APA Librarian Conference Travel Award: Reflections on Charleston 2017

The most recent recipient of the APA Librarian Conference Travel Award, Kelsey Cheshire from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, used the award to defray the cost of attendance at the annual Charleston Conference in November. Patti Avellanet in APA’s Databases & Electronic Resources Customer Relations group recently talked with her to get her impressions of the conference. The following transcript of their conversation has been lightly edited for clarity and context.

Photo of Kelsey CheshirePatti: So tell me about Charleston! Was the experience as valuable as you had hoped it would be?

Kelsey: The Charleston Conference was great!  I really enjoyed the thought-provoking presentations and discussions about our ever-changing library collections, roles, and products. I’m glad I had the opportunity to attend with APA’s support.

As an early-career librarian, I probably can’t overstate how valuable it was to do my first presentation at a national conference. My colleagues and I presented historical data about our monograph purchasing at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, including discussing our various pilot programs and vendor plans that have helped shape our purchasing plan. It was fun to provide my perspective as a new bibliographer.

Patti: I think the novel perspective from the proverbial “new kid on the block” is always valuable. I’m sure that your conference colleagues who find themselves in similar situations gained valuable insights from your team’s experience of cobbling together seemingly independent pieces into a cohesive book-buying plan.

I recall one of your other objectives for attending Charleston was to learn how your peers are approaching collection development and acquisitions with innovative solutions. It sounds like it provided the perfect environment for picking up some actionable ideas that you can incorporate into your library’s development approach.   

Kelsey: It is such a unique gathering of library folks and vendors sharing their experiences and challenges, that I think everyone can get some valuable takeaways.

Patti: It certainly seems that this was an extremely rewarding conference experience for you, especially as a an early career librarian! Is it safe to assume that you would recommend attending the Charleston Conference to other librarians?

Kelsey: I’m tempted to say that everyone who works in a library should go at least once! There’s something for everyone, no matter your interests.

Patti: Is there anything else that you’d like to share with our readers?

Kelsey: I’m grateful to my colleagues who invited me to collaborate on our presentation — so a special thank you to Lynn  Wiley, Stephanie Baker, and George Gottschalk! I’d also like to say “thank you” again to APA staff for coordinating this award — and in joining me for dinner while I was in town!

Patti: It’s great to know that you made the most of your attendance at the Charleston Conference, and that APA played a part in helping you contribute to the field with your presentation. Thank you for taking the time to talk with me today.

Would you or a librarian you know benefit from receiving an APA Librarian Conference Travel Award? From January 1 through March 31, 2018, the APA Librarian Conference Travel Award is accepting applications for conferences taking place from May – August 2018. Please visit the website for more details on eligibility, deadlines, and application materials.

APA Style CENTRAL – Customizing the Writing Center Display

Today we’d like to highlight one of our APA Style CENTRAL handouts, “Customizing the APA Style CENTRAL® Writing Center Display” (PDF, 565K). Please feel free to link to this handout where students, faculty, and researchers will find it!

APA Style CENTRAL’s Writing Center was designed to be flexible, offering a wealth of tools to help you manage the process of writing your paper or manuscript. Understanding that users often have different needs at different times, this resource shares how the display can be configured to accommodate your workflow preferences while you are writing your paper.

Details in the handout include:

  • Three (3) options for temporarily hiding the left navigation menu to maximize the amount of horizontal viewing space while you are working on your paper;
  • How to collapse the References pane and/or expand the Writing/Editing pane to increase the vertical display of paper text;
  • Activating full-screen mode; and
  • The “Find and Cite Reference” tool for creating an in-text citation when your References pane is hidden — or even when you just want to quickly cite your work without having to scroll down past the Writing/Editing pane to access the “References” tab.

These options can be activated while you are working on a paper. Default settings are restored whenever you exit the paper, log out, or otherwise begin a new browser session.

Want to learn more? You’ll find this handout on our APA Style CENTRAL® Handouts and Guides page, where we continue to add handouts and documentation for users and administrators as they become available.

Do you have a “how-to” question about APA Style CENTRAL or some aspect of it you’d like to know more about? Please let us know!

New Handbook: The APA Handbook of the Psychology of Women

The APA Handbooks in Psychology series was launched in 2011 to provide comprehensive overviews and in-depth study of specific subfields within psychology. All of the Handbooks are included in the PsycBOOKS® database, and titles are also available individually.

The series currently contains 26 authoritative titles, including the 2014 CHOICE Outstanding Academic Title, APA Handbook of Sexuality and Psychology.

""The most recent addition to this series is the APA Handbook of the Psychology of Women, edited by Cheryl B. Travis and Jacquelyn W. White and published in October 2017.

As a formal field of study, the psychology of women has pushed the boundaries of traditional theory, produced breakthroughs in methodology, and built links to some of the most challenging problems of our time. It remains an intellectually vibrant and socially relevant area, including initiatives that not only have changed the epistemology of knowledge, but also have expanded our understanding of ourselves and of the world.

Across this two-volume set, chapter authors provide scholarly reviews and in-depth analyses of subjects within their areas of expertise. Themes of status and power inform many chapters.

Volume 1: History, Theory, and Battlegrounds introduces:

  • An outline of the emergence of the psychology of women and its connections with the women’s movement;
  • Feminist critiques of theory, descriptions of innovative methodologies, and discussions of difference and similarity, both between women and men and between gender and sexuality;
  • A review of the social and economic contexts surrounding these issues, as well as the dichotomies sustained by sexism, stereotypes, and prejudice; and
  • Chapters that address the uniquely intersecting components of individual experience.

Volume 2: Perspectives on Women’s Private and Public Lives continues with:

  • A focus on applied topics, beginning with a section on psychological well-being that incorporates therapeutic models of gender, feminist goals of empowerment, multicultural feminism, and the borderlands of gender identity;
  • A discussion of close relationships, including issues of intimacy, equity, and changing models of family;
  • A description of victimization and narratives of victimhood;
  • An exploration of leadership, community, politics, and women in the workplace; and
  • A discussion of women’s roles and agency throughout the world, with special attention given to human rights and reproductive justice.

Visit the APA Handbook of the Psychology of Women web page for more information, including the full table of contents and editor biographies.

PsycBOOKS users on APA PsycNET® (including subscribers to APA PsycNET Gold, Gold Plus, and Platinum), EBSCOhost, Ovid and ProQuest can access the entire series by browsing PsycBOOKS or by performing a title search for a particular handbook.

Institutions also have the option of purchasing handbooks individually. Print only, Electronic only, or Electronic + Print options are available through APA, with electronic access provided via the APA PsycNET® platform. For more information on pricing and availability, please see the APA Handbooks in Psychology institutional purchase page or contact us at quotes@apa.org.

New in PsycBOOKS: October & November 2017

In October, APA added 6 new APA titles to PsycBOOKS®, including a 2-volume handbook:

In November, APA added 4 new APA titles to PsycBOOKS®:

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 past monthly PsycBOOKS update lists, a list of sample PsycBOOKS titles, and the full coverage list for PsycBOOKS.

Webinar Alert: PsycINFO Sessions for Students & Faculty – December 6-8, 2017

Our next series of PsycINFO® webinars for students and faculty will run on December 6, 7, and 8 from 11 – 11:30 a.m. EST. The sessions may be attended separately, but we encourage those who are interested to take all three, so we offer them on consecutive days:

We will provide information relevant to all search platforms including APA PsycNET®, EBSCOhost, Ovid, and ProQuest. The platform demonstrated will be based on the needs of the attendees of each session. For more information on this series, including full descriptions, please visit our databases webinar training for students and faculty web page.

These webinars are an ideal way for students to get a refresher on PsycINFO if they have had a previous training session. Please help us spread the word to interested students and faculty!