The Library Is Coming To You!

March 23, 2009

Too busy to stop at the library? Need some assistance finding information for your next paper?

A librarian will be located in The Mix Tuesday, March 24 and Thursday, March 26th @ 12:00pm-12:30pm for research help and questions.

Stop by and ask a question!

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Popular Reading: Wishful Drinking

March 22, 2009

Anyone who is a Star Wars fan will want to read Wishful Drinking by Carrie Fisher. It is shelved in the Library’s popular fiction/non-fiction bookcase. Her recollections of working with George Lucas and portraying Princess Leia are hilarious. Carrie Fisher has a comedic way with words that conveys her unique life path complete with its dramatic ups and painful downs. Along with a commendable acting and writing career, Carrie Fisher has the pedigree of a Hollywood elitist. Her mother is Debbie Reynolds; her father is Eddie Fisher. When they divorced, Eddie married Elizabeth Taylor. When they divorced, Eddie married Connie Stevens. Carrie was briefly married to singer-songwriter and musician, Paul Simon. There are many other famous Hollywood names included in the mix of Carrie’s life. Nevertheless, or perhaps because of, she has had to face the challenges of addiction, bipolar illness, and treatment. Her “author’s note” at the end of the book expresses her thoughts on the stigma often attached to mental illness. She offers understanding and encouragement to those struggling with bipolar disorder. At 163 pages, Wishful Drinking is entertaining and insightful, and a worth while quick read.

Carrie Fisher has a lengthy filmography. For a complete list of her career events, go to:  http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0000402/


Doing Business 2009 – Comparing Regulation in 181 Economies

March 20, 2009

One recent addition to our collection is Doing Business 2009 [HD3612 .D65 2008].  In the book you’ll find chapters on these international business topics:

Starting a business
Dealing with construction permits
Employing workers
Registering property
Getting credit
Protecting investors
Paying taxes
Trading across borders
Enforcing contracts
Closing a business

Doing Business is published by the World Bank, and it is also available online at:  www.doingbusiness.org

The site offers the book online in full text, and there are other resources available there as well.  Here are some of the topics as listed on site:

Rankings – international economies are ranked on their ease of doing business.

Subnational Projects – reports on differences in business regulations and their enforcement across locations in a single country or region.

Gender Law Library – a collection of national legal provisions impacting women’s economic status in 181 economies.

Reformers – information on countries that have introduced some sort of reform, such as simplified business regulations, strengthened property rights, eased tax burdens, increased access to credit and reduced the cost of exporting and importing.

Law Library – an extensive online collection of business laws and regulations.

Downloads – links to previous Doing Business Reports and other materials.


Taste 2009: Q&A

March 5, 2009

Last week’s Miami New Times (Feb 26 – Mar 4) included an insert (Taste 2009) that featured interviews with six local chefs:

Jonathan Eismann – chef/owner of Pacific Time
Cindy Hutson – Ortanique on the Mile
Clay Conley – Azul
Michael Schwartz – Michael’s Genuine Food & Drink
Allen Susser – Chef Allen’s
Kris Wessel – Red Light

If you missed the opportunity to grab your own copy of Taste 2009, you can download it using the link below (please note that the document is 32mb — 28pgs, so it may take a while to load for you):

http://digitalissue.miaminewtimes.com/publication/xml/3263/13185/13185.pdf


Recovery.gov

March 3, 2009

Recovery.gov (http://www.recovery.gov/) is the government web site that promises to provide transparency and accountability as we proceed on the path mapped out by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009. As funds are distributed by Federal agencies such as Education, Health and Human Services, Energy, etc., searchable information will be added to the site. Maps, charts, and graphics will also be included. The Q&A section explains that you will be able to submit your comments, thoughts, ideas, questions, and any responses you have to what you find. In the meantime, you can sign up to receive updates by entering your email and zip code on the home page of Recovery.gov.