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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.

January 28, 2008

Library Orientation Tours This Week

Now that the Spring 2008 semester is gearing up, we encourage you to come to the Dewey Library for an orientation tour. Whether you are a new or returning student, attending an orientation tour can help you learn about our great services and resources-- some of them could really help you during "crunch time" later on in the semester.

Tours are being held this week on Wednesday, January 30 at 3:30pm, as well as Thursday, January 31 at 10:00am.

Also on Thursday at 2:00pm is a workshop giving an overview of how to use Minerva, University at Albanyy's Online Catalog.

To sign up for a workshop or tour, you may register online, in person at the Reference Desk, or call 442-3691. Although we pefer you to register in advance, we will still be glad to see you if you decide to come at the last minute!

January 21, 2008

*New* Online Research Databases

The University at Albany Libraries now offer two new databases that may be of particular interest to the downtown campus community.

Public Administration Abstracts provides bibliographic information for a wide variety of topics related to the disciplne of public administration, for example: administration and economy; law, politics and society; administrative structures and organization; international relations, organizations and policy; national government; public and social services; taxation, budgeting and finance; and theory and methods. Coverage runs from 1974 to the present.

Abstracts in Social Gerontology provides bibliographic information on topics such as: elder abuse, services and advocacy for the elderly, mental and physical health issues affecting the elderly, caregiving, death and bereavement, family issues concerning the elderly, and legislation and policies affecting the elderly.

Both of these databases are replacing their print counterparts and are available from the Database and Indexes page on the UA Libraries' main web page.

Don't forget to contact us if you have questions about these new resources, or if we can help you with any other request.

January 18, 2008

Trial of Mental Measurements Yearbook Now Available

The Mental Measurements Yearbook, an authoritative guide to over 2,000 testing and assessment instruments, has long been important resource for Social Welfare researchers. We currently only offer this reference in it's print format; however, we are currently testing an online version. To access the online version, go to the library's Databases and Indexes page. Click on the Ebsco link in the middle of the page. When you get to the Ebsco search screen, click on the blue "Choose Databases" tab at the top of the page.

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Check the box next to the Mental Measurements Yearbook and click "Continue."

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Please let us know what you think of the online format. Feel free to comment below, or contact Mary Jane Brustman, the Bibliographer for Social Welfare.

January 15, 2008

Evaluating Materials from the World Wide Web

We'll admit it -- we know the first place you go when you are starting research might not be the library. It is more likely a web search engine, like Google.

To help you judge the information you find on the web, librarians Trudi Jacobson and Laura Cohen have updated a page on the library website about Evaluating Web Content. This useful tool includes special considerations for evaluating some of the newer types of web resources that are available. This page is easily found from the Instruction and Tutorials link on the library's main page.

The World Wide Web continues to be a sort of "Wild West" when it comes to the quality of information you can find. It is true that the amount of reputable, authoritative material published on the web continues to increase; however, the amount of questionable material that is available has also increased. With new formats of information, such as blogs, wikis, social networking sites, and mutlimedia resources, knowing how to evaluate material found on the web is of critical importance for researchers.

If you are not sure about the reliability of materials you have located on the Web, we are happy to assist you. And don't worry -- we won't have hurt feelings that you "googled" your topic!

January 11, 2008

CHE Preliminary Report Released

The Commission on Higher Education released its Preliminary Report in December. The Executive Summary highlights the following reccomendations:

• Establish a $3 billion research fund, the Empire State Innovation Fund, to support meritorious research important to New York's future.
• Create a low-cost student loan program for residents attending college in New York State.
• Establish the New York State Compact for Public Higher Education to clearly delineate shared responsibility for public higher education resources.
• Rebuild CUNY and SUNY faculty ranks by strategically hiring an additional 2,000 full-time faculty, including 250 eminent scholars, over the next five years.
• Modify SUNY's governance structure and system administration to provide more focused attention and support for the research campuses.
• Provide meaningful regulatory relief for SUNY and CUNY, by removing restrictions that impede campuses' ability to adapt quickly and promote quality.
• Develop Educational Partnership Zones in high-need school districts, bringing together higher education and P-12 resources to improve student outcomes and enhance college participation.
• Ensure that high school graduates are well prepared for college through a College Readiness Act.
• Strengthen articulation and transfer throughout SUNY and CUNY with a goal of system-wide articulation of comparable courses and seamless transfer into parallel programs by 2011-12.
• Address the backlog of critical maintenance at SUNY and CUNY with a sustained program of capital reinvestment.

The Commission was created by Executive Order in May of 2007. The members consist of representatives from the Executive and Legislative branches of state government; public and private college/university administrators; SUNY and CUNY faculty and students; unions; and advocacy groups. The final report of the Commission is due in June 2008 after incorporating input from the public.