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February 24, 2010

Services for Disabled Patrons in Dewey Library

The University Libraries offer special services for patrons who are either permanently or temporarily disabled. Students need to first register with the Disability Resource Center , located in Campus Center 137. Then students, faculty, or staff members who need help in the libraries can either register with the library online (), or contact Kabel Nathan Stanwicks (email kstanwicks@uamail.albany.edu or call 442-3578).

For help with services at Dewey Library, please contact our Assistant for Dewey Library Operations, Lindsay Van Berkom (email lvanberkom@uamail.albany.edu or call 442-3696). You can also speak with a reference librarian for help with the workstation reserved for patrons with disabilities. This workstation is equipped with a scanner, microphone, and headphones, as well as the Jaws 7.10 screen reader software, and the Kurzweil 1000 software, which makes printed and electronic text available for the visually impaired. In addition, the workstation also features the Dragon Naturally Speaking 9.0 speech recognition software.

General access to Dewey Library is through the first floor of Draper Hall. To access the classroom and group study areas on the mezzanine level, you must first alert library staff to unlock the entrance door. Then you can enter through the basement of Draper Hall.

Photocopying and campus book delivery service are provided by the UA Delivery service. If further assistance is needed, please ask library staff or call 442-3696. For more information, check out our page about Library Services for Persons with Disabilities at all libraries on campus.

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February 21, 2010

Instruction Sessions: Week of 2/22/10 - 2/26/10

Dewey Graduate Library offers short seminars, workshops, and tours that can help you get started on your research. The purpose of each workshop is to provide participants an overview of the many library services and resources that can help in the research process. The entire paper writing experience can be made much simpler and far less frustrating when you are able to quickly and easily find the necessary information. You can register for classes using our online form , in person at the Reference Desk, by sending an email to dewclass@albany.edu, or by calling 442-3691. If you intend on attending a workshop, be sure to register in advance.

The following sessions are scheduled this week:

4:30PM: Conducting Research Online


12:30PM: Evidence Based Practice
2:00PM: Introduction to EndNote
4:30PM: Federal Public Policy

3:00 PM: Information Science Resources

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February 19, 2010

Photo of the Week

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Matt Laudicina, our Sunday Reference Associate has some extra shifts this semester -- Tuesday afternoons and Wednesday evenings in addition to his usual Sunday afternoon shift. Matt is a student in the Information Studies program. If you see Matt at the desk, feel free to say hello and ask him for research help!

Photo credit: Morris Stilson

February 16, 2010

Resources for New York State Criminal Justice Statistics

Having trouble finding quality resources for New York State Criminal Justice statistics? Not anymore you’re not! There are a multitude of resources, available online, that are both reputable and comprehensive in compiling and reporting statistical information for Criminal Justice. The following are just a handful of the many resources currently available.

The New York State Division of Criminal Justice Services contains a wealth of statistics pertinent to the study of Criminal Justice. The department is authorized to gather crime and criminal justice processing data from law enforcement, prosecution, courts, and corrections agencies throughout New York State. Included on the site are numerous charts, tables, and indexes of statistics covering a broad range of topics. Among the many charts and tables offered by the NYS DCJS is a table of Law Enforcement Personne organized by county. There is also an index of violent and property crimes reported to law enforcement, which can be viewed by Region, County Totals, or by Agency. Additionally, there is a chart of Crime Rates and Counts by County, a table of Hate Crime Incidents by reporting agency over the last five years, and a series of tables of Juvenile Arrests / Criminal Activity.

In addition to the New York State Division of Criminal Justice Services, there are also national resources that incorporate statistics at the state level. First there is the Sourcebook of Criminal Justice Statistics, which brings together data from more than 100 sources about many aspects of criminal justice in the United States. Another great resource is Crime in the United States, which is published by the Federal Bureau of Investigation Uniform Crime Reports. This is an annual publication in which the FBI compiles volume and rate of criminal offenses for the nation, the states, and individual agencies. Lastly, we have the National Archive of Criminal Justice Data . According to their website, the NACJD provides users with criminological and criminal justice data collections on specific topics, custom subsetting of selected data files through their online Survey Documentation and Analysis, and assistance with the retrieval and use of files obtained from the archive.

If you have any questions or need help finding Criminal Justice statistics, please contact our Bibliographer for Criminal Justice, Mary Jane Brustman. You can contact her by email at mbrustman@uamail.albany.edu, or by phone at 442-3540.

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Fair Use and Politics: "Wireside Chat" with Lawrence Lessig

Upcoming event on copyright: Wireside Chat with Lawrence Lessig
On February 25th, 2010, Open Video Alliance’s first Wireside Chat kicks off with a live webcast of a talk by Lawrence Lessig. Professor Lessig will deliver a talk on fair use and politics in online video from Harvard Law School in Cambridge, MA.

In conjunction with the Cambridge event, the Open Video Alliance is hosting live webcast screenings in cities around the world, including the University at Albany. For more details and to make a reservation for the UAlbany screening, contact Lorre Smith, lsmith@uamail.albany.edu.

Lessig’s talk will explore copyright in a digital age, and the importance of a doctrine like fair use. Fair use allows limited use of copyrighted material without requiring permission from the rights holders, and is essential for commentary, criticism, news reporting, remix, research, teaching and scholarship with video. As a medium, online video will be most powerful when it is fluid, like a conversation. Like the rest of the internet, online video must be designed to encourage creative expression and political participation, not just passive consumption.

Lessig is the author of the semina Code and Other Laws of Cyberspace, and many other important works. For much of his career, Professor Lessig focused his work on law and technology, especially as it affects copyright. His current work addresses “institutional corruption��? relationships which are legal, even currently ethical, but which weaken public trust in an institution. Lessig serves on the boards of Creative Commons, MAPLight, Brave New Film Foundation, Change Congress, The American Academy, Berlin, Freedom House and iCommons.org.

Event: Wireside Chat with Lawrence Lessig: Albany
What: Lecture via webcast
Start Time: Thursday, February 25 at 6:00pm
End Time: Thursday, February 25 at 7:30pm
Where: University Library Cobb Room

Please RSVP to Lorre Smith: lsmith@uamail.albany.edu

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February 14, 2010

Instruction Sessions: Week of 2/15/10 - 2/19/10

This week, Dewey is offering free workshops for gerontology students, as well as assistance in researching Federal Public Policy, and how to conduct general research using our databases.


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

2:00PM: Federal Public Policy

4:30PM: Federal Public Policy

There are several ways to register in advance for a workshop. You can register 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.

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February 12, 2010

Photo of the Week

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Operations Assistant Lindsay Van Berkom returned to work this past Wednesday after being on maternity leave. Shown in the picture is Lindsay and her new son, Lyric. Welcome Back, Lindsay!

Photo credit: Morris Stilson

February 10, 2010

Need to Manage Your Library Account? Use My Minerva!

It is now easier than ever for library users to manage their library account. The next time you find yourself needing to renew a book you have already checked out, request a book that is on loan to be recalled, or any other library activity, try logging in to My Minerva. Located within the library’s online catalog, My Minerva is your one stop shop for everything pertaining to your library account.

To access My Minerva, start by clicking on Minerva – Library Catalog, located on the University Libraries homepage under Quick Links. In the top right corner of the Minerva Catalog is the sign-in for My Minerva. Enter your Net ID and Password and click Log On.

Once you have logged in to My Minerva, you will see the current status of your account. At a glance, you will be able to see the number of items that are currently checked out, how many books have been recently returned to the library, if you have placed a recall on any library materials, and the balance on your account. If you want to see more detailed information on any of these activities, simply click on the corresponding number. To renew a book that is already checked out, for example, you would click on the number next to the Loans category to see the list of books that are currently checked out. From there, click on the particular book you would like to renew, then on the next screen click Renew.

That’s all there is to it! If you have any questions or need help logging in to your My Minerva account, you can stop by the Reference Desk, give us a call at 442-3691, email us through the Ask-A-Librarian service, or visit NetID's in the University Libraries for more information.

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February 9, 2010

Title: Looking for Technology-Related Instructional Books? Try Safari Tech Books Online!

Now available to all members of the UAlbany community is the Safari Tech Books Online database. This database offers users with a collection of Information Technology (IT) instructional books in eBook format. Safari Tech Books Online may be searched or browsed, and the books are fully cataloged in the Minerva catalog.

To access Safari Tech Books Online, first go to the Databases and Indexes Page of the University Libraries website. Then click on the “S��? under Browse by Database Title. Safari Tech Books Online will be at the top of the following page.

There are two options for finding books within Safari Tech Books. You can search for a book using the search bar located at the top of the homepage, as you would with any other online database, or you can browse the entire list of books subscribed to by the University by clicking on the “View All Titles��? link. Although the collection includes over 3,700 titles, the University at Albany community will have access to about 150 books. Subjects covered within these titles include Business Statistics, Database Design, Desktop Applications, Web Design and Development, C++ Programming, and Adobe’s Flash, Photoshop, and Dreamweaver programs.

Once you have identified and located the eBook you would like to read, click on its title. The next screen will present you with multiple ways to interact with the selected book. There is the Overview tab, which provides a general summary of the title, as well as a collection of Amazon Reader Reviews. The Table of Contents tab not only displays the table of contents of the selected book, but each item in the contents is clickable and will take you directly to the clicked on chapter. Then there is the Search this Book tab, which allows you to search the entire book for your desired term or phrase.

If there is a page or multiple pages that you would like to save, you have two options. The first option is to email the desired page(s) to your email account. Within the blue bar towards the top left of the page is an “Email this Page��? button. Simply click the button and input your email address, and Safari Tech Books will send you the selected page to your inbox. The other option is to print out the desired pages. Next to the Email button in the blue tool bar is a Print button. Click this button and the selected page will be printed.

The following titles are examples of some of the books available as eBooks through the Safari Tech Books database:

Robson, Elisabeth (2005) Head First HTML with CSS & XHTML. O'Reilly Media, Inc.
Ulrich, Katherine (2007) Adobe Flash CS3 Professional for Windows and Macintosh: Visual QuickStart Guide. Peachpit Press.

If you have any questions or need help using this or any other library database, you can stop by the Reference Desk, give us a call at 442-3691, or use the Ask-A-Librarian Service.

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February 7, 2010

Instruction Sessions: Week of 2/8/10 - 2/12/10

Throughout the semester, Dewey Graduate Library offers short seminars, workshops, and tours that can help you get started on your research. These workshops are designed to help students, faculty, and staff use library resources effectively and efficiently. Most of the workshops offer hands on practice and cover subject specific and general information resources. You can register for classes using our online form, in person at the Reference Desk, by sending an email to dewclass@albany.edu, or by calling 442-3691. Advanced registration for workshops is strongly suggested.

The following sessions are scheduled this week:


11:00AM: Evidence Based Practice


2:00PM: Social Welfare Research Seminar


1:00 PM: Introduction to EndNote

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February 5, 2010

Photo of the Week

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Increasingly, library patrons are making use of our wireless access.

Photo credit: Morris Stilson

February 3, 2010

Wi-Fi and Lending Laptops in the Library

Did you know that in addition to the network connected computers in the Information Commons, the library also offers a wireless connection to the Internet? Here at Dewey Library, all UAlbany students, faculty, and staff can access the wireless network with their laptops or any wifi enabled device, such as a smartphone. The signal for the wireless network can be found on the entire first floor of the library, as well as the lower level except for the Mezzanine and compact storage areas. You will need your NetID, your UNIX cluster password), and a laptop with an 802.11 b/g wireless card that supports WPA in order to connect to the wireless network (most newer laptops come with this card already installed).. For complete instructions on how to connect your laptop to the wireless network, please refer to the Wireless Internet Access Instructions for additional information.

While a large majority of laptops have a wireless network interface card built into the laptop itself, there are older laptops that do not include this card. If you happen to own a laptop that does not feature a wireless network interface card, you can borrow one from the Circulation desk. In order for the card to function once it is connected to your laptop, you will need to download and install drivers. Instructions on Wireless Network Interface Card Driver Installation () are available online. Once you are connected to the wireless network, wireless printing from your laptop is available through the ITS Uniprint System.

If you would like to take advantage of the wireless network, but do not own a laptop, you can borrow one from the library through the University Libraries Laptop Lending Service. There are two laptops available at Dewey Library for students, faculty, and staff to borrow. Laptops can be checked out for up to four hours, or until thirty minutes before the library closes. The laptops are outfitted with Windows XP Pro operating system, a CD/DVD read/write drive, power cord, battery, mouse, an internal wireless card, and a USB port for use with a flash/portable/thumb drive. Some of the software that is available on the lending laptops includes Microsoft Office 2007, Internet Explorer 8 and Mozilla Firefox browsers, Adobe’s Acrobat Reader and Flash Player, Windows Media Player, and CD Burner XP Pro. These laptops cannot leave the library premises. Files that are created on the lending laptop must be saved to a removable external drive.

If you have any questions about connecting to the wireless network, borrowing one of the wireless network interface cards, or you can call the ITS HelpDesk WiUAlbany at 442-3700. Circulation staff will allow you to use their phone at the Circulation desk for this purpose, and will also help you with the laptops available for checkout at the library. You can also submit a Help Request at the ITS and FAQ Feedback Form.

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