- While logged in to WordPress, click on your name in the top right corner where it says, "Howdy, [your name]."
- The page that opens will be the "Profile" page where you can type in your first and last name and select from various name display options where it says "Display name publicly as."
- Click the "Update Profile" button on the bottom of that page to save your changes.
Friday, June 19, 2009
Thursday, June 18, 2009
Wednesday, June 17, 2009
Does anyone know where it is? Can we make sure it is always in the drawer?
[June 18 Update] The key is now on a small, silver, metal key chain. (It is no longer on the large wooden block.) It was found underneath the drawer organizer.
If the key is not in the locked cabinet #1, look in the unlocked drawer to the right. If you still don't see it, perhaps it is underneath the organizer.
Thursday, June 11, 2009
In the meantime, patrons unable to use the stairs might not be able to get to the fourth floor. They can be directed to circulation and can use their elevator.
Tuesday, June 09, 2009
Clint will be here all day on Mondays and Tuesdays and on Wednesday mornings - he's spending the other half of his week as an intern at the American Museum of Natural History. He'll be stationed in the Chief Librarians office suite on the 4th floor, and will be putting in a few hours a week at the reference desk. Please welcome Clint to Baruch!
Monday, June 08, 2009
Friday, June 05, 2009
Wednesday, June 03, 2009
Monday, June 01, 2009
Wednesday, May 27, 2009
Friday, May 22, 2009
- what wildlife probably lived there (common names and scientific names are provided)
- any uses of the land there by the Lenape
- what the topography was like
- what the area is like now (you get a link to the OASIS map for the location; here's the link provided for 151 E 25th St)
Thursday, May 21, 2009
Tuesday, May 19, 2009
Users must go to My Settings on the top right, where they have a choice to allow for the RefWorks and/or EndNote buttons to appear. Once you do that, after you have a book open, click on InfoTools and you will see the option to export to those softwares.
This is a user-driven option, so each user has to do this for themselves.
Monday, May 18, 2009
WYNC’s On The Media featured a segment this weekend on search engines. The segment discusses two savvy search engines, Wolfram Alpha and Cuil, but also is a good commentary on the current state of Search. Danny Sullivan from searchengineland.com was interviewed.
- Wolfram Alpha
Wolfram Alpha is a new search engine that functions more as an “answer machine” in that it specializes in finding statistical facts. Some sample searches that yielded seemingly correct answers:
Marshmallow AND Calories
Lake Superior AND Average Depth
Afghanistan AND Population
United States AND Trade Deficit
Ford AND 2008 AND Revenue
Distance AND Moon AND Earth
Interesting and fun, but I think the manner in which it displays the results is lacking. It is not exactly clear where the information came from so there’s no way to gauge the validity and reliability the information. The “Sources” link leads you to the formulas that calculated the results.
The article also discussed Cuil which indexes and crawls more pages than Google. Cuil’s results rely less on popularity of pages for search results and more on the presence of related words within the search page.
“Holy Grail 2.0.” On The Media. WNYC. May 15, 2009. http://www.onthemedia.org/transcripts/2009/05/15/03
Friday, May 15, 2009
If you do set up Zotero and set up your account to be saved on the web as well as on your computer, feel free to friend me in Zotero. Even if you don't set up Zotero, you can check out my library of citations (wkich I haven't really organized much into folders and subfolders yet).
Thursday, May 14, 2009
Students that I worked with found the best information came from Business Source Premier using some creative searching. Interviews with the CEO’s had great information (Use the CEO’s name or ‘Executives’ and the subject term ‘Interviews’). You can also search BSP with the index term ‘Going Public (Securities).’
If the CEO was a well known figure (we were looking at Dave Thomas of Wendy’s) the Biography Reference Bank was useful since it had profiles from Current Biography and links to current articles. The Biography Resource Center includes Business Leader Profiles for Students which is simple but helpful for chronologies.
Wednesday, May 13, 2009
- TVB (Television Advertising Bureau) Online Go to Research Central and choose Ad Revenue Track.
- TV dimensions 2009. - Stacks, non-circulating - HE 8700.8 .T917
- SRDS Media Solutions. In addition to television, other mediums like radio, newspapers and outdoor advertising are also covered.
Also, today I received another question today from a patron about the advertising revenues for the top newpaper/magazine publications.
- Advertising Age. This information is found in the Data Center online, but we do not subscribe to the Data Center. But it's also available in the print version--Advertising Age Annual 2009. We have this issue on microform.
- Magazine publication advertising revenues are available from the Magazine Publishers of America. http://www.magazine.org/advertising/revenue/by_mag_title_qtr/pib-1q-2009.aspx
These sources and more are available from Peggy Teich's comprehensive Advertising Subject Guide. Let me know if you'd like me to make you a copy.
Companies must make the filings available on their web sites as well as filing with the SEC. David Blaszkowsky, the director of the SEC’s Office of Interactive Data, reported that 26 companies have already filed, even some small and mid-cap companies that are not yet required to use XBRL. The SEC rules require that all 10-K’s, 10-Q’s, 8-K’s or 6-K’s that revise or update financial statement data, as well as Registration Statements be filed in XBRL.
Our students can access the reports through the database EDGAR Online or use IDEA, the SEC’s new EDGAR filing database. Reports filed in IDEA are clearly identified with a format label saying either ‘document’ or ‘interactive data.’ The financial statements filed in XBRL can be downloaded to Excel.
Tuesday, May 12, 2009
The best source is Thomson One which students can access from the Reuters terminal at the reference desk or any of the terminals in the Subotnick Center. This is the most comprehensive collection in terms of its global coverage, the types of reports (equity, fixed income and economic), and the number of contributors. It is also the most frequently updated and offers the best indexing and search features.
Analyst reports are also available from Bloomberg. To find reports for a company, type in the ticker symbol, the EQUITY key, the letters 'ANR', and then press the GO key.
Business and Company Resource Center also offers research reports but they do not include reports from any of the top ranked banks or independent research firms. (See my previous post for more detail).
The books are in reserve, under Ref 000
Here are the call numbers:
Gleim, Irvin N. CPA review. Auditing / 2008 Book Baruch Reserve HF5661 .G543 2008
Gleim, Irvin N. CPA review. Regulation / 2008 Book Baruch Reserve
HF 5661 .G544 2008
Gleim, Irvin N. CPA review. Business / 2008 Book Baruch Reserve
HF 5661. G542 and HF 5661.G543 Supp.
Gleim, Irvin N. CPA review. Financial / 2008 Book Baruch Reserve
HF 5661. G541
Students using CUNY+ may locate them by a keyword search Gleim and auditing (for example) if they forget the exact title of CPA review Auditing.
Saturday, May 09, 2009
Thursday, May 07, 2009
Wednesday, May 06, 2009
Tuesday, May 05, 2009
Monday, May 04, 2009
Friday, May 01, 2009
Wednesday, April 29, 2009
Monday, April 27, 2009
One good source for maps is the University of Texas Perry-Castaneda Library Map Collection. They've scanned a good deal of their paper collection and provide it online and you can search or browse by place or topic. If they don't have what you're looking for, they have an extensive collection of links to other sites, also by place and topic. In this case I was able to find a few decent maps, but they would not translate well into powerpoint given their size and scale.
I was working with Peggy, and she approached it from the topic - she went to the Energy Information Administration (EIA), which is the federal government's site for energy stats. There is a lot of good info there, particularly profiles and reports for energy resources for each country. The country analysis report page for Russia had a lot of data, and in a menu on the right of the page was a link for maps. The maps came from a variety of sources (EIA, CIA, and the U Texas Map Library) and were perfect for the powerpoint. The bad news is that there is no easy way to get to them - there isn't a maps page or gateway, you have to go through a number of clicks via individual country reports. There was a general maps portal, but this gave you the ability to create thematic maps of the world (countries shaded a particular color based on type or amount of reserves), and not reference maps (showing the location of actual fields and deposits).
The gist of this post - try the University of Texas Perry-Castaneda Library Collection for maps and the Energy Information Administration for energy related statistics, data, and maps.
Wednesday, April 22, 2009
Tuesday, April 21, 2009
A mini-workshop today at 12:45 p.m. drew 24 students. Another workshop will be given on Thursday, April 23, at 5:30 p.m.
Monday, April 20, 2009
Depending on the question, the LC Classification Outline can often be the better tool for locating known items or books on a subject. When a student asked for a copy of a novel by Albert Camus, I knew that his books would be in the Ps somewhere, grouped with other French fiction writers of the 20th century. If I had had the outline handy, I could have identified the call number range quickly (PQ2600-2651). As I learned after checking with Janey and Jin last Friday, you can't find this call number range in the LC Subject Headings books. They were able, though, to look up the range in the multivolume classification schedules that they have in their offices on the 5th floor.
I've saved a copy of the classification outline, which is a condensed version of the more formal classification schedules that catalogers use, in the IS Division folder (look for the folder therein labeled "LC Classification"). If the local network is down, too, as it was on Friday, you won't be able to access this folder, so I have also printed out the outline and will have it available at the reference desk in a three-ring binder.
Thursday, April 16, 2009
- The "Request for Paged Materials" form is available at the Reference Desk in the filing cabinet
- Fill in the title, author, call number from the catalog, and name of patron
- The patron gives this form to Circulation/Reserve
- Requests can take 24 hours to be filled; may not be immediate
Please note there are some digital copies of Honors Theses for years 1986-2001. They are on the library web site in the "Digital Collections" page (in the "Search & Find" section).
Wednesday, April 15, 2009
Tuesday, April 07, 2009
Have a good break.
Friday, April 03, 2009
- Should You Worry About Data Rot? - a NY Times article based on an interview with the curator of the computer history museum that discusses the potential short-life spans of digital media formats vs older analog formats.
- Retro Media: Memory (and Memories) Lost - an online exhibit hosted by the SUNY Buffalo Library that explores the history of media formats for audio media, photographs and images, audio-visual media, and computer data. Also discusses data migration as a preservation strategy.
Basically, if you think you're saving information for posterity by migrating it from analog to digital formats, think again. You have to continue to migrate data from media to media and file format to file format as these formats change, and you should hold on to your analog copies as they may have a longer shelf-life.
Speaking of obsolescence, Encarta, Microsoft's online and software-based encyclopedia, is biting the dust and will be gone by the end of this year.
Wednesday, April 01, 2009
So, in short, what does this mean?
From the media release: the Codification is expected to officially become the single source of authoritative nongovernmental U.S. generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP), superseding existing FASB, American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA), Emerging Issues Task Force (EITF), and related literature. After that date, only one level of authoritative GAAP will exist. All other literature will be considered non-authoritative.
"When the Codification goes live on July 1, 2009, U.S. GAAP will be completely reconfigured in a way that will vastly improve the ease of researching U.S. GAAP issues, superseding existing authoritative literature- including FASB's Original Pronouncements," states FASB Chairman Robert Herz. "Preparers and auditors of financial statements need to familiarize themselves with the changes so that they are ready for the switch."
The Codification reorganizes the thousands of U.S. GAAP pronouncements into roughly 90 accounting topics and displays all topics using a consistent structure. Also included is relevant Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) guidance that will follow the same topical structure in separate sections in the Codification.
To prepare constituents for the change, the FASB has provided
(1) online tutorials available on the Codification
(requires a free registration
(2) a Notice to Constituents that includes a significant amount of background (also at asc.fasb.org), and
(3) numerous presentations. In addition, the FASB has participated in various webcasts, including a webcast available in the FASB Webcast Series at www.fasb.org (also requires free registration).
The Codification does not change GAAP; instead, it introduces a new structure-one that is organized in an easily accessible, user-friendly online research system.
Troy, the student worker who wants to be an accountant, and I went through the brief tutorials this morning. His comment is one that I would agree with, the tutorials assume some knowledge of the existing accounting literature/language.
The CPA Journal has a published this helpful article:
A Guide to Using the Accounting Standards Codification by
Michael C Toerner. The CPA Journal. New York: Feb 2009. Vol. 79, Iss. 2; pg. 20, 6 pgs, available through ABI Inform Global. (Feb. 2009 articles are not available on the free CPA Journal archives at this moment.)
This is a big change that will require some basic understanding. Troy and I learned that everything about Income Tax is under 740, which is then subdivided into subcategories, much likely a cataloging system.
I would encourage you to view the four short tutorials.
The preface to this three volume work begins by saying “This is an exciting book.” I think so too. The essays (signed) cover the field of animal behavior from many disciplines including biology, anthropology, psychology and philosophy. There is an article on “art and animal behavior” and one on “animal abuse.” There are many articles on cognition covering not only cognitive theories but cognition in dogs, grey parrots, macaques and chimpanzees. All articles have short bibliographies, many are illustrated.
International Directory of Company Histories
The latest volume of this standard work announced that for the first time they are including coverage of companies in Brunei and Uzbekistan. Each volume has a geographic index and a quick look shows the growing global coverage, for example, there are over 25 Russian companies and ten companies from Thailand listed.
Statistical Abstract of the United States
Reference Desk and REF HA202 .A4 2009
The new edition of the Statistical Abstract is out and the list of “New Tables” added this year is here.
TV Dimensions 2009 (REF HE8700.8 .T917 2009)
This title is all about television and advertising with data on viewer demographics, revenues, reach, and viewer engagement. This year new data has been added on product placement and ROI. Short essays introducing most tables, explain the significance of the data and report on trends.
United Nations. Demographic Yearbook (REF HA17 .D45 2006)
Since the mid-nineties this yearbook has focused exclusively on population, mortality and natality statistics. Special population characteristics of language, religion, ethnic group and education (formerly only available on CD-Rom) are now on available at the UN’s Demographic Yearbook Special Census Topics web site.
The student also wanted to know if the SEC documents are part of GAAP. As this is part of understanding Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP), she was directed to check the FASBs standard, FAS 162 of the hierarchy of Generally Accepted Accounting Principles, a reference and link to which was provided in a handout. FAS 162 may also be found on RIA Checkpoint and CCH Accounting Research Manager. (Searching FAS 162 for SEC, Securities and Exchange Commission or regulatory agencies will provide the answer.)
Tuesday, March 31, 2009
MarketResearch.com has a report entitled: Green Living - US by Mintel International Group Ltd. This comprehensive report covers 8 sectors of this market, trends, future, and demographics.
Warning: I searched for "green" when the student was at the desk, and this report didn't come up in the results. I only discovered it by seeing it mentioned in another reference. (!)
The primary source for this data seems to be LOHAS (Lifestyles of Health and Sustainability) http://www.lohas.com/about.html.
From the web site:
"The LOHAS movement focuses on educating and providing resources for businesses and individuals on the market of healthy and sustainable lifestyles. Many businesses don’t know how to market to the LOHAS consumer nor to consumers know which companies are authentic in their branding as it relates to LOHAS values. LOHAS serves as the central hub for education, business resources, updated news, and annual business to business gathering of those fostering the LOHAS movement. The LOHAS shares information and innovative business practices that further promotes the LOHAS lifestyle beneficial to the future of our planet."
LOHAS breaks down the green consumer into market segments (see the "about" page link above) and give the size of each segment in US dollars. The data is from 2005. LOHAS also has a weekly newsletter that tracks the business and consumer trends in the green marketplace. Other sources are listed on the "about" page.
We also found a source on the Web at Green America's Green Business Network for consumer market research in their "Guide to the Green Marketplace" http://coopamerica.org/cabn/resources/greenmarketplace/marketresearch.cfm/ The page lists reports that are available for sale from various organizations. They're quite costly, although some site references to data in press releases and data available for free from previous years.
eMarketer report from 6/23/08: Green Consumer Demographics http://www.tvb.org/pdf/rcentral/Green_Consumer.pdf
Business Green.com 1/25/2008: Are you targeting the correct green consumers? http://www.businessgreen.com/business-green/analysis/2208073/spot-green-consumer
Friday, March 27, 2009
It's worth checking out, if nothing else for the "pop" interface!
Please email me your comments on this resource and its potential usefulness to our curriculum.
Wednesday, March 25, 2009
It’s an interesting perspective given it comes from the minds of consultants and not from the library community.
See "The Library Rebooted" in Strategy + Business, Spring 2009.
Please let me know if you experience any other problems.
Tuesday, March 24, 2009
If you are attending and have time, you may want to read this article by Britz that is available online:
Britz, Johannes J. "Making the Global Information Society Good: A Social Justice Perspective on the Ethical Dimensions of the Global Information Society." Journal of the American Society for Information Science and Technology 59.7 (2008) 1171-1183. link
Friday, March 20, 2009
Last night on the reference desk two students asked essentially the same set of questions related to a psychology 4000 level class midterm. Moreover they seemed unsure how to phrase their question or understand exactly what they needed. After some discussion I realized that they need information related to the "scientific method."
While the assignment did not use the broader rubric of the "scientific method" the students were trying to answer questions related to components of this research thought process such as hypothesis, theory, testing and etc. Among other questions they were expected to compare the validity of theories in psychology. The students did not understand the issues ranging from basics such as meaning of words to the more complex conceptual questions of determining the validity of a theory in psychology or the application of the "scientific method" across an array of the sciences.
Consequently to undertake this assigment I suggested a surprisingly wide range of readily used research tools. Begin with such elementary reference works as a dictionary, paper or Oxford Referrence Online, to understand word meanings e. g. hypothesis, theory, scientific method etc. Quickly move on to an encyclopedia searching for meanings and concepts of these same words. With an understanding of this go to one of the databases in psychology to find (a) full text article(s) to compare "theory." With the collection and understanding of these parts, then see which theory is best bolstered by evidence to compare the validity as required.
For those who have much more time CUNY+ has as many as 100 books on the scientific method. These books will provide yet more background.
I hope that this is helpful.
Wednesday, March 18, 2009
The card dispenser is down. A student tried to get his dollar bill back from the dispenser and only half of the bill came out. Unfortunately I could not get the rest of the bill out, so I had to take the dispenser out of service. Felix, the Continental supervisor has been called and he will come in tonight at about 6:00pm or so. In the mean time I have placed a note on the dispenser telling students that the can go to run 420 if they need a card. The note also lets them know that they can add money to a copy card on machine number one. When I leave today I will leave a few cards at the Reference desk and the Service counter on the 3rd floor. Sorry for any inconvenience this may cause. Also both machine #4 and the microfiche/microfilm machines will be serviced today. Again if you have any problems please let me know.
Please access any such titles directly from the Gale Virtual Reference from the Databases page.
Saad and I have been working with the Central Office and Gale to try to get it resolved and will keep you updated.
You can already see links to the registration form on our website in the “Featured in the Library” space and the rotating banner at the top of the page. Watch for a press release next week. Marketing materials will be sent to all departmental liaisons to share with their faculty.
Stephen Francoeur will continue to coordinate the program. Thank you to the committee who worked on the design of the new program: Lisa Ellis, Linda Rath, Joe Hartnett and Stephen Francoeur.
Friday, March 13, 2009
I would like to encourage use of this form of “reference hybridization”(as defined in a submitted scholarly article I wrote), as it may be appropriate and allow for a quicker response time to a reference transaction initially begun in e-mail mode.
Please note that if you elect to respond to an e-mail query by phone, please be sure to follow the simple steps to “close” the question noted in the E-Mail Reference Policy Manual at \\Numan\Shared\Divisions\IS\E-Mail Reference .
In addition to a brief note about how the question was handled, it would be helpful to know what time you phoned the user to see if this in fact leads to a more timely response. Overall, this information will help us keep track of how e-mail questions were handled for statistical purposes.
Please let me know if you have any questions.
Wednesday, March 11, 2009
The relationship between return and market value of common stocks
Journal of Financial Economics, Volume 9, Issue 1, March 1981, Pages 3-18
Rolf W. Banz
The student needs to research on expatriate expenditure, and it is the senario. "I am a Human Resource manager who needs to send a senior executive to Mexico as an expat. I need to know the salary, living expenses, and other compensation I need to provide (numbers or approximate amounts)."
I've tried a few databases, web sites, and references and found articles that discuss strategic planning about expatriate compensation, but not the compensation statistics or the amount of expenditure. Would any corporation reports may show the expatriate expenditure? Please let me know if you may recommend any sources for the question.
The student thought that "reserved" meant that there was a charge to access the information. Not in this case.."reserved" means "something saved for future use." Currently, there is no material in Section 400.
She was asking about Section 400 in relation to an audit failure case of 20 some years ago. The online code is only the current version of the code. There may have been a section 400 at one time, or the responsibilities to colleagues might be covered elsewhere. Searching CUNY+ for prior editions of the code, or journal articles in publications such as the Journal of Accountancy, the official journal of the AICPA, and the CPA Journal, the New York chapter's publication, might provide information on responsibilities to colleagues.
Tuesday, March 10, 2009
Monday, March 09, 2009
I tried the literature databases without much success using fishhawk. When I tried wikipedia, I learned that there is an article Guan ju, that the title of the poem comes from the first line Guan Guan ju jiu, "which evokes a scene of ospreys calling on a river islet. Fundamentally the poem is about finding a good and fair maiden as a match for the young noble." This article has a number of references, of which I checked CUNY+ and we have several of the books:
Chinese approaches to literature from Confucius to Liang chʻi-chao /
Baruch - Stacks - PL2272.5 .C5327
The Columbia history of Chinese literature /
Baruch - Stacks - PL 2265 .C65 2001
Anthology of Chinese literature : from early times to the fourteenth century /
Baruch - Stacks - PL2658 .E1 B522 1967
I hope that this is helpful.
The review materials are cataloged as serial records. Listed below are the materials that we own and students can use. These materials are kept in reserve. (Some vendors, such as Becker, Gleim and other offer review courses, which are not available through the library.)
Series: Wiley CPA exam review 2009--this has four separate title entries for each individual review guide.
Auditing and Attestation HF 5661.C675 2009 2nd floor Reserves
Business Environment & Concepts HF 5661.c7230 2nd floor Reserves
Financial Accounting & Reporting HF 5661.C669 2009 2nd floor Reserves
Regulation HF 5661.C670 2009 Reserves
Wiley CPA exam review Fast Track--one volume, has materials on all four sections of the exam, but not as detailed as the individual volumes.
HF 5661 W 49 2008 2nd Floor Reserves
Wiley CPA exam How to master simulations HF 5661 W49 2008 2nd floor Reserves
For some parts of the exam, students need to identify sections of the Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP) (available electronically) to answer some questions. This book helps students prepare for these questions.
Wiley CPA exam review focus notes--also available in four separate titles. These are similar to detailed flash cards that are bound together in a spiral bound book.
Accounting and Attestation HF 5661 .A54 2008 2nd floor Reserves
Business Environment and Concepts HF5661 .A56 2008 2nd floor Reserves
Financial accounting and reporting HF 5661.A57 2008 2nd floor Reserves
Regulation HF5661 .A58 2008 2nd floor REserves
2 copies of Computer file available from Wiley:
Whittington, Ray, 1948-:
Wiley CPA exam review practice software 13.0[electronic resource] : complete set /
New York : John Wiley & Sons, Inc., .
1 CD-ROMs ; 4 3/4 in.
Baruch Media - Reserve 2nd Floor - Computer file 240
The two copies of this software are available for one day loan. (The newest edition, available this month, is be ordered.) This "complete set" includes provides hundreds of multiple choice questions and solutions and includes AICPA simulation questions. In addition, guidelines, explanations, tips, and diagnostic feedback covering the CPA examination are included.
Another publisher of print materials: Bisk
Bisk also offers a series of four separate titles to help prepare for the exam
title is listed in CUNY+ as CPA review.Auditing & attestation.
Tampa, FL : Bisk Publishing, c2003-, but the other volumes have slightly differences with the titles and publishers, based on prior years.
Auditing and Attestation HF 5661.C6722 2008/2009 Reserves 2nd floor
Business Environment & Concepts - HF 5661 .C6772 2008/2009 Reserves 2nd floor
Financial accounting and reportsin- HF 5661 .C7245 2008/2009 Reserves 2nd floor
Regulation HF 5661 .C6735 2008/2009 Reserves 2nd floor
Please let me know if you have any questions. Rita
Past issues of these serials are also available and in reserves.
Sunday, March 08, 2009
1. Ebrary - Unauthorized Access screen appears whether accessing through CUNY+ or through the databases page
2. Value Line - When you click on 'connect'you get a page asking you to check whether you agree or not with the terms and conditions. If you click on 'yes' it asks for a user name and password. If you click on 'no' you can get to the home page. However, you can't get to the Value Line Survey Page for companies. When you enter a ticker symbol, it takes you to a summary, but when you click on the PDF link, it asks you for a log in again.
3. MarketResearch.com - is asking for a user name and password
4. Standard and Poor's Net Advantage - takes you to an error page when attempting to connect
5. Philosopher's Index - the link for this database in the browse databases list takes you to the Ebscohost list of databases. Philosopher's Index however, isn't on the list.
Saturday, March 07, 2009
When trying to access Thomson Research and Standard & Poor's Net Advantage at the ref desk this afternoon, log in information was asked for NetAdvantage and Thomson Research. However, access, without log in information, was possible on my office computer. He has provided me screen shots of the error message from S&P and unrecognized login from NetAdvantage.
Friday, March 06, 2009
- Missing one unabridged dictionary (Webster's Third New International Dictionary, unabridged)
- Missing two abridged dictionaries (Merriam-Webster's Collegiate Dictionary, eleventh edition)
- Missing three abridged dictionaries (Merriam-Webster's Collegiate Dictionary, eleventh edition)
Thursday, March 05, 2009
Tuesday, March 03, 2009
Claims to be the first ever data book for New York City. Includes coverage of population, housing, public health, crime, business, arts, sports, politics, transportation, education, environment, religion and social services. Many historical tables but also rankings (of largest foundations and law firms, for example) and lists (public housing developments and principle bridges).
AICPA. Audit Risk Alert series
These reports provide an overview of industry developments for auditors and cover recent economic, regulatory and professional (auditing and accounting) developments. Students looking at risk factors in an industry would find these useful as they cover things like audit risks arising from current economic conditions; recent legislative and regulatory developments; industry trends and developments. Industries covered in 2008 include the Health Care Industry (REF HF5667 .A786) and Depository and Lending Institution Industry (REF HG1707.5 .D468)
American Generations: Who They Are and How They Live (REF HC110 .C6M545 2005)
This is one title in a series from New Strategist that profiles the generations in data and charts based in large part on Census statistics. Data covers ten areas including education, health, living arrangements, labor force participation, income, housing, population, spending, time use and wealth. The American Generations Series includes: The Millennials: Americans Born 1977 to 1994; Generation X: American Born 1965 to 1976; The Baby Boom: American Born 1946 to 1964; and Older American: A Changing Market.
Census Atlas of the United States (REF G1201 .E2U5 2007)
“The first comprehensive atlas produced by the Census Bureau since the early twentieth century.” Full color maps from the Census 2000 and earlier censuses are presented in topical chapters grouped into three themes: who we are, where we come from and what we do. Chapter 7 on Migration visualizes net flows of population. Chapter 8 on Language includes maps of New York and other large cities.
Housing NYC: Rents, Markets, and Trends 2008 (REF HD7288.85 .U62N7 2008)
A collection of reports from the New York City Rent Guidelines Board that includes their Housing Supply Report, Mortgage Survey, Income and Expense Study, Income and Affordability Study, and a Price Index of Operating Costs. This is an invaluable collection of data for anyone studying the rental real estate market in NYC.
Securities Law Handbook (REF KF1439 .B544 2008/09)
Annual update of new rules and regulations from the SEC as well as results of significant securities litigation during 2008.
Monday, March 02, 2009
The problem is that this data is from the 2000 Census and is fairly old. The Census Bureau does provide recent data through the American Community Survey (ACS), but the data is limited to large geographic areas. However, the ACS has begun to release three year averaged estimates for areas called PUMAs, which are aggregations of census tracts. And the NYC Dept of Planning has done it again - they've created a whole series of profiles for each community district within the city based on PUMAs.
The 2005-07 ACS PUMA data are currently the most recent census figures at the smallest geographic level possible within the city, and are the closest thing we have to neighborhood data.
The profiles are available in pdf format on the NYC Dept of Planning's ACS page, and are listed under the Community Districts column. The data includes demographic, social, economic, and housing profiles. Each pdf file contains profiles for every single community district, sorted by borough and community district number. This isn't exactly ideal, as you have to do a lot of scrolling to find the district you want. Just above the table is a link to a busy map of PUMAs and Community Districts (the two areas don't line up exactly). Use the map to identify the part of the city you're interested in, note what the community district number is, and then open up a report and page through by borough and district number. This may not seem ideal, but is a million times easier than trying to build your own neighborhood geography and profiles using the American Factfinder.
Next year, the Census will update the averages by dropping the oldest year and adding the newest one (so we'll have 2006-2008 estimates). The estimates are three-year averages rather than annual numbers due to the small sample size. The estimates have a confidence level of 90% and each number has a margin of error associated with it. NYC Planning provides an overview (in pdf at the top of the profile page) of what the ACS is and they explain how and why they use it to create the profiles.
Sunday, March 01, 2009
Go to http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=101268021 to read the details.
Friday, February 27, 2009
Stephen.firstname.lastname@example.org has invited you to join their wiki, newmanlibraryPlease save this very important email. As of this morning, you will now have to login to the reference wiki in a new way. The URL for the wiki remain the same but the login procedures will change. You will now be able to login using your email address and a password of your own choosing (the shared password we had long been using will no longer work).
To get started, follow these steps:
- Go to the email you received from pbwiki.com
- Click the “log in here” link in the body of that email
- You’ll be taken to a special page in pbwiki.com where you will type in your email address and create a personalized password.
If you have any problems, please let me know.
Wednesday, February 25, 2009
I'd like to share Jerry Bornstein's quick summary of the two mini-workshops he did at the reference desk yesterday:
The IS Division is continuing to experiment with mini-workshops, which present in abbreviated format the curriculum normally included in our full-length, 75-minute workshops. Minis usually run 12-15 minutes. Tuesday, Feb. 24, we presented two sessions titled, "The Heck with Google: Find Information on the Web without a Search Engine." With regard to learning goals for the session, it was planned that after attending this session, students would be able to:
Twenty students attended the 12:45 session; 8 attended at 1:15.
- Formulate effective search statements in search engines using:
- Boolean operators (AND in google by default)
- Phrase searching (use of quotes around phrases)
- Field searching (intitle)
- Directly access most likely information producer sites without using a search engine
Monday, February 23, 2009
In the next few days, I'll change the settings so that we'll be using the new login system. As soon as I do, I'll notify everyone again here via the blog. If you have questions or problems, let me know.
Thursday, February 19, 2009
LACUNY is calling for applicants for the Library School Scholarship. One Scholarship grant of $500.00 and one year LACUNY Membership will be awarded annually to one student registered in an accredited MLS Program, currently doing a part-time job or internship in a CUNY Library. Proposals will consist of three parts: personal data, essay, and transcripts. Essays will be reviewed by the Scholarship Panel (four members) appointed by LACUNY’s Executive Council.
Proposal Deadline: March 15, 2009
Award Announced: June Membership Meeting
The three-part proposal consists of the following:
Page 1: Cover Letter with the following information:
Name – Home address – Telephone number – E-mail address
CUNY College Work/ Internship - Address and phone number – Title – Years at CUNY
Library School – Number of credits completed in MLS program
Page 2: Essay
One-page essay on how the applicant’s present position and their MLS will give them a unique perspective on their chosen profession.
Page 3: Transcripts
Copy of most recent accredited library school transcript
Proposals must be e-mailed or postmarked no later than March 15, 2009 and addressed to ONE of the Co-Chairs of the Scholarship Committee:
Maria Isabel Fernandes
Faculty Outreach Librarian
Kurt R. Schmeller Library
Queensborough Community College
222-05 56th Avenue
Bayside, N.Y. 11364-1497
Hunter College Libraries
695 Park Avenue
New York, NY 10065
Tuesday, February 17, 2009
Wednesday, February 11, 2009
The Conference Board in January published a 7 page report, A Crisis of Confidence, that examines data from their Coincident Economic Index (CEI), a measure of business cycles, to ask “Are we in a recession or a depression?” This report can be downloaded from the Conference Board Research Database.
The Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis has A Great Depression web site for educators. What’s especially interesting in the guide is their links to Historical Documents that include the annual reports of the Federal Home Loan Bank Board between 1933 and 1951 whose job it was to “facilitate refinancing of homes to stem the tide of mortgage foreclosures, to make mortgage loans more affordable, and to provide supervisory and regulatory oversight for thrift institutions.”
Tuesday, February 10, 2009
I am contacting Mike W. about this.
Until then, students can email the case to themselves.
UPDATE: This problem is related to Pop-ups. When you first connect to Westlaw, you need to allow pop-ups. In IE, you need to choose "Always allow pop-ups" to print. In Firefox, you actually need to edit the pop-up window. You need to add/type in "print.westlaw.com." The instructions are on the connection page. However, are students allow to do this on the student computers?
Monday, February 09, 2009
- This is most helpful when demonstrating a library database during course sessions to a large classroom or for those with visual impairments.
- You can change options for only the text to enlarge/decrease, in case you don't want images to increase & decrease. (Choose View, Zoom, and then Zoom Text Only)
Sunday, February 08, 2009
MIT Sloan Teaching Innovation Resources offers free case studies, industry, business and country overviews
Saturday, February 07, 2009
Here's what the student reported in chat and on the phone when asked about where the problem was cropping up:
- she connected via the Databases page and successfully passed through our remote access authentication screen asking for a Baruch username and password
- when Westlaw Campus loads, she is prompted in the database itself to type in a Westlaw client ID and password (which she, of course, is not able to successfully get past)
- other databases do work for her at the moment; it's only Westlaw giving her trouble
Thursday, February 05, 2009
Wednesday, February 04, 2009
The student told me that he purchased the ebook from ichapters. I checked and the hard copy price is $149.99 from the publisher, which offers an ebook version for $88.49, which ichapters does also.
With a $60 price difference, I imagine that in the future more students will have ebooks as their textbooks. Perhaps the ability to print might vary with the restrictions for each ebook. Perhaps this is an issue that might be considered from both technical and student use aspects, as well as the cost of the textbooks.
Tuesday, February 03, 2009
Here's an example from their FAQ:
With Chegg there are no monthly subscription fees or hidden charges. Each textbook has a specific rental fee, which is dependent on the ISBN. Shipping fees are dependent on the shipment method chosen. The average rental price on Chegg is 60% lower than the list price!
Biology (7th Edition) is listed at $158.67. Rent it on Chegg for $71.40 - 56% savings!
Calculus (5th Edition) is listed at $180.95. Rent it on Chegg for $62.09 - 66% savings!
Monday, February 02, 2009
A replica of Henry Hudson's ship the Half Moon, and information about the New Netherland Museum is available at http://www.newnetherland.org/. (I volunteered to led tours on the Half Moon once last year and it is a very interesting ship to visit. It sometimes docks in New York City.)
Saturday, January 31, 2009
Friday, January 30, 2009
Thursday, January 29, 2009
The Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act extends employees’ opportunity to challenge allegedly discriminatory pay practices under Title VII and other anti-discrimination statutes.
What's important about this Act?
Under the new Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act, each allegedly discriminatory paycheck triggers a new 180- or 300-day statute of limitations, thus extending employees’ opportunity to sue to the entire duration of their employment.
It basically reverses the result of a 2007 U.S. Supreme Court decision involving Ms. Ledbetter. The decision stated that employees were required to file an EEOC charge within 180 or 300 days (depending on the state) of the first time an allegedly discriminatory pay decision was made.
(Ms. Ledbetter, a 20-year employee of Goodyear Tire Co. for 20 years, had sued her employer in 1998 after she discovered she was paid less than her male counterparts for similar work. She had not learned of the possible discrimination over the years years because Goodyear employees were not allowed to discuss their salaries.
Although a jury awarded Ms. Ledbetter more than $3 million in damages, the Supreme Court overruled that decision because it said she waited too long to file her case.)
I found this information on the White House site, in news articles in Factiva, and was alerted to it through a listserv.
Wednesday, January 28, 2009
Please keep in mind just because a student can log into the computers, does not mean they can print.
If the student has not paid their bill; or just paid their bill; or is not taking classes at Baruch this semester they will not be able to print. If they just paid their bill they can come to help desk and we can activate their account after verifying that they paid their bill. 75% of the calls/walk ins to the helpdesk have been that they forgot
their password and the rest of the calls have been they did not pay their bill or just paid their bill and they were not taking classes this semester.
The other issue if they have forgotten their password they will receive the message log in failed and they will need to come to the help desk to have their password reset.
The other item we have observed if the file is extremely large it will take some time to print. We have the same issue upstairs here with students as well and is not a
unique issue to the second floor.
Tuesday, January 27, 2009
The Baruch Geoserver is listed on the library's databases page, and can also be accessed on campus at http://gserv. The site also has an RSS feed that users can subscribe to for news and updates. The feed is available from on or off campus.
Most of the information on the geoserver supercedes the content of the Geography / GIS subject guide. The subject guide will be pared down significantly and there will be a link from the guide to the geoserver.
Please pass the news along to anyone who may be interested. I have already contacted about twelve faculty members who use GIS or demographic datasets to let them know that this resource is available. Feel free to contact me or post to the blog if you have any questions.
Monday, January 26, 2009
Please post any comments you may have.
The Methods and Materials of Demography, 2nd ed. Siegel and Swanson. Ref HB 849.4 .M484 2004
Handbook of Population, Poston and Micklin. Ref HB 871 .H3447 2006
Both books are available in the reference section, 2nd floor.
Friday, January 23, 2009
What would be good to do?
Unfortunately, my pen went dry when I was talking with the person and I don't know whom she was. (I did call John Choonoo and let him know.) So, in case the person calls back, this is the information.
Thursday, January 22, 2009
I read this today in the 12 February 2009 New York Review of Books in an article by Roger Darnton called "Google and the Future of Books":
"One of my colleagues is a quiet, diminutive lady, who might call up the notion of Marion the Librarian. When she meets people at parties and identifies herself, they sometimes say condescendingly, 'A librarian, how nice. Tell me, what is it like to be a librarian?' She replies, 'Essentially, it is all about money and power.'"
The article is not yet available online..my friend must read the print version.
Wednesday, January 21, 2009
- Monday: 2 pm - 4 pm
- Tuesday: 12 pm - 2 pm and 2 pm - 4 pm
- Wednesday: 2 pm - 4 pm
- Thursday: 2 pm - 4 pm
This morning, as I was replenishing the new student printer paper supplies, I noticed that both machine #2 and #3 drawers (both drawer no. 3) cannot be locked. You can easily open them.
I placed a Systems Helpdesk request, job #3201.
Saturday, January 17, 2009
In Room 309 and the second floor student printer room there are no envelopes for students to request refunds for losses. Could we please get some?
A Baruch student reported that she was able to print without problem some word documents using the student printers in the library, but when she sent some jpeg files to the printer, she received the notice that they were sent to printer HPLG 950. Paul and I were unable to locate where this printer is located. Is there a printer with this number, or was this an error. (The student said that the jpeg files had personal information about she and her family, including Social Security numbers. I told her that if the printouts are located, they will be destroyed.)
I will alert Annette about the copycard problems and the need for envelopes and I will ask Saad about the printer problem.
Friday, January 16, 2009
Would anyone else want to participate in this kind of a reference/acquisitions feedback loop for their subject areas?
Thursday, January 15, 2009
One moment in the interview provides an example of what information is required to be reported by a public company and what isn't. Rose asked Scott how many stores Wal-Mart had in China and he replied, "about 200." Rose then asked, "And they generate how much revenue?, to which Scott quickly replied, "I don't believe we report that....but good try."