:
    3:00 PM: Using the Web to Communicate and Collaborate

    Wednesday:
    5:00 PM: Evidence Based Practice

    Thursday:
    4:00 PM: Nonprofit Organizations: Information Sources

    November 22, 2007

    Happy Thanksgiving

    The Dewey Graduate Library is closed today and tomorrow. We will reopen at 10:00am on Saturday, November 24.

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    November 19, 2007

    Dewey Workshops, Seminars and Tours: Week of 11/19 - 11/23

    Dewey Graduate Library offers short seminars, workshops and tours that can help you become more familiar with the library and help you get started on your research. Sign up in advance, either online, in person at the Reference Desk, or by calling 442-3691.

    The following sessions are scheduled this week:

    Tuesday:
    11:00 AM: Nonprofit Organizations: Information Sources

    Thursday:
    Library Closed -- Happy Thanksgiving!

    Friday:
    Library Closed -- Happy Digesting!

    November 14, 2007

    New Seminar Offered

    The Dewey Graduate Library is pleased to announce a new seminar being offered this semester. Using the Web to Communicate and Collaborate explores web applications such as blogs, wikis, and RSS.
    This seminar will answer the following questions:


    • What exactly do the terms "blog," "wiki," and "RSS" mean?

    • What is the difference between a blog and a wiki?

    • How can I receive automatic notification when a web site has new information?

    • What are some examples of blogs, wikis, and/or RSS feeds that pertain to my academic discipline?

    • How can I create my own blog or wiki, or add RSS to my own web site?

    The seminar will be offered on Tuesday, November 27th, at 3:00PM in the Dewey Mezzanine Classroom.
    For more information about this seminar, email us, drop by the Reference Desk, or call 442-3691. Register either by calling, or use our online registration form.


    November 12, 2007

    Dewey Workshops, Seminars and Tours: Week of 11/12-11/16

    Dewey Graduate Library offers short seminars, workshops and tours that can help you become more familiar with the library and help you get started on your research. Sign up in advance, either online, in person at the Reference Desk, or by calling 442-3691.

    The following sessions are scheduled this week:

    Tuesday:
    3:30 PM: Introduction to EndNote

    Wednesday:
    1:00 PM: Evidence Based Practice
    3:45 PM: Introdution to Research Databases

    Friday:
    4:00 PM: Introduction to Federal Public Policy

    November 5, 2007

    Dewey Workshops, Tours and Seminars: Week of 11/5-11/9

    Dewey Graduate Library offers short seminars, workshops and tours that can help you become more familiar with the library and help you get started on your research. Sign up in advance, either online, in person at the Reference Desk, or by calling 442-3691.

    The following sessions are scheduled this week:

    Tuesday:
    11:00 AM: Nonprofit Organizations: Information Soruces

    Wednesday:
    2:00 PM: Evidence Based Practice

    Thursday:
    4:00 PM: Using the Web to Communicate and Collaborate

    October 29, 2007

    Dewey Workshops, Seminars and Tours: Week of 10/29-11/02

    Dewey Graduate Library offers short seminars, workshops and tours that can help you become more familiar with the library and help you get started on your research. Sign up in advance, either online, in person at the Reference Desk, or by calling 442-3691.

    The following sessions are scheduled this week:

    Monday:
    3:30 PM: Non-profit Organizations: Information Sources

    Friday:
    1:00 PM: Conducting Research from Home

    October 22, 2007

    Dewey Workshops, Seminars, and Tours: Week of 10/22-10/29

    Dewey Graduate Library offers short seminars, workshops and tours that can help you become more familiar with the library and help you get started on your research. Sign up in advance, either online, in person at the Reference Desk, or by calling 442-3691.

    The following sessions are scheduled this week:

    Wednesday:
    11:00 AM: Introduction to Federal Public Policy

    Friday:
    4:00 PM: Introduction to Research Databases


    October 15, 2007

    Dewey Workshops, Seminars and Tours: Week of 10/15-10-19

    Dewey Graduate Library offers short seminars, workshops and tours that can help you become more familiar with the library and help you get started on your research. Sign up in advance, either online, in person at the Reference Desk, or by calling 442-3691.

    The following sessions are scheduled this week:

    Tuesday:
    1:00 PM: Introduction to EndNote

    Friday:
    3:00 PM: Introduction to Federal Public Policy

    October 8, 2007

    Dewey Workshops, Seminars and Tours: Week of 10/8-10/12

    Dewey Graduate Library offers short seminars, workshops and tours that can help you become more familiar with the library and help you get started on your research. Sign up in advance, either online, in person at the Reference Desk, or by calling 442-3691.

    The following sessions are scheduled this week:

    Tuesday:
    11:00 AM: Introduction to Westlaw
    2:00 PM: Introduction to Research Databases

    Wednesday:
    1:00 PM: Introduction to Research Databases
    3:45 PM: Research From Home

    Thursday:
    2:00 PM: Introduction to EndNote
    4:00 PM: Social Welfare Research Seminar
    6:00 PM: Introduction to Information Science Research

    October 1, 2007

    Dewey Workshops, Seminars and Tours: Week of 10/1 -10/5

    Dewey Graduate Library offers short seminars, workshops and tours that can help you become more familiar with the library and help you get started on your research. Sign up in advance, either online, in person at the Reference Desk, or by calling 442-3691.

    The following sessions are scheduled this week:

    Tuesday:
    2:00 PM: Conducting Research from Home
    3:30 PM: Introduction to EndNote

    Wednesday:
    4:30 PM: Social Welfare Research Seminar

    Thursday:
    2:00 PM: Introduction to Endnote
    4:15 PM: Criminal Justice Research Seminar

    Friday:
    1:00 PM: Introduction to Research Databases

    September 24, 2007

    Dewey Workshops, Seminars and Tours: Week of 9/24-9/28

    Dewey Graduate Library offers short seminars, workshops and tours that can help you become more familiar with the library and help you get started on your research. Sign up in advance, either online, in person at the Reference Desk, or by calling 442-3691.

    The following sessions are scheduled this week:


    Tuesday:
    2:00 PM: Criminal Justice Research Seminar

    Wednesday:
    1:00 PM: Conducting Research from Home
    3:30 PM: Social Welfare Research Seminar

    Thursday:
    2:00 PM: Introduction to Research Databases
    4:00 PM: Introduction to Westlaw


    September 17, 2007

    Dewey Workshops, Seminars, and Tours: Week of 9/17-9/21

    Dewey Graduate Library offers short seminars, workshops and tours that can help you become more familiar with the library and help you get started on your research. Sign up in advance, either online, in person at the Reference Desk, or by calling 442-3691.

    The following sessions are scheduled this week:

    Monday:
    5:00 PM: Social Welfare Research Seminar

    Tuesday:
    2:00 PM: Minerva, UA Libraries' Online Catalog

    Wednesday:
    2:00 PM: Social Welfare Research Seminar

    Thursday:
    4:30 PM: Minerva, UA Libraries' Online Catalog

    September 10, 2007

    Dewey Workshops, Seminars and Tours: Week of 9/10-9/14

    Dewey Graduate Library offers short seminars, workshops and tours that can help you become more familiar with the library and help you get started on your research. Sign up in advance, either online, in person at the Reference Desk, or by calling 442-3691.

    The following sessions are scheduled this week:

    Monday:
    2:00 PM: Research from Home
    4:30 PM: Social Welfare Research Seminar

    Tuesday:
    3:00 PM: Introduction to Information Science Research
    4:30 PM: Minerva, UA Libraries' Online Catalog

    Wednesday:
    2:00 PM: Social Welfare Research Seminar

    September 3, 2007

    Dewey Workshops Seminars and Tours: Week of 9/3-9/7

    Dewey Graduate Library offers short seminars, workshops and tours that can help you become more familiar with the library and help you get started on your research. Sign up in advance, either online, in person at the Reference Desk, or by calling 442-3691.

    The following sessions are scheduled this week:

    Monday:
    Library Closed

    Tuesday:
    2:00 PM: Minerva, UA Libraries' Online Catalog
    4:00 PM: Library Orientation Tour

    Wednesday:
    4:00 PM: Library Orientation Tour

    Thursday:
    3:00 PM: Minerva, UA Libraries' Online Catalog
    6:00 PM: Conducting Research from Home

    Friday:
    1:00 PM: Library Orientation Tour

    August 27, 2007

    Dewey Workshops are Back!

    Dewey Graduate Library offers short seminars, workshops and tours that can help you become more familiar with the library and help you get started on your research. Sign up in advance, either online, in person at the Reference Desk, or by calling 442-3691.

    The following sessions are scheduled this week:

    Tuesday:
    3:00 PM: Library Orientation Tour

    Wednesday:
    10:30 AM: Library Orientation Tour

    Thursday:
    5:00 PM: Library Orientation Tour

    June 1, 2007

    Goodbye, Gina!

    Gina Brady, Reserve Clerk at Dewey Library, will be leaving to take a promotion at SUNYCobleskill. We’ll miss her!!! If you see Gina today, wish her well....


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    Gina Brady

    April 13, 2007

    New Endnote Seminar Offered

    We have scheduled some seminars to help you learn how to use a software product called Endnote.

    Endnote can help you manage your bibliographic references and allows you to import references directly from databases. Endnote makes footnoting your research paper, thesis, article, or book easier, and even automatically constructs a bibliography as you go.

    This class will cover Endnote's basic features, how to import citations from databases, and using Endnote with Microsoft Word.

    Classes have been scheduled for the following times:

  • Thursday, April 19 11:00 a.m

  • Tuesday, April 24 2:00 p.m

  • Wednesday, April 25 1:00 p.m.
  • Sign up for the class by dropping by the Dewey Reference Desk, calling us at 442-3691, or online

    January 16, 2007

    Brustman Named Interim Head of Dewey Library

    Mary Jane Brustman has been appointed the Interim Head of the Dewey Library. This interim appointment runs from January through August 2007. Mary Jane has been a librarian at Dewey for 24 years. For the past 12 years she has been the bibliographer for Social Welfare and Criminal Justice. She will continue in that role while providing leadership to Dewey. She takes over the daily management of Dewey from Barbara Via, Assistant Director for the Science and Graduate Libraries and Circulation Services. Barbara will be spending more time on her responsibilities in the Science Library and its Information Commons.

    Spring Instruction Schedule Now Available

    Library Instructional Seminars are now scheduled for the Spring 2007 Semester. You may sign up online, by phone at 442-3691, or in person at the Dewey Library Reference Desk.

    Topics include:
    • Orientation Tour of Dewey Graduate Library: Take a tour of the Dewey Graduate Library. Learn the basics about reserves, electronic databases, interlibrary loan, document delivery and more. This session does not fulfill the MSW information/computer literacy requirement.
    • Minerva, University at Albany’s Online Catalog: Learn how to locate books, journals, full text articles, and other materials in the Dewey ,University and Science libraries. Document delivery, electronic reserve and interlibrary loan will also be covered.
    • Introduction to Research Databases: Research databases can help find relevant information on almost any topic. This session will introduce important concept s needed to effectively search any database. Specific databases and platforms will also be demonstrated.
    • Social Welfare Research Seminar: Using Research Resources in Social Welfare. An introduction to using library databases, the library web page, and other Internet resources for research in social welfare. 1 1/2 hours.
    • Criminal Justice Research Seminar: Using Research Resources in Criminal Justice. An introduction to using library databases, the library web page, and other Internet resources for research in criminal justice. 1 1/2 hours. Not recommended for MSW students.
    • Introduction to Research Sources in Information Science: This session will introduce the beginning researcher to print resources, essential databases and Web sources for information science research. An opportunity for guided research on your topic will be provided. Not recommended for MSW students.
    • Nonprofit Organizations-Information Sources: This session will provide an overview to print, online and Internet sources of information regarding nonprofit organizations and their activities. 3/4 of the session will be hands-on use of electronic databases. Approximately 60 minutes.
    • Introduction to Westlaw Campus: Westlaw Campus provides online access to the full text of federal and state statutes and regulations, federal and state appellate court decisions, law review articles, and a legal encyclopedia. This one hour session is hands-on and will cover finding documents using legal citations as well as constructing a key word search strategy.
    • Conducting Research from Home: Did you know that there are important reference works, full text databases and scholarly internet sites all available at your desktop? This session will provide an overview on important research resources that can be accessed from remote locations.
    • Introduction to Federal Public Policy Research: This session will cover finding the legal authority for a policy, sources for legislative history, and sources evaluating federal public policies. The one hour session will be 1/2 lecture and 1/2 hands-on searching of electronic databases.
    • Evidence Based Practice: This advanced research seminar will focus on how to find and evaluate research information for clinical social work practice. Prerequisite: Social Welfare Research Seminar. This is a one hour long class

    January 10, 2007

    Laptop Lending at Dewey

    Students, faculty and staff of the University at Albany may now check out a laptop for use within the library. These computers are available for a four hour period, with no overnight lending. When borrowing a laptop, be aware that there is a $15 per hour overdue fee. In addition, all work must be saved to an external drive, such as a USB drive or floppy disk. Users must also comply with Library laptop lending policies and campus information technology policies. We hope you will enjoy using the laptops and find that they provide added flexiblity when you need to work in the library.

    For more information, see the news item about Laptop Lending, stop by the Circulation Desk at Dewey or call 442-3693.

    December 5, 2006

    Personalized Research Appointments

    Librarians here at Dewey are happy to help you with your research, and subject specialists can help you with many research problems including, but not limited to:

    • finding articles

    • focusing or clarifying a research topic

    • formatting proper citation styles

    • using library databases

    • finding quality web sites

    • mediated searching through Dialog databases

    Our librarians are able to make appointments at your convenience. To e-mail one of our subject specialists, click on his or her name:

    November 20, 2006

    Instruction Sessions: Week of 11/20-11/24

    There are no instructional sessions at the Dewey Library this week. Have a Happy Thanksgiving!

    November 14, 2006

    Expanded hours at Dewey Library

    We are pleased to announce that the Dewey Library has extended its operating hours. Dewey is now open until 9:30pm Monday through Thursday. For the complete schedule of Dewey hours for the Fall 2006 semester, click here.

    October 23, 2006

    Seminars at Dewey: Week of 10/23-10/27

    Dewey Graduate Library offers short seminars that can help you get started on your research. Sign up in advance, either here, or in person at the Reference Desk in the Dewey Library.

    The following classes will be held this week:

    Monday:

    No seminars

    Tuesday:

    No seminars

    Wednesday:

    1:30om Using Library and Internet Research Resources from Home

    Thursday:

    No seminars

    Friday:

    1:00pm Nonprofit Organizations - Information Sources

    October 16, 2006

    Seminars at Dewey: Week of 10/16-10/20

    Dewey Graduate Library offers short seminars that can help you get started on your research. Sign up in advance, either here, or in person at the Reference Desk in the Dewey Library.

    The following classes will be held this week:

    Monday:

    No seminars

    Tuesday:

    No seminars

    Wednesday:

    1:00pm Social Welfare Research Seminar
    4:00pm Nonprofit Organizations - Information Sources

    Thursday:

    3:00 Using Library and Internet Research Resources from Home

    Friday:

    1:00pm Introduction to Federal Public Policy Research

    October 9, 2006

    Seminars at Dewey: Week of 10/9 - 10/13

    Dewey Graduate Library offers short seminars that can help you get started on your research. Sign up in advance, either here, or in person at the Reference Desk in the Dewey Library.

    The following classes will be held this week:

    Monday:

    Holiday - No Seminars, but Dewey is open for business.

    Tuesday:

    3:30pm Introduction to Federal Public Policy Research
    5:00pm Social Welfare Research Seminar

    Wednesday:

    1:30pm Introduction to Research Databases
    4:30pm Using Library and Internet Research Resources from Home

    Thursday:

    3:30pm Introduction to Research Sources in Information Science

    Friday:

    1:00pm Introduction to Research Databases

    October 1, 2006

    Seminars offered at Dewey: Week of 10/2-10/6

    Dewey Graduate Library offers short seminars that can help you get started on your research. Sign up in advance, either here, or in person at the Reference Desk in the Dewey Library.

    The following classes will be held this week:

    Monday:

    2:00pm, Social Welfare Research Seminar

    Tuesday:

    430pm, Introduction to Research Databases

    Wednesday:

    4:30pm, Overview of Political Science and Public Administration Bibliographic and Full Text Databases

    Thursday:

    4:30pm, Overview of Political Science and Public Administration Bibliographic and Full Text Databases

    Friday:

    1:00pm, Overview of Political Science and Public Administration Bibliographic and Full Text Databases

    September 25, 2006

    Dewey Seminar Schedule for 9/25 - 9/29

    Dewey Graduate Library offers short seminars that can help you get started on your research. Sign up in advance, either here, or in person at the Reference desk in the Dewey Library.

    The following classes will be held this week:

    Monday:

    4:15pm, Criminal Justice Research Seminar

    Tuesday:

    4:30pm, Introduction to Research Databases

    Wednesday:

    1:00pm, Introduction to Westlaw Campus
    3:30pm, Introduction to Research Sources in Information Science


    Thursday:

    2:00pm, Introduction to Research Databases
    5:30pm, Social Welfare Research Seminar

    Friday:

    1:00pm, Introduction to Westlaw Campus

    June 27, 2006

    New Carpeting at Dewey

    Pardon our dust and debris! The Dewey Library is getting new carpeting. While most of the work has been done in the main room of the library, we thought you might like to see these pictures of the work.

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    We had to move the books off the bottom shelves of the reference and law collections.

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    Here is floor without carpet and with the computers covered to keep the dust out.

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    The microfilm area with some of the old carpet in a pile.

    Check back for photos of the new carpet as well as removal and installment of a new service desk!

    June 14, 2006

    Dewey Library Hosts Dinner for '56 Alums

    On Saturday June 3, alumni celebrating their 50th anniversary reunion enjoyed a sit down dinner in the Dewey Library. The alumni were pleased to spend time in what they remember fondly as Hawley Hall. When they were students, the downtown campus was the original location of the University (the uptown campus opened in 1966) so their memories are focused on the buildings of the original downtown campus.

    Dewey Library was transformed for the evening of the event into dining room, with linen-clad tables, a wine steward, and a full course meal. It was a delight to see these alumni having a great time reminiscing about their days in college.

    Here are some pictures of the alumni enjoying themselves at the dinner:

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    May 8, 2006

    Welcome to the Dewey Library Blog!

    We started this blog to help you get to know the friendly staff at the Dewey Graduate Library, highlight topics of interest to the Downtown Campus community, and provide you information about the resources and services we offer that will make your research easier. If you have questions, stop by the library, call 442-3691, email us , or leave a comment below. We're here to help!