Friday, December 28, 2007
Wednesday, December 26, 2007
Thursday, December 20, 2007
Wednesday, December 19, 2007
Poor Eugene Garfield!
----- Message from Carol Hutchins
GENERAL: accuracy of Thomson data
The Suber blog has a pointer to an interesting editorial in the J. Cell
Biology related to how articles are counted by Thomson ISI.
Rather than repost here, I'll give the reference to JCB. (Worthwhile
for the cartoon alone!)
Tuesday, December 18, 2007
Monday, December 17, 2007
Thursday, December 13, 2007
Wednesday, December 12, 2007
You likely helped some students with their research...the sudents, in groups, were assigned to represent either the IRS or the taxpayer, a drama professor who had started writing plays. Despite her diligence, and having one play read at Lincoln center, and two plays staged by local groups, she had not shown a profit in three years, and her expenses were much greater than her income from the plays. In year 3, she is audited by the IRS. With no profits, she bears the burden of showing to the IRS that she is engaged in playwriting as a business, and not as a hobby. (If it is a business, she can deduct all expenses; if a hobby, deductions are limited to the amount of income, which was not much.) There is a nine-point test laid out in the IRS regulations of factors to be considered, none of which by themselves are determinative. So,in addition to finding the laws, regulations and cases, the students had to apply them to the facts presented, and build the strongest case for their position.
The presentations were quite good, and the professor remarked on the excellent analysis and analogies made from other tax cases (writers, "Hobby farms" operators, etc.) One group pointed out that $75,000 income may not be "substantial" (apparently not defined by the IRS), once taxes, living expenses, etc. are considered. One presenter, for the IRS, quoted from Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet, "... What’s in a name? that which we call a rose ..." made an analogy to "business," and quickly cut the bud off a long-stem rose, which was certainly an attention grabber.
Although IC wasn't used at all, this course had all the elements of it. I enjoyed seeing how the students used the information that they found. Most groups had Powerpoint presentations and they were all extremely well done.
I got thanked for helping the students. One student thanked me and said with this class, her accounting class, and international marketing, she is using the databases more and not scared of them now.
Monday, December 10, 2007
What I found most interesting about the article is what it says about why students use reference services, especially face-to-face (FtF) service. When so many college libraries are closing their reference desks, the key finding is that relationships matter. The authors state: “Relationships with knowledgeable librarians are highly valued by non-users, who believe that the traditional FtF format enhances their information search.”
The online surveys of non-users of VRS found that “Seventy-four percent preferred FtF reference help to either telephone or electronic formats, citing the knowledge, trustworthiness, friendliness and perseverance of their librarian among the most essential factors.” Participants rated FtF reference highly in terms of reliability and effectiveness and praised librarians who “gave good directions, walked them directly to resources or explained the classification system.” Graduate students in focus group interviews also reported that they preferred cultivating rapport with a single, knowledgeable specialist (librarian).
Unsatisfactory reference encounters were not related to format but were often blamed on individual librarians. Students referred to “the librarian’s actions (42%), taking too long, only pointing to the stacks, poor attitude (34%) or lack of knowledge (26%).”
We already know that students rely on their friends, family and faculty as information advisors. For librarians to be seen as trusted and knowledgeable providers of information, we need to do everything we can to cultivate personal relationships at the reference desk, in the classroom, or in our offices.
Friday, December 07, 2007
This is the reply
"In the earlier years fewer companies were listed so for many years at the beginning of the century some manuals may not exist. In addition, for those years in the
1920’s where an Industrial Manual was published, the electronic table of contents may not yet be accessible through WebReports. A manual search of the document’s table of contents is necessary to locate particular organizations. I performed the search and found Lilly in the following:
1920 – No Manual for This Year
1921 – No Manual for This Year
1922 – No Manual for This Year
1923 – page 550-551 (Since there is no table of contents listed on the website for this manual, I searched the document’s index manually and found Lilly Company listed on XCII or page 95 of 2458.)
1924 – page 652-653 (Since there is no table of contents listed on the website for this manual, I searched the document’s index manually and found Lilly Company listed on CCXXX or page 233 of 2977.)
1925 – page 331-332 (Since there is no table of contents listed on the website for this manual, I searched the document’s index manually and found Lilly Company listed on CXXX or page 138 of 4980.)
1926 – page 320-320 (Since there is no table of contents listed on the website for this manual, I searched the document’s index manually and found Lilly Company listed on CLIV or page 156 of 2809.)
1927 – page 396-396 (Since there is no table of contents listed on the website for this manual, I searched the document’s index manually and found Lilly Company listed on CLXII or page 171 of 6510.)
1928 – page 901-901 (Since there is no table of contents listed on the website for this manual, I searched the document’s index manually and found Lilly Company listed on CLIX or page 166 of 6954.)
1929 – No Manual for This Year
The numbers in parentheses are the pages where you can locate Lilly Company in the alphabetical index. The numbers listed after the year dates are the pages in the actual document where information about Lilly Company appears. Please keep in mind that the page numbers I have listed are those published in the printed document. These page numbers differ from the page numbers in the quick search function of the viewer. So, for example, Lilly Company is found on page 901 of the 1928 Industrial Manual. However, typing 901 into the page number textbox will actually take you to page 633 of the printed document. You must type 1219 into the viewer’s page number textbox to view the printed document’s page 901.
1923 – Type 710 to view Lilly Company on page 550
1924 – Type 963 to view Lilly Company on page 652
1925 – Type 535 to view Lilly Company on page 331
1926 – Type 592 to view Lilly Company on page 320
1927 – Type 671 to view Lilly Company on page 396
1928 – Type 1219 to view Lilly Company on page 901
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Regarding their comment, "In addition, for those years in the 1920’s where an Industrial Manual was published, the electronic table of contents may not yet be accessible through WebReports. A manual search of the document’s table of contents is necessary to locate particular organizations...." our collection of Moody's Manuals (now Mergent)has various dates, depending upon the manual. The Industrial Manual dates back to 1963. NYPL has the Moody's manuals on microfiche and also in off-site storage, which may be the easier way to search for information.
Eli Lilly was only one of the companies for which reference information was requested.
Tuesday, December 04, 2007
The GASB standards are available on RIA Checkpoint, and the AICPA publications also available there offer guidance. They can be searched for component units. I glanced through the AAG State and Local Government Guide published by the AICPA. (Another term for component units is affiliated organizations, I learned through a search on ABI Inform Global of GASB and component units.
As with FASB, there are secondary guides available on Lexis-Nexis for Government Accounting. The easiest way to find them is to click Sources, and do a word search in the search box for GAAP. This brings up all the online GAAP guides, including the Government Accounting GAAP Guide.
If you search component units and GASB on Google, the firt article with the link from the nysscpa.org was from 1990. I would hope retrieving such an old article might raise some immediate concerns. Government accounting has had some major changes in recent years so this article was probably way too old.
I went to ABI Inform Global and did a keyword search GASB and component units. Some articles were retrieved that explained the recent changes and gave some examples. From reading the AICPA guide, and the others sources, I realized New York's many public authorities might be considered component units. So I found an examples by googling component unit new york state, and then looked on the Comptroller's web site for the annual state reports.
NY City Transit Authority--component of the state
New York State Comprehensive Annual Financial Reports
I would caution any student that this was done by a librarian who has not studied government accounting.
What a cool feature!
Thursday, November 29, 2007
Also, another student suggested that while the directions about how the new copy machine works are good, having them on top of the lid of the copier makes it difficult to remember what needs to be done. (Once the lid is up, you can't read the instructions.)
Wednesday, November 28, 2007
The student was looking for historical spot commodity prices for oil, silver and gold going back many years.
Before I had a chance to get the student onto the designated terminal to use Thompson DataStream (which has historical commodity prices), Prof. Jiao stepped up and showed us a user-friendly print copy of the CRB (Commodity Research Bureau) Commodity Yearbook which allows you to look up commodities by name (like gold) and find historical data trends going back many years without having to construct a query. The student was pleased.
Later I came across a pathfinder via the Portland State College Library which links to a nice web-based Guide to Understanding the Commodities Market. The guide also has a Glossary.
I hope this information is of some help. It was for me. Thank you to Prof. Jiao!
The choices are:
U.S. Housing Act of 1937. I have learned that this act established permanent public housing in the U.S. Also sometimes called the Wagner Housing Act of 1937, or the Wagner-Steagall Act.
No Child Left Behind Act of 2001. This act reauthorized some educational programs, established standards to be met, and gave more emphasis to improving reading, among other things. (I don't think there will be any problem with this one.)
The Hart-Celler Act of 1965. (It is misspelled as Hart-Cellar on the assignment, and in a number of references found on Google. Emanuel Celler was a New York representative from Brooklyn who served many terms.) This act is also known as the Immigration and Nationality Act of 1965. It ended the national origins quota system.
Social Security Act Amendments of 1965. These amendments established the Medicare/Medicaid program.
The students are to use books, scholarly journals, reports by research institutes or (to a small extent) articles from major news outlets.
My student was working on the Medicare/Medicaid program question. Although not exhaustive, the following are suggested possible resources. (Barbara Carrel reminded me of several of the sources listed below.)
CUNY+ for books--using keywords. Books about the presidential terms of Franklin Roosevelt (1937), Lyndon Johnson (1965) and George W. Bush may also provide some insights as these reforms were major ones.
U.S. Code and Congressional News would have some legislative history. Our subscription starts in 1967 but earlier years are available at NYPL-SIBL.
JSTOR, PAIS International, America History & Life, Medline Lexis-Nexis and Westlaw for articles. (The students should probably check to see if the professor considers law review articles scholarly resources.)
Policy File for studies and reports.
The encyclopedias available on Gale Virtual Reference database could provide background information.
The historic versions of the WSJ and the New York Times would be resources for interest groups, etc.
The student and I tried some searches in Facts on File, also good for background,and CQ Researcher (didn't go back far enough for the 1965 passage of legislation.) We also expanded the searches beyond the immediate years of passage of the legislation so that some perspective could be found.
I hope that these suggestions are helpful.
Some of the questions that they are expected to answer are:
Why and how did the issue that the policy addresses get onto the agenda?
Waht was the intended goal of the policy? Was that goal guided by a search for a public good?
Which publics were heard on the issue, in the sense of having their views addressed and supported in the policymaking process. Which publics were ignored or excluded?
What tools of policymaking were used in the policy formation process?
What constraints did policymakers face as they constructed the specifics of the policy?
What was the outcome of the policy process? That is, what did the policy actuall mandate?
Did the policy attain the intended goals, and/or address the issue that originally motivated the policy process?
What were the unintended consequences of the policy as enacted? Etc.
I have tried unsuccessfully: Websites: Indpend. Budget office (NYC), Brooklyn Community Board 6, fedstats, uscensus, nystate gov
Also tried multiple database searches in hopes of finding pr's from agencies/foundations, etc.
It is a fee based service, with charges for searching (if you don't do it yourself) and page fees. (These charges help support the system.) The Pacer Service Center web site is http://www.pacer.uscourts.gov/. The system is used by attorneys and others working in, or writing about, the cases.
Because of some inquiries, I contacted the librarian at Fordham Law School Library.
She sent me the following information:
"We only received the information about this program last week. We are in the process of writing policies for the public use of the PACER terminal. I will send you the finished policies as soon as they are finished. Please note that each user must come in person to Fordham Law Library to use the PACER terminal. We are not allowed to give the password and login to anyone outside Fordham."
I'll let you know the policies when they are received.
Tuesday, November 27, 2007
Some are looking for financial filings by the companies prior to the beginning of the SEC's Edgar system. (For some companies, this was 1992, for all companies, it was 1994.) Some of the companies which had audit failures were not publicly traded. The questions the students are being asked to answer for these companies do not focus on the financials.
Among the sources available are:
If the companies were in the Fortune 500, microfiche on the 3rd floor.
Lexis-Nexis Academic. Click sources. Enter AICPA in the search box on the right.
This brings up a listing of the AICPA's financial information for companies. Individual years may be selected, or all years. Then, one can search for the company. The results are the financial statements and footnotes from the companies' filngs.
Older Moody's manuals and ValueLine, the call numbers of which may be found through CUNY+.
A number of our database, such as Thomson Research, removes filings if the company is no longer publicly traded.
Please let me know if you have any questions.
Online access is only available through CCH Accounting Research Manager. There is a limit of two users at a time.
If they want explanatory information, I would suggest either searching CUNY+ for books on international accounting standards, such as Miller Accounting Standards Guide, or going to Books 24x7, which has made books on international accounting standards. Once they do a keyword search for those, they could limit their searches to IAS 16.
They are also asked to prepare their answer in a memo format. I am suggesting that they check out the information about memos in The Little, Brown Handbook, or again Books 24x7, which has many books on business corrrespondence. Limiting those results to memos worked better than "memorandum."
They are also to include journal entries. I don't know what the journal entries should be. The Miller International Accounting Standards Guide and the other sources might have some examples.
Although I have received a number of requests for individual meetings, this is all I know to tell the students.
Please let me know if you have any questions.
Minority Data: presenting data for the comparative analysis of analysis of issues affecting racial and ethnic minority populations in the United States. This is a great place to get data on the study of immigration, place of origin, ancestry, ethnicity, and race in the United States.
International Data Resource Center:
Access to international data housed at ICPSR, including such topics as war and peace, economic issues, electoral systems and political behavior, environmental data, health data and more.
Terrorism and Preparedness Data Resource Center: has data collected by government agencies, non-governmental organizations, and researchers about the nature of domestic and international terrorism incidents, organizations, perpetrators, and victims; governmental and nongovernmental responses to terror; and citizens' attitudes towards terrorism.
You can get a pdf of their annual summary report, or better yet, you can click on an individual mineral which will bring you to a page for that mineral. You'll get a definition of what the metal/mineral is (in case you want to know the difference btw Titanium Sponge Metal and Titanium Dioxide), and links to the pdfs in the annual report which include data on amount produced, average market price, imports, exports, consumption, employment, etc. There are links on this page to another report called the Minerals Yearbook, which provides a nice narrative overview of the industry in pdf AND there are excel files with data for all the number crunchers out there.
Monday, November 26, 2007
- search for materials in LEO, CATNYP, NYPL Digital Gallery, NYPL web site, and more all at the same time (here's a sample search for "many are the crimes," which is a book by Ellen Schrecker on McCarthyism)
- a drop-down list of libraries (old site required a few clicks to get a specific branch)
There are a few good places to go. A number of agencies and institutions produce profiles of neighborhoods or community districts, where they compile data from several sources into one document. These are good sources if a patron wants a lot of different information about one area - a profile. These are NOT good sources if a patron needs one piece of data for many areas (a list of all neighborhoods ranked by total population, for example) in a format that's friendly for data processing (spreadsheet).
Good sources for NYC neighborhood profiles:
Common question - a lot of the census data is from the year 2000 - is there anything more recent? You can get estimates for states, counties (boroughs), and cities from the Census Bureau's American Community Survey. You cannot get more recent data for more detailed levels (census tracts, blocks, zip codes, or neighborhoods). Period. The Census Bureau does not compile data for these areas in non-census years (yet).
Oh OK - there is one source that is more current - The NYC Housing and Vacancy Survey, conducted by the Census Bureau and the city every three years or so. The link will take you to their main page where they have city-wide stats from the survey, but nothing for neighborhoods. There is another site that provides some neighborhood data from this survey, but it's scary and not for the faint of heart. I'll tackle this one in a future posting.
Wednesday, November 21, 2007
Here's what the student reported in chat and on the phone when asked about where the problem was cropping up:
- she connected via the Databases page and successfully passed through our remote access authentication screen asking for a Baruch username and password
- when Westlaw Campus loads, she is prompted in the database itself to type in a Westlaw client ID and password (which she, of course, is not able to successfully get past)
- other databases do work for her at the moment; it's only Westlaw giving her trouble
When this issue is resolved, please add a new post to the blog or add a comment to this blog post.
Tuesday, November 20, 2007
Monday, November 19, 2007
Here is a summary:
An analysis of upstate New York’s foreign-born residents suggests that they contribute to the region’s human capital in important ways. This population boasts a greater concentration of college graduates than either the region’s native-born population or immigrants downstate. While some immigrants upstate may compete with U.S.-born workers for jobs, the more highly educated appear to be entering skilled occupations--in medicine, science, and research particularly--that complement those of native-born residents. Read the full article:
The students' assignment gives details on to whom the memo is to be directed.
Also, ask a few questions. Ask if they have a research question that you can answer. The student may have a reference question that could be answered by the librarians scheduled at the reference desk. (Sometimes students ask for a specific librarian only because that librarian presented to their class or has worked with them in the past.) Of course, if the student insists on speaking with a specific librarian, then advise them to contact the librarian via email or phone to make an appointment.
- American National Biography
- If a student needs a bio of a (dead) American, I often send them to this sprawling set. Not only are the entries well-written (they are often composed by the leading biographer for that person), they are of a sufficient length to lend depth (a longish essay) but not so much so that the reader is overwhelmed and they usually feature excellent bibliographies.
- Encyclopedia of New York City
- I once foolishly believed I could read this thing from A-Z (I have my own copy at home). I've found this is a great source for journalism students who are doing neighborhood stories and need background info, as well as for the obvious history assignments.
Friday, November 16, 2007
The Community District Needs-- a series for NYC's five boroughs, published by the Department of City Planning. It provides census information for the community districts as well as identifying quality of life issues for the district, including among other things, police, parks, and economic development. Program needs for youth and senior citizens are addressed, as well as housing and other needs. The identified needs could be used by either public affairs students with an assignment to design a new service agency, or for entrepreneurs looking to start new businesses. Or, they could be used by funders to confirm claims made in applications for grants.
For example, if someone were seeking to expand after school programs, the community district needs might support this need.
U.S. Code Congressional and Administrative News--has new laws passed by Congress, and executive orders issued by the President, which can be found elsewhere (in print and online).
What is really helpful is the legislative history that is provided, which is sometimes difficult to find elsewhere and a popular names act table.
So, if you know an act by the name "Child Nutrition Act of 1966," you can learn the statutory number and name, and find the text of the act.
West's Encyclopedia of American Law. This encyclopedia gives basic background information.
For example, it explains what an affidavit is, and provides an example. Need a quick legal history of animal rights laws and need to know the leading cases? Read the summary of animal rights.
The International Motion Picture Almanac. I will confess to not using this annual publication as much as I did when I was a public librarian. In addition to being a source of information about films, and biographies of those involved in films, it offers production services for those in the industry, professional organizations, the world market for films, and lists of award winners.
Until the LACUNY Blog problems are resolved, I am going to switch the sidebar content so that it displays links to the latest posts from ARCLog, which is the main blog from ACRL and regularly features posts by Steven Bell (he gave the keynote at the 2007 LACUNY Institute) and others whose commentary and insights are invaluable.
Thursday, November 15, 2007
Printer 2 needs ink.
This is a serial publication, only available by subscription. Since we don't subscribe to it, I searched the NYPL catalog and found it to be available online at SIBL http://catnyp.nypl.org/record=b8857774/ The student headed over there to use it...I needed a nap!
Foreign companies listed on U.S. exchanges will be able to choose between International Financial Accounting Standards (IFRS) or U.S. Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP), for fiscal years ending on or after Nov. 15.
I am sure that there will be many news stories about this decision. News about it is on Factiva and other databases.
Prior to this decision, foreign companies trading on U.S. exchanges had to use U.S. accounting standards, which added to the expense of being listed in the U.S. So, to be able to choose will be helpful to the companies. Will it be confusing to students and others? Probably. It will be interesting to see what the vendors do.. I imagine that some will convert the non U.S. GAAP filings to U.S. GAAP.
Wednesday, November 14, 2007
I asked Ester Ramos, and these are suggested procedures:
You can check the availability of the item on CUNY+.
Or, you can refer the caller to the circulation department, 646-312-1660.
In any event, the caller should submit the request on an approved ALA interlibrary loan form. If they don't already have a form, links to the forms are at:
The form should be faxed to 646-312-1661. (A fax number at circulation)
Cost is discussed at circulation.
If you're not familiar with Meredith Farkas, you might want to consider:
- subscribing to her blog, Information Wants to Be Free (get the RSS feed here)
- reading her monthly columns in American Libraries
- checking out her recently published book on social software in libraries (disclosure: at her request when she was writing the book, I answered a number of questions about how social software is being used here in our library)
- catching up on her presentations (which are plentiful in number and rich in content).
Tuesday, November 13, 2007
Monday, November 12, 2007
Please let me know if you would like to look at the them.
Included are large format brochures from exhibits at the The Harriet and Kenneth Kupferberg Holocaust Resource Center and Archives of Queensborough. They are entitled:
Sosua, the Dominician Republic: A Refuge from the Holocaust in the Tropics
Diplomats of Mercy
A State of Terror: Germany 1933-1939
Where Have All the Children Gone? Jewish Refugee Children During the Holocaust
To Save One Life: The Story of Righteous Gentiles, also in Spanish
Ships to Nowhere
The Nangjing Massacre: Genocide and Denial
Janusz Korczak's Warsaw
(Korczak was the author of very influential books, How to Love a Child, and "The Child's Right to Respect.") He ran a progressive orphanage in Warsaw. He could have saved himself, but he and the children were all killed at Treblinka. If you saw the movie "The Pianist," for which Adrian Brody won an Academy Award for best actor in 2002, the scene in the rail station includes Janusz Korczak and the orphans. There is also a documentary "Korczak" that was made a few years ago.
Friday, November 09, 2007
Thursday, November 08, 2007
Second Floor, Print Room - 2 copiers, card operated
Third Floor - 2 copiers including one color copier, card operated. Plus 1 card/coin operated
Fourth Floor - 1 copier, card operated
Sixth Floor - 1 copier, card operated
There is also a card operated copier on the 2nd floor of the Newman Vertical Campus.
Old copy cards cannot be used with these copiers. Buy new copy cards in the copy room on the third floor.
Wednesday, November 07, 2007
"In every issue of the Harvard Business Review, case studies are printed. If you have a database that indexes the Harvard Business Review (like ABI Inform) or if you have a database that has the Harvard Business Review full text (like Business Source Premier) you can search for a particular case study title within the journal - just like searching for an article title. If the case study happens to have been published in the journal, then you can get it.
I tell my students to search the online site for the Harvard Case Studies, get the title of the case study, then search within the journal HBR to see if the case study was published in the journal."
I tried the reverse...I tried a search on Business Source Premier, limited to the Harvard Business Review, and searched the keywords case study. More than 500 results came up of case studies published in the Harvard Business Review, and Executive Summaries, which summary the articles in the issue, including the case studies. I selected one, "Take the Money and Run," from 2004, and read through it on Business Source Premier. At the end, it gave a reprint number, R0411A, which was listed for sale on the HRB case studies site. (There were several other versions of the case available on this site.)
So, using Business Source Premier for some Harvard Business School case studies is possible.
The article can be read at:
Jones, D. Y. How Much Do the "Best" Colleges Spend on Libraries? Using College Rankings to Provide Library Financial Benchmarks. College & Research Libraries v. 68 no. 4 (July 2007) p. 343-51
Wikipedia launched a beta site called Veropedia, where it plans to move the most stable, expert articles on Wikipedia. According to the FAQ, "articles must meet very strict criteria of our own. There can be no cleanup tags, no "citation needed" tags, no disambiguation links, no dead external links, and no fair use images. In addition, each article will be given to recognized academics and experts to review. These experts can either provide their stamp of approval or make suggestions as to how the article can be improved further. In that way, users will know that the article is reliable."
The Veropedia beta only has about 4000 articles. I am guessing from info on the beta site that a group of Wikipedia contributors pulled their articles for the Veropedia and these articles will eventually be reviewed by experts. At this point some are "blue" and some are "green." They say: "If an article has already been "verofied" and is in our database, it will appear as a green link. If an article has not yet been "verofied," it will appear as a blue link, and direct you to the current Wikipedia version." For more see their FAQ.
Tuesday, November 06, 2007
a woman arrived to retrieve a lost umbrella after having phoned the reference desk (1PM ish)and being told it had been given to security
I couldn't find the umbrella and she said security did not have it
it is a long umbrella---gold, in a black case
Should it be changed back to the previous default, which I believe was the Search screen?
If students start their research with a particular industry/product they want to export and they are trying to identify the best trading partner for that product, a good place to start is with the Industry Sector Analysis Reports that are available in the National Trade Data Bank. The NTDB is part of Stat-USA (Access it from our database page). Industry Sector Analysis Reports are about 10 pages long and in addition to the industry overview the best reports will include:
Table of market trend data over the last several years with projections
Graph of the key importing countries and their market share
Profile of U.S. share of the import market
Ranking of the leading importers - companies and their brands
List of trade magazines, trade associations and the Commercial Advisor at the U.S. embassy
If you want to see a good example of one of these reports, read about the earth moving equipment market in Argentina. Note that not every industry in a country will be covered. Reports are written about markets that have the best potential for U.S. exports. The U.S. Commercial Service updates these reports through International Market Insight (IMI) Reports. The IMI Reports are posted daily. They are briefer than the Industry Sector Analysis Reports and can announce trade fairs or cover general trade issues. Not all IMI Reports are industry surveys.
To find these reports, connect to Stat-USA and from the home page choose "Globus and NTDB." Many "Market and Country Research" reports are listed (in the right hand column); click on the Industry Sector Analysis Reports or the IMI Reports. You can browse through the reports by country or by industry. Choose either list from the dropdown menu that’s marked "Browse Location."
By 12 noon, Alfredo or I will bring out the day's schedule of appointments to the reference desk in case students have forgotten who they are meeting with or what room they need to go to. For those of you who have research consultation appointments today, I'll give you a copy of this schedule too by noon. I'll also be giving you this packet of materials:
- the blue "Reference Desk Referral Form" (fill out for the student you meet with as needed)
- the student survey form
- the librarian summary report
For those of you who have appointments on Thursday or in the coming weeks, I'll get you your packet of materials in the next day or so. Please contact me if you have any questions.
Monday, November 05, 2007
Friday, November 02, 2007
There is an organization called the Association of Statisticians of American Religious Bodies (ASARB), where stats people from each denomination meet to pool their numbers on religious adherents in order to create a Census of Religion for the US called the Religious Congregations Membership Study, published every ten years. City College and the Grad School of Journalism have copies of it in their reference sections.
The latest data can be accessed online from the Association of Religious Data Archives (ARDA) at http://www.thearda.com/. You can generate stats on adherents at the state, county, and metro levels, and they also have summaries for nations and some basic mapping capabilities. The number of adherents in some cases is based on actual counts, and in other cases they are estimates. The quality of the estimates varies based on how thoroughly the clergy of each faith count their adherents. There is also a collection of survey data for various religious topics, everything from attitudes towards moral issues to belief in angels and life after death (there's even a question for belief in monsters!)
Here's a sample county report for New York County aka Manhattan.
Thursday, November 01, 2007
We finally turned to Vault.com, a "career information" site, that is useful for examining the corporate culture of a company. The site includes employee surveys that can help prospective employees assess work environments. Students have free access to extended versions of answers to employee surveys using this link http://www.baruch.edu/careers/students/vault.com. When the student enters their email address on the Vault.com link here, they are sent a password that gives them access to the site. Thanks to Aisha for pointing this out.
Check out the title list (on the top tool bar) for a list of reference titles included--it's quite extensive and impressive. Some of my favorites are: Encyclopedia of Religion (15 vol.), Business Plans Handbook (10 vol.), Countries and Their Cultures (4 vol.), Dictionary of American History (10 vol.), Encyclopedia of Food and Culture (3 vol.), Gale Encyclopedia of Multicultural America (3 vol.).
The search engine is not as fab as the list of titles. Try an advanced search and select the Document Title field (advanced search) and/or narrowing within a selected Subject area.
Now, in 2007, everyone can map their own illness on the web! whoissick.org is a self-reporting sickness site. You can report your own maladies (anonymously) and see where other people around NYC, and the country, are ill. At this point this is more of a novelty than a reliable source of info. But it serves as a good example of what is possible with web mapping technology.
It also gives hypochondriacs out there more to worry about.
Wednesday, October 31, 2007
I said I believed she had been misinformed, and showed her the Subotnick site that limits enrollment to Baruch students, faculty and staff.
She was also under the impression that if she went to www.Bloomberg, that was the same as searching Bloomberg. I explained that they were different, and that the Bloomberg terminals were a separate entity.
I don't know if anything can be done about the misinformation that she said she was given. But at least tomorrow she will not come a long way with an expectation of attending the workshop.
Several weeks ago a student had a similiar inquiry and I saw him later and he said that the professor for whom he is a graduate assistant was able to arrange for something.
On WSJ.com, there is a student discounted offer for 15 weeks.
If you know of anything else, please post to the blog.
Security Management Practices (SMP) is an expert resource on the Web for learning about how to confront and manage organizational risk, plan for disruptions, deploy network security appliances, employ biometric technologies, safeguard intellectual property, establish security best practices, protect and train students, staff and much more.
Early English Books Online (EEBO) contains digital facsimile page images of virtually every work printed in England, Ireland, Scotland, Wales and British North America and works in English printed elsewhere from 1473-1700 - from the first book printed in English by William Caxton, through the age of Spenser and Shakespeare and the tumult of the English Civil War.
If you come across any records that end up with the "Document unavailable" message, please feel free to send them to me so I can check on them when the new file is uploaded.
Thank you for your patience.
At this point, if the students haven't looked at the tutorials and help on Blackboard, I am telling them that I will help them after they have looked at this material. Their assignment makes it clear that these materials are to be consulted by them.
Tuesday, October 30, 2007
Two will be kept at the reference desk and used in the reference desk computers.
The other is available in reserve for one day loan.
I will check with Saad to make certain that the CD works on the reference desk computers. (Administrative rights are needed for the initial installation.)
The same literature that may be searched on the FARS CD (current as of Sept. 1, 2007) may be searched on CCH Accounting Research Manager and RIA Checkpoint-Accting, Auditing & Corporate Finance. The CCH and RIA databases are update daily.
1. CUNY has a site license with ESRI, the makers of ArcGIS. You can put in an IT Help Desk ticket and request to have ArcGIS installed on your machine. You can then sign-up for one of the free online courses to learn how to use it. I would suggest the The 15-Minute Map: Creating a Basic Map in ArcMap, if you just want to get your feet wet.
2. If you're not up to getting the full ArcGIS, with everything and the kitchen sink, you can try downloading ArcExplorer, which is a free, light-weight data viewer and mapping application made by ESRI. Since this is an application, you will need administrative permissions in order to install it at work. You could try it at home if you have a Windows operating system.
3. If you're a Mac or Linux user (or a Windows user who wants to try a non-ESRI product), you can try Quantum GIS (or QGIS for short). It is a free, open source, and relatively simple GIS program. You can work with many of the same datasets (shapefiles, imagery, etc) that you can use in ArcGIS.
Check out the GIS Subject Guide for places to download data to use with these GIS programs.
Monday, October 29, 2007
This comes in handy when a student asks: "I'm looking for case studies about how companies handle the training and development of their employees," but the student doesn't have a particular company they want to focus on.
Rather than just searching "training and development" by subject and wading through lots of theoretical articles about training and development, you can find articles about cases of actual training and development occuring in real companies.
Use ABI's classification codes to do this. The codes are toward the bottom of the search screen. To browse these codes, click on the hyperlink that says "Classification Codes." Next, drill-down to the section called "Document Treatment."
Here you can pick the classification code "Company Specific" (9110), as well as a number of other codes to help you get as specifically unspecific as your heart desires.
In any case, thanks to Donna for pointing this out.
Sunday, October 28, 2007
Friday, October 26, 2007
Printing guest log ins from the left computer, or anything else, is not working.
The problems have been fixed. Rita
- Engaging Privacy and Information Technology in a Digital Age (book)
- None of Your Business: Privacy in the Information Age (podcast)
- Learning to think Spatially: GIS as a Support System in the K-12 Curriculum (book and podcast)
- Who Goes There?: Athentication Through the Lens of Privacy (book only)
Some books have a price, but don't worry, you can also read them for free. (Either look for the icon in the shape of an eye that says "Read Free Online", or click on the book title and scroll down the record until you see the "Read" section and click on "Fulltext" to access by chapter.)
The site also includes the coding to include the book on your site (just cut and paste the code). This is great for instructors that want to imbed the book on a site. Just find the book image that says "Display this book on your site".
Thursday, October 25, 2007
I have discovered that the 2007 FARS CD has not yet arrived (it was released later than usual) so I would encourage you to suggest to the students to search RIA Checkpoint or CCH Accounting Research Manager. I don't know if the answer to the assignment is so timely that the 2006 FARS CD would not have the most up-to-date information that would be correct, but the RIA Checkpoint and CCH Accounting Research Manager are updated daily.
Prof. Nurnberg put on his Blackboard site the tutorials and handouts that have been developed to help students search this literature. If the students have not yet looked at these handouts before they try to search, please suggest that they do so. (One student told me that she didn't think it mattered what she searched. I learned she had not looked at the handouts, and I encouraged her to do so.)
Prof. Nurnberg encourages the students to consult background information, such as the Miller GAAP Guide. On Lexis-Nexis this is now referred to GAAP Levels A, B, C, D. The easiest way to locate it is to search "GAAP" in Sources, and look for it. Some of the interpretative literature on CCH's Accounting Research Manager is labeled "Miller Interpretations," which I am assuming is based on the Miller GAAP Guide, although I couldn't find anything in the database stating that.
Please let me know if you have any questions.
Tuesday, October 23, 2007
Homeland Reinvestment Act : Section 965
Limitation on Tax Deduction for Executive Compensation over $1M: 162(m)
Comparison of US Current Federal Income Tax System, Flat Tax Proposal and National Sales Tax.
I did a brief presentation of the tax related resources last night. These topics, he said, will be covered more in the secondary resources-journals, policy studies, law review articles, the WSJ, etc. I provided the students with an extensive handout. I also posted it on the shared Numan drive under the IS Division, Instruction, Instructional Materials and the folder Class Assignments.
Steinberg, who is the tax counsel for Lehman Brothers, told the students he thought CCH Tax Research Network was used by practioners more for the primary materials and RIA Checkpoint for the secondary materials and commentary and analysis.
To give you some heads up, the Homeland Reinvestment Act, section 965, was part of the American Jobs Creation Act of 2004, also known as Pub. Law. 108-357. This is a brief explanation of the IRS Code section 965:
As part of the American Jobs Creation Act of 2004 (Pub. L. 108-357), Congress provided U.S. multinational corporations with a temporary reduction in the U.S. tax imposed on certain dividends repatriated from their foreign subsidiaries. The stated reason for the tax benefit
was to stimulate the U.S. economy by triggering the repatriation of foreign earnings that would otherwise have remained abroad.
Relating to the executive compensation topic, in general:
For purposes of both the regular tax and alternative minimum tax, a publicly held corporation cannot deduct compensation (remuneration) to a covered employee to the extent the compensation exceeds $1 million per tax year (Reg. §1.162-27 There are some exceptions, explained in the code, cases and commentaries. One of the exceptions includes "golden parachutes." There is a division of opinion on whether this deduction should be increased or decreased, and policy questions in general about the deduction.
For the third, about the present U.S. federal tax system, and alternatives such as a national sales tax or a flat tax, there are many articles and studies on these alternatives. (These alternatives were proposed in a study prepared for President Bush that was done in 2005 by the President's Advisory Panel on Federal Tax Reform.
In the indexing of articles in ABI Inform Global, alternative names for a national sales tax are VAT (value added tax) and consumption tax.
The Congressional Research Reports, available on CCH Tax Research Network, have a number of studies on these topics. Other studies may be found in CIAO, NBER and SSRN. The tax treatises on RIA had information on these topics also. These taxes have been considered in other nations, and some countries have enacted them. The European Union has a VAT tax.
International tax treaties are available through the CCH database.
These topics all have many different stakeholders so there should be a wealth of research available.
Please let me know if you have any questions. The students just received the assignment and they will be working on the papers that are due at the end of the semester.
Click on the Federal Taxation tab, scroll and look in the Tax Legislation section, and the CRS Reports and other studies are listed in the right column. There are 12 pages of reports, arranged by date issued.
Jin wrote about the Congressional Research Reports earlier this year. They can be a valuable research source.
Monday, October 22, 2007
Friday, October 19, 2007
Thursday, October 18, 2007
The Machine is Us/ing Us
There's a nice little library of videos about the quickening pace of technology and how it is affecting the world on the Moving Forward site.
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Wednesday, October 17, 2007
Tuesday, October 16, 2007
Please email me to let me know which session you would like to attend: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Friday, October 12, 2007
An excellent set of guidelines for students--and possibly faculty--presenting illustrated lectures is now on the web as a short (ten minute video). See Philip Bourne, “Ten Simple Rules for Making Good Oral Presentations.” SciVee. http://www.scivee.tv/node/2903. (Accessed October 11, 2007).
Wednesday, October 10, 2007
Friday, October 05, 2007
The article can be found at:
Unfortunately you can't any course credits!
Current students, faculty, and staff members of the Baruch community can get information about the requirements and procedures for registering for the courses, as well as a list of available courses, from the ESRI Virtual Campus Courses at Baruch page on the library's website. Feel free to refer interested Baruch patrons to this resource.
To take the courses, you would create an ESRI training account on their website and then follow the instructions on the Courses at Baruch page for requesting courses from me: email@example.com. I will email the course codes so you can register through the ESRI training website. To take take the courses, you need access to the ArcGIS software (students can access it from several labs on campus) and media for storing the data files used in the courses.
For more information on GIS at Baruch, and resources for GIS education and data, visit the recently updated Geography and GIS Subject Guide.
Thursday, October 04, 2007
- location and homeland
- major holidays
- rites of passage
- interpersonal relations
- living conditions
- family life
- cultural heritage
- entertainment and recreation
- folk arts, crafts and hobbies
- social problems
- Anglo Australians
- Anglo Indians
- Australian Aborigines