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September 30, 2011

Ph.D. Due Date is today

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Today is the fall fixed due date for Ph.D. candidates to return or renew their books. Avoid library overdue fines by renewing your books on MyMinerva or by bringing them back to the library today. 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 questions, please call the Dewey circulation desk at 442-3693. The Dewey Library appreciates your cooperation.

Photo credit: Morris Stilson

September 28, 2011

Ph.D. Due Date is Friday

A reminder to all Ph.D. candidates that the summer fixed date for returning or renewing books is this coming Friday, September 30, 2009. 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.

September 27, 2011

Resources for School Social Work Research

If you’re interested in becoming a school social worker then check out these resources! The Dewey Library has a lot of relevant materials that will help you with your studies here at the University at Albany.


School social work journal. Dewey Library Periodical LB 3013.4 S36.
-This is a refereed journal specifically for school social workers. This publication provides original research, comprehensive reviews, and much more.

Journal of school psychology. Online Periodical: LB 3013.6 J6 WWW.
-Original articles and critical reviews related to psychology in a school setting can be found in this scholarly publication.

Preventing school failure
. Online Periodical: LB 3050 P74X WWW.
-A peer-reviewed academic journal that examines emerging and evidence-based practices for youths in educational settings.

Journal of psychoeducational assessment
. Online Periodical: LB 3051 J69X WWW.
-This refereed and scholarly journal provides the latest information on psychological and educational assessment practices.


Social work services in schools. Paula Allen-Meares. Boston, MA : Allyn & Bacon, c2010.
Dewey Library LB 3013.4 A45 2010.
-Guide to developing the best social work practices in the fast-paced school environment.

The domains and demands of school social work practice : a guide to working effectively with students, families, and schools. Michael S. Kelly. Oxford, UK ; New York : Oxford University Press, c2008.
Dewey Library LB 3430 R35 2008.
-This book addresses the key roles social workers must play while in a school setting and how to be effective in these roles.

Suicide, self-injury, and violence in the schools :assessment, prevention, and intervention strategies. Gerald A. Juhnke. Hoboken, N.J. : John Wiley, c2011. Dewey Library HV 6545.8 J55 2011.
-Publication on working with suicidal students in school.

The school services sourcebook: a guide for school-based professionals.
edited by Cynthia Franklin. New York : Oxford University Press, 2006. Dewey Library Reserves LB 3013.4 S372 2006.
-Comprehensive sourcebook on evidence-based practice.

Professional Associations

School Social Work Association of America: Promotes the professional development of school social workers.

National Association of Social Workers: Has a special section of resources on school social work.

If you have any questions about these or any school social work titles at the Dewey Library, please stop by the reference desk or contact our reference bibliographer Elaine Lasda Bergman by email at elasdabergman@albany.edu, or phone 442-3695.

September 25, 2011

Dewey Instruction Sessions 9/26-9/30

Introduction to Research Databases and our EDiscover workshops are being offered again this week. We are also offering our Evidence Based Practice workshop which is an advanced research seminar. Here, you will learn how to find and evaluate resources of clinical social work practice. In order to sign up for this class, you must have completed the Social Welfare Research Seminar.

The following sessions are scheduled this week:
Monday 9/26
1:30 pm: eDiscover
3:00 pm: Evidence Based Practice

Tuesday 9/27
2:30 pm: Introduction to Research Databases

Wednesday 9/28
3:30 pm: Introduction to Research Databases

If you’d like to sign up for an instruction session at Dewey you can do so online, in person at the reference desk, or by calling us at 442 3691.

September 23, 2011

Photo of the Week: Cell Phones on Vibrate, Please!

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Although we request that you keep vocal cell phone conversations out of the library, you can still use your smart phones for library activities in many ways. Put your cell phone on "vibrate" and check out the UA Libaries' mobile site on your phone!

photo credit: Morris Stilson

September 22, 2011

Use Your Smartphone at the Library!

The University Libraries know how useful and convenient Smartphones are in today’s fast-paced world. Although we ask that you please keep your phones on vibrate and take your conversations outside the library, there are many ways to use your Smartphone inside without disturbing anyone. We now offer many mobile technologies that you can access without ever signing on to a computer!

Connect to our library’s mobile website and view information such library hours, directions to the library, staff directory, and our text a librarian service. It’s also possible to search our online catalog Minerva and connect to the databases, EBSCO, JSTOR, and WorldCat. Use this QR code to go right to the site!


In addition to the library’s mobile site, there are also many library vendors that have sites you can access with your Smartphone.

EBSCO Mobile: Access all of the databases provided by EBSCOhost as well as the medical databases DynaMed and Nursing Reference Center. Experience the user-friendly EBSCO interface in the palm of your hand!

JSTOR Mobile Beta: This version of JSTOR lets you browse by title and discipline and offers an advanced search option. It also provides citation support. Although other mobile phones may be supported, this site is specifically designed to work on iPhone/iPad, Android, and Blackberry devices.

WorldCat Mobile: Learn about what materials are available at the University at Albany and other libraries from your mobile device! There are also search suggestions that you can try such as artistic photography, graphic novels, and movie reviews.

Scopus/SciVerse Mobile Applications
: Here you can search Scopus articles and citations, view abstracts, and even set up email alerts on your Smartphone!

LexisNexis Academic Mobile: Access a basic version of LexisNexis Academic and search the news, look up a news article, legal case, or company dossier.

So don’t be afraid to use your phone at the library! Download one of these apps or browse the library’s mobile site to be connected. If you have any questions please contact the reference desk at 442-3691 or dewref@albany.edu, or stop by in person.

September 18, 2011

Dewey Workshops 9/19-9/23

We are once again offering our Introduction to Research Databases and Social Welfare Research Seminar workshops. In addition to these workshops, we’re also offering a workshop on the database eDiscover. This is a database, much like Google, that searches multiple databases at UAlbany. This workshop will help you better understand how to find the best results while searching this large and sometimes overwhelming database.

The following sessions are scheduled this week:
Monday 9/19
2:00 pm: Introduction to Research Databases
Tuesday 9/20
2:30 pm: EDiscover
Wednesday 9/21
1:00 pm: Introduction to Research Databases
3:00 pm: Social Welfare Research Seminar

If you’d like to sign up for an instruction session at Dewey you can do so online , in person at the reference desk, or by calling us at 442 3691.

September 14, 2011

Copyright Corner

Copyright Corner
September, 2011

Lorre Smith

Using a Copyright Checklist

While there are many explanations of Fair Use on the web and in articles or books, we may find those explanations less than helpful as we are considering whether to use a particular item for our course or on our website. Many times a copyright checklist can help us make a decision.

Copyright checklists guide us in examining our intended use and the nature of the materials we wish to use. You may wish to bookmark one of the checklists below to use each time you need to make a decision for your class, your website or your publication. The Fair Use Checklist produced for The Columbia University Copyright Advisory Office has a section of the checklist for each of the four fair use factors, and it allows the user to check off the aspects that pertain to their specific use. Although it may not pinpoint the final decision, it is a great tool for analysis of the use, and completing the checklist itself is a way to document that a decision was reached after careful consideration and weighing of the four factors. You may wish to complete a printed version of the checklist for each copyright protected item you use in your work in order to document why you decided that it was a fair use and that permission was not needed to make or distribute copies of it.

Here is an example from the section of the Columbia University checklist regarding the first factor of fair use:


Preserving Fair Use Opposing Fair Use
Teaching (including multiple copies for classroom use) Commercial activity
ResearchProfiting from the use
Scholarship Entertainment
Nonprofit educational institutionBad-faith behavior
Criticism Denying credit to original author
News reporting  
Transformative or productive uses (changes the work for new utility)  
Restricted access (to students or another group)  

By going down both columns and checking each item that pertains to the use under consideration, it becomes clear when the preponderance of checks ends up in either the Favoring Fair Use column or the Opposing Fair Use column.

Here is a list of checklists on the web that may be helpful for making decisions regarding fair use.

Columbia University's Checklist

Cornell University's Checklist

University System of Georgia's Checklist

American Library Association Fair Use Evaluator – an interactive tool

Copyright Term and Public Domain: Checklist from Cornell to help determine whether a work produced in the U.S. is protected by copyright

Checklist regarding using materials for distance education [TEACH Act checklist]

If you wish to have a presentation regarding copyright in your class, or for an organization meeting, contact Lorre Smith, University at Albany’s copyright education librarian, to make arrangements: lsmith@albany.edu or 518 437-3946

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September 13, 2011

Getting Started with Information Studies Research: the IST Subject Guide

Here is a fun exercise for Information Studies students, try and count the number of times you have used library resources while working on your graduate degree. Have you lost count? I liken it to lying in bed as a kid and trying to count to a million, it can’t be done! Whether you are just beginning the program or are towards the end of your time here, the library resources are an invaluable tool in your quest for a degree in Information Studies. You could make the case that the library is one of the most important factors in completing your degree here at SUNY. Now, things may have changed over your time in the program, specifically on the library website, one of the best developments has been the creation of Research by Subject��? pages on the library website. The page on Information and Library Science is particularly good, and can help you to complete your degree in no time at all!

Forgive me as I wax poetic, Information and Library Science Subject page, how do I love thee? Let me count the ways (that you help students complete their degrees)…

1. In nearly every class in the program, students are asked to access articles and information from various journals on all different subjects. The best way to do this is to access a database that compiles many of these articles into one easy to use interface. Upon entering the Information and library Science subject page, you will see a link that reads Library and Information Science Databases. This will bring you to a list of key databases for library students that expands to show all of the databases the library subscribes to. Using these you will easily be able to complete that extensive research paper or that pesky annotated bibliography with ease.

2. Have you ever taken a tour or a city or even a museum? There is usually a guide that points out all of the best sites or pieces of art in their collection. This is exactly what the research guides will do for library school students. Depending on your concentration, choose accordingly. The guide for Library and Information Studies is organized into tabs that will bring you to the databases the library subscribes to as well as open access and internet resources to help you broaden your research. There is also a tab that highlights encyclopedias and dictionaries specifically tailored for library students. There are also tabs to highlight specific topics such as statistics, research reports, and collection development. Finally if you are thinking ahead to post graduation, there are tabs that explore the future of the library as well as employment resources for library students.

3. One of the most popular concentrations in this program is the School Library Media track. The next research guide is built just for you, it is called Children’s Literature/School Library Media. This guide has the basics such as databases, background information, and online resources to get you started. It also features book review resources as well as author guides, and a tab featuring various awards and prizes for children’s and young adult literature. It also features a tab that guides you to excellent collection development resources to build your children of young adult book collection. This is a great guide that can help you in Young Adult Literature as well as Children’s Literature classes and even in collection development as well.

4. The final guide will be most useful for students in the Archiving track, it is entitled Archives: a Guide to Information Sources. This guide will direct you to pertinent books, and articles related to archiving as well as outside resources important to the field. There is a tab that will help you locate archival collections around the world, as well as one that links you to dictionaries and encyclopedias vital to archival students. Again if you are thinking beyond graduation there is a tab that links you to professional organizations that can help archivists in their future careers.

There you have it, a good start on basic resources you need, no matter what concentration you have chosen to pursue. If you have any other questions or need a recommendation for your Information Studies research or class work, do not hesitate to contact our bibliographer for Information Studies, Deborah Bernnard. You can email her at dbernnard@albany.edu or give her a call at (518) 442-3699. Good luck in your studies, the library is here to help, come see us with any questions.

Blog post created by Ben Knowles

September 11, 2011

Dewey Instruction Schedule 9/12-9/16

This week we have a lot of useful and interesting sessions at Dewey. Come to our Introduction to Research Databases workshop and learn the basics on how to effectively search our databases. This session will help you save a lot of time in the future. This is also the first week of our Social Welfare Research Seminar. This seminar will introduce you to relevant resources in the social welfare field.

The following sessions are scheduled this week:
Tuesday 9/13
2:00 pm: Introduction to Research Databases

Wednesday 9/14
2:00 pm: Social Welfare Research Seminar
4:30 pm: Federal Public Policy Research

Thursday 9/15
4:30 pm: Federal Public Policy Research

If you’d like to sign up for an instruction session at Dewey you can do so online, in person at the reference desk, or by calling us at 442 3691.

September 9, 2011

Photo of the Week

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Here are some of the new books added to our reference collection over the summer. Ask at the reference desk for help locating them!

Photo credit: Morris Stilson

September 8, 2011

Resarching 9/11 and the War on Terror

The terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001 mark one of the most devastating points in our nation’s history. These attacks changed the way we look at the world and ushered in a new age of national security, and high tech warfare. In the aftermath of September 11th the United States went to war against those who perpetrated the attacks, what we now know as The War on Terror. These attacks also spawned literature and discourse on terrorism and armed conflict, along with bringing a better national awareness to the inner workings of government, and in particular the Federal Bureau of Investigations. With the tenth anniversary of September 11th upon us, it is important to stay aware of the resources available to you concerning terrorism, armed conflict, and national security. This post should inform you on these topics and where to find further information for your scholarly research or personal interests.

Here are a few book resources regarding the September 11th attacks, the War on Terror and the FBI.
The Rhetoric of Terror: Reflections on 9/11 and the War on Terror by Marc Redfield (Dewey Library HV 6432.7 R435 2009)

Touching History: The Untold Story of the Drama that Unfolded in the Skies Over America on 9/11 by Lynn Spencer
(Dewey Library HV 6432.7 S687 2008)

Spying Blind: The CIA, The FBI, and the Origins of 9/11 by Amy B. Zegart (University Library JK 468 I6 Z42 2007)

The FBI: Past, Present, and Future edited by Edward V. Peykar (Dewey Library HV 8144 F43 F29 2005)

The library also subscribes to a few journals related to terrorism that would contain pertinent information on the War on Terror as well as national security and the September 11th attacks. Here are a few of these journals, they can be found by searching the Journals tab in Minerva.
•Journal of National Security Law & Policy [electronic resource]
•Intelligence and National Security [electronic resource]
•Terrorism & Political Violence [electronic resource]
•FBI Law Enforcement Bulletin [print/electronic]

If you are looking for a more broad view of the literature, there are databases you can search that will have information on this topic. Find these by going to the library website and clicking on the Databases tab on the left. Then click the “Criminal Justice��? link in the list, here are a few of the key databases on this topic.

•Criminal Justice Abstracts with Full Text
•Academic Search Complete
•Criminal Justice Periodicals Index

Subject headings are a great way to see all of the items in our collection related to a certain topic. Anytime you find a book or resource you are interested in, make sure to click on the “View Full Record��? link, and you will see subject heading links within the record that will lead you to other items on the same topic. You can search subject headings in Minerva[http://libms3.albany.edu:8991/F/] by selecting the “Subject begins with…��? option on the menu to the left and entering a few terms. Here are a few subject headings to get you started on this topic.

•September 11 --Terrorist Attacks -- 2001
•United States -- Federal Bureau of Investigation
•Terrorism -- Government policy -- United States

Hopefully this has been a helpful walk through on the important resources on this topic. If you need further information or help on this topic make sure to contact our bibliographer for Criminal Justice, Mary Jane Brustman. You can email her at mbrustman@albany.edu or call her at (518) 442-3540. While it can be a very hard subject to research, it is important to be aware of the changes that the September 11th attacks made to our nation and the impact it still has ten years later.

blog post created by Ben Knowles

September 7, 2011

New Reference Titles at the Dewey Library

The Dewey Library has an extensive and useful reference collection. This collection is comprised of materials such as dictionaries, encyclopedias, and directories. Reference materials are non-circulating but can be used for as long as you need them while at the Dewey Library. Come check out our brand new reference titles at Dewey:

Demystifying dissertation writing: a streamlined process from choice of topic to final text. Peg Boyle Single. Sterling, Va. : Stylus, 2009, c2010. Dewey Reference LB 2369 S55 2010
-Learn about the five strategies related to successfully completing a dissertation.

Dictionary of social work. Martin Thomas and John Pierson. Maidenhead : Open University Press, 2010. Dewey Reference HV 12 D53X 2010.
-Become familiar with key terms and concepts in social work and the healthcare field. This edition provides comprehensive summaries.

The atlas of new librarianship.
R. David Lankes. Cambridge, Mass. : MIT Press, c2011. Dewey Reference Z 665 L36 2011.
-This is a guide to the new reality of librarianship and how it has been affected by technology. The author argues that in today’s world, librarians must enable the creation of knowledge.

Dictionary of developmental disabilities terminology.
Edited by Pasquale J. Accardo and Barbara Y. Whitman. Baltimore : Paul H. Brookes Pub., c2011. Dewey Reference RJ 135 A26 2011.
-This dictionary provides more than 4,000 disability-related terms.

Encyclopedia of cybercrime.
Edited by Samuel C. McQuade, III. Westport, Conn. : Greenwood Press, 2009. Dewey Reference HV 6773 E53 2009.
-A comprehensive encyclopedia about cybercrime. Articles include information on terminology, national infrastructure security vulnerabilities, and the computer hacking subculture.

If you have any questions about these or any reference titles at the Dewey Library, please stop by the reference desk or contact our reference bibliographer Elaine Lasda Bergman by email at elasdabergman@albany.edu, or phone 442-3695.

Blog post created by Katie Farrell

September 4, 2011

Dewey Workshops 9/5-9/9

If you missed our first week of orientation tours, you can still catch one this week. Also, our Introduction to Federal Public Policy Research workshop will introduce you to helpful resources on this subject. You will become familiar with finding the legal authority for a policy, sources for legislative history, and sources evaluating federal public policies. This hour long session will begin with a lecture on relevant resources and end with hands-on searching.

The following sessions are scheduled this week:
Tuesday 9/6
3:00 pm: Orientation Tour

Wednesday 9/7
1:00 pm: Orientation Tour
4:30 pm: Federal Public Policy Research

If you’d like to sign up for a tour or instruction session at Dewey you can do so online, in person at the reference desk, or by calling us at 442 3691.

September 2, 2011

Improvements to Group Study Area and Classroom

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The Group Study area in Dewey Library has been in dire need of a makeover. Over the Summer, we removed the old furniture and replaced it with new furniture. The new chairs and tables are easy to move around so that groups can arrange a work space that is fitting and appropriate for their needs. In order to brighten up the room, we added some fresh paint, with a pop of color, to the walls and ceiling. We also had the floors buffed and polished for added finesse. The next time you are in Dewey Library we would love for you to check out this improved space. We hope the room is inviting and welcoming for your group study needs.
The Group Study area can be found on the lower level of Dewey Library in the basement peristyle, which is just off of the mezzanine area; across from the Electronic Classroom. There are four Information Commons computers in this room. We also plan to add a white board, which can be useful for group discussions.

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The Dewey Electronic Classroom also received an upgrade over the Summer. We now have a 55��? monitor, which will be used by our teaching staff for instructing library courses. In addition, a few new tables were added to the room in order to replace old, mismatched tables. Sign up for a class today for an opportunity to experience our newly, updated and modernized classroom.

Blog post and photos by Lindsay Van Berkom>