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March 31, 2009

A Useful Tool for School Library Media Specialists and Public Librarians

A good source for library patrons to search for printed books, audio books, and videos is the new Books in Print : Patron Books in Print (http://www.patronbooksinprint.com/bowker/). This new database is put out by the same company (Bowker) that puts out the original Books in Print (http://www.booksinprint.com/bip/) database. This original database is widely used by libraries, booksellers, and publishers. Books in Print : Patron Books in Print provides a more user-friendly interface designed for easier use for library patrons. This new product provides a reader’s advisory which finds titles of books that are similar to ones your patrons have already enjoyed. It also provides a way to search by subject, author, or by literary award. You can also narrow your browsing by only browsing in works of fiction, non-fiction, or in books written especially for children.

On the first screen there is a link that lets you take a tour of this new interface to learn more about all that it has to offer. For example, when you browse this database you will find that your results are displayed by Books, Audio Books, and Videos. You can then sort these results alphabetically by author, alphabetically by title, by price, and by release date. If available, cover images and reviews are also provided along with each result. If you find books that look interesting you can also save them in a My Favorite Books list.

You can access this new database from the Databases and Indexes page by entering “Books in Print : Patrons Books in Print��? in the Find a Database field or by selecting the “B��? in the Browse by database title field.

If you have any questions about this or any other Information Studies database, please contact our Information Studies Bibliographer, Deborah Bernnard. Her phone number is 442-3699, and her email is dbernnard@uamail.albany.edu.

Blog post created by Judith Mueller

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 27, 2009

Photo of the Week

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Many IST students have been in the library working on an assignment involving LC classifications.

Photo credit: Morris Stilson

March 25, 2009

Where to find E-Books

There has been a lot of buzz lately about e-books and fortunately for you, the University Libraries have a growing collection of e-books. While you can’t do a search for e-books only in Minerva, they will appear in a regular book search in the catalog. The "Location" field for these books will contain an online link which will take you to the text of the e-book.

The University Libraries have certain collections of e-books available for you to browse through. Many of these collections are for academic purposes so they are great additions to your research. The collections include e-books on subjects ranging from computer science to math and history. In addition, on our Databases and Indexes list, be sure to look at NetLibrary. Entering NetLibrary through Databases and Indexes, you can create a user profile which will give you the option of “checking out��? a book. Instead of searching NetLibrary each time for the same book, you can store it in a list of favorites to refer to multiple times. Check out these resources today!

If you are using e-books or any other electronic resource for your papers, you will need to know the correct citations for referencing. The APA Style Guide to Electronic Reference online will show you how to cite online resources. (The complete Chicago Manual of Style is also available in e-book form.)

Don't forget to Ask a Librarian if you need more assistance.

Blog post created by Jill Parsons

March 24, 2009

Criminal Justice Careers

If you a Criminal Justice student who is interested in learning more about what you can do with your degree, look no further. With a degree in criminal justice you can work in a number of different occupations. Some occupations require additional studying. A few are as follows:

  • Law Enforcement Administration

  • Correctional Administration

  • Research and Teaching

  • Lawyer

  • Paralegal

  • Corrections Officer

  • Judge

  • Police, Detective, FBI, DEA, U.S. Marshal, INS, Customs Inspector

  • Private Detective, Investigator

  • Probation Officer

  • Court Reporter

Professional associations are very good places to look for information about different careers. There are many different associations for the various criminal justice careers. A few associations are as follows:

For a list of other associations, see the Criminal Justice Library Subject pages.

Both the University Library and Dewey Library have a number of excellent reference books that might provide you with some helpful career guidance:

  • Criminal Justice and Criminology : a career guide to local, state, federal and academic positions by James F. Anderson, Nancie Jean Mangels, and Laronistine Dyson – Dewey Library / HV 9950 A54X 2003

  • Federal Law Enforcement Careers : profiles of 250 high-powered positions and tactics for getting hired by Thomas H. Ackerman – University Library / Reference: HF 5381 A3544X 2006

  • FBI Careers : the ultimate guide to landing a job as one of America’s finest by Thomas H. Ackerman – University Library / Reference: HF 5381 A354X 2006

  • Opportunities in Law Enforcement and Criminal Justice Careers by James Stinchcomb – University Library / Reference: HF 5381 S86X 2003

  • Great Jobs for Criminal Justice Majors by Stephen Lambert and Debra Regan – University Library / Reference: HF 5381 L2537X 2001

  • Career Opportunities in Forensic Science by Susan Echaore-McDavid and Richard A. McDavid – University Library / Reference: HF 5381 E62X 2008

For more information about Criminal Justice careers, see the School of Criminal Justice’s web page Careers in Criminal Justice. When you are ready to begin searching for a job in a particular field, see the School of Criminal Justice’s don't forget to look at their job search strategies.

If you have any questions about researching Criminal Justice careers, you can also contact Mary Jane Brustman, our subject specialist for Criminal Justice. Feel free to contact her at mbrustman@uamail.albany.edu, or by phone at 442-3517.

Blog post created by Judith Mueller

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 20, 2009

Photo of the Week

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From left to right, the scanner, lending laptops, and DVD player are all available for your use within the library

Photo credit: Morris Stilson

March 18, 2009

The library: More Than Just Books and Computers.

The first things that come to mind when thinking about the library are often books, journals and computers workstations. But, did you know that Dewey also has other equipment available for patrons to use, such as laptops, a scanner, and a DVD player?

If you would like to borrow one of our two laptops available for use, ask at the circulation desk. You may borrow for up to 4 hours, or up until 30 minutes before the library closes. All the basic software, such as Microsoft Office and Firefox browser are on the laptops. Check out our policies page for more information about our laptop lending services.

Additionally, patrons at Dewey can use the scanner station and/or the DVD player. Both are located in the back of the library by the microfilm collection. The scanner is hooked into a computer for public use, so when you put in your NetID and password, you’re set to go. Remember to bring a flash drive or save the scanned items to your S: drive.

The DVD player is hooked up to a TV on a cart. You may also borrow headphones from circulation to listen to a DVD or VHS.

As always, if you need any assistance using these items, we're here to help! Ask at either at the circulation or reference desk.

Blog post created by Jill Parsons

March 17, 2009

Resources on Social Work History

Social welfare was sparked by the social conditions that were created in the 19th century, after the Civil War, and by the industrial revolution. While charity work has always existed throughout history backed by religion, the scientific approach towards caring for those who needed help started in the 1800’s. Social work applies social theory and research to improve the lives of those in society who need help. It uses other social sciences such as psychology, psychiatry, and sociology to provide answers to basic societal problems such as hunger, homelessness, limited education, discrimination, and abuse of various types (domestic, elder, child, substance, and sexual to name a few).

After the Civil War, many people immigrated to America, and many freed slaves moved to the cities looking for work. Poverty and other urban problems grew. Institutions like almshouses, orphanages, and settlement houses were built to help with basic needs such as health care, food, housing, and education. Along with poverty, other problems increased such as dangerous work conditions, child labor, discrimination against minorities, and long work weeks. Social Workers were the driving force behind many public policies that have changed the way society reacts to these problems. These policies include unemployment insurance, worker’s compensation, minimum wage, Social Security, Medicaid, and Medicare. There is also better treatment of those with disabilities, and mental illness, and civil rights are granted to all people regardless of race, religion, gender, or sexual orientation.

The Dewey Library has a robust collection of resources tracing the historical origins of social work in the United States.For more detailed information about the history of social welfare in America, check out some of the following sources in Dewey Library.

The following reference books can be found in Dewey Library:

  • Social Work Dictionary by Robert L. Barker - Dewey Library / Reference : HV 12 B37 2003

  • Social Work Almanac by Leon H. Ginsberg – Dewey Library / Reference : HV 90 G53 1995

  • The Encyclopedia of Social Welfare History in North America edited by John M. Herrick and Paul H. Stuart - Dewey Library / Reference : HV 12 E497 2005

The following books can be found in Dewey Library:

  • Milestones in the Development of Social Work and Social Welfare by Robert L. Barker - Dewey Library / HV 40 B22 1999

  • Newsletter – Social Welfare History Group by the Social Welfare History Group - Dewey Library / Periodical : HV 16 S63X

  • Charity and Mutual Aid in Europe and Northern America Since 1800 edited by Bernard Harris and Paul Bridgen – Dewey Library / HV 51 C43 2007

  • The Locus of Care : Families, Communities, Institutions, and the Provision of Welfare Since Antiquity edited by Peregrine Horden and Richard Smith - Dewey Library / HV 51 L63 1998

  • With Us Always : a History of Private Charity and Public Welfare edited by Donald T. Critchlow and Charles H. Parker - Dewey Library / HV 16 W58 1998

  • From Poor Law to Welfare State : a History of Social Welfare in America by Walter I. Trattner - Dewey Library Reserves / HV 91 T7 1999

  • In the Shadow of the Poorhouse : a Social History of Welfare in America by Michael B. Katz – Dewey Library / HV 91 K349 1996

  • The Reluctant Welfare State : a History of American Social Welfare Policies by Bruce S. Jansson - Dewey Library Reserves / HN 57 J25 1993

  • The Dangerous Classes of New York, and Twenty Years’ Work Among Them by Charles Loring Brace - Dewey Library / HV 743 N5 B8 1973

  • Widows and Orphans First : the Family Economy and Social Welfare Policy, 1880-1939 by S.J. Kleinberg - Dewey Library / HV 699 K585 2006

  • Social Welfare : a history of the American Response to need by June Azinn and Mark J. Stern - Dewey Library / HV 91 A94 2005

And a few interesting web sites:

If you have questions about doing Social Welfare research, talk to Elaine Bergman, our Social Welfare Bibliographer. She can help with advanced database searching and other quick ways to obtain the information you need. E-mail her at ebergman@uamail.albany.edu or call 442-3965 to set up an appointment.

Blog post created by Judith Mueller

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 13, 2009

Photo of the Week

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Two weeks ago, we saw a sure sign of spring: SNOW

Photo credit: Morris Stilson

March 11, 2009

The Pressure's On... We Can Help!

It’s time for midterms! If you are feeling stressed and worrying about how you’re going to get all your papers and projects in on time, let a reference librarian help you cut to the chase. We can help save you time with your research, especially if you’ve come to a road block. Plus, we’re here for you need us and will answer your questions within 24 hours – or less!

From home, feel free to send us an email , IM or even a text message if you have a question. Or, you can give us a call right at the desk and speak with a librarian directly at 442-3691.

Have a more in-depth question that you would like to receive one-on-one assistance with? Then feel free to make an appointment with one of our knowledgeable subject specialists . Here at Dewey, we have subject specialists for those in Information Science, Criminal Justice, Gerontology, Social Welfare, Law, Public Administration and Political Science.

You can always stop by the reference desk in person during our reference hours: Monday-Thursday 10am-8pm, Friday 1pm-5pm, Saturday Noon-5pm and Sunday 1pm-7pm.

Remember, all our web-based library services, such as Minerva, online databases, ILL and UA Delivery are available 24/7 right from your home. If you have any questions about these services, let us know and we will assist you!

We wish you the best of luck as you arrive at the half point in the semester!

March 10, 2009

Want to know more about the Federal and State Government Budget Processes?

Budgets are in the news right now with both New York State and the Federal Government needing more money than they actually have. The Federal Budget Process is dictated by the Budget and Accounting Act of 1921, as well as the Congressional Budget and Impoundment Control Act of 1974. The President must present the Congress his budget request which is compiled with the help of the Office of the Management and Budget. The Office of Management and Budget makes the Budget of the United States Government available online on its main web page.

Then the United States House Committee on the Budget and the United States Senate Committee on the Budget draft budget resolutions which are then voted on by the House of Representatives and the Senate respectively. The budget resolutions are not laws but provide the framework for the appropriation bills. Once the House of Representatives and the Senate agree upon their respective budget resolutions, selected members of each create a Conference Report to smooth out any differences between the two budget resolutions. This Conference Report must then be approved by both the House of Representatives and the Senate. The Congressional Budget Office provides Congress with information and estimates that they need when working on their budget resolutions.

New York State’s budget process is similar but not identical to the Federal Government’s budget process. The Governor of New York State must prepare a balanced budget which he proposes to the Legislature. The Legislature (the State House of Representatives and the State Senate) modifies this proposal and enacts it into law. The Governor is the one who must produce the appropriation bills and any other legislature needed to fulfill the budget. The Executive Budget documents produced by Governor Patterson can be found online.

The Senate’s Finance Committee and the Assembly’s Ways and Means Committee review the Governor’s budget, seeking clarification if needed, and then the Legislature acts on the appropriation bills. The budget reform legislation passed in 2007 describes the Legislative process needed to reach a budget agreement. Also, the State Finance Law dictates that the Executive (Governor) and the Legislature must meet and issue a consensus report on tax, lottery, and miscellaneous receipts on or before March 1st. If they fail to do so, the State Comptroller is required to issue one by March 5th.

The Governor’s appropriation bills become law automatically at this point. The bills added by the Legislature and the appropriations for the Legislature and Judiciary must be approved by the Governor. Should the Governor veto a bill, the Legislature can override his veto with a two thirds vote. You can read a more detailed explanation about New York State’s budget process on the New York Division of the Budget’s web site.

Here are some sources of information where you can learn more about the budget making process both in the Federal Government and in New York State:

Other sources of useful information related to the Federal budget process include:

Other sources of information of useful information on the State Budget Process include:

Blog post created by Judith Mueller

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

2:00pm: Introduction to Information Resources in Gerontology

Thurssday 3/12:
4:30pm: Introduction to Research Databases
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 6, 2009

Photo of the Week

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A small selection of the many dictionaries in our reference section.

Photo credit: Morris Stilson

March 4, 2009

Dictionaries: Webster's and Beyond...

You are probably familiar with a basic dictionary, right? In Dewey, there is a huge, old-school dictionary on the reference stacks, open to any random page at any given time. While that dictionary never fails, there are a multitude of dictionaries online and you can access them right on our library online reference page. Here, you will find English language dictionaries, such as the Oxford English Dictionary, as well as foreign language dictionaries and thesauri . Take a look at the specialty dictionaries we list, such as Cliché Finder or RhymeZone in case you’re writing a rhyming poem and can’t find the right word.

Some dictionaries are subject specific and are designed to help you understand terms and phrases within your field. Dewey has a variety of dictionaries in both print and online to help you with your area of study:

Law and Public Administration:
Black’s Law Dictionary (deluxe 18th edition), Dewey REF KF 156 B53X 2004
Prince’s Dictionary of Legal Citations (17th edition), Dewey REF KF 246 P73 2006
Law Dictionary.com http://dictionary.law.com/

Criminal Justice:
The American Dictionary of Criminal Justice: Key Terms and Major Court Cases, Dewey REF HV 7411 C48 2005
The Concise Dictionary of Crime and Justice, Dewey REF HV 6017 D38 2002
Dictionary of Criminal Justice, Dewey REF HV 6017 .S24 2006
National Criminal Justice Thesaurus http://www.ncjrs.gov/app/search/ThesaurusSearch.aspx

Social Welfare:
The Social Work Dictionary, Dewey REF HV 12 B37 2003
Thesaurus of Psychological Index Terms, Dewey REF Z 695.1 P7 T48

Information Science:
International Dictionary of Library Histories, Dewey REF Z 721 I572 2001
Dictionary of Information Science and Technology, Dewey REF Z 1005 W35 1992
Dictionary of Library and Information Science, Dewey REF Z 1006 R45 2004
OLDIS: Online Dictionary for Library and Information Science http://lu.com/odlis/

If you need help using these subject specific dictionaries, feel free to Ask a Librarian for help!

Blog post created by Jill Parsons

March 3, 2009

Preliminary Report from Project Information Literacy

Ever wonder what the difference is between today’s typical college student and those of us who attended college before the Internet became the preminent tool for information delivery?
Finding Context: What Today’s College Students Say about Conducting Research in the Digital Age is a preliminary report by Project Information Literacy on their findings from discussions with students on seven college campuses during Fall 2008.

The impetus for this research was to find out how college students “function in the digital age��?. Discussion groups focused on students’ experience with research and their strategies for completing research projects. An important finding is that research has become more difficult for students to conduct.

Two types of research were identified: research that is undertaken because a research paper has been assigned for an academic course, and research that is spurred by incidents associated with students’ every day life such as health and wellness, news, domestic, career and spiritual. Students found the research process more frustrating when engaging in course related research. Their major complaint was an inability to find appropriate resources. However, students also reported frustrations with researching everyday life problems.

The authors, Alison J. Head and Michael B. Eisenberg, from the Information School, University of Washington, found that students have difficulty establishing context for both types of research that they regularly engage in. They hope to create a typology that will help faculty and librarians understand exactly where the need for context occurs in students’ research behavior. You can access the preliminary report online at http://www.projectinfolit.org/pdfs/PIL_ProgressReport_2_2009.pdf. More data is currently being collected by Project Information Literacy. Keep your eye out for further developments on this fascinating topic.

Blog post created by Deborah Bernnard

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.