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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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August 20, 2009

History of Dewey Part IV -- The Closing and Rebirth of Hawley Hall/Dewey Graduate Library

(For the early history of the Hawley Building and Dewey Library see our earlier blogs on June 11, 2009, July 8, 2009, and July 20, 2009.)

From 1933 to 1951, the upstairs of the Hawley building contained the library, and the downstairs was the student commons. In 1951, the basement became a second reading room and reserve area. As the library increased its collection through the years, they came to be stored downstairs as well. However, in 1966, the uptown campus was built, with a large new library building, and the Hawley library was abandoned. The building may have been used by the Milne School. At this time, library materials supporting the School of Social Welfare and the School of Criminal Justice were located at Alumni Quadrangle.

In 1979, the Schools of Criminal Justice, Social Welfare and Library Science were downtown, but the School of Public Policy was not. At this time a library was established in Hawley Hall to serve these programs In 1982 the School of Public Affairs and Policy was brought downtown and the Rockefeller College was created to include all downtown programs. The library was named the Graduate Library for Public Affairs and Policy.

In September 1988, the library was named after Governor Thomas E. Dewey. Warren Ilchman who was Provost, and the founder of Rockefeller College wanted to rename all of the buildings on the downtown campus for notable New York State politicians. However, this initiative was largely unsuccessful – none of the buildings were renamed, only the Library. This is why the “Dewey Library��? is located in “Hawley Hall". Although the official name of the library remains the Dewey Graduate Library for Public Affairs and Policy, it has more commonly been called the Dewey Graduate Library since 2001. In fact, the current library stationery reflects this parlance.

Today the Dewey Library boasts a collection of over 135,000 items, including books, journal subscriptions, microfilm, videos and software. Last year, the Information Commons was expanded by 16 computer workstations – terminals were added in the downstairs Quiet Study and Group Study areas. The Dewey Graduate Library seeks to keep abreast of the ever changing needs of the downtown campus community. As always, we hope that you will give us feedback -- let us know how we’re doing – what could we be doing to better serve you? Feel free to comment on this blog below, stop by, e-mail us, or call 442-3691.

Blog post created by Elaine Bergman with significant content provided by Geoff Williams

August 11, 2009

Finding New books

Not only can you browse the new books shelf at the Dewey Library, but you can browse these titles online through Minerva as well. A new feature, called “New Titles��? lets you browse new items by subject, exploring all three of the University Libraries. New titles are not only books but new journals and other media added to our collection as well.

When you first open up Minerva, you will see several tabs running the top of the page. The New Titles tab is all the to to the far right. Click on it and you will be brought to a new window displaying subjects according to call number.
For example, if you are looking for new titles in Law, you will ckick on “K – Law��? since most law titles are under a call number beginning with the letter K. Once you click, the page will anchor towards the Law section on the page, displaying all the new titles recently added in the past month. You will see that 8 new titles have been added to the collection.

All new titles are hyperlinks that when clicked brings you to the online record for the item. This is helpful because the record tells you what library you can find the item in.

Need more help finding new books? Don’t be afraid to Ask a Librarian for help!

Blog post created by Jill Parsons

August 5, 2009

Seeking a Social Work Job?

101 Careers in Social Work / Jessica A Ritter, Halaevalu F. O. Vakalahi and Mary Kiernan-Stern [Dewey REF HV 10.5 R58 2009].

How often do we ask ourselves (or get asked) what we are going to do with that specialized college degree? If you’re a student in the social welfare program wondering this, you should check out this new reference title.

The first section of the book deals with what social welfare is and a general overview of the profession. It also guides you through what qualifies one as a social worker and what special licensing is involved in working in the profession, including information about being licensed to practice in multiple states.

Part II fills in the majority of the book, offering different areas in which a social worker can find a job. Examples given are working with child welfare, health care, criminal justice and the legal arena, academia, politics and human service organizations. Chapter 18 steps out suggesting alternative careers in social work, like being a documentary filmmaker or even an entrepreneur.

Finally, the book concludes with Part III as a “Where do we go from here?��? commentary on successfully paying for your higher social welfare degree and landing the perfect job in your field. This book is a great resource for any social welfare student to consider outside of their regular coursework.

This book is available in the Dewey Reference collection. Come take a look today! If you need help locating the book, just ask us at the Reference Desk.

Blog post created by Jill Parsons