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March 29, 2012

Photo of the Week

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Borrow a laptop for a few hours from the Dewey Library!

Photo credit: Morris Stilson

March 28, 2012

Need a Laptop?

Did you forget your laptop? Remember the laptop but not the power cord? Just don't feel like dragging it back and forth to campus with you? Don't have a laptop? Never fear, the Libraries have you covered!

In addition to books, magazines and DVDs, you can borrow laptops from the University Libraries, including Dewey. Available to any member of the UAlbany community, laptops run Windows XP Pro and include a DVD/CD read/write drive, mouse, battery, power cord and a USB drive. They also come with a variety of software, including Microsoft Office, Internet, Firefox, and Acrobat Reader.

Laptops can be borrowed for up to four hours and must be returned at least 30 minutes before the library closes. The University Library has sixteen laptops, the Science Library has ten and Dewey has two. To check one out, you must have a current Laptop Lending Agreement on file at the Circulation Desk.

For more information, check out our website stop by the Circulation Desk, or call us at 442-3693.

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March 27, 2012

Tricks for Locating Tests and Measures

If you're a social welfare student, you will eventually need to find tests, measures, and assessment scales. If you're not sure how to find these, this post is for you! Here we will discuss how to find tests and measurements in ERIC and PsycInfo as well as other relevant resources here at the library.

In ERIC, it is possible to limit to Tests/Questionnaires under Publication Type. This is one way to find tests and measurements but is not always consistent. The best way to find what you need is to enter your search terms in the search box and add append* in the second search box. This tells the database to search for different endings of the word such as append, appendix, and appended. Articles with appended tests will be found this way, and is the most accurate way to find tests and measurements in ERIC.

The interface is different, but the approach is similar in PsycInfo. It is possible under All Fields to limit to Tests & Measures but the best way is to search append* in addition to your own search terms (like in ERIC). For the best results, keep your search general. If you cannot find the full text version in PycInfo, click on the Find It button to see if it's available in another database. If not, you can check in Minerva to see if we have it available in print.

The Dewey Library also has extensive print holdings dealing with tests and measures. Here are a few of the newest texts owned by the library:

Handbook of child sexual abuse: identification, assessment, and treatment. Edited by Paris Goodyear-Brown. Hoboken, N.J.: John Wiley & Sons, c2012.
Dewey Library

Handbook of multicultural measures
. Glenn C. Gamst, Christopher T.H. Liang, & Aghop Der-Karabetian. Thousand Oaks, Calif.: SAGE Publications, c2011.
Dewey Library HM 1271 G36 2011

Child & family assessment in social work practice. Sally Holland. London; Los Angeles, CA: SAGE, 2011.
Dewey Library

Handbook of psychological assessment. Gary Groth-Marnat. Hoboken, N.J.: John Wiley & Sons, Inc., c2009.
Dewey Library BF 176 G76 2009

Tests: a comprehensive reference for assessments in psychology, education, and business. Edited by Taddy Maddox. Austin, Tex.: Pro-Ed, c2008.
Dewey Library Reference BF 176 T43 2008

Measures for clinical practice and research>. Joel Fischer, Kevin Corcoran. Oxford; New York: Oxford University Press, 2007.
Dewey Reference BF 176 C66 2007

Also check out the database Mental Measurements Yearbook with Tests in Print. This is an EBSCO database and has the same interface as ERIC. Our Test and Measurements section of Internet Resources in Social Welfare also has relevant information.

The University at Albany also has its own School of Education Test Library(from the Division of Educational Psychology and Methodology). This website lists tests, books, hours for the library and more. The Test Library is located in Education B-11 on the Uptown Campus.

If you have any questions about locating tests and measures, please contact Elaine Bergman, the Social Welfare bibliographer. She can be reached by email (elasdabergman@albany.edu) or by phone (442-3695).

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March 25, 2012

Dewey Workshops, March 26 - 30

This week we are offering our Introduction to Information Resources in Gerontology for the first time this semester. This class provides a basic overview of key resources related to gerontological social work, including key reference works and databases. The class will also include searching strategies and tips for uncovering useful articles, websites and books about the aged. We are only offering this workshop one other time this semester, so take advantage of the opportunity while you can.

The schedule for this week is:

Wednesday, 3/28:
3:00 pm: Introduction to Information Resources for Gerontology

You can sign up for this class by visiting the Reference Desk, calling us at 442-3691, or visiting our registration page.

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March 21, 2012

Digital Rights Management: DRM

The digital management of rights by digitally encoding management technologies and including them in files so that the “reading��? technologies will either allow or restrict use is now commonly called “DRM��?. DRM can be used within the content files, and also can be configured into transaction processes as well as included in system architecture. Some early implementations of this same idea used the words Digital Restrictions Management. A typical method of DRM might be to encrypt a file so that only authorized or paying users have the decryption technology. Another method may be to incorporate restricting metadata in a file that prevents distribution or copying. The incorporation of the restrictions into the content means that after the purchase, the buyer does not have control over the distribution of the content, as is the case with physical media such as books.

Content creators and distributors who wish to restrict the use of digital content and provide use only to those who pay fees and royalties are creating many different types of schemes to ensure as little unauthorized use as possible. For instance eBook publishers and vendors are creating licensing and DRM schemes that control how many times a library may allow the downloading of any individual book. The scheme usually includes an initial price payment for access to the book, then the DRM keeps track of downloading and use transactions. After a certain number of downloads, for instance 30, the publisher or vendor will bill the library for any additional downloads, or sell another license for additional downloads of that title.

Another scheme includes how many library users may have access to specific title at one time. The DRM can allow only one user or multiple simultaneous users of a title. The library must decide whether to pay a lower price and only allow one user at a time or pay a higher price for the title and allow multiple users of the title.
These examples only highlight a few DRM schemes. There are literally thousands used by content publishers/creators/vendors to manage their digital content “downstream��? use. DRM virtually eliminates the “first sale��? doctrine aspect of the copyright law, which provides a good deal of flexibility for subsequent use of the content buyer. The first sale doctrine allows anyone to buy a copy of an item from a vendor and have the ability to subsequently distribute that copy as they see fit, with little restriction. It is considered that they have paid the necessary royalty. DRM schemes create models which shift the paradigm to access rather than outright ownership – access remains under the control of the copyright holder.

The DRM schemes widely used today provide control by the seller or licenser of content but restrict the buyer or user of content. Many times these schemes also prevent fair use, the type of use described in the copyright law which provides for limited use of copyright protected content for non-profit and educational uses and does not require permission or royalty payment.

For further reading about DRM:

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March 20, 2012

Faculty Spotlight: Graeme Newman, Distinguished Teaching Professor

Professor Newman is a Distinguished Teaching Professor here in the University at Albany’s criminal justice program. Professor Newman has been a consultant to the United Nations Criminal Justice and Crime Prevention Division. He also helped establish the United Nations Crime and Justice Information Network. This network was the first criminal justice presence on the Internet. Professor Newman is also the Associate Director of the Center for Problem Oriented Policing. This organization focuses on how police can better address crime and disorder problems. As Associate Director, Professor Newman contributes and helps manage the website.

Professor Newman has written several books and you can check them out at the University Libraries and online!

Bomb threats in schools. Graeme Newman. Washington, DC: U.S. Dept. of Justice, Office of Community Oriented Policing Services, [2005].
Online / GovDoc: J 85 J 36.15/3:32[http://permanent.access.gpo.gov/lps71547/open.pdf]

Check and card fraud. Graeme Newman. Washington, D.C.: U.S. Dept. of Justice, Office of Community Oriented Policing Services, [2004]
Online / GovDoc: J 85 J 36.15/3:21[http://permanent.access.gpo.gov/lps73068/open.pdf]

Comparative deviance: perception and law in six cultures. Graeme Newman. New York: Elsevier Scientific Pub. Co., c1976.
Dewey Library HV 6030 N48

Crime and deviance: a comparative perspective. Edited by Graeme Newman. Beverly Hills: Sage Publications, c1980.
Dewey Library HV 6028 C72

Crime and immigration. Edited by Joshua D. Freilich and Graeme R. Newman. Aldershot, England; Burlington, VT: Ashgate, c2007.
Dewey Library HV 6181 C714 2007

For a full list of books owned by the University Libraries, search for Professor Newman in Minerva! Search Newman, Graeme under Author (last name first). You will find 26 results.

Professor Newman has also written several articles, reports, and book chapters, including:

Newman, G. and Clarke, R. (2007). “The situational prevention of terrorism: some ethical considerations.��? Criminal Justice Ethics, 26(1), 2-65.

Reducing Opportunities for Terrorism��? With Ronald V. Clarke. In Werner Stritzke, Stephen Lewandowsky, David Denemark, Frank Morgan and Joe Clare (Eds) Terrorism and Torture: An Interdisciplinary Perspective. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. (2008)
Dewey Library HV 6431 T46357 2009

Situational Crime Prevention and the Control of Terrorism.��? With Ronald V. Clarke. In Ozgur Nikbay and Suneyman Hancerli (Eds.) Understanding and Responding to the Terrorism Phenomenon: A Multidimensional perspective. NATO Science for Peace and Security Series, Vol. 21.Washington: IOC Press. 2007.
Dewey Library HV 6431 N3837 2006

Modifying Criminogenic Products: What Role for Government?��? With Ronald V. Clarke. In Clarke and Newman (Eds) Designing out crime from Products and Systems. Crime Prevention Studies, 2005. London: Willan Publishers. Crime Prevention Studies. Vol. 18. (2005).
Dewey Library HV 7431 D468X 2005

For a full list of Professor Newman’s publications, please consult his CV]. If you have any questions, please contact our criminal justice bibliographer, Mary Jane Brustman by phone at 442-3540 or email at mbrustman@albany.edu.

March 18, 2012

Dewey Workshops, March 19 - 23

It’s a great week to learn to use the Libraries’ website effectively! Our Using the Libraries’ Website to Access Information workshop will cover searching in Minerva and databases, online reference, subject specific research guides and other online information sources. We are also offering a morning session of our Evidence Based Practice workshop.

This week’s workshop schedule is as follows:

Thursday, 3/22:

10:00 am: Evidence Based Practice
2:00 pm: Using the University Libraries’ Website to Access Information

You can sign up for a class by visiting the Reference Desk, calling us at 442-3691, or visiting our registration page.

Blog post created by Cary Gouldin

March 16, 2012

Photo of the Week: New Reference Books

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Here are some of the new reference books available in our collection. Ask a Reference Librarian what sources we have to help with YOUR research topic!

Photo credit: Morris Stilson

March 14, 2012

Reference Books are Awesome

Are you writing your resume for that great federal job you read about? Want to get published in a leading social work journal? Curious about the racial and economic makeup of the city of Albany? There's a reference book for that!

Whether writing your dissertation, starting a job search or looking to satisfy your curiosity, reference materials are an invaluable resource. General reference materials (e.g. Encyclopedia Britannica) provide short entries on topics from a variety of fields, while subject-specific resources (e.g. Encyclopedia of Power) offer more in depth information, including key terms and concepts, major theories and research trends. Whatever your research needs, the reference section is a great place to start.

Here are some recent additions to our reference collection that might interest you:

The Digital Librarian's Legal Handbook
. John N. Gathegi. New York, NY: Neal-Schuman Publishers, c2012. Dewey Library / Reference: KF 2995 G38 2012.
This book provides an in depth look at intellectual property rights as they pertain to digital libraries, including copyright, content ownership, performance rights, licensing and fair uses. The first chapter serves as a general introduction to the topic. Chapter two looks at the unique aspects of the digital library and how they affect and are affected by various intellectual property issues as well as looking at access and preservation issues. Subsequent chapters focus on different aspects of intellectual property and digital collections. Designed for those with little to no legal background, this handbook makes intellectual property law and the issues surrounding it accessible and easy to grasp.

Encyclopedia of Addictions. Kathryn H. Hollen. Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 2009. 2 vols. Online RC 563.4 H65 2009 WWW.
Covering all aspects of addiction from alcohol and drugs to anorexia and gambling, this guide offers a comprehensive overview of the issue, including symptoms, diagnosis, and treatment. There are over 200 entries on key concepts and terms, types of addiction, specific drugs, mental disorders and treatment methods. Entries are concise, easy to read and jargon free, and many include recommendations for further reading.

Encyclopedia of Criminological Theory. Francis T. Cullen, Pamela Wilcox, eds. Thousand Oaks, CA: SAGE Publications, c2010. 2 vols. University and Dewey Libraries / Reference: HV 6017 E527 2010.
This encyclopedia provides a comprehensive overview of the field of criminological theory through concise, accessible entries that explain and contextualize each issue. Entries also include a list of related entries and external references for further reading. The encyclopedia also includes a "Reader's Guide��? which groups the entries into schools, 21 in all, to help readers get a complete overview of different the facets of each school of thought.

The Sage Handbook of Race and Ethnic Studies. Patricia Hill-Collins and John Solomos, eds. Thousand Oaks, CA: SAGE, 2010. Dewey Library / Reference: HT 1521 S225X 2010.
This handbook is a comprehensive survey of the history, context and current state of race and ethnic studies, focusing on topics such as methodology, class, gender and sexuality, globalism, law and public policy, and education. The four sections, focusing on theoretical and historical contexts, social hierarchy, social organization, and debates and new horizons, provide an in depth look at the key research, new directions and conflicting voices within the field as well as an understanding of how the theories and issues discussed have affected fields such as anthropology, sociology, politics, and cultural studies.

Organized Crime: From Trafficking to Terrorism. Frank G. Shanty and Patit Paban Mishra, eds. Santa Barbara, CA: ABC-CLIO, 2008. 2 vols. Online HV 6441 O745 2008 WWW.
This online reference book serves as an introduction to the topic, including history, causation theories, and law enforcement efforts and well as both the local and global impact of organized crimes' infiltration of the governmental and legitimate business sectors. The Directory of Major Organized Crimes Groups provides a brief introduction to the major players. Volume 2 is a collection of important international and multilateral documents related to combatting organized crime, including treaties, protocols and conventions.

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March 13, 2012

Association of Research Libraries Reports Now Available Electronically

The University Libraries is a member of the Association of Research Libraries (ARL), and because of this, we have access to ARL Digital Publications. These publications are available online and include selected publications from 2006 to the present. If you’re an information studies student, these publications are valuable resources and definitely worth checking out.

Included in the available publications and reports are the ARL Annual Salary Surveys, ARL Statistics, Research Library Issues, and SPEC Kits. SPEC Kits are a combination of resources on a specific topic put together by ARL. SPEC surveys are conducted on ARL member libraries and target current research practices and policies. These SPEC surveys are combined with other relevant ARL publications, creating a SPEC Kit. These kits serve as a guide for member libraries when it comes to dealing with current library issues. Several of these SPEC Kits are available on the online.

SPEC Kits are a great way to see what’s currently being talked about in the academic library world. The three most recent SPEC Kits are: Digital Humanities, Reconfiguring Service Delivery, and Digital Preservation. Reconfiguring Service Delivery focuses on delivery points in ARL libraries and the changes being made to them. These changes are presented in this SPEC Kit as well as the impact and effectiveness of these changes. The Digital Humanities Spec Kit examines the digital services related to the humanities. Relevant policies, projects, and staffing issues are illustrated and evaluated. The Digital Preservation SPEC Kit also focuses on digital content. Funding, staff issues, and content are explored as well as new policies and workflows. These recent SPEC Kits show how the academic library is changing in this digital world. Service points must be reevaluated and digital policies must be in place.

As mentioned before, these SPEC Kits can be found online . To be up to date on the latest SPEC Kits, you can sign up for their RSS feed. It is also possible to access older SPEC Kits in Minerva by searching the term "SPEC Kits".

The ARL Salary Survey is available online from 2006 until the present. This survey includes the salaries of more than 12,000 ARL library professionals. ARL Statistics tracks the spending, staffing, and services of ARL member libraries and Research Library Issues [http://publications.arl.org/rli] is a quarterly publication addressing issues in ARL libraries.

These are all valuable and relevant resources for academic libraries. It is possible to brows all online publications by title or author. There is also an RSS feed for the latest ARL Digital Publications .

If you have any questions about ARL Digital Publications, please contact our information studies bibliographer, Deborah Bernnard by email at dbernnard@albany.edu or phone at 442-3699.

March 11, 2012

Dewey Workshops for the week of March 12 - 16

It’s a busy week in the Dewey classroom! We are offering our Using the Libraries Website to Access Information workshop, which includes an introduction to Minerva, research databases and other online resources. UA Delivery and Interlibrary Loan will also be covered. We are offering two Nonprofit Organizations – Information Sources sessions this week, and one Social Welfare Research Seminar, a 90 minute session that will cover using library databases, the libraries’ webpage and other online resources for research in social welfare.

This week’s class schedule:

Wednesday, 3/14:
3:00 pm: Using the University Libraries’ Website to Access Information
4:30 pm: Nonprofit Organizations - Information Sources

Thursday, 3/15:
4:00 pm: Social Welfare Research Seminar

Friday, 3/16:
10:00 am: Nonprofit Organizations – Information Sources

Please visit the workshop page on our website to register for a class, call 442-3691, or stop by the Reference Desk.

Blog post created by Cary Gouldin

March 9, 2012

Photo of the Week: Women's History Month Display

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Reference Associate Cary Gouldin created a display for Women's History Month showing the accomplishments of women in Criminal Justice, Information Studies, Public Administration and Policy, and Social Welfare.

Photo Credit: Morris Stilson

March 7, 2012

Dewey Celebrates Women’s History Month

Check out our Women’s History Month display in the case by the front door, which honors the accomplishments of women in the fields of Criminal Justice, Information Science, Public Policy and Administration, and Social Welfare. We have also compiled a bibliography of some of the University Libraries’ resources related to female practitioners in these fields as well as how these fields affect women across the country and around the world. Be sure to grab a copy next time you are in the Library.

Blog post created by Cary Gouldin

March 6, 2012

Understanding the Electoral College

Today is Super Tuesday, and the 2012 election season is in full swing. As you know, the popular vote does not determine the winner in a presidential election. Rather, the electoral college, comprised of delegates from each state cast votes per state. This has often led to questions regarding the efficacy of the Electoral College system.

Established by Article II of the US Constitution and modified by Amendment 12 , the Electoral College is the process by which the president and vice president are elected and was designed as a compromise between election by Congress and by popular vote . Each state is allocated a number of electors that is equal to size of its Congressional delegation – the number of Senators (2 per state) plush the number of members of the House of Representatives (based on a state’s population). It is these electors who actually elect the president and vice president. Before an election, electoral candidates are selected by the political parties within each state and pledge to vote for a particular candidate. The selection process varies by state with most states selecting electors according to the results of the popular vote. The elections are decided by majority of the total Electoral College votes. If the College is unable to reach a majority, the election is decided by a majority vote in the House of Representatives for presidential elections and in the Senate for vice presidential elections.

There are aspects of this system that have resulted in controversial election results over the years, leading to many calls for reform. One issue of contention is that if electors are selected by a closely contested popular vote, it can lead to a candidate winning the election despite not having won the popular vote. This has happened three times in the nation’s history, most recently when George W. Bush was elected in 2000. Another problematic issue stems from the fact that in the case of non-majority votes by the Electoral College, the president and vice president would be elected by different bodies, which could lead to a president and vice president from different parties. While this has never happened, it is still a very real possibility.

Over 700 reform proposals have been introduced to Congress, with only one, the 12th Amendment, ever being passed. Several proposals have focused on the elimination of the College all together in favor a direct popular vote system. Other proposals have focused on reforming the way that electors are selected, the most popular alternatives being based on congressional districts or an allocation system based on the proportion of the popular vote each candidate received.

The University Libraries have many resources on the Electoral College’s history and effectiveness as well as reform efforts. The following reference books are a good place to start researching the topic:

Congressional Quarterly’s Guide to U.S. Elections, Volume 1. John L. Moore, Jon P. Preimesberger and David R. Taar (Eds.). Washington, DC: CQ Press, 2010.
Dewey Library/ Ref JK 1967 C662 2010 v.1

Encyclopedia of the American Presidency. Michael A. Genovese. New York: Facts on File, c2010.
Dewey Library / Reference: JK 511 E53 2010

Guide to the Presidency. Michael Nelson (Ed.). Washington, DC: CQ Press, c2008.
Dewey Library / Ref JK 516 G83 2008

Many books on the College can be found through Minerva, our catalog, including:

After the People Vote: A Guide to the Electoral College. John C. Fortier (Ed.). Washington, DC: AEI Press, c2004.
University Library / JK 529 A68 2004

Enlightened Democracy: The Case for the Electoral College. Tara Ross. Los Angeles, CA: World Ahead Pub., c2004.
University Library / JK 529 R67 2004

Taming the Electoral College. Robert W. Bennett. Stanford, CA: Stanford Law and Politics, 2006.
University Library / KF 4911 B46 2006

Why the Electoral College is Bad for America. George C. Edwards, III. New Haven: Yale University Press, 2011.
University Library / JK 529 E38 2011

For assistance with researching the Electoral College, contact Richard Irving, Public Policy and Administration bibliographer (rirving@uamail.albany.edu or 442-3698), or stop by the Reference Desk.

Blog post created by Cary Gouldin

March 4, 2012

Dewey Workshops for the week of March 5 - 9

This week’s offerings include the workshop Introduction to Research Databases, which will introduce the important concepts and strategies needed to effectively search any database. Other classes taking place this week are ICPSR, Data and Statistical Resources; Evidence Based Practice; and Nonprofit Organizations – Information Sources, which will provide an overview to print, online and internet sources of information regarding nonprofit organizations and their activities.

Classed offered this week are as follows:

Wednesday, 3/7:
10:00 am: ICPSR, Data and Statistical Resources
3:00 pm: Evidence Based Practice

Thursday, 3/8:
3:00 pm: Introduction to Research Databases
4:30 pm: Nonprofit Organizations - Information Sources

You can register for a session online, by phone at 442-3691, or by stopping by the Reference Desk.

Blog post by Cary Gouldin