Thursday, December 30, 2004


I found a very nice outline of the NAICS classification system at the regional economic development center for Grand Rapids, Michigan. This North American Classification System Index includes both a numerical list of the codes and an alphabetical index to the industry/product categories and it is all in an easy-to-read five page PDF document.

Wednesday, December 22, 2004

Testing Computer Authentication

Systems is testing the authentication setup that will be used on the student computers in the reference area. At this time only one computer is running the new system -- the first computer in the row behind the reference desk and nearest the reading room. Students will need to sign in. This means non-Baruch users cannot use this computer station and all print jobs must go to the student printers.

Friday, December 17, 2004

Baker Library at Harvard Business School and Harvard Business School cases

I was surprised to learn today that the Baker Library at Harvard Business School does not collect the Harvard Business School cases. Makes me feel a little bit better when I consider that our library doesn't have them either.

New Census Reports of interest

New at this week include a Special Report: We The People: Asians in the United States, and from the 2002 Economic Census, information on Insurance Carriers, 2002.


Thursday, December 16, 2004

Borrowing Value Line

Prof. Zhen Deng of the Accounting department and her graduate student, Fengyun, are compiling a database with information from old Value Line volumes from 1983 to 2002. They will be in over the inter-session to borrow the volumes from non-circulating stacks (HG4501 .V26). They should sign out the volumes at the reference desk. Some of the volumes will have barcodes so we will need to take them through security.
Also, Ester tells me that on the days that the library is closed faculty will have access to the collection.

Tuesday, December 14, 2004

Google Goes Galatic

Check out Google's new efforts in collaboration with University of Michigan, Harvard, Stanford, Oxford and NYPL to digitize millions of books in their collections and make them searchable.

Monday, December 13, 2004

Tips for Using CUNY+

Eric and Mike demonstrated some advanced search features of CUNY+ at today's IS division meeting. I'd like to share some of them here:
--If searching for books in a foreign language, do your search for author or title and then use "Filter" by "Text in Field". Enter the language code which is usually the first three letters, eg, FRE, ITA, GER, but JPN not JAP.
--Note that supressed or deleted titles, like the books in our Reading Room, will show up in the CUNY Union catalog but not when searching Baruch. To see an example of this, search for the title "To the Hilt."
--When a Periodical record shows the note "Please Check Shelf" that does not mean we don't own the title but only that the journal issues do not have barcodes. This applys to all titles acquired previous to 1990, the year we first started using barcodes.
--The holdings record for periodicals shows the dates of the bound volume holdings. Students must scroll down to see which current issues are available.
--If a book is out in circulation, students can place a "Hold" on the book by using the Hold button at the bottom left of the record. They will be notified by e-mail when the book is ready for pick-up at the lending library. Books will be held for 10 days after notification.

Wednesday, December 08, 2004

PBS's Frontline programs offered in streaming video

I discovered today that 42 Frontline reports from the PBS program are available for free viewing via streaming video. The reports include one on Enron and another on tax shelters, "Tax Me if You Can." The report "Is Wal-Mart Good for America"" is also included. The streaming video is part of a PBS initiative. To see what Frontline reports are included, and details on the initiative, go to

I discovered this when one of the accounting professors, Tony Tinker, wanted his students to view "Tax Me if You Can." So, there may be some inquiries about this.
There are some Frontline videos in the Reserve Collection, but "Tax Me if You Can," is not one of them.


Tuesday, December 07, 2004

Ebsco Connection Problems temporary fix

In order to establish your Ebsco database connections, you must first go into your
Internet Explorer browser/
Tools/Internet Options
and then Delete Cookies.

This is a temporary fix until the EBSCO server problem is resolved.

Monday, December 06, 2004

Reference Desk Schedule Updated

If you checked the reference desk schedules I posted last week, please have another look as many changes have been made.

Saturday, December 04, 2004

Free wireless access points in NY state

Since we don't have a system at the moment that allows non-Baruch students to connect their laptops to our wireless network, you may want to refer them to this web page that lists free hotspots for wireless internet access (also known as WiFi) in NY state.

Friday, December 03, 2004

Library Weblogs

If you want to see what other librarians and libraries are doing with blogs, check out Library Weblogs.

Gary Price's Docu Ticker

Gary Price's Resource Shelf has a very interesting sister site called

Docu Ticker...

"The latest in research reports being cranked out by all those government agencies, NGOs, think tanks, trade associations and more." It is at


Thursday, December 02, 2004

Reference Desk Schedule

The Reference Desk schedules for December and January have been posted. Please send any changes or corrections to me. Thanks. Louise

Wednesday, December 01, 2004

Stat-USA still down

According to Doug's message on BBLIB today, "the STAT-USA problems have still not been resolved. I have been in contact with them daily."

Searching for the FARS Disk

Just a reminder - students looking for the FARS disk in the reserve collection should search for the Kieso text, Intermediate Accounting, 11th edition. The call number is HF 5635 .K5 2004.

Search feature now working

I was able to get the search box working again. To search the blog, please use the search box on the right side of the main page, not the one at the top. The one at the top is built into our blog template (courtesy of Blogger) and I can't get it to work at the moment.