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June 29, 2011

Librarians Can Help You with Summer Projects

IIt is summer time again, a time for relaxing, fun in the sun, hanging out at the beach, and… research projects? You heard right, with summer comes summer classes and the ever present research project or assignment. Though it may not be first on your summer priority list, research and the library are surely in your future if you are doing class work over the summer. Like you, the library staff is working over the summer, and there are plenty of ways to get help with your projects even this time of year. Here are a few of the ways we can help you finish those projects and get back out into the great weather!

Believe it or not there is in person reference help available to you over the summer. The reference librarians can walk you through a database search or help you request books or articles for your assignments. These librarians are here for you and are always available for any of your reference needs. You can drop by in person during reference hours or call us at (518) 442-3691. The summer reference hours are as follows:

Monday - Wednesday 10:00 A.M. - 8:00 P.M.
Thursday 10:00 A.M. - 5:00 P.M.
Friday 1:00 P.M. - 5:00 P.M.
Saturday CLOSED
Sunday 1:00 P.M. - 6:00 P.M.

If you need help from a librarian while you are off campus this summer, there are a few options available to you for virtual reference help. First you can use the Ask-A-Librarianservice 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.

Our subject bibliographers are also available for you this summer! If you feel you are having trouble or just need a good place to start these people are experts in their respective fields and can help you! They all have years of experience and trust me they are very nice people and are always willing to help. Here is the information for all of the subject bibliographers:

Elaine M. Lasda Bergman
Bibliographer for Dewey Reference, Social Welfare, and Gerontology
(518) 442-3695 (phone)

Mary Jane Brustman
Bibliographer for Criminal Justice
(Mary Jane is based on the uptown campus)

Deborah Bernnard
Bibliographer for Information Studies
(518) 442-3699

Richard Irving
Bibliographer for Political Science, Public Administration & Policy, and Law
(518) 442-3698

So, do not hesitate to call or email them and set up an appointment to get help for your summer project or assignment. They are here to help and are happy to sit down and work through a problem with you.

There you are all of your summer reference needs are covered. The library is ready and willing to aid you with any and all projects this summer, so do not hesitate to ask for help. We hope you have a wonderful summer, and we hope to see or hear from you soon.

June 27, 2011

Class of 1956 Holds Reunion in Dewey

The Dewey Library recently hosted the Class of 1956 for their reunion dinner. Here are a few photos from the event.

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Study tables were cleared to make way for dining and socializing.

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Yearbooks and other memorabilia were on hand to help with the trip down memory lane.

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The attendees of the Class of 1956 Reunion.

Photo credit: Lindsay VanBerkom

June 15, 2011

New Report fromt he Rockefeller Institute on SUNY's Economic Impact

Have you ever considered the economic impact of the SUNY school system, whether all around the state or right here in Albany? If so, you are not the only one, The Rockefeller Institute recently wrote a report on the economic impact of the SUNY school system. The report is called “How SUNY Matters: Economic Impacts of the State University of New York��? and can be found on the Rockefeller Institute website. There is both a press release outlining some of the main points of the report as well as a PDF version of the report if you choose to read the whole thing.

So, what is the Rockefeller Institute, and what exactly do they do? Some would call the Rockefeller Institute a “think tank��?, but that implies that they advocate for certain policies or have a certain political leaning. The Rockefeller Institute’s mission is to “enhance the capacities of state governments and the federal system to deal effectively with the nation’s domestic challenges��?. They accomplish this goal by tracking state fiscal conditions, tax policies, fiscal capabilities and spending trends as well as conducting nationwide field research studies that examine whether and how states have implemented major initiatives, and the institutional strengths and weaknesses revealed by such efforts. While some of the Rockefeller Institute’s work is national; they also serve agencies of New York State government through studies, special projects, books, reports, and frequent public forums.

Without ruining the whole report I will try to give a few main points about the report and what is says. The report stressed the need for job creation in the state and sees the SUNY system as a catalyst for this change. Thomas Gais, director of the Rockefeller Institute is quoted in the report, he says "New York State's job growth has been less than a third of the nation's over the past two decades; SUNY is the key to making our comeback." According to the report SUNY can contribute to the state's capacity to grow and produce jobs in the new economy in these ways:

• Educating a competitive workforce, through its broad educational mission and through a rich array of career-specific programs at community colleges and other campuses.

• Helping employers large and small with the adoption of new technologies and new ideas.

• Rapidly growing the capacity of its research campuses, in particular, to develop new technologies and to transfer their research findings into commercial use.

These and many other interesting points are raised within the contents of the Rockefeller Institute’s Report on the economic impact of the SUNY system. Make sure to visit their website and read the press release and the report. Then tell us what you think! Feel free to comment on this post and see what other people think about the report and its findings.

Also if you have any questions about the Rockefeller Institute, or their latest report, get in contact with Richard Irving, he is the Bibliographer for Political Science, Public Administration & Policy, and Law here at the Dewey Library. He will be able to answer your questions as well as direct you to new sources of information on this topic.

Blog post created by Benjamin Knowles

June 13, 2011

Job Search Strategies: How to Prepare for the Interview

Guest blogger and IST alumnus Katie Farrell provides more tips for job seekers as she conducts her own job search....

Until my last semester of graduate school I didn’t know that research needed to be done before an interview. I knew you needed to go over possible interview questions and come up with some answers but I had no idea how to really prepare myself. Luckily, a UAlbany professor outlined some simple ways to have the best interview possible. Here are some tips that I’ve learned in class and from my own post-graduation interviews.

1.) Research the location: I was initially skeptical when I first heard this suggestion but my first interview question after graduate school asked me what I knew about the town where the organization was located. It always looks good if you know some specifics and I was relieved I had done some research beforehand.

2.) Research the organization: You should definitely have an understanding of the organization where you’re interviewing. This knowledge will not only help you answer specific questions, it will give you an idea of what it’s like to work there.

3.) Dress the part: If you have a suit, wear it. If not, men should wear a shirt and tie and women should wear something conservative and professional. Avoid low cut shirts.

4.) Make a list of your strengths and weaknesses: Don’t hand this to the people interviewing you but writing this down will help you remember what adjectives to use when they ask why you’re a good candidate for the job. With the weaknesses, be honest but make sure you don’t reveal anything that sends up red flags. Also, don’t say something cliché such as “I work too hard.��? Tailor your answers to whatever job you’re applying for.

5.) Ask questions: My dad once told me, “Remember you’re not the only one being interviewed; you’re also interviewing them.��? You as much as the people interviewing you, have a lot to learn during the interview. Prepare some specific questions you have about the organization beforehand. If you think you’ll forget them, bring them to the interview. Make sure the questions actually help your understanding of the organization and work environment so if you’re lucky enough to get a job offer, you’ll be more informed when making your decision (yes, you have a choice whether or not to accept the offer).

6.) Be yourself: I know it sounds cliché but it’s your greatest strength. The people who interview you definitely want to know your qualifications but a huge part is just getting to know you as a person. Interviewers want to know if you will gel with the organizational culture. Let your best qualities shine through; these unique talents will be what set you apart.

These tips have all helped me feel confident and prepared on every interview I’ve gone on. I hope they do the same for you and good luck!

June 10, 2011

Welcome, Class of 1956!

The Dewey Graduate Library bids a hearty welcome to the Class of 1956 as it celebrates its reunion with a dinner here at Dewey. Back in the day, the Hawley Building, where Dewey Library is housed, was the student center for activities, much like the campus center is on the main campus today.

June 8, 2011

Lecture on the History of Dewey

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Campus Archivist Geoff Williams (center of the photograph) recently gave a talk on the history of the Dewey Library murals and stained glass windows for Albany OASIS, an educational program sponsored by UAlbany geared toward the over-50 set. If you're interested in learning more about the history of our beautiful building check out our About the Dewey Library page.

Photo credit: Morris Stilson

June 6, 2011

Criminal Justice Students: Wondering What to Read this Summer?

We consulted some UAlbany criminal justice faculty and here’s what they suggest:

Frankie Bailey recommends reading Crime, Punishment, and Mental Illness. (Erickson, Patricia E. and Steven K. Erickson, Rutgers University Press, 2008). She says that reading this and watching the Frontline documentary, “The New Asylums,��? is an especially thought-provoking experience. Book at Dewey Library RA 1151 E72 2008. Video available free on YouTube.com. (Just search YouTube by title. The video is split into 5 segments.)

Jamie Fader recommends Robert Garot’s new book, Who You Claim: Performing Gang Identity in School and on the Streets (New York University Press, 2010). Find it at Dewey Library HV 6439 U5 G384 2010

David McDowell recommends A History of Murder: Personal Violence in Europe from the Middle Ages to the Present, by Pieter Spierenburg. (Polity Press, 2008.) Due to arrive at Dewey Library on approximately June 3.

Also, check out these new 2011 books at Dewey Library:

David Garland, Randall McGowen and Michael Meranza. America’s death penalty: between past and present. Subject of a recent, interesting on-campus presentation by David Garland and a panel of UAlbany criminal justice faculty. Dewey Library HV8699.U5 A745 2011 (New Books shelf)

Jay Albanese. Transnational Crime and the 21st century. Dewey Library HV 6252 A43 2011 (New Books shelf)

Sheldon Krimsky and Tania Simoncelli. Genetic justice: DNA data banks, criminal investigations and civil liberties. Dewey Library HV 8073 K668 2011

Jerome Miller. Search and destroy: African-American males in the criminal justice system. Dewey Library HV 9950 M55 2011

John Sloan and Bonnie Fisher. The dark side of the ivory tower: campus crime as a social problem. Dewey Library HV 6250.4 S78 S55 2011 (New Books shelf)

James Q. Wilson and Joan Petersilia. Crime and public policy. Dewey Library HV 9950 C743156X 2011 (on New Books shelf)

Heather Hamill. The hoods: crime and punishment in Belfast. Dewey Library HV 6949 N67 H36 2011 (New Books shelf)

and many more….. Check out our New Books shelf or search Minerva, our online catalog (hint: use Advanced Search and limit by date for recent books.)

Blog post created by Mary Jane Brustman

June 1, 2011

Library Seminar for Advanced Standing Social Welfare Students

Students in the Advanced Standing program in the School of Social Welfare may wish to complete their first Inforamation Literacy requirement by taking the Social Welfare Research Seminar this summer. Students who complete this seminar will then have to take an elective library seminar in the fall or spring. Here are the dates and times for the summer sections of the Social Welfare Seminar (say that five times fast!):

  • Mon. June 6, 10:30 am

  • Wed. June 8, 9:30 am

  • Mon. June 20,10:00 am

  • Wed. June 22 ,11:00 am

  • Fri. June 24, 3:30 pm

Details about the Social Welfare Information Literacy requirement can be found on the Dewey Library Information Literacy Workshops page. You can register for this course from that link, by calling 442-3691, or dropping by the Reference Desk. If you are an Advanced Standing student and you are not able to take the seminar this summer, please check the Information Literacy Workshops page in August for the Fall schedule.