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December 19, 2012

Dewey Library Intersession Closures

**Dewey and Science Libraries will be CLOSED December 21st - January 1st**
**Interlibrary Loan CLOSED December 24th, 25th, 31st and January 1st**

Beginning Wednesday, December 19th items will NOT be sent to Dewey or Science Library for pick-up. They will be placed “On Hold” at the University Library Circulation Desk.
If you have items “On Hold” at Dewey Library or Science Library, please pick them up by Wednesday, December 19th.

On Thursday, December 20th any items “On Hold” that have not been picked up will be shipped to the University (Main) Library where they will remain “On Hold”. You may pick up your items from the University (Main) Library Circulation Desk.
On Thursday, January 3rd, any items that were “On Hold” for you at the University Library will be shipped back to your regular pick up location. (Please allow for turnaround time.)

Office delivery services for Faculty; including the East Campus and College of Nanoscale Science & Engineering (CNSE). (This is due to closed buildings and reduced mail services during the Limited Operations Period of the Intersession Energy Savings Initiative.)
NOTE: Home delivery services for Distance Ed users and for Patrons with Disabilities will NOT be suspended.


While the Dewey and Science Libraries are closed, you may continue to place UA Delivery Services requests through ILLiad. Library staff will make a run to Dewey Library on 12/27 and daily runs to the Science Library in order to pull material from the stacks so that it can be brought to the University Library for processing. Please allow for longer turnaround times.

Book Delivery - You may submit requests for books from Dewey and Science Libraries. You will be able to pick those books up from the University (Main) Library.
NOTE: We will not fill requests for books from the University Library to be picked up at the University Library.

Articles - Submit requests as usual.

(For UA Delivery information prior to and following the shutdown, call 518-442-3691 or 518-442-3517. For information during the shutdown, call 518-442-3613.)


The Interlibrary Loan office will be staffed for regular business hours during the holidays, with the exception that the office will be closed on December 24th, 25th , 31st and January 1st. You may submit interlibrary loan requests as usual. Due to the holiday closing of many libraries that lend us materials, please expect that it may take a bit longer than usual to fill your requests.

Books - You may submit requests for books as usual. However, during this period all books will be held at the University (Main) Library regardless of your normal pick location.

Articles - Submit requests as usual.
(For more information on Interlibrary Loan services, call 518-442-3613)


December 17, 2012

Library Science Poster Session

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Information Studies Students had a poster session recently to display innovative programs and services that are currently being used in libraries. Shown from left to right: Ashley Smolinski, Jennifer Collins, Heather Gayton, Michael Paulmeno, Cary Gouldin, Stephanie Kogler, and Barbara Speck. Great job, students!

Photo credit: Morris Stilson

December 12, 2012

Finals Week Extended Hours Uptown

To accommodate your library needs during finals the University Library and Science Library on the uptown campus is extending its hours. The following schedule is when the libraries will be open:

University Library

Friday, December 7-Thursday, December 20
Sunday: 9:00am-24 Hours
Monday-Thursday: 24 Hours
Friday: 24 Hours - 1:00am (1am Sat)
Saturday: 9:00am - 1:00am (1am Sun)
The University Library closes at 8:00pm on Thursday, December 20.

Science Library
Sunday: 11:00am-1:00am
Monday-Thursday: 8:00am-1:00am
Friday: 8:00am-8:00pm
Saturday: 9:00am-8:00pm
The Science Library closes at 6:00pm on Thursday, December 20th.

The Dewey Library Hours are as follows:

Monday - Thursday: 8:30am -11:00pm
Friday: 8:30am - 7:00pm
Saturday: 10:00am - 6:00pm
Sunday 1:00pm-9:00pm

Please note that on Thursday, December 20, Dewey will be open from 8:30am - 5:00pm, and will shut down during the first part of the Interssion from Friday, December 21 to January 1.

More information on when the libraries are open is available online . Good luck studying and remember to stop by the reference desk for any research assistance!

Blog post created by Katherine Farrell and Elaine Bergman

Public Policy Resource: Bipartisan Policy Center

In the wake of a particularly contentious election cycle and in the shadow of the looming Fiscal Cliff, bipartisanship has once again become a buzz-word in Washington. Luckily, there are those for whom the term is more than just sound-bite fodder. The Bipartisan Policy Center (BPC), the only Washington-based think tank that actively promotes bipartisanship, is dedicated to “fostering civil debate among leaders with opposing views, to bringing Republicans and Democrats together on issues, to seeing [their] policy solutions enacted, and to pursuing strategies that overcome political division and improve the efficacy of the nation.” Founded in 2007 by former Senate Majority Leaders Howard Baker, Tom Daschle, Bob Dole and George Mitchell, BPC policy projects focus on health care, energy, national and homeland security, transportation and the economy.

BPC’s website features an interactive “History of Bipartisanship” timeline that highlights significant bipartisan events throughout the nation’s history, like the 1964 Civil Rights Act, the 1969 moon landing and the McCain-Feingold Act of 2002. The site’s homepage features the latest news and video from the Center’s activities and initiatives. The site also provides access to the Center’s many publications, from staff research and reports to Congressional testimony provided by BPC’s staff, senior fellows and scholars. The site also provides in-depth information on BPC’s various policy programs. The Center also hosts a variety of events on issues such as online radicalization, reducing health care costs and post-elections analyses. Videos of some of their past events are available on the website.

The Bipartisan Policy Center also has a large internship program for undergraduate and graduate students. Internships are available in a variety of projects or functional areas, like communications, development, economic policy, financial regulatory reform, governance and foreign policy. Part-time, unpaid internships are available during the fall and spring semesters to currently enrolled students. Full-time, paid summer internships are also available. These 10 week internships include weekly lunches with project directors, senior fellows and other senior members of the organization to discuss policy, politics and career paths.

For more information on BPC and other resources for public administration and policy research, contact subject specialist Richard Irving at 442-3698 or rirving@albany.edu.

Blog post created by Cary Gouldin

December 9, 2012

Workshops at Dewey: 12/10-12/14

The final class of the semester will be our Social Welfare Research Seminar. This 90 minute session will give you an introduction to using library databases, the library web page, and other Internet resources for research in social welfare.

Wednesday, 12/12

1:00 p.m. Social Welfare Research Seminar

More information can be found online or by stopping by the Reference Desk.

Blog post created by Cary Gouldin

December 7, 2012

Photo of the Week - Research Methods Resources


Come check out our display - it features resources on the topic of social science research methods. View our selection of books, and pick up a bibliography to identify even more useful materials to help you understand and implement various research methodologies.

December 5, 2012

Copyright Corner

Be sure to attend this upcoming University Libraries program regarding open access publication:

"Publishing in Open Access Publications: Rights and Issues" Tuesday, January 15, 2013
10:00am - 11:15am Standish Room, 3rd Floor, Science Library

"Publishing in Open Access Publications: Rights and Issues" will provide a discussion of implications for author copyright and how to find open access publication venues, and a brief introduction to founding open access publications.

Each time we publish our work through a commercial or society publisher the question of who will own the copyright is an issue. Often publishers send us a standard agreement form that is to be signed and returned. This agreement is a critical moment in the publication process, often overlooked or very briefly considered by many. Open access publications are free or very low cost, and authors retain the rights of distribution.

What are our rights as authors? What are the publisher's rights? What alternative open access publication opportunities exist? All these questions should be resolved satisfactorily so that we are confident of our rights when we distribute or license our work, create derivatives of our work and post our work on our web pages or the web pages of our department, institute or professional organization.

Tuesday, January 15, 10:00am - 11:15am
Standish Room, 3rd Floor, Science Library

Lorre Smith: lsmith@albany.edu to reserve a seat in the session.

Presented by Lorre Smith, copyright education and scholarly communications specialist of the University Libraries since 1998.

See this guide for more information about Open Access: "Scholarly Communication and Open Access" Library Guide

For further details and sign up, email or call: lsmith@albany.edu 437-3946

Blog post created by Lorre Smith

December 4, 2012

Resources in Criminal Justice: Preview of United States Supreme Court Cases

Preview of United States Supreme Court Cases is published by the American Bar Association. It provides concise analysis of the issues to be addressed in the current term of the Supreme Court. The analyses avoid legal jargon and are comprehensible to those not possessing a legal background. The Preview is an excellent resource for those seeking to obtain a basic understanding of issues addressed in current or past Supreme Court cases. It is published monthly, October through April, and another issue summarizing the activities during the most recent term is published in the Summer. Issues for the current year and the preceding year are kept in the reference area at the Dewey Library, KF 4547.8 P7. Older issues are kept in the stacks at the Dewey Library under the same call number, KF 4547.8 P7 Issues since November 2007 are also available online through the Criminal Justice Periodical Index database. There is a link from the record for Preview in the University Libraries’ online catalog, Minerva, to the issues available online.

Advanced researchers may want to consult the Preview web site for access to briefs filed in Supreme Court cases from the 2003/2004 term to present. The briefs are freely available but access to Preview through their web site requires subscription.

Blog post created by Dick Irving

December 2, 2012

Workshops at Dewey: 12/3-12/7

With the end of the semester fast approaching, it is time to start working on those end-of-semester projects. Now is the perfect time to improve your research skills with our Introduction to Research Databases workshop. This session will introduce important concepts needed to effectively search any database. Minerva, the online catalog, as well as specific databases and platforms will also be demonstrated.

Here is the complete schedule of classes for the week:

Wednesday, 12/5

2:00 p.m. Evidence Based Practice

Thursday, 12/6

4:00 p.m. Introduction to Research Databases

More information can be found online or by stopping by the Reference Desk.

Blog post created by Cary Gouldin