Tuesday, July 31, 2007


ILLIAD and ILL service are back up.

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.

Here's What Students Have to Say

Arizona State University posted this video on their Library Channel about Academic Libraries in Transition. It is panel discussion with five students, freshman through graduate student, that is 60 minutes long but worth watching. The panel all seemed comfortable talking to a room full of librarians and there were lots of laughs. The students answer questions about what technologies they use; how they find information; where and when they do their research; and what they expect from a library. Two things I found interesting were they don't read blogs and they would listen to library podcasts. (Jogging is a big activity on campus.) They also prefer chat to using the reference desk even if they are sitting a few feet away. Two access issues we have discussed are also brought up by the students. Should there be food in the library? Should the library buy textbooks? Read the answers for yourself.

Monday, July 30, 2007

EPA Library Network revises web site and seeks comments on their site and services

The EPA Library Network has revised its site. Comments on the site and their services are sought. (These libraries were recently threatened with closure so you may want to comment.)

Financial Industry Regulatory Authority debuts after consolidation of NASD and NYSE Member Regulation

I received this notice this morning, which I thought would be of interest:

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.

CQ products on trial

ERAC is considering the purchase of the CQ Researcher with Archive, which would give us all the reports back to 1923 (and since we subscribe to the CQ Researcher, access to all their reports to the present). And we are looking at CQ Global reports. Both are on trial until 8/31/07. Please let me know what your reactions are to these databases and if you think they would be worthwhile additions.

DemographicsNow: trial

We have a trial to DemographicsNow, a new database from Gale, that presents market analysis reports useful for entrepreneurs.

The trial lasts untili 8/31/07 and requires a password.
As always, comments are welcome.

3 trials from the World Bank

We have 3 trials from the World Bank until 8/31/07. They have their own passwords.

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

Featured in the Library

Our website's "Featured in the Library" window now flashes multiple messages. Alternating screens now feature:
  • 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

Some corporation information resources

In answering a reference question this week about the number of active corporations by state, I came across some resources and issues that I thought I would alert you about:

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.

CUNY+: no browsing in local catalogs.

In case you haven't seen the message from Pat Young:

"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

Forum on new LexisNexis Academic interface

At today's ISD meeting, I promised that I would post a message to start a conversation about the new interface for LexisNexis Academic. Since this is one of most heavily used databases, it seems like a good idea for us to be as expert about the new interface as possible before we start to get questions from students and faculty.

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?

Columbia Earthscape: new database

We have access to Columbia Earthscape, a comprehensive aggregation of resources in the Earth and Environmental Sciences.

1000 blog posts!

Congratulations, Eric Neubacher! You posted the 1000th post on the Reference at Newman Library blog. As I promised on blog post number 980, I would like to offer an edible or drinkable treat to commemorate this milestone. Please select from one of the following:
  • 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

Grad student may need some additional assistance

Last night I helped a grad student who said he had a long list of articles/books to find for a professor by today. Some of the citations are incomplete or the authors' names might be misspelled. (We had no luck finding a co-author Weber and we think it is probably Webber but then the publication date didn't match, and there was little other information for that one. We tried Google Scholar, SSRN and a number of other sources for that one.) The student needed help in recognizing what was a journal article from a book, and how to find what journals we have access to and in print. He said he might come to the library today.

Tuesday, July 24, 2007


ILLIAD remains unavailable. I'll let you know once it comes back up.

Monday, July 23, 2007

"My Account" Link Added to Library Home Page

Please note that there is now a direct link to CUNY+'s "My Account" login page from the Search & Find list on the library's home page. This change was made at the suggestion of a graduate student.


Thursday, July 19, 2007

Are there problems with ebrary?

I was trying to help a faculty member gain access to an ebrary book, The People Themselves, in his office and we had no luck. I had no luck when I tried here in my office. Is there a problem with ebrary today? The faculty member uses Netscape.

Please let me know. Thanks, Rita

Edgar Online

Edgar Online's offices is on 41st and Lexington, where the steam pipe explosion happened. They haven't experienced any problems with access to their products so far, but their phone lines are down.

New York Economic Development

A.T. Kearney has just released a 60 page report for the Empire State Development on strategies for economic growth. The report "Delivering on the Promise of New York State" identifies key industrial sectors in the state. Mature industries include financial services, media and corporate operations; growth sectors are nanotech and biotech; and cleantech is a proposed new development sector. Key market studies for each of these sectors are listed in the report's bibliography.

Photocopier Out-of-order

The photocopier on the 2nd floor in the library's student printing room needs to be repaired and will be out of service for a few days. Please refer students to the copiers on the 3rd, 4th and 5th floor.

Wednesday, July 18, 2007

Ticker Online Archives Now Public

Here is the URL:

There is also a redirect from

2nd floor copier broken

The copier on the 2nd floor is out of commission. Please direct users to the 3rd floor copier room.

New dictionaries!

You may have already noticed today that the dictionary stands on every floor now have brand new dictionaries:
The English liaisons realized last spring that the dictionaries that had been on the stands were beat-up, missing pages, and often antiquated. Please encourage students who ask for a dictionary to use these and to bring them to the tables or cubicles in the library where they are working.

Ulrichsweb.com downtime: 7/20/07 6 pm to 7/21/07 12pm

Tuesday, July 17, 2007

Crain's New York has listing of largest minority-owned companies in the New York area

A list of the 25 largest minority-owned companies in the New York area, ranked by projected 2007 revenues, is published in the July 16, 2007 issue of Crain's New York Business.

New article on the Free Academy

My article titled "Spreading the News: Revisiting the History of the New York Free Academy Using 21st Century Technology" has been published in the latest issue of American Educational History Journal, Volume 34, Numbers 1 and 2. This is the first article to appear on the academy in many decades.

If anyone would like to read the article please let me know and I will make it available to you.

NBER working papers

We've had an (online) subscription to the NBER working papers for a while, but there is very little use, so I've decided to add it to the list of databases. Enjoy!

Thursday, July 12, 2007

Your opinions are sought on book publishers

Hello, A Baruch professor who is doing some research on intercultural communications, has asked my help and also yours in providing perceptions of book publishers in the humanities and social sciences. (I have provided her with the few journal articles I have found that have been written on this topic--a 1996 article states that no major study had been done for more than 20 years. ) The 1996 article surveyed collection development heads in selected academic libraries.

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:

Intercultural Press
Cambridge University Press
Oxford University Press
University Press of America
University of Michigan Press
Jossey Bass
Rowman Littlefield
Lawrence Erlbaum
Allyn and Bacon
Prentice Hall
McGraw Hill
Thomson Wadsworth

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.

Thanks, Rita

40 Years of FOIA, 20 Years of Delay

A new publication from the National Security Archive at George Washington University ...

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

About the BPL 5100 reading list

I have helped several students this reference desk who have Prof. LaManna's BPL course. Students have been provided an extensive reading list which looks great but lacks the page numbers of the articles. However, once the students have an explanation on how to find if we have an journal online, they seemed not to worry about the page numbers. Just thought I would let you know.


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

Louise Klusek out this week

Please note: Louise Klusek is on AL for the rest of the week. I (Jerry) may have to appear for jury duty starting Tuesday. In the event I have to be at court, Lewis Liu will be acting head of reference. Please refer any problems to him.

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).

Educause on Wikipedia

One of the features of the Educause website is a collection of guides for academics that explain new technologies and their implications for teaching and learning. Just recently they added "7 Things You Should Know about the Wikipedia." It includes a scenario of a graduate student using the Wikipedia for a research paper. On the whole, a nice balanced account.

Rankings of book publishers?--Follow up

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

980 posts and counting

Including this one, there have now been 980 posts to the reference blog since we started in on September 22, 2004! I'm really proud of what we've accomplished over the past three years and am eager to see who is going to publish the 1000th post; I am so excited by this that I promise to provide a special (edible or drinkable) treat to whomever that person is.

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

Crain's New York has special issue on vital stats on New York City

Sandy Roff has found that the July 2, 2007 issue of Crains New York Business is a special issue on vital statistics on the New York City economy.

Tuesday, July 03, 2007

More on Nonprofit Budgets

In addition to the other suggestions (here, here, and here) that have been made concerning nonprofit budgets I would add the following two sources from the Newman Library book collection:
  1. 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.)
  2. 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.

More on Budgets for Non-profits

I had a look at the Foundation Center and they have a free tutorial called Proposal Budgeting Basics. It covers the elements of a project budget and the financial documents needed for a proposal. Besides teaching about the budgeting process the tutorial includes a list of resources that point to websites with "samples of project budgets." One is a budget for the Bush Foundation in St. Paul, MN.

Follow up on nonprofit budgets

I have had some luck searching nonprofit operating budgets and nonprofit operating budgets via Googlem and also nonprofit foundation operating budget. The H. John Heinz Center for Science posts its operating budget. (The other budget would be likely be a capital budget.) Some organization note that their annual budgets are an approximate amount and provide a pie chart with percentages of the allocations, so one might figure out the general idea of a nonprofit's operating budget that way. Figures available on the Form 990s (available via Guidestar) could help, but these would be actual expenses, not budgeted expenses. I posted a comment to Stephen's posting of yesterday about the Dormitory Authority of New York, which is a public benefit corporation. They provide an annual budgeted amount and what percentage had been spent by the current month.

I hope this is helpful.

Monday, July 02, 2007

Stumper: finding actual budgets for nonprofits

Can anyone help me with a question I got at the reference desk today from a couple of SPA students? They are required to find a recent budget from a nonprofit. While I suppose I could help them find the Baruch budget, I think they may be looking for other examples. I've looked into the following resources with no luck so far:
Although I promised to email the students with any leads I get, I did also refer them to the library at the Foundation Center over on Fifth Avenue as well. If anyone has any ideas, please add them as comments to this blog (as opposed to just hitting the "reply" button in your email program that you may be using now to read this post).


Test the Searchable Ticker Archives

Saad Abulhab led a project to scan the Ticker from microfilm and develop a custom search interface. The link to the test version is below. Please do not share it with users, because it will change soon. Saad is completing the quality review. If you spot any errors, please let him know. If you search by author or title, you are searching data that were keyed in manually. If you search full text, you are searching an index created from an OCR scan of the microfilm images with at least 70% inclusion. You can also browse by issue. [Only available on campus]

New searchs features of Westlaw Campus

Westlaw Campus now offers News and Business as a search possibility, along with court cases, law reviews, and other legal documents that have previously been available.

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.)

Singing Commercials as Information?

"With the supermarket as our temple and the singing commercial as our library, are we likely to fire the world with an irresistable vision of America's exalted purpose and inspiring life?"

from Adlai E. Stevenson, Wall Street Journal, June 1, 1960, quoted in The Big Book of Business Quotations . . .

Carnegie Foundation makes grant for readiness for college; Baruch College is mentioned

The Foundation Center's email alerts this morning includes an announcement by the Carnegie Foundation regarding a grant to New Visions for Public Schools, which seeks to help New York City high students be prepared to attend CUNY; a partnership with Baruch College is mentioned.