Thursday, July 31, 2008
Fun factoid: in New York, there are more Sleepy's (105 outlets) than Burger Kings (92 outlets).
Wednesday, July 30, 2008
A very user-friendly and accessible site that helps you to track:
register on the site, you can then set up email or RSS alerts that will notify you of activities related to the issues, bills, Senators, or Congresspeople that interest you.
The goal of this site is to present data on how individuals in Congress have voted and who has been funding those individual's campaigns. This 6-minute video on the site quickly explains how to use MAPLight to expose the connections between votes and campaign contributions.
This site goes into a little more depth than what is found on OpenCongress. One neat feature on t his site is that when you are looking at the details on a particular bill, you can see relevant Congressional Budget Office data on the expected cost of the bill and any Congressioal Research Service reports prepared for the bill. For example of how easy it is to check the status of a piece of legislation, take a look at how the info is presented on S. 456 from the 110th Congress (the "Gang Abatement and Prevention Act of 2007"). Compare that to how the same bill is summarized in Thomas.
I learned about two of these sites from blog posts and podcasts from Jon Udell, who lately works for Microsoft and has long been commenting on (and contributing to) the ways that the web is enabling us to wrangle complex sets of data, normalize it, and present it in a more accessible fashion. If you'd like to read about how he uses these sites to track legislation important to him and his interviews with the people who created them, here are the relevant links:
- Udell, Jon. "Net-enhanced democracy: Amazing progress, solvable challenges." Jon Udell, 22 July 2008. link
- Udell, Jon. "Kudos for MAPLight’s visualization of Congressional activity." Jon Udell, 23 July 2008. link
- Udell, Jon. "A conversation with Joshua Tauberer about GovTrack." Jon Udell, 28 July 2008. link
Tuesday, July 29, 2008
Monday, July 28, 2008
With Louise's permission, I've put a 1 gigabyte flash drive at the reference desk (it's on a LexisNexis lanyard). We can loan this out to students who don't have a flash drive and who don't have $25 to get one from the circulation desk. Please treat the process of loaning this the same way you do ready reference works: take the student's ID card and put in the drawer at the reference desk until the flash drive is returned to us. This drive is not allowed to leave the library.
We are moving the public-use staplers, that were on the Reference Desk, to the nearby 2nd floor copier room. They are located next to the electric pencil sharpener and staple remover. A small plastic stand-up sign holder has been placed next to the items with the following message:
Baruch College Newman Library
Electric Pencil Sharpener
* Please use equipment gently
* Do not remove from this room
* Continued cooperation will allow us to maintain & keep equipment in good working order. Thanks.
Reference Desk, Newman Library
Thursday, July 24, 2008
Is Google Making Us Stupid? By Nicholas Carr, Atlantic Monthly July/August 2008
Stoooopid .... why the Google generation isn’t as smart as it thinks. By Bryan Appleyard, The Sunday Times, July 20, 2008
Wednesday, July 23, 2008
The publisher states this is “the first major Bible dictionary to be published in America in 30 years.” Covers all aspects of bible studies. Includes articles on everyday life, people and places. What’s new? Many articles on cultural history, social institutions, and archaelogical sites.
Encyclopedia of Applied Psychology (REF BF636 .E52 2004, 3 vols.)
Articles typically run five to ten pages and treat both the theory and application of concepts. All articles include a glossary of terms and a bibliography for further reading. Sponsored by the International Association of Applied Psychology.
Encyclopedia of Modern Ethnic Conflicts (REF GN496 .E56 2003)
Case studies of 38 recent (late 20th century) ethnic conflicts including Rwanda, Ulster, Palestine, and Kosovo. Essays cover the historical background, management of the conflict and significance. All have timelines and list of suggested readings.
Encyclopedia of Products and Industries (REF HD9720.5 .E53 2008, 2 vols.)
Essays of seven to ten pages (with bibliographies) cover 120 major manufactured consumer products. Each essay is divided into twelve sections with the typical essay covering product overview, market, key producers and current trends but also including sections on distribution channels, materials & supply chain logistics, R&D, and adjacent markets. Available online in the Gale Virtual Reference Library.
Metro Maps of the World (REF HE4211 .O94 2005)
Subway, underground, metro and U-Bahn maps from 200 cities. Don’t consider this only a transportation directory, it is a beautiful resource for graphic design students. For maps online, the authors recommend the Urban Rail web site.
Tuesday, July 22, 2008
Wednesday, July 16, 2008
A print source, Moody's Bond Record, in ref. at HG 4905. M78 (various years), continued by Mergent Bond Record, a serial we have on the third floor, has a table Corporate Bond Yield Averages, which has the monthly yield averages for Aaa, Aa, A, Baa rated bonds, as well as public utility and industrial bonds. Each table has 5-6 years of information. The footnotes indicate whether revisions have been made.
The publication Moody's/Mergent's Annual Bond Record has a lot of information but lacks this table.
Monday, July 14, 2008
These guides have been published by Aspen Publishers, part of Wolters Kluwer, for several years.
I am contacting them to see about electronic access as these guides are very important for students. (CCH Accounting Research Manager's interpretative information includes some of the guides, but not the Not for Profit guide. I will see if we can obtain electronic access.)
Until the end of the spring semester, when access ended, Books 24x7 offered Wiley's Not for Profit Guide. A print edition is currently on order: Wiley not-for-profit GAAP 2008 : interpretation and application of generally accepted accounting principles for not-for-profit organizations /
Hoboken, N.J. : Wiley, c2008.
xix, 497 p. : ill. ; 24 cm.
Location Baruch - Stacks - HF5686.N56 L37 2008 On order.
Thursday, July 10, 2008
Tam very quickly arrived for help. He said to call if the message appears again.
I attended a session on "Getting Ready for RDA and FRBR" given by Barbara Tillett from the Library of Congress, Glen Patton from OCLC, and a member from RDA Implementation Task Force at the ALA Annual Conference.
Libraries, archives, and museums, among others, need to prepare for the release of Resource Description and Access in 2009. This new standard differs from AACR2, and incorporates concepts from the Functional Requirements for Bibliographic Records (FRBR) and Functional Requirements for Authority Data (FRAD), as well as implementation strategies, issues (e.g., necessary infrastructure, re-thinking cataloging workflows, timelines), and education (e.g., web-based training) and the impact of RAD across stakeholders' communities.
Update on RDA Implementation:
In October 2007, the British Library, Library and Archives Canada, the Library of Congress and the National Library of Australia agreed to support RDA by coordinating training materials and implementation plans. The Committee of Principals and the JSC (Joint Steering Committee) are examining the best methods for doing this so there will be sufficient time for resting, training, and a smooth transition in adopting RDA. Although RDA will be released during the first quarter of 2009, its implementation will follow a phased approach so that libraries will have sufficient time to plan for RDA.
For more information, see RAD.
Tuesday, July 08, 2008
One that looks very helpful is Microsoft Office Excel 2007 Formulas and Functions for Dummies.
It is found on Books 24x7 but was not located searching CUNY+, either by title or subject or keyword.
A question has arisen then whether all books available in Books 24x7 are included in CUNY+?
The Books 24x7 link to the title Microsoft Office Excel 2007 Formulas and Functions
for Dummies is http://library.books24x7.com/toc.asp?bookid=18136
Thursday, July 03, 2008
"new digital archive of global, non-partisan public policy research. It makes use of the power, efficiency, and economy of modern Internet technology to collect and disseminate summaries and full texts, videos, reports, briefs, and multimedia material of think tank, university, government, and foundation-funded policy research. It offers a subject index, an internal search engine, useful abstracts, email notifications of newly added research, and will soon expand to offer information on researchers and funders, and even user-generated publication reviews. Over time, it will grow to include policy content from international and corporate organizations."
More about PolicyArchive.
**Many of the reports I found in PolicyArchive were not indexed in PAIS International.
**Also, I noticed that some reports were indexed in PAIS International, but the record did not provide a link to the report. (PolicyArchive links to the online report.)
Wednesday, July 02, 2008
Tuesday, July 01, 2008
until the end of the summer semester. [email from Eric]