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December 23, 2009

Happy Holidays


Enjoy your winter break, and remember the Dewey Library is closed today, December 23, 2009 until Sunday, January 3, 2010. On January 4, 2010, the library will open at 8:30 AM and Intersession Hours will be in effect.

See you next year!

December 21, 2009

Campus Energy Savings Initiative Means Dewey Library Shutdown

Reminder: Dewey and Science Libraries will be CLOSED December 23rd – January 3th, InterLibrary Loan CLOSED December 24th and December 31st**

This closure will affect UA Delivery and Interlibrary loan. Please see our previous blog posting on this topic.

December 16, 2009

Alumni Can now Access New Library Databases

Now available to all members of the University at Albany Alumni Association are two new research databases. These new databases, which are provided by the Office of Library and Information Services, can be accessed remotely by anyone who is a member of the Alumni Association.

One of the new databases is Academic Search – Alumni Edition. This multidisciplinary database is intended to provide for the research needs of post-college professionals. Included in the database is full text access to over 3,000 journals, as well as indexing and abstracting for over 8,000 journals.

The other database now available to active members of the Alumni Association is Business Source – Alumni Edition. The key difference between this database and Academic Search is that while Academic Search is multidisciplinary, Business Search provides coverage in all areas of business. Designed specifically with the needs of the post-college business professional in mind, this database provides full text access to over 1,400 business magazines and journals.

It is important to note that in order to gain access to these databases, you must not only be an alumni of the University at Albany, but also a member of the Alumni Association. Please visit the University at Albany Alumni Online Community website for information on how to register for free with the Alumni Association and access the Alumni databases. For a complete list of databases and resources available to all alumni of the University at Albany, please visit the Alumni Services – Database List. Alumni still have the ability to borrow materials from the library and other services.

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December 15, 2009

New Resources in Children’s Literature

Here at Dewey Library, new materials are constantly being added to our circulating collection. One topic that has recently seen an influx of new resources is children’s literature. Please take a moment to read about three new resources in children’s literature that have been highlighted in the following paragraphs. If you are interested in getting your hands on any of these books, they can each be found on the New Books Display under their corresponding call numbers.

The first book highlighted as a new resource in children’s literature is Critical Multicultural Analysis of Children’s Literature: Mirrors, Windows, and Doors. With an eye towards deconstructing assumptions based on language, meaning, reading, and literature, this book encourages teachers, teacher educators, and researchers of children’s literature to examine the ideological dimensions of reading and studying literature. Some of the topics covered in the book include the historical construction of children’s literature, the intertextuality of children’s literature, and the social construction of Race, Class, and Gender in children’s literature. At the end of each chapter, readers are provided with Classroom Applications, Recommendations for Classroom Research, and Suggestions for Further Reading. The call number for this book is: Dewey Library / PN 1009.5 M84 B68 2009.

Secondly, we have A Critical Handbook of Children’s Literature. The aim of this book is to help teachers, librarians, and other media specialists select quality children’s literature. Rather than only provide selected chapters and text summaries, A Critical Handbook of Children’s Literature makes use of examples of specific children’s books to explain critical principles and standards, along with special issues in evaluating books for children. Author Rebecca Lukens provides readers with definitions of literary terms, including plot, character, theme, setting, point of view, style, and tone, as well as criteria for evaluating the quality of children’s books. This book can be found on the New Books Display with the call number:
Dewey Library / PN 1009 A1 L84 2007.

A third recent addition to the children’s literature resources is Multicultural and Ethnic Children’s Literature in the United States. This title provides description of the history and characteristics of ethnic and multicultural children’s history in the United States. Each chapter addresses some aspect of multicultural children’s books, major issues in the field, multicultural initiatives and mainstream responses, research topics, and suggestions for addressing various groups of people. Connections are made between the people, businesses, organizations, and institutions that create, distribute, support, review, and collect children’s literature. The call number for this book is: Dewey Library / Z 1039 M56 G55 2007.

If you have any questions or require assistance related to children’s literature, please contact our User Education Librarian & Bibliographer for Information Studies, Deborah Bernnard. She can be reached by phone at 442-3699 or by email at dbernnard@uamail.albany.edu.

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December 13, 2009

Final Workshop for the Semester Offered Wednesday

The final workshop offered this semester is the Social Welfare Research Seminar offered on Wednesday, December 16 at 10:00am.

There will not be any workshops offered during the Intersession. The Spring schedule will be available in January. If you have any questions, please e-mail dewclass@albany.edu or call the Reference Desk at 442-3691.

December 11, 2009

Crunch Time: Then and Now

Dewey Then:

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Used with permission from Library Special Collections and Archives

Dewey Now:

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Photo credit: Morris Stilson

Back in 1940 there were many seats, but not many books and definitely no computers in the Hawley Library. Despite the seating capacity, the library was so crowded at finals time, that students had to reseve time to use the study space. Nowadays, everyone seems to need a computer, our Information Commons is full and people also bring their own laptops.

December 9, 2009

Feeling Pressured by the End of the Semester? Ease the Squeeze with these Helpful Study Tips!

We’ve all been there at one point or another in our lives: so close to the end of the semester that you can taste it, yet a seeming Mt. Everest sized mountain of work standing in the way of winter freedom. While scaling the actual Mt. Everest is, in all likelihood, an impossibility, you CAN make it through your heaping pile of year-end assignments, with a little elbow grease and the aid of this very blog entry!

Let’s start with some helpful websites. First we have How To Study and Make the Most of Your Time. This site provides comprehensive information and tips on how to improve the effectiveness of your studying habits and techniques.

Next we have a site maintained by Dartmouth College Academic Skills Center titled Where to Study / How To Study. As the title would suggest, this site offers tips on effective study locations, strategies on how to study more effectively, and methods to improve your concentration and memory.

Another site with helpful study tips, created by the College of Saint Benedict / Saint John’s University in Minnesota, is called Remembering What You Read. As the name would suggest, this site offers helpful tips on how to not only read more efficiently, but also how to retain more information when you read. Some of the strategies that this site goes into detail include creating associations while you read, visualization of key information in your mind, and effective repetition strategies.

If you find yourself studying somewhere other than one of the University Libraries, there are a multitude of ways in which to contact a reference librarian for help. For those in need of instantaneous communication, there is Instant Messaging Reference. Point your browser to the UALibraries Instant Messaging page and receive reference assistance wherever you are studying.

Similarly, you can also receive reference assistance via text message. To text a librarian your question(s), on your cell phone, dial 265010. Start the text with: ualibraries: (include the colon), then write your question. University Libraries will accept SMS (text messages) during the hours that IM Reference is available. Be aware that a single text message cannot exceed 160 characters. Before you text your questions to UALibraries, take a moment to review our Texting Policy for more information.

Don’t forget about our Ask-A-Librarian Email Reference Service! To send us your questions via email, first go to the Ask-A-Librarian online form. While a response might not come as quickly as the IM or Text services, a librarian will respond to your email usually within 24 hours, often times within an hour or two.

If you would like one-on-one assistance with your assignments, schedule an appointment with a bibliographer. Library bibliographers specialize in one or more subject areas, and are available to meet with you and offer their expertise. To know which bibliographers specialize in your area of need, go to the Subject Specialists page, which lists each bibliographer and their areas of expertise, along with their contact information. The bibliographers are more than happy to meet with you and help, so don’t be shy!

Library databases are available to all UAlbany students, both on campus and remotely. If you happen to be off campus and need to use the Library databases, the process of accessing them remotely is very easy. Simply go to the Databases & Indexes page and select a database as you normally would. When you click on the database you wish to search, instead of going right into the database, as is the case when you are on-campus, you will first be prompted for your UAlbany NetID and password. Enter your information and you’ll be good to go.

Last but not least, you can always drop by the Dewey Library Reference desk and the librarian on duty will be happy to help you with any questions you may have about the research process. We want you to succeed, and we're here to help!

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December 8, 2009

Research on the New York State Court System

Research Problem: How do you begin to find quality, relevant information on New York State courts?

The New York State Unified Court System is an intricate network of courts. The Court system's website does a great job of illustrating the relationships between the courts – from the lowest courts, all the way up to the New York State Court of Appeals. Many different types of courts are described here – Supreme Courts and County Courts where felonies are heard, New York City Criminal Courts, Family Couts, Appellate Divisions, various problem-solving courts, etc. Researching such a complex system, or even part of it, can seem like a daunting task. Here are some tips to get you started.

For example, suppose you are interested in one of the problem solving jurisdictions such as the, Domestic Violence (IDV) Courts:

These courts are dedicated to cases that involve criminal, family, and matrimonial disputes where the primary issue is domestic violence. The IDV Courts are unique in that they adhere to the “one family – one judge��? model. This particular model attaches a single judge to a single family dealing with domestic violence. By connecting one judge with a single family, the goal of the IDV Courts is to provide more informed judicial decision-making and greater consistency in court orders, while at the same time reducing the number of court appearances for families. This system also enables the IDV Courts to provide enhanced services to victims and helps to ensure offender accountability.

Another example of problem-solving courts in the NYS Unified Court Systems are the Drug Treatment Courts:

These courts are proactive in their involvement with individuals that find themselves in the Drug Treatment Court System, specifically with the cooperation of an entire team including the prosecution, defense, education, treatment, and law enforcement. Suitable non-violent addicted offenders are given the option of entering voluntarily into court-supervised treatment in return for the promise of a reduced sentence. The defendant, defense attorney, district attorney, and the court all enter into a contract that specifically details the rules and conditions of the defendant’s participation into the program.

How do you find articles and books?

Beyond the basic information provided on the courts website, you will want to seek out relevant articles and books. As with other subject areas, database searching is key to finding quality research and policy resources (particularly articles) on the New York State Court System. When looking for information on the New York State Court System, be sure to search in the following databases:

  • Academic Search Complete

  • Westlaw Campus

  • PAIS International / PAIS Archive

  • Index to Legal Periodicals and Books

  • LexisNexis Academic
  • To access these databases, go to Databases and Indexes on the library home page and click on the first letter of the name of the database.

    In addition to the database resources, there are books located at Dewey Library that can provide information on the New York State Court of Appeals. (From the Libraries webpage (), select Minerva. The following are just a small sample of what is available:

    Donnino, William C. New York Court of Appeals on criminal law. New York: West Group. 1997. Dewey Library / Law KFN 6100 D66 1997

    Karger, Arthur. Powers of the New York Court of Appeals. Rochester, N.Y: Lawyers Cooperative Publication, 1997. Dewey Library / KFN 5960 C63 1997

    Meyer, Bernard S., Burton C. Agata and Seth H. Agata. History of the New York Court of Appeals, 1932-2003. New York: Columbia University Press, 2006. Dewey Library / KFN 5960 B47 2006

    Or on a particular topic, such as sentencing:

    Brennan, Pauline K. Women sentenced to jail in New York City. New York: LFB Scholarly Publishing, 2002. Dewey Library/ KFN 6172 B74 2002.

    For detailed information on how to select and use databases to find articles, books, and reports, consult our Criminal Justice Research Tutorial. And feel free to contact Criminal Justice Bibliographer Mary Jane Brustman by email at mbrustman@uamail.albany.edu or by calling 442-3540.

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December 7, 2009

Changes In UADelivery & InterLibrary Loan Services During the Limited Operations Period Of the Intersession Energy Savings Initiative

**Dewey and Science Libraries will be CLOSED December 23rd – January 3th**
**InterLibrary Loan CLOSED December 24th and December 31st**

If you have items “On Hold��? at Dewey Library or Science Library, please pick them up by Friday, December 18th.
On Tuesday, December 22nd, 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 Monday, January 4th, any items that were “On Hold��? for you at the University Library will be shipped back to your regular pick up location. (Please allow for turnaround time.)


  • 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 the Limited Operations Period 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 the Limited Operations Period of the Intersession Energy Savings Initiative.)


While the Dewey and Science Libraries are closed, you may continue to place UA Delivery Services requests through ILLiad. Library staff will make runs to Dewey Library on 12/28 & 12/30 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.

(For UA Delivery information prior to and following the shutdown, call 518-442-3691 or 518-442-3696. For information during the shutdown, call 518-442-3613.)


The Interlibrary Loan office will be staffed for regular business hours during the holidays, with the exception that the office will be closed on December 24th and December 31st. You may submit interlibrary loan requests as usual. Due to the holiday closing of many libraries that lend us materials, please expect that it may take a bit longer than usual to fill your requests.
(For more information on InterLibrary Loan services, call 518-442-3613)


December 6, 2009

Dewey Workshops: December 7 - December 11

For those last minute projects, you need to be as efficient as possible. Learn how to save time by taking one of our workshops.

Wednesday, December 9:
2:00pm: Conducting Research from Home

Thursday, December 10:
1:00pm: Introduction to EndNote

Register for a class using the online registration form, by calling 442-3691, by emailing dewclass@albany.edu, or dropping by in person at the Reference Desk.

December 4, 2009

Photo of the Week

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Last week we had a blog post about using database thesauri. Here are some of the thesauri in the library's collection.

Photo credit: Morris Stilson

December 2, 2009

Getting the documents you need through Interlibrary Loan and Document Delivery

Two great services offered by the University Libraries to all university students, faculty, and staff are Interlibrary Loan and UA Delivery. On the surface, both services sound very similar to one another; each provides delivery services for books, articles, and audio/visual materials. However, the key difference between the two services is that UA Delivery is used for the delivery of materials owned by the University Libraries, and Interlibrary Loan delivers materials that are not owned by University Libraries. Not sure if University Libraries own an item? Check the Minerva Library Catalog to find out.

Before you submit any request to either Interlibrary Loan or UA Delivery, be sure to check the Minerva Library Catalog. If the item you are interested in borrowing is found in Minerva, then you know you need to use the UA Delivery Service. If the item cannot be found in Minerva, then you will need to use the Interlibrary Loan Service.

Since both services use the same ILLiad system to process requests, you will first need to create an ILLiad account before you can use either service. From the University Libraries homepage, click on Interlibrary Loan / UA Delivery. Then click on the Connect to ILLiad link. If you have already created an ILLiad account, you can login from this page. If you have yet to create an ILLiad account, you will need to create one by clicking on the link for First Time Users.

When requesting a book through the UA Delivery Service, the book will be sent to the pick-up location you select when you create your ILLiad account; the University Library, Science Library, or Dewey Library. You should also be aware that unless you are a faculty member, books requested through the UA Delivery Service are only delivered from the Uptown Campus to the Downtown Campus or vice versa. In other words, if your pickup location is the Dewey Library, you can request a book from the University Library or the Science Library, but not a book that is already located in the Dewey Library.

Journal articles from any library can be scanned and emailed to you through UA Delivery, provided the Libraries only have the article in print format. To make sure an article is not available online, once again, check Minerva to see if we subscribe to the journal. Any online access to the journal will be indexed in Minerva.

Any journal article requested through either UA Delivery or Interlibrary Loan will be delivered electronically to your ILLiad account. While there is not a limit to the number of Interlibrary Loan requests you can make, UA Delivery requests are limited to three per day.

If you have questions about ILL, you can contact the Interlibrary Loan office at 518-442-3613 or email them at libill@albany.edu. For questions about Document Delivery, contact the Dewey Library at 442-3691, or email us at dewref@albany.edu.

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December 1, 2009

Resources in Social Work Management

Here at UAlbany, students in the Social Welfare program have the option to pursue a concentration in either Clinical Social Work or Management/Administration. The Management/Administration, or MACRO, concentration focuses mainly on the administrative side of Social Work. Social work administration shares many of the components of administration found in other organizations, while at the same time requiring knowledge of human behavior, values, social problems, and social services. The roles taken on by a social work administrator are varied. Some of these roles often involve policy formation and goal setting, program design and implementation, management of key operations and the budget, direction and supervision of personnel, public relations, and evaluation. Many of the day to day tasks of a social work administrator include setting goals, acquiring the resources necessary to achieve those goals, problem solving and negotiating, team building, and managing information. The ability to work with and motivate others, as well as creative thinking and leadership, are the major keys to administrative success in the field of social work.

One of the preeminent organizations related to social work administration is The National Network for Social Work Managers. The Network is comprised of social workers from all levels of management that work in a broad and diverse range of human services organizations. The National Network for Social Work Managers is committed to aiding social work managers in the development of their management skills through annual conferences and the Network’s management standards. The standards set by the Network constitute the characteristics synonymous with quality management and identify the competencies needed by those working in management positions.

There are many resources available to Social Work Management students located right here in the Dewey Library, which include the following:

Hughes, Mark, and Michael Wearing. Organisations and Management in Social Work. Minneapolis: Sage Publications Ltd, 2007.Dewey Library / HD 7261 H84X 2007

Enhancing social work management theory and best practice from the UK and USA. Philadelphia: Jessica Kingsley Publishers, 2007.Dewey Library / HV 245 E55 2007

An Empowering Approach to Managing Social Service Organizations. Boston: Springer Company, 2006. Dewey Library / HV 40 E465 2007

If you have any questions regarding Social Work Management, please Elaine Bergman, who is our Bibliographer for Reference, Social Welfare, and Gerontology. She can be contacted by email at: ebergman@uamail.albany.edu, or by calling 442-3695.

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