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May 30, 2011

Ph.D. Students: Return or Renew Books Today

Today is the summer fixed due date for Ph.D. candidates who have checked out library materials. 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.

May 26, 2011

Ph.D. Due Date is Tuesday

A reminder to all Ph.D. candidates that the winter fixed date for returning or renewing books is this coming Tuesday, May 31, 2011. 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.

May 19, 2011

Staying Sane During the Job Search

UAlbany IST Graduate Katie Farrell will be guest blogging on job search tips and strategies this summer. Here is her first installment:

With the recent graduation at the University at Albany there are several people entering the work force, many for the first time. It’s no secret that the economic climate is bleak and finding a job can be a difficult endeavor. As a graduate from the University at Albany in December 2010 who is still without a job, I’ve discovered first-hand just how difficult finding a job can be. This post will hopefully help you stay sane during this unpredictable and sometimes depressing journey.

1.) Stay in contact with professionals in your field: This may seem like a no-brainer, but once you’re done with school and left alone to job hunt, it’s easy to lose touch with those valuable contacts you made while in school. Whether they are valuable internship mentors, professors, or past co-workers, keep in periodic contact. These people are interested in your future and may have some job leads that you would otherwise be unaware of. It’s also a great way to stay on top of what’s going on in your field of choice.

2.) Attend conferences: If you can afford to attend conferences, do it! This is a great way to network and meet those working in your field. Getting your name out there and seeing what’s available is never a bad idea. Conferences are also a great way to continue your education. You’ll be on top of the latest trends in your field, making you more marketable.

3.) Create a new email account: Now that you’re done with school, your professional sounding school email will no longer be available to you. If your current email is anything but professional, you definitely need to create a new one. Typically, firstname.lastname@emailaddress.com is an appropriate address. I created a new email account only to be used when I applied for jobs. This made it easier to separate my personal correspondences from my professional ones and made sure I didn’t delete anything important (I accidentally deleted a very important email because it ended up in my personal account where I often get a lot of junk). Having a separate email address just for job applications also makes your inbox less cluttered and more manageable.

4.) Join a list-serv: List-servs in your field of choice are often a great a great way to learn of job openings. Subscribe to as many relevant list-servs as possible and pretty soon your inbox will be full of job opportunities.

5.) Apply for jobs regularly: It’s easy to fill your day with absolutely nothing if you’re unemployed. Make applying for jobs your number one priority. Applying for jobs is its own occupation and requires a lot of work. Dedicate a large portion of your day to working on your resume and tailoring your cover letter to specific openings you’ve found.

6.) Do something you love:
Are there things that you enjoy but never had time to do them when you were in school? Now is the time to pay attention to your long lost interests. It’s important to stay busy applying for jobs but you also have to do something for yourself that makes you happy. Maybe you like to build model airplanes or read books on ancient history. Make sure you take the time to do these things. They will keep your spirits up during the grueling job process.

More tips to come. Happy job hunting!

Blog post created by Katie Farrell

May 17, 2011

Summer Hours at Dewey

For those of you still around during the summer, here is information about Dewey Hours:

Intersession Hours:
Monday-Friday 8:30am-6:00pm
Saturday-Sunday CLOSED
*** Friday, May 20th the Dewey Library will open at 10:30am due to maintenance work****

Summer Session Hours: May 23-August 12
Monday-Thursday 8:30am-8:00pm
Friday 8:30am-6:00pm
Saturday CLOSED
Sunday Noon-7:00pm

Exceptions Monday, May 30 and Monday July 4 the library will be closed.

May 12, 2011

Photo of the Week: Congratulations, Lauren!

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Dewey Library bids a fond farewell to our Sunday Reference Associate, Lauren Stern. Lauren has recently completed her MSIS and will be moving on. We at Dewey hope that she finds a fulfilling position as a School LIbrary Media Specialist or other position of her choosing. Potential employers may wish to view her online portfolio. Those of you entering the job market should also take a look - this portfolio is a handy tool for getting yourself noticed!

Photo credit: Morris Stilson

May 11, 2011

Alumni Privileges at the University Libraries

The Dewey Library would like to congratulate all of those graduating from University at Albany this week!! Although your formal education may be over, we hope that you will all become lifelong learners. Don’t forget that as a UA alumnus, you still have library privileges. Did you know that you can:

-Borrow books
-Register to use two free databases at home (Academic Search and Business Source) or
-Stop back into the library to access any of our databases on a public computer
-Use Ask-a-Librarian or stop by the reference desk for research questions
-Take free technology classes at the Interactive Media Center to stay current on the latest software programs and trends

We wish you success in all of your future endeavors!

Blog post created by Lauren Stern

May 10, 2011

Congratulations, Social Welfare Graduates!

Congratulations on your graduation! The last paper is written, the last test is taken, you’ve received your diploma and said a fond farewell to grad school. So… now what? Be sure to use your alma mater’s resources – including the resources available to you at the Dewey Library, the Alumni Association (such as the Services for Job Seekers page), and UAlbany’s Career Services – to help you pass your boards and land a job.

The Dreaded Licensing ExamWe have three copies of the study guide for the Social Work Boards here at Dewey on Reserves. Stop by the circulation desk and ask for Study Guide: A Guide for Candidates Preparing for the ASWB Social Work Examination. You may also want to take a look at the UA guide for Licensing and Accreditation or SWES’s Home Study Examination Services; they have job listings up as well as study materials.

The Job Search BeginsProfessional associations are also a great way to get your foot in the door, network, and hear first about new job openings. Willing to travel a little? Check out some national organizations like CSWA or NASW. Willing to travel? Check out an international organization like IFSW if you’d like to pursue your career in another country. Rather stay close to home? Check out a NY organization or a local chapter of a national organization (like the NASW’s local chapter ).

The Dewey Library has several libguides up for Social Welfare, including some resources to help you jumpstart your career. Start out by browsing the Social Welfare Career Resources , Career and Education Resources, and the Professional Development pages. These guides will give you a good selection of national associations, web resources, and books to get your job hunt started. The library also have some newer titles available for you, including:

  • 101 Careers in Social Work by Jessica A. Ritter, Halaevalu F.O. Vakalahi, and Mary Kiernan-Stern (Reference: HV 10.5 R58 2009)

  • A Guidebook to Human Service Professions: Helping College Students Explore Opportunities in the Human Services Field edited by William G. Emener, Michael A. Richard, and John J. Bosworth (HV 10.5 G85 2009)

  • Nonprofit Organizations by Ann Morrill (Reference: HD 2769.15 M67 2011)

  • Resumes for Social Service Careers (Reference: HV 10.5 V49 2007)

In today’s economy, starting a career is harder than ever but we have faith in you! Your graduation from the Social Welfare program here at UAlbany is proof positive of your dedication, commitment, and knowledge. The Dewey Library would like to congratulate you on your accomplishments and offer you best wishes on the next chapter of your life.

Blog post created by Lauren Stern

May 6, 2011

Photo of the Week: Spring Has Sprung!

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At long last we're starting to see signs of SPRING!

Photo credit: Morris Stilson

May 5, 2011

Using the Library When You Can't Come to the Library

I often find myself off campus working on assignments or papers, and I realize I need something from the library whether it is an article or a great website to use. What is great about the university Libraries is that even if I am off campus I can find the articles and other resources that I need to complete my assignments. We students are no longer required to come to the physical library building to get the help and resources we need to complete any project our professors throw our way. With an internet connection we have access to the library website and all it has to offer.

Here are a few of the ways off campus users can access library resources and interact with the staff of the library:

More and more databases are available online through the library website. Access to these online databases and articles is as easy as 1, 2, 3!

  1. Go to the library website.
  2. Click on the “Databases and Indexes��? tab along the left side.
  3. Locate the database you wish to use by searching for it by name or by searching by subject. You will be prompted to enter your Net ID and password.

There you go you! You are off to the races; you can access thousands of articles on the numerous databases offered online through the library website. For more information on off campus database access go to the library guide for more detailed instructions.

If you need help from a librarian while you are off campus there are a few options available to you for virtual reference help. First you can use the Ask-A-Librarian service to send an email to a librarian with a reference question. You are also able to instant message a librarian through the library website, or even send a text message to a librarian for help. To send us a text message, dial 265010 on your cell phone, make sure to 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 those of you that are based at the downtown campus, our UA delivery service allows you to request books from the uptown campus to be delivered to the Dewey Library, saving you a gas guzzling 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. Beware procrastinators, if you make these requests late at night, they will be filled the next day!

For those of you who are big Fleetwood Mac fans and would rather “Go Your Own Way��?, you are not without help. The best place to start your research is in the library website by clicking on the Research By Subject tab on the left hand side of the page. This will bring you to a list of subjects which will then bring you to helpful guides created by librarians to guide you in the right direction to complete your research needs. You can also go to the Online Reference tab and bring up a list of useful websites and databases for scholarly and everyday research.

You may have noticed a tab on the library website entitled “My Minerva��?. This is another helpful service that is especially useful for off campus users who cannot make it in to the library to perform some basic functions. This service will allow you to:

  • Renew your current loans

  • View items that you currently have checked out and their due date

  • View Blocks, Holds, and Overdue Items

  • Place items on hold or recall

  • Create a unique display for your personal Minerva searches

  • Save and access previous Minerva searches

All you have to do is sign in using your Net ID and password you can then perform all of the above functions from anywhere on or off campus!

There is nothing worse than going through a pile of books and finding a library item mixed in with your personal books. Chances are it is overdue, and you may be home, far away from campus and wanting to save gas and a trip back to Albany. Don’t worry, all is not lost! 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 and can't come to the library you can make a payment via credit card over the phone at 518-442-3601, Monday through Friday from 8 A.M. to 5P.M. 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.

If you have any questions about any of these services please contact the Dewey Library reference desk at 442-3691 or email us at dewref@albany.edu.

Blog post created by Benjamin Knowles

May 4, 2011

Criminal Justice Lecture Tomorrow

An open invitation to all Criminal Justice Students, or any student for that matter! You are invited to the 10th annual Michael J. Hindelang Lecture brought to you by the Hindelang Criminal Justice Research Center and the School of Criminal Justice. The event is being held on Thursday May 5th 2011 from 1:30 P.M. until 4:30 P.M. at the Recital Hall in the Performing Arts Center at the Uptown Campus. The lecture will feature David Garland who is a professor of Sociology and Law at New York University and acclaimed author of many books, including “Peculiar Institution: America’s Death Penalty in an Age of Abolition��?. Following the lecture a panel discussion will be held including criminal justice experts, with a reception to follow the discussion as well. If you need any other information contact Giza Lopes or Andy Davies at 518-591-8715 or email hindelang.lecture@gmail.com.

The Hindelang Criminal Justice Research Center was founded in 1972, back then it was named the Criminal Justice Research Center. It was renamed after the founder Michael J. Hindelang died in 1982. The center is located on the uptown campus and has been affiliated with the school since 1983. The Hindelang Center is primarily concerned with conducting quality research in the many fields of criminal justice. The center also developed policy recommendations as well as disseminated research results through publications in many scholarly journals. The development of student researchers is another goal of the Hindelang Center and over the years it has employed over 100 graduate research assistant. For more information on the Hindelang Center and this event make sure to visit their website.

David Garland is a distinguished professor at New York University and has been the recipient of numerous awards over the course of this academic career. To name a few: J.S. Guggenheim Fellow from 2006 until 2007, an honorary Visiting Professor at Edinburgh University from 1998 until the present, and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh. He has also published several books, his most recent is “Peculiar Institution: America’s Death Penalty in an Age of Abolition��?, he also wrote “The Culture of Control: Crime and Social Order in Contemporary Society��? in 2001. He has also published articles in numerous journal, far too many to list here. He is the founding editor of both the Edinburgh Law Review and Punishment and Society: The International Journal of Penology. He is an expert in the field of criminal justice and has focused many of his publications on capital punishment and imprisonment.

So if any of this stuff looks interesting to you, or you would like to read up a little before the lecture, the library has you covered. As for David Garland specifically, the library owns six of his books including “Peculiar Institution: America’s Death Penalty in an Age of Abolition��? (University Library HV 8699 U5 G36 2010), which is being highlighted at this event. To find a complete list of his books, do a search in Minerva for his name. Make sure to select Author (last name first) from the list on the left and enter his name Garland, David. Then simply choose his name from the list of results and you will see a list of his books as well as where to find them.

If you would like to find more books on the topic of capital punishment and imprisonment, you are a simple Minerva search away from finding all of the books you will ever need on the topic! To find a huge list of books on capital punishment and imprisonment simply get on to Minerva and click on the “Full Catalog��? tab along the top. On the list to the left select title/Subject Key Words, and enter “capital punishment��? in the search bar. This will generate a list of hundreds of books on the topic for you to browse. Entering the record for a specific book will tell you where to find it. Another way to search for these books is to run the same search but from the list in the left, choose Subject begins with… this will bring up a list of subject headings, when you click on one it will bring up a list of all of the books we have on that certain topic. This second search allows you to browse more specific subjects, such as particular states or regions of the world. Also if you view the full record for any of the books you will be able to select subject headings to find books with similar topics as the one you are viewing.

Enjoy the lecture and these resources related to it, do not miss out on this opportunity to hear a great lecture and meet some of the foremost experts in the criminal justice field.

Blog post created by Benjamin Knowles