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October 31, 2013

Figuring Out Who is In Charge of What in Washington

Capitol_Building_Full_View (2).jpgOur federal government is a complex entity where legislative and regulatory oversight of a particular industry or issue is shared by multiple committees, departments and offices employing a myriad of personnel, each playing her own part. Identifying key players among this thriving mass of humanity seems like an insurmountable task. Fortunately, the University Libraries has two resources that can help you sort out who does what in Washington.

Leadership Congress is an online directory of Capitol Hill that enables you to search updated information on elected officials, staffers, committees and more for the 113th Congress. It’s over 20,000 entries include committee and subcommittee listings with staff at all levels, congressional leadership offices with full staff listings, and listings for member organizations, including caucuses, task forces, commissions and advisory boards. Listings include names, contact information and biographical information for elected officials and staffers. You can also access detailed Congressional district maps and a map of Capitol Hill. You can search for Senate and House leadership and administrative information; individual Senators and Representatives and their staff; Senate, House and joint committees; and leadership PACs. You can also search a legislative issue to find individuals, committees and other groups who are responsible for legislation on that issue.

For directory information on the rest of the federal government, check out Leadership Federal Government, which provides contact information for key decision-makers, including federal government phone and fax numbers, emails, addresses and biographical information. You can search by individual or organization or browse federal officials by office specialty, job function, and organization type. The directory is also browsable by topic and includes a handy list of acronyms to help you make sense of the government’s alphabet soup.

Both of these directories are available online to University faculty, students, and staff through a subscription paid for by the University Libraries. For more information on these and other public administration and policy resources, contact bibliographer Dick Irving at 442-3698 or rirving@albany.edu.

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October 30, 2013

What's New In Reference?

The University Libraries never rests in its quest to slake the UAlbany community’s thirst for knowledge. To that end, we are constantly in the lookout for new and informative books to add to our collection. The Dewey Library has recently added several new resources to its reference collection, including:

Measures for Clinical Practice and Research.jpgMeasures for Clinical Practice and Research: A Sourcebook by Kevin Corcoran and Joel Fischer. New York: Oxford University Press, 2013. Dewey Library / Reference: BF 176 C66 2013.

One of the key challenges of all types of practice and research is finding a way to measure the problem. This 2-volume book contains hundreds of the most useful measurement tools for use in clinical practice and in research. All measures are critiqued by the editors, who provide guidance on how to select and score them and the actual measures are wholly reproduced. This set includes an introduction to the basic principles of measurement, an overview of different types of measures, and an overview of the Rapid Assessment Inventories included herein. It also contains descriptions and reviews of each instrument. Volume I focuses on measures for use with couples, families, and children. Volume II focuses on measures for use with adults, whose conditions of concerns are not focused on family relationships or couple relationships.

Proposal Writing: Effective Grantsmanship by Soraya M. Coley and Cynthia A. Scheinberg. Los Angeles: SAGE Publications, 2014. Dewey Library / Reference: HV 41 C548 2014.

This resource offers a step-by-step guide to writing a successful grant proposal to meet community needs. Throughout the book, the authors provide a guided process to assist the new grantwriter in understanding how to find grant opportunities, how to develop a viable project and evaluate outcomes, and how to prepare an application for funding. The book is written for employees in the non-profit sector who are asked to write a proposal and for students who may ultimately have careers that require this skill.

The_SAGE_Handbook_of_Interview_Research.jpgThe Sage Handbook of Interview Research: The Complexity of the Craft edited by Jaber F. Gubrium, et al. Thousand Oaks, CA: SAGE, c2012. Dewey Library / Reference: H 61.28 H36 2012.

The second edition of this volume emphasizes the dynamic, interactional, and reflexive dimensions of the research interview. Contributors highlight the myriad dimensions of complexity that are emerging as researchers increasingly frame the interview as a communicative opportunity as much as a data-gathering format. The book begins with an overview of the history and conceptual transformations of the interview, which is followed by chapters that discuss the main components of interview practice. Taken together, the contributions to the handbook encourage readers to simultaneously learn the frameworks and technologies of interviewing and reflect on the epistemological foundations of the interview craft. The handbook has been updated to address recent developments, especially in qualitative interviewing. Twenty-six chapters are completely new; the remaining twelve chapters have been substantially revised to give readers access to the state of the art of interview research. Three entirely new sections include “Logistics of Interviewing,” “Self and Other in the Interview,” and “Ethics of the Interview.”

Support Programs for Ex-Offenders: A State-by-State Directory by Harry Spiller. Jefferson, NC: McFarland, c2011. Dewey Library / Reference: HV 8987 S65 2011.

The United States has the highest documented incarceration rate in the world; in 2008, for every 100,000 citizens, 764 were in jails or prisons. Nearly half of ex-convicts commit crimes following release, a statistic which has given rise to support programs that facilitate successful reintegration to society outside of prison. This directory offers a compilation of ex-offender programs run by the national government as well as by individual states. Addresses, phone numbers and web sites are listed for all organizations that aid the ex-convict in locating employment, housing, support groups, clothing and food. A vital resource for both organizations and individuals interested in facilitating the reintegration of released offenders.

White-Collar and Corporate Crime.jpgWhite-Collar and Corporate Crime: A Documentary and Reference Guide by Gilbert Geis. Santa Barbara, CA: Greenwood, c2011. Dewey Library / Reference: HV 6768 G452 2011.

This reference guide documents white-collar crimes by individuals and businesses over the past 150 years, from Gilded Age railroad scandals and the muckraking period to the Savings and Loan debacle and the corporate fallout during the recent economic meltdown. It traces the history of white-collar and corporate criminal behavior from the 1800s through the 2010 passage of the Dodd-Frank financial reform measure. Geis scrutinizes more than a century of episodes involving corporate corruption and other self-serving behaviors that violate antitrust laws, bribery statutes, and fraud laws. The various attempts made by authorities to rein in greed and the methods employed by wrongdoers to evade these controls are also discussed and evaluated. This book includes dozens of court documents, legislative hearing transcripts, muckraking articles, and accounts of crooked behavior in the upper echelons of power. It also includes a bibliography in each section that directs readers to supplementary sources.

For more information on the Libraries’ collections, visit the Reference Desk or contact us at 442-3691 or dewref@albany.edu.

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October 29, 2013

Social Welfare Policy Research: Where to Begin

Whether you are interested in healthcare reform, federal housing assistance or the child welfare system, researching topics in social welfare policy requires an interdisciplinary approach, encompassing resources from both the social welfare and public policy fields. Fortunately, the University Libraries has extensive collections in both fields.

As always, our reference collection is an ideal place to start you research. Reference resources provide an overview of a topic, including history, key terms and important events. The International Encyclopedia of Social Policy  contains over 700 entries  on topics in social policy from around the world written by leading specialists, providing authoritative coverage of concepts, policy actors, welfare institutions and services. The Comprehensive Handbook of Social Work and Social Welfare ,a four volume set, provides an overview of the social work field. The fourth volume focuses on social policy and policy practice and provides a substantive overview of the issues.

The Libraries have many books all aspects of social welfare policy, which can be found through Minerva,  our online catalog. Some recent additions to the collection include:

Comprehensive Handbook of Social Work and Social Welfare edited by Karen M. Sowers and Catherine N. Dulmus. Hoboken, NJ: John Wiley & Sons, c2008. Dewey Library / Reference: HV 40 C635 2008.

The Politics of Social Welfare in America by Glenn David Mackin. New York: Cambridge University Press, 2013. Online / HV 95 M254 2013 WWW.

The Politics of Policy Change: Welfare, Medicare, and Social Security Reform in the United States by Daniel Beland and Alex Waddan. Washington, DC: Georgetown University Press, c2012. Dewey Library / HN 65 B423 2012.

The Dilemma of American Social Welfare by William M. Epstein. New Brunswick, NJ: Transaction Publishers, 2012. Dewey Library / HV 91 E67 2012.


Poverty in Common: The Politics of Community Action during the American Century by Alyosha Goldstein. Durham, NC: Duke University Press, 2012. University Library / HC 110 P63 G6593 2012.


Voices for Children: Rhetoric and Public Policy by William T. Gormley, Jr. Washington, DC: Brookings Institution Press, c2012. Dewey Library / HV 741 G645 2012.


The Political Economy of European Welfare Capitalism by Colin Hay and Daniel Wincott. New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2012. University Library / JC 479 H389 2012.


Policy Creation and Evaluation: Understanding Welfare Reform in the United States by Richard Hoefer. New York: Oxford University Press, c2012. Dewey Library / HV 95 H553 2012.


Finding journal articles on social welfare policy requires searching databases in both the public policy and social welfare fields, including:

GalleryWatch CRS Reports covers Congressional Research Service reports, which are provided to members of Congress at their request. Each is an objective, nonpartisan analysis on an issue considered by congress.


PAIS International provides references to books, journal articles, government documents, and privately published research reports on almost any topic that has a public affairs dimension. It is international in coverage.


Social Services Abstracts bibliographic coverage of current research focused on social work, human services, and related areas, including social welfare, social policy, and community development.


Social Work Abstracts covers journals and dissertations in social work and related disciplines from the NASW.


Contemporary Women’s Issues  offers content from mainstream periodicals, alternative press, hard-to-find newsletters and NGO research reports. It focuses on the critical issues and events that influence women including health, the workplace, parenting, human rights, reproductive rights and legal issues.


LexisNexis Academic  provides access to over 10,000 news, business, and legal sources, including national and international newspapers, law review articles, the federal register, federal codes, statutes and regulations. It also provides access to the renowned Shepard's Citations service for all federal and states court cases back to 1789 which tracks all references and treatments of the case as well as if it has been overturned.


Popline  provides worldwide coverage of population, family planning, and related health issues, including family planning technology and programs, fertility, and population law and policy. In addition, POPLINE focuses on particular developing-country issues including demography, AIDS and other sexually transmitted diseases, maternal and child health, primary health care communication, and population and environment.


Westlaw Campus provides access to over 800 law reviews and journals, all federal and state cases including U.S. Supreme Court cases, statutes from all 50 states and D.C. and administrative codes from all 44 states, the full body of federal administrative regulations, and over 50,000 pages of current regulatory, administrative, and executive materials generated by key federal entities. It also provides access to newspapers, magazines, newswires and local and nationals broadcast transcripts.


More information on researching social welfare policy topics, including finding statistics, analysis, think tanks and advocacy groups, can be found on the Social Welfare LibGuides and the Public Administration and Policy LibGuides.


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October 27, 2013

Workshops at Dewey 10/28-11/1

This week we are offering our ICPSR, Data and Statistical Resources workshop. This will be the last time this semester this Seminar is offered: Tuesday October 29th at 2:00pm.

Also offered this week is Evidence Based Practice on Wednesday October 30th at 1:00pm .

These seminars fill up fast so don’t forget to sign up either online, on the Dewey library website or in person at the reference desk, or by calling us at 442-3691.

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October 23, 2013

Overhauling Copyright Law- A Work in Progress

library copyright alliance.pngMaria Pallante, our Register of Copyrights gave a lecture March 4th this year stating her case that the copyright law is in need of major revision. Her lecture, “The Next Great Copyright Act” found its way to the attention of legislators in the House of Representatives.

Since the spring of this year, there have been discussions in Congress regarding overhauling the copyright law. In a press release from the House of Representatives Committee on the Judiciary dated April 24, 2013, Representative Bob Goodlatte (R.VA) announced:

Chairman Goodlatte: “As we mark World Intellectual Property Day today in the Jefferson Building, I would point out that the U.S. Copyright Office first opened in this building in 1897 under the direction of our nation’s first Register of Copyrights, Thorvald Solberg, who served as Register for the next 33 years. During his tenure as Register, Solberg oversaw the implementation of the Third Revision of America’s copyright law in 1909 that modernized the copyright law for that era in ways that seem quaint today. … So it is my belief that a wide review of our nation’s copyright laws and related enforcement mechanisms is timely. I am announcing today that the House Judiciary Committee will hold a comprehensive series of hearings on U.S. copyright law in the months ahead. The goal of these hearings will be to determine whether the laws are still working in the digital age. I welcome all interested parties to submit their views and concerns to the Committee..”

It has been 35 years since a major revision of the copyright law, Title 17 of the U.S. Code. There are many interested stakeholders.

A hearing in May ( A Case Study for Consensus Building: The Copyright Principles Project) reviewed a consensus building project regarding copyright with five members of the project testifying for the Committee.

The American Librarian Association “District Dispatch” blog, written by the ALA Washington Office staff, blogged about ongoing hearings in August:

“The first of these hearings, titled “Innovation in America: The Role of Copyrights”, was held on July 24. Unsurprisingly, the hearing focused on the testimony of groups representing rights holders like the Copyright Alliance and the American Society of Media Photographers among others. Much attention was given to the effectiveness of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) and the alleged need for more piracy protection.”

A second hearing “Innovation in America: The Role of Technology” took place on August 1, before the recess of Congress and then the build up to the government shutdown

This is an opportunity to follow along a legislative process that promises to have many interested parties and will have a major impact on how copyright influences education. If you are interested in following the hearings you can use the House Judiciary Committee website as well as the District Dispatch blog.

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October 22, 2013

Focus on Forensics: Advanced DNA Fingerprinting

DNA Lab.jpgA local murder case hinges on a controversial new DNA fingerprinting method, probabilistic genotyping, which uses specialized software to analyze low-quality and mixed DNA samples. While courts in Virginia, California and Pennsylvania have accepted this technique as evidence, it has yet to be used in a New York courtroom. Critics claim that the software has not been properly vetted because the company which developed has been secretive about how it works. Despite concerns, however, the State Comission on Forensic Science has approved the technology for casework and the State Police is poised to implement it in their crime lab.

Articles exploring the science, ethics and efficacy of probabilistic genetics and other advances in DNA fingerprinting can be found in databases like Criminal Justice Abstracts and Criminal Justice Periodicals Index and Westlaw. The University Libraries has a subscription to the Journal of Forensic Sciences, an excellent source for scientific articles on this topic.

The Libraries also has many books on DNA fingerprinting, which can be found by searching Minerva:
Advanced Topics in Forensic DNA Typing: Methodology by John M. Butler. Walthan, MA: Elsevier/Academic Press, c2012. Science Library / RA 1057.55 B87 2012.

Fundamentals of Forensic DNA Typing by John M. Butler. Amsterdam, [The Netherlands] ; Boston, MA : Academic Press/Elsevier, c2010. Science Library / RA 1057.55 B883 2010.

Tracing Technologies: Prisoners’ Views in the Era of CSI by Helena Machado, Barbara Prainsack. Farnham, Surrey; Burlington, VT: Ashgate, c2012. Dewey Library / HV 8073 M2192 2012.

A Litigator’s Guide to DNA: From the Laboratory to the Courtroom by Ron C. Michaelis, Robert G. Flanders, Jr. and Paula H. Wulff. Amsterdam; Boston, MA: Elsevier Academic Press, c2008. Dewey Library / KF 9666.5 M53 2008.

Who They Were: Inside the World Trade Center DNA Story: The Unprecedented Effort to Identify the Missing by Robert C. Shaler. New York: Free Press, c2005. Dewey Library / RA 1057.55 S53 2005.

For more information on DNA fingerprinting and other topics in criminal justice, contact bibliographer Dick Irving at 442-3698 or rirving@albany.edu.

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October 20, 2013

Workshop at Dewey 10/21-10/25

This week Dewey is offering three seminars.

Evidence Based Practice:  Monday, October 21 at 10:00am

Social Welfare Research Seminar: Wednesday, October 23 at 2:30pm

Introduction to Research Databases: Wednesday, October 23 at 12:30pm

Don’t forget 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. 

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October 15, 2013

Kindle Borrowing

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Using an online dictionary is one way to make use of the Kindle Papwerwhites we have available to lend.

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October 13, 2013

Workshop at Dewey 10/14-10/18

This week Dewey is adding another seminar called ICPSR, Data and Statistical Resources,  which will provide you with the knowledge to research statistical information and xplore the ICPSR repository site.  This seminar is only offered twice! Once this week on Monday, October 14 at 6:00pm and two weeks after this date on Tuesday, October 29 at 2:00pm

Also offered this week is the Introduction to Research Databases workshop. This course can benefit you because it will teach you how to use Minerva our online catalog as well as bibliographic databases to effectively research your desired topic. Introduction to research Databases is offered Wednesday, October 16 at 1:00pm.

The Social Welfare Research Seminar is offered Monday, October 14 at 3:00pm.

The last Seminar offered this week is Introduction to Federal Public Policy ResearchThursday, October 15 at 10:00am and Friday, October 18 at 10:00am. This will be the LAST  time Introduction to Federal Public Policy Research will be offered this semester. 

You can sign up for any session online, in person at the reference desk, or by calling us at 442-3691. 

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October 11, 2013

Take a Photo for the DowntownDane Project!

Help Welcome the Downtown Dane! 


The UAlbany Downtown Dane is here and is curious about our campus community. Come help show the Dane what 

our campus is all about! The UAlbany Downtown Campus will be home to a 4-foot Great Dane statue awarded as part of the Great Dane Project.

The "Downtown Dane" will be covered in photos that celebrate the Downtown campus and our surrounding community.

Here’s how YOU can help:

(1) Snap a picture (day, night, color, b/w) on the downtown campus that shows just how awesome this community is. Get creative with your camera!

(2)LIKE UAlbany Downtown Dane on Facebook!

(3) Upload your creative picture & the name of your UAlbany program.

(4) Your picture could be featured on the Dane FOREVER!

(5) Spread the word, please! Deadline has been extended till MONDAY OCTOBER 14!

October 9, 2013

Borrow A Kindle at Dewey!

Have you ever needed a book right away and didn’t have time to wait for the library to order it through interlibrary loan? Remember how frustrated you got when the book that you had to have for class wasn’t on the library shelf? Now, you can obtain the books you need in a flash with a borrowed Kindle from the Dewey Graduate Library.

Students, faculty and staff in good standing may borrow a Paperwhite Kindle for a loan period of 14 days. You can use the Kindle to create an account to buy books from Amazon.com. Once you return the Kindle to the library, your account information will be scrubbed from the Kindle, so that others will not be able to use your information. Your account will still be active for you to use from another device or for the next time you borrow the Kindle from the library.

Ask to borrow a Kindle at the library and our staff will assist you. If you haven’t used a Kindle before, getting started is a simple matter of following prompts once you have turned the Kindle on. Make sure the register the Kindle using an account that you already have or you may create a new account. The Kindle includes a brief tutorial with instructions for use.

Amazon’s bookstore at amazon.com contains thousands of books available for purchase, and many classic volumes at no cost. And, if you have a library card from your local public library, you can borrow digital books at no cost. Check out your library’s website for information on their ebook collection.

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October 6, 2013

Workshops at Dewey 10/7-10/11

Dewey is offering two new seminars this week, Introduction to Federal Public Policy Research and Evidence Based Practice.

These seminars will guide you into finding sources through electronic databases on evaluated research information on either Public policies or clinical social work.

Introduction to Federal Public Policy Research; is offered twice this week:

*Tuesday, October 8 at 4:30pm, and

*Thursday, October 10 at 4:30pm

Evidence Based Practice is offered

*Wednesday, October 9 at 3:00pm

Also another Social Welfare Research Seminar is offered this week,

Wednesday, October 9 at 12:30pm

To sign up for an instruction session at Dewey you can go online, sign up in person at the reference desk, or by calling us at 442-3691. 

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October 1, 2013

Celebrate New York Archives Week!

This year marks the 25th anniversary of New York Archives Week, October 6-12, which promotes awareness of the many archives available to the general public across the state. Organized by the Archivists Roundtable of Metropolitan New York, Inc. (A.R.T.), the celebration features an impressive calendar of events throughout the week at institutions across the state, including lectures, tours, exhibits and workshops.

Unable to attend any of the week’s festivities? You can still celebrate by exploring the many archives in the capital district. What better place to start than right here at home at the UAlbany Libraries’ M.E. Grenander Department Special Collections and Archives, located on the third floor of the Science Library. The Grenander’s collections include the New York State Modern Political Archive, the National Death Penalty Archive, the Business, Literary and Art Collection and the University Archives. The department has also curated a variety of digital exhibits on topics from children’s literature and book design and illustration, to the University’s historic buildings and local history.

The University Libraries also have numerous resources on archives. In Minerva you can find many books on archives and archival practice. Some of the most recent additions to our collection are:

Archives for the Lay Person: A Guide to Managing Cultural Collections by Lois Hamill. Lanham, MD: AltaMira Press, 2013. Dewey Library / CD 971 H36 2013.

Archivists, Collectors, Dealers, and Replevin: Case Studies on Private Ownership of Public Documents by Elizabeth H. Dow. Lanham, MD: The Scarecrow Press, Inc., 2012. Dewey Library / KF 5752 D69 2012.

Community Archives: The Shaping of Memory edited by Jeannette A. Bastian and Ben Alexander. London: Facet, c2009. Dewey Library / CD 976.5 C66X 2009.

Engaging Students with Archival and Digital Resources by Justine Cotton and David Sharron. Oxford, UK: Chandos Publishing, 2011. Dewey Library / Z 701 C68X 2011.

Libraries and Archives: A Comparative Study by Tomas Lidman. Oxford, UK: Chandos Pub., 2012. Dewey Library / Z 721 L43X 2012.

We also subscribe to a number of journals that focus on archives, including the Journal of Archival Organization, Archival Science, American Archivist, Archives and Manuscripts, and Archivaria.

For more resources on archives, contact Deborah Bernnard, Information Science bibliographer, at 442-3699 or dbernnard@albany.edu.

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