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December 20, 2010

Dewey Library Bids Farewell to Reference Associate


If you've been at the Dewey Library on a Sunday during the Fall Semester, you have probably seen the smiling face of our Reference Associate, Katie Farrell, at the Reference Desk. Katie is a graduate student who recently completed her Masters in Information Studies here at UAlbany. As a result, she will be leaving this student postion. Katie has been an indispensable member of the staff here, having written many blog posts, developed slides for the slide show, and of course, helping library patrons at the Reference Desk. All of us at the Dewey Library wish her well!

Photo credit: Xiao ai Ren

Copyright Corner: Useful Blogs

IIn last month’s Copyright Corner there were several links to resources about copyright. For this post here is a list of copyright blogs for your continuing copyright education.

University of Maryland University College

Copyright Advisory Office Blog
Columbia University


Creative Commons

Public Knowledge
Start on this issues page and find a list of blog entries about copyright.

Intellectual Property Colloquium
UCLA School of Law

Library Law Blog
Click on the tag cloud term “copyright “ to see entries

District Dispatch
American Library Association Washington Office
Scroll down and find the “Copyright��? category on the right side to see the archives of copyright posts.

These blogs will present the latest news in legislation, discuss aspects of copyright that affect various sectors and point readers to other interesting developments in copyright. Bookmark them in order to keep up with emerging copyright information.

Blog post created by Lorre Smith

December 15, 2010

Intersession Energy Savings Initiative

Please be aware that the Dewey and Science Libraries will be CLOSED December 22nd– January 2nd as a part of the campus Energy Savings Initiative. This closure will also affect UA Delivery and Interlibrary Loan services.

If you have UA DELIVERY & INTERLIBRARY LOAN ITEMS ON HOLD, please pick them up by Monday, December 20th. On Tuesday, December 21st, 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 up your items from the University (Main) Library Circulation Desk. On Monday, January 3rd, 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 12/27 & 12/29 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 (Main) 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. 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.

  • Books – You may submit requests for books as usual. However, during this period all books will be held at the University (Main) Library regardless of your normal pick location.
  • Articles – Submit requests as usual.

(For more information on InterLibrary Loan services, call 518-442-3613)


Blog post created by Lindsay VanBerkom

December 13, 2010

Intersession Indiscretions: Returning Library Books and Paying Fines During the Break

Finals are over, and you’ve left town for a few weeks to decompress. You arrive at your destination, start unpacking your bag and find an overdue library book. Is this a bad dream?

Never fear! Library books can be renewed or returned from off campus, and you can even pay overdue fines. To renew your books, in most cases you can simply go to Minerva. The gray log-in box for MyMinerva is located in the upper right hand corner of the screen. Once you log in you can check due dates, renew books, and view any fines or holds on your account. For more information about renewing books via Minerva and viewing the circumstances in which a book cannot be renewed, please visit the Circulation policies page.

If you need to return a book from off campus you can mail it to the library. 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 make a payment via credit card over the phone at 518-442-3601, M-F 8am–4pm. If you wish to pay via personal check, please contact the billing staff ahead of time at the same number in order to determine the exact amount you owe and where payment should be sent.

For more questions about handling library transactions remotely, please contact the Dewey Library Circulation Desk at 518-442-3693, M-F 8:30am-5pm. Please do note that Dewey will be closed December 22-January 2; for questions during that period, please contact the main University Library (uptown campus) during the same hours at 518-442-3569.

Blog post created by Lauren Stern

December 10, 2010

Photo of the Week

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"Santa" from Campus Security stopped by the library Wednesday to hand out candy canes and remind students to take precautions to prevent thefts on campus.

Photo credit: Morris Stilson

December 8, 2010

Resources on Congressional/Legislative Redistricting

The United States Constitution (Article I, Section 2) requires that a census be undertaken every ten years specifically for the purpose of determining the number of Congressional seats allocated to each state. The process of allocating the number of congressional seats to each state is called reapportionment. The process by which each state redraws its congressional districts, based on its new allocation, is called redistricting. Similarly, each state uses the census data to redraw its state legislative districts. Soon, each state will be undertaking the redistricting process using the 2010 census data.

In New York State, the state legislature is responsible for redrawing NYS congressional districts, and state assembly and senate districts. The State Constitution sets the number of assembly seats at 150 (Article III, Section 2). The number of state senate seats (at present 62) is determined by a formula described in the State Constitution (Article III, Section 4). The New York State Legislative Task Force on Demographic Research and Reapportionment was established in 1978 to provide technical support to the state legislature in the redistricting process. Redistricting must be in effect prior to the 2002 election and must meet the following approval requirements:

“the redistricting plan must be approved by the state Legislature and the Governor. In addition, 3 counties of New York City (Bronx, Kings, and New York) require that the U.S. Justice Department's Civil Rights Division or the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia review and approve the plan for compliance with the Voting Rights Act��? (LATFOR, n.d., n.p.).
Many advocates of government reform have been critical of the current redistricting process, “the Republican-controlled Senate draws its lines and the Democrat-controlled Assembly does the same,��? because impartial, nonpartisan redistricting – as originally intended by the framers of the State Constitution – has the potential to impact the reelection of incumbent politicians (NYPIRG, 2010, n.p.). To understand more about the process of redistricting and its impact on you and your community, please browse the digital and print resources available at UAlbany’s libraries, including those listed below.


Behr, J. G. (2004). Race, ethnicity, and the politics of city redistricting: Minority-opportunity districts and the election of Hispanics and Blacks to city councils. Albany, NY: State University of New York Press.
University Library: JS 371 B44 2004
Online: http://dspace.sunyconnect.suny.edu/handle/1951/454
Brunell, T. L. (2008). Redistricting and representation: Why competitive elections are bad for America. New York: Routledge.University Library: JK 1976 B74 2008

Bullock, C. S. (2010). Redistricting: The most political activity in America. Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield.
University Library: KF 4905 B85 2010

Clarke, B. M. and Reagan, R. T. (2002). Redistricting litigation: An overview of legal, statistical, and case-management issues. Washington, DC: Federal Judicial Center.
Online: http://www.fjc.gov/public/pdf.nsf/lookup/Redistri.pdf/$file/Redistri.pdf

Darling, M. J. T. (Ed.) (2001). Race, voting, redistricting, and the constitution: Sources and explorations on the Fifteenth Amendment. New York: Routledge.
University Library: KF 4905 R33 2001

Galie, P. J. (1991). The New York state constitution: A reference guide. New York: Greenwood Press.
Dewey Library: Reference: KFN 5680 1777 A6 G35 1990
Online: http://ebooks.abc-clio.com/reader.aspx?isbn=9780313097850
Mann, T. E. and Cain, B. E. (Eds.). (2005). Party lines: Competition, partisanship, and congressional redistricting. Washington, DC: Brookings Institution Press.
University Library: JK 1341 P37 2005

Monmonier, M. (2001). Bushmanders & bullwinkles: How politicians manipulate electronic maps and census data to win elections. Chicago: University of Chicago Press.
University Library: JK 1341 M66 2001

U.S. Census Bureau. (2004). Designing P.L. 94-171 redistricting data for the year 2010 census: The view from the states. Washington, DC: U.S. Dept. of Commerce, Economics and Statistics Administration.
University Library: GovDoc J 85 C 3.2:V 67/2
Online: http://www.census.gov/rdo/pdf/DesignPL94-171.pdf
Winburn, J. (2008). The realities of redistricting: Following the rules and limiting gerrymandering in state legislative redistricting. Lanham, MD: Lexington Books.
University Library: JK 1341 W56 2008

Yarbrough, T. E. (2002). Race and redistricting: The Shaw-Cromartie cases. Lawrence, KS: University Press of Kansas.University Library: KF 4905 Y37 2002


Brennan Center for Justice at NYU School of Law. (n.d.). Redistricting. Retrieved from http://www.brennancenter.org/content/section/category/redistricting/
Cooper, M. (2010, Sep. 25). How to tilt an election through redistricting. The New York Times. Retrieved from http://www.nytimes.com/2010/09/26/weekinreview/26cooper.html?_

Davey, M. (2010, Sep. 27). Winners and losers in reapportionment. The New York Times. http://thecaucus.blogs.nytimes.com/2010/09/27/winners-and-losers-in-reapportionment-are-predicted/?scp=1-b&sq=Redistricting+and+Reapportionment+ny&st=nyt
LATFOR. (n.d.). NYS legislative task force on demographic research and reapportionment. Retrieved from http://www.latfor.state.ny.us/
NYPIRG (2010, Nov. 11). Reform New York: Redistricting. Retrieved from http://www.nypirg.org/goodgov/reformny/redist.html
The Association of the Bar of the City of New York. (2007). A proposed New York State Constitutional amendment to emancipate redistricting from partisan gerrymanders: Partisanship channeled for fair line��?drawing. Retrieved from http://www.nycbar.org/pdf/report/redistricting_report03071.pdf

If you have any questions about researching the redistricting process in New York or the United States, please contact Dick Irving, our Political Science and Public Administration Subject Specialist. He can be reached at 442-3698 or ririving@uamail.albany.edu.

Blog post created by Lauren Stern and Dick Irving

December 7, 2010

Burn the Midnight Oil: Extended Hours at UAlbany Libraries

The end of the semester can be a very stressful time and usually involves many late nights spent studying or working on projects. To fulfill your research and studying needs, the libraries at the uptown campus will have extended hours starting today and ending December 17th. The extended hours are as follows:
University Library:
Sunday Noon - 24 Hours
Monday–Thursday --- 24 Hours ---
Friday 24 Hours - 1:00am (1am Sat)
Saturday 9:00am - 1:00am (1am Sun)
The University Library closes at 8:00pm on Friday, December 17

Science Library:
Sunday Noon - 1:00am
Monday–Thursday 8:00am - 1:00am
Friday 8:00am - 8:00pm
Saturday 9:00am - 8:00pm
The Science Library closes at 8:00pm on Friday, December 17

Please note that the Dewey Library will be open during its regular hours. For more information on our library hours, please visit our website or call these numbers:

Dewey Library:
Circulation Desk: 442-3693
Reference Desk: 442-3691

University Library:
Circulation Desk: 442-3569
Reference Desk: 442-3558

Science Library:
Circulation Desk: 437-3948
Reference Desk: 437-3945

Happy studying!

Blog post created by Katie Farrell

December 3, 2010

Photo of the Week

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A student gets some assistance at the Reference Desk from librarian Lorre Smith. There are many ways to get help from a librarian besides visiting the reference desk: phone, email, instant message, text messages. Check our Contact Us link for more information.

Photo credit: Morris Stilson

December 1, 2010

Getting Help With Those Last Minute Projects and Papers

The end of every semester always brings a mountain of work that seems almost impossible to finish before winter break. Although you are the only one who can ultimately finish this overwhelming amount of work, librarians can help you along the way. Librarians can save you from unnecessary headaches and also save you time!
It is very likely that you will have at least one research paper due at the end of the semester. Stop by the reference desk for research assistance! Whether you’re just starting out or are stuck in a research rut, the librarians at the reference desk are waiting for your questions. Reference librarians have extensive knowledge on the many resources available and they can point you to the best resources on your topic.

If you can’t physically come to the library, librarians can still help!

Call the reference desk at 442-3691 or use our IM chat service. It is also possible to text us from your phone with our IM chat service, so you don’t even need to be at a computer! Simply dial 265010 and start the text with ualibraries: (don't forget the colon).
You can also email us a question and a librarian will email you back in a timely manner.

If you need research assistance on a certain topic, you can schedule an appointment with one of our bibliographers. Our bibliographers at the library are subject specialists who can provide you with even more resources on your topic. The subject specialists at Dewey are:

Social Welfare & Gerontology: Elaine Lasda Bergman: 442-3695, ebergman@uamail.albany.edu
Information Studies: Deborah Bernnard: 442-3699, dbernnard@uamail.albany.edu
Criminal Justice: Mary Jane Brustman: 442-3540, mbrustman@uamail.albany.edu

The end of the semester is crazy but librarians are here to help! Use any of our services and you’ll be on your way to a less-stressful and more manageable final few weeks.

Blog post created by Katie Farrell