Friday, May 27, 2005

What Do They Tell Their Students? Business Faculty Acceptance of the Web and Library Databases for Student Research

That is the title of an article in the latest Journal of Academic Librarianship, v.3, no.3 (2005).

Student printers working again

as of 4:30 PM Thursday.

Thursday, May 26, 2005

Printers down

As of 3:00 PM, student printers are down in the library and the BCTC lab. Theresa will notify the reference desk staff when the printers are working again.

Medical Web Sites

LLRX has just posted a potentially useful list of medical web sites.
It can be viewed at


Finding foreign firms with US operations

I thought I'd share a reference interaction I had recently about how to get a list of Korean companies with US operations, mostly because it turned out to be tougher than I first imagined. As it turns out, one resource that you'd think would have the info, doesn't: The Directory of Foreign Firms in the United States (Ref. HG4057 .A155, on Index Table 5B). There are lists of companies from 75 countries in this book; oddly, Korea is not among them.

After trying a few different databases that will help you find a list of companies based on where their headquarters are (Factiva, Kompass), I found only one that allows you to do a complex enough search to also limit to where subsidiary operations are located: Corporate Affiliations.

Here are the abridged instructions for doing the search that I e-mailed to the user:

When the Corporate Affiliations database opens, you will have to click the link on the left side of the screen labeled "Advanced Search."

On the Advanced Search screen, you'll see four rows of boxes (with two boxes in each row).

In the first box in the first row, select "Parent Country" from the list of options.

In the second box in the first row, click the "Get Values" link, which will open a new window with an alphabetical list of countries. Click "Korea (South)" to select it. This will automatically add it in to the second box in the first row. Now the row is set up to search for companies whose Parent Country is Korea (South).

In the first box in the second row, select "Country" from the list of options.

In the second box in the second row, type USA in the box. You've now set up the search to also limit the list to companies where the address is in the US.

Run the search and you should find 71 companies in your search results. If you click on any particular company in the list, you'll see the information for the US operations. For example, if you click on the listing for "A N D Music Corp." you'll see its address in the US (Lakewood, WA).

If you want to see the name of its Korean parent company, then you will want to click that says "Hierarchy." That will open a new window listing "Young Chang Akki Co. Ltd. " as the parent company. If you click on the name of the parent company, you can then view a page with details on that Korean company.

Library Hours During Intersession

During intersession from May 28th to June 1st, the Library will be open only on Tuesday May 31st and Wednesday June 1st from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. The Library will be closed from May 28th to May 30th for the Memorial day weekend. Summer semester hours start on Thursday, June 2nd.

Printing Allocations for Summer Students

Students taking classes this summer will get a thirty dollar printing allocation that will be good for the entire summer regardless of whether they are enrolled in one or both of the summer sessions. Baruch students who are not taking summer classes will not have a printing budget and will need to purchase a vendor card.

Calculators for Summer Session

TI-89 calculators for the first summer session will be distributed at the circulation desk on Thursday June 2nd starting at 9:30 a.m.

Wednesday, May 25, 2005

Extranet at the Hennepin County Library

The always notable Hennepin County Library in Minnesota has recently launched an extranet to share with the library community resources that previously were only accessible on their intranet. This seems like an interesting idea: a way to share the library's accomplishments with the larger library community. Like us, they have a blog for their reference staff. They've also put up some of the presentations that staff members have made at conferences and workshops.

Thursday, May 19, 2005

NYC Education Budget Report

The following report is mentioned in the Gotham Gazette today:

"Education Budget for Dummies"
This report, prepared by the New York City Council Committee on Education, aims to help New Yorkers understand the multi-billion education budget and learn how to influence the budget process. It outlines funding for teacher salaries and pensions, school supplies, capital improvements, transportation, and other costs.

Read the announcement about the report (PDF)

Tuesday, May 17, 2005

Quote worth sharing from Berkshire Hathaway's annual report to shareholders

In this year's Berkshire Hathaway's annual report to shareholders, I found this catchy line from the sage of Omaha: "In line with Bershire's owner-orientation, most of our directors have a major portion of their net work invested in the company. We eat our own cooking."

Friday, May 13, 2005

RSS feed of new articles in ABI/Inform Global

ABI/Inform Global now offers you the ability to be notified of the addition of new articles in their database. There are dozens of feeds you can subscribe to, all of which are subject specific. The list of feeds and instructions can be found on the ProQuest :: RSS page.

Wednesday, May 11, 2005

UK banks republishing their annual 2004 results under the new international finanical reporting standards

This week all UK banks will start republishing their 2004 annual results under the International Financial Reporting Standards that went into effect in Europe and parts of Asia on Jan. 1, 2005. I mention this because it will make some comparisons difficult (even for the people who are experts)according to press and other reports. Most banks said before the beginning of the year that adjusted earnings per share under the new rules would fall by five percent or less.

The May 9 Financial Times has an article by Jane Croft, "Banks braced for impact of IFRS: Key companies are about to reveal the effect of new accounting standards."

Under IAS 39, some products previously accounted for as insurance products are now investment products. There is some interpretation going on as to everyone is reading the fine print, says the story. The adoption of IAS 39 was quite controversial.
(I am preparing to moderate a session at the SLA conference on the changes in the international accounting standards. The speakers deal with it every day. I'll keep you posted.)


Monday, May 09, 2005

London Times back into Lexis/Nexis

We are pleased to announce that The London Times and related titles have been added back into the product. We apologize for any inconvenience caused by this temporary interruption. We are very pleased to have it back... just in time for election news in the UK!

The reinstated titles are:
1) The Times and Sunday Times
2) News of the World
3) Times Higher Education Supplement
4) Times Education Supplements
5) The Sun

Please note: It will take a few days to update linking. In the meantime, please use this procedure to access the London Times: Go into Guided News Search. In Step One, choose World News. In Step Two, choose European News Sources, and then click on the Source List link. In the list that appears, scroll down to find "Times (London), The". Checkmark this, and then click on the "Paste to Search" button.

Thank you all for your patience!


Lisa Montague Sykes
Lead Academic Editor
LexisNexis Academic
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Economic Data for Regression Analysis

Students from a Macroeconomics class are looking for files of historical U.S. economic data to manipulate using regression analysis. Two good Web sites that they can use are FRED II, economic research from the Federal Reserve banks, and the Economic Report of the President.

Friday, May 06, 2005

Three hole puncher not working

Nelson has removed it.

Thursday, May 05, 2005

Historical financials

Can someone please tell me a print source for historical company financials? Thanks.