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March 31, 2013

Workshops @ Dewey April 1-5

Hey, Social Welfare students, don’t wait to the last minute to fulfill those information literacy requirements! Take our Social Welfare Research Seminar this week and not only will you be able to check another thing off your to do list, but you will also learn search strategies that will save you time and give you better results.

This week’s schedule:

Wednesday, 4/3
1:00 pm - Social Welfare Research Seminar

To register for a class, check out our website, give us a call at 442-3691 or stop by the Reference Desk.

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March 29, 2013

Photo of the Week: ITS Consultant Can Help With Computers, Software

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Here our ITS Consultant helps a student configure the campus wifi on his laptop. ITS Consultants are available in the library most afternoons to help with computer hardware and software issue.

March 27, 2013

ITS Assistants are Here to Help

The reference desk is the place to go for research help and assistance, but where does one turn for answers to those burning tech questions? Enter the ITS student assistant!
An ITS student assistant, provided by the consultants who work for Information Technology Services and are not library staff, can be found near the printer in the Information Commons area of the Dewey Library. ITS student assistants can help you connect to the wireless, use the software provided on our computers, and much more!

While classes are in session, their hours are:
Monday-Thursday 2pm-8pm
Friday 2pm-5pm
Sunday 2pm-6pm

For tech help when the ITS student assistant is not available, you can ask the Reference Desk for assistance with basic computer troubles such as printing or formatting a document in Microsoft Word. If the problem requires greater expertise, we will call the ITS HelpDesk, at 442-4000 or submit a request to the ITS Service Desk .

If you have any questions, please stop by the reference desk or ask our ITS student assistant!

March 24, 2013

Workshops at Dewey March 25-29

We are offering our Introduction to Information Resources in Gerontology for the first time this semester. Learn about key resources in the field, including reference works and databases. This class is a must for anyone planning a career in gerontological social work.

The class schedule for the week:

Wednesday, 3/27

3:00 pm - Introduction to Information Resources for Gerontology

To register for a class, check out our website, give us a call at 442-3691 or stop by the Reference Desk.

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March 20, 2013

Copyright for Scholarly Authors: Which Rights Should Authors Keep When Publishing?

When is the crucial decision about what rights to keep when submission of work to a commercial publisher who is not open access? The right time to think about which rights should be kept among the bundle of copyrights is when the author receives the copyright agreement sent by the publisher after the article or other work is accepted for publication. A careful assessment of the agreement is of primary importance.  An understanding of which rights the publisher wants is the underlying information that is necessary.  After understanding which rights the publisher expects the author to grant, the author must assess which rights should be retained.  This means clear thinking about how the author expects to use the work in the future, and which rights will assure that the author can use the work in the ways that are

The rights of copyright are spelled out in Chapter 1, Section 106 of Title 17 of the U.S. Code.

The author must decide if the publisher should be granted more rights than the right to publish (make and distribute copies for profit) the particular version of the work that has been submitted.

The web sites below have been developed by the Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition (SPARC) to help scholarly authors make decisions regarding their rights and the rights they wish to grant to publishers.

Seizing the Moment:Scientists' Authorship Rights in the Digital Agereport, prepared by the American Association for the Advancement of Science, calling for authors to use their leverage to negotiate licensing agreements that maximize access to and dissemination of their work.

Publisher copyright policies & self-archiving- A convenient summary listing of permissions that are normally given as part of individual publishers' copyright transfer agreements. From the ROMEO and SHERPA projects in the United Kingdom.

Reserving Rights of Use in Works Submitted for Publication: Negotiating Publishing Agreements- Practical guidance on managing your copyright from the Copyright Management Center of Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis.

Copyright Management for Scholarship: Key Issues & Good Practices: Agreements - A review of issues commonly confronted when considering the assignment of your rights undercopyright, from the Zwolle Group, an international working group on copyright in academe

Source:Scholarly Pubishing and Academic Resources Coalition's Introduction to Copyright Resources page

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March 19, 2013

NY SAFE Act and the Gun Control Debate

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Gun control and the interpretation of the Second Amendment have been highly contested throughout the history of the United States. The recent NYS Safe Act has brought the issue of gun control the forefront, causing some residents to rejoice and others to protest in anger. Regardless of opinion, the issues surrounding the right to bear arms are here to stay.
There are countless organizations that focus on the issue of gun control. The National Rifle Association (NRA) and the Coalition to Stop Gun Violence (CSGV) are among the leading voices on the issue. The NRA was founded in 1871 and is now the world’s premier firearms education organization. The NRA is a major political force with strong pro-gun beliefs. The CSGV has a very different view on gun control. This organization strives for stricter gun control policies.

The Dewey Library also has many useful materials on gun control that include both sides of the argument. Check out the following books for more information:

Living with guns: A liberal's case for the Second Amendment
. Craig R. Whitney. New York: Public Affairs, c2012.
Dewey Library KF 3941 W4425 2012

Gunfight: The battle over the right to bear arms in America
. Adam Winkler. New York, NY: W.W. Norton & Co., c2011.
Dewey Library KF 3941 W56 2011

More guns, less crime: Understanding crime and gun-control laws
. John R. Lott, Jr. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, c2010.
Dewey Library KF 3941 L68 2010

Gun crusaders: The NRA's culture war
. Scott Melzer. New York : New York University Press, c2009. Dewey Library HV 7436 M45 2009

Out of range: Why the Constitution can't end the battle over guns
. Mark V. Tushnet. Oxford, UK; New York: Oxford University Press, c2007.
Dewey Library KF 3941 T872 2007

Guns, gun control, and elections: The politics and policy of firearms. Harry L. Wilson. Lanham, Md.: Rowman & Littlefield, c2007.
Dewey Library HV 7436 W55 2007

Gun control in the United States: A reference handbook. Gregg Lee Carter. Santa Barbara, Calif.: ABC-CLIO, c2006.
Dewey Library Reference HV 7436 C36 2006

A well-regulated militia: The founding fathers and the origins of gun control in America
. Saul Cornell. Oxford, UK; New York: Oxford University Press, c2006.
Dewey Library KF 4558 2ND C67 2006

If you have any questions about finding relevant materials at the Dewey Library, please contact our Criminal Justice bibliographer Richard Irving. He can be reached by phone at 442-3698 or email rirving@albany.edu.

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March 17, 2013

Classes at Dewey March 18-22

Take our Social Welfare Research Seminar this week and learn how to use the Libraries’ print and electronic resources for Social Welfare research. You will also be introduced to a variety of web resources in the field.

This week’s schedule:

Monday, 3/18
10:00 am - Social Welfare Research Seminar

To register for a class, check out our website, give us a call at 442-3691 or stop by the Reference Desk.

Blog post created by Cary Gould

March 15, 2013

Photo of the Week: Slide Show Displays Useful Info

IMG_0834.JPG Ryan and Sajid are getting useful directional information from the Dewey Slide Show display. Take a look for useful tips, new books, and events around the Downtown campus.

Photo credit: Morris Stilson

March 13, 2013

Citation Management Tools

Citing sources can be a confusing and overwhelming task when you are doing research. Luckily, there are several citation generators that will make your life a lot easier. In this blog post we will discuss both free and subscription citation generators and common errors to look out for.

If you Google "free citation generator",you will get back thousands of results. There are a lot out there and it can be hard to determine which ones are the best. The University Libraries has put together a LibGuide that lists approved free citation generators. We'll discuss a couple of them in this blog post.

BibMe can help you cite in MLA, APA, Chicago, or Turabian formatting. Created by Carnegie Mellon University, BibMe has an auto fill feature and also allows you to switch between citation styles.

Mendeley is another free citation generator. This program not only automatically generates bibliographies, but it is also part of an academic social network. Mendeley gives users the opportunity to collaborate online with other researchers and allows you to sync your Mendeley library to your iPhone, iPad, or iPod Touch. This app is free to download and it is possible to read your papers offline.

NoodleTools Expressallows you to generate one or two quick citations in MLA, APA, or Chicago for free. In this free version, citations cannot be saved or exported to a word processor.

is highly recommended by the University Libraries. This is a free and open source program. Developed by George Mason University, users can collect content, organize research into collections, cite sources, sync data across multiple devices, and collaborate with other researchers.

Subscription citation generators are another option. EasyBib has a free bibliography citation maker for MLA but for more styles you must subscribe. EasyBib is $19.99 a year. Users can cite and format in MLA, APA, Chicago, or Turabian styles, import citations from third party databases, and much more. Like NoodleBib, users can save bibliographies online or in Word. EasyBib also has an iPhone app that allows you to scan a book barcode or type in the title and generate a citation.

EndNote is a popular tool for managing bibliographies and it is available at the University Libraries. Users can store and manage bibliographic data as well as create bibliographies. For step-by-step instruction on how to use EndNote, please visit our LibGuide.

Citation generators are useful and time-saving tools. However, it is still your responsibility to make sure your bibliographic data is cited correctly. Errors can occur with citation generators and there are common mistakes that you should look out for:

  • Make sure everything is capitalized correctly by checking the appropriate citation guide.

  • With programs that automatically input bibliographic data such as Zotero, make sure the data being imported matches the style guide. If not, you will need to change the citation to reflect the style you are using.

  • Make sure to check the provided citations in databases such as EBSCO, Proquest, CSA, and Scopus. These databases generate citations as if the full text of the article was accessed. However, this is not always the case.

There are a lot of good choices when it comes to citation generators. Try some and see what works the best for you! Just remember to check your citations against the appropriate style guide. If you have any further questions about citation generators, please stop by the reference desk, call us at 442-3691, email us [], or IM or text us.

Blog post created by Kathryn Farrell

March 12, 2013

On the New Books Shelf: Resources for Information Scientists

Information and Library Science Bibliographer Deborah Bernnard is always on the lookout for new books to add to the collection. From archival practice to information literacy to human computer interaction, Deborah finds the most interesting and informative new publications on all aspects of the field. While most of her acquisitions are serious, scholarly tomes, she does, from time to time, round-out the collection with selections from the lighter side of librarianship. Below is a selection of books that have recently been added to the collection. For a complete list of new acquisitions, click on the “New Titles” tab in Minerva or come in and check out our New Books Display.

Beyond the Browser.jpgBeyond the Browser: Web 2.0 and Librarianship by Karl Bridges. Santa Barbara, CA: Libraries Unlimited, 2012. Dewey Library / Z 674.75 I58 B75 2012.

Most librarians are infinitely familiar with the Internet due to their daily use of this essential resource. However, having practical expertise with today's digital resources does not guarantee the ability to speak intelligently and convincingly about their less-obvious benefits to funding authorities—a vital skill in today’s economy.

Beyond the Browser: Web 2.0 and Librarianship overviews the history of libraries and the Internet to provide necessary perspective and then examines current and future trends in libraries. In Part I, the author traces the notion of connectivity from its roots in the 19th century through the rise of digital technology in the second half of the 20th, concluding with a discussion of its influence on the role expectations and performance of today's information professional. Part II investigates the evolutionary impact of open access, scholarly inquiry, and second-generation web technologies on library organization and services. A bibliography of helpful resources is also included.

Laughing Librarian.jpgThe Laughing Librarian: A History of American Library Humor by Jeanette C. Smith. Jefferson, NC: McFarland & Company, Inc., Publishers, c2012. Dewey Library / Z 682.5 S65 2012.

Despite the stodgy stereotypes, libraries and librarians themselves can be quite funny. The spectrum of library humor from sources inside and outside the profession ranges from the subtle wit of the New Yorker to the satire of Mad. This examination of American library humor over the past 200 years covers a wide range of topics and spans the continuum between light and dark, from parodies to portrayals of libraries and their staffs as objects of fear. It illuminates different types of librarians--the collector, the organization person, the keeper, the change agent--and explores stereotypes like the shushing little old lady with a bun, the male scholar-librarian, the library superhero, and the anti-stereotype of the sexy librarian. Profiles of the most prominent library humorists round-out this lively study.

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Web Search Engine Research
edited by Dirk Lewandowski. Bingley, UK: Emerald Group Pub., 2012. Dewey Library / ZA 4230 W42X 2012.

This book provides an understanding of Web search engines from the unique perspective of Library and Information Science. The book explores a range of topics including retrieval effectiveness, user satisfaction, the evaluation of search interfaces, the impact of search on society, reliability of search results, query log analysis, user guidance in the search process, and the influence of search engine optimization (SEO) on results quality. While research in computer science has mainly focused on technical aspects of search engines, LIS research is centered on users’ behavior when using search engines and how this interaction can be evaluated. LIS research provides a unique perspective in intermediating between the technical aspects, user aspects and their impact on their role in knowledge acquisition.

For more information on the Information and Library Science collection, contact Deborah Bernnard at 442-3699 or dbernnard@albany.edu.

Blog post created by Cary Gouldin

Executive Government Appointments and Women

The Obama Administration has recently raised some concern by its lack of women at the highest level of government. According to a New Times article published on January 8th, President Obama’s inner circle is mostly male, with male appointees at 11 of the 15 federal departments. Although President Obama’s appointments of women have exceeded President Bush’s appointments, they are no more than the Clinton administration’s.

The Center for Women in Government & Civil Society(CWGCS) at the University at Albany strives for “a world where women and men of all backgrounds participate equally in shaping the future.” For 35 years CWGCS has been dedicated to its vision by working to fill the knowledge gaps about the status of women, developing evidence based approaches to advance gender parity, raising awareness about gender inequalities, and much more. Although the Obama Administration’s inner circle is mostly male, the CWGCS was encouraged by the 2012 election which brought the largest number of women in history to the 113th Congress. A record of 20 women will serve in the Senate and 78 in the U.S. House. This is a step closer for equal representation for women.

CWGCS periodically publishes research reports, the most recent being Women in Federal and State-Level Judgeships . This report was published in the summer of 2012 and provides data on women judges on state and federal levels. According to the report, 27.5% of judges on state benches are women and on a federal level 24.1% are women. The report goes on to show regional data across the country and shows the change in representation over the past two years. The CWGCS publications page provides information on women’s leadership, advancement of immigrant women, and nonprofit research.

The University Libraries have several books on the appointment of women in executive positions. Check out the following materials!

Women & executive office: pathways & performance
. Edited by Melody Rose. Boulder : Lynne Rienner Publishers, 2013.
Dewey Library

The diversity paradox: political parties, legislatures, and the organizational foundations of representation in America. Kristin Kanthak and George A. Krause. New York: Oxford University Press, c2012.
University Library HQ 1236.5 U6 K36 2012

How women represent women: political parties, gender, and representation in the state legislatures
. Tracy L. Osborn. New York: Oxford University Press, 2012.
University Library HQ 1236.5 U6 O73 2012

Gender-class equality in political economies. Lynn Prince Cooke. New York, NY: Routledge, 2011.
University Library HD 6060.6 C66 2011

Gender and the liberal democrats: representing women?
. Elizabeth Evans. Manchester ; New York: Manchester University Press, 2011.
University Library HQ 1236.5 G7 E83 2011

Black feminist politics from Kennedy to Obama. Duchess Harris. New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2011.
University Library E 185.86 H365X 2011

For more information on executive government appointments, please contact our public administration and policy bibliographer Richard Irving. He can be reached by phone at 442-3698 or email [rirving@albany.edu].

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March 10, 2013

Dewey Workshops for the Week of March 11th.

We are offering our Nonprofit Organizations - Information Sources workshop twice this week. Learn about print, electronic and online resources for finding information about nonprofits and their activities in this hour-long, hands on workshop. You can also take out evidence Based Practice workshop this week.

The class schedule for this week is:

Wednesday, 3/13
10:00 am - Nonprofit Organizations - Information Sources
3:00 pm - Evidence Based Practice

Friday, 3/15
10:00 am - Nonprofit Organizations - Information Sources

To register for a class, check out our website, give us a call at 442-3691 or stop by the Reference Desk.
Blog post created by Cary Gouldin

March 8, 2013

Photo of the Week: Social Work Month Display

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March is Social Work Month - Come check out our new display and pick up a bibliography!

March 6, 2013

Celebrate Social Work Month 2013!

March is Social Work Month [] and this year’s theme is “Weaving Threads of Resilience and Advocacy.” In celebration of Social Work Month, the Dewey Library display is based on this year’s theme. Materials relating to advocacy and resilience are showcased and available for check out. There is also a handout with relevant books, websites, and journals that you can take with you.

Social Work Month has been celebrated every March since 1965 with a different theme every year. Since its inception, its goal has been to celebrate the profession and be a voice for all social workers. Show your support and stop by the display which is located by the front entrance of the Dewey Library!

Blog post created by Kathryn Farrell

March 3, 2013

What's Happening in the Dewey Classroom This Week?

This week is your last opportunity this year to take our ICPSR, Data and Statistical Resources workshop. This session will introduce you to a library resource providing government, nonprofit and commercial data and statistical information and teach you how to search it efficiently and effectively. We are also offering our Social Welfare Research Seminar and our Nonprofit Organizations - Information Sources workshop.

This week’s schedule:

Wednesday, 3/6

11:00 am - ICPSR, Data and Statistical Resources
4:30 pm - Nonprofit Organizations - Information Sources

Thursday, 3/7
10:00 am - Social Welfare Research Seminar
4:30 pm - Nonprofit Organizations - Information Sources

To register for a class, check out our website, give us a call at 442-3691 or stop by the Reference Desk.

blog post created by Cary Gouldin