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April 30, 2013

Advice to New Library Grads

Graduation is just around the corner and for many library and information science students it is a time of excitement but also of anxiety. It is no secret that the current job market is a challenge for new graduates but there are things you can do to prepare yourself when it comes to finding a job. This blog post will highlight job-seeking resources specifically for library and information science graduates.

The Dewey Library has several resources on finding a job with your library degree. Our Library and Information Science guide [] has an employment section which provides several websites with job announcements. There are also many recent books available in print at the library. Check them out today!

How to get a great job: A library how-to handbook. Editors of the American Library Association. New York: Skyhorse Pub., c2011.
Dewey Library Reference HF 5382.7 H68 2011

How to stay afloat in the academic library job pool. Edited by Teresa Y. Neely; foreword by Camila A. Alire. Chicago: American Library Association, 2011, ©2011.
Dewey Library Z 682.4 C63 H69 2011

The information and knowledge professional's career handbook: Define and create your success. Ulla de Stricker and Jill Hurst-Wahl. Oxford: Chandos Pub., 2011.
Dewey Library Z 682.35 V62 D47X 2011

The new graduate experience: Post-MLS residency programs and early career librarianship. Megan Zoe Perez and Cindy Ann Gruwell, editors. Santa Barbara, California : Libraries Unlimited, [2011], ©2011.
Dewey Library Z 682.4 C63 N49 2011

There are also a countless number of online resources that provide tips and real-world advice when it comes to finding a job. Read the following for more information.

Tips for Library Job Applicants in a Tight Market by Meredith Farkas

Library School Grads: 11 Obstacles Standing Between You and Your First New Job by Ellen Mehling

I Need a Library Job’s Success Stories

Ask A Manager

Hiring Librarians

Congratulations to the students graduating in a few weeks! Although these resources are not a comprehensive list of all that is out there, they are a great way to get started with valuable advice that will help you prepare for entering the job market.

If you have any questions about information resources for library and information science students, please contact the subject specialist, Deborah Bernnard by phone at 442-3699 or email.

April 28, 2013

What's Happening in the Dewey Classroom this Week?

It’s end of semester crunch time! Save time and lower your stress levels by learning how do library research more efficiently. Our Introduction of Research Databases will teach you basic strategies as well as tips and tricks that can be used in any database to get you better results faster. Our Evidence Based Practice workshop will teach you how to find and evaluate research information for clinical social work practice.

Class schedule:

Wednesday, 5/1
1:00 pm - Evidence Based Practice

Thursday, 5/2
2:00 pm - Introduction to Research Databases

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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April 24, 2013

Come See Our State Parks Display!

Summer Display_Parks.jpgTo help you start thinking about summer, the Dewey Library display has information on the New York State Parks! Come check out books related to the parks and environmental policy as well as a bibliography with interesting park facts, websites, and books at the Dewey Library. Stop by and take a look!

Blog post and display created by Kathryn Farrell

April 23, 2013

Check out the New Social Welfare Guide: Locating Tests and Measures!

If you are a social welfare student, chances are you will need to find tests and measures. Sound confusing? Luckily, there is now a library guide that will tell you all you need to know!

Locating Tests and Measures provides tips, information on searching in the databases, and useful print and online resources.

The TIPS section of the guide will help you search for tests and measures by topic or by specific name. This section also provides information on tests and measures that can be found on the internet.

The database searching section will help you search for tests and measures in Mental Measures Yearbook , PsycINFO, ERIC, CINAHL, and Dissertations and Theses .

The final section, Books and Websites provides selected books and websites with tests and measures.

Still have questions? Please contact our social welfare bibliographer Elaine Lasda Bergman by phone at 442-3695 or email .

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April 21, 2013

Dewey Workshops this Week, April 22-26

We are offering our Introduction to Information Resources for Gerontology workshop this week for the second and final time this semester. Get a basic overview of key resources in gerontological social work, including the important features of key reference works and databases, search strategies and tips for discovering useful books, articles and websites on the aged.

Our class schedule this week:

Wednesday, 4/24

1:00 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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April 19, 2013

Photo of the Week: Dewey Library Seminars

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Dewey workshops tend to fill up at the end of the semester. Check the schedule to find a session before it's too late!

Photo Credit: Morris Stilson

April 17, 2013

Publisher Copyright Policies & Self-archiving: SHERPA/RoMEO

Authors who have heard about open access are able to find journal publisher copyright policies using the SHERPA/RoMEO database

 any international partners contribute to the RoMEO database, which allows users to enter the name of a journal or publisher and retrieve the policies regarding what rights remain with the authors and what rights are expected to be signed over to the publisher. This gives authors the opportunity to compare journal and publisher policies in one place and make informed decisions regarding their article manuscript submissions. The sight includes a list of all journals and a list of all publishers included in the database.

 RoMEO colors” categorize the policies, and searching can include publishers of specific categories.  Below is a simple chart explaining the colors.


RoMEO Colour

Archiving policy


Can archive pre-print and post-print or publisher's version/PDF


Can archive post-print (ie final draft post-refereeing) or publisher's version/PDF


Can archive pre-print (ie pre-refereeing)


Archiving not formally supported


The site also allows authors to look at policies of research funders to see if they require open access to research results and resulting publications.

 This is a rich site of information regarding copyright in the world of scholarly communication and a very valuable tool to help authors determine where to submit manuscripts.


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April 16, 2013

Researching Taxation Policy

How much should the government tax? This highly contested issue has many sides. Grover Norquist and his pledge against raising taxes, has made recent news largely in response to the fiscal cliff and sequester crises. Grover Norquist and his Americans for Tax Reform organization believe that the government’s control over the American people should be minimized. Lowering and making taxes more visible would make this possible according to Americans for Tax Reform. The organization’s Tax Payer Protection Pledge was endorsed by President Reagan in 1986 and is offered to every candidate for state office and all incumbents. Signing the pledge commits legislators and candidates to opposing any increase in income taxes on individuals and businesses. Taxing income once at a low and flat rate is the most effective form of taxation according to Americans for Tax Reform.

Citizens for Tax Justice has a different view on taxation. This organization does not believe in tax cuts for the wealthy or corporate tax loopholes. According to Citizens for Tax Justice, there is a correlation between tax cuts for the wealthy and an increased federal deficit. The organization’s Tax Justice Blog publishes current findings and opinions and Reports by Date lists the latest reports regarding federal tax issues.

Unlike Americans for Tax Reform and Citizens for Tax Justice, The Nelson A. Rockefeller Institute of Government at the University at Albany, does not advocate particular policies. Instead, the institute focuses on how well the government is doing its job. More effective government is the institute’s primary goal. The State and Local Finance section of the institute’s website provides information on a wide range of finance issues including taxation.

So what do you think about taxation? To better educate yourself there are many resources available at the University Libraries and online. Through the University Libraries databases, you have access to PAIS International/PAIS Archive and EconLit with Full Text. Both of these databases provide access to articles on economic literature. Readily available online are Tax Policy Center and National Taxpayers Union . Like Americans for Tax Reform and Citizens for Tax Justice, both sites have their own views on tax policies.
You may also want to check out these print materials available at the University Libraries:

Taxes in America: What everyone needs to know. Leonard E. Burman and Joel Slemrod. New York: Oxford University Press, c2013.
Dewey Library HJ 2381 B79 2013

Progressive consumption taxation: The X tax revisited. Robert Carroll, Alan D. Viard. Washington, D.C.: AEI Press, c2012.
University Library HJ 5715 U6 C28 2012

The real tax burden: More than dollars and cents. Alex M. Brill and Alan D. Viard. Washington, D.C.: AEI Press; Blue Ridge Summit, PA: Distributed by arrangement with the National Book Network, c2011.
Dewey Library HJ 2322 A3 B75 2011

The ideologies of taxation. Louis Eisenstein; foreword by David A. Weisbach. Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard University Press, 2010.
University Library HJ 2381 E35 2010

Tax policy and the economy
. Cambridge, MA: NBER and MIT Press Journals, 2008.
University Library HJ 10.3 T39 v.22(2008)

The permanent tax revolt: How the property tax transformed American politics
. Isaac William Martin. Stanford, Calif.: Stanford University Press, c2008.
University Library HJ 4120 M37 2008

Using taxes to reform health insurance: Pitfalls and promises
. Henry J. Aaron, Leonard E. Burman, editors. Washington, D.C.: Brookings Institution Press, c2008.
Dewey Library HG 9383 U85 2008

The encyclopedia of taxation & tax policy. Edited by Joseph J. Cordes, Robert D. Ebel, and Jane G. Gravelle. Washington, D.C.: Urban Institute Press, c2005.
Dewey Library Reference HJ 2305 E53 2005

For more information on taxation, 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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April 14, 2013

Classes @ Dewey April 15-19

Prepare for the end-of-the-semester crunch by strengthening your research skills with our Introduction to Research Databases workshop. This session will cover strategies for selecting databases, identifying search terms, conducting effective searches and navigating the results. We are also offering our Evidence Based Practice workshop, which will help you find and evaluate research information for clinical social work practice.

This week’s schedule:

Tuesday, 4/16

3:00 pm - Evidence Based Practice

Wednesday, 4/17
2:00 pm - Introduction to Research Databases

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

April 12, 2013

Photo of the Week: Borrow Books at Local Libraries

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Fill out a simple form for a Capital District Library Council Direct Access Program (CDLC/DAP) card and you will be able to borrow books directly from many libraries in the region!

Photo credit: Morris Stilson

April 10, 2013

Access to Pretty Much Anything: Direct Access and Interlibrary Loan

Although the total combined collection size of all three libraries and the Special Collections is over two million volumes, there are times when the University Libraries do not have the materials you need. However, this does not mean that you do not have access to these materials. The University Libraries offer several services to students, faculty, and staff to help them loan materials not owned by our libraries. These are a crucial part of our borrowing services, and we strongly encourage you to take advantage of these services when they are needed.

Perhaps the most ubiquitous and easy to use of these services is Interlibrary Loan. The Interlibrary Loan Department is able to offer short term loans of books and digital delivery of journal articles from libraries nationwide that the University Libraries do not already own. Some of the types of materials that can be requested through Interlibrary Loan include books and book chapters, journal articles, dissertations, audio/visual materials, and newspaper and archival materials on microfilm. To log in to your Interlibrary Loan account, all you have to do is enter your NetID and password. If the item you request is a book, audio/visual material like a DVD or CD, or any other type of physical media, you can pick it up once it has been delivered to your designated pick-up library. Journal articles requested through Interlibrary Loan will be delivered electronically to your Interlibrary Loan account.

Another service that the University Libraries are participating members is the Direct Access Program. Sponsored by the Capital District Library Council (CDLC), the Direct Access Program enables members of the UAlbany community to borrow from or use over fifty academic, public, law, medical, and technical libraries located in the Capital District. In order to make use of the CDLC Direct Access Program, you first need to pick up a CDLC Card, which you can get from the circulation desk at any of our libraries. For more information on the CDLC Direct Access Program, including a directory of participating libraries, please the visit the CDLC - Direct Access Program web site.

In addition to the services already mentioned, the University Libraries also provide Reciprocal Access to Research Collections and programs. These services include participation in the SUNY sponsored Open Access Program and the OCLC Reciprocal Faculty Borrowing Program from participating institutions, as well as borrowing privileges for UAlbany faculty, staff and students at the New York State Library, and the Center for Research Libraries in Chicago. Please visit Reciprocal Access to Research Collections for more information about each of these services.

If you have any questions about any of these resources, such as how to use them and how they can help you with your research, you can call the Dewey reference desk at 442-3691, instant message or text us, email us, or stop by the reference desk.

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April 9, 2013

Justice and Multiculturalism Spring Symposium

The School of Criminal Justice’s project Justice & Multiculturalism in the 21st Century aims to engage the University at Albany community on issues of social justice and criminal justice. Activities include a film series, speaker series, faculty speakers bureau, pilot mentoring for local high school students, and a writing competition for undergraduates. This year’s Spring Symposium takes place on April 25 and 26 with the theme Explorations in Justice: Gender, Sexuality, and Violence. The keynote speaker is Dr. Joanne Belknap, professor of sociology at the University of Colorado and President Elect, of the American Society of Criminology. Check out her publications at the University Libraries!

The invisible woman: Gender, crime, and justice. Joanne Belknap. Australia; USA; Belmont, CA: Thomson/Wadsworth, c2007.
Dewey Library HV 9950 B45 2007

A longitudinal study of battered women in the System [electronic resource]: The victims' and decision-makers' perceptions: submitted to the National Institute of Justice, research and evaluation on violence against women: final report. Principal investigator, Joanne Belknap ; co-principal investigator, Cris M. Sullivan. [Washington, D.C.: National Institute of Justice, 2002]
Online / GovDoc: J 85 J 28.2:B 32/2

If you have any questions about the Spring Symposium, please contact the Justice and Multiculturalism project by phone at 442-5212 or email.

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April 7, 2013

Dewey Workshops for the Week of April 8th

This Wednesday, we are offering our Evidence Based Practice workshop, an hour-long session that will focus on finding and evaluating research information for clinical social work practice. The prerequisite for this workshop is the Social Welfare Research Seminar.

Class schedule:

Wednesday, 4/10
1:00 pm - Evidence Based Practice

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

April 5, 2013

Photo of the Week: Dewey Subject Specialists

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Make an appointment with one of our Subject Specialists to help with your end-of-semester research projects and assignments. From L - R: Deborah Bernnard, Information Studies Bibliographer, Richard Irving, Criminal Justice and Public Administration and Policy Bibliographer, and Elaine Lasda Bergman, Social Welfare and Gerontology Bibliographer.

Photo credit: Morris Stilson

April 3, 2013

Get Expert Help in Your Subject!

If you’ve been struggling with your research or don’t know where to start, you may want to contact one of our bibliographers at the Dewey Library. Our bibliographers are subject specialists who have a lot of knowledge in their respective fields.

These are very nice people who have years of experience and are very willing to help you. Their knowledge of specialized databases, search terms, and key sources for information can help you at any stage of a research assignment or project. Many have created library guides which can help you find resources on a specific topic. Here is the information for all of the subject bibliographers
at the Dewey Library:

Elaine M. Lasda Bergman
Bibliographer for Dewey Reference, Social Welfare, and Gerontology
(518) 442-3695

Deborah Bernnard
Bibliographer for Information Studies
(518) 442-3699

Richard Irving
Bibliographer for Criminal Justice, Political Science, Public Administration & Policy, and Law
(518) 442-3698

There is a complete listing of library subject specialists available on the library website, look for it under the "Research Assistance" tab.

Do not hesitate to call or email them and set up an appointment to get help for your most recent project or assignment. They are here to help and are happy to sit down and work through a problem with you.

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April 2, 2013

SSW Lecturer and SOGI Director Lev Wins Award

arlene lev award.jpgWe would like to congratulate School of Social Welfare lecturer, Arlene Lev, on receiving the Innovative Contribution to Family Therapy Award from the American Family Therapy Academy. This award recognizes innovative contributions to family therapy theory and practice. Recipients are pioneers in the field who enhance clinical approaches, social action efforts.

Professor Lev has been a lecturer at the University of Albany for 25 years, and of late is the Project Director for The Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity (SOGI) Project here on campus. This innovative project enhances competencies for social work students who are entering into clinical practice with LGBTQ clients and their families, and at the same time promotes LGBTQ education and access for any student at UAlbany interested in the field. This project includes the development of specialized coursework and field placements for social work students in partnership with the Pride Center of the Capital Region .

Professor Lev’s innovative work has been acknowledged through the receipt of many campus awards as well, including:

Departmental Diversity Award, for the School of Social Welfare, University at Albany for the Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Project, Lavender Graduation, 2011.
Unsung Hero Award from the University at Albany, Lavender Graduation, 2010.
Community Service Award, Capital District Gay and Lesbian Community Council, 2010.

You can find Professor Lev’s publications at the Dewey Library!

The complete lesbian & gay parenting guide. Arlene Istar Lev. New York: Berkley Books, c2004.
Dewey Library HQ 75.28 U6 L48 2004

Transgender emergence: Therapeutic guidelines for working with gender-variant people and their families. Arlene Istar Lev. New York: The Haworth Clinical Practice Press, c2004.
Dewey Library RC 560 G45 L48 2004

Professor Lev also has written chapters in these books at the Dewey Library:

LGBT-parent families : innovations in research and implications for practice. Abbie E. Goldberg, Katherine R. Allen, editors. New York:Springer, c2013.
Dewey Library HQ 75.27 L43X 2013

Handbook of LGBT-affirmative couple and family therapy. Jerry J. Bigner, Joseph L. Wetchler,editors. NY: Taylor and Francis, c2012.
Dewey Library RC 488.5 H3345 2012

Encyclopedia of domestic violence. Nicky Ali Jackson, editor.NY:Routledge, c2007.
Dewey Library Reference: HV 6626 E534 2007

Sexual orientation and gender expression in social work practice : working with gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender people. edited by Deana F. Morrow and Lori Messinger. NY: Columbia UP, c2006.
Dewey Library HV 1449 S49 2006

There are also many of Professor Lev’s articles available through our databases, here are a selection:

Rachlin, K. & Lev, A.I. (2011). Challenging Cases for Experienced Therapists Journal of Gay & Lesbian Mental Health, 15:180-199.

Lev, A., Winters, K., Alie, L., Ansara, Y., Deutsch, M., Dickey, L., Ehrbar, R., Ehrensaft, D., Green, J., Meier, S., Richmond, K., Samons, S., Susset, F., (2010). “Response to Proposed DSM-5 Diagnostic Criteria,” Professionals Concerned with Gender Diagnoses in the DSM.

Lev, A.I. (2010). How queer - the development of gender identity and sexual orientation in LGBTQ-headed families. Family Process, 49 (2), 268-290.

Lev, A.I. (2009). The ten tasks of the mental health provider: Recommendations for revision of the World Professional Association for Transgender Health's Standards of Care. International Journal of Transgenderism, 11 (2), 74-99.

If you see Professor Lev, congratulate her on receiving the prestigious Innovative Contribution to Family Therapy Award!

Blog post created by Kathryn Farrell and Elaine Lasda Bergman