NEW ADDITIONS TO THE APA SCIENCE STAFF
The APA Library & Archives
New Additions to the APA Science Staff!
We are pleased to announce that, earlier this year, both the APA Library and Archives and the Center for Psychology Workforce Analysis and Research (CPWAR) have moved to within the purview of the Science Directorate. What does this mean? For readers of Psychological Science Agenda this means that occasional articles from these offices will appear in the newsletter so be sure to look for them in the future.
The A.W. Melton Library & Archives is now part of the Science Directorate family. How does the new team contribute to APA’s mission of psychological science?
The APA library is a place where research begins for APA staff, committees, and task forces. Even when a patron comes from another institution with its own information center, the APA librarians are often asked to do a literature search. Information professionals know that commonly used search engines such as Google and Yahoo sacrifice quality for quantity, tending to cover less than 17% of internet resources. Librarians are able to conduct precise searches to produce comprehensive lists of highly relevant books, web publications, and peer-reviewed articles.
The library answers numerous inquires from APA members and non-members, from psychologists around the world, from students and the media, and from the general public. Not surprisingly, these inquiries are varied, ranging from the date APA was founded, to our position on capital punishment. Many questions relate to archival materials - unique documents, photographs and publications that often can’t be found anywhere else.
Currently, the library staff is working on the APA Digital Archives Project, the aim of which is to digitize as much material as possible and to make it accessible online. Initially, the digitized resources are being made available to APA staff, who also have electronic access to the library catalog, research databases, journals, guides, and other interesting and useful online materials. It is a heavily used resource by central office staff. For the public, the library also maintains archives of special interest to historians of psychology and the APA.
APA staff use the library to look up information in the reference collection or to borrow books. Although the collection is limited in size, it is a very fine collection of works specifically in psychology. APA staff often makes recommendations for items to expand the collection.
Thanks to a generous donation from Dr. Lee Gurel, the library is equipped with the most up-to-date computers. One can frequently see APA members, graduate students or visiting scientists searching PsycNet and our other online databases.
The library does not embody the stereotype of a book warehouse, a quiet and austere place with dusty shelves. The Arthur W. Melton Library & Archives is a modern information center, up-to-date and able to provide useful services and resources for the APA staff and the psychological community.