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March 30, 2014

Workshops for the Week of March 30th

This week you have another opportunity to take our ever popular Social Welfare Research Seminar. Learn the basics of effective research in the social welfare field, including using the Libraries’ web page, field specific databases and online resources:

Thursday, April 3
10:00 am - Social Welfare Research Seminar

For more information or to register for a class, visit our web site or contact the reference desk at 244-3691.

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March 25, 2014

Topics in Public Policy: Domestic Use of Drone Aircraft

drone.jpgThe use of drones both overseas, for military purposes, and domestically jas become a controversial issue. Domestically drones can be used by law enforcement or other government agencies but also by commercial enterprises. Researchers investigating the issue may want to consider starting with some of the resources referenced below.

Military robots and drones : a reference handbook / Paul J. Springer. Santa Barbara, Calif. : ABC-CLIO, c2013.
Although mainly concerning military use, this source does provide some useful background material.
Science Library / Reference: UG 450 S68 2013.

US Congressional hearings:

The future of drones in America : law enforcement and privacy considerations : hearing before the Committee on the Judiciary, United States Senate, One Hundred Thirteenth Congress, first session, March 20, 2013. Washington : U.S. Government Printing Office, 2013.University Library and Online / GovDoc: J 85 Y 4.J 89/2:S.HRG.113-50.

Eyes in the sky : the domestic use of unmanned aerial systems : hearing before the Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism, Homeland Security, and Investigations of the Committee on the Judiciary, House of Representatives, One Hundred Thirteenth Congress, first session, April 10, 2013. Washington : U.S. Government Printing Office, 2013. University Library and Online / GovDoc: J 85 Y 4.J 89/1:113-40.

Operating unmanned aircraft systems in the national airspace system : assessing research and development efforts to ensure safety : hearing before the Subcommittee on Oversight, Committee on Science, Space, and Technology, House of Representatives, One Hundred Thirteenth Congress, first session, Friday, February, 15, 2013. Washington : U.S. Government Printing Office, 2013. University Library and Online / GovDoc: J 85 Y 4.SCI 2:113-5.

Using unmanned aerial systems within the homeland : security game-changer? : hearing before the Subcommittee on Oversight, Investigations, and Management of the Committee on Homeland Security, House of Representatives, One Hundred Twelfth Congress, second session, July 19, 2012. Washington : U.S. Government Printing Office, 2013. University Library and Online / GovDoc: J 85 Y 4.H 75:112-107.

CQ Researcher(online journal available through Minerva):
Domestic Drones, by Daniel McGlynn, October 18, 2013, Volume 23, Issue 37.

CRS Reports(reports of the Congressional Research Service available through the GalleryWatch CRS database):
Drones in Domestic Surveillance Operations: Fourth Amendment Implications and Legislative Responses, by Richard M. Thompson II. April 3, 2013.

Prepared for Members and Committees of Congress Integration of Drones into Domestic Airspace: Selected Legal Issues, by Alissa M. Dolan and Richard M. Thompson II, April 4, 2013

Prepared for Members and Committees of Congress: Pilotless Drones: Background and Considerations for Congress Regarding Unmanned Aircraft Operations in the National Airspace System, by Bart Elias, September 10, 2012


Westlaw and LexisNexis Academic for law review articles
PAIS for journal articles, research reports, government documents
Military and Government Collection for articles from news journals

ACLU Report: Protecting Privacy From Aerial Surveillance: Recommendations for Government Use of Drone Aircraft, Dec 2011

Domestic Drone Information Center, National Center for Criminal Defense Lawyers
- Case law, government documents, events, scholoraship
- Bill Map - drone legislation by state

The Heritage Foundation Report: Drones in U.S. Airspace: Principles for Governance, by Paul Rosenzweig, Steven P. Bucci, Ph.D., Charles "Cully" Stimson and James Jay Carafano, Ph.D.

Sources compiled by Cary Gouldin
Edited by Richard Irving
Drone image: https://www.nacdl.org/d

March 23, 2014

Workshops for the Week of March 23rd

There are several workshop options for social welfare students this week. The Social Welfare Seminar provides an introduction to the resources and search strategies that are essential to social welfare research. Our advanced seminar, Evidence Based Practice, builds on this introduction and focus on finding and evaluating information for clinical practice. Open to students from all fields, Introduction to Research Databases focuses on finding books, articles and other resources through our many research databases.

Here is this week’s full schedule:

Monday, March 24
10:00 am - Social Welfare Research Seminar

Wednesday, March 26
4:00 pm - Introduction to Research Databases

Friday, March 28
2:00 pm - Evidence Based Practice

For more information or to register for a class, visit our web site [http://libguides.library.albany.edu/DeweyWorkshops] or contact the reference desk at 244-3691.

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March 19, 2014

Tech Tools: Infographics

The rise of the internet with its focus as a visual medium, infographics have become ubiquitous. More than just the merging of information and graphics that their name suggests, infographics not only make your data more accessible, they allow you to use data to tell a story. They can be used to enhance presentations and reports as well as published via a variety of social media platforms. Creating professional looking infographics is easier than you might think, thanks to the plethora of web-based tools designed for the non-graphic artist. Below are a few that we think are the most useful:

piktochart.pngPiktochart is an easy to use drag and drop infographics tool that enables you to produce high-quality, professional looking infographics. Piktochart offers a large library of themes and graphics to choose from, or you can upload your own images. Completed infographics can be saved is a JPEG or PNG for inclusion in presentations, reports and emails or published via social media. They offer a free membership package that offers access to seven themes and 10 upload shots. Packages offering more access start at $29/month.

infogram.jpgInfogr.am is free a tool for creating a variety of charts to illustrate your data. You can import data in .XLS, .XLSX or .CSV files, and choose from over 30 types of charts, including everything from bar graphs and pie charts to treemaps and bubble charts. You can save your finished project or publish it to your social media site.

dipity_teaser2.pngDipity allows you to make a digital timeline using information from around the internet. Timelines can incorporate a variety of objects, including text, audio, images and video. Information can be added manually of imported from services like YouTube, Google, Twitter, Pandora and blogging platforms. Timelines can be easily embedded in your website or blog. Dipity’s free account option allows you to create up to 3 timelines. Subscription accounts start at $4.95/month.

infoactive.jpgInfoActive is a tool that allows you to create interactive charts and graphs based on your data. Infographics will automatically update as your data changes, making this tool ideal for use with data from surveys, polls and other constantly updating data.

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Images from tool websites

March 18, 2014

Research in Social Welfare: Social Services for Returning Veterans

support_our_veterans.jpgThe social service needs of returning veterans are an area of growing interest and importance for social workers. According to the Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America, approximately 2.5 million vets served in those two conflicts alone. Combat takes its toll on our soldiers, and many face serious issues when they return to civilian life. The following lists provide social work researchers and social workers with resources for understanding and studying the issues faced by our veterans.

Books (print and online)

The Wounded Warrior Handbook : a resource guide for returning veterans, by Janelle Hill, Cheryl Lawhorne, and Don Philpott. (2012). Dewey Library / UB 363 P55 2012

150 Best Jobs for the Military-to-Civilian Transition, by Laurence Shatkin. (2013). Dewey Library/ UB 357 S53 2013

Advances in Social Work Practice with the Military, edited by Joan Beder. (2012). Dewey Library / U 22.3 A36 2012.

Serving America’s Veterans : a reference handbook, by/ Lawrence J. Korb .. [et al.].(2012). Dewey Library / Reference: UB 357 S47 2009.

The Costs of Courage : combat stress, warriors, and family survival / Josephine G. Pryce, David H. Pryce, Kimberly K. Shackelford.(2011) Dewey Library / UB 357 P79 2012.

Life After the Military: A Handbook for Transitioning Veterans, by Janelle Hill. Online.

Resources from the National Association of Social Workers:

The Emerging Needs of Veterans: A Call to Action for the Social Work Profession

Veterans Aided with Transition Struggle

We Have Much to Offer Veterans

Other Websites:

Joint Forces - Federal government website with comprehensive information on services and resources for returning veterans

New York State Division of Veterans’ Affairs - New York State’s website with information on healthcare, housing, employment assistance and more.

Veteran Employment Center - run by Monster.com, this tool provides a “translator” for military skills to aid veteran transitions to civilian employment.

Veterans Job Bank - National Resources Directory provides information on veteran employment across the US.

MyFreeTaxes.com - tax services for low income families and veterans.

If you are interested in researching the issues faced by returning veterans and the services available to them, please contact Elaine Lasda Bergman, our Social Welfare Subject Specialist. She can be reached at elasdabergman@albany.edu.

Blog post created by Mark Seabury and Elaine Lasda Bergman
image credit: http://al291.org/index.php?id=127

New In Information Studies: Libraries and Social Media

Networked Library.jpgLibraries of all kinds have been using social media for a variety of purposes. The most common use is as a marketing tool for the promotion of library resources, services, and news and events as well as the library's grand in general. Keeping users informed about things like library closings and network updates is also a common function of social media platforms in libraries. Many of these platforms can also serve as in informal focus group, enabling staff to collect feedback from patrons on services and programming and information about what users want from their institution. A less common function, but one that offers the most opportunity for interaction with patrons via social media, is the opportunity to conduct short reference interviews, from providing directional information to basic research instruction.

One of the keys to the successful incorporation of social media in the library is careful planning, implementation and management of activities. The Dewey Library has recently added several books to the collection that will help librarians navigate social media of all kinds:

Google This!: Putting Google and Other Social Media Sites to Work for Your Library by Terry Ballard. Oxford, UK: Chandos Pub., 2012. Dewey Library / Z 674.75 S63 B35 2012.

Managing Social Media in Libraries: Finding Collaboration, Coordination and Focus by Troy A. Swanson. Oxford, UK: Chandos Pub., 2012. Dewey Library / Z 674.75 S63 S93X 2012.

The Networked Library: A Guide for the Educational Use of Social Networking Sites by Melissa A. Purcell. Santa Barbara, CA: Linworth, an imprint of ABC-CLIO, LLC, 2012. Dewey Library / Z 675 S3 P86 2012.

Using Social Media in Libraries: Best Practices
edited by Charles Harmon and Michael Messina. Lanham, MD: The Scarecrow Press, Inc., 2013. Dewey Library / Z 674.75 S63 U85 2013.

Strategic Planning for Social Media in Libraries by Sarah K. Steiner. Chicago: ALA TechSource, an imprint of the American Library Association, 2012. Dewey Library / Z 674.75 S63 S74 2012.

For more information on resources on library and information science, contact subject specialist Deborah Bernnard at 442-3699 or dbernnard@albany.edu.

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March 16, 2014

Workshops for the Week of March 16th

Come one, come all to the Dewey classroom, where you will learn research skills that will amaze friends and delight party guests (or, at least, your professors)! Master the manipulation of our research databases to find information quickly and efficiently in our Introduction to Research Databases class. Discover the ancient secret of finding and evaluating information for clinical social work in our Evidence Based Practice workshop. Acquire the skill and knowledge needed to suss out information on nonprofit organizations and their activities using print, electronic and online resources. All this knowledge can be yours for free; all you have to do is sign up!

This week’s schedule is:

Wednesday, March 19
1:00 pm - Introduction to Research Databases
3:00 pm - Evidence Based Practice

Friday, March 21
3:00 pm - Nonprofit Organizations - Information Sources

For more information or to register for a class, visit our web site or contact the reference desk at 244-3691.

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March 12, 2014

Open Access - Where’s All the Good Stuff?

oa.jpg“Open access” is the term used for scholarly resources on the internet that are available for free. Traditionally journals, monographs and other resources have been sold by commercial publishers after the content has been given to publishers for free by scholars. Now that the internet has made distribution easier for scholarly enterprises, the business model built by commercial publishers is coming into question. Scholars are finding more free venues so that their work can be found and used by a greater community, not just elite institutions that have adequate funds. The scholars are not applying rigid copyright restrictions as the commercial publishers have done in the past, and commercial publishers are also trying to provide information for free as a result.

At this time there are several websites that specialize in open access materials, and it may be worthwhile to bookmark the links below.

“OpenDOAR is an authoritative directory of academic open access repositories. Each OpenDOAR repository has been visited by project staff to check the information that is recorded here. This in-depth approach does not rely on automated analysis and gives a quality-controlled list of repositories.
As well as providing a simple repository list, OpenDOAR lets you search for repositories or search repository contents. Additionally, we provide tools and support to both repository administrators and service providers in sharing best practice and improving the quality of the repository infrastructure. Further explanation of these features is given in a project document Beyond the list.
The current directory lists repositories and allows breakdown and selection by a variety of criteria - see the Find page - which can also be viewed as statistical charts. The underlying database has been designed from the ground up to include in-depth information on each repository that can be used for search, analysis, or underpinning services like text-mining. The OpenDOAR service is being developed incrementally, developing the current service as new features are introduced. A list of Upgrades and Additions is available.
Developments will be of use both to users wishing to find original research papers and for service providers like search engines or alert services which need easy-to-use tools for developing tailored search services to suit specific user communities.”

Directory of Open Access Journals
“The aim of the DOAJ is to increase the visibility and ease of use of open access scientific and scholarly journals, thereby promoting their increased usage and impact. The DOAJ aims to be comprehensive and cover all open access scientific and scholarly journals that use a quality control system to guarantee the content. In short, the DOAJ aims to be the one-stop shop for users of open access journals.”

Open Access Directory
“The Open Access Directory (OAD) is a compendium of simple factual lists about open access (OA) to science and scholarship, maintained by the OA community at large. By bringing many OA-related lists together in one place, OAD makes it easier for everyone to discover them, use them for reference, and update them. The easier they are to maintain and discover, the more effectively they can spread useful, accurate information about OA. To see what we have, browse the table of contents below, browse the table of categories, or use the search box in the left sidebar. To help the cause, just register and start editing. If you have any questions, see our help section or drop us a line.”

“OAIster is a union catalog of millions of records representing open access resources that was built by harvesting from open access collections worldwide using the Open Archives Initiative Protocol for Metadata Harvesting (OAI-PMH). Today, OAIster includes more than 30 million records representing digital resources from more than 1,500 contributors.”

The Public Domain Review
“Founded in 2011, The Public Domain Review is an online journal and not-for-profit project dedicated to promoting and celebrating the public domain in all its richness and variety.

All works eventually fall out of copyright - from classics works of art to absentminded doodles - and in doing so they enter the public domain, a vast commons of material that everyone is free to enjoy, share and build upon without restriction. Our aim is to help our readers explore this rich terrain - like a small exhibition gallery at the entrance to an immense network of archives and storage rooms that lie beyond.

With a focus on the surprising, the strange, and the beautiful, we hope to provide an ever-growing cabinet of curiosities for the digital age, a kind of hyperlinked Wunderkammer - an archive of materials which truly celebrates the breadth and variety of our shared cultural commons and the minds that have made it."

Open Culture
“Open Culture brings together high-quality cultural & educational media for the worldwide lifelong learning community. Web 2.0 has given us great amounts of intelligent audio and video. It’s all free. It’s all enriching. But it’s also scattered across the web, and not easy to find. Our whole mission is to centralize this content, curate it, and give you access to this high quality content whenever and wherever you want it. Free audio books, free online courses, free movies, free language lessons, free ebooks and other enriching content — it’s all here. Open Culture was founded in 2006.”

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March 10, 2014

Topics in Criminal Justice: Felon Disenfranchisement

Disenfranchisement-Map-e1342163935236.gifOn February 11, Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. gave a speech at Georgetown University in which he called for the repeal of state laws which disenfranchise citizens convicted of felonies. Most states prohibit inmates from voting while in prison but Attorney General Holder directed his comments at state laws which prohibit convicted felons from voting after they are released from prison.

Researchers interested in exploring this topic may consider the following resources:

Books and Government Documents in the University Libraries

Living in Infamy: Felon Disfranchisement and the History of American Citizenship by Pippa Holloway. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2013. Dewey Library /

Felony Disenfranchisement in America: Historical Origins, Institutional Racism, and Modern Consequences by Katherine Irene Pettus. Albany: State University of New York Press, c2013. Dewey Library / JK 1846 P48 2013.

Democracy Restoration Act of 2009: Hearing before the Subcommittee on the Constitution, Civil Rights, and Civil Liberties of the Committee on the Judiciary, House of Representatives, One Hundred Eleventh Congress, second session, on H.R. 3355, March 16, 2010. Washington: U.S. G.P.O., 2010. University Library and Online / GovDoc: J 85 Y 4.J 89/1:111-84.

The Disenfranchisement of Ex-Felons
by Elizabeth A. Hull. Philadelphia: Temple University Press, 2006. Dewey Library / KF 9747 Z95 H84 2006.

Locked Out: Felon Disenfranchisement and American Democracy by Jeff Manza and Christopher Uggen. Oxford, UK; New York: Oxford University Press, c2006. Dewey Library / JK 1846 M26 2006.

Civic Participation and Rehabilitation Act of 1999: Hearing before the Subcommittee on the Constitution of the Committee on the Judiciary, House of Representatives, One Hundred Sixth Congress, first session, on H.R. 906, October 21, 1999. Washington : U.S. G.P.O., 2000. University Library / GovDoc: J 85 Y 4.J 89/1:106/11.

Ex-Felon Voting Rights in Florida: Revised Rules of Executive Clemency that Automatically Restore Civil Rights to Level-1 Offenders is the Right Policy by the United States Commission on Civil Rights, Florida Advisory Committee. Washington: U.S. Commission on Civil Rights, 2008. Online / GovDoc: J 85 CR 1.2:V 94/6.

Bibliographic Databases

Westlaw - Source for law review articles on the topic

Worldwide Political Science Abstracts - Source for articles in political science journals

PAIS - Source for journal articles, government documents, think tank reports

CQ Researcher( online periodical accessible online through Minerva):

Voting Rights. October 29, 2004; Volume 14, Issue 38.
•General discussion of voting rights of minorities and felons, includes section “Should felons who have completed their sentences continue to be denied the right to vote?”

Prison-Building Boom. September 17, 1999; Volume 9, Issue 35.
•Pro/Con section on topic

Congressional Research Service ( accessible online through the GalleryWatch CRS database):

Judge Sonia Sotomayor: Analysis of Selected Opinions by Anna C. Henning, Legislative Attorney Kenneth R. Thomas, Legislative Attorney June 19, 2009.


ACLU Map of State Felony Disenfranchisement Laws

ProCon.com Felon Voting Page:
Info, stats and opinions on state and federal level

Brennan Center for Justice report “Restoring the Right to Vote”; by Erika Wood

If you have an interest in researching felon disenfranchisement, you may wish to contact our Criminal Justice Subject Specialist, Richard Irving. He can be reached at 442-3698 or rirving@albany.edu

Bibliography by Cary Gouldin
Blog post by Richard Irving
Image source: http://witnessla.com/supreme-court/2012/taylorwalker/new-felon-disenfranchisement-report-sd-drops-reentry-program-that-cuts-recidivism-and-states-to-execute-mentally-disabled/

March 9, 2014

Workshops for the Week of March 9th

This week, we are offering a plethora of workshops to take your research skills from adequate to excellent! Our ICPSR, Data and Statistical Resources workshop is ideal for those interested in qualitative methods as well as those planning on using government statistics and data. The Social Welfare Research Seminar is on introduction to the using Libraries’ web page, research databases and other library resources for research in social welfare.

This week’s full schedule is:

Tuesday, March 11
10:00 am - Nonprofit Organizations - Information Sources
2:00 pm - Social Welfare Research Seminar

Wednesday, March 12
6:00 pm - ICPSR, Data and Statistical Resources

Thursday, March 13
4:30 pm - Nonprofit Organizations - Information Sources

For more information or to register for a class, visit our web site or contact the reference desk at 244-3691.

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March 5, 2014

What's New In Reference?

Here are some of the latest and greatest in our Reference collection. Three of the four are available online, so you can access them from home without borrowing. If you are interested in these new books, please drop by the Dewey Library Reference Desk and a librarian will be happy to assist you!

military.jpgLife After the Military: A Handbook for Transitioning Veterans by Janelle Hill. Lanham, MD: Government Institutes, 2011.Dewey Library/ UB 357 H55 2011 and online.
This text serves as a practical guide to those returning from enlistment. Topics covered in the text include developing a transition plan and new career advice as well as a broad range of living and financial strategies. The text also includes a useful appendix that covers outside resources and helpful checklists. Life After the Military would prove helpful to not only a returning enlistee but also family members or friends.

americanlibraries.jpg The American Public Library Handbook by Marco Guy. Santa Barbara, CA: Libraries Unlimited, 2012. Online.
A reference text that describes the many roles the public library has played in the past and the way it functions in the present. These include looking at the public library through topical, biographical, institutional and bibliographical lenses. A handbook like this may not prove particularly valuable to your next door neighbor; however, its contents could prove invaluable to the future librarian interested in learning about things like bookmobiles and new technology trends. Important topics are broken down into helpful sections on terminology, historical summary, current trends complete with detailed references.

govtinternet.jpg The United States Government Internet Directory by Shana Hertz Hattis, ed. Lanham, MD: Bernan Press, 2013. Online.
A digital reference text with information on the maze that is federal government-related information. As paradoxical as a physical text that indexes a portion of the World Wide Web sounds, the contents provide useful tools to help navigate the sea of virtual bureaucracy. Contents include a guide to available mobile apps, a quick guide for finding government websites and an appendix on how to reach members of the current congress. This reference text is useful to an information scientist in a government agency or a public librarian helping a patron who can’t speak English find helpful public resources.

supcourt.jpg Justices of the United States Supreme Court: Their Lives and Major Opinions, by Leon Friedman and Fred Israel, ed. New York, NY: Facts On File, 2013. Dewey/KF 8744 F75 2013
The text is a comprehensive, four volume set looking at supreme court justices and their rulings. The extensive biographical look at each justice’s life includes details like religion, upbringing and every court ruling they have made. The volumes are written in an unbiased vernacular, making the text perfect for academic research as well as teaching a generation of students about the important SCOTUS rulings.

Blog post by Mark Seabury

March 2, 2014

Workshops for the Week of March 2nd

Learn how to find information regarding nonprofit organizations and their activities, including print, electronic and online sources with our workshop Nonprofit Organizations - Information Sources. This 60 minute, hands-on session will take place in the Dewey classroom this Wednesday. We are also offering our popular Evidence Based Practice workshop this week, which will teach your how to find and evaluate information for clinical social work practice.

This week’s schedule:

Wednesday, March 5

4:30 pm - Nonprofit Organizations - Information Sources

Friday, March 7
3:30 pm - Evidence Based Practice

For more information or to register for a class, visit our web site or contact the reference desk at 244-3691.

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