Tuesday, July 31, 2007
This is a new version of ILLIAD.
User's signon for students is their webmail and pin.
Faculty and staff use their signons that they use to login into their computers at Baruch.
Patrons will need to re-enter all of their personal information and delivery preferences again.
I'm working to restore and modify the personal information and request pages.
ID refers to the patron's library ID beginning 21716.
Any questions let me know.
Monday, July 30, 2007
Financial Industry Regulatory Authority debuts after consolidation of NASD and NYSE Member Regulation
As of this morning, NASD and the NYSE Member Regulation have officially completed the transaction necessary to consolidate member regulation operations and become FINRA, the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority.
The NASD Investor Education Foundation is now the FINRA Investor Education Foundation—but its commitment to investor education and protection remains unchanged. The Foundation will continue to award grants to fund educational programs and research aimed at segments of the investing public who could benefit from additional resources. The NASD Foundation Web site has been redirected to www.finrafoundation.org.
The Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA), is the largest non-governmental regulator for all securities firms doing business in the United States. All told, FINRA oversees nearly 5,100 brokerage firms, about 173,000 branch offices and more than 665,000 registered securities representatives. This consolidation means lower costs and a reduced regulatory burden for all firms, and more effective protection for the tens of millions of people who invest for their future in the U.S. capital markets. FINRA information is available at www.finra.org.
1. The World Bank e-library, giving access to all their publications online.
2. The General Development Finance database (GDF) that offers external debt and financial flow data.
3. The Global Economic Monitor (GEM) featuring forecasts of country economic data and commodity prices.
Please let me know if you have any comments on these databases or any other questions.
Friday, July 27, 2007
- The Minor in Information Studies
- The Beginner's Guide to Business Research
- Workshop Week
- Write Your Own Term Paper
- Register for Reuters Workshops
Thanks to Rasun Williams and the staff of the Direct and Interactive Marketing Resource Lab.
Thursday, July 26, 2007
There is an organization, the International Association of Commercial Administrators (IACA), whose members include the Secretary of States of the 50 States. Each state has different requirements for forming a corporation and operating a corporation. (Requirements vary as to the type of corporation-- domestic (headquartered in that state), foreign (headquartered in another state but required to register in other states in which they do business), professional corporations, limited liability corporations and non-profit corporations, and to the information that needs to be provided when the corporation is formed.
The IACA has an annual report, the 2007 being available at:
http://www.iaca.org/downloads/AnnualReports/2007_IACA_AR.pdf (very large and it takes a while to open.) This report has summarizes of data from each state (assuming it was provided by the state, and unfortunately, some states did not). It includes information on new filings, and the totals of existing corporations, and other data.
When I contacted by email the head of the Business Organization Services section of the IACA, he said I could suggest ways in which the survey for the data could be constructed next year. (They total active domestic and foreign corporations, and the inquirer wanted a separate breakdown.)
What for what use might this data be used? For one, new corporation filings are considered an indicator of economic development.
I learned about the IACA as it was referenced in an recent U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) report: Company Formations: Minimal Ownership Information is Collected and Available. The report, GAO-06-376, was for the Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations, Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs, U.S. Senate. According to the GAO report, most states do not require ownership information at the time a company is formed. While most states require corporations and limited liability (LLC) to file annual or biennal reports, few states requrie ownership information on the reports. Some states require companies to list the names and addresses of directors, officers or managers on filings, but these persons may not own the company. Nearly all states screen company filings for required information, but none verify the identities of company officials.
According to the GAO report, federal law enforcement officials are concerned that criminals are increasingly using U.S. "shell companies" to conceal their identify and illicit activities. However, state officials and agents noted that collecting company ownership could be problematic as it could increase filing costs and the time needed to approve filings. Privacy is also a concern. Historically, owner information on company filings for private companies has not been part of the public record.
"There is a severe problem with browse searching the in local catalogs in the web opac. The solution is probably to run the program that rebuilds the counters in the local catalogs later this afternoon, unfortunately it also locks the library. In the meantime stick to keyword searching or use the union catalog. "
Wednesday, July 25, 2007
Many of us have already looked at it and have a good idea of what's new. Some of us also have questions about changes. Please post your comment to this blog post (you can't do this from your email but instead need to go to the blog itself and click "comments" at the bottom of the post) about one or more of these items:
- You are at a department meeting that you're a liaison to and have one minute to tell faculty members there about the 3 most important things about the new interface. What are you going to say?
- What features are you trying to figure out?
- What new unique content is now in LexisNexis Academic?
- What unique content is now gone?
- half dozen fresh bagels from H&H that I'll grab on my way to the subway to work
- coffee, smoothie, etc. at Enfin on the corner of 25th and Lexington
Tuesday, July 24, 2007
Monday, July 23, 2007
Thursday, July 19, 2007
Please let me know. Thanks, Rita
Wednesday, July 18, 2007
- two copies of the Merriam-Webster's Collegiate Dictionary (11th edition)
- one copy of Webster's Third New International Dictionary of the English Language Unabridged
Tuesday, July 17, 2007
If anyone would like to read the article please let me know and I will make it available to you.
Thursday, July 12, 2007
There are more studies on journals. Of possible future interest for us is the European Reference Index for the Humanities Research (2007) which has benchmarks categories for journals as either A, B, or C for journals in different disciplines.
The publishers the professsor is interested in are:
Cambridge University Press
Oxford University Press
University Press of America
University of Michigan Press
Allyn and Bacon
Please let me know if you have any perceptions about these publishers. I will not identify you to the professor unless you want me to do so.
40 Years of FOIA, 20 Years of Delay: Oldest Pending Freedom of Information Requests Date Back to the 1980s. Nielsen, Catherine. Published: July 2007.
Presents findings from the Knight Open Government Survey, which surveys government offices and agencies on the status of their public information requests, and finds that extensive backlogs persist. Funder(s): John S. and James L. Knight
Other interesting and recent titles/reports from the NSA: (1) File Not Found: 10 Years After E-FOIA, Most Federal Agencies Are Delinquent (2) Pseudo-Secrets: A Freedom of Information Audit of the U.S. Government's Policies on Sensitive Unclassified Information
About the NSA: An independent non-governmental research institute and library located at The George Washington University, the Archive collects and publishes declassified documents obtained through the Freedom of Information Act. (more)
Wednesday, July 11, 2007
Tuesday, July 10, 2007
In case you are hunting for old indices I have several "ancient" indices not checked out overnight, which I am using to prepare for a class. I expect to return these in early a. m or place them on reserve:
- New York Times 1851-1862
- 19th Century Reader's Guide to Per. Lit.
- Poole's Index [19th cent]
Monday, July 09, 2007
Also a number of changes have been made to the reference schedule for Weds and Thurs. On Weds, David will cover email reference, Stephen will cover chat reference from 10:00-12:30, and Aisha will work the ref desk from 6-9pm.
On Thurs. Brian will cover chat from 10:00-12:30, and will arrive at the ref desk at 12:30 (joining Rita).
I have received an inquiry from a communications professor here at Baruch asking for rankings of book publishers specificially in relation to scholarly works in the humanities and social sciences. The publishers are Blackwell, Intercultural Press, Sage, Cambridge University Press, University Press of America, University of Michigan Press, Jossey Bass, Rowman Littlefield, Routledge, Lawrence Earlbaum, Ally and Bacon, Prentice Hall, McGraw Hill and Thomson Wadsworth. If you know of any sources for this type of information, will you please share it will me (and others.)
I will let you know what I find. She is also looking for journal rankings, which I think will be easier to do. Thanks for any help.
To follow up on this posting, I have found some articles about the perceived quality of book publishers that I will review before I send them to the professor, who is currently abroad during research.
The professor is interested primarily in intercultural communications. Following a suggestion by Stephen, I used WorldCat, did a keyword search for intercultural communications, limited the search to a specific publisher, and limited the years to 2000-2007. The detailed records available were emailed to the professor, who thought it was the greatest!
She was also inquiring about the rankings of specific journals and I learned that two have ceased publication and I found the impact factors of several listed on the journal websites, and also through other sources on the web. I am reviewing some journal articles about the rankings of the journals.
Friday, July 06, 2007
PS: When I was a lowly editorial assistant in the college textbook division at Harper & Row, I helped lead an impromptu celebration for the main photocopier in the office when it hit one million copies.
Thursday, July 05, 2007
Tuesday, July 03, 2007
- Budgeting for Not-For-Profit Organizations by Robert D. Vinter and Rhea K. Kish, call number HF5686.N56V56 1984. The entire book is a comprehensive discussion of budgeting considerations for a nonprofit organization. (Be aware though, it does not contain detailed examples of complete budgets from nonprofit organizations.)
- Management Control in Nonprofit Organizations, 6th edition by Robert N. Anthony and David W. Young, call number HF5686.N56A571999. Chapter 10 of this book deals with budgeting--distinguishing a capital budget from an operating budget, followed by explanations of various points to consider in creating an operating budget. The discussion is followed by detailed examples of budgets for four different types of nonprofit organizations.
I hope this is helpful.
Monday, July 02, 2007
- CUNY+ for any recent books on nonprofit management or budgeting or finance or accounting that include actual budgets
- Business Plans Handbook (only 2 entries in this 12-volume set had nonprofits, and no detailed budgets were included for these)
- NonProfit Times
- Alliance for Nonprofit Management: Financial Management
- GuideStar.org (maybe if we subscribed to it the info we need would be there)
http://18.104.22.168/ [Only available on campus]
From information available on the site regarding News and Business Content:
Newspapers. Includes current and archival newspapers like The New York Times, USA Today, Atlanta Journal and Constitution, Boston Globe, Financial Times, and hundreds more!
Magazines. Provides current and archival issues of sought-after sources like Newsweek, the Economist, Consumer Reports, Kiplinger’s Personal Finance, Spectator, Publishers Weekly, and Business Week.
Trade Journals. Offers current and archival issues for virtually any discipline. Includes titles like U.S. Banker, Securities Industries News, Accountancy Age, Advertising Age, PR Week, Modern Physician, and many more.
Company Information. Provides SEC filings and Hoover’s company records, including profiles for thousands of private and public U.S. corporations. (Various documents and time periods may be selected for searching the SEC filings, from today to 10 years ago.)
International Publications. Includes popular international sources like European Report, Middle East Observer and World News Connection.
Newswires. Get the most current news from more than 400 newswires, including the Associated Press, U.S. Newswire, and numerous international wires.
Newsletters. Access timely information across many specialties, including Alternative Medicine Alert, Agriculture Chemical News, White House press releases, Wireless News, and many others.
Broadcast Transcripts. Offers more than 900 television and radio transcripts that includes national and local news content from ABC, CBS, CNN, Fox, MSNBC, NBC, PBS, and BBC radio.
Foreign Language Publications. Search non-English news sources available in Afrikaans, Danish, Dutch, Finnish, French, German, Italian, Norwegian, Portuguese, Spanish, and Swedish.
There are a limited number of users for this database. (Perhaps for the SEC filings it might be good to suggest other databases, such as Thomson, Edgar Online I-Metrix, and others.)
from Adlai E. Stevenson, Wall Street Journal, June 1, 1960, quoted in The Big Book of Business Quotations . . .