Psychology Fair and Library Resources

May 10, 2010

The topics and student presentations at today’s Psychology Fair promise to stimulate interest and prompt questions about psychology, abnormal psychology, personality, and the myriad of other things that create the human condition. Along with experiencing the “living library” by visiting the student kiosks, experience the campus concrete and mortar library, Library databases, and the online Psychology LibGuide to learn more about

• Histrionic Personality Disorder
• Personality Testing
• Tourette’s Syndrome
• Alcoholism
• The Psychopath
• Eating Disorders
• Female Sexual Arousal Disorder
• Narcissistic Personality Disorder
• Obsessive Compulsive Disorder
• Cannabis Induced Disorders
• Male Erectile Dysfunction
• Multiple Personality Disorder
• Bi-Polar Disorder

The Librarians are skilled at locating information and resources to help you in your research. If you cannot come into the Library, access is available via a phone call (305-892-7043) or the Ask A Librarian instant messaging service located on the Library blog and LibGuide pages.


Gulf Oil Spill –Impact on Tourism

May 5, 2010

In addition to being an environmental disaster, the oil spill in the Gulf is affecting travel and tourism  in and around our coastal areas.  Potential visitors are beginning to reconsider travel to the threatened areas in anticipation of beaches being impacted. Today’s Miami Herald article Florida Tourism in Fear Over Gulf Oil Spill likens this response as similar to a hurricane threat. Florida state tourism officials face  difficult decisions in how to address this issue particularly in regards to how to disseminate information to the public (and potential visitors).

I thought that the author poses an interesting question:

“As tourists mulled their summer plans, Florida’s tourism officials debated the best way to influence those decisions. The fight mirrored familiar tension that builds whenever a hurricane looms: how much information about a potential catastrophe is too much information?”

What do you think?

Read more: http://www.miamiherald.com/2010/05/05/1613588_p2/fla-tourism-industry-awash-in.html#ixzz0n4MfOLLb

Particularly for our hospitality students — below is a suggested list of resources where you can find more about management strategies used for issues affecting tourism and travel:

Books :

Restoring tourism destinations in crisis : a strategic marketing approach / David Beirman G155.A1 B385 2003

Safety and security in tourism : relationships, management, and marketing / C. Michael Hall G155.A1 S25 2003

Databases :

ABC-CLIO eBook Collection

GreenFILE

Hospitality & Tourism Complete from EBSCO

Hospitality, Tourism and Leisure Collection from Gale


Miami Herald’s 20 leaders under 40

April 30, 2010

Successful young locals…check them out:

http://www.miamiherald.com/2010/04/25/1595451/20-under-40.html

http://www.miamiherald.com/2010/04/25/1595452/20-successful-professionals-under.html


Recommended Reading: The Ring in the Rubble

April 27, 2010

Unexpected change can happen at any time. Gary Bradt, author of The Ring in the Rubble, uses the metaphor of change, the kind that leaves one’s life turned upside down and in a pile of rubble, to be the time of significant personal growth and renewal.

The image of digging through a pile of rubble is used to describe the process that one goes through in order to find the opportunities that are part of any crisis. The choice comes down to staying stuck in negative emotion and attitude, or working through the pain, fear, and uncertainty to find the “golden ring of opportunity” that is hidden in each unique situation.

The author begins each chapter by sharing with the reader how he lived through a serious family crisis and thereby learned the method he shares in the book of how to persevere and find the opportunity in change. Each chapter ends with five questions that assist the reader with applying the concept discussed in the chapter and encourages the reader to dig deeper in order to grow and benefit from the process.


Librarian’s Pick: Environmental Crime: A Sourcebook

April 5, 2010

The purpose of the book Environmental Crime: A Sourcebook by Ronald G. Burns and Michael J. Lynch is to focus on the need for those who study crime and justice to use environmental data more. The point is made that environmental crimes not only cause damage to nature, though that in itself is significant. Estimates suggest that ten times more people die from the results of environmental crimes than die from homicide. The estimated number of victims who suffer debilitating diseases and injuries due to exposure to toxins is in the hundreds of thousands, perhaps reaching a million. The authors state that these “deaths, injuries, and illnesses are more common, and have a greater impact on the average person than ordinary crime.”

The strength of this book is that it is not only for criminal science students. The environment affects all of us. Reading just a chapter or two will raise your consciousness about why this topic is important to you.


S.W.O.T. Analysis

March 25, 2010

Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities, Threats

Business majors often need these reports for their assignments, but they have other uses as well.  Whether you are looking for a solid bank, planning to invest, or have an upcoming interview, you can quickly find a lot useful information about a company if there is a S.W.O.T. analysis available.

We now have two databases with these reports:

Business & Company Resource Center (All Campuses)
on campus  |  off campus
 

TIP: Enter the name of your company as a company search. Select the best match after looking at the company location (headquarters) and revenue. After clicking on your company, look for a DOWNLOAD S.W.O.T. link above the company name.

Business Source Complete (All Campuses)
on campus  |  off campus

TIP:  Click on SWOT Analyses in the sidebar on the right. In the Browse for box, enter the name of your company. Click on the name of the company in the results (if there is one—there are SWOT reports for a lot of companies, but not every company has one). Under the All Issues column, choose the most recent report.


2010 Census

March 15, 2010

The 2010 Census forms are currently being mailed. If you do not receive a Census form, the advice from Dr. Robert M. Groves, U.S. Census Bureau Director, is to be patient. If you have not received your form by April 12th, you may contact a help-line at the Bureau by calling one of the following toll free phone numbers:
• English: 1-866-872-6868
• Chinese: 1-866-935-2010
• Korean: 1-866-955-2010
• Russian: 1-866-965-2010
• Spanish: 1-866-928-2010
• Vietnamese: 1-866-945-2010
• TDD (Telephone Display Device for the hearing impaired): 1-866-783-2010
• Puerto Rico (in English): 1-866-939-2010
• Puerto Rico (in Spanish): 1-866-929-2010
The Bureau will post locations of Questionnaire Assistance or Be Counted centers on 2010Census.gov on March 18th. You can complete a Be Counted questionnaire at one of these centers, if you have not received your form, beginning March 19 through April 19.  Households  that do not return a form will be visited by a Census worker during the months of May through July.


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