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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:


  • The Dewey Library after-hours book drop will not be available. Patrons must return books at the University Library uptown.


  • If you have items “On Hold��? at Dewey Library or Science Library, please pick them up by Thursday, December 18th.

  • On Friday, December 19th, 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 January 5th, any items that were “On Hold��? for you at the University Library will be shipped back to your regular pick up location.


  • 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.)


  • 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.


Blog post created by Lindsay Van Berkom

December 12, 2008

Photo of the Week


Many books are being returned to the Dewey Library as students finish up their papers and research projects.

Photo Credit: Morris Stilson

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!

Blog post created by Jill Parsons

December 9, 2008

Social Welfare Job Searching

Graduating Social Welfare students or those expecting to graduate in May of 2009 looking for a job might want to check out the library’s selection of career and job seeking resources for social work. On the library’s main web page on the right hand side, select “Social Welfare��? in the “My Research Subject is…" field. Then select “Social Welfare Career Resources��?.

Dewey Library has many books on careers in social work for those still trying to narrow down their specialty. Check out the books in the Books on Social Work Careers section. These can provide more in-depth descriptions of various career avenues one can pursue with a social welfare degree.

For information about what career resources the University at Albany has available, as well as some basic career guides, check out the General Resources section.

Professional organizations in any field contain a wealth of information for those just starting out in a new career, including help with finding employment. For example, if you are interested in working as a School Social Worker, you might want to check out the School Social Work Association of America.(Or if you want to specialize in working in a hospice, you would want to check out the American Hospice Foundation. For more information about the social welfare professional associations, see the General Resources section.

If you are preparing to take the licensing test, you might want to check out Social Work Examination Services. For more information about licensing, see the Licensing and Accreditation section.

If you would like to find a job in New York State, you might want to check out the web page for the New York State Chapter of the National Association of Social Workers (NASW). For more information about possible jobs within the states of New York, Massachusetts, and Vermont, see the State Job Resources section.

There are other specific "niche" organizations that may help you narrow your search by subject, or perspective. For example, if you would like to find work as a social worker with a special interest of working with to Christians, check out the North American Association of Christians in Social Work. For more information about possible jobs throughout the United States, see the U. S. Job Resources section.

The Dewey Library has other materials such as resume writing guides, examination manuals and other assistance for your job search. If you have any questions about these resources, Ask-A-Librarian!

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 5, 2008

Photo of the Week


Only a few weeks ago, the leaves were still on the trees. Will there be snow soon?

December 3, 2008

Help With the Crunch!

Where did the semester go?? You might be asking yourself this as you see exams and term paper deadlines looming right around the corner. Perhaps you feel there isn’t enough time to get all your research and studying done, or you feel completely lost and stressed out about all you have to do.

Fear not! The Dewey librarians are here to help you get through your final tasks for the end of the semester. We can help you get right down to business and cut to the chase for your papers. Instead of going around in circles of confusion, let us save you valuable time and make you feel less agitated as you wrap up your classes.

Our reference librarians are here to assist you Monday-Thursday 10am-8pm, Friday 10am-5pm, Saturday Noon-5pm and Sunday 1pm-7pm. Ask us in person, by phone: (518) 442-33691, by email or IM. Also, remember if you have more specific research to do, make an appointment with a subject specialist to get you on the fast track to finishing that term paper.

For those times when you’re burning the midnight oil, Dewey is still there for you. Remember, Minerva and our databases are available 24/7 at the main library page. You can also email your reference questions and a librarian will answer you within 24 hours. Need an article scanned or an item from another library? Our UA Delivery and ILL services are there when you need them, day or night. We can’t provide you with the coffee to stay up all night plugging away at your studies, but we can get you the information and resources you need when you need them.

We wish you the best of luck!

December 2, 2008

Career Resources for Information Studies Students

Information Studies students might want to check out the library web page for useful information when looking for employment. On the library’s main web page on the right hand side, select “Information and Library Science��? in the “My Research Subject is…��? field. Then select “Internet Resources��? at the top of the screen. And finally select the “Employment��? link in the right hand column. You will find a number of useful internet sites that contain job listings in the information and library science fields. These job listings are both local to the Capital District (Capital District Library Council Job Postings ) as well as around the United States. (ALA Joblist).

You might want to also check out the Department of Information Science web page. Select the Resources for Students link in the left hand column of the main page. If you scroll down the page you will find the Career Links section. Within this section, select the Job Search link. Here the Internet sites are grouped together by location: Regional, New England Area, National, and International. Within the National group they are also grouped further by type of library: Academic, Archives & Records Management, General, Government, High-tech, Meta Job Sites, School Libraries, and Special Libraries.

Another source for information about employment in the information and library science field are the following two books that can be found in Dewey Library. These books are relatively recent books therefore the information they contain will be more relevant than some others. With the changes in technology in recent years, like many other careers, the information and library science career has changed dramatically.

• The Nextgen Librarian's Survival Guide by Rachel Singer Gordon (Z 682.35 V62 G67 2006)
• Straight From the Stacks : a Firsthand Guide to Careers in Library and Information Science by Laura Townsend Kane (Z 682.35 V62 K36 2003).

Blog post created by Judith Mueller

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.