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October 30, 2009

Photo of the Week

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The new landscaping makes for a colorful foreground with Draper Hall as a backdrop.

Photo credit: Morris Stilson

October 28, 2009

Using the Library When You're Not at the Library

Back in the day, there were very few library resources and services you could access without actually coming to the library. Sure, you could call the reference desk, or bring a book home once you checked it out, but for the most part, you had to be at the library to make use of it.

Times have changed -- every year there are more ways you can access library resources and services without actually entering the building. You can now do research, renew books, and perform many other library related tasks from wherever you are, whenever you feel like it!

Here are just a few of the ways you can use the library when you're not actually at the library:

  • Get articles and more online. Each year, more and more of the library's resources become available online -- not just databases, but journal articles, books, images, music and more! So long as you access the resource through the library website and log in with your NetID and password, you will have access to almost all of our online resources.

  • Renew books, check on fines, holds and recalls. Using your "My Minerva" account, you can renew books or check the status of your library account from anywhere, at any time. Simply go to Minerva, the library catalog, and log in to your My Minerva acount in the upper right hand corner. Once logged in you will be able to see all books you have checked out, their due dates and other information. With one click, renew all of your books!

  • Request print books and articles. If you are based at the downtown campus, our UA Delivery service allows you to request that books from the uptown campus be delivered to the Dewey Library, saving you a trip. Even better than that, if we have a journal article that is only in print, you don't need to come to the library to photocopy it. Make a UA Delivery request for the article and we will scan the article and email it to you in PDF form. If you make these requests late at night, they will be filled the next day!

  • Ask A Librarian! Sure, we love it when you come to the reference desk to ask us a question, but if you can't get to the library, there are many ways to contact a librarian for assistance: phone, e-mail, instant message, and text message. If it's the middle of the night, send us an e-mail and we'll answer it the next morning!

With all these great ways to access the library from home, we hope you'll still drop by sometimes just to say hello!

October 27, 2009

Hindelang Research Center

Nationally recognized – and fascinating-- research in criminal justice takes place in…..DRAPER HALL!! The School of Criminal Justice is home to the Hindelang Criminal Justice Research Center. The center was founded in 1972 by Professor Michael Hindelang of the University at Albany's School of Criminal Justice. In 1982, after his untimely death, it was renamed the Hindelang Criminal Justice Research Center.

Major projects at the center focus on incarceration and life outcomes, juries in capital cases, the Capital Punishment Research Initiative (with associated archives at the University Libraries), adolescent work and crime, reintegrating institutionalized youth, intergenerational transmission of antisocial behavior, collaborative crime analysis with New York State cities and localities, information for evidence based practice with youth and their families, and utilization of criminal justice statistics. The last project produces the Sourcebook Online, the key national source for criminal justice statistics. In the past 30 years, the center has provided the opportunity for more than 100 graduate students to participate in research and has awarded fellowships to doctoral students.

Research from the Hindelang center may be used directly in policy decision-making or disseminated through publications and colloquia. Many of these publications are available at Dewey Library (Hint: Ask for assistance at the Reference Desk).

If you are interested in more help with Criminal Justice Research, contact Mary Jane Brustman, our Criminal Justice Bibliographer. She can be contacted by email at mbrustman@uamail.albany.edu, or by phone 442-3540.

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October 25, 2009

Instruction Sessions: Week of 10/26/09 - 10/30/09

Dewey Graduate Library offers short workshops, seminars, and tours with the goal of helping you get started with your research. You can register for classes using our online form, in person at the Reference Desk, or by calling 442-3691.

The following sessions are scheduled this week:


3:00 PM: ICPSR

3:00PM: Introduction to EndNote


4:30 PM: Non-profit Information Sources


11:00 AM: Introduction to Research Databases

October 23, 2009

Photo of the Week

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A photo circa 1980 of a student asking a librarian a reference question. Feel free to ask at the reference desk any time you need assistance.

Photo courtesy of University Special Collections and Archives

October 21, 2009

Rights of Copyright

Most of us haven’t closely examined the rights that copyright protection provides. This is how they are written in Title 17, Chapter 1, Section 6 of the copyright law:

§ 106. Exclusive rights in copyrighted works
Subject to sections 107 through 122, the owner of copyright under this title has the exclusive rights to do and to authorize any of the following:

(1) to reproduce the copyrighted work in copies or phonorecords;
(2) to prepare derivative works based upon the copyrighted work;
(3) to distribute copies or phonorecords of the copyrighted work to the public by sale or other transfer of ownership, or by rental, lease, or lending;
(4) in the case of literary, musical, dramatic, and choreographic works, pantomimes, and motion pictures and other audiovisual works, to perform the copyrighted work publicly;
(5) in the case of literary, musical, dramatic, and choreographic works, pantomimes, and pictorial, graphic, or sculptural works, including the individual images of a motion picture or other audiovisual work, to display the copyrighted work publicly; and
(6) in the case of sound recordings, to perform the copyrighted work publicly by means of a digital audio transmission.

When we create works in fixed , tangible media, these are the rights we enjoy due to this statue. When others create works in fixed, tangible media, they have these same rights. We have these rights unless we sell, give away or license them to others.

When we use the work of others in activities as faculty members and students, we should be aware that we may be infringing on their copyright. Don’t be naïve about copyright! There are many very useful web sites available that can provide much more detail and practical advice about copyright. The Intellectual Property, Copyright, and Fair Use Resources page on the University Libraries' website is a good place to start.

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October 20, 2009

Clinical Social Work Resources

Individuals and families alike can suddenly find themselves in crisis due to any number of serious problems. HIV / AIDS, substance abuse, domestic violence, disability, teen pregnancy, physical and sexual abuse, post traumatic stress disorder, and mental illness are just a few of the many hardships that can impact the lives of many. Fortunately, people who find themselves facing such adversity are not alone in having to deal with their crisis. Clinical Social Workers specialize in helping individuals, families, and groups address a wide range of problems and guide them through their crisis. There are many resources available to people in search of more information regarding clinical social work.

New York State has an association, the New York State Society for Clinical Social Work, which is dedicated to clinical social workers. Their website contains information about the history, mission statement, and organizational structure of the society, definitions and descriptions of clinical social work, information on Society chapters and committees and how to join the society. The society also has a page that details the scope of practice for New York State’s Clinical Social Work.

There are many resources on the topic of clinical social work located right here in the Library. Recent additions to the library collection include the following:

Chang-Muy, Fernando and Elaine P. Congress. (2009) Social work with immigrants and refugees: legal issues, clinical skills and advocacy. New York: Springer.
Dewey Library / JV 6465 S63 2009

Cooper, Marline. (2008) Clinical social work practice: an integrated approach. Boston, MA : A&B/Pearson.
Dewey Library / HM 586 C66 2008

Mizrahi, Terry, and Larry E. Davis. (2008) The Encyclopedia of Social Work. New York: Oxford University Press.
Dewey Library / Reference HV 12 E53 2008

Ronen, Tammie. (2007) Cognitive behavior therapy in clinical social work practice. New York : Springer Pub. Co.
Dewey Library Reserves / RC 489 B4 C64 2007

Austrian, Sonia. (2005) Mental disorders, medications, and clinical social work. New York: Columbia University Press.
Dewey Graduate Library / HV 689 A88 2005

If you have any questions about researching clinical social work, please contact our Bibliographer for Reference, Social Welfare, and Gerontology, Elaine Bergman. She can be reached by calling 442-3695 or by email at :ebergman@uamail.albany.edu.

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October 18, 2009

Instruction Sessions: Week of 10/19/09 - 10/23/09

Throughout the semester, Dewey Graduate Library offers short seminars, workshops, and tours designed to help you get started with your research. You can register for classes using our online form, in person at the Reference Desk, or by calling 442-3691.

The following sessions are scheduled this week:


10:00 AM: Information Science Drop In Session

12:30 PM: Introduction to Research Databases
2:00 PM: ICPSR

3:00PM: Evidence Based

10:00 AM: Federal Public Policy

11:00 AM: ICPSR

October 16, 2009

Photo of the Week

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Another scene from our Dewey Library birthday party. The University Archivist, Geoff Williams, gave a talk to about 50 attendees about the history of the downtown campus and the Hawley building, as well as the significance of Dewey's historical murals and stained glass windows. The party was held September 17th and commemorated the 30th anniversary of the Dewey Library and the 100th anniversary of the construction of Hawley Hall (the building where Dewey is located).

October 14, 2009

Midterm Madness? The Library is Here to Help!

Did you know that tomorrow marks the midterm point in the semester? Time moves quickly when those research papers, projects and other assignments are nearing their due dates. But don't let midterm madness get you down. The library offers services to help you locate the information and resources you need to get an A+ on that important assignment. We can help orient you so that when it is time for you to do research, you don't have to waste precious time trying to figure out how to navigate the online databases, library catalog, and other print and online resources. To familiarize yourself with using the library we suggest doing one or more of the following:

  1. Take a workshop. We offer several workshops to help you learn how to do graduate level library research and teach you about print and online resources with which you may not be familiar. Workshops such as Introduction to Research Databases, Conducting Research Online, and Using EndNote would be helpful for students of any academic discipline to get a basic "lay of the land" in using library resources, and will only take about an hour of your time. The schedule of classes is available in print at the reference desk as well as online. To register, drop by the reference desk, call 442-3691, or use the online registration form.

  2. Make an appointment. Bibliographers are librarians who are specialists in a specific academic subject. Dewey Library has a biblographer for each of the schools at the downtown campus -- Criminal Justice, Information Studies, Public Administration and Policy, and Social Welfare. Contact your subject bibliographer when you need one-on-one assistance with in depth research, or you have questions about resources specific to your academic discipline. Make an appointment with your bibliographer today!

  3. Ask a librarian! Sometimes, what you need is an answer to what seems like a fairly straightforward question. It may be how to choose the right keywords for a database search, how to locate statistics on an important topic, or finding an overview of the research in a given specialty. Your question might not merit an appointment with a bibliographer, but you need someone to help point you in the right direction. Reference librarians are available to help you with these kinds of questions. You can always stop by the reference desk, but we are also available by phone ( 442-3691), http://library.albany.edu/help/email/">e-mail, as well as IM and text messaging. Sometimes, asking a quick question at the reference desk will save you hours of time trying to figure something out on your own. We're glad to help!

October 13, 2009

October is National Information Literacy Awareness Month

President Barack Obama has officially proclaimed October 2009 to be National Information Literacy Awareness Month.

The importance of developing strong information literacy skills has become vitally important in recent years. As more and more people turn to the Internet as a source of instantaneous information, having the ability to evaluate the quality and integrity of information gathered from the Internet is crucial. The role of information literacy is not limited to the Internet; the proliferation of global television and radio networks has contributed to the information overload that often overwhelms and confuses people in search of quality information. Simply having the ability to process data is no longer sufficient. People must be able to collect and assess the value and reliability of information in addition to simply process the data contained within the information.

This October is dedicated to the cause of increasing awareness to the importance of becoming an information literate society. Take a moment to read the text of the official proclamation designating October as National Information Literacy Awareness Month.

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October 11, 2009

Instruction Sessions: Week of 10/12/09 - 10/16/09

Dewey Graduate Library offers seminars, workshops, and tours, frequently during the semester that can help you get your research on the right track. You can register for classes using our online form ), in person at the Reference Desk, or by calling 442-3691.

The following sessions are scheduled this week:

2:00 PM: Introduction toFederal Public Policy

2:00 PM: Social Welfare Research Seminar

2:00PM: Introduction to Research Databases

1:00 PM: Using EndNote

October 9, 2009

Happy Birthday, Dewey!

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This year marks the 30th anniversary of the Dewey Library and the 100th anniversary of the construction of Hawley Hall (the building in which the Dewey Library is located). We had a celebration party on September 17, this is the cake that was served. More pictures of the event in upcoming weeks.

Photo credit: Morris Stilson

October 7, 2009

ITS Assistants are Here to Help

Everyone knows that the Reference Desk is the place to go for research help and assistance, but where does one turn for answers to those burning tech questions? Enter the ITS Student Assistant!

An ITS Student Assistant, provided by the Consultants who work for Information Technology Services () and are not library staff, can be found in the Information Commons area of the Dewey Library. They are here to help patrons with any and all technology-related questions and issues.

While classes are in session, their hours are:
Monday-Thursday 2pm-8pm
Friday 2pm-5pm
Sunday 2pm-6pm

For tech help when the ITS Student Assistant is not available, you can ask the Reference Desk for assistance with basic computer troubles such as printing or formatting a document in Microsoft Word. If the problem requires greater expertise, we will call the ITS HelpDesk office hours, at 442-3700 x2 or submit a request to the ITS Service Desk.

The library strives to make sure you are able to get the help you need with university resources, be it our technology, our databases, our books -- just ask!

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October 6, 2009

Health Reform Resources: at the Library and On the Web

Easily one of the most hotly contested topics currently debated in the United States is that of health care reform. Whether or not significant changes are made to the current health care system is a matter that will undoubtedly affect the lives of millions of Americans. For many people, sifting through the constant stream of new information and the arguments being made by those on both sides of the issue presents a significant hurdle. Where can one go to filter through the noise and formulate informed opinions and conclusions? Take a look at the following resources for detailed information on the issue of health care reform.

C-SPAN has a page called the Health Care Hub that is dedicated to the issue of health care reform. The site provides nonpartisan explanations of what is being proposed in addition to a sizeable collection of videos from the C-SPAN network. The videos consist of C-SPAN coverage from the Town Hall Meetings, Floor Debates, Hearings, Markups, and Citizen Videos. Also included on the site is an index of Health Care Links where users can obtain more information.

Another valuable resource is the Health Reform page created by the Kaiser Foundation. Users can choose one or more proposals along with one or more topics for comparison, and the site will generate nonpartisan explanations of the chosen proposals and topics. Also available on the site is a printable PDF of side by side comparisons of all proposals and topics, as well as a printable version of the three Congressional authorizing committee proposals.

The American Hospital Association has an Issues and Initiatives page. Clearly taking a pro-reform stance, this site provides information on the issues and initiatives surrounding health care from the point of view of the American Hospital Association.

Another association that has taken a pro-reform position on health care is the American Medical Association. Their Health System Reform News site provides links to official AMA Press Releases and Statements, as well as links to pertinent articles from American Medical News, and videos from MSNBC news stories.

NAIC, or the National Association of Insurance Commissioners, offers their Health Care Reform Principles. This site outlines the principles for how the NAIC wants the current health care system to be reformed. Also available on the site is a comprehensive bibliography of NAIC publications that address health care reform.

Spotlight on Poverty and Opportunity is an organization that provides information on health care reform and how it impacts Americans living at or below the poverty line. The site is organized into sections that cover Ideas in Action, recent news items, exclusive commentary provided by influential individuals fighting for those who live at or below the poverty line, news related to the organization, and a calendar of events.

The Consumers Union has a site dedicated to the issue of health care reform. A nonprofit publisher of Consumer Reports, the Consumers Union is fighting for reforms to health care to make it more affordable and to elevate the quality of available care. The site offers information on how people can get involved in the fight for health care reform, in addition to health news and blogs pertaining to reform.

In addition to the websites listed above, there are several library resources that provide access to a wealth of information regarding all aspects of the proposed health care reforms. CQ Researcher, Gallery Watch CRS Reports, and CQ Weekly are just a few of the many valuable resources for research on health care reform. Access these databases and more through the Databases & Indexes page on the University Libraries homepage.

If you have any questions about researching health care reform, please contact our Political Science, Public Administration & Policy, and Law Bibliographer, Richard Irving. He can be reached by email at rirving@uamail.albany.edu or by calling 442-3698.

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October 4, 2009

Instruction Sessions: Week of 10/5/09 - 10/9/09

Throughout the semester, Dewey Graduate Library offers seminars, workshops, and tours that can help you get started with your research. You can register for classes using our online form, in person at the Reference Desk, or by calling 442-3691.

The following sessions are scheduled this week:

1:00 PM: Conducting Research Online

2:00PM: Social Welfare Research Seminar

4:00 PM: Evidence Based Practice

October 1, 2009

National Disability Employment Awareness Month

As you may or may not be aware, October is National Disability Employment Awareness Month. For many people with disabilities, attaining employment, or even getting fair consideration for a position from a potential employer, is a difficult task. Fortunately, there are federal organizations and multiple resources that people can turn to for help and information.

A great place to go for information is the website for the Office of Disability Employment Policy, which is available through the United States Department of Labor. According to their website, The Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP) provides national leadership on disability employment policy by developing and influencing the use of evidence-based disability employment policies and practices, building collaborative partnerships, and delivering authoritative and credible data on employment of people with disabilities.

In addition to the Office for Disability Employment Policy website, there are recently published books located right here in the Dewey Library with more information:

Haugen, David M. (2008) Rights of the Disabled. New York: Facts on File, 2008
Dewey Library / KF 480 H365 2008

Colker, Ruth. (2009) When is Separate Unequal? a Disability Perspective. New York: Cambridge University Press.
Dewey Library / KF 480 C655 2009

Erkulwater, Jennifer L. (2006) Disability Rights And the American Social Safety Net. New York: Cornell University Press.
Dewey Library / HD 7105.25 U6 E75 2006

Coming Soon to the Dewey Library:
Bagenstos, Samuel R. (2009) Law and the Contradictions of the Disability Rights Movement. New Haven: Yale University Press.
Dewey Library / On Order

If you have any questions or are in need of more information about the employment and/or rights of people with disabilities, please contact Social Welfare Bibliographer Elaine Bergman. She can be reached by email at ebergman@uamail.albany.edu, by telephone at 442-3695, or stop by the Reference Desk.

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