Since I always have a look at the new reference books when they come down from collections, I'd like to start sharing some of the new titles with you. Just recently we received:
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.