Giving Back (book review)

May 28, 2009

Giving back : connecting you, business, and community / Bert Berkley, Peter Economy
HN65 .B46 2008

This quick read is a useful resource for those in the business community who want make a difference in their immediate local communities.  There is a recurring theme in this work that showcases successful business leaders who create organizations to help their communities directly, rather than relying on government or outsiders to do it.  In the forward, Harvey Mackay describes the book as a tool for individuals to use as an “easy-to-follow blueprint for making a real difference in the world around them.”

Included in the book are descriptions some outstanding socially-responsible programs created by leaders of these well known companies:

Stonyfield Farm
The book also features excellent narratives of the early beginnings of these successful organizations:

Horizons for Homeless Children
SPORTS for San Diego

The leaders of each of these organizations are interviewed at the end of each chapter.  Thoughtful advice is given in chapter 10 for CEOs interested in starting a new organization.  For the rest of us (non-CEOs), in chapter 9, there are descriptions of organizations that enable individuals to give back to their communities.

The book is fully indexed and chapter headings are clearly laid out in the top margin of each page.  Additionally, there is a useful appendix with 14 web resources for researching, connecting, networking, and interacting with charitable organizations.  Phone numbers, fax numbers, and snail mail addresses are given for these resources as well.  Come in and check it out.


Employment Articles in Business Source Complete

May 14, 2009

Looking for a job?  Did you know that you can use the library databases to find articles that offer guidance in your job search?

Here are three recent articles that can be accessed though the Business Source Complete database:

Title:  How to Land a Job in an Economic Downturn
Author: Thompson, Kimberly
Source:  Phi Kappa Phi Forum; Spring2009, Vol. 89 Issue 1, p26-27, 2p

Title:  Writing a Recession-Proof Resume
Author:  Hosking, Rob
Source:  Office Pro; Apr2009, Vol. 69 Issue 3, p5-5

Title:  The Interview That’ll Bag a Job
Author:  Needleman, Sarah, E.
Source:  Wall Street Journal – Eastern Edition; 4/14/2009, Vol. 253 Issue 86, pD4

You can find these in Business Source Complete by searching the title and author from each article, or you can find them by using these related job hunting subjects:

EMPLOYMENT interviewing
ENTRY-level employment
JOB hunting
RESUMES (Employment)

To access the Business Source Complete database, go to the library’s website:

…then click on Databases
…then scroll down until you see Business Source Complete (Business Source Premier) in the alphabetical listing.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to ask…

– by using the instant message feature (meebo) in the upper-right pane of this blog.

– by phone:  305-892-7043

– or stop by, we’re happy to help.

Can’t log into the databases off campus???

May 11, 2009

If you are having trouble logging into the databases when you are off campus, it may be that the system does not recognize your barcode number. It is possible that your student ID information has not been added to the user database. If you are experiencing this type of error when logging in, check with the Library (305-892-7043) to be sure that your student ID can access the system off campus. Or, stop by the Reference Desk the next time you visit the Library, and we will be sure you have access.

Google presents: Public Data

May 5, 2009

Google has launched a new search feature that locates and compares public data by presenting the information in interactive graph form. The examples featured by Google include unemployment rates and population. The first search result for “unemployment rate Florida” is the graph of Florida’s unemployment rate from 1990 to recent data. Rolling the mouse over the graph will open windows containing the percentage number being represented by the specific data point, along with the month and year. Comparing data for various states and/or the entire U.S. is possible by simply making selections from the list presented on the left side of the graph. Clicking on the “more info” link on the top of the chart takes you to the Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics, the source of the data presented.

Searching for “population Florida” presents data in graph form from 1980 to July, 2008. The graph is interactive and reveals the population number, month and year, for each data point activated by rolling the mouse over the graph. The format for comparing data is the same and makes creating customized charts as simple as clicking various states, or the entire U.S.  The “More info” link on the population chart takes you to the U.S. Census Bureau’s population estimates web site.