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April 30, 2014

New and Awesome Reference Books!

We have recently added more reference books to the collection on subjects of interest to the downtown campus, including social security, criminal psychology, medical terminology, and children’s literature. Below are some highlights that might interest you.

Cart’s Top 200 Adult Books for Young Adults Two Decades in Review by Michael Cart. Chicago ALA Editions, an imprint of the American Library Association, 2013. Online / Z 1037 C335 2013 WWW.

Michael Cart, former YALSA president and the best-selling author of Young Adult Literature: From Romance to Realism, applies his expertise as one of the nation’s leading experts on YA literature to identify exceptional adult books that will satisfy a variety of young adults’ recreational reading tastes. His roundup of high-quality titles covers a wide range of genres, from graphic novels and real-life adventures to romance and speculative fiction, and includes numerous read-alikes and related-titles lists, making it a great tool for both collection development and readers’ advisory. This resource makes finding a great book easy, with multiple indexes and thorough annotation.

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Destination Dissertation: A Traveler’s Guide to a Done Dissertation by Sonja K. Foss and William Waters. Lanham: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, c2007. Online / LB 2369 F59 2007 WWW.

Dissertations aren't walls to scale or battles to fight; they are destinations along the path to a professional career. Destination Dissertation is a handbook that helps students successfully develop and complete their dissertations. It uses travel as a metaphor, framing the process as an exciting trip of 29 steps that can be completed in less than nine months. Designed for use by students in all disciplines and for both quantitative and qualitative dissertations, the book shows concrete and efficient processes for completing those parts of the dissertation where students tend to get stuck, from conceptualizing a topic to editing the final work. It includes a wealth of real-life examples from throughout the dissertation process, such as creating the proposal and coding data. This time-tested method comes from the authors' successful work at the Denver-based Scholars' Retreat.

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Employment and Work by Susanne M. Bruyere and Linda Barrington. Thousand Oaks, CA; London: SAGE, c2012. Online / HD 7255 B78 2012 WWW.

This volume in The SAGE Reference Series on Disability explores issues facing people with disabilities in employment and the work environment. With a balance of history, theory, research, and application, specialists set out the findings and implications of research and practice for those whose current or future work involves the care and/or study of those with disabilities, as well as for the disabled themselves. This volume sets out the fundamentals of the topic, accompanied by compiled data and statistics, recommended further readings, a guide to organizations and associations, and other annotated resources, thus providing the ideal introductory platform and gateway for further study.

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Encyclopedia of Street Crime in America edited by Jeffrey Ian Ross. Thousand Oaks, CA; London: SAGE, 2013. Online / HV 6789 E53 2013 WWW.

Street crime has changed over past decades, especially with the advent of surveillance cameras in public places. However, criminals have found ways to adapt. This encyclopedic reference focuses primarily on urban lifestyle and its associated crimes, ranging from burglary to drug peddling to murder to new, more sophisticated forms of street crime and scams. This traditional A-to-Z reference has significant coverage of police and courts and other criminal justice sub-disciplines while also featuring thematic articles on the sociology of street crime. This volume includes 175 signed entries providing in-depth coverage of street crime in America; cross-references and suggestions for further reading; a thematic reader’s guide that groups related entries by broad topic areas; a detailed Index for convenient search-and-browse capabilities; a chronology providing a historical perspective of the topic; and annotated appendices providing sources of data and statistics.

Guide to the White House Staff by Shirley Anne Warshaw. Los Angeles: Sage Reference, CQ Press, 2013. Dewey Library / Reference: JK 552 W37 2013.

This work examines the evolution and current role of the White House staff. In eight thematically-arranged chapters, it provides a study of executive/legislative relations, organizational behavior, policy making, and White House-cabinet relations. It introduces the first members of the White House staff and details the need, statutory authorization, and funding for staff expansion and addresses the creation of the Executive Office of the President (EOP) and a formal White House staff in 1939. It also explores the statutes, executive orders, and a succession of reorganization plans that have helped shape and refine the EOP, tracing the evolution of White House staff from FDR to Obama and the specialization of staff across policy and political units. This resource explores how presidential transitions have operated since Eisenhower created the position of chief of staff and explains the expansion of the president's in-house policy-making structures, beginning with national security and continuing with economic and domestic policy.

April 27, 2014

Workshops for the Week of April 27th

This week is your last opportunity this semester to take our Introduction to Research Databases class. Learn search strategies and techniques that will cut down the amount of time you spend doing research and enable you to get more accurate and comprehensive results.

The full schedule of classes for this week is:

Monday, April 28
10:00 am - Evidence Based Practice

Tuesday, April 29
2:00 pm - Evidence Based Practice

Wednesday, April 30
1:00 pm - Introduction to Research Databases

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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April 23, 2014

Human Trafficking - The Sex Trade

Human trafficking whether it be for the purpose of transporting illegal drugs, illegal labor or sexual exploitation has become a major international human rights/criminal justice concern.  Listed below are some resources researchers may consult that focus on the sexual exploitation aspect.



Trafficking in slavery’s wake : law and the experience of women and children / edited by Benjamin N. Lawrance and Richard L. Roberts. Athens : Ohio University Press, c2012. Dewey Library / HQ 281 T7179 2012


Trafficking women’s human rights / Julietta Hua. Minneapolis : University of Minnesota Press, c2011. University Library / HQ 281 H82 2011


Not for sale : the return of the global slave trade-- and how we can fight it / David Batstone. New York : HarperSanFrancisco, c2007. University Library / HQ 281 B33 2007


Nobodies : modern American slave labor and the dark side of the new global economy / John Bowe. New York : Random House, c2007. University Library / HD 4865 U6 B68 2007


Understanding global slavery : a reader / Kevin Bales. Berkeley : University of California Press, c2005. University Library / HT 867 B38 2005


A crime so monstrous : face-to-face with modern-day slavery / E. Benjamin Skinner. New York : Free Press, 2008. University Library / HT 871 S45 2008


Abolishing slavery and its contemporary forms / David Weissbrodt and Anti-Slavery International. New York : Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, United Nations, 2002. University Library / Oversized *: K 3267 W45X 2002


Government Documents 

The next ten years in the fight against human trafficking : attacking the problem with the right tools : hearing before the Committee on Foreign Relations, United States Senate, One Hundred Twelfth Congress, second session, July 17, 2012. Washington : U.S. Government Printing Office, 2012. Online / GovDoc: J 85 Y 4.F 76/2:S.HRG.112-605.


Are government contractors exploiting workers overseas? : examining enforcement of the Trafficking Victims Protection Act : hearing before the Subcommittee on Technology, Information Policy, Intergovernmental Relations, and Procurement Reform of the Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, One Hundred Twelfth Congress, first session, November 2, 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.G 74/7:112-93


Labor abuses, human trafficking, and government contractors : is the goviernment [sic] doing enough to protect vulnerable workers? : hearing before the Subcommittee on Technology, Information Policy, Intergovernmental Relations, and Procurement Reform of the Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, House of Representatives, One Hundred Twelfth Congress, second session, March 27, 2012. 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.G 74/7:112-137


Trafficking Victims Protection Reauthorization Act of 2011 [electronic resource] : report together with additional and minority views (to accompany S. 1301) (including cost estimate of the Congressional Budget Office). [Washington, D.C. : U.S. G.P.O., 2011] Online / GovDoc: J 85 Y 1.1/5:112-96


Domestic minor sex trafficking [electronic resource] : hearing before the Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism, and Homeland Security of the Committee on the Judiciary, House of Representatives, One Hundred Eleventh Congress, second session, September 15, 2010. Washington : U.S. G.P.O., 2011. Online / GovDoc: J 85 Y 4.J 89/1:111-146


Sex trafficking [electronic resource] : fact sheet. [Washington, D.C.] : Dept. of Health & Human Services, [Administration for Children and Families], National Human Trafficking Resource Center, [2011] Online / GovDoc: J 85 HE 25.2:T 67/2


CQ Researcher


Human Trafficking and Slavery: Are governments doing enough to eradicate the illicit trade? By Robert Kiener October 16, 2012, Volume 6, Issue 20


Human Trafficking and Slavery: Are the world's nations doing enough to stamp it out? By David Masci March 26, 2004 • Volume 14, Issue 12


CRS Reports


Trafficking in Persons: U.S. Policy and Issues for Congress by Alison Siskin and Liana Sun Wyler February 19, 2013 


Trafficking in Persons in Latin America and the Caribbean by Clare Ribando Seelke July 15, 2013 


Sex Trafficking of Children in the United States: Overview and Issues for Congress by Kristin M. Finklea, Adrienne L. Fernandes-Alcantara  and Alison Siskin. June 21, 2011

Web Sites


Child Trafficking Digital Library 

-          Includes country reports, definitions, laws and policy, prevention and rehabilitation information, etc


Walk Free Foundation’s Global Slavery Index 2013 

-          Ranks 162 countries by prevalence of slavery (including human trafficking and child marriage)


 Trends in State Courts 2013 by the National Center for State Courts 

-          Report on how human trafficking cases are handled in state courts


Human Trafficking Research, Justice Policy Center, Urban Institute 

-          Identifying Challenges to Improve the Investigation and Prosecution of State and Local Human Trafficking Cases Executive Summary 2012

If you would like more information on this important topic, talk to our Criminal Justice Librarian, Dick Irving. He can be reached at rirving@albany.edu or 442-23698. 

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April 20, 2014

Workshops for the Week of April 20th

This week we are offering Evidence Based Practice, an hour-long advanced seminar that focuses on how to find and evaluate information for clinical practice in social welfare.

Wednesday, April 23
2:30 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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April 15, 2014

Orphan Works - When No One Knows Who Owns the Copyright

"Orphan work” is a term used to describe the situation in which the owner of a copyrighted work cannot

be identified and located. These works may be unpublished, or the publisher may be out of business.  They are not confined to print works or literary works.  Many early films have no information regarding who made them. Anyone who wishes to use these works, which are not in the public domain, is hard pressed to know if they may assume that the copyright owner will come forth and claim infringement, or whether the works are truly orphaned and it will be appropriate to use them because the copyright is basically abandoned.


Archives in particular may end up having fairly substantive amounts of orphan works in collections due to the nature of items that are contained in them. The urgency of this problem helped the Society of American Archivists (SSA) to create a document of their best practices regarding orphan works and they have made it freely available.

Basic principles that the SSA uses in their document include:

·         Multiple legal rationales may apply to a specific project or use;

·         Holdings in archival collections should be used, not left unused because of obscure

ownership status;

·         Common sense should apply.

 nstitutions and individuals should document any process they employed to determine that rights holders cannot be located.  Such processes can be standardized, so that a workflow for determining orphan works may be established and  made as efficient as possible.


Efforts to provide legislation around orphan works have so far failed to attract significant attention in the US Congress, however this year the Copyright Office is making efforts to provide some leadership in this area. Hearings regarding orphan works were held in March of 2014 and the Library of Congress website is requesting public comment.  You may wish to pay attention to the Copyright.gov site on orphan works over the coming few weeks to obtain relevant information from the round table discussion transcripts and video:    


The Copyright Office is reviewing the problem of orphan works under U.S. copyright law in continuation of its previous work on the subject and to advise Congress on possible next steps for the United States. The Office has long shared the concern with many in the copyright community that the uncertainty surrounding the ownership status of orphan works does not serve the objectives of the copyright system. For good faith users, orphan works are a frustration, a liability risk, and a major cause of gridlock in the digital marketplace. The issue is not contained to the United States. Indeed, a number of foreign governments have recently adopted or proposed solutions.

During its review, the Office has requested comments and held public roundtables in Washington DC on March 10-11, 2014, which were videotaped and transcribed. During these roundtables, the Office heard a variety of viewpoints on a wide range of issues impacting orphan works and mass digitization efforts. The Office will post the transcripts and video on the Office website as they become available. 

Comments are now due by 5:00 p.m. EDT on May 21, 2014. For more information, please see 77 FR 18932


There is also considerably more information at this site from the Federal Register original Notice of Inquiry by the Library of Congress.

If you have questions about copyright, please contact Lorre Smith of the University Libraries at lsmith@albany.edu, or drop by the reference desk!

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April 13, 2014

Workshops for the Week of April 13th

There are only five weeks left in the semester! Start working out your research muscles now and you will be in tip-top shape by semester’s end, ready to tackle those final papers and projects. Learn the basics of social welfare research, including an introduction to search strategies, key library resources and online sources, in our Social Welfare Research Seminar. Those looking for a more advances class can learn to find and evaluate information for clinical practice in our Evidence Based Practice class.

This week’s schedule:

Wednesday, April 16
1:30 pm - Social Welfare Research Seminar

Thursday, April 17
10:00 am - 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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April 9, 2014

We asked. You answered. We heard!

We asked you how Dewey is doing and you gave us answers! Now we would like to take a little time to follow up on some of the comments you provided……


We asked what could we do better at Dewey?

Your responses

Our Solutions

“Having a drinking water facility”


This was a popular response given by many library users. We are very excited to announce that based on your recommendations, we have installed a new drinking water fountain!! The fountain also has a bottle filler! Fortunately, the library was recently gifted some money by an alumni donor which was to cover some of the cost to purchase and install the water fountain. The new drinking water fountain is located in the same hallway as the restroom.

“The library is freezing! Please increase the heating”

We try to keep temperatures at a comfortable level. There are campus regulations that we have to follow for heat settings. The targeted temperature for the winter is 68°F. Because Dewey Library is in a building over 100 years old, it can be hard to maintain targeted temperatures and sometimes equipment does fail. With that said, your feedback is welcomed and can help us to identify when there might be a problem. The heating and cooling conditions are consistently monitored by the Facilities Department. They also take preventative steps in order to ensure targeted and comfortable temperatures are met. 

“A  better hole puncher would be nice”

We have several hole punchers and staplers. We have a hole puncher near the SUNY card machine and we have an electric stapler at the black and white printer station located on the first floor. We have others with different capacities that we keep behind the Reference and Circulation Desks. Simply ask our staff at one of the desks and someone will be happy to get one for you.

“Have clean toilets/bathrooms maybe?”

We have placed toilet seat covers in the bathroom and we try to keep an air freshener in there. We’ve also posted reminders for library users to clean up after themselves. This is another area where we work with the Facilities Department to help keep a clean and comfortable environment. Reporting issues to library staff can help to keep us aware of problems that need to be addressed. 

“Provide tissues”

We do provide tissues. You can find them located on the Reference Desk.


We asked what do we do well?

Below are some of your responses:


“Courteous receptionist”

“Lots of books!”

“Comfy and quiet environment”

“Great response with Interlibrary Loans!”

“friendly patrons”

“Chris, Dick, and Ryan are golden gods”

“……..and Leslie is great too”


We truly appreciate the positive feedback. It is reassuring for us to know that we are meeting the needs of our library users. Most importantly we want to provide a welcoming environment where you will feel comfortable doing your work and confident that you will be able to get the help and/or services you need in order to do your research. 


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April 8, 2014

A New Framework for Information Literacy

trudibiopic.jpegIn August 2012, the Board of Directors of the Association of College and Research Libraries convened a task force to update the Information Literacy Competency Standards for Higher Education. Co-chaired by Trudi Jacobson, Head of the Information Literacy Department at the University Libraries, the task force is made up of leaders in the information literacy field and higher education. They have recently released the draft of the first part of the Framework for Information Literacy for Higher Education for review and comment from the field. This section of the Framework includes and introduction, the first three threshold concepts, a glossary and a bibliography. The second section of the draft, including more threshold concepts and sample scenarios, is slated for release this month.

This Framework is centered on the idea of threshold concepts, a pedagogical approach that has been explored in many disciplines in recent years but has only recently been applied to information literacy instruction. According to the draft's introduction, "threshold concepts are those challenging 'gateway' or portal concepts through which students must pass in order to develop genuine expertise within a discipline, profession, or knowledge domain." The first threshold in the draft, "scholarship is a conversation," focuses on a student's understanding that the body of knowledge on any topic is not represented by a single authoritative voice proclaiming the "truth," but is comprised of a variety of perspectives, which must be evaluated on their evidentiary merits.

The task-force's embrace of threshold concepts reflects changes in the information landscape over the past decade and reflects the evolving needs of students as both information producers and consumers. It also reflects the growing understanding the information literacy should be incorporated into the disciplines, requiring a flexible tool that can easily be adapted by disciplinary faculty. According to Jacobson:

"Threshold concepts are an entry point into information literacy that resonates with the faculty members I’ve spoken with. We need to encourage disciplinary faculty members to incorporate information literacy instruction into their courses, or to frame what they are already teaching. One-time, course-related sessions only provide an opportunity to explore the tip of the iceberg, and need to be augmented with faculty contributions. We believe that the framework will encourage the discussions necessary for this movement."

The task force is accepting feedback on the draft through April 15.

The University Libraries have many resources that add to the information literacy conversation, including:

Feminist Pedagogy for Library Instruction by Maria T. Accardi. Sacramento, CA: Library Juice Press, 2013. Dewey Library / Z 711.25 C65 A27 2013.

The Information Behavior of a New Generation: Children and Teens in the 21st Century edited by Jamshid Beheshti and Andrew Large. Lanham: The Scarecrow Press, Inc., 2013. Dewey Library / ZA 3075 I5325 2013.

Rethinking Information Literacy: A Practical Framework for Supporting Learning edited by Jane Secker, et al. London: Facet, 2013. University Library / ZA 3075 S384X 2013.

Ways of Experiencing Information Literacy: Making the Case for a Relational Approach by Susie Andretta. Oxford, UK: Chandos Pub., 2012. Dewey Library / ZA 3075 A53 2012.

For more information on resources on information literacy, contact Deborah Bernnard, Library and Information Science bibliographer, at dbernnard@albany.edu 442-3699.

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April 6, 2014

Workshops for the Week of April 6th

We are offering our Evidence Based Practice workshop this week. Learn how to efficiently find and evaluate information for clinical social work. Sign up early as these classes tend to fill up!

Wednesday, April 9
2:00 pm - Evidence Based Practice

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

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April 2, 2014

Leave the Flash Drive at Home - Cloud Storage

Cloud-based file storage is one of the most convenient advances in technology a college student could hope for. We’ve all received the desperate lost USB Drive e-mail, and with the help of a few online services we can make sure our schoolwork is always available to us. Here are some of the best options available.

dropbox.jpgOne of the oldest and most reliable services available is Dropbox. The file hosting service allows the user to upload word documents, PowerPoint presentations and even video onto its site for free. Using your e-mail address and password you can then access these files on any computer, tablet or smartphone with an Internet connection. These files can be synced to your personal computer’s desktop with the option of sharing the files with others who have a Dropbox account. Free users have access to around 2GB of space with the ability to earn more though referring a friend or colleague. Soon Dropbox will allow for the ability to toggle between work and personal storage, making the service a more versatile one.

drive.jpg The market for online file storage is becoming quite competitive and as a result, we all benefit. Google’s Drive offers users up to 15GB of free space while providing services comparable to Dropbox. On top of this, Google offers an interface that’s streamlined with its popular email client, Gmail, as well as its online office suite.

onedrive.jpgMicrosoft’s OneDrive, a new service the company is pushing, offers the same service and while offering 10GB of free storage for students. This service is coming to SUNY Albany this April and includes 25 GB of storage for students. Benefits include complete compatibility with Microsoft’s popular office suite as well as the ability for people to view your files without having a Microsoft account.

transfer big files.jpg TransferBigFiles is a bit different than these services, allowing users to transfer files that are too large for e-mail. This comes in handy when sending video, music or photos to yourself or members of a group project. The most convenient feature of this site is the ability to send and receive files without creating an account. To upload a file, 100 MB maximum, users simply go to the website and upload the file. After entering a recipient via e-mail users have the option to password protect the transfer, grant sharing rights and receive notification upon download. For free users the site limits total file sharing to 2 GB a day, with files expiring 5 days after the original send date. Similar services include sendspace and DropSend.

SUNY Albany offers its own file storage service. The S-Drive, available on each university computer, allows you to save PDFs, word documents and presentations to any computer using your NetID and password. The service allows for 100 MB of personal storage. Students have the ability to access these files off-campus by following the instructions on the ITS Wiki. The University’s service has the benefit of being the most secure out of all the services mentioned, as cloud-based services can often be the target of phishing and other attacks. Another convenience includes the ability to restore files or folders with the submission of a Service Desk help ticket.

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April 1, 2014

Topics in Social Work: DSM Library Now Available!

brain.jpgThe American Psychiatric Association’s 2013 DSM Library, including the updated The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, is now available online. The DSM-5 is a classification and diagnostic tool used by a variety of professionals ranging from psychologists to insurance providers. The text consists of three main sections: DSM-5 basics, Diagnostic Criteria and Codes and Emerging Measures and Models. The third section, Emerging Measures and Models is particularly helpful for social work students who want to stay current with regards to patient assessment measures.

The fifth edition includes important changes like the redefinition of autism to autism spectrum disorder. This umbrella term means that old distinctions like Asperger’s disorder are no longer listed as individual disorders. Learning disorders have also taken the same route. Instead of reading disorder or mathematics disorder, learning disorders are listed under specific learning disorder. Other notable additions include gambling disorder, an expanded substance-related definition as well as impulse-control disorder. The database also offers previous iterations of the resource, allowing students a chance to examine how professional thought on mental disorder has evolved.

dsm-v.jpgThe DSM Library includes the Handbook of Differential Diagnosis, an excellent resource for students. The section entitled Differential Diagnosis Step by Step works as a useful guide for clinicians-in-training, listing the appropriate steps to take in a simple yet comprehensive manner. Differential Diagnosis by the Trees, and Differential Diagnosis by the Table provide a more detailed visual explanation of each disorder and the steps necessary to diagnose it.

DSM-5 Clinical Cases is a practical guide based on the disorders described in the book. This is a great way for students to connect theory with real-world cases. The book’s 19 chapters include sections on anxiety disorders, gender dysphoria and personality disorders complete with the actual case study, a diagnosis, discussion and suggested readings.

For more information on how to use this resource, contact Elaine Lasda Bergman, Social Welfare, Gerontology and Dewey Reference Bibliographer, at elasdabergman@albany.edu or 442-3695.

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