" /> The Dewey Library Blog: November 2012 Archives

« October 2012 | Main | December 2012 »

November 28, 2012

On a Reference Shelf Near You

At Dewey, we are always on the hunt for new, interesting and informative reference books to add to our collection. Check out these recent additions:

forensic.jpgA Dictionary of Forensic Science. Suzanne Bell. New York: Oxford University Press, c2012.
Dewey Library / Reference: HV 8073 B4246 2012.

This dictionary contains more than 1300 A-to-Z entries that cover the key concepts of forensic science, including a wide array of relevant terms from areas such as chemistry, biology, anthropology, art, engineering, firearms, trace evidence, crime scene investigation, and forensic computing. Web links to online resources are listed and regularly updated on a companion website, expanding the scope of the dictionary and pointing to more in-depth supplementary material. Many entries are complemented by case examples, figures, and photographs, which makes this an ideal reference for students and professionals in forensic science.

World Atlas.jpgEssential World Atlas. George Philip & Son. New York: Published in North America by Oxford University Press, c2011. Dewey Library / Reference: G 1021 E88 2011.

With superbly crafted maps covering the entire globe, this atlas offers thorough geographical coverage, a unique city-mapping program, and dozens of thematic maps, charts, and graphs that explain many fundamental concepts in human geography. It also includes coverage of up-to-the-minute political and topographical changes. It is packed with collateral information, such as statistics on the area, population, and annual income of every country in the world. Metro maps of dozens of cities provide detailed information on tourist attractions, public transportation, and other aspects of interest to the traveler. The map section is fully indexed, allowing for quick reference. The Atlas also includes a selection of stunning satellite images that provide an impression of our world from above, offering insight into how cities expand and rivers create life in the desert. Finally, the atlas includes a thematic "World in Focus" section, easy-to-use indices, survey data, and colorful illustrations of flags from around the world.

Librarian's Handbook.jpgLibrarian’s Handbook for Seeking, Writing, and Managing Grants. Sylvia D. Hall-Ellis, Stacey L. Bowers, Christopher Hudson, Claire Williamson and Joanne Patrick. Santa Barbara, CA: Libraries Unlimited, c2011. Dewey Library / Reference: HD 69 P75 L533 2011.

This book is designed to present the dynamics of the grant-seeking process, including proposal writing and grant management, for public, school, and academic librarians. A comprehensive book that covers the full spectrum of the grant process, this handbook is designed to provide all the information necessary for librarians and educators to become effective members of grant-development and management teams. Written in an easy-to-understand, succinct format, it will be invaluable even for those with little or no background knowledge and regardless of the size or type of library or information center. Recognizing that grants are developed through a sequential process, the volume focuses on the fundamental components of grant planning, grant writing, and grant management. Readers will learn to identify potential federal and state funding sources, organize and manage the proposal development process, do research, and establish and encourage participation on local development teams. They will also learn about specific aspects of grant management, such as budget and finance monitoring; hiring; research compliance and policies; sub-agreements and partnership forms; and reporting requirements.

Modern homlessness.jpgModern Homelessness: A Reference Handbook. Mary Ellen Hombs. Santa Barbara, CA: ABC-CLIO, c2011. Dewey Library / Reference: HV 4493 H63 2011.

Focusing on the last decade, this handbook examines the issue in the United States and in other nations that have recently adopted new strategies to address homelessness—and achieved notable results in preventing and ending it. The handbook covers the crucial shifts in strategy and investment that resulted in the unprecedented reductions first announced in 2007. These fundamental changes are analyzed to identify the factors that proved most effective in altering the national and local dialogue and response relative to this daunting issue. In addition to a brief history of homelessness in contemporary times, this handbook examines key developments of the past decade in research, policy, housing models, and service delivery that have been shown to decrease homelessness. These include active partnership among the governments of the United States, Canada, England, Australia, New Zealand, and others that moved the discussion in a new direction. The effects of the 2008 financial crisis on homelessness are also considered.

Masters Social Work Licensing Examination: Study Guide. Association of Social Work Board. Culpeper, VA: ASWB, c2010. Dewey Library Reserves / HV 40.52 M37X 2010.

This guide is designed to help you prepare for the social work licensure examination that was developed by ASWB. The study guide includes a description of the examination development process and the administration procedures as well as suggestions on how to prepare for the examination. There are also sample questions and rationales for each content area of the examination, as well as a list of suggested references.

State and Local Government Finance.jpgThe Oxford Handbook of State and Local Government Finance. Robert D. Ebel and John E. Petersen, eds. New York: Oxford University Press, 2012. Dewey Library / Reference: HJ 275 O94 2012.

This handbook evaluates the persistent problems in the fiscal systems of state and local governments and what can be done to solve them. It contains 35 chapters authored by 60 practitioners and academics who are renowned scholars in state and local finance. Each chapter provides a description of the discipline area, examines major developments in policy, practices and research, and opines on future prospects. The chapters are divided into four sections. Section I is a systematic discussion of the institutional, economic, and political framework that provides a background for understanding the structure and financial performance of the state and local sector. The chapters in Section II provide an overview of the various components of state and local revenue systems and how they reacted to the Great Recession. They analyze the diverse forms of taxes and charges in detail, prescribe remedies and alternatives, and examine the implications for future revenue performance. Chapters in Section III turn to spending, borrowing and financial management in the state and local sector. The focus is on the big six service delivery sectors: education, health care, human services, transportation, pensions, and housing. Section IV is a set of chapters that look ahead and speculate about how the state and local government sector's money-raising, spending, and service delivery structures will adjust to the new circumstances.

Blog post created by Cary Gouldin

November 25, 2012

Workshops at Dewey: 11/26-11/30

This week we are offering our Introduction to Resources for Gerontology workshop for the second and last time this semester. This course provides a basic overview of key resources related to gerontological social work. It will focus on key reference works and databases, search strategies and tips for uncovering useful articles, web sites, and books about the aged.

Wednesday, 11/28
4:00 p.m. Introduction to Information Resources for Gerontology

To register for a class, call 442-3691, visit our registration page, or stop by the Reference Desk.

Blog post created by Cary Gouldin

November 20, 2012

Faculty Profile - Social Welfare

The Dewey Library would like to congratulate Dr. Philip McCallion on being unanimously selected to receive the AGE-SW Career Achievement Award for his work in gerontology! This award is given annually to a faculty member with outstanding career achievements in social work education and aging. The award will be presented to Dr. McCallion at the Gerontological Society of America meeting in mid-November.

Dr. McCallion is a professor in the School of Social Welfare and is director of UAlbany’s Center for Excellence in Aging Services. His research is focused on caregiving issues and has been supported by grants and awards from a number of organizations including the U.S. Administration on Aging, the National Institute on Drug Abuse, and the John A. Hartford Foundation. Dr.McCallion has over 70 publications and many can be found at the Dewey Library!

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

Total quality management in the social services: theory and practice
. Edited by Burton Gummer and Philip McCallion. [Albany, N.Y.]: Professional Development Program of Rockefeller College, 1995.
Dewey Library HD 62.15 T785X 1995

Dennis, C., McCallion, P., & Ferretti, L. (2012) Understanding implementation of best practices for working with the older homeless through the lens of Self-Determination Theory. Journal of Gerontological Social Work. 55(4), 352-366.
Online / Periodical: HQ 1060 J58X WWW

Chao, S., McCallion, P., & Nickle, T. (2011). Factorial Validity and Consistency of the Maslach Burnout Inventory among Staff Working with Persons with Intellectual Disability and Dementia. Journal of Intellectual Disability Research. (55)5, 529-536.
Online / Periodical: RC 321 J78 WWW

Mezey, M., Mitty, E., Cortes, T., Burger, S., Clark, E., & McCallion, P. (2011). Education and Training: A Competency-Based Approach to Developing the Elder Care Workforce. Generations, 34(4), 53-60.
Online / Periodical: HQ 1060 G355 WWW

Easterly, L., & McCallion, P. (2010). Applying Corporate Citizenship Theory to the Operation of Affirmative Businesses. Journal of Policy and Practice in Intellectual Disabilities (7)4, 261-268.
Online / Periodical: HV 3004 J68X WWW

More publications by Dr. McCallion can be found in Minerva and our databases. If you have any questions, please stop by the reference desk, email us [], or call 442-3691. And if you see Dr. McCallion, congratulate him on his outstanding achievement!

Blog post created by Kathryn Farrell

November 18, 2012

Dewey Workshops: 11/19 - 11/23

Need help with your Social Welfare research? Take our Social Welfare Research Seminar offered this Wednesday. This seminar will give you an introduction to using library databases, the library web page, and other Internet resources for research in social welfare.

Wednesday, 11/21
10:00 a.m. Social Welfare Research Seminar

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

Blog post created by Cary Gouldin

November 16, 2012

Photo of the Week - Are You Missing Something?

lost and found 005.JPG

As you can see, Dewey Library collects many interesting things in its lost and found drawers. Is there something you've lost at the library? Come check at the circulation desk to see if we have it.

Photo credit: Morris Stilson

November 14, 2012

Next in Justice and Multiculturalism Series at Criminal Justice School

Day, Night, Day, Night , the third in a series of films sponsored by the Justice and Multiculturalism in the 21st Century project, will be shown on Friday, November 30th at 7:30 pm in Page Hall.

Day, Night, Day, Night received the Prix Regards Jeune (Directors' Fortnight) at the 2006 Cannes Film Festival. The film follows a 19-year-old American girl of unknown beliefs or political affiliations as she undertakes a series of meticulous preparations to blow herself up in New York City's Times Square.

Dr. Robert Worden, School of Criminal Justice, and Dr. Brian Nussbaum, Rockefeller College of Public Affairs (currently Visiting Professor of Homeland Defense at the United States Army War College), will lead audience discussion after the film.

Justice and Multiculturalism in the 21st Century is a project of the UAlbany School of Criminal Justice. It includes a lecture series, film series and a symposium planned for Spring 2013. More information about the project is available at the Justice Institute website.

Blog post created by Dick Irving

November 11, 2012

Dewey Workshops: 11/12-11/16

You have two opportunities to take our Using the Libraries’ Website to Access Information workshop this week. Learn about Minerva, the online catalog, research databases and other online resources including interlibrary loan and UA Delivery.

This week’s schedule is:

Tuesday, 11/13
10:00 a.m. Evidence Based Practice

Wednesday, 11/14
2:00 p.m. Using the Libraries’ Website to Access Information

Thursday, 11/15
1:30 pm Using the Libraries’ Website to Access Information

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

Blog post created by Cary Gouldin

November 7, 2012

Copyright Corner - Creative Commons Licenses

At Creative Commons they describe themselves this way:

“Creative Commons is a nonprofit organization that enables the sharing and use of creativity and knowledge through free legal tools.

Our free, easy-to-use copyright licenses provide a simple, standardized way to give the public permission to share and use your creative work — on conditions of your choice.

CC licenses let you easily change your copyright terms from the default of “all rights reserved” to “some rights reserved.”

Creative Commons licenses are not an alternative to copyright. They work alongside copyright and enable you to modify your copyright terms to best suit your needs.”

Creative Commons was created specifically for authors and other creators so that their work would carry the message that it is available to be freely copied and distributed without permission. Typically a work that is protected by copyright will have a message indicating that it is protected, and who owns the copyright. Permission must be granted by the copyright holder in order for the work to be used by anyone else. A work that has a Creative Commons license may indicate very different terms regarding re-use and distribution of the work. The license may be used to indicate that the author/creator will allow copying and distribution, but that each copy must indicate who originally created the work. It may also stipulate that the work may be used/copied only if the work within which it will be placed will also be available for copying and distribution without permission. Each license is explained in the list below.

The Licenses

attribution CC BY.png

This license lets others distribute, remix, tweak, and build upon your work, even commercially, as long as they credit you for the original creation. This is the most accommodating of licenses offered. Recommended for maximum dissemination and use of licensed materials.

CC BY_SA.png


This license lets others remix, tweak, and build upon your work even for commercial purposes, as long as they credit you and license their new creations under the identical terms. This license is often compared to “copyleft” free and open source software licenses. All new works based on yours will carry the same license, so any derivatives will also allow commercial use. This is the license used by Wikipedia, and is recommended for materials that would benefit from incorporating content from Wikipedia and similarly licensed projects.

CC BY_ND.png


This license allows for redistribution, commercial and non-commercial, as long as it is passed along unchanged and in whole, with credit to you.

CC BY_NC.png

Attribution-NonCommercial CC BY-NC This license lets others remix, tweak, and build upon your work non-commercially, and although their new works must also acknowledge you and be non-commercial, they don’t have to license their derivative works on the same terms.



This license lets others remix, tweak, and build upon your work non-commercially, as long as they credit you and license their new creations under the identical terms.



This license is the most restrictive of our six main licenses, only allowing others to download your works and share them with others as long as they credit you, but they can’t change them in any way or use them commercially.

If you have questions related to Creative Commons licenses, or copyright topics, contact Lorre Smith (lsmith@albany.edu).

Blog post created by Lorre Smith

November 6, 2012

Options for the Social Welfare Research Seminar

So, it is the middle of the semester and you have contacted the library to register for the Social Welfare Research Seminar, only to learn that the remaining sessions are all at capacity and closed to new registrants. Luckily, the Dewey Library offers a few options for MSW students who must take this required seminar.

1) You can request that the library offer an additional session of the Social Welfare Research Seminar. Contact Elaine Lasda Bergman (elasdabergman@albany.edu), the Social Welfare librarian, and work out a mutually available date and time. You must provide the email addresses of four people who can absolutely, positively guarantee that they will show up for the class. You can request that the class be scheduled during the evening or on the weekend if need be.

2) There is an online version of the class, but to complete it you must pass 6 quizzes and a longer assignment to get credit. The class is accessible through the Blackboard learning system. Please contact Elaine Lasda Bergman (elasdabergman@albany.edu)to get set up with access to the online workshop.

3) If you are not graduating in December, you can take the workshop in the spring. The spring schedule will come out in mid-January. Keep checking this blog to see when it is available. For your convenience you can register online as well as by phone (518) 442-3691, or in person at the reference desk.

If you have any questions about the Social Welfare Research Seminar or other library workshops and seminars, please contact the Dewey Reference Desk at 442-3691 or dewclass@albany.edu.

November 4, 2012

Dewey Workshops: 11/5-11/9

This Friday, we are offering our Nonprofit Organizations - Information Sources workshop. This hands-on workshop will provide an overview of print, online and Internet sources of information regarding nonprofit organizations and their activities.

Our class schedule this week is:

Tuesday, 11/6
3:00 p.m. ICPSR, Data and Statistical Resourcesr

Friday, 11/9
10:00 a.m. Nonprofit Organizations - Information Sources

To register for one of these classes, call 442-3691, visit our registration page, or stop by the Reference Desk.

Blog post created by Cary Gouldin

November 2, 2012

Photo of the Week: We're Happy to Help

ref desk pixs 001.JPG

Our reference staff is happy to help you with any questions you may have about library research. Here a student is helped by Lindsay Van Berkom.

Photo credit: Morris Stilson