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July 31, 2013

Meet Your Library Subject Specialist: Deborah Bernnard

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Continuing with our series on Dewey library subject specialists, meet Deborah Bernnard who is the specialist for Information Studies. She also happens to be Head of the Dewey Library. 

What are your long-term goals and projects for the library?

Dewey Library is already great resource for the students, faculty and staff on the downtown campus.  I want to make sure that Dewey maintains its high level of service and continues to be responsive to the informational and research needs of our patrons.   One of our current projects is to investigate new methods to deliver reference services.    With the advent of technology, patrons are no longer physically present in the library as much as they have been in the past.   We would like them to have access to reference help whenever they need it, wherever they happen to be.

What was the most challenging part of your transition to your current position?

I would say learning all of the regulations that are part of a state organization.   Before I became an administrator, I didn’t need to be aware of State funding rules, and Union regulations.  Now I must be aware of all of these in order to plan for staffing and operational costs.

What recent professional development activities have you been involved with?

I have recently co-authored a chapter in Magazines for Libraries. I have also contributed to an online information literacy textbook authored by information literacy librarians at the University at Albany.

What was your best or most noteworthy conference experience?

I like small regional conferences. Being immersed in an all day exploration of one interesting concept can really jump-start my creativity.  Larger conferences can become overwhelming with too many options on too many different topics.

Whom do you consider your mentor?

One of the benefits of working in a large academic library is that there are many colleagues and each has something to teach.   Dewey library has always had a collegial atmosphere and many of the librarians that I have worked with here helped me advance in my career and served as sounding boards for my ideas.    The University Libraries also has a robust information literacy department.   Since I was originally hired as a User Education Librarian, I have worked closely with the members of this department who are all very generous about sharing ideas.


What blogs, websites, or resources do you follow for LIS news?

There are a few journals that I read religiously, College and Research Libraries, Journal of Academic Librarianship, Reference and User Quarterly and Reference Services Review.   I also like the ACRL blog and the Information Literacy Instruction and Collection Development listservs.


What technology do you find most helpful to you when performing your duties at Dewey?

I think that email is the technology that I use most often. It helps me to communicate seamlessly with staff, faculty and students.

What advice do you have for newly-matriculated IST students?

In terms of finding employment, I would say—get some experience.  Either volunteer or work part time if you can’t find a full time job.   Being able to say that you have worked in a library will almost always give you an advantage in the employment pool.

What do you think is the most important advance for libraries that you've seen throughout your career? What do you think/hope the future will entail?

The digitization of information has been huge for libraries.     When I started my career, it wasn’t possible to easily access full text information online.   Now the speed in which you can retrieve and share information has transformed research.

The pace of change has been astonishing since I began my career.   New technologies and applications are developed almost daily.  Using technology to access information has made information available to more people at more convenient times however, information is not free and quality information has become more costly and less permanent.  It would be great if libraries could take on some of the functions of publishers in making information available.

If you have questions related to Information Studies (or general questions about Dewey), please contact Deborah at dbernnard@albany.edu or 442-3699.

July 22, 2013

What's New in Reference?

Check out some of the new additions to our reference collection! If you would like to see any of these books or have questions about other topics, stop by the reference desk, and a librarian will be happy to assist you!

worldhistory.jpgThe New Atlas of world history : Global Events at a Glance
The New Atlas of World History is the first historical atlas to depict world history in a way that allows visual comparisons between different regions over various time periods. This unique, color atlas features 55 maps that span human history-- from 6 million years ago to present day. This book could be an especially useful tool when trying to draw quick connections between historical periods and milestones of human progress in your research. Additionally, an extensive glossary of people and events makes reference quick & easy.
The new atlas of world history : global events at a glance / John Haywood. Princeton, NJ : Princeton University Press, 2011.
Dewey Library / Reference: G 1030 H39 2011

NYS constitution.JPGThe New York State Constitution

In this newly updated edition of The New York State Constitution, Haywood provides a rich, historical account of the state’s governing charter. The author analyzes the entire NYS constitution, with special attention to the changes it underwent after its initial drafting and the social movements and underlying reasons associated with these changes. If public policy in New York State is a focus of your studies, this book will provide you with a great framework of the state’s laws and the historical progression of redrafting the constitution underwent.
The New York State Constitution / Peter J. Galie, Christopher Bopst. New York : Oxford University Press, c2012.
Dewey Library / Reference: KFN 5680 1894 A6 G348 2012

ratingscalesmentalhealth.JPGRating scales in mental health
Rating Scales in Mental Health is ideal for mental health practitioners and students who use psychometric instruments and scales. If you’re new to the field, this book will introduce you to the fundamentals of using scales in mental health evaluations. This updated edition describes and analyzes 116 different scales across 20 different mental health categories. Many sample scales are included in this new reference item, as well as detailed tables and a helpful list of additional suggested resources.
Rating scales in mental health / Martha Sajatovic, Luis F. Ramirez. Baltimore, Md. : Johns Hopkins University Press, 2012.
Dewey Library / Reference: RC 473 P78 S245 2012

grantmoney.jpgGrant money through collaborative partnerships
In this ALA Editions Special Report, Nancy Maxwell advises that as we move into the future, many libraries will find that collaborating on a grant plan with another organization will be more likely to get them the grant money they desire. Further, we must think outside the box and team up to approach funding creatively for nontraditional projects with unusual partners. Finding the right angle and partner with which to apply for money is the most important part of this approach. In this book, Maxwell offers useful advice for securing funding for libraries through collaborative partnerships. Grant money can help revolutionize and revive a library; for tips on supporting your library with grants and gifts, check out Grant money through collaborative partnerships today!
Grant money through collaborative partnerships / Nancy Kalikow Maxwell. Chicago : American Library Association, 2012.
Dewey Library / Reference: Z 683.2 U6 M38 2012

Blog post created by Laurie Buckley

July 17, 2013

Pioneers in Library and Information Studies

Throughout the years, information professionals have put forth amazing efforts to revolutionize how we store and retrieve information.  Their conquests and hard work to ensure information accessibility have paved the way for the information age as we know it today.  Let’s take a look at a few notable leaders in LIS history:

Tim Berners-Lee

Berners-Lee is a computer scientist best known for inventing the internet.  When he wrote the first web client and server in 1990, he changed the information field forever.  He is currently the director of the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C), and has received numerous awards and recognitions for his incredible contributions to our cultural and technological advancement.  As Director of WC3, he has made net neutrality a priority and sponsors initiatives to further bridge the digital divide.  Berners-Lee is also the President of the Open Data Institute [www.theodi.org], a non-profit organization working to ensure accessibility and the unhindered dissemination of knowledge.

"Tim Berners-Lee." (2013). Columbia Electronic Encyclopedia, 6Th Edition 1. Canadian Reference Centre, EBSCOhost(accessed July 7, 2013).

Abbate, J. (1999). Inventing the Internet. Cabmridge: MIT Press.  Dewey Library/TK 5105.875 I57 A23 1999

Berners-Lee, T. (2000). Weaving the Web: the original design and ultimate destiny of the World Wide Web by its inventor.  New York: Harper Collins. Science Library/TK 5105.888 B46  2000.


Winifred Sewell                                                          

Winifred Sewell is known for er work in promoting accessibility, and her emphasis on subject expertise in librarianship.  To better serve patrons, Sewell felt subject specialists were a necessary part of the equation.  She felt strongly that librarians would be better able to connect with their patrons if they were able to speak with authority on the subject being discussed.  Her patron-centered approach to librarianship helped define many of the principles that we hold important today in the Information field.  Her particular interest was in the medical sciences, and she worked closely with others to promote the importance of subject specialists in libraries-- especially academic and special libraries. 

"Sewell, Winifred." (1960). Current Biography (Bio Ref Bank)Biography Reference Bank (H.W. Wilson), EBSCOhost(accessed July 7, 2013).

Ruffner, Malissa, and Emily J. Glenn. (2009). "Highly Subjective: The Librarianship of Winifred Sewell." Libraries & The Cultural Record 44, no. 2: 256-275. Library, Information Science & Technology Abstracts with Full Text, EBSCOhost(accessed July 7, 2013).

Groen, F. (2007).  Access to medical knowledge: libraries, digitization and the public good.  Lanham, MD: Scarecrow Press. Dewey Library/ R858 G76 2007.

Sewell, W.  (1973). Reader in medical librarianship. Washington: NCR Microcard Editions. Storage-CCBED/ Z 675 M4 S 48

Eugene Garfield

Eugene Garfield is one of the founders of bibliometrics and scientometrics—the studies of scientific literature and the analysis of scientific research and how it is used.  His work on the Science Citation Index paved the way for the academic community to gauge the importance of scientific journals; it also spurred the development of several different algorithms still used in information retrieval today.  Garfield changed the way librarians, researchers, and publishers approach data.

Garfield, E. (2001). "Interview with Eugene Garfield, Chairman Emeritus of the Institute for Scientific Information (ISI)."Cortex; A Journal Devoted To The Study Of The Nervous System And Behavior 37, no. 4: 575-577. MEDLINE with Full Text, EBSCOhost (accessed July 7, 2013).

Cronin, B. and Atkins, H.B., eds. (2000). The web of knowledge: a festschrift in honor of Eugene Garfield.  Medford, NJ: Information Today. Dewey Library/Z695.9 W37 2000.

Garfield, E. (1979). Citation Indexing - its theory and application in science, technology, and humanities. New York: Wiley. Dewey Library/ Z697 S5 G37.


Fred Kilgour

Fred Kilgour was the founding Director of OCLC (Online Computer Library Center) www.oclc.org and its President from 1967 to 1980.  He was responsible for joining together libraries in an unprecedented way.  His vision of connected, collaborating libraries revolutionized the information industry.  Without OCLC or some organization to connect and strengthen them, libraries would have been unprepared to cope with the changing times, technological advances, and the increased demand for instant information.  His work on OCLC paved the way for 21st century librarianship.

 "Commemorating Fred Kilgour." (2004).  American Libraries 35, no. 2: 19. Canadian Reference Centre, EBSCOhost(accessed July 7, 2013).

Smith, K.W., ed. (1998). OCLC, 1967-1997: thirty years of furthering access to the world’s information. New York: Haworth Press. Dewey Library/Z674.82 O15 O16 1998.  

If you are interested in learning more about visionaries who shaped the profession of library and information science, please contact Deborah Bernnard, our bibliographer for information studies. She can be reached at 442-3699 or dbernnard@albany.edu.

Blog post created by Laurie Buckley

July 10, 2013

Career Resources for Social Work Students

It’s never too early to prepare yourself to enter the job market; get a head start by acquainting yourself with resources that can help you find a career in social work upon graduation.

Visit the Career and Education Resources section of our Social Welfare LibGuide; check out the section on professional development to access different professional organization sites with valuable career resources and job postings. Specific association job sites we recommend are the Clinical Social Work Association’s Job Board section and the National Association of Social WorkersSocial Work Career Center. If you want to stay local, check out NASW’s New York State Chapter.

Also, to help you prepare for the licensing exam, Dewey Library has three Reserve copies of: 
Study Guide: A Guide for Candidates Preparing for the ASWB Social Work Examination
Dewey Library / HV 11.5 S78X 2007
Two of these circulate for 2 days at a time, one is a 3-hour reserve item.

The following resources at the Dewey Library will help you find a career in social work:

Social Work in Health Care: Its Past and Future.
Dhooper, Surjit Singh.   Social work in health care :   its past and future /   Surjit Singh Dhooper.   Thousand Oaks, Calif. : SAGE, c2012.
Dewey Library / HV 687 D482 2012

Working in social work :   the real world guide to practice settings
Rosenberg, Jessica(Jessica Millet)   Working in social work :   the real world guide to practice settings /   Jessica Rosenberg ; foreword by Terry Mizrahi.   New York : Routledge, c2009.
Dewey Library / HV 10.5 R67 2009

Getting and finding social workers jobs :   the ultimate guide for job seekers and recruiters
Andrews, Brad.   Getting and finding social workers jobs :   the ultimate guide for job seekers and recruiters /   [Brad Andrews].   [Qld., Australia : Emereo Pty Ltd., 2009?]
Dewey Library / Reference: HV 10.5 A547X 2009

101 Careers in Social Work
Ritter, Jessica A.   101 careers in social work /   Jessica A. Ritter, Halaevalu F.O. Vakalahi, Mary Kiernan-Stern.   New York : Springer Pub. Co., c2009.
Dewey Library Reference / HV 10.5 R58 2009

Resumes for social service careers
Resumes for social service careers /   the editors of McGraw-Hill.   New York : McGraw-Hill, c2007.
Dewey Library / Reference: HV 10.5 V49 2007

Many paths, one purpose: Career paths for social work and human services majors. Many paths, one purpose :   career paths for social work and human services majors /   edited by Tuyen D. Nguyen.   Lanham, Md. : University Press of America, c2006.
Dewey Library / HV 10.5 M36X 2006

Social work career development: A handbook for job hunting and career planning
Doelling, Carol Nesslein.   Social work career development :   a handbook for job hunting and career planning /   by Carol Nesslein Doelling.   Washington, DC : NASW Press, [2004?]
Dewey Library / HV 10.5 D63 2004


If you have any questions on Social Work careers, please contact our Social Welfare bibliographer, Elaine Lasda Bergman by email at elasdabergman@albany.edu or phone at 442-3695


Blog post updated by Laurie Buckley 6/30/13
Blog post created by Kathryn Farrell

July 8, 2013

Meet Your Library Subject Specialist: Richard Irving


Our ongoing blog series, where you can get to know your Dewey Librarians, continues with our second subject specialist, Dick Irving. Dick is the subject specialist for Criminal Justice, Public Administration and Policy, Political Science and Law. 

Q: What does your position at Dewey entail day-to-day?

A: Working at the reference desk, selecting materials for the libraries, conducting instructional sessions for users, preparing LibGuides, appointments with students and faculty regarding their research projects, doing my own research, committee meetings.

Q: How did you find your way to librarianship? 
A: I wanted a career in education and an employment counselor suggested I investigate pursuing librarianship.

Q: Where did you study?
A: M.L.S. at SUC Geneseo
    M.A. in criminal Justice at University at Albany

Q: What professional development activities do you partake in?
A: I occasionally attend conferences and am currently the book review editor for the Criminal Law

Q: What other positions have you held and what are some important lessons you took away from them?
A: My first professional position was librarian at the Attica Correctional Facility.  That position helped me to think deliberatively and develop an incremental change philosophy.

Q: How do you choose which resources to acquire for the collection?
A: Various professional tools such as Choice, recommendations from faculty and students, publishers’ catalogs, academic presentations, and reports in the popular media.

Q: How do you break-up/dedicate your collections budget? What do you prioritize?
A: I select materials with a research emphasis and that will hopefully be of value for a long time.  There is a balance between monographs and academic journals.  Unfortunately the escalating subscription prices of academic journals prevent us from acquiring all the academic journals we would like.  However, some of the databases we purchase as well as our interlibrary loan service help to provide access to materials not in our collections.

Q: How do you approach teaching library seminars & teaching information literacy?
A: Depends on the audience.  If I am addressing a class with a research assignment I attempt to recommend specific sources and I usually create a LibGuide for the class to refer back to.  For more general session I try to use a hands-on approach with mainly online sources and go over some of the key features of the sources.

Q: What technology do you use in the course of performing your duties?
A: We have some specialized software such as LibGuides and computer applications designed for library operations but for the most part nothing unusual.

Q: What are some of the most amazing changes in librarianship you've seen throughout your career?
A: The transition from print to digital format and the proliferation of information due largely to the Internet.

Q: What do you think/hope the future will entail?
A: Improved methods for allowing researchers to sift through the vast amounts of information available to identify quality sources.

Q: What is the most rewarding part of being a librarian? What challenges you the most?
A: The most rewarding part is working with faculty/students on their research projects.  The most challenging is adapting to new technologies.

If you need research assistance in criminal justice, public policy/administration, political science or law, contact Dick at 442-3698 or ririving@albany.edu.

Blog post created by Laurie Buckley and Dick Irving. 

July 3, 2013

Pioneers in Social Work

Summer is a great time to do some professional reading that is not classwork oriented.  Are you curious about the people who contributed to the creation of the social welfare profession as it exists today? Read about some pioneering social workers below:

Jane Addams
(1860-1935), was the 1931 Nobel Peace Prize recipient who established Hull House and the American settlement house movement in 1889 on Chicago’s Westside.  Settlement houses were meant to rectify gross injustices in the availability of opportunities to different social classes; Addams lived among the people she helped and sought innovative ways to better understand how to help the less fortunate.  Without the efforts of Jane Addams, Social Work would not be the same.

To start, check out:
Knight, Louise W. Jane Addams : Spirit In Action / Louise W. Knight. n.p.: New York : W.W. Norton, c2010., 2010. Dewey Library / HV 28 A35 K65 2010


Frances Perkins (1880 - 1965) witnessed the Triangle Shirtwaiste Company fire of 1911, and fought tirelessly for labor reform.  She was the first woman to serve on the New York State Industrial Commission; by the time she was appointed Secretary of Labor by F.D.R., she was able to bring three decades of experience in social reform to the position.  In office, she fought for a minimum wage law, and helped draft the National Labor Relations Act, the Fair Labor Standards Act, & the Social Security Act.  Perkins was the first female Presidential Cabinet member, and was also the first woman to enter the Presidential line of succession.  She was inducted into both the Women's Hall of Fame and the Labor Hall of Fame; in 1980 the Department of Labor’s Headquarters were named after her.

Check out:
Downey, Kirstin. The Woman Behind The New Deal : The Life And Legacy Of Frances Perkins, Social Security, Unemployment Insurance, And The Minimum Wage / Kirstin Downey. n.p.: New York : Anchor Books, 2010., 2010. University Library / HD 8073 P38 D69X 2010


Eugene Kinckle Jones (1885-1954) became the first Executive Secretary of the National Urban League in 1918. The League, under his guidance, significantly expanded its campaign to help break the barriers keeping African Americans from employment at the time.  Jones implemented boycotts against racist companies with unfair practices, and pressured schools to offer equal vocational opportunities to children of all races.  In Washington, he fought for black workers to be considered assets to New Deal recovery programs, and for the desegregation of specific labor unions.  Jones was a member of F.D.R.’s Black Cabinet, an informal advisory group of African American, public policy experts.

Check out:
Armfield, Felix L. Eugene Kinckle Jones : The National Urban League And Black Social Work, 1910-1940 / Felix L. Armfield. n.p.: Urbana : University of Illinois Press, c2012., 2012. Dewey Library / HN 64 A76 2012


Grace and Edith Abbott were sisters-- both reformers born to civic-minded parents; Edith Abbott (1876-1957) was born first and throughout her career she emphasized the importance of public welfare administration and the need for a more humane social welfare system.  Edith Abbott helped establish the Cook County Bureau of Public Welfare in 1926, and assisted in drafting the Social Security Act of 1935.  She later became President of the National Conference of Social Work and the American Association of Schools of Social Work.  A frequently published scholar, Edith helped to found the Social Service Review.  Her sister Grace Abbott (1878 - 1939) was a high school teacher and in 1908 she was appointed to serve on Chicago Immigrants' Protective League.  She wrote, lobbied, and testified before Congress in support of the rights of immigrants.  She also took responsibility for administering and enforcing the controversial Sheppard Towner Act, which ensured the establishment of healthcare for kids and prenatal women.  Like her sister, Grace was also instrumental in the passing of the Social Security Act.

Check out:
Costin, Lela B. Two Sisters For Social Justice : A Biography Of Grace And Edith Abbott / Lela B. Costin. n.p.: Urbana : University of Illinois Press, c1983., 1983 Dewey Library / HV 27 C67 1983


Mary Ellen Richmond (1861-1928) delivered an historic speech at the 1897 National Conference of Charities and Correction, calling for schools to train professional social workers and for standardized professionalization of the profession.  Her most influential book, Social Diagnosis, was based on her lectures and wide range of interdisciplinary knowledge of history, law, logic, medical social work, psychology, and psychiatry.

Agnew, Elizabeth N. From Charity To Social Work : Mary E. Richmond And The Creation Of An American Profession / Elizabeth N. Agnew. n.p.: Urbana, [Ill.] : University of Illinois Press, c2004., 2004. Dewey Library / HV 40.32 R55 A36 2004


Former UAlbany Professors Honored with the National Association of Social Workers Foundation Recognition Award:

Willliam J. Reid (1928 - 2003) was a professor here at the University of Albany , where he chaired the Social Welfare doctoral program beginning in 1985. He was a Social Work scholar and founding Editor of the NASW Press Journal of Social Work Research.   He was well-known for developing the task-centered practice model, which is widely used today as a basis for delivering, managing, & evaluating social work services.  He received many awards and much recognition throughout his career, including the NASW Presidential Award for Excellence in Research & the Distinguished Achievement Award from the Society for Social Work and Research.  Reid also authored or co-authored 14 books and more than 120 articles and book chapters.


Max Siporin (1917 - 2010) was an Army veteran and font of knowledge of social policy.  Siporin earned his DSW from the University of Pittsburgh School of Social Work in 1959 and taught at various different campuses before spending the last twenty years of his active professional career at the School of Social Welfare here at SUNY Albany; he retired in 1989, but remained active in the field. He played a large, active role in the development of an MSW program at Texas Pan American University—which came to fruition in 2003 and honored Siporin with a Fund in his name. 

For more information on these and other pioneers in the field of Social Work, visit the National Association of Social Workers Foundation or contact our Social Welfare Bibliographer, Elaine Lasda Bergman

Blog created by Laurie Buckley
Website Consulted: http://www.naswfoundation.org/

More books about pioneers in social work: 

Anderson, Gary L., and Kathryn Herr. Encyclopedia Of Activism And Social Justice / [Edited By] Gary L. Anderson, Kathryn G. Herr. n.p.: Thousand Oaks, Calif. : Sage Publications, c2007., 2007. Dewey  Reference / HM 671 E53 2007
and available online.

Béland, Daniel, and Alex Waddan. The Politics Of Policy Change : Welfare, Medicare, And Social Security Reform In The United States / Daniel Béland And Alex Waddan. n.p.: Washington, DC : Georgetown University Press, c2012., 2012.Dewey Library / HN 65 B423 2012


Caputo, Richard K. U.S. Social Welfare Reform : Policy Transitions From 1981 To The Present / Richard K. Caputo. n.p.: New York : Springer Verlag, 2011., 2011. Dewey Library / HB 846 C37X 2011


Corrigall-Brown, Catherine. Patterns Of Protest : Trajectories Of Participation In Social Movements / Catherine Corrigall-Brown. n.p.: Stanford, California : Stanford University Press, ©2012., 2012 University Library / HN 57 C64 2012


Hamington, Maurice. The Social Philosophy Of Jane Addams / Maurice Hamington. n.p.: Urbana, IL : University of Illinois Press, c2009., 2009. Dewey Library / HV 28 A35 H37 2009


Gay, Kathlyn. American Dissidents : An Encyclopedia Of Activists, Subversives, And Prisoners Of Conscience / Kathlyn Gay, Editor. n.p.: Santa Barbara, Calif. : ABC-CLIO, c2012., 2012. University Library / E 747 A678 2012 V.2


Mikula, Maja. Women, Activism And Social Change / Edited By Maja Mikula. n.p.: London, UK ; New York : Routledge, 2006, c2005., 2006. University Library / HQ 1236 W632 2006


Piott, Steven L. American Reformers, 1870-1920 : Progressives In Word And Deed / Edited By Steven L. Piott. n.p.: Lanham, Md. : Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, c2006., 2006. University Library / E 663 A47 2006


Valocchi, Stephen M. Social Movements And Activism In The USA / Stephen Valocchi. n.p.: London ; New York : Routledge, 2010., 2010.

University Library / HN 59.2 V35 2010