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December 19, 2013

Accessing Library Materials over Break

Happy Holidays.jpgAs the semester draws to a close and exhausted student’s flee campus for the comfort and relaxation of home, the University Libraries are getting ready for a little down time of our own. Dewey and the Science Library will be closed from December 20th to January 1st. The University Library will be closed December 25th and January 1st. These closing necessitate a change in certain services:

UA Delivery and Interlibrary Loan Items on Hold

Beginning Wednesday, December 18th items will NOT be sent to Dewey or Science Library for pick-up. They will be placed “On Hold” at the University Library Circulation Desk.
On Thursday, December 19th any items “On Hold” at Dewey or Science that have not been picked up will be shipped to the University Library where they will remain “On Hold”. You may pick up your items from the University Library Circulation Desk.
On Thursday, January 2nd, any items that were “On Hold” for you at the University Library will be shipped back to your regular pick up location. (Please allow for turnaround time.)

Office Delivery

Office delivery services for Faculty, including the East Campus and College of Nanoscale Science & Engineering (CNSE), will be suspended from December 20th through January 1st due to closed buildings and reduced mail services during the Limited Operations Period of the Intersession Energy Savings Initiative. (NOTE: This does NOT include home delivery services for Distance Ed users and for Patrons with Disabilities.)

Submitting UA Delivery Requests for Materials from Dewey and Science Libraries

While the Dewey and Science Libraries are closed, you may continue to use our UA Delivery Services. Library staff will make runs to the two libraries based on the demand. Requested items will be brought to the University Library for processing. Please allow for longer turnaround times.

Book Delivery - You may submit requests for books from Dewey and Science Libraries. You will be able to pick those books up from the University Library.

Articles - Submit requests as usual.

Submitting Interlibrary Loan Requests

The Interlibrary Loan office will be staffed for regular business hours during the holidays, with the exception that the office will be closed on December 25th and January 1st. You may submit interlibrary loan requests as usual. Due to the holiday closing of many libraries that lend us materials, please expect that it may take a bit longer than usual to fill your requests.
Books - You may submit requests for books as usual. However, during this period all books will be held at the University Library regardless of your normal pick location.

Articles - Submit requests as usual.

Normal schedules for all services will resume on Thursday, January 2nd.

For information on Interlibrary Loan and UA Delivery services during the shutdown, call 518-442-3613. For information regarding library services and research help, contact the reference desk at 442-3691 or dewref@albany.edu.

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December 10, 2013

New Information Studies Books on Technology

Is there such thing as too many books? Of course not! As long as they keep publishing them, we’ll keep buying them. That’s how we help keep the downtown campus on top of new ideas and hot trends in the fields. Among our recent acquisitions for the Information Science collection are several books focusing on the technical side of things. Check them out!

Information dynamics.jpgInformation Dynamics in Virtual Worlds: Gaming and Beyond by Woody Evans. Oxford: Chandos Publishing, 2011. Dewey Library/ GV 1469.3 E9367.

Presents a broad examination of the nature of virtual worlds and the potential they provide in managing and expressing information practices, grounding information professionals and students of new media in the fundamental elements of virtual worlds and online gaming. The book details the practical issues in finding and using information in virtual environments and presents a general theory of librarianship as it relates to virtual gaming worlds. It lays out a set of best practices for meeting the needs of the new generation of library users and explores ways in which information literacy can be approached in virtual worlds. Final chapters examine the efficacy of conventional information evaluation techniques in the virtual world.

Convergence.jpgConvergence of Libraries and Technology Organizations: New Information Support Models by Christopher D. Barth. Oxford: Chandos, 2011. Dewey Library/ Z 675 U5 B327 2011.

This book explores the convergence of library and technology support in higher education. Over the past 15 years, a number of institutions have pursued merging library and technology services into a single information support organization. These mergers have taken different forms, but all seek to redefine information support in a way that promotes the interdisciplinary use of information. The continuing growth of the Internet and digitally-based services, coupled with economic pressures, will force libraries and technology organizations to look closely at long-held assumptions of how their teams are organized and how work is divided and shared. This book provides useful and practical guidance on converged information organizations as an effective response to change in the information profession.

Digital Media.jpgDigital Media: Technological and Social Challenges of the Interactive World edited by Megan A. Winget and William Aspray. Lanham, MD: Scarecrow Press, 2011. Dewey Library/ZA 4045 D54 2011.

Digital media has exploded over the past quarter century and in particular the past decade. As varieties of digital media multiply, scholars are beginning to examine its origins, organization, and preservation, which present new challenges compared to traditional media. The essays in this collection are the product of a workshop designed to examine these issues from a variety of perspectives. Participants were drawn from a variety of backgrounds, ranging from humanities and fine arts to communication theory. The book is divided into four parts: preservation, focusing on the problems of archiving digital media for long-term preservation; the humanities, which offers a human-centered view of digital media, focusing on the interaction between technological changes and cultural practices; organization, which goes beyond the study of digital artifacts in isolation to consider the context, collection, and arrangement of objects; and the historical, examining how our perspectives on digital media have changed over time and how issues like the digital divide and digital production have changed as technology has changed.

UX for Libraries.jpgUser Experience (UX) Design for Libraries by Aaron Schmidt and Amanda Etches. Chicago: ALA TechSource, 2012. Dewey Library/Z 674.75 W67 S43 2012.

User experience (UX) characterizes how a person feels about using a product, system or service. UX design incorporates the practical aspects of utility, ease of use and efficiency to make your web design and functionality decisions with patrons in mind. This results in a better design, a more intuitive interface, and a more enjoyable experience. This book shows you how to get there by providing hands-on steps and best practices for UX design principles, practices, and tools to engage with patrons online and build the best web presence for your library. You will find out how to conduct a usability test, perform a card sort, make decisions on how to build the architecture of your site, create personas as a cornerstone of your website planning process, create a content strategy, and perform an experience-based evaluation of your site.

For more information on these and other resources in information science, contact bibliographer Deborah Bernnard at 442-3699 or dbernnard@albany.edu.

Blog post created by Deborah Bernnard and Cary Gouldin

December 8, 2013

Dewey Workshops 12/9- 12/13

Dewey Library is offering a single workshop this week:

Friday, December 13, we are offering the Social Welfare Research Seminar at 2:30pm.

This is the final workshop for the Fall 2013 semester. For more information, call 442-3691, stop by the reference desk, or register online .

December 5, 2013

Citation Generators: Your New Best Friend?

Books_Page_1.jpgJust when you think you have finally put to bed that research paper that has haunted you for the past week and a half, it hits you: you still have to cite your sources! If only there was some sort of magic tool that would organize all your sources for you and spit out a perfectly formatted bibliography just in the nick of time.

Ok, so they are not actually magic, and none can really claim to be perfect, but citation generators can save you time and frustration when it comes time to tangle with citations. There are a plethora of citation generators around. Here is a round-up of some of the most popular:

EndNote is one of the most popular software tools for publishing and managing bibliographies on the Windows and Macintosh platforms. It helps users locate, organize and store bibliographic data. Users can create bibliographies for curricula vitae, manuscripts, grant proposals, term papers and other publications. EndNote is available for purchase on their website (including a student discount). It is also available for free on all UAlbany information commons computers.

Citation Machine is a free site that automatically produces MLA, APA, Turabian or Chicago style citations for a variety of sources (but not bibliographies). Users can copy and paste citations into Word. It was developed by David Warlick, an educator.

Citavi Free is a free, full-featured version of Citavi for up to 100 references. It allows you to analyze and organize content, save quotations and thoughts, organize your knowledge and structure your work.

Mendeley is a free reference manager and academic social network. Users can automatically generate bliographies, collaborate with other researchers online, import papers from other research software, find relevant papers, access papers from anywhere online, and read papers on the go with apps for iPhone and iPad.

Zotero is a free, open source program developed by George Mason University. It enables users to collect content, organize research into collections, cite sources, sync data across multiple devices, and collaborate with other researchers. It is a perennial favorite of the University Libraries.

For information other recommended citations generators, check out our handy LibGuide . No citation generator is perfect, so always check your end product to make sure that it is formatted in accordance with rules of the style guide you are using. Our CitationFox for APA and MLA can help you make sure that all your commas and periods are in the right place. You can also go right to the source:

Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association. Washington, DC: American Psychological Association, c2010. Dewey Library / Reference: LB 2369 A62X 2010.

MLA Handbook for Writers of Research Papers. New York: Modern Language Association of America, 2009. Dewey Library / Reference: LB 2369 G53 2009.

The Chicago Manual of Style. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2003. Dewey Library / Reference: LB 2369 C42X 2003 and Online.

A Manual for Writers of Research Papers, Theses, and Dissertations: Chicago Style for Students and Researchers by Kate L. Turabian. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2007. Dewey Library / Reference: LB 2369 T8 2007.

For assistance on citing sources, visit the reference desk or contact us at 442-3691 or dewref@albany.edu.

Blog post created by Cary Gouldin

December 3, 2013

Topics in Public Policy: Researching Hydraulic Fracturing

Hydraulic fracturing (fracking) for natural gas has generated a great deal of controversy regarding the impacts on the environment and public health. The controversy is ongoing in many areas of the United States including New York State. There has been a moratorium on the practice in New York State since 2008. Nevertheless, the controversy continues on many fronts, including law suits challenging the legality of local government bans on fracking. Gov. Cuomo has been holding off on issuing fracking permits until a review of the public health effects of the practice is completed by the New York State Department of Health. You may wish to review the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation's information page regarding the environmental impact.

The New York State Legislature has conducted hearings on the topic including:

Hearing of the Assembly Standing Committee on Environmental Conservation and Health on the health impacts of hydraulic fracturing techniques. New York (State). Legislature. Assembly. Committee on Environmental Conservation. May 26, 2011 (Albany, NY).

Hearing on the Department of Environmental Conservation’s proposed high volume hydraulic fracturing regulations. New York (State). Legislature. Assembly. Committee on Environmental Conservation. January 10, 2013 (Albany, NY). Available at the New York State Library.

Public interest groups in New York State concerned with this issue include:
*Independent Oil and Gas Association of New York
*The Public Policy Institute of New York State
*Citizens Environmental Coalition
*Environmental Advocates of New York

As indicated above, the controversy regarding hydraulic fracturing is both a state and national (federal) issue. A good source for overviews of the federal policy issues are Congressional Service Reports which are available in the GalleryWatch CRS Reports database. Relevant reports include:

*Adam Vann. Legislative Attorney; Brandon J. Murrill. Legislative Attorney; Mary Tiemann. Specialist in Environmental, P. (2013). Hydraulic Fracturing: Selected Legal Issues.
Brandon J. Murrill, L. (2013). Hydraulic Fracturing and the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA): Selected Issues.
*Mary Tiemann, S. (2012). Hydraulic Fracturing and Safe Drinking Water Act Issues.

Another good place to get an overview of a national public policy issue is the CQ Researcher. Here is a reference to an article on fracking:

McGlynn, Daniel. “Fracking Controversy: Are New Natural Gas Drilling Practices Safe?” CQ Researcher. 21(44): 2011, p. 1049-1072.

Congressional hearings can also be a good source of information especially regarding an articulation of the pros and cons surrounding aspects of the topic. Most recent Congressional hearings will be available in digital format from a link in their Minerva record. Here are some references to hearings on fracking:

*Emergency response in the Marcellus Shale region: field hearing of the Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions, United States Senate, One Hundred Eleventh Congress, second session ... July 26, 2010 (Pittsburgh, PA). Washington: U.S. G.P.O., 2012. University Library / GovDoc: J 85 Y 4.L 11/4:S.HRG.111-1148 and Online.

*Impacts of the Bureau of Land Management’s hydraulic fracturing rule on Indian tribal energy development: oversight hearing before the Subcommittee on Indian and Alaska Native Affairs of the Committee on Natural Resources, U.S. House of Representatives, One Hundred Twelfth Congress, second session, Thursday, April 19, 2012. Washington: U.S. Government Printing Office, 2013. University Library / GovDoc: J 85 Y 4.R 31/3:112-106 and Online

*Natural gas, America’s new energy opportunity: creating jobs, energy, and community growth: oversight field hearing before the Subcommittee on Energy and Mineral Resources of the Committee on Natural Resources, U.S. House of Representatives, One Hundred Twelfth Congress, second session, Monday, February 27, 2012, in Steubenville, Ohio. Washington: U.S. Government Printing Office, 2013. University Library / GovDoc: J 85 Y 4.R 31/3:112-96.

*Natural gas resources: hearing before the Committee on Energy and Natural Resources, United States Senate, One Hundred Thirteenth Congress, first session, to explore opportunities and challenges associated with America’s natural gas resources, February 12, 2013. Washington: U.S. G.P.O., 2013. University Library / GovDoc: J 85 Y 4.EN 2:S.HRG.113-1.

*Shale gas and water impacts: hearing before the Subcommittee on Water and Power of the Committee on Energy and Natural Resources, United States Senate, One Hundred Twelfth Congress, first session, to examine shale gas production and water resources in the eastern United States, October 20, 2011. Washington: U.S. G.P.O. : For sale by the Supt. of Docs., U.S. G.P.O., 2012. University Library / GovDoc: J 85 Y 4.EN 2:S.HRG.112-247.

Other federal government sources of information would include the Environmental Protection Agency’s fracking page and program evaluations conducted by the Government Accountability Office.

Here is an example of a GAO report:

United States. Government Accountability Office. Unconventional Oil and Gas Development: key environmental and public health requirements: report to congressional requestors. Washington, DC: GAO, 2012.

The University Library also has some books on this topic including:

*Under the Surface: Fracking, Fortunes and the Fate of the Marcellus Shale by Tom Wilber. Ithaca: Cornell University Press, 2012. Dewey Library / HD 9581.2 S53 W55 2012.

*The End of Country by Seamus McGraw. New York: Random House, c2011. University Library / HD 9502 U53 P4533 2011.

*Beyond the Fracking Wars: A Guide for Lawyers, Public Officials, Planners, and Citizens edited by Erica Levine Powers. Chicago, IL: American Bar Association, 2013. Dewey Library/ on order.

Those seeking additional information on this topic from a public policy perspective may want to search the PAIS database for references to books, government documents, research reports and journal articles.

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

Blog post created by Richard Irving and Cary Goldin

December 1, 2013

Dewey Workshops 12/2- 12/6

Dewey Library is offering a single workshop this week:

Wednesday, December 4, we are offering the Social Welfare Research Seminar at 2:00pm.
For more information, call 442-3691, stop by the reference desk, or register online.