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September 29, 2013

Workshops and Seminars: 9/30/13 - 10/4/13

We are only offering the Social Welfare Research Seminar this week:

Wednesday 9/18 3:00PM-5:00PM Introduction to Research Databases

If you’d like to sign up for an instruction session at Dewey you can do so online, in person at the reference desk, or by calling us at 442 3691.

September 27, 2013

Ph.D. Due Date is Monday, Sept. 30

A reminder to all Ph.D. candidates that the summer fixed date for returning or renewing books is this coming Monday, September 30, 2012. Ph.D. students are able to renew books a maximum of 8 times, and this can be done through your My Library Account. This fixed due date applies to Ph.D. candidates only. If you are a Master's level student or other type of borrower, please view our circulation loan policy for applicable lending periods.

If you have any questions about loan periods, overdue fines, or renewing books, please contact our Circulation Desk at 442-3693.

September 25, 2013

New Reference Books!

Here are some of the latest and greatest books that have been added to the reference collection!1

modern homelessness.JPGHombs, M. E. Modern Homelessness: A Reference Handbook. Santa Barbara, ABC-CLIO, c2011.
Dewey REF HV 4493 H63 2011

This is a reference handbook about the contemporary world issue of homelessness, focused on the last decade. Have there been any efforts to change the issue of homelessness? This reference source outlines the developing strategies and solutions that have been emerging to put an end to homelessness. The last decade has brought on key trends in the development of studies to reduce homelessness. Statistical data has shown that in 2005 to 2009 the number of people living without homes decreased by 36 percent (pg.XIII).

Sage Pub Admin.jpgPeter, B. G. and Pierre, J. The SAGE Handbook of Public Administration. London, Sage, c2012.
Dewey REF JF 1351 H277 2012

This reference book focuses on the “state-of-the-art in academic thinking and the current structures and processes for the administration of public policy” (Back cover). Why does Administration matter? This book looks extensively at the value of scholarly theory in the context of government action.

Supreme Court.jpgEpstein, L., and J. A. Segal. The Supreme Court Compendium. Los Angeles, SAGE/CQ Press, c2012.

Dewey REF KF8742 S914 2012

This reference book is for those that are interested in the Supreme Court’s history; review process; relationship with other political entities; and impact. It includes a collection of data to understand the court, the justices and case decisions. The book gives an overview of the Supreme Court from its history to its impact on certain policies.

If you have questions or need help locating any of these materials, drop by the Reference Desk or call us at 442-3691.

Blog post by Aurora Becker

September 24, 2013

Topics in Social Welfare: Impaired Social Workers

Social work is a challenging and, at times, stressful profession. Finding successful and healthy ways to manage stress can be challenging, and, unfortunately, something that not all professionals are able to do. Add to that the stress of personal issues like family and money, and the result can be a professional who is suffering from a mental illness or addiction.

The National Association of Social Workers’ (NASW) Code of Ethics states that “Social workers should not allow their own personal problems, psychosocial distress, legal problems, substance abuse, or mental health difficulties to interfere with their professional judgment and performance or to jeopardize the best interests of people for whom they have a professional responsibility.” It also makes professionals aware of a colleague’s impairment responsible for assisting the colleague where possible and reporting him or her when necessary. Violators are subject to the NASW professional review process.

Given the personal embarrassment those suffering from addiction and mental illness often feel and the potential effect this impairment can have on a social worker’s profession, many are reluctant to discuss their condition, especially with others on the field. As a result, finding research on this topic can also be challenging. Fortunately, the University Libraries have some resources and databases that can help.

A good place to start your research is Chapter 20 of The Social Worker’s Desk Reference, which provides an overview of the topic, including ethical issues, causes of and responses to impairment, and a look at how the profession can improve its handling of such cases. The chapter also includes a handy list of resources on the topic to help you expand your search.

The Libraries have a few books on addiction and social work professionals:

Robert Holman Coombs. Drug-Impaired Professionals. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 1997. Science Library / RC 564.5 P76 C66 1997.

Edgar P. Nace. Achievement and Addiction: A Guide to the Treatment of Professionals. New York: Brunner/Mazel, c1995. Dewey Library / RC 564.5 P76 N33 1995.

We also have many articles on the topic. Articles can be found in databases like PsychINFO, PubMed and Social Services Abstracts using the following search terms: “impaired professional”, “personal therapy”, and “impaired social worker”. Here is a selected list of articles:

Culbreth, J. R. (2000). Substance abuse counselors with and without a personal history of chemical dependency: A review of the literature. Alcoholism Treatment Quarterly, 18(2), 67-82.

Reamer, F. G. (1992). The impaired social worker. Social Work, 37(2), 165-170. Social Services Abstracts.

Pooler, David K., Darcy Siebert, Anna Faul, and Ruth Huber. (2008). Personal history and professional impairment: implications for social workers and their employers. Administration in Social Work 32:69-85. Criminal Justice Periodicals Index.

Sonnenstuhl, William. (1989). Reaching the impaired professional: Applying findings from organizational and occupational research. Journal of Drug Issues 19:533-539.

For more information on resources in this or other Social Welfare topics, contact subject specialist Elaine Lasda Bergman at 442-3695 or elasdabergman@albany.edu.

Blog post created by Cary Gouldin.

September 22, 2013

Workshops and Seminars 9/23/13-9/27/13

We are once again offering the Social Welfare Research Seminar and the Introduction to Research Databases workshop.

Tuesday 9/24 1:00-3:00pm Social Welfare Research Seminar

Wednesday 9/25 3:00-4:00 pm Introduction to Research Databases

If you’d like to sign up for an instruction session at Dewey you can do so online, in person at the reference desk, or by calling us at 442 3691.

September 18, 2013

Copyright Corner: UAlbany Open Access Week Celebration

Open Access Week, a global event now entering its sixth year, is an opportunity for the academic and research community to continue to learn about the potential benefits of Open Access, to share what they’ve learned with colleagues, and to help inspire wider participation in helping to make Open Access a new norm in scholarship and research.

“Open Access” to information - the free, immediate, online access to the results of scholarly research, and the right to use and re-use those results as you need - has the power to transform the way research and scientific inquiry are conducted. It has direct and widespread implications for academia, medicine, science, industry, and for society as a whole.

Open Access (OA) has the potential to maximize research investments, increase the exposure and use of published research, facilitate the ability to conduct research across available literature, and enhance the overall advancement of scholarship. Research funding agencies, academic institutions, researchers and scientists, teachers, students, and members of the general public are supporting a move towards Open Access in increasing numbers every year. Open Access Week is a key opportunity for all members of the community to take action to keep this momentum moving forward.

OA Week is an invaluable chance to connect the global momentum toward open sharing with the advancement of policy changes on the local level. Universities, colleges, research institutes, funding agencies, libraries, and think tanks have used Open Access Week as a platform to host faculty votes on campus open-access policies, to issue reports on the societal and economic benefits of Open Access, to commit new funds in support of open-access publication, and more.

University Libraries Open Access Program, October 23, 2013

10:00am - 12:30pm, Standish Room, Science Library

Student Presentations on Open Access issues. Talk and Q&A by Prof. Adam Gordon, Department of Anthropology, University at Albany. Refreshments provided.

Other Open Access Week Programs that will be live-streamed:

Open [access, data, source]: science & data in the 21st century

Jo Young, Graham Steel
Friday, 25 October 2013 from 15:00 to 18:00 (BST)
Edinburgh, United Kingdom

Open Access Week 2013 Kick Off Event at the World Bank: Redefining Impact

More live streamed events may be added! You may want to check the Open Access Week Live Stream Events page for more information about updates.

Blog post created by Lorre Smith

September 17, 2013

Topics in Criminal Justice: Legalizing Marihuana

The September 12, 2013 issue of the New York Times has a thought provoking editorial on its opinion page, “Legalizing Marihuana”. The editorial notes that while some states have legalized medical use of marihuana and others have legalized recreational use, the federal government still considers mere possession of marihuana to be a crime. Reconciling these different positions poses difficult problems for government agencies at both the state and federal level. The problems are not confined to law enforcement but include many public policy areas such as tax policy, consumer protection and health insurance. The University Libraries provides access to some excellent resources for researching the public policy aspects of the legalizing marihuana debate.

The CQ Researcher is a periodical which includes articles providing overviews of national public policy issues. It is available online through a link in the Minerva. Over the years it has published several articles on various public policy issues related to marihuana including a 2009 article, “Legalizing Marihuana” and a 2011 article, “Does Decriminalization Encourage Marijuana Use By Teens?”.
The Congressional Research Service produces reports on national public policy issues for the US Congress. We have access to their reports through the GalleryWatch CRS database. Relevant CRS reports on the topic include a 2013 report “State Marijuana Legalization Initiatives: Implications for Federal Law Enforcement” and another 2013 report “State Legalization of Recreational Marijuana: Selected Legal Issues”.

Committees of the US Congress hold hearings on policy issues. The hearings are referenced in the Proquest Congressional database. A 2004 hearing “Marijuana and Medicine: The Need for a Science-Based Approach”, and a 2001 hearing “Medical" Marijuana, Federal Drug Law and the Constitution's Supremacy Clause” are examples of hearings referenced. Most hearings for the last fifteen years can be accessed full text by performing a title search in Minerva.

Minerva is also an excellent sources for finding books and federal government documents on the topic. Here are a few examples:

Marijuana legalization : what everyone needs to know / Jonathan P. Caulkins, Angela Hawken, Beau Kilmer, and Mark A.R. Kleiman. New York : Oxford University Press, c2012. Dewey Library / HV 5822 M3 M2935 2012.

Marijuana legalization [electronic resource] : a bad idea / Office of National Drug Control Policy. [Washington, D.C.] : Office of National Drug Control Policy, Executive Office of the President, [2010]. Online / GovDoc: J 85 PREX 26.2:M 33/6.

Legalizing marijuana : drug policy reform and prohibition politics / Rudolph J. Gerber ; foreword by John Sperling. Westport, Conn. : Praeger, 2004. Dewey Library / HV 5822 M3 G47 2004.

Why marijuana should be legal / by Ed Rosenthal & Steve Kobby with S. Newhart. New York : Thunders Mouth Press, 2003. Dewey Library / HV 5822 M3 R57 2003.

Other databases such as PAIS, Westlaw, Criminal Justice Abstracts, and Sociological Abstracts, may be searched for academic journal articles. PAIS may also be useful for accessing reports from think tanks such as this 2010 report from the Rand Corporation “Insights on the Effects of Marijuana Legalization on Prices and Consumption”. Most think tanks make their research freely available online so a simple title search using Google will access the document.

Finally advocacy groups may be an important source of information as long as the researcher takes into account each groups general bias on the topic. Here are some advocacy groups for this topic:

Pro-Legalizaton Groups:
Drug Policy Alliance
Marijuana Policy Project

Anti-Legalization Groups:
Project SAM
Save Our Society from Drugs (S.O.S.)

One last note. Marijuana has an alternative spelling “marihuana”. Researchers should take into account the various spellings of terms as they are constructing their search strategies.

If you want more information on research strategies on this topic or other criminal justice and public policy topics, please contact Richard Irving, our criminal justice and public administration subject specialist. Email him at rirving@albany.edu or call him at 442-3698.

Blog by Richard Irving
Research assistance provided by Cary Gouldin

September 15, 2013

Seminars and Workshops 9/16/13-9/20/13

Come to our Introduction to Research Databases workshop and learn the basics on how to effectively search our databases. This session will help you save a lot of time in the future. The Social Welfare Research Seminar will introduce you to relevant resources in the social welfare field.

Monday 9/16 10AM:00-1200PM Social Welfare Research Seminar

Wednesday 9/18 1:00PM-2:00PM Introduction to Research Databases

If you’d like to sign up for an instruction session at Dewey you can do so online, in person at the reference desk, or by calling us at 442 3691.

September 13, 2013

Photo of the Day: What's the Latest Tech in Your Field?


Here are some select books you can see in our new display: "Technology In the Field." iPads, Kindles, and smartphones are some of the tech tools we rely on in the library, what is key technology in your field? Take a look at our display and be sure to pick up the bibliography which lists lots of great resources for all downtown disciplines.

September 11, 2013

Building the Library of the Future: Trends in Architectural Design

As libraries reinvent themselves in the face our changing digital landscape, it is only logical that new and renovated library spaces not only reflect these changes but also seek to take an active and innovative role in reimagining the library as space. Looking at some of the library building and renovation projects that have been completed over the past few years reveals a number of trends in design, functionality and services that help to position these libraries for the future.

Flexibility of Function and Space
One of the biggest of these trends is flexibility. Many of these libraries envision themselves as a central space of learning, exploration and socialization in its community. As such, they designed spaces that can be used for everything from group study and class meetings to guest lectures and social events. At the heart of the Goucher Athenaeum, for example, is the Forum, a large, open amphitheater space used for a variety of events, including concerts, speakers and broadcasting world events. The Polk Wisdom branch of the Dallas Public Library and Ohio State’s William Oxley Thompson Memorial Library feature movable seating and workstations that allow patrons and staff to easily create the space they need. A key part of this flexibility is that it allows libraries to plan for the future. Features like raised flooring that houses data, electrical and HVAC components enable reconfiguration to fit future needs.

New and Innovative Partnerships
In an effort to maximize resources, libraries are forming innovative partnerships to provide patrons with more diverse services. The South Mountain Community Library, a joint venture between Maricopa County Community College District and Phoenix Public Library, is both a public and an academic library. Perched on the edge of the South Mountain Community College, the library’s service desk is bidirectional, with half facing the campus entrance and half facing the public entrance. The first floor, featuring a cybercaf√©, teen room and children’s area, has a public feel. The upper floor, complete with group classrooms, study areas, presentation practice rooms, has a more academic focus. This blurring of the lines between academic and public allows the library to provide a deeper, more well-rounded experience for its patrons.

Connection with the Environment
One of the most prevalent trends is bringing the outside into the library, often in the form of natural light. One of the most striking examples of this trend is Berkeley Law Library’s new 55,000 square foot addition, which was built in a small courtyard between existing buildings. Faced with this size constraint, the architects decided to build down instead of up, adding two subterranean levels under a glass-walled atrium built at ground level. A glass walkway connecting the addition to the rest of the law school, a large glass and granite staircase and liberal use of glass pavers in the courtyard and skylights tucked into planters are strategically placed to bring a surprising amount of light into the underground levels. Another example is the South Mountain Community Library/, which uses rooftop monitors and light shafts to channel natural light into the library’s first floor.

Another aspect of this trend is the creation of outdoor spaces for library activities. Above the Berkeley Law Library’s atrium is a roof garden which offers space for caf√© seating, study, class meetings and special events. The expansion of Seattle University’s Lemieux Library and McGoldrick Learning Commons created a variety of outdoor spaces, including a plaza, terraced amphitheater, meditation lawn, rain garden, and bioswale.

Going Green
One of the most common elements among recent building projects is a concerted effort to create sustainable spaces. The latest technologies, materials and systems were employed to ensure that these buildings have a minimal footprint. The design of the Goucher Athenaeum, for example, includes solar-heated water, a radiant-heat HVAC system, energy-recovery wheels, and displacement ventilation to maximize system efficiency. Sensors are used throughout the building to control both light and heat. Reusing and repurposing existing space and furnishings is another common sustainability strategy. This trend can been seen in the Thompson Library at Ohio State, where a 1951 addition, a tower which originally held closed stacks, was converted into a glass-walled open stack area with a spacious and airy reading room at the top. The Berkeley library restored 100-year old study carols from its original building for use in the new addition.

While these libraries serve diverse missions and communities, they brought to their building and renovation projects a similar focus on innovation, sustainability, flexibility and a focus on the patrons’ full range of needs that will define the library of the future.

If you are interested in researching library design, contact Deborah Bernnard, our Information Studies subject specialist. She can point you to a number of books, articles, and other materials available at the Dewey Library on this topic. Call Deborah at 442-3699 or email her at dbernnard@albany.edu

Blog post created by Cary Gouldin

September 10, 2013

Issues in Public Policy: Privacy and National Security

Edward Snowden’s leaking of information regarding the National Security Agency’s (NSA) electronic surveillance programs has stimulated a public policy debate regarding the balance between the need for information to protect national security versus the right of citizens to be protected from excessive government surveillance. The University Libraries has some excellent resources for persons researching this issue.

The August 30, 2013 issue of the CQ Researcher includes an article, “Government surveillance: is government spying on Americans excessive?” which provides an overview to the issue in general. Researchers can access CQ Researcher through links in Minerva, the libraries online catalog.

The United States Congress has its own research unit, the Congressional Research Service (CRS) which provides background papers on almost every major issue which Congress considers. The CRS recently published a report, “NSA Surveillance Leaks: Background and Issues for Congress” which summarizes the NSA programs. This report as well as other CRS reports are accessible through the Gallery Watch CRS database. A link to the Gallery Watch database can be found by clicking on “databases” from the libraries homepage and then browsing the alphabetical list of databases.

The US Congress has also held committee hearings on this issue and a bill, Fourth Amendment Restoration Act of 2013, has been introduced regarding the issue. Text of the proposed legislation as well descriptions of the hearings can be easily accessed using the ProQuest Congressional database. A simple search for “NSA” will retrieve these documents as well as other publications of Congress dealing with the NSA and its programs.

The University Libraries have many books in their collections concerning the limits of government surveillance. Here are some recent books on the topic:

Marks, Ronald A. Spying in America in the post 9/11 world: domestic threat and the need for change. Santa Barbara, Calif.: Praeger, c2010. University Library JK 468 I6 M411 2010.

Brooks, Clem and Manza, Jeff. Whose rights? : counterterrorism and the dark side of American public opinion. New York: Russell Sage Foundation, [2013]. Dewey Library HV 6432 B76 2013.

Solove, Daniel J. Nothing to hide: the false tradeoff between privacy and security. New Haven [Conn.]: Yale University Press, c2011. Dewey Library KF 1262 S663 2011.

Research organizations and advocacy groups may also provide useful information on the topic. Here are a few worth consulting:

Berkman Center for Internet and Society at Harvard Law School

Center for Democracy and Technology

The Constitution Project

Electronic Frontier Foundation

If you are interested in researching this topic, contact our Public Policy Bibliographer, Richard Irving for assistance. He can be reached at 442-3698 or rirving@albany.edu.

Blog post created by Richard Irving and Aurora Becker

September 8, 2013

Seminars and Workshops at Dewey: 9/9/13-9/13/13

The workshops at Dewey provide you with tips and tricks on how to make the most out of using our library resources for research and assignment. This is the first week of our Social Welfare Research Seminar. This seminar will introduce you to relevant resources in the social welfare field.

Wednesday 9/11 1:00-3:00PM Social Welfare Research Seminar

If you’d like to sign up for an instruction session at Dewey you can do so online, in person at the reference desk, or by calling us at 442 3691.

September 6, 2013

A Warm Welcome to Aurora Becker!


You may notice a new face around here on Sunday afternoons... Meet Aurora Becker, our new Sunday Reference Associate. She is a current student in the Information Studies program here at the downtown campus. She will be here to answer all your reference questions on Sundays. She will also be here during the week to teach some of the library seminars. If you see Aurora, stop by and welcome her!

Photo credit: Morris Stilson

September 4, 2013

The Libraries' Homepage Gets a Facelift!

The University Libraries’ homepage has a fresh new look for the fall semester! The handy quick search box has been moved to the top of the page to make finding databases, journals and books faster and easier.

We have also simplified the process of finding electronic course materials by merging the eReserves system with Blackboard, the University’s course management system. You can access your Blackboard account through the link on the left side of our homepage, just log in with your NetID and password.

You will notice that some of the quick links on the left side of the page have been updated to make finding resources easier. For example, we added a link to CitationFox, our handy APA and MLA citation guides. We also added a “My Library Account” link so you can check due dates, renew items and see if you have any outstanding fines.

Over the past year we have worked hard to compile a series of user guides designed to help different segments of the UAlbany community - distance learners, graduate students and users with disabilities to name a few - get the most out of their library experience. Links to these guides are now located in the “Resources For” section on the lower left side of the homepage.

For more information on using the Libraries’ website, stop by the Reference Desk or call 442-3691.

Blog post created by Cary Gouldin

September 1, 2013

Orientation Tours at Dewey: 9/2/13-9/6/13

Dewey Library is offering orientation tours this week, here is the schedule: 

Wednesday, September 4, 4:00pm

Thursday September 5, 4:00pm

You can register for a tour online, in person at the Dewey Reference Desk, or by calling 442-3691.