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January 31, 2010

Instruction Sessions: Week of 2/1/10 - 2/5/10

This week, Dewey is offering free workshops for social welfare students, plus how to conduct general research using our databases.


10:00AM: Introduction to Research Databases

2:00PM: Social Welfare Research Seminar

4:00PM: Evidence Based Practice

11:00AM: Introduction to Research Databases

You can register in advance for classes online, in person at the Reference Desk, by calling the Reference Desk at 422-3691, or by sending an 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 an email to let us know.

January 30, 2010

Ph.D. Due Date for Library Materials

Today is the winter fixed due date for Ph.D. candidates. If you are a Ph.D.candidate and have material due on this day, you must return or renew it. Please call the Circulation Desk at 442-3693 for more information.

January 29, 2010

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Our Circulation Staff is here to help you renew books, retrieve reserve items, help with the Podium machine, and resolve problems related to your account. Pictured here are the circulation clerks (l-r) Ryan Gill, Morris Stilson, and Christopher Masella. Not shown: James Asare.

Photo credit: Elaine Bergman

January 27, 2010

Ph.D. Due Date is Sunday

A reminder to all Ph.D. candidates that the winter fixed date for returning or renewing books is this coming Sunday, January 31, 2009. Ph.D. students are able to renew books a maximum of 8 times, and this can be done through your MyMinerva account. This fixed due date applies to Ph.D. candidates only. If you are a master's level student or other type of borrower, please view our circulation loan policy for applicable lending periods.

If you have any questions about loan periods, overdue fines, or renewing books, please contact our Circulation Desk at 442-3693.

January 26, 2010

Governor's Budget Information Sources

On Tuesday, January 19, Gov. Paterson presented the Executive Budget for 2010/2011 to the New York State Legislature. The budget documents as well as a video of Gov. Paterson’s budget address are available at http://www.ny.gov/governor/press/2010budgetaddress.html . The budget for 2010/2011 covers spending for the fiscal year beginning April 1, 2010 and ending March 31, 2011.

The Governor’s budget proposal includes appropriation bills which will be considered and amended by the New York State Legislature. Once the New York State Assembly and New York State Senate agree on, and pass the appropriation bills they become law with the exception of the appropriation bills for the Legislative and Judiciary spending. The Governor must approve or disapprove the latter two bills. The New York State Division of Budget has made a description of the budget process, the Citizen’s Guide, available at http://www.budget.state.ny.us/citizen/process/process.html .

Here are some key Internet sites regarding the NYS budget and the budget process:

New York State Division of Budget - http://www.budget.state.ny.us/
Includes budget documents for the 2010/2011 budget as well as an archive for budget documents back to 1999/2000.
New York State Assembly - http://assembly.state.ny.us/comm/
The Ways and Means Committee has primary responsibility for the appropriation bills.
New York State Senate - http://www.nysenate.gov/
The Finance Committee has primary responsibility for the appropriation bills.
Office of the State Comptroller – http://www.osc.state.nu.us/
Provides analysis of the budget and the state’s fiscal condition
Department of Taxation and Finance – http;//www.tax.state.ny.us/
Information on the state’s revenue collections and projections.
Citizens Budget Commission - http://www.cbcny.org/
CBC "is a nonpartisan, nonprofit civic organization devoted to influencing constructive change in the finances and services of NYC and NYS government."

January 24, 2010

This Week's Orientation Tours

This week, we will be offering orientation tours for those of you who would like an overview of the library and its services. An orientation tour can help save you time when you are under the gun because you will already be familiar with what the library has to offer and where it is located.

The orientation tours will be held as follows:

Monday: 9:30am
Tuesday: 4:00pm
Wednesday: 10:00am
Thursday: 5:00pm
Friday: 10:00am

In addition there will be one section of the Social Welfare Resarch Seminar on Monday, January 25 at 11:00am.

Pick up a schedule for all of our classes at the Reference Desk, or look at the schedule online. Register in advance online, by phone (442-3691), or in person at the library.

January 22, 2010

Photo of the Week

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A recent sunny day brought late afternoon shadows to the library.

Photo credit: Morris Stilson

January 20, 2010

Get Help Early and Get Off to a Good Start This Semester

There are many library services that can save you time and make life a lot easier for you. Get off to a good start this semester by making use of these and other services:

• When you’re off campus, use Ask-a-Librarian -- email, IM, or telephone us for assistance with using databases, formatting a citation, choosing a research topic or any other questions.

• Request items this library does not own by using Interlibrary Loan – simply fill out the ILLiad form with the item information and then we will search libraries all over the world to obtain it.

• Take one of the Dewey Workshops! This can provide you an overview of the services and resources that will help you get started. You shouldn’t have to learn how to use the library while you are doing research. Learn the library ahead of time and when it’s time to write that paper, you can quickly get started on finding what you need.

• Make an appointment with a bibliographer. Subject specialist librarians are available by appointment, email and telephone to help with your discipline-specific questions. Bibliographers have in-depth knowledge of the resources related to your field. They can help refine paper topics, choose keywords for the most effective database searches, and work with you to find the articles and books you need for your paper.

Take the time to look at the services section of our website today – there may be other things with which we can help!

January 19, 2010

New books on Child Welfare

Protecting the welfare of a child may be one of the most critical social services in the community today. The effectiveness of our child welfare systems is the subject of many books and articles. Two new books have just arrived in the Dewey Library on the topic, about two aspects of the child welfare system. Here is an overview of each book:
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Child Welfare Supervision: A Practical Guide for Supervisors, Managers and Administrators. Cathryn C. Potter and Charmaine R. Brittain, Eds. New York: Oxford UP. (2009). DEWEY HV 713 S89 2009
This book seeks to integrate research and managerial theory into supervisory practice in a child welfare setting. Each chapter is an essay written by a different author. They cover topics such as leadership, middle management, changing environments, diversity, staff retention, professional development and clinical supervision. This book successfully takes management theories about topics like decision making, supervisory leadership, or strengthening relationships and applies these theories along with current research to the day to day tasks faced by a child welfare supervisor. This book provides a useful mix of scholarly knowledge and practical application that will be useful to anyone looking to become a supervisor in a child welfare agency.

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At Risk: Social Justice in Child Welfare and Other Human Services. Karen J. Swift and Marilyn Callahan. Toronto: University of Toronto Press. (2009). DEWEY HV 715 S95X 2009
The study of risk assessment is an increasingly important facet of social welfare research. This book studies the theories and various aspects of risk assessment in general: what it is, how it is used, its impacts and effects, and applies them the authors’ original research on risk assessment practices in a child welfare setting. Social policies are analyzed with relation to human rights and child welfare reform, among other topics. Various aspects on the efficacy of risk assessment and risk reduction are also covered. The true outcomes of many risk assessment practices do not accomplish the original goals. Human services professionals are advised to cast a critical eye on risk assessment instruments and their true impact on the lives of the most vulnerable people in our society.

January 14, 2010

Sign Up For A Tour

At the beginning of each semester, the Dewey Graduate Library offers orientation tours of the library. A tour will give you a quick overview of the location of resources, equipment, and services offered by the library. This information can save you time when it comes time to do that big research project. Check here every Monday morning for the workshops and tours we will offer each week during the spring semester.

Thursday, January 21:
10:00am: Orientation Tour

Advance registration is strongly suggested for all Dewey workshops and tours. You can register by stopping by the reference desk, calling 442-3691, emailing dewclass@albany.edu, oregister online.