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November 27, 2008

Enjoy Your Holiday


November 26, 2008

It's Not in the Dewey Library? Here are Some Solutions!

The University Libraries offer two great services: UA Delivery (aka: Document Delivery) and ILL, or Interlibrary Loan. If you’re unsure the difference between the two, or have never heard of these services, read on:

Document Delivery can be used for both books and journal articles. For example, say you regularly study at the Dewey Library and it is the library where you usually pick up your books. If you needed a book from either the Science Library or University Library, you could submit a UA Delivery request to have that item sent to Dewey, your designated library. Also, let’s say you need an article that you can’t locate the full text of online either in Minerva or the databases, but you know one of the three libraries has the article in print. Instead of making the trip to the library to photocopy the article, submit a UA Delivery request to have that article scanned and made into a pdf to be emailed directly to you. Saves on gas and time! The library will process up to three requests per day. Just make sure you can’t find the full text online first! For more information, visit the UA Delivery Services link.

Interlibrary Loan (ILL) is a library service to use when none of the three libraries has the item or article you are looking for. The library will search other library collections to borrow that item and then loan it to you. Requests usually take only a few days, but some can take up to 2 or 3 weeks depending on how long it takes to locate the item. For more information, visit the ILL (http://library.albany.edu/ill/ ) page.

To use both of these services, you will need to sign into ILLIAD, and fill out a request. When using ILLiad for the first time, make sure you click the "First Time User" link so that we can confirm you as a UA student, faculty or staff, and you can set your designated pick-up library and e-mail address.

Still confused? Have more questions? Ask a reference librarian for help. Take advantage of these great services today!

Blog post created by Jill Parsons

November 25, 2008

Library Congratulates Desfosses on Award

The University at Albany Foundation is a non-profit organization formed to encourage donations to the University at Albany. One of their annual events is the Citizen Laureate Awards Ceremony. The proceeds of this awards dinner help the University at Albany Foundation. This is the 29th year that the University at Albany Foundation has awarded its Citizen Laureate Awards to honor outstanding leaders in business and industry, government, and academics for their accomplishments. The Academic Laureate Award is given to individuals for their notable achievements in academia and research. This year Dr. Helen R. Desfosses, Associate Professor in the departments of Public Administration & Policy, and Africana Studies was awarded the Academic Laureate award at the awards ceremony on Wednesday November 19, 2008 at the Hall of Springs in Saratoga Springs, New York.

Not only is Dr. Helen Desfosses an Associate Professor in the Public Administration & Policy department and the Africana Studies department, she also is the Professor in Residence at the New York State Assembly Internship program. She has served as President of the Albany Common Council from 1997-2005. She also is a regular political commentator on the public radio station WAMC, and on Albany area television. She has also authored several books and articles on national and international issues. She teaches courses on public policy, legislative politics, and Africa.

She has served as Interim Dean and Associate Dean of Rockefeller College of Public Affairs and Policy, and as Director of the Master’s in Public Policy program. Formerly, she was Dean of Undergraduate Studies at the State University of New York at Albany. She has also served as a consultant on legislative development around the world. She has also received numerous awards and honors.

For all of her hard work and many distinguished accomplishments, we along with the University at Albany Foundation offer our deep thanks and congratulations to Dr. Helen Desfosses.

Blog post created by Judith Mueller

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!
Blog post created by Jill Parsons

November 21, 2008

Photo of the Week


Detail of the Van Ingen murals at Dewey depicting the work of a noted missionary.

Photo Credit: Morris Stilson

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.


Blog post created by Jill Parsons

November 18, 2008

Key Criminal Justice Resources

When starting a new research project it helps to get ideas for a topic or to find definitions and summary information on this topic when beginning your research. Good places to look for this information are subject-specific dictionaries and encyclopedias. Encyclopedias are also good places to find out about the major scholars in a particular field as well as any major writings on the subjects. Luckily for those studying criminal justice, Dewey Library has two exceptional encyclopedias on the subject: the Encyclopedia of Crime and Justice and the Encyclopedia of Crime and Punishment.

The current edition of the Encyclopedia of Crime and Justice is the second edition. This edition has been largely rewritten from the first edition. The essays were written by respected scholars and include a list of related topics as well as a bibliography. Many of the essays also include a list of leading court cases. Although the focus is on the United States there are a number of essays that deal with international issues. This encyclopedia also includes a glossary, a legal index containing a table of cases and other cited legal documents, as well as a general index for all four volumes.

The Encyclopedia of Crime and Justice can be found with the reference books upstairs in Dewey Library at Reference HV 6017 E52 2002. It also can be found online.

The Encyclopedia of Crime and Punishment is a new reference source. This encyclopedia comes in four volumes with 430 signed essays. Each essay also includes a list of related topics as well as a section suggesting sources for further reading. This reference source is written in a manner that makes it easy to browse and useful for the beginning student of criminal justice.

Another useful aspect to this reference source is that each volume has its own appendix. The topics contained in these four appendices are: 'Careers in Criminal Justice', 'Web Resources', 'Professional and Scholarly Organizations', and a 'Selected Bibliography'. The fourth volume also contains a chronology of events in criminal justice from 1795 B.C.E. to the present.

In summary, the Encyclopedia of Crime and Justice is focused more on criminology (the study of crime as a social phenomenon) while the Encyclopedia of Crime and Punishment is more focused on criminal justice (the study of all crime and societies reaction to it). As such, the Encyclopedia of Crime and Punishment is more practical and useful for the beginning student while the Encyclopedia of Crime and Justice is more theoretical and useful for the advanced student.

So, when searching for ideas or for a place to start your research in criminal justice, make your first stop be one or both of the above encyclopedias.

Blog post created by Judith Mueller

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.

Blog post created by Jill Parsons

November 14, 2008

Photo of the Week


Detail of the Van Ingen murals at Dewey, depicting the first college established in Albany

Photo credit: Morris Stilson

November 12, 2008

New Faculty Publication

You may know William Roth, a prominent faculty member in the University at Albany’s School of Social Welfare. His memoir, titled Movement is a tri-fold step into his life as he describes in his own words his world, living with dystonia, winning a battle with cancer and being the song of parents who escaped the Holocaust. This book is now available at the Dewey Library, Call Number:RC 280 T7 R68 2008.

Dystonia is a neurological movement disorder that causes unpredictable muscle spasms. It tends to develop in one’s childhood, which is what happened to Roth. He noticed one winter that his left foot began to curl inward and soon was diagnosed with dystonia, something that will remain with him until this day. Combined with a tricky bout of cancer later in life, Roth is an exemplary survivor.

Roth’s memoir starts with a prologue of his disorder and progresses as each chapter takes hold of one of three central topics: dystonia, cancer, and family history. While the chapters go back in forth in his life, the constant theme is indeed movement, particularly forward. As one delves into the book, each chapter progresses until the unfortunate circumstances of having his father treat family (and other) victims of the Holocaust and dystonia become one, and in the end, the stories come full circle.

Growing up, we learn he both comes to terms with and struggles with dystonia. He undergoes risky (some might call it experimental) surgery as a child to lessen, perhaps even stop, the dystonia that will infiltrate his body. The disorder causes his muscles to jerk randomly , limiting his social interactions, yet, Roth succeeds in keeping his ground and enters Yale, finding himself involved in many activist engagements. This would only be the start of Roth’s interest in becoming an activist: It is not until he takes a tour of Willowbrook in the 1970’s, an institution for young people with developmental disabilities, he sees the horror in how “the other��? is treated. Roth then becomes an activist gaining rights for disabled persons, and later establishes the Center for Computing and Disability at UAlbany.

In his adult life, Roth learns he has cancer via a large tumor in the back of his throat. Coupled with dystonia, the surgeries and chemotherapy to rid the cancer are even more complicated. Roth consults with some of the best doctors and surgeons in the northeast to be on his “team��?, just as one would select the best players in baseball to be part of their team. He assembles his team for medical expertise, to help him weigh decisions or just to be there to simply talk about the fears of cancer. After the first, invasive surgery and therapy, the cancer isn’t eliminated. The second time? Home run. All this after a few strikeouts at bat along the way.

This may seem simple on paper, but the vignettes of Roth’s life come together to tell a story of triumph and heartache that life gives. While the chapters do a dance to unfold the story, there is a sense that Roth himself moves continually forward, only stopping for brief moments to reflect. Often in his memoir, he will pose question as to why certain events happened in his life – why he got cancer, and how and what contributed to it. Roth ends his brief moments by saying “I will never know��? and then the story moves forward. Even when he gets unexpected grim news along his cancer journey, he decides to split into two people, a sort of coping mechanism Roth uses to deal with the reality and emotionally charged feelings of cancer.

Perhaps Movement is a way of Roth to reflect on his life, to string together the most important components to see his life, rather than just living it. He thrives despite his dystonia, overcomes cancer against all odds and dedicates his all to being a devoted father to his son, Daniel. In the end, Roth claims he is loves life and its people and is not afraid to die, nor afraid to live. These are words we can all take from as we read Movement and perhaps find ourselves in Roth, winning great battles and overcoming limitations.


Faculty Member William Roth

Blog post created by Jill Parsons

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…

Blog post created by JIll Parsons

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.

Blog post created by Jill Parsons

November 5, 2008

The Latest Technology Puts the Library at Your Fingertips…

Did you know that you can ask a reference librarian a question without even stepping foot inside of the library? We are accessible remotely using a variety of the latest technologies. Not only can you send us email (Ask-a-Librarian), you can also instant message (IM), or text message (SMS) us!

Email us any time day or night. E-mail works best for when you have a somewhat in-depth question or if it is not essential for us to answer you right away. We strive to answer all e-mail questions within 24 hours.

Instant Message us when your question is not too detailed. Instant messaging is available through Meebo – you do not need to download any IM programs to send us an IM. Simply access the Contact Us page (http://library.albany.edu/contactus.html). Please remember to keep your browser open while you wait for our response.

Text message us with a brief message by dialing 265010 and then beginning your message with ualibraries: (include the colon). Text us if you need a short, factual answer to a question.

Check the Contact Us page for available hours for IM and text messaging service.

Of course, when you are able to come to the library, we are also happy to help you in person – drop by during reference hours, or call us (442-3691) to make an appointment. We are continuing to find ways to make it easier for you to reach us, and would love to hear your thoughts on how these services are working. E-mail us or leave a comment on this blog.

Blog post created by Judith Mueller

November 4, 2008

Who is the current President of Tanzania? How do you find out?

Try the Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU) database. This database contains information on countries around the world. For a country’s economic status, political status, and other background information check out the EIU database first. This database is revised once a year from various national and international sources. The statistical tables provide five-years worth of data on topics such as manufacturing, fiscal policy, and unemployment. Together with the text, this information provides you with detailed information about the structure and functioning of each country. However, you can only access this database on the University at Albany campus. To locate this database, go to our Databases and Indexes page, and click on the letter "E".

Another database to check out for foreign affairs is Columbia International Affairs Online (CIAO). This database was created in collaboration between Columbia University libraries and Columbia University Press. It is the most complete source of information by prominent research organizations in the field of international affairs. It is also known for its teaching materials for history and political science classes. If you select the menu item atlas in the left most column on the first page, a map of the world appears. By selecting a continent on the map, you are taken to a second map labeled with the countries in that continent from which you can also select. By doing so, you will retrieve a third map, brief information about that country as well as both political and economic information for that country. This information though provided by the Economist Intelligence Unit that produces the previous database, is not as thorough. To locate this resource, go to our Databases and Indexes page and click on the letter "C ".

The CIA World Factbook is another source for information on world countries. This provides national-level information about countries, territories, and dependencies. This web site provides data about the geography, people, government, economy, communications, transportation, military, and any transnational issues for each country as well as provides a map.

Another US government web site that provides information on foreign affairs is the State Department. The State Department web site provides background notes on many countries that include information about the land, people, history, government, political conditions, economy, defense, foreign relations, and U.S. relations. This information is updated on a regular basis.
So when you are doing research on foreign countries, try these electronic resources available at the University at Albany libraries. If you need more help, contact Dick Irving (rirving@uamail.albany.edu) at Dewey Graduate Library to set up an appointment.

...By the way, the President of Tanzania is Jakaya Kikwete.

Blog Post created by Judith Mueller

November 2, 2008

Dewey Workshops and Classes - Week of 11/3 - 11/7

http://library.albany.edu/dewey/forms/class_registration_spring06.htmlThis week, Dewey will be hosting one workshop:

Friday, 11/7:
1:00pm: Nonprofit Organizations—Information Sources

This session will inform you of both print and electronic information sources about Nonprofits. This is a great workshop to take if you’re interested in learning more about electronic databases on this topic as well.
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.

Blog post created by Jill Parsons