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Elaine M. Lasda

Subject Librarian for Social Welfare and Dewey Reference


Elaine Lasda is the Subject Librarian for Social Welfare and the Dewey Library Reference collection.  She holds the rank of Associate Librarian, having been hired on full time at Dewey in 2008.  Ms. Lasda previously worked at Dewey on a part-time basis from 2004-2008, and also worked at the Main Library on the uptown campus from 2001-2004. Ms. Lasda received the President’s and Chancellor’s Awards for Excellence in Librarianship in 2015.

In her day to day activities, Ms. Lasda is responsible for maintaining the Social Welfare, Gerontology and Dewey Reference collections. As the subject librarian for social welfare, Ms. Lasda works extensively with the students, faculty and staff of the University at Albany's School of Social Welfare. She also teaches  instruction sessions on conducting library research and is the primary point person on citation searching, bibliometrics, and altmetrics for the University Libraries. As part of this responsibility, she teaches a workshop for faculty and graduate students called: "Maximizing Your Research Impact." In addition, she spearheaded the implementation of eDiscover, the Libraries’  Google-like tool for locating scholarly materials.


Ms. Lasda participates actively in several professional development associations. She is  currently Councilor-at-Large for the  New York Library Association, and Chair of the Special Libraries Association Academic Division. She is a Past President of the New York Library Association’s Academic and Special Libraries Section, a Past President of the Upstate New York Chapter of the Special Libraries Association, and Past Chair of the Special Libraries Association’s Social Science Division. She helped create the SLA Data Caucus and served as its convener from 2015-2017, .

Prior to her full time position with the University, Ms. Lasda worked as a part time solo librarian at the Healthcare Association of New York State. She also served as adjunct faculty to the Information Studies Department, teaching IST 639, Online Information Retrieval. She received her M.L.S. from the University at Albany in 1997, and her B.A. in History from SUNY College at Oswego in 1990. In May, 2015, Ms. Lasda received a Master's-level Certificate of Advanced Study in Data Science from Syracuse University. 



Lasda Bergman, Elaine M., (2012). Finding citations to social work literature: the relative benefits of using Web of Science, Scopus, or Google Scholar, Journal of Academic Librarianship 88(6):370-379. DOI: 10.1016/j.acalib.2012.08.002


Lasda Bergman, Elaine M., (2011). Social gerontology: integrative and territorial aspects: a citation analysis of subject scatter and database coverage, Behavioral and Social Sciences Librarian, 30(3):154-175. DOI:10.1080/01639269.2011.592803

Lasda Bergman, Elaine M.,, and Holden, Irina I. (2010). User satisfaction with electronic reference: a systematic review,  Reference Services Review, 38(3): 493 - 509. DOI: 10.1108/00907321011084789.