New in PsycBOOKS: Jan – Dec 2019

APA added 41 new titles to PsycBOOKS® in 2019, grouped by release month below.

Bibliographic records are available through your PsycBOOKS vendor. You may also download RDA records directly from APA by following the instructions in the APA PsycNET® Administrator Help Menu.

View the previous monthly PsycBOOKS update listsa list of sample PsycBOOKS titles, and the full coverage list for PsycBOOKS.

Getting Started with PsycTESTS: What Is It, and How Can It Help Me?

This is the first post in a series for anyone wanting to become familiar with PsycTESTS. Today we’ll cover what you’ll find in PsycTESTS, how to begin your search for a test, and resources to learn more about searching PsycTESTS. Future posts will cover how you can use a test that you find, and tips for navigating the platform.


Are you looking for a test to use in your research, or planning to develop your own? We have a database that can help!

PsycTESTS provides detailed information about the use of thousands of tests, scales, and measures reported in the behavioral sciences literature. Designed to connect researchers, students, educators, librarians, and practitioners with assessment tools, PsycTESTS is an ideal starting point for a new research project, helping you to avoid “reinventing the wheel” as you’re considering your metrics.

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Apply by Nov. 30: APA Librarian Conference Travel Award

If you’re an early- or mid-career academic or health sciences librarian who’s planning to attend a conference next spring, there’s still time apply for the APA Librarian Conference Travel Award!

Now through November 30, 2019, we are accepting applications for conferences taking place from January to April 2020. This includes – but is not limited to – the National Institute on the Teaching of Psychology, ALA Midwinter, Electronic Resources & Libraries, Code4Lib, and the Annual Conference on the First Year Experience.

The award is intended to help offset conference-related expenses for librarians with less than 15 years of experience after receiving their MLS or MLIS degree. One cash award is distributed three times each calendar year, and the application cycle opens and closes on a rolling basis.

At this time, we are not limiting the conferences that are eligible for travel award funding. Applicants should identify the conference that best meets their professional needs and explain how attendance will support their current duties and future goals.

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APA Librarian Conference Travel Award: Reflections from the Spring 2019 Recipient on the International Conference on Performance Measurement in Libraries

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HyunSeung Koh, PhD of the University of Northern Iowa received the APA Librarian Conference Travel Award in the spring of 2019. She used the award to defray the cost of attendance at the International Conference on Performance Measurement in Libraries (LibPMC) annual conference in Aberystwyth, Wales in July. In support of her research involving the first year experience of international students, APA was pleased to help HyunSeung pursue this especially valuable opportunity for professional development, networking, and serving the field of librarianship.  

Patti Avellanet of the Customer Engagement team for APA Publishing recently talked with HyunSeung about her conference experience. The following transcript of their conversation has been lightly edited for clarity and context. 

Patti: Hi, HyunSeung! We’re pleased that we were able to support your conference travel this past summer. What is your overall impression of the International Conference on Performance Measurement in Libraries (LibPMC)? 

HyunSeung: It’s small but mighty! With 121 attendees from 21 countries, it included a wide range of current and key topics in relation to library assessment. It was also a great venue for obtaining useful and practical insights from presenters with diverse cultural backgrounds, including non-American cultures. 

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Sarah Johnson Receives a 2019 APA Librarian Conference Travel Award

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We are pleased to announce that Sarah Johnson, Assistant Professor and Reference & Instruction Librarian at CUNY Hunter College, was recently selected to receive an APA Librarian Conference Travel Award. Ms. Johnson will use the award to attend the annual meeting of the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE) in Denver in October.

As both a librarian and a Licensed Master Social Worker, the award selection committee noted that Ms. Johnson’s application demonstrated her strong commitment to a multi-faceted research agenda that will simultaneously benefit the fields of social work and librarianship. Ms. Johnson is scheduled to present her research involving two separate projects that have explored the ways in which social work students and educators experience public libraries as field placements.

Thank you to all who took time to apply – librarians working in a wide variety of institutions and positions. The applicant pool is always strong, and the committee encourages previous applicants to apply again when they are next in need of conference funding.

The next award cycle is currently underway! Is there a conference happening sometime between January and April 2020 you’d like to attend for professional development as an academic or health sciences librarian? Please visit our website for details on eligibility, required application materials, and rolling deadlines. Current deadline: November 30, 2019.