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June 26, 2013

Career Resources: Library and Information Studies

The Dewey Library has a wide collection of resources for Information Studies students and alumni to consult when seeking new positions and career opportunities.

The Employment tab on our Library and Information Studies research guide provides useful email subscription lists, library-specific job websites, and other resources for your career search.The Associations tab will link you to professional associations that each maintain job lists and offer other resources and opportunities for professional development.

Also be sure to visit the sites listed in our Online ReferenceCareers section for more general advice on resumes, interviews, and for the essential tools to aid in your career search.

There are also numerous books geared toward providing information professionals with job-seeking tips, advice, and strategies.Here are a few of them:

Resume writing and interviewing techniques that work : a how-to-do-it manual for librarians / Robert R. Newlen.(2006).
Dewey Library / Z 682.35 V62 N49 2006

Career opportunities in library and information science / Allan Taylor, James Robert Parish (2009).
University Library / Reference: HF 5381 T383X 2009

What’s the alternative? : career options for librarians and info pros, Rachel Singer Gordon. (2008).
Dewey Library Reserves / Z 682.35 V62 G68 2008

New to Dewey Library:

Reflecting on the future of academic and public libraries [edited by] Peter Hernon and Joseph R. Matthews. (2013).
Dewey Library/Z 675 U5 R4435 2013

What do employers want? : a guide for library science students
/ Priscilla K. Shontz and Richard A. Murray ; foreword by G. Kim Dority ;illustrations by Robert N. Klob. (2012).
Dewey Library/Z 682.35 V62 S48 2012

How to get a great job:a library how-to handbook editors of the American Library Association. (2011).
Dewey Library/Reference: HF 5382.7 H68 2011

What they don’t teach you in library school/ Elisabeth Doucett.
Dewey Library / Z 665 D685 2011

How to stay afloat in the academic library job pool/ edited by Teresa Y. Neely; foreword by Camila A. Alire. (2011).
Dewey Library / Z 682.4 C63 H69 2011

The generation X librarian : essays on leadership, technology, pop culture, social responsibility and professional identity / edited by Martin K. Wallace,
Rebecca Tolley-Stokes, and Erik Sean Estep. (2011).
Dewey Library / Z 682.2 U5 G46 2011

The new information professional : your guide to careers in the digital age/ Judy Lawson, Joanna Kroll, and Kelly Kowatch. (2010).
Dewey Library / Z 682.35 V62 L39X 2010

So you want to be a librarian, by Lauren Pressley. (2009).
Dewey Library / Z 682.35 V62 P74 2009

There are also many general books on resume writing, interviewing, etc; don’t forget to take a look in our library catalog,Minerva.

For other tips, check out these blog posts from librarian Kathryn Farrell from a few years ago:
Staying Sane During the Job Search
Job Search Strategies: How to Prepare for the Interview
It's OK to Say No
Dealing with Rejection
The Job Search: Consider All the Options

Remember, if you would like assistance locating further information pertaining to careers for information professionals, call us at 442-3691, email us, or send us an Instant Message.

Blog post updated by Laurie Buckley

June 24, 2013

Criminal Justice Careers

Ifyou’re a Criminal Justice student interested in learning how to put your degree, education, & experience to work for you—look no further! With a degree in Criminal Justice you can find employment in a number of different occupations.  Or you can choose to continue your education in an area of concentration of particular interest to you, including but not limited to:

  • Law Enforcement Administration
  • Correctional Administration
  • Research and Teaching
  • Lawyer
  • Paralegal
  • Corrections Officer
  • Judge
  • Police, Detective, FBI, DEA, U.S.Marshal, INS, Customs Inspector
  • Private Detective, Investigator
  • Probation Officer
  • Court Reporter

Professional associations are also excellent places to find information about different careers.  Here are a few professional associations that maintain resources on Criminal Justice careers:

Need further guidance?  Try our collection:

At Dewey Library:

Criminal Justice and Criminology : a career guide to local, state, federal and academic positions>, by James F. Anderson, Nancie Jean Mangels, and Laronistine Dyson. / Dewey: HV 9950 A54X 2003

Criminal justice internships :theory into practice by Gary R. Gordon, R. Bruce McBride, Hedy Hyde Hage. / Dewey: HV 9950 G66 2001

Career opportunities in law and the legal industry by Susan Echaore-McDavid. / Dewey Reference: HF 5381 E358X 2007

At the University Library:
Federal Law Enforcement Careers: profiles of 250 high-powered positions and tactics for getting hired,by Thomas H. Ackerman - University Library / Reference: HF 5381 A3544X 2006

FBI Careers : the ultimate guide to landing a job as one of America’s finest, by Thomas H. Ackerman - University Library / Reference: HF 5381 A354X 2006

Opportunities in Law Enforcement and Criminal Justice Careers,by James Stinchcomb - University Library / Reference: HF 5381 S86X 2003

Great Jobs for Criminal Justice Majors, by Stephen Lambert and Debra Regan - University Library / Reference: HF 5381 L2537X 2001

Career Opportunities in Forensic Science, by Susan Echaore-McDavid and Richard A. McDavid - University Library / Reference: HF 5381 E62X 2008

For more information about Criminal Justice careers, see the School of Criminal
Justice’s Careers in Criminal Justice page, and don't forget to check out theirJob Search Strategies. Another great resource is the Department of Labor’s Occupational Outlook Handbook.

For more information on Criminal Justice career resources, talk to Dick Irving, our Subject Specialist in Criminal Justice. He can be reached at rirving@albany.edu or 442-3698.

Blog post updated by Laurie Buckley

June 17, 2013

What's New In Reference?

Summer is the perfect time to catch up on the latest developments in your field. Take a look at some of the new reference books to dive into a new topic, brush up on an old one, or to inspire ideas for a new research project. Here are a few that have recently arrived in Dewey:

substance abuse.jpgSubstance Abuse in America
DEW REF HV 4999.2 S93 2012
This book offers a comprehensive overview of U.S. drug policy through the examination of primary source documents and a sociological review of the historical context of American drug policies. Its authors discuss the historical precedent for today’s policies, and focus on the social causes for the waxing and waning popularity of specific, illicit drugs in the U.S.

criminals.GIFWomen Criminals
DEW REF HV 6046 W654 2012

This 2-Volume, New-to-Dewey, Reference Book explores key topics and notable figures in female-perpetrated crimes; the first Volume looks at sociocultural issues and seeks to provide a stronger understanding of the female criminal mentality and gender-based evaluations of crime. The second Volume focuses on particular women and their stories and builds upon the earlier context provided in Volume 1, while illuminating the issues in a more personal way through first-hand accounts.

guns (1).JPGGuns in American Society
DEW REF HV 7436 G8783 2012

We now have the newest edition of Guns in American Society! First published in 2002, this new 2012 update tackles contemporary issues through a multi-focal lens. This book is a compendium of gun legislation and culture—its history, current issues, and trends within contemporary American society. The author, Greg Lee Carter, is a professor of sociology at Bryant University and has authored or edited 22 books.

If you are interested in the new titles at Dewey Library, please stop by our Reference Desk. A friendly librarian will be happy to help you out!

Blog post created by Laurie Buckley

June 5, 2013

Nonprofits and Political Activity

There has been a lot in the news recently regarding the IRS “targeting” Tea Party groups seeking tax exempt status as 501(c)4 organizations. 501(c)4 refers to the section in the US tax code dealing with tax exempt status for “social welfare” organizations. Aside from the politics involved the key policy issue is the extent to which organizations seeking 501(c)4 status can engage in political activity.

The Internal Revenue Service provides detailed information for charities and other non-profits regarding determining tax exempt status. Jeremy Koulish, a research associate at the Urban Institute, has provided a concise summary of the “Rules Governing Nonprofits and Political Activity” on the Metrotrends blog . He notes the different obligations and advantages/disadvatages for four types of tax exempt organizations: 50(c)3 - Public Charities, 501(c)4 -Social Welfare, 501(c)5 - Labor Unions, and 501(c)6 - Business Leagues.

The Urban Institute provides some background information on “Tax Policy and Charities.” The Independent Sector, a leadership organization provides information regarding nonprofit organizations and political activity including background information on the current controversy.

The Dewey Library has several books in its collection which address the legal aspects, including political engagement, of their activities:

The Law of Tax-Exempt Organizations. 9th ed. Bruce R. Hopkins. Hoboken, NJ: John Wiley and Sons, 2007. Dewey REF KF 6449 H6 2007

Nonprofit Law for Religious Organizations. Bruce R. Hopkins and David O. Middlebrook. Hoboken, NJ: John Wiley and Sons, 2008. Dewey REF KF 4865 H67 2008

Nonprofit Governance and Management. Cheryl Sorokin et al. Chicago, IL: ABA Publishing, 2011. Dewey KF 1388 N44 2011

If you want to know more about researching nonprofits, their tax status, and their political activity, contact bibliographer Richard Irving: ririving@albany.edu or 442-3698.

Blog post created by Richard Irving

June 3, 2013

Meet Your Library Subject Specialist: Elaine Lasda Bergman

Librarians at the Dewey Graduate Library are a friendly bunch with expertise about library research that they are happy to share. For the next few weeks we will offer the opportunity for you to get to know your subject specialist through a brief question and answer session. The first subject specialist is Elaine Lasda Bergman.

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What is your position in the Dewey Library?

My official title is the Bibliographer for Social Welfare, Gerontology, and Dewey Reference. This means I am the liaison to the School of Social Welfare, which includes the Institute of Gerontology . In that capacity I order and keep track of the materials purchased in support of the social welfare and gerontology programs and research here on the downtown campus. In addition, I maintain our collection of reference books here at Dewey, which includes reference books on topics in all disciplines taught on the downtown campus. In addition to those responsibilities, I teach the Social Welfare Research Seminar and the Resources for Evidence Based Practice seminar 6-7 times per semester. Finally, I am responsible for oversight of this blog and other outreach efforts of the Dewey Library

What does a typical day look like for you in your position?

During the academic year, I spend a lot of time working with the social work students, teaching classes, answering student and faculty emails, working at the reference desk, and so forth. In addition, I assign research for blog posts to our student assistants and edit and upload the posts when they are complete. I also manage any special projects - for example, this semester we created a video tour of the Dewey Library which should be on YouTube very soon. Other time is spent working on online research guides and work for professional librarian associations. Summer is the time for research projects.

How do you choose which resources to acquire for the collection? How do you manage your collections budget?
I take a look at the School of Social Welfare’s Research Guide to learn the areas in which social welfare faculty are conducting their research. In addition, I pay keen attention to the topics about which the students are asking so I can make sure our collection of books reflects their interest too. In addition, I scan an ordering database, oodles and oodles of book reviews, and publisher catalogs. Some purchases are “no-brainers,” affordable and on a relevant, and timely topic. I manage the budget by limiting purchases of textbooks, and saving information on items of interest all year but placing orders over the several months of our ordering period - usually August or so, through March in a given year.

What is typically included in the library seminars you teach?

I have recently switched to a hands-on , team or group based technique for helping students understand where to find the best articles and books for their topic as well as how to evaluate the information they find for quality and accuracy. This has been very successful and the students seem to get a better handle on how to locate journal articles, determine the scholarly nature of a document, find books and evaluate web documents for quality, validity and authority.

How do you manage your time and competing priorities? Do you use any tools or technology to keep yourself organized and on track?

I do certainly have competing priorities and many responsibilities, just like the rest of the librarians at the University Libraries. Luckily, I am fairly organized while still maintaining enough flexibility if something changes. As far as technology goes, every night before I leave work, I make a to-do list for the next day. I use Workflowy www.workflowy.com to manage both short-term and long-term to-do lists. I also am extremely diligent about putting appointments, classes, meetings, into my Outlook Calendar and blocking off time for in-depth projects when needed.

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

Far and away the most rewarding part of being a librarian is seeing that ‘ah-ha!’ moment in a student’s eyes, when they finally “get” how to locate the resources they need from the library. Also, because I work with social welfare students, I get to work with many individuals who are passionate about helping people - someone once told me that the help I gave him could lead someday to reducing the abuse rate of disabled children. Knowing that the students I work with are someday going out there in the field and working to better the lives of others is inspiring, and I am proud to be able to help them reach their goals.
The challenging parts are always about money. Budget cuts lead to reduced staff and less money for resources. We have been very good at “doing more with less,” but this remains an eternal struggle on a campus such as ours. Luckily, the people I work with, be they the other librarians, faculty, staff or students are all great and make the challenges worth the effort.

If you would like to contact Elaine Lasda Bergman please email her at elasdabergman@albany.edu or call 442-3695.