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September 30, 2012

Workshops at Dewey 10/1-10/5

Among our offerings this week is our ICPSR, Data and Statistical Resources workshop, which will provide an introduction to government, not-for-profit and commercial sources of data and statistical information as well as the ICPSR data repository site. This workshop is ideal for students who are interested in quantitative methods and who will be using government statistics and data.

This week’s class schedule is as follows:

Tuesday, 10/2
10:00 a.m. Introduction to Federal Public Policy Research

Wednesday, 10/3

10:00 a.m. ICPSR, Data and Statistical Resources
3:00 p.m. Social Welfare Research Seminar

For more information on these and other workshops, check out our website.

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Ph.D. Students: Renew or Return 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.

September 28, 2012

Ph.D. Due Date is Sunday

A reminder to all Ph.D. candidates that the summer fixed date for returning or renewing books is this coming Sunday, September 30, 2012. 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 26, 2012

UAlbany Video of Dewey Library

Recently the Dewey Graduate Library was the subject of the University at Albany NewsCenter Video of the Day. Take some time to watch this brief video and learn a little bit about the history of our facility!

September 25, 2012

Campaign Issues: Understanding the National Debt

With the 2012 presidential election just around the corner, the national debt has, once again, taken center stage. National debt is incurred when the government’s spending (Social Security, Medicare, defense, etc.) is larger than its revenue (personal and corporate taxes, investments, etc.), forcing the government to borrow money. The national debt is comprised of debt held by the public and intergovernmental debt. Debt held by the public is used to fund the day-to-day operations of the government and is incurred in the form of securities sold to the public (individuals, corporations, local governments, foreign countries, etc. Intergovernmental debt is made up of trust fund accounts used to fund specific government programs, like the Social Security Trust Fund, where cumulative surpluses, including interest earnings, of these programs are invested in Treasury securities. The US’s national debt is currently $16 trillion.

At the end of the Clinton presidency in 2001, the Congressional Budget Office projected that the country was on track to pay off its debt and accumulate $2.3 trillion in savings by 2011. Instead, the intervening decade saw an 11.7 increase in the national debt stemming from factors such as the Bush Tax Cuts ($3 trillion), the Wars in Iraq and Afghanistan ($1.4 trillion), The Recovery Act ($800 billion) and the recession ($3.5 trillion).

The US is obligated to make minimal payments on its debt each year. Failure to do so would make investing in US Treasury Securities too risky for most investors, thereby drying up the flow of borrowed money that the government relies on to fund its operations, forcing it to freeze funding for some or all of its programs. Legislation is in place that caps the amount of money that can be spent each year on debt payments. Increasing that limit can only be enacted by an act of Congress. In 2011, it was projected that the amount of the government’s minimal debt obligation would exceeded the established debt limit by early August, sparking contentious debate in Congress on the national debt. Republican members of the House refused to increase the limit without securing a plan to drastically decrease government spending. Months of negotiations resulted in the Budget Control Act, which increased the limit by $400 billion, reduced spending by more than $400 billion and established the Joint Select Committee on Deficit Reduction, tasked with reducing spending by at least 1.5 trillion over the next ten years. Failure of the Committee to recommend the required reductions, and Congress enact legislation based on the recommendations, would trigger across the board cuts of up to 1.2 trillion. In November 2011, the Committee announced that they were unable to come to an agreement on reductions. The across the board cuts are scheduled to start next year.

Understandably, the national debt is a hot button issue in the presidential campaign, with both parties blaming the other for the drastic increase of the last decade. The Republicans claim that Obama has added 6.5 trillion in debt in his first term. Democrats defend Obama’s record by pointing out that he inherited many of the circumstances that led to that increase from the Bush Administratio. Sorting out the truth of both side’s claims can be difficult. Luckily, websites like FactCheck.org and PolitiFact.org can help you tell fact from fiction.

Both candidates include debt reduction in their platforms. Mitt Romney’s plan focuses on cutting government spending while extending the Bush tax cuts and further reducing taxes for both individuals and corporations. Barack Obama’s plan focuses on a combination of reducing spending and increasing taxes on those making over $250,000 a year. In addition to the Obama and Romney campaign sites, there are several online resources that can help you understand the candidates’ positions on the national debt and other important campaign issues. Project Vote Smart provides biographies, issue positions, voting records and campaign finance information on candidates on federal and state races. On the Issues provides information on key issues, candidate policy statements, voting record information and key quotes on campaign issues.

In addition, the Libraries have many resources on the national debt issue which can be found by searching Minerva, our online catalog:

White House Burning: The Founding Fathers, Our National Debt, and Why it Matters to You by Simon Johnson and James Kwak. New York: Pantheon Books, c2012. Dewey Library / HJ 8101 J64 2012.

Lost Decades: The Making of America’s Debt Crisis and the Long Recovery by Menzie D. Chinn and Jeffry A. Frieden. New York: W.W. Norton & Co., c2011. Dewey Library / HJ 7537 C45 2011.

Inflated: How Money and Debt Built the American Dream by R. Christopher Whalen. Hoboken, NJ: Wiley, c2011. Dewey Library / HJ 8101 W43 2011.

Forgive Us Our Debts: The Intergenerational Dangers of Fiscal Irresponsibility by Andrew L. Yarrow. New Haven, CT: Yale University Press, c2008. Dewey Library / HJ 8119 Y37 2008.

The National Debt: From FDR (1941) to Clinton (1996) by Robert E. Kelly. Jefferson, NC: McFarland, c2000. Dewey Library / HJ 8119 K45 2000.

The Politics of Taxing and Spending
by Patrick Fisher. Boulder: Lynne Rienner Publishers, 2009. Dewey Library / HJ 2381 F57 2009.

Taxes, Spending, and the U.S. Government’s March toward Bankruptcy
by Daniel N. Shaviro. Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press, c2007. Dewey Library / HJ 257.2 S53 2007.

Passing the Buck: Congress, the Budget, and Deficits
by Jasmine Farrier. Lexington: University Press of Kentucky, c2004. University Library / JK 1021 F37 2004.

Our Government Documents collection is also chock full of reports, transcripts and proposals published by the Federal government regarding the national debt and the national debt limit:

What is the Real Debt Limit?: Hearing Before the Joint Economic Committee, Congress of the United States, One Hundred Twelfth Congress, First Session, September 20, 2011. Washington: U.S. Government Printing Office, 2012. Online / GovDoc: J 85 Y 4.EC 7:S.HRG.112-191.

Debt Limit: Delays Create Debt Management Challenges and Increase Uncertainty in the Treasury Market: Report to the Congress. Washington: U.S. Government Printing Office, 2011. Online / GovDoc: J 85 GA 1.13:GAO-11-203.

Perspectives on the Economic Implications of the Federal Budget Deficit: Hearing Before the Subcommittee on Economic Policy of the Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs, United States Senate, One Hundred Twelfth Congress, First Session, October 5, 2011. Washington: U.S. Government Printing Office, 2012. Online / GovDoc: J 85 Y 4.B 22/3:S.HRG.112-387.

The Broken Budget Process: Legislative Proposals
: Hearing before the Committee on the Budget, House of Representatives, One Hundred Twelfth Congress, Second Session, May 31, 2012. Washington: U.S. Government Printing Office, 2012. Online / GovDoc: J 85 Y 4.B 85/3:112-26.

The Broken Budget Process: Perspectives from Budget Experts: Hearing before the Committee on the Budget, House of Representatives, One Hundred Twelfth Congress, First Session, September 22, 2011. Washington: U.S. Government Printing Office, 2011. Online / GovDoc: J 85 Y 4.B 85/3:112-16.

For assistance on researching the national debt and other campaign issues, contact bibliographer Richard Irving (442-3698, rirving@albany.edu) or stop by the reference desk.

September 23, 2012

Dewey Workshops: 9/24 - 9/28

Workshops on some additional topics are being offered this week. Evidence-based practice is gaining importance in social work circles. In the Evidence Based Practice Seminar, you will learn how to do specialized research to locate evidence based sources. Public Policy research is also an area that may require using specialized databases, searching techniques and other resources. Anyone needing to locate and understand Federal policy will benefit from the Introduction to Federal Public Policy Resources.

Wednesay 9/26:
1:00-2:00PM: Evidence Based Practice
4:00-5:00PM: Introduction to Federal Public Policy Resources

Thursday 9/27:
2:30-3:30PM: Introduction to Research Databases
4:30-5:30PM: Introduction to Federal Public Policy Resources

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. We hope to see you there!

September 21, 2012

Photo of the Week - New Bookmarks Available

Now available at the Dewey Library Reference Desk: Subject Guide Bookmarks! Each bookmark has the web address to a Subject Guide -- these are library research guides that help you navigate through resources on a particular topic. If you have a smartphone, you can simply snap an image of the QR Code on the back to be taken directly to the guide.

September 19, 2012

Research On-the-Go: Accessing the Libraries’ Resources Off-Campus

With classes, work and family pulling you in multiple directions, you may find that there aren’t enough hours in the day to get all your research done at the Library. Never fear, if you have internet access, you have access to the Libraries’ resources: our website is your information gateway. You can do research, renew books, access our online reference collection, get research help and much more.

Most of our research databases, like Academic Search Complete, PsycINFO and Criminal Justice Abstracts, are accessible off-campus. To access databases in your field, visit our databases page and click on the link for your field. Once you have selected a database and clicked on the corresponding link, you will be prompted to enter your NetID and password. Once you have, you will be able to search the database and access articles the same way you do when you are in the Library.

Minerva, our online catalog, is also accessible off-site. You can search for resources, check their availability, and submit UA Delivery and Interlibrary Loan requests. You can also log into MyMinerva and check due dates, renew items and see your outstanding fines.

Has your research hit a dead-end? Or maybe it never quite got going in the first place. Don’t despair. There are several ways you can get help without ever setting foot inside the Library. Check out the research guide for your field for helpful information on key resources in your field. We also have a host of online tutorials to help improve your research skills. Still stuck? Get help from a reference librarian via text, IM, phone or email.

You can also search many of the libraries’ resources on your smartphone or tablet via the Libraries’ specially formatted mobile site. This site allows you to view information like the libraries’ hours, directions to the library and our staff directory. It also allows you to search Minerva and access your MyMinerva account.

In addition, several of our database suppliers have mobile sites that facilitate searching via tablets and smartphones:

EBSCO Mobile: Access all of the databases we subscribe to through the Ebsco platform, including Academic Search Complete, MEDLINE, ERIC, and more. Experience the user-friendly EBSCO interface in the palm of your hand!

JSTOR: Instead of creating a specifically formatted site or device-specific apps, JSTOR has designed their interface to automatically adjust itself to your device.

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.

For more information on accessing the Libraries’ resources off-campus, stop by the Reference Desk or give us a call at 442-3691.

Blog post created by Cary Gouldin

September 18, 2012

Justice and Multiculturalism Lecture and Film Series

RafterPhotosmall.jpgNoted criminologist, Nicole Rafter will be giving a presentation “Justice, Gender, and Multicultural Issues” at noon on Thursday, September 20 in the Emerson Community Hall at the First Unitarian Universalist Society of Albany. The First Unitarian Universalist Society of Albany is located at 405 Washington Ave. (directly across the street from Draper Hall on the downtown campus). This is the first in a series of events as part of the “Justice & Multiculturalism in the 21st Century” project sponsored by the School of Criminal Justice. Professor Rafter is a faculty member in the School of Criminology and Criminal Justice at Northeastern University. She is the author/co-author of numerous books including; The Criminal brain: Understanding Biological Theories of Crime (2008), Criminology Goes to the Movies: Crime Theory and Popular Culture(2011), Shots in the Mirror: Crime Films and Society (2006), Partial Justice: Women, Prison, and Social Control(1990), all of which are included within the University Libraries’ collections.

Kinyarwanda Postersmall.jpgThe “Justice & Multiculturalism in the 21st Century” project will include additional presentations. A film series, and a Spring Symposium. The first film, “Kinyarwanda”, will be shown Friday, September 28th at 7:30 pm in Page Hall. There will be a public reception at 6:30 pm , and an opportunity to direct questions to the film’s producer, Darren Dean, and leading actress, Hadidja Zaninka, following the showing. The film won the World Cinema Audience Award (Dramatic) at the 2011 Sundance Film Festival and concerns the genocide in Rwanda. The University Libraries‘ collections include many books dealing with various aspects of the genocide in Rwanda. A subject search “Rwanda -- History -- Civil War, 1994 - Atrocities” in Minerva will result in a list of many titles including; Court of Remorse: Inside the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda(2010), Christianity and Genocide in Rwanda(2010), Intimate Enemy: Images and Voices of the Rwandan Genocide (2006), Eyewitness to a Genocide: the United Nations and Rwanda(2002).

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September 16, 2012

Dewey Workshops: Week of 9/17 - 9/21

Again this week, we are offering our Introduction to Research Databases workshop and the Social Welfare Research Seminar. Taking these workshops early in the semester will help you when it is "crunch" time: you will not have to try to figure out the library website and resources when time is critical to find the research you need.

Monday 9/17,2:00-4:00PM Social Welfare Research Seminar

Wednesday 9/19,3:30-4:30PM 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 14, 2012

Photo of the Week

A student demonstrates our new, easy to use, touch screen book scanner. If you would like more information, just ask at the Circulation or Reference Desk!

September 12, 2012

Check Out our New Scanner!

The new scanner at the Dewey Library is located on the first floor along the back wall by the current periodicals. This scanner is specifically designed for scanning books and won’t damage the spine or create any shadows near the center of the page. It allows scans of 11”x17” and has a maximum resolution of 600 dpi, or dots per inch. This means that materials can be scanned at a high resolution, making the picture very clear. Automatic color matching ensures the scanned materials are accurate depictions of the original.

This is a touch screen scanner that doesn’t require a computer or special software. You don’t need to log in with an ID or run a specific program. Simply select how you want to scan and start scanning! It’s possible to scan directly to a USB, printer, or send to your email.

The scanner at the Dewey Library is available when the Dewey Library is open. Please view our hours page and plan accordingly. There’s no need to sign up, simply drop by the library! If you have any questions about our new scanner, please call the reference desk at 442-3691, email us, or visit the desk in person.

September 11, 2012

Faculty Profile: Katharine H. Briar-Lawson, Dean and Professor, School of Social Welfare

Briar-Lawson.jpgKatharine Briar-Lawson is dean and professor in UAlbany’s School of Social Welfare. She is a national expert on family focused practice and child and family policy. She co-chairs the Gerontological Task Force for the National Association for Deans and Directors and served as a past president. In addition, she is a Co-PI of the National Child Welfare Workforce Institute. Her research interests include child and family welfare, poverty and unemployment, community collaboration, and service integration. She has written and edited several books that are in the Libraries’ collection, including:

Globalization, Social Justice, and the Helping Professions
, edited by William Roth and Katharine Briar-Lawson. Albany: State University of New York Press, c2011. Dewey Library / HM 831 G56 2011.

Social Work Practice Research for the Twenty-First Century, edited by Anne E. Fortune, Philip McCallion, and Katharine Briar-Lawson. New York: Columbia University Press, 2010. Dewey Library / HV 11 S5886 2010

Charting the Impacts of University-Child Welfare Collaboration, edited by Katharine Briar-Lawson and Joan Levy Zlotnik. New York: Haworth Social Work Practice Press, c2003. Dewey Library / HV 715 C48 2003.

Evaluation Research in Child Welfare: Improving Outcomes through University-Public Agency Partnerships, edited by Katharine Briar-Lawson, Joan Levy Zlotnik. New York: Haworth Press, c2002. Dewey Library / HV 713 E83 2002.

Family-Centered Policies and Practices: International Implications, by Katharine Briar-Lawson, Charles B. Hennon, Hal A. Lawson and Alan R. Jones. New York: Columbia University Press, c2001. Dewey Library / HV 697 F353 2001.

Innovative Practices with Vulnerable Children and Families, edited by Alvin L. Sallee, Hal A. Lawson and Katharine Briar-Lawson. Peosta, Iowa: Eddie Bowers Pub., c2001. Dewey Library / HV 699 I49 2001.

Social Work and the Unemployed, by Katharine H. Briar. Silver Spring, MD: National Association of Social Workers, c1988. Dewey Library / HV 699 B73 1988.

The Effect of Long-Term Unemployment on Workers and Their Families, by Katharine H. Briar. San Francisco: R & E Research Associates, 1978. Storage - CCBED / HD 5726 S485 B73.

In addition, Briar-Lawson has authored numerous scholarly articles that can also be found at the Libraries:

Child Welfare, the Media, and Capacity Building ,”by Briar-Lawson, Katharine, Kelly Martinson, Jen Briar-Bonpane, and Kathryn Zox. Journal of Public Child Welfare, 5.2/3 (2011): 185-199. doi:10.1080/15548732.2011.566754.

A Qualitative Examination of Power between Child Welfare Workers and Parents,” by Kimberly Bundy-Fazioli, Katharine Briar-Lawson and Eric R. Hardiman. The British Journal of Social Work 39.8 (2009): 1447-1464. doi: 10.1093/bjsw/bcn038.

Child Welfare Design Teams: An Intervention to Improve Workforce Retention and Facilitate Organizational Development,” by James C. Caringi, Jessica Strolin-Goltzman, Hal A. Lawson, Mary McCarthy, Katharine Briar-Lawson, et al. Research on Social Work Practice 18.6 (2008): 565-574. doi: 10.1177/1049731507309837.

Exploring Strategies to Advance Public-Sector Funding in Geriatric Social Work Education,” by Gary Behrman, Michael Mancini, Katharine Briar-Lawson, Victoria M. Rizzo, Frank Baskind, et al. Journal of Social Work Education 42.1 (2006): 37-48.

Charting the Impacts of University-Child Welfare Collaboration, ” by Nancy S. Dickinson and Katharine Briar-Lawson. Children and Youth Services Review 27.5 (2005): 567-569.

Family-Centered Policies and Practices: International Implications,” by Mary Hood and Katharine Briar-Lawson. Australian Social Work 54.4 (2001): 97-98.

Capacity Building for Integrated Family-Centered Practice,” by Katharine Briar-Lawson. Social Work 43.6 (1998): 539-550.

School-Linked Comprehensive Services: Promising Beginnings, Lessons Learned, and Future Challenges ,” by Katharine Briar-Lawson, Hal A. Lawson, Connie Collier and Alfred Joseph. Social Work in Education 19.3 (1997): 136-148.

For more information on these and other resources in social welfare, contact subject specialist Elaine Lasda Bergman at 442-3695 or elasdabergman@albany.edu.

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September 9, 2012

Dewey Workshops: Week of 9/10 - 9/14

The workshops at Dewey provide you with tips and tricks on how to make the most out of using our library resources for research and assignments. 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.

Wednesday 9/12,1:00-3:00PM Social Welfare Research Seminar

Thursday 9/15,4:00-5:00PM 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 7, 2012

Welcome to Chloe Pfendler, Saturday Supervisor

small chloe 002.jpgWe are happy to announce that we have a new Saturday Supervisor and Delivery Services Coordinator working here at Dewey. Chloe Pfendler will be in charge on Saturdays, supervising the student workers and fielding your questions. Chloe is currently in the Information Studies program, pursuing an MSIS with a dual concentration in Library/Information Services and Archives. In addition to her position here at Dewey, she is also a Team Leader at the Science Library, where she works with the circulation department, assisting patrons as well as managing and training other employees. You will see Chloe here at Dewey on Saturdays, and she will be happy to help with circulation and reference questions. If you see Chloe, say hi and welcome her!

September 6, 2012

Meet Your Subject Specialist: Deborah Bernnard

bernnard.jpgDeborah Bernnard is the head of Dewey Library, bibliographer for library and information science and an adjunct instructor in the Department of Information Studies. She also teaches an eight-week Information Literacy course for undergraduates. In this installment of the Dewey Blog, she provides an overview of Dewey’s library and information science collection, discusses the many roles she plays at the University and shares her insight into the field of librarianship.

Q: Tell us a bit about yourself.

A: I have been working in libraries for 25 years. I started as a paraprofessional in various public service positions. Working as an assistant convinced me to obtain the credentials that I needed to become a librarian. In 1996 I obtained my MLS from the University at Albany. My first position at the Dewey Graduate Library was as a part time User Education Librarian. This became a full time position and eventually, I also took on Information Studies Bibliographer responsibilities. I was appointed the Head of the Dewey Graduate Library in 2011.

Q: What does a bibliographer do? How do you choose which resources to acquire for the collection? How do you manage your collections budget?
A: This is a question that can be best answered by a three credit course. But I’ll try to give a shorter answer. A bibliographer is responsible for all aspects of a collection. This includes buying resources (books, journals, reference materials, audio visual materials, databases, etc.), managing those resources, and acting as liaison between the library and the academic department. Bibliographers are subject specialists with expert knowledge about the subjects for which they collect. In a subject like information studies it is necessary to keep educating myself about new developments in the field.

I try to choose resources that our faculty and students need in order to successfully conduct research. I use class syllabi, reviews in the information science literature, recommendations from other librarians and faculty as well as reputable authors and publishers as aids in collection development.

Our acquisition budgets have remained relatively stable for the past several years. However, journal prices have risen dramatically. Our policy is that if we subscribe to a new journal we must cancel something already in the collection. Our budgets just won’t stretch enough to cover new subscriptions. Also, we have been dropping many of our print journal subscriptions in favor of electronic formats. Whenever possible we subscribe to free or open access journals.

Q: What interesting books have you recently added to the collection?
A: There are a lot of new titles that focus on changing library services in the 21st century. Among them are:
Library Classification Trends in the 21st Century, by Rajendra Kumbhar. Oxford, England: Chandos, 2012. Dewey Library / Z 696 A4 K86X 2012.

College Libraries and Student Culture: What We Now Know, edited by Lynda M. Duke and Andrew D. Asher. Chicago: American Library Association, 2012. Dewey Library / Z 675 U5 C6458 2012.

Libraries in the Early 21st Century: Volume 1, An International Perspective, edited Ravindra N. Sharma. Berlin: De Gruyter Saur, 2012. On Order.

Leading the Reference Renaissance: Today’s Ideas for Tomorrow’s Cutting-Edge Services, edited by Marie L. Radford. New York: Neal-Schuman Publishers, 2012. Dewey Library / Z 711 L44 2012.

Q: What are some of the Libraries’ key resources in library and information science?
A: Library and Information Science is an interdisciplinary field so there are many different aspects to the resources in our collection. The most useful databases [http://library.albany.edu/db/subject?n=informationstudies] for information studies research are Library and Information Science Abstracts (LISA) and Library and Information Science & Technology Abstracts (LISTA). Students may also find ERIC and INSPEC valuable. The database that you use for your research is really driven by the focus of your research. If you need assistance selecting useful databases, I am happy to help.

Q: How can incoming students learn more about doing research at the Libraries?

A: Dewey Graduate Library offers free workshops on using library resources. You can find more information on these workshops on the Libraries’ website . I am also happy to consult with you about your research and using our resources. You can also consult with any of our reference librarians. We are available by phone, email and chat.

Q: You also teach both graduate and undergraduate courses at UAlbany. Please tell us a about the role of instruction in librarianship.

A: In recent years, librarians have expanded their teaching from bibliographic instruction or library skills courses to information literacy. Information Literacy skills are essential to students, both during their academic careers and in their daily life. It encompasses computer/software literacy and research skills as well as critical thinking skills. Many librarian positions include a teaching component. Even if you are not a public services librarian, it is likely that you will engage in teaching or training your coworkers. I find that teaching is a particularly rewarding part of being a librarian.

Q: What is the most rewarding part of being a librarian? What is most challenging?

A: As I said, I do like to teach, but I also like researching and spending time one on one with students and faculty. I love having access to sophisticated information resources. The most challenging part is keeping up with the constantly changing information universe. It seems that as soon as you master one information technology another comes along that does the same thing only better!

Q: As Head of Dewey Library, what skills do you rely on most? What aspect of library administration takes up most of your time?
A: I think administrators have to be patient, diplomatic, and creative. They also have to learn to delegate. And it helps to have a talented and hardworking staff. At the University Libraries, we accomplish a lot of our work by committee. I think that this is a good organizational model but it does take up a lot of time.

Q: What advice do you have for those just starting their careers?
A: There are so many different work environments for information professionals. I know of a recent graduate who started out as an academic librarian but found himself the sole librarian in a rural library. It is important to recognize that your skills are valued in many settings. I think that the most important attributes that have guided my career are flexibility, the ability to adapt to change, lifelong learning, and the ability to work collaboratively.

For more information on the library and information science collection or for assistance with your research, contact Deborah at 442-3699 or dbernnard@albany.edu or stop by the Reference Desk.

Blog post created by Cary Gouldin and Deborah Bernnard

September 5, 2012

Copyright Corner:The WATCH File: Writers Artists and Their Copyright Holders

When we as scholarly authors are planning to use the work of others within our compositions we must be assured that the use we are making is permitted by the original author or copyright holder, so a website like The WATCH File can be a highly important resource. The Henry Ransom Center at the University of Texas Austin along with the University of Reading, England have created one of the largest databases of copyright holders in the world: WATCH (Writers Artists and Their Copyright Holders).

If we have determined that the use we are making of the original work does not fall within the scope of fair use, then we must go about the process of getting permission for use of the work. The author does not always hold the copyright or the author may have designated an agent to handle copyright permissions, and also we may be using the work of an author who is deceased, but the copyright for their work has not expired. The WATCH File is a wonderful tool with a search box into which one types the author’s name and receives back from the database any information concerning who might own the copyrights. For instance, if the author in question is Stephen Jay Gould, the search results include the contact information for the current rights holder:

Copyright Permissions
Pimlico Agency, Inc.
Box 20447
Cherokee Station
New York
Phone: 1 - 212 - 628 9729 [Office]
E-mail: kaymcc25@aol.com

Prolific authors may have had business relationships with many publishers, and so there may be a different copyright holder for each specific work. There may be several agents that manage different works, especially if the author published in several magazines or journals. Sometimes the author may have given the copyright to an academic journal or publisher, in which case it would be the journal or publisher who would have copyright.

Sometimes the copyright holder may be out of business, and The WATCH File has a companion site, “Firms Out of Business” or FOB. If the firm who may have originally held copyright is out of business, there may be another organization or agent who now owns the copyright, or the work may be a copyright “orphan work”, with no discernible active copyright holder. All of these situations present significant problems for authors who wish to use the work of others, and there is no clear legal framework regarding how to proceed. Stakeholders are working within the legislative process to try to work out an equitable process.

Performing due diligence in tracking down the copyright holder is important if use of the work is critical for our own work as authors. Documenting any searching for the copyright holder is essential and using tools such as The WATCH File can be very helpful.

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September 2, 2012

More Tours Scheduled

Library Orientation tours continue to be available this week for those who are new to campus or who wish to reaquaint themselves with what is offered here at the Dewey Graduate Library.

The following tours are being held this week:
Wednesay 9/5: 4:00 pm
Thursday 9/6: 1:00 pm

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. We hope to see you there!