Friday, February 29, 2008
Another way to approach this question is to use data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. You will find industry-specific data in their report on Employment, Hours and Earnings from the Current Employment Statistics Survey. Go to the BLS Data page, find this report, and use the icon to "Create Customized Tables (One Screen)." Then just follow the steps.
Thursday, February 28, 2008
The Mid-Market Perspective," which may be found by accessing the Conference Board in our databases. Among the key findings are "Deficiencies in basic writing and foreign language skills persist among college graduates, and deficiencies linger in written communications, leadership and professionalism/work ethic at the college graduate level." The report, R-1413-08-RR is by Jill Casner-Lotto and Henry Silvert.
We are considering this as a purchase so please take a look.
The American Freshman: Forty Year Trends (REF LB 2343.32 .A44 2007)
Data from the Higher Education Research Institute (HERI) at the University of California that reports on the CIRP Freshman Study of the "changing nature of students' characteristics, aspirations, values, attitudes, expectations, and behaviors." One thing they look at is the trends in technology use of entering Freshmen.
SIFMA Yearbook 2007-2008 (Index Table 5B)
SIFMA, the Securities Industry and Financial Market Association, is the new name of the Securities Industry Association (SIA). This is a directory of their members and an excellent source for job hunters as it names the department heads at local securities firms. It also includes rankings of the largest firms and a list of member firms with publicly-traded stock.
The Global Competitiveness Report (REF HF 1414 .G559 2007/2008)
Reports on the Global Competitiveness Index (GCI) that measures over 100 indicators of productivity for 131 countries. The index doesn't just look at business conditions but examines infrastructure, public institutions and government inefficiency, the economy, and education. This book is published by the World Economic Forum and you can find more information and an interactive version at their website.
According to the latest press release from Proquest, Factiva added more than 500 new publications in 2007. Some examples:
- The Wall Street Journal Online was released as a separate source. Previously, articles from WSJ.com were available as part of source The Wall Street Journal
- Washington Post.com which features unique content that does not appear in the print edition of The Washington Post
- Japan: 18 new sources, including The Japan Securities Journal , The Shinano Mainichi Shimbun and news services from Dow Jones and Kyodo
- Industry publications from Business Monitor International
- Russia: 24 new sources added, and multiple sources reactivated. In Russian, new sources include IPO News and Comments , M&A News and Comments and sources from RBC and English-language content from Interfax , one of Russia's leading news agencies.
- Al Jazeera , a Qatar-based channel of reference for Middle Eastern events and sources from Israel, Jordan and Lebanon
Wednesday, February 27, 2008
When logging onto public pcs, users should ONLY be clicking on the Explorer icon on the desktop NOT the login/logout icon.
If the bluesocket logout window has been closed and you cannot logout, click on the login/logout icon on the desktop. You MUST change the IP address in the browser address window in order to access the bluesocket logout window. If you do not change the IP address, the previous user remains logged on.
If the IP address ends in 10, change it to 11. If the IP address ends in 11, change it to 10. You will then get the bluesocket window which enables you to logout.
Tuesday, February 26, 2008
Thursday, February 21, 2008
Wednesday, February 20, 2008
Monday, February 18, 2008
Standard and Poor's offers an explanation about their methodology and screening of possible investments. A general search for Shariah on the S&P website will retrieve other explanations.
Sunday, February 17, 2008
My parents built their home in 1960 in Iowa and my mom provided me with the dimensions of the house, which is a typical "ranch home" of the time.
Using Google Advance, I found the following web sites:
This one shows images of the homes and also the floor plans with dimensions.
http://www.antiquehome.org/House-Plans/1961-Aladdin/Del-Ray.htm (The names of home styles are in the left.)
Friday, February 15, 2008
I tried this on the ref desk yesterday and was able to proceed, but got an error message that the pdf file was corrupted and not viewable. I just tried it again now from my office, and get the same screen that the student did.
I know we can get directly to the PyscArticles database from our database page, but the student expressed frustration of having to go to multiple places, when the Web of Science says it does have this article as full text and doesn't provide a direct link to PsycArticles.
Any thoughts? The student did send me a screen shot, but it is too large to post here. You can recreate the search by going into Web of Science and doing an author search for Marlowe and Crowne. You will get four results. Click on the full text for the last article to see the login screen.
Thursday, February 14, 2008
She said someone told her it would be here. Ms. Skarf told the person earlier that she would get the notebook Friday, but she came instead on Thursday night.
We (Yvette and I) were been unable to find it and lost and found did not have it. Only after double checking with circulation was it located there. (Kay, the security officer, and Shayna also searched the fifth floor for the notebook.)
I am now wondering if Shayna spoke with someone in circulation rather than in reference but she said she had spoken to someone in reference.
If so, please post information in the future about such arrangements. It saves time and a lot of worries. The notebook contained dissertation research.
Wednesday, February 13, 2008
The Census Bureau has published a web page dedicated to the 2008 elections. You can get a population overview for each state as well stats on voter turnout from the 2004 election. The Bureau also provides links to other relevant data that covers voter turnout, election data from the Statistical Abstract, and other state rankings.
Tuesday, February 12, 2008
- I was able to log in remotely
- I was able to enter my search query in Westlaw
- Instead of seeing my search results displayed, I saw instead a Westlaw page asking me to login.
Not sure if this is just a remote access problem or something more global in our Westlaw access.
Monday, February 11, 2008
Thursday, February 07, 2008
Thank you to Joann Huang for the design work.
What will you find there? Workshop handouts for Reuters and Bloomberg and other workshops held at the Wasserman Trading Floor, and other tutorials/user's guides.
Wednesday, February 06, 2008
A recession is a significant decline in economic activity spread across the economy, lasting more than a few months, normally visible in real GDP, real income, employment, industrial production, and wholesale-retail sales.
The report includes the dates of all business cycle turning points (recessions and expansions) since 1980 and the date they were announced by NBER. It can be months or even in some cases more than a year after the start that the committee announces the date of the beginning of a recession.
So while waiting for the official NBER dating, what data can we use to forecast the likelihood of a recession? The House Joint Economic Committee explains a new approach in a report on the Employment Recession Probability Index.
Richard Holowczak, Director of the Subotnick Center, just told me that Reuters has revamped its "Certification" program. It is similar to what Bloomberg has with a few important differences.
- There are self-paced instruction guides for various topics
- There will be on-line tutorials and video classes on various topics
- There will be a lot of emphasis on creating spreadsheets using XMS models
- The qualifying exam will be proctored by a Reuters employee who would periodically come to campus to administer the exam.
More details should be coming soon.
However, according to several news sources, including this one, Sarbanes-Oxley may be one of the reasons 5G iPOD movie rentals may not be happening soon. (This also might be a good example of why product enhancements need to considered by all departments in a corporation.)
Tuesday, February 05, 2008
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Monday, February 04, 2008
And, it isn't only a place to learn about horticulture and plants. Katherine mentioned that they help many artists who are drawing plants and designers. She explained that it is a source of "hidden histories". The society was founded in 1900, an era of few large estates that employed gardeners, frequently from England, who trained American gardeners who developed their own styles, which are reflected in the articles. She said some of the articles in the bound volumes contain not kind references to others.
Since the 1960s, the Horticultural Society has been active in outreach to public libraries and to prisoners, including women and men at Rikers Island. "Horticultural therapy," which including working with plants, helps those with emotional problems and physical disabilities, in their recoveries, and their library collection includes this subject. She also suggested that their children's collection is a quick way to learn the basics about some plants and gardening.
The library is beautifully designed so it is a place to keep in mind for future reference. They have an active speakers program too.
Friday, February 01, 2008
Yesterday, they described the current bill in Congress "House Bill Proposes Disclosure Rules to Control Textbook Prices", and today there is an article "One Way to Rein In Textbook Costs: Make Them Free", that proposes an alternative to the problem.