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July 28, 2010

Resources on Homelessness

Serving the homeless community is an important aspect of many social work careers. There are many factors that contribute to homelessness such as mental illness, poverty, and drug abuse. For more information on homelessness, check out these resources:

Homelessness in America. Robert Hartman McNamara. Westport, CT : Praeger Publishers, 2008. Dewey Library / HV 4505 H65117 2008

Understanding and responding to homeless experiences, identities and cultures. Mike Seal. Lyme Regis: Russell House Publishing, 2007. Dewey Library HV 4545 A4 U53 2007

Homelessness in rural America : policy and practice. Paul A. Rollinson and John T. Pardeck. New York: Haworth Press, 2006. Dewey Library HV 4505 R65 2006

Clinical guide to the treatment of the mentally ill homeless person. Paulette Marie Gillig and Hunter L. McQuistion. Washington, DC : American Psychiatric Pub., 2006. Dewey Library RC 451.4 H64 C555 2006

Contextualizing homelessness :critical theory, homelessness, and federal policy addressing the homeless. Ken Kyle. New York : Routledge, 2005. Dewey Library HV 4505 K95 2005

Being young and homeless :understanding how youth enter and exit street life. Jeff Karabanow. New York : Peter Lang, 2004. Dewey Library HV 4509 K37 2004

Reckoning with homelessness. Kim Hopper. Ithaca, NY : Cornell University Press, 2003. Dewey Library HV 4505 H665 2003

Who qualifies for rights? :homelessness, mental illness, and civil commitment. Judith Lynn Failer. Ithaca, N.Y. : Cornell University Press, 2002. Dewey Library KF 480 F25 2002

Homelessness and its consequences :the impact on children's psychological well-being. Rosemarie Theresa Downer. New York : Routledge, 2001. Dewey Library HV 4505 D68 2001

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development also has more information on homelessness and the Homelessness Resource Center is a program created by U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Substance Abuse & Mental Health Services Administration.

If you have any questions about researching homelessness please contact 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.

Blog post created by Katie Farrell

July 26, 2010

Out of Town? Renew and Return Books, Pay Fines Remotely

Many times, students and faculty members receive messages while they are out of town that a book or other library material is overdue or has been recalled. If this happens to you, have no fear! We have several ways for you to handle library transactions while you are out of town.

First, if you need to renew your books, simply go to Minerva, the library catalog. In the upper right hand corner of the search screen, you will see the login box for MyMinerva. MyMinerva is where you can check due dates, renew books and view any finds or holds on your account.

If your books are due and you can't come to the library, you can return books through the mail, you may use USPS, FedEx, or UPS. Send books to:

University Library Circulation
University at Albany, SUNY
1400 Washington Ave., LI-118
Albany, NY 12222

Finally, if you have overdue fines, you can can make fine payments with a credit card over the phone, by contacting billing staff at 442-3601 (Monday–Friday 8am–4pm). You can also pay by check, but you should call the billing staff ahead of time to determine exact amount and where to send payment.

For more questions about handling library transactions remotely, please contact Dewey's Circulation Desk at 442-3693.

Content provided by Kabel Nathan Stanwicks

July 21, 2010

Dewey Library Ice Cream Social

Dewey Library recently celebrated the redesign of it's website with an Ice Cream Social. This redesign brings the site's design more in line with the rest of the University Libraries' web pages and migrates the site to a content management system. Here are a few pictures from the Ice Cream Social:

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Mary Jane Brustman explains the new features of the Dewey Library Website to guests.

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Morris Stilson serves up the goods to faculty and students.

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Students enjoy the picnic tables outside the library as well as some tasty ice cream!

Photo credit: Dewey Library Staff

July 19, 2010

What is in Special Collections? Public Administration Resources

The Archives of Public Affairs and Policy (APAP) was established in 1982 to document the work of individuals and private interest groups concerned with New York State public policy issues in the 20th century. The collection began as an initiative to collect, preserve, and make available original research materials pertaining to New York State public affairs and policy, and now includes the personal papers of members of the gubernatorial administrations of Nelson A. Rockefeller; papers of 20 former New York Congressional members and 41 elected officials who served in New York State Legislature; and the official records and personal papers of more than 200 private groups, professional associations, individuals, public-sector labor unions, community groups, and other organizations concerned with Empire State public-policy issues.

The Archives of Public Affairs and Policy consists of over seven thousand cubic feet of historical records, photographs, film, audiotapes, microfilm, and other record forms including notable collections from New York State Senator Ronald Stafford, Lieutenant Governor Frank Moore, New York members of Congress Sherwood Boehlert and James Delaney, as well as archival material from special interest groups and activist organizations, such as CSEA, CWA Local 301, and the Environmental Advocates of New York. The political collections reflect the workings of New York’s elected representatives and show how a variety of constituents appeal to their elected officials on diverse issues. The voices of New Yorkers, in the context of notable historic events, are captured in these collections that provide invaluable research and teaching resources for scholars and students. More information is available on Special Collections' web page about the APAP.

Sample Documents from the APAP collection:
A cartoon by Hy Rosen, political cartoonist for the Albany Times-Union from 1945-1989, depicting Governor Nelson A. Rockefeller as a street vendor selling consultants at a dime a dozen. CSEA president Theodore Wenzl, representing state workers, waves a subpoena in front of the governor’s face. The autographed cartoon was given by Rosen to Wenzl as a gift.
Photograph of Helen Quirini, member and officer of the IUE-CWA Local 301 and retiree from General Electric in Schenectady, ca. 1989.
• Letter from Ruth Desmond of the International Federation of Homemakers to Congressman James Delaney about drug safety.
• The Republican Organization of New York State lists all members of county Republican committees in the state. 1908.
• New York State Governor Thomas E. Dewey signs the 1950 Thruway Authority Act creating the New York State Thruway Authority (NYSTA), an independent public corporation, which would build and manage the turnpike.
Black Panther Protest, New York State Capitol, ca. 1970
1972 New York Environmental Voter’s Guide. The Environmental Planning Lobby (later known as Environmental Advocates of New York) was founded as a means to form innovative environmental policy and was one of the nation’s first organized environmental activist groups.

If you are interested in doing research or viewing this collection, contact the M.E. Grenander Department of Special Collections and Archives.

Blog post provided by Brian Keough. All images courtesy of M.E. Grenander Department of Special Collections and Archives

July 14, 2010

Printing from Dewey Computers

Some of the most frequent questions we get at the Dewey Library are about printing. We thought we'd explain how printing works at Dewey to help with those questions.

We offer both color and black and white printing: black and white printing costs ten cents per page and color printing costs fifty cents per page.

You must have money on your SUNYCard or Podium card in order to print. In order to add money to your card there is a SUNYCard terminal by the reference desk, you can do it online, or you can visit the SUNYCard office (442-5989, Campus Center B52). If you forgot your SUNYCard and need to print you can buy a Podium card for one dollar but money for printing must also be added.

There are two black and white printers, one located on the main floor in the Information Commons and one in the basement. The color printer is located on the main floor behind the slide show screen.

Once you’ve added money to your card and selected print (DeweyLibBW for black and white or DeweyLibColor for color), you must swipe your card at the printer terminal. The monitor will display all jobs in the print queue. Select your job, and click print. Remember to log out of the Uniprinter right away so that others cannot use your account to pay for their print jobs. Your document should come out of the printer, provided there was enough money on your card to pay for the job.

If you have problems printing, check with the ITS consultant on duty. He or she is sitting next to the printer in the Information Commons area on the main floor, and will have a sign on his or her terminal. When there is no ITS consultant on duty, check at the reference desk or circulation desk for assistance.

Blog post created by Katie Farrell

July 12, 2010

Off Campus Services

No longer is it a requirement for patrons to physically enter the library in order to access our many online databases and resources. 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. Go to the library website, click on Databases and Indexes, and locate the database you wish to search. When you click on the desired database, instead of immediately entering the database, you will be prompted to enter your Net ID and password. For a more detailed explanation of how to remotely access library databases, please visit Off-Campus Access Instructions for Databases and Online Journals.

In addition to our databases, there are many other ways to receive research help and assistance from off campus. First there is the Ask-A-Librarian service, where you can have a Reference Librarian provide you with research assistance via email. You can also have your questions answered through our Instant Messaging service, or you can text a librarian. To send us a text message, on your cell phone dial 265010, start the text with “ualibraries:��? then write your message (don't forget to include the colon). Keep in mind that a single text message cannot exceed 160 characters.

For more research help take advantage of the Research by Subject and Online Reference Collection pages within the University Libraries’ website. Also, don’t forget University Libraries’ Minerva catalog is available to you from any computer with an internet connection.

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. Also, 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!

If you have any questions or need assistance with remote access to the library databases or any other library resource, please refer to NetID’s in the University Libraries or Troubleshooting FAQ for Off-Campus Access for more information.

Blog post created by Katie Farrell

July 7, 2010

The Item You Want is Checked Out? Recall It!

Do you need an item that’s checked out to someone else? It’s possible to recall ] this item through Minerva, the library catalog. First, search for the item in Minerva, and take a look at it's brief record, with information like the title, author, date, and location. Here is an example:

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You will notice the call number in the Location field is a link. Click that link. You will be taken to a screen with information about the availability of this item. If there is a date in the Status field, the item is checked out and you can click the "Recall This Item" link on the far right:

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You will then need to sign in with Net ID and password. Simply fill out the next form, and you are done! The patron who has the item will be notified that he or she has to return it in 14 days. You will then receive a notice when the item has been returned and is available for pick up.

You are limited to 10 active recall requests and any item you check out can be recalled by others. Please note that if you have an item and someone recalls it, there is a fine of $1.50/day per item if returned after the 14 days.
If you have any questions you can always ask a librarian!

Blog post created by Katie Farrell

July 5, 2010

What's In Special Collections? Criminal Justice

There are many useful archival collections in our Special Collections department that may be of interest to researchers on the downtown campus. The National Death Penalty Archive is one of several collections that Criminal Justice researchers may find useful.

The National Death Penalty Archive (NDPA) is a partnership between the University at Albany Libraries and the University's School of Criminal Justice to establish and maintain a collection of archival materials documenting the important history of capital punishment, and to provide resources for historical scholarship. In 2000, The M.E. Grenander Department of Special Collections & Archives began acquiring the records that document the history and historical debate over capital punishment including the records from National Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty, the Hugo Bedau Papers, and the Execution Files of M. Watt Espy. Nore listings and descriptions are available on the Special Collections website.

Here are some examples of items from the National Death Penalty Archive:

For more information about the resources in Special Collections and Archives, contact Brian Keough at bkeough@uamail.albany.edu or 437-3931.

Blog post and images courtesy of Brian Keough and Special Collections